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Bug 6469 - make deleted images seem 'invisible' in articles
make deleted images seem 'invisible' in articles
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
File management (Other open bugs)
All All
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2006-06-28 04:46 UTC by brianna.laugher
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:04 UTC (History)
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Description brianna.laugher 2006-06-28 04:46:49 UTC
Currently when an image is deleted, if it was being used in article/s, it
instead appears as a grey box with a red link to the image name. e.g.

This causes editors to get angry if images are deleted without being "removed
from use" because the red links are ugly and unprofessional.

Removing images from use is tiresome, especially if the image is widely used (a
la Commons).

Could this representation of deleted images be changed to be less intrusive, if
not invisible? (simply display nothing at all if the image doesn't exist) Then
images could be deleted without having to worry about this.

Comment 1 Platonides 2006-06-28 11:29:01 UTC
Then you wouldn't notice of a missing image. Moreover, people adding
non-existant images will be puzzled of why it doesn't show.

You may add a new class for these images so it can be CSS hiddenable (for
anonymous users, for example) but it should show.
Comment 2 Daniel Kinzler 2006-06-28 11:36:19 UTC
I agree with #1: "broken" image references must be visible, at least to editors.
But even to "readers" it may be confusing to not see the "broken" image, if the
text references it explicitely.

Generally: A Wiki is never finished, and pages in it are never perfect. If
there's something wrong with a page, fix it, don't ignore it.
Comment 3 Daniel Kinzler 2006-06-28 11:38:53 UTC
As an afterthought: it would probably help if it would show on the watchlist
when an image used on a watched page gets deleted. I'm planning to add a feature
to CommonsTicker that would achieve something like this. Anyway, this would be a
separate feature request.
Comment 4 Phil Boswell 2006-06-28 11:40:30 UTC
It would be nice to be able to see "usage history" for an image, but that would 
likely be something suitable for the toolserver.
Comment 5 Daniel Kinzler 2006-06-28 12:08:42 UTC
usage history is impossible to do efficiently. it would require to search the
fulltext of every revision of every article, since the image was uploaded. And
that would still miss usage through a template.
Comment 6 brianna.laugher 2006-06-28 13:22:54 UTC
OK, I actually agree, there should be something. That doesn't mean it couldn't
be more subtle than what we have at the moment.

(In reply to comment #2)
> Generally: A Wiki is never finished, and pages in it are never perfect. If
> there's something wrong with a page, fix it, don't ignore it.

And do you think the current method is working, with projects screaming blue
murder at Commons for deleting images being used? Don't you agree this proposed
solution could help this problem?
Comment 7 Rob Church 2006-06-28 13:53:25 UTC
People need to be able to hunt down broken image links, as with broken template
links etc.

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