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Special:Upload (main upload form). Talk
It is entirely my own work. Talk
It is from Flickr. Someone else's work. Talk
It is from another Wikimedia project. Talk
It is from a US federal government source. Talk
It is a free software screenshot. Talk
It is from somewhere else. It is Special:Upload (main upload form). Talk
Basic upload form. Talk
Read or make upload form suggestions also at:
MediaWiki:UploadForm.js/Documentation Talk
Commons:Redesigning the upload form Talk
MediaWiki:UploadForm.js Talk
MediaWiki:LanguageHandler.js (description languages) Talk
The Wikitech-l Archives.


I have a image (here is the flickr version) that I recieved permission to upload here. The photogropher sent me the high resolution version of the image. He also asked me to include the actual photo taker too. Exactly which one of the upload links should I select? --Nascar1996 (talkcontribs) 16:41, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

No option for someone else's work that the user owns the copyright to[edit]

Where is the option for cases where someone else has taken a photograph of you and yet you own the entire copyright to it? Please add a section for that. There's not even anything helpful for that yet. Softlavender (talk) 08:15, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Hello? It's been over two years and no one has answered this question. Softlavender (talk) 06:36, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

RE: the 2 above questions/topics[edit]

i think perhaps it might be useful to suggest that the core problem here is that the upload wizard is TOO NARROW & too specific in how the process "sorts" user's uploads. it doesn't have enough flexibility (yet?) to cover every (reasonably probable) situation & can't meet all user's needs (yet).

i'm a supporter of the concept, but i do hope the wizard-project team/working-group is planning ongoing improvements/revisions...?

Lx 121 (talk) 05:15, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

new upload wizard[edit]

hello can someone link the proper place to comment on the new wizard- I don't think it handles derivatives of existing commons files very well, I keep having to hand tag a thumbnail into image file descriptions because the wizard doesn't seem to put in links back to the original. 21:12, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

separate question from the above[edit]

so what's happened to the upload wizard? i can't find a link for it on the uploads page anymore

...unless i'm blind, in which case: could someone please tell me where it is?


Lx 121 (talk) 09:14, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

also - someone should probably add a link to the wizard in the box @ the top of this talkpage? Lx 121 (talk) 09:19, 11 May 2011 (UTC)
Hello, I like the new upload, but it would be a very big help if I could (in one step) assign a category to all of the images I want to upload. Now I have to assign the category to every single image. --Ziko (talk) 18:20, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

links to the new upload wizard?[edit]

how abt adding links to the new upload wizard on the "old form" page & in the header box on this page (pls)

i'd diy it, but i don't have admin powers

Lx 121 (talk) 05:07, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

✓ Done--Trixt (talk) 08:08, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
cool & ty! :) (the caption might need updating?)
still needs to be added to the boxes (listing forms, talkpages, etc.) @ the top of this talk page; i don't "do" boxes enough to want to try messing with it...
Lx 121 (talk) 09:28, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

Make Commons:Upload the default again[edit]

See the German interface. It enables users to make a informed decision by knowing better that UW is a test version. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 21:46, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Transwiki from[edit]

I would like some help determining if the license for this file from is compatible with Commons licensing, and if so, how to transfer it to commons (for use on en:Victoria Fyodorova. Thanks in advance for any help or pointers. Frank (talk) 18:19, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Public domain?[edit]

Perhaps it would be helpful if public domain was listed as an option. I wanted to upload a old image that was published in 1920 (US) but none of the options cover this. I would think many images being uploaded here would fall in this category, no? Even Flickr gets it's own option and that has nothing to due with copyright status (I understand why it's there though). Or is PD too misunderstood that it's worth inconveniencing the rest of us? Voxii (talk) 17:20, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Upload Wizard[edit]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this. Why doesn't the upload wizard add edit summaries/upload summaries? I mean, something like "New file" or "Uploaded file" would be nice. I started using the Wizard recently, and the upload(s) have no summaries. Thanks, Novice7 (talk) 07:17, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Because it doesn't. ;-) You question is misplaced here. Please write it at Commons:Upload_Wizard_feedback. --Saibo (Δ) 17:32, 25 January 2012 (UTC)


Notice: I created Commons:Upload/autolang which automatically displays the upload form in the current interface language of the user. Mainly this page is used to be linked from the UW's "back to the old form" link. Commons:Upload/autolang relies on the existence of the upload pages / redir pages in the format Commons:Upload/langcode - that is the case for all languages which are currently listed in Template:Lang-Upload. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 17:35, 25 January 2012 (UTC) It would even be imagineable to move Commons:UploadCommons:Upload/en and Commons:Upload/autolangCommons:Upload. But maybe we have links coming in who reply on the fact that Commons:Upload is always in English and not in the user's language. Hmm.. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 18:48, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

Delete Template:PD-USGov-OWI from US Gov't. license pull-down[edit]

OK, I used this page to upload a file from the Library of Congress, and for a license, I chose the "Original work of the US Farm Security Administration or Office of War Information" option from the pull-down.

It turns out that this option uses the Template:PD-USGov-OWI license, which was deleted a year ago. If I, like the many Commons users who visit the Commons infrequently, hadn't carefully checked the resultant page, and hadn't returned a little while later to see the message left to me by a bot, I may never have noticed that the license was invalid, until after the file was deleted. I wonder how many such deletions have occurred over the past year?

Regardless, this option must be removed from the pull-down. Thanks, Grolltech (talk) 23:22, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing this out. I've removed it from MediaWiki:Licenses/fromgov. It may take some 24h until the change is picked up by the servers, though. Lupo 23:29, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
Having said that, I now see that Template:PD-USGov-FSA is still valid. I also see from the deletion log that the reason for deletion was: "(Unused and implausible, broken, or cross-namespace redirect)" Perhaps the deleted template used to redirect to the FSA template, and it was erroneously thought to be redundant? Might it be better to keep the pull-down but point it to the FSA template instead? Thanks, Grolltech (talk) 23:44, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
✓ Done by Mormegil at 15:04, 18 April 2013 (UTC). Thanks!! Grolltech (talk) 05:16, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

need to have an account could be shown more clearly[edit]

When a contributor is not logged in, it might be helpful if there were a big red box that says something like "You must be logged in to upload. Click here to log in or here to make an account. Rybec (talk) 07:25, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Fair point. How's this? MediaWiki:Mwe-upwiz-error-nologin. Rd232 (talk) 11:11, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
What's with the large green things? -— Isarra 18:32, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
Icons (visual cues to aid navigation). You don't like them? Rd232 (talk) 18:59, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, that's better that what I suggested. Rybec (talk) 06:09, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
They look out of place and as a result draw more attention than anything else on the message, including what they're supposed to be highlighting. I would suggest using a visual style more common with the rest of the site. -— Isarra 06:32, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
You have point. I like action arrows as visual cues, but one more in keeping with Commons colours would be better. Maybe we should ask for someone to create one from the arrow in the Commons icon, if this doesn't exist already? Rd232 (talk) 08:58, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
I've made User:Rybec/upload-login-message with various examples; #14 shows what I had in mind originally; something like #25 would be less scary-looking. Feel free to add examples to that page. Rybec (talk) 23:54, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload Wizard how to proceed to get an lb-version of the UploadWizard[edit]


despite the fact that the translations for the UploadWizard in Luxembourgish (lb) have been made on translatewiki. The German version of the uploadWizzard is displayed instead of the lb-version if you go on Special:UploadWizard if you have lb as interface languange in your preferences. I tried to ask for the impolementation on Template talk:Lang-Upload but this seems not to be the right procedure (I guess this is due to the fact that this template deals with the normal update procedure and not the upload wizard).

I would appreciate any help on how to proceed in order to ask (and obtain) the implementation of the lb-version of the UploadWizard.

Best regards --Robby (talk) 10:12, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

I guess you just need to wait for the translation to be imported from translatewiki into the UploadWizard extension, and then for that updated version to be deployed on Wikimedia wikis. This unfortunately tend to takes some time… odder (talk) 10:43, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Inclusion of Tutorial[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation has funded a video tutorial with multilingual capabilities pending that I support putting on this page. I strongly advocate using the following quote on this page:

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. Firstly, that video is about Special:UploadWizard, not Commons:Upload, so it would be out of place here. Secondly, and I'm sorry to be so critical, but there are multiple problems with the video. For example:
  • The first thing that happens is that I get a nasty error message in Firefox.
  • The sound doesn't seem to be working, even when I switch to one of the browsers you think I should be using.
  • The image is not a good example of the type of illustrations that we need. Good tutorials use good examples.
  • The image is clearly ineligible for copyright protection, yet you apply a copyright license to it. That's not setting a good example.
  • The use of categories demonstrated is bad. The categories you use are overly generic, and one is a redirected category that should not be used.
LX (talk, contribs) 10:51, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Derivative FX[edit]

Even the workaround for Derivative FX does not work anymore. Should be removed. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:45, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

Its a pity, because it was my favorite way for derivative works. Should be repaired in my opinion. --Palu (talk) 17:28, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Well, if it can be migrated to the toolserver and fixed up... that would be nice. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 15:04, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

New! Try the Upload Wizard for simple cases, and upload multiple files at once.[edit]

It's said this for years. Upload Wizard isn't new anymore. -— Isarra 00:48, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

future of derivativeFX[edit]

Hi people :-)

I don't plan to migrate the tool to wikimedia tool labs. The way it was planned don't work anymore, because you need a upload token now. It should be completely new designed, probably as a Gadget, maybe supported by a php script on labs to get the license(s) of the derivative files. This is a quite difficult thing, because MediaWiki stores the License as a template like any template, it's not that easy to automatically detect the license of a file.

So what will happen next? Soon the toolserver will be shut down, then derivativeFX will come to a end. At the moment, I don't have the time to create something new. Maybe someone other? :-) Greetings,--Luxo (talk) 19:19, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Forwarded to the Abandoned Labs tools RFC on Meta (doesn't exactly fit as toolserver victim, but good enough as example). –Be..anyone (talk) 23:39, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Moving down "own work" link[edit]


As a possible countermeasure against the thousands of potential copyright violations with false claims of {{own work}} and temporarily ignoring the apparent problems with UploadWizard and MobileUploads, I propose to move the "It is entirely my own work" section one notch below the "It is from somewhere else" or other equivalent section.


Where is the work from? (Click on the appropriate link)


Where is the work from? (Click on the appropriate link)

Basically, the "own work" would not be displayed so prominently as to enable the thousands of false claims that we have now on copyvios. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 10:31, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done Awesome! Thank you! Rillke(q?) 18:32, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Derivative FX expired[edit]

Since yesterday, Derivative FX gives "403: User account expired". Any solution/workaround? -- Fulvio 314 08:00, 9 May 2014 (UTC)



Please update (old)…

Go directly to the '''[{{fullurl:Special:Upload}} main upload form]'''.

…with (new)…

Go directly to the '''[{{fullurl:Special:Upload}} main upload form]''' or try {{special|upload|uselang|experienced|this}}.


Go directly to the main upload form or try this.
Be..anyone (talk) 02:54, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Please improve. Try this is not a good description. How about try the upload for for experienced users? -- Rillke(q?) 11:10, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Maybe only "or click here", the line MUST NOT get too long, and this is a known poor web design phrase, but I digress.Classic smiley.svg Better no external link icon at all for the…


Go directly to the '''[[Special:Upload|main upload form]]''' or its {{special|upload|uselang|experienced|experienced}} variant.


Go directly to the main upload form or its experienced variant.Be..anyone (talk) 17:45, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done Awesome! Thank you! Rillke(q?) 18:29, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Link to Commons:Upload tools[edit]

Has someone reservation against adding a link to Commons:Upload tools from the For experienced users section? -- Rillke(q?) 14:34, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

You could simply add the existing {{Commons_upload_tools}} as last line, see below for the effect. –Be..anyone (talk) 15:44, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
@Be..anyone: That is the issue with translated templates having the translation source on the "front page", instead of using an /i18n subpage. However, {{TNT|Commons upload tools}} and {{autotranslate|base=Commons upload tools}} do work. -- Rillke(q?) 11:08, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
Checking that it works now after two TAs tackled it:
Yes, apparently {{TNT}} or similar is required. –Be..anyone (talk) 18:07, 13 February 2015 (UTC)