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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.

Per community consensus, new properties should not be created without a proposal/discussion on Wikidata:Property proposal. Property creators should not create new properties unless consensus exists and must not create properties they have suggested themselves.

The period before a property can be created should be no less than one week.

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.

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]

  1. Add the new property to the example item(s) from the proposal. If there was no example in the proposal, try to find one.

Current list of users[edit]

A list of users with this flag can be found at Special:ListUsers/propertycreator. There are currently 27 property creators.

Administrators can also create properties. See Special:ListUsers/sysop. There are currently 53 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.

In general, property creators should be autopatrolled users or rollbackers before the flag is assigned.

See also[edit]

User groups