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This thread was archived on 20 September 2008 by Azaz129.

Seeing as how we have an entire category of well over 200 images currently tagged as JPEG, and the majority of them need transparency, yet are a pain to add it to, why allow them? I understand that they are a very common filetype for people who aren't savvy with images, but it isn't that hard to save something as a .png or even .gif. However, if we tag them as needing to be replaced due to compression artefacts, why not stop the problem at the source and simply remove it from the "acceptable filetype" list? I feel this would save a lot of headache with tagging the images and trying to keep a consistency of transparent, good quality images. Just a suggestion, as yesterday I was reading over the top of the Upload image page, and saw the list of acceptable filetypes, yet we have a comment suggesting not to upload JPG and JPEG.

"Although JPEGs can be used for photographic images, we strongly discourage users from uploading images of RuneScape as JPEGs as the picture quality is significantly decreased."


Karlis (talk) (contribs) 18:31, 12 September 2008 (UTC)


This is because Wikimedia controls which filetypes are permitted to be uploaded. We cannot remove "jpeg" from the "acceptable filetype" list simply because we do not have the filelist in this wiki. The list is located in the Wikimedia site, and as far I know, we can't edit it. See the links below for further reading:

  az talk   18:59, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

That makes sense for the Wikia, but is it not possible for just the RuneScape Wiki? As in could it not be voted on as a change to what we deem as acceptable?Karlis (talk) (contribs) 19:04, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
Like I said, the settings file is in Wikia, not here in this wiki. I've double-checked. Wikia controls it (the PHP settings file, which filetypes are permitted/prohibited, etc.) There's no point voting for something we can't change... I suggest you bring this issue up to Wikia, because individual wikis (including RuneScape Wiki) do not have the ability to control the permitted/prohibited filetypes.   az talk   19:41, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
I'm not exactly suggesting that they should not be uploadable, rather we'd treat them as personal images and delete them as they are uploaded. Karlis (talk) (contribs) 20:02, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
This computer can't handle typing on this page, so I'll have to visit this again some time this weekend, sorry. It's taking almost 5 seconds per letter for it to show up. Karlis (talk) (contribs) 20:09, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
Maybe someone can code a bot to auto-delete .jpegs as they are uploaded? Liferune.pngbufar(talk)Death rune.png 22:28, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
I like the idea of an auto deleting bot. I say we should use that. --Rollback crown.svg Spencer (Talk | Edits | Contribs) 23:54, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
No! Some people can't upload PNGs/GIFs, and there's always photographic images. So I say nay! Derilith 00:19, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
Hmmm.... this is true. --Rollback crown.svg Spencer (Talk | Edits | Contribs) 00:56, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, it's better to have a JPEG image than no image at all. White partyhat old.png C Teng talk 02:15, 13 September 2008 (UTC)