Proposing/announcing a new category structure to add categories for images by character, similar to w:c:avatar:Category:Iroh images. Under this structure, every image that features a character, across any of their appearance, can be added to this category, along with their usual relevant one (such as "Category:Character images from Final Fantasy VII"). This would replacing the existing /Gallery pages for characters, and we can link to the category per that character in the infobox. An example is found at Category:Images of Tifa Lockhart.
There are three main benefits:
Although categories do not allow us to structure them in a way that /Gallery pages do, once we eventually use the bot to apply the consistent naming scheme, images in these categories will be very easy to find, meaning that they serve readers better.
We do plan on using the bot to categorize all images currently uploaded on a /Gallery page under their relevant characters' image category, preserving any image on the /Gallery page that has encyclopedic value and was not included elsewhere by adding it where relevant, and then deleting the /Gallery page.
If there are no objections and this goes into effect, we also ask that editors uploading images from now on include relevant categories for all characters featured in an image. For now, this only applies to major characters that appear across three or more games.Please let me know your thoughts!
+1 to anything that reduces the complexity of maintenance work without actually deleting any content form the wiki.The bot script in question is User:Intangir Bot/gallery to category.py. Currently it only eats the images in galleries on a given page and puts them all in a category. However, this could just as well be generalized to images called using the [[File: operation, or images embedded by other means, so that one could in addition run the bot on Tifa Lockhart as opposed to just Tifa Lockhart/Gallery.