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Enter the Distributed Game

The Wikidata Game has been a success, both in terms of work done, as well as a demonstration of micro-contributions to Wikidata. I consider ~2,500 players not a trivial thing, considering the games are neither particularly thrilling, nor resulting in awards (how about one repercussion-free vandalism on English Wikipedia for 1,000 actions in a sub-game?). […]

The Game of Source

Wikidata has beautiful mechanisms to associate individual claims with sources for that claim. However, finding and adding such sources is surprisingly complex, and, between multiple open tabs and the somewhat sluggish interface, can strain the patience of the most well-meaning editor. I had previously attempted to simplify adding sources to Wikidata statements; and while I […]

The games must go on

When I first announced the Wikidata Game almost a year ago, it certainly profited from its novelty value. Since then, it has seen a few new sub-games, and quite a number of code patches from others (which doesn’t happen often for my other tools!). But how does the game fare medium-/long-term? With >200K “actions” (distinct […]

The Games Continue

Two weeks after releasing the first version of The Wikidata Game, I feel a quick look at the progress is in order. First, thank you everyone for trying, playing, and feedback! The response has been overwhelming; sometimes quite literally so, thus I ask your forgiveness if I can’t quite keep up with the many suggestions […]

The Game Is On

Gamification. One of those horrible buzzwords that are thrown around by everyone these days, between “cloud computing” and “the internet of things” (as opposed to the internet of people fitted with ethernet jacks, or those who get a good WiFi signal on their tooth fillings). Sure enough, gamification in the Wiki-verse has not been met […]

Judgement Day

At the dawn of Wikidata, I wrote a tool called “Terminator”. Not just because I wanted to have one of my own, but as a pun on the term “term”, used in the database table name (“wb_term”) where Wikidata labels, descriptions, and aliases are stored. The purpose of the tool is to find important (by […]


tl;dr: I wrote a quiz interface on top of a MediaWiki/WikiBase installation. It ties together material from Wikidata, Commons, and Wikipedia, to form a new educational resource. I hope the code will eventually be taken up by a Wikimedia chapter, as part of an OER strategy. The past There have been many attempts in the WikiVerse to […]

The Reference Wars

In a recent Wikipedia Signpost Op-Ed, Andreas Kolbe wrote about Wikidata and references. He comes to the conclusion that Wikidata needs more (non-Wikipedia) references, a statement I wholeheartedly agree with. He also divines that this will never happen, that Wikidata is doomed, while at the same time somehow being controlled by Google and Microsoft; I […]

Distributed stats

Just about a week after its inception, the Distributed Game has passed 10K (now 12K, since I started writing this text) actions. Enough to see some interesting patterns in the stats. By actions (an action is any decision made), the most popular sub-games are mix’n’match (42%) and matching new articles to existing items (36%), followed […]


One of the early promises of Wikidata was the improvement of lists on Wikipedia. These would be automatically generated and displayed, solving a number of problems: Solve inconsistent lists on the same topic across Wikipedias Keep all lists up-to-date Track all possible members of the list via items, instead of per-Wikipedia red links A single […]