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This is the policy for uploading and using files on Wookieepedia. Uploads that fail to meet the criteria listed here may be deleted by an administrator and the uploader may be blocked in accordance with the blocking policy.

Upload form

The only supported upload form is Special:Upload.

Per the site feature policy, none of the non-standard Fandom upload forms are officially supported by Wookieepedia.

If you find and use a non-standard upload form that we have not yet disabled, and then fail to add all the required data to the file information page as outlined below, you can expect your upload to be quickly deleted, and you may be blocked.

By default, the Special:Upload page operates in "basic" mode, which will preload the code of the required {{information}} template but does not prevent files from being uploaded with missing information. However, we have provided a more user-friendly form which can be accessed by by clicking "switch to guided upload form" in the top-right corner of the purple box.

The guided upload form will provide you with text fields and drop-down menus to fill in the information required on all uploads, and will prompt you to provide missing source information.

We suggest using the guided form unless you are a highly proficient user with specific need to edit the file information page in its raw format.

Upload eligibility

In order to upload any files to Wookieepedia, users must meet the following criteria:

  1. The user account must have "autoconfirmed" status.
  2. The user must have a confirmed email address in their user preferences.
  3. The user must have contributed a minimum of 50 edits.

Users must also meet additional criteria to upload images specifically for personal use, as detailed in our user image policy.

If you meet the criteria listed above and continue to encounter errors when attempting to upload a non-personal image, you may contact an administrator for assistance.

File formats

  1. PNG format is generally preferred for most types of images.
  2. JPEG can be used, but it is preferable to use it only if the file's native format was JPEG and minimal editing has been done, or if it is required to compress a file to fit the Fandom server limitations (see the Quality section for more information).
  3. Logos and other line-art may be redrawn as SVG, though a source image should be uploaded and linked in the {{information}} template.
  4. Always use Ogg Vorbis for audio. The preferred maximum fidelity for fair use audio is 64kbps stereo.
  5. Animations and videos may not be uploaded.

Technical notes

  1. Large progressive JPEGs may not display or thumbnail properly. For maximum compatibility, non-progressive JPEG format and Huffman coding rather than arithmetic are preferred. (If you do not understand what this means, you probably do not need to be concerned, as these are the default settings for most graphics programs.)
  2. Lossless JPEG may upload successfully but will not display or thumbnail properly. Only use the original lossy JPEG format.
  3. Do not simply rename BMP or other file formats to PNG or JPG as they will not display or thumbnail properly.
  4. Do not simply rename MP3, WAV, or other audio file formats to OGG as they will not play.
  5. If the only modification you make to a JPEG is cropping, please use JPEGCrop or a similar lossless editor.

Sourcing

  1. Files on Wookieepedia are subject to the same canon policy as all content. Unless used for specific "behind the scenes" illustrative purposes, files in articles must come from official sources.
  2. Do not upload files found on an image search engine such as Google Images.
  3. Do not upload any file which is simply a resized and not otherwise altered version of an image that already exists on Wookieepedia. For help resizing images on a Wookieepedia page, refer to the editing FAQ or ask an administrator for assistance.
  4. Fan art should not be uploaded, unless exclusively as a user image or to illustrate specific "behind the scenes" topics, such as cases where fan art has influenced canon (e.g. Shaala Doneeta). Fan art that fails these criteria will be speedily deleted.
  5. Do not upload files found on any website other than an officially licensed Star Wars site unless their official provenance can be confirmed.
  6. Video game images should be captured directly from the games themselves whenever possible. However, they may be taken from third-party sites when they meet the following criteria:
    1. They are of reasonably high quality.
    2. They do not bear any watermarks, excepting cases in which NO alternative source is available.
    3. No unofficial "mods" are used, except when the image is explicitly used to illustrate a specific "behind the scenes" topic requiring a "mod," such as displaying cut or hidden content.
    4. The third-party site from which the image is taken is credited and linked in the {{Information}} template along with the game itself.

File descriptions

  1. File information must be formatted using the {{Information}} template. Special:Upload will preload this template.
    • As mentioned above, we suggest that users click "switch to guided upload form" and fill in the blanks, unless they have specific need to edit the file information page directly.
  2. Always tag your file with the appropriate copyright template.
  3. Always specify where the file came from, such as a website URL or the name of the source from which the image is scanned or captured.
  4. Do not upload content with falsified sources or copyright tags. The file will be deleted and you may be blocked.
  5. Files should be categorized by source, subject, and type, if relevant categories are available.

Filenames

  1. Always use a clear, recognizable, non-duplicated filename, preferably using the following nomenclature guidelines. Note that if any file with the same title has already been uploaded, it will be replaced with your new one.
  2. Filenames should preferably be relevant to the subject matter.
  3. Do not simply name your file as a random alphanumeric string.
  4. Non-ASCII characters and excessive punctuation should be avoided.
  5. Extensions must be in short form (e.g. "jpg" over "jpeg") and lowercase.
  6. Do not include a space before the file extension.
  7. Inappropriate filenames may be changed by an administrator at any time, and name changes may be requested using the {{FTBR}} template.

Quality

  1. Images for use in articles should be of the highest quality available.
  2. There is a hard limit of 10 megabytes and 12.5 megapixels for any upload. Uploads larger than this will be rejected by the server, and if the upload succeeds, the file may not display properly. This limit is enforced by Fandom and not by Wookieepedia and may be changed by Fandom at any time, and this policy page may be updated accordingly. Wookieepedia administrators will not delete a successful upload that violates these limits, but may be forced to delete any excessively large file that causes any kind of page rendering errors.
  3. Although article images should be of the highest possible quality, images for user pages are subject to the user image policy, which currently limits users to a total of 500 kilobytes of personal files.

Edited images

Images should be true to their source. However, a small amount of editing is permissible in order to enhance an image's usefulness or illustrative capability. Excessively edited images may be deleted at the discretion of the administration.

Cropping

  1. If an image has unsightly letterbox frames or other segments that distract from the primary image, it must be cropped to remove these segments.
  2. Ideally, speech bubbles should be completely cropped out of an image. If it is not possible to crop them out, the text in the bubbles should be left in if the bubble is intact. If any part of the text in the bubble is cut off, the remaining text must be removed.
  3. An uploader may remove a speech bubble entirely using "cloning" or other photo editing tools, provided the primary content of the image is not substantially altered.

Restoration and enhancement

  1. Minor variations in color such as brightness, contrast, and saturation may be adjusted to the uploader's satisfaction in order to improve the visibility of a subject or otherwise enhance the impact of an image, provided the editing is not taken to extremes.
  2. Other minor edits to improve or restore the quality of an image, such as scratch removal, denoising, or other minor modifications may also be applied, provided the purpose of the editing is to improve the visibility and/or usefulness of an image and not to alter its original content.

Rendering

  1. Three-dimensional objects from video games and computer software may be rendered independently of their source in order to enhance their clarity.

Compilations

  1. "Compilation" or "collage"-type images may be uploaded for certain illustrative purposes (as seen here or here) provided the following criteria are met:
    1. All components of the compilation are properly sourced in the {{information}} template.
    2. All components of the compilation meet all the upload requirements listed here.
    3. No effort is made to give the deliberate impression that the compilation is an in-universe creation.

Metadata

  1. As Wookieepedia uses a standardized {{information}} template for copyright and description information, file metadata such as Exif tags in JPEG files or the VorbisComment in OGG files will be considered optional.
  2. However, if metadata is present, it must accurately reflect the content of the upload.
  3. Metadata may not contain tags attributing the source or copyright of a file to an illegitimate third party. Some "free" comic sites and other such sources will insert their name or web address into a file's metadata. If such tags are found, an upload may be speedily deleted.
  4. Hiding data on Wookieepedia is strictly forbidden. Wookieepedia may not be used to transfer any data covertly. Attempts to use Wookieepedia for this purpose, including but not limited to steganographic embedding within image files will be penalized with an immediate permanent block from editing. Detection and determination of such attempts is at the discretion of the administration, and the administrator who discovers the data trafficking attempt has final blocking authority. Such files will be immediately deleted when found.

Usage

  1. Images must be used in a page within a reasonable time from when they are uploaded. Unused images are deleted weekly, if not sooner.
  2. Images may not be uploaded for use in an image gallery.
  3. Images not included in a page directly must be tagged with the {{notorphan}} template to identify their purpose or they will be deleted.
    1. Social media screenshots used for reference purposes must be tagged with {{notorphan}} and listed on Wookieepedia:Social media screenshots.
    2. Other images used for reference purposes must be tagged with {{notorphan}} and should be listed on Wookieepedia:Reference images
  4. Per WP:NOT items 2.3 (Wookieepedia is not any of the Internet's other unofficial sites) and 2.6/WP:USER (Wookieepedia is not a free host or webpage provider), hotlinking images uploaded from Wookieepedia on external sites for personal use is prohibited. Non-article images found to be hotlinked in such a way are subject to immediate deletion. This does not prohibit the hotlinking of images which are used in the content namespace for discussion or research purposes. If an image in the content namespace is found to be hotlinked for personal use, it may be moved to a new location without notice.
    1. For free image hosting, try Imgur or a similar provider. Abuse of Wookieepedia's upload function for personal use may result in a temporary or permanent block per our blocking policy. Please remember that your user page is not your primary contribution to this wiki, and Wookieepedia is not a free host or webpage provider.

See also

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