Commons:Moving to Commons

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Off they go!


I. Prepare the image[edit]

  • Check if the image has a proper license/author/source/permission.
  • Add or update the template {{Information}}. It is not required for a good transfer, but it is helpful in making sure the important details of the image are not lost in the upload.
  • If the image is own work replace {{<licence>}} with {{Self|<licence>}}, this will help the bot (for example {{GFDL}} with {{Self|GFDL}})

II. Transfer the image[edit]

You have several options all involving the reborn (in 2013) Commonshelper

  1. If the image page currently has the fine print "Copy to Commons: via CommonsHelper", click on via CommonsHelper. This simplifies/automates much of the work of transferring an image.
  2. Use your own account to upload the image and get the text to paste from Commonshelper (be careful to upload the original image, not a thumbnail!)
  3. Use the Commonshelper bot
  4. Use your own bot (imagecopy.py in pywikipedia)

Don't forget to tag the source image with {{Nowcommons}}.

III. Check the image[edit]

  1. Click the link Check now! in {{BotMoveToCommons}} (will remove the template, set the edit summary and you can start editing the text)
  2. Clean up the information template
    • Description : You might want to remove some leftovers or maybe add a translation.
    • Source : Usually all right. You might want to remove the information about the source on the sister project (which will soon be unreachable and is redundant with the log included in the image page) and replace any "own work" statement with {{own}}.
    • Date : We don't care about the original upload date. If it's possible restore the original date.
    • Author : Set the author. If the original uploader is the author remove the "Original uploader was"
    • Permission : Remove information that is redundant with the license tags. If there is an OTRS ticket, leave it untouched.
    • Other_versions : Set if any other version exists, empty most of the time
  3. Check licence template(s) and remove redundant templates and comments (sometime more than one licence template is added by the bot).
  4. Set proper categories (You should always put your uploads into categories: Commons:Categories#How to use categories)

See also[edit]