I've been thinking more about this and we also discussed this within
the development team. Here's my thinking at this point:
* We do have data that you all want to see in Wikidata that is
currently prevented by the limit. That is not good.
* I agree that the general understanding of all of us is very good
when it comes to Wikidata not being the place to store long free
texts. However I still fear that especially new people initially do
not understand this. We could mitigate this by for example giving the
user a hint when their input is getting too long even if it is still
within the limit. Twitter does this in a nice way when you are getting
close to the 140 character limit. However that is not implemented
* I do worry about licensing and copyright issues with especially the
following properties: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P2795
I took a rough survey of
for me potentially troublesome properties and it seems they are all
monolingual text. I am not worried about increasing external
identifier and URL. It looks like string is also okish at this point
Based on this my proposal is to increase string and URL and
potentially external identifier if you request it. One open question
is still what the new limit should be.
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
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