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Best regards! --Tobias1984 (talk) 15:52, 25 August 2013 (UTC)


Babel lets you view and edit more than one language on Wikidata. Just add e.g. {{#babel:de-N|en-3|es-1|fr-2|nl-3|it-4|da-0}} to your user page. With the same language codes you can add links to your userpage on Wikipedia e.g. de:User:User123. --Tobias1984 (talk) 15:52, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you. I have just created my user page with Babel template. In fact upto now I have used Wikidata in various languages without Babel. Let see then what will be different with Babel. --Elkost (talk) 07:27, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
It is quite helpful on Wikidata. all the best. --Tobias1984 (talk) 07:31, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Grant proposal about WikidataEdit

Hello, I am preparing a grant proposal with the title "m:Grants:IEG/Understanding Wikidata". I would be very grateful if you could have a look and comment. Ziko (talk) 18:46, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Merge two itemsEdit

Hi Elkost, if you merge two items please keep the item with the lowest number. In "Preferences" -> "Gadgets" you can click on "Merge: This script adds a tool for merging items". This gadget makes merging easy. Cheers --Kolja21 (talk) 21:50, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank you! --Elkost (talk) 05:52, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

After I carefully split Hochschule from Higher Education Institution, why did you merge them again?!!!Edit

@Elkost: - See the discussion on the project chat page here: [1]. If you disagree with the split, let's discuss. Maybe I didn't move some language items correctly. But they should not have been just merged together again like that - the hierarchy was wrong, and the enwiki link there now for higher education institution (Q38723) points only to the German Hochschule entry which is quite different.

Looks like User:Infovarius reverted your change. Please read talk pages on items like this in future! ArthurPSmith (talk) 14:55, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
@ArthurPSmith: Because Hochschule and the rejected terms (bg, ru, etc.) are equivalent! The word de:Hochschule (look at the definition in the German article, saying: Hochschule ist der Oberbegriff für eine Einrichtung des tertiären Bildungsbereichs - literally: Hochschule is the generic term for an institution of tertiary education) and the rejected terms (e.g. ru:высшее учебное заведение and/or bg:висше училище) represent the superclass for all institutions of higher education. These articles in German, Russian, Bulgarian are main articles in their eponymous categories, all of them linked to en:Category:Universities and colleges.
The linked articles in German, English, Italian wikipedias, named Hochschule, describe this German term, while the other articles, linked to them, refer to translations, bearing narrower meanings - e.g. fr:haute école is not a generic term, as it represents only a type of institution of tertiary education. Simultaneously the Bulgarian term (висше училище) is an exact translation of Hochschule, has the same meaning of generic term, but its article (like those linked to it) stays alone, not linked to the German one!
By the way, Arthur, I have been a head of department in a large Bulgarian university for 5 years and, as the responsible for this, have arranged adoption by our university (first in the country) of the European Credit Transfer System (to facilitate student mobility), thus comparing various types and levels of higher education, universities and colleges, syllabi of their programmes; additionally I have checked and verified plenty diplomas of foreign students. Thank you for informing me about the discussion, I would take part in it. --Elkost (talk) 13:39, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Personally, I thought that de:Hochschule fits good for higher education institution (Q38723), so there's no problem for me to have it there. The problem is in en-wiki which tends to have 1 article per each translation of each term (high school->Hochschule, haute ecole etc.). I don't know how to link each of them with term in other Wikipedias. --Infovarius (talk) 12:47, 16 October 2015 (UTC)
As per the meaning of the term, both articles de:Hochschule and en:Hochschule should be connected to the group of bg:висше училище; for me only the Italian article rests to be checked - either to leave it in its group or to link it with the German and English articles to the other group (of the superclass). It is wrong to link together terms by sounding/writing instead by meaning: e.g. the meaning of булка is bread in Russian and Ukrainian but bride in Bulgarian. So the problem is in translation - either by meaning (the normal case) or by sounding/writing (often misleading and making fun of misunderstanding). --Elkost (talk) 06:44, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Translation requestEdit


Can you create the article en:Baku State University in Bulgarian, just like the article bg:Технически университет (София) which you uploaded?

Yours sincerely, Maphobbyist (talk) 05:56, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

OK, it is worth. --Elkost (talk) 06:01, 12 March 2019 (UTC)--Elkost (talk) 06:01, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
Can you also create en:Category:Wars involving Azerbaijan in Bulgarian Wikipedia, just like bg:Категория:Войни на Армения which you uploaded? The wars and military histories of Azerbaijan and Armenia are linked. This is my final request from you for this year.
Yours sincerely, Maphobbyist (talk) 10:05, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
OK, it's easy. --Elkost (talk) 13:11, 27 April 2019 (UTC)