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New to Wikidata? Here are some things I recommend to make your editing experience easier, and which I demonstrate in my training sessions.

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or the equivalent on the Wikipedia in your preferred language. Wikipedia accounts work on Wikidata and vice versa.

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Make sure you bring a note of your username and password if you're coming to a training session or editing event!


See User:Pigsonthewing/Babel


Optional, for more advanced editing

Under Preferences / Gadgets, activate:

  • labelLister
  • Descriptions
  • Reasonator
  • DuplicateReferences
  • currentDate
  • CoordinateDiffMap
  • compact items (Note: This changes the look of the Wikidata interface, so some tutorials, etc., may look different to what you see once it is activated)

Each is described on that page.


Optional, for more advanced editing

Edit Special:Mypage/common.js, and add the line:

importScript( 'User:Jitrixis/nameGuzzler.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Jitrixis/nameGuzzler.js]]

(you can view the source code at User:Jitrixis/nameGuzzler.js).

This adds a "VIP's labels" link to the (default left-hand) toolbar. You can use this (with care!) to add labels in lots of languages at once. Best used for things like people's names, names of species or other taxons, and others which are the same in every western-alphabet language. To configure the script to use western-alphabet languages by default, copy the content of User:Pigsonthewing/nameGuzzlerOption.js into your Special:MyPage/nameGuzzlerOption.js page.

On Wikipedia[edit]

WikidataInfo script on a Wikipedia article

Optional, for more advanced editing

If you edit on one or more Wikipedias, or sister projects like Wikispecies, edit meta:Special:Mypage/global.js (check you're logged in first) and add the line:

mw.loader.load("// rand/WikidataInfo.js&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript"); // Backlink: [[d:User:Yair rand/WikidataInfo.js]]

(you can see the source code at User:Yair rand/WikidataInfo.js).

This adds the Wikidata ID, label, description and alias (or a "create item" link, if none exists) below the article title on each project.