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  • This is just an idea, but I feel like the character galleries on the DC Wiki could be better presented. If you look at character galleries on the Marvel Wiki (example) you'll notice they're a lot more structured - they have a logo at the top (for main characters), then all of the comic panel images, then below that there's a section for textless covers (+ showing what series/issue each is from), etc. I think this works a lot better & is a lot more user-friendly than having just a dump of all sorts of images, which is what the galleries on here tend to be. You can easily find whatever kind of image you're looking for & it looks better. I know this isn't a drastically needed change or anything like that but it'd just look more professional in my opinion & personally I'd be happy to work on some of the galleries myself (starting with the biggest characters of course). Any thoughts?

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    • Wow, that gallery is a mess. 4 sections with 3 or 4 crappy cropped internal panels in a row? Whose idea is that?

      Not all the covers are actually textless, and is skews towards newer miniseries rather than longer running classics (which don't often have the luxury of textless covers), so if you're actually looking for something... you're bound to miss it.

      Maybe headers in galleries lead to better to navigate on mobile, but not with this many of them.

      Also, there's a broken image in there that messes up a gallery.

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    • That's just the first example of the general idea I found. I'm not saying we should totally mimic that particular gallery (I agree there's way too many headers). I just like the idea of one section for panels, then covers etc below in a separate section rather than all mixed together.

      Also, if you're looking for a textless cover for instance it'd be much easier to find on a gallery using that kind of format (all of the textless covers together, perhaps organised by title) rather than the galleries on here, which are hundreds of randomly ordered images all clumped together in one single section. That makes it virtually impossible to find what you're looking for.

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    • Just as an example of what I'm suggesting, this is how I think galleries should be formatted. Don't you think this is a more organised way of organising images in galleries?

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    • I like the way textless covers are ordered, but this is only useful for big galleries. Also, Batman and Superman's galleries would be uneditable with all the cids. They're heavy.

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    • Yeah I'm only really suggesting it for the galleries for the more major characters. And I know it'd be a big project (especially for those two...) but I'd be willing to slowly undertake it... if I got the go ahead. Is there anything else you'd change about the example I linked?

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    • I don't mean "uneditable" as "a lot of edits". I mean, the page will crash because the {{cid}} times a hundred has so many #fetch functions it will crash. Much like editing a big cover gallery will often not save properly.

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    • Oh, right. So would that have to be done over the course of multiple edits to not cause an overload?

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    • Every new edit would overload it, and the load time on the page would be huge.

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    • Oh ok. I guess that idea's not possible then. Still, do you like the idea of having the covers in a separate section like that (without the cid's I guess - or maybe instead of using the cid template the issue could just be linked)?

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    • Linked as in "click the image and be taken to the page?" That wouldn't work, as it will take you away from the gallery, which is what you're there for.

      In the end, when I think of galleries, I always think "bunch of images of the same stuff put together". I never tend to search for anything very specific, but rather something that gets my attention.

      I do, however, wish there was a way to organize them chronologically, as it makes most sense to me to have the evolution of a character in images. But that is also wishful thinking, as such organization is not really possible with the naming system we have in place, which is yet another issue for galleries' organization.

      The only reasonable way would be to separate textless covers in another section, but treat it as another gallery. No cids, no links.

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    • I do think maybe we went a bit overboard with them. 600 images of a Batman? Doesn't really seem fair use.

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    • Tell that to Billy

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    • I tend to organise galleries chronologically with headers for special interest categories such as wardrobe, notable team-ups, etc.

      I also think covers should be limited altogether somehow. Most covers are either just contrived posing or hyperbolic hooks to get the consumer to buy, neither offering good representational insight to the character. If there was a textless version of The Demon #23 and I added it to Tim Drake’s gallery, casual browsers would assume he had been a werewolf at one time.

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