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Corrupted or infected files

A local copy of File:Rembrandt_Harmensz._van_Rijn_-_Nachtwacht_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg image have been reported has containing the following vulnerability : . Please check if the online one is also compromise. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Teenage (talk • contribs)

Probably not. On a file of this size, you will find some bits which look like something else. Regards, Yann (talk) 23:02, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Undo more than one edit by the same contributor?

Hi, probably a dumb question, but I have to ask anyway: In the page history of articles at DE-Wikipedia I get two kinds of "undo" options. One is for undoing just one edit, a second one is to revert all recent edits of this contributor on the page. At Commons, there is just the simple undo option for one edit. If I´d like to revert the last two edits of User:Cheick Cherif Mouhyiddine at Category:Public domain, how do I do that? --Rudolph Buch (talk) 11:24, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. --Rudolph Buch (talk) 12:03, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done I added the rollback bit to Rudolph's account. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:32, 1 September 2015 (UTC)


Bull-Doser is a Canadian user, a young man with certain problems communicating. Not a talker. He uploads really crummy automobile photos he takes in Quebec, as well as from the occasional vacation (usually Mexico or the Dominican Republic). He has followed this pattern for nearly ten years now, and has been blocked from wp:en for various problem habits (uploading crap pictures, writing a bunch of OR content on Quebequoise [sp?] shopping centers and radio stations). I have myself nominated many tens, if not hundreds, of his pictures for deletion for being of abominable quality.

After recently uploading a picture with the incorrect copyright, however, some other editor decided that this meant that all BD's photos were copyvios. An admin blocked BD and I now find myself in the peculiar situation of defending a user who has annoyed me a great deal over the years - but I cannot stand by and a) see someone blocked with very little cause and b) to lose the occasional picture they have taken that is of value. As a note, in nearly ten active years, no one has ever brought forward a copyright concern until his recent upload of a picture of a singer. An admin blocked BD based on that one upload, and the fact that BD uses a number of old, garbage cell phones that he (according to his talk page) gets out of recycling bins at local stores. I see no reason to disbelieve this tale, as it matches his activity perfectly. Hedwig in Washington, Didym, and OSX are other involved editors. Would love some new eyes on this. Thanks, mr.choppers (talk)-en- 01:35, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Nobody said all copyvios, period. It's not the point to remove the user and all of his uploads. It is the first time today, that i hear about recycled cell phones. I actually have some stomach believing that anyone is taking (stealing?) used cell phones out of a recycling bin. But let's not go there. The thing is do we, better does the majority of us, believe this tale? I'd like to point towards: COM:AGF, COM:PCP, Com:EVIDENCE, the blocks on enwiki. Further: Until now (after blocking) the user rarely communicated with us about the problems caused. What do you guys want us to do? Just ignore it so one user can have his/her own little piece of Commons where no rules apply? @OSX, Mr.choppers, Bull-Doser: Please don't take any of this personal. It just looks a lot like copyright violations. This has to be addressed with the uploader. And after the block the communication started. Good outcome so far, not perfect, but at least much better than files getting deleted on weak reasonings. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:58, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
I have maybe misread, but it seemed that the nominated files (nominated by Didym, not Hedwig) were chosen so as to invalidate all of BD's uploads. I don't want to speak too much about BD as a person, but I don't think he is quite able to grasp what makes a good photo. However, he occasionally uploads a very useful photo such as this one, and so I feel that the Commons would lose out if he wasn't allowed to upload at all. Thanks, mr.choppers (talk)-en- 02:18, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

I too see the blocking as a way over-the-top reaction to what could have been an innocent mistake. As I have mentioned elsewhere, there is doubt about the upload of ONE file transferred from Flickr: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Baptiste W. Hamon dans le 12h20 de la Gare Montparnasse.jpg. No one knows for sure as to whether the file was licenced as Creative Commons at the time of upload and was changed soon after or not. This can happen and considering there is only one dubious file out of many thousands he has uploaded, I would tend to give Bull-Doser the benefit of the doubt. This minor issue over a Flickr file has escalated into suspicions about many thousands of so called "PD-self" files he has uploaded because he uses a number of different cameras.

Regarding his communication (or lack thereof), Bull-Doser has Asperger syndrome (something he has disclosed at and prima facie, not a mild case either. I think we should look after our vulnerable members and not assume bad faith. He brings more good than bad to the project. I am sure it is not easy to deal with such communication matters when dealing with Aspergers which is no fault of his own. The lack of communication is more of a problem at where it was solved by a block. But here at Wiki Commons, all he really does is upload his files of cars (anything else is minor in comparison). I'm not quite sure how much communication he is obligated to engage in when he simply keeps to himself (i.e. he is not editing the files by other users).

As for the stealing of cell phones from store recycling bins, nothing of the such has been stated. His exact words were: "I have collected several smartphones/digital cameras thru recycling while planning to fix". There is no admission of theft here, and even if they were "stolen" from a recycling bin, it is surely not grounds for a block. Wikimedia is not an outpost of the Quebec Police. OSX (talkcontributions) 02:26, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

(update) Okay, it seems Bull-Doser has now stated that he "usually find[s] free used smartphones/digital cameras from the recycle boxes found inside Rona, Staples, Best Buy & Target locations". This message was not yet posted when I began typing the response above. OSX (talkcontributions) 02:32, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

(Edit conflict)

Foot in mouth disease: I shouldn't have asked if or if not those phones are stolen. Yes, you are totally right about us having to take care of vulnerable members of Commons. I didn't know about this, maybe someone could have sent me an email. NAh, can't expect that, given the way the whole thing went. Well, hindsight again. Let me chew on this for a minute. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 02:44, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for being understanding. It can be hard to "fix" a problem when you are an outsider. Mr.choppers and I have worked closely with Bull-Doser due us all being members of WIkiproject Automobiles for 8, 9, and 10 years, respectively. We both know how he works very well. He is hard to deal with and I know it can be frustrating. OSX (talkcontributions) 02:58, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
Oh man, I just sent Hedwig a mail to that effect a little while ago (22:33 my time, sorry I didn't do it sooner!) - wasn't sure if I ought mention the A.S. here, no matter BD's previous openness in the matter. And I certainly don't want to complain about your (Hedwig's) behavior any more at all: any person who is willing to reconsider their previous actions after some brief conversations is a great admin and a decent human being in my book. In my experience 90% of humanity would simply get defensive and rigid, can't say I would do as well in the same situation. Cheers, mr.choppers (talk)-en- 03:04, 2 September 2015 (UTC)


Most likely none of their uploads are free. Fry1989 eh? 02:41, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Yup, delete it all. mr.choppers (talk)-en- 03:06, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
Looks suspect. OSX (talkcontributions) 03:07, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done All deleted, user warned. Taivo (talk) 09:09, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

File:Don_Tate.JPG and File:Loren Long.JPG - hide unfree revisions?

File:Don_Tate.JPG and File:Loren Long.JPG have had new revisions uploaded in order to avoid copyright issues with book covers that were previously depicted in the images, among other reasons. Please consider hiding the previous unfree revisions. Thanks. --Gazebo (talk) 11:45, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done Yann (talk) 12:43, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

User talk:WikipediaismadebypeoplelikeM78E

This user has uploaded two images I have identified as copyvios and a third which is highly suspect. This is despite a warning both on their Commons and Enwiki talk pages. I request that the images be speedily deleted and the user either blocked or given a final warning. BethNaught (talk) 16:25, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Previously blocked at en:wp for copyvios. I'm going to block, but I want to hear back from en:User:Risker — the username is quite similar to Wikipediaismadebypeoplelikeus, which was one of hundreds of accounts blocked at en:wp in a newly-discovered and massive sockpuppetry case in the last few days. Risker was one of the leaders (the only one?) in rooting out and handling the case, so I've asked his opinion on whether checkuser data (or anything else) would indicate similarity. Nyttend (talk) 20:36, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the response and the proactivity. BethNaught (talk) 20:55, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
No response yet from Risker, and it's not a huge deal, so I just went ahead and blocked on copyvio-only grounds. I also deleted the third image. Nyttend (talk) 22:05, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Overload of slideshow information

please see Template talk:Wiki Loves Monuments 2015. I need judgement and admin assistance (as the template is fully protected). --Herzi Pinki (talk) 10:02, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

MediaWiki:Filename-prefix-blacklist considered harmful?


As mentioned at Commons:File naming#See also and Commons:Guide to adminship#Special MW pages, we have multiple sources for rules prohibiting file names. Having forgotten about MediaWiki:Filename-prefix-blacklist, I kept scratching my head over reports from multiple people (e.g. Commons:Upload help#Upload funktioniert nicht "Bitte aussagekräftigeren Namen angeben", Commons:Upload Wizard blacklist issues#My upload title, "Fotoarchiv RMU - Kampus 1.jpg" was prohibited. and Commons:Help desk/Archive/2015/02#Unable to start file names with Scania) having trouble uploading filenames starting with strings like "Scan" or "Foto" (e.g. File:Scania BVG Nr 4452.jpg) but which shouldn't be caught by the File:(Untitled|No[-_]?name|Unbenannt|Picture|Pict?|Image[mn]?|Img|Immagine|Photo|Foto|Bild|Scan|Panorama|Sin_título|Capture)\P{L}*\.\w+ <reupload|errmsg=titleblacklist-custom-filename> rule in MediaWiki:Titleblacklist because they also contain spaces/underscores before the file ending (\.\w+), and spaces/underscores are not letters (\P{L}*). Then I realised that it's probably not that filter, but the much more naïve ones in MediaWiki:Filename-prefix-blacklist that are causing this.

Am I missing something, or is there actually a good reason to have both of these, and to have such simplistic filters in MediaWiki:Filename-prefix-blacklist? LX (talk, contribs) 18:40, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

There's an endemic problem that whoever writes the regexes for blacklists is no damn good at it. Someone recently took out the word "guru" in ELs at en:WP because they didn't check that it was only when it was a TLD at the end of a domain name.
"'Scan' followed by non-alpha character" should not be beyond the wit of a competent editor, which would of course allow "Scania". Andy Dingley (talk) 23:11, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Occupation template

I don't know if there's an established process for doing this, but could someone add "ichthyologist" to the English version of the Occupation template? I'm creating a lot of Creator templates for ichthyologists right now and they're showing up in Category:Pages using Occupation template with incorrect parameters. BMacZero (talk) 05:25, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

(see also the talk page) BMacZero (talk) 05:35, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done Pleclown (talk) 10:01, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Remove a file, please

I've downloaded the not-needed (and not-mine) file. Please, remove it smb.! --Tamtam90 (talk) 09:36, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done by Taivo. Yann (talk) 10:29, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Help needed

Hi, I am not sure what to do with (talk · contribs). I would applicate if someone else can look into this. He has just disruptive edits here on commons (but is active on enwiki). He has been blocked by hedwig and then i declined his unblock request. He contacted otrs. I decided to AGF unblock him after a talk on enwiki 1. But now he is disruptive again (see his talkpage). I am not sure what to do (reblock?). Can someone please help? Thanks so much. --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:20, 4 September 2015 (UTC)