C. Use connections to link People and Places to photos
This is the last of site developments to work on in 2016. We already have a way to note Places that are shown in photos, but that is only available to the person who uploaded the photo. This change makes it available to anyone logged in to Gwulo, and extends the feature to work with Person pages too.
The work is still in progress, so it doesn't look very polished yet, but should be safe to start using.
How it works
When you look at a photo page, eg http://gwulo.com/atom/20896, you'll see the "Add a connection" block is now shown.
In the "Of type:", you can choose from two types of connection, "shows Person" or "shows Place".
After choosing the type of connection, the "To:" appears. Type in a few characters of the Person or Place you can see in the photo, wait for the list of matching pages to appear. Choose the correct entry, then click "Add connection".
The page updates and you'll see your addition shown under "Connections:" below the photo.
The other way around
If you're looking at a Place or a Person page, you also have the option to set up a connection to a photo that shows it. Choose the connection type "appears in".
The Person page now shows any photos that have been added this way. eg if you look at the page for Harry Blake you'll see a "Photos that show this person" with the first (oldest) three photos, and also a new "Photos" button that shows all photos with Harry in.
Still to do:
On the Person page
- The photos are also shown in the "Connections:" list. Hide them. [COMPLETED]
On the Place page
- Add a "Photos that show this place" block, and "Photos" button
- Hide the photos from the "Connections:" list.
- Migrate all the existing Photo - Place links across to this new approach, then hide the existing links.
- Provide an easier way for users to add these connections when editing a photo / person / place page.
Tip for using it
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!"
Use your judgement about which photos deserve a connection: Does this add useful information to the site?
eg if a photo shows a Place, but it is far away in the distance and we already have better views of the Place, there's no need to add the connection.
Please let me have your feedback
Please let me know if you find any bugs or difficulties in using it, or suggestions for improvements.