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  • Obsolete – The file has been replaced by a better version.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=2015 April 26}} 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=2015 April 26}} 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]

April 20[edit]

File:Choanocyte Cell.png[edit]

File:Choanocyte Cell.png (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Madlisa- Origins 3F03 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Cell diagram used under a claim of fair use. Could obviously be replaced with a freely licensed image. B (talk) 02:29, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

File:Structure of a Choanoflagellate.png[edit]

File:Structure of a Choanoflagellate.png (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Madlisa- Origins 3F03 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Image showing structure of a Choanoflagellate used under a claim of fair use. It could be replaced with a freely licensed diagram. B (talk) 02:33, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

File:Nermal the Kitten.svg[edit]

The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposed deletion of the media below. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as the media's talk page or in a deletion review). No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the discussion was: Delete; deleted as G7 by Ricky81682 (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) AnomieBOT 00:01, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

File:Nermal the Kitten.svg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Connormah (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Poorly done trace from a comic strip. If a picture is needed, then surely cropping him out of the strip would be a better idea. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 03:15, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Yup, one of my early, early uploads. No opposition to it being deleted. Connormah (talk) 03:26, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the debate. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as the media's talk page or in a deletion review). No further edits should be made to this section.

File:Applebees logo.svg[edit]

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

Old logo, violates WP:NFCC#8. RJaguar3 | u | t 05:42, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

April 21[edit]

April 22[edit]

File:Zelezara Smederevo traka.jpg[edit]

File:Zelezara Smederevo traka.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by MZikic (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Unused montage... Sfan00 IMG (talk) 10:16, 22 April 2015 (UTC)


File:BostonSuspect2.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Theo's Little Bot (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

orphaned non-free file, recently replaced by free file File:Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (crop).jpg. Calliopejen1 (talk) 23:59, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

April 23[edit]

File:Ultraman English Language Title Card.jpg[edit]

File:Ultraman English Language Title Card.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Medeis (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

NFCC violation


File:Goodfrog10.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Herpetology2 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

No information available on this file, even in the OTRS ticket. Unless this information is provided, this is probably out of scope Mdann52 (talk) 13:02, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

April 24[edit]

File:Toshiba tg01.jpg[edit]

File:Toshiba tg01.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Jontintinjordan (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Picture of copyrighted software interface. damiens.rf 14:00, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

File:Titan Souls Logo Transparent.png[edit]

File:Titan Souls Logo Transparent.png (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Lordtobi909 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Logo was replace by cover, no longer needed. Lordtobi909 (talk) 23:04, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

April 25[edit]

File:PSLV-CA 1.jpg[edit]

File:PSLV-CA 1.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Fightingfalcon2005 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

I don't see a single use of this image that is anything but decorative. Even if the contention that free content photography of the launch site is not possible, it doesn't come close to passing WP:NFCC#8. B (talk) 04:06, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

File:Balavegaya 2.JPG[edit]

File:Balavegaya 2.JPG (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Lahiru k (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Violation of WP:NFCCP#3a - "Multiple items of non-free content are not used if one item can convey equivalent significant information". This is one of three non-free files used on Denzil Kobbekaduwa (the other being File:Denzil Kobbekaduwa.jpg and File:Denzil Kobbekaduwa , Vijaya Wimalaratne & Sarath Fonseka.jpg). obi2canibetalk contr 13:13, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

File:Narodni Muzeumt.JPG[edit]

File:Narodni Muzeumt.JPG (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Star Mississippi (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Unused, very low-resolution file. Unlikely to be useful for Commons, as there are much better images of the same building in the category Commons:Category:National Museum in Prague (main building). —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:17, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

File:20110127 kchart.jpg[edit]

File:20110127 kchart.jpg (delete | talk | history | links | logs) – uploaded by Goldstar012 (notify | contribs | uploads | upload log).

Image not at source. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 20:27, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

April 26[edit]

File:MLS brand history.jpg[edit]

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

Old logos violate WP:NFCC#3 and WP:NFCC#8. A particular concern about minimality is the use of six separate logos; the source does not make it clear whether the image itself was obtained from MLS or whether a Wikipedian combined six non-free images to make this file. RJaguar3 | u | t 18:36, 26 April 2015 (UTC)


Today is April 26 2015. Put new nominations in Wikipedia:Files for deletion/2015 April 26 -- (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 "===April 26===" 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.