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Add logic to deal with known non descript field values
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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage.Nov 22 2014, 3:20 AM
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If a field like "Author" is completely missing, set to "empty" or set to "Unknown", we should probably give that a bit of a more descript representation in the UI of MMV.

Especially Unknown is quite confusing, since "Unknown" without the label of "Author" looks quite stupid.,_first_leaf_recto.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Codex_Parisino-petropolitanus,_first_leaf_recto.jpg

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screenshot of an MMV view with unknown author.


Uhh... template parsing is bad enough, adding natural language parsing to it is really something I would rather avoid. Eventually all this will be handled by Wikidata which has a proper "unknown" value.

well in short term we could perhaps add another machine readable annotation, to make it more readable.

One way this could be handled were to leave the author field empty (the approximate date of when the work was created does not belong there), make the author metadata markup only appear when the field is non-empty, make "Unknown" the default text, and add some fallback text for a missing author in the viewer (we might have done this already).

This would also make the file page more readable for non-English readers.

Then you loose the information that the author is "confirmed" to be unknown, versus 'not known to Commons/not entered'.

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Tgr lowered the priority of this task from Medium to Lowest.Nov 26 2014, 12:05 AM
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Mass-removing the Multimedia tag from MediaViewer tasks, as this is now being worked on by the Reading department, not Editing's Multimedia team.