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Every uploaded file has an image description page that is associated with it. The image description page is used to provide relevant information concerning that image (or other multimedia; sounds may also be uploaded using the same mechanism).

Every instance of a local image on Memory Alpha will include a link to the related image description page – just click on the image to view the description page.

To make a link to the image description page without showing the image itself, use the following format:


The leading colon prevents the image from being displayed on the page, and leaves the link alone. (In the case of sounds, links are automatically text-only; embedding them in the article is not possible.)

The description page consists of four major sections:

  • The image itself,
  • A description of the image or sound,
  • Image history (see page history), and
  • Image links (what articles use the image).

The following part of the article refers to the image description itself. The image description can be edited by clicking the "Edit this page" link on the image description page.

What to include in an image description

An image description should (ideally) include all of the following information:

  • Image source. It is important to cite your sources and state the origin of the image that you have uploaded. In the cases of photographs and other artwork, name the artist who created the image. In the case of screen captures from episodes and movies, specify which episode (and series) the image comes from.
  • Copyright status. It is crucial to abide by the copyrights policy and add explicit information about who owns the copyright of the image in question. (There are several convenient Copyright Notice templates located in Memory Alpha's templates section that are available to be easily included in the description.)
    • In the case of all screen captures and publicity photographs, state that the image copyright belongs to Paramount Pictures, and that the image is displayed under fair use guidelines. (Typically these images can use the {{image paramount}} template.)
    • If the image is copyright of another artist, state the conditions of its use on Memory Alpha – specifically, whether the copyright is retained by the author and is used under fair use guidelines, or if the image is copyrighted but released for free use under the terms of the Memory Alpha copyright. (The latter is preferred but not mandatory.)
Example image category tree
  • An image category or categories. Images require categories so images of similar things can be located easily. There are several levels of image categories, starting with "Memory Alpha images" and then adding a disambiguation. Only the lowest level should be used, but if you're unsure about what category to add, just place the image in the top image category by adding "[[Category:Memory Alpha images]]" to the bottom of the image description page.
  • Description of the image. This should be more than simple alternate text, but rather a full-sentence (or more) description of the image. This is useful to explain the context of the image and its significance.
  • Other versions of the image. If the image is a cropped or shrunken version of a larger image on an external site, provide a link to the full version.
  • Relevant links. Be sure to include links to useful Memory Alpha articles that can describe more about the image's context. This can be included as part of the image's actual description, but a list separate from the description is also useful.

Upload summary

Similar to the edit summary, the upload summary provides a description of the actual upload and the changes being applied to the image.

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