User talk:Sam Beebe
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Tip: Categorizing images
Hello, Sam Beebe!
Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.
1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:
2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.
- [[Category:Category name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:
- [[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations"). Pro-tip: The CommonSense tool can help you find the best category for your image.
- Image:1JY2 - Mahogany Mountain.jpg is uncategorized since 15 December 2008. BotMultichillT (talk) 06:18, 16 December 2008 (UTC)
- Image:Silver Creek panorama.tif was uncategorized on 1 June 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 10:53, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
TUSC token 37d653ebe0248f34588a0a4e7ea91238
I am now rocking a TUSC account!
I got your flickr mail. Yes, there are some pretty good tools. I used to use the flinfo tool. There is an inconspicuous button for it on the flickr download page, that you find on the main upload page.
But, for the last couple of months, I use a mozilla firefox add-on called w:greasemonkey. Greasemonkey is an add-on that, selectively, runs scripts on particular web-sites. You select the web-site, and the script. And, from then on, when you visit a page on that site, it runs that script.
The only script I run is the F2ComButton script. It adds a couple of buttons that make uploading easier -- but only on pages of images with good liscenses.
I think there are a couple of additional things the script could do however.
I think it could keep track of every image a person has uploaded, and not show up on pages of images one has already uploaded.
I think it would also be handy if it added one additional button, that added a thank you note to the nice flickr uploader, automatically filling in the name the file was uploaded as. Maybe the script could look for that nice standard thank you note -- and not try to re-upload images that already had that thank you note.
One thing flinfo does, theat F2ComButton doesn't do, is try to automatically figure out the categories. But flinfo suggested categories aren't that cleverly chosen. It will suggest both Category:Northern and Category:Lights -- rather than Category:Northern Lights. I think it uses the flickr tags in its guesses as to the appropriate categories it suggests, so this is no real loss.
Both flinfo and F2ComButton fail, halfway, on about 5 percent of images. One thing that seems to cause the process to fail halfway is very long descriptions. But there is a workaround.
Do you know how to use flinfo? Each flickr image has an unique ID-number. The URL for the main page for an image has the number embedded in it, and so do the subsidiary pages for the original size, large size, etc images. You cut that number from the image URL, and paste it in the little box that flinfo brings up. Paste in the ID number, hit the button, and it generates a text box that has the suggested contents for the commons page for the image. It also brings up a pair of buttons, one of which should open up an already filled out upload page. This is the point where it can bail out. If it bails out, and I think the image is worth it. I bring up a basic image upload page (which is no longer the default upload page), and simply paste in the text flinfo generated.
In these flickr image URLs 2829139797 is the image's unique ID
|http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/2829139797/||main page of an image|
|http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/2829139797/sizes/l/||subpage with the "large" image|
|http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/2829139797/sizes/sq/||subpage with the "square" image|
|http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/2829139797/in/set-72157607140329590/||same image within a set|
|http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/2829139797/in/set-72157607116836228/||same image within a set|
Oh. One final wrinkle, I almost forgot. There is a server, called the "toolserver". The flinfo script lives on the toolserver. For some of the scripts you have to take a one-time step of leaving a one-time TUSC code on your talk page. I forget the exact steps, but it isn't that difficult.
Don't hesitate to leave me a note if I left out a step.