I don't understand exactly but you'll see how I address this in my gear list (under my name next to this message). For poles, it's listed under "worn or in hands" and completely absent in the shelter dept. OR I'll put under tent support "use trekking poles" and put a zero weight.
Now, you bring up a finer point of what to list under clothing warn. I only put things in this dept. that I wear all of the time or almost all of the time. For instance I don't put a hat, windshirt, or gloves because they're rarely worn. But I do put trekking poles and my whistle/LED light because the poles are only out of my hands during short scrambles and the whistle/light is worn around my neck 100% of the time.
I've seen people put items in pockets as "worn" but I see that as a bit of a cheat...at least for me. For instance, when I carry my camera in my pocket for 50% of the trip, it's still pack weight for me.
I started out trying to bend the rules to make a certain weight but then I realized that for me, it felt like "cheating". So now, I just call it as straight as seems honest for me and that means that only items worn or in hands all of the time get listed there.
I hope this makes sense. In the end, it doesn't matter a single bit. If you're carrying it, you're carrying it and base pack weight is just a fun game of solitaire anyway. I like playing with weights but if I "cheat to win", it's only that. Who cares anyway- I ALWAYS cheat at solitaire!
Like folks say around here, Hike your own hike. Good message- do it however you want!