Hoi,
When people complain that Wikidata has a real awful user interface, I
wholeheartedly agree. It is really bad, so much so that I only use it to
edit. I am a big fan of Magnus's Reasonator. It turns data into
information. It works well, it works in many languages. I search in
Reasonator, I use Reasonator for disambiguation. It is superior.

When you say that the current Wikidata has a bad user interface, do not
excuse yourself; it is awful. For me it indicates  that Wikidata is
underfunded. However, there is a general rule that throwing more developers
at a problem does not necessarily make it better. Given the challenges that
the Wikidata development face, I do not complain. I respect the effort
involved, I truly respect Lydia and her team.

When Reasonator is to be used by the whole of the Wikimedia movement, I
know it will fail. It works well up to a point, this point can be much
improved but in my appreciation it is not trivial at all to scale it up. In
the mean time people who use it like myself are blessed with a user
interface that is wonderful.
Thanks,
       GerardM

On 18 January 2016 at 17:44, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thank you for flagging this for us, Andrew.  I have been unsuccessful in
> accessing this page and have been told by others who tried to do so that
> they were also getting various error messages.  I will try again later
> using different technology - the problem may be that the blog doesn't come
> up well certain types of phones.  Personally, I have always been a bit
> heartbroken that I missed out on the chance for a "Magnus Manske has a
> Posse" t-shirt a while back; his work has genuinely changed the course of
> our project on more than one occasion, and his reputation is solidly
> earned.
>
> With that in mind - that I've not yet got the full context of Magnus's
> comments, but that I believe anything Magnus says is worth listening to and
> considering - I'm a bit concerned about any suggestion that "the community"
> rejected Visual Editor because it was "new".
>
> The English Wikipedia community rejected it because it was really bad
> software that was causing so much damage to the project that even editors
> whose focus was on content writing and improvement wound up wasting their
> time fixing the errors inserted into the text by VisualEditor.  We went
> from a somewhat-difficult-to-use text editor (wikitext) as the default to a
> not-even-beta-level default editor that could not carry out even basic
> editing functions and was actively damaging existing content - without even
> a way for editors to select a "no VE" preference, which had to be written
> after implementation.  While it was available to IP editors, the community
> wound up reverting almost 100% of their edits because the VE-generated
> problems were so severe.  This was not a failure of the community to accept
> change.  This was the failure of the WMF to understand what a minimal
> viable product should be.  The poorly thought out implementation of
> VisualEditor has caused a huge amount of damage to the reputation of the
> software - remember, the community had been asking for something along this
> line as far back as 2003, so it wasn't that we didn't want this type of
> editing interface - and it also caused an entirely predictable backlash
> from the community of 2013.  Remember, this was not the community of 2003
> that understood almost everyone involved in software creation was a
> volunteer too, and thus would tolerate less refined software releases.  The
> community of 2013 (quite correctly, I think) expected much higher quality
> work from paid staff.  Bluntly put, not even when almost all of the
> software was being written by volunteers did we see such a problematic
> "upgrade".
>
> The Visual Editor of January 2016 bears little relationship to that which
> was released on July 1, 2013 - it is dramatically better, easier to use,
> and has some really great features that even experienced editors will find
> useful. I hope more experienced users will give it another try.
>
> I often find it ironic that the great concern about attracting new editors
> and thus creating VisualEditor is then immediately dumped to the bottom of
> the drawer when it comes to Wikidata. First we'll make it easy for them to
> edit. Then we'll include a whole pile of data that they can't edit -or at
> least can't edit on the website they logged into.  They're pretty opposite
> ideas, but of course that's considered luddite thinking.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
>
> On 18 January 2016 at 08:34, Andrew Lih <andrew....@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > There’s an excellent profile of Magnus Manske in the Wikimedia blog
> today.
> > It’s hard to think of people more important to the movement than Magnus
> has
> > been since 2001.
> >
> > Selected quotes: "...we have gone from slowdown to standstill; the
> > interface has changed little in the last ten years or so, and all the
> > recent changes have been fought teeth-and-claw by the communities,
> > especially the larger language editions. From the Media Viewer, the
> Visual
> > Editor, to Wikidata transclusion, all have been resisted by vocal groups
> of
> > editors, not because they are a problem, but because they represent
> > change... all websites, including Wikipedia must obey the Red Queen
> > hypothesis: you have to run just to stand still. This does not only
> affect
> > Wikipedia itself, but the entire Wikimedia ecosystem... if we wall our
> > garden against change, against new users, new technologies our work of 15
> > years is in danger of fading away... we are in an ideal position to try
> new
> > things. We have nothing to lose, except a little time.”
> >
> > Link:
> >
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/18/fifteen-years-wikipedia-magnus-manske/
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