Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Multimedia and Commons/Separate property and user right for license, author and date

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  • Problem: Author, license and date are written down in file decription and are writable to everybody. It happened to me in the past the other (anonymous) user changed the autor information of my images to their own name. If you dont check/use your watch list regularely you have no chance to notice it. Besides people can not change every license to any other license afterwards. Author, file date and license must not be changeble so easily.
  • Who would benefit: everybody and every file
  • Proposed solution: Author, file date and license should be stored in separate (wikitext) features and should be editable only by the uploader himself and by admins and bots with that user right (for maintenance or an official transfer to an other user, if necessary). Or maybe just one more wikitext area for all three information that is just shown after the normal description.
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  • Proposer: DerFussi 09:41, 20 November 2020 (UTC)


There are many legitimate reasons for other editors to be able to change these fields. What you've described is just vandalism, and we could always be more vigilant about that. -FASTILY 23:57, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

What many legitimate reasons? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 07:50, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
Who has the time and inclination to be more vigilant about that? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 07:47, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
To name a few: editor uploading a file form an external website but choosing the wrong license (happens all the time with Flickr uploads, permission submitted via OTRS), license migrations, marking obvious PD-simple files as such. Plenty of folks monitor recent changes for vandalism. -FASTILY 10:00, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
As stated above. Admins and bots are able to edit this. Monitoring recent changes? As fast as the recent changes run through? And I am sure, the folks have better things to do in their free time than monitoring vandalism, especially if some features can avoid some kind of vandalism. And by the way its not easy to recognize some of this edits as vandalism. Especially when its not that obvious. -- DerFussi 19:59, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
Yes, plenty of people watch recent changes. It's not difficult to do with a tool like Huggle -FASTILY 02:06, 23 November 2020 (UTC)