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The Star Wars Fanon image tutorial is a tutorial detailing the specifics of the image policy, an official policy on Star Wars Fanon, the Star Wars wiki of fan invention. As an extension of the image policy, anything documented in this tutorial is also considered policy.

How do I upload an image?

Uploading images is easier than you think! That said, we understand that it may seem somewhat confusing, so that is why this tutorial has been put together to help you. First, it is important to ask yourself why you are uploading an image. Are you actually going to put it in a necessary and relevant spot in your article? Are you going to use it on your user page? Are you simply going to put it into a gallery on a user subpage and forget about it? The first two are absolutely fine, but we advise you to reconsider the second. Remember, Star Wars Fanon is not an image host, so please do not upload an image simply for your own personal use.

Now, as for uploading an image, there are two ways you can go about doing that. The first is by using Special:Upload. If you are using the default skin for this wiki, you can find this under the left hand menu, specifically beneath the “Star Wars Fanon IRC” link. It is a button called “Add image.” Click that and you will be taken to the upload screen. If you are using Monobook, it is under the “Toolbox” heading in a button called “Upload image.”

Once you get to this page, you will see a big notice asking you to read a whole bunch of information. This is very important so please read it, as it details how to include an image in a page and how you must use the {{Information}} template, the specifics of which will be covered later in this tutorial. Beneath the notice box is the “Upload image” box. In this, you will click “Browse” to find the image from your computer. The name of the image on your computer will be the default name for the image in the “Destination filename” box, but you are free to change it to another relevant title.

Beneath that box, the “Summary” section contains a preloaded {{Information}} template which you are required to fill out, and beneath that you can select a licensing template from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you could place a licensing template in the preloaded {{Information}} template. It’s also strongly suggested that you add appropriate categories using the “Summary” box as well, but please only do this if you know what the proper categories are. Once this is done, click “Upload file” and you have yourself a new image to use!

The second way you can upload an image is directly through an article, but only if you are using the default wiki skin. Above the editing box on an article is a number of icons that serve as commands for the article, such as bolding, italicizing, and a number of others. The second to last icon shows an image of a picture with a green plus (+) sign on it. If you click this, you can upload the image directly from the article. However, we strongly advise against this as it will require you to go back and edit the {{Information}} template into the image, and many people forget to do this.

Why do I have to source my images?

The answer to that is simple: United States copyright law. In order to qualify for “fair use,” which will be explained later, an image must be credited to its original author and source, which we require you to do on the {{Information}} template. We use the {{Information}} template because we feel that any wiki that takes image sourcing seriously, such as Wookieepedia, will use a template such as this. We also require you to state the licensing so we know where an image falls under copyright law.

Now we know what many of you are thinking: “I don’t live in the United States, so hahaha! I don’t have to do this.” Sorry, but while you may feel that it is an inconvenience you do still have to source your images, use the {{Information}} template, and follow United States copyright law. The servers for Wikia, the company that hosts this wiki, are located in the state of California, so by registering on a Wikia wiki you automatically agree to follow any applicable laws of the United States. This includes United States copyright law. While the {{Information}} template is not required by law, it is required under our in-house policies.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.