It’s occurred to me that the Pictures section has grown into an unwieldy nightmare to maintain. I’ve been thinking about how we can improve things.
Here are some ideas:
Remove the need for unique picture names by allowing more than one picture with the same name. We could achieve this by giving each picture a unique, autogenerated number and use this in the URL along with the filename, similar to how Discourse does topic URLs e.g.
/pictures/42563423/azel-and-edge. People could leave off the
azel-and-edgepart and the URL and just type
/pictures/42563423so that the URL would continue to work if the image is renamed. Previous news entries could be updated to use the number URL automatically. Once this was implemented we would no longer have to name a picture
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Add a “Replaces” field to a draft pictures. On the New Picture form, the Contributor could select the old picture that the new picture is replacing from a dropdown menu. When the new picture is published, the old picture would be automatically deleted.
Add the option to group pictures into “sets” on the picture form, or perhaps a seperate form to upload a whole set in one go. Rather than naming a picture
Shelcoof Miniature (2 of 3), the picture could be named
Shelcoof Miniatureand other pictures in the set would be automatically displayed as thumbnails below it.
We could reuse this system for other resources, such as music tracks and videos, although I see less of a practical problem with these.
I would like to hear feedback from contributors before I implement some or all of these changes.