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#1 Loren Maxwell

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 01:25 PM

This forum is to upload media of interest to GHSFHA members, particularly images of players, coaches, games, stadiums, etc.  Eventually I’d like to work a way to incorporate these images into the main GHSFHA website.


Before posting, please be sure to understand the two questions below.



What Media Can I Add?


Only upload media if it is verifiably in the public domain or the owner of the copyright (usually the creator) is willing to release it under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Although the name might seem intimidating, the license is fairly straightforward and presented nicely in a human readable summary (as opposed to the legal code) here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/


Two quick notes to keep in mind in are that 1) only the copyright holder, generally the creator, can grant a Creative Commons License, and 2) a statement needs to be included that clearly indicates the media is provided under the Creative Commons License.


For example, for an uploaded image, I would include the following statement in the body of the post:


©2014, Loren Maxwell. Licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/



What Media Should I Add?


Some initial community guidelines for uploading media include (and we are free to discuss further if necessary):


1)  Only media appropriate for an encyclopedic entry should be posted.  For example, a photo of the Twelve Oaks Stadium entrance as fans enter for a game would be appropriate, but a photo centering on your family at the entrance of Twelve Oaks Stadium would not.


2)  Upload high resolution, quality photographs when possible.


3)  Within reason, crop out irrelevant areas.


4)  Where possible, images should not have any text unless the text is a part of the material (i.e., an image of a newspaper article).


5)  Images should have no added watermarks or credits.  All photo credits should be captured in the post.


6)  The post should include as much detail as possible concerning the image, such as (when known) the names of the individuals and teams in the media, the location of the photograph, the date taken, the event depicted, etc.


When in doubt, a good source to refer to is the Wikipedia Image User Policy at http://en.wikipedia....mage_use_policy as well as other Wikipedia pages related to the uploading and use of images.