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If a page is deleted, every time someone goes to the page a box will pop with the related information from the deletion log (e.g. this). However, on images there is no such box (e.g. this). Is there anyway or coding to get this on images? Having the box helps notify an uploader that "yes, this has been deleted, it did not disappear in a server error or fail to upload", as well as giving reasons for why it was deleted (the person who uploaded the image will be a lot more angry if they think it was deleted for no reason). Manga (talkcontribs) 12:41, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

Manga - I see what you are talking about and understand where you are coming from. However, the information is there for users to see what happened. In your example it says under the file name: "View or restore 3 deleted edits", giving the viewer the indication that it was deleted, along with summaries as to why it was deleted by the initial editor. That's a fair amount of information. What do you think we would gain if we added the box on the delete page? --Meighan WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 21:57, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
Except for one thing. Actual editors can't view and restore information. Go on, log out and try it, the "View or..." message doesn't appear. I'm an admin and you're a staff, so we can see it, but we're going to be the ones deleted the things, we're not the ones who need informing of it. Manga (talkcontribs) 22:54, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
Anyone? Manga (talkcontribs) 20:30, July 24, 2011 (UTC)
True, but users can see the history in 'Recent Changes' along with a comment for why it was chosen to be deleted. And as an admin you can reach out to that user on their talk page and let them know why it was deleted. Always a good way way to keep the community informed. ;) --Meighan WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 03:47, July 25, 2011 (UTC)
Again, deleted pages have no history. Only a log, but it's not directly accessible in the current UI. --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 09:19, July 25, 2011 (UTC)
If you need to delete images that you deem inappropriate, I would suggest that after you delete you reach out to that user. --Meighan WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 17:53, July 25, 2011 (UTC)
Uh, what? They want this mediawiki message (the box that appears when a page has been deleted) but for files, not a small "view or restore" because the history and that only appear for admins, while the box appears for everyone. Vĕģą-Ďāґķ 19:23, July 26, 2011 (UTC)
I should have been clearer in my above comment -- that I am in the middle of finding out if it is something we can fix/add. Sorry about that! But in the mean time I suggest you be over-communicative with your community if you delete an image. I'll be sure to keep you guys in the loop on this thread. --Meighan WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 20:10, July 26, 2011 (UTC)
Hi guys just wanted to give you an update -- I have talked to a few people about the option of getting this info on deleted images. Not sure what the final outcome will be, but it's on our radar and is being discussed. I will continue to keep you in the loop. Hope that's helpful and in the mean time -- thank you for being patient. --Meighan WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 22:30, July 28, 2011 (UTC)
Perfect! Vĕģą-Ďāґķ 22:56, July 28, 2011 (UTC)
It's been around six weeks. Did we ever get an answer back from the dev team on this one? We'd find such a message useful at our wiki, too. czechout@fandom    fly tardis  <span style="">23:15:38 Sat 10 Sep 2011 
If I add ?action=history to the URL of the image mentioned by the first poster, I can see the box that says the image was deleted:
Maybe a workaround for this issue would be to use Javascript to rewrite the "No file by this name exists," text and add a link to the file's history page. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 15 Sep 2011 2:14 PM Pacific

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