Commons:Project scope/Pages, galleries and categories

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General pages, galleries and categories[edit]

Technical note: this section relates to all content on Commons except that within the "File:" and "User:" namespaces.

The purpose of pages, galleries and categories is to support Commons' aims. Any page/gallery/category that does not fulfill that purpose is out of scope. Galleries and categories having no media file content are generally considered out of scope unless there is a particular reason for retaining them (e.g. a useful redirect).

Allowable page/gallery/category content[edit]

Allowable content includes:

  • Educationally useful, classified collections of images or other files, along with small amounts of explanatory text.
  • Operational pages, such as templates and the like, including Commons-operational program listings.

Non-allowable page/gallery/category content[edit]

Non-allowable content includes:

  • Content that does not advance Commons' aims, including advertising, self-promotion, and anything apparently created and/or uploaded for the purpose of vandalism or attack.

User pages, galleries and categories[edit]

Technical note: this section relates to pages within the User: namespace, in other words to pages having a name which starts "User:", and also to user categories.

Allowable user page/gallery/category content[edit]

User pages are generally reserved for personal profiles and information relevant to the user's contributions to Commons. All text must be made available under the GNU Free Documentation Licence and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

Personal galleries/categories are allowed provided the individual files are within scope, as described above. The project scope includes some images that are not educationally useful, including e.g. a photo of the Commons' user.

Script and skin pages such as Special:Mypage/common.js are permitted.

Non-allowable user page/gallery/category content[edit]

Non-allowable content includes:

  • Private image or other file collections of no wider educational value.
  • Content that does not advance Commons' aims, including advertising or excessive linking to external domains and anything apparently created and/or uploaded for the purpose of vandalism or attack. Blatant self-promotion is prohibited, but regular Commons contributors are allowed a certain amount of leeway and discreet links to relevant web pages elsewhere are normally permitted.