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File Overwrite[edit]

I uploaded File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.en.svg this morning, and have been trying to update it. The upload software page told me to upload it under a different name and ask for this at the Help Desk. So I want to update File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.en.svg with File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.v2.en.svg CommonMarks (talk) 05:09, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi, the procedure to update a file is a bit different than a normal upload. To do this, go to the file description page of the file you want to update (here: File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.en.svg) and scroll down to the File history section. Below the table with the thumbnail(s) you'll find a link with the text Upload a new version of this file. Click on that and the rest should be pretty much self-explanatory. --El Grafo (talk) 20:44, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Their account is too new for that. Hence their asking here, I suppose. But yes, they could wait a couple days and do it. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:14, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Ya, I was too new before, but I'll take care of it. Thanks. CommonMarks (talk) 06:46, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
What a usability disaster. I just unified my Wikipedia account, but apparently the fact that I'm a long time user isn't good enough for Wikimedia. (I can't say there's any reason unifying accounts accomplishes much other than reinforcing Wiki*edia's reputation as unfriendly and arcane, but that's another topic.) I think it's a bad usability problem to not give WP users credit if you actually want me to bother uploading things here instead of just over there. It would also be helpful to explain to new users the reason why they cannot overwrite a file they uploaded as opposed to simply forbidding it without explanation. -Sigeng (talk) 06:38, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:MUSSOLINI Alessandra.jpg[edit]

This is a free domain photograph, of a italian public figure. The the italian copyright laws indicate that the picture does not require permission to re-use as a representation of a public figure. The italian law is stated below:

Public domain. This is a photograph taken in Italy (or in Italian territory) and is now in the public domain because the copyright has expired [1] . According to the Law of 22 April 1941, no. 633, on the protection of copyright and other rights related to its operation, as amended by Law of 22 May 2004, no. 128, generic photographs devoid of artistic character and reproductions of works of figurative art become public domain, since the beginning of the calendar year following the completion of the twentieth year from the date of manufacture ( Article 92) . According to the text of the law, such " simple photographs " are defined as "images of persons , or of aspects , elements or events of natural and social life , obtained with photographic process or similar process , including reproductions of works of figurative art and frames of films . Not included are photographs of writings, documents , business papers , material objects , technical drawings and similar products "( Article 87) . The photographs considered works of art, however, become public domain 70 years after the author's death , in accordance with Article 2 paragraph 7 and Article 32-bis.}}

Please, help me. As the website requires a USA license, or it will be deleted. The photograph was taken in Italy and it is subject to its laws, and to my understanding, USA permission is not needed.

Sincerely,

Charlemagne77

--Charlemagne77 (talk) 17:54, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

I don’t think the problem here is the licence per se, but the lack of sourcing in the original from itWP. Without knowing where the image comes from, its age and origin are subject to doubt, undermining the rationale for its public-domain status.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 18:54, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, as Odysseus said. Even if the source is not available now, there should be more information: when the photo was taken, who is the photographer. And there are 2 contradictory templates: either it is affected by the URAA, or it is not. I can't be both. Yann (talk) 06:52, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Delete old file?[edit]

I am computer stupid, so if someone could help me, I'd appreciate it. Back in 2009 under the name Amy Crow, I uploaded a file of a right breast with a skin tag for the skin tag article. To my knowledge this has never been used, so I would like to request its deletion. Please and thank you. Amy Crow-Hawes —Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎12.107.60.50 (talk • contribs)

  • Since this is not a recent upload, I believe you would have to go through the standard Commons:Deletion review process. I assume that what you are asking for is a "courtesy deletion". You might be more likely to get what you want if you can demonstrate that you are the same person by logging in from the relevant account. - Jmabel ! talk 14:38, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Although the file is unused, I agree: it has been here too long for the ‘mulligan’ that’s usually given to inadvertent and other immediately-regretted uploads. If the password to the original account has been lost, I believe one can also establish one’s identity—in confidence—through OTRS.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:03, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
By "OTRS" he means COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

No subject[edit]

Please kindly delete this file.The attached image is not the correct image.It was wrongly attached. 20:21, 12 April 2014 (diff | hist) . . (+698)‎ . . N File:Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).jpg ‎ (User created page with UploadWizard) (current) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Osaretin (talk • contribs) 19:27, 15 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Please post new questions in a new section rather than in existing unrelated discussions, and please sign your entries.
You can nominate File:Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).jpg for deletion by going to the file description page, pressing "edit", and entering {{speedy|Uploader requesting deletion of a recently uploaded, unused file}}. LX (talk, contribs) 14:23, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Help required - I've crapped over Category:Christophe Lemaire[edit]

I've spent the last two days using flickr2commons to upload fashion shots by Masaki-H. One of their sets is a Lacoste show by Christopher Lemaire (who is now creative director at Hermes). But Category:Christophe Lemaire is the category of a French jockey, which means there are now 100+ miscategorised images there. Recategorising them is not something I can do manually, I could recategorise the handful of jockey images somewhere else, but horse-geeks may freak out. - hahnchen 19:56, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

  • If someone wants to sort this out, it should be pretty straightforward with VisualFileChange.js or, I'm sure, other tools I don't use. - Jmabel ! talk 00:45, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I could move them very easily with Cat-a-lot, but I don’t know where they should go. Into Hermès? Or should I create a Category:Christophe Lemaire (couturier) or something?—and if so, how should he be categorized?—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:12, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I'd move them to Category:Christophe Lemaire (designer). - hahnchen 18:06, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
✓ Done. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 20:12, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Please help[edit]

I want to write/open a page in wikipedia on my profile/writings/my developmental work/unique achievements etc. How can I do that and post it? regards, —Preceding unsigned comment added by Charudutta Panigrahi (talk • contribs)

Hello Charudutta Panigrahi. You can create a userpage at User:Charudutta Panigrahi, but please bear in mind that Wikipedia is not really somewhere to write articles about yourself. If you are notable enough, then someone will probably create an article about you, but it all depends on whether there are verifiable secondary sources about you. Also please note Wikimedia Commons is a separate project from Wikipedia, so you could also have a Commons userpage. If you need more help, please feel free to ask. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 12:37, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Category name[edit]

Hi there. I was doing some cleanup of the images in the "Lake Ontario" category. I created the category "Satellite images of the Great Lakes", and then added a bunch of photos. However, all the other satellite gallerias are called "Satellite pictures of...". How can I change the category's name? Thanks! Magnolia677 (talk) 14:02, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

There is no way to move a category as such, but there are a bunch of ways to accomplish that effect. Putting in a {{move cat}} request at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands is one of the simplest. Another alternative would be to create the new category, use cat-a-lot or VisualFileChange.js (the latter by substituting one category name for the other) to move the files, then request the deletion of the empty category. - Jmabel ! talk 15:31, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
✓ Done. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 16:52, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Cannot revert myself?[edit]

Hi, I accidently uploaded a different image under the same name, but I can't seem to revert that. Can someone help? [1]. Thanks, Tekstman (talk) 11:45, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

What happens when you click "revert"? Nothing? -- Asclepias (talk) 12:12, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
✓ Reverted, but unsure whether the accidental image can be deleted. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 12:49, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
I think it requires administrator. Evan Goering (talk) 17:17, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Preposition in template "in London by borough"[edit]

The general template Template:London subdivisions categories gives the following problem, concerning the links in the header of the template to the supercategories "{{{1}}} in the United Kingdom", "{{{1}}} in England" and "{{{1}}} in London". For example, Category:Animals of London, Category:Animals of England and Category:Animals of the United Kingdom use the preposition of, whereas Category:Animals in London by borough uses in. On this last page, you can see the red links in the template. Changing it to of in the template doesn't fix the problem, as for example Category:Street signs in London by borough does have the right links to Category:Street signs in London, Category:Street signs in England and Category:Street signs in the United Kingdom.

What is the right solution for this inconsistency? Changing the names of the Animals-categories to "of", or rather making two different London-by-bourough-templates? Can someone do this, as I am not an experienced user, but willing to learn. BertSeghers (talk) 13:13, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

It is possible to use 'ifexist' parser function to check whether an 'in' category exist and if not then to link to the corresponding 'of' category instead. Ruslik (talk) 18:58, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Help to rename[edit]

Hi there! I made a mistake when I created 8 six rays argent in heraldry instead of named Category:8 six rays argent in heraldry. Please, would you help me to rename it? Thanks in advance!--Duche de Cleves (talk) 00:19, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Renaming a page to a category might not be possible. Instead I've created the category and requested speedy deletion of the page. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 00:50, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Another QI question[edit]

Hi,

Just wondering, what improvements would need to be made to this file for it to become a Quality Image? Thanks for answering, --Jakob (talk) 00:44, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Picture with unknown copyright information?[edit]

There is a picture of a boat that I'd like to upload, because I created a page and would like to add a picture. However, I don't know who took the picture, or who holds the copyright. Additionally, on the page it's listed on (http://www.wrecksite.eu/imgBrowser.aspx?27855), its copyright information is listed as "unknown". Would I be allowed to upload it, or would I have to find the copyright holder? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cnd474747 (talk • contribs)

@Cnd474747: Hi. Wikimedia Commons only accepts files that are confirmed to be under a free licence. So, you are not allowed to upload the file. However, you may still do so if you contact the copyright holder for permission, and he agrees to license the image under a free licence. Hope that helps. --(✉→Arctic Kangaroo←✎) 05:21, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
@Arctic Kangaroo: Unfortunately, that does not. The copyright holder cannot be located. Thanks, Cnd474747 (talk) 12:33, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
@Cnd474747: Then sorry, you can't upload it. The only thing you can do is to find out who the copyright holder is. You may want to contact the guy who uploaded the image to Wrecksite, and ask him for details such as copyright holder and the source where he got the image from. Sadly the picture is definitely not in the public domain yet. Cheers, (✉→Arctic Kangaroo←✎) 14:37, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Grondplan Fort Frederik-Hendrik in Berendrecht.jpg[edit]

Beste, ik heb een grondplan van een fort geüploaded. Deze tekening heft als referentie het Algemeen Rijksarchief in 's Gravenhage. Moet ik hier nu nog extra toestemming voor hebben om dit te gebruiken? Een archief is toch publiek eigendom? --Helcra (talk) 20:31, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Glen Ridge High School color postcard.pdf[edit]

I want to upload a picture postcard of Glen Ridge High School, Glen Ridge, Essex County, New Jersey that I have from 1955. There is no copyright on the postcard, so I assume it is okay to publish it online.

Bonnie Bell Sauve --Bbsauve (talk) 22:40, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Lack of a copyright notice alone is not evidence of freedom, because works are generally supposed to accrue copyright at the moment of their creation, and according to the precautionary principle. That said, assuming this postcard was published in the USA before 1963, it will be considered to have entered the public domain (see COM:Copyright rules by territory#United States) and therefore should be OK to upload here. Just be sure to provide as much information as possible about the dating and provenance of the item, as backing for the public-domain licence.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:46, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
If it was published in the U.S. at that date, then the default was no copyright unless specifically asserted. The U.S. was not a signatory to e the Berne convention at that time. It would help to scan both sides of the postcard to make it clear that there was no copyright notice. - Jmabel ! talk 03:12, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Password lost after computer crash[edit]

Hi all,
I am User:DXR, but I cannot log in since my computer crashed and thus lost the password saved in the browser. It appears that I entered the password wrongly when I set it and it is not what I remembered it to be. Unfortunately, I have not entered my email address. Is it true that there is absolutely no way to reset the password given these conditions? I could certainly prove my identity if required since most of my photos carry my actual name in the exif. --2A01:E35:2EAF:81F0:D993:7411:9F54:82E6 12:39, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Never mind, I found it --DXR (talk) 16:26, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
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I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. DXR (talk) 16:26, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Joke picture[edit]

It is pretty obvious that File:Cappelli.jpg was created as a joke at the expense of a teacher. I have no idea how such images are treated here and am posting so someone experienced might take action if warranted. I noticed a link to en:Cappelli being added at en:OSI model. The former is a disambiguation page where an IP posted the image (see permalink). I reverted the edits at the two pages, and the image has no legitimate use—can it be deleted? Johnuniq (talk) 04:34, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, out of scope here at the minimum. DR created. Yann (talk) 05:24, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

format problem[edit]

I want to change in File:BJP-flag.svg, but in my PC this file saved in png format. When I reupload this file, this shows a message "The XML in the uploaded file could not be parsed". Please help!Prateek Malviyatalk 05:33, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

You should download the SVG version instead of the PNG. Inkscape is the recommended tool to edit SVG files. --Maxxl2 - talk 07:29, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
But how can I download SVG version of this file?Prateek Malviyatalk 09:33, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
Click the the flag image and you get to this page. Right click on the image and select Save page as .... This should work for you. --Maxxl2 - talk 09:43, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for helping, It's really work and now I uploaded new version of this file.--Prateek Malviyatalk 14:49, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
Good job. Go ahead with more files. --Maxxl2 - talk 15:12, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Deleting a file that was uploaded by mistake.[edit]

Is it possible to delete a file that was uploaded in error?

Thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by JSalleres (talk • contribs) 24 April 2014‎ (UTC)

If the file was uploaded recently, you can add {{speedydelete|uploaded in error}} and it will usually get deleted. --rimshottalk 19:12, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Typo in Category:Jill Stuart file descriptions[edit]

The 231 files in Category:Jill Stuart have an erroneous link to en:Jill Stuarts when they should point to en:Jill Stuart. I'd be grateful if anyone could fix this en masse, but if there is no simple method, it's not so egregious a mistake that it has to be fixed. - hahnchen 01:44, 25 April 2014 (UTC)