Yes, this is one of the reasons why data from Wikidata must only be included in 
a Wikipedia at the discretion of users of that specific Wikipedia, like images 
from Commons. 

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Gerard Meijssen
Sent: Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:14 AM
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] BLP and the Wikidata / Wikipedia controversy

There is a lot to do about the current absence of a BLP policy at Wikidata.
Many people, particularly those involved in Wikipedia, insist on one and a 
policy that is a mirror image of their policy.

I am opposed to such an approach because it will be detrimental to the best 
practices in Wikidata and it will stifle the inclusion of data.
Nevertheless there is a need for better quality particularly where it concerns 

Only being against is a bad position so I have laid out the arguments for a 
more inclusive BLP and quality approach [1]. It does bring many of the relevant 
questions together.

What this approach accomplishes is:
* better quality in both Wikipedia and Wikidata
* an opt in change in the Wikipedia environment that links blue and red links 
to Wikidata items
* it allows for the Wikidata best practices
* it invites any Wikimedia collaborator to make a positive difference for our 
overall BLP.

What it does not provide is an instant BLP solution for Wikidata, this is not 
realistic given the huge number of items involved, people often specific to one 
or no Wikipedia. It will not convince everyone and that too is to be expected. 
After all the proof of the pudding is in the eating and not so much in the 
endless bickering.

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