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That user uploads a file for a sovereign state here without showing their sources. In the first time I open a discussion here and I showing the document of the official website of the government. He ignored the discussion and uploads a version without showing their sources again. Please take the necessary steps. Thanks. --IM-yb (talk) 15:42, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

I don't have the PDF any more, but my revision is superior. I worked rather hard on fixing a symmetrical shield and leaves, which the previous version did not have. I do not understand what your problem is. Fry1989 eh? 15:51, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
You change the official emblem elements (colours) without showing your sources. We have the version of the official website. You do not participate in the discussion and restore a version Ι not found anywhere published ([1], [2], [3]). Are you the authority and need not follow the rules? --IM-yb (talk) 16:13, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
The only colour I changed was the orange/copper, and I changed it to match File:Flag of Cyprus.svg. Everything else is the same. And there is no need to get sensational. Fry1989 eh? 17:40, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
I belive that the Wikimedia Commons has rules, and which are not traded. --IM-yb (talk) 22:41, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
Well you seem to support the copper colour on the flag. Should the flag and coat of arms not match? Fry1989 eh? 00:15, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
IM-yb, is there an official document which specifies the yellow color accurately (e.g. in RAL)? The Yeti 03:49, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes, is here (
  • Pantone 1385 για την ασπίδα (shield)
  • Pantone 574 για τα κλαδιά ελιάς (leaves)
Are the official colours. According to this source, the logo uploaded by Fry1989 is indeed consistent with the original. I restore the Fry1989 version. The Yeti I hope any change in the future be based on official published sources. --IM-yb (talk) 10:55, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
IM-yb, I’m glad to see the matter is solved, in what concerns the file itself — and especially so, as a vexillologist myself. It would be the end of it should this discussion have been held at the file’s talk page, or at a generic discussion venue such as COM:VP. However you brought it here to ANU, where Fry1989 plays the role of the “defendant” and admins are asked to “judge” his case. Given the substance and outcome of said case, I think that a clear apology to Fry1989 is in order, as well as to all (needlessly) involved admins. -- Tuválkin 12:02, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
I belive that the Fry1989 had to apologize for his behavior. I invited him to talk and he answered only with reverts. Fry1989 talks only here. My view is that this behavior does not help to resolve problems. I spent my time to find sources to support the version of the CoA. I would like to thank The Yeti to the idea that concerned them RAL. Helped much. But once Tuválkin wants me to apologize to the Fry1989 and administrators (under the rules or on the basis of kindness, I do not know why), then I apologize for my behavior and for my English (are not good). Perhaps, it is the last time I write in Administrators' noticeboard/User problems. --IM-yb (talk) 13:02, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

WB 4829[edit]

All of this new account's uploads are pretty clearly unacceptable; there is simply no evidence that the images are free. The image sources provide no information whatever about the date or circumstances of the original publication. After I nominated their uploads for deletion, the editor removed the reports from the deletion request list, falsely claiming "vandalism".[4] The editor is clearly not interested in conforming to very basic standards, and should be blocked. This may be an alternate account of an editor under uploading limits/bans. The Big Bad Wolfowitz (talk) 23:54, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

I can't personally guess 'who' this might be, but removing DR notices from the daily list, and adding the tired 'film stills were never copyrighted' boilerplate to the files, does make it kinda apparent it's not someone new. Reventtalk 00:06, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
The Big Bad Wolfowitz clearly vandalized my contributions to the Faye Dunaway article on Wikipedia. He deleted everything I wrote, calling my contributions "unencyclopedic textual additions/modifications," which is a proof that he didn't read anything of what I wrote at all, as I greatly improve Dunaway's page — following Wikipedia's encyclopedic rules. I felt he did the same thing with the various images I uploaded. I uploaded those images based on the Gena Rowland and Angie Dickinson pics I saw (here and here). If the images I uploaded are not free, then I apologize. It was a mistake and I will be more careful now. However, deleting my contributions to the article was vandalism. --WB 4829 (talk) 00:23, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
@WB 4829: To the best of my knowledge, despite the similar usernames Hullaballoo Wolfowitz (who edits the English Wikipedia) and The Big Bad Wolfowitz (who edits Commons) are not the same person. Reventtalk 00:41, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
Actually, "we" are the same user; way back when, it wasn't all that unusual for en-wiki users to use a different (but often related) username on Commons, the theory being that it made it easier to distinguish image-related work. Maybe not such a good idea now that accounts have been cross-wiki unified. The Big Bad Wolfowitz (talk) 01:23, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
(to continue) Unfortunately, we've accumulated quite a few such images, over time, that we probably should not have, that have 'snuck through'. Sourcing such material from eBay, where you cannot usually see the entire 'physical object', and where the seller usually doesn't provide the kind of information you need to know if something is copyrighted, can be a good way to 'get into trouble'. At the very least, we need to be able to see the entire front and back of the image, with no copyright notice and evidence that the photo was actually 'published' at the time. Modern reproductions don't work.
Also, the 'generic' argument (that people have used, repeatedly, over time) that such images were 'never copyrighted' doesn't meet out standards... we need to be able to see evidence that the specific image is PD or freely licensed. Reventtalk 00:50, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
@Revent: Thank you for your explanation, I should have known better before publishing those images. I apologize. However, I don't how it can be proved, but it seems clear to me that Hullaballoo Wolfowitz and The Big Bad Wolfowitz are the same person. When Hullaballoo Wolfowitz deleted my contributions on the Dunaway article on Wikipedia, he also wrote: "substitution of potentially nonfree image in infobox" just a few minutes after The Big Bad Wolfowitz reported the images on Commons. Too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence, or maybe I'm wrong again.--WB 4829 (talk) 00:57, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
@WB 4829: Again, I really don't know, and there are a lot of people with similar usernames... unless he 'is' and uses both accounts on one or the other project in a way that breaks the rules, it's really not something that matters. We are separate projects, and nominating the files for deletion here was within policy. As far as the English Wikipedia, I would suggest you read en:WP:BRD and discuss edits that are reverted before you reinstate them. Reventtalk 01:17, 18 October 2016 (UTC)


Hi, his only contributions are the set of protected images Rosanna48 (talk · contributions · Move log · Number of edits · logs · block log) --2003:4D:2C7B:4494:A893:F55E:8FAD:ADD5 06:30, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done Last upload deleted, user warned. lNeverCry 06:57, 19 October 2016 (UTC)