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Why can't ALL images and maps, etc go on shared, to make things simpler? If the link for "upload file"in the toolbox on En went straight to shared it would solve having to worry about moving images there later, and having to tell every new user (often repeatedly) to upload there instead. What are the only exceptions as of now, maps? I say let them go on shared too, even though they're language specific... life would be easier, and help the other language versions to acquire images faster. At times I want to put one on another language version, but when I see that I would have to move it to Shared first I say forget it – cacahuate talk 01:41, 14 March 2007 (EDT)

Sounds like a good idea to me. The language-specific images are the minority, and it doesn't seem like it would hurt in any way to have language-specific files on shared. In the case of SVG maps it would actually be beneficial since those files would be more visible across language versions and are easy to translate. -- Ryan 03:02, 14 March 2007 (EDT)
Very good idea. Even maps does not have to be language specific, for the German versions of the South African maps I created new svg files, so that they can take them directly to the German wiki, but that is unnecessary as the German annotation could just have been a new layer in the existing svg file. The only potential obstacle I see is that users require another userid on shared. --NJR_ZA 04:08, 14 March 2007 (EDT)
True, but it's already a policy that non-specific images should go there anyway, so it's already a pain in the ass with the 2nd user id thingy... except right now it's more of a pain in the ass since people can so easily ignore it and just upload to English :) – cacahuate talk 22:29, 14 March 2007 (EDT)

Where are we on this, is this possible and desirable to everyone? I still think it's a good idea... – cacahuate talk 21:44, 1 May 2007 (EDT)

The only reason I can see for not doing this is the user-accounts issue. I don't remember anymore exactly how an account on one wiki works on another (something with OpenID, right?) and I didn't find any obvious explanation of it on Shared to remind me... but I know it requires a wee bit of setup and logging in a second time even after it's set up, which is bound to confuse people. But from a policy standpoint, deprecating all language-specific image repositories in favor of Shared, and sending all new upload attempts to Shared instead, makes all kinds of sense. Heck, if it could be done without too much rending of garments, gnashing of teeth, and disambiguation of filename collisions, I'd support merging them all into Shared. - Todd VerBeek 22:32, 1 May 2007 (EDT)
Yeah, I think it makes a lot of sense. I've figured out a way that all Wikitravel language versions can share the same user database, so you don't have to use OpenID or anything, so that you could just go back and forth to shared without ever getting logged out. It should be pretty awesome, but it's going to require merging our user databases into one (and figuring out what to do with conflicts). --Evan 10:52, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Wow, that sounds amazing... that would really make life simpler.... – cacahuate talk 02:04, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
Evan/Kevin, is the merging of the databases still even a remote possibility? That would be truly incredible. At the very least, it would great if Special:Upload for each language version pointed direct to shared... is this something that can be easily changed for now? – cacahuate talk 15:25, 23 October 2007 (EDT)
Where we at on this? Does it look doable? – cacahuate talk 20:57, 6 May 2008 (EDT)

Here's another reason why I really want this feature... it would great if all images are uploaded to shared to avoid random copyvios etc as well. There are more eyes on shared, and we almost immediately had copyvio images when the Hebrew version was launched. Reason #20 why this is a fantastic idea... can we do it? – cacahuate talk 23:50, 3 September 2008 (EDT)

Well, after years of being ignored, we figured it out ourselves! If anyone is interested for other language versions, see en:MediaWiki:Common.css, and duplicate the code there – cacahuate talk 21:50, 1 June 2009 (EDT)

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