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Articles in our UnNews: namespace begin with {{News}}, which used to add something of the form Category:1 January 2007. As far as I can tell, the only purpose of this was to enable the feature on the UnNews Front Page listing the UnNews articles that were written exactly n years ago. This forced someone to create categories every new day, which nearly no one did for two years. I recoded that department with better DPL, then changed {{News}} to not add the category at all.

Consequently, there are now hundreds of empty categories. Esteemed user Expert3222 has asked for them to be deleted, by listing Special:UnusedCategories on QVFD.

I have written JavaScript to do this and have successfully destroyed 360 categories referring to 2008, after a brief discussion of technology with VSTF member Lady Lostris. After patiently waiting for public reaction, I will do the other years. Spıke Radiomicrophone22:42 10-Mar-16

I always thought it was a redundant idea. Good that we have a clean up prog that removes them. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 18:56, March 25, 2016 (UTC)

I was not two-weeks patient, and they are long gone now, including the monthly container categories. Special:UnusedCategories now is mostly the categories created by maintenance tags where no articles are tagged at the moment. Spıke Radiomicrophone22:06 25-Mar-16