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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.

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Image displaying issue[edit]

I recently uploaded a new version of a file, but it is incorrectly displayed on a page in the history block. Black background instead of some parts of the SVG file. To create the file, I used CorelDraw 2020 ( x64. What should I do? Need instruction or help from experienced project participants. file:RU COA Lunin.svg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Legalwizard 2018 (talk • contribs) 06:30, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

The blocking of User:吳哲源 and User:Oooptt[edit]

Dear 1989, I’m the professor of Physics at University in Taiwan. I have a team to execute the project about Wikimedia Commons. I’m sorry for that we neglected and violated the policies of Wikimedia Commons. In the beginning, we wanted to contribute Wikimedia Commons some physics educating files which are made by teachers and registered a shared-account 彰師大物理實驗室 (彰師大 = NCUE, 物理 = Phsics, 實驗室 = Laboratory. So the full name means Physics Lab of NCUE.) to upload all files. After 彰師大物理實驗室 being blocked and all files being deleted by copyrights, we thought if all files are uploaded by our own author (including 吳仲卿, 呂承新, 吳哲源, and Oooptt), it may work. We all use the same computer and share the same IP. However, all of us are blocked again as we share the same IP. Under the help of Reke, the staff of Wikimedia Taiwan, we know the policies of Wikimedia ,and we will cooperate with WMTW from now on. Would you please unblock 吳哲源 and Oooptt) and allow us use the same computer (IP) to upload files in the future? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 吳仲卿 (talk • contribs)


Moin - ist bitte jemand bereit und in der Lage den Admin User:MGA73 davon abzuhalten, den SVG-Test zig-fach zu zerschießen? -- MaxxL - talk 18:02, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

@MaxxL: Hallo! I have a talk page and you are welcome to leave me a message there. :-) --MGA73 (talk) 18:04, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Das werde ich bestimmt nicht machen, denn Deine Bots sind das Problem. Schalte die fehlerhaften Bots einfach ab. -- MaxxL - talk 18:08, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
How was the last edit related to buggy bots? If bots are a problem, report the bots, please.
Acagastya (talk) 18:15, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Seit dem 7. November kämpft der User immer wieder mit seinem Bot, der die unsinnigsten Edits auf der SVG-Testseite veranstaltet. -- MaxxL - talk 20:03, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
@MaxxL: It is not a bot. It is a script that is used by many users when they review the license of files in Category:License review needed. You can see some of the things that have been tested and changed on MediaWiki talk:Gadget-LicenseReview.js. The file is called "test" and that is why I used that file to test edits. --MGA73 (talk) 20:22, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
It's not clear what about this requires administrator assistance. File:Test.svg is a test file, so it should be expected to have many unnecessary edits. I'd advise discussing this with MGA73 directly and coming back here only if the issue can't be resolved that way. clpo13(talk) 20:24, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Test are accepted as far as the former status is reestablished after the test. If a mess is left behind the action is imcomplete and not acceptable. -- MaxxL - talk 20:56, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Feel free to revert then, @MaxxL:. A test photo is what one would use sandbox for -- but some scripts do not work/aren't supposed to work in other namespaces. Test.svg isn't use anywhere. It is possible you are getting too many notifications because the page is in your watchlist? Or do you object the usage of test files as a sandbox?
Acagastya (talk) 03:13, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
@MaxxL: I did not see "the mess" as a big problem because the file is a test but if you do I will try to remember to clean up faster in future. --MGA73 (talk) 05:53, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
@Acagastya: - This file as described in the coloured box is to test SVG-Code only. To test scripts, bots and templates there are other locations.
Just to avoid confusion i would appreciate if you execute your script test somewhere else. The "me4ss" was that the instruction how to use this test file were overwritten by you which is confusing average users.  MaxxL - talk 13:50, 21 September 2020 (UTC)
@MaxxL: The name "test" clearly indicate that the file is used for tests so no average user should be surprised that the file is being used for test purposes. So far you are the only user that complained about it. So my guess that the average user do not care. Personally I do not care much about if the file i test is a jpg or a svg or whatever. Would you be happy if I use File: JPG Test.jpg instead? --MGA73 (talk) 16:12, 21 September 2020 (UTC)
@MGA73: - No, I would not. As the page description states: "This is a temporary file for testing of correct rendering of JPG files." This is the sole purpose. As an experienced Admin you should be able to find a suitable sandbox for your script test.  MaxxL - talk 10:59, 22 September 2020 (UTC)


a Steward told me to ask this question here I would like this phrase deleted
Turkmen moved page User:Noël Redaelli to User:Louisette Ciliberto: Automatically moved page while renaming the user "Noël Redaelli" to "Louisette Ciliberto"
because in this way we understand that a change has been made thanks--Mellvile (talk) 09:09, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
@Mellvile: Why you want that log entry to be deleted? -- CptViraj (talk) 09:49, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
CptViraj because I made a mistake in calling my account Noël Redaelli and I wish that the change with the name Noël Redaelli was not written

and I would like you to delete this log entry thanks

this: 11:15, 11 September 2020‎ Turkmen talk contribs‎ m 61 bytes 0‎ Turkmen moved page User:Noël Redaelli to User:Louisette Ciliberto: Automatically moved page while renaming the user "Noël Redaelli" to "Louisette Ciliberto" 1 thanks--Mellvile (talk) 08:42, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
CptViraj I await an answer, I hope positive thanks--Mellvile (talk) 10:01, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
@Mellvile: Is Louisette Ciliberto your first account? -- CptViraj (talk) 10:04, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Close deletion discussion[edit]

There are open deletion requests since January 2020. Can we have more sysops to close those deletion discussions? I'd like to request all sysops to be active also on deletion discussions. Especially I'd ask to close this request as we have another on hold request on enwiki, until the Commons DR is closed we couldn't close that. Thanks for your time, hope all sysops will consider some of their wiki time for deletion discussion. Regards, ZI Jony (Talk) 10:14, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

Long enduring deletion request[edit]

Can somebody look into the DR above? We violate Roscosmos' right to restrain their images from "commercial and political benefit-sharing" for a too long time. Regards --Ras67 (talk) 14:41, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

✓ Done. I closed the request. Taivo (talk) 14:51, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Re-close DR[edit]

Could someone look at re-closing Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Marianne Casamance? Unfortunately, it stems from a problem identified 12 months ago, so does involve some reading into. Closing admin User:Nat's only explanation is "does not meet COM:PCP", despite the complexity of the case, and overwhelming evidence. Thanks.--BevinKacon (talk) 20:48, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

File:Flag of Honduras.svg[edit]

File:Flag of Honduras.svg blanket the page of a redirect. In use more than 500 times. •2003:DE:70F:99C5:E551:B7D3:B3F4:D340 20:49, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Please see File talk:Flag of Honduras (2008 Olympics).svg. SpinnerLaserzthe2nd (talk) 21:24, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

One week has passed[edit]

...over Commons:Deletion requests/File:Revels 2012 Fashion Show, Manipal.jpg. Can one of you (or any other uninvolved experienced user) kindly close that DR and an admin keep an eye on the file because its data are under a constant disruption. Thanks. --E4024 (talk) 15:02, 25 September 2020 (UTC)

✓ Done. --Ìch heiss Nat. Redd mìt mìr.🥨 23:25, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
I wrote a note at the TP; I believe file could/should be kept. --E4024 (talk) 23:35, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
That is was File talk:Revels 2012 Fashion Show, Manipal.jpg.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:39, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
@E4024: Why did you create that page and Commons talk:Deletion requests/File:Revels 2012 Fashion Show, Manipal.jpg rather than posting at COM:UDR?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:10, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Because I thought the admin would change their decision. This case is closed already. Forget it. Bye. --E4024 (talk) 12:45, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
BTW when you as "Why did you create that page" certainly you refer to the TP of the file; I did not create it, the closing admin created it with a note for "kept"; later they changed their mind. FYI. --E4024 (talk) 14:52, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Ajit verma[edit]

Ajit verma (Special:ListFiles/Ajit_verma), a non-contributor, has today uploaded 20+ files with photo's of himself. I can't tag them all for SD|F10, can a sysop delete the files? Thanks, Eissink (talk) 20:48, 25 September 2020 (UTC).

User has been around for 4 years. Maybe the policy should be explained as they may validly want a couple for their user page. -- (talk) 20:56, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
First edits shown are of this month. If I could explain user the policy, the images would still be there, so I leave this here for whoever wants to intervene. Eissink (talk) 21:44, 25 September 2020 (UTC).
✓ Done. The user is warned and all his/her uploads are deleted. Taivo (talk) 14:44, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Copyright or potential copyright text in file description[edit]

Forgive me if this is the wrong location. Please humour me and either move this to the correct location or ask me to do so, telling me where it should be.

File:NGC 3818.png has a huge description. It appears to be a personal reflection. I am unsure whether this is something to report as copyvio/potential copyvio, or whether thsi is something for a noticeboard such as this one.

Please ping me on any reply because I am not an active editor on Commons Timtrent (talk) 17:23, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

@Timtrent:, interesting question. The text is copied from Flickr, and I suppose the question is whether the text is released under the same licence as the image itself. My thought would be that image+caption make the work, but it's not clear. -mattbuck (Talk) 18:31, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
@Mattbuck: This is not an area where I have any useful expertise. It needs wiser heads than mine. Your supposition makes sense. Presumably the final answer depends upon the actual source of the text? Timtrent (talk) 18:59, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Flickr has no possibility to publish file description under different license than photo. So we must assume, that if the text isn't copyvio from other sites in Internet or if the text itself does not say otherways, then both are published under same license. Taivo (talk) 08:09, 27 September 2020 (UTC)