Hi Lydia & all,
As promised before, I have collected a list of suggestions of what I
noticed myself or others have noticed to be unhandy or something that would
be great to be improved. The suggestions and ideas have not been searched
for in Phabricator (as that is still difficult), so it is possible that
some of the points are already in Phabricator or is already worked on.
The suggestions are *not* sorted by importance, but tried to be grouped by
I have tried to describe them as clear as possible, some with examples.
Maybe some of them can be connected with Phabricator tasks.
I hope these ideas will help improve Wikidata to make the use of it better
A1. loading: large item pages with much statements and sitelinks are too
heavy to load. For example items about countries, like Q30 (USA), make my
(up-to-date) browser freeze (not responding) before it is loaded.
A2. missing labels: show on more places that the shown label of an item is
not in the language of the user, but that the English version of the page
is shown. (In the statements section it is shown that the label is not
available in the language of the user, but is in English. Such is
recommended to do on more places.) Like in the contributions page, there it
is not shown that the shown label is in English instead of the language of
A3. overview: make the overview of pages more compact (read: less white
space, resulting in less annoying scrolling and having a full overview of
all statements at once), or have a gadget/skin who can do that. If 10
statements have been added to a page, too much scrolling is needed because
most of the page is empty with white.
The labels & descriptions section has been made more compact recently.
However, full labels of statements have to be shown in future as well.
A4. search: make it easier to search in the fields of other languages,
especially when no label and/or description is given to an item, but also
in other cases. (Regularly a subject is more known by the name in the other
language than in the language set for the user.)
A5. search: make it possible to switch of searching in statements section
(or something like that), because searching for example for "Gemini" gives
too much noise. Each page that has as statement something with (in this
example) Gemini, pops up in the search and makes it difficult to find the
A6. search: make it possible to easily search for where a specific property
with a specific Q or input is used. Like filling in P717:032 or P131:Q3150.
A7. tool request: tool to give an overview (table) of all items with a
certain property (or Q, or label, etc.), and in a second column being able
to set to show a specific statement (if added) to each of the rows.
Example: municipalities in Brazil (Q3184121). In the fist column all pages
with P31:Q3184121 (instance of: municipality of Brazil). In the second
column being able to set P17 (country). A third column being able to set
P131 (located in the administrative territorial entity).
It should be possible to sort the overview (table) by column, so that it is
possible to group all municipalities by state (and if none added empty, so
these missing ones can be fixed).
It should also be possible to import data from an external source to match
the items on Wikidata with the external source (and to see where the
Example: it would be great to be able to match the municipality names of
Brazil with data from an external source. Like for example population
numbers, height of the town, km², ID code, and so on.
A8. tool request: having a list of items with coordinates but no country
added, and a tool that gives a suggestion based on the coordinates in which
country this subject is situated, a map of the coordinate on the country
and buttons to confirm/reject the country. (Likewise WikiData Game)
*B. Labels/descriptions section*
B1. labels in other languages: make it possible (again) to see the full
label in other languages, instead of only a part ending with ... .
Especially with long labels we should not press edit and do something
clumsy to be able to read the full label
Example: less than half of the label is visible:
B2. missing labels/descriptions: make it possible to have one click in an
empty field ("No label defined yet" or "No description defined yet")
edit that field (and making that section full edibale), without having to
press [ edit ] on top first.
B3. confusion: I still keep having that I click in the title field to add a
title to an item in my language. (Maybe something so solve in combination
B4. other languages: maker it easier to change fields for other languages
which are not set in my preferences. Maybe this can be done by a second
collapsible box, so that "In more languages" shows the languages a user has
set in his preferences, and in the collapsible part of "All languages" (new
part) all other languages can be changed. (instead of not so handy label
B5. auto adding: make it possible to add the name of the person or the
scientific name of species to all of those languages with the same
-> The name of this genus
is for many languages the same and results in the same label for all of
*C. Statements section*
C1. order: make it possible to set a certain order of how statements are
Example: someone who adds often Commons categories if those are missing,
that that user can set that Commons is shown first on every item. (And
second Commons gallery, third ..., etc.) Having to search for a statement
that varies on what position it is shown is really annoying after some
C2. order: make it possible to alphabetize the order of the statements
(like a wikitable).
C3. duplicate: give a notice with selecting the right property, when a
certain property is already used on that item.
C4. suggester: if no statements have been added, the suggester should
suggest P31 (instance of) and P373 (Commons category) as those two are
(almost?) always needed or possible and are generic.
C5. suggester: if I select a certain property as statement, and I start
typing the first character(s) of the name of the subject, the suggester
should actually suggest something that matches with the property. This is
especially wanted with the use of P17 (country).
Example: if I want to add the statement that a certain subject is located
in country (P17) Albania, and I type an A, the suggester should give me
first actual names of countries that start with an A instead of starting
with A (letter of the alphabet), ampere, etc. If other suggestions are
given when no (known) country names begin with the characters typed in the
field it is fine, but please start first with actual names of countries
that begin with the A, etc.
C6. suggester: better suggestions requested. Example: when I have added as
statement P31:Q62832 (instance of: observatory), the next suggestion for a
property should be P717 (Minor Planet Center observatory code).
C7. feature/gadget request: having one or more buttons on a page to repeat
the one of the last 5 actions I have done on another page, like adding [
country: US ], or just [ country: ]. This would be especially handy for
statements, but maybe elsewhere too.
C8. character sensitive: make characters not sensitive for diacritics
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographic_ligature>, dashes (-), etc.
Maybe this suggestion does not count for some other languages, but in Dutch
the a and the ã (as example, also ä á à â etc) are considered to be the
same character. For many words it is not always clear if it is written with
or without diacritic. For example: is it Sao Paulo or São Paulo in Dutch?
Also with or without a dash, example: Sint Maarten or Sint-Maarten. The
second one (with -) is how we normally write it but the island name is
without - is the official name. This issue concerns thousands of pages, but
if we type it with or without a diacritic/ligature/dash/etc while it should
be with it, or the other way round, the suggester does not suggest it.
C9. missing statements: give a notice on items which statements are
missing. On the talk pages of properties (example P717
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property_talk:P717>) it is stated with what
statements a property must be combined. If on an item a notice is shown or
invitation is given to add the missing statements, it would make it easier
to have more items more complete.
C10. quick adding: have a tool/pop-up/etc to be able to add quickly the
country to an item based on a suggestion.
*D. Sitelinks section*
D1. language codes: if someone adds a language code in the field to add a
new sitelink to an item, please interpret this actual as a language code.
Users are used to use the language code and then add the sitelink.
The language code is more common for many users: it is used in the url of
the wiki, it is used with local interwikis, users have set in their
preferences to show the language code only, have preferences to show the *In
other languages* section on Wikipedia in their own language, and more.
Users are used to use the language code, and this works also fast. Also the
name of the language a language code is belonging to, differs for each
language. Users often only add the language code and then press tab to go
to the next field, but then get the wrong language.
If you add "es" for Spanish to add a page on a Spanish language wiki,
however the language suggester gives first the suggestion "Esperanto" (eo)
and not "Spanish" (es). (Also español is normally alphabetized before
If you add "ro" for Romanian to add a page on a Romanian language wiki,
however the language suggester gives first the suggestion "Romani" (rmy)
and not "Romanian" (ro).
If you add "ru" for Russian to add a page on a Russian language wiki,
however the language suggester gives first the suggestion "Runa Simi" (qu),
second "rumantsch" (rm) and not "Russian" (ru).
D2. language suggester localisation: have the language suggester using the
language a user has set in his own preferences. Many users are
multilingual, but not everywhere in the world people speak/write in English
D3. adding new sitelink: on the Dutch Wikipedia multiple times various
users have indicated that they find themselves unable to add a new sitelink
when they wrote an article, as they experience this section too difficult
to use. Even while multiple other users have helped and explained this to
them. Maybe this is because 1. users need to squeeze in a code and 2. the
field to add the actual pagename is too few remarkable, users do not see
where to add the sitelink..
D4. faster saving: make saving faster, long list of interwikis slow down
adding an interwiki very much. Now it seems the software checks if any
field has been changed, every row. Saving can maybe go faster when only
those fields are checked where the cursor has been. This is also something
that consumes much time in the labels and descriptions section if someone
has 3+ languages set in his preferences.
(In the previous version of the labels and descriptions section the alias
fields coloured white when the cursor was put in that field.)
D5. easier Commons selection: make it easier to add a new Commons sitelink
to the section *Other sites. *
*E. Outside Wikidata*
E1. Commons: show on Commons somewhere when a category, gallery page,
institution page, template, file etc is used in a statement on Wikidata. If
a page is renamed or deleted, this must be changed on Wikidata as well, but
noticing where a page is used is not easy.
If an image is linked in a statement on Wikidata, on the image page this is
shown. Somehow this should also be implemented for categories, gallery
pages, institution pages, templates, and others.
This should be added to pages like Special:WhatLinksHere, Special:MovePage,
E2. Wikipedia/other wikis: develop an extension, that communities can
enable, that shows on the bottom of articles, in the style of the category
box, an automatic box with all the identifiers used for authority control
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q18614948> to replace templates like