WeRelate:Suggestions/Wikipedia in other languages

Dutch famous people (well those in the Dutch Wikipedia) are not often and not really correctly described in the English Wikipedia. I would like to have the choice between the English and the Dutch Wikipedia, first for those who are only mentioned in the Dutch edition and second for those famous Dutch where the English Wikipedia text is inadequate. Gerard Reve is reduced to a homo-erotic writer in the English edition which is at least primitive.

You want this feature as part of WR's automated wikipedia inclusion, right? So an internationalized version of Template:Source-wikipedia where a parameter is added to specify the WP version (like NL). --Jennifer (JBS66) 16:47, 16 September 2012 (EDT)
I would second an internationalised version of the wikipedia template please. AndrewRT 20:57, 16 September 2012 (EDT)
Obviously, based on the Gerard Reve example, there are different articles on the different wikipedia servers. Possibly there are even different titles on the different servers for the same person, especially when the title might contain diacritical marks. My suggestion is to stop including wikipedia, period, and simply "internationalize" the moreinfo template to point at the best wikipedia entry, possibly multiple wikipedia entries, and leave it as a link for people to follow if they are interested. Most of the genealogists I talk to are hesitant to use wikipedia as a source. --Jrich 22:42, 16 September 2012 (EDT)
I am not a great supporter for using Wikipedia as a source, but for the relative actual people I would like to have a link to the descriptions. For the simple genealogical facts like birthdates etc I do prefer the (more) official records.--Klaas (Ekjansen) 01:40, 17 September 2012 (EDT)
I'm an enthusiastic user of Wikipedia in werelate, although that is partly because I am also an enthusiastic contributor to Wikipedia. It makes a lot of sense to include Wikipedia information here for geographical locations and notable people, as this is readily available and generally of good quality. It avoids unnecessary duplication and builds mutually-beneficial links between two websites that are built on similar values and processes. AndrewRT 17:32, 18 September 2012 (EDT)

Regarding the moreinfo template: Currently, there is only one parameter, and the assumption is that it will point to the EN version of WP: [[Wikipedia:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]]. If we were to add one additional parameter and perhaps change the word Wikipedia to WP, it would look like this: [[WP:{{{2|EN}}}:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]] where {{{2}}} is the international code. The default value could be EN so the pages that currently use the template would continue to function.

I implemented this portion of the suggestion. There is now a language code parameter for the moreinfo wikipedia template --Jennifer (JBS66) 09:31, 1 November 2012 (EDT)

Not to sound jingoistic here, but I'm not sure how useful inclusion of Dutch text on a WR page would be. It seems to me the best solution, really, would be for the original poster -- who obviously has a good grasp of English (I'm assuming he's at least bilingual, though I don't know whether his first language is Dutch or English . . .) -- to upgrade the article at the English-language Wikipedia. Then we could link to that in the usual way. And it also would benefit non-WR users of Wikipedia. --MikeTalk 07:14, 3 November 2012 (EDT)

It is not at all my wish, to add Dutch text on the WR Pages, although by importing Dutch Gedcoms there are already lots of Dutch descriptions imported, only a moreinfo-link to the better or only WP-entry in the chosen language. By using the translate-function or switching to the English version (if existent) the text will be readable in English. The text for the link on the WR page is English. My 1st language is Dutch, 2nd German, 3rd English. I stopped with the frustating texting in WP years ago already--Klaas 07:54, 3 November 2012 (EDT)

It appears that sufficient functionality has been implemented to address this request. I will move this suggestion to the archive.--DataAnalyst 22:22, 9 April 2017 (UTC)