I think it would also be a good idea to use some restrictions though, like picture files need to be authorized or voted for before they are shown, images are cropped to remove irrelevant info, and downscaled to a small but usable size, and maybe only allow one or two image formats.
I'm not exactly sure how wikis work on the admin level, so I don't know if these are even possible. But since the wiki is for a MID, and we do get the occasional spammers, it would be a good idea to look into it.
Yup, please do let me know what the options are in mediawiki. I wouldn't mind hosting any types of files on the server, as long as there is some kind of way to make sure people don't upload pirated stuff or even worse things. Also, I wonder if there is some kind of anti-leech mechanism so some files could maybe require login or something if too many people use too much bandwidth on it.
Some kind of way to verify the first uploaded file by new members, something like that.
Hi Charbax and LuciferTengu,
IMO the files which would benefit the AF community are the same files we see, or see links to, on the forum: Images, FW: AOS files, APK files, and maybe a few other types of files.
Our Wiki already has external links to most of these file types. An external link to an image file doesn't do the Wiki reader any good, because of the context sensitive nature of images. I see no reason to open the floodgates to file types, other than Images, at this time.
Authorization or voting on images is MUCH
too restrictive when you are creating or editing a Wiki page. I suggest that we put up a Help: Images
page when Images are allowed. The Help page would have guidelines and example images.
I see the issue of SPAM images in the same way as the issue of SPAM Wiki pages or Forum Posts. We know who does it because both the Forum and the Wiki require membership to post.
I see two issues with Images:
1. Authorizing Images - Only a Wiki Administrator can do this. AFAIK that's you Charbax. This process should actually take under 20 minutes.
2. Policing Images - The entire AF community does this as part of policing Wiki pages. Policing is an ongoing effort which will take very little effort on a per member basis. When violations are found:
1. Members can remove (edit out) the offending images and notify an administrator . . .
2. An administrator can block the offending poster.
This discussion, for the past several months, has taken far more energy than just Allowing Images then letting our community help in developing real guidelines and policing.
IMO just do it. Allow Images now. If it doesn't work out REMOVE the Upload Image Option.