User talk:Scotch Mist

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Welcome to Wikimedia Commons, Scotch Mist!
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Please give images good descriptions[edit]

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I noticed you've uploaded File:Cieszyn Building VI.jpg and I thought I should draw your attention to a common error.
Please give some thought to writing a good description of uploaded images. This ensures that they can be used. It also helps those that review and improve categories do a better job, which also ensures that images will get used in novel and interesting ways. Thanks, and happy editing!

Americophile 13:41, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Rotations[edit]

Hi. Consider rotating the photos to their right angle before uploading. This will save a lot of time and processing power... Wpedzich (talk) 09:03, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

All of the images uploaded had been previously rotated but were seemingly returned to their original aspect on upload.--SM1 (talk) 09:17, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Hello. Sorry - I did not follow up on the thread located here... the fact that the images were rotated by the uploaders previous to uploading, but still appear improperly placed - baffles me. I am not a technical person and probably will post a question to someone who is more tech-savvy. The same applies to rotation requests that sit unanswered for some time - let me take care of this in the nearest time. Wpedzich (talk) 10:25, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Quality Image Promotion[edit]

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Old photos from Poland[edit]

Hi, thanks for uploading old photos of people from Poland, I'll write you some information about licensing, because their current description is wrong. For example this image:

  • You are not an author, you only scanned it, I presume. Author is "J Boretti". More precisely it's "T Boretti" - Teofil Boretti
  • Licensing is wrong - it's not under Creative Commons license. Teofil Boretti died in 1910, so his photos are in public domain - and it's fine.

But we still need to check authors of rest of the photos. I'll try to do that in near future. Cheers from Poland. Yarl 23:58, 28 March 2013 (UTC)


Hi Yarl - thank you for your feedback and your correction on Boretti's first name! Am still in the process of adding descriptions to other photos uploaded and will endeavor to double-check the names of photographers.

Perhaps I have misunderstood the Wikimedia licensing, but the photos uploaded are photos of family members that have been passed down to myself - Waclaw Bulczynski was my Great Grandfather - so while you are correct in assessing that I scanned the photographs, I also have ownership of original photographs which I believe were commissioned by my ancestors who presumably paid for them along with any pertinent copyrights prevailing at the time. Admittedly I am not familiar with what copyright laws regarding studio photographs did prevail in Poland at the time, and as you indicated most, if not all, of the photos could be considered to be public domain anyway given the dates. However, I would like to be sure that I am following the correct procedures and would appreciate any further advice you can give me on this matter (including any changes I need to make to photos already posted). Regards from Scotland.

Request for Rotation reverts[edit]

Hi, Scotch Mist, I noticed your 1 and 2 reverts. Do I get it right here that these kind of files are not supposed to be rotated? BTW, By looking to your Userpage, I was wondering if this is the Tadeusz Grodyński your are talking about? Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 06:59, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi Scotch Mist, maybe the expression watermark is not the correct one, but as far as I know, it is not desirable to add text to images like in the case of the "BRAK PROLONGATY GROBU" added. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 07:52, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi Lotje - thank you for your interest and comments - the text that you referred to as a 'digital watermark' is actually a label that was placed on the tomb itself so is an integral part of the photograph and not something that was added later. With regard to the reverses of photographs with portrait aspects I have intentionally retained the reverses with the same aspects, even where printed text appears in landscape aspect, as written notes (often barely legible) are usually in portrait mode. Also, maintaining the same aspect makes the reverse of the photograph more readily viewable in a gallery alongside the photograph itself.

Thanks you for your kind explanation. Any idea what "BRAK PROLONGATY GROBU" means? We could add it to the discription of the file, in order to avoid any further confusion. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 12:36, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

With regard to the Tadeusz Grodyński you have referenced, to-date I have found no records directly linking his ancestors to mine, but at the time my great grandfather Andrzej, who was an appeal court judge, changed his name from Kusionowicz to Grodyński, Wilhelm, the father of Tadeusz, was also practicing as an appeal court judge so I suspect that if indeed there was no birth link (I am still researching!:) that there was at least a 'social link'.

Wishing you success with your research. If I come across something that I think might be of any help, I will for sure let you know. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 12:36, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi again Lotje - thank you again for your comments - you have raised a very interesting question about the meaning of "BRAK PROLONGATY GROBU" - from what I can understand the translation 'Grave without grace' effectively means that the cemetery authority/administration will not continue to maintain the grave unless new fees are paid which in effect provides a reason to sell access to the grave site for further burials resulting in more revenues for the cemetery. Apparently this is not uncommon practice in Poland where graves may be 'sold off' after a 20-30 year period should relatives not have come forward with payment in the meantime. The problem is that when no relatives live nearby then evidence of previous burials on the site may be lost altogether (the new owners of the grave site can seemingly remove previous headstone inscriptions and replace them with the burial details of those more recently interred), even if those originally buried at the site were important people within the local community at the time. I personally discovered this practice when searching for the grave of my great grandfather Andrzej at the Cieszyn Communal Cemetery where fortunately an inscription at the foot of the original obelisk pedestal remained, although out of site to passers-by. (With my fathers's family being exiled to Siberia during WWII and then after fighting along with the British forces - as described in his book 'The Grodyński Brigade' - settling in the UK, when my great grandmother died in 1964 there was no relative around to pay the new fees and although I am a direct descendant I was never contacted.) With regard to Alfons's grave, fortunately Edgar Matter discovered the situation in time to act, and not only paid the new fees but restored the magnificent white angel over the site that my father had mentioned in his book (photos of the restored angel can also be viewed at Cieszyn Communal Cemetery). I believe it is important in maintaining Poland's history that this practice be brought to an end, and given that more and more people are researching their Polish ancestors it should be possible to find ways to cover continuing cemetery maintenance costs, but not living in Poland I am not sure where to start with mounting such a campaign!:)

I would make a start in adding this information to the file description. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 13:55, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

DONE!

Good. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 14:47, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

A relative of the Matter family[edit]

--Chris Pluta (talk) 14:20, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Hello, I'm Christopher Pluta (son of Sylwia Matter-Pluta and George Pluta) and I live in Poland. I'm looking for relatives of the Matter family behind the Polish borders. I heard that you were once in Rudno and talked with my family. I would love to talk with relatives living abroad Polish. Can I contact with you by e-mail and talk about family?

PS. You've got great historical website :)

Greetings from Poland :) Chris Pluta


Hi Chris - thank you for your interest and kind words about the Scotch Mist site on Wikimedia. I have attempted to email you but it appears that you do not have an email address entered in your User preferences - once you set this up we should be able to communicate directly and I can respond personally to any questions you have regarding our common ancestors. Best wishes from Scotland!:)


Hi :) Now my e-mail is available. :)

File:A Grodynski 1939-05-17 (1).jpg[edit]

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Cancre (talk) 17:58, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi Cancre - I attempted unsuccessfully to contact you by email as I had little opportunity to comment on this image being marked for deletion before it was actually deleted (within one day instead of a week which I understand to be normal practice). Rather than simply wait until 2022 for this file to be undeleted I wish the following comments to be considered in the meantime:

  1. To my knowledge it is not certain that the photographer was Jozef Kuczynski as I understand that other photographers practised from, and under the name of, his studio (which I believe was not uncommon practise at the time). [Perhaps the 'creator' could be amended as per the reverse of the photograph?]
  2. Understand the principle of the current seventy year copyright policy now applicable in Poland but do not know what the policy was at the time this family photograph was commissioned and whether that policy is superceded in all aspects today.
  3. The photograph itself is an original family photograph that was taken over seventy years ago so I would have thought it should be possible to exhibit this freely (ie for no commercial gain) so that family members, and others, can view it readily. [Perhaps there is a recommended procedure to follow in this regard, or an alternative procedure that would allow the photograph to be viewed in countries without a seventy year restriction?]

Thank you for your consideration of the above comments on which I look forward to receiving your views.

Hello. I'm not a sysop on Commons, so I didn't delete this file. I just marked this file as a possible copyright violation, because as far as I know it was in fact a copyright violation - and apparently one of Commons sysop had the same opinion. I suppose you should ask him to give you the explication of his decision.
The general rule is that when the copyright status is uncertain it's better to delete the file. If we are not sure who made this photo, we don't know when he or she died. So there is no proof that the file is in public domain and we should delete it.
And don't forget that it is not allowed to upload on Commons files only for no-commercial uses! 'Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content, that is, images and other media files that are not subject to copyright restrictions which would prevent them being used by anyone, anytime, for any purpose. [...] Wikimedia Commons only accepts media: that are explicitly freely licensed, or that are in the public domain in at least the United States and in the source country of the work. Cancre (talk) 14:12, 11 September 2013 (UTC)