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Random Image within Commons

Release status:Extension status beta

ImplementationTemplate:Extension#type Tag, Parser function
DescriptionTemplate:Extension#description Display a Random Image from the Wiki instance include Images that are store by Commons
Author(s)Template:Extension#username Thiemo Schuff (Starwhoopertalk)
Latest versionTemplate:Extension#version 2.3 beta build 20140916 (2014-09-16)
LicenseTemplate:Extension#license CC BY-SA 4.0
Download http://download.schuff.eu/MediaWiki%20Extensions/RandomImagewithinCommons/
ExampleTemplate:Extension#example http://thwiki.org


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What can this extension do?[edit]

It display a Randomize Image per view. But include the Images that was used over Creative Commons.


released Version 1.0 beta on 2. August 2011

Version 2.0 from 14. June 2012[edit]

  • filter Namespace (use only normal Articles (namespace 0))
  • repace all DB Querys with Mediawiki wfGetDB function
  • the extension use the mediawiki own function to calculate the picture

Version 2.1 from 3. April 2014[edit]

  • go to Multilanguage
  • implement Ignorelist like $wgriwc['blacklist'] = array('x.svg', 'y.gif', 'z.jpg');

Version 2.2 from 30. August 2014[edit]

  • Use Catogorys instead of the blacklist array

Version 2.3 from 16. September 2014[edit]

  • optimize DB querys
  • Add link to Blacklist on Specialpage of Versions

next Version[edit]

  • skip images that are insert in Pages but not more exist
  • ...

further versions[edit]

  • fillup gallerys with random pictures (to create a picturewall)
  • Proptet text configurable over Special:AllMessages
  • Check if picture really exist (protect agians [[File:NONEXISTFILE.SAMPLE]])
  • option to consider only pictures from article, but omit from User Pages, Diskussion or similar


Set tag <riwc />

Download instructions[edit]

You can download it from here: http://download.schuff.eu/MediaWiki%20Extensions/RandomImagewithinCommons/


1. create the folder "ricw" in the extension folder of your Mediawiki instance and copy the files from the downloaded zip in it.

2. Add the following to LocalSettings.php:


Configuration parameters[edit]

Use $wgriwc['size'] = '400px'; to set the default size to 400 pixel. If it not set, it will be displayed in 200 pixel width.

To ignore any picture, you can add in to the Category [[Category:riwc blacklist]] to put in on blacklist.

User rights[edit]

See also[edit]