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Next Button[edit]

Buongiorno, sto cercando di caricare il logo di un'azienda ma senza successo. Una volta completate tutte le informazioni della sezione "Describe" il pulsante "next" non mi fa proseguire allo step successivo "Use", nel senso che lo clicco e nulla si muove.

Attendo un vostro gentile riscontro in merito quanto prima. Cordialmente

Piero — Preceding unsigned comment added by PieroProStaff (talk • contribs) 07:34, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi PieroProStaff! I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Italian is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Bar italiano. The Upload Wizard (the default interface for uploading files to Commons) is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness. It isn't broken for everyone all the time, but I don't recall a time since it was introduced that we went more than a few days without people reporting enigmatic problems with indefinitely spinning wheels, unhelpful error messages, or simply no way to move forward. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. Additionally, you may wish to read Commons:Guidance for paid editors, which includes information on the topic of uploading company logos. LX (talk, contribs) 22:47, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Boris Yelensky photograph[edit]

Hello there! I've never uploaded an image before, and now that circumstances point me towards that option, I'm needing some assistance. I'm drafting an article on Boris Yelensky. He died 41 years ago, and there are a few 100 year-old photos of him as a young man I'd be interested in placing in his new infobox and article (i.e. this one and this one). Is there any way of uploading these without proof of ownership? I doubt contacting the original photographer would be possible, given he must've died decades ago, and their origins are very obscure at best. What could I do? Thanks so much! FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 20:00, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Rules vary by country of original publication and (in most cases) death date of the photographer. Do you know those? - Jmabel ! talk 04:08, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Source about an OSM file[edit]

Hi, in february I uploaded this OSM file and I found it tagged as "unsourced" today. I've not really understood because, seeing the OSM maps uploaded here, I noticed that the template {{OpenStreetMap}} showed by itself the source. Maybe I filled the template badly, but I really don't understand. Thanks for helps and regards. --Dэя-Бøяg 02:42, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi, The link leads to a non-existent page. -- Asclepias (talk) 11:15, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
Uhm, I've now understood, partly. That parameter ("name") links not to the map of the uploaded are, but to a wiki page of OSM. And, if the wiki page doesn't exist, is it another way to link the source in the template? Just for example, I've now noticed that the same template, in the example, has a link to the OSM wiki page for Bhopal, but the page doesn't exist. Is it another parameter to use in this cases? Btw, the source link is this. Linking it, "outside" template, is valid to resolve this source problem? Thanks a lot. --Dэя-Бøяg 14:16, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes, if there's a link to the source, it's good. If a template doesn't do what it should do, one can work outside the template. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:03, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
Resolved: an admin removed the tag. Btw, I added the source linked above. Thanks for help. --Dэя-Бøяg 20:05, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Photo of another person[edit]

I have been asked by another person to upload his photo on Wikipedia. He is the person on the photo and he is the owner of the file. He is ready to give written permission but my question is: how this permission should look like? What kind of information it should contain to be valid? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kotpiekielny (talk • contribs) 17:06, 11 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi Kotpiekielny! Please see Commons:OTRS for instructions. Do note that the person depicted is most likely not the person whose permission is needed. The person whose permission is needed is the copyright holder, which is usually the photographer. LX (talk, contribs) 22:35, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Crop File:Otaru.jpg[edit]

Could someone make a cropped version of the image File:Otaru.jpg and include only en:Nicholas Otaru (blue jersey) in it. Thank you. 17:42, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

  • If you really can't do this yourself, you can put in a request at Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop, but really it should be pretty easy: download the full-resolution version, crop it in pretty much any tool (MS Paint, GIMP, Photoshop), upload the cropped version. - Jmabel ! talk 01:07, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Increasing dpi for a 180 dpi Commons public domain photo[edit]

I need a higher dpi for a photo on Commons than is offered. The photographer, Maurice Marcellin, has gone AWOL, so I cannot ask him for a 300+ dpi version of the photo. Is it possible to print the photo with the most pixels and then scan it at 600 dpi for a print-quality image?

Clfurlow (talk) 19:07, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

  • You don't say what photo you are talking about, but there is no way to increase the amount of information in a graphics file. You can interpolate, of course, but at best you retain information, not increase it. Similarly, printing and then scanning can only reduce quality, not increase it. - Jmabel ! talk 01:11, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
    Also, the DPI (dots per inch) for a digital image with a given number of pixels depends entirely on the physical size at which you print it. You can always increase the DPI by making a smaller print. But I'm guessing what you're really looking for is a photo with more pixels. LX (talk, contribs) 22:29, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Agreeing with all of the above, I might add that while 300 ppi is the nominal standard for printing, it‘s higher than is often needed in practice. For commercial offset or digital printing, and on typical inkjet printers, a 180-ppi image that hasn’t been too aggressively compressed will be visually very hard to distinguish from a higher-resolution version. Where the original is ‘soft’ or lacking fine detail, one can get away with even less; aliasing or pixellation only becomes apparent below 100 ppi or so, depending on the printer. If you really must up-sample an image, use an appropriate software tool rather than printing and rescanning. Adobe Photoshop, for example, has a “Bicubic Smoother“ option for the purpose. Photographic images rarely benefit from resolutions higher than 300 ppi in print; even “art book‘ lithography with 200-lpi halftoning. Linework and type (black-and-white images with no tone, only one bit deep in digital form), however, are best at very high resolutions, typically 600–1800 ppi, again depending on the printing method.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 20:10, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
  • You can use this free online tool to change the DPI of a JPG or PNG file. As mentioned above, the quality of the photo will not increase but it will allow the image to pass the requirements of some printers / printing organisations.

Copyright help regarding File:Geegun.jpg[edit]

--ITPRO.UZ (talk) 15:21, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

You're the one who uploaded the file, so if you don't have any explanation as to why you thought this would meet Commons' copyright requirements, I don't think anyone else is going to be able to help. I for one certainly can't see any reason to assume this is anything but a copyrighted, non-free photo. LX (talk, contribs) 22:54, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Outright owner of painting wants to upload images[edit]

I own a number of painting the artist died in 1936 .As the outright owner of these paintings can I upload my images of the painting I own outright — Preceding unsigned comment added by Victor1887 (talk • contribs)

  • Not sure what you mean by an "outright" owner. Ownership of a physical work of art and the intellectual property rights to that work are completely separate. So if by "outright" owner you mean that you are the artist's heir, then you almost certainly can upload images, but if you simply mean that you own the painting itself, then it matters what country the work is from (which you haven't mentioned), because terms of protection after the artist's death vary from country to country. - Jmabel ! talk 15:34, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Johnny Hubbard[edit]

Hello is it possible to upload a photo and this text to Johnny Hubbard MBE page or a link to my facebook page.

I was in Ayr yesterday taking some snaps with my friend Rick Dunlop, when this old gentleman approached us and asked if we would like to take his photograph, we asked why and he said what team do you support, we replied we don't follow football, He then went on to tell us about his career in football with Glasgow rangers and his MBE and about coming from south Africa for a 3 month trial and how he stayed. He was of course Johnny Hubbard MBE.

Kind regards Bill Fitzsimons. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bill Fitzsimons (talk • contribs)

  • You can't link you Facebook page, but if you would like to choose an appropriate license and upload it, it would be welcome. The text, however, would be a description for the particular photo, not part of (for example) a Wikipedia article. You running into him is not of encyclopedic notability. - Jmabel ! talk 02:14, 18 May 2015 (UTC)


Erro nas coordenadas das minhas fotografias. Não consigo passar da "Descrição" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fdimello (talk • contribs) 04:55, 18 May 2015‎ (UTC)

No idea what your problem is. So far, you did not upload anything under your account. --Túrelio (talk) 14:09, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi Fdimello! I'm sorry for responding in English, but questions in Portuguese seem to rarely get any answer in Portuguese here. You might have more luck at Commons:Esplanada. If I understand correctly, you are having some kind of problem with geographical coordinates, and you are getting some kind of error message (which you unfortunately seem to have forgotten to quote). Geographical coordinates is not required information for uploading, but if you do want to provide it, it's appreciated. If the problem is that you don't know the geographical coordinates for a particular place, that information is often found in the Wikipedia articles about the place. If it's missing in one language, check another. You can also find more detailed coordinates, for example by right-clicking on a point in Google Maps and selecting "What's here?" If the problem is that you don't know which format to use, the Upload Wizard requires decimal coordinates (for example -23.55,-46.63 for São Paulo). If it's something else, please clarify and be sure to include the error message. LX (talk, contribs) 19:00, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

xcf files[edit]

I have been uploading some images from out of print books, mostly PDF files from Internet Archive. I have an Ubuntu OS, and am using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) to convert from PDF. When I import the images GIMP converts them to xcf files. I understand that Commons allows uploading xcf files, but I am unsure if anyone not using a Linux OS will be able to use them, so I have converted everything to jpeg. Is that just wasting time? Can Windows and Mac read the xcf files? Malcolm Schosha (talk) 13:04, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

GIMP on any platform can read them. It seems unreasonable to choose a single-program format instead of a standard format unless you're actually using layers or something else fancier then JPEG or PNG can easily support.--Prosfilaes (talk) 13:35, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Its not a choice. GIMP converts pdf to xcf. It gives a way to convert to other formats from that, but it's an extra step. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 13:53, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
If the images are of pages printed in one colour, and especially if there‘s no shading (just solid text and linework), PNG is likely a better format than JPEG: it does not degrade the image during compression, and moreover the files are often smaller—especially where a colour depth of 8 bits or fewer is sufficient to represent it. Ideally, however, images should be extracted from PDFs in their original format as embedded (often JPEG, unfortunately), only converting when necessary; re-rendering should be a last resort.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 18:04, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Odysseus, the images I am working with now are all either multi color, or have a lot of shading. But its good to know that PNG is the better choice with line art. Thanks for the information. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 21:22, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Because going to export instead of a save is an extra step. Yes, if you can read a file on Linŭ, you can install an x86 emulator and run Linŭ on Windows or Mac and read it on Linŭ on Windows or Mac.
As Odysseus1479 points out, instead of converting the files, they should be extracted where possible; pdfimages in the poppler-utils package will extract the jpeg files as they are stored in the PDF, without the degradation that reconverting them to JPEG will do.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:27, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
JFTR one doesn’t need a VM to run the GIMP on a Mac: builds are available for the X-Window system provided with Mac OS (called X11 or XQuartz depending on the OS X version).—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:15, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Prosfilaes, you are assuming that I understand computers, which is far from being a correct asumption. Poppler-utils package is a command line utility, and my attempting to use it would be an express route to trouble. What I am doing now is extracting the images as PDFs, using Linux software called PDF-Shuffler, and then converting the files in Gimp. I am sure there are better ways to do it, but this is the best I can manage now. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 12:18, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Tool for making intersection-cat[edit]

Cat-a-lot lets me select a bunch of files in a category and move them to a subcat all at once. And HotCat lets me remove an image from a category from a file's page itself. To create an intersection-cat, I can move the files from one parent into its subcat, but then it seems like I need to remove them each individually from the other parent. Is there a Cat-a-lot way to remove files from a cat other than the category where it's being used? Or is there some other tool I can use to streamline this process? DMacks (talk)

Drawing with signature, 1943[edit]

The following permission is in use here on Commons:

"This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired and its author is anonymous.

This applies to the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of 70 years after the work was made available to the public and the author never disclosed their identity."

Now there is a small drawing, printed in a 1943 newspaper, that has a small signature ("Zoli") at the top left. This is the only indication of the artitst, there is no name given inside a caption or elsewhere. Does this count as a disclosure of identity? (The newspaper in question was a German occupation paper in the Netherlands, so the artist might have been Dutch or German). --Marcus Schätzle (talk) 12:06, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

If "Zoli" is the real name of the author, then the author isn't anonymous. If it is a pseudonym, then it depends on whether the identity of the person has been disclosed somewhere else.
Also pay attention to Article 10 (1) of the w:Copyright Duration Directive, which says that the new EU copyright rules didn't have the effect that any copyright terms were shortened. In Germany, this means that the copyright term for anonymous artworks runs for 70 years from the death of the anonymous author if this means a longer term than the term given in the {{Anonymous-EU}} template (see de:Anonymes Werk (Urheberrecht)#Frühere Rechtslage in Deutschland / Übergangsrecht). I don't know whether there are any similar old rules in Dutch law which have to be considered here. --Stefan4 (talk) 13:16, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I've seen another strip of "Zoli" inside the paper, this time with "Zoli" inside the caption, so this seems indeed to be a pseudonym. I was unable to find the person behind this pseudonym, though. Since I've read now the "Frühere Rechtslage in Deutschland / Übergangsrecht" paragraph (the case given there is actually close to mine), I'll discard this image from my list until I can get some further information about the artist at some point of time. Thanks, --Marcus Schätzle (talk) 13:56, 19 May 2015 (UTC)


人物写真の場合、公人のみアップロード可能とのことですが、一部芸能人や著名人はウィキペディアに写真が載っているようです。これらはなぜ許されているのでしょうか? また、本人の許可があっての人物写真をアップロードをしたい場合、どのような手順を踏まえればよいでしょうか? — Preceding unsigned comment added by オーブ (talk • contribs) 14:48, 19 May 2015‎ (UTC)


Tengo una imagen mejor del logo, es una captura de pantalla de uno de los episodios, no recuerdo cual. Mi duda es, puedo subirla??, supongo que tiene copyright.

I have a better image, is a screenshot from one of the episodes, i don´t remember which one. My doubt is, may i upload??, guessing that has copyright. — Preceding unsigned comment added by HarryKodder (talk • contribs)

  • I assume this is about File:Akatsuki nuage.svg. That was uploaded under a claim of "own work", but looking around at how its used (articles seem to say this is an established logo), that claim seems pretty dubious: it looks like the uploader (Chatsam) has had a few issues about similar claims on copyrighted work. @Chatsam: care to explain what's going on here in terms of your claim of "own work"? Are you the designer of this logo? - Jmabel ! talk 16:50, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

User Preference to set image search results to 500??[edit]

Hi! I used to be able to set the number of search results in a wiki commons image search to 500. In fact that was the main reason I signed up for an account -- so that setting would "stick". A year or so ago it went away.

I use wiki commons to construct complicated art using public domain images. It's a great resource! I do find that it's really annoying, every time I change the search, looking for that perfect image, to reset the "show 500" option.

Even if the "View (previous 20 | next 20) (20 | 50 | 100 | 250 | 500)" was at the TOP, rather than to bottom of the page, it would have a significant impact on my productivity. I know wiki's an unpaid resource (I'm a donor, though poor!:-), but this would really be helpful if someone could show me how to do this again.

Phrannest (talk) 02:08, 22 May 2015 (UTC) Francesca — Preceding unsigned comment added by Phrannest (talk • contribs) 03:18, 20 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Also, does anyone know how to bring specific requests like these to the attention of wiki developers? I'm sure they have a wish list a mile long, but would love to get this in the queue.

Wikimedia images not displayed in[edit]

Dear all ! Could you please check, why these two images [1] [2] are not displayed here [3] ? Thank you very much ! --Membeth (talk) 06:51, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Good question. I can link one of those on Commons and it displays, but the same code in the English Wikipedia: [[File:Findling.1.Spielplatz.Alboinplatz.jpg|thumb]] gives a bad link to Special:Upload. --ghouston (talk) 07:42, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Wikimedia's developers broke something. Again. LX (talk, contribs) 07:44, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Video showing as red link on Wikipedia[edit]

After recently having some trouble uploading File:Black slug at Medieval graveyard near Lewino Poland 17 May 2015.ogv to Commons using the Upload Wizard. I got it to work using the regular uploader. But now I cannot get the video to work on Wikipedia. It shows as a red link at w:Black slug even though the file exists. I need some help. Jason Quinn (talk) 07:02, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia's developers broke something. Again. LX (talk, contribs) 07:45, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Category redirects[edit]

I've discovered a large number of categories with absurdly long names, e.g. Category:Main Street Bridge, Spanning Fox River at State Route 72, West Dundee, Kane County, IL HAER, which should be something like Category:Main Street Bridge (West Dundee, Illinois). I'd like to move these categories. If I move a category at en:wp, the old name is tagged with en:Template:Category redirect, and a bot will move the contents from the old name to the new. However, when I move a category here, the result is an ordinary redirect. Is there any bot that monitors redirects for contents and moves pages to the new titles? I've discovered dozens of these super-long names and expect to discover many times more; I don't want to have to edit hundreds or thousands of photos just to give a new category name if a bot will. Nyttend (talk) 01:48, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Apparently not. A bot will put {{Category redirect}} into a moved category. It will then turn up in Category:Non-empty category redirects. However the message in that category says files won't be moved for newly moved categories. An alternative is to list them at User_talk:CommonsDelinker/commands. --ghouston (talk) 03:20, 21 May 2015 (UTC)


buongiorno, avrei bisogno di avere il libretto di istruzione per il BRAVO SIMAC 2. Ho tutti i pezzi accessori e vorrei poterli usare. Grazie

Corddiali saluti. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • I have no idea what this has to do with Wikimedia Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 15:12, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Linking or transcluding an image[edit]

Hi ! Bonjour !

I do not manage to bind or integrate this image, under free license and of which I am the author :
Je ne parviens pas à lier ou à intégrer cette image, sous licence libre et dont je suis l'auteur :

in the page
dans la page

Thank you for your assistance !
Merci de m'y aider !

Jacques Janssens
Belgium - Brussels
Belgique - Bruxelles
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jackson654 (talk • contribs)

If I understand correctly, "Je ne parviens pas à lier ou à intégrer cette image..." is "I have not been able to link or transclude this image...", not "bind or integrate". - Jmabel ! talk 15:15, 21 May 2015 (UTC)
I did this with no problem; I have no idea why it didn't work for you. It is possible that what I did isn't quite your intent, feel free to edit. - Jmabel ! talk 15:18, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

How to cite image[edit]

The following public domain image will be used in a master's thesis:

Some minor modifications have been made (addition of certain labels and background lines).

How would one cite this in a thesis?

Thank you

  • Citation standards for theses vary from one academic institution to another, so this is really a matter of consulting the standards at your institution, not us. - Jmabel ! talk 01:22, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
For public-domain images there’s no requirement for attribution—it may be done as a courtesy or, as in this case, to provide an academic reference. Recommended credits can be obtained in two ways of which I am aware: in the download pop-up in the Media Viewer there’s an attribution area from which you can copy a text or HTML string, and for registered users there’s the StockPhoto gadget that presents the info in various formats. For the above image the former gives:
"Human skeleton front - no labels" by Mikael Häggström - [sourced from] Image:Human skeleton front.svg by Mariana Ruiz Villarreal. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - [URL trimmed]
—which can be arranged however the citation style requires. Any further information that may be required, perhaps the date, or references for any data presented, should be available on the file’s description page. See also COM:REUSE.
As for the derivative work, depending on the extent of your contribution I imagine you can say something like “By the author, based on (credit)” or “(credit), with additions/modifications by the author”.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:43, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Kitty Terry aka Kitty Woodson Terry[edit]

I am trying so hard to understand how to establish my beautiful career without advertising or abusing copyright which I feel I am not guilty of. I can not help what life has dealt me and are constantly moving forward trying to make everyone happy. I am having a difficult time getting approval of a Wikipedia Page for my legacy. It is so important to me. I do not understand what I am doing wrong. I am disabled in the neck so typing is difficult for me. Is it possible to get someone or hire someone to help me so I can get through all of this language. I have tried hard to please your foundation and start clean as I did the other day by writing a new Bio and uploading links and proof of accomplishments. I don't know what else I am not doing. I need help. I don't want to give up as I have done so many times. Please why is it so hard if anyone can edit your page and all I am trying to do is note my accomplishments. I really need help. Thank you. I have clicked on so many teahouses but do not see help. Is there someone to help me It isn't very long what I have written. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kitty Terry aka Kitty Woodson Terry (talk • contribs)

  • You are asking on Wikimedia Commons, but your question is about Wikipedia. Normally I would say "ask there" but the answer is pretty simple: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. Unless you have done things notable enough to merit an article in an encyclopedia, an article about you doesn't belong there. And if you are trying to write the article yourself or hire someone to write it, that tends to be a pretty strong indication that you are not that notable, or someone else would probably write about you without such incentives. - Jmabel ! talk 01:27, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Kitty Terry had already asked the same question on the Help Desk at en:Wikipedia, and received a similar discouraging answer, before coming here. Maproom (talk) 12:08, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Ah. Then a further remark added to what I said above: please stop venue-shopping and wasting other people's time. - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
The Kitty's user page seems like a self-promotion, possibly not fitting rules for Wikimedia Commons user pages. Possibly someone could direct Kitty to appropriate Wikipedia's and Commons' standards? --CiaPan (talk) 12:22, 23 May 2015 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment We also have potential sockpuppetry going on: [4] for User:Kitty Woodson Terry and foregoing correspondence from User:Kitty Terry aka Kitty Woodson Terry. I nominated two of the first account's images for deletion, they weren't own work, etc. The remaining unnominated image in that account is a selfie. The second account has no uploads. Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:45, 23 May 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Red-black white-background.jpg[edit]

Company logo from company website. Free to download from webpage. Source: Source:

--Mikmik82 (talk) 17:07, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Do I have to credit myself?[edit]

Hello, if I upload some photos on Commons now under CC-BY-SA and later consider to use them on my own website or print them on t-shirts, do I have to credit myself as well or it's not necessary? Here I will be posting under nickname, on my website under my real name. Thanks. --2A00:1028:83B8:3696:D531:D23:F6A1:242 18:11, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

No, issuing a CC-by-sa license does not limit what you can do with your own work in other contexts in any way. The only thing you can't do is revoke the license. You remain the copyright holder, and you can publish it elsewhere with a different attribution or different license. LX (talk, contribs) 18:35, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
Though publishing it elsewhere with a different license or worse attribution can get very confusing, and there's a chance the photo on Commons will get sent to DR because we don't know if the nickname and the real name are the same person, or if someone just ripped off the real name's photo.--Prosfilaes (talk) 19:33, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Username renaming problems[edit]

Renaming my WC username from Odysses to Odysses~commonswiki caused many problems. I also have same username User:Odysses in WP. Strangely, although all of my contributions and uploads moved to the new username Odysses~commonswiki, I still have access to the old Odysses. To solve this problem I guess an administrator should:

Please advise how to do this. Odysses~commonswiki (talk) 19:42, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

There's not much an admin can do. User:Odysses is one unified account across Wikimedia, and Odysses~commonswiki is a separate one. If you have control of Wikipedia User:Odysses, you have control of the same account on all Wikimedia projects. Easiest thing to do is just start using User:Odysses on Commons.--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:08, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Registration problem[edit]

Hello, Day before yesterday (25 May 2015) I uploaded a picture as part of the current "Wiki Loves Earth" photo contest on Wikimedia CH. In order to participate I was requested to create an account and to register as a Wikimedia Commons user. I created a username "pvzahn" and provided a password. I have subsequently received an email with the Subject line "Wikimedia Commons email address confirmation", pointing me to the following link, in order to confirm my email address and complete the registration. However, following the email link leads to an "Error 404" page. I am therefore unable to compete my registration, which means I cannot log in to the system. Can someone kindly assist me in resolving this issue? Here is the link from the email: Thank you Peter von Zahn Weggis Switzerland Email: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • In general, it is a bad idea to openly post the link that is supposed to let someone prove they are you. But that cat is already out of the bag. Can someone help this man? I'm not sure what we can do. - Jmabel ! talk 15:05, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi Peter! You do not need to provide an e-mail address to register an account. Registration of your account is already complete, as evidenced by the fact that you have been able to upload a file. (Only registered users can do that.) Providing an e-mail address is only needed if you want to be able to reset your password in case you forget it, to allow others to send you e-mails via the site, and to enable e-mail notifications. If you provide an address, a confirmation link is sent out to make sure the person who gets those e-mails actually asked for them. Your e-mail address is already confirmed. (I can tell, because as a logged-in user with a confirmed e-mail address of my own, I'm able to load Special:EmailUser/Pvzahn. I wouldn't be able to do that if your address hadn't been confirmed.)
In summary, your registration is complete, and you should be able to log in. If you can't, there must be a different problem, so please include any error messages you get when you try. LX (talk, contribs) 17:23, 26 May 2015 (UTC)


Hi, could someone please walk me through how to legally upload the new badge for Shrewsbury Town Football Club which will be in use imminently - I'm finding some of the policies regarding use of company logos a little confusing... thank you JMShrewsbury (talk) 20:04, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi JMShrewsbury!
  1. Assuming the logotype is original enough to merit copyright protection, you need to get the club to agree to publish the logotype under a free license. This means that they will no longer be able to stop others from using logotype for commercial purposes on copyright grounds, but restrictions on use imposed by trademark rights still apply. Many companies will not agree to this.
  2. Follow this procedure to obtain and send in a formal permission statement.
  3. Upload the logo, providing correct source, authorship and information on what license the club agreed to. Add {{subst:OP}} to the file description page.
If you can't get the club to agree to publish the logotype under a free license and your intention is to upload the logotype for use on English Wikipedia, see en:Wikipedia:Non-free content.
LX (talk, contribs) 20:30, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you, LX, I will persevere! JMShrewsbury (talk) 21:01, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:1950DA shape model.png[edit]

Das Bild habe ich selbst erstellt anhand einer Grafik aus dem Artikel, der seit 2007 frei im Internet verfügbar ist. Ich bin mir hinsichtlich der Lizenz leider unsicher, kann jemand weiterhelfen?

I made a picture using the article, which is available free online since 2007. I'm not sure about the licence, though. Can anyone help?

--Renerpho (talk) 00:48, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

That paper has the notice “© 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.“ I don’t see anything to indicate the illustrations are an exception. We will require the publisher to release the rights under a free licence for those images or derivative works to be hosted here. Making your own plots from numerical data in the article would probably be OK, though.
Google-Deutsch: Das Papier hat den Hinweis “© 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.“ Ich sehe nichts, um anzuzeigen, die Illustrationen sind eine Ausnahme. Wir werden die Verleger verlangen, die Rechte unter einer freien Lizenz freigeben für diese Bilder oder abgeleitete Arbeiten hier gehostet werden. Doch einfach deine eigenen Grundstücke von numerischen Daten in dem Artikel würde wahrscheinlich in Ordnung sein.Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:41, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Are photographs of Transformers toys allowed?[edit]

Is it allowed to upload photographs of Transformers toys? I have taken the photographs myself in my own apartment and own the specific instances of the toys. Nevertheless, I don't own the copyright to the design of the toys. I know uploading photographs of copyrighted 2D illustrations is generally not allowed, but these are 3D objects. Does this make any difference? These are photographs of the actual toys, not of the accompanying 2D illustrations, which I know I'm not allowed to upload. JIP (talk) 18:36, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi JIP, that's usually not allowed, see COM:TOYS. --El Grafo (talk) 18:46, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Deleting a previous version of an image[edit]

Hi. I need some help please. Our organization were given rights on two images by a copyright holder and i uploaded them to commons. However the original copyright holders have requested that we replace the files with a lower resolution version. Out of respect to the copyright holders we wish to comply with the request and have uploaded a lower quality version. However the higher quality image still appears in image history on Commons. Can the previous version be deleted without having to delete the whole image? (which is in use in many articles)? Thanks Jason.nlw (talk) 11:46, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Hello Jason.nlw. Deleting one version is easily done but I see another potential problem - you haven't provided evidence that the copyright holder(s) have licensed. Assuming you're talking about File:Boy destroying piano.jpg and File:VNC Female.jpg, you've put yourself as author, but in the description the author (photographer) is named as Philip Jones Griffiths and the EXIF names Michael Jones as author. Unless there is something I'm missing, we need clear proof that the photographer licensed the works for reuse by anybody or released them into the public domain. Assuming the photos were published in the UK, Griffiths' work loses copyright protection after 31 December 2078 because he died in 2008. Green Giant (talk) 11:17, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Green Giant We have received permission via email and as part of a spread sheet dealing with various rights issues, to release these images into the public domain via Wiki Commons. This permission comes from Photographers daughters who head up the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation (which owns the copyright on his work). We struggled to find the correct way to express this through the templates/format of Commons. If you could recommend the best way do do so, i can amend the information. Presumably we could then get the larger images removed completely? Thanks Jason.nlw (talk) 12:16, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Please see COM:OTRS & feel free to come back here if that still leaves you with questions. - Jmabel ! talk 15:24, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Aye, as Jmabel says, you can ask the copyright holder to send a license statement to, similar to the sample statement at COM:ET. When they confirm they have sent an email, you can add the {{OTRS pending}} template to each affected file. There is a considerable backlog at OTRS so patience is advised. I've deleted the oldest versions in each of the two files mentioned above, so that resolves your original question. Green Giant (talk) 15:31, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Is Wikimedia a commercial site?[edit]

I was hoping to upload several images from the Alexander Turnbull Library online collection. Many of them are not old enough to be classed public domain under New Zealand law but the site states images may be used on other websites but cannot be used commercially. Is Wikimedia/Wikipedia classed as a commercial website? An example of their files and re-usage criteria can be seen here. If it is not a commercial site would an image such as the one in the example qualify to be used on Wikimedia? Cheers Kiwichris (talk) 11:14, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

All material in the Wikimedia Commons has to be licensed for modification as well as commercial use, so if what you wish to upload has a "non-commercial use only" restriction it can't be uploaded here. You may be able to upload selected works to the English Wikipedia for use under a non-free use rationale. — SMUconlaw (talk) 12:06, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
In other words:
  1. Neither Wikipedia nor Wikimedia Commons (this project) nor any other Wikimedia project (Wikinews, Wikivoyage, etc.) are commercial sites. So from the point of view of the Alexander Turnbull Library online collection, uploading their files here would probably be OK.
  2. But we only accept material that can be used commercially (by anyone, for any purpose). That's because we want people to - for example - be able to print a book made of Wikipedia articles, or use pictures from Wikimedia Commons in their own publications. Hence, we don't allow such material to be uploaded here, even if the copyright holder would be OK with it.
  3. Some of the different language versions of Wikipedia make exceptions to that under certain conditions. You would have to upload files like that to that language version of Wikipedia locally (see the link in above answer for instructions for the English language Wikipedia).
In any case: please do not upload those files here, at Wikimedia Commons. Hope that helps at least a bit, --El Grafo (talk) 13:32, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Filtering search results[edit]

Hello, I'd like to know how to accomplish the following:

  1. Search for files by name and avoid file redirects in the search results.
  2. Search for files by name which are not in a particular category or its subcategories.
  3. Search for files which are not being used anywhere.
  4. Search for files which are exact duplicates.
  5. Merge duplicates.

Thank you! (Please ping me in your response.)--Cpt.a.haddock (talk) 13:02, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Quick intersection tool[edit]

[5] What language code do I use for a search in Commons categories? Moondyne (talk) 13:56, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

@Moondyne: Here's an example. --Cpt.a.haddock (talk) 14:57, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Ethics on wikipedia articles[edit]


Is it ethical to edit Wikipedia pages to use my own uploaded photos? I couldn't find answer to this question anywhere.

Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dvasconcellos (talk • contribs) 22:48, 29 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Commons tries not to make such decisions for other wikis. However, unless you are editing an article about you, your family, your friends, your workplace, etc there is no problem using photos that you uploaded. Obviously you have to make sure that the photos are either licensed or in the public domain. Also please remember to sign your comments with a ~~~~ at the end. Green Giant (talk) 23:05, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
Also, make sure your photos are genuinely relevant to the article and (if they are replacing someone else's) constitute a genuine improvement. - Jmabel ! talk 01:05, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
If your photos are the best or only ones available on Commons to illustrate the subject, then they can certainly be used within reason. However, if you were to (hypothetically) add your photos of pigeons at the park to Rock dove, you may get some flack. Heedlessly adding photos that do not improve articles can be seen as subtle self-promotion. Animalparty (talk) 05:46, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

what happens to an infographic that is found to have inaccurate information[edit]

What happens when it's determined an infographic on Commons is inaccurate? What if it's just obsolete due to someone uploading more recent data? Obviously in at least the latter case there would be no cause for deletion, but do we add some disclaimer to the page? --— Rhododendrites talk |  03:08, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Short answer: either overwrite it or upload a new file. If the information is obsolete, and not historically significant, a new version can be overwritten with correct data (and ideally with updated description/source to facilitate future revisions), thus the image is instantly updated wherever it is used, and the obsolete/incorrect versions are still visible for reference. This also keeps categories from becoming cluttered with dozens/hundreds of variants. See for instance the file history at File:Syria and Iraq 2014-onward War map.png. If there is compelling reason to keep the inaccurate file in an unmodified state, the inaccuracies could be clarified with explanatory text, {{Inaccurate description}} or {{Inaccurate-map-disputed}} templates, and/or possibly the {{Superseded}} pointing users towards the more accurate version. But note that some historical inaccuracies are worth keeping (see Dewey Defeats Truman!). If overwriting an existing image with a new version might be controversial, you should probably initiate discussion on the file's Discussion page first (ideally pinging relevant contributors, as Commons files are probably less likely to be watched than Wikipedia articles). Cheers, Animalparty (talk) 05:38, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Lua error[edit]

Does anyone know how to fix (or if to fix) the Lua error at Category:Modern movement architecture by country? Someone commented out the {{Countrymap}} because it previously was producing the following error:

Lua error: too many expensive function calls. Backtrace:

  1. [C]: in function "getExpensiveData"
  2. mw.title.lua:205: ?
  3. Module:Fallback:73: in function "fallbackpage"
  4. Module:Fallback:99: in function "chunk"
  5. mw.lua:511: ?
Any ideas? Nyttend (talk) 12:41, 30 May 2015 (UTC)