Template:File renaming non-reasons

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As a matter of principle it's best to leave all files with generally valid names at their locations, even if slightly better names may exist. So for example:

# Criteria to decline Examples (old name) Examples (new name)
1. Files should NOT be renamed only because the new name looks a bit better. File:TowerBridge'09.jpg File:Tower_Bridge_2009.jpg
2. Files should NOT be renamed only because the filename is not English and/or is not correctly capitalized. Remember, Commons is a multilingual project, so there's no reason to favor English over other languages. File:Rathaus_bremen.jpg File:Bremen_town_hall.jpg
3. If a filename in a local project conflicts with a filename at Commons, the file in the local project should be renamed. Renaming it at Commons would mean changing it in 500+ projects instead of just one.
4. Files with copyright issues should NOT be renamed until copyright issues are resolved. There is no reason to rename a file if it is going to be deleted on copyright grounds.

Additional naming conventions and exceptions from the above list might be discussed for specific projects.

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