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SVG improvement requested[edit]

File:Complex plane examples 1.svg should be improved but I don't know how. Note: SVG version is set to 1.2 tiny for mobile devices.

The main problem cannot be resolved because MediaWiki doesn't allow the <image xlink:href> tag to include File:Complex plane cartesian.svg. Please, ignore the sections relating to this problem.

How can I simplify the following parts:

  • Repeat horizontal and vertical lines: Derived from File:Complex plane cartesian.svg there are several similar lines, e.g. units at the horizontal axis:
    <path d = "M 80,400 V 420 M 160,400 V 420 M 240,400 V 420 M 320,400 V 420 (and so on) />
    The starting points differ by the x values (adding 80) but use equal y values and lenghts. Is there a way to simplify this code? Is animation a regular feature to this request?
  • Repeat scale units: In the same way, the description of the units at the axises are similar: The x values differ by 80, the text contents are integers added by 1.
  • Marker definitions: All the marker definitions differ by the fill attribute only. They are used in the groups at the end of the SVG file (see next problem). I didn't find a way to use one and only marker definition and set the fill color in the specific group resp. the line in the group. Nothing helps: fill="inherit" in the definition, using or omitting the fill attribute at several places, and other trials.
    It's useless to define one marker for each color. All I want to do is to paint a colored line and set the marker-end to the same color.
  • Repeat groups of line/marker/text: Each complex number is painted by a group containing a line with marker-end and a text in the same color.
    • Unfortunately, the line uses the fill attribute to set the color while the text uses the stroke attribute.
    • Next, the line's starting point is the origin (400,400) in all cases. Can I define such a line using the same starting point with different ending points and different colors?
    • Next, the text uses the same structure: the letter 'z', followed by a subscript index, followed by more text. This structure is the same in all groups (especially the tspan attributes and the font attributes); differences are the starting points (must set manually) and the text contents.
Is there a way to define such a group with one attribute to set the color for all needings and other attributes for the differences?

I'm an SVG beginner with much experience in C# and MediaWiki templates. I was looking for features on and on, but didn't find - e.g. b:de:SVG or markers (W3C). Can someone help me? -- Thank you very much! Juergen (talk) 07:52, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

There are some ways to collapse recurring bits of SVG code with a <use... tag, but you usually have to be very aware of details of how your vector editor software works to get the emitted code to use this effectively. Another path is to hand-edit the SVG code in a text editor... AnonMoos (talk) 15:14, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
I forgot to say that I'm creating the SVG manually with Notepad++. I'll check how the "use" tag works and try. -- Juergen (talk) 15:32, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Some more test results:
  • <use...> is helpful in relation to repeated elements. On the other side, one path element is shorter and more clearly than eight or twelve use elements.
  • use may also help in relation to my last problem (repeating groups).
  • The marker definition remains to be a problem: I didn't find a way how to set the marker's color to the line's color. Either the marker's color is defined directly:
    <marker id="triangle" ...><path fill="green" d="M 0 0 L 10 5 L 0 10 z" /></marker>
    Or the marker shows the default color, i.e. black. Any other definition of marker's fill attribute doesn't work (auto, inherit, currentColor; moved from the path element to the marker element itself).
What else can I do? -- Juergen (talk) 10:11, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Things to do: Check that the SVG is valid by adding {{Uf|Juetho|T|v}} or similar, where T means text editor, and v is valid. If it's not valid replace v by the number of reported errors. Just to figure out how this works I did that with your SVG arriving at a valid basic 1.1. (Tiny 1.1 didn't work, and Tiny 1.2 already allows scripts.)  Be..anyone (talk) 10:17, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't understand anything. Your changes may be well-meant, but why did you do this? My simple SVG file is replaced by a lot of symbols; integers are replaced by float values; lines only are replaced by curves; I don't find text elements. Reading such a complex structure I'm not able to learn SVG and to create a correct SVG file. I'ld prefer to read hints and comments concerning my definition and my questions above instead of a new file without any description or explanation. Perhaps, I should be prevented from creating my own files. -- Juergen (talk) 14:32, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
PS. I want to use more SVG files to illustrate the German Wikibook Komplexe Zahlen (Complex Numbers). It should be better to create the files by myself than to beg for services. Therefore I want to know what to do. It's not enough to read one renewed file and to make the same mistakes in any later file. -- Juergen (talk) 14:56, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
You asked for improvements, and a minimal requirement is "valid SVG". Just revert or overwrite my upload, rsvg conversions of broken SVG to valid SVG tend to be really simple. The validator link now exists, you can flip {{Uf||T|v}} from v (valid) to say 1 (one error) and back again as needed. –Be..anyone (talk) 15:16, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

I replaced the file using my own one after minimal corrections: By a little mistake, the file was stored as UTF-8 with BOM; I removed BOM as well as the version attribute. Now it is my work, and the file is valid.

Once again: How can I change the marker definition so that the marker's color is the same as the line's color without defining a marker type for each color separately? -- Juergen (talk) 09:51, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

Just a thought, but why not just use CSS markup in a style header? That can save an awful lot of repetitive code. incidentally, the renderer here uses "Liberation Sans" as the default sans-serif font, and with using absolute pixel measurements for font size, e.g "16px" instead of "16" or "16pt" you will get a lot more accuracy with where the renderer puts the text elements as at the best of times it's a best guess estimate where it's actually going to put the text, especially when it's relative to other text. Incidentally, although it validates, and I don't know about Inkscape, but the file is completely broken in Illustrator (not that it's truly relevant, just thought you may like to know).--Fred the Oyster (talk) 22:37, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
"why not just use CSS markup"?
Because I'm a newbie. Indeed, this simplifies my code. Nevertheless, CSS doesn't resolve my marker problem because the marker attributes are part of SVG, but not part of CSS. Therefore, I cannot define a complete marker style. Although I define path styles using classes default, red, green etc., I have to define a marker for each color:
<marker id="triangle" ...><path class="default" d="M 0 0 L 10 5 L 0 10 z" /></marker>
<marker id="red-triangle" ...><path class="red" d="M 0 0 L 10 5 L 0 10 z" /></marker>
Accuracy and text positions don't matter. I want to show complex numbers inside a wikibook using standard browsers and hope that works. -- Juergen (talk) 10:10, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Please, please: Is there any possibility to define multiple markers that differ by color only without repeating the full marker definition? -- Juergen (talk) 09:41, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Have you looked at the "def" instruction? Define an instance of however you want a specific marker to look, then refer to the specific def instance (rather than a new marker element) whenever you want it displayed. Much like referring to classes in object oriented languages. Sorry I can't give specific help on markers as I'm a designer not a coder {at least not any more) --Fred the Oyster (talk) 10:22, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

My Photo[edit]

I need help! I was asked to insert by myself my photo into my personal file of the Hebrew version of Wikipedia: Theo Dov Golan .תיאו דב גולן I am facing difficulties. Can you help me? Thanks, Prof. Theo Dov Golan. .

I'm lost with RTL scripts, but maybe you are talking about this page? You should be able to upload a photo on the he wikipedia upload page, and then use it on the page about you. The photo would then be moved to commons later by a semi-automatic procedure (= not your problem). –Be..anyone (talk) 03:52, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Except that if it can be moved to commons it is far better to just upload it to commons directly. Just click the link at the left on Commons that says "Upload file". There is often a very long delay in getting files moved to commons from a local wiki. Delphi234 (talk) 01:51, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Wrong files, need to be moved and copied[edit]

There are currently a few related files for pronunciations of some Dutch words:

But there is a problem with the pronunciations of these files. eïs and Eïs are homophones, and this is reflected correctly in the files (although they seem to be separate recordings, which is a bit odd). ijs and eis are also homophones, but the eis file is wrong. Instead of sounding like ijs, it seems to be a third recording of eïs/Eïs. The file ijs really needs to be copied into the eis name so that both have the same pronunciation recording. The same could perhaps done with eïs and Eïs but this is not strictly necessary as they are already correct as they are. CodeCat (talk) 00:58, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

To request that a file name be changed, add {{rename|suggested file name|3}} just above the description, where 3=the reason, correct misleading names into accurate ones, and a "filemover" (person who can change file names) will move it. You can upload a new version of a file, but a file can not simultaneously have two different recordings. Delphi234 (talk) 01:45, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
So I need to save File:nl-ijs.ogg and then re-upload it as File:nl-eis.ogg, overwriting the old one? CodeCat (talk) 17:48, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
I am not completely clear about which file is wrong and what you want to do about it, but if there are two files, called A and B, but one is incorrect, you can just upload a correct version. If there are two files called A and B, but B is actually about the subject C, then you can request that B be renamed as C. If there also needs to be a file about B, you can upload it after B has been renamed to C. It is a bit tricky uploading a file to one that is now a redirect. I have done it a couple of different ways. Most recently I added all the information about B instead of the redirect, and it then said "there is no file of this name, but if you would like to upload one, you can". But when I tried, it gave an error. But when I clicked the box "ignore errors" it proceeded with the upload. File names need to be meaningful for the file they are used for, and when they are not, they need to be renamed to become meaningful. Delphi234 (talk) 09:27, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Using images in different language Wikipedias[edit]

Say if I see a picture in an article (and it says that the source is Wikimedia Commons) and I want to include it in another article (about the same topic, but in a different language), do I have to "upload" it again in the other language section before I can use it? When I tried just using the name of the picture file as it appears in Wikimedia Commons, it appeared as a missing picture. How can I just point to ?refer to a picture already in Commons with out uploading it again (in the Arabic section for example)? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 20:25, 14 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Providing images for the different Wikipedias is one of the main purposes of Wikimedia Commons. You should be able to use any image on Commons in any Wikipedia. Which image did you try to use, in which article? --rimshottalk 20:48, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
In general, Image, and File, work in every wiki, but not the other language names for "file". At the top of the edit window, between the little chain link and the open book, is an image of a picture, if you click on that, it will open up a window that allows you to insert the name of the file (without File:), and select several properties, and if you wish, fill in the comment field which will be added. But yes, all images on commons can be used in any project. It is strongly encouraged to upload files to commons, for that reason, instead of to a local wiki. Delphi234 (talk) 01:21, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

SVG text[edit]

I am having trouble with the text in the legend box in File:2014 Ebola Outbreak Monthly Cases per day.svg. This was created using Template:SVG_Chart, which appears to be temporarily unsupported now, and then translations were added, using <switch> around each of the text items that needed to be translated. But the ones in the legend box, New cases/day and Deaths/day, looked fine in my browser, but then were miss-positioned when the file was uploaded, so to compensate I moved them. In the uploaded file they look fine, but if you click on the image to load the SVG into your browser, they are miss-positioned. The chart generation script used <tspan dy="-0.99px"/> which to me does nothing, but when it is removed the text moves. To me it needed to be <tspan dy="-0.99px">Text</tspan>. Any suggestions? Delphi234 (talk) 01:21, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Here's your problem "font-family="Helvetica, Arial". The renderer uses neither of these fonts and substitutes them with its own font, which in the case of sans-serif is "Liberation Sans". Use Liberation Sans (it's a freeware, open source font available from the web) and the text will align reasonably well in both versions. Especially if you measure the characters in px rather than pt. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 18:45, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I was trying to remember what font we use. I tried switching to Verdana, Arial and that did not help, and so I put in the <tspan dy=xx/> which oddly sort of helped. The bizarre thing is that it is only a problem in the legend box, and only a problem when I take out the <tspan/>. I think it would be prudent to edit Template:SVG Chart so that it uses Liberation Sans, instead of Helvetica and Arial. Not very many people are using SVG Chart, but I use it a lot. Delphi234 (talk) 09:37, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
No change though. I tried Liberation Sans and the text was still misplaced. If you compare the almost identical charts File:Temporal evolution of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak.svg which has no problems and File:2014 Ebola Outbreak Monthly Cases per day.svg, which does, it is hard to see why one is okay and the second one is not. I was able to fix it though by adding <tspan dy="-0.99px"/>. Adding that does not change how it is rendered in my browser, regardless of what font the file uses, but it mysteriously does fix it here. Delphi234 (talk) 11:00, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Keshab Sigdel.JPG[edit]

copyright to publish the photo secured by the article contributor

--Free writing (talk) 05:47, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Send the details of your permission to publish the photographs to OTRS so that Commons has a paper trail to confirm this. Note that you need permission to publish the image under a free license. MKFI (talk) 07:49, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Also note that the permission needs to come from the copyright holder of the photo, which is normally the photographer – not the person appearing in the photograph. Similarly, "author" on the file description page means the person who created the photograph. This doesn't appear to be a selfie, and nothing in the file's metadata suggests that it was taken with a remote or timer release. LX (talk, contribs) 08:53, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Six strings.jpg[edit]

copyright to use the photo secured by the contributor --Free writing (talk) 05:49, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Permission must be granted by the copyright owner, unless it's an obvious "own work" or public domain. See previous answer. GermanJoe (talk) 10:54, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Samaya Bighatan.png[edit]

copyright to use this photo secured by the contributor

--Free writing (talk) 05:51, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Permission must be granted by the copyright owner, unless it's an obvious "own work" or public domain. See previous answer. GermanJoe (talk) 10:54, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Transfer of images uploaded to other websites to Commons[edit]

Is there a reasonably easy automated way to copy large numbers of suitably licensed photographs from another website to Commons? If so, is it possible to collect associated data at the same time for use in the file description? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 05:59, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Depends how consistently the other site organizes its data. Probably best to ask at Commons:Bots/Work requests, with more details on what you want to do. - Jmabel ! talk 16:37, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
    • It is on a database. All records have similar format.
    • Thanks, I will look into the Bots/work request option. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:37, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

What do I do if another user does not know my language, but refuses to even attempt to translate what I say?[edit]

On forecast tracks from the National Hurricane Center, I try very hard to make sure that the file histories remain very thorough, orderly, consistent, and complete, so I have been leaving notices on the main file pages asking users to please comply with my request whereas summaries should be consistent (preferably in numerical format to work for other languages), no advisories shall be skipped, and the track line will always be included. However, there is this Chinese user, Asdfugil, who I doubt knows much if any English, and who consistently ignores almost every notice I leave on the file description page, and this user also ignored me even after I left a request on his/her talk page. I dislike bad file histories, but far more than anything else, I hate being ignored. Is there some sort of guideline I should follow? Perhaps a way to translate my notices? Everyone else seems willing to comply, so I don't think it is right that one user will mess this up just because he/she doesn't want to take the time to translate (or attempt to translate) anything not in Chinese. I may be wrong here to some degree, and I may have completely misunderstood the situation, but that is what it appears like to me, and that doesn't change the fact that this user is ignoring my notices and complicating things unnecessarily. I will admit that under no circumstances was my angry upload summary justified (and I reverted to the wrong version anyway for a reason I cannot name; maybe I wasn't paying enough attention or something), but I cannot fix the file history, and it is a hassle because I could do all of the uploading of advisories without having another user skipping advisories and uploading the wrong versions despite my requests. Dustin (talk) 15:38, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

If you want to get the message through to someone, then the onus is on you to be understood. It's your responsibility to translate what you want to say, not theirs to hear. Go to, type in your message and set it to translate into Chinese, then copy & paste the characters into your message. How hard is that? It may mangle your English words but the Chinese user should be able to get some understanding from it, cetainly better than what you are achieving at the moment. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 15:45, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Fred, Google translations from English into Chinese & vice versa are pretty awful; if you doubt that, send some text on a round trip.
Dustin, you probably should try to track down someone who knows both English and Chinese and is willing to help out as a translator/interpreter. - Jmabel ! talk 16:40, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes they are awful, hence my last sentence, but ultimately it's still better (and probably far more useful) than whining about someone not making an effort to listen. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 17:23, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Dustin, this is a multilingual project so you don't need to go far to find a bilingual person. If you look at the top there should be a whole bunch of links to versions of this page in other languages. In particular there is the Chinese version of the Help Desk. I would recommend writing a message there in English, politely explaining your predicament and ask if anyone would be willing to help. Green Giant (talk) 19:46, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:What Have You Learned in the Past 2 Seconds?.pdf[edit]

I recently requested permission from the author, Michael Mauboussin, of an article, What Have You Learned in the Past 2 Seconds?, to post the article publicly and he graciously allowed it. The email is from 2014 Oct 18. Commons link below. I can provide a copy of the email if it matters.

It's a great article and I would like to link to it from his Wikipedia page (

This is regarding: --Ram Moskovitz (talk) 18:57, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

  • "[H]e graciously allowed it" is not a license, because it is not clear what rights he has granted. Placing it in the public domain? Some specific CC license? Also, given that this is someone else's previously published copyrighted work, you will have to go through the process described at COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 19:19, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

I asked him if I could post it publicly and he was amenable. The plain english rights he granted were for public posting and public reading of the article - ie non-commercial use. Is plain english no longer a thing? If this won't suffice then feel free to delete the submission and I will post it publicly elsewhere, no harm done. Cheers. --Ram Moskovitz (talk) 19:31, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

FWIW if you examine the doc there is no explicit (c) so it is presumably, im my expert opinion (IANAL), his to license as he sees fit.

All works are de facto copyrighted, the (c) is not necessary to claim that right. Declaring something as PD or CC etc is, in effect, the rights holder declaring that he/she isn't claiming those full explicit rights and is giving some of those rights away, ie it's an "opt out", not an "opt in" --Fred the Oyster (talk) 22:21, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Ram Moskovitz, whatever conversation you have had with the copyright holder is just that - a private conversation. Files cannot be hosted on Commons without clear and explicit licenses per COM:L. You should either provide evidence or ask the copyright holder to follow the procedure at COM:OTRS. Green Giant (talk) 00:58, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
"Non-commercial use" is not acceptable as a limitation for files here on Commons. Commercial use must be allowed. See Commons:Scope. - Jmabel ! talk 06:44, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Total number of photos uploaded?[edit]

I don't remember how to find out the number of photos I've uploaded since creating my account. Can someone tell me where to find out that information? (if that function is still available) Thanks. AgnosticPreachersKid (talk) 04:32, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

The normal upload listing does not show you this. You can use, however this timesout without any result for me at the moment, possibly a problem on WMFlabs. A direct database query shows me you have uploaded 2,360 currently displayed images on Commons. -- (talk) 06:33, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
Try with [1]. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:44, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
I appreciate the help. AgnosticPreachersKid (talk) 11:01, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Use of images by Artist Raphael Toussaint[edit]


I am a cross stitch designer and owner of Sunrays Creations, and want to make sure I have permission to use images provided by the artist Raphael Toussaint to convert to cross stitch patterns for retail sale and to display these patterns on my website. I would give full credit and attribution to the artist and would include the proper linkage back to Wikimedia as stipulated. Since my use is for commercial use, I just want to make sure I can use the images.

Tracey Kramer/OwnerTKB7117 (talk) 21:11, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

@TKB7117: Your best bet is to read the license on the image's page, but yes commercial purposes are okay. If it's not then the files shouldn't be here. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 00:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Given your intent, though, you probably would also do well to post something on the page reminding your users of the requirement to attribute if they display their work publicly. - Jmabel ! talk 00:30, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
@TKB7117: Just to be safe, I have requested a check of the relevant OTRS-ticket here. Such requests may need a few days / weeks though, depending on the OTRS-team's current backlog. See also Commons:OTRS for some general information about such permissions (usually per mail). Note, that we (as Commons volunteers) cannot "give permission" for usage, that's solely up to the current copyright owner. GermanJoe (talk) 13:38, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you both for your help. I appreciate it greatly. Tracey

Hello, Yes, one of the basic principles of Wikimedia is that you may reuse the contents for any purpose, including commercial use, as long as you comply with the terms of the specific license offered by the author. We see that the works of Toussaint are available under a choice of five options of licenses: four different versions of CC-by-sa (versions 1.0, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0) and GFDL. You will choose one option out of the five available. Any one of the available CC license versions would be fine for your use. (IMO, the license version CC-by-sa 1.0 is the most favorable to the reuser, but any other version of CC-by-sa is fine too.) In any case, you will certainly want to read the full license contract of the license you will choose. You can follow the link to the license contract from the description page of the image. That will take you, for example, to the CC-by-sa 1.0 license or the CC-by-sa 3.0 license, etc. The texts may look more complex than they really are. Basic requirements are that, on all copies you distribute or display, you attribute to the author's name (Raphaël Toussaint) and you explicitly mention the license and provide at least the url to that license. However, it is important to note that all the licence options offered by Toussaint on his works include also a "share-alike" clause. That is to say, you may still use his works for free and convert them to derivative works (cross stitch patterns) and display and sell those patterns for any price you want, but then the share-alike clause means that those patterns (derivative works) must be offered by you under the same license as the original works of Toussaint, i.e. those patterns may also be freely copied by anybody else, under the same license terms. In other words, that clause means that the patterns derived from Toussaint's works must explicitly bear the same license and that it will not be possible for you to replace that license with an "all rights reserved" interdiction or to keep your clients, or anyone else, from copying those particular patterns and eventually selling their own copies of those patterns. That said, you might also contact directly the author if you wanted to try to negotiate with him different license terms, other that the licenses already available. The author and you are free to conclude any particular business arrangement on which you both personally agree. There is a contact form on Toussaint's website. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:30, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Martin Heidegger 1934.png[edit]

Hi, the image was made in the 1934, the informations that I know about it are these:

«Bild aus: Minerva. Jahrbuch der gelehrten Welt. Herausgegeben von Dr. Gerhard Lüdtke. 31. Jahrgang. 1934. Zweite Abteilung. Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. Berlin und Leipzig 1934. — Heidegger trägt u. a. in seiner Eigenschaft als Rektor, d. h. als «Führer» der Universität Freiburg i. Br. auf der Brust das Hoheitszeichen der Politischen Leiter der NSDAP. Einziges Bild in dem rund 2000 Seiten umfassenden Band. Im Vorwort des Herausgebers heisst es: Herr Prof. Dr. Martin Heidegger in Freiburg i. Br. hatte die Freundlichkeit, uns für diesen Band sein Bild zur Verfügung zu stellen. Wir sprechen ihm auch hier unseren Dank dafür aus.»

I found them — the image and the informations — in this book: Nachlese zur Heidegger. Dokumente zu seinem Leben und Denken, Guido Schneeberger, Bern, Selbstverlag, 1962, p. 193 (pdf p. 205)

For my knowledge of German, that is not the best (I translated the caption it with with google translator), I understood that the image was gave to the yearbook Minerva. Jahrbuch der gelehrten Welt from Heidegger himself, but I'm not totally sure of that and I didn't found the author's name of the image. 'casualcausal'/'causalcasual' reader (:, could you help me to find the author and to know if the image is of public domain? --Karlzeno (talk) 13:51, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:P. 157 - Bild aus; Illustrerierte Zeitung, Leipzig. Nr. 4628, 23. Novembre 1933, S. 592. Siehe hierzu die Texte Nr. 119, 126 und 132.png[edit]

Hi, the image was made the 11 november 1933, the informations that I know about it are these:

«Deutschlands Wissenschaftler wissen sich eins mit dem Führer. Die grosse Wahl kundgebung der deutschen Wissensch aft am 11. November [1933] in der Alberthalle zu Leipzig. Von links aus: Stabsleiter des NSLB. Sachsen, Schulrat Geyer, Glauchau; Rektor Prof. Dr. Golf. Leipzig; Rektor Prof. Dr. Schmidt, Hamburg; Prof. Dr. Friedr. Karl Schumann, Halle; Prof. Dr. Hirsch, Göttingen; Gauobmann des NSLB. Sachsen, Arthur Göpfert, Dresden; Rektor Prof. Dr. Heidegger, Freiburg; Prof. Dr. Pinder, München; Rektor Prof. Dr. Fischer, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Sauerbruch, Berlin. (Phot. Tiedemann.) [Bild aus: Illustrierte Zeitung. Leipzig. Nr. 4628, 23. November 1933, S. 592. Siehe hierzu die Texte Nr. 119, 126 und 132.]»

I found them — the image and the informations — in this book: Nachlese zur Heidegger. Dokumente zu seinem Leben und Denken, Guido Schneeberger, Bern, Selbstverlag, 1962, p. 145 (pdf p. 147)

For my knowledge of German, that is not the best (I translated the caption it with with google translator), I understand, if I'm not wrong (but I'm not totally sure of that), that the photo was published by the Illustrierte Zeitung in the november 1933; but I'm not sure (I don't know (:) if «(Phot. Tiedemann.)» is relate to the source of the photo: «Phot.» means photograph, photographer?

'casualcausal'/'causalcasual' reader (:, is Tiedemann the author's surname? the image is of public domain? --Karlzeno (talk) 14:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Is there a basic overview of how Search works? (None found)[edit]

Hi, I'm a new user, searching in wikipedia commons for images that have certain necessary parameters of subject and size.

I can't find instructions for how the search engine works in most basic form. I did find:

-- Help:CirrusSearch, that lists the differences between the old engine and the new engine, but that seems to be full of jargon and assumptions about what I'll already know about how it used to work.

-- Help:Contents, that lists a vast number of help-related pages -- but none of them are about how to search.

Is there any place that lists clearly and simply things like Boolean operators, must include, must exlude, etc. as they are implemented by the current Wikipedia Commons? And, say, how to only look for image files, and/or only image files larger than a certain resolution?

In other words, how your Search engine works -- for a new user?

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 18:51, 21 October 2014‎ (UTC)

  • mw:Help:CirrusSearch is pretty comprehensive for what we've got. "New" is relative, this has been the search for about half a year.
  • I don't think there is any search on filesize.
  • A minus sign immediately before a term (no space in between) should get you the "exclude" effect. Other than that, I believe everything is ANDed; I don't think there is an OR.
  • If you can say specifically what you want to find, someone may be able to help you with a more specialized tool. - Jmabel ! talk 23:51, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

File:Comune Imèr.gif[edit]

Two years ago I uploaded this file, but seing its low quality I tried to improve it and uploaded another one, but I didn't understand it wasn't a vectorial image, so I wouldn't improve it. Now I think we should delete the second one or upload the second one as a new version of the first one (because the content is the same). What do you think? --Tn4196 (debates) 19:32, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

@Tn4196: To be blunt, neither is high quality but for entirely different reasons. The GIF is only low quality because of its resolution, ie the number of pixels being used to describe the image, Whereas the JPG is low quality simply because it's a JPG and is an inappropriate compression method for that sort of image. In fact the GIF is a better compression method than JPG for that sort of image, although PNG or SVG are better than either GIF or JPG. So to answer your question, you'd be better off uploading a third new image that is higher resolution in either PNG or SVG format (preferably the latter as that would be an actual vector image) and then requesting the other two be deleted. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 20:05, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
The problem is that I've not found the original file on my computer, so what should I do? Do I download one of the files and reupload it in SVG? Or do I move the links to JPG one to the GIF one and delete just the second one? --Tn4196 (debates) 12:21, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
I can't tell you what you should do, but I can say what I would do in the same circumstance. I would find an appropriate SVG locator map and recreate the graphic in vector form, upload that then put in a deletion request for the other two. You, however, are free to do whatever you feel like doing, even if that's just leaving things as they are. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 12:57, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

User categories[edit]

I often upload files from Flickr with the specific consent of the copyright holder. May I establish a hidden category in that Flickr member's name or must he first become a Commons user and then do it for himself - then I will use it. Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 00:20, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

How about that: Instead of creating a user category you generate categories like "Category:Flickr pictures of ..." where you categorize the files to; you can edit any information, galleries, explanation either into this category, or into created pages categorized to it.
When you look at Photographers on Flickr you may get ideas hot to use an existing category or to create a new one fitting into this system, and/or edit such a category to a useful formatting. sarang사랑 07:28, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks, Eddaido (talk) 11:51, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Joko widodo.jpeg[edit]

--Remonharris (talk) 05:03, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

  • You're the uploader. You didn't indicate any license. You give a Twitter account as a source, but no reason to think the image there is either free-licensed or in the public domain. Looks to me like it doesn't belong on Commons. Is there anything you think I'm missing? - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

File rename question[edit]

Hi, before I do something wrong I better ask people who know: I want to move/rename the file W3C valid.svg to Buggy W3C valid.svg, keeping all its history and versions, and without renaming all its many links; then upload a bugless version to W3C valid.svg.

The now existing file has an interesting bug (when rendered with other widths than 200px) I liked to keep and explain in Pictures showing a librsvg bug. The new file was test-uploaded at 06:44, 22 October 2014 to Test.svg. Thanx for your help sarang사랑 06:40, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Oh* good example. But I would not move this file! Make a copy of the buggy version and fix the original. PS: the bug is style="writing-mode:tb-rl;" related. It seems in combination of text scale (I saw this on another file). Best regards User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?) 10:28, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
PS: This is new, because I purged the image-cache and it also appears on 200px. So we do need the fix now (SVG file). But I mean this is not a libRSVG bug, rater than Inkscape and Firefox.[2] User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?) 17:06, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Admin help request[edit]

I cannot do that without admin help: the first step (move/rename without altering all its usages) would work fine; it will also be possible to exstinguish the automatic generated CommonsDelinker-RenameRequest; but when I try to upload the new file with the name of the old file (which will be redirecting to the renamed file), the msg occurs "Upload error: A file with this name exists already in the shared file repository. If you still want to upload your file, please go back and use a new name." But I want that all file usages everywhere get the 'new' file instead being redirected to the renamed 'old' file'. Therefore I ask an administrator to help me with this action. sarang사랑 06:07, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done Thanks, I posted on that noticeboard, now I'm waiting. sarang사랑 17:40, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
Renaming a file though, does not require an admin, but anyone with filemover status. Just add the {{rename}} template to the top of the file. In this case though, a better version was just uploaded, as there was no reason to keep the buggy file as a separate file. Delphi234 (talk) 20:12, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Screenshot of software tool[edit]

Hello everybody, I'm writing on this article right now: [3] and would like to add an image of the industrial use to it. Therefore I asked the company/developer of it to get a screenshot from them. Is there any possibility to use this image ? Just at beginning the upload I've seen that software screenshots are not allowed, but during my research I found a lot of articles including some screenshots. So what is the exactly guidance ? Is there any difference between ? Thank you very much. Best regards, (QARon (talk) 08:48, 22 October 2014 (UTC))

There's two ways you can go with this, firstly you can contact the developers and get them to send an email to the OTRS system licensing that particular image with a license that's compatible with Commons, or secondly (the most likely one) upload a low resolution version of the image to the specific Wikipedia (rather than Commons) you are writing the article on and post it as being "fair use". --Fred the Oyster (talk) 09:49, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Exactly, the first option would be the preferred one though. See COM:OTRS and/or en:Wikipedia:Non-free content for further information. --El Grafo (talk) 10:58, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Upload a picture for an article[edit]

Hello, I would like to upload a picture for an info box for a musical artist. I took the picture myself. I do not want to give it creative commons because I do not want others to copy, modify or use it without my permission. I can't figure out what other license to use.

Thanks, Tony — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brillahead (talk • contribs)

@Brillahead: Hi,
Then you cannot upload it here, and you cannot use it for your article, because these are required for all documents on Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. Regards, Yann (talk) 22:00, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
This is a common problem for professional photographers, and the only solution is to take a photo, or create a version of a photo, that you are willing to have a CC license. There are cases where an image can be used on a wiki but not commons, where the image has a fair use rational. Note, you can not just reduce the resolution, because it is my understanding that technically you will have just licensed all resolutions of that image as CC, but a reduced resolution image can be used under fair use in the article, without losing the copyright status which prohibits modifying the image. See the fair use guidelines on the wiki where you wish to use the image. Delphi234 (talk) 20:20, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
Any free license, or a public domain release, would do, not only a free CC license. Non-free CC licenses would not do. Non-free-content exceptions on wikipedias are not meant to be a way for authors to ignore the requirement of free content, by posting any non-free work and avoid a free release. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:16, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Quiero seleccionar categoria[edit]

Quiero seleccionar una categoria para mis fotos, ya que me interesa participar del concurso wikitours 2014 argentina. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maticlarisuarez (talk • contribs) 03:00, 24 October 2014‎ (UTC)

  • Y, ¿cual es la problema? Estaría más facil ayudar si Vd. indique cual foto y cual(es) categoría(s). - Jmabel ! talk 16:45, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
    • These have now been given a category, but there is also a Category:Uploaded via Campaign:Wiki Tour Argentina 2014 which you may wish to add them to. But to add a category, you just look for appropriate categories, and preferably add it or them when you upload the image, but categories can be added later. There are a very large number of uncategorized images, though. I notice that some of the images are named "..jpeg". I am not sure where the extra "." is coming from. Delphi234 (talk) 20:48, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Linking an image to a wikipedia page[edit]


I uploaded the following image from Google Maps:

to link to the following page (number 38):,_Utah

But I'm not sure how to link them together?

Thank you for your help! Mehansen76 (talk) 05:45, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

@Mehansen76: You simply link to the file using this sort of link [[File:Frank Hansen House.png|right|thumb|Frank Hansen's house]]. Although in this case it's moot as your upload is a copyright violation. Google Maps images are copyrighted by Google. You can't simply extract an image from Maps and upload it here. Sorry. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 09:46, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
It is my understanding that most of the images on Google Earth come from private satellites and not from government satellites. If it was from a US government satellite it would be fair game, but of course (as far as I know) Google does not say where they got the image. During the Iraq war, the US government said that they had "bought all the satellite images of Iraq so that no one else could obtain them, a statement about as absurd as saying that someone had "bought up all the copies of the Wikipedia article on fish, so that no one else could read it". Delphi234 (talk) 20:26, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Upload complete feature movie (own work, license cc by-sa)[edit]

Hello everyone! Can i upload a complete feature movie at wikimedia commons, or is this the wrong place? I have all rights to publish, this is a colloborative work with others in the spirit of free culture, everything within is own work (script, camera, sound, effects). At the moment the film is about 1,5 GB at 720p and its length is about 64 min. Thanks for your answer! Michael Georgi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Micha.georgi (talk • contribs)

  • If it's a documentary, probably yes. If it's a fictional and you are not a well-known filmmaker I suspect it probably won't fall within Commons' scope. - Jmabel ! talk 16:49, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks! Since we are no famous filmmakers and the movie is even science-fictional I now won't upload it to wikimedia commons. - Michael Georgi