Commons talk:File renaming

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Archive of file renaming proposal and activation: Here

How to get?[edit]

How to get filemover? --Frze > talk 01:33, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

@Frze: Please see the first paragraph of the page. --Sebari – aka Srittau (talk)

Should be the filename absolutely unambiguous?[edit]

The file File:Boršov nad Vltavou, železniční most.jpg, taken in 2009, was proposed on 24 March 2017 to rename to File:Boršov nad Vltavou, původní železniční most.jpg by Martin Vrut with a comment: "Reason: most byl nahrazen novým; Criterion 13". (Btw, no criterion 13 was linked and I can see no criterion 13 at Commons:File renaming page.) Speravir complied with this request.

I think, the original file name was descriptive and appropriate enough. The assumption that the filename should be absolutely unambiguous and should be made more detailed and more updated again and again and extended with words "original" or "former" as soon as the photographed subject become changed or demolished is unacceptable. Every filename can be potentially more detailed and more extensive, but filename is not intended to be absolutely exhausting and unambiguous and successively updated - it should be rather brief and stable.

This one file need not to be reverted (the rename was needless but the new name is not wrong), however we should change the guideline to be not confusing in such way.

The original guideline contained a criterion "change from completely meaningless names into suitable names", however on 4 March 2012, Rillke changed it to "To change from a meaningless or ambiguous name to a name that describes what the image particularly displays." In the 2012 discussion archive is no previous discussion, some related issues were discussed in 2011.

To achieve a conformity with the linked explanation, the words "To change from a meaningless or ambiguous name" should be replaced with "To change from a meaningless or too general name", and the linked note no. 2 should be supplemented by negative examples to prevent such needless renames. --ŠJů (talk) 20:50, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

I quite agree. Files should not be moved simply because some arguably 'better' name exists, but because there is actually a problem with the existing name. Filename stability is important, and that way lies madness. - Reventtalk 00:53, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
Hi all, just popping in with a specific file. Is this to be renamed? Thank you for your time. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 12:52, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
That's a classic Criterion 2- "meaningless or ambiguous". Feel free to tag with {{rename}}. Rodhullandemu (talk) 13:03, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done Lotje (talk) 13:22, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
I agree ŠJů -- DerFussi 19:58, 26 March 2017 (UTC)