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On Wikidata, property creators are users who have the technical ability to create properties, through the Special:NewProperty interface. This user right was created after the community decided that only a selected number of users should have the technical ability to create properties, apart from administrators, who have this right by default. However, the property creator or administrator flag is not needed to edit existing properties.

Users creating properties are expected to reply promptly and civilly to concerns about their actions. Repeated failure to do so may result in removal of the right, subject to the usual procedures.

Property creation criteria[edit]

Properties can only be created by a property creator when all of the following conditions are met:

  1. A formal property proposal has been made via WD:PP.
  2. The proposal was made by somebody other than the property creator.
  3. The proposal has received consensus in favour of creation. It is the job of the property creator to weigh consensus, but generally:
    • All opposing points of discussion should be addressed before creation occurs. If there is still disagreement, it is up to the property creator to consider the thoughtfulness and logic behind points of discussion (i.e. an opposing voice with no thought behind it should not block creation, but a single reasonable opposing voice against many supporters may do so).
    • The creator themselves should remember their responsibility to participate. If they disagree with consensus support or opposition, they should first participate rather than make a judgement call.
  4. The proposal was first made over a week ago.

If all conditions above are completed, the status of the proposal can be updated to ready. Updating the status can be made by anyone and is a signal for property creators that the property is ready for creation.

Steps when creating properties[edit]

Create the property[edit]

  1. Create the property with Special:NewProperty including the label, description and datatype from the proposal. Polish them if needed, and add any labels and descriptions in additional languages from the proposal, or in which you are fluent. As the initial version is likely to be translated in many languages, try to be thorough.
  2. Add appropriate statements to the property, including:
  3. Copy the {{Property proposal}} from the proposal page to the talk page of the new property, rename it to {{Property documentation}}, and clean it up. The |status=, |description=, |datatype= |formatter URL=, |example=, |allowed values=, and |source= parameters (and any empty lines) should be removed from the template once the corresponding values have been added to the property and its statements and constraints; the template will pull them from there. Example: Property talk:P409.

Update the proposal page[edit]

  1. On the proposal page, add the number of the property in the |status= field of {{Property proposal}}. Add a discussion closure comment if needed.
  2. Notify people who want to use the new property. Generally that would be the user who first proposed it and maybe some of the other participants in the discussion. Use the {{Ping}} template below the property discussion.

Improve example items[edit]

Add the Item examples from the proposal. If there were no examples in the proposal, try to find at least two, because of multi-value constraint (Q21510857).

Update navbox template(s)[edit]

See Category:Property by topic navigation templates and Wikidata:Property navboxes.

Consider Wikidata property for properties (Q22582645)[edit]

Current list of users[edit]

A list of users with this flag can be found at Special:ListUsers/propertycreator. There are currently 41 property creators. Most will appear in Category:Wikidata property creators.

Administrators can also create properties. See Special:ListUsers/sysop. There are currently 62 administrators.

Requesting this right[edit]

Property creator rights may be requested at Wikidata:Requests for permissions. Users may self-nominate, or nominate one another; however, users should not be given this right if they do not want it, and non-self-nomination requests should be put on hold until the nominee comments accepting the nomination. The request must be open for at least 48 hours, except in the case of regranting of the right to former property creators and administrators where the reason for removal was uncontroversial or due to inactivity.

Administrators may add the property creator flag to the accounts of users who:

  • are generally trusted members of the community, preferably with at least some history in working with properties, and
  • have shown a satisfactory understanding of how Wikidata works, especially regarding the property namespace, datatypes, and related concepts.

Users should generally not be made property creators solely or primarily based on their work on other projects; property creator is currently the only right unique to Wikidata, and this should be taken into consideration when requesting or granting it.

Responsibility to participate[edit]

Property creators are allowed to create any property when considering that there is a reasonable consensus. This right comes together with the responsibility to participate, understood as creating, commenting on property proposals, or responding to property requests. The participation or lack thereof is self-assessed on request of any community member. If the property creator considers that they neglected their responsibilities in the last year or that they have lost interest in the role, that implies losing their right.

Respond to property requests[edit]

Property creators and admins (who can also create properties) who are willing to be responsive to property-related requests to contribute to Property Proposal discussions, close discussions which have reached consensus, and create properties can join the WikiProject Properties. The participants of this WikiProject can be contacted by any member of the community who notes that any of these activities are being neglected on a property proposal. This WikiProject is fully voluntary, and if one is no longer actively responsive to requests, they may be removed from said WikiProject. Removal from the WikiProject would not otherwise affect one's holding of property creator rights.

List of property creators[edit]

Admins also can create properties:

See also[edit]