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Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit
Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.
1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:
2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.
- [[Category:Category name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:
- [[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.
- Image:Lord George Murray, token of respect.jpg was uncategorized on 23 June 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:14, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Lord George Murray, token of respect (small).jpg was uncategorized on 23 June 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:14, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Stained-glass window Bonifacius-church.jpg was uncategorized on 25 June 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:07, 26 June 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Sandglass Bonifacius-church.jpg was uncategorized on 25 June 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:07, 26 June 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Hoofdwacht in Bad Nieuweschans.jpg was uncategorized on 20 August 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:14, 21 August 2011 (UTC)