Trains:Uploading images

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Before uploading images at Special:Upload, make sure to read and follow the image use policy. Please note that most images you might find on the Internet are copyrighted and not appropriate for uploading to Spotting World. If you did not create the image or are unable or unwilling to verify its copyright status, do not upload the image. Also, images which are for non-commercial only use and by permission only are not acceptable for Spotting World.

How to upload

Determine image copyright status

Fair use images

If the image you need to upload is not under a free license, but meets fair use, then you may upload it directly to English Spotting World. Remember that fair use images are not allowed to be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, but are allowed through direct upload to English Spotting World. In addition to fair use images, it is possible to upload any image directly to Spotting World; though, doing so lacks some advantages of Commons.


You can upload an image by using the Upload file link in the toolbox, which is a link to Special:Upload. On most browsers, you will see a "Browse..." button, which will bring up your operating system's standard file open dialog. Choosing a file will fill the name of that file into the text field next to the button. You must also check the box affirming that you are not violating any copyrights by uploading the file. Press the "Upload" button to finish the upload. This may take some time if you have a slow Internet connection.

Note that some licenses, such as the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike License v. 2.5, require that licensees attribute the work as specified by the copyright holder. After uploading, you may need to manually edit the "Licensing" section. For this example, you would add the correct attribution as a parameter to the {{Cc-by-sa-2.5}} template, which would then appear as {{Cc-by-sa-2.5|Attribution}}.

Find previously uploaded images

  • To view or search images previously uploaded directly to this Spotting World fandom, go to the list of uploaded images.
  • Uploads and deletions are logged on the upload log.

Adding images to articles

To make your uploaded file appear in an article, you need to insert it: edit the article and add the syntax

[[Image:Image name|thumb|Caption]] where you want the file to appear.

Important: Image names are case-sensitive. For example, if an image is called Picture.jpg then neither picture.jpg nor Picture.JPG will find it.

If you aren't sure what to do, look at what another user has done, copy it and change things until it looks right.

Technical aspects

The preferred formats are JPEG for photographic images, SVG for drawings and line-art illustration, PNG for non-vector graphic iconic images, Ogg Vorbis for sound and Ogg Theora for video.

Please name your files descriptively to avoid confusion. To include the image in an article, use a link in the form [[Image:File.jpg]] or [[Image:File.png|alt text]] or [[Media:File.ogg]] for sounds. To include an image as a thumbnail, use [[Image:Apublicaffaircover.gif‎|thumb|Caption]].

When overwriting an image with one of a different size, you must refresh your browser's cache to see the new image in the correct size, but sometimes this does not work.

See also