User:Trig Jegman

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I need this to look used somewhere until I can implement it more

It has been requested that this article be rewritten to be comprehensible to the human race.

A user most known for file management. This page is still under construction. See also: The talk page, The sandbox, my updates discord.

Terminology[edit]

Caps = Capitalization

FNC = File Name Change - I usually use this on any changed talk pages

NCR = Naming Conflict Rename - Files that are almost identically named that are renamed to avoid confusing the two. Hypothetical examples: Kirby.png vs. Kirby.PNG, or Dedede1.png vs. Dedede 1.png

RIF = Removed Image:/File: - Using <Gallery> means you don't need to use "Image:" (which shouldn't really be used anyway) or "File:". If I'm passing through a gallery, I'll try to remove any I see. It may also mean changing Image: to File: for single images.

UPI = Unused Personal Image (sometimes called user images)

ECE = Edit Conflict Error

Additionally, because autofill is an evil tool from evil town, I add a symbol in each edit summary so it doesn't save forever. In 2020, it is an ampersand (&).

Notes[edit]

See also: My sandbox

General/Miscellaneous[edit]

Total edits (by thousands) 1.5 - 23:26, June 14, 2020 (EDT)

  • Work on adding <includeonly>s to some of the licensing templates to include tagged images into the broad category (IE images with {{Game sprite}} are added to the Category:Game Sprite - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Look for broad optimizations on pages and coding - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Better improve gallery arrangements, work on autocentering galleries, and remove all instances of Image:/File: - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • If possible, run a TR on Image: to become File: - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Optimize the site logo. - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Most uploads by Bot are of poor quality, and have not been updated in 10 years. Working towards png-recapture and tagging for image-quality are suggested - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Entirely replace ogg usage with more appropriate oga or ogv usage - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Integrate rename guide to this site and its standards - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Work on removing {{PAGENAME}} from templates to have manual input instead - 17:11, May 25, 2020 (EDT)
  • Add descriptions or improve currently existing descriptions for categories and templates - 16:37, June 1, 2020 (EDT)
  • Poke around Special:LongPages to see if anything could be done to improve loading - 16:37, June 1, 2020 (EDT)
  • Whats up with Template:Ombox? - 16:44, June 1, 2020 (EDT)
  • Nookipedia:Statistics needs updated or scrapped. - 21:26, June 6, 2020 (EDT)


What Does That Mean? (FAQ)[edit]

This section is a semi-dedicated FAQ to both questions related to files and general wiki editing. Have a question? I would be happy to answer it on my talk page instead.

Why do we have different types of files?[edit]

JPG/JPEG is a lossy type of image. While compressing, the file may lose quality in order to have a better file size. They are less preferred than other file types, but that is not to say they are bad. Usually, JPGs are used for artworks or Wii U/Switch screenshots. JPG files cannot and should not be converted into other file types.

GIF is a lossless types of image, revolutionary for supporting animation and transparency. It can only display 256 colors per frame, however. These files are most recommended to be used for animated images only, as the successor file type is much more effective at displaying images. Additionally, gameplay GIFs should be avoided because too many colors at once causes dithering, a process where color values exceeding GIF's 256 are replaced with a "best guess", usually, reducing the overall quality.

PNG is essentially GIF 2 electric boogaloo. It was designed to improve on the lossless format to be both more compressed but also have more color options available to the viewer. A majority of wiki files are in this format. PNG is also transparency supportive, and is usually the smallest file type available. The main distinction between PNG and GIF is that PNG does not necessarily have animation support. There were several attempts to add it on later down the line, such as MNG (creator:png group) or APNG (mozilla), but they do not hold universal value. While the wiki supports APNG uploads, it is not heavily suggested as it is not quite available to all users and are usually large in size.

SVGs are interesting lossless files. They are universally supported, and essentially run images off text files. The two reasons that these files may be used over PNG is because they are much much smaller, and because that they can be displayed at any size without a change in quality. You want a 9000 by 9000 pixel SVG? It'll go there and look just as good as 152x152. They are only effective when it comes to line art or very simple artworks, however.

Is there a difference between JPG and JPEG?[edit]

Short answer: No. Long answer: Noooooo.

JPG and JPEG are entirely interchangeable and have absolutely no meaning over the other. That said, files should use jpg, just to have a sense of uniformity.

Why isn't this gif moving?[edit]

Chances are, it is a single frame gif. If possible, try and convert to a PNG before uploading, as they are more optimal to utilize and it generally does not affect visual quality.

I thought PNGs were supposed to be transparent[edit]

PNGs can be transparent, but they might not be. Sometimes the source uses a white background and that is ok. Transparency should not be artificially created just because an image is a PNG. Images should never be made transparent in systems like GIMP. Only official transparency should be used.

What's the deal with "inter-file periods"?[edit]

Interfile periods, periods that are in a file name that aren't for the extension, are not really great to have. While other punctuation found in a subject is usually okay, sometimes systems freak out as to when the extension starts when it comes to periods. For example, it may read a file named "Mr. T Artwork.jpg" as it should be, Mr. T Artwork, with an extension of jpg, OR it might read the file as Mr T with the extension of Artwork.jpg

There doesn't appear to be a rhyme or reason as to when one happens over another, but typically it messes up in galleries over anything else. It's better to be safe and avoid them entirely. If anything, it is simply easier to read.

What's the deal with hyphens?[edit]

Hyphens are a difficult middle ground when it comes to naming files. While they should be used for anything with a hyphen specifically in the name, they should NOT be used in place of spaces. The reason for this is generally because it's easier to type without a space, and the use of hyphens simply creates more opportunities for files to be almost identically named. KSSU-Moon.png and KSSU Moon.png could be two different files, and it is not the most effective to name them so similarly.

A hyphen (-), found on most keyboards, is not to be confused with a dash (—) or a minus sign (−).

For example, the following could all be be different files:

  • Camofrog-Sword.png
  • Camofrog - Sword.png
  • Camofrog- Sword.png
  • Camofrog -Sword.png

What's an NCR?[edit]

An NCR is a term I use to describe files that are almost identically named. Some examples would be:

  • Capitalization. (EX: File:ACNL Bob's House.png and File:ACNL bob's house.png)
  • Extension difference. (EX: File:Alex being cool.jpg and File:Alex being cool.png)
  • Hyphens (EX: File:Tom Nook.png vs File:Tom-Nook.png vs File:Tom - Nook.png vs File:Tom- Nook.png vs File:Tom -Nook.png)

Why do you have symbols all over your sandbox?[edit]

I usually use them to be able to reference different types of images. Often, I will use the at sign @, dollar sign $, percent %, ampersand &, and dead key grave ` (and rarely asterism, usually for lists ⁂) to self categorize groups of images. For example, if I am going to need to fix the aboutfiles on a set of images, I might add % to them and do all of those images at the same time. Generally, they don't mean the same thing for the same section.

What are Smart Quotes? What are Smart Apostrophes?[edit]

Smart quotes and apostrophes are a type of quote that is not on a universal keyboard. They appear like this: (“|”|‘|’). They were essentially created to add style to the regular straight quotes (sometimes jokingly called dumb quotes) as seen here: ("|'). Since Smart Quotes do not appear on most keyboards as a standard, we try to avoid them the best we can. Some browsers/OS have automatic correction to smart quotes, especially apple products. These settings can be turned off in various settings pages.

Since some people may only be using smart quotes, pages that utilize quotations and apostrophes should have extra redirects made that utilize them.

Why do I keep seeing "Optimized" on files? What's PNG Monstrous?[edit]

Image optimization is a LOSSLESS process in which an image has its metadata removed. Metadata is more text based, hidden information attached to files. Generally some metadata could include the date of capture, the file's dimensions, or type of camera used. While maybe useful for personal use, it's not necessary to have on the wiki. Hence, the emphasis on optimizing files.

There are a number of programs available to optimize files. The most popular are PNG Monstrous (formerly PNG Monster), which is universal in download and is extremely effective. The other is ImageOptim, which is generally a mashup of a bunch of optimizers. The pro to using ImageOptim is that it has support for four file types to be optimized: PNG, JPG, GIF, and SVG, with a con of being MacOS exclusive.

Before uploading a new image or revision, images are encouraged to be optimized as it helps the user load the image more effectively and saves server space.

As mentioned before, optimizing is a lossless process. Compression, which is sadly used interchangeably with optimizing, could mean either regular optimizing or the use of LOSSY compression. Lossy compression is where the image quality is reduced (by any varying amount) to make the file size smaller. LOSSY compression should not be used.

What's Gamma Brightening?[edit]

Gamma (Brightening) is a type of metadata stored on image files that change the way certain colors are displayed. Usually, it reduces the contrast amongst colors and is typically found on PNGs. While generally unwritten, the policy on gamma brightened photos is to optimize the file only if the original source does not use gamma brightening. If the source image contains gamma brightening metadata, it should not be optimized.

Why should we use OGA and OGV instead of OGG?[edit]

Xiph OGG Naming Standard.png

Way back yonder when the OGG format was introduced by Xiph.org, the only extension was .ogg; Since it became wildly much more popular in the later 2000s, they realized that the ability to have almost any type of file use OGG, they formally headlined the creation of different extensions such as OGA (Lossy Audio), OGV (Video), OGX (applications), and XFPF (weird code stuff that I don't understand). Per the creators suggestion, we should use the distinguished naming scheme.

Why can't I play this OGA/OGV file?[edit]

Unfortunately, while popular in the days of 2010, the global standard has dropped universal OGG support for reasons that have yet to really be explained. Some theorize it was because apple was trying to replace it with .mov and .m4a files, but this is conjecture. Generally, google chrome is a good browser to try and view this type of file on. If possible, it may be acceptable to re-rip as MP3 files.

I thought we weren't allowed to use MP3[edit]

Historically no, MP3 files could not be used because of a super uptight licensing system. Thankfully, this system has expired and MP3 is free to use.

What about MP4?[edit]

These files still have patents. They should not be used and rather be converted to GIF, APNG, or OGV.


Gallery of example images[edit]

Important to note: when using the <gallery> tag, the "File:" part does not need to be added.

Other notes[edit]

Additionally, please don't ask me about my personal life, I'd greatly appreciate it. I do make cool music for fun though

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