film series: 173
'Personal' is the category that gets assigned to a list by default. Unfortunately you cannot change the category when creating a list, only when editing it afterwards. Because of that 73% of lists are essentially uncategorized, and I suspect at least half of them are not purely personal lists and should not stay in the 'personal' category. For example, searching for 'filmography' in list title finds at least 1000 lists in that category instead of a more fitting category 'actor' or 'director'. Correct category data can then be used by e.g. ICM Enhanced to tidy up /movies/moviename/rankings/ pages even further.
I wrote a proof-of-concept python script for editing list category remotely, and apart from one flaw* it's totally doable to give a script a list of urls and their new category and it will move them all automatically. I also assume that mods can edit list info for any list and that the UI looks just the same as for a regular user.
This is the workflow I imagine for assigning categories with a minimal amount of effort:
- generate a Google Sheet with links and names of all uncategorized lists
- allow volunteers to edit it however they like so that as many lists as possible have a proper category name in a cell next to them
- export the sheet and send it and the script to a mod
- a mod inserts their cookie values into the script and runs it
*: One nasty ICM bug causes all tags to disappear when editing list info. It's possible though to work around it by scraping tags separately and providing them back to the server.