FamilySearch Wiki:File mover

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The file mover user right allows users experienced in working with files to rename them, subject to policy.

How it works[edit | edit source]

Files uploaded to FamilySearch Wiki can only be renamed by administrators, file movers. If you belong to any of the user groups above, and therefore have the 'movefile' right, just use the "move" tab as you would normally on a regular page.

If you're not a file mover, you can place {{rename media}} on the image description page, which will put the page into Category:Files requiring renaming. A file mover will perform the move, if it conforms to the guidelines described below.

File movers should follow the instructions on the template. In most cases a file redirect should be left on the original page, except if it is a misleading or promotional name.

File movers cannot move a file if the exact same file name already exists. Administrators, however, can do so, because they have the 'reupload-shared' right.

What files should be renamed?[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Wiki:Image File Names describes how files should be named. In general, FamilySearch Wiki aims to provide stable file names as these may be being used by tools outside of FamilySearch Wiki. Currently there are seven widely undisputed uses for rename requests:

Aim Examples (old name) Examples (new name)
1. Uploader requested
2. Change from completely meaningless names into suitable names, according to what the image displays File:22785u9ob807b3c4f4.jpg
3. Correct misleading names into accurate ones File:!My_cuTe!!_MOUSSE.JPG
4. Change generic bio-names into binomial scientific names File:Unknown_insect_02.jpg
5. Correct obvious errors in file names (e.g. wrong proper nouns or false historical dates) File:Ayres_Rock_3.png
6. Harmonize file names of a set of images (so that only one part of all names differs) to ease their usage in templates (e.g. diagram symbols, scans of pages of a book, maps) File:Bhf-BS-Icon.svg
7. Disambiguate files with overly similar names (the software allows for multiple different files to have the same name, but with different capitalization (ninja example) or different expressions of the same filetype extention (bunny example), however these are not ideal situations. File:Ninja.jpg
8. remove pejorative, offensive or crude language that would not be appropriate in the file description File:Stupid fat dude.jpg File:<Name of the person>.jpg

After moving the file, please replace all uses of the old file link with the new one.

Additional naming conventions and exceptions from the above list might be discussed for specific projects.

What files should not be renamed?[edit | edit source]

As a matter of principle it's best to leave all files with generally valid names at their locations, even if slightly better names may exist. So for example:

  1. File:TowerBridge'09.jpg should not be renamed to File:Tower_Bridge_2009.jpg only because the latter looks a bit better.
  2. File:Thiswouldbebetterwithspaces.jpg should not be renamed to File:This would be better with spaces.jpg.

Retain the existing file extension[edit | edit source]

Under no circumstance should the move function be used to change the file's format. Movers must take care to ensure that the file extension (i.e. the ".jpg", ".png", ".ogg" part) is not changed when a file is moved. Doing so dramatically increases the risk of damaging the file, and will almost certainly break SVG files, sound files, video files, document files, and MIDI files. If you need to change the format of a file, save a copy off of FamilySearch Wiki and then reload it under a new name with the new extension, rather than renaming it.

See also[edit | edit source]