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To add multimedia (images, sounds, or movies) to the Law & Order Wiki, you must first upload the content to our servers. (The MediaWiki software uses the word "image" to refer to any type of non-text multimedia, as does this document.) You can follow these easy steps to add your image to the Law & Order Wiki database:

  1. First, give the file an appropriate name. Renaming during or after uploading is not possible. Make sure that the file name has the proper (lowercase) extension.
  2. An image description page will be associated with the file, with a page name consisting of the file name (including the extension) and prefixed with "Image:". Remember that file names are case sensitive!
  3. If you want to replace an existing file, give it the same name.
  4. Upload the file using the upload form in the system bar. To protect against (most) vandalism, only users who have logged in may upload files.
  5. Apart from text, MediaWiki supports the following media formats:
    • Images: jpeg, gif, png, svg
    • Sound: ogg
    • Video: None
  6. After the file has been uploaded, you may display it in an article or link to it using image markup.

There is a generous size limit of 2.0 megabytes per file, but please be reasonable. The Law & Order Wiki does not have an infinite amount of disk storage.

Embedding images from external sites

As of September 2004, it is possible to embed some images from external sites in Law & Order Wiki articles. If the image's URL ends in a ".jpg", ".gif", ".png", or ".svg", you may type the URL into the article source (without brackets or other text surrounding it), and it will be displayed inline in the page.

However, this practice is generally considered poor etiquette and is frowned upon for most purposes. Displaying an image from another website on the Law & Order Wiki most likely constitutes bandwidth theft (unless the person who includes the image in the Law & Order Wiki also owns the server on which the image is located). In most cases, it is simpler and more convenient to just upload the image to the Law & Order Wiki's database. Exceptions to this rule include personal photos which contributors may wish to display on their user pages.

This help page references the classic editor. Note that the VisualEditor may behave differently.

Files like images and sound clips are an integral part of wikis. They allow readers to get a sense of the information in pages with visual guides. To do this, you must first upload files to the wiki where you want to use them. You must be logged in to do this.

The instructions below are for the standard editor. For information on uploading files using the new VisualEditor, please see Help:VisualEditor.

Step by step

There are a few different methods you can use to upload files. Some are a bit more complex, but each one leads to the same result: populating your pages with visuals!

Edit mode

The easiest method is inserting an image directly via the editor.

  • Click "Edit" on the article you are adding the file to.
  • Click on the image upload button on "Add features and media" module on the right rail toolbar. It appears as a picture with a brown frame (see image below).
Edit toolbar image upload2
  • When the pop-up box appears, you can upload an image from your computer. Additionally, you can find images already on the wiki to add to the article.
  • On the next screen, you will be prompted to customize the image's size, choose a layout, and provide a caption. You can also add the details of the image, such as a new name (if needed) and the licensing template.
  • Click "Add photo" for the image to appear on the edit page. Images can still be modified in edit mode by hovering over the image and clicking "Modify", and a pop-up window will appear.
  • Save your edit and you now have a picture on the page!

See also Help:Photos for more information on the tool.

Image placeholder

An additional method is the image placeholder, which is sometimes used on new articles.

  • Placeholders can also be added to articles by typing [[File:Placeholder]] in place of an image.
  • If this is used, click the "Add a photo" button in the center of the placeholder to open the image addition tool (similar to the editor tool).



The 'Upload a file' page

Another method, though more complex, is Special:Upload. You can find this by typing it into the browser's URL bar, under the header shortcuts menu, or adding it to your toolbar.

  • Click "Choose File" next to the "Source filename" box to find the image on your computer.
  • You can rename the image in "Destination filename" if you would like.
  • In the "Summary" section, you can add a description and a source to the image.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section.
  • Click "Upload file" to upload an image to your wiki, and then place it into your article!

Some communities have customized the Special:Upload page, so be sure to take note of any local instructions.



The "Add New Image" button, found on Special:Images.

Another method is to go to Special:Images. In here, you can find all images and an option to upload some.

  • Click the "Add New Image" button. You will be given a dialog to upload an image.
  • Click "Choose File" to find the image on your computer.
  • You can rename the image in "Filename" by clicking "More Options", then enter the renamed Filename in the Filename input box, if you would like.
  • In the "Caption" section, you can add a description and a source to the image.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section.
  • Click "Upload photo" to upload an image to your wiki and then place it into your article!



"Add New Image" in VisualEditor


Upload File Options in VisualEditor

Another method is by uploading images through the Visual Editor. The uploading images option can be found on the toolbar, next to the option to add an image gallery.

  • Click on the image button, a pop-up box will appear.
  • Drag and Drop your files or select "Upload".
  • Choose the files from your computer.
  • You can rename your files by clicking on the filename and changing the name of the file.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section
  • Click "Apply changes" to upload your image in the article!

Navigation Bar


The Header Shortcuts Tooltip

Another method is by uploading images through the Header Shortcuts menu.

  • Highlight over the three dots to open the tooltip menu
  • Click "Add New Image", you'll be taken to Special:Upload
  • Click "Choose File" next to the "Source filename" box to find the image on your computer.
  • You can rename the image in "Destination filename" if you would like.
  • In the "Summary" section, you can add a description and a source to the image.
  • Select the license in the "Licensing" section.

Other questions

What file types are allowed on Fandom?

By default, file types that can be uploaded are .png, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .ico, .pdf, .svg, .odt, .ods, .odp, .odg, .odc, .odf, .odi, .odm, .ogg, .ogv, and .oga. Some wikis may allow additional file types on request.

If you would like to include a video on your wiki, please see Help:Videos.

How much can I upload?

The maximum size of uploads is 10 MB. The maximum image resolution is 12.5 million pixels.

There is no limit to the number of files you can upload, but images and other files should be uploaded for use on the wiki - they shouldn't be used just as file stores!

Re-size an image

When uploading an image, it is okay to upload it at the largest legal size you can upload to the wiki. This is because the software will re-size the image that people see in articles to a more appropriate size without making them need to load the large image.

As a rough guide, it is recommended to use the JPEG format for photographic images and PNGs for other 'simpler' images (such as game and cartoon screenshots).

See also

Further help and feedback

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