when I was really active back in 2012, I remember a WMDE employee stating that such decisions are made by the community and not by WMDE. I have asked for clarification on the Project Chat.
As for empty data items; please read the notabilty policy.
An article is notable if it satisfies any one of the following three:
1. It contains at least one valid sitelink
to a Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, Wikiquote or Wikimedia Commons page.
2. It refers to an instance of a clearly identifiable conceptual or material entity
. The entity must be notable, in the sense that it can be described using serious and publicly available references
. If there is no item about you yet, you are probably not notable.
3. It fulfills some structural need
, for example: it is needed to make statements made in other items more useful.
Please don't mislead the community who might have their contributions deleted due to lack of notabilty.