On 7/21/10 10:05 PM, John Vandenberg wrote:
My upload of non-free "Bulogo.gif" went
ahead because it was uploaded
_before_ I was presented with the licensing dilemma. Will there be an
automatic purge of incomplete uploads?
When we're finished, it won't even touch the database until you've given
it a license and appropriately described it and so on.
It may seem a bit weird to upload and then add metadata but this is the
best solution we could come up with that works in all current browsers.
It's also a workflow that more people are familiar with anyway.
Previously, Commons has been extremely careful to ensure that every last
bit of metadata was right before uploading, but not in a very friendly
way (in our testing, many users lost the data they entered *multiple*
times before being able to complete an upload).
We also do the upload before adding metadata because it helps usability
-- the server can give you a nice thumbnail, and by analyzing EXIF and
the filename it can prefill certain fields. Very modern browsers are
perform the upload at the end of the wizard.
Generally, our goal is to strengthen policies around having an
appropriate license for media, not just for Commons but any MediaWiki
that needs it.
Currently the list of appropriate licenses is managed in a very ad-hoc
way, via hacking and then parsing translation strings. Not only is this
fragile and extremely obscure, it only works on Commons. In the
UploadWizard, any MediaWiki can configure (a) whether the wiki requires
a license (b) exactly which licenses (or kinds of licenses) are acceptable.
Of course, nothing stops people from mucking with the license after the
fact, since it's just a template, but this is a step in the right direction.
My upload of PD-US "MajorGeneralHood.jpg"
hung in the "Describe" phase.
It's a prototype and that tends to happen right now, sorry.
IMO, the only safe use for a preferred license is in
the case of
'entirely my own work'.
That was what I meant -- perhaps I didn't make that clear.
The ability to upload multiple files would be a nice
given that the licensing phase of the wizard is simplifying the
options, the design needs to be careful to ensure that the user
confirms that all uploads files are of the same license type.
Yes. We have tried to make that very explicit. Some users still had
difficulties so we have a few more interfaces we want to test about
this. Stay tuned.
Neil Kandalgaonkar |) <neilk(a)wikimedia.org>