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Incorrect spelling of numbers for the April 27th & April 15th entries[edit]

The word twelveth is an archaic form of twelfth. The phrase eleventh-millionth plus one should be phrased as eleven-millionth-plus one.

Toxocara[edit]

Please join together (Q2883021) https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxocara with (Q2522497) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxocaridae --Mirandolese (talk) 19:40, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

Toxocara is a genus, Toxocaridae is a family so isn't possible merge the items. --ValterVB (talk) 16:44, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

What's it good for?[edit]

I have some notion of what a database is used for but this Main Page lacks a explanation of the purpose of Wikidata and how it can be useful to people. I'm sure the sponsors of this project are full of dreams regarding what we will be able do with this resource when it is mature, so why not share some of them on the Main Page? —Blanchette (talk) 19:30, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Problems[edit]

Why don't putting two links to one Wikipedia article in the same language, putting the same article on two databases and maybe putting articles with the hash sign (#) work and why do they come up with an error, "this action cannot be completed", and when will these problems be fixed? -- PK2 (talk) 02:39, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Link to query service?[edit]

Hey :)

I think it'd be cool if we can prominently link to the query service (query.wikidata.org) somewhere. What do you think? --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 17:00, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

After 2 months no objections. Be bold and just add it. Multichill (talk) 17:52, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

"Welcome" section question[edit]

Hello all- Does anyone know if the first sentence of the "Welcome" section should read "Wikidata is a free, linked database..." or "Wikidata is a free-linked database..." ? If "free-linked" is what was intended, we should link to a definition of that term. Otherwise I would insert a comma after "free". Eric (talk) 18:44, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

As I don't know what a "free-linked database" is, while Wikidata is a free database with datasets that link to each other, I guess the "free, linked" thingie is meant. However, not being a native English speaker, I am not sure whether the comma you propose really belongs here. I'd say those are cumulative adjectives (basically saying it's a linked database which is also free, while you usually would rather not say that it's a free database that's also linked - even though I did so in the starting sentence). However, if I'm wrong with this, I would of course change it. --YMS (talk) 16:37, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi YMS, and thanks for the input. As a general rule, English wants a comma between those adjectives, at least in the context of that welcome. I'll wait and see if anyone else weighs in. Eric (talk) 03:44, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

As no one else responded, I changed it as proposed in Wikidata:Main Page/Welcome. Looks like though English is the source language here (and no translation from English to English is possible in the system), the change has to be marked for translation before it affects Wikidata:Main Page/Welcome/en and therefore the actual English main page. So it may take some time before the change shows on the main page. (I could make myself a translation admin, but for someone obviously not having understood the translation system completely, this would be a rather poor choice.) --YMS (talk) 12:02, 1 February 2016 (UTC)