Hi everyone,

We appreciate the ongoing conversations about Media Viewer, and wanted to give you a quick update on this project. 

This week, we’ve been discussing practical ways to address community concerns on the English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons RfCs — and improve metrics used to establish the default configuration for this tool.

We would like to propose a new feature which we think can address many of the issues we’ve heard so far: the Viewing Options Panel (1) would let you quickly disable (or enable) Media Viewer. It would prominently display a ‘cog’ icon at the top right corner of the screen, as shown in the feature's mockup (2) and rough prototype (3). 

Clicking on that icon would display a settings panel with two viewing options:
* 'View quickly’ — enable Media Viewer (or keep it enabled)
* 'View all the details’ — disable Media Viewer and show the file page instead

This would make it much easier for users to decide for themselves if they want Media Viewer enabled or not. It would also allow us to collect better user data on whether or not this tool is useful -- which can inform our discussions about default state for different user groups. To that end, we plan to track the number of enable and disable events by user group on the existing Opt-in/Opt-out Dashboard (4) (this dashboard now tracks clicks on the “Disable/Enable’ links at the bottom of Media Viewer, which would be replaced by the Viewing Options Panel).

What do you think of this new feature? Does it seem worth developing at this time? Any suggestions for improvement? 

We would greatly appreciate your feedback about the Viewing Options Panel on this multimedia mailing list, or on the Media Viewer discussion page:


We are also considering a controlled experiment on the English Wikipedia. We invite you to comment on that separate proposal on its research page. (5) 

Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback on Media Viewer. Your comments are really helpful to us, and we look forward to working with you in coming days to improve this tool together. 

To be continued, 

Fabrice and the Multimedia Team

(1) Viewing Options Panel - Proposed Spec:

(2) Viewing Options Panel - Mockup:

(3) Viewing Options Panel - Rough Prototype:

(4) Opt-in/Opt-out Dashboard:

(5) Controlled Experiment Proposal:


Fabrice Florin
Product Manager, Multimedia
Wikimedia Foundation


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