Improve media (image) search display
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Author: brianna.laugher

Description:
Commons (at least) needs an additional search mode: "image search". (Maybe
Special:Imagesearch.) Image search mode should only search pages in the Image:
namespace and should display the results in a gallery a la [[special:Newimages]].

Special:Newimages only searches image names (and works like a regular expression

  • searching for 'foo' returns results like 'food'). This is very useful and I

suggest we extend on it by allowing the user to search the image name and/or
image description (default both). It returns results in reverse chronological
order of upload time. This is somewhat useful and it would be nice to keep this
functionality, and also offer the option of ranking by relevance (the normal
default for search).

Commons in particular would probably like either 1) to make the search box in
the menu be an Imagesearch, or 2) to have two search boxes in the menu, one for
Imagesearch, one for (normal, text) search.


Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement
See Also:
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=27119

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bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitMar 15 2008, 7:29 PM

Bryan.TongMinh wrote:

Is this fixed with the new search on Commons?

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitMar 16 2008, 3:44 AM

brianna.laugher wrote:

(In reply to comment #1)

Is this fixed with the new search on Commons?

No, although the inclusion of thumbnails is certainly a big improvement.

There are two issues, 1) media files among predominantly text-based results, and 2) media files in a media file search. Maybe thumbnails are good enough to improve (1), but for (2), I really think a totally separate form is needed.

For media file search, at a minimum, files should appear in a gallery-style layout, a la Special:Newimages. Ideally, there would be lots of options like Mayflower http://tools.wikimedia.de/~tangotango/mayflower/ - see advanced search, + hover-details Javascripty magic.

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitMar 16 2008, 12:07 PM

Bryan.TongMinh wrote:

(In reply to comment #2)

improve (1), but for (2), I really think a totally separate form is needed.

I'm not sure whether I understand. Do you mean a form that basically does the same, except that it only performs search in the Image: namespace? In that case we might just want to set the default search to images only, or maybe make separate search buttons "Search images", "Search galleries", etc.

For media file search, at a minimum, files should appear in a gallery-style
layout, a la Special:Newimages.

I disagree, the current listed layout is far more informative than a plain gallery style.

Ideally, there would be lots of options like
Mayflower http://tools.wikimedia.de/~tangotango/mayflower/ - see advanced
search,

I opened a separate bug 13370 for that.

+ hover-details Javascripty magic.

About the category list for each image, I have an implementation which is waiting for performance review.

The license of the image is unlikely to be shown as the software does not know what the license of a file is.

bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitMar 17 2008, 1:59 AM

brianna.laugher wrote:

(In reply to comment #3)

(In reply to comment #2)
> improve (1), but for (2), I really think a totally separate form is needed.
>
I'm not sure whether I understand. Do you mean a form that basically does the
same, except that it only performs search in the Image: namespace? In that case
we might just want to set the default search to images only, or maybe make
separate search buttons "Search images", "Search galleries", etc.

Not just does the same, but has a layout appropriate to images.

Also, media-specific search options, such as file format, size.

> For media file search, at a minimum, files should appear in a gallery-style
> layout, a la Special:Newimages.
I disagree, the current listed layout is far more informative than a plain
gallery style.

Gallery style layout = multiple columns. Put the snippet info below each thumbnail. Having one thumbnail per row is a waste of screen real estate.

brion added a comment.Via ConduitDec 28 2008, 9:38 PM

New search frontend (on test.wikipedia.org currently) provides an 'images'/files tab which makes for easy searching of just media files, but the listing is still the same as before (single column).

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