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File:Wikimedia logo family complete.svg

This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 17:16, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Could someone please upload the newer version (-2012) over the old one? I see no reason to keep the old one as this name. Maybe it could be archived as -2010 or -2009 though. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:46, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

We solved this differentially in order to comply with our policy. -- Rillke(q?) 17:16, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Er staat al een bestand met dezelfde inhoud in de wiki / There is already a file with these contents in the wiki

I tried to upload a file, but the upload supposedly failed. I had the page File:Nicole Thiemann at the Azencross 2012.jpg deleted to upload the file again but it still says "Er staat al een bestand met dezelfde inhoud in de wiki" (my settings are in Dutch but it means "There is already a file with these contents in the wiki") before directing me to the deleted page mentioned above. On this page it says "Er bestaat geen bestand met deze naam, maar u kunt het uploaden" ("There is no file with this name, but you can upload it"). Can someone please tell me what I need to do to upload this file again? I use the Upload Wizard. Answers preferably in English or Dutch please. - FakirNL (talk) 16:53, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Don't use the Upload Wizard. This form isn't going to annoy you with wrong indications of existence (it also needs to be used when only the file extensions differ). darkweasel94 17:43, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
I like the Upload Wizard but the basic upload form didn't bother me with annoying messages indeed. File re-uploaded. :This section was archived on a request by: FakirNL (talk) 07:18, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

A Very Good Photo of Andrew Bujalski

once I organised this photo for wikipedia:

i asked the author, she said "yes", also to the special conditions of use in german wikipedia (commercial use allowed), and confirmed that in a comment under her photo in flickr. yesterday she sent me an email and asked me to delete this photo from wikipedia. she didn't give an explanation why. but she deleted her comment with the permission under her photo in order to "not confuse the wikipedia editors". what should i do now? and how?--Alice d25 (talk) 06:15, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Creative Commons licenses are irrevocable. You should explain this to the author. Ruslik (talk) 09:26, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
In this case though, we don't actually have any evidence that it was ever valid. darkweasel94 09:49, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
Hi, it's Vanessa. I have been asked by Andrew to have the photo taken down. It wasn't actually taken by me, but by my wedding photographer. Please help! user:Vanbertozziuser talk:Vanbertozzi 11:13, 2 September 2013 (ET)
If it wasn't taken by the owner of the Flickr stream, then it was never properly licensed. I've started a speedy deletion for copyvio. Remember, if this is a mistake or we get permission, it can always be undeleted. Liamdavies (talk) 18:03, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Fastily. Liamdavies (talk) 16:42, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Liamdavies (talk) 16:42, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

Translating an image

File:Europa en 1470 (SO).svg is a map with countries named in Spanish. It is here on Commons, with a public domain license. It is used on English Wikipedia.

I would like to edit it, putting the country names into English. But before I start, I would like some advice. I realise that I should upload my edited version with a new name: is there a standard way of generating the new name? Is there anything else I should keep in mind? Maproom (talk) 14:14, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

I don't think there is a standard naming convention. As for other things to keep in mind, you should link the two versions to each other in the "other versions" field. darkweasel94 14:51, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
& in the "other versions" field, {{derivative versions}} and {{derived from}} would probably be clearest. Also, it's generally simplest to use the same licensing (and can get legally tricky if you don't). - Jmabel ! talk 15:32, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
Thank you both for the advice. I've done it now, see File:Europa en 1470 (SO) en.svg . Maproom (talk) 18:10, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 22:19, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

UPLOAD WIZARD more of a dunce

Annoying, had to prefix my initials as a possessive 'FAB's_' to clear this error situation.

Fabartus (talk · contribs) These error messages and 14 or so just like them were produced by the upload wizard 31 August 2013. As of this moment, the javascript or gadget or wizard is apparently fixating on a much too much of a short string length (that is just the beginning few bytes, I infer as a computer professional) to determine the file name is insufficiently unique. OBVIOUSLY the CODE is evaluating wrongly, these names are very long and plenty unique. Same issue occurred last week for Category:Blaschak Coal Company a similar group of long-named rail fanning photos. Made the same prefix fix. Given the descriptive names I've taken time to put up, fixing this would be appreciated, the name lengths really didn't need another six bytes. // FrankB 00:26, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

I believe everything starting with "IMG" is automatically rejected, and in fact that's good because if you upload something with a filename like "IMG 3466.jpg", you probably just forgot to fill in the name field. It helps to put the IMG part at the end, e.g. File:Wagramer Str-2013-08-15-IMG 3466.jpg. darkweasel94 01:02, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Nordkoreas ambassad

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Jag skulle vilja veta hur jag kommer i kontakt med Nordkoreas Ambassad. Finns någon adress som man kan skicka e-mail46.195.36.97 17:06, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Hälsningar PerErik e-post:


Sajten finns på

Lesula (talk) 05:20, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Major problems with uploading over the weekend

I have tried to upload about 50 photos over the weekend but only half succeeded. Nothing happens to the others. I have changed the size and title of the files but none of them have been uploaded. I have never had these problems before. Have there been problems on the servers over the weekend?Lesula (talk) 05:16, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

I know there was an issue from 00:00, 30 August 2013‎ till 00:30, 30 August 2013‎ but "only" from Europe, possibly Asia and Africa. -- Rillke(q?) 17:15, 2 September 2013 (UTC)


Its highly unlikely that this is a photograph of w:Pemulwuy who died in 1802. Uploader hasn't given a source. Should this be deleted or simply renamed to something descriptive? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Moondyne (talk • contribs) 14:12, 1 September 2013‎ (UTC)

It's used here: [1], also without source, and although the article is about Pemulwuy, the caption just reads "18th century warrior". I'll add the link to the file, but naming is incorrect. -- Deadstar (msg) 12:51, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

How to correct a typo. in an existing file name?

Hello, How do I arrange for a typo. in an existing file name to be corrected? I am not an administrator or file mover. The photo is in the Grant Denyer article.

As you can see the word 'presenting' is spelled persenting. Another editor has corrected the spelling in the host article's infobox but the photo now doesn't display because of the typo. I would appreciate your assistance please. Melbourne3163 (talk) 20:11, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

By using {{rename}}. Smile fasdfdsfoiueire.svg -- (talk) 20:15, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done --Stunteltje (talk) 20:19, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you Melbourne3163 (talk) 20:51, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Deleting a file I uploaded

Where do I place {{duplicate|File:example.jpg}} when attempting to delete a file I uploaded? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rleplin (talk • contribs) 22:31, 2 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Anywhere on the file description page will do, really. Usually, it is placed under the description. --rimshottalk 06:15, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Posting pictures of Bhutan.

I want to post pictures taken in Bhutan.How do i do that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kawashogun (talk • contribs) 11:46, 3 September 2013‎ (UTC)

  • First, are you the person who took the pictures? Because you can't post pictures here if someone else holds the rights to them and hasn't released them.
  • Second, you post pictures taken in Bhutan exactly like you post any other pictures. For a beginner, it is probably easiest to start at Commons:Upload. - Jmabel ! talk 17:30, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Replaced image problem

I uploaded and than replaced the image File:LauraMvula_cropped.jpg with a slightly different cropped version. While the thumbnail looks like the new replaced image version, the actual image still displays like the original image but with the (now distorted) proportion of the new replaced image (also on the WP article page). Not sure what the problem is, but maybe an admin can help. Thanks! Optimale (talk) 14:56, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Caching issue, it will eventually fix itself. -- Jmabel ! talk 15:33, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

Verwendung von einem Bild (File:Balboa-street.jpg) ihrer Seite


Ich hätte eine Frage zu den Bild "File: Balboa-street.jpg": Mein Freund und ich haben ein Buch über zwei Undercover Cops geschrieben. Und für das Buchcover würden wir gerne das oben angeführte Bild als Hintergrund verwenden. Dieses Buch wird es nur online zu kaufen geben. Ist es möglich, dieses Bild für unser Buch zu verwenden?

Bitte um kurze Information!

Vielen Dank!

Best regards Christoph —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Die Lizenz von File:Balboa-street.jpg verlangt nur, den Autor (nämlich "Arnold C (User:Buchanan-Hermit)") an entsprechender Stelle (etwa in der Urheberrechtsangabe am Anfang des Buches) zu nennen. Dann sollte das in Ordnung sein, allerdings kann hier niemand (außer höchstens dem Autor selbst, der auf User talk:Buchanan-Hermit kontaktiert werden kann) zu irgendeiner Datei eine rechtliche Garantie angeben, dass die Angaben auf der Beschreibungsseite richtig sind (und nicht etwa ein fremdes Foto als eigenes ausgegeben wurde) - wobei mir die Angaben in diesem Fall glaubwürdig erscheinen. Siehe COM:REUSE für Details. darkweasel94 18:43, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

can i change a license?

I'd like to change the license on a photo from Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported to Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

How do I do that? The image is already used on a wikipedia page, so I don't exactly want to delete it, unless I can replace it right away. How long does speedy delete take? Socialresearch (talk) 04:35, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

You can't revoke the cc-by-sa license, but you can just add an additional license to the description page. No deletion necessary. darkweasel94 05:29, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I added in a CCA 3.0 unported, but now there are two licenses. Which one takes priority, which one do people use, how do they know which one to use? Socialresearch (talk) 22:25, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
Actually, CC-BY-SA 3.0 can be replaced by CC-BY 3.0 by the author. The 'SA' part is a restriction. Nobody will use a file under CC-BY-SA if it's also available under CC-BY. Jcb (talk) 22:42, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
It's a dual-license, so people can choose which one they want to use, there are no priorities. And yes, Jcb is right in principle, but the CC-BY-SA can serve to document that those who already reused it and included a cc-by-sa URL (not a cc-by URL) didn't violate the license. darkweasel94 05:29, 5 September 2013 (UTC)


User:Jakeshkumaroad uploaded many personal photos and has placed them on a wiki page that has been nominated for deletion, I don't want to nominate each one for deletion individually. I don't know how to "mass nominate". --Mjrmtg (talk) 11:22, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Click here and enter the user name. From there on it should be pretty much self-explanatory. (You can find the link via Commons:Deletion_requests/Mass_deletion_request) --El Grafo (talk) 11:47, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Help with photo of Ng Ser Miang

Hello, I'm currently working on behalf of Ng Ser Miang to upload a new photo of himself and have it placed on his Wikipedia article. I've uploaded the photo here, but it doesn't display correctly, despite attempts to reduce both the size and dimensions of the file. Any idea what's happening? I'll be having Mr. Ng send an email soon with permissions information, but would like to make sure the image works correctly before I do. Thanks in advance! ChrisPond (talk) 13:42, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi. The server currently seems to be having problems generating thumbnails, as has already been pointed out at the German-language village pump. If you click on the image, you'll see it in full resolution - it has been uploaded successfully, so it's not your fault. darkweasel94 14:00, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
Okay, great—thanks for the info! Looks to be working now anyway. Cheers! ChrisPond (talk) 14:28, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

uploading a photo

can I upload a police mugshot of a deceased gangster? Thanks Jim S. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zygotican (talk • contribs)

We need more information than that to help you. When and in which country was it made and published? If in the US, was it made by a state or federal police? See Commons:Deletion requests/Template:PD-US-mugshot. darkweasel94 15:15, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

finding uploaded file

Hello, I uploaded a image file. How do I find it ...sorry.. the image has text/name: shinobu "shan" ichiyanagi and I did create a page ro now I'm not sure in wikicommons: Amezaiku Shokunin

But I can't now find it in search Thanks ahead of time — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rcnet1 (talk • contribs)

The only file you've ever uploaded is File:Shinobu "Shan" Ichiyanagi.jpeg. Use Special:MyUploads to see all your uploads, it's also linked in the top right corner if you have JavaScript enabled. darkweasel94 17:45, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Roofing Houston

I am uploading a webm movie file and the longer it says it is uploading the more the time keeps increasing instead of decreasing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edseeman (talk • contribs) 22:34, 22 March 2013‎ (UTC)

I'm going to go ahead and mark this six-month-old question for archival now. The Upload Wizard is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness, and it's likely that the problem was caused by one of its many bugs, but there isn't enough information to say for sure. Commons:Upload might have worked better, but based on the user's other contributions, it doesn't look like we missed out on much in this case. LX (talk, contribs) 08:03, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 08:03, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Trying to upload a Megloid Transmigration musical composition pdf

I tried to load a pdf (maybe you need a jpeg) with the following text under the following category The license is described by the following wikitext (must contain a valid copyright tag): It wouldn't let me enter the text - what am I missing? Thank-you

Copyright 2013. I, Joseph Glantz, the appointed representative of Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta, hereby affirm that Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta are the creators and sole owners of the exclusive copyright of the image of this musical composition created through their Megloid Transmigration computer program and that the composition/image was created in April, 2013.

Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta agree to publish that work under the free license "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported) and GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts)

Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta acknowledges that by doing so they grant anyone the right to use the image in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta acknowledge that they are aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta are aware that they always retain copyright of this work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by me or them..

Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta and I acknowledge that we cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

Joseph Glantz. 215.791.4988. Levittown, PA.

> I am the appointed representative of Douglas Cornish and Andrei Beleuta.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jglantz (talk • contribs) 14:57, 17 April 2013‎ (UTC)

The file format has nothing to do with this problem. Commons accepts PDF for some uploads (and the limitations on the use of the format are not enforced by technical measures).
The "wiki text" option in the Upload Wizard is an advanced option that lets users enter information for cases that do not fit the standard options. As noted, the text must include a copyright tag, which your text does not. Your text looks like our licensing permission boilerplate and should not be included in the file description. Instead, it should be sent in to our permission archive. The wikit text corresponding to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 and GFDL would be {{CC-by-sa-3.0}}{{GFDL}}. LX (talk, contribs) 08:20, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 08:20, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Video được đề xuất Nhận xét

Video được đề xuất Nhận xét - — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 23:13, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Google translation: "Proposed Video Comment"

That doesn't look like an actual help request. Marking for archival. LX (talk, contribs) 08:25, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 08:25, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

i am not receiving my daily-image e-mail link from 12 days. ""

i am not receiving my daily-image e-mail link from 12 days. "" — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 03:22, 28 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Check your settings at mail:daily-image-l. The archive indicates that mails were still being sent out at the time. LX (talk, contribs) 08:32, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 08:32, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Psychology: Berry's model


I reproduced a theoretical model from John W. Berry, adapted from Segall and al. (1999). Can I upload it on Wikimedia? In my article, should I put Segall's article in the reference section?

Thank you very much.

Rthiam — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rthiam (talk • contribs) 08:24, 2 June 2013‎ (UTC)

It looks like you went ahead and uploaded File:Modèle écoculturel de John W. Berry.pdf. Not sure why you chose PDF when SVG or PNG would have been more appropriate, but other than that, I don't see a problem with it. (I can't comment on the factual nature of the content, though.) Regarding referencing in Wikipedia articles, you should ask at the Wikipedia project in question. LX (talk, contribs) 08:37, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 08:37, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Making a collage

Title says it all. How do I make one? --TheShadowCrow (talk) 00:15, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Could you expand on that question? For example, is this a photocollage or something else? Do you mean something which just has pictures together with everything at right angles or something more complicated? Are you talking about taking images from Commons? Placing them on Commons? Both? Are you asking about technically what tool to use, or asking about licensing, or what? - Jmabel ! talk 15:28, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
Collages aren't that hard. File:Ipswich montage 2.jpg is one I did recently with GIMP. I started with the top image and enlarged the canvas bigger. I added the other images and either cropped or scaled them to fit. I then selected and cleared the border areas to make them white. Then I cropped the whole image to shape. Compare the source file sizes to see which I cropped and which I scaled.--Canoe1967 (talk) 15:34, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
I left details on TheShadowCrow's talk page as well as User:Canoe1967/Montages.
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 20:06, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Deleting a file

Can someone delete the two versions I have for "File:Rosenbach Eliot Indian Bible 6.jpg". I had problems uploading that picture, so uploaded it a different way with a new name. Thanks.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 22:11, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Just put Template:Speedydelete on the ugly ones. "1=uploader messed up" --Canoe1967 (talk) 01:13, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
File:Rosenbach Eliot Indian Bible 6.jpg was deleted by Denniss -- Rillke(q?) 11:52, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 11:52, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Feeds problem? Catfood problem?

If I go to Commons:Feeds and click on either of the "featured pictures" links, neither works (both links seem to end up in the same place). I get no images, just the text "No files found". If I go to the catfood tool itself and use the example query for featured images, I do get results, but the results appear incomplete. For example, File:C elegans male.svg was made a "featured image" on 4 September, but the latest images shown are from 2 September. Is something broken with categories feeds? Delicious carbuncle (talk) 19:50, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

First issue resolved, second issue is likely replication lag or caching-related. If you want a more specific answer, I fear you have to ask Magnus personally. -- Rillke(q?) 11:45, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 11:45, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
Seems to have resolved itself, but the thought of days-long replication lag on the new wmflabs toolserver is concerning. Thanks. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 15:55, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Possible license violation

Hi there, I'm not sure where to post it (bescause I found no suitable place), so sry for posting it here. this file could be a possible lcense violation, because there is no permission from the men on the picture to use the picture. Can someone take care of it? I will inform the user on And can someone tell me where/how I can post this the next time? tanks. greeting Shadak (talk) 07:42, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

It's not a license violation, it's a COM:IDENT violation. To nominate something for deletion, please use the "Nominate for deletion" link in the sidebar (requires JavaScript) - nothing will be deleted because of a discussion on the help desk. darkweasel94 10:11, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the help!
This section was archived on a request by: Shadak (talk) 11:11, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploading pictures taken by others acting as employees

There is a garden I know that has pictures of different species from its property. If a person who was working (or volunteering) for the garden took those pictures on duty for the garden, can the director of the garden release the pictures not taken by themselves under a free license here? Thanks. Biosthmors (talk) 17:26, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

  • (You don't say what country; the following should be correct in the U.S., to the best of my knowledge, but I'm not a lawyer. You might get better advice at Commons:Village pump/Copyright.) If they were working & taking the pictures was part of their job, presumably yes (in that this would be work for hire). But a volunteer, who was receiving no compensation, would presumably retain his or her copyrights unless they were explicitly signed over. - Jmabel ! talk 18:52, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
    • Yes, it's in the U.S. Sorry, I should have clarified. Thanks. Biosthmors (talk) 20:42, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Possible copyright issue with File:Human displacement map of the world.jpg?

This image [2] came up during discussions at en.Wikipedia, and it occurred to me that there may possibly be a copyright concern. In brief, File:Human displacement map of the world.jpg is based in part on an image found here [3] - dated 2007, and thus clearly still in copyright. The original image is intended to illustrate "a way of highlighting (when compared to maps utilizing population data from earlier centuries) the effects of colonisation as well as migratory trends in the last century" using "'von Luschan's chromatic scale - a method of classifying skin colour". The creator of the upoloaded file seems to have copied the 'skin colour' data onto a new map. Though the creator of the original, Jonathan Hagos, states that he has used census data for the image, it seems to me that there must of necessity have been a great deal of interpretation of such data (not least becaus census data does not normally include skin colouration), and thus it constitutes an original work in itself. I thus wonder what exactly the copyright status of the uploaded copy is - is it a derivative work, and as such possibly in breach of copyright? AndyTheGrump (talk) 01:55, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Image creator here, I must remark that the imge was already brought to the copyright-related issues noticeboard on wikipedia and was found to be valid [4]. Czixhc (talk) 02:18, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
  • On further consideration, there is another issue with this image: the 'description' given on the file page omits any mention whatsoever of Hagos's original. I'm not sure what needs to be done regarding this, but it certainly needs rectification if the image is to stay. AndyTheGrump (talk) 15:51, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
    • There may be good reason to acknowledge the original (on the same basis as acknowledging any source), but there is certainly no copyright issue. You can't copyright ideas or data, only their expression. - Jmabel ! talk 03:37, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

Proper Copyright Code for Getty Research Institute, Open Content Program

I am trying to figure out what the correct copyright code is for File:Walker Evans Boardwalk.jpg an image that came from the Getty Research Institute's Open Content Program. Here is the image on their site, and here is the FAQ for their program, where they state that all images in that program are PD.

Are there copyright restrictions for the Getty's open content images?
No. The first release includes 4,600 images of works of art believed to be in the public domain—in other words, works not protected by copyright under U.S. law. The Getty does not claim copyright in digital images of public domain artworks.

User JuTa flagged the image. When I followed up on the user's talk page, JuTa wrote:

The template {{PD-1923}} does not fit because it made later. {{PD-old}} does not fit because the autor died 1975 which is less then 70 years ago. {{PD-US-no notice}} might fit, but as far as I know some recharch for a copyright note is neccessary to be sure there was realy no such note. You better re-ask on Commons:Help desk other people if and which license template is fitting here. regards. --

The 4,867 images that they released as part of this program were all researched and vetted internally. The GRI is a world renowned research facility, and as such, I would assume their research would suffice. Please advise.--Theredproject (talk) 21:26, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

For files like this uploaded to Flickr by renowned research facilities we have {{Flickr-no known copyright restrictions}}. Maybe something like this could be created for Getty too? --El Grafo (talk) 10:13, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes, can we do {{Getty-no known copyright restrictions}}? Or maybe {{Getty Research Institute-no known copyright restrictions}} What does it take to create that code?--Mandiberg (talk) 16:37, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Hi, unfortunately I have no experience in creating license templates. I have changed the "speedy" deletion request to a regular one, so that it can be discussed here. I'll also post a message at Commons:Village pump/Copyright to get some input from the experts. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 08:43, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
We would also presumably need to be happy that the images had the correct licenses in their country of origin if they were created/first published outside the US; it's not clear to me that the Getty is asserting that as well. Hchc2009 (talk) 09:44, 8 September 2013 (UTC)


Has anyone an idea about the legal status of this CoA? --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 00:46, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

There are knowledgeable people at COM:VP/C. -- Rillke(q?) 12:04, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Software error?

When I uploaded a file, there is the picture and the green hook, but no sign: Continue. What can I do? --Schnobby (talk) 08:39, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

I already uploaded hundreds of photos, so I don't know what it is. Also, the left side down on the page there is a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark while uploading and/or later on. I would be very happy if you could help me. Thanks!

--Schnobby (talk) 13:10, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Und noch einmal auf deutsch, falls mir da jemand helfen kann: Schon mehrmals hatte ich Probleme beim Hochladen, entweder ging es sehr langsam oder der Server konnte das Bild nicht aufmachen. Jetzt aber geht gar nichts mehr: Ich lade ein Bild hoch, das Häkchen im grünen Feld erscheint, auch das Foto, aber unten neben "Upload more photos" steht nicht: All uploads have succeeded und im Feld: Continue. Was könnte das sein? Ich arbeite mit Windows Vista. Vielen Dank für eventuelle Hilfe. --Schnobby (talk) 13:15, 5 September 2013 (UTC)
Commons:Hochladen oder einen anderen Browser verwenden. Der Assistent zum Hochladen von Dateien spinnt leider öfters. Das liegt daran, dass viele Browser sich sehr unterschiedlich verhalten, der Quellcode des Assistenten deshalb sehr umfangreich ist und keiner mehr so richtig durchblickt. Eine automatische Fehlerberichterstattung, wie sie beispielsweise Windows hat, hat der Assistent nicht. Bei einer Software dieser Größe, würde ich es allerdings für angemessen halten. -- Rillke(q?) 11:57, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
Hallo Rillke, das ist aber schön, dass ich so bald eine Antwort bekommen habe - vielen herzlichen Dank. Ich habe es gleich probiert, über Commons:Hochladen, das hat auch geklappt. Natürlich dauert es einige Zeit länger als mit dem spinnerten Assistenten, aber es geht. Was du in "Der Weiter-Button fehlt" vorgeschlagen hast, hat nicht geklappt. Eine Frage am Rande: Ich benutze den Windows Explorer, könnte aber andere Browser wählen. Nun weiß ich nicht, ob ich einfach einen anderen (z.B. Firefox) hochladen kann oder ob ich vorher den Windows Explorer löschen muss (ich bin 70 Jahre alt, also entschuldige meine Unwissenheit). Würdest du mir das empfehlen? Viele Grüße --Schnobby (talk) 16:38, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

project label templates

I created a label for photos related to a class project at Template:Photos donated by Español Básico Spring 2013 based off a template used for a class from last semester, Template:Photos donated by Spring 2013 Medical English However, the old photo still appears on the tag on the photos such as here File:Escuela en la ciudad de México.JPG although the new photo appears in the layout page. Did I miss something? Thelmadatter (talk) 22:53, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

You forgot about Template:Photos donated by Spring 2013 Medical English class ITESM CCM/lang and Template:Photos donated by Spring 2013 Medical English/layout. You should create similar templates for Template:Photos donated by Español Básico Spring 2013. Ruslik (talk) 17:13, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
You seems to have created these templates but forgot to change some templates calls which I corrected. Ruslik (talk) 17:21, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Unable to upload music files via Upload Wizard and Commons: Upload

Been trying to upload some music files to Wikimedia Commons via the Upload Wizard and Commons: Upload for the past couple months, but for the most part am being denied. Upload Wizard keeps giving me an Unknown error: Unknown message, while Upload: Commons has been giving me the same server error again and again: PHP fatal error in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.22wmf15/extensions/TimedMediaHandler/handlers/OggHandler/PEAR/File_Ogg/File/Ogg/Media.php line 119: Allowed memory size of 183500800 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 2018670161 bytes). The files I'm attempting to upload meet Commons criteria; I've been able to upload three similar files in the past. Not sure why it's giving me a hard time now, though. If it matters any, I've attempted to upload via the Sleipnir, Opera, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers; my OS is Windows Vista. Any help would be very deeply appreciated. Thank you! CurryTime7-24 (talk) 02:09, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

How big are the files? There is a maximum file size. darkweasel94 15:54, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Can you please undertake the steps listed at COM:UH#"Unknown error" when uploading audio files via Upload Wizard (your initial post)? Thank you! -- Rillke(q?) 11:50, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
CurryTime7-24: Please provide file sizes and can you also provide a link to the file which you tried to upload? --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 13:00, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

An encouraging message

As requested in your welcome, here is an encouraging message for the people who evidently work so hard on the Wikimedia Commons Stroke Order Project. I'm starting out learning Chinese and your resources are invaluable. I hope one day to be able to contribute something to the project, however small. Many thanks and keep up the excellent work! 17:34, 8 September 2013 (UTC)Fraser McFadyen, 08/09/2013

Hello, it's always nice to hear people like what we do. I've left a note over at Commons talk:Stroke Order Project, so the people there can find your message. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 14:11, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Adding DRs to watchlist

I just discovered that when I edit a DR, it doesn't show up on my watchlist, like other edits do. Am I missing something? How do I watch a particular file deletion request after I edit it? --Light show (talk) 04:44, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

In principle, there should be no difference between DRs and other pages, concerning your watchlist. To add a page to your watchlist, click the little star in the tab bar at the top. It should turn blue. Be careful to open the DR itself (for example from the link on the image description page) and not the list of deletion requests (e.g. Commons:Deletion requests/2013/08/28), as edits to the DRs will not be registered on the DR list. --rimshottalk 06:26, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks.--Light show (talk) 06:46, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

penalty for violation

if my picture i uploaded is from google and considered copyright violation...will i get penalty?? prefix:Commons:Help desk/Archive — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pari jyothika (talk • contribs)

If you repeatedly do such things even though you've been warned, you may well be blocked, yes. You shouldn't do it regardless of whether you will be blocked, because our goal is to collect stuff that everybody is allowed to reuse, and if you work against that goal, you aren't acting in good faith. darkweasel94 11:29, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

SIMPLE directions for submitting a biography for upload

Just want to submit a biography and image for free open access on Wikipedia. Not a techie. Need SIMPLE step-by-step directions. I am a regular user and regular donor. Can I upload a word file and jpeg? Thanks for everything. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Christinedevries (talk • contribs) 17:09, 9 September 2013‎ (UTC)

A JPEG - yes. If you created it yourself, just use the UploadWizard, otherwise we need the copyright holder to give permission to use under a free license. You can't upload Word files here; you can upload PDFs but if it is a biography, you should just add its content to Wikipedia as wikitext, not upload it to Commons. darkweasel94 17:33, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploading images of DVD covers from the Internet

What is the procedure for uploading a non-free image of DVD, Videotape, or Blu-Ray with the intention of illustrating a video on a Wikipedia article under the non-free media and fair use rationale under US copyright law?

--Smrgeog (talk) 20:58, 9 September 2013 (UTC)smrgeog

It's not here on Commons, we don't allow fair use here. You may upload that locally e.g. to English-language Wikipedia (en:Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard) - if you have questions about that, you need to ask at the English-language Wikipedia. darkweasel94 21:15, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
Rules vary for the different-language Wikipedias. For the English-language Wikipedia, you must fill out en:Template:Non-free_use_rationale on the file page for the uploaded non-free image. - Jmabel ! talk 23:47, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Merge 2 categories?

Shouldn't these be merged together? Note that candidiasis is a redirect to Candida albicans. If there are to be separate pages, then should point to candida since not all candidiasis is caused by C. albicans.

I tried to do this but not sure how. Lesion (talk) 21:35, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

How do I upload a replacement image? (Converted jpeg to png)

I have been trying to understand how to replace a jpeg with a (better-looking) png version.

The current file is: Components of the Human Genome.jpg I want to replace it with my edited version (not yet uploaded): Components of the Human Genome.png

The existing image is used in a number of places, and I want my replacement file to be (automatically!) used in those places too. I have read some instructions on how to do this, but I am not understanding how I make sure the file is handled as a replacement rather than a new image. I apologize for being so cognitively challenged. I need very clear, explicit instructions rather than concise descriptions. Dratman (talk) 01:08, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi - one problem is that some upload forms will wrongly say "a file with that name already exists" when only the file extension differs. You can ignore that message. If the upload form you are using does not even allow you to fill in a description when that happens, you have to use the basic upload form, which does not have that problem. I think you cannot automatically replace the file everywhere that it's used, but you can ask at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands to have an admin do that for you. darkweasel94 22:33, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. This is more complicated than I thought. Dratman (talk) 01:08, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
The easiest way would be to convert it to .jpg extension in GIMP or similar. Just open the .png, file export as .jpg, then overwrite the .jpg.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:37, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
The easiest way yes, but not a good idea. Drawings get terribly ugly as JPEGs. darkweasel94 22:50, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
Right, that is why I am trying to convert the image from jpeg to png in the first place. It had some visual problems. Dratman (talk) 01:08, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

merkwürdige fehlermeldung

guten tag, der neue assistent scheint nicht zu funktionieren, außerdem ist die ganze geschichte so unübersichtlich, dass man nicht weiß was hinten und vorne ist. völlig unbedienbar, das zeug hier.

ich bekomme zum beispiel folgende fehlermeldung:

File:LacDeCastillon Blaron.jpg Aus Wikimedia Commons, dem freien Medienarchiv Wechseln zu: Navigation, Suche

Es ist keine Datei dieses Namens vorhanden. Du kannst jedoch diese Datei hochladen.

was bedeutet das. wieso ist "keine datei diese namens vorhanden", die das heißt LacDeCastillion Blaron.jpg (offensichtlich wurde der unterstrich entfernt). wenn ich sie dann hochladen will, kommt die meldung, dass sie schon vorhanden ist.

was soll das alles? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raerba (talk • contribs) 12:34, 12 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Ich weiß nicht, was genau du machst, aber File:LacDeCastillon Blaron.jpg gibt es jedenfalls und wurde von dir hochgeladen. Hast du schon versucht, deinen Cache zu leeren? Vielleicht ist da noch etwas drin. darkweasel94 13:05, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

jetzt ist es da, gleich dreimal, man muss wohl etwas warten, nachdem man die bestätigung bei einer neuanmeldung (account) verschickt hat, bevor man den assistenten benutzt? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raerba (talk • contribs) 14:11, 12 September 2013‎ (UTC)


wenn ich auf "beobachtungsliste" klicke, kommt beim laden kann kurz ein ein eintrag mit "you're invited to", der gleich wieder "zusammenschnurrt", so dass man keine chance hat, den text vollständig zu lesen oder auf einen link zu klicken.

wie finde ich eigentlich meine eigenen fragen hier wieder?

vielleicht kann mal einer auf meiner benutzerseite einen hinweis hinterlassen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raerba (talk • contribs)

Ich glaube, das soll auch so sein. Wenn man JavaScript abschaltet, kann man die Nachrichten sehen, und dann sieht man, dass sie sich auf Aktionen in den USA beziehen - vermutlich werden die automatisch je nach Standort versteckt, denn wenn du in Mitteleuropa sitzt, interessieren sie dich wahrscheinlich nicht. darkweasel94 14:17, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

ok danke, es war halt etwas irritierend. nach dem löschen des browser-caches und neuanmeldung funktioniert jetzt auch die anzeige der diskussionseite besser. Raerba (talk) 14:32, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

*wo* muss das [[category:]] hin?

ich lade hier doch eigentlich dateien hoch, z.b. fotos, oder?

  • was* ist die "dateibeschreibungsseite"?
  • wo* muss das [[category:]]hin?

ich habe z.b. folgendes unter: File:LacDeCastillon Blaron.jpg Beschreibung:

=={{int:filedesc}}== [[Category:Lac de Castillon]] {{Information |description={{de|1=Lac de Castillon, Blick auf den Südzipfel (Richtung Barrage [Talsperre]), aufgenommen kurz vor dem Bergdörfchen Blaron, Sep. 2013}} |date=2013-09-06, 12:07 |source={{own}} |author=[[User:Raerba|Raerba]] |permission= |other_versions= |other_fields= }} {{Location dec|43.898957|6.520321}} Blaron, 04120 Castellane, Frankreich (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), ca. 1030 m üNN ist das die richtige stelle? ja? nein? das teil zeigt nach dem speichern immer noch an "nicht kategorisiert"

warum gibt es hier eigentlich keine einzige vernünftige anleitung, wie man das kategorisieren macht? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raerba (talk • contribs)

Technisch gesehen ist es egal, wo du die Kategorien platzierst. Üblich ist es allerdings, die Kategorien ganz am Ende hinzuzufügen. Die "nicht kategorisiert"-Meldung kommt von {{uncategorized}}, das du entfernen solltest. Einfacher geht das Kategorisieren direkt mit HotCat. Ich würde dich übrigens bitten, hier im Help desk und auch sonst auf Diskussionsseiten deine Beiträge mit ~~~~ zu unterschreiben. darkweasel94 14:12, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

a ok, danke. ich war irritiert, weil ganz unten beim ersten abschnitt folgendes stand: // {Location dec|43.898957|6.520321}} / /Blaron, 04120 Castellane, Frankreich (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), ca. 1030 m üNN es war mir nicht klar, wie der parser entscheidet, wo die beschreibung aufhört.

der nächste abschnitt beginnt dann mit // =Licensing==

es ist vielleicht für anfänger besser, nicht die einzelnen abschnitte zu bearbeiten, sondern ganz oben auf "bearbeiten" zu klicken (neben "lesen", die ganze seite), dann sieht man alles in einem editorfenster komplett. ich habe es jetzt ganz unten eingefügt.

die meldung unkategorisiert ist weg, die suchfunktion findet es aber leider immer noch nicht - dauert vielleicht noch etwas?

Raerba (talk) 14:28, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Ja, bis die Suche das findet, kann es noch einige Zeit dauern, die wird nicht in Echtzeit aktualisiert. darkweasel94 14:40, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
Beginnend bei Commons:Erste Schritte/Hochlade-Formular, findest Du ausführliche Erklärungen. -- Rillke(q?) 18:51, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploading album cover for new album article


I am creating a new article for the band Silver Sun's new album, "A Lick and a Promise." I have already edited the Silver Sun page to reflect this new release, but as there is no page for the album, I am creating it myself. I'd like the album cover included, as it is on their other album pages, but it doesn't meet the Wikipedia Commons guidelines and I am not a confirmed user.

Please advise.

For the time being, I will include the file name in the page I am creating, in hopes that this will be resolved before the page is approved and goes live.

I've never asked a question here, so I'm not sure how this works. If you need it, my registered email is email address removed for spambot protection.

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kishinthunder (talk • contribs)

You can't upload copyrighted nonfree album covers here on Commons, but you can upload them to the English-language Wikipedia if that's where you're writing your article. You should ask on the project where you want to upload it if you have any problems. darkweasel94 15:50, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
For the English-language Wikipedia, you must upload to English-language Wikipedia (not Commons) and fill out en:Template:Non-free_use_rationale on the file page for the uploaded non-free image. -- Jmabel ! talk 20:01, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

WIKI loves monuments

Würde mich gern an Eurer Aktion WIKI Loves Monuments beteiligen, habe aber Probleme mit dem Upload Wizard: Nach dem Upload eines Bildes sehe ich keine Möglichkeit, weitere Schritte wie z.B. Eintragen der Erläuterungen oder Rechte vorzunehmen. Ich werde lediglich aufgefordert, das nächste Bild zu laden. Wer kann helfen? --Klabauter2 (talk) 07:17, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Einfach warten, erscheint dann eine Gruene Taste rechts unter.--Ymblanter (talk) 08:22, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
Ja - es kann einige Zeit dauern, bis das Bild hochgeladen ist. Du kannst erst weiterklicken, wenn es oben ist. darkweasel94 08:24, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:MP Wayne Marston chúc sinh nhật cho Ls Lê Quốc Quân.jpg

I clearly cited which reference source I took a picture from which is from (, however user Sholokhov still thinks I violated a picture copyrights. So, in order to compliance with copyrights rules by Wikipedia, what information should I provide to proof I have a right to use this picture?--Tronglycan (talk) 17:24, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Any image is by default copyrighted and may be not uploaded to the Commons unless it either released into public domain or licensed under w:CC-BY-SA (or other allowed license). Ruslik (talk) 18:53, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Multiple resolutions

Hi, is it possible to import multiple resolutions of the same image within a single file page ? Or do I have to import seperately an alternate resolution of the same image and access it with a different file name ? This would be usefull to have better quality when the automatic resizing is not good. Thank you.--Krešo fr (talk) 11:29, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

No, it is not possible to make different thumbnail sizes refer to different binaries as part of a single filename. The thumbnailing process will always use the latest revision of the file. LX (talk, contribs) 16:09, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
Additionally, uploading multiple versions of the same file will likely end up with the lower quality/resolution one being deleted (probably per Template:Duplicate. If you want an image that scales correctly you should use a non-raster file format, those at the graphic lab will probably be able to help. Liamdavies (talk) 16:17, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
Thank you LX and Liamdavies.--Krešo fr (talk) 12:51, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Category Redirect: The Fens

Category:The Fens is redirected to Category:Back Bay Fens.

That seems a bit odd. What do we use for pictures related to en:The Fens?

--Robert EA Harvey (talk) 04:22, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

The Fens category was created with reference to the Boston, MA, park and has only existed as a redirect. There are two choices I can see:
  1. Convert Category:The Fens to a dab, and create a cat for the English Fens at a disambiguated location.
  2. Convert Category:The Fens to the category for the English Fens, giving a hatnote to the park (these appear to be only two concepts referred to as "The Fens").
Either is viable, but note that the bar to disambiguate is a lot lower on Commons than on enwp. That's partially because of what triggered this question: Users may assume <ambiguous topic> refers to their <specific topic> and miscategorise files accordingly. eg If the park was at The Fens instead of redirecting to Back Bay Fens, you might not have realised the categorisation error here and checked that The Fens category was for ... The Fens...--Nilfanion (talk) 09:14, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
That's jolly helpful. You appear to be suggesting I could just go ahead and do it. I would pick the 2nd option, but whilst I have lived among the English Fens for half a century, I don't know anything about the Boston case. You seem to be suggesting that The Fens is a casual nickname for the Boston case? is that right? If it is I'd definitely go for the 2nd one. Thanks for the advice.--Robert EA Harvey (talk) 20:24, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes, "the Fens" is a widely used nickname for the Boston park. --Avenue (talk) 03:47, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

answering messages

How do I reply to messages from other users? Answer please to Thanks, bassoonstuff — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bassoonstuff (talk • contribs) 08:32, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

We usually do not e-Mail users because we have this great Wikipage that allows us to publicly communicate knowledge (which will end-up in searchable archives) and that avoids that we have to disclose our e-Mail addresses. This is how forums work. For an answer to your question, see screenshots. -- Rillke(q?) 11:03, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
Step 1
Open your talk page by clicking "Talk" in your personal bar on top of the page.

2013-09-16 MW Screenshot p-personal -the personal links on top of the page- with pt-mytalk -the own talk page link- highlighted.png

Step 2
Click on the "Edit"-tab.

2013-09-16 MW Screenshot ca-edit -- the edit tab -- on user talk page.png

Step 3
Write your response and sign it:

Wiki-editor signature&timestamp-red.PNG

Step 4

Press Preview, look that everything is ok and then Save page. -- Rillke(q?) 11:03, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 11:03, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

''''Is this stylised version legal?

Must it be asked through referendum to the people if this may be used and, or changed ?????

If NOT then it's use is Fraudulent misleading and punishable by law''''

  • I can't make any sense of the preceding few lines. Can anyone provide some context? - Jmabel ! talk 22:26, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:How to Build Self Esteem and Be Confident Overcome Fears Break Habits Be Successful Happy frontcover maddy malhotra.png

Hi. This image was taken from (url provided while uploading) and from author's website. This image is already in the public domain. Please guide me how to put tags or resolve the licensing issue. Thank you. Rachel

--Racheltaylor26 (talk) 20:17, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Why exactly do you think it is in the public domain? darkweasel94 20:47, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
Just to clarify Darkweasel's remark: the facts that you state would tend to suggest an image that is not in the public domain, but one that is under the author's, publisher's, or photographer's copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 22:28, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Possible licensing problem

This is concerning File:FSRR FBQ 01.jpg. The uploader claimed that the photograph was his own work, published under both Creative Commons and GNU, and also claimed that the author is Ferrosur. However, I found the image on the website of CG Railway here. It's the last image linked on the page, titled Train Loading Ferry.-- 00:53, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Please nominate the file for deletion (using the link in the sidebar) if you have good-faith doubts about its licensing status. No need to ask here first. darkweasel94 07:40, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Turan, being destroyed 1992.jpg

Found pictures in Google gallery under Koromačno gallery. The photos are a collection of the Koromačno cement factory. The web is "" which is the "Societa Storica Italiana", "Istrian Historical society". Is this a protected gallery? Some of my pictures are there also so I assume they are free to use. Thanks a bunch.

--Jvdobrich (talk) 02:28, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Anything you find on the net you can presume is protected by copyright unless you can prove otherwise. If some of your pictures are there without them following the license you put on them, then you can assume others have likely had their pictures taken too, and they may not have put them under a free license.--Prosfilaes (talk) 10:19, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

how to add asl

Is asl noted as a language here? I use asl with my Deaf Friends. Thanks coritravels. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coritravels (talk • contribs) 17:05, 17 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Do you mean American sign language? If so, you may review m:Requests_for_new_languages/Wikipedia_American_Sign_Language_2. Ruslik (talk) 18:49, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
I think he's asking about Babel userboxes. I don't think that exists, and I may be ignorant but how many people use it in writing and are likely to use it to communicate with you on Commons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Darkweasel94 (talk • contribs) 20:06, 17 September 2013‎ (UTC)

0 pixel file

Could someone have look at this image. Clicking on the file does show the hi-res version, but the system doesn't seem able to figure out the pixel size. What is wrong here? Jan Arkesteijn (talk) 19:40, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

That image has a very complicated EXIF info ([5], not visible in image description page), including longish xml section. This might have broken mediawiki image scaler somehow. MKFI (talk) 06:46, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, I discarded the info and rebuilt it. And it works. Jan Arkesteijn (talk) 08:35, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: MKFI (talk) 11:05, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Synonyms in category names

I've uploaded a photo of a halma board, at File:Halma board.jpg. But when I came to add it to Category:Halma, I find that this is about a town of that name in Belgium. I assume the best course of action is to create a new category and possibly link to it from the other one, but I decided to ask here because I'm bound to mess it up if I don't find out the procedure first. Marnanel (talk) 17:18, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Category:Halma (game). -- Asclepias (talk) 17:34, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 20 September 2013 (UTC)


Please, delete this file: File:Ny-Hellesund StOlafs sund (1).JPG I think you understand why. I loaded the file by a mistake. Karl Ragnar Gjertsen (talk) 22:11, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

how to join my country in Wiki loves monuments

hie i just saw this competition but i could not find my country on the list of participating countries. I'm from Zimbabwe and my question to you is how do i join my country in the contest more-so how do i join the competition?

your response is greatly appreciated peers, Lobex — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19 September 2013‎ (UTC)

There is a separate help desk for Wiki Loves Monuments. Zimbabwe is not participating this year, and it's probably a bit late to change that for this year's contest, but it's not too early to start preparations for organizing next year's contest. LX (talk, contribs) 11:27, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploading new logo or news channel

Where do I upload the new logo image to so I can add it on Wiki page Central Florida News 13? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Danileigh79 (talk • contribs) 14:42, 20 September 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Assuming that the logo is copyrighted (which it certainly is if it is complex enough to be eligible for copyright) and you don't have permission from the copyright holder, then the short answer is "not here on Commons."
  • You say "Wiki page Central Florida News 13" but don't provide a link. I assume you are referring to en:Central Florida News 13, in the English-language Wikipedia. The English-language Wikipedia would allow you to upload the image on their site, but you'll need to fill out a copy of en:Template:Non-free use rationale on the image page there. - Jmabel ! talk 15:48, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

A place to save icons collections

Hello, I was wondering if there is a central place to save icons collections or at least a place to talk about them.

There should be at least a place for collecting such links. We can't afford to lose them forever when the creators' website disappear. If we can't make backups here on Wikimedia, then maybe we can save them at Ark25 (talk) 18:50, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

There are ~700 of them at . A bot may help upload them. The original license is CC-by-2.5/3.0 viewed at We could probably make Category:Famfamfam icons from Mark James in Category:Icons to host them all.--Canoe1967 (talk) 19:09, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the answer. I think it's a good idea to save them in zip format too. The files are quite small and it's much easier to save a single zip file until someone will have the time to save all of the icons automatically with a robot. I was thinking to create Commons:Icons page but for the moment the links can be gathered at Category talk:Icons. Ark25 (talk) 20:28, 20 September 2013 (UTC)
To upload they would need to match Commons:File types. .Pdf may work if the .zip can be opened as 700 layers in a program like GIMP. Then see if GIMP, or other, can export as a 700 page .pdf. Once a bot uploads them then we can delete the .pdf. Another way would be to upload 200 or more as one image if the .zip or website already has many icons in one image at full scale.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:31, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

Maybe it would be a good idea to add .zip format to Commons:File types, just for creating such a repository of free image collections. I have no experience with, I will see if I can make an account and archive the collections there. —  Ark25  (talk) 23:57, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

PLoS One image use

Dear All, since journal PLoS One applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.5) to all its published materials, is it allowed to upload to Commons and use in Wikipedia figures from the PLoS One articles? Shao (talk) 15:46, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

From your link alone, yes, it does seem so, unless there is contradictory information somewhere else or we have evidence that the copyright holder did not actually agree to the license. darkweasel94 16:13, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

How can I know if the Copyright has been renewed?

Hi. I wanted to upload this file, which was published in the 40s, but I cannot find if the copyright has been renewed. It´s supposed that Works published with notice or registered in the U.S. from and including 1923 through 1963 are now in the public domain unless the copyright was renewed... So how can I know if the Copyright has been renewed? Thanks. Albertojuanse (talk) 19:53, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

The copyright by Creative Educational Society is probably for the book Visualized curriculum series, Communication (no. 5) by Inez Bates, registered Sept. 16 1940 under number AA 362119 (entry 11331 in the catalog of copyright entries for first half of 1941). The copyright is for text and pictures but I wonder if is really applicable to this 1887 photograph that had to come from somewhere and may well have been published earlier. Anyway, one can look into resources for copyright renewals around 1967 and 1968. I looked and didn't find a renewal for it, but I'm not used to searching those resources. Maybe someone will have better suggestions. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:29, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, Asclepias, It is what I thought. I´ll search for the renewals record, but I´m afraid it is in public domain. Anyway I want to be sure. Thanks. Albertojuanse (talk) 22:08, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Drawing of an image a bit similar to one in a book

for example how a volcano "works", to draw a volcano in the program gimp, by looking in a book with an illustration how a volcano looks inside and then use words like "magma chamber" and put the same words in your own illustration - an illustration that is similar in the way that it also is an illustration of how a volcano is "built"Jasmin Ros (talk) 13:11, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

You can do this as long as you do not directly copy the image or its parts. Abstract ideas are not copyrightable, only specific expressions of these ideas. Ruslik (talk) 15:29, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

How to correctly upload a blog-picture posted for public domain (copyright exempted)?

From Toronto8973.

In some pages of the publisher (Prof. Ferrada de Noli) states, "All images/photos in this page are of my private collection, correspond to own materials and/or donations, and I post them here for public domain (copyright exempted)". This is the case of the page where in the caption of the image "Bautista van Schouwen, Marcello Ferrada-Noli and Miguel Enríquez Espinosa. Here in February 1961. . ." the author re-states the following message:

"This picture is of my private collection, it corresponds to an own material which was donated to me, and I post it here for public domain (copyright exempted)"

It should be noted that the three persons in the picture are public figures. Bautista van Schouwen ( was killed under torture in the aftermath of the Military Coup in Chile 1973, Ferrada-Noli ( is a survivor of the Prisoners Camp "Quiriquina Island" (, and Miguel Enríquez ( died in combat with military forces in 1975.

How shall I do to correctly upload this picture (or others published with similar terms) in Commons, and subsequently in Wikipedia?

I thank you in advance

--Toronto8793 (talk) 14:41, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

  • The question would be whether he is actually in a position to waive copyrights (or whether the pictures might be in the public domain for some other reason). I strongly suggest you take this question to Commons:Village pump/Copyright, where more people with some expertise are liable to weigh in than here. - Jmabel ! talk 17:47, 28 September 2013 (UTC)
You contact the author, Mr. Darío Ulloa, you ask him if he wants to release the photo under a free license and, if he accepts, which one, and you ask him to confirm that directly through OTRS. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:48, 28 September 2013 (UTC)


Thanks, I will forward the consultation to Commons:Village pump/Copyright --Toronto8793 10:44, 29 September 2013‎ (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 16:27, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Fran Ryan.jpg

Hello, this photo is property of CBS and was aired in 1982. I watched this episode on and pulled the image from the show. Am I able to use this for Fran Ryan's image? Thank you, Cade Campbell --Cadejacksoncampbell (talk) 14:30, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, but that image is still subject to copyright, and we cannot host it here at Commons. All files on commons must a free license. You may be able to use it a local wikipedia depending on their non-free file usage criteria, for en.wikipedia please refer to en:WP:NFC. I hope this helps, and apologise for nominating the file for deletion. Liamdavies (talk) 14:39, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 16:11, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Untitled section

The files loaded but are not linked. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jamieruth322 (talk • contribs) 06:41, 22 September 2013‎ (UTC)

  • What files? And why would you expect a file you just loaded to be linked anywhere? We'll need more context here to help you. - Jmabel ! talk 18:24, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
If you want them in articles then see w:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial. I assume you are talking about your uploads: --Canoe1967 (talk) 20:18, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

update doesn't work

the last three version of File:PuntaSantaAna.svg are exactly the same file but the server is still delivering the first version of the file (the wrong one) and update the versions between the first and the last. Can anyone update this file? Thanks in advance, --Createaccount 14:01, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Presumably just a cache problem, which will eventually clear.- Jmabel ! talk 06:19, 24 September 2013 (UTC)


czy w commons, podobnie jak w wikipedii, obowiązuje zasada weryfikowalności ładowanych plików (dot. map, planów, rysunków technicznych, itp. grafik)? 07:19, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Associating previously bulk loaded images with my account.

How do I associate my images previously bulk loaded from Geograph (by a "bot") with my individual account? Thanks!

dear all.

many photos have been uploaded, good quality photos, but the appeared, selected photos are not in that level of standard, still why not selecting a more better photos.. I felt, I have uploaded many good photos, the photos appeared as selected is with less standard than my photograph....I thought a coucus might be controlling the uploaded photo selection...otherwise why good quality photos are not selected. hope you will give me a reply....regards hilal.....--Travancorehistory 12:48, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

You are welcome to nominate your own high-quality photos.--Ymblanter (talk) 13:05, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
There is no deeply technical way to associate them with your account, but if they are your own work, you can do something like what I did with File:Aerial - Auburn, WA - Northern part of SE Green Valley Rd 01 - white balanced (9796469855).jpg. You can look at the history of that and see what the bot did vs. what I did. - Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Firmenlogo hochladen

Ich bin musikbegeistert und fülle regelmäßig die Wikipediaseiten von Plattenfirmen. Gerade sitze ich über die Wikipediaseite der belgischen Plattenfirma Play it again sam (PIAS). Wie bekommt man denn nun das Logo auf die dazugehörige Seite? Bei einigen Plattenfirmen war das Logo schon da, bei anderen nicht.

Danke sehr. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 12:52, 24. September 2013 (UTC)

Guten Tag! zum hochladen von Logos benutze bitte die Upload-Seite der Wikipedia (LINK), fülle das Formular aus und füge im Feld Lizenz {{Bild-LogoSH}} ein. --Bigbossfarin (talk) 13:24, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Conflicting protection templates

I notice File:Commons-logo-en.svg has one template announcing that it's (understandably) protected from editing, and another below it saying "this file is not currently protected". Presumably the second template is misplaced? MartinPoulter (talk) 13:36, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Upload im Auftrag

Hallo, ich möchte im Auftrag eines angemeldeten (neuen) Benutzers etliche Bilder hochladen. Sind dazu Freigabeerklärungen erforderlich? Kann er das mit einem Difflink auf die Dateiliste erledigen? Soll ein Hinweis auf die Beschreibungsseite? Wie geht das ohne großen Aufwand für alle Beteiligten. Danke im voraus. --Godewind (talk) 16:16, 24 September 2013 (UTC)


As part of an en:WP featured article candidate review (en:Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Joseph Smith/archive1) I'm trying to fix issues with images found here on commons that were brought up there. I've been able to take care of several, but am not sure if what I've done on File:JosephSmithTranslating.jpg is correct from a Commons standpoint. User:John Foxe said that he commissioned the work from an anonymous relative, and I believe his statement on this to be true, but I'm not sure if there is anything else that can or should be done here besids the clarifications I have made. The image is used in several en:WP articles, and is the only one of it's kind currently available to illustrate a particular set of descriptions in these articles, so it is a useful image. -- 18:11, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

According to File talk:JosephSmithTranslating.jpg the uploader commissioned the work and owns the copyright. I think we can assume good faith that the license is valid in this case. The upload to commons was the first publishing and it seems it was created specifically for the projects. We have no 'substantial' doubt so there should be no reason not to continue hosting it.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:36, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
Great, thank you! It'd be a pain to loose the image, since it is not easily replaced. -- 00:49, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploading images for a Wikipedia written about an Independent Record Label.

I work for Bullet Tooth Records and I want to add various images including band/artist pictures from photo shoots and also the band logos for each artist/group under contract with the company. Will I run into problems with proving that I do in fact have the permission to upload these images or can I proceed to upload these images with no further complications? Please let me know. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mspanarkel (talk • contribs)

If you want to prove that you are really representing the company, you need to follow instructions on Commons:OTRS. However you should take into account that images must released under an appropriate license, most often under CC-BY-SA or CC-BY. Ruslik (talk) 18:56, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
One possibility might be to have an officer in a position of authority at BTR send an e-mail, from an address verifiably associated to BTR, through OTRS, stating in their own words, something to the effect that 1) BTR fully and irrevocably authorizes the actions that will be performed and the licensing that will be offered in the name of BTR through the account "Mspanarkel" and 2) BTR owns (or holds) the copyrights to the materials uploaded in its name through that account. (If the copyrights are held by other people, then it is those other people who should send their permissions through OTRS.) Of course, BTR may specify in their message a specific license to be offered, if they don't want to delegate that choice to you. You should probably consult in advance directly with the people of the OTRS team at the OTRS/Noticeboard and ask if they have requirements or suggestions about the procedure and wording. This answer assumes that you are already familiar with the basic principles of Wikimedia and with the licensing policy. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:45, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploaded pictures/files but are on the wrong location

Hi I uploaded pictures for the Wiki Loves Monuments contest but they are uploaded on the common page..... how can I remove them or share them and send them to the WLM page??? I tried re loading them but get the message bad token... The contest is allmost over.. soo please HELP — Preceding unsigned comment added by TamiaCroes (talk • contribs) 16:03, 25 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Are they part of Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in the Netherlands/Eligible buildings? The talk page doesn't look very active but you could try asking people listed at It looks like the upload wizards are supposed to add contest templates to enter them for each country. is another page in Dutch that I can't read. I hope some of this helps.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:26, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Category Redirect

Hello, is there a category redirect template that places the redirected page name back in the new page name, similar to the combination "{{category redirect|Louise Hislop Investment Property Building | reason=common name redirect to historic name}} #REDIRECT [[Category:Louise Hislop Investment Property Building]]" for Category:Mr. Formal Building? Without the #redirect, the "Mr. Formal Building" doesn't show up on the "Louise Hislop" category page. Also, is there a way to have some control over the "Subcategory" section where it could be renamed, "Common Name" in this example? Visitor7 (talk) 20:05, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

  • I'm missing something: why would you want the redirected category to show up anywhere? - Jmabel ! talk 23:55, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
Your question is a good one, and I didn't present it very well above. Suppose you were working on photos of the Reliant Astrodome and noticed some images of the Houston Astrodome and the Houston Astros Stadium in the pile. How could you redirect Category:Houston Astrodome to Category:Reliant Astrodome and still preserve the reference to Houston Astrodome on the Reliant Astrodome page? This kind of redirect would assure anyone who navigated to the Reliant Astrodome category page that the stadium is referenced by a set of other names, and each of the listed names redirect to Category:Reliant Astrodome.
My project was more about a National Register historic district where the historic names of the buildings would be the categories where common names or slang names would be redirected, and a search would return not only the historic name and images, but all of the other names used to denote the building when showing the media in the category. This is partially accomplished by the hashREDIRECT, but then the heading "Subcategory" is returned, when a more descriptive heading would be "The Building Goes By These Other Names Also." Does that sort of template exist? Visitor7 (talk) 23:40, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

File:VIA TurboTrain 2 cropped.jpg

For some reason User:Carlotm tried to revert an watermark free image (File:VIA TurboTrain 2 cropped.jpg) I had uploaded three years ago on top of another image. He then left me a message. Then I tried to revert the image myself, but no matter what it will only revert to the watermarked image. Could someone please take a look at the image and try to fix the issue. Thanks, Arsenikk (talk) 20:14, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Looks like you've reverted it fine (twice). Probably just a caching problem. - Jmabel ! talk 23:56, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
    • Okay, thanks for taking a look. Arsenikk (talk) 15:38, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploaded images not showing up unless I log in.

Hello, I uploaded these 4 images at least 12 hours ago:

The images do not show up on clicking the Wikimedia Commons link on the Wikipedia page on Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The images show up only when I log in. (a) how can I enable the images to be shown without logging in (i.e. for public view); and (b)is it possible for the images to show up on search? Thank you for your help. -Corgidino (talk) 05:59, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

File:Santuario de Santa Narcisa de Jesus Martillo y Morán.JPG

While the image appears to be oriented correctly, the full resolution is on its side.--TriiipleThreat (talk) 14:15, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Seems fine here. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 16:34, 26 September 2013 (UTC)
The original image is in landscape mode, with rotation info in EXIF: Rotate 90° clockwise. MediaWiki image scaler creates thumbnail images based on EXIF info (see Commons:Rotation). How the full resolution image displays depends on the program used to view it; most browsers default on ignoring EXIF rotation and may display it incorrectly. The image itself is fine. MKFI (talk) 09:31, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Updating metadata... any onwiki way?

What's the easiest way to update metadata? For instance, one of my recently uploaded images File:Giada de Laurentiis 22 Sep 2013 National Book Festival.jpg has its date and time of data generation off by an hour (a daylight savings time effect). I know how to edit metadata on my computer. I could re-upload the file with the corrected metadata. But I'm curious if there's an on-wiki way of doing this that's less cumbersome and annoying, some sort of tool. Jason Quinn (talk) 22:57, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Nope. No real way to edit a media file once it is uploaded. - Jmabel ! talk 00:46, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Bummer. Thank you for the reply. Jason Quinn (talk) 02:02, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
    • Bummer on this front but, really, if people could alter the substance of a file after uploading, imagine how easy it would be to falsify the history of what was uploaded when. - Jmabel ! talk 19:41, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Basic question on uploading and use

I have a picture of my grandfather, Paul Y. Anderson and I would like to upload it to the article and I cannot figure out how to do it. Can you give me instructions. The picture currently resides on my desktop of my iMac.


John Anderson — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johnel83 (talk • contribs) 11:27, 27 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Commons:First steps should help. The heirs of the photographer are probably the copyright holders. If you are the sole heir you can probably license it with Template:Heirs-license and just put a CC license like Template:Cc-by-3.0 in the first parameter. {{Heirs-license |1=Cc-by-3.0}} --Canoe1967 (talk) 18:44, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Sending e-mail to request license change

I want to request a Generic license (rather than the current Attribution Share Alike license) for the photo I clicked on "Talk" next to the photographer's name but couldn't figure out how to send him/her an e-mail requesting the generic license. Can you help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Silvermines (talk • contribs) 13:16, 28 September 2013‎ (UTC)

If you want to send the user a publicly visible message, click "Add topic" (beside "View", "Edit") while on their talk page. If you want to send them an email, use Special:EmailUser/Silvermines (I think you need a confirmed email address in your Commons account to do that). darkweasel94 13:42, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

Map and photo from city report on the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct

I would like to upload a map and some old photos from a rare book that was only published once in 1971 by the City of Los Angeles. It has no copyright notice.

The book is a report on the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The book consists of maps and photos describing the construction of the project.

Under what criteria do I upload it under? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dcoffida (talk • contribs) 23:56, 28 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Probably not allowed here. Fair use license might work on en-wiki. No (c) notice doesn't mean it is public domain. You'll have to do some more research: Who is the author of the map / photo and who owns the copyright. Or has the report been released into the public domain? When and by whom? It wasn't a Federal project I assume? That could make things easier. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:57, 29 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Hedwig, I believe US publication in 1971 (before the U.S. signed the Berne Convention) without copyright notice does mean public domain. Do you have any reason to believe otherwise? - Jmabel ! talk 03:04, 29 September 2013 (UTC)
That would be under PD-US-no notice. -- Asclepias (talk) 03:00, 29 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes I do, for some reason I was thinking of 1991 and not 1971. PD-US-no notice seems to be the correct license, of course. Pardon my brain hick up. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 03:52, 30 September 2013 (UTC)


hello I upload my pictures to the site

but now i feel they re not in the good place, I whant to make part of the internationl concurs for the Cameroon country where I´m now and I dont arrive to puting in the good places my filles, anytime that tomorow is the deadline I hope to have your answer to fixe possible problems, thanks for your help: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Theposada7777 (talk • contribs) 14:56, 29 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Could you please explain a bit more? Would you like the files to be placed into categories? Or, would you like the files to have new names? Liamdavies (talk) 14:56, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
I think he wants them to participate in WLM in Cameroon. darkweasel94 15:02, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
If that's the case, there is a separate help desk for questions specifically concerning WLM. LX (talk, contribs) 16:19, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Missing notification bar

This past week, I've noticed that the big orange bar which appears at the top of pages to tell me I have talk messages isn't showing up anymore. Does anyone know why? -mattbuck (Talk) 21:22, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

The most likely reason is a change to your skin (I can't find them for your account), though it could be something odd to your browser. The notification has been working fine for me, and I have a fair number of customizations to my skin(s) and have Greasemonkey doing its funky stuff locally. -- (talk) 03:50, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
I use monobook, and haven't changed anything for years. -mattbuck (Talk) 16:15, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

submit photos without participating in the competetion.


I have collection of images taken during my europe stay. I would like to submit them to wikimedia commons. But i dont want to participate in the competetion, as i dont have time to collect object ids. How do i upload images without actually being part of competetion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dr Murali Mohan Gurram (talk • contribs) 05:05, 30 September 2013‎ (UTC)

Hi Dr Murali Mohan Gurram, as I was dealing a bit with your images already uploaded, let me try an answer: You can use the standard upload mechanism as you did (?), but skip monument and WLM related categories & templates:
{{Wiki Loves Monuments 2013|at}}[[Category:Cultural heritage monuments in Austria]]
[[Category:Cultural heritage monuments in Austria needing check]]
[[Category:Uploaded via Campaign:wlm-at]]
(you must have copied this from somewhere, right?).
Nevertheless all your images should have proper description and proper categorization anyhow. See Commons:First_steps/Quality_and_description#Good_file_descriptions and Commons:Categories. This is mainly your responsibility as the uploader. Please see also COM:SCOPE and avoid uploading images showing you in the foreground and the object of interest (the building) in the background. And an image of a monument is an image of a monument, so somebody will have to do the work and assign the needed information. Remember, Commons is for encyclopaedic purposes. Please understand, that the date given with the images is not the date the image was uploaded, but the date it was taken (again for encyclopaedic value). regards --Herzi Pinki (talk) 06:31, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
PS: If you don't want to take part in the WLM 2013 competition, you can upload your images anytime later, thus you will get more time to care for encyclopaedic value. regards --Herzi Pinki (talk) 06:42, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Changing copyright licence of an image.

I currently have an article on Wikipedia undergoing a Good Article review and a question has arisen over the copyright licence of the image File:Invalids' walk, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, 1890s.jpg. See here [[6]]. Is it acceptable for me to change the licence myself and if so, is it as simple as clicking edit and adding {{PD-1923}}. Thanks--Ykraps (talk) 16:01, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Seems fairly uncontroversial. You might want to bring it up at Commons:Village pump/Copyright just to be sure. LX (talk, contribs) 16:09, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

La vraie histoire du billet de banque en plastique par 2012Riquier

Bonjour! J'ai reçu ce 10 septembre un avis de Wikimedia me disant que mon article "La vraie histoire du billet de banque en plastique" allait être enlevé du site et me demandant de donner mon avis. Comme je ne sais pas comment faire, je vous envoie ce mail... Mon article est des plus valable : il a été publié sous ma proper signature dans la revue prestigieuse de l'IBNS. IBNS = International Bank Note Society Voir le Journal de l'IBNS : 2012 Volume 51, N° 1 Merci de me tenir au courant, Bien à vous,

Marc RIQUIER — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 07:13, 10 September 2013‎ (UTC)

E-mail authentication code.

Why, when I request such, am I not recieving an authentication code as instructed in "preferences?" Please reply to

Second question: What are the RGB values for heraldic colors (Tincture)?, and should I match colors in original drawings, or should I use "Heraldic" colors?

Thanks, Bassoonstuff. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bassoonstuff (talk • contribs) 19:11, 23 September 2013‎ (UTC)