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Image cropping[edit]

Hi Alan

Just a comment on the cropping you recently did on a Fonterra image that I took. I have reverted this, because I want this to retain the wider-angle view with thw whole of the street etc... as the default image, not just hidden in the file history. The wider shot is a quite different look than a crop of just the Fonterra facility. If you want to use a closer-up, the appropriate way to do this on Commons would be to re-upload the cropped image with a slightly altered file name and optionally a reference that it is a derivative of the original file (it would not count as a candidate for a "duplicate" tag, as this changes the image's focus and appearance). You can then swap out and use the derivative file for whatever article you preferred the crop on. Many thanks and happy editing. Ingolfson (talk) 20:56, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

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File tagging File:Sociable.ogg[edit]

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Thanks for that. Alan Liefting (talk) 22:21, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

File source is not properly indicated: File:Fredrik andersson.jpg[edit]

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a headsup[edit]

The deletion policies recommend checking to see if an image is of use, when one is considering nominating it for deletion. Did you consider doing that for File:Hazrat_Ali,_Afghan_politician.jpg?

I suggested that since the image was illustrating the article on Hazrat Ali for over half a decade the image was sufficient usable, after all. Geo Swan (talk) 21:42, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

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File:Abraham ready to sacrifice his son, Isaac (top); Abraham cast into fire by Nimrod (bottom).jpg[edit]

Hi, the above file was renamed at your request. I have suggested that it be reverted to its original name for reasons given at User talk:INeverCry. Paul Barlow (talk) 21:08, 22 January 2013 (UTC)‎

Yasuni map[edit]

I did the work here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Graphic_Lab/Map_workshop#Rework_a_location_map Bye,-- Fulvio 314 18:01, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

About File:Crystal (8372123133).jpg[edit]

Hello. You recently reverted a category change of the picture File:Crystal (8372123133).jpg twice. Please stop. This picture is not depicting the island of Zealand in Denmark. If you have any doubts, I can inform you there are no mountains or rocky hills even on Zealand. It is almost as flat as can be. If you follow the coordinate designation of the file, you will see the photograph is in fact taken at Lake Te Anau in New Zealand. The text associated with this picture is untrue and erroneous. I expect you to revert your change and I hope you can change the text as well, while at it? No offence.

RhinoMind (talk) 16:38, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

No offence taken of course. I have now correctly categorised it and amended the description based on the camera co-ordinates. I assumed the description was correct and did not follow the camera supplied co-ordinates. When you reverted my edit you should have amended the description.
It is annoying when there is incorrect information supplied by a user. User generated content is so damn flaky. Sigh... Alan Liefting (talk) 04:54, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Countryside and nature[edit]

Hi. this edit makes me wonder if (or why not) countryside is a sub category of nature. The top category Category:Countryside is in Category:Nature is that also wrong then? --MGA73 (talk) 18:07, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Countryside is a mix of both natural (nature) and built ("unnatural") aspects therefore it cannot be a subset of Category:Nature. Category:Geography or Category:Places are better super-catergories for it. Alan Liefting (talk) 22:30, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Category:Australian pearls[edit]

there is no discussion to do. It's empty so I ask for speedy deletion. bye--Pierpao.lo (listening) 22:47, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

deleted--Pierpao.lo (listening) 01:40, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Removing from categories[edit]

Hi, I noticed you removed the category Austria from several files that depict posters issued in Austria in World War I, File:Zeichnet vierte österreichische Kriegsanleihe LCCN2004666173.jpg for example. Those posters indeed belong to that topic, they only need an appropriate subcategory. Removing them from the topic Austria entirely is the wrong way. --Martin H. (talk) 19:07, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Similarly, you seem to be making massive removals from Category:Work, to the point of simply being destructive of information and of the category. Please stop this. For example, the only interest of File:Seattle street work 02.jpg is that it shows people working on a street in a manner that involved digging a portion of the street open and covering it with metal plates. You have left it so that its only category is Category:Streets in Seattle. There is approximately no chance that anyone looking for an image like this would be looking by location, so a change like this is simply destructive. If a category is insufficiently precise, feel free add (and if necessary make) a more precise subcategory, do not remove the existing category. And if something else was going on here besides the category being insufficiently precise, you've left behind no clue to the reason for the changes you made. Please either revert this set of changes or do the work of diffusing the category to something more useful. - Jmabel ! talk 14:23, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Doing the massed removals is not a decision that I made lightly. After considering the many issues I came to the conclusion that it is of overall advantage to the project. Alan Liefting (talk) 20:21, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Perhaps you should consider not coming to that conclusion unilaterally. I don't think I'm going at all out on a limb to say that removal (as against refinement) of accurate categories is generally not at all supported. Because this removes the information entirely, it makes it almost impossible for someone else to spot these and refine them later, except if they happen to notice (as I did) that you are doing this, and go through your edits systematically to try to restore what you've broken. Thank you for fixing this on the particular photo I pointed out as an example, but I mentioned it to address a more general issue. I believe these edits are counterproductive, which is basically exactly what Martin also said. - Jmabel ! talk 05:22, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Let me explain my rationale for the massed edits (not in any order of importance):
        • Files are added en masse by automated processes to incorrect categories
        • They remain poorly categorised for years on end
        • The problem in present on possibly tens of thousands of files
        • Wikiedit time is precious and needs to be used efficiently (I have spent a huge amount of time on some images which the uploader did not give sufficient information for file renaming and recategorisation).
        • I usually look at a sample of the files in question and it has shown that the amount of possible loss of information is low.
        • If the edits remove the sole category the file is then tagged by a bot for recategorisation.
        • Some editors mistakenly use categories as tags so Commons (as with Wikipedia but to a lesser degree) ends up with large amounts of overcategorisation.
        • "Category clutter" is rife
        • I am a poorly paid volunteer.
Does this ally your concerns? Alan Liefting (talk) 06:14, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
"ally" => "allay", I presume. No, it does not. The linked examples are edits where you went the wrong way. For example, my concern about Category:Work was not bot-based at all. Similarly, Martin H.'s example is something where the category should either have been left alone or refined. Again, if you want to refine these categories, great, but removing highly relevant categories is distinguishable from vandalism only by the fact that you make good edits elsewhere. And inappropriate removals, unlike inappropriate additions, are hard for anyone to go back and fix, because the only way to find this stuff is to go through the contributions page of the person who did it.- Jmabel ! talk 23:31, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Photographer Barnstar.png The Photographer's Barnstar
Well done! Ziegler175 (talk) 05:35, 6 July 2014 (UTC)


Thank you. Alan Liefting (talk) 06:30, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

empty cats[edit]

Hello. I suggest that if you find any empty category not to open a discussion but simply use the {{emptypage}}. Congratulation for the barnstar. Bye --Pierpao.lo (listening) 08:26, 13 July 2014 (UTC)