I apologize for cross-posting; I'm trying to reach all projects here, and encourage
you to translate and spread this message to relevant village pumps.
It came to my mind that the Media Viewer goes full-screen, which doesn't meet the
"I stay on the article" expectation. I feel it may be important to an average
reader to gain orientation.
I opened a discussion, with some people calling my idea a "metadata pop-up"
rather than a "media viewer". I feel that may be good thing: the existing
default opens a lot of image info and tells people what Commons is. I feel the media
viewer should do something close to the same, with the advantage of not leaving the page,
and some interactive means of viewing the image if the user clicks some buttons.
As opposed to that, a "Media Viewer" would show a bigger image and make use of
space. But the mock I have is slightly bigger already, like the existing
"File:*" page. I am not assuming that the reader wants a bigger image; I'm
assuming he may also be interested (and it would be more transparent to) in reading some
metadata, description, date, author.
Please see the discussion here and weigh in, basing on your preferences and Wikimedia