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Pictures of the YearEdit

I am finding "Pictures of the Year" on the main page now a bit repetitious, it was great to see immediately after the vote, but I see no point in it still being here now. Now it just lessens the impact of the picture of the day. Time to switch back to the original layout. --Tony Wills (talk) 04:20, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Ref Talk:Main_Page/Archive_4#Rotate_PotY_high_rankers.3F. Jee 05:02, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Just don't show this app ad forever again, please … Maybe the most recenlty promoted FP?    FDMS  4    07:34, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
My preference would be to remove any extra image from that location except to highlight something special (eg at the end of picture of the year selection). Picture of the day is to highlight our contents (POTD are all FPs, no sense in having another FP either), and it is detracted from by having another image next to it. Just move "Highlights" and "Contents" up instead. --Tony Wills (talk) 21:27, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
And now picture of the day and picture of the year is the same image. Can we switch it please? OhanaUnitedTalk page 22:11, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
I can echo the sentiments from several other editors. The POTY 2013 images have now for a long time now been repetitious to look at. I think it is time to remove them from the main page. --20:01, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, TheDJ! --Slaunger (talk) 15:42, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Photo challenge link on main pageEdit

Hello All! I suppose that the not-so-old Commons:Photo challenge should be given some place on our main page. I propose adding it in the "Highlights" box as "You may also be interested in Picture of the Year and Photo challenge." Some other suggestions are also welcome. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 12:03, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

I agree that it would be good to be mentioned. The "Highlights" section seems currently aimed at people browsing for the first time and there isn't much to highlight projects aimed at contributing. Rather than wording this "If you are browsing Commons for the first time" in a way that starts off excluding lots of people, why not simply state that our best content can be found at Featured Pictures and other great material at Quality Images and Valued Images. How about:
Our best images can be found at Featured pictures, the cream of which are awarded Picture of the Year. Other great images include those at Quality images and Valued images.
Why not meet some of our talented photographers and illustrators, or join them and take part in the monthly Photo challenge. -- Colin (talk) 13:23, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
This sounds better. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 05:12, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I would have no problem with having it advertised in the top right where the commons-app was, and where wiki-loves-monuments is at present. I don't think Commons needs to encourage mass random low grade photos (as detractors suggest commons-app encourages), but prompting more people to participate via the photo challenge would be great. --Tony Wills (talk) 10:26, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
|Announcement Title=Photo challenge |Announcement Text= [[File:Camera2_mgx.svg|100px|right]] <div style="margin-left: 0.3em; padding-right: 0.6em; line-height: 1.5; color: #000; font-size: 1.6em">Take some photos and upload them to meet our monthly thematic challenge, get inspiration and try new subjects! [[Commons:Photo challenge|'''Learn more about the challenges!''']]</div> <div align="center" style="margin: 1em;"> {{Clickable button|Commons:Photo_challenge#Challenges_open_for_submission|'''Checkout this months challenges'''|iconPrimary=ui-icon-circle-arrow-n|class=ui-button-green ui-button-large}} </div> --Tony Wills (talk) 10:45, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
I see no need, imho is a watchlist notice enough. --Steinsplitter (talk) 10:37, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
The Photo challenge has a bit easier criteria than other competitions like POTY or even the FPs. This bit of leniency should encourage more editors to take part and hence additional highlighting through main page would be helpful. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 13:12, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support. --Túrelio (talk) 12:37, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support as earlier. Jee 15:03, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support - Even after being an active user for so long, I did not know about this. This stuff has to be advertised. --Sreejith K (talk) 15:55, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Symbol neutral vote.svg Ok --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:04, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Commons appEdit

I propose to stop advertising the Commons app on our main page. It's broken, the Foundation doesn't have the time to support it, volunteers are not stepping up for maintaining it either, the quality of the uploads is sub par according to many people, so we should just get rid of it. I thus propose to remove it from the main page. I have also proposed to WMF to pull the app from the store and I have updated it's Commons page to reflect it's current status. It was a nice experiment, but experiments need to end at some point. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 23:03, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - it was a good idea but it should go into suspension until someone takes responsibility for fixing it. Green Giant (talk) 02:36, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
  • I don't think it's something that needs voted on, just something that should be done as a matter of course. But if anyone wants to count then Symbol keep vote.svg Agree --Tony Wills (talk) 10:12, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Done. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 11:25, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
@TheDJ: Maybe check the main page after updating its template – you have destroyed the announcement functionality. Anyways, I (would) like to see the Commons App ad removed too.    FDMS  4    12:23, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Got it. I misunderstood how the functionality works... I note btw, that the page will not work, if there is NO announcement currently, so perhaps someone would like to think of something that we can display as a default announcement, for when WLM ends. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 12:51, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
I did check the main page btw, it's just that I should have purged it, since it is cached. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 12:52, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
@DJ see preceding topic for a suggestion. --Tony Wills (talk) 22:08, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
See also the thread on mobile-lTheDJ (talkcontribs) 08:17, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Late to the party, but I definitely support dropping the app from the main page and from the app store if nobody is interested in maintaining it. -FASTILY 23:39, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

POTD 11th & 12th SeptEdit

Ascalaphus sinister, male (left) and female (right). Ascalaphus sinister, male (left) and female (right).
Ascalaphus sinister, male (left) and female (right).

These images are scheduled for 11th and 12th Sept as POTD. ( Template:Potd/2014-09-11, Template:Potd/2014-09-12) As they both are related, two genders of same species, can't they be displayed simultaneously? I remember English Wikipedia has done that sometimes. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 07:46, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Pinging @Jkadavoor: as I suppose you are active in POTDs and have created these two templates and are creator of these two images too. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 11:15, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
@Dharmadhyaksha: Hmm; they were scheduled long ago, and now set nominations are suspended from FPC. I don't know whether it is practical to reassign a new picture now as the date is very close. If possible, I've no objections. Jee 14:44, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
@Jkadavoor: We can simply shuffle few other nominations, bring the 13th Sept to 11th or so and buy time. If nothing is possible and the two images have to run separately, i would suggest parting them. For entomology-dummies like me similar images running consecutively is bit boring and further more might just go unnoticed as well. People might think we forgot to update a new image on 12th. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 17:25, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Too late, POTD's have already propagated into Wikipedias.--Ymblanter (talk) 18:37, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Dharmadhyaksha for your opinion. I will be careful in future. But, as Ymblanter commented above, we are too late in this case. There are a lot of translations too, done by other volunteers. So it is better not to edit POTD templates within 3 days unless there is a serious error. Jee 02:32, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
@Jkadavoor, Ymblanter: Never mind now! But can we at least push the 12th POTD to some later date? Just bring 13th on 12th so no more translation works are required, am guessing the 13th one is all set. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 03:49, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
@Dharmadhyaksha: This is not only translation. Every project participating in POTD have to transfer images and translations to their pages, and I guess most of the users doing this transfer will not notice that we have changed POTD on Commons.--Ymblanter (talk) 06:28, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Okay! Thanks for the replies. Am not aware of where and how these templates are connected. Would keep in mind from next time that we need few days count to make changes in the queue. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 05:51, 12 September 2014 (UTC)


Non parlo inglese, usate un traduttore.

Un utente, Michele Bassi, copia le foto da internet e le spaccia per sue, osando pure mettere il pubblico dominio sulle foto NON SUE che carica. Ricicla anche da Google Maps (streetview) senza avere il buon senso di citarne l'origine, ma sempre inventando che sono foto sue (e mettendo il pubblico dominio). Bloccate la sua utenza, bloccate il suo IP, cancellate TUTTI i suoi contributi. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

What happened to the US government portal subpages?...Edit

Hi ...Back in the July August time-frame I added a number of files to the US Department of Transportation page as well as adding some introductory material so that I could on this material for future Wikipedia articles... some editors on that site have asked me to use Wiki commons instead of loading files up on Wikipedia... the files that I added are still there but the page I was editing (Federal Transit Administration FTA) seems to be gone... has it been moved?.... any help would be appreciated... Thanks ...

Risk Engineer (talk) 14:08, 22 September 2014 (UTC)