User:Jameslwoodward/Commons notes for administrators

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Communication[edit]

It is expected that all Administrators will make their status clear to other users. Therefore, please either add the admin entry to your babelbox or add the {{user admin}} template to your userpage. Since Admins are encouraged to have a babelbox, that method is preferred.

DelReqHandler[edit]

DelReqHandler is a tool for Admins that you can enable at

My Preferences > Gadgets > Tools for admins and special users

It takes care of the housekeeping when closing a Deletion Request

In the case of a Delete:
Deletes the file
Allows you to enter a comment on the file deletion (by default this is a link to the DR)
Allows you to enter a closing comment at the end of the DR (by default this is Deleted and your sig)
Adds {{delh}} and {{delf}} to the DR
In the case of a Keep:
Removes the {{delete}} from the file
Adds {{kept}} to the file talk page
Allows you to enter a comment on the file keep (by default this is a link to the DR)
Allows you to enter a closing comment at the end of the DR (by default this is Kept and your sig).
Adds {{delh}} and {{delf}} to the DR

In both cases, it shows you a preliminary look at the result. Because it uses the API, there are no page loads, so you can work just as fast as you can click on the links with one hand and hit 'Enter' to accept the default message with the other, allowing you to very rapidly work through the list in a mass delete. It does have some quirks, particularly when there are two sections in the DR, but you will rapidly learn these.

Examining a Deleted File without Undeleting It[edit]

As an Admin, you can, of course, restore a deleted file. You can also look at a deleted image or file without restoring it. This is often convenient when commenting on an Undeletion Request.

  1. Call up the file, so you are at "Editing File:Deleted.jpg"
  2. Click on the link "View or restore nn deleted edits?"
  3. You are now at "View and restore deleted pages"
  4. At the bottom are one or two lists, "Page history" and, only in the case of a media file, "File History".
  5. You can click on the time/date stamp on any revision in either to see the deleted material without restoring it. "Page history" shows only the text in the file. "File History" will show only the image or play the sound.

Quick Delete[edit]

Enabled at My preferences > Gadgets > Maintenance tools
The name is not really right, as it simply adds tags and does not actually delete. It does, however, dramatically speed up adding various tags:

For Deletion Requests, it
Prompts you for a reason
Creates the Deletion Request page
Adds it to the day's log
Adds the template {{delete}} to the file
Notifies the uploaders
For {{No source since}}, {{No permission since}}, and {{No license since}}
Adds the template to the file with the date
Notifies the uploaders.

Version Hiding[edit]

See also: Commons:Revision deletion

If an earlier version of a file is a copyvio or otherwise a problem, an Admin can simply delete it by clicking on “delete” to the left of its thumbnail in the file history table on the file page. However, it's better, I think, to click on “change visibility” in the same box, and then check only “Hide file content” on the next page. This leaves the history intact for all to see (important for files first published on Commons), but hides the image from all but Admins.

Permanent Links[edit]

See also: en:Help:Permanent link

When there is an extended discussion of an image's status, it is useful to permanently link that discussion to the image file so that it can at least inform, if not eliminate, further discussion of the image.

DelReqHandler (see above) does this automatically for Deletion Requests, by adding the {{kept}} tag to the image's talk page. For discussions which take place elsewhere, since most of our discussion pages are archived, a permanent link to the last version of the discussion is useful:

The trick is to "View History" of the page in question and then click on the date link of the version you want. Then, in the Table of Contents, click on the section containing the discussion. Your browser's URL box will now show the complete URL of the section in the version specified.

This wiki markup:

  • See discussion of copyrightability of this image at [//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons_talk:Licensing&oldid=55654024#File:McDonald.27s_Golden_Arches.svg].

produces this result:

  • See discussion of copyrightability of this image at [1].

To enable others to click the links in log entries the links need to be wiki links (not external links). That can be achieved by using [[Special:Permalink/<oldid>]]. E.g.: [[Special:Permalink/55654024#File:McDonald.27s_Golden_Arches.svg]]Special:Permalink/55654024#File:McDonald.27s_Golden_Arches.svg

Merging Edit Histories[edit]

See also: Commons:History merging and splitting

Occasionally it is helpful to merge the edit histories of two pages. An example might be a page that was deleted because it contained a copyrighted element, but also had a useful element, so a crop of the page could be kept. The history of the deleted file would be kept as part of the history of the cropped file. There is a step by step tutorial at MediaWiki#Procedure_to_merge_edit_histories.

Other Useful Templates and Text for Helping Newbies[edit]

Showing Wiki Markup[edit]

(available as User:Jameslwoodward/Commons markup notes)

When you want to show the wiki code for anything in line in a comment you can simply use the nowiki pair like this:

  • <nowiki>{{own}}</nowiki> displays as {{own}}

To add a suitable markup wrap it in code tags like this:

  • <code><nowiki>{{own}}</nowiki></code> displays as {{own}}

You can access those snippets via the the “Edittools” of the enhanced editing toolbar (option “Enable enhanced editing toolbar” in your preferences).

For the special case of showing a template, you can use the special template {{tl}} (that is "tee ell") like this:

  • {{tl|own}} displays as {{own}}
  • {{tl|PD-self}} displays as {{PD-self}}

The second way of displaying a template has the advantage that it provides a link to the template. It has several near synonyms, but the one will do for most of us. Note that I have used the <big> markup in four places above for readability -- it is not part of nowiki or {{tl}}.

Signature templates[edit]

  • {{unsigned2}} Easier to use than {{unsigned}} because it takes its parameters in the same order as "View history".
  • {{sign2}} How to sign your posts.

Miscellaneous text templates[edit]

  • {{qs}} If you have questions, you may ask them at the Village Pump in any of 42 languages or on my talk page. I will also watch for questions here on your talk page for at least a week.
  • {{bian}} "I have blocked this account permanently because Commons consensus prohibits company or organizational usernames. ..."
  • {{drfop}} In most countries, all paintings, sculpture, architecture, text, and other creative works have copyrights which last for 70 years after the death of the creator. An image of a work that is still under copyright is a derivative work, and infringes on the copyright so that we cannot usually keep the image on Commons. In some countries, there is a special exception to the copyright law which allows such images under certain circumstances. We call that exception freedom of panorama (FOP). Unfortunately there is no applicable FOP exception in this case.
  • {{drfop|France}} In most countries, all paintings, sculpture, architecture, text, and other creative works have copyrights which last for 70 years after the death of the creator. An image of a work that is still under copyright is a derivative work, and infringes on the copyright so that we cannot usually keep the image on Commons. In some countries, there is a special exception to the copyright law which allows such images under certain circumstances. We call that exception freedom of panorama (FOP). Unfortunately there is no applicable FOP exception in France.

Fixing serious mistakes[edit]

If you save a page and see that you have made a serious mistake and want to undo it:

  1. Click on the "View History" tab at the top of the page
  2. Click on the time and date link of the last good version, the last one before your mistake.
  3. Click on "Edit". It will give you the warning: "You are editing a prior version of this page. If you save it, any changes made since this version will be removed."
  4. Since that is exactly what you want, simply write a short comment in the edit summary and click on "Save page"

(Note: This method is available to all users. Administrators and Rollbackers have additional, quicker, means of doing the same thing.)

Occasionally useful pages and templates[edit]

Useful Toolserver Functions[edit]

Finding pages that have been edited by two editors: http://toolserver.org/~mzmcbride/stalker/?db=commonswiki_p&user1=EditorX&user2=EditorY&namespace=0&namespace=1&namespace=2&namespace=3&namespace=4&namespace=5&namespace=6&namespace=7&namespace=8&namespace=9&namespace=10&namespace=11&namespace=12&namespace=13&namespace=14&namespace=15&namespace=90&namespace=91&namespace=92&namespace=93&namespace=100&namespace=101&namespace=108&namespace=109&namespace=442&namespace=443&namespace=444&namespace=445&namespace=446&namespace=447&namespace=710&namespace=711