Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Multimedia and Commons/Improve support of interwiki links on Commons using Wikidata

Improve support of interwiki links on Commons using WikidataEdit

  • Problem: While interwiki links on Wikipedias are now all handled by Wikidata, Wikidata's support for Commons interwiki links is far more patchy. Wikidata does support Commons interwiki links by a link in "other sites", however it also has commons category and gallery properties and these aren't kept in sync. In addition, Commons only allows one link to Commons, and conflicts can happen about whether this is to a gallery or a category. There are also a lot of manual interwiki links scattered across Commons that have not yet been migrated to Wikidata.
  • Who would benefit: Users and editors of Commons that want to find/use interwiki links
  • Proposed solution: Make more consistent use of Commons sitelinks by bot edits that keep the Wikidata property and site links synchronised. Finish migrating interwiki links on Commons to Wikidata via a bot. Support multiple links to Commons galleries and categories.
  • More comments: There have been some discussions on Wikidata about this, e.g. see [1], however there has been no pathway to implementing this so far.
  • Phabricator tickets:


Seems similar/the same as Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Wikidata/Stop using string datatype for linking to pages on other projects, which I had some bitching about. (Mostly, it's a community problem IMO.) --Izno (talk) 04:09, 19 November 2017 (UTC)


  •   Support This has made things a huge mess on Wikidata. Rschen7754 01:45, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 13:17, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support It would be of great help if this is improved. Most of the time, Commons categories link to Wikipedia articles; in some cases, it is helpful to link them to Wikipedia categories; and in a few occasions, it is helpful to connect them to both. As it is now, it's a mess indeed, I merrily support any effort to improve this. - Darwin Ahoy! 16:52, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support (as proposer) Mike Peel (talk) 18:09, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support — Draceane talkcontrib. 18:41, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Laboramus (talk) 20:45, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Gripweed (talk) 21:36, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Chico Venancio (talk) 22:01, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Thomas Obermair 4 (talk) 23:03, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Hedwig in Washington (talk) 03:15, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Libcub (talk) 05:15, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Yes, there was recently a proposal for this in the Project Chat that only had support votes, unfortunately it got archived without any solutions being implemented. Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 🔒) (My global unlock 🔓) 10:45, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Ruthven (talk) 19:43, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Meisam (talk) 20:41, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Giovanni Alfredo Garciliano Diaz (talk) 22:24, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Supportputnik 01:18, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per my comments on the exact same proposal that I linked in the discussion. This is a community problem, not a comm tech problem. --Izno (talk) 04:04, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose in the current form. Most interwiki links are Commons categories linked to wikidata articles. We can add it, but if someone creates gallery page then that page might be given the sitelinks and galery will be left with none. I would support if we allow storing sitelinks to multiple namespaces on a single project. --Jarekt (talk) 05:05, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support--L736Etell me 08:21, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support It would be useful to be able to have several types of links to Commons in Wikidata Lionel Allorge (talk) 13:12, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 17:06, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Dromedar61 (talk) 21:31, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support ~Cybularny Speak? 12:44, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Tom Ja (talk) 14:33, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 15:50, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Tacsipacsi (talk) 20:11, 3 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Emw (talk) 22:07, 3 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Yeza (talk) 18:42, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support B25es (talk) 13:08, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Joalpe (talk) 17:58, 7 December 2017 (UTC)