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RKDdata (talkcontribs)

Hi Vladimir,

Based on your questions on my talk page, you seem to be working on artists regularly. Could you have a look at Q2146291 and Q41323135? It seems the data on two different artists are mixed up here (see RKDartists links).

Best, ~~~~

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)
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Restyling of WikiProject Authority Control

Summary by Epìdosis

I've tried to enact the renewal of the main page, in order to collect ideas from all members of the project: I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas in Wikidata talk:WikiProject Authority control#Renewal of main page. Thank you in advance!

Epìdosis (talkcontribs)

Hi! I've finally succeeded in writing a draft of a possible restyling of the mainpage Wikidata:WikiProject Authority control: it is Wikidata:WikiProject Authority control/Draft. I've tried to insert only basic information about related pages and tools/gadget, in order not to confound new users reaching the page and looking for a little overview; all the useful information collected in the last years would obviously remain accessible in Wikidata:WikiProject Authority control/Archive - I've also added in the fifth tab of Wikidata:VIAF a link to VIAF Games.

Obviously the mainpage can still be expanded, but I would keep it relatively brief, while I think that specific pages about single groups of identifiers would be very useful: as Wikidata:VIAF, also Wikidata:AAT (or a more general Wikidata:Thesaurus) can potentially be created - unfortunately I haven't enough experience to structure such a page, so at the moment I have just inserted a link to Coreference AAT. I wouldn't make them subpages of Wikidata:WikiProject Authority control, in order not to make their title too long and so less easily reachable by users.

Let me know your opinion and thank you in advance for the great work you do!

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

hi @Epìdosis: I don't see a lot of the data about VIAF in your new structure (eg the table with counts per source in time), I was only able to find it in archives.

Epìdosis (talkcontribs)

Hi! That's because I had no up-to-date data ready for showing and the old ones referred to many years ago. However, I project to have some good data by the end of the year and I will surely add tables.

Reply to "Restyling of WikiProject Authority Control"
Jura1 (talkcontribs)
Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)
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Hello Vunjah72gif5waa5,

Really sorry for the inconvenience. This is a gentle note to request that you check your email. We sent you a message titled "The Community Insights survey is coming!". If you have questions, email

You can see my explanation here.

Урыл (talkcontribs)

Здравствуйте! Пожалуйста, проверьте эту Викидату. Нет ли там ошибок? Всё ли там правильно оформлено? С уважением, Урыл (talk) 10:11, 19 July 2020 (UTC)

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

It's pretty good! I just:

  • added two values for "movement"
  • made those instances of "literary movement"
  • changed the "movement" prop constraint to include class "literary movement"
  • changed the encyclopedia URL to use "+" instead of "%20" and Cyrillic instead of encoded chars (IRIs were adopted 15 years ago!)
  • moved the prop "reference URL" to "references" and added prop "URL" as "qualifier"

New OpenRefine reconciliation service

Summary by Vladimir Alexiev


Pintoch (talkcontribs)


Thank you for wearing the {{User loves OpenRefine}} userbox on your user page!

Because the existing Wikidata reconciliation service has had severe performance issues recently, I have created a new one which should be faster and more robust. You can add it to OpenRefine in the reconciliation dialog with the following URL: (or by replacing en by any other language code).

If you have any issues with this new service, let me know.

Happy reconciling!

deletion of discussion from Wikidata:Project chat

Jura1 (talkcontribs)

Hi Vladimir Alexiev

Please refrain from deleting and/or refactoring and/or moving discussion from project chat to which I participated.


Jura1 (talkcontribs)


Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

You know that this will be archived soon, and won't be found from the page where it belongs (discussing WorldCat problems). So that discussion will be lost.

What are you reminding me about?

Jura1 (talkcontribs)

It should be obvious that project chat discussions shouldn't be moved while people discuss it.

Your conduct his highly disruptive.

If you want to link archived discussions from somewhere, you can easily do that.

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

People can continue the discussion in the page dedicated to that topic (WorldCat Identities), so I don't see why my behavior is disruptive. Now I bet that it's gone from the project chat, and I bet that you did not bother to link to the archives. More importantly, the discussion cannot be continued in one place. I think YOUR behavior regarding this issue is disruptive.

Jura1 (talkcontribs)

Continue is one thing, move the discussion entirely is another thing. You did the later.

Rev Claude O Falhtery walking stick

Summary by Vladimir Alexiev

no followup

2A00:23C6:C08A:A901:2095:B4EC:B850:E33 (talkcontribs)

Can you contact me on email I have a walking stick that used to belong to the named above Regards Stevie

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

Hi! What would you have me do with that walking stick?? :-) Please make a WD account so I can ping you.

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)
Gamaliel (talkcontribs)

We do. This is the result of a collaboration between OCLC and Wikiproject Women in Red. The number is used in listeria lists as a rough measure of importance and the availability of sources for potential article topics. Removing this number has now made all of those lists nonfunctional.

Gamaliel (talkcontribs)

I've run a batch in QuickStatements to eliminate the small number of duplicates and I'm going to revert your reversion of my batch. I'm sorry about creating the duplicates but I would ask if you find any more we collaborate to come up with a solution that doesn't eliminate a lot of good data that people are using.

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

Thanks @Gamaliel and sorry for jumping the gun! Wikidata has pretty good ranking (cc @Smalyshev (WMF)), and this extra measure could improve the ranking?

You're doing the right action. After your batch is complete, I'll recheck Property talk:P7859#avoiding duplicates and try to eliminate more.

However, you've flooded me with notifications. Guess that is because you have the "Reverter" right? I dismiss them 50 at a time but still, going through 850 is tedious...

The regular yellow streaks in the scrollbar show that all 50 notifications are from the same user who is searched in the browser page (control-F)

Gamaliel (talkcontribs)

Sorry about that! Is there a way to do it without sending a notification?

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

Don't know :-) We are getting there: I'm removing my duplicates now..

Vladimir Alexiev (talkcontribs)

Hi @Gamaliel:, are you working to eliminate the duplicates?

Gamaliel (talkcontribs)

I'll reply on the Property talk page to centralize the discussion.