Discriminating between Help: and guidelines
I think you've got it absolutely right, Alison. In both major wikis I've had experience with, Help pages are used for things like tutorials and glossaries. Guidelines and policies are usually in what is our WikiEducator namespace. This namespace typically tells members what WE does, how WE achieves its purpose, and how to use WE.
Good, thanks. Happily I'm being well served by the wiki concept map that I've been busily building.
So, I'm thinking that the "What is a category" and "Why categories" write-ups from Jesse's earlier post to the google group should be moved to the Help:Category page (which doesn't yet include any basic explanation). These serve as a good starting point for the info that should be included there.
The explanation of categories that will go in this guidelines page will be short and sweet (and include a pointer to the help page).
And the section "the workgroup" should be deleted. I've noted that the whole post is included on the charter under "external communications".
Thanks for expressly noting your agreement, being you were the author of the text. Actually, I already made the change :), and revised the text a bit to fit its new use on the help page. I'll delete the note on the guidelines page that indicates what I did.