Template talk:Please link images/en

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This problem was aired on Multichills user page, and I am copying her the discussion in full. I would not presume to alter a template unless there was a good reason, and I had the support of a more senior editor.

Réponse message[edit]

Je n'ai pas une connaissance suffisante de l'anglais pour comprendre le message laissé autrement que par un manque de catégorie(s) de documents déposés.
J'ai chercher une liste de catégories pour essayer de compléter les fiches des documents mais je n'y arrive pas ou ne trouve que des pages en anglais et le même problème se pose. Je travaille uniquement sur Wikiversity française qui oblige à mettre les documents utilisés sur Commons pour pouvoir les incorporer dans les leçons. Dans cette Wikiversité française il y a des responsables qui corrigent et/ou complètent les documents pour qu'ils s'inscrivent complètement dans la Wikiversité : n'y a t'il pas dans Commons des équivalents qui seraient capables dans un premier temps de mettre des catégories pour certains de mes documents ? Je pourrais ensuite voir comment cela se fait et ensuite je pourrais (peut-être) appliquer à tous mes documents placés dans Commons
--H'arnet (talk) 12:40, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

I have read the message that was left on H'arnet talk page and I understand completely the point he is making. I am a native speaker of English and taught for 30 years in a secondary school, and can confirm that the level of English needed to understand the message is higher than is needed to enter an English University. Technically it is perfect, but above the heads of most of the population. I hope by discussing it here we can get the template changed in a positive way.
This is what it says:
Thank you for providing images to Wikimedia Commons. Please keep in mind that images uploaded to Commons should be useful to all users of Wikimedia projects. This is possible only if the images can be found by other people.
To allow others to find the images you uploaded here, the images should be in some place that can be found by navigating the category structure. This means that you should put the images into appropriate topic pages, categories, optionally galleries, or both of them (see Commons:Categories). To find good categories for your images, the CommonSense tool may help.
You can find a convenient overview of your uploaded files in this gallery.
The important point is that the images should be placed in the general structure somewhere. There are a large number of completely unsorted images on Commons right now. If you would like to help to place some of those images where they can be found, please do!
Thank you
So how can this be improved. There are three ways
  1. target the recipient
  2. limit the vocabulary
  3. eliminate sentences with complex grammatic structures and replace them with simple sentences. Put the subject first, use active rather than passive, remove words like can, should, must where possible.
So how may it look.
Thank you for providing images to Wikimedia Commons. Commons images are used by editors on many projects in many languages. Each image is put into categories. This helps other editors find them. Please add categories to each image you upload.
To add an image to a category, add the following code to the end of the page.
[[Category:Category Name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbit of comets, add the following to the image description page:
[[Category:Astronomy diagrams]]
This will make the diagram show up in the categoriesAstronomy diagrams, Comets.
For further information on categories read Commons:Categories.
The CommonSense Tool often helps you find the best category for your image.
Here is a gallery of your images. Please check that each image has a category. Thank you.
So this is targetted at a editor who just learning about categories. Reluctantly, we must miss out the invitation to join the categorisation team- and we can't at this stage ask them to geotag the image. The new text is taken from the Commons:Categories page, but simplified a little.
So I leave these ideas here to be discussed- and return to my extra-wiki life. :-ClemRutter (talk) 15:55, 25 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for you message ClemRutter. My bot just uses the standard template located at {{Please link images/en}}. You suggestions probably make it a lot easier for starting users. Do you feel like changing the template? Multichill (talk) 12:44, 27 December 2008 (UTC)
I think your bot should use a fork of this template so it's easier to improve and customize it for the bot. The message should be framed differently if it's used by a bot or a human. Here's my suggested rewording of the message if sent by CategorizationBot:
Tip: Categories will help people find your uploads
Crystal Clear app ktip.png
Hello (user)!
Thanks a lot for contributing to Wikimedia Commons. This is a friendly one-time message from CategorizationBot, a robot developed by the Wikimedia Commons community.
Categories help other users find the files you uploaded. Links to relevant categories on Commons are often added to Wikipedia articles and to other pages in Wikimedia projects. So, your files are more likely to be widely used if they are categorized.
To add an image or other media file to a category, you visit the File: page (you can find it in your "My contributions" list) and edit it like a normal page. You can add a category by putting the following on the page, typically at the bottom:
[[Category:Category Name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbit of comets, add the following to the image description page:
[[Category:Astronomy diagrams]] [[Category:Comets]]
This will make the diagram show up in the categories: Astronomy diagrams, Comets. You can find more information about categories on this page: Commons:Categories.
There's a great tool to find categories for images called CommonSense - if you haven't seen it yet, give it a try. :-)
Here is a gallery of your images in case you want to quickly add categories. Thanks for reading, and thanks again for contributing to Wikimedia Commons.
Again, the main template could adopt some of these changes, but there should IMO be some specificity when the message is left by a bot. I realize there's a balance to strike between formal messages and Sirius Cybernetics Corporation style personalization, but IMO our current messages trend too far towards the cold and unfriendly side of the continuum.--Eloquence (talk) 19:51, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
The bot will only post this template once, so the nobots part is not needed. Please don't ever include my username in any template posted to talk pages. This bot is a role account so more people can answer, I can't handle a lot of feedback. Multichill (talk) 21:03, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
I've altered the message text above to reflect this.--Eloquence (talk) 21:16, 22 February 2011 (UTC)


As categorization-bot already goes through the uploads, is the "CommonSense" likely to provide any additional hints? --  Docu  at 02:09, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

Prevent image notes and therefore XHR and Vandalism[edit]


Please always wrap images included in templates in {{ImageNoteControl}}

Therefore replace the content with this one. Thank you. -- RE rillke questions? 21:21, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Don't forget to remove the sandbox-line on top ;-) RE rillke questions? 21:23, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
✓ Done Thanks for helping. Jean-Fred (talk) 17:47, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

{{editprotected}} Please change File:Crystal Clear app ktip.png to the preferred vector version. Cathfolant (talk) 08:25, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 23:15, 16 April 2014 (UTC)