The SpongeBob Wiki has a guideline regarding the use of image galleries — collections of episode screenshots are no longer allowed on galleries due to potential fair use violations.
Galleries are special pages given to subjects that are featured in enough images to warrant a dedicated, structured viewing area. If all the images can be included in the subject's main page without creating an excessively long gallery section, a separate page is unnecessary. This policy page outlines standards that must be followed when creating a gallery page.
We would like to thank the Super Mario Wiki for their original policy page.
Do NOT add random episode images to gallery pages, as this could constitute as a fair use violation! This policy will be STRICTLY ENFORCED!
Types of galleries
- Game galleries: Includes images pertaining to a game with an article on the wiki. For example: Gallery:SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
- Subject galleries: Includes images and artwork relating to a notable character, species, form or object. For example: Gallery:SpongeBob SquarePants, Gallery:Squidward Tentacles.
- Miscellaneous galleries: Subjects that have enough images and notability for a gallery, and do not fall under games, characters, species, forms or objects.
- SpongeBob SquarePants merchandise: Galleries that contain images of collectibles such as accessories, toys, and other miscellaneous merchandise.
A section is used to divide images by type within a gallery to prevent having an unorganized wall of pictures. In general, images are classified under logos, artwork, sprites and models, screenshots, and box art. The accepted order for these sections is as follows:
- For subject galleries
Sprites and models
- Video games
A selection of official artwork that features the subject should be included in the gallery under an "Artwork" section. Artwork that does not relate to any specific SpongeBob SquarePants game (e.g. artwork used at Nickelodeon-related events) should also be included under a "Miscellaneous" subsection.
"Sprites and models" encompasses all sprites, pre-rendered sprites and 3D models taken directly from a game. For subject galleries, only sprites and models that directly feature the subject should be included, and only a few examples from each game should be provided.
A "Screenshots" section includes an assortment of images taken directly from a video game or official animation (such as television shows, anime and advertisements) that feature the subject. Scans from printed media (such as comic books, game manuals and other publications) should be listed under a "Scans" section. Not every screenshot and scan needs to be featured in the gallery, but one or two examples from each of the subject's appearances (in video games, animation and printed media) should be included for diversity.
- For game galleries
Sprites and models
By this standard, "Box art" and "Logos" are classified as separate sections. "Box art and logos" is no longer used unless there is only one logo available, in which case they should be merged for neatness.
For game galleries, all artwork pertaining to the game must be included (and sorted under appropriate subsections), unless the artwork has been recycled from a previous game. All sprites and models should be included in a game gallery, as well as all screenshots and scans from game manuals and guides.
A little bit of lenience can be given to a "Miscellaneous" section, provided there are images which need a dedicated section that isn't already covered by sections that are present. For instance, The SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake gallery has sections for official wallpapers and Facebook covers, as well as Swapnote stationery. These can both be placed as subsections under a "Miscellaneous" heading.
- For miscellaneous galleries and merchandise galleries
Any appropriate section title can be given to a miscellaneous gallery or a merchandise gallery, as these galleries cover subjects that require specific headings for their organization.
Some sections may be given subsections when appropriate, often when there are enough images that can be grouped under a common heading. Common examples of subsection titles for galleries include "Group artwork", "Items" and "Bosses". Any appropriate title can be given to a subsection provided that it accurately describes the images that it encompasses. Subsections do not require precise organization. However, any miscellaneous subsections must be placed at the bottom.
In addition to the order the sections are displayed, some minor formatting standards should also be adhered to:
- A brief opening sentence describing the gallery must be placed at the top of the article before the gallery itself. It must comply with the standards below:
- General media:
This is a gallery of images for the game/television show/film/etc. ''[[X]]''. For images pertaining to the remake/port, ''[[Y]]'', see [[Gallery:Y|Gallery:''Y'']].
- Reissue games:
This is a gallery of images for the game ''[[Y]]''. For images pertaining to the original ''[[X]]'', see [[Gallery:X|Gallery:''X'']].
This is a gallery of images featuring (the) [[character/item/species/gaming system]]/[[X SpongeBob|X form]].
- Section titles (such as "Artwork") must use heading 2 (==), sub-sections (such as "Group artwork") use heading 3 (===).
- Here is how to format a gallery:
- Optionally, <i> can be used to italicize all captions at once. It must be placed outside of the <gallery> tags. Example:
- This is very useful for galleries which have captions that are just game titles, such as character galleries. Obviously, if there is other writing within the gallery, the captions will have to be manually italicized.
- If a gallery section contains mostly widescreen images, the image widths can be increased by adding a
widthsparameter to the gallery tag and setting it appropriately. For example: