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Bug 5473 - truncated copyright notice
truncated copyright notice
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 2537
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
File management (Other open bugs)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2006-04-05 23:17 UTC by Michael Hardy
Modified: 2006-04-07 14:10 UTC (History)
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Description Michael Hardy 2006-04-05 23:17:43 UTC

I uploaded this picture, with copyright information saying
that the head of the math department at the University of
Arizona had granted a GNU Free Documentation License for
all pictures found at a specified website, and I gave the
URL for that site.  I don't think I was warned before I
clicked on "save", that the information I entered would get
truncated, so that it says:

"GNU Free Documentation License granted by Prof. William
McCallum, head of the department, for all picture"

where it should have said:

"GNU Free Documentation License granted by Prof. William
McCallum, head of the department, for all pictures

And I don't see anything on the image page that enables me
to edit the notice further.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-04-05 23:18:31 UTC
Click "edit this page".
Comment 2 Michael Hardy 2006-04-05 23:23:21 UTC
"Edit this page" DID NOT WORK the first time I tried it.

NOW I click on that, and I find all of the copyright
information, but what appears when I view the page itself
is the truncated version.

I'm going to edit to fit it into the space allowed.

Still, there should be a warning that it will get truncated.
This information is important.
Comment 3 Michael Hardy 2006-04-05 23:28:24 UTC
It still doesn't work!!  I edited the copyright information to
make it short enough to fit.  But when I view the image page,
and reload, I still see the original truncated notice.
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2006-04-05 23:33:18 UTC
Looks fine to me.

There shouldn't be a warning about truncation because truncation shouldn't happen.
Comment 5 Michael Hardy 2006-04-05 23:36:50 UTC
I now see that the correct information is under "summary",
but the original truncated notice is under "file history".
People reading the truncated version may be led to think
a license has been granted for all pictures on the department's
web pages, rather than those under a specified URL.

Is there any way to edit the TRUNCATED copyright information
in the "file history" section?
Comment 6 Brion Vibber 2006-04-05 23:40:15 UTC
No, that's an upload comment. You cannot edit it ever, it's an event-specific one-time 
comment, like all edit comments.

I'm duping this to 2537; preview and separation of the existing *comment* field from a 
potential full description field.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 2537 ***
Comment 7 Michael Hardy 2006-04-05 23:44:41 UTC
... and the danger of misunderstanding persists.

Usually edit comments are not made so conspicuous,
right there on the page that was edited.  What if
the edit comments upon creation of a new Wikipedia
article were always displayed conspicuously on the
page, and could never be altered?

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