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As I'm sure our active editors have noticed, I would say at least 99% of images uploaded by anons and new editors are not uploaded "properly". That is, they don't use {{Information}} or, at the very least, provide some other form of attribution. While I had long thought this was due to ignorant editors ignoring the various messages at Special:Upload, a new theory has recently come to my attention. There is another way to upload images available to those who use the default Wikia skin, the "Photo" button on the "Add features and media" portion of the editing sidebar. Unlike Special:Upload, this method of uploading files does not contain helpful reminders and links to the image policy, nor does it preload the Information template. Indeed, no way is provided to add any sort of information at upload other than licensing templates, not even basic things like categories.

Anyway, what I'm basically get at is to ask if anyone has any idea of a non-intrusive way to encourage new editors to use Special:Upload over the other uploader, and thus hopefully lessen our problem of images being uploaded without categories and such (of course, there will always be those who refuse to read or listen, no matter what we do). Would an amendment to the image policy be sufficient, or is the image policy itself not prominent enough, assuming a new editor may not even know about Special:Upload? -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 17:26, August 18, 2012 (UTC)

One of the admins could modify that section to post that info in there. It can be done - the Final Fantasy Wiki does it. Try visiting there and use the Photo button in the "Features and media" section and it'll have a thing in the box regarding the rules. We could also modify the Community messages section on the Recent Wiki Activity to mention those policies - it would be a good idea to have something on there other than the default message anyway. Some people, though, will continue to ignore it, though, as in the case of one particular user that has been doing that. When that happens, we just need to enforce the policy and put a block on people that refuse to heed warnings posted on their talk pages. ProfessorTofty (talk) 18:07, August 18, 2012 (UTC)
I only wanted to say: Without having an account on the Final Fantasy Wiki you can't see the Photo button. ProfessorTofty has one, I not. I can't see this button. I think for users without account it's not allowed to upload photos and so you can't see the button.  Harry granger   Talk  contribs 20:59, August 18, 2012 (UTC)
Wikia features are universal, but maybe the reason you can't see it is because it's blocked to anyone who hasn't made edits at that wiki. If you want to see it, try making a few edits. I don't know if you know anything about the series, but I think even making a few minor edits if you spot anything that could be fixed up would be enough to do it. I could also make a screenshot if anyone wanted to see it. ProfessorTofty (talk) 21:06, August 18, 2012 (UTC)
I think a screenshot is better because then all people can see and not only those who edit this Wiki. I don't know this Wiki.  Harry granger   Talk  contribs 21:42, August 18, 2012 (UTC)
I don't know why you can't see it, Harry granger. I don't think I've ever edited that wiki, and I can see what Prof. Tofty is talking about just fine. Too lazy right now to grab a screenshot for convenience right now myself, though. :p Anyway, yeah, if an admin could put up something like that there (if, of course, we all agree it is necessary), then I think that would pretty much cover our bases. Just something like "NOTE: Please refer to the image policy before uploading anything. Images that do not comply may be deleted without warning." or something. I think the space is too limited for the whole spiel from Special:Upload. -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 22:04, August 18, 2012 (UTC)

O. k., I also don't know why I can't see it. But it's not so important for me. I trust ProfessorTofty as well as you and I think that this gap should be closed or we always have the same problems.  Harry granger   Talk  contribs 22:13, August 18, 2012 (UTC)

Here's a screenshot of the screen in question:

Before Uploading