General Rules Edit
Images should be given descriptive filenames. This means that the filename should reflect the content of the image. Images with meaningless names like "IMG_123.jpg", "Untitled_123.png" and similar can be subject for deletion.
File extensions Edit
Every non-free image is used on Avatar Wiki under the auspices of as Fair use under U.S. fair use laws. This means that they are used for informational/educational purposes, meant to identity the subject of an article and to illustrate something directly relevant to the text in its immediate vicinity.
Given the nature of copyrighted images, Avatar 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.
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.
Certain exceptions apply to fanon posted on the site. When an image already on the wiki does not serve the meaning the writer wishes to convey, users may upload up to three images for a specific fanon article that are not currently in use elsewhere. There are no exemptions on the use of images that were already uploaded for canon articles.
All images must have clear source info as to where the image is from. For this, they need to fill the Licensing.
Types of Images Edit
- Images, with few exceptions (voice actors, production crew), should come from Avatar movies, books and videogames.
- Fan art should be exclusive to user pages.
Formats and Cropping Edit
- 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.
- Enhancing the colors 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.
- The image should be of the highest quality available. DVD screen-captures are preferred, with television recordings and other formats being secondary. In the case of duplicate images, the highest quality image is kept.
- The infobox image should depict the character's most typical and recognizable likeness, unless consensus dictates otherwise.
- Extreme facial closeups should be avoided.
Replacing can take place when the original file is of low resolution/quality. In this case, the original picture must be replaced by the exact same version (with better quality).