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Photo challenge box

{{editprotected}} Hi. In 2015 the Photo challenge box on the main page was modified to inform about the 2015 European Science Photo Competition. Now that we have another International Science Photo Competition, is it possible to do the same? I am a volunteer at Commons Photo challenge, so I can take care that they are alternated.

Last time, if I remember correctly, the link to the monthly photo challenge was totally removed, and that was not nice. I don't expect we do the same, quite the contrary, just to put them in a certain alternation. I ping also Jarekt.

If this is not the best place, where should be such thing discussed?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:54, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

I cannot find how it was decided in 2015, but I am sure it was there on the main page, and it remained also in December when the competition was prolonged in certain countries.
We can just few line, logo with a link to website, and link to commons page in the text.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:24, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
it does have to be so drastic, we can write both.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:22, 4 November 2017 (UTC)
or we can have the last two weeks of November and the first of December, that would also work. Current monthly challange seem to work. we are asking less time than in 2015, and this tiem the event is global.
Should I link to the syosp page?--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:54, 5 November 2017 (UTC)
Commons:Wiki Science Competition 2017 is now mulitlingual and provides basic information and we had banner but still not in all the countries so this would help to get decent upload where no campaign will occur.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:00, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

I suppose the text is something like that:

{{Main Page Template |langcode=en |Announcement Title=Wiki Science Competition |Announcement Text= [[File:Logo for Wiki Science Competition.svg|100px|right]] <div style="margin-left: 0.3em; padding-right: 0.6em; line-height: 1.5; color: #000; font-size: 1.6em">Upload your scientific images during Wiki Science Competition 2017! [[Commons:Wiki Science Competition 2017|'''Learn more about the contest!''']]</div> <div align="center" style="margin: 1em;"> {{Clickable button| Commons:Wiki Science Competition upload|'''Upload an image to Wiki Science Competition'''|iconPrimary=ui-icon-circle-arrow-n|class=ui-button-green ui-button-large}} </div>

We only have 12 days left for Europe, I would ask for the whole infobox. Plus we have Asia and Africa in December so the best period could be from now to the first week of December. Than, we can put it back specifically for Africa at the end of the month if the upload is low, maybe.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:19, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard#Modification_of_main_page got no reply as well, i will ping some syosp if necessary.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:20, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

User:Steinsplitter could you please update the infobox like you did for Wiki Loves Monument? Thank you.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:01, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
@Alexmar983: Done. Please ping me when the contest is over, so that the notice can be removed. Best --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:36, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Steinsplitter great. The contest is over at different dates. Probably since Africa starts the first week of December, i will ask for few days after Dec, the 1st. I also ask the monthly theme page for coordination.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:40, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

User:Steinsplitter the new monthly challenges are here so you can switch back to the standard layout, for some days, so they can start with enough coverage. In the meantime we decide which country to postpone the deadline and we warm up Africa, than I'll ask you to put the WSC notice back. As i said, I am not thirsty, we should share the space! I have discussed with Jarekt in the monthly challenges talk pages.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:51, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

Ok, Done. Thanks. --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:53, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
User:Steinsplitter after circa one week considering that some big countries ending on December, the 15th (netherlands, Norway, Malaysia, New Zealand) still have zero uploaded files, it would be nice if you can put the WSC2017 banner back. I'd say for another week at least.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:46, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
User:Steinsplitter just in case I was not clear, I meant one week from when we switched back, that is from the 1st. I would be nice if we can have it back the banner this last week of upload 7-15 in Europe, Asia and America.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:05, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
Done. --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:35, 7 December 2017 (UTC)

User:Steinsplitter you can remove it. But we might decide to merge some empty category in the international one, if we arrange that upload might resume from certain areas, so I'll ask you the infobox back again. In the future, I will require a brainstorming for a more flexible style (including WLM and WLE)--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:06, 16 December 2017 (UTC)

Done. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:12, 16 December 2017 (UTC)

Machine-readable description for main page media

Currently there is no machine-readable description for main page media (i.e. main page image and main page sound/video). It’s embarrassing, especially on Commons, after the Great File Metadata Cleanup Drive. The used templates—Main Page/potd and Main Page/motd—are protected, but I don’t even know which is the best way to fix this. Just copying and pasting the text appearing below the media is the easiest, but it makes the code even more unmaintainable. Maybe we should use a subtemplate for generating the description text, probably the same for both types. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 20:44, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

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