Talk:Wikidata/Notes/Creating items

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Many items in wikidata will have different names in different languages. This means you need to start by checking if the subject of a page already exists in another language. It means you probably need a way to merge and to split entries later if mistakes happen at this stage. Filceolaire (talk) 07:28, 8 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You are correct. We have a todo for merging items. Not for splitting, yet, let's see if this is really needed. --Denny Vrandečić (WMDE) (talk) 13:38, 8 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

selecting schemas[edit]

The first thing I should do is surely to select a schema because until I do that you don't know which data entry form to present to me.

The alternative is to start with the name so you can check if the item already exists then ask me to select a schema second.

Selecting a schema would quite likely be a conversation with more than one step

  • first step PERSON
  • next SPORTSMAN
  • next GOLFER

all selected from drop down menus but with ways to break out of the menus for someone who is, say, both a politician and a bodybuilder.

At the launch I would hope you should be able to cover 90% of cases with a selection of noob friendly schemas/forms, localised in our most popular languages. Then expand this to 99% of cases over the year after launch, in more languages. The last 1% will still be there for the dedicated editors prepared to go into the fundamentals.

It is still open if and how schemas will be used at all. My personal opinion is that they are not needed, and a good autocompletion and autosuggestion can do the trick better than schemas, but since a lot of people want them we might have some support for that. But even when used, the schemas would not be rigid, but rather used to guide the interface gently. Is it understandable what I mean? --Denny Vrandečić (WMDE) (talk) 10:24, 9 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]