On 19.09.2016 18:12, Lydia Pintscher wrote:
On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 6:19 AM, Denny Vrandečić <vrande...@gmail.com> wrote:
Can you figure out what a good limit would be for these two use cases? I.e.
what would support 99%, 99.9%, and 100%?


Yes this would be extremely helpful. In general I agree that we can
now be more relaxed about this than we were at the beginning because
you all understand that Wikidata isn't a place to store long free
text. However I still think we need to have some measures in place.
One thing we could maybe do is a new datatype for longer text but I'm
undecided about this yet. I still don't feel too good about making
every string property several thousand characters long.

I am not excited about having another new datatype for this. The proposed difference of 400 vs. 2000 chars does not seem so fundamental, and the limits are rather arbitrary too, so it seems too much detail on the user level to name these things in special ways. Datatypes should be used if they have a benefit to the user (easier input, better display) and not to enforce constraints. There are very many relevant constraints, and length is hardly the most important one, so we should not give it the prominence of having an own type.

Best,

Markus


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