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This guide will attempt to address all issues and questions that a user may have during their time on the Archives. If there are any questions not addressed here, by all means, please bring them up with a staff member.

User related


  • Are there rules to using the userspace?

Generally there shouldn't be a userpage on the Archives. That isn't the purpose of the site. It would be better if you went to Bulbapedia to create your userpage, however a simple link or redirect to your pedia page is alright. Userspace limits are the same here as on the pedia, three edits per day.

Problems with other users

  • This user is being rude to me, what do I do?

Sometimes users do occasionally disagree. It happens. However, if the user is bullying you, that is unacceptable. If you feel that a user is bullying you, please bring it up with an admin right away and explain the situation to us and we step in and will handle it. The Archives does not tolerate bullying behavior and neither should you.

  • This user is reverting me and changing my image, what do I do?

Users do fight over images, however, instead of getting in an edit war, bring it up on the other user's talk page, a staff's talk page or the talk page of the file itself to solve the problem. Edit wars are frowned upon and users caught in edit wars can face short blocks depending on the revisions they've changed.

Uploading related

  • How do I upload?

Uploading images can be found by clicking here.

  • I uploaded an image and added it over to Bulbapedia, but why isn't it showing up?

Bulbagarden runs on different servers. As such, some are not on the same server. This is the case for the Archives and the Pedia. Sometimes images do not show up on the site, even if they were uploaded. Usually a hard refresh, dry edit or a purge of the page will force the image to show up sometimes. Please don't upload the image more than once if it does not show up on the pedia.


  • What do you mean by "categorizing my images"?

Categorizing refers to making

  • What is a category?
  • What are categories used for?
  • Why are they important?


  • What do you mean by "tagging my images"?
  • What is a license tag?
  • What are tags used for?
  • Why are they important?


  • Why is this image not moving on my browser?

Some images move, and while a lot of browsers support them, some do not. Browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari do not support moving images, while browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera support them. If you cannot see the moving image, but the image is tagged with a template that says that it moves, please do not change anything, as it does move for other users.

  • Someone mentioned that I shouldn't be using jpgs, why?

JPGs are allowed for certain images, mostly images such for TCG. We generally would like pngs to be used for images like anime screenshots, game or anime artwork and scans. PNGs generally look better in thumbnails on the Pedia where they are scaled down.


  • What should I put in my summary?
  • What are the summaries used for?
  • Why are they important?

Uploading Problems

  • I tried to upload an image but the form didn't go through, why?

Because of occasional server stress from user and visitor traffic, the site does occasionally experience session losses, which force a user to redo what they were doing, such as saving a page or uploading an image. If the upload form does not go through during a session loss, just go through the upload form again and it should go through the next time.


  • Who can I contact if an admin isn't online?

Generally there is usually an admin watching over the Archives, even if they don't appear in the Recent Changes. However, if a vandal strikes and an Archives admin does not step in to solve it, please bring it up with an active Bulbapedia staff member. If you are unsure who to ask, the Archives's staff page will tell you who has sysop powers on the Archives who are also on Bulbapedia.