04.24.07

Semi-automated deletion nomination at Commons

Posted in Tools, Wikis at 10:57 pm by Erik

I just saw that the JavaScript wizards at Wikimedia Commons came up
with an impressive new tool – if you look at an image description page, you will now see “Nominate for deletion” link in the bottom
right corner. If you follow that link and give a deletion reason,
everything – the tagging of the image, the listing on the Deletion
requests page, and the notification of the uploader – is done
automatically using JavaScript.

This is quite impressive. I’d love to see more of this kind of
automation enabled by default, at least for users in the
“autoconfirmed” group (registered accounts older than X days). Think about it:

  • Deletion, peer review, featured article status nominations
  • Speedy deletion with auto-notification to the affected users
  • updating news pages & portals with important announcements

I’m sure there are countless scenarios where this might come in handy.
I can see the dangers, but I think the benefits justify some more
experiments. Any takers & other examples of similar semi-automated
tools?

1 Comment »

  1. Sage said,

    April 25, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Erik, great last couple of posts. If you happen (for whatever reason) to find yourself in New Haven and bored in the near future (like this weekend), I’d be happy to show you around.

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