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Re: screenshots.debian.net

On Sonntag, 26. Oktober 2008, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 1:36 AM, Christoph Haas <haas@debian.org> wrote:
> > - Authentication: As I don't have direct access to LDAP authentication
> >                  for DDs I currently allow only people with a
> > @debian.org email address to sign up for an account. This it not
> > perfect because Debian Maintainers and sponsorees should be able to
> > upload screenshots for their own packages, too. Perhaps the
> > registration email should allow anyone with a
> > $USER@packages.debian.org address.
> I'd suggest that this be relaxed a lot. Submitting screenshots, like
> debtags, is something that people with little technical skill or other
> special skills are able to contribute to Debian. Encouraging our users
> to get involved in this way brings them closer to Debian and increases
> the chances they will be interested in getting involved in Debian in
> other ways. I think it is very important for the health and longevity
> of the project to do this.

I'm open to suggestions. But allowing anybody to upload could make the site 
a porn repository. Using captchas? That would just ensure the uploader is 
human - but machines seldom have interest in porn. It would be great if 
anybody could contribute screenshots because getting every maintainer of a 
GUI application to submit something is probably harder than having a team 
of volunteers to make screenshots of several applications.

> > - Screenshot storage: I intend to shrink uploaded packages to 800x600
> >                      and prepare a thumbnail like 100x75, too. I'm
> >                      confident that 800x600 would carry enough
> >                      information.
> The games-thumbnails package contains 320x240 images. I guess we
> should redo our images and generate the games-thumbnails package from
> screenshots.debian.net images, but resized to 320x240.

I checked the games screenshots yesterday and 320x240 may not appear much 
but it's indeed giving a perfect idea of what to expect from a game. What 
I meant is that if someone submits a 1600x1280 screenshots I would shrink 
it to no more than 800x600. IMHO larger pictures don't carry any more 
information, waste too much space and not everybody can view them properly 
in their browser.

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