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August 28, 2009

Where Have All the Detainees Gone?

Filed under: Torture and Abuse — kevinfenton @ 10:50 am

As those interested in the Detainee Abuse timeline may have noticed, a whole bunch of categories have been deleted from the timeline and no longer appear on the homepage. This was my idea, but BlackMax, one of the other project managers, signed off on it as well.

Basically, the reason was that every detainee in the timeline had his own category (as well as being an entity). This meant that the timeline’s homepage had a tremendous amount of links, many of which only led to one entry. To my mind, it makes sense to have a special category for a detainee when we have, say, five or so entries about him. Therefore, I have deleted all the categories for detainees who were only mentioned in one entry. The entries remain in the timeline and can be found in the Miscellaneous Detainees category, as well as in any other categories that might be relevant, like the ones for the individual torture techniques.

I think that the homepage looks better right now–there are less links that lead to little information–but there is more work to be done and we might carry on and delete more categories that don’t have much information in them.

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