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Image tagging management

In this context the term image tag is used for a template tag such as {{PD-self}} or {{GFDL}} that identifies the copyright status of an image. There's a complete list, along with descriptions, at Wikipedia:Image copyright tags. Image tagging is the helpful task of finding untagged images and adding tags to them.

Why is it important?

Images that don't contain copyright information may be deleted, since we have no way of knowing whether it's legal to use the image or not. A tagged image will automatically have standard copyright text included, and it will be given a category regarding its copyright status. Further, automated tasks, such as moving images to the Commons, are much easier with tagged images.

But there's a more immediate reason to tag images. Mandriva Linux plans to include a static copy of Wikipedia in their next Linux distribution. (See meta:Wikimedia and Mandriva for details.) Images that have not been tagged will not be included. It's great that Wikipedia is being promoted in this way, and we want it to look as good as possible.

How can I help?

Familiarize yourself with Wikipedia:Image copyright tags, these are the templates you will be using. The links below contain lists of images that were untagged at the time the lists were made. Just pick one and click on the images listed. Some will have already been tagged – you can simply delete those from the list. For others, it will be obvious what tag they should get. Add the tag, save the image, and remove it from the list.

Images need both source and license information. Many images that are uploaded do not contain this information and should be tagged as {{no source}} or {{no license}}, these templates have day-specific variables, for ease of use the following templates were created.

To subst {{no license}} with correct variables:

{{subst:nld}}

To substitute {{no source}} with correct variables:

{{subst:nsd}}

If you are unsure about an image leave it as is, do not delete it from the list and someone will look at it again later.

Commons related issues

Sometimes you may find a blank image description page which has no link to an image, but for which there is an identically named image on the commons. An example (at least until it is deleted) is Image:William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - Day (1881).jpg. The symptom of this problem is that the page has no File history section, and does have the This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons infobox. The correct course of action is to mark the image description page with {{subst:ifd}} and list it on WP:IFD with a reason of NI (no image)... or else speedy it with {{db|Empty image page not linked to an image. Image is on the commons.}}. Note, however, that some blank image pages are used to categorise the image so that it can be found within a category listing - example being Image:Hoggar1.jpg which is found in Category:Images of Algeria

List of untagged images

The tool we've used to generate our lists is currently broken, so we don't have any lists available at the moment, but if you would like to help tagging related projects:

Tips and tricks

  • Found a completely unidentified image without even a single word about its origin? Does the description page say "from Google"? Try copying the filename, including the extension (in other words, leave .gif, .jpg, .png, etc. intact, but cut off the "Image:"), and using that as a keyword in Google's Image Search. It's quick and simple, and, as long as the uploader didn't rename it, it will come up with the exact same image. Even if this fails, a variety of different keywords may allow you to find that same picture through much the same route the uploader probably took to find it.
  • If you would like to avoid edit conflicts with other people tagging images, add a note at the top of the page, or use {{inuse}}.
  • When you add a tag, you might want to use an edit summary that will attract new taggers. Here's a suggested summary:
    • Thousands of images have no copyright tags. [[Wikipedia:Untagged Images|You can help!]]
  • Alternatively, you can add a tag to direct people to a place they can get answers to questions they have about your edit, such as:
    • Image tagging [[WP:UI]], for questions see [[Wikipedia:Media copyright questions]]
  • Tag orphan images (images that are not linked into the main namespace}} that are clearly unfree as {{subst:orfud}}.

Contributors

You can add a babel box to identify Untagged Image members by adding {{User UI}}.

As is traditional, feel free to list yourself or others as a contributor to the project here.

Progress

100% completed (Estimate)
Date and time Images remaining Tagged in period
20 Dec 2005 - 23:00 38,318 N/A
07 Jan 2006 - 06:00 36,211 2,107
11 Jan 2006 - 02:40 35,107 1,104
16 Jan 2006 - 04:00 34,434 673
20 Jan 2006 - 04:30 33,057 1,377
22 Jan 2006 - 01:58 32,595 462
23 Jan 2006 - 22:32 31,353 1,242
27 Jan 2006 - 01:00 30,400 953
30 Jan 2006 - 14:00 28,946 1,454
2 Feb 2006 - 02:15 28,161 785
5 Feb 2006 - 18:00 26,730 1,431
9 Feb 2006 - 04:25 25,777 953
10 Feb 2006 - 21:20 30,177
(4,924 were added)
524
15 Feb 2006 - 00:00 28,353 1,824
19 Feb 2006 - 21:45 24,779 3,574
21 Feb 2006 - 22:09 24,238 541
24 Feb 2006 - 10:18 23,636 602
28 Feb 2006 - 14:20 22,204 1,432
03 Mar 2006 - 00:10 21,665 1,971
04 Mar 2006 - 07:12 19,259 2,406
05 Mar 2006 - 17:12 18,757 502
07 Mar 2006 - 14:01 17,991 766
09 Mar 2006 - 01:24 16,262 1,729
10 Mar 2006 - 02:45 15,108 1,154
11 Mar 2006 - 03:41 13,480 1,628
12 Mar 2006 - 08:47 11,561 1,919
14 Mar 2006 - 03:04 10,023 1,538
15 Mar 2006 - 00:16 8,682 1,341
16 Mar 2006 - 12:43 7,609 1,073
17 Mar 2006 - 10:15 6,872 737
19 Mar 2006 - 03:29 5,847 1,025
21 Mar 2006 - 05:17 4,657 1,190
23 Mar 2006 - 06:39 3,356 1,301
24 Mar 2006 - 21:32 2,150 1,206
25 Mar 2006 - 20:05 1,400 750
25 Mar 2006 - 23:39 1,100 300
27 Mar 2006 - 02:01 250 850
27 Mar 2006 - 05:05 14,250
(14,000 were added)
0
28 Mar 2006 - 21:45 13,469 781
31 Mar 2006 - 07:18 12,700 769
01 Apr 2006 - 19:50 12,174 526
02 Apr 2006 - 20:07 11,773 401
03 Apr 2006 - 23:30 10,880 893
05 Apr 2006 - 20:19 10,297 583
06 Apr 2006 - 19:56 9,763 534
08 Apr 2006 - 12:19 9,204 559
12 Apr 2006 - 21:40 8,400 804
15 Apr 2006 - 19:09 7,795 605
19 Apr 2006 - 06:20 6,930 865
25 Apr 2006 - 01:41 6,116 814
29 Apr 2006 - 01:41 4,763 1,353
04 May 2006 - 06:47 2,723 2,040
15 May 2006 - 15:00 1,659 1,064
17 May 2006 - 22:43 1,225 434
18 May 2006 - 14:32 828 397
22 May 2006 - 17:54 270 558
24 May 2006 - 13:35 0 270

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