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Participation of non-Wikipedia projects[edit]

@T Cells: The project explicitly mentions Wikipedias as a target projects. I would like to organize WPWP in Esperanto not only in Wikipedia but also in Wikivoyage and Wikiquote. Would be participants in these non-Wikipedia projects eligible for the international prizes? --KuboF Hromoslav (talk) 20:45, 14 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

@KuboF Hromoslav: You are right that the current scope of the campaign focuses on Wikipedia only and I agree with you that there are several Wikimedia projects such as Wikiquote, Wikiversity, WikiVoyage where media files are needed as well. This is something I think we should definitely consider. However, we have two weeks to the start of the campaign and we may need enough time to review and evaluate the most effective strategy to track metrics and implement the campaign there altogether. This I am unsure we could achieve this year. However, if you have a better way to implement the campaign in Esperanto Wikiquotes and WikiVoyage, I'd encourage you to do so and we could learn from the results and use the learning to improve the campaign in those projects next year. You could provide a small local prize for these categories of contributions. If there are ways, you think we can provide supports, please let us know. T CellsTalk 12:06, 15 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

3D objects?[edit]

@T Cells: The page explicitly mentions images, sounds and videos as the eligible medias. I am considering allowing adding 3D objects for the Esperanto edition. Would be participants adding 3D objects eligible for the international prizes? --KuboF Hromoslav (talk) 20:48, 14 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

Yes, 3D objects are eligible. They will not be eligible at this time due to the challenges of tracking articles where 3D objects have been added. But if you have a way to track the metrics in your community, you could consider designing a special prizes for it locally. Please let us know if there are ways we could provide support. Regards. T CellsTalk 17:02, 21 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

Tool for calculating participation[edit]

I haven't find recomended tool for calculating participation. The only I know is the Wikimedia hashtag search, but...

When calculating results of WPWP 2020 Esperanto in works fine with basic settings. But as soon as I have set it to show "Edit adds image", it shows nothing despite these edit indeed have adding an image.

Any recomendations? --KuboF Hromoslav (talk) 20:58, 14 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

@KuboF Hromoslav they didn't index previous edits -- the filters only apply to edits since the change was turned on (which was a few months ago). You should be able to see any recently added images with a hashtag. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 14:21, 21 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hashtag and Winners[edit]

I want to know the details of the following few things ..

1. Who can participate in the Arabic community? Only Arabs?

2. Will wikipedians of any language be able to participate in the #wla category and will be considered for the award?

3. If someone uses all three tags of #wpwp, #wpwpbn, #wla, will he/she be considered in the above three categories at the same time?

4. If someone only uses the #wpwpbn tag, will he/she be considered for local rewards only? Does he have to use the #wpwpbn as well as the #wpwp tag to be considered in both international and local categories? Aishik Rehman 04:45, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

  1. Only speakers of Arabic language who contributes to Arabic language Wikipedia are eligible for the Arabic prizes
  2. Yes, Wikipedians of any language can participate in the #WLA category but the contributions should be made to WLA targeted languages, outlined here. If you speak any of those targeted languages, you may be eligible for the prizes @Anthere: may want to comment as well. T CellsTalk 10:54, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
  3. Participants are not allowed to contribute to the language they don't speak. If you speak Bangla language, you can add all the three tags; #WPWP #WPWPBN #WLA
  4. If someone uses #WPWPBN tag, they will be considered for both local and international prizes. T CellsTalk 10:54, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

@T Cells: I noticed that there is no separate hashtag for Assamese Wikipedia, so if someone contributes to Assamese Wikipedia, will he/she use only international hashtag #WPWP? And since there is no local organizer in Assamese, who will monitor the activities? Thanks..Aishik Rehman 11:28, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Aishik Rehman, we do not have local coordinators in Assamese Wikipedia. Thus, the contributions there would be tracked with the #WPWP but we could filter contributions made to Assamese Wikipedia and get an Assamese speaker to help with review. If you speak this language, you could help coordinate activities there and you will still be eligible for the international prizes since there is no local prizes for Assamese. Let us know your thoughts. Best regards. T CellsTalk 11:50, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

When it comes to the WLA, wikipedians of any language are welcome to participate, and if they are participating to different wikipedians, it is fine as well. The only thing is that participation to French and English will not be counted for first prize. So let's say a participant provide 100 entries in English, 10 entries in French, 80 entries in Arabic and 11 entries in Spanish, then for the first prize, I will count only Arabic and Spanish (hence 91 entries). This is to push the reuse of the images beyond those two languages. However, contributions to English and French will count for the following prizes. Any addition with #WLA hashtag will be considered, regardless of whether they include other hashtags Anthere (talk) 16:02, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Auto inclusion from wikidata - does that count?[edit]

setting image (P18) can sometimes make the photo appear in multiple wikis (because of infoboxes that take values from wd). does that count as one entry or as many as the number of wikis using the photo? -- RZuo (talk) 07:38, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Tracking may be an issue. If it could be tracked, we can create a separate prize for it since the contributions would be automated. T CellsTalk 10:57, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply


How do you deal with copyvio's uploaded to get points and then deleted? If someone adds a photo to WP with the tag in the edit summary and the photo is later deleted, the uploader could still get credit for uploading a copyvio Gbawden (talk) 10:54, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for your question, Gbawden. The risk of users uploading copyvio is low as the campaign does not includes uploading of new photos but the use of existing freely licensed images already on Commons. However, if an image is later removed for legitimate reasons, that contributions will not count. i.e credit won't be awarded for that particular contributions. If we discovered that a particular user is being disruptive as we are also closely monitoring contributions through the hashtag, they would be disqualified after warning and this would be communicated to them. For example, we have found several contributions by User:Major Lyte to be disruptive. We have communicated to them through the coordinator of the campaign in their community offline but we will leave an official warning for them soon. Any further disruption will result in them being disqualified. If they continue the disruption, they would be reported for necessary admin action. T CellsTalk 11:17, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells: Hey. I upload new images, most from Youtube under CC, and I put "License review" in Licensing part. But looks like it took time to check, I have many uploaded pics from last year still not checked.--Ruwaym (talk) 17:00, 2 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
The LR backlog is huge but I hope it get reviewed soonest. T CellsTalk 17:52, 2 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Reduce low quality contributions[edit]


Do you have any ideas to reduce low quality contributions? Last year we had people editing our midsize Wikipedia without knowing the language and leaving image captions untranslated. This left us wit the choice of either reverting the edits or following up with the additional work of translation. This left a negative impression in the community about the event. Papuass (talk) 11:22, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Papuass: thanks for your questions. This year, we have improved the participating instructions. We have clearly communicated to participants via local affiliates/organisers to not add images to articles in a language they do not speak. See #4 of the campaign rules as well. We designed this best practices to support local organisers and we mandated all local organisers to organise training or series of training for participants from their communities (especially new users). This has been communicated to local organisers at least a month before this campaign. One thing, we did not do last year is that we did not provide adequate information on how the hashtag should be used. This year, we have also designed a guide on how to use WPWP Campaign Hashtags. We have also mandated all local organisers to monitor participation from their various community via the hashtag. We believe that these will minimise disruption from new users. If there is any participant who fails to read or follow the participating instructions, any admin could block the user after warning. That's within most Wikipedia blocking policy T CellsTalk 12:20, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi, thanks for your efforts, so far no complaints about foreigners. Papuass (talk) 22:14, 2 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thank you Papuass. If you find any user adding images to articles in a foreign language, and they continue after warning, please let us know. The organizing team may disqualify them. T CellsTalk 08:50, 3 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

This competition is inviting flooding, which has been noted in quite a few non-English WP with a strong distaste. You entice idiots not knowing the first word of a language spamming us with unqualified waste, for us to mop up. An opt-in for not English WPs should be instated. --Charlik (talk) 21:45, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Where can I enroll my name?[edit]

Where can I enroll my name? I didn't find anything there I can add my name. Or I just use tag #WPWP to participate? Dineshswamiin (talk) 11:37, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

No formal registration is required. Please read the campaign rules and the guide on how to use WPWP Campaign Hashtags. T CellsTalk 12:24, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Typo on English version[edit]

Hello, there is a small typo on the English version of this page which I cannot edit as my account is not auto-confirmed. It is under dot-point 1 of the 'How to participate' section - 'or if you don't have an account yet,create a new account for Wikipedia' should read 'or if you don't have an account yet, create a new account for Wikipedia', with a space between the comma after 'yet' and the word 'create'. Thank you! Redtree21 (talk) 11:45, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

I have fixed this problem now - my account has become autoconfirmed due to having posted the message above. Sorry for the inconvenience. Redtree21 (talk) 11:49, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thank you. T CellsTalk 12:26, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Can I only add image to English Wikipedia articles?[edit]

I highly active in Bangla Wikipedia. Can I add images to that project? Or is this competition only eligible for English Wikipedia?--Rafi Bin Tofa (talk) 14:43, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Feel free to add Wiki Loves Africa images to Bangla. I'd love that ! Anthere (talk)
Rafi Bin Tofa, you can add images to all the languages you speak and understand. T CellsTalk 18:16, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Uploading photos to use in articles[edit]

Is this permitted within the contest rules? I know the focus is on content already on the Commons but can we upload new photos to the Commons as well, and be permitted to use those photos in the contest? Also, I noticed under the "Campaign rules" section "The image must be published under a free use license or as public domain. The possible licenses are CC-BY-SA 4.0, CC-BY 4.0, CC0 1.0." Does this mean if I upload a photo under a different license (ie the popular CC-BY-SA 2.0) (or find one under a different license and upload that image to an article) that that image won't count? Thanks. Therapyisgood (talk) 19:06, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Therapyisgood: Thanks for your questions. Uploading photos is not within the scope of the #WPWPCampaign but if you have a lists of articles with missing photos and you have relevant photos for use on the articles, you could upload them to Commons under any version of the Commons-compatible licenses. The photos uploaded won't count but the number of articles where they are used will count. Best regards. T CellsTalk 19:36, 1 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi, T Cells! Is creating new articles within the scope of #WPWPCampaign. Thanks. --Leiem (talk) 02:31, 5 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hello Leiem, creating new articles is not within the scope of this campaign. Regards. T CellsTalk 04:57, 5 July 2021 (UTC)Reply


Why are CC-BY-SA 4.0, CC-BY 4.0, and CC0 1.0 the only acceptable licenses for the challenge according to the "Campaign rules" section? commons:Commons:Creative Commons copyright tags lists a lot more versions of CC-BY and CC-BY-SA that are valid for Wikimedia projects. What's wrong with those ones?

Thanks, DemonDays64 (talk) 03:58, 2 July 2021 (UTC) (please ping on reply)Reply

We apologize for this error. This have now been fixed. All versions of Commons-compatible licenses are acceptable. T CellsTalk 06:31, 2 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
If all versions of Commons compatible licenses are acceptable, why are you only listing the few Creative Commons licenses? C:Category:Free licenses kyykaarme (talk) 19:32, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
While there are several Creative Commons licenses, I only listed the licenses that are compatible with Wikimedia Commons. Your question should have been about why I listed a few versions. All versions of CC-BY and CC-BY-SA are allowed. These were corrected in the campaign rules linked above but I forgot to fix it after my response. BTW, your link above C:Category:Free licenses only directed users to a few free licensed-images. You probably should have linked to Commons:Choosing a license or c:COM:L. Best regards. T CellsTalk 08:45, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Replacing Bad Photos[edit]

Do articles where you're replacing a lower quality photo with a higher quality photo count for this? Pokemonprime (talk) 13:43, 2 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Yes, it counts but you really must be sure that the one you are replacing is indeed of poor quality otherwise, your contributions may be considered disruptive. Best regards. T CellsTalk 15:04, 2 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Cryptic edit summaries[edit]

Please see w:en:User talk:OTim75#Edit summaries, it took several posts to find out about this page. Advising people to "Include the hashtag #WPWP in the edit summary of all articles improved with images." creates a cryptic edit summary that explains nothing. It gives the impression that people are following some form of meme. People are being warned - and even reverted - for disruptive editing. In the edit summary, there must be an explanation - at the very least, some form of link to m:Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 08:48, 3 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Comment The exact same things that I complained about last summer, at Talk:Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos#Many problems, are happening again. -- Gyrofrog (talk) 10:23, 4 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

  • Comment @Redrose64: There's currently a banner displayed about the event for me. However, your point is still very valid for the hashtag. I'm surprised there's not something auto-linking back to the event. The Grid (talk) 20:17, 4 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
  • Hello @Redrose64:, we genuinely apologize for this extremely slow response. We didn't realize that you left a comment at Talk: Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos. Many of the organizing team aren't watching that page as it was only used for the 2020 edition of the campaign.
Let me give you some background information on why we decided to use the hashtag tool. During the design of this project, we had a challenge with identifying the right tool for tracking contributions. We wanted a tool that could track the contributions of each participant, the total number of participants, the articles they edited, and the Wikipedia language in which the edits were made. Such tool would enable us to monitor the progress of the campaign and identify individual participants that are being disruptive as well. We thought of the Wikimedia program and outreach dashboard but it has its own limitations. The outreach dashboard will require all participants to register on the dashboard. It tracks all contributions including those that aren't related to the campaign. So, there was practically no existing tool aside from the hashtag that could track the metrics we wanted accurately. This is why we are using the hashtag to track metrics. The campaign rule requires that participants include the #WPWP in the edit summary of all articles improved with images in addition to a descriptive edit summary. See the campaign rule. Rule #4 also states that users who repeatedly add images without captions and irrelevant images to articles will be disqualified. At least one user has been disqualified for such behavior. @Gyrofrog:, we didn't ignore your recommendation. We only felt that the banner that User:The Grid mentioned would be sufficient but it seems we were wrong. We have gone ahead to include an instruction that a link to the project page be provided as correctly suggested by you and Redrose64. We understand that some users may be hyperactive and making too many mistakes as a result. You may block such editors per your community blocking policy and they would automatically be disqualified from the campaign as well. We apologize for the confusion. It's a new campaign, we are learning, your inputs are valuable and your support is important to the success of the campaign. Best regards. T CellsTalk 21:52, 4 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells: It's now three weeks since I raised the issue, and nobody seems to be using meaningful edit summaries yet, not even a link to the competition page. Every day I see images being added to articles on English Wikipedia which just seem to be chosen at random and simply dumped at the top of the page. We have style guidelines that we expect people to follow, which are being ignored. This was a particularly bad example - and the following edit made precisely the same mistake. Where are these people getting their ideas from? I've had to serve warnings on some of them, such as en:User talk:Omolarabasirat#July 2021, yet they continue unabated. It's clear that some of them aren't even checking the page to see if the image they are adding is already there; see these edits.
Their editing rates suggest that they care more for quantity than for quality. When counting them, is somebody from this competition going to validate edits by the likes of Champion seleman, Collysoka, Germain92, Morgan Lema, Omolarabasirat, OTim75, Unofficiallummy and many others? I don't have time to check them all myself, I have better things to do. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 16:15, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hello Redrose64, we understand how tiring this might be. We will leave a final warning for these users linked above. We have now added this notice on the front page of the campaign Please do not add photos in a language you do not speak. In your edit summary, add a good edit summary, #WPWP and a link to the campaign page: . Please feel free to block any user who continue to be disruptive after warning. T CellsTalk 16:23, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
I wanted to echo the concerns raised here. The intent of this project is great but the lack of meaningful edit summaries are just awful. I edit the English WP relatively frequently (usually a couple hundred edits per month) and had no idea that this was going on and unnecessarily dragged two users to an administrative noticeboard over their high rates of edits and non-meaningful edit summaries. To me, multiple accounts adding literally hundreds of images to articles over the course of just a couple of hours with the same edit summary screamed to me "unapproved bot! sockpuppetry!" I also agree that going for quantity over quality is not a good idea. Aoi (talk) 11:53, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi Aoi, we have now added this notice on the front page of the campaign Please do not add photos in a language you do not speak. Do not add images without a good caption. In your edit summary, add a good edit summary, #WPWP and a link to the campaign page: Please stay safe. Regards. T CellsTalk 16:23, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
I wanted to add that we did share the guide on how to use the hashtag with all participating communities. The leaders were asked to bring it to the attention of participants from their communities. Users who fails to follow instructions should be blocked per your community blocking policy. T CellsTalk 16:42, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Please note that there is now a discussion at w:en:WP:ANI#Users adding images to articles at a high rate of speed. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 18:39, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the heads-up, Redrose64. Of course, we plan to do clean up after the campaign and the over 50 Wikimedia affiliates organising this campaign locally will be doing clean up in their various local Wikipedia. I am sorry to learn that you didn't find our response satisfactory. We did implemented your recommendation including a note on the campaign front page. It's a new campaign, new users are going to make mistakes. This is unexpected but we will continue to use your feedback to improve the campaign and design a better way to support new users. Best regards. T CellsTalk 18:57, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi, I have tweaked the wording for the edit summary a bit more: people need to give a decent edit summary ànd use #WPWP. Hope this helps...
In the mean time, just FYI, I also filed a Phabricator request today because diets for the banners in general seem to be behaving poorly at the moment. I myself at least am seeing the banner several times a day but the diet has been set for showing 3 days in three days - maybe I (CN admin for this campaign) did something wrong, or maybe there is a bug. Hope a dev can get around to look into this shortly. Ciell (talk) 20:33, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for this update, Ciell. T CellsTalk 21:01, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
For future campaigns to improve Wikipedia, it would be really helpful for the Wikipedia community to be informed of the improvements to be carried out, and possibly even to be allowed some say in how its encyclopedia is to be improved. (I'm particularly interested in English Wikipedia but don't claim enwp to be special here: the point applies equally to other projects.) Certes (talk) 00:06, 26 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

"Addition of many Images"[edit]

Hi, all. I totally and absolutely agree with the ends and intents of this project. And I have been trying to add as many images as possible within reason (for instance, I added the top photo here Blitzchung controversy, and dozens of other places, but probably of less notability). But I've been told in one particular instance that I'm adding too many images, people have deleted my edits without even responding to talk pages, etc.. I know that nobody can tell me the answer to "How much is too much?", because it is a matter of editorial consensus. But can someone tell me if 4 small icon images in 10kb article is the absolute max that should be allowed? All photos of activists I have added to this page have been completely removed. I honestly wouldn't bring this up normally, except for seeing the banner for this campaign every minute! So I figured I'd ask for clarification. Let me know, thanks. Uprisingengineer (talk) 23:39, 4 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

About participating[edit]

There is a page Wikipedia_Pages_Wanting_Photos_2021/Participating_Communities. Do I need to add my username to the page or just use #WPWP hashtags? --Leiem (talk) 02:35, 5 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Leiem:, you don't have to add your username there. Just include the hashtag #WPWP and in the Edit summary of all articles improved with images in addition to a descriptive edit summary. for example "I added the image of an elephant this article" #WPWP. Do not insert the hashtag (#WPWP) into an article. Please see: Guide on how to use WPWP Campaign Hashtags and read campaign rules. T CellsTalk 05:51, 5 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells:: About:
Just include the hashtag #WPWP and
When I first read the rules it said nothing about Besides, your example summary and the ones on Guide_on_how_to_use_WPWP_Campaign_Hashtags and the current version of the page does not include Have the rules changed? Is I added the image of an elephant to this article #WPWP a valid summary or has it to be I added the image of an elephant to this article #WPWP
--Error (talk) 18:46, 8 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Error You are right that the link wasn't there at the start of the campaign. We recently updated it to include a link that will direct people to the project page. We will however not disqualify participants who hasn't been adding that link as part of edit summary. But new participants who visit the project page will definitely add it of they read the campaign rules. T CellsTalk 23:12, 8 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

About some issues[edit]

Hey WPWP team,
I need to be a little more confident about three things,

  1. Is fair usable image acceptable for competition?
  2. Will it be accepted to add an image to an article that has an image?
  3. There is no image in one article, an editor added two images with hashtags through two edits. What will be his score now?

Regards --MdsShakil (talk) 13:44, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hello MdsShakil, please see our response below
  1. Some local Wikipedia (e.g English Wikipedia) allows fair-use images. They are only allowed for use on local Wikipedia languages where they are allowed and they would still qualify for prizes.
  2. Adding an image to an article that has an image should only happen in rare cases. For example, if the biography of a singer has an image of him performing in a stage under the "career section", and you have another image showing him as a high school student, it could be added the section on his "education".
  3. It's one score. It is the number of pages improved with photos we count and not the number of phoyis added. T CellsTalk 16:10, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

"Only add a photo to an article that has no photo." ?[edit]

Can I add more photos to an article that already have photos but not enough? --BlackShadowG (talk)

BlackShadowG No. It isn't about the quantity of photos in a page. T CellsTalk 18:32, 9 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi T Cells, thank you for your quick response! But I still want to also if the photos I add are necessary for the article, can they be counted as points? For example, a article about a city already has some photos about the city scenery, and I add the photos of the flag and emblem, can I get the score? Regards. --BlackShadowG (talk) 00:21, 10 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
That would count if added to the right section, with a good caption and edit summary. Best regards. T CellsTalk 11:17, 10 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Are there different rules for those who only read the main page and for those who ask questions? If someone spends more time finding articles that don't have any photos, they are then going to have a disadvantage if other users add images to articles that already have pictures. kyykaarme (talk) 21:15, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
I honestly don't understand why you think there are separate rules for people who ask questions above. T CellsTalk 08:33, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Is edit via script allowed?[edit]

Just look at this or this. No offence to the user, but see this. There is no way you can edit 4K in 9 days, unless they are using some kind of automated process (e.g. using script find: | слика = replace with | слика = {{subst:#Property:P18}}).

  1. Is edit via (auto-semiauto) script allowed?
  2. Campaign rules clearly says "All image additions must include a caption that describes what the image is of". So, all of these 4K edits without "caption/description" are going to be counted as valid? Eligible?

Please clarify. আফতাবুজ্জামান (talk) 18:04, 10 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hello আফতাবুজ্জামান and thanks for questions.
  1. Edits via script that complies with the campaign rules are allowed. If a user uses a script to add images to articles in a manner that comply with the campaign rules and the local community editing policy, we don't have a problem with such edits.
  2. The primary purpose of an infobox image is to illustrate the topic of the article. Depending on the nature of the subject and the image used, the ideal caption can range from none at all to a regular full-sentence caption. Generally, infoboxes display the page name as the title of the infobox. If nothing more than the page name needs to be said about the image, the caption may be omitted as being redundant with the title of the infobox. See MOS:CAPLENGTH on the English where this was well-documented. We provided a link to this on the campaign page here. Best regards. T CellsTalk 21:05, 10 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Where can one sign up for this project?[edit]

I wanted to join this project but I found no place where I can add my name like in Women in Red.Paradise Chronicle (talk) 23:59, 10 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Paradise Chronicle, you may sign up at as a solo participant but registration is not a strict requirement to participate as the #WPWP hashtag would all the metrics including the list of total participants. T CellsTalk 07:02, 11 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Ok then this is different project than the ones I usually join. I then just add images or create articles to images and have in mind that images are wanted in July and August, but don't sign up.Paradise Chronicle (talk) 12:33, 11 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

#WPWP edits not counted[edit]

Hi, I've made more than 1,500 edit with #WPWP in, but it has counted around 800 only. Kindly check here from (July 11th, 21:21) till end of day is not counted. --Muhammad Abul-Futooh (talk) 15:15, 12 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Muhammad Abul-Futooh From what I could see from the #WPWP database in an hour ago, you added photos to 1254 articles in Hrwiki, 880 in Arwiki and 850 in Fawiki. T CellsTalk 16:39, 12 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi, but actually I have more than 2,000 edit for #WPWP in Hrwiki, as you can find here.
It isn't about edit counts but the total number of pages you added photos. Regards. T CellsTalk 17:32, 12 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Understand, there are all in unique pages, kindly recheck.--Muhammad Abul-Futooh (talk) 16:12, 13 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
They would be tracked. Hashtag does not track in real-time. Regards. T CellsTalk 16:35, 13 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

CentralBanner in Esperanto[edit]

I do not see the CentralBanner when browsing Esperanto projects. The CentralBanner is already translated to Esperanto. Should I do something more? Thanks in advance! --KuboF Hromoslav (talk) 21:12, 14 July 2021 (UTC) Hi @KuboF Hromoslav:, I have pinged @Ciell:, the centralnotice admin for help. T CellsTalk 07:49, 15 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi KuboF Hromoslav, every translation needs two sets of eyes: is there another Esperanto speaker whom you could ask to verify your translation? Ciell (talk) 08:17, 16 July 2021 (UTC)Reply


Hello. Could somebody stop users from adding videos everywhere? Good photos with correct captions are all right, but, please, stop doing the mess with random quality and use video popping everywhere. This issue already mentioned in Lithuanian Wikipedia -,_audio_failai. Again, good photos and correct captions (not just Latin name for plant/animal) are welcome but not videos. Hugo.arg (talk) 13:03, 19 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hello Hugo.arg and thanks for bringing this to our attention. Is there a local policy that prohibit addition of videos to articles ltwiki? I am asking to better understand the problem. If a user is adding poor quality videos to articles or adding irrelevant videos without proper captions, such user should be warned and asked to refrain from doing that and if the behaviour continue after warning, they may be blocked for disruption per your community blocking policy and such user may be disqualified from participating in the campaign altogether. I reviewed the linked discussion in ltwiki and it looks like this is a problem with User:Tarih. Have you or anyone else in ltwiki raised this issue with Tarih? We will recommend that you leave a note for Tarih and warn them accordingly. The campaign rules states that Do not add photos to articles in a language you do not speak fluently. Users who repeatedly add images without captions, irrelevant images, etc. may be disqualified. It looks like this rule is currently being violated by Tarih as they appear to be adding contents to multiple languages Wikipedia. We will leave a note for them soonest. Best regards. T CellsTalk 19:51, 19 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Yes, it mostly concerns User:Tarih but some Indian users also contribute similarly. Also, they work in such way not only in Lithuanian wikipedia but everywhere: let's say this contribution: additional media to very tiny article makes it as a photo galery, uninformative caption, media file which loads very slowly, there is nothing additional to the picture in it. Hugo.arg (talk) 10:51, 20 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hugo.arg, could you please leave a warning for Tarih and the other user? If the users continue after warning, let us know here and they would be disqualified altogether. Regards. T CellsTalk 12:17, 20 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
There has been a problem on fr-wiki today mentionned on the bistrot (village pump) here with massive adding of photos on several wikis done ny userːGodson18. This user has been blocked on commons, fr-wp ant it-wp see Maybe you could put a note on the front page of the contest? It is a little tiring for the people who need to clean up afterwards, alas. Nattes à chat (talk) 23:01, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the heads up Nattes à chat. We understand that a few users might be disruptive, either because they aren't reading the campaign's rules or deliberately decided to not follow them. Our rules clearly prohibits users from adding photos to articles in a language they do not speak. Users who breaks the rules are already disqualified. Generally, we encourage community to block users repeatedly being disruptive and we are supportive of the block of User:Godson18. Please if you identify any user who is being disruptive in frwiki after warning, feel free to block them and you could leave a note for us to that effect. It's a new campaign, there would be genuine mistakes, when such mistakes happen, we should show users how to do things correctly. That way, we will help them grow and become a good editor. The disruptive ones should be blocked and that's within policy and our campaign rules. T CellsTalk 13:20, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Gift cards in US dollars[edit]

I see the prizes are in the form of US $ gift cards. Please consider asking each winner what currency they would like their prize in. In the past I have won a prize in a Wikipedia contest that was denominated in US dollars which was ultimately wasted; vendors in the US would mostly not ship to the UK, and those that would, charged excessive shipping fees. For my $50 gift card, I actually received one $8 book with a shipping fee of $25. I found it all very frustrating. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:51, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Cwmhiraeth Thanks for this information. We are aware that the scenario you described above could be problematic. Generally, we ask winners to let us know what work best for them. Last year, we did use a shoprite gift cards for winners from Nigeria in Naira and another winner from Spain received their gift cards in EUR. Thanks for the heads-up. T CellsTalk 15:28, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

LIVE results[edit]

Hey @T Cells:, thank you for being responsible in talk page. It's great. We spent two-thirds of the time competing. I am curious if there is anything like LIVE results, I like to see where is my position. --Ruwaym (talk) 11:19, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Ruwaym only the top ten user could be seen. The 10th user on the top 10 list has added photos to more than 1,800 articles. On the other hand, you have added photos to less than 500 articles. So, you are fine but not just in the top 10 contributors. Regards. T CellsTalk 15:43, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells: I am thinking to won first prize in ArWiki! Can you give me any advice for speedy moving to top ten? --Ruwaym (talk) 16:01, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
I want to confirm that you are in the top 10 for Arabic prizes. Regards. T CellsTalk 16:06, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thank you @T Cells:. Anotehr question, How can I find articles in ArWiki without images? I mean a tool, something like that.--Ruwaym (talk) 16:15, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
My colleague, Yamen who is managing the campaign in the Arabic community may want to respond to your question. T CellsTalk 19:50, 21 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hey @T Cells:, Can you update results of ArCommunity? wanna try my best in last days! --Ruwaym (talk) 12:38, 29 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
The tool is slowly tracking the contributions but you can be sure that all contributions would be tracked. However, as of the 25th of August 2021, you were in third place in the arwiki. Best regards. T CellsTalk 17:12, 29 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Low-quality fan art images repeatedly being added on WikiProject Middle-earth articles[edit]

Hi guys, we're getting a bit of confusion and annoyance on WikiProject Middle-earth articles as different people repeatedly add low-quality fan art images, contrary to project policy. One editor yesterday guessed that the different editors using similar edit summaries were sockpuppets and reported that misbehaviour; of course, that wasn't the right explanation, but it is an accurate measure of the trouble that is being caused. These editors new to the project all use the minimal edit summary #WPWP, which didn't tell our editors much if they'd never been over here to Meta-Wiki. They edit without looking at previous edits to see if the same image has been removed (repeatedly) from the article they're editing. They insert images anywhere, such as above or below the infobox, ignoring the note there not to add fan art. And they make multiple such edits rapidly, as if to score points, without any attempt to ensure the images are suitable: so far, no #WPWP image has been accepted on any Middle-earth article, and since the project has been thorough in its use of images, it isn't likely that any will be in future, unless we're lucky enough to have a major artist release a free image or two. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 09:02, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Indeed, the US Roads WikiProject is in a similar position. See [1] and the edits of w:en:User:Mary calist mlay and w:en:User:Siwema Nikini. --Rschen7754 16:29, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi Chiswick Chap and Rschen7754 thanks for the heads-up and I hope you are keeping safe. Either these two users didn't read the participating instructions or they are deliberately o not following them. In either case, repeated disruption after warnings and failure to respond to concerns are clearly within enwiki and many other languages Wikipedia blocking policy. If they eventually get blocked, please do notify us here, so that we can officially disqualify them. Thanks for your patience and we apologize for all inconveniences. Best regards. T CellsTalk 17:00, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
I have blocked a different user participating in this contest just now, see [2] and [3]. --Rschen7754 17:38, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for this block Rschen7754. We will keep eyes on this user and let you know if the disruption continue after the block expires. T CellsTalk 17:53, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks all. Chiswick Chap (talk) 18:10, 25 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi @T Cells:, thanks for organising/co-ordinating/being involved in an effort to add more images to articles. However if you're in contact with w:en:User:Lilianfeliz who is taking part in the contest, can you ask them not to keep posting en-WP images at incorrect locations and to check their captions before publishing them? The photos themselves are accurate and worth retaining, but the rest will take an annoying amount of time to fix. -- Euryalus (talk) 14:18, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
@Euryalus: thanks for this information. I don't know this user in particular but I have informed the local organizer to follow up with this user. We sincerely appreciate your kind approach. Best regards. T CellsTalk 16:59, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

User block[edit]

User:Mary calist mlay was blocked on the de-WP for mass edits with improper image additions. Two points:

  1. The user should be banned from the contest.
  2. Who came up with such a bullshit competition? --He3nry (talk) 17:47, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Not just dewiki, a bunch of other wikis: [4] --Rschen7754 18:09, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Special:CentralAuth/Godson18 as well. Looks like money incentives are no good idea at all, even small ones will attract script kiddies. —MBq (talk) 04:22, 28 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi friends, we are aware of the issues, these users are now disqualified and has been asked to stop. Thanks for heads-up. Best regards. T CellsTalk 06:30, 28 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

I'm about to drop a bunch of blocks on en-wiki. User:Mohamed mfuu is confirmed to User:Siwema Nikini, who is blocked apparently as a suspected sock of User:Emmanuel Obiajulu. Drmies (talk) 17:13, 29 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the heads up Drmies. Please go ahead to block them and any other users who are being disruptive. T CellsTalk 22:27, 29 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
T Cells, there's not a lot of good press for this effort on en-wiki's AN and ANI. I blocked a dozen or more accounts. You might not be able to run this on en-wiki anymore next year. Drmies (talk) 01:52, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Unsuitable suggestions from "wd4wp" tool[edit]

One participant on en-wp linked to the tool, to explain why multiple participants keep reinserting the same images. Please communicate clearly to all participants in the contest that the suggestions from that tool contain a very large number of false positives and must not be followed blindly. In particular:

  • Before inserting a file from that list, check if it is pertinent, appropriate and of sufficient quality for the article
  • Check if somebody else has already inserted it.
  • Check if somebody else has inserted it previously but was reverted.
  • Check if some other, similar or better image is already in the article
  • In particular, do not use the first few pages of the suggestion list. By now, the first 200 or so entries contain virtually nothing but false positives – images that have been inserted in those pages multiple times by multiple participants of the contest, but have all been reverted as inappropriate. Participants who continue to blindly reinsert these risk being blocked for edit-warring.

Fut.Perf. 07:38, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Future Perfect at Sunrise: thanks for these useful tips. I have now added these as instructions for using the tool word-for-word. We will bring this to the attention of all participants and local organisers via our various communication channels. T CellsTalk 08:36, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Discussion of this project on en:wp[edit]

See here. They aren't fans. Johnbod (talk) 13:58, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Well, throttle new users to 25 or less entries per day is certainly not a bad idea. Their contributions could easily be monitored and any of them who appears to be getting it right may have their limit increased. T CellsTalk 08:37, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Throttling edits of only new users is a really bad idea. It would give experienced users a big advantage for winning the contest, and there would be no way to make sure that newbies are treated fairly or that their limits are raised promptly, if raised at all. kyykaarme (talk) 17:55, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
This is not about winning prizes. It's about improving the encyclopedia. A vast majority of the disruptions are from new editors. Edits that do not improve the encyclopedia is disruptive. Could you please provide evidences to prove that disruptions are from established and long-term editors? T CellsTalk 20:00, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
it is not about improving the encyclopedia, it is about control, and the one right way to edit. the techno-utopians are aghast that anyone should win a prize while improving the encyclopedia. how dare anyone work the "no local" backlog, when there are more important AfC backlogs. throttle is just like a filter to just say no to wpwp edits. you could try a training for "appropriate" images, but it is a matter of judgement, and false claims of image disruption have been made. [5] -- Slowking4 (talk) 13:02, 1 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
This contest is causing disruption, that's one thing we agree on. Maybe I'll ask the WMF grants people what they think about the contest organizers suggesting to rig the contest in favor of experienced users by creating a disadvantage for newcomers. Discrimination based on group membership doesn't seem like something the WMF would approve of. kyykaarme (talk) 18:04, 1 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Please be civil. It's unfair to accuse the organizers of rigging in favour of experienced users when you clearly could see that there is a prize for new users here. T CellsTalk 19:39, 1 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
i definitely do not agree, but by all means continue the whining and complaining over on english. the "grants people" or the grant regional committees might not agree either, let's see --Slowking4 (talk) 22:57, 1 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Grant page[edit]

I didn't see this linked anywhere, so in case some people are interested in reading about the grant proposal etc: Grants:Project/Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos International Team/2021 coordination. Full cost 18K, almost half of that going into "project management". -kyykaarme (talk) 07:22, 31 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

i did not notice you ever providing feedback for any grants before. maybe you should enlighten us about the proper amount for project management or overhead. --Slowking4 (talk) 23:17, 1 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Suggestion: Require participants to have meaningful logs[edit]

(Reposted from the other talk page) In addition to edit summaries that actually describe changes, participants really should be logging which articles and images are being used in a separate page for monitoring. Would make it a lot easier to revert poor additions (which I'm seeing en masse on en-wiki) and maybe slow them down enough to not overwhelm editors. This contest's monetary prize seems to have opened the floodgates for poor user behavior. SounderBruce 22:48, 3 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for your suggestion. There is already an edit filter for tracking this on the English Wikipedia. Best regards. T CellsTalk 22:54, 3 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Problematic #WPWP edits[edit]

I did a quick analysis of the #WPWP edits so far this year on yuewiki. There is an absurd amount of WPWP rule violations, yet there is no clear indication of where to report them. NONE of the edit summaries contain any useful info. Only 2 edits added media to pages previously without any. There are also issues with captions in wrong languages or outright lack of captions. Although there aren't many #WPWP edits, each problematic edit this campaign brings in is extra burden for members of small communities, and adds NO value to these projects whatsoever. The organisers of this campaign need to let communities know about such a campaign to avoid confusion in the future, and should communicate more clearly to participants regarding acceptable practices. H78c67c (talk) 21:52, 4 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hello, H78c67c and thanks for bringing this to our attention. The campaign rules prohibit participants from adding images to articles in languages they do not speak or understand. If a user fails to follow basic participating instructions and is being disruptive, they should be blocked per local blocking policy. I do not speak zh-yue language but from what I could see, photos were added to 21 articles and to be honest, I think this could easily be dealt with. @Iyumu: and Growtw, could you help us with the cleanup there? Thank you. T CellsTalk 23:20, 4 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Good day! It seems that this campaign in yuewiki is run by some other communities. Our communities of szywiki, taywiki and trvwiki are only cooperating with zh-twwiki this time. Thank you! iyumu 08:36, 5 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells and Iyumu: This is where things get more confusing. What is the role of local chapters and groups in all of this? Is WPWP limited to individual projects with a user group or individual organiser overseeing WPWP activity on those projects? The link to a full list of Wikipedias on the campaign page makes things more complicated than it already is. If this campaign is not even related to yuewiki, should I go ahead and setup an AbuseFilter to block out these low quality media additions with no oversight at all? H78c67c (talk) 23:07, 5 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
The contributions to zh-Yue is generally low (<50 pages) and could easily be dealt with. Individual administrator or abuse filter managers should not block a campaign unless there is a community consensus to do so. To be honest, I think it is more productive to fix these few errors than blocking a whole campaign because there is no local coordinator and a few individuals are being disruptive. Much of these contents were added by User: Tarih who appears to not following instructions. This user's contributions could be rollback and the user could be blocked per local blocking policy if they fail to stop after warning. We have now issued a final warning to this user based on this report and past reports. This user is not a newcomer and you may block the user if the disruption continues. T CellsTalk 03:17, 6 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

As a patroller on nnwiki, I'd like to add that my experience is very similar to that first voiced in this thread. A random user will add a photo or video to an article that's already illustrated, without a caption or with a caption in a foreign language. This is not helpful, but it can't really be called abuse, either. All it does is add problems for patrollers - should we roll back the edit, fix the edit, try to communicate with this user who has no real presence on the wiki, or what? These users seem to add a lot of media across wikis, focussing on quantity rather than quality. I don't know if anything can be done about this sort of behaviour, but if there was a way to opt out of this project, I'd vote for that. --Ranveig (talk) 10:10, 18 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Ranveig, disruptive users should be blocked per your community blocking policy if the disruption continues after warning. If you know a specific disruptive user, you could report them here as well. We have disqualified some participants on the basis of their disruption. T CellsTalk 17:34, 18 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
These edits are quite sporadic, so just a minor annoyance from various users, but I just thought I'd add another experience. Does anything happen if the edits are fixed by other users, or if the edit is reverted? I'd rather not encourage bad behaviour. --Ranveig (talk) 18:55, 18 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
We are not supportive of bad behaviour and we encourage you to temporarily block any uncooperative editors. We made it clear in the campaign rules that users should not add photo to articles without a good caption and they are not allowed to add photos to articles in a language they neither speak nor understand. Users who violates this rules are disqualified from the campaign by default. T CellsTalk 19:08, 18 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Okay, I'll try to remember that if there is another campaign and the problem reappears. Perhaps if there is another campaign, an information notice could be sent to communities which may be affected so they know what to do? --Ranveig (talk) 06:11, 19 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

I've just reverted a competition entrant for adding a photo with no caption above an infobox when that photo was already elsewhere in the article, with a caption. Next time you run something like this, please provide a channel where a Wikipedia editor can flag bad edits directly to the competition organiser, who can take a look and - if necessary - get on that user's Wikipedia Talk page themselves and tell them that they've been disqualified and to stop playing.

Wikipedia editors shouldn't have to spend time understanding and warning and discussing with and explaining to and blocking a user, when that user's motivation is a cash prize from a competition which they've already been silently invalidated from, where they would presumably stop straight away if they knew that. --Lord Belbury (talk) 13:14, 31 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

New User[edit]

@T Cells: I found a prize category for the new user ....can you please explain how will you define a new user and where do i stand in that category ?--Prajjwal3959 (talk) 10:50, 17 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

They are users who have neither register an account on any Wikimedia project nor edit Wikipedia prior to the 1st of July 2021. T CellsTalk 17:38, 18 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells: i'm improving wikipedia articles with videos...can you please tell me where do i stand in that i on the top 10 there any way to find out that list... so that i can improve more and more articles and fight for the prize ?--Prajjwal3959 (talk) 15:25, 19 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Why are you adding videos to articles in languages you do not speak? Could you explain how you provided captions for all the languages Wikipedia you have added videos? T CellsTalk 16:54, 20 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
@T Cells: I had no intention of breaking the rules and disturbing quality of wikipedia articles...but before the rule got prime focus in the WPWP contest, i had started adding videos to the article in the languages that i don't speak. I just want to let you know that i added video only to those article written in languages except english of which i found the video in english version of that article and by translating the captions from english language to that language of which the article belongs, I managed to add videos to the articles in languages i don't speak. I got lots of messages of Thank You for adding video from that language community i edited articles.....but yes i also got some revertion messages.--Prajjwal3959 (talk) 17:22, 21 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for providing additional context about your contributions. We honestly do not think that participants could correctly add caption to photos/videos/audios languages they do not speak. I'd encourage you to only add videos to articles in languages that you can read and write correctly. Best regards. T CellsTalk 19:23, 21 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thank You for the encouragement !Regards!--Prajjwal3959 (talk) 05:49, 22 August 2021 (UTC)Reply


Why are you constantly changing rules during the running competition? --MdsShakil (talk) 18:16, 27 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

No. We didn't change any rule. We realized that people were disregarding some rules and we decided to put them on the campaign front page. Regards. T CellsTalk 17:17, 29 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Participant blocked[edit]

I have just blocked en:User:Olatunbosun opeyemi David on en-wp for multiple bad image additions and would suggest to exclude him from the contest. Fut.Perf. 07:46, 30 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Done. Thank you, User:Future Perfect at Sunrise. This is appreciated. T CellsTalk 13:55, 30 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

#WPWPCampaign2021: Learning and evaluation[edit]

Hi, with this heading User:Tulsi Bhagat asked my as "Communication Manager, WPWP Campaign" on my talk page to take a survey. I won't do this for two reasons:

  1. Why do you need my username in this evaluation? It's no longer anonymously then and that's one reason not to participate.
  2. The other is the use of Google's ecosystem. Why do you use a data-collecting system if there are enough open source services?

Sorry, that's not a good way of ending this (in my eyes) cool campaign! Best, --Emha (talk) 18:08, 14 October 2021 (UTC)Reply