Wiki Quick Tip 14: fix your images (and upload them to TNWIKI!)


Quite a while ago we discussed the way you should integrate images in your Wiki articles (and more important what happens if you don't upload them......)

Have a check here: Sunday Surprise: Death by powerpicture

Lately, we see the issue popping up again (and lots of articles lose their value), so it's time for a quick reminder.

Do

  • upload all images directly to TechNet Wiki
  • revisit your previously published articles, and check if all images are still alive
  • Warn an author if the images are dead, leave a note in the comments to fix the images
  • tag the article with "has missing image"

Do NOT

  •  crosslink articles from 3rd party sources like your blog, any search engine result, Google Drive, OneDrive, ...
  •  copy paste your blog content directly to a Wiki article

Fix

In some cases your article is pretty old and/or you might not have the original source images anymore, ...

There is an option you can try to fix your article:

  • find your Wiki article or the original source (like your blog) on web archives, like Wayback Machine
  • download the images
  • upload the images into your Wiki article again.

What if you don't fix the images?

  • your article degrades, loses quality and loses value for the community
  • If dead images cannot be restored, the placeholders will be deleted from the article
  • Articles will be removed if the lack of images significantly impacts the quality.

See also

There are some other hints & quick tips you can use to maximize the impact of your great articles, check them here:

Call to action

Check if your articles show up in the "has missing image" collection.

Revisit all your Wiki articles, check the images and fix them where needed.

Comments (1)
  1. pituach says:

    Thanks for sharing the post.
    It’s great idea to have a quick reminder 🙂

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