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This page outlines guidelines for Images on the wiki


General Rules

  • All images on this wiki should be used for illustration purposes only. They should help depict information that would otherwise be normally difficult to describe using words alone. Images used for anything else can be considered going against copyright laws.
  • Any images that are found unsuitable or are not being used in any articles, user pages included, will be deleted.
  • Filenames should be relevant to what the image depicts – Among other benefits, relevant and correct names improve search results. Where relevant, please also consider including the number of the chapter of the manga from which it is sourced (e.g. ":File:guts dragonslayer c208.png|guts dragonslayer c208.png"). Long strings of numbers or letters are not desired.
  • Duplicates of images are not preferred. Users should check if the image already exists elsewhere and use that instead.
  • Users should follow the guidelines found throughout this page in order to upload images and avoid arguments.

Adding Images to Articles

Acceptable

  • Single cell or single pages from the manga.
    • Text/dialogue must be in raw/original Japanese. No Fan-translated text – If the raw manga is not available to you, delete or white-out any translated text.
  • Screenshots of a single frame from the anime (No subtitles)
  • Screen shots of a single scene from the games
  • Animations showing a single event from the anime, such as a single fighting move.
  • File extensions: .JPG, .GIF or .PNG, this is standard requirement for the wiki system and many file extension types (such as .BMP) are not uploadable.
    • .PNG file extensions are preferred over .JPG file extensions.

Unacceptable

  • Fanart art of any form - from fan colour images to full character depictions. These are only allowed in User Pages and should cite the artist if possible.
    • Note: Fanart drawn by Miura, or fanart found in Official publications do not apply.
  • Images unrelated to the article or the wikia.
  • Images showing multiple pages from the manga.
  • Collages of multiple images from any source.
  • Animations showing more then one event e.g. showing a full fight scene between two characters.
  • Watermarked images, these are claimed by an owner as their property and they may be offended if the image was taken without permission.
  • Porn and explicit nudity. Due to the nature of Berserk, mild nudity is acceptable but pictures depicting noticeable genitalia and/or sexual acts are forbidden and will be deleted.
  • Obscene or sexually explicit filenames.

Licensing

As an online encyclopedia dedicated to a serialized franchise, the wiki will have a lot of uploaded images coming from various official sources. As such, a majority of the images will have copyrights belonging to Kentaro Miura, Young Animal and anyone else who legally owns the material.

Because of this, all images uploaded onto this site will need to be properly marked with proper license tags. Any user that fails to mark their images, may have their images marked for deletion.

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There are two ways to mark an image for Fair Use:
  • The easier option is when first uploading the image. When uploading, a pop up will appear asking you to choose a file to upload. After doing this, do not click Upload Photo or Add Photo. Instead, click More Options and you will be presented with a larger menu to rename your file and give it proper licensing. Drop down to the license menu and scroll and select the This will be used in a way that qualifies as fair use under US Law. After doing this, you can finish by clicking Upload Photo or Add Photo.
  • To mark an image as fair use when it is already uploaded, go to the image's page by clicking on the image and then clicking it's filename. At the image file page, click the Edit button, click Source and insert {{Fairuse}} into the field below. Then simply press Publish to finish.
    • Note: For screenshots of Anime, OVAs, or Video Games, use the {{AnimeFairuse}} tag.

Deletion

  • Images will be deleted if they are unused, have no foreseeable use, and/or violate any of the policies listed above. If you upload an image for use on your user page, but choose to no longer use it, tag it for deletion by using the {{delete}} template.
  • Any user is welcome to add the {{delete}} tag to get an administrator's attention on an image.

Uploading Images

Format Advice

There isn't a general rule on which format use, however, the PNG format is strongly preferred over JPGs or JEPGs. Updates to Wikia servers have caused .jpgs to become pixilated when viewed as thumbnails in articles, even when the full size image is high quality. PNGs will not compress or become pixilated when viewed at any size, and are always of higher quality.

Licensing

For more information about how to use a template, visit the template page. This page regroups every copyright template. Please add the license in its own section "Licensing". You can also provide more then one license for a file, if necessary. Every images on this wiki is categorized under its correct license.

Others

If you don't know the copyright status of an image then use the template {{No license}}, while if you don't know the source add {{No Source}} to the "Source" section. For the images from Wikipedia or another Wikia, you can use the template {{From Wikimedia}} and you can also provide the site link by parameter, but remember that you also have to provide the license of the file, so look for the image's copyright status in the original information page.
You can also tag a file with {{LQ}} if it has a poor quality, or with {{Edit war}} if it is the subject of an edit war. For request the deletion of a file add {{Delete}} to its page.

Uploading New Versions

Frequently, as better images appear in the series, new versions of the images are uploaded. A common example of this would be the changing a manga image to an anime version. All licensing should reflect the currently used version of the image, and the source should be listed for all versions of the image. If a source is not provided for the most recent version, the template {{no source}} should be added to the sourcing section.

Samples

These are some examples of how the file's informations should be given:
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General Editing Advice

Generally, while images enhance the usefulness of a page, they likewise can lower its quality. The following are examples of past editor mistakes, made by both experienced and inexperienced editors alike.

Image Overload

Overloading a single area of text with multiple images can lead to layering issues. The most common form of layering problem is the rendering of a mass white space due to conflicts with either other images already on the page or page templates. You can Preview all edits using the "Preview" option next to the button "Save page". Please use this to check you have no caused a layering problem. Images that cause layering problems will be removed from the page when spotted, although they may not be completely destroyed as experienced editors may find other uses for them on the page or another page.


Alternatively, if there is no call to use a gallery table, another code to use to avoid page layout problems is the code {{-}}.

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This image is in the correct place

This will leave a gap after the code, any previous coding will not effect the page, and any further coding will not conflict with the previous text and images before the code. Please note, if used with too many images close together however, even this code can leave a image not aligned with the text it is intending to support, as the following example will demonstrate.

Image Replacement

Any image on a page can be replaced by uploading a new image with the same name. Editors do not need permission or explanation to replace an image on a place. However, take note what you consider a better image may not be considered a better image by other editors. Please also take note that replacing an image from the manga with its counterpart is acceptable, however you should not replace a manga image with another manga image of less quality. Likewise, do not replace an anime image with another anime image of less quality.

Image Wars

This is when editors are constantly changing images on a page from one version to another for a variety of reasons. In the event of constant reverting between two revisions of the same image, the most useful or related image to its intended use will be chosen, or in the event of neither image being of satisfaction, both images may be rejected for another image. If you feel the the other editors are making a bad choice, there is a choice to argue the point of the image, backing it up with support from the guidelines listed on this page.

Mass Uploading

Mass uploading is when a editor uploads a number of images within the span of a short amount of time (usually within an hour). Often the intentions of the user are in the right place, however mass uploading cause problems. Other editors cannot keep up or check on what images were uploaded if a mass upload happens too fast. In the case of mass replacement as well as uploading that means other editor may be left with 20+ pages to look and compare the images of. On top of this, if the source of the images is deemed unsuitable (i.e. they were taken from a single site where every image was watermarked), then those images would have to be removed causing time wasted.

It is advisable that if a mass upload is intended that the uploader seek out help beforehand, if the images ARE coming from a single site it is important you investigate the site or ask another more experienced editor to check out the site for you.

Unused Images

All images are intended for use on the wikia and unused images can be found via the Unused files page. Please note that an image may ALREADY exist on the wikia and one can check using this page the image isn't already uploaded by this wikia. If you upload an image, but do not add it to a page, or it was deemed unsuitable/unneeded by another editor and removed, then that image can be deleted without question. Images take up memory and space and unused images serve the wikia in no way. If you do not wish your image to end up deleted, make sure you put it on a page straight away. If a editor removes it, check the history of the page to check why is was removed, failing that, ask the editor to explain. If no explanation is provided you can revert, however please remember it is more important to avoid a edit war then it is to get a suitable picture.

Duplicate Images

Like with unused images, duplicate images are also at risk to be deleted at any point, like with unused images, without question. If the image already exists, there is no need for a copy, it simply takes up space. Check the page and related pages to make sure the image doesn't already exist. Also note images can be used on several pages, not just one. Also, likewise check the Unused files page to see if the image exists there.

When a duplicate image is found, the Duplicate Template can be added with the original file as an argument.

To avoid duplicating images, it is worth to make a quick research first, by:

  • Looking in the Wiki Pages related to the image object
  • Making a research in the Special:Search page with File option checked
  • Looking in the Images Category and its subcategories
  • When a new chapter or episode comes out, check in the New Files page if the image has not been already upload by another user. A lot of duplicate images occurs a these moments.
  • Searching for them at the Special:FileDuplicateSearch page by entering the filename without the "File:" prefix

Remember that it is better to upload a new version of the file than replacing a link with a new one since it creates unused files. After all this verifications one can safely upload the image (remember to add eventual Images Category since it can help the users research).

Youtube

As stated in our rules, animations are allowed, however only single events are permitted. When it comes to Youtube, several other issues arise that are not clear in the rules. Firstly, as it is a copyright violation the Youtube staff may delete any Berserk related videos as they see fit. This could potentially be a problem for the wikia if such a video is deleted as not only does it mean we need to track down another copy of the video (which there may well not be so), we also have broken links. On top of that, a owner may replace an video as well as delete it themselves resulting in more potential headaches for editors. On the wikia, we have control and can regulate our images better, reverting a image back to its original format if need be, on Youtube, these things are out of our control and we cannot replace or revert lost videos. On top of this, Youtube videos also prefer to stay their specific sizes and often led to problems with the page layouts. They are not as simple to insert into a page as normal images are.

To avoid conflict, please adhere to the following.

  • Try to upload video footage from a Youtube channel that owns the content in some way or another. For example, if multiple trailers depicting gameplay footage of Berserk Musou is uploaded on Youtube, only upload the trailer from NamcoBandai's channel, as they own the rights to officially publish it and thus won't have it taken down.
  • Limit videos uploaded to only trailers, interviews and musical performances of opening or ending songs from the anime.

Game Sprites

While screenshots are allowed and once again, likewise animations, be aware of a few issues related to games. First, most sprites are ripped by a single person and while various people may rip the same set of sprites, they between them have their own conditions for usage. For most, a simple "Thank you" for using their sprite in your project and maybe a link to the site you got the sprites off of is enough. Some will directly require you ask them first before using their sprites.

Most animations of game moves will use sprites borrowed without permission or referencing back to the original owner, so some citation is needed when approaching them. The majority of sprites will also have no background, thus they can never been truly considered "direct" from the game or represent the gameplay of the game. In order to also use a sprite to prove the existence of, say, a move, a link to notify all editors on the discussion page is a better idea than to upload one of these animations. Regardless, stick to screenshots to back up text rather then a single sprite and do not use them over the manga and anime representations.

The most notable problem with sprites is they are very easily faked. Fake screenshots, sprites and animations have been around for many years.

Animations

Sometimes, despite editors' best efforts, there is something that simply cannot be described between either image or text, and an animation can often aid the subject of the article. Having a animation simply of two people talking is an example of animations which do not belong on a page, as a single frame and text can describe this action without any problems. However, when it comes to things like a battle move, which can often be complex, then an animation can often provide a better demonstration then any text or single frame.

Be aware that there are a few things to consider before you upload an animation.

Firstly, animations are much larger files than images and larger files take time to load on a page. If there are several animations or a particularly large animation, then lag may occur on the page in some form (be it page loading time or just image loading time). The image may not even load at all leading to the a box with a red "X" appearing.

To prevent that, the restrictions for animated gifs are as followed:

  • The animation shall not exceed 4.000.00 byte.
  • The total size of all animations combined on a page shall not exceed 12.000.000 byte.
  • The pixel size can vary between 100px and 240px, but not more or less than that.

To avoid possible page overload:

  • Animations are only allowed in the Abilities section of an article or in articles devoted to fighting styles or powers. Animations on the History page is acceptable, but only ONE animation per page
  • The maximal number of animations used on any page is restricted to three.

Lastly, we have decided to only allow animations that are:

  • Free of fan translations.
  • Free of editor credits.

Categorization

It can be useful to add a category to an image as it can help to find it more easily. However, only categories belonging to the Images categories shall be added.

Only images used in articles shall be categorized, image from user's pages or talk pages (or even worse unused images) shall not be categorized. That also means that if an image is removed from an article for whatever reason, its eventual categories shall be deleted.

Note that pages which have a prefix such as Template or File are classified by default at the letter of the prefix (T for Template and F for files). If the category contains a table of content it is useful to redirect the category name by using the pipe character (|). For example to categorize gutsattack.png one can add [[Category:Action Images|gutsattack]] so that the file appear at the letter H. If the file has been properly named (Cf previous chapter) one can use the template variable PAGENAME [[Category:Action Images|{{PAGENAME}}]]. When you edit an article, you can see if the category has been redirected by clicking on the Code view link in the category section.

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