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Data value in German is not accepted and not shown correctly[edit]

If you want to add a century in German language the value "20. Jahrhundert" or "20. Jh." is not accepted. You need to enter "20. century" or you need to enter 1950 and precision century. The value then changes by entering to "20 century". The value is shown without a dot after 20 and it is not shown correctly in German nor in any other language afaik. On the other hand the value "20 century" without a dot is also not accepted.--Giftzwerg 88 (talk) 17:07, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Looks like a difficult thing to fix in some languages. In Swedish for example, the periods 1900-1999 and 1900-1909 have the same name. Compare: sv:Kategori:1900-talet with sv:Kategori:1900-talet (decennium). -- Innocent bystander (talk) 17:24, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
This problem needs a different solution in every language and calendar.--Giftzwerg 88 (talk) 18:45, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
We're currently working on displaying localized time values. I have opened phabricator:T95532 for entering and editing localized time values. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 09:31, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
Der Versuch 13. Jahrhundert vor Christus einzugeben braucht echt Kreativität: - 1250, Genauigkeit Century funktioniert. Manche Monatsnamen werden in Kleinschreibung nicht akzeptiert.--Giftzwerg 88 (talk) 21:07, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Illegal value error when adding motto text[edit]

The official motto of the Comità per l'Útzil del Glheþ (Q5152026) is "Estetz Talossan, Parletz Talossan" (which means "Be Talossan, Speak Talossan" in English).
When I tried to add it using the official ISO 639-3 language code "tzl" (Talossan (Q1063911)) I got the error "Illegal value: tzl".
Can somebody else add the motto text (P1451) or fix this?
Robin0van0der0vliet (talk) (contributions) 00:52, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

It isn't a language supported by ULS at the moment so it isn't supported by the monolingual text datatype. We have phabricator:T74126 to add more languages. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 12:23, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
It is supported now, my pull request got merged. Is there something more that needs to be changed in order for this language to work for motto text (P1451)? Robin0van0der0vliet (talk) (contributions) 12:04, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
It needs to be deployed here. I will ask the responsible team when that will be. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 14:38, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

problem with dates[edit]

Just added birth and death dates to Q1553726. To get it to show "1210's" I had to enter 1220 and select decade. It used to be that to display "1210's" you would enter "1210" and select decade. Same thing with his death in the "1250's". Filceolaire (talk) 05:53, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. I'll look into it. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 12:23, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

problem with the layout[edit]

When I want to edit the labels I have to press the edit but it is more often than not hidden behind the arrow for displaying the selected wikipedia page lead. scrolling up and down a little fixes this eventually but sometimes it takes a lot of scrolling. Filceolaire (talk) 05:59, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

@Filceolaire: I've moved the button a bit down so now it appears under the [edit] link. -- Bene* talk 11:45, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
Fixed! Thanks. Filceolaire (talk) 17:24, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
Katie worked on a new preview gadget. Some remaining issues but I like where it is going a lot. @Bene*: Maybe something for you to look into? phabricator:T86755 --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 12:25, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Autolist out of sync[edit]

Hi, I would hope someone can somehow reset the WDQ database, it seems to have missed a bunch of edits: for the last few days, Query: claim[1476] has reported a single item, whereas Wikidata:Database reports/Constraint violations/P1476 keeps reporting that there are 4210 items using that property. Any help would be appreciated. -- LaddΩ chat ;) 12:12, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

@Laddo: I don't think that a reset will solve the problem. Query: claim[1476] finds only the items which have an "unknown value" at property title (P1476). A reset won't change that. --Jobu0101 (talk) 12:50, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
@Jobu0101: Indeed, it seems to be a WDQ issue with the monolingual text datatype --> Query: claim[1813] has the same problem. Unless there is an issue with the dumps?? -- LaddΩ chat ;) 16:17, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I think WDQ is having some hick-ups. I've correct some pages with a string property a few weeks ago, there are still showing up. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 17:11, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
@Magnus Manske: Maybe you can have a look? --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 13:58, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Dump of this week[edit]

Some problem? --ValterVB (talk) 19:34, 20 April 2015 (UTC)