Can we try displaying them but marking them in some way?
eg/ "[German person 1885-1952]" for an automatic description, "German
mechanical engineer, 1885-1952" for a human-written one - depending on
how and where they're shown in the interface we could also try
italicising them, using a lighter shade of text, or something else to
mark them out a bit.
Using square brackets is a relatively accepted marking for
hypothetical or interpolated information, and would serve to indicate
that this is automatically generated and could be wrong. If we want to
be more aggressive about it, we could add question marks - "[German
person 1885-1952?]" would make it even clearer it's provisional.
On 19 August 2014 15:13, Lydia Pintscher <lydia.pintscher(a)wikimedia.de> wrote:
On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM, David Cuenca
Thanks for the stats, Gerard. Two thoughts:
- With so many items without description I wonder why we don't have the
automatic descriptions gadget enabled by default.
I am a bit worried about enabling this by default for everyone as a
gadget. We need the descriptions in a lot of places where people
search for items. The next big one will be Commons. But _a lot_ more
will come in the future. Think for example of tagging your blog post
on Wordpress with Wikidata concepts. You'll need the descriptions. If
we enable automatic descriptions on Wikidata now we will actively
discourage people from entering more descriptions. That would be bad
as 3rd parties then don't get the benefit of them.
I am also hesitant to build this into Wikibase directly as it'd need
quite some domain-knowledge for all I can tell at this point. That's
something we need to avoid.
Anyone got ideas how to get out of this?
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