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March 2014[edit]



I was busy with template programming. Besides improving the documentation of all templates we have rewritten some important templates in Lua. Some of them pick their icontent from Wikidata. These templates are new:

  • Five templates provide different content depending on: Season(2 or five seasons per year ), month, or e specific period of time given by day and month. So we can provide e.g. automatically changing images (summer and winter photos in the infobox) or changing prices in high and low season or special travel alerts one month before big events (Wacken festival, CSD ) or whatever...
  • We have rewritten all infobox (quickbar) templates. Some can fetch the information directly from Wikidata. You can see an example on the Malaysian province of Kedah. Location map and flag comes from Wikidata as well. Information from Wikidata are marked with a small sign. Contributors can use the old templates. They work as they always did. If you use a template parameter without a value, the template will look at Wikidata and fetch the information form there. If you use the value in the template, the local information always win. If you dont use the parameter, nothing happens. So u can start with the empty quickbar template, just prewritten with parameters, when you start an article and you will see, what Wikidata provides already. -- DerFussi 13:39, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
Stefan, could you give us an example? Kedah seems to be using a standard, old-fashioned template. In particular, I am wondering if you have a Lua module that will properly read the number for population from Wikidata. --Alexander (talk) 00:12, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
How do you think the template ist standard and old-fashioned? Move your mouse over the entries and you will see what information comes from WD. The population is quite new. Numbers haven't been available form the beginning on Wikidata. Going to add it. The province infobox uses Lua-templates. Check all the quickbar templates used in the Malaysian province template. The template quickbar item fetches its content from Wikidata, if no value is porovided. -- DerFussi 07:31, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
The number of population can be fetched from WD. See Sabah. -- DerFussi 11:40, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! One major difficulty is that many language versions have been using the simple {{#property: syntax to retrieve information from Wikidata. You basically started from scratch and prepared a huge Lua module. Its integration into other wikis may not be straight-forward, but we have to do it... --Alexander (talk) 10:44, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
The simple {{#property: syntax is not very useful. There is no chance to format the fetched data (Thousand periods, wiki markup, image markup...). And on the other hand you can overwrite the WD-info. The local article always wins. Information is taken from WD only if there is a parameter used in a template but left empty. |capital= takes the name of the capital from WD, |capital=Berlin outputs just "Berlin" and ingnores Wikidata. The submodul Modul:Quickbar/Wikidata shows what quickbar template parameter is connected to what propery and how it should be formatted. The modul can be adapted to other languages if needed. -- DerFussi 09:14, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Credit source[edit]

You could notice that every page imported from WT had recently got a new footer with credits to the authors from WT, and there is a red link to the history page, because some not very smart person forgot to check the content of this footer. The text is stored in MediaWiki:Creditssource-credits, you can change it at your discretion and correct or even remove the red link, because it is not very clear what legal requirements are. --Alexander (talk) 00:34, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Which language version are you talking about? And I don't think it's fair to call one of your fellow contributors "not very smart". LtPowers (talk) 16:08, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
I am talking about every language version, because this change was applied to all. This unknown fellow contributor is not very smart indeed because he/she tried to repair something that is not broken without even asking whether we want this or not. --Alexander (talk) 20:47, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
The footer used to be correct. Nobody has touched it. I think somebody at WMF technical stuff touched it. -- DerFussi 07:24, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
I haven't seen any problems. Maybe before we start tossing around wild accusations, we can calm down and discuss this rationally... starting with precise details about the problem, possibly including screenshots or at least links. LtPowers (talk) 17:44, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, you just go to this page and check the footer, so that I don't spend more time on people who defend the destructive activity of incompetent technical staff. --Alexander (talk) 20:09, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

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