This is an odd post. I wasn’t sure how to go about getting the information out, so I’ll go with background and let people ask questions if I’m not clear about my concerns.
In our Image Cleaning thread, users link to images that need to be addressed by a moderator with image powers or administrators. A few pages back from the most recent page, Katie Starshine posted many pages of images of duplicate images in the My Little Pony image gallery.
In regards to this, I’d like to begin an organized project in removing these images. I don’t want Katie’s efforts to be neglected, so I’ll contact other moderators who are interested in cleaning up those images so we don’t end up stepping on each others’ toes.
Related to image cleaning, there was a recently stated concern about the relevance of images in the Reaction Faces gallery. Like the My Little Pony gallery, the gallery is very large and hard to reasonably browse or find any one image.
I’m absolutely positive that many duplicate images exist there as well. But the question I believe Kim Jong was asking was about the relevance of many of the images in the gallery.
For an article as broad as ‘Reaction Faces,’ there are a couple of options both with considerable issues:
- The image gallery could stay as it is. The galleries end up functioning as image repositories.
- The problem is that many images that can be considered relevant are uploaded even though they aren’t particularly necessary to document the meme. Without proper tagging in larger image galleries, any image in a gallery is nearly impossible to find. What good is a gallery full of images if you can’t find the image you want?
- The galleries are meant to show specific images that are the most commonly used, the most notable, etc. The galleries serve as museums of the “Best of the Best” of sorts
- That would mean deleting a large amount of images from the galleries. There’s also the matter choosing which images should be uploaded and which ones should be deleted. It would be very difficult to choose which images should be kept and which ones should be removed.
If I got that wrong, Kim Jong, then feel free to explain further.
But as it stands, those two galleries and many more aren’t particularly useful, because no image can be found easily. Unless you somehow mark that image, then there’s no way you’d be able to find it unless it was tagged (something I still work on slowly, but more untagged images are uploaded than I can tag given my limited knowledge of all things on the Internet. I can’t name characters from a Homestuck comic with certain characters, so I’d only be able to tag it with “webcomic” and “Homestuck.” Not very descriptive, and not helpful in narrowing down the search results for that search phrase.)
So what are people’s thoughts on that? I tend to believe that the image galleries shouldn’t be restricted too much, but duplicate images just clutter up galleries and make them very difficult to use.
And finally, how does the site prevent duplicate images from being uploaded? I can explain how that is impractical as it is now, but suffice it to say for now that it is. But then again, if we don’t enforce duplicate image uploaders, then most uploaders won’t care what’s being uploaded.
tl;dr: What’s the philosophy on image uploads, and is it complex enough to not have glaring problems with it? Are the current problems glaring problems at all?