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I'm looking for a manual... Przykuta (talk) 11:47, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Here is not yet any manuals. Maybe we should do Wikidata:FAQ or just edit page Wikidata:About. --Stryn (talk) 11:52, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
Ok. Some short info is needed Przykuta (talk) 14:16, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
  1. How to edit - step by step within screenshots
  2. Often known problems (edit conflicts, duplicate items etc.)
  3. How to use it in Wikimedia projects (future, but it could be written)
3. Tutorial about how to use Wikidata in Wikimedia projects ✓ Done at Help:Linking Wikipedia pages.--Snaevar (talk) 22:55, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

FAQ under construction[edit]


  1. I don't see main "edit" button - where is it?
  2. I want to see source of the page (not html, but wikicode). It help me to edit pages.
  3. Can I learn how to edit by watching diffs?
  4. How to create new page/element?
  5. Can I add more than one (iw) element in one edition?
  6. I don't know wikidata terminology. Could you help me explain interface names?
  7. What is a "label"? I did not find it here.
  8. Is this site/project only for interwiki links?
  9. How to create new page/element, if it is disambig (the village name/album etc.)?
  10. How to use "language search"? I can't find my language.
  11. I don't understand url names. QXXX. XXX is the numer of...? (I see >500 pages in main, but <500 numbers here Przykuta (talk) 14:16, 30 October 2012 (UTC))
  12. Is it possible to change these numbers by redirections?
  13. Edit summary is sometimes better than talk pages, if I want to explain my (minor) changes. Could you activate it, please?
  14. How to switch labels to edit/create easy? I switch language in menu on the top of page, but it is not ergonomic :)
  15. ...


  1. You can edit the respective parts of an item through the various edit links on the item page.
  2. It is not available right now, I believe.
  3. You don't really need to learn, the current editing interface is quite visual (WYSIWYG-style).
  4. Use Special:CreateItem.
  5. No, create a separate item for that.
  6. This will probably be added later to, say, Help:Terminology.
  7. A label is the main name we give to an item so that we can differentiate it from other items.
  8. For now, yes. This will change in the future.
  9. I don't think we create items for disambiguation pages right now (not too sure about this)
  10. What language are you looking for? Did you try searching by continents?
    Yes, and I found in Europe only: Deutsch, English, ქართული, авар, Адыгэбзэ, Адыгэбзэ, лакку, лезги, нохчийн, русский, саха тыла. BTW xx code works well.
  11. The number is just a (somewhat) random number assigned to an item. This would greatly avoid the need of having to move pages if they were given names.
  12. No, redirects isn't supported for items.
  13. The edit summaries are given by the software, not manually written.

I apologise for giving vague answers. I am not 100% sure of the whole setup, still trying to figure things out myself too. Cheers! --Hydriz (talk) 14:29, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

This sounds all good :) Let me know if you need clarification on anything. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 14:33, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Ask a human[edit]

The link on the bottom doesn't exist; what does IRC stand for? Ypnypn (talk) 23:26, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Maybe it should be something like this on Commons. --Stryn (talk) 11:44, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! -- Ypnypn (talk) 15:57, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
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I didn't want to do this without consensus, but does Files really belong here? There isn't anything to say about files other than you can't have them. I mean, I don't think anyone will benefit from the link, so I propose getting rid of it in accordance with meta:instruction creep -- Ypnypn (talk) 01:49, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

replace layout screenshot[edit]

Hey :)

Anyone want to replace the layout screenshot with File:Wikidata layout 2.png? It fixes interwiki links to language links, which is more correct. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 16:31, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Bug fix needed for "duplicate" articles[edit]

This system suffers from a serious bug. I have been trying to link articles such as sv:Pseudobagrus taeniatus and es:Pseudobagrus taeniatus, but it is impossible because the system has assigned different Q-names or whatever they are called. I get the error message: "Edit not allowed: Site link svwiki:Pseudobagrus taeniatus already used by item Q6409076."--Bothnia (talk) 23:55, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Translation process[edit]

I was stopped translation until renamed all related page (for keeping edit history).

Note that some help portals was created by another layout: see Help:Innhold, Help:Indice, Help:Inhaltsverzeichnis and Help:Contents/bn as example. Maybe this look better? --Kaganer (talk) 16:37, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

--Kaganer (talk) 16:37, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

I agree that those are better, more colour. This one (English version) is a little bit boring. --Stryn (talk) 17:11, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Ok, thank you. Perhaps yes, they are better. --Base (talk) 18:26, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
All pages renamed. Welcome to redesign (without icons, if possible) before new mark for translation. --Kaganer (talk) 18:50, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
I started it. Feel free to edit anyone who wants to do it. --Stryn (talk) 19:36, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Finished? --Kaganer (talk) 10:56, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Finished ;) Need also restore old translated strings. --Kaganer (talk) 16:48, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
How about section 35 (project chat)? Now it forces to link to the English project chat. --Stryn (talk) 17:13, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
It's true. Fixed (temporary added separated message #43 for localized pagename of Project Chat). --Kaganer (talk) 17:46, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
Does that mean that the new Help:Contents page needn't be translated anew? It isn't fine if a translator has to do a translation twice. Regards, --Michawiki (talk) 00:45, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Unfortunately, the old translations have to manually transfer into the new system. We are engaged in this. Your help is welcomed. --Kaganer (talk) 06:43, 21 March 2013 (UTC)


Sorry if I'm in the wrong place. But i can not attach the following items: en:Facial Emotion Expression Lab and pt:Laboratório de Expressão Facial da Emoção, how can I solve this problem?

Onjacktallcuca (talk) 19:21, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

→ ← Merged. Those links were on different items, but now they are on the same item. --Stryn (talk) 19:30, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
Face-wink.svg Onjacktallcuca (talk) 19:35, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
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Explaining need for redundancy[edit]

I saw on Members of Parliament & Congresspersons|this discussion thread that it's useful for computers if we list both the specific title of an office and the general title. For example, Barack Obama should have "office held -> President of the United States" and "office held -> president -> of -> United States". This would make sure he showed up in, for example a search for presidents born in a certain year. I think this kind of redundancy should be mentioned somewhere in the help pages, because it's not obvious why it's necessary, but I don't know where to put it. --Arctic.gnome (talk) 17:50, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Link to other projects on talk page?[edit]

If I need to refer to an article or project page on a sister project in a talk page discussion, how would I do it? For example, if I needed to refer to the "Manual of Style" in the English Wikipedia? Jc3s5h (talk) 15:14, 24 October 2014 (UTC)


  1. Why is this site so horrible and where is the help desk?
  2. How can I edit raw pages, if the excessively hostile built-in editor won't let me fix items as I see fit?
  3. How can I add a new site for a given item, if the "other sites" slot is already occupied by "commons" (correct), but should also show "meta" and "mediawikiwiki"?
  4. How can I find a property in the direction of "derived from", "expanded from", "related to", or similar, when the "inspired by" or "field of work" found with Special:Allpages limited to the property namespace are not exactly convincing?
  5. Where can I post stupid stupid stupid, ideally triggering an abuse filter?

Be..anyone (talk) 22:41, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

I hope someone answers Be..anyone, especially number 2. I'm actually more interested in seeing the raw data rather than changing it. Jc3s5h (talk) 01:59, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
@Be..anyone, Jc3s5h: So...
  1. This is not horrible, you haven't tried to understand what Wikidata is for and how it works. See Help:Contents and WD:PC.
  2. I know it is not easy in the current state of the interface. But could you tell us where you see problems?
  3. You must wait untill these projects are supported, see Wikidata:Sister projects.
  4. WD:List of properties
  5. Please, don't be stupid.
Matěj Suchánek (talk) 11:46, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Fersen (Q3069781)[edit]

Should change by de from Fersen (Adelsgeschlecht) to Versen (Adelsgeschlecht). Because Fersen (Adelsgeschlecht) is only a redirect, the main artikel is still only Versen (Adelsgeschlecht). Thank you --Lorenz Ernst (talk) 06:54, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

→ ← Merged Matěj Suchánek (talk) 13:34, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
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Career (Q5038894)[edit]

Hi. I cannot figure out the proper Wikipedia article to link to this item nor its proper item description. I have looked high and low. Please make it a teaching moment. LOL. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 01:48, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

In fact, this item should no longer exist, so I have deleted it. Matěj Suchánek (talk) 11:44, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
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Should we add a box or section to this page linking to some essential Tutorials? Wikidata:SPARQL query service is not linked from the Help namespace at the moment. I also started these two tutorials Wikidata:Infobox Tutorial, Wikidata:Pywikibot - Python 3 Tutorial. But there might be more tutorials out there that I am not aware of. --Tobias1984 (talk) 21:13, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

How to disable Set a sitelink[edit]

Hello !

I want to skip this option

I want to skip this option whenever I am trying to do datawork this page being obstacle for that work. Please help to remove this. NehalDaveND (talk) 06:45, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

What is the problem of that page? Matěj Suchánek (talk) 14:20, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Missing localization in "Wikidata Query"[edit]

Other links are fine. d1g (talk) 22:05, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done. Link was fixed. --Kaganer (talk) 11:47, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
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Documentation sprint for Wikidata during the Wikimedia Hackathon[edit]

Hello all,

As you know, the Wikimedia hackathon will take place on May 19-21 in Vienna.

During this event, we will organize a documentation sprint to help volunteers to improve the user-level documentation for Wikidata.

During these 3 days, you'll be able to join (IRL or remotely, at any moment) to work on improving and translating the help pages. We suggest a focus on these 3 topics:

We will also organize some workshops (translation tools, illustration...) to help you build a better documentation.

You will find all the information on the related page. If you're interested, feel free to add yourself in the attendees list.

We're now building a list of simple tasks that volunteers could work on during the event. If you have any ideas, parts of the documentation that should really be improved... feel free to add your ideas on the talk page, or if you feel comfortable with Phabricator, directly create subtasks of the tasks listed above.

Thanks a lot, and maybe see you there! Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 11:04, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

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where to post a help question ?[edit]

I am completely flabbergasted that this help-page does NOT say where someone seeking help can post a help-question to the community. Please add that. Thank you. So, where can I post a help-question ? Thank you. --Boardersparadise (talk) 13:36, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

added. There is the English Wikidata:Project chat as well as some project chats in other languages. --Pasleim (talk) 23:40, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
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Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb[edit]

This is either (1) I don't know what I'm doing, or (2) the NoScript update to my Firefox is messing with my trying to edit on Wikidata. So ... on Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb, there was no problem creating a new one by putting the template on his Wikipedia page. But when I tried to add under "enter an alias", it will let me type it in. But when I click "Save", it just messes around and will not save it. So, please, somebody add that Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb was also known as E. A. P. Newcomb and Edgar A. P. Newcomb. Thank you. This is so frustrating. Maile66 (talk) 01:38, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Did you try editing having disabled that extension? Matěj Suchánek (talk) 08:19, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
I don't understand what you are asking me. What extension? But another phenomenon, even editing this talk page, everytime I open the edit window, or do a preview, a pop-up welcomes me to Wikidata, and tells me to click to start editing. On every edit. I've been around for years. Why is this happening? Maile66 (talk) 14:19, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
I meant (2) the NoScript update to my Firefox. That's an extension to Firefox, isn't it? Did you try editing without it? Matěj Suchánek (talk) 14:40, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
Yep. Turning off NoScript solves the editing issue on Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb. It doesn't resolve the other issues I mentioned below, but it certainly is the problem with editing individual entries. Maile66 (talk) 14:45, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
And another phenonemon. Something odd here. On Wikidata:Project chat, I wanted to put the page on my watchlist. It won't let me do that, and a pop says, "An error occurred while changing your watchlist settings for Wikidata:Project chat". And it doesn't let me watchlist the page. And, yet, this Contents page is watchlisted from my editing it yesterday. I can add to my watchlist by "Edit raw watchlist" but not by anyi other method. Maile66 (talk) 14:38, 24 November 2017 (UTC)


Sorry, I messed something up while trying to connect to I hope I am in the right place to find someone to solve that one. Thanks.

→ ← Merged --Pasleim (talk) 21:19, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
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The current Lafarge Case (in France)[edit]

The current Lafarge Case (Affaire Lafarge) [1] regarding terror-financing has one language link.
[2] is in Nynorsk language. Sju hav (talk) 06:53, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

The case started in 2016, so perhaps it should be called Lafarge Case (2016-). Sju hav (talk) 06:56, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

What should be done on Wikidata about this? Matěj Suchánek (talk) 08:50, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes, should anything be done on wikidata, regarding a case where 8 persons are charged with terror-financing and one of them is a former leader of the "world's largest cement company"?
(I have often added language links, on wikidata, regarding wiki-articles. In this case, where would I add the link?) Sju hav (talk) 09:27, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
So you would like to add the nnwiki article to Wikidata? (Why didn't you say this?) Since there is no item yet, you can create a new one. Matěj Suchánek (talk) 09:50, 12 May 2018 (UTC) has been added. (And its discussion page now has the topic, about how to add the French name of the case.) Thanks Sju hav (talk) 11:30, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

and nothing happens[edit]

Sorry, but... I go to

  • I go to section Wiktionary.
  • I click edit, add el for greek, and Βικιλεξικό:Νέα για τους συντάκτες
  • I click publish
  • I click publish again. and again...

and nothing happens. --Sarri.greek@el.wiktionary - talk --Sarri.greek (talk) 20:01, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Sarri.greek Well that is weird, because I did the exact same thing and it worked --Τυχαίος Χρήστης (talk) 23:32, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
Sarri.greek: Nothing happens when we copypaste a whole phrase at Section:wiktionary. e.g. if this is copied at Q54656873:
Κατηγορία:Phrasal verbs με το back (αγγλικά)
it cannot be published. I need to write Κατηγορία:Phrasal verbs με το back (αγγλικά, then add the last ) or write the phrase manually. Sarri.greek (talk) 01:53, 30 December 2019 (UTC)
Copypaste works only at Section:Category at the top of page. Not at Sections:Wiktionary, etc. Sarri.greek (talk) 01:59, 30 December 2019 (UTC)

Moving sitelinks error[edit]

I tried moving all the sitelinks from Alcedo pusilla (Q926798) to Ceyx pusillus (Q22662112) to update the species' taxonomy. I got an error message flashed up briefly (can't remember what it said), and discover that they were all removed from the former (this edit), but have not appeared at the latter. Can anyone solve this, please? Thanks! - MPF (talk) 14:45, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Merge/Duplicates on main help page?[edit]

Would the addition of a highly visible item "Duplicates/Merging" to the main page increase the disaster risk too much? --SCIdude (talk) 06:09, 4 August 2019 (UTC)

Resolved via the Merge gadget. --SCIdude (talk) 08:03, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
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Moin. I got no idea what's going on here, but I guess I got an issue. de:Bach (Q63565252) connects to en:wp via redirect Beck (stream) to Gill (ravine), which is pretty much crap. It should, since neither en:creek nor, even better, en:brook do exist (for flowing body of water, that is), link to en:stream, in lieu of more fitting alternatives. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Regards, --G-41614 (talk) 18:37, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

@Grenck: --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 10:03, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

Error in translation[edit]

Reading an info box , I notice that the term "watercolorist" was translate in french by "acquarelliste " with a "C" which is not correct. How can it be modified? thanks the translation being correct here, I wondered were the error come from --2A01:CB1D:852E:6000:1861:D9B6:8690:EE58 06:56, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

It's from Q17505902#P2521. --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 08:00, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Q54890439 and Q85222460[edit]

Hello, there are (were) two items for the same person Kyaw Hla Aung. For some reason, en.WP and de.WP connected to different items. This prevented me from creating an interwiki from the de.WP article to the en.WP article. Therefore I merged the two items as I understood that this would solve the issue. However now the en.WP article shows no interwikis anymore (while the de.WP-one does link to en.WP and some others). When I try to add the interwiki in en.WP, it is refused with the message "The page you wanted to link with is already attached to an item on the central data repository which links to Kyaw Hla Aung on this site. Items can only have one page per site attached. Please choose a different page to link with." Is this something that can be resolved here? Thanks for your help and sorry if the merging was not done right.--Qcomp (talk) 12:54, 16 February 2020 (UTC)

someone has solved the problem in en.WP, so the issue is settled; suggestions what I should have done differently to not have run into this problem would still be appreciated --Qcomp (talk) 15:20, 16 February 2020 (UTC)


About Q23633 (HBO), when I am at pt:WP pt:Home Box Office, and I select en:WP I am direct to the page en:Cartoon Network Russia and Southeastern Europe instead of en:HBO (although from en:wp to pt:wp its fine, and so all other WP). When checking on Q23633, there is no link to "Cartoon Network....". So what's happening? Rpo.castro (talk) 17:50, 16 April 2020 (UTC)

pt:Predefinição:WarnerMedia Entertainment contains this link. --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 07:49, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
@Matěj Suchánek: Yes. It happens the same with Q15897076. In both these situations, when we try to go from PT to EN, we are directed to "Cartoon Network...." athough there is no such link in both Q's. Should it been a problen with PT:WP? How can this be fixed?Rpo.castro (talk) 08:44, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
If you really want to link to from that template, the link must start with [[:en: (the way you made the link in your initial comment). --Matěj Suchánek (talk) 08:50, 17 April 2020 (UTC)