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What do we do about copyright? I have recently updated a few scans of The Art of World of Warcraft. I know those will not be considered screenshots or promotional material. I don't see any copyright labellings instructions here. On Wikipedia, I would only be able to post stuff like those if there is not any alternatives. --Voidvector 23:08, 2 January 2007 (EST)

WoW Model ViewerEdit

What about images excerpt from the official WoW model viewer ? Do they fall under the "datamined" category ?--K ) (talk) 02:02, 6 January 2007 (EST)

Dressing room is not considered datamined if that is what you mean. However, I am not sure what "official WoW model viewer" is. --Voidvector 02:08, 6 January 2007 (EST)
There is nothing official about it. WoW model viewer screenshots are frowned upon (and a complete no-no for unreleased content), we much prefer proper in-game shots. I would say use your common sense for exceptions to this, for example if such a screenshot is much better than any that can be obtained normally. --  Kirkburn talk contr 10:16, 6 January 2007 (EST)
I have to say...NO model viewer pictures allowed? Ouch. What is so bad about using it to get nice, clean, transparent pictures of released content to fill out articles? I just don't understand the hatred for this program. I have found it very useful as a tool for helping fill out pages on creatures, but this new policy has ground that to a halt. --Presea 11:33, 26 January 2007 (EST)

I didn't say that Smiley, they're just frowned upon normally. Basically the reasons are:

  1. The resulting images often look bad (from inexperienced use)
  2. In-game screenshots are more appropriate
  3. Unreleased content often comes from it

Having said the above, professionally done transparent images = awesome, and by all means add them to appropriate articles! There have been some excellent additions to creature pages this way. They are, however, completely inappropriate for NPC pages. I might add some info to the image guidelines as it is, but I don't want to get too specific. I harbour to hatred towards the program, it's just that in many cases the results are less than perfect.  Kirkburn talk contr 11:50, 26 January 2007 (EST)

But one of the rules when you go to upload an image is "Datamined pictures are not allowed" (wouldn't that be datamined pictures of unreleased content?). And several NPC pages without an image is is specifically requested that a screenshot be added. Are images for what I did for many pages of beasts (example: Den Mother) okay? The policy on model viewer pictures is rather confusing and contradicts itself in some spots. --Presea 13:33, 27 January 2007 (EST)
Thanks for pointing that out - I've updated the upload page! Yes, what you did for Den Mother was good, though I might suggest increasing the image size and padding. Really though, for specific NPCs and mobs, I would prefer an in-location shot if possible. There is no policy on the use of model viewer, just guidelines and some policies on the kinds of images that we accept :)  Kirkburn talk contr 13:56, 27 January 2007 (EST)

No WoW Model viewer pictures allowed? Not all are datamined but what about T6? All the images of that are likely datamined from private servers and such. It can be put to good use though for pictures that are actually ingame and pages that need pictures that are actually ingame. Cabeza

I've given in and have added a WMV section to the guidelines :) Kirkburn talk contr 18:36, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

WoW Map ViewerEdit

Im assuming that the same that holds true for the WoW Model Viewer holds true for WoW Map Viewer, and that any images of unreleased material (Azshara Crater for example) are prohibited. Valros 10:20, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Compression Edit

So maybe this is a dumb question, but I'm not really sure how to compress my jpg images. I know you say they have to be compressed to at least 90%, but I just don't know what that means or how to do it. I have lots of images I would like to contribute, please let me know how. --<Jiyambi> talk || contrib 01:57, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Many image editing programs ask you what level of quality you want your image to be as soon as you try to save it as a JPEG, the default is 90%, I'm not sure what MS Paint saves JPEGs as. Valros 10:24, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

New Machinima Guidelines Edit

Blizzard recently (and quietly) set guidelines for the Machinima community (i.e. fan-made WoW videos, etc.). These guidelines may be found on the Blizzard site. [1] To summarize, it allows players to use "video images, footage, music, sounds, speech, or other assets from its copyrighted products" subject to a few conditions, namely that it is not distributed for profit. In a way this makes certain exceptions from the EULA and ToU.

Perhaps we'd like to discuss how this may affect our image guidelines? This certainly does not say that datamining content is now allowed, but Model Viewer now falls in the gray area in my mind, as long as you're not viewing unreleased items. --Tyrsenus t c 14:36, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

Dryder Edit

Can I upload an image labeled "Dryder" which is a humanoid Nerubian? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Pwnerpwner (talk · contr).

If it's unreleased content, no ... but I would still like to see it :) Kirkburn talk contr 03:07, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
The model is used by High Priestess Mar'li. --Tyrsenus t c 02:43, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
He put it on the Nerubian page in the infobox. I frowned on it and gave it a fact check.--SWM2448 22:02, 7 November 2007 (UTC)


Hi, I'm working on my character article, and I was wondering if I could upload an image I drew for my character. (I'm an ameteur artist) Would that violate anything? I'm only going to use it for a non-canonical article.--Blayaden 23:00, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Fanart is allowed 100% on peronal articles.--SWM2448 21:58, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

TCG Edit

I looked around but couldn't find any specific information, so here's my question: what are the rules on posting TCG pictures? There's lots of great art out there of important and even secondary characters, such as Reginald Windsor, which would look great on their respective pages. I noticed that some have them - ie. Tyrande, Zalazane - and many, like Windsor, don't.

What's the rule here? What sources are safe to get TCG images from and which aren't? Just so I'm not crossing any legal boundaries. --Pure.Wasted 03:44, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

It's safe. I know we have a Ragnaros picture around here somewhere. >.> --Sky (talk | con | wh) 06:43, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

Discourage images with web addresses on them? Edit

I think we should have a a guideline to not use images with web addresses in them, like "" or something like that. I'm not sure how to word it, though. --Gengar orange 22x22 Fandyllic (talk · contr) 10:24 AM PST 30 Dec 2007

Naming Edit

Should we add something to the effect of:

Do not upload images using WoW's default screenshot name (eg: Image:ScreenShot 123007 001730.jpeg). Rename your image so it's relevant for the content it's showing (eg: Image:Tinhead.jpeg).

--k_d3 19:33, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes. --Sky (t | c | w) 19:37, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Size & Compression Standards Edit

Shouldn't the Wiki favor the highest resolution/quality available for most images? There is little/no difference in bandwidth used for the automatically generated thumbnails seen in articles, and surely storage space should not be an issue in this day and age. --MaTrIx 03:58, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Indeed. I prefer to upload PNG images, but the guys in charge complains about them taking up too much space. I agree with MaTrIx on this. Xavius, the Satyr Lord (talk) 13:17, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
It's not a storage issue, it's a page size issue - high quality images mean longer page loads. To compare JPG and PNG thumbnails, you see the JPG is under 15KB, whilst the PNG is over 110KB. (The 150KB warning you get when uploading screenshots is ridiculous, and I hope to get it increased.) Kirkburn  talk  contr 13:25, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

It appears resized JPG quality is hardcoded at 80%, whereas PNG is hardcoded at 95%. I think it may not be possible to change this. Kirkburn  talk  contr 13:39, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

So... to bring this back up, are we in favor of less loading time (JPG) or higher quality (PNG)? User:Coobra/Sig3 20:36, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
PNG Adys 21:52, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Very well, all of Xavius's PNG files have been reduced to under 250KBs and all jpg files have been marked for deletion. User:Coobra/Sig3 04:21, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

NPCs in Images: Selected or Not?Edit

I demand a vote on the subject to commence at once. The colored circles beneath the NPCs, in my opinion, seriously detract from, if not the quality, then at least the experience of the image. Seriously, at least some try to percieve the characters as real (well, you know what I mean), and colored circles do NOT fit into that equation! So I, as first voter, votes No on the issue of "Should NPCs in images be selected"! Xavius, the Satyr Lord (talk) 13:17, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

I don't particularly care either way; as long as the NPC is the only one in the picture, it should be obvious enough without the selection. But I don't see the colored selection circles as a detraction from immersion as a valid reason to not have them. --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C62,301 contributions and counting) 13:25, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
I personally think the model highlight that comes from selecting a character helps with the image - can you get that without the green circle? Kirkburn  talk  contr 13:34, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
That's a good point, but you can get the same highlight by mousing over the NPC or its nameplate, if that helps at all. --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C62,301 contributions and counting) 13:40, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Indeed - I think the lighting highlight may have been part of the original reason for it. I would support altering it to just be mouse-over highlight. Kirkburn  talk  contr 13:58, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
I do agree screenshots are nicer without the circles... but images should be updated with new files, not completely replaced with a new file name or file type... especially if the original image is not being marked for deletion, if it continues as it was being done we'll soon have a ton of images not being used, but taking up space. And since everything I had done was just undone (minus removing the speedydelete tags from the now once again used images) I'm going to just stand over here and watch, while I go back to my other project of creating object pages. User:Coobra/Sig3 21:41, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Max size Edit

I just updated the max size to 500kb, to move with the times. I thought it had already been increased per a VP discussion, but I was apparently wrong :P Kirkburn  talk  contr 15:54, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Image Dimensions Edit

Maybe i have missed this, but does the "thumb" option automatically set the actual dimensions (ie pixel height and width) of the image, or can the dimensions be set by the user. For example on this page Grizzlemaw why are the images 2 different dimensions? WoWWiki-Daos (talk) 07:35, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

They have different defined sizes; one is 260px wide and the other is 240px wide. User:Gourra/Sig2 07:36, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Show the NPC selected Edit

I was wondering if this still meant selected as in with the green circle on the character selected, as in just the character highlighted, or just any image of the character? Rolandius Paladin (talk - contr) 10:54, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

It should still be highlighted. You don't have to have them selected, you can simply mouse over the character to highlight them. --PcjWoWWiki admin (TDrop me a line!C62,301 contributions and counting) 11:51, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

New image versions Edit

Is it possible to upload new versions of an image with a different file name extension than the original, and still have them show up on the same page as an update? I'm talking about making PNGs into JPGs to decrease file size etc., when resizing is not an option. There is after all no existing image to overwrite. Narasen (talk) 12:13, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

It's not, as the full image name is the identifier - e.g. Arthas.png and Arthas.jpg can be two completely different pictures. Kirkburn  talk  contr 16:44, November 3, 2009 (UTC)

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