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Semi-strange phenomenon[edit]

Not sure why various Spanish-speakers have seen this page as appropriate to post press-releases on upcoming books or movies, or their mini-biographies... AnonMoos (talk) 19:58, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Well Spanish Wikipedia doesn't have local uploads, so its Toolbox link "Subir un archivo" (upload a file) points to the Commons Upload Wizard. Once here, users are stuck if they don't want to actually upload a file, and Commons:Upload help is then the natural outlet for the inexperienced. It's partly because of this that I created {{Commons is not for articles}}, to make it easier to point users back in the right direction. In theory we could fiddle with the UploadWizard header that points here to warn users and point them back straight away, but I'm reluctant to make the notice any bigger. Rd232 (talk) 20:12, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
Also, some posts might be copyright violations. For example, Special:PermanentLink/87146138 is very similar to [1]. It might be a good idea to delete some revisions. --Stefan4 (talk) 21:01, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
Deleted. Rd232 (talk

Can deal with the actual upload questions, but am really getting tired of the Spanish-language cut-and-pastes... AnonMoos (talk) 09:17, 1 February 2013 (UTC)


Also Leute, wenn ich links als als Sprachauswahl schon "Deutsch" eingebe, sollte der Text auch in deutscher Sprache erscheinen. MfG Genie {{unsigned|

Source files[edit]

Moved to Commons:Upload help#Source files. This page is intended solely for discussion about Commons:Upload help. LX (talk, contribs) 11:33, 14 March 2013 (UTC)


I don't know if this is the right place for this. I am not looking for help, but I have an explanation for why many editors (including myself, more than once) can find uploads so difficult.

Put yourself in the position of an editor trying to do their first upload. You have read all the stuff about copyright and licences, so you run the Upload Wizard. Here are your thoughts, as you go through the form filling in the fields

  • Destination filename: "That's easy."
  • Original source: "The wizard has filled this in for me, and it's got it right!"
  • Author(s): "And it's done this one! I like this wizard!"
  • Date of the work: "That's easy."
  • Description: "I can manage this."
  • Other versions: "I guess it's ok if I leave this blank."
  • Permission: "I'm glad I read all that stuff about giving permission for my work to be used freely. I'll put CC-BY-SA-3.0."
  • Additional info: "I'll leave this blank."
  • Licensing: "The wizard has filled this in for me - fine."

So you hit the "Upload file" button, and get an error message "You must give the original source of the file, the author of the work, and a license."

This message is not helpful. You have specified all three. The first time I did an upload and got this message, I thought "maybe it doesn't like CC-BY-SA-3.0. I'll try putting double braces around it, {{CC-BY-SA-3.0}}". Maproom (talk) 20:22, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Slight correction - you're referring to Special:Upload, not the Upload Wizard. Rd232 (talk) 20:36, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your feedback. I must admit I was using Special:Upload yesterday and had a distinctly unpleasant "this is harder than it should be" feeling. One minor tweak that would help is moving Additional Info to the bottom, because it comes with the Edittools which are quite big and distracting. (It would also be nice to have a smaller version of the Edittools for the form - most of it is irrelevant there.) Rd232 (talk) 20:36, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Finally - if you have concrete suggestions, COM:VPR might be a better place for discussion. Rd232 (talk) 20:36, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
You are right, I meant Special:Upload, thank you. And it is indeed confusing to have the Edittools positioned so that they act on the fourth input box above them - but this is fairly harmless.
However, all I have done is find my way through this maze, for one particular purpose. This does not qualify me to advise on moving the baffles. Maproom (talk) 15:19, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Assistent zum Hochladen[edit]

Moved to Commons:Upload help#Assistent zum Hochladen. This page is intended solely for discussion about Commons:Upload help. LX (talk, contribs) 21:13, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Keine Reaktion auf "Upload file"[edit]

Moved to Commons:Upload help#Keine Reaktion auf "Upload file". This page is intended solely for discussion about Commons:Upload help. LX (talk, contribs) 21:10, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

upload video[edit]

Moved to Commons:Upload help#upload video. This page is intended solely for discussion about Commons:Upload help. LX (talk, contribs) 18:04, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload Wizard not working[edit]

Moved to Commons:Upload help#Upload Wizard not working. This page is intended solely for discussion about Commons:Upload help. Rillke(q?) 14:37, 24 May 2014 (UTC)