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Commons discussion pages (index)

Wedding photographs at Bratislava Technical museum[edit]

When I visited Bratislava last July, I also visited the Technical museum near the main railway station. Out of sheer coincidence, there was a newly-wed couple getting their wedding photographs taken there. Seeing as it was a public place and not their church or home or whatever, I decided to also photograph them. I took great care to always stand behind the official professional photographer so as not to disturb his work at the slightest. I don't know who the couple or the professional photographer are, and I didn't ask for their permission. But none of them seemed to mind. They were too busy with taking their wedding photographs taken to pretty much even notice me. At least none of them approached me or said anything to me. Can I upload the photographs to Commons? JIP (talk) 20:16, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

  • I would guess so. Certainly Commons as such has no issue with them. The only possible issue is whether this would be a violation of personality rights law in Slovakia. Searching on "personality rights law in Slovakia" brings up a lot of material and at a quick read it looks like it's a complicated and contentious area. I'd suggest that at the very least you put the {{Personality rights}} template on these images; you might want to seek advice from someone familiar with the law in that country (I am not a lawyer in any country). - Jmabel ! talk 00:28, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
We can't provide legal advice, but as far as Commons' policies and guidelines are concerned, Commons:Photographs of identifiable people and Commons:Project scope#Must be realistically useful for an educational purpose are relevant here. If you do upload it, be sure to include {{personality rights}} on the file description page. LX (talk, contribs) 00:26, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

I added a question about this at the Slovak Wikipedia (how does one make an internal wikilink to a different project in a different language anyway?), at a page which I assume is the Reference Desk, but it looks like it can go for three-four months without edits, so I'm not sure I will get any replies. I know Wikipedia isn't supposed to provide legal advice, but I don't know of any other way to contact anyone who knows about law in Slovakia. JIP (talk) 19:04, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Photo Help[edit]

I've uploaded two photos but I'm unsure if I tagged them correctly. Instructions are confusing and unclear to me. Can you help?

My first photo is the cover of a book written by Dean Wells. I just changed the License section to what I thought were the correct tags:

{{Non-free use rationale}} {{Non-free book cover}}

but then immediately received this warning: This media file may meet the criteria for speedy deletion. The given reason is: This file is copyrighted and not published under a free license, and the uploader asserts that the usage of this file is fair use, but fair use claims are not permitted on Commons. This file may be deleted without further notice. If the project that this file is to be used on allows fair use, and its usage would comply with the project's appropriate exemptions, please upload it locally.

The second photos I want to use for my article is of Dean Wells herself. Her husband is the photographer and gave me written permission to use the photo for the sole purpose of this article. Again, I am unclear what are the appropriate Tags to use.

Thank you for your assistance, Penslips PenslipsPenslips (talk) 13:11, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi, sorry, but Commons doesn't allow fair-use, only freely licenced media can be uploaded here. As both of the images you have uploaded are subject to copyright, we cannot host them and they will likely be deleted soon. However, there are options. The first is, if you know the copyright holder, to have them release the media under a free licence by following the procedures at COM:OTRS. If this is not possible, you can likely host the images on a local Wikipedia project under fair-use provisions so long as it adds to the article and a free substitute cannot be found. The fair-use documentation for English Wikipedia can be found at en:WP:NFCC. I hope this helps. ColonialGrid (talk) 13:24, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Duplicate Wikipedia registered ids[edit]

I've had a message that due to the consolidation of registered Wikipedia ids that my id has a duplicate and must be changed.

I think it may be possible that one of those (or perhaps more) are mine, set up when working in the US and/or Western European countries.

As I've only just got back into Wikipedia I do not know how to look for ids and their details. Is it possible, for instance, to see edits/posts made by my namesake are mine.

I have only posted in English.

Mike Bean Beanmg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Beanmg (talk • contribs) 2015-03-17T21:16:29 (UTC)

User:Keegan (WMF), can you explain why Beanmg got a renaming notification? Special:CentralAuth/Beanmg says that all accounts were attached to SUL by matching the e-mail addresses, and they were merged approximately one day before the talk page notification was given. --Stefan4 (talk) 01:14, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Hey Stefan, likely the bug I reported on the Village pump, related to what you posted below. Thanks for your help with these users :) Keegan (WMF) (talk) 04:07, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
User:Keegan (WMF): There do not seem to be any redirects to Beanmg's talk page. --Stefan4 (talk) 11:12, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Beanmg's account was only attached to the global account on 16 March, just one day before the talk page message. Was the list of accounts targeted by the message bot perhaps created before that? LX (talk, contribs) 16:26, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
The list excluded the accounts that we globalized 16-18 March. The bug in the script has been fixed. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 21:57, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Unrelated problem reported by User:Peter Isotalo[edit]

Same message here.[1] What exactly is going on here?
Peter Isotalo 22:02, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
The message was directed to User:Karmosin, but your former talk page redirects to your current talk page, so the notification was sent to your current talk page instead and was therefore made more confusing. Some of the Karmosin accounts are not attached to SUL. Log in as Karmosin, go to Special:MergeAccount and follow the instructions. Otherwise, some of your Karmosin accounts will be renamed. --Stefan4 (talk) 01:14, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Forgot one image[edit]

I'm searching for one Commons image I've seen last year. It's a photo of a standing young girl (between 18 and 28) looking at viewer at three-quarter length (roughly to her knee level) in transparent stockings in a bar or club-like setting somewhere in Germany. The girl is slightly smiling and is holding some kind of booklet or sheets. The prevalent colors on photo are brown, chestnut and black. The filename and the file description were in German, possibly with English translation. I've already checked categories like 21st-century portrait photographs of women at three-quarter length, Photographs of women in Germany, Photos of people in stockings, Women looking at viewer, but with no result. I had a strong impression of having it on my Wikipedia talkpage, but didn't find it there either. Could someone help to pinpoint? Thanks in advance. Brandmeister (talk) 23:28, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Sorry, but this is a tall ask; have you checked your browser's internet history? ColonialGrid (talk) 15:43, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
    • That predates my refreshed browser history. Maybe I'll find it some day, but have no clues other than my wiki talkpage... Strange thing. Brandmeister (talk) 22:19, 19 March 2015 (UTC) Nevermind, found it. Brandmeister (talk) 22:54, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Phishing scam?[edit]

I received an email from Wikimedia Commons with a link to a page saying my account name needed to be renamed... is this a scam or true? When I went to link this here I marked "to a wiki page" and got a notification saying "page does not exist". Guess that answers that...?? :/ — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 02:42, 18 March 2015‎ (UTC)

That's not a scam. As the message on User talk:Irthumper explains, the account name here on Commons will be automatically renamed so that it can be made global across all Wikimedia projects. It can't today, because as seen on Special:CentralAuth/Irthumper, it clashes with an account on English Wikipedia. If you don't care (and you might not, since the account was only used once two years ago), you do not have to do anything. (Phishing scams usually don't tell you that you have the option of doing nothing.) If both accounts are yours and you want to keep your user name, log in (which should have an SSL certificate verified by GlobalSign – phishing scams usually don't point to secure login pages with certificates from trusted authorities) and merge your accounts. If only the Commons account is yours and you would like it changed to something other than the default choice, log in and go to Special:GlobalRenameRequest. LX (talk, contribs) 07:11, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes this is a scam[edit]

Please send complaints to: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Backspaces (talk • contribs) 03:17, 18 March 2015‎ (UTC)

No, it is not. If you do not understand the issue, either ask or be quiet, but please don't give bad advice to others. LX (talk, contribs) 07:19, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

How to specify attribution of my images?[edit]

Looking for a way to specify how I am attributed if some uses my work.

For example:

If one were to use this file on the web she is asked to attribute me in the following manner: <a title="By JugendstilBikes (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons" href=""><img width="256" alt="JugendstilBikes Miyata760SR08" src="//"/></a>

The cc license text itself gave me the impression that the author can specify how they want to be attributed. And in fact I have noticed that some users have a a link as user name but I don't. That's just an example.

<ref>attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).</ref>

Is there a page where I can specify how I want to be attributed, say have a link to my account instead of just having the name of the account? Did I miss this during upload? Are there guidelines for specification?

thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by JugendstilBikes (talk • contribs)

  • In the photo you linked, you would be attributed as "JugendstilBikes". Apart from that I'm having a little trouble understanding how to help you. If you would like to change your name in the Author field, you may, just please use a pipe so the link is still attached to your username. If you would like to have the CC template have your name, you can add that to the Template:Self. ColonialGrid (talk) 07:39, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
See also Commons:Credit line. MKFI (talk) 08:27, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

All overall usability of wikimedia commons[edit]

I'm struggling some time now to address this issue. But I thought I rather share my thoughts then stop using something I highly believe in. I am an outspoken fan of the cc license model and I truly believe it can save a wast amount of intellectual work from being forgotten and never used again.

So I started my own account quite a time back. I have a tons of high quality pictures from bicycles, tools and graphics due to my work as a bicycle technican, blogger, photographer and graphic enthusiast. I guess that's just how people are nowadays. I use all of these just once. It's mostly to show the customer the current status of restoring or publishing something on my blog. So the amount of images which I am willing to share is definitely not limiting my contribution to wikimedia commons.

From the beginning I experienced a feeling during my use of wikimedia commons, that holds my contribution back. I feel overwhelmed by the complexity and amount of information I have to deal with in order to contribute. I'm willing to share my experiences if I would now how and where in order to improve the situation. I don't think listing them separately as issues or tickets will do any good since it is a general usability topic.

In case it's just me... I understand that adaptation and programming is a lot of effort and probably not justified by a minority of users. But I have reason to believe that this is a major issue. Please point me to the right direction.

Thanksl — Preceding unsigned comment added by JugendstilBikes (talk • contribs)

  • Sorry, but I don't really understand how you need help. Could you please elaborate on what you need help with? ColonialGrid (talk) 07:44, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Image permission confusion[edit]


I'm a new user and uploaded an image for the first time and did not tick that it was free work when it was. I have since realised that it has been deleted because it did not have permission and now I cannot upload it again. I realise this was my mistake as I ticked the wrong box but I'm not sure what to do now!

The image I uploaded which should have been registered as free work is Tenniel Chu headshot 01.03.15. Can you help me with my mistake?

Many thanks, Charlotte --Charlottecourtleeds (talk) 11:10, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

  • I can't see any uploads in your logs, so assume you uploaded it under another account. However, if the image is available on the the internet under a free licence, you should comment on the talk page of the admin who deleted the file, explaining the situation and providing proof of free licence and they should undelete it. Alternatively, if you know the copyright holder, or they have released the media under a free licence to you (and by extension others), you should get them to follow the procedures at COM:OTRS and it should be undeleted. ColonialGrid (talk) 11:53, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Inaccurate file name[edit]

File:Patrologia Latina Vol 59 Hanging at a torture stake.png is an editor's personal assembly of snippets from volume 60, not 59, of Patrologia Latina. "Hanging at a torture stake" is an inaccurate (and misleading) description, as pointed out on the Talk page. I wonder if the misleading character of the description, and perhaps even of the assembly itself, is reason enough to delete it. Perhaps not. But it should at least be renamed, moved to a less misleading title. Theodoxa (talk) 17:41, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Nothing in Commons:Deletion policy seems to support deletion. It's in use on two different projects, so deletion on Commons:Project scope grounds is pretty much out of the question. Editing the description would seem to be a better solution. As for renaming, feel free to suggest a better name. Instructions are at Commons:File renaming. LX (talk, contribs) 17:50, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Theodoxa (talk) 19:28, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Lost of image[edit]

Who can help me, because, I would move the image File:Krippe4736.JPG to File:ApfelkuchenmitKaffee4736.jpg beccause the name is false completely. But only the description was moved, not the file itself. Thx a lot --K@rl (talk) 19:28, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

The file appears to already have been moved. Try clicking on the link "purge the server's cache" on the destination page. I've taken the liberty of adding a colon to the file link above because otherwise Commons would soon start showing the picture itself, at 100% resolution, on this page, flooding the whole page with the picture. JIP (talk) 19:58, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a lot for your help--K@rl (talk) 20:51, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

UploadWizard problem[edit]

I just uploaded 33 pictures I had taken at a French Cabaret Show in Helsinki, Finland in last December, after getting permission from the casino staff. Since there were so many, I used UploadWizard instead of the old upload form I normally use. UploadWizard failed to show me a thumbnail of any of the pictures, so I added the descriptions and categories going by the order they appeared in on the directory where I uploaded them from. However, UploadWizard didn't upload them in this order, causing most of the descriptions and categories to go all wrong. I had to fix them by hand. Why didn't UploadWizard upload the images in the order they appeared in when I selected them? Why couldn't UploadWizard show me thumbnails? The pictures themselves seem to have uploaded OK. And if this happens, is there any easier way to solve it than what I did now? JIP (talk) 19:53, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Scanned Photos from a book[edit]

I want to upload photos scanned from a book, if I mentioned the book name, author, and photographer name (if applicable) and photo date, will that be enough as permission? and if so under which license should i upload them?

The photos are about Kuwaiti old buildings, professions, and tools.

Thanks Kuwaitpedia1 (talk) 12:55, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Commons only hosts media that are either freely licenced or in the public domain (PD). You would have to check that the photos from the book are either released under a free licence or PD in Kuwait and the US. When was the book published, and what countries was it published in? ColonialGrid (talk) 15:33, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Adding a file[edit]

So,there is this picture in and according to the licensing,it is in the public domain,but it does not exist in question is this,am I allowed to upload that picture from wikipedia to wikimedia and license it as in the public domain?Here is the file, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nixious6 (talk • contribs)

How do I know if a file can be used under these fair-use provisions,because it is quite difficult to gain copyright permission from a dead holder.

  • You'd need permission from their heir(s). And, for what it's worth, typically you can't get permission to release someone else's copyrighted work. Most people's work is not available for reuse. - Jmabel ! talk 21:46, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

File from ruwiki[edit]

I transferred File:Onexim logo.gif from ruwiki to here because it had a PD tag on ruwiki. After I transferred it, it says it may be eligible for speedy deletion because it says it's a fair use file, but the tags say it's public domain. Did I do something wrong in the transfer of should it be deleted? --AmaryllisGardener talk 16:11, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Update: Taivo removed a Russian tag that oddly meant "fair use". I guess the problem's solved. Thank you Taivo, I thought I looked at the tags. --AmaryllisGardener talk 16:21, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Freedom to Contribute to the Public?[edit]

My contributions have been deleted based on a claim that original work can not be submitted, but the Wikimedia page that displays before uploading a file clearly states that I am allowed to submit my own original work. If there was any other reason for deleting my contributions, I may be able to understand the reason, but again, the reason provided is not an acceptable justification, because I am within the guidelines.

I've attempted reload my files, but now I get an error saying that a similar document has been deleted in the past. The files that I'm attempting to upload are for educational purposes. They were uploaded to be available for public use, but I suspect that the request to delete my contributions came from someone hoping to steal the material and hide the evidence.

I have found Wikipedia contributions that could be considered cyber bullying or something closer to a gossip column, and the last time I checked, these were not deleted. I don't understand why there is such a barrier to share academic work online, and no barrier to share non-sense or vulgarity. — Preceding unsigned comment added by John Leach (talk • contribs)

Wikimedia Commons is not a project for your text contributions. See Commons:Project_scope#Excluded_educational_content. --Martin H. (talk) 01:26, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Uploading photos from my company' website[edit]

I have created an article about proprietary technology of our company and would like to upload photos from our company's website. What do I need to do to be able to upload these photos? prefix:Commons:Help desk/Archive — Preceding unsigned comment added by Reallmino (talk • contribs)

  • Unless the photos on the website are accompanied by free licence tags (which I suspect they aren't), you should follow the procedures at COM:OTRS and send permissions through. However, please make sure that this is done by someone who has the authority within your business to release IP under a free licence. Also, if editing on a project like English Wikipedia it is probably good to keep en:WP:COI in mind (although that doesn't matter at Commons). ColonialGrid (talk) 14:59, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

What to do with this image?[edit]

I found this image in the category Category:Lobster dishes. It used to show some kind of lobster dish, but then someone uploaded a new image over it, showing two guitar cases, with the comment "Filipino folk singer". Now the original description and the categorisation are all wrong, and possibly the EXIF metadata too. The image isn't used anywhere. What can I do to clear this confusion? JIP (talk) 13:12, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Reverted and moved to File:Lobster dish.jpg. Regards, Yann (talk) 13:56, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Correct category for cabaret[edit]

I recently uploaded 33 pictures of a cabaret show after getting permission from the organisers. I'd like to move them to a country-specific category under Category:Cabaret. But should I move them to Category:Cabarets in France (because the performers were French) or Category:Cabarets in Finland (which doesn't exist yet) (because the show was located in Finland)? JIP (talk) 18:57, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

  • 33 photos is enough that you might want to give this a category of its own, which could be a subcategory of both. - Jmabel ! talk 00:55, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
    • I decided to only create the category Category:Cabaret in Finland and move the images there, because there is no need to create a category just to create one subcategory for it. I first named it "Cabarets in Finland" but then moved it to "Cabaret in Finland" because I know of no dedicated cabaret venues in Finland, this was a French cabaret held at a generic entertainment venue in Finland. Except for France, all the subcategories of Category:Cabaret by country seem to be named in the singular anyway. Should I submit Category:Cabarets in Finland (which should now be a redirect) for deletion? JIP (talk) 15:42, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
      • I would say so. - Jmabel ! talk 16:58, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
        • How do I go about submitting it for deletion? JIP (talk) 18:59, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
          • I'll just delete it. There are a bunch of ways to nominate a category for deletion: usually the simplest if you're not an admin is just to nominate it for "discussion" (you should have that in your left nav) and propose deletion in the discussion. - Jmabel ! talk 23:44, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

BiDi in a gallery[edit]

Hi, Wikipe-tan trifecta sign softend language.png has some other versions, the original (no text), the old Trifecta discussed in the jerks vs dicks RFC on Meta, {{#language:it}} rendered as italiano, and {{#language:ar}} rendered as العربية. I'm not sure about the latter, the caption is shown at the left side, for RTL I'd expect it to start at the right side. How can I get this right (pun intended) in a gallery? –Be..anyone (talk) 10:58, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Annotations are not visible[edit]

This image has annotations, but they are not visible: File:Cornelis_van_Haarlem_-_De_zondeval.jpg. --Bensin (talk) 12:15, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Seems like the same problem was fixed once before, and then someone changed the resolution of the image again without adjusting the annotations. LX (talk, contribs) 12:29, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
OK. Thank you for clarifing. I removed the annotations and re-added them. --Bensin (talk) 18:06, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Flagging pictures for searches[edit]

I run a poetry wiki of my own, where I use a lot of Commons files (and, in return, have uploaded a few here in return). I'm now starting to add the licensing information to the photos on my wiki. Tonight, in Commons, 2 of them did not come up in the search engine: poets John Thompson and William Irwin Thompson.

I was able to access both by going back to my wiki and using the link to the Commons file in the credit; but that wouldn't help someone else looking for either one. So I'm wondering if there's a way I can flag pages like that so that they'll show up better in searches. I know how to add new categories, but I don't know if it's considered OK or frowned on to add people's names as categories. If that's OK, I'll go ahead and do it; if not, though, is there something else I should do instead? 01:59, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

You can certainly create categories; just make sure to categorize them in turn with appropriate parents, because ‘orphan’ cats can’t be found by navigating the tree. For people, there are usually at least parent cats by location/citizenship, birthdate, and profession; have a browse through the relevant areas to find the most specific available. Otherwise, though, the search engine can usually find text in the description page, which you are also free to edit or expand. Could you provide links to the files that you couldn’t find with the search engine? If the string was anywhere on the file page, the pictures should have turned up; perhaps there’s an anomaly in the names or templates that should be fixed—if it wasn‘t just a server or browser hiccup … I also notice we already do have the category William Irwin Thompson, albeit containing just one photo.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:29, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the comprehensive reply, Odysseus. I can use the existing categories the files are in - Poets from Canada and Poets from the United States, and any others - as the parents. Should I delete those from the file pages at the same time?
I did a second search for the files, and found the William Irwin Thompson photo (which is the one I was searching for - perhaps I misspelled), so I'll leave it alone. The other one, for John Thompson, is - I think the problem may be that his name is written as one word - that's the type of situation I was worried about. George Dance (talk) 00:14, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, @George Dance, when files (or cats) are categorized, any categories they now ‘inherit‘ from further up the tree should generally be removed; see COM:OVERCAT.
Regarding the “John Thompson” search, I think the problem is that it’s such a common name. The photo did turn up when I tried, because the name is normally spaced in the description—but buried among more than a thousand other hits. Having read the page, when I searched for “John Thompson marsh” it came right to the top; even “Thompson marsh“ put it in the first 20-file page of results. Had the description read something like “John Thompson, Canadian poet, …“ it would have been equally easy to find with a keyword—still, categorization is better. If you do make a cat for him, it should be disambiguated with a name like John Thompson (poet), or perhaps a middle name or initial (if he used one).—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:00, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. You've been very patient as well as very helpful. George Dance (talk) 01:02, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
@George Dance: you write that you are starting to add the licensing information to the photos on your wiki. That sounds like you are downloading files from Commmons and then upload to your own wiki locally? If your wiki runs on the Mediawiki software, you may want to have a look at mw:InstantCommons, which enables you to link to any file from Commons directly without the need to manually copy the file and it's licensing information etc. --El Grafo (talk) 11:14, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the information and the link. I'll take a look. George Dance (talk) 01:02, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

creating a new page[edit]

Hi, I am pretty new here as I have only been reviewing texts in Ligure (Ligurian language) so far. Now I want to start creating new pages for the first time, so my question is: if I take a page as an example (for instance in Italian) and consider it valid to make something similar in Ligurian/Genoese, may I copy pictures from the corresponding Italian page? May I copy the basic structure usually on the right indicating flag, nationality, inhabitants etc. ? Thanks in advance for your reply. Luensu2014 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Luensu1959 (talk • contribs) 11:32, 23 March 2015‎ (UTC)

Did you mean to post this on a Wikipedia project? It sounds like what you are describing are Wikipedia articles with info boxes. Since Commons is all about collecting and organising media files (photos, diagrams, videos, audio recordings etc.), we don't really have that here. LX (talk, contribs) 17:47, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Creating a Wikipedia file[edit]

I am trying to create & build a Wikipedia file that contains both text and a photo. How do I upload those? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coltgrabber (talk • contribs) 20:58, 23 March 2015‎ (UTC)

It looks like you already figured out how to upload photos. Text content is generally outside the project scope of Wikimedia Commons (this site). For information on how to create articles on Wikipedia, see en:Wikipedia:Your first article over on English Wikipedia (or follow the language links on that page to corresponding pages on whichever language edition of Wikipedia you prefer). LX (talk, contribs) 21:05, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Create an article about a book[edit]

I have permission from an author to create an article about his book with his sources.

How do I go about this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carrieolus (talk • contribs)

@Carrieolus: Hi,
1. You are here on Wikimedia Commons, which is project for hosting multimedia files. Articles belong to Wikipedia. I suppose you mean an article in English language, so it belongs to here.
2. You don't really need a permission from the author to write an article about a book, only to host documents which are not your own (book covers, etc.). You first need to ensure that the book meets the requirements of notability. See en:Wikipedia:Notability (books). Regards, Yann (talk) 08:54, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Commons Glossary[edit]

Greetings: I was asked if Commons has a glossary of terms and abbreviations all in one place, similar to or . I searched, but was unable to find them on a list like that here on Commons to answer the user on my talk page. Please help? Ellin Beltz (talk) 17:53, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Our version of en:Wikipedia:List of shortcuts would be Commons:Shortcuts. It's probably incomplete, so you might want to have a look at pages that transclude {{shortcut}}[2] or {{shortcut2}}[3]. I don't know if we have a glossary, but we probably don't use quite as much jargon as on English Wikipedia. Some of it might be spillover from there, though, so their list is probably a good place to start. LX (talk, contribs) 20:24, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Not specifically about shortcuts or abbreviations, but might be useful to you anyway: COM:Editor's index to Commons.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 23:14, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks!! Great references, thanks for the help!! Ellin Beltz (talk) 00:20, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Images silently removed?[edit]

Only by accident I noticed that two images I uploaded recently were removed from the enwiki article on Waveform graphics. I cannot find them in my uploads page, and they have been robot delinked from the article. The argument was that no ORTS was filed, but both had been filed. Neither my account on enwiki or here received any notification that this was about to happen. Any explanations? Maury Markowitz (talk) 10:55, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

After OTRS is received the images will be restored. So, do not worry. You can ask one of OTRS agents to check the OTRS queue for you. Ruslik (talk) 19:04, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm guessing this is about File:VT105 graph.jpg and File:VT105 histogram.jpg. Looking at Google's cached copy of the latter, it looks like they were tagged with {{OTRS received}}, indicating that what you sent in wasn't sufficient proof of the copyright holder releasing the work into the public domain. Any follow-up that would serve as notification would probably have taken place via e-mail. LX (talk, contribs) 19:06, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Copyright status of government maps made in Taiwan and Japan[edit]

I understand that photos and maps made in the United States by government officials as part of their duties are public domain. Does that also apply to other governments? I have some maps made in the 1970's by the government of Taiwan and the government of Japan. Do you think that they are public domain?CurtisNaito (talk) 16:38, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

The answer is no, works produced by governments are usually copyrighted like any other works. USA and some other countries are exceptions. See Commons:Copyright_rules_by_territory. Ruslik (talk) 18:59, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Upload of already removed pictures, + license problems[edit]

Hello, I try upload of pictures ("Sophie Schneider" ) which were removed due to license problems a) I do not understand how to handle the license problem: the paintings are private property of our family, we are the descendants of the painter Sophie Schneider (deceased 1942) , there is no last will of her b) how can I upload the pictures ("Sophie Schneider" ) which before were removed due to license problems ?

Thanks ! H J Schneider — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ch12hs (talk • contribs)

The admins tried to tell you what the problem is on your talk page, and I can't say what it was, because the files are now "deleted"—actually hidden, we can't see the images, but admins and license reviewers can check it. 1942+70=2012 might be old enough for some mix of {{PD-heirs}} and {{PD-old-70}}, what did you try? Based on de:Sophie Schneider the 1942 should be clear, but better ask Jarekt or Motopark if that's enough for an UNDELetion request—if yes they'd presumably simply do it, the "request" business is for potentially controversial undeletions. If something else is unclear, a separate OTRS PERMISSION from you might be required. –Be..anyone (talk) 08:18, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
I undeleted the files and added {{PD-old-70}} and {{Artwork}}. H J Schneider can you add more of a description to each of the files? --Jarekt (talk) 13:19, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Too long time to upload in Upload Wizzard, is there a problem here in Philippines or Server?[edit]

Good evening. I am surprised that it takes 10 minutes or longer to upload just one image this time here in Philippine now 10:18 pm Thursday March 26; my internet speed is quite good 0.70 Mbps download speed and 7.50 Upload speed, ever since last month except a day of problem when I used de bug which I also use now, I usually upload 60 images in one hour or faster, please help me know if your Commons server is in problem, how can I upload the usual way and solve this problem, thanks.--Judgefloro (talk) 14:17, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Please note that it seems the Uploading is now normal, thanks, as I reported this past problem, regards--Judgefloro (talk) 15:17, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Question about categories[edit]

I have noticed some categories that are in categories and then also in one or more subcategories and I was wondering if that was by design, or if that is just something that needs to be cleaned up. For example, Category:People by name by gender falls into categories Category:People categories by name and Category:People by name. Category:People categories by name already falls under Category:People by name though, so it seems unnecessarily redundant. From my Wikipedia days I know they tried to avoid the double categorization issue as described above but I know some things here are different than there so I wanted to ask. Reguyla (talk) 20:01, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

There's a similar rule here near COM:OVERCAT, with a diagram. If you stumble over very simple cases see COM:REDCAT, you can fix minor oddities. Or if it's not your bold day start a CFD (category for discussion), that's also a good procedure if you're not sure, or if you expect controversies, or if you plan huge changes. –Be..anyone (talk) 00:38, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Ok thanks. Reguyla (talk) 01:29, 27 March 2015 (UTC)