You can upload certain types of files to the wiki. It is particularly useful to upload images, which you can display in an article, but you can also upload other types of files.
Upload a file
- Prepare the file for upload. Make sure the file is exactly as you want it. Think about how big the file is.
- In the sidebar, under Toolbox, click Upload file.
- Next to the Source filename, click Browse to locate the file on your computer.
- Change the Destination filename to something descriptive, if necessary.
- Fill in the Summary, if necessary.
- Click the Upload file button. (Large files may take several seconds to be uploaded.)
If the file is more than 150 KB, you will receive a warning. This warning is to discourage editors from uploading unnecessarily large files; if you've already decided the file in its present size is a useful addition to the site, just ignore the warning.
- Avoid double dashes (--) if possible; it causes errors on the file page for Firefox browsers.
Using images and image description pages
After you've uploaded a file, you can use it in an article with some special wiki syntax to create the link. See Help:Images.
Your file gets its very own 'Image Description Page' within the wiki (even if it isn't an image). If it is an image, however, you should edit the page and use the image summary template to classify your image and its information; if not, you should edit this page to provide more information about the file. You should explain where you acquired the file, what it contains, and what its copyright status is on the description page. Any other useful notes could also be included there.
See also Help:Image templates.
You should add one if you can. Here's how: Help:Categorising Guidelines.
Listing files in the wiki
There are a number of Special Pages to help you view and manage files that have been uploaded. In Special Pages, located in the toolbox on the left, you will find:
- Gallery of new images - Displays recently uploaded images.
- File list - Shows all of the files.
- Unused images - Aids in tracking down files that might not be needed.
See Help:Special pages for more on special pages.