- This article is about the MarioWiki policy regarding personal images. For information about the MarioWiki policy regarding general uploading and use of images, see MarioWiki:Image use policy.
Here at the Super Mario Wiki, we encourage users to personalize their user pages so that all of us in the community may get to know each other. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and so users are permitted to upload a prescribed number of images to the server for no use other than to decorate their user pages, subject to the following standards:
We regret having to be legalistic about this (the wiki is supposed to be lighthearted and fun, after all), but we have grown to the point that having a standard is necessary, and simply giving free rein in this area is counter to the goals of the knowledge base.
Images in use
To help us keep track of images in use, please use the following two templates:
For normal personal images:
For images intended for signatures:
Certain restrictions apply.
For images being URL linked to various pages (user sub-pages, monobook, etc):
Unless said image(s) is being used for wiki matters (style backgrounds, project images, etc.), please mark them as personal images.
A user may abandon a personal image. Once this happens, the user who uploaded it may mark it for deletion or switch the template to the one below. Anyone else should not mark the image for deletion but instead use the following:
For abandoned images:
|This personal image has been abandoned. It was most recently used by Insert your name here.|
No pages should link to this file.
Another user may claim it, or it may be subject to deletion if deemed unnecessary by the community.
Before labeling an image as abandoned on behalf of another user, please ensure that he or she does not intend to continue using it in the near future (especially if the user is still under the numerical limit). Abandoned images should not be linked to from any page. Currently we are not mass-deleting abandoned images, but please note that they may be deleted at any time, and we will honor requests for deletion by the user who uploaded the file. (Note: We will also delete unused personal images that are the wrong format or that are of a poor quality, the same as any normal image.) Abandoned images may be claimed by another user, at which time the new user takes responsibility for the image.
Images in use by more than one person
If more than one user is using the same image, then it should only be attributed to one of them:
- Attribute it to the person who uploaded it if he or she is using it.
- Otherwise attribute it to the person who has been using it the longest.
- For abandoned images, link to the user who used it most recently.