This is a tool that will be really useful to the AfroCROWD initiative that
Alice Backer leads (cc'd, as well as Pharos) -- especially for the Haitian
Creole community.

I'm hoping AfroCROWD and WM NYC can support an intensive translatathon
focusing on Wikidata, and really take advantage of this great resource.

Wonderful work!

- Erika

*Erika Herzog*
Wikipedia *User:BrillLyle* <>
Secretary, Wikimedia NYC

On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM, Lydia Pintscher <> wrote:

> Hi everyone :)
> Last year Lucie started working on the ArticlePlaceholder (
> in order to
> fullfill Wikidata's promise of supporting especially the smaller
> Wikipedias. Today we have rolled it out on the first 4 Wikipedias:
> Esperanto, Haitian Creole, Neapolitan and Odia. When someone searches for a
> topic where no local article exists but Wikidata has data we will show an
> ArticlePlaceholder with this information and encourage the reader to create
> an article. I hope this will help these Wikipedias by offering their
> readers more content and by turning more of them into active editors.
> In order for the feature to work well we need labels for items and
> properties in these languages on Wikidata. A lot exist already but if you
> want to help out you can find items and properties that need labels in
> these languages at and
> What we rolled out today as usual is a first version. Based on the feedback
> from those 4 Wikipedias we will expand and improve it. One of the next
> things we will do is add the option to translate an article from another
> language if it exists using the Content Translation tool and fix known
> bugs. Things we know are still broken or need work:
> * language fallbacks in the properties are not working so you will see a
> lot of P1234 and so on until a label is added on Wikidata in that language
> * long identifiers break out of the identifier box on the right side and
> don't look good
> * right now you only get an ArticlePlaceholder in the search results when
> Wikidata has at least 3 links to other Wikimedia projects and 3 statements.
> We might need to tweak this number still based on feedback from the first
> Wikipedias. We limit this in order to not encourage readers to create an
> article that will be deleted right after they created it because it isn't
> notable.
> Here are some example pages:
> * Odia:
> * Napolitan:
> * Esperanto:
> * Haitian Creole:
> I'm really excited about making true on one of Wikidata's biggest promises.
> Cheers
> Lydia
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