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Commons discussion pages (index)



What to do with the old account after finaly getting a SUL here?[edit]

I'm happy to finaly have an account with the name Shlomo here, which for some administrative reason couldn't be created earlier and which is now connected via SUL to my identity on other Wiki projects, where I'm more active. However, on Commons, all my contributions, uploads etc. up to now have been made under the account Šlomo. Is there some way to merge these two accounts to the Shlomo? I ask, while this one is still brand new, without any edits, uploads or even setting changes. If this is not possible, I will have to regretfully abandon the old account and start anew :( --Shlomo (talk) 07:07, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it is possible to rename your account with zero edits to some other name and then to rename the local account Šlomo to Shlomo. You will be able to merge it into your global account. See m:Steward_requests/Username_changes. Ruslik (talk) 09:42, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the link; since both accounts of mine are already global, I'll have to wait for the merging tool and the right place for requests like this is the subpage m:Steward requests/Username changes/Pending. --Shlomo (talk) 07:57, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

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)

How do I get to the actual media content?[edit]

I see a lot of links to "what is public domain" "rules of the site" and "how to upload media." But I see nothing about how to actually access the media which has been uploaded.

1) I would especially like to see poems which are in the public domain.

2) Also, I would like to know if it is all right to copy and paste elsewhere (i.e. Duolingo--a language learning site, for translation into Spanish) poems which are in the public domain, listed here. 208.106.44.217 16:29, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

You could start at Category:Poetry or by using the search function. But poems, being essentially text-only content is generally outside our project scope. You might have more luck finding such content at Wikisource. As for your second question, the answer is yes. Do note that some of the content hosted is not in the public domain, but copyrighted and published under a free license, which means you can still use it, but you must comply with the licensing requirements. See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia for more information. LX (talk, contribs) 16:58, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

When an image has been used in by an external article...[edit]

Hi, what's the typical way to denote that an image has been used (fairly) by others? For instance, if an image has been used (with credit) as part of an article in a newspaper or online article? Are there any specialized templates that can be added, or a relevant section of the Help I could read? Jason Quinn (talk) 11:58, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi, You can use the template Published. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:47, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
… which goes on the talk page, not the main file page. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, Asclepias and Jmabel. Jason Quinn (talk) 19:38, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Reusing a Gandhi picture for a german magazine which is public domain in India[edit]

Hello,

I want to use this picture of Gandhi for a magazine: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gandhi_at_Dandi_5_April_1930.jpg

It is in the Public Domain in India but I am not sure if I can use it in Germany as well. I also found the same picture at trhe archive of several photo agencies.

Can you provide me with some information about it?

Thanks a lot and kind regards

Laurin Schmid — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.246.239.130 (talk • contribs) 08:30, 27 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Hello Laurin, it seems that the picture was taken from this book. The author is German, so it might be worth a try contacting him. --El Grafo (talk) 09:08, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
I know Peter Rühe, and he just republished pictures of Gandhi, and wrongfully claims copyright about them. So no, being published in this book has no effect on its copyright status. This picture was certainly published in India before that. I think there is little doubt that the picture is in the public domain in Germany, either because of the rule of the shorter term, or by German law of an anonymous picture published more than 70 years ago. Regards, Yann (talk) 10:32, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
If the photographer was a citizen of a European Union country (which might be the case with pictures from German books), then EU rules state that the rule of the shorter term can't be used. However, if (as Yann suggests) the picture was taken from some old Indian source, then the photographer is presumably not a citizen of the European Union. --Stefan4 (talk) 15:59, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Deletion requests[edit]

I would like to ask this: how much time does it take for deletion requests to be addressed, or, at least, closed by an administrator? I personally find this a little embarrassing. I was certain that Commons was almost as active as enwiki.--The Theosophist (talk) 12:20, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

It depends. ;oD It usually takes a week, but it can be much longer. Which DRs are you talking about? Regards, Yann (talk) 12:22, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
@Yann: Take Commons:Deletion requests/2015/04/07 as an example. 20 days have passed and, from the 58 requests, only two have been closed and more than twenty are completely unaddressed.--The Theosophist (talk) 13:55, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Right, we usually have a backlog of DRs. We need more active admins. Regards, Yann (talk) 15:46, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
User:The Theosophist: Enwiki still has unclosed file discussions from last year, which is more than 20 days. On the other hand, Commons still has unclosed "categories for discussion" from 2011. --Stefan4 (talk) 16:02, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
There were many more than 58 for that day, as one can see from the list before the closed requests were removed from it. That said, you can get an idea of the situation in the section Current requests. Currently, there are about 20 daily lists with a certain number of requests that could be closed. But, as the above example for 2015/04/07 shows, the majority of the requests for some of those days have already been closed. Of the remaining requests, some may be still open because are more difficult to judge or because they could require more discussion or because they require admins with a knowledge of some languages. Backlogs are not good, but It's been worse. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:43, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Using pictures from Commons to help users map on OSM[edit]

Is it allowed for people like me to use Commons pictures to help map on OpenStreetMap? --AmaryllisGardener talk 14:26, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

  • I suppose that depends on how you use them. What do you have in mind? - Jmabel ! talk 16:05, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
@Jmabel: Like if I were to add data about the number of floors a building has based on a Commons picture, or map a bench that can be seen in a city center, etc. --AmaryllisGardener talk 19:25, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
  • I would think that deriving information like that from our photos is entirely a matter of Open Street Map's policies, not ours. - Jmabel ! talk 00:01, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
Any images you geolocate will appear when the Commons layer is displayed on OSM, so you can make the information available by taking care to include an accurate Location parameter on file pages. Whether or not OSM editors make use of this feature I have no idea—but others might.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:23, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

A new problem using InstantCommons[edit]

I am using InstantCommons for a long period in many different wiki sites accross different platforms in order to embed wiki commons files in those sites. In the last days all of those sited manifest the same issue, not showing the pictures and displayinh the broken file path category. This issue is probably due to some kind of policy change in wiki commons. How should I handle this? You can see the missing image in this page for example: http://edu.wiki.org.il — Preceding unsigned comment added by 5.29.28.32 (talk • contribs)

  • I see an image there, and I don't see any broken image there. Could you indicate what image isn't working for you (the large photo, or something subtler?) The URL of the image that you are not seeing would be helpful. - Jmabel ! talk 00:04, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Apparently it was somehow fixed and the sites are again displaying the images. I don't think I can say which images disappeared, but I guess it has to do with some connection problem of wiki commons that was resolved. Thanks.

What is this?[edit]

Does anyone have any idea what this is a picture of?

I want to rename this to something more descriptive, but to me it just looks like some junk with bolts in it. BD2412 T 00:08, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

It’s linked to an Indonesian Wiktionary article called er. But if Google Translate is correct, the definition there is “a name of the letter r”, little help to identifying the subject. Maybe the uploader thought the arrangement of slabs/segments/whatever, as figure or ground, resembles the letter. (Do we have categories for accidental letterforms?) Does anyone here read Bahasa Indonesian?
According to the geolocation, the photo is from near the shore of an inlet on the Baltimore (MD, USA) harbour. FWIW my WAG is that the objects are components of a breakwater, boat-ramp, floodgate, or some such structure.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:14, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Musée-Arles-Mosaïques-Orphée.jpg[edit]

On the Bistro, a user asks about a problem with one file he uploaded: File:Musée-Arles-Mosaïques-Orphée.jpg. The file is there and it can be viewed by clicking the link to the full image, but the thumbnails do not display. It does not seem to be a problem with the size. And the user uploaded other similar files without problem. Is that fixable? -- Asclepias (talk) 15:16, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

✓ Fixed by Túrelio. Thanks to him. Regards, Yann (talk) 08:22, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

cate. a new blackberry ID pls help[edit]

Pls friends help me I know cate a blackberry ID pls

  • I have absolutely no idea what you are asking. Could you please expand on that? - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
    • The OP is asking how they can create a Blackberry ID. I don't have any idea, and Commons Help Desk is certainly the wrong place to ask. JIP (talk) 18:42, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Copyvio for File:Dfh-logo.png?[edit]

Isn't File:Dfh-logo.png bordering on copyvio? To me it seems that there is sufficient originality to gain copyright. "Kasparroelle" claims "own work" which I doubt. — Fnielsen (talk) 09:23, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Looks way too simple to qualify for copyright. But if you think not, nominate it for deletion, and it will be discussed. I see nothing here that requires help or merits broad discussion, but if I'm missing something please be clearer. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

api-error-internal_api_error_MWException when uploading PDF[edit]

Hello:

I'm trying to upload a large (47 meg) PDF -- a city directory of Racine, Wisconsin from 1876. The upload appears to work, and then I fill out the source and the description, and then I get this error:

api-error-internal_api_error_MWException

I've tried with Firefox and Chrome.

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

Try installing "chunked uploads"? — SMUconlaw (talk) 09:21, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Should this picture be cropped?[edit]

Self-made gin and tonic.

I just uploaded this picture of a glass of self-made gin and tonic after having discussed the idea on Wikipedia for about a week. The picture is otherwise fine, but it looks like about two thirds of the image goes to waste, as it is horizontal, and the actual drink is in a vertical glass. Should the image be cropped to better illustrate the drink? Anyway, if it looks like it should be cropped, I'd rather upload the cropped version as a separate picture rather than a new version of this picture. JIP (talk) 18:40, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Feel free to do so. Not sure what issue here calls for anyone else's help. - Jmabel ! talk 05:01, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
    • The reason I asked is to find out whether the image as it is, as shown on the right, looks like it has too much background on the edges, distracting the viewer from the actual subject. JIP (talk) 05:23, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
That’s a pretty subjective call; we might as well have both versions. AFAIC the more choice the better: someone might want a ‘portrait’ format image anyway, to fit a layout; someone else might like the tabletop.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:35, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
A cropped version of the same picture.

OK, so I made and uploaded a new, cropped version of the picture, shown on the right. JIP (talk) 18:46, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

File:NMBS-reizigers.pdf to be removed[edit]

This file is a wrong one and has to be removed. But I do not know how to proceed. Thanks for helping me. Heipedia

Copyright help regarding File:AE Euchler Burg Katz.jpg[edit]

Hallo, Ich habe vor 2 Jahren, nach dem Tode meiner Mutter 12 Radierungen im Keller gefunden. Diese gehoeren jetzt mir. Alle Radierungen sind von A.E. Euchler und sind alles Orginale, 3 davon meiner Mutter gewidmet die 1946-1947 mit ihm gearbeitet hat. Ich nehme an dass ich die Lizenz/das Recht habe diese jetzt zu veroeffentlichen?

Vielen Dank

Beatrice Kindred

--BeatriceKindred (talk) 22:20, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Physical possession of a work of art in no way implies ownership of intellectual property rights. - Jmabel ! talk 05:07, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Combining 2 Public Domain Files[edit]

When combining 2 public domain image files from WikiMedia to create 1 new image file which image creator should receive credit when citing the sources of the new image?

Also, is there a stoppage in the wizard upload process because of the above?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Tsmith47 (talk • contribs)

All creators should receive credit. All sources should be cited.--Prosfilaes (talk) 09:03, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Star Wars Day logo.jpg[edit]

--Super3588 (talk) 20:41, 4 May 2015 (UTC) Please help me find the proper licensing information for the image, as I do not know where to look, but I feel it is important for it to remain on wikipedia:Star Wars Day. --Super3588 (talk) 20:41, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

This is very close to {{pd-text}}. Ruslik (talk) 05:54, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Deleted Images[edit]

This is outrageous. Images we uploaded have been deleted because of lack of license. This is simply not true. All the images we uploaded to https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz_Solari are under the required Creative Commons license as you can see here: http://lizsolari.com/web/imageneswiki/ I really do not understand why the images have been deleted and would like to know how to solve it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adyouteam (talk • contribs) 21:34, 4 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Have you asked Jianhui67, who apparently performed the deletions in question, for a more detailed explanation than is practical in the logs? Sometimes there’s just something missing from the licence template, or a technical error with the format. (Not being an administrator, I can’t see what the file pages showed for permissions.) To request a public review of the issue, please see COM:UNDEL.
As for the second link you cite above, all I see by way of permission is the intermittently shown message “Firma y ayudemos por favor! Pasala a todos los que puedas.” Unless there‘s a clearer licence somewhere on the site, that’s insufficient for Commons: we require not only free sharing, but also explicit permission for derivative or commercial reuse. It may be necessary (and would probably be best anyway) for the owner(s) of the copyrights—be they the photographer(s) or the subject—to send a formal letter of consent identifying your account as authorized to upload on their behalf. See COM:OTRS for instructions and a sample consent letter.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:02, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Just to add to Odysseus1479's comment. I am assuming that Liz Solari is the subject of those photos. If this is correct you need the copyright holder (which may or may not be the subject) to release the photos. Some of those photos look like modelling shoots, while others seem to be event or promotional photos; has Liz Solari (or representatives) had the copyright transferred from the photographer to her, or have the photographers themselves released the images under a free licence? ColonialGrid (talk) 06:28, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Google Image Search Reuse Filter[edit]

Are images found on Google Image Search using the "labeled for noncommercial reuse" filter safe for upload? Specifically, is the search filter in and of itself sufficient criteria for upload? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Furthershore (talk • contribs)

No, and no. First, we only host content for which commercial use (among others) is allowed. Second, even if a search-engine thinks an image is totally free, we can’t take a third party’s word for it; there must be either a clear statement from the rights-holders themselves, at the source, or good evidence that the rights have lapsed in all relevant jurisdictions. (Please sign your discussion and noticeboard postings by typing four tildes ~~~~ at the end.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:08, 5 May 2015 (UTC)