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Hello. I wanted to know how to get rid of the "Added by <insert username>" text when a picture is added to an article. One specific example is the picture in the article here. On this wikia wiki, it is not the same way...--Joel amos


As per the December New Look Update, removing image attribution wiki-wide is now allowed. Edit MediaWiki:wikia.css (MediaWiki:oasis.css on some wikis?) and add the following lines:

/* Hide "Image added by" on articles */
div.picture-attribution { display:none !important; }

Done! --◄mendel► 08:27, December 10, 2010 (UTC)

It is not working for me so far. I clicked Ctrl-F5 after adding the CSS here:
I then went to the main page and clicked Ctrl-F5 (I use the Firefox browser):
Some of the images there still say "Added by..."
I also tried purging the page this way:
Do I need to do anything else, or does this take time? --Timeshifter 12:41, December 10, 2010 (UTC)
I don't see them anymore on your wiki (great wiki btw;)), so I guess it takes time or you're didn't clear your cache "enough". I had the same problem the other day, I don't know if it's the new wikia look, but it tends to be a little stubborn sometimes when it comes to CSS changes. BramTalk/IGW 12:40, December 10, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. Scroll down the main page. Some of the images there still say "added by..." in their caption. Look at the Woody Harrelson photo near the top. Some of the images never had "added by..." on them. I forget why that happens. Thumbnails versus full-size images versus images in tables, etc.. --Timeshifter 12:47, December 10, 2010 (UTC)
Nevermind. My last Ctrl-F5 removed the "added by" from the captions. Woohoo! I guess it takes a few minutes. --Timeshifter 12:50, December 10, 2010 (UTC)
I put the code at The Godfather Wiki's wikia.css yesterday, but it still isn't showing. You sure this is the way to do it? --Sonny Black (Talk) 17:43, December 17, 2010 (UTC)
Wikia changed something, so the "div" part isn't working anymore. You can use the same code, but without the "div" bit, like this:
.picture-attribution { display:none !important; }
~ BramTalk/IW 17:51, December 17, 2010 (UTC)
It works, thanks! --Sonny Black (Talk) 20:38, December 17, 2010 (UTC)

Older discussion

It can only be done through CSS and wikia will not allow it--God (Pray) 01:09, November 29, 2010 (UTC)

You can remove it from your own personal view in your .css by adding

/* Hide "Image added by" on articles */
div.picture-attribution { 
      display:none !important; }

You cannot hide it from all users. ZamorakO_o (talk) 01:15, November 29, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks, but I'll pass. I don't like to alter my view of things, if it's just that; altering my view of things. I don't really matter, if you see what I'm saying.--Joel amos

I know what you mean.
The name of the person only shows there when the image code uses a "frame" attribute. Try removing that.
 Nidek   (Talk)  309 edits made  17:41, November 29, 2010 (UTC)
Also using without the "Thumb" attribute gets rid of it.
To replicate the effect of "thumb" border create a template with a border within its code that takes the image and the caption as 2 separate parameters & displays it within the border or use a 2 cell table You could set different weight (line thickness) and colours for the border in the template to make it more versatile. -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   20:50, November 29, 2010 (UTC)


If we had something that worked like


and would remove the attribution for the included thumb, would that work? It would by the same as the template above, but retain the flexibility of the thumb syntax. The template:noatt itself would look something like this (untested!):

<onlyinclude><span class="noattribution">{{{1|}}}</span></onlyinclude>
and you would then add this to MediaWiki:wikia.css to make it work :
/* Hide "Image added by" on articles */
.noattribution div.picture-attribution { 
      display:none !important; }

Mind you, I've no idea whether Wikia staff will tolerate this kind of approach that would de-attribute not all thumbnails, but only those that had the template applied to it. --◄mendel► 09:04, November 30, 2010 (UTC)

Interesting solution Mendel & useful for the few isolated images I use on my 'home' wiki as most are contained in infoboxes or table cells. The rest are generaly now placed in the improved 'new' gallery function which is now more attractive for organising & displaying images in the new (cramped) skin, as it omits attribution & can be sized better for the skin. -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   12:43, November 30, 2010 (UTC)
If you decide to use it, please reply whether it works as written, as I've not tried it. --◄mendel► 14:56, November 30, 2010 (UTC)
Worked fine for me once cache had cleared when i tried it -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   15:06, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, that's great! --◄mendel► 15:30, December 2, 2010 (UTC)

This code, will most probably not work because the vertical bar will be intercepted by the template call before the image-code gets a chance at it :)


The proper way would be:
( note that this uses {{!}} each time a vertical bar is needed in the image-code )


And also, the text you try to cover-up will still be in the html of the page and cached by search engine :)

So what ^ !! - that was not the issue - it was the adding of what appears to be attribution into articles in a highly visible manner (most of the images are my own anyway) that is detrimental to the layout/appearance and overall look (The last editor is reasonably discrete in the header but would be better in the footer area) . They are not flickr, photobucket, facebook etc photo albums were the 'creator/uploader' is supposed to be highly visible. Articles are a joint work by main contributors. (all visible in the full page history for article and images 'for attribution' if people are interested) -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   15:06, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
Actually, MediaWiki is smart enough to recognize the internal link and does not parse the vertical bar for the template call. As you can see,
works just fine. --◄mendel► 10:02, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
I think anything that results in thumbnails, or even what looks like thumbnails, without picture attribution is against the terms of use. We've been told that using things like w:c:eushully:Template:Thumb isn't allowed. -- Deltaneos (talk) 16:03, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
Deltaneos: Link please. --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 19:34, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
The beta forums. I think it was ToughPigs who said it wasn't allowed. This was the link. I haven't seen it myself and registration there is disabled now, but Pcj has frequently mentioned it on IRC. -- Deltaneos (talk) 15:03, December 3, 2010 (UTC)
Register a username and revert (reupload) all the images? Probably vandalism. :( --◄mendel► 16:15, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
Some wikis are suffering from that effect (re uploading) as people try to get there username 'up in lights' on pages and/or earn edit points/badges, which shows it is a misguided feature to implement. -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   17:33, December 2, 2010 (UTC)
Is the template allowed or not? There is not alteration to the CSS, as it is a template.-- Bunai82 (talk) 06:14, December 3, 2010 (UTC)
I would suggest to go on with Deltaneos template, maybe running a bot for a mass change. Since it's wiki mark-up and a way to style the content of the articles, it shouldn't fall into the ToU. If it's wrong, once done, Wikia should either leave it or re-run a bot to undo those changes. I feel it's worth to even sacrifice a user account for that (if Wikia would block a user for that, what I think it shouldn't happen) for the benefit of the wiki. Even if so, you can create an alternate account for doing that. --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 10:25, December 3, 2010 (UTC)
MMmmmmh. If I had a thumb template that was outlawed, I'd just change the template back so it displayed "properly". Of course, clarifying the ToU situation first is the more prudent way to go. --◄mendel► 13:40, December 3, 2010 (UTC)
Alienating user base by new TOU restrictions !

When the 5% of all users who actively manage & fix most wiki pages currently and try to ensure visitors had a quality experience in the main on the active wikis and the powerusers that have created 90% of the content of the active wikis have all left/stopped contributing and the wikis are overrun with spam, unlicensed images, 100'sof virtually useless pages etc Wikia.coms page views will drop steadily as after a few clicks, if new visitors just find rubbish/unnagatable sites they will leave and not return to view or contribute in the future. All this trying to get more click through traffic may be an attempt to arrest falling viewing figures, from the skin change fallout. I'm continuing editing but am not contributing any new images or pages (started by me) to wikia as a result of there changes to the rules and the playing field with a total disregard/disrespect to the contributors opinions. Wikia is nolonger the site most of us joined. A lot of familiar names (users) have disappeared recently from wikia taking a vast knowledge of wiki editing and coding & are nolonger helping new users to create better wikis! As the learning curve gets steeper less users will contribute as they give up in frustration if nobody is there to guide them to build complex wiki pages.(rant over) -   BulldozerD11   talk    contribs    email   17:33, December 2, 2010 (UTC)

I couldn't agree more. It's not just the skin because I could probably live with the new look, but it's the whole load of features we don't need but are forced to use and the other load of features that used to make a wiki our own but are taken from us.
As for this whole image attribution thing: I've been using a template for the wiki I manage for displaying images all along, originally for more flexibility, but it turns out it now also works fine for bypassing this cluttering feature. It predates the "skin change" (I would call it a paradigm shift), so I hope it won't get me in 'trouble'. BramTalk/IGW 21:21, December 3, 2010 (UTC)
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