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May I suggest to keep the tags with the singular form. Plural form with words such Sleeves, Armholes, Pants, are correct but others are making duplicate pages for categories. --Zynia 14:59, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

I think we will get duplicates no matter what we decide on, unless we publish a guideline (and even then), but here are some thoughts:

  • We have been using plurals such as Dresses, Blouses, etc. for the last 1 1/2 years now, and as a category a plural word seemed appropriate for types of garments. The singular forms in these areas - at this point in time - are likely to be in the minority and would be easier to change in terms of sheer numbers of posts (which is what a few regular contributors have been doing to try and keep it consistent).
  • Features of the garments, sewing techniques and embellishments were usually singular to start with, but - obviously - as more users join the lines get blurred...
  • Another point of duplication has been capitalized vs. non-capitalized in both plural and singular category forms, which does not show when you look at the item page, but is listed in the Special:Categories list.

Last, but not least - thank you for doing all this work on organizing the categories! tarna 17:44, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Common sense, Dresses not dress, it will do.--Zynia 01:36, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

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