describes how files should be named. In general, Wikipedia aims to provide stable file names as these may be being used by tools outside of Wikipedia. Currently there are nine widely undisputed uses for rename requests:
After moving the file, please replace all uses of the old file link with the new one.
If a file name on English Wikipedia conflicts with a file name at Commons, please check the File usage on other wikis before deciding which should be renamed. Renaming a file at Commons might affect a lot of projects instead of just one.
If the file was moved per WP:FNC#9
, after all of the links have been updated, please place
on the leftover redirect (file movers), or delete the leftover redirect using the summary generated by
(administrators). Please see speedy deletion criterion R4
for more information.
Additional naming conventions and exceptions from the above list might be discussed for specific projects.
What files should not be renamed?
As a matter of principle, it is best to leave all files with generally valid names at their locations, even if slightly better names may exist. So, for example:
- File:TowerBridge'09.jpg should not be renamed to File:Tower_Bridge_2009.jpg only because the latter looks a bit better.
- File:Thiswouldbebetterwithspaces.jpg should not be renamed to File:This would be better with spaces.jpg.
However, situations that could cause confusion are to be avoided.