Wikimedia Apps/Suggested edits


Welcome to Suggested edits

Suggested edits is a new way to edit Wikipedia on Android. We appreciate that you are giving it a try.

What is Suggested edits?

Suggested edits presents opportunities for small but vital contributions to Wikipedia. We would like to raise awareness that everyone can edit Wikipedia and make contributing easier and more accessible for everyone.

Get started with Suggested edits

The Suggested edits home page consists of the following areas: Profile statistics/contribution history and contribution opportunities.

Suggested edits home page
Home of Suggested edits consists of two areas: Profile statistics and contribution opportunities.

Contribution opportunities are the central element of Suggested edits. Here you can find ways to contribute to Wikipedia. At the moment we offer tasks to add or translate article descriptions and image captions. If you want to know more or learn how to edit like a pro, check out the dedicated sections below:

We are going to add more contribution types soon, stay tuned.

Profile statistics display information about your edit activity. They start to populate once you've made your first edits to Wikimedia projects.

  • Contributions - displays the number of contributions you’ve made with Suggested edits in the past 30 days.
  • Pageviews - displays the total number of times in the last 30 days that others viewed items you contributed to using Suggested edits.
  • Edit streak - displays how many days without a break you’ve contributed via Suggested edits. If you haven’t contributed in a while, it shows your last contribution date.
  • Edit quality - based on how many times one of your contributions was reverted (that is: undone by another editor). The fewer reverted contributions, the better the edit quality.

Tapping the card leads to the contribution history page. The contribution history lists all contribution types that are available in Suggested edits. You can filter by edit type and see how many pageviews the articles you’ve contributed to had in the past 30 days. Tapping an item in the contribution history list leads you the edit detail (diff) page, where even more infos about the particular edit are featured.

Article descriptions

Article description on Android
Article description in the Wikipedia Android app

What are article descriptions?

  • Short, multilingual descriptions of items (e.g. Wikipedia articles)
  • Article descriptions are not full sentences, but small bits of information.
  • In most cases, the proper length is between two and twelve words.

What are article descriptions used for?

Article descriptions are shown in the apps below Wikipedia article titles to help readers identify the article they're looking for. Article descriptions are stored and maintained on Wikidata and have been designed to disambiguate items with the same or similar labels. Descriptions are also shown outside the Wikipedia site and apps: for example, in Google searches.

Article descriptions summarize an article to help readers understand the subject at a glance. These are known in the Wikimedia community as Wikidata descriptions.

Tips for creating article descriptions

Article descriptions should ideally fit on one line, and be between two to twelve words long. They are not capitalized unless the first word is a proper noun, and do not normally begin with initial articles (a, an, the). For example:

  • painting by Leonardo da Vinci (title description for an article about the Mona Lisa)
  • Earth’s highest mountain (title description for an article about Mount Everest)

Other tips for writing good article descriptions:

  • Avoid information that is likely to change (e.g., ‘current Prime Minister of…’)
  • Avoid opinionated, biased or promotional wording (e.g., ‘the best…’)
  • Avoid controversial claims

More information is available on the Wikidata descriptions help page.

Machine Assisted Article Descriptions Experiment

Some users may see a button that says "see suggested descriptions" which will show them 1-2 machine generated article descriptions. We are testing a model that summarizes a Wikipedia article into a description of the article. Our hope is that it will help improve the quality of article descriptions published by Android app users. When a suggestion is selected, it can be modified or deleted. The experiment started April 3, 2023 in select language wikis and will run for approximately 30 days. You can read the full details about the experiment on the dedicated project page. Information about the model we are using to generate the article descriptions can be found here.

More on article descriptions

Article descriptions are stored and maintained on Wikidata, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation which provides a free, collaborative, multilingual, secondary database supporting Wikipedia and other projects.

Image captions

What are image captions?

  • Short, multilingual descriptions of image files
  • Limited to 250 characters in length and cannot contain markup

What are image captions used for?

Image captions describe an image to help readers understand the meaning and context of an image. They are also used to provide alternative information for an image if people cannot view it, e.g. because of a slow internet connection or if people use a screen reader.

Tips for creating image captions

Image captions should be short descriptions of what the image shows. They are generally four to twelve words long. They can also contain information about the artist or creator of the image.

Remember to keep your captions neutral. Avoid making value judgements such as "beautiful", "good" or "ugly".

The difference between the image description and the image caption is that the description can have a lot of information about the file. If the image is a scan it can have details about the original photograph or artwork. It can have links. The image caption should ignore all this and just describe what it shows, not the information about the file.

A good image caption should:

  • Aim to briefly describe the contents of an image
  • Describe the image such that those with vision or other impairments can imagine what it looks like
  • Contain some keywords that people are likely to use to search for an image (so a picture of a cat should include the word "cat" somewhere in the caption)

In many cases, the caption will be similar or identical to the description (or even the file title!). For example, File:Fire station Hallstatt - October 2017 - 02.jpg has the English caption "Hallstatt fire station in October 2017".

More on image captions

Image captions are stored and maintained on Wikimedia Commons, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation which provides an online repository of free-use images, sounds, other media, and JSON files supporting Wikipedia and other projects.

Image tags

See also: Commons:Depicts

What are image tags?

"Image tags" is a shorthand phrase for what the Commons community calls Depicts statements.

What are image tags used for?

By adding image tags, you will help make images easier to search for on Commons, the free license image repository that Wikipedia uses for images in its articles.

Tips for adding image tags

Please add tags conservatively. If there are multiple items clearly and deliberately depicted by the image, all should be added as separate tags, within reason. For example, a photo of Bonnie and Clyde should be tagged with "Bonnie and Clyde", "Bonnie Parker", and "Clyde Barrow". Identify the most important thing(s) in the image.

Be as specific as you can. Search for the most relevant tags by tapping "+ Add tag". You may see a number of search results, but resist the urge to add a large number of semi-relevant tags. In the example shown below, the picture is of the Williamsburg Bridge, but that tag has not been added. Add it yourself by tapping "+ Add tag" and searching for "Williamsburg Bridge".

Article images

What is the article images task?

Wikipedia articles are written and edited by thousands of volunteers from around the world. Unfortunately, many articles lack images. Article images is a type of Suggested Edits task that will show logged-in Android users articles and images along with its associated information, so that users can determine if the image is a good illustration of the contents of the article displayed. For more information about the Article images task, check out the image recommendations project page.

The images will be suggested to you using an algorithm. The algorithm will pull images from other sources and suggest a match with an article that does not have an image.

The 'Train image algorithm' task can be accessed via Suggested edits main screen.
The 'Train image algorithm' task can be accessed via Suggested edits main screen.

Tips for adding images to articles

To best determine if an image is the right match for an article you should review:

  • Image (zoom in to review more details)
  • Image file name
  • Image description
  • Image suggestion reason
  • Article content

Dialog options

In the task you can select Yes, No or Not Sure, to the question of if you would add the image to an article.

  • Yes indicates the image is a good illustration to help readers understand the topic of the Wikipedia article
  • No indicates the image would not help readers understand the topic of the Wikipedia article. Reasons the image would not help be a good fit for the article includes:
    • Not Relevant, which indicates the image depicts a topic that is not associated with the article that is being shown
    • Not enough Information to decide, which indicates the metadata shared with the image does not provide enough details for you to confidently indicate the image would help readers better understand the article
    • Image is offensive, which indicates the image is inappropriate
    • Image is low quality, which indicates you can not see the image well enough to confidently say it is a good illustration of the article being shown and help readers understand the topic
    • I don’t know this subject, which indicates you do not feel you have the needed expertise to determine if the image would help readers understand the topic of the Wikipedia article
    • Other, which indicates there is another reason the image is not a good match for the article
  • Not Sure indicates you are not certain whether or not the image would help readers understand the topic of the Wikipedia article.

Tips for adding article captions and alternative text

Image captions

A caption is a text that appears below an image. Most captions draw attention to something in the image that is not obvious, such as its relevance to the text. There are several criteria for a good image caption. A good caption:

  • Clearly identifies the subject of the picture, without detailing the obvious
  • Is succinct
  • Establishes the picture's relevance to the article
  • Provides context for the picture
  • Draws the reader into the article

Read more on image captions here: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Captions

Alternative text

Alternative text (or alt text) is text associated with an image that serves the same purpose and conveys the same essential information as the image. If someone can't see the image because they turned off pictures on their web browser or they're using a tool to read the screen due to bad eyesight, the alternative text makes sure they don't miss out on any information. Good alternative text:

  • Is descriptive and clearly describes the main point of the image.
  • Is short and limited to about 125 characters
  • Is context-aware and considers the article or page’s content when described
  • Is functional, e.g. if an image is also a button, mention its function
  • Is relevant and describes crucial parts of the image that is pertinent to the content

Read more on alternative text here: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility/Alternative text for images

If you’d like to learn more about images on MediaWiki and its syntax, check out this resource: Help:Images