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Requests for comment

This is the Requests for comment process, the place where the community gathers to discuss on a specific topic. You are more than welcome to open a new RFC process to get opinions over a topic, but that should be done after a long discussion via the other channels.

Note: Requests for comment is not for general discussion. If you want to, for example, ask a question, please use Wikidata:Project chat instead.

Create a new RFC process subpage:





for permissions


for deletions


for deletion

for comment

and imports

a query


Open requests[edit]

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Closed requests[edit]

These are discussions that have been closed in the past. Closed discussions can also be found in this category.

Issue Started by Closed by Description Outcome Start date End date
Picture of the day Snaevar Pasleim Should we add Picture of the day to wikidata? add picture of the day to Q14334596 2016-06-30 2017-01-11
Make family member properties gender neutral Robin van der Vliet Pasleim Merging gendered properties merge brother and sister, merge stepfather and stepmother, do not merge father and mother 2016-09-14 2017-01-11
How to make new languages enabled on Wikidata Fralambert Pasleim Establish a procedure for making new languages enable in Wikidata see RfC 2016-11-15 2017-01-11
Data quality framework for Wikidata Alessandro Piscopo Alessandro Piscopo Establishing a data quality framework for Wikidata Sufficient feedback received 2016-08-11 2016-12-07
Editing descriptions from Wikipedia Android app DBrant (WMF) DBrant (WMF) Editing descriptions from Wikipedia Android app Sufficient feedback received 2016-10-31 2016-12-01
Semi-automatic Addition of References to Wikidata Statements Hjfocs Jura1 Primary sources tool usability and datasets stale 2016-05-25 2016-11-21
Derived properties Innocent bystander Pasleim Should we allow properties that is possible to derive from other properties Stale 2015-10-22 2016-08-20
Category commons P373 and "Other sites" Gzen92 Pasleim Commons category (again) No consensus 2015-06-24 2016-08-20
Links to redirects with possibilities bezik Pasleim Suggestion to make "redirects with possibilities" available when adding sitelinks Stale 2015-05-31 2016-08-20
Adopt Help:Classification as an official help page TomT0m Pasleim Can item be both instance and subclass No adaption as official help page 2015-04-14 2016-08-20
Review of "change datatype to monolingual" actions for some properties Jokes_Free4Me Pasleim Was the drive for monolingual properties an appropriate endeavour? No consensus 2015-04-13 2016-08-20
Guidance needed for proper interwiki linkage Anders Feder Pasleim How should the right interwiki link be selected from many candidates? Stale 2015-03-15 2016-08-20
Items for given names Inwind Pasleim Discussion on method for given names Stale 2015-01-08 2016-08-20
Refining "part of" Micru Pasleim Discussion about part of (P361) Stale 2014-06-14 2016-08-20
Verifiability and living persons Jasper Deng Pasleim Write down community consensus on the meaning of verifiability and sources, and formulate a living persons policy no changes to current practice 2016-06-25 2016-08-20
Are colors instance-of or subclass-of color Tobias1984 Pasleim How to classify colors Stale 2015-10-21 2016-08-20
Extinct taxons Theklan Pasleim Determining if a taxon is extinct or not Stale 2016-02-23 2016-08-20
DMS datatype Swpb Pasleim Creation of a degrees-minutes-seconds datatype phab:T127950 2016-02-09 2016-08-20
Wikidata:Notability overhaul GZWDer Pasleim Overhaul Wikidata:Notability no consensus 2015-05-09 2016-08-20
RfP voting eligibility Jasper Deng Pasleim Should we strengthen the requirements for users to (!)vote in permissions requests? If so, how in particular? 100 local non-automated edits needed before the start of an RfP to vote in the RfP 2016-06-25 2016-08-19
Standards for property proposal discussions Thryduulf Pasleim Should there be a minimum duration for property proposals and/or should property creators be independent of the proposal no changes 2016-05-27 2016-08-19
Help:Basic membership properties TomT0m Rschen7754 adopt this page officially No consensus 2015-04-14 2016-07-31
Property: belongs to jurisdiction Circeus ArthurPSmith That property is a mess that needs discussion to determine a scope No consensus and obsolete 2014-03-17 2016-04-15
Organizing statements, sitelinks, and external identifiers Micru ArthurPSmith Part of the UI redesign discussion Obsolete (UI elements partially implemented) 2014-03-13 2016-04-15
Define lists on both "Wikimedia lists" and "Wikimedia categories" GerardM ArthurPSmith provide information for queries to produce lists to compare with content in project lists and categories is a list of (P360) can be used for categories; see RFC for details 2014-02-22 2016-04-15
Reforming the property creation process Rschen7754 Pasleim Reforming the property creation process see RfC 2016-03-20 2016-04-13
Q21205906 and Q15781 Airon90 Pasleim Survey about whether merge two items or not keep two items 2015-12-21 2016-04-13
Improve bot policy for data import and data modification Snipre Pasleim Survey about possible changes in bot edition see RfC 2015-11-20 2016-04-13
Merging relationship properties Andrew Gray Andrew Gray Merging relationship properties Withdrawn 2015-08-25 2015-10-11
Administative divisions and populated places Rippitippi John F. Lewis Discussion about how to handle administrative divisions and populated places Stale 2014-02-10 2015-07-20
How to deal with given names and surnames Sannita John F. Lewis Discussion about how to solve interlink conflicts between Wikipedias about given names and surnames Stale 2014-02-09 2015-07-20
Commons category on Wikimedia category item FreightXPress Rschen7754 P373 and sitelink on items that are of type Wikimedia category page Clear consensus against RFC 2015-05-12 2015-06-14
Datatype identifier FreightXPress Rschen7754 Discuss creation of new datatype and mass migration from datatype string No consensus; question of why this was an RFC 2015-05-09 2015-06-14
Sitelinks with fragments Jeblad Jeblad Alernate method for setting up sitelinks and unwinding redirects No consensus 2014-11-01 2015-05-22
Opting out of Global sysops 2 Vogone John F. Lewis RFC to gauge if this wiki should be added to the global sysop opt-out list. Opt out of GS 2015-04-22 2015-05-14
Speedy vs Regular deletion Addshore Addshore How to avoid bad things from happening due to the fast paced deletion environment Stale 2015-01-16 2015-05-06
Conflict of Interest Denny Rschen7754 Suggestions for CoI editing No consensus 2015-01-05 2015-05-06
List of properties Tamawashi Pasleim Improving Wikidata:List of properties new property lists were created, for an overview see {{Property lists}} 2014-07-11 2015-04-11
Typing : class ⇄ instance relationship in Wikidata‎ TomT0m Bene* What are instances and classes, proposition to describe them in turtle notation No clear consensus, see RfC 2013-07-25 2015-04-11
Reforming administrator inactivity criteria Jianhui67 Bene* Propose to change administrator inactivity criteria because there will be not much administrator actions to be done on Wikidata after redirects were implemented See RfC 2015-03-01 2015-03-31
Notability & early creation of Wikidata items GerardM GZWDer Wikidata items can be created before an article exist in any of the projects Succeded by Wikidata:Article placeholder input 2014-03-12 2014-12-30
Redirect vs. deletion Lymantria Stryn Is redirecting or deletion preferred outcome of merging Items should be redirected when merging 2014-09-21 2014-12-03
New user group for developers Glaisher SPQRobin Seperate user group for Wikidata developers New "WMDE staff" user group 2014-05-01 2014-10-24
User conduct policies Jasper Deng John F. Lewis Overhaul of the blocking policy, define edit warring and no personal attacks policies see RfC 2014-07-23 2014-09-27
DBpedia import process GerardM John F. Lewis Discussion about data imports from DBpedia Stale 2013-02-05 2014-05-14
Property documentation redux Klortho John F. Lewis How to implement property documentation Stale close - dev team work 2013-12-23 2014-05-12
One vs. several sitelink-item correspondence Reosarevok John F. Lewis To consider the possibility of using a sitelink for multiple items in certain cases No consensus 2013-05-27 2014-05-14
Quality is measurable GerardM John F. Lewis The quality of Wikidata is measurable and we should work towards results that help us achieve objectives Not an RfC discussion 2014-04-10 2014-05-14
Clarifying the requirements for property creation Micru John F. Lewis Modifications to the property creation process No consensus 2014-04-27 2014-05-12
Improving handling of labels of deleted entities in archived discussions (previously titled "Instances of human") Cycn John F. Lewis Gathering comments on how to process deletion requests: keep them or how to remove these items where used in links. Forwarded feedback 2013-11-15 2014-04-27
Dimensions and units for the quantity datatype Micru John F. Lewis Gathering feedback for the implementation of quantities Forwarded to Lydia 2013-11-13 2014-04-27
Property proposal organisation reform to a more Model (or infobox) oriented process TomT0m John F. Lewis Reforming property proposal process into a model amendment process Stale 2013-08-06 2014-04-27
How to classify items: lots of specific type properties or a few generic ones? Paperoastro John F. Lewis choose a unique method to classify items See RfC - stale and off topic discussions it seems 2013-06-01 2014-04-27 identifier property? The Anome Snipre We should consider adding a property that maps Wikidata entities to entities, where appropriate Not a RfC 2014-04-07 2014-4-9
Merge all languages of project chat into one multilingual project chat Sven Manguard Jasper Deng Should we merge all language versions of Wikidata:Project chat into one page? No consensus on anything 2013-09-28 2014-04-04
Make Symmetric & Inverse Property addition automatic and bidirectional Jaredzimmerman (WMF) GZWDer Stale 2014-01-09 2014-04-01
Wikimedia Commons OpenStreetMap cross-references Brylie GZWDer Stale 2013-10-21 2014-04-01
links to wikidata from a template at an arbitrary WMF project page לערי ריינהארט GZWDer Stale 2013-10-16 2014-04-01
Non-WMF wikis Ricordisamoa John F. Lewis If and how to enable Phase 1 and 2 for external projects Refer all queries to development team 2014-02-21 2014-03-26
Interwiki links for subpages GZWDer Jakec To gain consensus on interwiki links for subpages. See RFC closure summary 2013-12-27 2014-02-17
Can we reuse anything from DBpedia? Filceolaire Ricordisamoa To establish practices for data importation from DBpedia none 2013-08-27 2014-02-11
Interwiki links for special pages Ymblanter John F. Lewis To gain consensus on interwiki links for special pages. No links for any special pages exc. Special:RecentChanges 2013-12-20 2014-02-07
Bot policy GZWDer John F. Lewis To gain consensus in order to make Wikidata:Bots a Wikidata policy. See RfC 2013-12-15 2013-12-24
Inactive admin 분당선M John F. Lewis We should make warning before desysoping? +etc See RfC 2013-12-04 2013-12-24
Constraint violation technical bases TomT0m GZWDer How to use constraints to define classes ? What does it change to the way we do things ? Constraint violation should be stored as statements when bugzilla:49554 is closed 2013-09-18 2013-11-24
Source items and supporting Wikipedia sources Micru GZWDer On source items and Wikipedia sources Support Wikipedia sources 2013-06-25 2013-11-24
Proposals for the 'Place' related properties Filceolaire GZWDer This RFC is to review all the different properties related to places and try to see what people feel about what properties we should and shouldn't have. Deleted P540, P206 was nominated for deletion 2013-09-02 2013-11-23
Image properties Tobias1984 GZWDer Do we need more than one image property? Using qualifier "image depicts (item)" for most/all images 2013-07-09 2013-11-23
VCards for Wikivoyage DerFussi GZWDer Museums, sights and hotels Agreed, see Rfc for used property 2013-08-09 2013-11-23
Commons links Ivan A. Krestinin John F. Lewis Wikidata abilities was extended to Commons project. There is question: are we need to change current interwiki links on Commons project? If yes then how? Categories to categories, articles to galleries, and templates to link between them using a property. 2013-10-02 2013-11-16
Geocoordinates on people Amir GZWDer Is it OK to use coordinates for place of burial of dead people? Create separate grave-items instead 2013-08-26 2013-11-15
Restructuring of the "minor" user rights Vogone John F. Lewis Proposal regarding the restructuring of the "minor" user rights. See RfC 2013-10-14 2013-11-08
Requests for undeletion 관인생략 분당선M Why shouldn't we create "Requests for undeletion" page? No consensus to change. Use WD:AN for now 2013-09-30 2013-10-26
Place of the property documentation Nightwish62 John F. Lewis Where should the property documentation be stored? Consensus for documentation on property pages through statements. Links with property metadata. 2013-05-30 2013-10-23
Exclusion criteria in wikipedia namespace 분당선M GZWDer Adding some Exclusion criteria Changed Wikidata:Notability/Exclusion criteria 2013-07-16 2013-10-19
Guidelines for RfC process Snipre John F. Lewis Improvement of the current process of the RfC No consensus. Format may be used but should not be held as a strict structure 2013-08-18 2013-10-04
Migrating away from GND main type Izno/Tobias1984 John F. Lewis Tranfers of data to other properties See RfC 2013-08-18 2013-10-01
More people should comment on this rv and block Петър Петров Hahc21 Additional comment on a revert and a block Use Wikidata:Administrators' noticeboard instead 2013-09-01 2013-09-21
Sourcing requirements for bots Pichpich Legoktm Proposed sourcing requirements for bots All proposals were overwhelmingly rejected 2013-07-04 2013-08-22
Non-article items for property:p107 분당선M John F. Lewis Using property:p107 in non article items No possible outcome per the RfC below 2013-06-01 2013-08-17
Primary sorting property Sven Manguard John F. Lewis What to do about main type (GND) The property is to be deleted. See the actual RfC for a more detailed rationale and analysis of each point 2013-06-30 2013-08-17
Defining CheckUsers John F. Lewis Izno Creation of the Wikidata CheckUser policy Most items have consensus. Some do not. 2013-08-01 2013-08-11
Inheritance of taxon ranks Ricordisamoa filceolaire to define whether some taxon properties could be inherited from "upper" items No consensus. Should be looked at again if phase three creates a mechanism for property inheritance. 2013-05-19 2013-08-03
Automatic labelling Ricordisamoa filceolaire To define a mechanism so that some items could have labels automatically set even without sitelink Agreed 2013-05-06 2013-08-03
Time DataType Properties 23PowerZ TCN7JM As time datatype is available now we have to discuss this in detail No clear consensus was reached regarding anything. 2013-05-30 2013-08-01
Personal names Yair rand Nightwish62 Handling personal names Separated properties and item datatype 2013-06-18 2013-07-31
Kinship 23PowerZ Sannita The current system for properties about family relation is a mess Properties P7 and P9 merged, no other relevant results. 2013-04-26 2013-07-31
Defining inactivity Rschen7754 Delusion23 What is inactivity? Creation of policy for defining inactivity of admins, bureaucrats and oversighters 2013-07-06 2013-07-23
Property documentation Pyfisch John F. Lewis Discussion about a new property documentation. No clear consensus. 2013-05-11 2013-07-21
Sockpuppetry guidelines Sven Manguard Izno Proposed guidelines on handling sockpuppetry Creation of a guideline on sock puppetry 2013-06-18 2013-07-17
Several datatypes for the same property Snipre Snipre A request for comment about creation 2 properties with the same name but different datatypes Changes in Wikidata:Notability seems to have solved the issue 2013-03-23 2013-07-13
Merge article interwikis and category interwikis ŠJů John F. Lewis Solution for Wikipedia categories No consensus in short. See RfC for developed point. 2013-03-12 2013-07-03
References and sources Micru Micru Reference and sources in Wikidata Creation of the initial guidelines for sourcing statements, see Help:Sources, approved with 72% support, 2013-04-16 2013-06-25
Software statements MichaelSchoenitzer Jasper Deng Some open questions about statements for items about software Various, see subpage 2013-03-30 2013-06-22
Disambiguation pages guidelines Nouill Sven Manguard To ask some exceptions to the disambiguation pages guidelines Disambiguation pages that vary only in spelling or punctuation can be merged i.f.f. no one language has separate disambiguation pages for both spelling/punctuation options 2013-05-07 2013-06-22
Exclusion of pages in the file namespace Vogone John F. Lewis To gauge whether Wikidata should link to files uploaded to local projects Exclusion of locally uploaded images to Wikipedias. 2013-05-29 2013-06-11
Which road to take for help pages Raoli Snipre How to improve the legibility of the help pages. No consensus, discussion died since 6 month 2012-11-18 2013-06-11
A need for a resolution regarding article moves and redirects Steel1943 filceolaire Should we allow Wikidata links to Wikipedia redirect pages? Code to be changed to allow sitelinks to redirect pages 2013-03-04 2013-06-02
Species and genus Ettrig filceolaire Problem will be solved if we can have sitelinks to redirect pages 2013-03-01 2013-06-02
Editprotected and Editinterface for Translation Administrators John F. Lewis Hazard-SJ To gauge whether translation administrators should be granted editprotected and/or editinterface permissions No consensus for any changes 2013-05-20 2013-06-01
Labels and descriptions in language variants Saehrimnir John F. Lewis Reducing complexity by only allowing as few labels per wikipedia as needed Keep: British English and Swiss High German. No consensus: Canadian English, Informal Netherland or Português do Brasil. Consensus to remove: Formal-German (Deutsch-Sie Form) 2013-04-27 2013-05-31
Items for Wikimedia projects besides Wikipedia King jakob c 2 Saehrimnir Judging whether other Wikimedia projects should be connected to Wikidata Its clear that interwikis will be centralized for all Wikimedia projects but how should be decided when its actually worked on 2013-04-28 2013-05-29
Script to add banners on an item Jitrixis John F. Lewis How do we use this Script ? No consensus on usage of script or implementation of usage. 2013-04-14 2013-05-19
Bureaucrats' role in removal of permissions John F. Lewis Sven Manguard Discuss whether bureaucrats should be able to remove sysop and crat flags No consensus as to whether or not bureaucrats should be allowed to desysop, defaulting to an unsuccessful proposal. Clear consenus against allow bureaucrats to de-crat, however. 2013-05-09 2013-05-15
Abusefilter-view-private and abusefilter-log-private for rollbackers FrigidNinja John F. Lewis RfC related to this discussion No consensus for addition of rights 2013-04-25 2013-05-07
Flood flag Vogone Hahc21 To gauge whether the flood flag should be enabled for Wikidata The flood flag is enabled for Wikidata 2013-04-28 2013-05-03
Defining oversighters Hahc21 Hazard-SJ Definition of roles and rules about local oversighters Update of Wikidata:Oversight 2013-04-18 2013-05-02
Wikidata:Vandalism King jakob c 2 Legoktm Whether to adopt WD:Vandalism as a policy Tagged as a guideline 2013-04-19 2013-05-01
Right to vanish Vituzzu Jasper Deng If and how should we implement right to vanish No consensus 2013-04-14 2013-04-28
Items for user pages Kolega2357 Legoktm Items for user pages Closed early due to no new arguments having been provided since the last few discussions on this topic 2013-04-19 2013-04-21
Adopt metawiki policy for translation administrators Vogone Addshore To gauge whether the requirements for translation adminship should be the same as on metawiki. Wikidata is to Adopt the full metawiki translation admin policy including the approval procedure. 2013-04-08 2013-04-14
Defining bureaucrats Rschen7754 Vituzzu Definition of roles and rules about bureaucrats Update of Wikidata:Bureaucrats 2013-04-05 2013-04-12
Inclusion of non-article pages 2 Reza1615 PinkAmpersand To exclude items on pages in specific namespaces. Several types of pages are declared ineligible for Wikidata items, as detailed here. 2013-03-08 2013-04-09
Restrict creation of properties to some users Ricordisamoa
(Subsequent clarification discussion started by Vogone)
(Subsequent clarification discussion closed by Hahc21)
To define whether and which edit restrictions should be set on the property namespace. Property creation is restricted to administrators and a new "property creator" user group; the latter right can be added or removed by administrors. 2013-03-26 2013-04-07
Sock puppetry Moe Epsilon Rschen7754 To gauge whether Wikidata:Sock puppetry should become policy. No consensus for adoption, and several suggested changes. 2013-03-25 2013-04-07
Opting out of Global sysops Hahc21 Hahc21 Whether to, or not to opt out of the global sysops Wikidata remains opted in to Global sysops 2013-03-08 2013-03-24
How to define a data structure for Wikidata? DavidMCEddy Espeso Define a data structure for Wikidata No comment 2013-02-12 2013-03-10
A page to show the top editors on Wikidata Morriswa Espeso Make a page like Special:CountEdits that shows the top editors on WikiData be started. No support 2013-01-26 2013-03-10
Glossary: new version Raoli Sannita Adopt the pattern contained in User:Raoli/Glossary as next version of Wikidata:Glossary No consensus 2012-11-18 2013-02-07
Defining administrators Ajraddatz Ajraddatz Definition of roles and rules about administrators Wikidata:Administrators 2013-01-01 2013-01-22
Notability Moe_Epsilon Wiki13 Definition of notability Wikidata:Notability 2012-11-15 2012-11-17