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Just because I can... I'd like to say:


Wittylama (talk) 10:39, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Why do the "articles" have strange names like Q386 and what does the Q mean?[edit]

-- 16:22, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Because it's a multi-lingual project and giving items a name in a particular language would be favoring that language. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 16:27, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Village pump[edit]

Is this talk page intended to function as a general discussion forum, or should we have something lie "Village pump" on en.Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons? Pigsonthewing (talk) 16:48, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Up for discussion but I think a separate one makes sense. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 16:51, 30 October 2012 (UTC)
See Wikidata:Project chat (which could really use a better name, imo). --Yair rand (talk) 21:19, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Automating tasks[edit]

Shouldn't updates like this one (and indeed the creation of that page, which I did earlier today) be done by a bot? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:18, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Yes and it likely will be at some point. However for now we asked bot authors to not run their bots yet to give people some time to get used to the system and play around without bots interfering already. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 19:21, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Can't see task forces[edit]

Why task forces doesn't appear (Wikidata:Community_portal#Task_forces)? --Stryn (talk) 07:09, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Looks good![edit]

I like the current layout of this page. Maybe this could be set for translation? --Stryn (talk) 12:20, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Problem saving?[edit]

I tried to add an interwiki for Q5072417 for : fr / fr:Pseuderemias striatus. Saving failed because "Site link frwiki:Pseuderemias striatus already used by item Q5079348".
This is true, but species Pseuderemias striata is a synonym of Pseuderemias striatus, so on fr: the first is a redirect on the second. I will not add an interwiki on a redirect, and whatever each wikipedia can follow different classifications (in one of them striata could be a valid taxa, on fr: it could even not exists).
So what to do in this case? In the same way the higher taxa can be fusionned with an other one (typicaly we do that when a higher taxa includes only a singler lower taxa on fr:, but other wikipedias create separated articles).

Regards, Hexasoft (talk) 21:08, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Hello. I added it as an alias in this edit. Also, the project chat is a more appropriate place to use in the future. :)  Hazard-SJ  ✈  20:56, 16 March 2013 (UTC)


Q662424 is the same as Q2826922.-- 11:41, 2 April 2013 (UTC) I've merged them. You can also perform merges by following the instructions at Help:Merge if you like. Delsion23 (talk) 22:19, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

"no" instead of "Norwegian"[edit]

I have been looking around for a while but haven't found a way to replace "no" by "Norwegian" (or "Norwegian (nynorsk)"?) in the languages template (top of page, where the level of completion of the diferent translations is shown). Anyone can fix it? Thanks. --Qllach (talk) 14:12, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Typically no = nb or Bokmal. Nynorsk = nn. In essence whatever is no should be nb when it refers to the no.wikipedia. GerardM (talk) 10:30, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

new task force[edit]

I've created a new task force (Wikidata:Tennis task force), but it doesn't show up in the list on the front page. This seems to be true for at least another task force (Wikidata:Iranian Persian Taskforce).--Kompakt (talk) 06:36, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

After I purged the page, these task forces are shown. --Michgrig (talk) 08:39, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
Alright, thanks.--Kompakt (talk) 13:37, 28 May 2013 (UTC)


Wikidata:Properties for deletions should be Wikidata:Properties for deletion, no s on the end. Danrok (talk) 15:36, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Fixed. --Stryn (talk) 16:43, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


I have a question at Talk:Q6499403 concerning how disambiguation pages are linked. There appears to be a need for two different WikiData pages for each disambiguation page. -- 11:55, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Also Talk:Q451539 with similar problems. -- 13:42, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Let me point you to Wikidata talk:Disambiguation pages task force/guidelines for guidance. Littledogboy (talk) 15:28, 9 July 2013 (UTC)
So, how do we fix this? Clearly, only the same spelling is acceptable, per the guidelines, how do I determine what the spelling is for the Q-page? How do I find other Q-pages to migrate the links to for the other spellings? -- 00:52, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
I'm ashamed to say, we kind of do this manually. Look at 中山 (Q13713456), Nakayama (Q451539), and no label (Q13713349) now. The problem is, sometimes disambiguation in one language is linked to a non-disamb page in other, otherwise I'd say: throw them to the bots. Littledogboy (talk) 11:13, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Q764962 Somebody Up There Likes Me[edit]

Would like to link it with new German article “Die Hölle ist in mir” but when I press "add" it is only possible to “cancel” while it is not possible to press “save”. This error occurs for some days now. Who can help / explain? Best regards, Chivista (talk) 16:54, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Done. I had problems with the GUI, too. After I reset my preferences to default (German: Einstellungen => auf "Alle Standardeinstellungen wiederherstellen" klicken) everything worked again.--Kompakt (talk) 18:34, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your explanation and amendment. Unfortunately, I cannot find this path on my PC. Guess, I have to wait until my son will be returning from his vacation trip :-( Well, this won't be long and I guess I will find no time anyway to write a new article tomorrow or the day after. But if you - or anyone else - should read this, you (she/he) could also link my latest German article de:Blaues Hawaii with Q2075102. Thanks again and best regards Chivista (talk) 20:30, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Why does my "Site id" default always involve Canadian English?[edit]

Wikidata borrows en-ca from my user preferences to default the field values.
So I get helpful messages like this:

The site id "en-ca/eswiki" is unknown. Please use an existing site id, such as "enwiki".

when I am simply trying to update an eswiki link.
Varlaam (talk) 03:32, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Why can data pages not be edited today?[edit]

Both pages I wanted to update would not allow editing. Varlaam (talk) 02:52, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

What are the items in question? It's probably the result of page protection.--Jasper Deng (talk) 02:59, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
Hi Jasper.
The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time
The [edit] buttons are there for me as an IP user.
When I log in, they vanish.
I had earlier added 4 of the links on that page.
Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
I have edited this page many, many times.
Varlaam (talk) 14:17, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Also, since there is a problem here, I have gone back to adding interwikis in WP the traditional way.
Are bots still actively looking for such links there, and then updating Wikidata automatically?
Can I trigger a bot on a certain WP page?
Thanks, Varlaam (talk) 14:39, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Which browser are you using? Do you have any gadgets enabled? Aude (talk) 09:28, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Same problem today.
I am using an antique Internet Explorer on Windows XP.
(Since I only use this PC to write WP articles and read the news, that's good enough.)
I don't know what gadgets are. Is that in Preferences somewhere?
As you may have seen, I have edited here lots of times until recently. Every flavour of Wikipedia is still working for me, even the one where I'm blocked, as is Commons, and some Wiktionaries. Wikidata is unique in this respect, to my knowledge.
If you have a theory, I can try Wikiversity, or places I don't ordinarily visit.
I was our office's main software debugger in my day. Software is what got me on TV. Varlaam (talk) 17:27, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
P.S. Is my unaddressed Canadian English problem (see above) a factor in this?
My account has [edit] buttons here at the library where the PCs have a more current O/S and browser.
So it's a property of an archaic browser, and the problem began just a few days ago. The issue is why Wikidata and nowhere else.
Varlaam (talk) 00:18, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I can´t help, but this has been discussed on Wikidata:Contact the development team a few times, so ask there, or look it up in the archive. Best, Littledogboy (talk) 08:57, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Wikidata staff is already aware of this (Aude above is part of the staff), and also bug report has been opened. --Stryn (talk) 09:01, 23 August 2013 (UTC)
Hi guys.
Something has definitely happened.
1) The [edit] buttons are here today for me so I was able to rename a link. ✓ Done
2) When I did so, no field value was defaulted to "en-ca", my earlier reported problem. ✓ Done
So, that's 2 for 2.
Great work. Varlaam (talk) 19:15, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Automatic update to the language sites?[edit]

How come, when you have changed/corrected the language link to one page, the page on that site can still have the old interwikilinks for a long time after this? Shouldn't this be automatically updated immediately?  – The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs).

Old links shouldn't be there after a long time. And purging the page should refresh the links immediately. --Stryn (talk) 07:28, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Fredrik Larsson[edit]

Please correct the tangle between the Handball-Player [1] [2] and the Musican [3]. -- Hans Koberger (talk) 13:14, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done. Handball player can be found now at Q15637377. --Stryn (talk) 14:38, 23 January 2014 (UTC)


Hi, Can anyone help me to remove T N Rajarathinam Pillai (Q15671566). This is not required. --Selvasivagurunathan m (talk)

✓ Done. --Stryn (talk) 08:58, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Gadget for multiple page creation on Wikidata ?[edit]

Hi.. Is there any way to create multiple entries on Wikidata using off-wiki created csv files, similar to page creation by AWB? A group of editors have created a set of pages on Hindi wiki, and inspired by their efforts I have created a series of corresponding pages on Punjabi wiki. These pages, so far does not have entries on Wikidata. --Vigyani (talk) 02:01, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Huey Tlatoani vs Tlatoani; and... I can not edit manually those or other at all...[edit]

Can somebody fix both entries? because there are different articles on Wikipedia for both. Also, I cannot edit manually any entry at all since a few months ago... anyone has the same problem?... Best regards. —Jmvgpartner (talk) 02:09, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Help Required...[edit]

Hi, Anyone please help me...

  • I have created this - Indian general election, 2014 (Kerala) (Q16268928). But this is not working. --Selvasivagurunathan m (talk) 16:43, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
@Selvasivagurunathan m: It can't be working since the page you want to connect doesn't exist. Of course, only if the page is Indian general election, 2014 (Kerala). Matěj Suchánek (talk) 19:00, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

@Matěj Suchánek: Thank you for your attention; however i have corrected this. Now it is working well.Selvasivagurunathan m (talk) 03:24, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

please help us to have an account on the our language..... SUBANEN(Q4980498)

Can't figure out how to change wrong link from Gaelic > other languages[edit]

Currently [4] points to Cormorant and [5] to Great Cormorant but that's wrong as Sgarbh an sgùmain should point at European shag. But I can't figure how to fix that because when I go to Edit Links and try to change it it tells me the page already exists blabla. I've tried googling the problem but because I'm not sure what I'm trying to google for I'm not getting anything useful. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!

Akerbeltz (talk) 14:28, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

@Akerbeltz: Fixed. The problem is that two separate entries can't point to the same article, even for a second. You have to remove one entirely first and then add it to the other entry. Is there a gd entry for Great Cormorant (Q25440)? What is its name in Irish? Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 14:37, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Ah thanks! The link from Sgarbh to Great C is fine as is. Not sure about the Irish. Akerbeltz (talk) 21:22, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Invalid token[edit]

I am trying to add ro:Faianță (material) to Q209671 and I get "Invalid token" error. Can anyone help? —  Ark25  (talk) 18:51, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

It's already there, added by User:XXN. --Stryn (talk) 19:11, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
I see now, someone was quicker than me. Sorry for the false alarm. But I guess the system should give a more useful error, like "the item was already added". —  Ark25  (talk) 19:19, 24 September 2014 (UTC)


pt:Caminhão-cegonha should be connected to en:Car carrier trailer and the corresponding articles in other languages, not to en:Autorack. I've already updated the links here, but the Wikipedia articles haven't changed. Can you please fix it? -- Marawe (talk) 21:48, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

@Marawe: I'm trying to help but I don't understand the problem. —Justin (koavf)TCM 00:57, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
@Koavf: The links have been fixed. At the time of my post, pt:Caminhão-cegonha (a road truck) was pointing to en:Autorack (a rail vehicle), but now it is correctly linked to en:Car carrier trailer. -- Marawe (talk) 03:10, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
@Marawe: Obrigado. Have a nice day. Let me know if I can help in the future. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:40, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikiproject Links[edit]

The current link to the WikiProjects goes to a rather confusing collapsible bullet-list. Would anyone mind if that were changed to an alphabetical list? --Tobias1984 (talk) 13:17, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Can we add this to the page boxes? User:Tobias1984/Wikiprojects --Tobias1984 (talk) 17:05, 2 December 2015 (UTC)
  <translate> WikiProjects</translate>

 Astronomy     Biology     Chemistry     Geology     Informatics     Mathematics     Medicine     Mineralogy     Molecular biology     Physics     Space     Taxonomy   

What's with all WikiProjects not related to science? --Pasleim (talk) 14:52, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
@Pasleim: This is just a showcase. If we add it to the community portal we can add all the WikiProjects (at least the active ones). --Tobias1984 (talk) 21:15, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
+1. You can create a new window which take the whole width of the page. Snipre (talk) 10:04, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
how about listing all the active projects on this community portal page directly? ArthurPSmith (talk) 21:21, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Mess corrected[edit]

I eliminated mixing of tarot playing, tarot divinating and tarot island. 17:10, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Busan (Q16520)[edit]

Why would one language link for an article not display on a lists of such links? I added ga:Busan a couple of days ago. The link to the Irish Wikipedia (which should appear as "Gaeilge") appears on the German Wikipedia and a couple of others, but I don't see it on most (Eng., French, Hindi, Breton). SeoMac (talk) 04:55, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

User:SeoMac: Sometimes it takes some time till the server's job queue is processed so the links show up on the Wikipedias. You can force this to be done manually for one article by purging the server cache for it then (e.g. by attaching "?action=purge" to its URL). However, in your case I don't know if this process may take up more than 24 hours (as your "a couple of days ago" was just slightly more than one), and I'm seeing the links without having purged the articles. Maybe it just is a cache issue on your site (e.g. your browser cached the versions without the link). --YMS (talk) 06:25, 30 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, YMS. I should be more patient! The Busan article now appears on the list of language links for every language I checked, except for English. That will come soon doubtless. I have been spoiled by experiences like ga:Yongle, my 100Wikidays (Wikimedia) challenge article for Monday. The Gaeilge link displayed immediately on all Wikis that I checked. Your comment about the browser cache is appreciated and I suspect important. I will look into that. SeoMac (talk) 04:16, 31 May 2016 (UTC)


The pages contain similar items. One should contain names of people and the other one be general.Xx236 (talk) 11:35, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Q430700 and Q11710682[edit]

Both lists are linked by Interwiki. I believe that the two lists should be integrated or divided into another two lists. Xx236 (talk) 11:37, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Ground blizzard Q9299029 and Blizzard Q205418[edit]

Should be corrrectly divided. Xx236 (talk) 11:53, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Q23797208 - wrong[edit]

Xx236 (talk) 12:05, 5 August 2016 (UTC)


Q4317707 and Q21083006

Merge request[edit]

Pls merge Q23751328 into Q7431932. They are the same. I dunno how to do it myself. 06:06, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi. Thanks for the report. I merged them. See Help:Merge for how to do this yourself, if you want to do that in the future (though using an account probably helps here). --YMS (talk) 08:38, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Transform Wikidata:Community portal as the community center for announcement[edit]

Currently Wikidata:Project chat is used to spread announcements like adminship request, bot flag request or RfC. Wikidata:Project chat is one of the most important places of WD but this excludes people who don't visit this page mainly because English is not one of their spoken labguages. In the other hand it is not possible to require that all announcements having a community impact have to be translated and announced in every linguistic version of the Wikidata:Project chat.

Can we imagine to use the Community portal as the center for these announcements ? The idea is to create a new section with 3 subsections adminship request, bot flag request and RfC. Each time a contributor want to start one of these 3 requests, ha had to had a link to the request in the corresponding subsections. We should avoid any translation in order to allow everyone using a translated version of the community portal to be able to see the changes. Any comment ? Snipre (talk) 20:17, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

My experience is that most users don't visit pages like this. Notices on the watchlist and recent changes work much better. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 20:31, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
Sjoerd de Bruin So the question is why: is it because nobody try to use these pages by providing up-to-date information or something else ? And don't you think your answer is true but only for contributors with a long experience of WD and completely wrong for newbies ? Snipre (talk) 20:39, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
I concur with Sjoerddebruin that Watchlist announcements are an effective means to communicate with logged in users; though that restricts alerts to administrators. So you simple need to work out the means to point to announcements wherever they are, and how you effectively collate your list. So I don't really mind where you have your announcements, it is the effective pointers to them that matter.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:33, 12 May 2017 (UTC)
If a person doesn't speak English, how does it help them if they are alerted of an English RfC, adminship request or bot flag request? ChristianKl (talk) 20:59, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Does Wikidata automatically resolve Wikipedia redirects?[edit]

It appears to me that Wikidata automatically resolves Wikipedia redirects into the redirect target article. I think it should not do this. Just now, I tried to alter the en-wiki link for Q1956078 from en:w:Remença to en:w:Rebellion of the Remences which is currently a redirect on en-wiki, but although the input box sees that title and offers it for selection in type-ahead, when you select it and Save, it reverts back to Remença again. Imho, this is improper behavior, and it should allow the redirect article to be chosen, if that's what the user wants to do.

Although English doesn't currently have a main article at en:w:Rebellion of the Remences we do have the redirect and that is clearly the real equivalent in English to Q1956078. Some day, this redirect will undoubtedly be expanded into an article. When that day comes, why have Q1956078 pointing at the wrong article, when it could already be pointing at the correct one, the redirect-morphed-into-article?

It's too hard for software to determine whether a redirect is merely an alternative spelling or some other issue, so it shouldn't try; that's where humans come in. Let the software recognize the redirect, pop up another box containing the redirect, the redirect target, and if possible, the first sentence or two of the redirect target (like the wikilink hover pop-up), along with radio button selection, and offer the human the choice of leaving the redirect as is, or choosing the target article for that xx-wiki. For extra credit, also pop up all the other redirects pointing at the same target article (what links here, where source type=redirect) and include those in the radio button selection pop-up as well. That would be the ideal, imho. Mathglot (talk) 21:21, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

See phab:T54564 and Wikidata:Requests for comment/Allow the creation of links to redirects in Wikidata. Matěj Suchánek (talk) 06:54, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Merge request[edit]

Hi, could someone please merge Q18191228 with Q15995111, both are the same Isreali computer scientist. TIA --MAx59 (talk) 17:38, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

→ ← Merged Matěj Suchánek (talk) 12:40, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Consistency between Wikidata and Wikipedia[edit]

Wikipedia pulls data from Wikidata (in which time intervals?). Is Wikidata also updated from Wikipedia, e.g. after additions/changes to Wikipedia articles?

Each time you open a WP article, the latest version of WD data is used on the WP article. But the link between the WP article and the corresponding statement in WD has to hardcoded in the wikicode of the WP article.
Change in WP article are not uploaded in WD: only manual edit in WD can change Wikibase, the database of WD. Some WPs are experimenting special user interfaces allowing to edit WD from WP, but I don't have any news about this kind of experiments. But from what I know you can't change both WP article and WD item in one unique edit on WP side. Snipre (talk) 11:54, 6 July 2017 (UTC)