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Now that Wikitravel sites have been updated past MediaWiki 1.16, the feature called InstantCommons is now available. It allows external wikis running MediaWiki to refer to images hosted on Wikimedia Commons as if they were stored on the external wiki. Needless to say, that would be an enormous benefit to Wikitravel. The option should be enabled, following recommended configuration details from the extension's developers. See the above link. LtPowers 21:13, 7 June 2012 (EDT)

Seconded. If Instant Commons could be enabled it would eliminate the need for using shared (or any other language version) for image/file uploads, make it much easier to use content from, and eliminate the current workload required to verify licensing for images uploaded to Wikitravel. -- Ryan 01:27, 8 June 2012 (EDT)
Support. - It makes common sense to use files, all ready on Commons, that way. Less down- and upload of files. --Rein N. 02:17, 8 June 2012 (EDT)
If we get it enabled, I would recommend devoting at least a small portion of the time usually taken to verify licensing here to help out at Commons. Commons has a number of backlogs and there are always too few volunteers to help out. LtPowers 12:59, 8 June 2012 (EDT)


Why hasn't this been done yet? Can IB's tech team not spare one minute? I want to illustrate our Northern Virginia articles (which are almost completely devoid of images), and intend to add some 50 from Commons, and am not inclined to manually re-upload every last one. --Peter Talk 17:47, 25 June 2012 (EDT)

I know tech has been trying to address the upgrade bugs first and foremost; I will ask how soon this can be done.--IBobi 19:46, 25 June 2012 (EDT)
OK, I'm not a techie, and forgive me if I'm missing something, but here's why this seems ridiculous: you just need to add one @#$%#$ line to LocalSettings.php. [1] This is why we have a #Simple tasks section on the roadmap, and also why it's so frustrating to not have the ability to edit the configuration files ourselves. --Peter Talk 12:19, 26 June 2012 (EDT)

TECH ANDERS: 06/26: I enabled the Instant Commons option; I am unsure how to test it. Can you please advise or update me?

Yes, it appears to be working, thank you! --Peter Talk 14:15, 26 June 2012 (EDT)
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Peter, did you do anything special? I may be hitting a separate issue, but (for example) [[File:Vigilius_and_companions-Naurizio.JPG|thumb]] [2] shows up as a red link in my browser. -- Ryan 14:25, 26 June 2012 (EDT)
Strange thing, but it appears that some images (possibly those with non-alpha characters in the name) break. Images are working fine on :en, but none on :shared. I will test further to figure out why some are not working on :en.
If this is going to take time, though, more priority should be given to pressing bugs at Tech:Upgrade_to_MediaWiki_1.17#Most_Urgent_bugs. --Peter Talk 14:44, 26 June 2012 (EDT)
Ah, wait, the problem was that I was trying to use images hosted locally on Wikipedia! --Peter Talk 14:48, 26 June 2012 (EDT)
InstantCommons should not be enabled for Shared (no need), but it should be enabled for the other language versions. I will leave this ticket open until we can confirmed that that has happened. --Peter Talk 14:55, 26 June 2012 (EDT)
It works on English Wikitravel - I was testing on shared. I'd suggest enabling it on all versions for consistency, including shared. Ideally this should allow us to offload 99% of image management to commons, which will greatly reduce the work required to categorize and patrol images. -- Ryan 15:17, 26 June 2012 (EDT)
Indeed, though as I said above it would be nice to devote some of that work-time to Commons, which is overburdened as it is. LtPowers 09:04, 27 June 2012 (EDT)