Commons talk:Deletion policy

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Duplicate images[edit]

Something has to be changed in the procedure of deleting duplicate images. It happened to me more than once that an upload of mine of a photograph was deleted because it got nominated as being a duplicate, and it was replaced by another one. I rarely upload images I do not work on, like cropping, noise reduction, scratch removal or exposure adjustment, and it is strange to note that they are replaced by originals that are not fit to publish. They are not duplicates! Even a minor crop makes them different from the original. The deletion process is rather quick-and-dirty and because the file is deleted, it does not leave a trace in any logging or history-status. I propose that duplicates should be treated as a normal DR, because the uploader should be able to have a say in it if a file is not a duplicate. Jan Arkesteijn (talk) 09:49, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

I believe the policy is fine as is it, but we may have a problem in implementation. One thing that can certainly help with avoiding deletion of non-duplicates is adding a {{retouched}} template, since this should make it obvious that the file is not a straight duplicate. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 10:43, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
There is one big disadvantage: this is not an obvious thing to do to the general uploader. You would have to convince anyone to do that in order to make the procedure work. Besides, it does not solve the issue of no-logging in case of deletion. Jan Arkesteijn (talk) 11:47, 16 May 2018 (UTC)