FamilySearch Wiki talk:Image use
|This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Image use page.|
Our Image use policy doesn't officially exclude .doc and .xls files, but if they are uploaded, they could contain macros that could potentially be harmful to users' computers. Additionally, whether they do or not, the page has a warning that tends to scare users away from reviewing those documents.
It is now so easy to publish .pdf versions of these files and we suggest that if someone wants to share info that doesn't belong on a wiki page, that they upload it in .pdf format instead of in .doc or .xls. We propose to make this an official policy on the Image use page.
Uploading non-free or copyrighted images
The policy currently states that "Users should avoid uploading non-free or copyrighted images", while that falls short of an outright ban, the article does not go on to give instruction/guidance on how or under what circumstance non-free or copyrighted images can be uploaded and used. I would be interested in hearing other users views and thoughts on this subject. --Steve (talk | contribs) 17:37, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
- So, are you asking, "Users should "avoid" adding non-free or copyrighted images, but in the event that there is no other way to add the needed image, then users should do WHAT?" --Fran 22:25, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
- Yes. I think the wiki needs to be clear that when a non-free or copyrighted image is used (because no suitable free image is available) how the "permission to use" should be documented. This page FamilySearch Wiki:Image use only mentions that non-free or copyrighted images should be avoided, not how they can be used. FamilySearch Wiki:Copyrights states that contributors must have received written consent of the copyright owner to use their work. Is it enough to say that this has been received or should it be documented, and if so how? See for example Wikipedia:Non-free content#Explanation of policy and guidelines. --Steve (talk | contribs) 13:24, 5 August 2011 (UTC)