For questions on procedural issues related to creating a Group or Category please visit the FAQ:
Or this series of posts in the Getting Started forum:
Do Your Homework!
You're more likely to garner support in the form of Group officers if you take the time to post a detailed description of what you hope to accomplish with your category. Don't forget to search the directory first to make sure you aren't duplicating the efforts of other waymarkers.
There are a lot of resources around the 'net for you to use in writing your category description (like Wikipedia), and people will be more likely to join up if you've taken the time to do your homework. Little or no preparation on your part will likely result in a lukewarm reception of your idea.
Discuss Possible Variables
Variables give you a way to gather additional information about a location, or separate waymarks in your category into logical groupings. For instance, for Historic Markers you can have a variable that requires a waymark submitter to choose between a "highway" marker, or a "city" marker. Variables can make or break a category so now is the time to start thinking about how they relate to your category idea. If you need input from the community don't be shy in asking for help.
Remember, 99% of the time when someone feels they need sub-categories what they really need are more variables.
If you're not excited about the prospect of managing your chosen category, there's little chance anyone else will be either. Pin on your pieces of flare and sell it!
Have Your Group Ready
Take a moment to create a Group to manage your category before posting your request for support. Start by choosing a Group name and writing out a quick description of your goals for the category so folks know what they're getting into. When you are ready to begin accepting new membership, it is helpful to turn on "Open Enrollment" feature to allow new members to join at their whim.
Don't forget to include a link to your Group page when proposing your new category!
I will add to this post occasionally and would welcome any input on effective recruiting and category proposal tactics. Happy Waymarking!
This post has been edited by OpinioNate: 31 March 2006 - 02:15 PM