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Is it possible to rename a category on Wikimedia Commons (or another Wikimedia-based wiki) so that all of the pages in that category are moved to the renamed category instead of being left in the old category?

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It's not directly possible to do that. But some wikis do have bots that can assist you with moving the items from the old category to the new one.

For Commons-specific information, including how to request renaming both to run, see Commons:Rename a category. I expect other large wikis will have similar pages.

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  • How can I suggest that a category be renamed? I'm looking for a template that I can post on Wikipedia that will suggest a new name for the page (without actually renaming the category.) I've found a lot of categories with confusing names, such as the category "hair" (which is only concerned with humans, and should be renamed as such). Aug 11, 2012 at 20:59
  • Did you read the page I linked to? If you're looking for Wikipedia specific information, see Wikipedia:Categories for discussion.
    – svick
    Aug 11, 2012 at 21:16
  • You can also replace a category's content with {{category redirect|New Category Name}}, and then copy and paste the category's original content to the new article. The category's content will then be moved to the new page (by a bot). Dec 24, 2012 at 3:03
  • Also, you can move all items from one category to another using the Cat-a-Lot user script. Dec 24, 2012 at 3:04

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