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Are there any plans to add tel to the allowed protocols in the URL data type? At the moment we have the two properties phone number (URL) (P1244) and phone number (P1329) but a decision for one of them would be desirable. --Pasleim (talk) 21:56, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Both is in theory fine but I'd say string makes slightly more sense here as basically everyone who uses the data will want it without the protocol. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 16:23, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
phone number (URL) (P1244) is unused since it was created one year ago. I think we sinply can delete it.--Giftzwerg 88 (talk) 22:35, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Link for[edit]

Hi! When I am opening an articl in other languages its corresponding link in bhojpuri languge is not diplaying "भोजपुरी" but "bh:article name". For example, open en:Panama and see the link to bhojpuri page appears to be "bh:पनामा". --सत्यम् मिश्र (talk) 05:50, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

I checked and notice it too. In the column with interwikilinks on local Wikipedias (checked EN en NL), it indeed shows the language code followed by the article name. For Panama (Q804) I checked the corresponding entry at the sitelinks and there is only the article name. So it must be hardcoded to show the language code. Just took a random other article United States of America (Q30) and notice the same thing, languagecode + article name. Mbch331 (talk) 07:04, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
@Aude, Hoo man: Can you have a look at this please? --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 15:59, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
The problem is that the language code of bhowiki was changed from bh to bho (see T91240) and bh is no longer supported by MediaWiki. I tried to update the page identifiers using the expoert/importSites maintenance scripts, but caused a minor enwiki outage in the process... due to that I will proceed here with caution, thus this is going to take a few more days. Cheers, Hoo man (talk) 23:49, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Finland Swedish (Q1461092)[edit]

Fwd: This! Swedish (sv) as it is spoken i Finland have some differences in the preffered set of vocabulary. I think it could be useful both for labels and for the monolingual text-properties. An example is submachine gun (Q178550) where we in Sweden prefer 'kulsprutepistol' while they in Finland prefer 'maskinpistol'. User:Stryn in the diff above talks about bicycle (Q11442) which have some aliases in East-Swedish, who looks strange for a Swede. -- Innocent bystander (talk) 09:37, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

I don´t think this is an issue for the development team. It just depends how things are worked out at fiwiki. There are wikis out there, that respect different regional forms of a language. For example dewiki accepts swiss and austrian terms although there are additional alswiki and barwiki that represent Swiss German and Bavarian /Austrian and also local spellings as long as the article is about a local theme and has not a greater significance. Alswiki initself accepts articles in about four different dialects: Schwizerdütsch, Schwäbisch, Badisch, Elsässisch which differ a lot in spelling and choice of words.--Giftzwerg 88 (talk) 16:48, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
I think that it depends more of svwiki than fiwiki, since it's still Swedish, not at all Finnish language. --Stryn (talk) 17:22, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes, it would fully be up to the template-developers on the local sv-wikis to choose when sv-se or sv-fi is preffered. -- Innocent bystander (talk) 18:59, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
To be more specific: On svwikipedia, dialects are not allowed, otherwise than to describe local versions of words for example in Jämtland. But the Finland-Swedish is not regarded as a dialects. It's regarded as a second official set of vocabulary and grammar, supervised by local authorities in Finland. There are dialects that in some standards are regarded as own languages, like Skånska, Gutamål, Dalmål and the semi-Norwegian Jamtska and Härjedalsmål, but they are not accepted on svwikipedia. The Estonian and Ukrainian versions of Swedish today not have the same official recognition as Finland-Swedish have. -- Innocent bystander (talk) 19:19, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Logged in but not logged in[edit]

I have universal log in, whilst logging in to my en Wikipedia account, I noticed two items that needed to be linked at ko Wikipedia and zh Wikipedia. Using the edit links button on both I received a message that I needed to log in here which I subsequently did. However, on returning to the pages I still received the message that I needed to log in. I rebooted and refreshed the pages and still I got the error warning. This is a problem with Chrome running on Android KitKat 4.4.2. I tried it with my device's other factory supplied browser (unhelpfully called Browser) and that worked.--KTo288 (talk) 19:54, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Can confirm. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 19:55, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Just for clarification, is this happening on Wikidata or on the client wikis (ie. on Wikipedia itself)? -- Bene* talk 20:58, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
It happens on all wiki's, I was just browsing and you get logged out. (but get the popup in the right to log in) Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 21:42, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
I've been seeing the same thing in an old version of Chromium in an old version of Ubuntu (Version 34.0.1847.116 Ubuntu 12.04 (260972)) while trying to link Wikipedia pages from various Wikipedias to Wikidata via the "Edit links" option in the sidebar. Every other browser I've used so far has been fine, including Chromium on other computers. Looking at the developer tools, it seems it requests which returns {"query":{"userinfo":{"id":0,"name":"IP address here","anon":""}}} in the browser it doesn't work in and returns my username in the ones it does work in, if that's any help. - Nikki (talk) 02:00, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Not possible to Automatically add descriptions for templates[edit]

When I use the function "Automatic Addition" in the left column to add a description to Q19921848 (Q19921848) I get an error message. Error: {"servedby":"mw1130","error":{"code":"not-recognized-language","info":"The supplied language code was not recognized (Unknown language: bh)","messages":[{"name":"wikibase-api-not-recognized-language","parameters":[],"html":{"*":"The supplied language code was not recognized"}}],"*":"See for API usage"}} I used the description "Wikimedia template". Mbch331 (talk) 06:51, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

that was a bug in the autoEdit gadget. should now work but you may have first to clear the cache. --Pasleim (talk) 14:18, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Abydenus (Q305267)[edit]

Someone can check Abydenus (Q305267)? Last 3 claim haven't edit button. Tested with IE and Crhome, logged and unlogged. Console said something about "Not implemented yet". --ValterVB (talk) 07:57, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Yes. --GZWDer (talk) 11:46, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
Same happens on Scymnus (Q278553). GZWDer, what do you mean with "yes"? "Yes" to what? Candalua (talk) 13:12, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
"Yes" means I can reproduce it.--GZWDer (talk) 05:00, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Another case is Anaximenes of Lampsacus (Q221787). Candalua (talk) 13:48, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
I have now fixed them all by reverting edits by samoabot. Something was wrong with that data. The issue we now have is that the statements with deleted properties can't be removed. We'll look into that more. @Aude: see this please. Might be relevant for the fixes you're working on. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 16:09, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
I took the freedom to revert your edits but changed the precision of retrieved (P813) in the source from second to day. --Pasleim (talk) 16:56, 18 May 2015 (UTC)


Item (in some languages translated to words for subject, object or element in the user interface) is a page

Is this really a good idea to say an entity is a page in the Glossary ? especially when the entities url are not exactly pages ... TomT0m (talk) 17:34, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

The page is the users simplified model of what (sh)he see. An entity is "the thing out there", and the item is "the thing in here". The thing in here resides on a page, for now. Perhaps this is not how we should describe it, but it is sort of the simplest description that makes sense. Should we say that the item might be just a part of the page when we newer show it as such in the present UI? Perhaps we can say that "is a data structure that resides on a page", but is that easy to understand for the users? Jeblad (talk) 15:13, 22 May 2015 (UTC)