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The following article will explain all about files and duplications.

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Duplications

What Are Duplication?
A "duplication" refers to any and all files which are copies of an already existing file. The most common files to be duplicated are coats of arms, flags, maps, and portraits.
Why Are Duplications Not Allowed?
All websites using the Wikimedia style do not simply incorporate images from an outside source. Instead, files are required to be uploaded onto the site's server before it can be used. Because of this, there is no need to have multiple files which depict the same image. All Wikis are programed to allow files to be shared and utilized on multiple articles, making the need for having duplicate files obsolete and unhelpful.
Which Files Are Not Duplications?
The Alternate History Wiki currently employs the standards used on both Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. Because all of these Wikis are connected and operated similarly, the use of these standard files are strictly done so for the ease of all users in the long run.

How to Avoid Duplications

Source Editor
  1. Go to Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia Commons and locate the file you wish to use.
  2. Locate and copy the file's name (e.g., Flag of Canada.svg).
  3. Paste the files name into the desired article's source code and utilize the manual of style
    (e.g., [[File:Flag of Canada.svg|thumb|DESCRIPTION]]).
Visual Editor (When Editing an Existing Article)
  1. Go to Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia Commons and locate the file you wish to use.
  2. Locate and copy the file's URL (e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Canada.svg).
  3. Open the desired article and selected the "Image" tool.
  4. In the "search box," paste the aforementioned URL. The desired file should automatically appear.
Visual Editor (When Creating a New Article)
  1. Go to Wikipedia and/or Wikimedia Commons and locate the file you wish to use.
  2. Locate and copy the portion of the file's URL which follows the colon (e.g., Flag_of_Canada.svg). (Underscores are required for this step).
  3. On the "Add Features and Media" sidebar, select which tool you wish to use (Photo, Gallery, etc.).
  4. In the "Find" section, paste the partial URL. The desired file should automatically appear.
Note to Those Who Use the Visual Editor
  • If the desired file fails to show up after following these steps, it is very likely that the file has not been uploaded to this site. When this happens, feel free to upload the file yourself (no violation will happen).

Other Terms

  • File Dump — Where a user uploads dozens of files within a short period of time. While not bad or against the rules, file dumping can cause some strain on admims if unorganized or mislabeled.
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