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To-do list > Image > Descriptive Filenames
Posted by 452 on 2012-08-03 01:36:37

As it says in the Manual of Style, image filenames should describe the content of the image, and should most often include the title of the article where the image is intended to be displayed.

Why descriptive filenames?
Because that's what filenames are for. To describe the content.
Why descriptive filenames?
Because it's not always immediately obvious to other users why the image exists.
Why descriptive filenames?
So that people who are less familiar with the game can re-add images which were removed from articles.
Why descriptive filenames?
Ever heard of search engines? They're websites where people type in words and get results based on words in webpages and filenames.


Generic filenames break the internet and this wiki.


edit: The Manual of Style also says to upload the largest possible versions of images. While this mostly refers to not resizing images yourself, when uploading promo images it is best to find and upload the largest version.

Google Image Search now allows searching by image - you give it an image, and it finds all versions of that image.

452, 2012-08-03T01:36:37Z (last edited: 452, 2015-02-01T16:07:30Z)

One of many reasons why using descriptive filenames is a good idea in the long term:
I'm currently adding Category:Weapon Costumes to all costume redirects, and while I'm doing that, I'm also adding an image of each of the costumes, so that the category gallery will contain images.
Luckily, I named all of the images with incredibly descriptive filenames, such as:
Due to this, I can get all of the default image names very easily:
{{#dpl:
|namespace=File
|titlematch=%Default.png
}}
That gives me a list of 107 files. From the naming scheme, I can further deduce that 57 are weapon models, and the other 50 are screenshots of the Friendly Fire menu.
If the files had been named File:BaseballBat (1).png, File:BaseballBat (2).png, then I would have had to go to each weapon page and copy/paste the filenames manually, which may have taken hours.
Renaming before uploading takes far less time, and saves countless hours in the long term.
edit: and due to being able to get this list so quickly, it took me only 10 minutes to copy/paste that list into each redirect.
452, 2015-03-07T19:49:15Z (last edited: 452, 2015-03-07T20:00:25Z)
  • Hammer.jpg and Hammer.png
What would you assume these images were?
Maybe the Hammer vehicle?
Wrong. Hammer.png is an image of the Shock Hammer weapon.
This is why descriptive filenames should always be used.
Because it is 6 letters, the filename "Hammer.png" isn't blocked, but that doesn't make it a good filename.
452, 2015-11-30T17:29:48Z

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