Several problematic user stories

Jonathan Kamens jik at
Fri Mar 31 18:08:06 BST 2023

It would also help if there were a generalized ability to undo recent 
changes of the sort described below, or if that's not tenable, at least 
a viewable log of recently performed operations and which photos they 
were performed on, so that if you "lose" a photo after doing something 
to it you can find it again.

On 3/31/23 13:02, Jonathan Kamens wrote:
> Today while doing a lot of face-tagging I've encountered several 
> problematic user stories in digiKam which I thought I would share in 
> the hope that improvements can be made.
> 1) I was looking at unconfirmed faces for the people in one of my 
> albums, and I accidentally clicked the minus ("reject this 
> suggestion") instead of the checkmark ("accept this suggestion") for 
> one of them. The photo immediately disappeared from the thumbnails of 
> unconfirmed photos, as it should. But here's the thing... I can't find 
> any way to undo this. I have no idea where the photo went or how to 
> find it.
> When I do something to a photo by accident which /modifies/ the photo, 
> then as a workaround I can run a "find" on my pictures directory to 
> look for recently modified photos and then search for the file name of 
> the photo I want to get it back. But rejecting a face suggestion 
> doesn't modify the photo, it just modifies the database, so I can't 
> use that workaround. Basically that face is now in limbo: I know who 
> it is, but I don't know how to find the photo in digiKam so I can tag 
> it. I have thousands of unconfirmed and unknown faces, so it's not a 
> simple matter.
> 2) Again reviewing suggested people, I double-click on a photo to 
> switch to preview mode to get a closer look to figure out whether it 
> is indeed the suggested person. It turns out it's not, but there are 
> several people in the photo and I know who they are, so I start 
> tagging them. Part-way through that I get to the person who was 
> suggested, and I tag them with the correct person's name (not the 
> suggestion), and the photo immediately disappears.  I'm going to argue 
> that once I've opened a photo in preview mode it shouldn't disappear 
> even when it's no longer in the collection I opened it from. It 
> shouldn't go away until you switch back to thumbnail mode.
> 3) I encountered a photo with a suggested face which was rotated 
> incorrectly. The suggestion was correct. I opened the photo in preview 
> mode and rotated it, but then the face regions weren't right so I told 
> it to clear the faces so I could rescan for and rerecognize faces. As 
> above, the photo immediately disappeared. Solution is same as above: a 
> photo shouldn't disappear in preview mode just because it's no longer 
> in the collection it was opened from.
> 4) digiKam suggests a face tag for someone which is incorrect, and in 
> fact the suggested person is a different person in the same photo. 
> With that photo thumbnail selected, if you click the minus to reject 
> the suggestion, the photo moves from where it was in the suggested 
> section to the confirmed section for the same person, and your 
> scrolling jumps with it. I don't think you should scroll like that; I 
> think either the photo should be unselected when it moves, or the 
> selection should move to the next photo in the suggested photos section.
>   jik
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