Forums: Index > Help desk > Creating sortable tables

(First conversation copied from my talk page. -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 21:34, November 18, 2015 (UTC) )

Hi Robin,

Thanks for your help the bdm page is cool. Is there any way to create something like that for other categories, like "Members of Irish Parliament pre-1801"? Thanks, Alberto

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Dustyfingers (talkcontribs)

That could well be a simple category - and if the person is on Wikipedia it will probably be in place: Category:Members of the Parliament of Ireland (pre-1801). More generally, though, the creation of pages like the bdm or the front page listings needs the creation of a Property using Semantic MediaWiki. I'm a mere beginner with that stuff, so I'll copy this discussion to the Forum:Help desk and we can try to get an expert involved. There are sure to be other contributors interested in the answers. -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 21:34, November 18, 2015 (UTC)
We have 14 pages in Category:Members of the Parliament of Ireland (pre-1801), while Wikipedia has 550. It would seem to me that we have a lot more person pages to create, rather than farnarkling around with more pointless infrastructure (are people querying for these topics?). Thurstan (talk) 20:11, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

Here is my current list of outstanding problems, for our contributors who are bored with creating new pages:

Category Number of pages Comments
Category:Married same sex 695 Usually one member of a couple has the wrong sex set, however for some User:Bergsmit pages, both members are broken, due to a bug in the /info conversion
Category:Person articles requiring maintenance 1,663 pages requiring ifmarried-gN to be set to true
Category:Upgraded from info page 2,804 this category should have disappeared years ago! Pages need to be checked and errors introduced in the conversion process, especially place links, need to be fixed
Category:Error in death info 17 a subset of the above, which typically have a stray comma in a date field
Category:Globals missing- person 24,546 another category which should be empty
Category:Not father's child

Category:Not mother's child‎
Category:Not partner's partner‎



"reflexivity" problems: User:Thurstan is currently working through these

Thurstan (talk) 20:29, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

I'm impressed that we have 14 of those MPs. Plenty of work for anyone who wants to improve the quality of the wiki, as Thurstan has noted above, along with a question-mark-removal procedure that I mentioned on a Watercooler forum recently. However, when keen contributors such as Dustyfingers want tables for a minority interest we can happily point to pages such as Query and Help:SMW and invite them to create tables and even new properties. -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 23:28, November 19, 2015 (UTC)