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Problematic image previews on election page suggesting a potentially wider problem

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Summary by Alsee
202.36.179.109 (talkcontribs)

The preview for this page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_New_Zealand_general_election (can be previewed from "Next" on this page for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_general_election,_2017)

shows an image of a leader of one specific political party. It is problematic for the preview to show one leader over another in an electoral race that has not begun and and is not decided. Presumably there are similar instances of electoral decisions or democratic debates where the image should be carefully moderated to avoid associating the Wiki article with one or other side or prejudicing the impression of the page before it is opened.

Alsee (talkcontribs)

There is a Phabricator task to allow more control over what image (if any) is selected, however I don't believe there is currently any way to directly control this.

I have moved the infobox and all of the images out of the lead section. It's a pretty crappy workaround, but it should fix the problem for this article for the moment. Other articles are going to run into the same problem though.

202.36.179.109 (talkcontribs)

Cool, I noticed your edit. Is there a way to bring this issue to wider attention? I think it is something that will be manipulated.

Alsee (talkcontribs)

Already done :)

I posted the issue to English Village Pump. It will get plenty of attention there. However this is really a global issue. Getting the message out to other languages wouldn't be easy.

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