Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Wikidata/Tracking category in Wikipedia for missing labels

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  • Problem: If we use Wikidata in Wikipedia, we can get label in language of Wikipedia, some fallback language or bare Q number. It would be nice to have a category for articles where there is a missing label.
  • Who would benefit: Readers and editors of both Wikipedia and Wikidata.
  • Proposed solution: Implement a tracking category or special page where items used on Wikipedia without native label can be found. Possibly highlight places where this label is used.
  • More comments:
    • I understand that such category can be built into modules that retrieve data from Wikidata, but there might be multiple diffeent modules used or even bare {{#property:}} call.
    • I understand that for bigger Wikipedias there might be a lot of items with this. I do not have clear ideas on how to better present large amount of pages.
    • Example: Direct Énergie, article about cycling team in Russian Wikipedia. There is a module which gets current team roster from Wikidata. As of now, part of rider names are in Russian, part is English. It would be nice to have an overview which pages have this problem. This is a problem in Wikipedias which use different script (Russian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Greek, Japanese, Arabic) and the rare case where proper names have to be transcribed (Latvian, Lithuanian (as a option)).
    • Example 2: Item has only label in French, but some module in English Wikipedia needs it and displays the Q number or maybe a fallback language label. What would be a fallback language in English Wikipedia?
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Papuass (talk) 09:17, 9 November 2017 (UTC)[]


  • @Papuass: I think that some examples would help to illustrate the proposal.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:47, 9 November 2017 (UTC)[]
Added example. --Papuass (talk) 09:05, 10 November 2017 (UTC)[]
  • I agree with the problem. An easy solution would be to write a short template that adds such category and than add it to every article on Wikipedia. But it might be easier if it is handled by the MediaWiki software. --Jarekt (talk) 14:14, 16 November 2017 (UTC)[]
  • Currently it is already done with Lua modules, but a built-in feature is good idea and will make it more consistent between wikis. For implementation it requires some more thinking on the design - getting it from parser functions (#statements,#property) can be handled quite easily. As for Lua modules we are unaware of the use, e.g - the data from wikidata may not be shown directly in Wikipedia but use for other intentions - e.g one can categorize based on the first letter in the name etc. This could be either left for the specific implementation within modules, or some kind of customizable Wikidata label formatter could be added to wikibase. 10:32, 17 November 2017 (UTC) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by ערן (talk)
  • Note, there is already a page of these on Wikidata, at d:Special:EntitiesWithoutLabel. See also Wikidata:WikiProject Labels and descriptions. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 19:46, 21 November 2017 (UTC)[]