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A question[edit]

I want to know the reason why you have to log in or register, I just want to know why. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • You don't have to log in or register to do some things: you did not log in or register to leave this message. So would you please be more specific about what particular action you are asking about, and then someone can probably give you an answer. - Jmabel ! talk 23:34, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
  • You only need to register and login to upload files. You can do other actions while not logged in. But to be able to track your own edits, it is quite convenient to register and log in. Regards, Yann (talk) 08:24, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

I was talking about creating pages, I want to know the reason why you need an account to create pages. 17:19, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

You don't need an account for creating pages here on Wikimedia Commons. You need it for creating pages on the English Wikipedia. Please ask there. Regards, Yann (talk) 17:27, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

It says "You have to log in to create new pages. Please log in or sign up if you would like to create this page. If you can not or do not want to sign up, you can ask at the Village pump (community), the Help desk or the Administrators' noticeboard for help." when I try to create pages. 23:35, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Thats correct, you need to login for creating pages. You can ask the community if you dont want to log in so that someone can help you creating the page. --Martin H. (talk) 23:53, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

But why do you need to log in to create a page, I want to know why. 00:55, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

The change to not allow anonymous users to create new pages was made by Jimmy Wales back in late 2005, originally as an experiment... the idea was to reduce new-page vandalism. See here. Revent (talk) 05:37, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

And why does it also apply to Wikimedia Commons and not just Wikipedia? 22:10, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Essentially the same reason. See Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive 39#Proposed Change of Rules. LX (talk, contribs) 22:49, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Use of distorted Emblem of India in Barnstars: Neither permitted by Law, nor Commons' Rules[edit]

Hello. Many barnstars for example (1, 2, 3) have been using distorted National Emblem of India as a base image. Use of Emblem of India (or any part of it) in barnstars on WP is in violation to many Acts and Statutes of India (1, 2, 3, 4). Further, using the half/distorted Emblem attracts even more severe consequences since it is not inline to Law and Statues of India in Force (this order of GOI). These Acts also prohibits the use of this Emblem by Indian who are not in India since they are bound to follow the law of Land (Section 1.2). It is pertinent to mention that these barnstars are part of WikiProjects India and mainly/generally created, maintained and used by and awarded to Indian editors. A detailed discussion on this issue along with citations and links to appropriate laws/statutes had taken place on this page yesterday.

These barnstars not only are in violation to many acts and statutes of India, but also violate the standby official policies of WP too which state that the images which are in public domain can not be used, reused, mixed, remixed if specific legal restrictions are in place. Since this exactly is the case for Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use Act as Well as Proper Use Rules), every time we create a barnstar with National Emblem of India (or any part of it), or use them, distribute them, display them, we violate the policies of WP too. Display of half Emblem (as is being done in above barnstars) is also considered disgrace and dishonor to the Nation as per Indian Statutes in Force.

As per the advise of many admins/ and then Stewards, I am posting this issue here for advise and help to decide upon whether these specific barnstars (containing full OR half Emblem of India and/or Indian Flag) should be used or to be sent in afd discussion or replaced with appropriate image. May I request the admins here to please help decide on this matter as appropriate. Thanks. --Educationtemple (talk) 14:00, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

This is problem of India, not problem of Commons. We usually do not obey to local laws. Although there are something, what you cannot do with these files (for example, to commit a fraud), this does not mean, that you cannot make derivative works of them. Taivo (talk) 08:12, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Can you please tell me where is this written that WP dost not obey local laws pertaining to Nations. To my knowledge, standby official policies of WP is that the images which are in public domain can not be used, reused, mixed, remixed if specific legal restrictions are in place. Also, as long as WP is in Cyberspace, the laws of cyberspace need to be followed. AND THIS MATTER IS NOT SIMPLY SOME a, b, c IMAGE, THIS IS PERTAINING TO NATIONAL EMBLEM OF INDIA. I am sure, Indian Editor should get a hint from above advise that this matter is not related to Commons, but India; and Indian Editors, who are creating such illegal derivative works, would be in problem if a notice is taken by Government and not WP. Invite @Titodutta: to read this thread and reply of Commons above. --Educationtemple (talk) 12:03, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
The situation is totally analogous to file:SA-Logo.svg, file:3rd SS Division Logo.svg, file:KG54 Totenkopf.jpg, file:War Ensign of Germany 1935-1938.svg and file:Reichsdienstflagge 1935.svg. Indian national emblem is in public domain and those Nazi symbols are also in public domain. But there are a lot of restrictions in their country of origin. Nevertheless all those files are still in Commons. They have special disclaimer. Probably the Indian national emblem needs also such disclaimer, but they should remain into Commons, just like all those Nazi symbols are in Commons. Taivo (talk) 09:53, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
I never argued that the Indian Emblem "Should Not" be in Commons. I just put forward the existing rule position that Emblem "Can Not" be Used and Displayed on Barnstar i.e. a place where it is not supposed to be and that such barnstars need to be immediately deleted if they are hosted on commons or elsewhere. I just argued that Indian National Emblem Canot be distorted, adopted for some other remixing or other artistic work since this is prohibited. Indian law permit to display Emblem on the educational articles/book chapters which is pertaining to information about Emblem itself for educational purposes only as long as it is displayed in full. It can also be displayed on other pages pertaining to Indian Ministry, Supreme court of India and so on - BUT using the emblem, cutting it head, and then distribute as Barnstar is neither permitted by Indian law, nor by Commons rules (I have cited the appropriate references above). --Educationtemple (talk) 13:58, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Also I would like to specifically ask you: Have these (restricted) Nazi symbols been used on Barnstar on WP? I dont think this had happened. The places where these symbols have been displayed on WP are the articles pertaining to them and specifically them. Additionally, comparing these Nazi symbols with the WP barnstars + distorted Emblem of India is not appropriate. What disclaimer exactly you propose that will justify such depiction of Indian Emblem on WP barnstars? In my view, any such disclaimer can only justify the display of Indian Emblem on articles pertaining to Emblem but not on Barnstar --Educationtemple (talk) 14:46, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
The WMF is a US based organisation and not an Indian based organisation so I don't see how it violates US law. Yes it is probably illegal in India but that is the uploaders responsibility and it's not a reason to delete a file from Wikimedia Commons. I believe you misinterpreted our non copyright restrictions policy. Natuur12 (talk) 15:05, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Then please suggest me how to handle the issue? The uploaders and users of these barnstars are Mostly Indian and this act cover them without any reservations. How to protect them from doing such illegal things, which they have done due to ignorance. My only point is that WP and Commons may not come under the law purview of Indian judicial realm, but those Editors come and I am worried for them only?? --Educationtemple (talk) 18:16, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Delete files with license violation[edit]

You have batch of files with wrong CCA3 license. In Russia that photos can be free if it shoot in open for free attendance, or visible from that places. But it was shoot at private houses with license and law violation. You must delete it: [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]--JayDi (talk) 18:53, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

The copyright is meant to protect artists, not Putin. It seems to me, that this house is old, architect and artists are dead for more than 70 years and so here is nothing to protect anymore. But those photos are really made in unfree places. So please show, which art or architecture in the photos are still protected with copyright, and those photos can be deleted. Taivo (talk) 08:20, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
This photos was short in new private residence by workers and upload to internet. It's not free to use in wikipedia.
My mistake. I think, that photo 7 does not surpass threshold of originality, but the others should be deleted. Let the other users also think something. Taivo (talk) 10:17, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

User:Rosoft, Michael[edit]

User:Rosoft, Michael is a sock of User:David Beals. He has uploaded images over other images of his favorite, ceiling fans. Can someone fix the images and block him? -- GB fan 23:39, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Blocked Walter Siegmund (talk) 00:55, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Delete first version[edit]

I wonder if anyone here could help me deleting the first revision of this image, since it has a pretty big commercial not covered by FoP in Spain since it is not permanent. I photoshopped the image (not in a very professional way, I know) and removed that stuff, but the first version must be deleted. Thanks in advance! Strakhov (talk) 22:25, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done - Strakhov. Green Giant (talk) 23:48, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Rev del req[edit]

Requesting rev del on a previous, non-free version of File:Alto's Adventure trailer.webm (original trailer audio is copyrighted, so I stripped it). Thanks! czar  12:40, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done --Didym (talk) 12:45, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

FYI on OTRS filter[edit]

Hi all. Just wanted to let you know that following an internal discussion amongst the OTRS team, which was preceded by a discussion here on Commons, we have went ahead and enabled auto-responses for English-language permissions tickets. As a result, you may notice an increase in users mentioning ticket numbers when attempting to get their files undeleted, an increase in AbuseFilter hits caused by non-OTRS members adding their own templates.

If you have any questions feel free to drop a line here or at the OTRS noticeboard. Thank you. Rjd0060 (talk) 18:45, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Another revdel needed[edit]

At File:Opel Antara 2.0 CDTI front 20100516.jpg please delete the revision as of 21:05, 25 April 2015 by IRSoloviev. It's a copyvio of this image. De728631 (talk) 21:18, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Not exactly the same image, but considering (example) (2011) = (last modified 2011) I would confirm: overwritten by a copyright violation. So, please delete all related versions by IRSoloviev. Gunnex (talk) 21:47, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done by Denniss. Thank you. De728631 (talk) 11:49, 26 April 2015 (UTC)


Can someone have an eye on User:Internetphänomen. The headings of his fotos are vandalism (hate speech) in german. Thx. --Der.Traeumer (talk) 16:24, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Blocked indefinitely by Steinsplitter. All his uploads have also been deleted. De728631 (talk) 16:29, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done--Der.Traeumer (talk) 16:31, 26 April 2015 (UTC)