I’ve recently started using the Piwigo app (for Android). It’s getting good! Version 1.0.0 has just been released, and it has the thing that I’ve been wanting for ages: the ability to select multiple photos at once, to upload. Hoorah or what?
So I’ve got to get serious about organising my photo collection now, and make sure a) everything is in my Piwigo; and b) each photo is there only once. I might see if I can help with preventing duplicates at upload time.
I’ve released another beta version of Embed Wikimedia, with support for three blocks for the WordPress block-editor (Commons, Wikipedia, and Wikidata). There’s still work to be done on their interfaces, but before tackling that I want to sort out support for captions from Structured Data on Commons. There’s a few other bugs too (and I’m sure I’ll write more before I’m done).
The annoying thing about blocks, I’m finding, is that I still write a fair bit with the Android WordPress editor, and so still do old-fashioned embeds where they’re just a bare URL on its own line. I feel like the blocks get away from that simplicity (although, internally, so far they’re exactly the same functionality).
The curly-quotes discussion has ended, and in favour of using them (consistently within a work)! The MoS has been updated to:
Use a consistent style of quotation marks (“straight” or “curly”) within a given work. It is recommended to use “straight” quotes in works where there are a large number of contributing editors, since consistent use of “curly” quotes may be difficult to achieve.
Another good point from Lucas Billett: “Define the wiki community as the people who are allowed to see the content.” Turns the usual corporate objection to MediaWiki on its head. The communities are usually much larger than and of fewer number than at first though.
The latest Between the Brackets with Lucas Billett talks about using a wiki in a decades-old organisation — a factory that’s been in business for 160 years. I can’t imagine what it’s like to work in an place like that! It sounds like their use of MediaWiki is pretty interesting too.
The Wikisource discussion about curly quotes is progressing I think. I think curly quotes make works look better when exported to epub, and I read novels quite often (from Wikisource) and their punctuation often annoys me, so I hope this proposal gains more support.
I’ve been attempting to get some order to a little link template (and its duplicate) on MediaWiki.org, and the documentation of how to write extensions that add Revision Tags… but I’m getting the impression that there’s something I’m not understanding, so I’ll come back to it tomorrow.
Hacking has nothing to do with it. One of the definitions of hacking is to “gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer”. What actually happened is someone, somewhere, edited the article, which everyone is able and authorized to do. Editing is a feature, and its the main action that happens on Wikipedia.
— Hacking vs Editing, Wikipedia & Declan Donnelly by addshore, 2018-11-22
I’m pleased to see Flickr is going do away with their massive free storage:
Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.
This is annoying for people who rely on it, but if a service is good then it’s worth paying for.
That said, and even though I do have a paid Flickr account, I think I’m going to stick to using my own Piwigo installation from now on.
I shouldn’t let it bother me, but articles like this about map vandalism annoy me. It wasn’t a “hack”, it wasn’t unusual (although normally vandalism doesn’t make it so far downstream), and the data originated from OpenStreetMap (who explained it all yesterday).