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New to Wikidata? Here are some things I recommend to make your editing experience easier, and which I demonstrate in my training sessions.

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Sign-upEdit

Sign up for an account (unless you have one already, of course); at:

Special:UserLogin

or on Wikipedia:

en:Special:UserLogin

or the equivalent on the Wikipedia in your preferred language. Wikipedia accounts work on Wikidata and vice versa.

When given the option, please enter your email address (it's always hidden, and you can turn off the ability for people to send you messages; but giving an address means you can recover lost passwords). The account name may be pseudonymous, but is personal to the individual, not your job, so "BookLover789" or "LibrarianSam" are OK, but not "StateLibrary", or "ConservationTeam", or suchlike.

If you edit as part of your job, or for any other kind of payment or reward, you are required by the Wikimedia Foundation to disclose your employer, but you are allowed to maintain separate accounts for work and personal use, and either or both can be pseudonymous.

It only takes a minute to sign up.

Make sure you bring a note of your username and password if you're coming to a training session or editing event!

BabelEdit

Babel user information
fr-N Cet utilisateur a pour langue maternelle le français.
en-5 This user has professional knowledge of English.
de-N Dieser Benutzer spricht Deutsch als Muttersprache.
ja-4 この利用者は母語話者に近い日本語の知識を有しています。
it-1 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello elementare in italiano.
id-3 Pengguna ini mampu bersumbangsih dengan bahasa Indonesia tingkat mahir.
ru-2 Этот участник владеет русским языком на среднем уровне.
nys-0 This user has no knowledge of Noongar (or understands it with considerable difficulty).
  This user has a page on English Wikipedia.
 This user is an administrator on Wikispecies. (verify)
Users by language

Put a Babel template on your user page, to control the language of labels and descriptions which Wikidata shows by default.

If you speak (specifically if you read and write) only in English, use:

{{#babel:en}}

If you natively speak, say, French, but also speak good English, use:

{{#babel:fr|en-5}}

(note the hyphen), where "fr" is the ISO 639-1, ISO 639-2 or ISO 639-3 code for your language, and "5" indicates your level of proficiency on a scale of 1-5 (or "N" for another native language).

You can add more languages, thus:

{{#babel:fr|en-5|de-N|ja-4|it-1|id-3|ru-2|nys-0}}

Using a value of zero will force the display of labels and descriptions in that language, even if you don't speak it (maybe you're learning it).

Next, you can add details of the other projects on which you are active:

{{#babel:fr|en-5|de-N|ja-4|it-1|id-3|ru-2 |en.wikipedia}}

Finally, add any elevated roles on those projects:

{{#babel:fr|en-5|de-N|ja-4|it-1|id-3|ru-2 |en.wikipedia |Wikispecies admin}}

This version is shown above. Note that the languages are shown in the order in which you listed them.

GadgetsEdit

Optional, for more advanced editing

Under Preferences / Gadgets, activate labelLister, Descriptions, Reasonator, DuplicateReferences, currentDate, CoordinateDiffMap and currentDate.

Each is described on that page.

ScriptsEdit

Optional, for more advanced editing

Edit Special:Mypage/common.js, and add the line:

importScript( 'User:Jitrixis/nameGuzzler.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Jitrixis/nameGuzzler.js]]

(you can view the source code at User:Jitrixis/nameGuzzler.js).

This adds a "VIP's labels" link to the (default left-hand) toolbar. You can use this (with care!) to add labels in lots of languages at once. Best used for things like people's names, names of species or other taxons, and others which are the same in every western-alphabet language. To configure the script to use western-alphabet languages by default, copy the content of User:Pigsonthewing/nameGuzzlerOption.js into your Special:MyPage/nameGuzzlerOption.js page.

On WikipediaEdit

 
WikidataInfo script on a Wikipedia article

Optional, for more advanced editing

If you edit on one or more Wikipedias, or sister projects like Wikispecies, edit meta:Special:Mypage/global.js (check you're logged in first) and add the line:

mw.loader.load("//www.wikidata.org/w/index.php?title=User:Yair rand/WikidataInfo.js&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript"); // Backlink: [[d:User:Yair rand/WikidataInfo.js]]

(you can see the source code at User:Yair rand/WikidataInfo.js).

This adds the Wikidata ID, label, description and alias (or a "create item" link, if none exists) below the article title on each project.