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Proposed additions

Wikimedia Macedonia

wmmk: seems like the logical link to me. Bob the Wikipedian (talk) 15:51, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done [1]. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:42, 2 November 2012 (UTC)


I think it is reasonable to add this site per recent events:

WikiPrefix1: wvode


WikiPrefix2: wvoit


Ruslik (talk) 12:23, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

And should be a sister project soon. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:25, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
Isn't that reason to wait? Especially since the name might change. LtPowers (talk) 18:14, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
No, in fact it's a reason not to wait, because it can be updated to point to a different link, whereas the www.wikivoyage will be outdated. Anyway, I need this for my bot. Please add this as soon as possible. Magog the Ogre (talk) 22:55, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
The name and domain are certain now too: --Peter Talk 04:08, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
Please note that while we may add this site to the list right now, it needs a dev to manually update the interwiki caché to work. Having said that, I do not object to their addittion to this list. Thanks. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 13:39, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

We need the other language versions as well. Can we do just "wv" for Wikivoyage English, by far the largest, and is there a good reason for "vwo" instead of just "vw" as the prefix? So wvode -> wvde, wvoit -> wvit, plus:

WikiPrefix3: wv; wikivoyage; voyage


WikiPrefix4: wvnl


WikiPrefix5: wvfr


WikiPrefix6: wvsv


WikiPrefix7: wvru


All Wikivoyages except German and Italian are hosted at, so I changed those links. Also, the Swedish Wikivoyage has language code "sv" not "se". Would agree that the English version is linked to by "wv", along with "wikivoyage" and "voyage". Now that Wikivoyage has just moved to WMF servers, I see no reason not to add the above interwiki-links to complement wvde and wvit. JamesA (talk) 11:26, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Any reason for all of these multiple links under different languages? The usual process is to create one link to each sibling, then within that project interwiki links exist with the 'local' bit set to get from one language to another, so wiktionary:fr:bonjour goes from here to en.wiktionary then right back out from there to fr.wiktionary without creating wikt-fr: as yet another interwiki table entry. K7L (talk) 15:58, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Ooh, brilliant. That's a much better solution, and then "wv" alone will suffice quite nicely. Jpatokal (talk) 01:06, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
It looks like most of the sibling projects have a long and short prefix, for instance w: and wikipedia:. w:Wikipedia:Wikimedia sister projects#Linking between projects is the current list of siblings. To be consistent with this, perhaps wv: and wikivoyage:$1 would do? K7L (talk) 01:55, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
WV is not acceptable, it conflicts with the much older Wikiversity, which has been referred to as wv regularly, even tho it does not have such interwiki. It would generate confusion and be unfair to our other sister project. Snowolf How can I help? 05:23, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
I really dislike the suggested use of WV: nomenclature, the v: and wv has been associated with wikiversity for an extended period. Couldn't we look to use g:, y: or some other. Look at Interwiki.php for where they are defined. — billinghurst sDrewth 05:25, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
I'd only suggested wv: because v: is already taken by wikiversity: - to suggest another two-letter combination is likely to conflict with languages, so perhaps voy: and wikivoyage: as g: seems rather meaningless? K7L (talk) 17:57, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

wikivoyage Yes check.svg Done; voy done by sysadmins (like wikt); additional language-specific interwikis X mark.svg Not done, we don't use those for any wiki. --Nemo 21:46, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Great. Has wvode and wvoit been removed, as it seems they were added a week or so ago? JamesA (talk) 06:43, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes. They might have been live for a couple days (I don't know exactly when the interwiki map was synced), so I thought better to remove them immediately so that people don't start using them. They're still live in this moment. --Nemo 09:44, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
I actually really like voy:, it's effective and doesn't have the issue with wv conflicting with wikiversity. Snowolf How can I help? 02:29, 12 November 2012 (UTC)


The beta site for Wikidata is now up, so I propose to add "wikidata" to the interwiki map. Also for simplicity I would propose to add either the two letter prefix "wd" or simply "d". This site will get heavy traffic from Wikipedia in short time (ie. days). — Jeblad 10:37, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

Currently it should be HTTP-only. What will be the language scheme, alias how will language interwikis work and where should the full name point to?
Unlike the former, the latter request is not valid, those interwikis are relative to the wiki where you are (see #Shorthands for full prefixes?). --Nemo 11:06, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
The URI scheme is on-going work, but for now the "language" is our "shortsite" ("en" for "enwiki") and is used for item lookup
This would then make it possible to write something like [[d:en:Berlin]] to follow the sitelink for English Wikipedia into the correct item on Wikidata.
This can be changed as it makes an implicit interpretation of the prefix which may not hold in the future. For now this works, but it could be changed to our site id
We are using ULS to give the user the correct language, so even if he writes something like he can get the page in English. A similar url with the site id would be For now we use the short form as if it is a language prefix.
The full name should point to$1, with no additional magic I think. There will be additional rewrite rules, but we leave this as is for now.
The full name would then make it possible to write something like [[wikidata:Q1234]] to link to a specific item on Wikidata without using the sitelinks for lookup. It is assumed that lookup with sitelinks is easier for the users.
The URI spec is at Wikidata/Notes/URI_scheme. — Jeblad 11:37, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
Anyhow, page says "Wikimedia Foundation projects shouldn't be added here, since they are added automatically." — Jeblad 14:53, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
No, this interwiki link can be added, as it is a special wiki like --Hydriz (talk) 09:56, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
Do not add Wikidata here; see bugzilla:41730. This, that and the other (talk) 09:26, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done per bugzilla:41730 and gerrit:31887 (merged). -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 15:56, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
As I wrote on the bug, this is actually the correct place to ask for a full name interwiki: in fact that change didn't add it; correct me if I'm wrong. --Nemo 23:59, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
For now, we have all language subdomains redirecting to and I suggest "d" or "wd" directing to is good.
Making the subdomains work correctly won't happen immediately as it requires a bit of tweaking to the scripts that handle routing requests to all the correct wikipedia and wikimedia sites. They all assume a language (e.g. an actual separate wiki) and family. Even when we do get subdomains working, it's easy for the main namespace (data items) to set it to a particular language. It's not so straightforward to do that with other namespaces yet. When it is working, I can imagine d:de:blahblahblah working for language specific interwikis. Aude (talk) 00:42, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
We can then make wikidata: point to //$1 for now if we agree. Regards. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 01:43, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
Please create [[Wikidata:, linking from betawikiversity: is a crime because the [[d:]] gives trouble. Romaine (talk) 01:26, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - wikidata: added: [2] -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 16:12, 16 November 2012 (UTC)


Located at$1, being able to link there with rbe:, or alternatively with tzmwiki:, would be fantastic. The wiki is young and doesn't have many pages yet, but will continue to grow very quickly in the next few weeks. Rbe10k (talk) 05:18, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done This seems premature both in terms of desirability and demonstrated relevance. — billinghurst sDrewth 15:24, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Conservapedia, RationalWiki and A Storehouse of Knowledge

cp: rw: storehouse:

This should be OK for everyone. T3h 1337 b0y (talk) 09:04, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done nothing exists to update. If required to be added, please add to the above section with full rationale. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:29, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Moved. I recommend spelling the names out, conservapedia: and rationalwiki: Leucosticte (talk) 14:04, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

In what situations would we need to link to these wikis? Conservapedia in particular is highly unreliable and biased. Also, "rw" is the language code for Kinyarwanda. LtPowers (talk) 12:49, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done: basically no links from any wiki's main namespace (there are from a handful to a few hundreds on's talks, but those are not really relevant). Please reopen if there's some rationale of usage. And yes, of course only Conservapedia and RationalWiki would be acceptable prefixes. --Nemo 14:37, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Proposed removals

Wikitravel (1)

See continued discussion #Wikitravelbillinghurst sDrewth 04:59, 9 February 2013 (UTC)


A commercial site owned by Internet Brands. It is no longer a wiki as editing has been disabled. Uploading images and creating articles is still enabled, but most of those contributions are spam. sumone10154(talk) 20:24, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

All of the IB links should be pulled and not reinstated given the current WP:NLT situation with this firm. Wikipedia is not an appropriate venue to advertise for-profit businesses of this nature. K7L (talk) 03:12, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
You're on Wikimedia's Meta-Wiki, not on the English Wikipedia, and continuing to link to some local policy is hardly convincing or useful. Also, I'd like to note that we maintain interwikis to plenty of for-profit businesses and our interwikis do not constitute an endorsement of their business practices or whatever. Guys, this is silly. Interwiki exist to serve the local communities, as long as the local communities use them, there's no reason for us to remove them. Snowolf How can I help? 04:54, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done: no valid reason provided. --Nemo 14:33, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
A bit unfair, since we have no guidance as to what constitutes a valid reason. LtPowers (talk) 15:48, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
Use. While the interwiki shortcut is in use and the collective communities do not forbade the link, then it is the task of meta to reflect the broader communities' wishes, or the specific requirement of a wiki that they require the link to continue to exist.

We are not disagreeing with any commentary about linking to IB sites, we are just reflecting that the meta admins are required to reflect the global wishes, and that the continued use is a de fact requirement to continue to exist. — billinghurst sDrewth 16:17, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

If the fact that the IW prefix is in use results in an inability to deactivate the prefix, then why does the notice at the top of the "Proposed removals" section refer to "the difficulty involved in correcting any use of the prefix"? Wouldn't the existence of that clause imply that prefixes may be deactivated even while they're in use? LtPowers (talk) 20:47, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
I don't see the approach expressed by the meta admins is in conflict with the statement that you highlight. I also think that it gives you a clear avenue to pursue to achieve your goal. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:40, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
The usage list for world66: at [3] indicates that the only use of this prefix as part of the encyclopaedic content was on w:Muslim conquest of Persia#Conquest of Southeastern Persia (Kerman and Makran) and two translations (ca: and it:) of that same article. I've replaced these with proper external links; nonetheless the use of user-supplied content as a WP:RS to provide a reference for facts is not desirable. As the site purports to be based on what was once user-supplied content (even if those users can no longer edit) this is not reliable as a source for an encyclopaedia per WP:V.
The only other instances of world66: (other than a copy of the interwiki table itself on testwiki) appear to be on the list of largest wikis and Wikivoyage (with translations) pages on meta: itself, and those inclusions are questionable as this is not currently an editable wiki and not part of Wikivoyage.
As such, there is no case to be made that the prefix is in use in any meaningful sense of the concept. K7L (talk) 01:35, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
That sounds like a sound argument. No longer used, and the initial reason for its addition is no longer valid. I would Support Support the removal on the grounds provided. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:11, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Support Support, now these are sound arguments :) Snowolf How can I help? 06:48, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Support Support - Usage is rare and it doesn't serve to help any of the sister projects. JamesA (talk) 07:29, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. Thehelpfulone 13:24, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Requests for updates


I see that Wikitravel has already been discussed above, but I wouldn't see anything strange in updating it to link instead when it's officially launched, as it's arguably the new location of the same content (cf. bugzilla:41983). However, if you think the request is actually the same I'll self-reject this one. --Nemo 20:10, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

As long as the Wikitravel trademark is owned by IB, and in active use, I expect this move could result in further legal troubles beyond the current. LtPowers (talk) 20:48, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
That is a matter for the general counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation to decide upon. Should he believe this to be an issue, he would advise us to remove it, or instruct WMF personnel to remove them as an OFFICE action. Snowolf How can I help? 20:57, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done [4]: no opposition in five days seems enough for a semi-trivial update. --Nemo 00:54, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Did you ask the General Counsel? JamesA (talk) 01:13, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
That's actually not an acceptable way of doing things. Legal will provide a bit more detail, but it should be self-evident that pretending that WT is the same as WV is ... problematic. ;-) --Eloquence (talk) 03:39, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
The idea of sending readers to the active community that authored the content makes some sense, but doing so in the manner you are proposing is problematic. The link says Wikitravel but points to Wikivoyage. It may be easier to take that shortcut, but it is potentially misleading, and not in the spirit of the mission. If you want to go this route, we recommend you change the name of the link rather than just redirecting. Kkay (talk) 04:00, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
The reversion is the right decision, and I would think Nemo's was the wrong decision based on the comment in the other contemporary discussion as the discussions should be read in unison, not as sequential, and the other had very specific disagreement that this should be actioned. It also takes away from each wiki's ability to make decision to where they link, especially as each wiki had not been alerted to the change. — billinghurst sDrewth 05:28, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
Eloquence, I don't see how an interwiki prefix would mean pretending that, but thanks for fixing if you think so. --Nemo 07:01, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
JamesA: no need to do that, see Snowolf. Kkay: in the hover text you mean? Billinghurst: the other discussion flew on far philosophical planets and wasn't relevant, this was more useful to me [5]; local wikis wouldn't really be affected. --Nemo 07:01, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
No, not the hovertext, Nemo, the actual name of the interwiki prefix. It shouldn't say "WikiTravel" and link to WikiVoyage. If it's going to link to WikiVoyage, it should say WikiVoyage. Philippe (WMF) (talk) 16:24, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
Prefixes are only in the wikitext, any chosen prefix is always only whatever was found convenient and has only a loose relation to the wiki's name. Nemo 11:16, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Since, A. WV includes German/Italian content that has been editied independently for 6 years, and, B. The moment WV forked the other content from Wikitravel in August and began editing it independently, it became unique: There is no reason to attempt to eliminate the WP community's access to *both* these unique and relevant travel resources. This is a spiteful maneuver by a small group of editors to negatively impact both the WP and very active (250,000 visits and hundreds of daily edits) Wikitravel communities by depriving them of these mutual resources. Wikipedia is and will continue to be linked to from all of Wikitravel's content pages, and we expect this reciprocal relationship to be maintained as it has been for many years.--IBobi talk email 21:08, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

AbbeNormal dead?

I'm getting a "not found" error from . It appears to have been moved to . What should be done about this? Leucosticte (talk) 09:16, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done [6] hoping the most relevant content has been saved there. --Nemo 11:16, 25 November 2012 (UTC)