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Discontinuing manual methods of file transfers?Edit

Are there any plans to discontinue older manual methods, where a user manually or semi-automatically re-uploads the file to Commons (without preserving history)? With the FileExporter now live, it is a shame we are still loosing precious old history when doing these manual transfers... Rehman 07:24, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Hello. I plan on updating this page to encourage the use of FileExporter, and discourage the use of other options. Please see this thread. Your comments for/against this move are most welcome. Pings: Magnus Manske, Magog the Ogre, This, that and the other, Multichill, Fastily, Johanna Strodt (WMDE). Rehman 14:58, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
I'm generally opposed to this, because a) there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the current methods of transfer and b) mw:Extension:FileImporter is still in beta. If/When the extension leaves beta, I'd be open to revisiting the matter. -FASTILY 01:48, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback, Fastily. I was initially having the same thoughts as well but the issue is, as we speak, more and more files are being moved to Commons manually, loosing a lot of valuable edit history in the process. There are also no known plans to "rescue" those lost history in the future. While we don't know when it will move from beta, I believe we can agree that the FileExporter already supersedes all other tools in terms of quality and efficiency. An example from the village pump:
My initial wording may sound a bit drastic, but what I meant is, to mention FileExplorer as the suggested transfer method, and have a separate section outlining alternative options. What do you think? Rehman 03:06, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
Return to the project page "Moving files to Commons".