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Finding the game from the screenshot of the week in the side bar is unintuitive. Today I saw a screenshot, and was interested in it. Interested enough to go "what game is that?"

Image of screenshot widget

However the Screenshot widget on the right nav doesn't make it easy to find this information. There are 3 links and none of them easily tell me what the game is.

  • A link to the user's profile.
    Not very helpful for me. As the link goes to the user's main profile. Additionally I'd have to filter through ~100 meta answers, or 23 submissions if I'm well versed in SE's search.

  • A link to submit my own photo.
    This would be helpful if the screenshot I was seeing was a new entry or the screenshot that won last week. Unfortunately the screenshot is from the #13th not the #28th/#29th screenshot of the week.

  • A link to the hall of fame.
    This is the most helpful and is how I ultimately found the game. It was also the link I last reached for - maybe because I worked top down, left to right. However as time goes on looking through the hall of fame will become more taxing. And using ctrl-f isn't guaranteed to work, as submissions like #4 and #11 don't have any text!

This seems like quite the Easter egg hunt to find the name of the game. Whilst I like me some Easter eggs, I'm not quite as fond of the hunt. Please can Stack Exchange make finding this information easier. For example:

  • Link directly to the answer for the submission. This would give access to things like

    • Comments on the submission
    • What the theme that week was
    • Other competing posts for that week's competition.
  • Include the game tag in the screenshot's description; "in by Dragonrage".

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    I usually try to make sure to include the game title in the description, but that was apparently not done this time. It would be nice to be able to add a game tag, I agree – Unionhawk Jan 11 at 20:03
  • @Unionhawk Oh, I thought this was automagic like community ads – user136727 Jan 11 at 20:05
  • Nope, we have a little interface in our mod tools that asks for an image URL, an image description, a user URL, and the current submission question – Unionhawk Jan 11 at 20:08
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    The widget was pretty much ported as-is from Photography SE, where I assume the tag is less important. To make it a bit easier, I've added a column for the game tag to the Hall of Fame answer where we track which screenshots have been featured there – Robotnik Jan 11 at 21:14
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The thing is, the photo widget is only designed so that the photo, its title, and user profile can be changed on the fly. The header and 2 links are not meant to be changed frequently.

Short term solution

If the image title does not specify the game name, specify it instead. For your example, the title that should have been there would be:

Rust: "In a post-apocalyptic world, it's good to have a bunker base to keep the zergs out" by Dragonrage ♦

Long term

Request that the photo widget be updated to allow moderators to edit the 2 link titles.

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