[Wiki Loves Monuments] File names and descriptions

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Fri Sep 21 16:25:42 UTC 2012

Hi Yaroslav,

I think the description field is quite sparingly used - because people
already add the identifier. Theoretically it should be possible to add the
information that one would normally put in the description in the page from
the information we have in the database. I don't see this as a major
problem, although I do also see people who add more description. If they
upload directly from the lists on Wikipedia, the description from the list
is automatically transferred to the form too.


2012/9/21 Yaroslav M. Blanter <putevod at mccme.ru>

> Dear all,
> I noticed while categorizing images which were submitted for WLM 2012
> Russia that almost all users (with the exception of the experienced Commons
> uploaders) do not use the description field nor the name field
> appropriately.
> There are three common patterns:
> 1) (Minimalistic) The description field is not used, the name field is the
> official name of the monument (copied from some list, in Russian). If there
> are several photos of the same monument, an extra dot between .jpg (so that
> the name is xxx..jpg) or numbers at the end are used.
> 2) The description is still not used, and the name becomes the
> description: for instance (in Russian) Trinity Church, village of xxx, yyy
> district, zzz oblast, well preserved, a very nice view from the bank of the
> qqq River..jpg
> 3) The name is used, typically as in 1), but they copy extended texts to
> the description (typically taken from some other internet resource).
> Nobody categorizes images of course.
> All of these patterns in my estimate are above 95% of the uploads.
> Is it just Russia, or do other countries show similar patterns?
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
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