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This is a place where users can communicate with administrators, or administrators with one another. You can report vandalism, problematic users, or anything else that needs an administrator's intervention. Do not report child pornography or other potentially illegal content here; e-mail instead. If reporting threatened harm to self or others also email

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Report users for clear cases of vandalism. Block requests for any other reason should be reported to the blocks and protections noticeboard.

Report disputes with users that require administrator assistance. Further steps are listed at resolve disputes.

Reports that do not suit the vandalism noticeboard may be reported here. Requests for page protection/unprotection could also be requested here.

Other reports that require administrator assistance which do not fit in any of the previous three noticeboards may be reported here. Requests for history merging or splitting should be filed at COM:HMS.

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Sorry to all the admins for the mistakes i have had made. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swaraj Sagar Pradhan (talk • contribs) 07:17, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

@Swaraj Sagar Pradhan: No need to apologize, many people make the same mistake as you. But please note that images from the web are usually not allowed to upload to Commons. For details, see COM:L. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 08:20, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Is this source reliable?[edit]

Hello folks. I don't know where to discuss this issue but is this( source reliable? It looks like self-published and questionable. I couldn't find any source for the maps presented in this website and this makes the source shady and questionable which harms the reliability of this project. I would like to hear other editors' opinions on this. Thanks. 10:42, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

"Excepting the scanned maps (public domain maps)" these maps shouldn't be uploaded here anyway because they're all copyrighted and non-free [1]. De728631 (talk) 16:27, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Yes, but there are other problems in addition to the copyvio. The maps seem random collections from the Internet fora. I could not find/see any source for the maps on the website. This is a serious problem because editors upload maps based on this questionable source and since the images are one of the most attention-grabbing parts of the Wikipedia articles, it causes serious problems regarding reliability. Are there any platform to discuss this issue on Commons? As far as I remember, there are platforms such as RSN and noticeboard for spam-black list on the WP,but I did not see such platforms on Commons. It would be an appropriate way to gain a consensus regarding such cases. 17:53, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Commons:Village pump should be the right venue. De728631 (talk) 23:42, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

A threat, carried over from the EN project[edit]

This lovely message and this message were sent sometime after the editor's range block in the English project. A block here, or a lock on my talk page, might be appropriate. Walter Görlitz (talk) 04:51, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Block or lock away. I don't worship Wikipedia like you fake wanna be Christian. See ya lol —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2600:1702:1690:E10:80B1:C5D7:1EE0:D567 (talk) 04:55, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done. The IP is blocked. I semi-protected the user talkpage for a month. Taivo (talk) 08:42, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the lock. Interestingly, the anon's block was for their behaviour in other locations, not for the attacks, yet the editor appears to be blaming me, calling it a "cry baby con" and changed IPs and tagged the talk page again. Walter Görlitz (talk) 14:45, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Hyphen x Dash in POTD[edit]

In the description of today's POTD the hyphen should be changed of a dash, which only admins can do. It is not a big thing, but the main page should present everything correctly. May I ask for the correction? --Jan Kameníček (talk) 06:22, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done Pleclown (talk) 06:57, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Copyright violations[edit]

How can I be in copyright violation when I'm creating the files using Paint and Inkscape? I'm using 2 different files, piecing them together, and then uploading. Explain...

  • File:Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas.svg
  • File:Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville.svg
  • File:Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo.svg
  • File:Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.svg
  • File:Roman Catholic of Chalan Kanoa.svg

Roberto221 (talk) 23:10, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

You can be in copyright violation whenever you copy a copyrighted thing without a license, the mechanism doesn't matter. Copying a book with a pen and paper may be a copyright violation. --ghouston (talk) 00:27, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

m:WMDE Technical Wishes/Rollback/Feedback round[edit]

A significant change to the rollback function has been proposed above. --Rschen7754 05:15, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Lisa Joy continual copyvio[edit]

Over the past several months, the same image of Lisa Joy has been uploaded repeatedly, and has been deleted several times because it is a copyrighted photo taken by HBO. Here is a link to once instance of those deletions: [2] The other link was replaced with a different photo, which I'm assuming is a copyright violation as well: [3] The first photo I linked existed at the 2nd link previously. The file is now back again here: [4] Is there any way to prevent this image from being uploaded, as it is a clear copyright violation and has been deleted multiple times before. It's been uploaded by multiple users, likely with a close connection to the subject in the photo. Gage (talk) 06:44, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

WLE Germany notice[edit]


please send User:Blech/WLE2018Rundschreiben to the user pages listed on User:Blech/WLENamen16und17. The message has been discussed on .

Thanks in advance, --Blech (talk) 15:24, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done --Didym (talk) 00:28, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

File:Prithviraj at Aiyyaa event.jpg[edit]

Can an Admin with OTRS access please check the OTRS ticket here to see if it applies to this image above? The uploader typed in the ticket himself. If it does not apply to the ticket, please file a Deletion Request. Thank You, --Leoboudv (talk) 18:20, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done You don't need to access the ticket. The permission applies to all images by Bollywood Hungama, i.e. taken in India by their photographers. Regards, Yann (talk) 04:41, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • OK, Thank You for your help, --Leoboudv (talk) 09:48, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Suggesting a speedy keep for Commons:Deletion requests/File:Christine Defraigne.jpg[edit]

There is obviously no valid reason to delete this picture (user that started the DR is confusing Commons with Wikipedia), although I will request a rename after the DR has been closed. I suggest to speedy keep it because any discussion in that DR has the potential to get ugly without helping in any way to determine if it the image should be kept, because that's already clear. - Alexis Jazz 19:27, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done Yann (talk) 04:37, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

IP block exempt question[edit]

I primarily edit on English Wikipedia where I have the ip-block-exempt flag because it is necessary for me to edit via a VPN. Since the flag is local to en.wp I can not nominate copyvio images (pretty much the only reason I edit here) without going to either a mobile or DMZ machine. I also run into this issue in the rare instances I edit over on meta. What are the requirements for obtaining ip-block-exempt here and where do I ask? Thank you. Jbhunley (talk) 20:06, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done. Guanaco (talk) 20:23, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Copyvio by a user in uploads of photographs which source are the Swiss Federal Archives[edit]

Hello. One user uploaded a lot of portraits which are originated in the Swiss Federal Archives. Actually the photographer died 2012 and because of that the photographs are not in the public domain. Also the uploads by this user are not authorized by the Swiss Federal Archives. I have put a lot of speedy deletion requests but maybe it is easier if a admin just deletes all photographs from Peter Friedli (1925-2012) and with the Swiss Federal Archives template in it. Thank you. -> [5] --Micha (talk) 11:41, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Gefyrotes. Regards, Yann (talk) 12:56, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Micha/Micha L., schreib das zur Sicherheit noch einmal in den von Yann eröffneten Löschantrag. Es wäre vieleicht auch gar nicht so schlecht, Deine Verbndung zum Archiv kurz zu erwähnen, und dass du deshalb sicher um die fehlende Autorisierung weißt (upps, ein ß ;-)). — Speravir – 00:03, 23 April 2018 (UTC)


I'm looking at w:Zener Prize where all the photos of recipients have been uploaded by user:Andrew3789. They are all marked as being "own work". This just seems so unlikely to me. The dates go back as far as 1956 and the variations in quality and style looks like they have been copied from various sources. The Mason picture in particular is not an original photograph, it is quite obviously from a bad photocopy. Many of the others are "postage stamp" size low-quality that one would get from an internet screen scrape. Looks to me like these should be mass deleted. SpinningSpark 16:51, 22 April 2018 (UTC)


All uploads by AETEST (talk · contribs) are PR pieces, with higher resolution samples online available. Please speedy delete as copyright violation.--BevinKacon (talk) 17:52, 22 April 2018 (UTC)


Good morning. I am an administrator on enwiki. The user AlexanderHovanec was indef blocked from enwiki after they began socking during a block for BLP and sourcing violations. Back on March 16, the editor uploaded several images to commons, including some that apparently feature the editor in them. Several sockpuppets for Alex have focused on trying to insert these images of him into various enwiki articles. I am wondering what remedies might be available? Can the images be deleted? My apologies for not being too knowledgeable about Commons. Note the user has not been blocked on commons at this time. Ferret (talk) 22:28, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

None of the sockpuppets at enwiki appear to have been used at Commons, except one which created a very basic user page. We don't have grounds to block him here for sock puppetry. However, the images are probably copyright violations. They look like screenshots of some video of unknown origin. I'll start a deletion request. Guanaco (talk) 22:36, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by AlexanderHovanec. I nominated those images which were "own work" and not taken with iPhone 6s. Guanaco (talk) 22:42, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
✓ Done Upon review of their talk page, I saw a long history of copyright violations and a final warning issued by me in January. Blocked three months. Guanaco (talk) 22:45, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

Duplicate of deleted file, or different?[edit]

File:Hey Mama! logo.png was previously deleted in August 2017 as a result of Commons:Deletion requests/File:Hey Mama! logo.png. It was reuploaded two weeks after the deletion took place, but I hadn't noticed until now. My question is, is the deleted image an exact duplicate of the current file, or is it different in that the deleted file contains color? If it's the former, it should be deleted under COM:GCSD#4. If the latter, I will initiate a deletion discussion for this new version. xplicit 04:35, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done. It was even twice before uploaded and the current version was bigger version of first, but not the second. Anyway, I deleted the current file as reupload of content deleted by community consensus. Deletion rationale in the DR still perfectly fits. Taivo (talk) 07:43, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

File:Berkelium metal.jpg[edit]

I posted about this at Commons talk:Deletion policy and was very helpfully directed here by Jeff G.. As I wrote there, at File:Berkelium metal.jpg the current version (the same as the original one) is not copyrighted, but the version uploaded by User:Am-242m at 01:35, 12 April 2018 seems to be quite clearly a copyvio of Theodore Gray's periodic table poster (although the picture has been changed to something similar to the Commons image, the design of the element tile is quite clearly identical). I would hence like to request deletion of only that middle version. Double sharp (talk) 15:14, 23 April 2018 (UTC)