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This guide will attempt to address all issues and questions that a user may have during their time on the Archives. If there are any questions not addressed here, by all means, please bring them up with a staff member.

User related


Are there rules to using the userspace?

Generally there shouldn't be a userpage on the Archives. That isn't the purpose of this site. It would be better if you went to Bulbapedia to create your userpage, however; a simple link or redirect to your pedia page is alright. Userspace limits are the same here as on the pedia, three edits per day. If you go above this limit, you may lose your privilege to edit your userpage here indefinitely.

Problems with other users

This user is being rude to me, what do I do?

Sometimes users do occasionally disagree. It happens. However, if a user is bullying you, it is unacceptable. If you feel that a user is bullying you, please bring it up with an admin right away and explain the situation to us and we will step in and will handle the situation. The Archives does not tolerate bullying behavior and neither should you.

This user is reverting me and changing my image, what do I do?

Users do fight over images, however, instead of getting in an edit war, bring it up on the other user's talk page, a staff's talk page or the talk page of the file itself to solve the problem. Edit wars are frowned upon and users caught in edit wars can face short blocks depending on the revisions they've changed.

Uploading related

How do I upload?

The upload form to upload an image can be found by clicking here.

I uploaded an image and added it over to Bulbapedia, but why isn't it showing up?

Bulbagarden runs on multiple servers. As such, some are not on the same server. This is the case for the Archives and Bulbaedia. Sometimes images do not show up on the site, even if they were uploaded here. Usually a hard refresh, dry edit or a purge of the page will force the image to show up sometimes. Please don't upload the image more than once if it does not show up on the pedia. To avoid running into this problem, it is best if you upload the image before you link to it on Bulbapedia


What do you mean by "categorizing my images"?

Categorizing refers to making

What is a category?
What are categories used for?
Why are they important?


What do you mean by "tagging my images"?
What is a license tag?

For a list of tags, see here.

What are tags used for?

A license tag allows for general organization of images. It also allows the viewer to get an idea where the image came from, be it a screenshot, sprite, or otherwise.

Why are they important?

The Archives is a place where images are uploaded, and it is best that they are organized.


Why is this image not moving on my browser?

Some images move, and while a lot of browsers support them, some do not. Browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari do not support png moving images, while browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera support them. If you cannot see the moving image, but the image is tagged with a template that says that it moves, please do not change anything, as it does move for other users.

Someone mentioned that I shouldn't be using jpgs, why?

JPGs are allowed for certain images, mostly images such as for the TCG. We generally would like PNGs to be used for images like anime screenshots, game or anime artwork and scans. PNGs generally look better in thumbnails on the Pedia where they are scaled down. Remember to always use lowercase extensions! That means .png and not .PNG and if you're using .jpgs, it's .jpg not .JPG or .JPEG. Many templates on Bulbapedia use lowercase extensions so it is imperative that you follow this format.


What should I put in my summary?
What are the summaries used for?
Why are they important?

Uploading Problems

I tried to upload an image but the form didn't go through, why?

Because of occasional server stress from user and visitor traffic, the site does occasionally experience session losses, which forces a user to redo what they were doing, such as saving a page or uploading an image. If the upload form does not go through during a session loss, just go through the upload form again and it should go through the next time.


Who can I contact if an admin isn't online?

Generally there is usually an admin watching over the Archives, even if they don't appear in the Recent Changes. However, if a vandal strikes and an Archives admin does not step in to solve it, please bring it up with an active Bulbapedia staff member. If you are unsure who to ask, the Archives's staff page will tell you who has sysop powers on the Archives who are also on Bulbapedia.