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The new look has added an "added by" credit to all thumbnails. (See this example from the Voltron wiki) Maybe this enhances some wikis, but I don't think it's appropriate for mine. As administrator of my wiki, I'd really like to get rid of it.

Why I don't like them in my wiki:

  • These credits do not enhance the content described. In fact, they distract from it.
  • The user likely didn't create the images (in my wiki, most images are fair-use), so it's not about authorship
  • It makes the relatively easy task of image uploading into the most overtly recognizable contribution, when other contributions are usually much more valuable
  • Was anyone asking for this feature in the first place?

Can I alter a template or style to get rid of it? The [[Image]] tag isn't a template, so I'm not sure how to alter what it does.

Thanks for any help. --GrantB 14:37, October 28, 2010 (UTC)

This only happens if you make the image a thumbnail, if you don't use the thumbnail frame, it won't add it.
The problem with that is you don't want a HUGE image on the page, but you can define the resolution without using the thumbnail "frame":
Ourbrant theme


vs.
Ourbrant theme


The only downside to this method is you won't be able to use the description feature. --CharitwoTalk 14:47, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
Right, I fully understand how this works. But I already have a lot of thumbnail usages, and I'd prefer not to go back and redo them all. Also, thumbnail functionality is nice. It was great until Wikia did this one thing to it. If there's some kind of script file that I can just blip the "added by" from, I'd be happy. I just need to know where that is. --GrantB 14:52, October 28, 2010 (UTC)

Add the following to your personal css (User:GrantB/wikia.css):

/* Hides image attribution on articles */
div.picture-attribution { display:none !important; }

It's a violation of the Wikia ToU to use that in the wiki css, but you can use it without issue in your personal css. However, this will obviously only remove image attribution for you. --StrikerBack 14:55, October 28, 2010 (UTC)

That's a violation of the Wikia ToU? I just re-read them, and it might be arguable whether this falls under "changing or adding javascript or CSS changes to the Service that would prevent the proper display or function of advertisements and/or user interface and functionality". Has it been officially declared whether this specific change would fall the umbrella of an offense? --GrantB 15:12, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
It's been said many times that it's a violation of the ToU. They want it to be a "consistent" experience across all of Wikia. --StrikerBack 15:18, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
Ugh, consistently lame, then. Not that I don't believe you, because it sounds like it's probably true, but can you point me to a discussion where it has been declared as such? --GrantB 15:20, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
Read the Terms of Use section of this blog post. --StrikerBack 15:25, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, I've now found that and a few other references. I think Wikia really failed on this point, and I'm pretty disappointed at the way they're dealing with this whole thing in general. --GrantB 15:52, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
Now that Wikia has put the new Wikia look (Oasis skin) as the default on all wikis, only now are they getting the avalanche of complaints from the thousands of wikis first experiencing Oasis. There was no real beta period of a substantial number of wikis until the lifestyle wikis had Oasis on October 6. My experience as an admin of a lifestyle wiki is that they almost completely ignored me, or gave robo-answers. I also pointed out the problems with "added by" on images. A simple solution is to put a notice at the top or on the sidebar saying that anybody can edit text or upload images, and then link to the main Wikia sandbox. --Timeshifter 21:43, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
How is that a solution? (And yeah, Wikia seems to be not handling this one well at all.) --GrantB 21:49, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
I read that the purpose of "Added by" below images was to encourage readers to upload images. Why not just tell them, and also send them to a sandbox to try editing? --Timeshifter 01:49, October 29, 2010 (UTC)
Boy, that's silly. I wish there was a way to encourage reference-citing instead. --GrantB 03:06, October 29, 2010 (UTC)
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