PLEASE SEE EDIT NOTE AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST Currently all image organization on photo.net is done via image tagging or simple image captioning. In order to look at "nature" photos you need to use the image tag system to search for images tagged with the word "nature" or use the caption search for all images with "nature" in the title. No category system exists for all gallery images. Photo.net currently has one place that we use "categories" for images and that is within the critique/ratings system. You can look at all "nature" images in the results of the ratings rankings, but that is not a particularly efficient way as it misses a lot of images from photographers who don't want to use the ratings system. My plan is to require photo.net users to choose a category for their images upon uploading them. This will allow viewers to say "I'd like to see all 'nature' images on the site" or "I'd like to see all 'pet' photos on the site" and so on. Here is what I would like suggestions on: What should the categories be? We currently have 27 categories. I would like to avoid running that number up too high, 20-30 is probably a good goal. We do not need 60 categories that end up being something like "Pets that aren't cats or dogs but aren't farm animals either". This needs to be kept as broad as possible while still allowing some amount of separation between stuff like "Nature: scenics" and "Nature: animals". The image tagging system can be integrated into any category browsing system so that users could look for images in a specific category that were also tagged with the word "goat" or "hedgehog" or whatever. For the record, here are the current categories: Architecture Astrophotography Cars and Vehicles Children Concerts Digital Alterations Documentary Events Fashion Fine Art Flowers Humor Landscape Macro Nature News/Journalism Nudes Pets Portraits Sports Still Life/Studio Street Travel Underwater Wedding and Social Birds Insects We do not need to keep every one of these current categories. Some are much MUCH less used than others and could reasonably be replaced by a new category in conjunction with the image tag search system in order to help someone find the images that would have previously appeared in the old category. However, any removal of an old category needs to be accompanied by a suggestion for a new category where those images would now appear. For example, if you think that the "astrophotography" category should be eliminated, you would need to have some sort of category in your suggested list for the "astro" category to be folded into. Also keep in mind that the categories should be accessible to as many types of photographers as possible. We want to keep the site friendly to beginners as well as advanced shooters. "Fashion" and "documentary" can be tough for someone starting out, but "pets" and "children" might be passe for those who have been shooting for a long time and have honed in on what their specialty is. We need to have versions of all four examples to serve the needs of different photographers with different subject opportunities and different skill levels. Please do your best to think broadly and not just base your suggestions around what you personally like as a photographer. It doesn't do any good for me to hear suggestions that break street photography down into 4 different genres and then has all animal photos lumped into one catch-all category. Finally, there HAS to be a place for nudes to live, and ideally it needs to be a single category. People typically either want to see all the nudes or don't want to see ANY of them. I'd like to make both easier. Here's a chance to help improve Photo.net. I don't know exactly how it is going to go, and I am sometimes hesitant to get into large discussions like this because of the fact that the chances of reaching a consensus on a forum thread topic such as this are very slim. But I truly am interested in hearing what the community has to say. I doubt that everyone is going to be perfectly pleased with whatever I end up deciding to do. But I hope that suggestions here can help me make the decision that will allow a large majority of our members to say "okay, this works well enough and is an improvement from what we had before". I thank you in advance for your suggestions. EDIT NOTE: I'm a knucklehead sometimes. I posted the wrong list of categories in the original post. My apologies.