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The Signpost: 1 October 2018[edit]

The Signpost: 28 October 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 17 – 29 October 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 17 – 29 October 2018
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Wikidata imaged

Around 2.7 million Wikidata items have an illustrative image. These files, you might say, are Wikimedia's stock images, and if the number is large, it is still only 5% or so of items that have one. All such images are taken from Wikimedia Commons, which has 50 million media files. One key issue is how to expand the stock.

Indeed, there is a tool. WD-FIST exploits the fact that each Wikipedia is differently illustrated, mostly with images from Commons but also with fair use images. An item that has sitelinks but no illustrative image can be tested to see if the linked wikis have a suitable one. This works well for a volunteer who wants to add images at a reasonable scale, and a small amount of SPARQL knowledge goes a long way in producing checklists.

Gran Teatro, Cáceres, Spain, at night

It should be noted, though, that there are currently 53 Wikidata properties that link to Commons, of which P18 for the basic image is just one. WD-FIST prompts the user to add signatures, plaques, pictures of graves and so on. There are a couple of hundred monograms, mostly of historical figures, and this query allows you to view all of them. commons:Category:Monograms and its subcategories provide rich scope for adding more.

And so it is generally. The list of properties linking to Commons does contain a few that concern video and audio files, and rather more for maps. But it contains gems such as P3451 for "nighttime view". Over 1000 of those on Wikidata, but as for so much else, there could be yet more.

Go on. Today is Wikidata's birthday. An illustrative image is always an acceptable gift, so why not add one? You can follow these easy steps: (i) log in at, (ii) paste the Petscan ID 6263583 into and click run, and (iii) just add cake.

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Hi Billinghurst, as you are taking care of this cross-wiki case: Frank07081975 underwent a process at de:wp when asked for it, called user verification, according to which he is associated with Galerie Frank Fluegel (see here and ticket:2018103010006573). Hence, he edited in violation of WP:PAID at de:wp and apparently here at en:wp as well. In the meantime, his account was indef'd at de:wp, see [1] and [2]). Thanks for your cross-wiki support, this is appreciated. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 12:33, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi @AFBorchert:. I wasn't so much watching the user, more the link addition, and managing the matter that way, and you will know that I do keep a watching brief xwiki. I personally don't flog users over paid contributions declarations, though I will nag, and I will revert all egregious conflict of interest edits, and do it openly so that the community will be aware. I believe that even paid contributors where they enter our Wikipedia walls with the mind of editors and improving our articles can be valued editors, though as long as they acknowledge and manage their conflicts through our processes. I will give them enough rope to edit, if they choose to use to hang themselves after having the safety instructions explained to them, that will be their choice. — billinghurst sDrewth 04:50, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
Hi Billinghurst, we do not handle this much differently at de:wp. This is one of the reasons why we have this user verification process in place which is refered to by Frank07081975 in his response to you. I just wanted to give you the background to that. Frank07081975 was not just indef'd for initially adding these links, unfortunately the situation escalated further at de:wp. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 07:53, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Mechanic's lien[edit]

I see you are payin' more attention than I. Thanks Jim1138 (talk) 10:59, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

@Jim1138: Nah, just coming to it from a different perspective. I started with the perspective of xwiki spam m:User:COIBot/XWiki/ so I started out just being suspicious. :-) — billinghurst sDrewth 11:03, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

alox template[edit]

Work in progress at User:Charles Matthews/alox to create a unified citation template linking to digitised text of Alumni Oxonienses.

Relative to {{alox1}}, the example on Hugh Wyndham does work to link into the BHO online page. My pipe dream, certainly, is that that BHO version could at some point be converted into Wikisource articles, by around three weeks bot work. Well, not by me at present.

The HTML anchor points function, but I was once told that that they don't provide "real" identifiers. They seem to be good enough for this application.

Charles Matthews (talk) 11:17, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Re: Spam-blacklist[edit]

Thank you for your suggestion. I will add those sites. RaymondSutanto (talk) 04:03, 15 November 2018 (UTC)