Wikipedia:Files for deletion

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Files for deletion (FfD) is for listing images and other media files which are unneeded. Files that have been listed here for more than 7 days are eligible for deletion if either a consensus to do so has been reached or no objections to deletion have been raised. To quote the non-free content criteria, "it is the duty of users seeking to include or retain content to provide a valid rationale; those seeking to remove or delete it are not required to show that one cannot be created." For undeletion requests, first contact the administrator who deleted the file. If you are unable to resolve the issue with that administrator, the matter should be brought to deletion review.

If you have questions if something should be deleted, consider asking at Media Copyright Questions.

Examples of what you may request here

  • Obsolete – The file has been replaced by a better version.
  • Orphan – The file is not used on any pages in Wikipedia.
  • Unencyclopedic – The file doesn't seem likely to be useful in any Wikimedia project.
  • Low quality – The file is of an extremely low resolution, distorted, or has other physical image quality concerns.
  • Copyright violation – The file might be used in violation of copyright.
  • NFCC violation – The file is used under a claim of fair use but does not meet the requirements.

What not to list here[edit]

  1. For speedy deletion candidates, do not use this page; instead use one of the speedy deletion templates. See the criteria for speedy deletion. These are: duplicates (where both files are on Wikipedia), thumbnails, broken files, non-existent files, non-commercial, "by permission" files and files which are not an image, sound file or video clip and have no encyclopedic use.
  2. Files that have no source, have an unknown copyright, are unused or replaceable non-free, or are non-free without rationale can be marked so that they will be deleted after a week, and should not be listed on this page. Add one of the following to the file page:
    1. {{subst:nsd}} if a file has no source indicated
    2. {{subst:nld}} if a file has a source but no licensing information
    3. {{subst:orfud}} if a file has a non-free copyright tag but isn't used in any articles
    4. {{subst:rfu}} if a file has a non-free copyright tag but could be replaced by a free file
    5. {{subst:dfu|reason}} if a file has a non-free copyright tag but the rationale isn't sufficient or is disputed
    6. {{subst:frn}} if a file has no non-free use rationale
    If the source or licensing information of an image marked as being freely licensed is disputed, please list the file on Possibly unfree files.
  3. Redundant or duplicate files do not have to be listed here. Please use
    1. {{isd|Full name of file excluding the "File:" prefix}} for speedy deletion if the other file is on Wikipedia, not on Commons
    2. {{now commons|File:NEW FILENAME}} if the file now exists on Commons, or {{now commons}} for files with the same name on Commons. (Don't nominate protected images, they are usually locally uploaded and protected since they are used in an interface message or in a highly used template, thus they are high-risk.)
  4. For blatant copyright infringements, use speedy deletion by tagging the file {{db-f9}}
  5. Suspected copyright violations shouldn't be listed here.
    1. If a file is listed as public domain or under a free license, but lacks verification of this (either by an OTRS ticket number or a notice on the source website), tag it as {{subst:npd}}.
    2. For other suspected copyright infringements or licensing issues, use Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files.
  6. Files that are hosted on Wikimedia Commons cannot be deleted via this process. Please use the Commons deletion page instead.
  7. Description pages with no local file, even though they are in the file namespace, should not be listed here.
    1. Redirects should be treated as in any other namespace: if no speedy deletion criteria apply, they should be listed at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion.
    2. Local description pages for files hosted on Commons are usually speedy-deletable under criterion F2; use {{db-nofile}}.
    3. Local description pages with no associated file are speedy-deletable under criterion G8; use {{db-imagepage}}.
    4. Any other deletion of a description page with no local file should be listed at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion.
  8. If a file is appropriately licensed and could be usable elsewhere, consider copying it to the Wikimedia Commons instead of listing it for deletion. Once copied to the Commons, it is eligible for speedy deletion per criterion 8 for files.
  9. If you are the uploader of the image, tag it with {{db-author}}.

Instructions for listing files for deletion

To list a file:

Edit the file page.

Add {{ffd|log=2014 September 18}} to the file page.

Create its FfD subsection.

Follow this edit link and list the file using {{subst:ffd2|File_name.ext|Uploader= |Reason= }} ~~~~

Leave the subject heading blank.

If the file has been replaced by another file, name the file that replaced it in your reason for deletion. Refer below for a list of other common reasons.

For listing additional files with the same reason, edit the first file section and use {{subst:ffd2a|File_name.ext|Uploader= }}

Give due notice.

Inform the uploader by adding a message to their talk page using {{subst:fdw|File_name.ext}}

  • Remember to replace "File_name.ext" with the name of the image or media
  • For multiple images by the same user, use {{subst:fdw-multi|First_file.ext|Second_file.ext|Third_file.ext}} ~~~~ (can handle up to 26)

If the image is in use, also consider adding {{ifdc|File_name.ext|log=2014 September 18}} to the caption(s), or adding a notice to the article talk pages. Consider also notifying relevant WikiProjects of the discussion.

State the reasons why the file should be deleted. Some common reasons are:

  • Obsolete - The file has been replaced by a better version. Indicate the new file name (often abbreviated OB)
  • Orphan - The file is not used on any pages in Wikipedia. (If the file is only available under "fair use", please use {{subst:orfud}} instead). Please consider moving "good" free licensed files to Commons rather than outright deleting them, other projects may find a use for them even if we have none; you can also apply {{Copy to Wikimedia Commons}} . (often abbreviated OR, not to be confused with original research which generally doesn't apply to images)
  • Unencyclopedic - The file doesn't seem likely to be useful in this encyclopedia (or for any Wikimedia project). Images used on userpages should generally not be nominated on this basis alone unless the user is violating the Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not policy by using Wikipedia to host excessive amounts unencyclopedic material (most commonly private photos). (often abbreviated UE)
  • Low quality - The image is of an extremely low resolution, distorted, or has other physical image quality concerns. (often abbreviated LQ)
  • Copyright violation - The file might be used in violation of copyright. (often abbreviated CV)

These are not the only "valid" reasons to delete a file. Any properly explained reason can be used. The above list comprises the most common and uncontroversial ones.

Since abbreviated deletion reasons will not be familiar to most Wikipedians, especially newbies, please consider using full words. A few extra keystrokes now can save paragraphs of explanation to a panicked uploader wondering what's wrong with their image.

If you remove a file from an article, list the article from which you removed it so there can be community review of whether the file should be deleted. This is necessary because file pages do not remember the articles on which the file were previously used.

Administrator instructions

Instructions for discussion participation[edit]

In responding to the deletion nomination, consider adding your post in the format
* '''View''' - Reasoning ... -- ~~~~
where "Delete", "Keep", "Comment", or something else may replace "View". In posting their reasoning, many editors use abbreviations and cite to the following:

Remember that polling is not a substitute for discussion. Wikipedia's primary method of determining consensus is through editing and discussion, not voting. Although editors occasionally use straw polls in an attempt to test for consensus, polls or surveys sometimes impede rather than assist discussion. They should be used with caution, and are no more binding than any other consensus decision.

Also remember that if you believe that an image is potentially useful for other projects and should be moved to Wikimedia Commons, in lieu of responding '''Move to Commons''', you can move it there yourself. See Wikipedia:Moving files to the Commons for instructions.

Instructions for closing discussions[edit]

Nominations should be processed for closing after being listed for 7 days following the steps here.

Old discussions[edit]

The following discussions are more than 7 days old and are pending processing by an administrator:

For older nominations, see the archives.

Discussions approaching conclusion

Recent nominations[edit]

September 12[edit]

File:AMX 50 Foch.jpg[edit]

File:AMX 50 Foch.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Redeagle32 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Redundant to File:AMX-50.jpg. See WP:NFCC#3a. Stefan2 (talk) 16:23, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Keep. As an unusual variant, it's not redundant to any of the images in Commons:Category:AMX-50 in the Musée des Blindés, and a free replacement is unlikely to exist. - Eureka Lott 01:16, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
    • That's not what WP:NFCC#3a means. WP:NFCC#3a, by virtue of WP:NFLISTS, tells that we do not need to see multiple pictures of tanks in this article. There are already freely licensed images of some of the tanks mentioned in this article. --Stefan2 (talk) 21:48, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
      • I think the image meets the NFCC criteria. As I noted above, this image is substantially different from any of the free images we have (or are likely to have) available. WP:NFLISTS clearly doesn't apply, since it's not being used in a list. If it was a redundant image, it would be a CAT:REFU candidate and we wouldn't need to have this discussion. - Eureka Lott 18:34, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

File:Hitokiri Ginji, Black Lagoon Vol.4.jpg[edit]

File:Hitokiri Ginji, Black Lagoon Vol.4.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Megamethamphetamine (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Fails WP:NFCC#8. Stefan2 (talk) 17:08, 12 September 2014 (UTC)


File:Rubenvent.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Pepso2 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

This is a non-free derivative work of a cartoon, the original version of which is now in the public domain. It is being used on the Rube Goldberg machine article to illustrate an example of such a machine. There is no reason to use this non-free derivative work when the original public-domain image could be used instead. Psychonaut (talk) 19:12, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

September 13[edit]

File:Athadu Audio.jpg[edit]

File:Athadu Audio.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Pavanjandhyala (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Per MOS:FILM#Soundtrack and WP:NFCC#8. Stefan2 (talk) 09:44, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Opposing it as the cover is not identical with the poster and the cover in turn features the lead pair. Thus it is not an additional image being used which can be considered extraneous. With reference to many such cases esp. in Hindi and Tamil film articles, i oppose the file's deletion. Pavanjandhyala (talk) 10:01, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

You are confusing WP:NFCC#8 and MOS:FILM#Soundtrack with WP:NFCC#3a. This is not an article about the soundtrack, and a picture of the soundtrack is not needed to understand what the film is about. --13:52, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

File:ORCCE coat of arms.jpg[edit]

File:ORCCE coat of arms.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Spongie555 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

This is a coat of arms. The image therefore violates WP:NFCC#1. Stefan2 (talk) 15:48, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

File:Transdev logo.svg[edit]

File:Transdev logo.svg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Bidgee (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Fails WP:NFC#UUI §17. File:TransdevMIBY.svg is used instead in the only article where the image is appropriate. Stefan2 (talk) 17:30, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

If you bothered to look at when File:Transdev logo.svg was uploaded, you'll note that it was in 2013 and File:TransdevMIBY.svg was in 2014 and is uploaded at a larger size. Bidgee (talk) 23:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Keep Rejecting Stefan2's argument, as the file is used on several other relevant articles. If the newer logo is appropriate for those, please check, then replace this old one, and then suggest it for the chop. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 08:50, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

September 14[edit]


File:NinoyAquinoLearningResourcesCenter.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Ace Mendiola (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

A better image of the subject exists and is currently in use, this image is no longer in use. I don't foresee any use for this image. Insufficient quality to bother copying this to commons. Safiel (talk) 17:27, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

File:Famous Chuvash 8.png[edit]

File:Famous Chuvash 8.png (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Ali Savatar (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Copyright violation. Source has no license and this B&W image is unlikely to be own work as claimed because of small size and low resolution. Sealle (talk) 19:07, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

September 15[edit]

File:Vitruvian man student.png[edit]

File:Vitruvian man student.png (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Vectorthis (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Description implies that it was not created by the listed uploader. ViperSnake151  Talk  04:40, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

September 16[edit]

File:Christopher Crossley's wife Jenny and daughter Kelly in a Nanning (China) airport transfer bus, 2009-3-8.jpg[edit]

File:Christopher Crossley's wife Jenny and daughter Kelly in a Nanning (China) airport transfer bus, 2009-3-8.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Christopher Crossley (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Orhaned, un-encyclopedic, personal family photo. -- P 1 9 9   17:04, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

September 17[edit]

File:I Poster.jpg[edit]

File:I Poster.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Yjenith (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

File is redundant to File:I film poster.jpg. Kailash29792 (talk) 15:03, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

September 18[edit]


Today is September 18 2014. Put new nominations in Wikipedia:Files for deletion/2014 September 18 -- (new nomination)

If the current date's page has been started without the header, apply {{subst:Ffd log}} to the top of the day's page.

Please ensure "===September 18===" is at the very top of the new page so that internal page links from the main Files for deletion page (the one you're on now) work.