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Tip: Categorizing images[edit]

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Hello, Maproom!

Tip: Add categories to your images

Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.

Here's how:

1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:

Uploadwizard-categories.png

2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.

[[Category:Category name]]

For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:

[[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
[[Category:Comets]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations"). Pro-tip: The CommonSense tool can help you find the best category for your image.

Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.

CategorizationBot (talk) 16:36, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

File:World_map_indicating_tropics_and_subtropics.png[edit]

Hi Maproom, I noticed you changed my image, but I'm not sure why. You mentioned that the 68° lines were incorrect, but there don't appear to be any 68° lines in the original image, so not sure what was wrong with it. Can you check and possibly restore my old version (just undo your new versions) KVDP (talk) 14:36, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi KDVP,
When I wrote 68° I meant 38°. I removed the labels saying 38°. I did this in response to a complaint (I forget where, maybe the Help desk on en:Wikipedia) saying that the lines were in the wrong place. I decided that in fact the lines were in the right place to show the conventional limits of the tropics, but were wrongly labelled "38°". You can see that they were originally wrong by checking where the northern dotted line crosses the coastlines of California and of Morocco; it is 35° north. Maproom (talk) 15:42, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Picture of the Year 2013 R1 Announcement[edit]

Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open![edit]

2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.

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