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Hello - thank you for providing images to the wikimedia commons. Please keep in mind that images uploaded to the commons should be useful to all users of wikimedia projects - this is possible only if the images can be found by other people. To allow others to find the images you uploaded here, the images should be in some place that can be found by navigating the category structure. This means that you should either place the images on topic pages (galleries) or put the images directly into a category, or do both. Which of those possibilities is preferred is however a matter of debate, see here.

The important point is that the images should be placed in the general structure somewhere. There is a large number of completely unsorted images on the commons right now, see Commons:Really unused. If you would like to help to place some of those images where they can be found, please do! Thank you. -- Duesentrieb(?!) 21:58, 6 October 2005 (UTC)

Question de dimensions

Bonjour. Pourriez-vous indiquer la taille approximative des spécimens, pour avoir un ordre de grandeur, sur la page de description de vos très instructives photos ? --FoeNyx 15:25, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

Hi, I will add those dimensions soon, mais ce sera pas pour aujourd'hui... So much to do, so little time. :-) — Lycaon 16:52, 3 January 2006 (UTC)
ok :) Merci d'avance ;) --FoeNyx 16:56, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

Image:Atylus swammerdami.png

Hey -- sorry about the license change on this image. I am deleting images on enWiki that are on commons; and the wiki image had a GFDL tag... --Romeo Bravo 03:44, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

Heh yea, I am an image sys-op basicly at enWiki. I work on w:WP:IfD, w:Category:NowCommonsThis and w:WP:UI. --Romeo Bravo 23:49, 16 January 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for trying to clean up after this persistent vandal. Next time however, please do not do it via cut-and-paste as this takes time to fix up. If you cannot use the "move" function please let an admin know via the village pump or their email contacts. This probably sounds like I'm having a go at you, this isn't true - I do appreciate your efforts. Thryduulf 21:32, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

Commons:WikiProject Tree of Life

I was wondering if you heard about this? I think it can work together with wikispecies very well. Since you are interested in wikispecies, maybe you are interested in this too. :) pfctdayelise 01:32, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

media:Sea crab.jpg

Hi, I added the 'Atelier graphique' banner because of the previous version on the picture ... made by Yug. I was checking every picture improved by this french workshop. Please excuse my mistake ;-) Liquid_2003 - Talk 12:58, 25 February 2006 (UTC)


I suggest you when creating images such as Nebalia.png to write numbers instead of words and then to add a key from numbers to text in the information page of the image. While this is longer to do and less intuitive to read, it allows non english speakers to use the images in their wikipedias. See for example that is used in

This kind of image is very beautiful and useful. Thank you 17:39, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

Image:Tragelaphus scriptus (fem).jpg

Image deletion warning Image:Tragelaphus scriptus (fem).jpg has been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether it should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry.

If you created this image, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for deletion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it, such as a copyright issue. If the file is up for deletion because it has been superseded by a superior derivative of your work, consider the notion that although the file may be deleted, your hard work (which we all greatly appreciate) lives on in the new file.
In all cases, please do not take the deletion request personally. It is never intended as such. Thank you!

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--gildemax 11:23, 14 May 2006 (UTC)

Image:Solea solea.jpg

I am sorry, Lycaon! I normally upload using the file upload script in perl, so check if my picture would be a good addition, find a fitting name, store it on my local uploads folder, then upload a batch of them using the script when I feel like it. I must have not checked the name too well. My apologies. My own image is now Image:Solea solea ELA.jpg (ELA is the Aguda Marine Station pt:Estação Litoral da Aguda.) -- Tintazul 14:35, 10 June 2006 (UTC)


Salut, heb ik twee andere foto's in "Commons:Featured picture kandidate" en jouw advies zou welkom zijn. En bedankt voor de verklaring van de resolutie--Luc Viatour 08:52, 13 June 2006 (UTC)


it beeld is géniale, jij heeft geen grotere resolutie? Jij zou de gebruiker moeten kennen:

Ik heb nieuw upload, bedankt gezien. Ik heb het beeld zij ben hier gecorrigeerd:

Ik vind dat jij het zou moeten presenteren op "Featured_pictures_candidates" --Luc Viatour 06:11, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Template:Featured pictures candidates/Image:Planica valley.jpg

Hi Lycaon. I'm a bit worried about the voting policy. For example, in the voting Template:Featured pictures candidates/Image:Golden Gate Bridge Yang Ming Line.jpg, a vote some hours after the 15 days period was counted, in my case not -> if User:El Comandante had administrated the voting, the picture would probably have been featured! I think the same policy should be applied to all votings. On COM:FPC it is not stated until which time votes are accepted ("After the end of the voting period the result will be determined on day 15 after nomination." -> but when is the end of the voting period?) My vote was added on day 15 according to the timetable on the bottom of the page; so it would not be contradictorial with respect to the guidelines to count the vote. --MRB 16:05, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

I agree with you that a strict solution is best practice. But I think a sentence like "The voting period lasts 15 days (= 15 * 24 hours) after the time of nomination; votes added after this period aren't counted." should be added to the voting policy rules. At the moment, this is an unwritten law. How should people know that their vote isn't valid any more if the rule isn't stated clearly? --MRB 20:41, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

An invitation

I noticed that you have reviewed FP pictures and are asking if you could assist in the developement of Commons:Quality Images. and associated page Commons:Quality images candidates , Commons:Quality images guidelines Gnangarra 14:27, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Ferrofluid FPC candidate

Howdy! per your comments on the FP nomination page, I've located the original image and uploaded it. It's less striking as a thumbnail, though the added resolution and surrounding whitespace probably help the larger version. Please check again to see if this new image satisfies the requirements. If not, I'd appreciate any comments on how to improve the image (or any direct help!), since I'm fairly inexperienced at this, and don't have a particularly good eye for composition, or any Photoshop skills to speak of. :) GeeJo 23:24, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

FPC noms

Instead of striking votes, why don't you just close the nominations? That would be more useful. Anyone can close nominations. pfctdayelise (translate?) 07:35, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

OK, no problem :P thanks for helping out. pfctdayelise (translate?) 12:14, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

I inserted the featured template to the pictures you removed from the canidates list. They have just to be copied to the chronological and thematic list of featured media. Would be nice if you could do that. --Thgoiter 09:55, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

vote not finished on june

vote not finished between on June 21 and on June 30 on [log june] I noticed that you often do that and me I do not know the procedure to do it. It would be well if somebody explains me or finise the vote thank you in advance --Luc Viatour 07:50, 27 July 2006 (UTC)


I've resubmitted this image for featured status. I strongly believe that the reconsidered votes due to the image size merit a resubmission of image. I hope you'll support my decision to do this. Cary "Bastique" Bass parler voir 16:09, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Featured picture june

Hello Lycaon, Sorry always you to solicit, but more any images is not added in featured since June 21! And I am afraid to do it me because I the procedure does not include/understand. --Luc Viatour 04:37, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

I classified the images “featured” of July June in corresponding files of featured picture”, I also added the template “featured picture” to the images. Does J hope that I did that correctly? As I noticed that you already made this work say me if it is not well. I did not include/understand yet how you make the calculation of the votes? There is an automatic system? Afflicted for my English! --Luc Viatour 14:42, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

re: Socks ??

Hm. I can certainly see why you are suspicious. Digon3 was created on the 18th August, Sunshade1 a week later on the 23rd. Sunshade1 has nominated 3 images for FPC, all being Digon's images. [1] [2] [3]

Digon showed up to comment on the last one despite never having been informed about it, on-wiki at least. On-wiki there seems to have been no communication between these two, despite the fact that Sunshade1 is such an enthusiastic fan of Digon's. They both have similar commenting styles when voting on FPCs, like: reason, reason, reason.

User:Dbenbenn, User:Arnomane and User:Ausir all have CheckUser status and may be able to help you if you wish to pursue this further. I would contact them via email.

cheers, pfctdayelise (translate?) 16:05, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Mystery solved - see User_talk:Pfctdayelise#Socks_.3F.3F. pfctdayelise (translate?) 05:04, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

High Res. Loligo vulgaris

Hi, really nice Photo in a High Res. SURE im Vote NICE . Have a nice Weekend /Andreas.Didion 19:42, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

Day 7 rule

Please mind the rule: "Pictures can be taken from the list if they have no support (not counting the nominator's) on day number 7." Roger McLassus 19:47, 1 September 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for help with the taxonomy (if that is the right word) for this flower. I have tried to add a category to the image but there is no category called Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus. There is the article Hemerocallis or the category Hemerocallidaceae. I get lost in this stuff but to find a place for it, I created Hemerocallis lilio-ashphodelus. I added the hyphen because that is the way it is set out in the Wikipedia article "Daylily" No idea of that makes any sense, but I thought the image needed a place to be found. --KenWalker 00:25, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

just a short note: correct name is Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelus. moved now. --Überraschungsbilder 23:18, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Hi Lycaon, thanks for your question. It seems as if my memory was half-incorrect (correct about the "h", incorrect about the "-"). There was a dispute about Linné's original naming somewhere (I've read about in the past) … anyway, the version with correct spelling and without the hyphen should be ok now for all of us :-) … funny history *g* --Überraschungsbilder 23:32, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Your revert of my change in Image:Euphorbia polychroma.jpg

Hello, I do not think you understand why I have removed (and will do so again) the category Euphorbia from that picture. Reasons:

  1. this picture is referenced from the species article Euphorbia polychroma which itself is in Category:Euphorbia; this can be seen in the section Links on the image page;
  2. if we leave every picture that's in a species article in the resp. genus/family category, load times for users would be too long, even for DSL users, and it all contributes to Wiki traffic which is always at the edge; also, why anyway? read on:
  3. if you miss something like a pictorial overview, then please write such an article and put it in the family category - be aware however that that must be maintained forever;
  4. there is no end in sight with submitted fine images, so the problems in 2+3 will get worse.

So, please do not revert again my valid changes, okay? -- Ayacop 10:01, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.

I clicked on your user name in the review of my picture in the featured picture area, and expected someone who comments on other people's photos but has no photography background himself. Instead I find that you not only have a gallery of great images of your own, but images from what was once my chosen field of Marine Biology. It's a field I'd probably still be in if not for the fact that a block of my life disappeared simply because we have a fool for a president (I'm from the U.S. if not obvious). He seems to enjoy to attacking random countries who have nothing to do with the attacks on ours while Bin Laden still walks free and threatens Europe and the U.S..... Enough of that topic, Bush just pisses me off.

I've switched to corporate life and weekend SCUBA to scratch my Marine Bio itch. It's pretty desolate in the California Channel Islands, the Balance of Nature totally out of balance now. I now find I have to head to the tropics for a good week of diving.

I'm new to Wikipedia - 2 years use, but only 2 days attempting edits - so I have a lot to learn. Most of the Featured Pictures I think are great. However, I see some pictures listed as Featured which I'm not that impressed by and some rejected which seem terrific, so I'm still a little confused as to the criteria. If you ever have any feedback that may help me get the hang of it, I'd ne more than Happy to hear it. I'm not tryimg to get you to change anything, but the composition of that Times Square image was as good as it could get on that night. To the left was a group of drunken prostitutes, to the right was a blazing stoplight, below me were 500 plus pedestrians, and behind me a consruction ditch that would have eaten me if I fell backwards, thus the kind police officer's assistance. I took 38 photos in a few minutes, and this was the only one that didn't have some glaring flaw, so it is what it is, and I really like it, but that's my opinion. I'd just never seen colors like that before and had to have it.

Take care, John

Featured picture

Hi, I'd just like to let you know that I've nominated your fantastic image of w:Loligo vulgaris for featured picture at w:Wikipedia:Featured_picture_candidates/Loligo_vulgaris. All the best. Mgiganteus 00:00, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Girl's parents

I'm the girl's father... Alvesgaspar 21:53, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

Good for you :-), but maybe you should state that on the description of the image??? Lycaon 22:03, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

Use of the Symbol oppose vote oversat.svg Strong oppose template

Please see my comments at Commons talk:Featured picture candidates. Alvesgaspar 10:57, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Lycaon - Thanks for your Feedback

First - Thanks again for your feedback. But now, how do I delete that image from the nomination - All Of Them, including mine. This has turned into a joke. All I wanted was to post and get feedback and learn. Instead this has turned into a strange philosophical and political battle which seemed to have existed before I ever signed on. My technically impoper photo has just fueled the fire - certainly not my intent.

Again, your feedback has been the only insightful info I have received and I appreciate that. Even after I put up the comparative stairwell photo, all I get back is "Don't like it." Not much help in the learning process. Any info you have regarding additional rules, guidelines, or the many unspoken codes that I know nothing about would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks again. Take care, John

Once again thanks...

I added the following comment to the... well, what's the name of the box where all the comments are added anyway?... per your comment. Thanks again Lycaon, John

  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info I have been informed by a kind and helpful gentleman that the correct procedure to stop a nomination is to state that I, as nominator, revoke my nomination, and it will then be removed ASAP. So, regretfully, even though this visit to the FP process has been a joyous one (something similar to an unanaesthetized evisceration, or a tooth extraction with a hammer and pliers), I hereby request such revocation, and beg that it be quick, mercyful, and painless. I have learned some and sufered much, but fool that I am, I'm sure I'll be back, and soon I fear. I have high hopes for Wikipedia, and sadly, I am addicted. Thanks to all who shared advice and info. JohnKolter

QI vs FP

Thank you for your kindness and support regarding the "Girl and cat" and also my campaign against the "strongly oppose" tag. This time I decided to take a longer way before submitting my photos to FP. Will you please take a brief look at my pictures in Commons:Quality images candidates? -- Alvesgaspar 13:44, 8 October 2006 (UTC) PS. What is "IMO" ?

Amphipod anatomy illustration


Hi Lycaon - thanks for the note; your new version is an improvement, but I think still needs more. I've made a .png version (right) illustrating what I think would help, for the following reasons: (1) a lot of people don't have .svg reading/editing ability so can't see it larger than the image page auto-size (see e.g. Alvesgaspar's comments at Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:Reinel wind rose.png; applies to me too); (2) a larger text size is better for people with poor eyesight, and also enables many people to read the captions at thumbnail picture size in articles (and thus able to read the image captions alongside the article text without having to open the image page separately); and (3) using kinked lines to indicate the body sections better (they don't have to be vertical!). My version used 12 point text for the smaller parts and 14 point for the main body parts, maybe it could be made even larger; I think there's probably room for 16 point text. Hope this helps! - MPF 21:15, 24 October 2006 (UTC)


Marine sextant.svg

I know you did, I have supported your picture :-).

The problem only exists in the svg file uploaded to Wikipedia, the thumbnail image seems corrupt in the candidates page (please see the picture here) . In my computer, I can see the picture OK. I have tried converting from CorelDraw Graphic Suite X3, png, bitmap, tiff, .... with the same result.

I'll be very thankfull (and impressed) if you can help. Alvesgaspar 21:47, 27 October 2006 (UTC)


I will upload it again with different file name. Thanks for trying. --Tomascastelazo 21:56, 8 November 2006 (UTC)


Lycaon says:
Please keep in mind that images uploaded to the commons should be useful to all users of wikimedia projects - this is possible only if the images can be...

...understood by other people. If the images contain labels or captions in a specific language, it is difficult to use them in a different language/script environment. Please, be considerate to other languages and cultures and furnish your beautiful images with internationalised labels and captions in the description field, not in the image itself. This is always relevant. --AtonX 10:16, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

  • Hi. Your remarks are irrelevant when it concerns svg images. The text is imbedded in the file and can be altered (translated) with a simple text editor (eg. Notepad). This is one of the major advantages of using svg. -- Lycaon 12:02, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
    • Hi. The point is, A) the image itself must be manipulated AND B) a new version must be uploaded every time this is done. As for A) - not everybody is willing or indeed has the capacity to do so. This means having a SVG editor and learning how to use it, or understanding XML itself. As for B) - This simply results in absolutely unecessary copies of the same image over and over again, with all languages/scripts used. Do you know that there are 250 language versions of the Wikipedia? Do you really think we should potentially have 250 versions of each image with narrative labels and/or captions? That's why it is much simpler for everybody to have one image, which is labelled in a language-neutral fashion and which can be used without downloading, editing, uploading, creating duplicates etc. The advantages are obvious. Please, try to think in a global perspective: Not everybody is as computer/graphics literate as you are, not everybody speaks english, not everybody uses latin script. --AtonX 13:25, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Amphipod anatomy as POTD

I placed the featured picture Image:Amphipod anatomy en.svg as POTD under 2007-01-26's heading. That garnered a comment: Template_talk:Potd/2007-01-26. Would you be able to recreate this image using letters instead of words, corresponding to an outside key? If you prefer not to, I'll be able to modify it.

Thanks. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 15:13, 21 November 2006 (UTC)


There's a huge difference between letting someone know you love an image and letting them know you hate it. There's so many comments bordering on insult and incivility on featured pictures, for something that should require a vote in the first place. What harm can it be making someone feel good about the work they've done--you seem to have no problem letting people insult it. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 02:38, 23 November 2006 (UTC)


It´s ok Lycaon... thanks for the words, I truly appreciate them. I guess I just got into this place with the wrong foot. What to do? And BTW, I do like your photography. Sincerely, Tomás . --Tomascastelazo 18:06, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Female hoverfly

Thank you for your help in identifying the genus. Calling it a "wasp" was same kind of heresy, I suppose... ;-) Alvesgaspar 07:59, 3 January 2007 (UTC)


What is "ID"? - I think about your comment to my photo on FI. Lestat 23:35, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

  • I'm not a biologist and I don't know species of this duck. Maybe You can say sth. about this and supplement my description? Lestat 23:48, 6 January 2007 (UTC)


thankyou for your support. originally for the skull i had 3 books, 1 in german one in english and one with latin names. the one with latin names was a single skull with all the names mixed and i could not know what was what. with some cross references ( with the other books) i could get somethings in order. but as you notice they are not perfect. I will use the references you gave me and fix the whole skulls diagrams.Once again thanks-LadyofHats 19:51, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

    • ey in your coment you said i miss the "foramen zygomaticofacialis" but it doesnt come in the sources you gave me and i actually dont find it :P that is somewhere on the xygomatic bone is clear but where?-LadyofHats 22:03, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
oops, sorry, that was in another source. Here you go... ;-)) Lycaon 22:26, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
LOL, too late i took out the foramens.. they were just tooo toooo tooo many :Pi may do a new skull just for foramens.. but later a lot later. i dont want to see another bone for a while. :P-LadyofHats 22:31, 7 January 2007 (UTC)


thx :) Look at Commons:Featured pictures/Animals now ;) Przykuta 10:30, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

great :-)) Lycaon 10:49, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Proposal: Picture of the Year and Picture of the Month contests

I have posted a new proposal on Commons talk:Featured picture candidates regarding the creation of FP-related contests and would like your feedback on the idea. This message is being sent to some of the regular contributors to Commons:Featured picture candidates. Alvesgaspar 15:57, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

POTD 1/26/07

Leave this as is. See Template_talk:Potd/2007-01-26. I asked you to upload a non-language specific version of this image so we could replace the other one. You ignored my request. Therefore I had to do it. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 20:57, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

I did not threaten you. I chose your image for that day in the first place. I will choose another, non-language specific image. This is your fault for having such a huge ego. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 21:01, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
It is your image. I merely removed the English text. Your credit is all over the place. If you push this issue, your image won't be on POTD. I'll pick another, non-language specific image--because of the problems discussed on the talk page. If you want to do the work and upload a non-language version, I'll use that and delete mine. But otherwise, the concerns on the talk page are valid and rather than have a big dispute about this, I will choose an image not created by you. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 21:07, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
You act like a child! I changed your text to numbers, because you didn't do it. Why do you have to make a big deal about this, and why can't we leave your image as POTD only with numbers instead of text? What is wrong with you? Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 21:14, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Guess what? I asked another admin to look at the situation and if merited, protect the page. I did not do it myself, because I am directly involved. Please adopt a higher sense when dealing with your fellow contributors. As anyone reading your talk page can see, I have neither insulted you nor forced anything on you. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 21:24, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
I have placed a remark on the Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard/Attention#Picture_of_the_day_1.2F26.2F2007 regarding this situation. Please note, I am not your enemy. Comment there about this further. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 21:30, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Image:Amphipod anatomy.svg

In accordance with your wishes, and in an effort to keep some peace, I have re-removed your name from the above referenced image. However, as I did derive the image from yours it is incumbant upon me to demonstrate that I did, in fact derive this image from another image (shown there) at Commons. Please do not remove this image from there. If you wish at some point to upload your own version of a non-language specific this image over my copy, by all means, do so. I will even go so far as delete my version, so yours will be the only one there. Cary "Bastiqe" Bass demandez 22:02, 8 January 2007 (UTC)