Reinheitsgebot doing the same thing againEdit

We're having the same problems again with Reinheitsgebot adding University of Barcelona IDs for works to data items for humans. [1] [2] The claim that the problem was fixed clearly was not true. My notifications to the bot owner have gone without response. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:05, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

Sigh. (Not sure what you mean by "the claim that the problem was fixed", because I didn't even see that.) I've followed up in the thread, but I can't say I have much hope anything will change. —Scs (talk) 01:41, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Also [3]. So he's aware of it... —Scs (talk) 11:25, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

Knot theory propertiesEdit

Hi! Thank you for your contribution to the proposal for Dowker-Thistlethwaite notation (P8378). I've nearly completed the process of merging together and cross-checking the existing knot entries and the new ones, and my next planned step is to add the Dowker-Thistlethwaite names: see Wikidata:Property_proposal/Natural_science#Dowker-Thistlethwaite_name. Once that is done, I'll be able to make a start on adding the external identifiers to link the Wikidata items to the various external resources (see the other related proposals on the same page). Once that's done, I can then go on to complete my knot project without needing any more new properties.

Could you possibly take a look at the proposal above, and the related external entity property proposals listed together with it? Thanks, The Anome (talk) 14:16, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for looking at the proposal for this property, which has now been created. Could you possibly also take a look at my other knot theory property proposals at Wikidata:Property_proposal/Natural_science#Mathematics? Once these are created, I should be able to finish the process of putting this framework in place. -- The Anome (talk) 14:36, 29 June 2020 (UTC)


Hi Scs, thanks for your email and your concerns. I wrote and maintain Module:WikidataIB, which I forked from the en:Module:Wikidata that I created back in 2013. The English Wikipedia community restricted the use of Wikidata to infoboxes and I wanted a module specifically to address the issues raised on enwiki such as "opt-in vs opt-out" and filtering out of unsourced data. It consists of numerous low-level calls that allow an infobox designer to upgrade each field in an existing infobox template so that it becomes capable of drawing the information for that field from Wikidata under the control of an editor at the article level.

I am indeed retired from work, not from Wikipedia. I have, however, taken the decision to dissociate myself from the Wikidata project as I believe the community has too little conception of how Wikidata is being used other than by means of a SPARQL query, and the data structures are far too vulnerable to individuals meddling without any consideration of the consequences of their actions. That sort of behaviour would be quickly stamped on at enwiki, but seems to be tolerated through ignorance here. --RexxS (talk) 14:38, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

Call for participation in the interview study with Wikidata editorsEdit

Dear Scs,

I hope you are doing good,

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