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Wikibase Repository’s naming convention

Hi, I have a Wiki and I use Wikibase to store variables on a namespace (Item:). I would like to add a third tab between Page and Discussion that links to Item:<pagename>. Is there a way to name items pages with a chosen name instead of Q<number> ? --CreativeC (talk) 21:49, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

You can construct links like --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 09:47, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Not notified

This edit didn't trigger a notification. Is it because it was not signed?--Micru (talk) 23:14, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes, notifications require a signature in the same edit. Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 23:24, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Connect button

Hello.The button "Add links" Sometimes does not work in Commons with unconnected pages like w:The Net (1953 film).Please solve this problem.Thanks David (talk) 13:25, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

We already have a patch to solve this issue but are waiting for deployments to resume again next week. You can follow the ticket at phabricator:T213975. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 21:21, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Other Articles:

  1. w:Tuolumne Peak (Yosemite National Park)
  2. w:Young Lakes (Yosemite National Park)
  3. ms:Taman Darul Salam

David (talk) 11:13, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

A tool to add coordinates

Hi, is it possible to create a tool, which can help editors navigate dynamic maps and add coordinates directly to the Wikidata items? Something similar to Locator-tool, which works in Commons. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 10:08, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

@Bodhisattwa: If you right-click at a point on and choose "Show address", the coordinates of the point are inserted into the search box, so you could copy and paste those raw coordinates into P625 on items. Jc86035 (talk) 11:46, 3 February 2019 (UTC)
@Jc86035:, thanks a lot for the reply. Yes, this is the way I add coordinates too. But it would be cool, if we can directly access the map from Wikidata and by clicking on the map, we just get the coordinate as a statement by not doing the copy-paste procedure. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 12:20, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

Userrights list ?

Where could I find a list of avaible user rights for Wikibase Repository ? Thank you --CreativeC (talk) 21:50, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

@CreativeC: You mean Special:ListGroupRights? Bencemac (talk) 08:29, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
@Bencemac: I mean a page of documentation that includes all User rights I can give to usergroups through $wgGroupPermissions['group']['right'] = true; in Localsettings.php (i.e. property-create) --CreativeC (talk) 17:23, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
@CreativeC: Check out mw:Manual:User rights. It might be a bit messy, the help for some special rights links from MediaWikiWiki mw: to Meta m: (or rather, that's how it was in 2016). As long as there are no red links on Special:ListGroupRights here the local explanations are relevant, apparently various policies here. The technical stuff incl. the precise PHP user right name is always on mw:. – 15:06, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
@CreativeC: From
	// rights
	// names should be according to other naming scheme
	$wgGroupPermissions['*']['item-term'] = true;
	$wgGroupPermissions['*']['property-term'] = true;
	$wgGroupPermissions['*']['item-merge'] = true;
	$wgGroupPermissions['*']['item-redirect'] = true;
	$wgGroupPermissions['*']['property-create'] = true;
	$wgAvailableRights[] = 'item-term';
	$wgAvailableRights[] = 'property-term';
	$wgAvailableRights[] = 'item-merge';
	$wgAvailableRights[] = 'item-redirect';
	$wgAvailableRights[] = 'property-create';
	$wgGrantPermissions['editpage']['item-term'] = true;
	$wgGrantPermissions['editpage']['item-redirect'] = true;
	$wgGrantPermissions['editpage']['item-merge'] = true;
	$wgGrantPermissions['editpage']['property-term'] = true;
	$wgGrantPermissions['createeditmovepage']['property-create'] = true;

--GZWDer (talk) 17:52, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Thank you --CreativeC (talk) 18:20, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

additional mwapi:endpoint -

is it possible to add as additional mwapi:endpoint for the wikidata query service? thanks in advance --Mfchris84 (talk) 10:32, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

@Smalyshev (WMF): *poke* :) --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 19:50, 10 February 2019 (UTC)


As you can see here [1] I'm struggling to edit Wikibase repository's sitelink. Where to edit them ?

--CreativeC (talk) 17:23, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

I am not a developer, however, these are all Mediawiki: ns messages, so just create/edit the message names in namespace to force them to exist. That said, looking at api allmessages if you were looking to get them natively, then they are not appearing through your configuration, just WP is showing.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:10, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Proposal to create qualifier of qualifier

I am currently working on the huge and detailed demographic dataset of 2001 and 2011 Indian census. While doing so, I am stuck in a situation which IMHO can only be solved if we can increase the limit of Wikidata statement to the next tier.

For example, if you check Chopra community development block (Q5104874), you can find this -

urban population
  5,777   edit
literate population 3,388
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value

But the census dataset also provides data about urban literate female population or rural illiterate male population etc., which cannot be described by current structure of Wikidata. My proposal is to solve the issue by creating a qualifier of qualifier or sub-qualifier i.e. go deeper to one more tier. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 14:29, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

I   Support Bodhi's proposal. This will be very useful for Census datasets, possibly for others as well. Although I cannot think of any possibilities at this point, there may case where we will need up to two more tiers. So if you are working on this feature, I would suggest developing options to upto 2-3 tiers. KCVelaga (talk) 14:46, 26 February 2019 (UTC)
That's not really workable currently... The closest thing we have to a solution to this area is tabular population (P4179). --Yair rand (talk) 23:53, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

Daty Wikidata Editor beta release

Hi everyone,

Pellegrino Prevete, aka Ogoorcs, here again to announce the release of the beta version of Daty, the native Wikidata editor that has already been mentioned on this board last month, which aims to simplify Wikidata user experience for new as for old users.

This month saw a rewrite of the open entities dialog, which first version was righteous found not much intuitive.

Filter search (i.e. graphical SPARQL queries) has been introduced, too, which usability is of course on you to test.

In fact, despite the improvements, the failure of many testers in using filters, brought me to write and integrate a little manual to the program which has been made available online for windows users.

In this version you will also find:

  • a new GTK+ theme,
  • close buttons for entities in the editor,
  • unsourced statement visually distinguished from referenced ones,
  • huge performance improvements and
  • an entities download cache.

Editing has been disabled in this release, too. It will probably be activated in one of the march intermediate releases, just after refereces visualization will be completed.

I recently published the issue boards, which I am using as to-do manager. So, if you want to follow the work but you do not want to read the commit list you can read that.

I recommended current and future users to endorse the project at this page.


Installers are available for Microsoft Windows (64 bit) and GNU/Linux.

Complete release notes have been published on my website; bug reporting happens here.

Notes for Mac users

I recently buyed a used mac which should arrive mid march, so the .app will probably be ready for the next release, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Ogoorcs (talk) 23:45, 27 February 2019 (UTC)



Are there plans to add Wikimaniawiki / wmania: (in the wikimedia family) to WD? Or has the wiki specifically excluded on policy grounds?

Noting that this wiki is being added to carry the 2019 WM, and will eventually house the earlier wikis as they work out the plan to merge those. And asking as the wiki is now starting to be populated, and it should be part of our thinking as we design for the persisting nature of this wiki, and managing its content namespaces. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:45, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

I don't think there is anything generally preventing it. I'd need to check if they're on the right servers. However keep in mind that if they are all merged together into one wiki then you'd likely have different articles that would be connected with the same item, which isn't possible in the same wiki. --Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) (talk) 19:53, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
@Lydia Pintscher (WMDE): As there are no wikimania wikis existing in the OTHER group, I don't think that this will be an unresolvable or overly problematic issue. It is intended that the "by year" content is going into unique namespaces by wikimania (named by YYYY:,) and each event at a WM is a unique event/edition, so would have its own item, though may be part of a series, or have some common parent unit that ties them together.

Otherwise leaving the other namespaces as standard, that is one each of main, project, user, template, help, etc.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:44, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

Popping this one back into the mix as it is still unresolved.  — billinghurst sDrewth 20:01, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
Further comment, it would seem that Wikimaniawiki needs to have some level of connectivity to WD to be able to utilise something like calling a {{#statement}}. I asked Mike Peel to assist with something, and he indicated that current status is not suitable to pull data and links.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:53, 6 March 2019 (UTC)
I drafted phab:T217730 shortly, feel free to add more details to the description or in comment. Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 08:18, 6 March 2019 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: T217730|Regards, ZI Jony (Talk) 09:12, 20 March 2019 (UTC)