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There are multiple issues with an IP user related to Estonia. The user is not a beginner to modifying Commons content, is extremely prolific and knows how to edit very well. This IP user's contributions sometimes work, but the user is also prone remove information that is otherwise useful, per his/her edit history here (decategorisation without a lot of explanation, modifying date fields, removal of useful tags). I also suspect, that he or she uses VPNs both in order to hide tracks, avoid discussion, and to avoid repercussions in case there is a dispute where he/she would not prevail.

I have had similar encounters with the same user on Estonian Wikipedia, and it's been impossible to resolve disputes with them. Per similar behavior in Estonian Wikipedia (example), I also suspect, that the same user is in possession of an advanced account, which he or she uses to resolve disputes in their favour. This IP user's actions have discouraged me from editing in Estonian Wikipedia, and his/her conduct might not bode well to me being productive on Commons, especially, if I must explain to this particular user, why the data they removed should be brought back and kept. Mardus /talk 16:58, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

It's my former address which I no longer possess, nothing to do with VPN though.
I think you are unfair. I don't avoid discussion. I think that this user talk, contributions to other talks pages under this address, and my current discussion with you here is enough to repel this suspicion and these related suspicions. Anyone can judge themselves, but I also don't think that I discuss in some counter-productive way.
I think that my edits to, say, categories or sometimes date fields are mostly for obvious reasons. If it's less obvious then I have tried to explain in more detail in edit summary. If it's still not enough then I explain/discuss later when asked.
This other user on Estonian Wikipedia talk page is not me and I don't take responsibility for actions of all other anonymous users that you have encountered. Though, in defence of this Estonian Wikipedia user, one also replied to you and you refer to general discussion topic where plenty of other users had an option different than yours, so at least in this specific case it's not just this one anonymous Wikipedia user "trolling" you. I don't approve edit-warring though, on neither sides. 13:01, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
I still suspect IP sockpuppetry. -Mardus /talk 16:30, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
On grounds that we both, I and the user who edited "Eesti lipp" on Wikipedia, edited a page that you had edited earlier and that we both replied to you on associated talk pages? 18:23, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
On grounds, that editing from these IP addresses at the Estonian Wikipedia then, and here in Commons very recently, might be the same person. -Mardus /talk 01:21, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
Come on, you accuse me of sockpuppetry on no grounds. It's starting to look like your personal grudge against anonymous editors. Anonymous editing is not forbidden though.
In this last file talk (linked above) I explained why I edited the way I did. If not else, then at least it was a good faith edit. Currently third opinion would be appreciated in this talk.
Ignoring my explanation and then bluntly declaring that all my edits are disruptive, is just an ill-mannered personal attack.
Could someone please close this topic here. 16:49, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

I am not an admin, but I will be closing this thread (I don't see anything on our policies and guidelines that admins are the only ones who can close threads on admin noticeboards, but if someone can provide me a consensus, policy, or guideline that I missed saying so, feel free to revert this closure). Mardus, please remember to assume good faith towards users, and that accusing someone of sockpuppetry without strong evidence is grave. I don't see any strong evidence here that the IP user above is engaging in sockpuppetry. The checkusers here would probably agree with this. I also searched for the contributions here on Commons of the IP user you edit warred on Estonian Wikipedia, and didn't saw a single edit, so I think this isn't relevant here on Commons. I also searched through the contributions of the IP user here, and they don't seem to be disruptive. Please solve this dispute without involving the admins here. Poké95 03:54, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Homecat in template[edit]

According to this movement a brave admin is needed to change the homecat in Template:2257. Thanks in advance :-) Wieralee (talk) 11:34, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done --Ruthven (msg) 12:21, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Edit-War in category: Bird of Gambia continues![edit]

Another Edit-War ([1]) after [2]). Even before a compromise was reached in the discussion Category talk:Birds of Gambia. Should be sanctioned.

See also Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard/User_problems/Archive_62#User_ignoriert_.5Btemplate:Categorize.5D_und_revertiert_... Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/User problems/Archive 62#Birds of Gambia, part 2 Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/User problems/Archive 62#Charlesjsharp.

Where is the moderator of the disc? --Atamari (talk) 12:36, 19 February 2017 (UTC)


User:松岡明芳 wrote falsehood in the deletion requests in order to deceive the administrators.

--G I Chandor (talk) 03:18, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

File:Earth's Location in the Universe.jpg[edit]

My problem with this image is that I need to know the validity of data used to plot the observable universe map, the problem being that this image is that clearly of a structure.created by an intelligence.

so the validity of this data does have some question partly because itis presented as a 2D of a volume. and the likely hood of this posed structure. if the data is valid I would be happy to discuss the objects form. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 08:43, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

 Not done I don't see any administrator action being required here. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 12:25, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

User:Santa maya[edit]

I've notified Santa maya (talk · contribs) of Commons:Overwriting existing files, but this user keeps replacing File:Castillia.jpg by an unrelated image, thus surreptisiously changing illustrations on all wiki's using the image. The main target seems to be en:Moors. Can I get a few expirienced eyes on this, please. I'm not sure how to handle this. Thanks. Kleuske (talk) 11:05, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Also see Commons:Deletion requests/File talk:Castillia.jpg. The upload history at File:Castillia.jpg shows the editor uploading a different image, overwriting the original but leaving the file name, with edit summaries such as "truth and justice". The image they are replacing it with is Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ "Gate of the Harem".[3] This is clear pov vandalism. Doug Weller (talk) 11:46, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done per COM:AN/B. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 12:13, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
@Srittau, Kleuske: I also cleaned history of the file and restricted uploading for two months. --jdx Re: 13:26, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. That will help on the ENWP-side, too. Kleuske (talk) 13:27, 22 February 2017 (UTC)


I suspect that all of User:Trumpillo's uploads are copyright violations (it's possible that some are PD but unsourced). At least one has a Getty Images watermark. Thanks, Calliopejen1 (talk) 00:20, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

All their contribution grabbed from Internet. User warned. So ✓ Done.
@Calliopejen1: please note, that you should notify a user about a discussion started here. Ankry (talk) 06:54, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Categories of some protected files[edit]

Due to some category movements there's a need to change categories in a few places:

  1. Category:P icons blue -- simple movement => Category:Wikipedia portal icons, blue
  2. Template:PD-Turkey -- [[Category:Law in Turkey|{{PAGENAME}}]] should be changed into [[Category:Law of Turkey|{{PAGENAME}}]]
  3. Template:ArtemBatuzak -- [[Category:Photos by Artem Batuzak]] => should be changed into [[Category:Photographs by Artem Batuzak]]

Thanks in advance, Wieralee (talk) 21:08, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done However there seems to be a cache issue in case of Template:ArtemBatuzak and Category:Photos by Artem Batuzak. BTW. COM:AN rather is more appropriate for this kind of requests. --jdx Re: 09:47, 24 February 2017 (UTC)


This user has taken it upon himself to make all the decisions on the dispute between Atamari and myself. He is not objective. Following his intervention and his instant removal of my rollbacker rights, there has been a long argument with diverging views from other users. Srittau is now ignoring my repeated requests on his talk page to allow me to revert changes to my categories made by Atamari. Can another admin please sort this out. Thank you. (I have already posted this but it was reverted) Charles (talk) 22:29, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

I have not taken it upon myself to resolve the dispute between you and Atamari. I have warned you both not to edit war and removed your rollbacker rights because of clear abuse. I have no obligation to resolve your conflict and I am not in the best position to do so, since I have no insight in the topic at hand and - as you say - was involved in resolving the user conflict between you two. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 18:55, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Srittau did nothing wrong and he is not obligated to resolve your conflict with other users. --Steinsplitter (talk) 19:10, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

User:Der Buckesfelder[edit]

User:Der Buckesfelder had a small revert controversy with me about arrangement of file pages at one file page. However, 10 minutes after his second revert, he interrupted his work on moving files from Logos to Category:Unidentified logos to create this deletion request about one my unrelated photo.

I'm supposed, the photo of an atypical postbox absolutely not deviates from generally accepted Commons scope and the deletion proposal is a clear disruptive act of revenge and a trial to start a flame. I'm able to understand User:Der Buckesfelder's enthusiastic conviction that author's "license" is not an authors "permission" and that a location given per coordinates has no relation with a verbal information about location (after his 3 controversial edits, he started a discussion about it at my discussion page but he not very perceived my explanation). I believe, he is not a single one with such a preference about the arrangement of entries at file pages and my preference at this problem would be supported maybe by minority of users only. However, i'm really not able to believe that this unusual delete proposal was motivated by a frank worry about scope of Wikimedia Commons. I find such disruptive behaviour as quite unacceptable and dangerous for the project. --ŠJů (talk) 23:50, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi, I closed this DR. User:Der Buckesfelder, you better not do this again. Thanks, Yann (talk) 07:27, 25 February 2017 (UTC)