Hello, I'm Lucywood. In case you didn't know, descriptions begin with a lowercase letter except when uppercase would normally be required or expected. Essentially, you should pretend that the description is appearing in the middle of a normal sentence, and then follow normal language rules. Most terms would not be capitalized if they appeared in the middle of a sentence. However terms such as proper nouns (e.g. the names of specific people, specific places, and specific titles) should be capitalized. If you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks! Lucywood (talk) 09:32, 12 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks Lucywood. I didn't know that, but I do now! Watty62 (talk) 16:23, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
Also please note that we don't include disambiguators in the label and we usually don't include articles, thanks. Lucywood (talk) 09:09, 15 August 2020 (UTC)Reply
Thanks, Lucywood. Do you have an example where I've made that error, please? I will fix it. Cheers. Watty62 (talk) 09:13, 15 August 2020 (UTC)Reply
Q98398419 where you included "A" and the disambiguator "Aberdeen". Lucywood (talk) 15:09, 15 August 2020 (UTC)Reply
Ah, OK. I get it. There will be a few of those created today which I will fix. Thanks for reminding me. Best wishes Watty62 (talk) 18:12, 15 August 2020 (UTC)Reply
Also per Help:Description#No initial articles (a, an, the) its better to use "Aberdeen-based granite company" than "an Aberdeen-based granite company". Lucywood (talk) 13:41, 2 March 2022 (UTC)Reply
Oops - old habits die hard. Apologies once more. I see that you've fixed many. Thank you. I've sorted the rest. Sorry to keep falling foul of this. Watty62 (talk) 14:00, 2 March 2022 (UTC)Reply

Removing pictures


May i ask what is the reasoning behind this edit?--Trade (talk) 09:51, 28 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

Yes, Trade - I'd mistakenly attached the wanted poster to the WRONG William Macdonald (there are two in the Register of Convicts with different dates of birth etc). The correct one, who was born 28 years earlier, is If you have a look at that one you will see that the poster image and his mug shot are of the same individual. Also you might be interested to read more here

Watty62 (talk) 10:48, 28 June 2021 (UTC) items about people should preferably stick to one name only, with the other being alies. In practice that means not having items with names such as Margaret Hutcheson or Stewart.--Trade (talk) 22:59, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Trade. The Wikidata article names are transcription of the names recorded in the register. By 'alies' do you mean 'alias'? This form of legal naming (as used in the police register) is not an alias. In Scots Law a when referring to a married woman the correct legal style is Forename + Maiden Family Name + OR + Married Family Name. This is covered here So, in this case the police officers compiling the register have recorded the details of Margaret who was born with the surname Hutcheson and who was later married to a Mr Stewart. In creating the Wikidata articles we've copied the naming exactly from the legal register which we see as best practice.
I hope this helps to understand our approach.
Watty62 (talk) 08:11, 26 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Call for participation in a task-based online experiment


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Kholoudsaa (talk) 17:51, 3 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

Thanks. I've completed that form. Watty62 (talk) 11:32, 6 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

Labels, descriptions and other things to improve for painting imports


Hi WATTY62, I noticed you imported quite a few paintings like for example Le Lavage des Moutons (Q109910394): painting by Léon Augustin Lhermitte. For paintings the convention is to use the title of the painting as the label and in the description "painting by <painter>". So for the example:

  • The label "Léon Augustin Lhermitte - Le Lavage des Moutons - ABDAG002359" should be changed to "Le Lavage des Moutons"
  • The description "artwork in the Aberdeen City Council (Archives, Gallery and Museums Collection)" should be changed to "painting by Léon Augustin Lhermitte"

I did this for this paintings. Can you have a look at the other paintings you imported?

Some other possible improvements based on the example:

Multichill (talk) 12:06, 23 April 2022 (UTC)Reply

Please reply. Multichill (talk) 11:32, 26 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Hi Multichill
Thanks. Yes - I will get on to fixing those, but not for a couple of weeks (i need to go on a family holiday). The initial upload was a first pass to get some of the AAGM collection made available. We always knew we'd have some tidying to do!
I might get back to you if I have queries about edge cases, but most of it should be straightforward.
Best wishes. Ian Watty62 (talk) 18:31, 29 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Hi Multichill (talkcontribslogs) I finally found time to tackle this. I started last night with this query to get the works from the AAGM collection. I noted that Spinster (talkcontribslogs) had fixed quite a few already. I downloaded a CSV and filtered the descriptions in Google Sheets to get the ones with ABD****** in the title. I removed those along with spaces and the trailing characters. I then fixed most using Quickstatements. Now, of 4,233 only 278 have accession numbers in their labels. This is because removing the ABD**** accession numbers would give them the same name and description as another item. This will probably need to be done manually. I know that this doesn't fix all of the issues you raise but it is a good start, I think! Thanks. Ian Watty62 (talk) 16:39, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply
Looks like a good start. The descriptions should also be cleaned up, see . Just trim it down and try in QuickStatements. You just have to do these by hand. Multichill (talk) 09:58, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply
Hi. I think that those are pretty much done. Thanks for your guidance. If you spot any more issues please let me know! Ian
Watty62 (talk) 15:08, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply