Wikidata:Requests for comment/Sourcing requirements for bots

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An editor has requested the community to provide input on "Sourcing requirements for bots" via the Requests for comment (RFC) process. This is the discussion page regarding the issue.

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With the newly adopted guideline Help:Sources, it is time to clarify the sourcing requirements for bots and in particular for bots that are importing data from Wikipedia. I propose a very simple rule based on the guideline's list of criteria for statements that don't require a reference. Bots should only import unreferenced statements from Wikipedia if these statements match one of these exceptions. I believe these restrictions are important for the following reasons.

Main proposal[edit]


Alternative Proposal[edit]


What kind of statement doesn't need a source/needs a source ?[edit]

I think this question becomes more crucial in order to keep a good collaboration among the different contributors. But first I think that we have to consider imported from (P143) as deprecated and its use has to be prohibited for new additions. The question is then which statements need a source and which don't need a source.

imported from (P143) should be considered as deprecated[edit]