Help:Uploading Images and Files with Reviewer Rights

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Rights to Upload Files

The Reviewer role in the FamilySearch Research Wiki has the ability to upload images and files without going through the approval process. If you are not a Reviewer, these steps won't work for you - you will need to submit images for approval.

There are two types of Reviewers:

  1. Reviewers who answer Wiki Support e-mail for FamilySearch (CSMs) can also upload images that wiki contributors submit through the Upload file link in the navigation bar. Click here for the instructions to get started.
  2. Reviewers who are long-term Wiki contributors and are given rights to upload their own images.

Before first uploading an image, you should first be familiar with the Image Approval Policies to avoid violating FamilySearch Wiki image policies. Second, you should search for the image you want to add to see if the image already exists in the Wiki.

Steps to Upload Files

To upload images or files (for example, PDF files) directly to the FamilySearch Research Wiki follow these steps:

  1. Under "Toolbox," in the sidebar, click "Special pages."
  2. In the list, scroll down to the heading "Media reports and uploads," and click on the topic "Upload file."
  3. If you are a Reviewer, you will be directed to a page titled Upload File.
  4. Click "Browse" to locate the image or file on your computer.
  5. After clicking on the "Browse" button, a window will open titled "Choose file." By default, this window will open your "My Pictures" folder on your computer. If the image you want to upload is located in the "My Pictures" folder, scroll down to locate the image, click on the image, and then click the "Open" button at the bottom of the window. [NOTE: If the image or file you want to upload is not located in the "My Pictures" folder, click the dropdown arrow next to the the words "My Pictures" in the box at the top of the page. You will then be able to browse through your computer to locate the image you want to upload by clicking on the image and then clicking the "Open" button.]
  6. After clicking the "Open" button, you will be directed back to the Upload File page in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  7. (Optional but recommended:) Change the "Destination Filename" as needed so that the image or file will have the desired title in the Wiki, but DO NOT delete the file extension off of the name. For example, if you are changing the name from Pic123.jpg, you may change the name to Anything.jpg, but the image will not upload if you change the name to Anything. The .jpg or ,png, etc., must be included in the "Destination Filename."
  8. After changing the destination filename (if necessary), type in a "Summary" for the image. Include the author's name when possible. Remember, you must have full rights to the image, or it must be under the Creative Commons license or in the public domain to legally add it to the Wiki.
  9. After typing information in the summary, you are ready to upload the image. Click "Upload file."
  10. Edit the file to add the Information template:
| Description = 
| Source = 
| Date = 
| Author = 
| Permission = 

What goes after the =:

  • Description: Description of the content, (historical) background, and in the case of scientific data, a brief scientific analysis of the media file.
  • Source: Use "Own work" for an original media file. Otherwise, provide the website (with both a link to the page embedding the file and a direct link to the file itself), catalog number, name of institution, book source, etc.
  • Date: Date of creation, or date of publication.
  • Author: Author(s) of the image. If no individual person known use the name of the institution(s) that released the file.
  • Permission: Short description of the permission for use granted by the copyright holder. In the case of general permission (e.g. Public Domain), simply describe the media file's copyright status. Note that the media file must still be tagged with the appropriate license template!
  • other_versions (optional): Links to and brief descriptions of other versions of this image.

Note: To attach the image to an article or page, see Help:Adding images to articles.

Steps for Reviewers answering FamilySearch Emails (CSMs)

Set up your computer

  1. Create a folder on your computer called "Wiki Images"
  2. Create documents in your word processor with the email templates below and save them into your folder.

Work on an E-mail

  1. Open the Word document with the Image Approval Letter in it
  2. Go to the Wiki Image/Doc Approval queue
  3. Select a case to work on and click Accept Case
  4. Right click on the email from the user to copy the email and paste it at the bottom of your letter
  5. Move the individuals name up into the letter
  6. Move the Filename up into the letter

Email Templates