User:Trig Jegman

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It has been requested that this article be rewritten to be comprehensible to the human race.


If you see me working on a file, please do not change any part of that file. There's plenty of others to do, and it makes my organization/quality assurance all wonky.

Bloopers - Super Mario Sticker.gif


Link to The Big List, which is my scan of all images tagged with {{Image-quality}}

Contents

Terminology

Caps = Capitalization

FNC = File Name Change - I usually use this on any changed talk pages

RFC = Renamed for Consistency - Like files, such as character icons, should be similarly named. These are usually minor fixes.

TR = Technical Rename - removing or changing things like punctuation, unnecessary numbers, or files with weird issues in them. Files should have no punctuation other than a sparingly used hyphen. Unlike Supermariofan67, I include the removal of underscores as a TR.

RFA = Renamed for Accuracy - Spelling errors, wrong names, poor formatting, or lack of specified game. More-specific-to-the-image naming. This is about 85% of when the main file name is changed. These are usually major fixes.

NCR = Naming Conflict Rename - Files that are almost identically named that are renamed to avoid confusing the two. Hypothetical examples: Wario World.png vs. Wario World.PNG, or Luigi1.png vs. Luigi 1.png

RTE = Rename To English

RIF = Removed Image:/File: - Using <Gallery> means you don't need to use "Image:" (which shouldn't really be used anyway) or "File:". If I'm passing through a gallery, I'll try to remove any I see. It may also mean changing Image: to File: for single images.

UPI = Unused Personal Image

ECE = Edit Conflict Error

Additionally, because autofill is an evil tool from evil town, I add a symbol in each edit summary so it doesn't save forever. For 2019, the symbol is a dollar sign ($), and in 2020 it is an ampersand (&).

Notes

this has nothing to do with the notes, it's just adorable

Address one of these notes/issues? Tell me on my talk page or sandbox.

General

  • My edit count (by thousands): 45.5 - 23:38, March 15, 2020 (EDT)
  • Retake this image where the character does not have a yellow shirt, as it is difficult to distinguish where the hair ends and the shirt starts. More contrast! - 17:35, August 26, 2019 (EDT)
  • Consider looking through the game categories for SMB/SMB2/LL/SMB3 to distinguish between SMAS versions or other game versions, find and delete potential duplicates. Furthermore, try to distinguish SMB2 artwork from the SMA counterpart - 17:08, October 12, 2019 (EDT)
  • Fix the multimedia page. - 11:27, October 26, 2019 (EDT)
  • ($) should this, this, and this be kept/considered abandoned/change personal image ownership? - 22:06, November 13, 2019 (EST)
  • Discuss renaming these three files. - 08:00, October 31, 2019 (EDT)
  • Change Trick page to have consistent file naming. - 14:44, November 15, 2019 (EST)
  • fix MKSC starting lines to be course sequential and not alphabetical. - 09:51, November 18, 2019 (EST)
  • Finally create a standard abbreviation for the mario and luigi series (and bowser jr remakes), as well as the mario and sonic games. File names for the latter should distinguish console type in the abbreviation. - 21:55, December 21, 2019 (EST)
  • Mostly in late GCN and early Wii games, go back through any Sprites & Renders sections and check copyrights that they are appropriate to the respective types with {{game-sprite}} and {{game-3Drender}}, as their definitions were changed but it seems as though the inital labelling was never corrected. - 11:58, December 29, 2019 (EST)
  • fix File:Chikunto.gif - 19:05, December 31, 2019 (EST)
  • The Donkey Kong TV Show descriptions are laughably bad. Almost all of them need rewritten. - 19:41, January 18, 2020 (EST)
  • Get a page for Taro Bando. - 19:41, January 18, 2020 (EST)
  • Utilize The seventh rap test, try to format talk pages so that everything is in a subcategory. - 19:41, January 18, 2020 (EST)
  • Do what with this? - 21:19, January 20, 2020 (EST)
  • Generally speaking, most images from users L151 and Doomdorm64 should be replaced. They are typically more of a place-holder image or just really low quality. - 14:49, January 22, 2020 (EST)
  • Keep this? - 21:45, January 22, 2020 (EST)
  • A LOT of uploads from User:TheVixter appear to be photoshopped, especially 2D artworks. They should be reuploaded from source. - 08:22, January 23, 2020 (EST)
  • A lot of pages with apostrophes (') are lacking redirects using smart apostrophes (’). This could certainly be improved. - 18:06, January 23, 2020 (EST)
  • The Melon pages is...weird. The opening is really abrupt and it just doesn't seem right for the content. - 13:10, January 29, 2020 (EST)
  • Gallery:Hammer Bro and Gallery:Goomba suck. There is no need to have other species on this page to begin with, or at the minimum, that many images of said species. There is a gallery for fire and boomerang bros/paragoombas for a reason. - 10:26, February 11, 2020 (EST)
  • Split this into 3 different images. - 17:10, February 5, 2020 (EST)
  • $ I'm fairly certain that this should be integrated into their main page. - 12:53, February 13, 2020 (EST)
  • Black Shy Guy is a fantastically skimpy page that needs some expansion and better formatting - 20:58, February 13, 2020 (EST)
  • The {{People}} and the {{humans}} are both filled with red links and redirect names and names that need redirects. The pages on people themselves are generally low quality as well. Give help to the people! - 22:56, February 14, 2020 (EST)
  • Template:Redirect-distinguish seems confusing and un-needed. - 21:18, February 18, 2020 (EST)
  • Possibly move Template:Mag-cover to Template:Magazine-cover‎‎. (See Template talk:Mag-cover‎) - 23:27, February 18, 2020 (EST)
  • Is Big Hit even a thing? - 14:32, February 23, 2020 (EST)
  • User:Yoshiaga/sig needs to be re-created as a redirect to the new account. - 23:52, February 25, 2020 (EST)
  • shouldn't King Koopa's alter egos be moved to be a List of King Koopa's alter egos? - 09:41, February 27, 2020 (EST)
  • Most quotes pages need expansion. - 10:33, February 27, 2020 (EST)
  • My personal opinion is that japanese names should have no basis when it comes to these recent page merges. - 15:34, March 5, 2020 (EST)
  • {{Media nav}} should be organized by release not by alphabet. - 10:25, March 8, 2020 (EDT)
  • Butterfly is not written properly. Games sould be sequential. - 16:00, March 8, 2020 (EDT)
  • is Talk:Junior Shrooboid forum speak? - 11:08, March 9, 2020 (EDT)
  • Talk:Softnica should be investigated more thoroughly. - 13:56, March 9, 2020 (EDT)
  • A lot of quotes sections on pages appear to use smart apostrophes and unicode ellipses. These should be changed to be the standard straight apostrophes and three periods (...) - 23:38, March 15, 2020 (EDT)

useful tags: {{media-quality|Exceeds the 30 second limit}} {{image-quality|Re-upload at a higher quality, without a watermark}} {{delete-revision|delete all versions that exceed 30 seconds in length due to copyright}}

Super Mario Kart

  • Virtually no page uses the same formatting in the course description box/tower. This could and should be improved so that each is uniform in design. - 16:31, January 16, 2020 (EST)
  • There's a lot of course screenshots as jpgs, which could most likely be updated to be pngs. - 16:34, January 13, 2020 (EST)

Mario Super Sluggers

  • Needs an image quality overhaul. - 17:54, November 14, 2019 (EST)
  • Individual pages could stand to be rewritten. - 11:03, January 24, 2020 (EST)

Mario Sports Superstars

  • Mario Sports Superstars should probably have subcategories per sport in the images category (so ALL the baseball is under one section, etc). - 17:41, July 30, 2019 (EDT)
  • Image quality could be improved. - 11:03, January 24, 2020 (EST)

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2

  • Both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 have extremely inconsistent qualities and types of photos on mainpage. Some are artwork, some are models, and some are screenshots. They should all be one type unless absolutely necessary. - 23:42, January 10, 2020 (EST)
  • Space Junk Galaxy needs a rewrite, especially on Grave Stones A, B, and C. - 15:26, June 28, 2019 (EDT)
  • File:Smg2 icon powerstar.png should be moved to a more appropriate name, or at least one with consistent uppercase game abbreviations. - 23:28, February 5, 2020 (EST)

Mario Party 2

  • Needs an image quality overhaul - 19:54, July 6, 2019 (EDT)

Wario World

  • Wario World enemy pages, like Magon or Ankiron, need a lot of referencing. - 14:37, June 21, 2019 (EDT)
  • Image quality overhaul. - 17:41, July 30, 2019 (EDT)
  • Work on getting HQ screenshots (or maybe even models?) of treasures. (See here) - 17:29, August 30, 2019 (EDT)

Mario Party 8

Super Mario Strikers / Mario Strikers Charged

  • Just about every file for this game that isn't a model needs a good ol' re-upload to it. - 18:27, July 2, 2019 (EDT)
  • Mario Strikers needs more images, period. - 11:03, January 24, 2020 (EST)

Mario Kart 8

See here for the mess that is MK8.

Mario Party 9

  • Needs an image quality overhaul. - 23:25, October 19, 2019 (EDT)
  • Many images are needed of different game mode types, notably 1-vs-2 versions of minigames. - 19:25, January 18, 2020 (EST)
  • Most of this game's pages with galleries on them don't follow the formats, such as periods on the ends of sentences, weird large gaps of spacing after sentences, using 'File:' in gallery tags, and other oddities. This should be addressed. - 11:33, January 11, 2020 (EST)
  • Also some copyright changing with sprites & renders - 16:40, January 12, 2020 (EST)
  • Weird inconsistency with character sprites on the select screen. Why do we have some looking right but not ALL of them?

Super Mario Land

  • There's a lot of similar artwork used (such as this to this) that do not have sources. A source should be found for both versions and renaming them accordingly is the next course of action. - 13:41, December 8, 2019 (EST)
  • Ignoring the fact they are similar enemies, is File:SML Yurarin Sprite.png and File:SML Yurarin Boo Sprite.png identical? - 21:31, December 21, 2019 (EST)

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

  • Interestingly, most of the Glitz Pit battle pages have extremely inconsistent formats for each battle. A standard should be created for each page, as well as some form of character box be utilized or designed for each of the battles. - 11:57, December 15, 2019 (EST)
  • Another look-through is likely required in order to move ALL instances of PM2 to PMTTYD. - 11:57, December 15, 2019 (EST)

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

  • Most levels need expansion on the course description. - 22:02, January 7, 2020 (EST)
  • Make the connections between levels better. - 22:02, January 7, 2020 (EST)
  • Image copyrights here especially need looked at for sprites and renders. - 11:58, December 29, 2019 (EST)
  • Some levels need images for the enemies on a level. More images! - 10:49, February 10, 2020 (EST)
  • Remove a majority of the instances of 'Mario and co.'; It sounds stupid and could easily be just be written as Mario or the player. - 15:43, February 10, 2020 (EST)

Mario Party DS

  • Virtually all sprites need transparency. - 11:53, January 5, 2020 (EST)
  • Virtually all sprites and renders need a more in-depth view at licensing on whether they are renders or sprites; most are tagged as sprites when they are not. - 08:01, January 6, 2020 (EST)
  • Most of these files no matter the type are super old and are generally bleh quality. Try and upload new versions, especially ones accurate to the resolution. Maybe even add some aboutfiles. - 08:04, January 8, 2020 (EST)

Super Mario 64 DS

  • Recapture most glitches to not be phone-to-DS but rather capture internally. Even taking off a youtube video might be better than that. - 23:42, January 10, 2020 (EST)
  • Lots of capital extensions and even more NCRs. Virtually most of the images are the same name only differenciated by a space. Yikes! - 23:03, February 29, 2020 (EST)
  • Rewrite Bowser in the Sky to remove the 'secrets' section and instead integrate into article in trivia or description. - 09:02, March 7, 2020 (EST)

Mario Kart DS

  • Create a page or large glitch section about the 'Superjump' (Boost Panel+Hop) in Mario Kart DS, and remove mention of it from every course page. - 19:41, January 18, 2020 (EST)

Wario Land: Shake It!

  • Most individual pages, such as Blast-O-Cannon or Certainty Switch are on a sliding scale from bad to abysmal. They should be looked at and rewritten. - 11:29, January 20, 2020 (EST)

New Super Mario Bros.

  • Most levels need rewritten due to being quote 'walkthrough-y'. - 15:03, January 20, 2020 (EST)
  • Pages for the Mario vs. Luigi stages should be created. They don't appear to have names. - 13:02, February 13, 2020 (EST)
  • Worlds 6 through 8, with a few extras, need level maps. - 18:02, March 9, 2020 (EDT)

Wario: Master of Disguise

  • Wow. This game needs some help. There are almost no pictures, and most of the pages are super stubby and frantically written. More needs to happen here and soon. - 13:31, January 21, 2020 (EST)

Mario Party 5

  • Most orbs pages, such as Hammer Bro Orb, could use some sprucing up. Maybe make a tower for it. - 21:56, January 21, 2020 (EST)

Fortune Street

  • Image quality overhaul. Most aren't even in english, but I recall there being an english release... - 14:22, January 22, 2020 (EST)

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

  • Most individual pages, like Holy Shot or Green Fire Shot are either poorly written or have about two sentences to them. Expansion! - 09:49, January 23, 2020 (EST)

Mario Tennis Aces

  • This page is super long. It's pretty ugly for that reason. Perhaps the updates could be moved to be it's own page? - 11:03, January 24, 2020 (EST)

Donkey Kong Country Returns

  • Image quality overhaul. - 11:03, January 24, 2020 (EST)

Yoshi's Crafted World

  • Image quality overhaul. - 19:35, February 3, 2020 (EST)
  • Level pages should have enemy counts listed in a chart like NSMBW or NSMBDS. I am not going to make it a sandbox section though. - 19:35, February 3, 2020 (EST)

New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U

  • Lots of duplicate files. The image used for the tower should be the same as the one used for the world page. Delete all extras. - 22:03, February 17, 2020 (EST)
  • These two games are just super disorganized in every way. Few levels are the same in design, the file names are inconsistent, the files themselves are wildly inconsistent in quality and contents, and I think some pages don't have appropriate coverage. NSLU is generally better than Bros U, but both could use some help. - 22:03, February 17, 2020 (EST)
  • Sandbox three has the list of files to be renamed. Help out if you can! - 22:03, February 17, 2020 (EST)
  • Is it necessary to keep this? - 22:28, February 17, 2020 (EST)
  • Superstar Road should have maps from both games, like the other worlds. - 10:18, February 24, 2020 (EST)
  • Some NSLU level images double between the Luigi sighting and the level, and some use the same. It may be appropriate to add more images to have one image for NSLU Luigi Sightings and one image for NSLU Level - 19:48, February 29, 2020 (EST)
  • Levels, usually ones in later worlds, stop using the {{World}} template in the level tower and instead directly link to the file with brackets. They should all utilize the world template. - 08:35, March 13, 2020 (EDT)

New Super Mario Bros. 2

  • The main page is simply way too long. Perhaps the enemy table could be condensed some? Maybe go 2x2 on columns? - 14:17, February 12, 2020 (EST)

Dr. Mario World

This game is less than half complete. Red links plague it with the nocoverart image used for many spaces in charts. It needs a lot of help. - 23:43, February 25, 2020 (EST)

Wrecking Crew '98

  • A majority of this game's enemies need major expansion on their page. Finding official english names would be a bonus. - 13:50, February 26, 2020 (EST)

Mario Tennis: Power Tour

  • All of the human characters' pages for this game need to be either expanded greatly and/or merged together. - 14:56, February 28, 2020 (EST)

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

  • Do we need all of the screenshots in the gallery? It seems quite excessive. - 20:52, March 4, 2020 (EST)

Trig How to Rename Files

While I have done the best I can to justify my reasoning, this section is almost entirely unofficial, so take it with a pillar of salt.

Please read this and this first. It a much broader, official guide and is more likely to answer questions before I do. I will use the file File:Trig Demonstration Example File.png as an example in this demonstration.


Giving a file a name

When naming a file, it is most important to keep three "C"s in mind: Consistency, clarity, and capitalization. Additionally, a well named file can answer the questions "What game is this" and "What is the file about" WITHOUT the need to see the file.

I personally try to have all files be named in the following format: Game Name/Abbreviation - Object or Action - Specifics.extension, but it is more important to remain consistent amongst the files being dealt with over this format. For a specific example, if all the other files being dealt with are in the format "Game Abbreviation - Character - Icon.extension", your file should properly reflect this. In terms of what 'Specifics' means, it means what the type of image is. There are about five types of images, being Artwork, Icon, Screenshot, Sprite, and Model/Render (varies).

In regards to the extension, the most important part about the extension is that it needs to be lowercase. It's not a me rule, it's an everyone rule. Additionally, jpeg files should be written as jpg, and ogg should be formatted as oga or ogv, depending on the file type. This is not a me thing either. see more

Clarity is fairly simple: The name should make sense. Avoid using more words than necessary to convey what the image is about, and if conjecture needs to be used, try and use wording that is directly used for the intended caption or surrounding context.

Capitalization once again is about making sure all files have lowercase extensions, and proper uppercase letters for any abbreviations (use SMW over smw). Don't use all uppercase, either.


What to avoid


  • Capitalized extensions. Pretty good reason as to why I'd bring it up this many times if it wasn't a big deal.
  • Inconsistency. Files named 'SMM2 The cool Song of doom.oga' have weird, inconsistent capitalization; similar multiple files that change capitalization should be renamed to prevent it.
  • Overabbreviating. Shortening game names can be nice, but shortening things such as area names or characters may lead to some confusion or NCRs later down the road. Gelato Beach is not that long of a name, and does not need to be written as GB, for example.
  • Using the gif format for static images: These can be uploaded as png files, and it is better to do so.
  • Having funny file names. While files about yoshi being named "ugly green frog" is a good chuckle, it also makes it very difficult to identify what the file is actually about.
  • Unnecessary numbers. Sometimes it makes sense to name files numerically, such as Intro 1/Intro 2/Intro 3, but if it could be reasonably avoided, it should be.
  • Punctuation. While you can use some punctuation, it should only be used if said punctuation appears in what the file is describing. Personally, if it is not a hyphen, I do not like to keep punctuation, such as exclaimation points or apostrophes. Most importantly, do NOT (ever) use periods or pound signs (#) in file names because that can affect the coding. Furthermore, do not use parentheses, quotation marks, unicode, funky letters like À; Æ; Ö, emojis (yes people have tried), or unnecessary hyphens (ex: SMW-Cool-Door-Sprite.gif).
  • Too broad a name. Don't name a file after only the page you are referring to, as most of the time it may come back in a later game or in another form. 'Luigi.png' or 'Super mario 64.jpg are hypothetical examples of broad naming.

Renaming existing files

The way I approach renaming a file is by first having the File page open.

I then open all the pages it is both used on and pages I can edit in a new tab, but you may opt into windows or your own method instead.

Move the file to the appropriate name.

Generally speaking, all pages that start with "User:" , "Shroom", or "Talk archive:" cannot be edited, but regular pages, pages listed with "Gallery:", and pages listed with "User talk:" (including archives) usually can be edited.

Most importantly to change is the regular pages and galleries. Locate the image and where it is used (sometimes it may be used more than once) and replace it. I generally find it helpful to use copy and pasting here. If you have the find tool, it can help minimize time spent searching. I am not an all computer wizard, but it tends to be command-F for macs and control-F for not-macs.

If you decide to preserve the user talk pages as well, open them up and do the same replacement if possible. Some user talk pages are protected, meaning the images are unable to be replaced. This is okay. This stuff happens. Not all images last forever, and that is why it is okay User pages don't need attention. If you can replace any images, edit ONLY the file name and nothing else. Indicate in the summary very clearly why a talk page or archive was edited. I use the term FNC, file name change, but as long as people understand why, it is acceptable.

Once all pages have been addressed, go to the created redirect and mark it with the {{delete}} tag. Indicate a reason for deletion (FNC would likely be understood here too). After this, check the page "What Links Here" on the left side under "Tools". This is helpful for two reasons: The first is to make sure you didn't miss anything! The second is to see if any linked but undisplayed files are used. Files can be listed with a colon before File is written File:Trig Demonstration Example File.png or also with alternate text. If this usage can be replaced, it should be as well. Most frequently, game files may be located in One of the RAP tests, such as this one (see this for more information).

The file File:Trig Demonstration Example File.png links to a variety of pages to demonstrate what has been listed above.

At this point, you are done. Should you have any questions, comments, concerns, quantums, or theorems, please ask away on my talk page. Happy editing.


Why does this matter?

Having a consistent naming structure(s) leads to easier use of the wiki! Without funky file names, people won't be confused about how to type them in, be able to search for files easier, and be able to know what each file is on a large page like a gallery without being able to see it when editing. Some people when writing could even be able to just write a filename without even having to look it up. While making file names better, it also can reach to a large amount of pages to help fix problems on those pages as well.

What Does That Mean? (FAQ)

This section is a semi-dedicated FAQ to both questions related to files and general wiki editing. Have a question? I would be happy to answer it on my talk page instead.

Why do we have different types of files?

JPG/JPEG is a lossy type of image. While compressing, the file may lose quality in order to have a better file size. They are less preferred than other file types, but that is not to say they are bad. Usually, JPGs are used for artworks or Wii U/Switch screenshots. JPG files cannot and should not be converted into other file types.

GIF is a lossless types of image, revolutionary for supporting animation and transparency. It can only display 256 colors per frame, however. These files are most recommended to be used for animated images only, as the successor file type is much more effective at displaying images.

PNG is essentially GIF 2 electric boogaloo. It was designed to improve on the lossless format to be both more compressed but also have more color options available to the viewer. A majority of wiki files are in this format. PNG is also transparency supportive, and is usually the smallest file type available. The main distinction between PNG and GIF is that PNG does not necessarily have animation support. There were several attempts to add it on later down the line, such as MNG (creator:png group) or APNG (mozilla), but they do not hold universal value. While the wiki supports APNG uploads, it is not heavily suggested as it is not quite available to all users.

SVGs are interesting lossless files. They are universally supported, and essentially run images off text files. The two reasons that these files may be used over PNG is because they are much much smaller, and because that they can be displayed at any size without a change in quality. You want a 9000 by 9000 pixel SVG? It'll go there and look just as good as 152x152. They are only effective when it comes to line art, however. Mario Kart 8 has a lot of SVG examples.

Is there a difference between JPG and JPEG?

Short answer: No. Long answer: Noooooo.

JPG and JPEG are entirely interchangeable and have absolutely no meaning over the other. That said, files should use jpg, just to have a sense of uniformity.

Why isn't this gif moving?

Chances are, it is a single frame gif. If possible, try and convert to a PNG before uploading, as they are more optimal to utilize and it generally does not affect visual quality.

I thought PNGs were supposed to be transparent.

PNGs can be transparent, but they might not be. Sometimes the source uses a white background and that is ok. Transparency should not be artificially created just because an image is a PNG.

What's the deal with "inter-file periods"?

Interfile periods, periods that are in a file name that aren't for the extension, are not really great to have. While other punctuation found in a subject is usually okay, sometimes systems freak out as to when the extension starts when it comes to periods. For example, it may read a file named "Bowser Jr. Artwork.jpg" as it should be, Bowser Jr. Artwork, with an extension of jpg, OR it might read the file as Bowser Jr with the extension of Artwork.jpg

There doesn't appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when one happens over another, but typically it messes up in galleries over anything else. It's better to be safe and avoid them entirely.

What's the deal with hyphens?

Hyphens are a difficult middle ground when it comes to naming files. While they should be used for anything with a hyphen specifically in the name, they should NOT be used in place of spaces. The reason for this is generally because it's easier to type without a space, and the use of hyphens simply creates more opportunities for files to be almost identically named. SMW-Star.png and SMW Star.png could be two different files, and it is not the most effective to name them so similarly.

A hyphen (-), found on most keyboards, is not to be confused with a dash (—) or a minus sign (−).

For example, the following could all be be different names:

  • Mario-Star.png
  • Mario - Star.png
  • Mario- Star.png
  • Mario -Star.png

What's an NCR?

An NCR is a term I use to describe files that are almost identically named. Some examples would be:

  • Capitalization. (EX: File:Good Egg Galaxy.png and File:Good egg galaxy.png)
  • Extension difference. (EX: File:Mario being cool.jpg and File:Mario being cool.png)
  • Hyphens (EX: File:MPDS Ztar.png vs File:MPDS-Ztar.png vs File:MPDS - Ztar.png vs File:MPDS- Ztar.png vs File:MPDS -Ztar.png)

Why do you have symbols all over your sandbox?

I usually use them to be able to reference different types of images. Often, I will use the at sign @, dollar sign $, percent %, ampersand &, and dead key grave ` (and rarely asterism, usually for lists ⁂) to self categorize groups of images. For example, if I am going to need to fix the aboutfiles on a set of images, I might add % to them and do all of those images at the same time. Generally, they don't mean the same thing for the same section. The Big List, however, has labelled the symbol usage.

What are Smart Quotes? What are Smart Apostrophes?

Smart quotes and apostrophes are a type of quote that is not on a universal keyboard. They appear like this: (“ |” |‘| ’ ). They were essentially created to add style to the regular straight quotes (sometimes jokingly called dumb quotes) as seen here: ("|'). Since Smart Quotes do not appear on most keyboards as a standard, we try to avoid them the best we can. Some browsers/OS have automatic correction to smart quotes, especially apple products. These settings can be turned off in various settings pages.

Since some people may only be using smart quotes, pages that utilize quotations and apostrophes should have extra redirects made that utilize them. (see more here))

Why do I keep seeing "Optimized" on files? What's PNG Monstrous?

Image optimization is a LOSSLESS process in which an image has its metadata removed. Metadata is more text based, hidden information attached to files. Generally some metadata could include the date of capture, the file's dimensions, or type of camera used. While maybe useful for personal use, it's not necessary to have on the wiki. Hence, the emphasis on optimizing files.

There are a number of programs available to optimize files. The most popular are PNG Monstrous (formerly PNG Monster), which is universal in download and is extremely effective. The other is ImageOptim, which is generally a mashup of a bunch of optimizers. The pro to using ImageOptim is that it has support for four file types to be optimized: PNG, JPG, GIF, and SVG.

Before uploading a new image or revision, images are encouraged to be optimized as it helps the user load the image more effectively and saves server space. Files should not be uploaded solely for optimizing, however, since because old revisions of images are saved, it is not 'saving' any space.

As mentioned before, optimizing is a lossless process. Compression, which is sadly used interchangeably with optimizing, could mean either regular optimizing or the use of LOSSY compression. Lossy compression is where the image quality is reduced (by any varying amount) to make the file size smaller. LOSSY compression should not be used.

What's Gamma Brightening?

Gamma (Brightening) is a type of metadata stored on image files that change the way certain colors are displayed. Usually, it reduces the contrast amongst colors and is typically found on PNGs. While generally unwritten, the policy on gamma brightened photos is to optimize the file only if the original source does not use gamma brightening. If the source image contains gamma brightening metadata, it should not be optimized.

Why do we use OGA and OGV instead of OGG?

If Output is OGG.png

Way back yonder when the OGG format was introduced by Xiph./org, the only extension was .ogg; Since it became wildly much more popular in the later 2000s, they realized that the ability to have almost any type of file use OGG, they formally headlined the creation of different extensions such as OGA (Lossy Audio), OGV (Video), OGX (applications), and XFPF (weird code stuff that I don't understand). Per the creators request, we use the distinguished naming scheme.

Why can't I play this OGA/OGV file?

Unfortunately, while popular in the days of 2010, the global standard has dropped universal OGG support for reasons that have yet to really be explained. Some theorize it was because apple was trying to replace it with .mov and .m4a files, but this is a stretch. Generally, google chrome is a good browser to try and view this type of file on.

How do I get the media table to work?

Instead of simply linking to media, we use a table as seen below. Under type, write 'audio' or 'video' accordingly. Under name, use the file name but WITHOUT using "File" or the extension. Under pipe, write the name you want displayed for the file.

To make File:Ground Theme Main Motif.oga into a media table, it would look like the following:

{{media table

|type1=audio

|name1=Ground Theme Main Motif

|pipe1=First notes of the ground theme

}}

to end up with

Audio.svg First notes of the ground theme

File infoMedia:Ground Theme Main Motif.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

What's Image:?

It used to be that images were linked wit Image:picture instead of File:picture. While there is no difference as to which is used, I prefer to switch Image to File for consistency's sake.

How come some files have the parts in a different order?

Matter of preference to the user.

I prefer distinguishing by game first, the subject of the image second, and the type of image third so that it is simple to tell on pages with multiple games involved (galleries especially), as it makes the most sense to compare files of one game to another first before comparing them to each other. Namewise, how does my Mario Party 5 Goomba Sprite stand out amongst other games? Because it's Mario Party 5. How does it stand out to other Mario Party 5 files? Because it's a Goomba. How does it stand out to other Mario Party 5 Goombas? Because it is a sprite.

Other people prefer to use the format Subject-Game-Type because it is generally easier to search for in categories.

Gallery of example images

Important to note: when using the <gallery> tag, the "File:" part does not need to be added.

Video.svg Example Video: Super Mario Sunshine Opening
Play file

File infoMedia:SMS Opening.ogv
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?
Audio.svg Audio example: Tetris and Dr Mario Title Theme

File infoMedia:T&DM Main Title.oga
Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

Media Files I have uploaded

My example image

The fine print

At the end of the day, I encourage people to help out on my projects if they want to. However, in order to have my permission to continue working on a project I have listed, I request that you sensibly change my sandbox pages should you work on them. I don't care about the notifications, but it becomes much more difficult to manage if half the links are red.

Additionally, please don't ask me about my personal life, I'd greatly appreciate it. My only explanation is that I am a self-proclaimed file czar, but a world-proclaimed annoyance. I do make cool music for fun though

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Today's fortune: Bribe the safari browser to support OGG again