Wiki Quick Tip 14: fix your images (and upload them to TNWIKI!)
Quite a while ago we discussed the way you should integrate images in your Wiki articles (and more important what happens if you don't upload them......)
Have a check here: Sunday Surprise: Death by powerpicture
Lately, we see the issue popping up again (and lots of articles lose their value), so it's time for a quick reminder.
- upload all images directly to TechNet Wiki
- revisit your previously published articles, and check if all images are still alive
- Warn an author if the images are dead, leave a note in the comments to fix the images
- tag the article with "has missing image"
- crosslink articles from 3rd party sources like your blog, any search engine result, Google Drive, OneDrive, ...
- copy paste your blog content directly to a Wiki article
In some cases your article is pretty old and/or you might not have the original source images anymore, ...
There is an option you can try to fix your article:
- find your Wiki article or the original source (like your blog) on web archives, like Wayback Machine
- download the images
- upload the images into your Wiki article again.
What if you don't fix the images?
- your article degrades, loses quality and loses value for the community
- If dead images cannot be restored, the placeholders will be deleted from the article
- Articles will be removed if the lack of images significantly impacts the quality.
There are some other hints & quick tips you can use to maximize the impact of your great articles, check them here:
- Upload your images to TNWiki (instead of crosslinking to your blog or 3rd party source): Surprise: Death by powerpicture
- Wiki Quick Tip: 10 fixes for building a robust #TNWiki article
Call to action
Check if your articles show up in the "has missing image" collection.
Revisit all your Wiki articles, check the images and fix them where needed.