User:Espyo/PikipediaUpload

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The script in action.

PikipediaUpload is a script I wrote for the wiki that replaces the Special:Upload page's form with a different one. The old form asked the user for a description and a license, which put too much responsibility on the user's side, particularly in terms of knowing what categories to put the image under, and what license the image really belongs to. The new fields ask a lot of questions to the user, but they're simple to follow, and help make sure that the image is categorized and labeled the best way possible.

Source

The new form

Simply put, the new form works like this:

It begins by hiding the old license box, since that won't be used any more. Then, it replaces the instructions at the top with custom (and simpler) ones. The extra fields work as follows, and most of the options can be picked from a list:

  • The main field, "Type of file", asks the user for what type of content this is (screenshot, texture, concept art, etc.).
  • Depending on the image type, it may ask the user for the game that this belongs to. It can also handle non-Pikmin games.
  • Depending on the game and image type, it may ask the user for the game mode and/or area, if any.
  • Depending on the game and image type, it may ask the user to specify what the main subject is (a Pikmin, a leader, an obstacle, etc.), if any. It can also ask for specifics (e.g. if it's a Pikmin, what type?).
  • Depending on the image type, it may ask if there are any extra properties to the image, like if it shows prerelease content, or a glitch.
  • Depending on the image type, it may need to ask the user where they got the image from (or if the user made the image themselves), and ask for a license. It's also possible to pick an option for when the user doesn't know the license.

As the options get answered, the script writes down the final wikitext result in a textbox. For this, it uses the {{file info}} template, filling in the parameters as the user answers. This textbox is what MediaWiki itself will read to place on the file's page. The script also hides this textbox from the user by default, but a button at the bottom of the form allows the user to show it and manually tweak it, if needed.

To note is that if the player runs into an upload warning after clicking "Upload file", the script's extra fields portion will not run (otherwise it would destroy all of the user's choices, since it has no way of memorizing from the old page), but will still hide the license.

History

Creation

This script was created during early 2016 with the goal of making the upload process less painful. Mostly in 2014 and 2015, wiki staff tried to push forward a policy where uploaded images should be categorized under a myriad of categories. But this proved too hard to simply follow. In addition, the staff noticed that some users who uploaded images (mostly screenshots) did not pick a license, presumably due to the scary nature of the question. In an effort to fix both problems, and to improve the upload process in general, I wrote this script to change up the fields in the upload form for something more friendly and helpful to the wiki.

Changelog

If there was an update recently and you cannot see the changes on your end, try refreshing the page while bypassing the cache (usually you do this by pressing Ctrl+F5).

  • May 1st, 2016
    • Initial version.
  • May 7th, 2016
    • If the user was sent to the upload warning after clicking "Upload file", the script would run and would wipe out all of the final processed info. This was fixed.
    • Added a file type for Pikipedia images.
  • May 18th, 2016
    • Made it so the script does not run if the current upload is on top of an existing file (i.e. when the user clicks on "Upload a new version of this file").
  • September 1st, 2016
    • Added Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS support.
    • Added a notification on the upload page to tell the user that the script is running.

Future

Nothing planned.