Greetings, and welcome to yet another of Yuan's guides. Here I will be addressing copyright, an oft overlooked issue on the FF wiki, and one which causes much grief to Wikipedian editors. EVERYONE IS TO READ THIS. This policy is NOT debatable. Note that it applies to all images on the wiki, whatever space they may be in.
Finally, I have a few related notes:
I would like to request that this thread be stickied to the top of Rin's and possibly the other forums, as well as adding an edited version to the Help Portal and a link from the upload form.My thanks to those who struggled through this massive wall of text. Questions? Comments? Criticisms? Please add them below, and I will do my best to address them.
Great guide Yuani :]
It's a great guide, Yuan, but I'm still a bit confused on our policy on non-FF inages. We have a lot of images of things from Chrono Trigger and Kingdom Hearts. I understand having a pic of KH-Vivi, but we have images of Keyblades that don't need to be here. I get having an image of the One-Winged Angel Key, but why do we have a pic of the Guardian Soul?
EDIT: I don't know if I was clear. This is what I mean:
Now, I get having these. They are obviouse refrences of Squall. But why have this image:
Thanks for the good read, Yuan.
Very informative and a well written Yuan! I hope this solves the fanart and fairuse problems because they are quite a headache to deal with.
@Henry, Pocky and Scathe: My thanks! @Xepscern: Many of those images were left over from when we gave full coverage to the KH and Chrono series. A lot of them will now have to be deleted. The Lionheart and Sleeping Lion images can stay, as they are references to the FF series.
Finally! I've about had it with keyblade images and KH characters littering our database. We could always link them from KHWiki since we don't need their full coverage anymore, but why keep those two? It's great that Xepscern had mentioned them or else they never would have crossed my mind. Once again, Yuan has proven to be a great teacher.
CL is correct. If an image you wish to link to is present on another Wikia, you can link to it like this:
Thanks for writing this guide, Yuan! I hope some of my ignorant questions on IRC helped to create the Q & A ^^ I hope this gives everyone advance notice that they may see some of their user images deleted soon due to the absence of fair use rationale.
Thank you very much for the Q & A guide Yuan. Fortunately for me, the only images I use are in the fair use category. I think I only posted one other image besides the image I use on my userpage and my talk bubble guy, but I got that one out of the fair use category too. I don't really know how to use images all that well yet myself but it is good to see a notice like this up so I can always learn more.
Hey, Yuan, about the stickied forum thing, someone on the main wikia IRC helped me. Apparently you need certain code to alter a category called something like Category: Stickied threads, and then just place the forum in that category. He says the code is on
this page. Copy the code from the first <table> to the last </table>. Oh, and the code would go on the Rin's Travel Agency main page in the same position as it is on Wikia's Watercooler.
We can also make a template that puts a thread in the category, like this template.In the end, the stickied forums look like this. So, we'd like to implement this?
I am a bit confused about how this policy applies to screenshots. Is a screenshot of a random gameplay (not cutscenes) copyrighted by SE? What about a screenshot of a third-party program which is rendering an image of material copyrighted by SE?
Nice guide, a tad long, but at least its easier to understand then that damn healthcare bill. Exdeath64 19:10, November 28, 2009 (UTC)
@fuzzymillipede: Yes, those are copyrightable. @Exdeath64: My intention was to be as comprehensive as possible in my answers. If this makes the guide long - well, it's better than it being incomplete.
Okay, I understand. So...are you good if I use an image if it links to another Wikia? I understand that uploading an image of, let's say Wolverine from X-Men, is bad. What about linking said image from the Marvel Wiki?
You can link images from other wikis and Photobucket without penalty.
Okay, then. And thanks to you, Yuan for the [revival of the] guide.
One more thing that I just remembered. What about Bulbapedia? The Pokemon Wiki is "vastly inferior to what we'll inevitably find in" Bulbapedia, so can we use that as an exception?
@PM: Sorry, no exceptions. @JB: You'll need to do it manually using an image editor, then upload to Photobucket.
Actually, Photobucket allows you to resize an image on its integrated editor. On your album page, click on the image you want to resize. When the image is displayed, hover your pointer over the image and a toolbar should appear. Hover your pointer over "edit" and you'll see the "resize" option.
It's possible, but no one really knew about it until ILHI figured it out. First resize an image, and click preview. Right-click on the image and select "View Image" or something akin to that. Then copy the link, and the image should be bigger or smaller.
Though you were the one to create it, the image is of copyrighted material, meaning that the copyright still belongs to the game developer. And I think we have a fanart template... don't hold me to that though...