[Wiki Loves Monuments] Ideas wanted: Our lists have become too big

Vicenç Riullop vriullop at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 26 21:11:33 UTC 2012

As a rule of thumb I've limited the list to 250 raw monuments to avoid the limit of template transclusions, specially if you have 250 coordinates templates. For better rendering the page 200 is ok. In the list for Iasi there are 1518 monuments! It is impossible to add all coordinates, or any other function as a direct upload link. You should split the lists and add some navigation facility. For example, by "comuna" or any other intuitive subdivision.


> From: strainu10 at gmail.com
> Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 23:48:04 +0300
> To: wikilovesmonuments at lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wiki Loves Monuments] Ideas wanted: Our lists have become too big
> Hi,
> A few days ago I've introduced direct upload links for all the
> monuments without an image in the monument list. The link worked ok,
> but I've noticed that the 3 biggest counties (by number of monuments)
> were not displayed completely anymore due to the page becoming larger
> than the maximum allowed article size [1]. I reverted the direct
> upload link, but the problem remained for Iași [2].
> Since the problem is only going to get worse as the lists get more
> complete, I am now wondering what my options are:
> - ask the WMF for an increase in wgMaxArticleSize in ro.wp. Tempting,
> but even if this happens before September, >2MB pages will still be
> hard to load on older computers.
> - use a short URL service to shave some characters off the URL used
> for error reporting/image uploading. Might still hit the limit at some
> point
> - give up on the error reporting and/or direct image uploading (either
> in all the counties or just in the ones where we hit the size limit).
> This sounds like a hard price to pay, since we've received an
> impressive number of error reports and I'm sure the direct upload link
> will also be a success.
> - further split the county list into several smaller pages. As you can
> see, the list is already split into sections by letter, but putting
> the sections in different pages would mean between 20 and 30 links,
> which I believe could discourage people looking for a certain
> monument.
> I am not sure which of these options to choose and I am hoping for
> some advice from you guys.
> Thanks,
>    Strainu
> [1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:$wgMaxArticleSize
> [2] https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lista_monumentelor_istorice_din_jude%C8%9Bul_Ia%C8%99i
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