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can any one optimize my conatent..?

Sendeven321 (talkcontribs)

can any one optimize my conatent.

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how can i update my content..?

Sendeven321 (talkcontribs)

how can i update my content..

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Think it should be easier to upload photos and videos from an article page?

Ashstar01 (talkcontribs)

Hey there! I'm a San Fran product designer looking to improve the media uploading process from the context of an article page. I've created a proposal for an individual grant from the WIkimedia Foundation. If you have thoughts/feedback, I'd love to hear it here:

Thanks! A

Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

Hello! Very interesting proposal. It feels related to an ongoing project: Mobile design/Uploads. I am pinging the people working on this to make sure you can all sync thoughts and efforts. Most of the people working on this feature are actually based in San Francisco. The next Wikipedia Engineering Meetup would be a good occasion to meet and chat (latest).

This post was posted by Qgil-WMF, but signed as Qgil.

Ashstar01 (talkcontribs)

Thanks! I've connected with Maryana from the foundation to cross-share. Looks like theres no current intiative for a desktop feature but definitely the mobile work lends itself to web and they've mad a lot of great progress defining an optimal upload flow.

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Allow easy import from auto-upload sites

Cmadler (talkcontribs)

Several photo-hosting and sharing websites have apps that can be set up to automatically upload all mobile photos to their site. Those that come to mind include Google+/Picasaweb, Facebook, and Flickr. However, only Flickr images can be imported to Commons, and even that is not as simple as it ought to be. For other sites, the image must first be downloaded to a computer and then uploaded anew to Commons.

I suggest that a better way to improve uploads from mobile devices would be to take advantage of those existing services and allow/improve importing from them. Perhaps an example can best illustrate this: A Commons contributor -- let's call him "Cmadler" :-) -- takes a vacation, during which he takes hundreds of photos on a smartphone, which he has set to automatically upload to Google. It can be difficult to gauge photo quality on a phone screen, so once he returns home or gets to any computer (because the photos are already online), Cmadler reviews all the photos, selects those of sufficient quality, and with a few quick clicks, imports then across into Commons.

Certainly there are some spam and copyvio concerns about enabling this sort of "upload from URL" feature, but there are plenty of ways to mitigate this. It could be limited to certain services. It could be limited to some class of at-least-moderately trusted users, or require a user-right granted upon request. It could even be limited to a user's own photos on another service (e.g., in Commons I would somehow authenticate my Google account before I'd be able to import directly). Regardless of the details of the implementation, I argue that this sort of import function should be a higher priority than improving the direct-from-mobile upload process. Cmadler (talk) 19:51, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Maryana (WMF) (talkcontribs)

You're totally right that existing Commons contributors have different needs when it comes to uploads and would probably be better served by apps with batch upload functionality. The process documented on this page is designed more for opportunistic use (User:Cmadler happens to pass by a historical building and notices there's no photo in the Wikipedia article about it, so he takes one and adds it :D) and for newer or potential editors of Wikimedia projects, to give them a relatively easy way to start contributing.

We have a separate, newly created team that's dedicated to R&D on mobile apps. See Commons Mobile upload app for documentation about the early phases of this project. That page is somewhat outdated because the project has really ramped up since Yuvi rejoined us officially :) so check back soon for updates!

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