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User talk:Dan Polansky

Removing off-topic imagesEdit

In diff, I removed an image of George Orwell from newspeak entry. The image does not help show what newspeak is at the slightest. Not any marginally related image should be used. Similarly, Pythagorean theorem should not have an image of Pythagoras, but it can have File:Pythagoras-proof-anim.svg. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:54, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

  Support --Daniel Carrero (talk) 14:13, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
  • In diff, I removed an image of theologian Saint Jerome from avoid like the plague entry. The rationale is similar to the one above: the image adds nothing to understanding the phrase, and is only marginally relevant. --Dan Polansky (talk) 17:27, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    A couple of days ago I was thinking about removing the image from another WOTD page, down but not out. The entry presents idiomatic meaning of the phrase, while the picture shows somebody who seems literally down AND out. What do you think about it? --Jan Kameníček (talk) 17:51, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
    Thank you. In diff, I removed the image from down but not out. However, having done that, I think it is more of a borderline case since at least, the image does show someone who s down but not out. Still, I would argue that the "not out" is not obvious from the image, and that the image, instead of adding clarity, itself needs clarifying. In any case, I find the caption of the image very bad, far removed from the objective of serving the uses cases of a dictionary. --Dan Polansky (talk) 17:59, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
  Support. It might be more useful to engage in actual dialogue with @Sgconlaw about this. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:57, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
Yes, better than doing it behind his back. DP has a "thing" about this subject, I notice. DonnanZ (talk) 22:10, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
Frankly, I do not see what the big problem is, particularly if the image is of someone or something which is linked to the origin of the entry such as St. Jerome or Pythagoras. I also think that readers may be interested in knowing more about an image rather than less. What is the point of, say, having a photograph of a lake with the caption "A lake", rather than something like "Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes in North America"? We all learn something more from a caption along the latter lines than the former. — SGconlaw (talk) 03:45, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
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