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James WattEdit

Hi, I'm guessing you're aware of this? Andy Dingley (talk) 14:14, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Kaywin FeldmanEdit

Gamaliel, Ms. Feldman will be the new director of the National Gallery but I don't see that she is employed there yet-- The news report cited at says that will occur in March. I don't know if there is a a field that can handle that. Regards, Kablammo (talk) 18:21, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, I didn't realize that. Why don't we use "start time" as a qualifier then? Gamaliel (talk) 18:29, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
That's fine. Thank you. Kablammo (talk) 18:37, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

changing descriptions to "researcher"Edit

Why are you changing descriptions to the less descriptive "researcher" from other more specific descriptions, e.g. Annemarie E. Pickersgill (Q56551123) which had "geochemist"? Trilotat (talk) 23:04, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Strange, the SPARQL query I used was for items missing descriptions entirely. I'll reexamine the query I used to see what went wrong. Gamaliel (talk) 15:25, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
@Trilotat: I see what happened. I started the OpenRefine upload on Dec 30 or 31, before you added the description on Jan 2, so at the time I ran the query the description was blank. Hopefully this only happened with one or two items. I've reverted the edit and restored your description. Sorry! Gamaliel (talk) 15:30, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
Seems like a good query. I haven’t figured out using SPARQL queries using SourceMD. I understand the queries, but not the application via SourceMD. Thanks and take care. Trilotat (talk) 17:14, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

Edit groups warEdit

Hi Gamaliel and Sjoerddebruin,

I think you need to solve this description issue by discussing it rather than undoing batches one after the other. Undoing large edit batches has a real cost for the servers, so edit warring via EditGroups is not acceptable.

If I can help to mediate this: I would say that Gamaliel's effort to add descriptions is welcome, but they should not have ORCID ids in them. The batch mentioned above with just "researcher" looks more consensual to me.

Cheers and keep up the good work! − Pintoch (talk) 13:34, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

I have no problem modifying the descriptions whenever possible, this is just the first time that I've heard from anyone in what specific way they are unsuitable. I'm willing to omit the ORCID where I can and I'm willing to discuss any idea to make changes. The reason I placed them originally was because many of the names were duplicates and the items had absolutely no other way to distinguish between two identical names, so some of them will just have to have the ID numbers in them. Gamaliel (talk) 14:23, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

Woman of the Century Wikisource linksEdit

pst, see also User_talk:Pigsonthewing#Woman_of_the_Century_Wikisource_links. i think a better way would be Property:P1343 for a "described by source" property, with a reference to the wikisource url. but no consensus for this. Slowking4 (talk) 21:00, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Agreed, but I also want the Wikisource item to link back to Wikidata, so that's why I've been doing it the way I have been. No objection to doing it a new way but I'm really all about connecting everything to everything. Gamaliel (talk) 22:10, 6 May 2019 (UTC)
the linking as a property on wikidata is more wikidata friendly, making a query easier. i may go around switching, to avoid a straight deletion of the link without replacement, as you see with user:rosiestep. hope you don't mind. -- Slowking4 (talk) 12:22, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
Fine by me, user:Slowking4. I'm in favor of linking everything to Wikidata. BTW, when I've written a Woman of the Century biography on en-wiki, and Jane Doe has a Wikisource author item, it's been my practice to place that link in the Wikisource section of her Wikidata item, and place the Wikisource link for her Woman of the Century article into the External links section of her en-wiki article; this is not the best place for it but I couldn't sort out a better option and I didn't want to ignore it. I think moving all the Women of the Century Wikisource links into "described by source" would be an excellent way to go. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:01, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
Example: en:Martha E. Whitten. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:09, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
My main concern is if there's a bio entry on Wikisource for a person who has no Wikipedia entry, where does it link to on Wikisource? Will we have to manually add Wikidata links now? Gamaliel (talk) 16:13, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
All of these women's biogrpahies should have a Wikidata item. --Rosiestep (talk) 13:09, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
Agreed. I've been creating some manually. I just want to make sure that Wikisource links to those items. Gamaliel (talk) 13:26, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
agree, i guess we have to link manually, since no clear ontology for article subject. i tried an example of "described by source" at Q63497673. -- Slowking4 (talk) 15:19, 13 May 2019 (UTC)


Hey, I saw you reverting vandalism - thanks for helping out! Would you like rollback permissions? -- Ajraddatz (talk) 02:21, 6 August 2019 (UTC)

Ajraddatz (talkcontribslogs) Sure! I'm seeing a lot more vandalism lately and I'd be glad to help. Gamaliel (talk) 02:28, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
Done :-) -- Ajraddatz (talk) 02:38, 6 August 2019 (UTC)

SNAC Ark ID (P3430)Edit

Hi, you have added this property to many disambiguation items, e.g. John Burke (Q1270112) or Jim Carlson (Q20815098), which also caused a lot of unique violations (see Wikidata:Database_reports/Constraint_violations/P3430#"Unique_value"_violations). Would be nice if you could revert and clean up your changes. Steak (talk) 08:04, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

It looks like I used the Mix and Match tool to make these edits. I'll take a look and see if I can figure out what went wrong. Gamaliel (talk) 11:44, 10 September 2019 (UTC)
@Steak: I just ran a batch in quickstatements and removed P3430 from 269 items that were disambiguation pages. That should catch all the errors added by me and others. Gamaliel (talk) 14:54, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! Steak (talk) 08:24, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

Community Insights SurveyEdit

RMaung (WMF) 17:38, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Labels do not have have to be uniqueEdit

When adding labels please note As an example see Albæk (Q12300912) which you touched earlier today. --Hjart (talk) 19:54, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

I tried to catch most of the parenthetical stuff in the large dataset and move it to the description field but I missed a bunch it looks like. Gamaliel (talk) 19:56, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

Reminder: Community Insights SurveyEdit

RMaung (WMF) 19:54, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Two peopleEdit

This seems to have been a mistake; I'll revert. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 18:21, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Thanks! I'll make an item for the suffragist. Gamaliel (talk) 18:24, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
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