[Tagging] RFC: remove alphanumeric code visible in infoboxes at OSM Wiki linking to Wikidata

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Tue Jan 19 20:27:37 UTC 2021

I support this proposal. These links are usually wrong, and are very
difficult to maintain. See my prior comments at:
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Template_talk:Description#Wikidata and
on the Talk mailing list (Starting at

But I think it is unnecessary to use the proposal process for this. The
link was added to the wiki without a proposal and with minimal discussion

If proponents of this want to keep this link in the wiki pages I believe
they have the onus to prove that it is needed and maintainable.

If it is deemed necessary to vote on this, I believe we should use a 50%
margin to add or remove the feature from the wiki, since this is a binary

-- Joseph Eisenberg

On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 12:45 AM Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <
tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:

> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/remove_link_to_Wikidata_from_infoboxes
> This proposal is a bit unusual as it is not about tagging at all
> (it has no impact on wikidata tag on objects in OSM database).
> Infobox is a box on the side of the tag page on OSM Wiki, listing the
> summary
> of the most important info.
> See for example https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:building%3Dchurch
> Currently it contains at the bottom link to external site Wikidata
> or request to add such link.
> I propose to remove this link from infoboxes as as confusing, unnecessary
> and not worth using infobox space.
> Preemptive explanation:
> It has no impact on wikidata=*
> It has no impact on data items, including P12 property.
>     It will be still possible to add and use Wikidata links stored in data
> items
> It has no impact on anything mapped
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