This is the official page for the file policy of The Last of Us Wiki. All contributors are required to read all the policies thoroughly and completely before editing. Failure to comply with these rules can result in a warning, and if continued, a block. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact an active administrator.
Animated .GIFs are disallowed due to their lack of purpose and distractive quality. If a still image is insufficient to illustrate the text it accompanies, then one should consider rewriting the text to better convey the intended message.
Every non-free image is used on The Last of Us Wiki under the auspices of the fair use doctrine of the United States Fair use law. This means that they are used for informational/educational purposes, meant to identify the subject of an article and to illustrate something directly relevant to the text in its immediate vicinity. When adding an image to the wikia, be sure to add the appropriate licensing. Failure to do so can result in the image being deleted on copyright grounds.
Given the nature of copyrighted images, The Last of Us Wiki tries to use them sparingly, and whenever possible on more than one single article, instead of using different pictures to illustrate the same subject. They are recommended to be used sparingly, acting only as an assistance, not as a focus. Remember, books rarely use images so neither should we.
The use of too many images on the same article should also be avoided. Apart from the general consensus that it causes aesthetic problems, this practice also directly challenges the policy that we use images sparingly.
Users may use up to three copyrighted images on their user pages as long as those are being used on canon and/or fanon articles. Users may not upload said images for use only on their user space, threads, or for blog purposes. Certain exceptions apply, such as using features similar to sandboxes for the purpose of improving articles.
Galleries are allowed on articles so long as there are a considerable amount of images. As stated above, images should be used sparingly within the article's text so it is preferred to place the majority of images in the gallery section of a page.
For small articles (typically less than 500 words) galleries must always be used to house any extra images within the article for tight organisation. The information in the article should outweigh the number of images; having ten images for something with containing so little content is excessive.
All images must have clear source info as to where the image is from. The image may be deleted if it isn't sourced properly within a given amount of time.
Formats and cropping
- Non-free images must remain unaltered. Changing colors, adding watermarks, text, or making montages that corrupt the copyright owners' original work is considered to be an infringement, thus the image will be deleted.
- The only exception to this happens when, in the lack of appropriate screenshots, we must resort to concept art images to depict a character in its respective infobox. In such case, altering the image to remove or alter its background is acceptable for aesthetic reasons.
- Enhancing the color levels, shading, brightness, contrast, and/or alpha of non-free images should only be done so as to improve their overall quality.
- Screenshots should preferably be submitted in their original ratio (4:3 or 16:9), unless they could benefit from cropping.
- If an image contains empty space or elements other than the subject being depicted, the image should be cropped to isolate the subject with respect given to the guidelines concerning closeups.
- If removal of these elements decreases the pixel ratio from standard when cropping an already uploaded image, re-sizing to adhere to said ratio will reduce overall fidelity. In order to conform to The Last of Us Wiki quality standards, removal of such features must be performed with an equivalent unedited high-quality image and subsequently revised to fit our image ratio requirements.
- The image should be of the highest quality available.
- Extreme facial closeups should be avoided, except for character infoboxes; exceptions can be made.
- Heaviky blurred images are unacceptable; it must be clearly visible, even fan-made images.
Replacing (overwriting an image) can take place when the original file is of low resolution/quality. In this case, the original picture must be replaced by exactly the same version with better quality.
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