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Image upload[edit]

Hi admin team,

I have tried to add a graphic I created but I get an error saying that it´s not applicaple under that license. What can I do to upload the image? It´s an overview of the german courts on a map. I wanted to add the graphic here:



@Jonasms: Hello, can you place the error message you get while uploading the image? I think you triggered an abuse filter which prevents possible copyright violations. Are you really the one who created the map, or it was made by someone else? If you are really the one who created it, please upload the file to another website and place the link to the map here, so that I or another user would upload it. Lastly, please sign your posts at the end of your comment with four tildes (~~~~), it will automatically add your username, a link to your talk page, and a timestamp, to let others know who posted it. Thanks, Poké95 02:26, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

This was an attempt for a cross-wiki upload which was blocked per this resolution. You are free to upload the file directly at Commons, using Special:UploadWizard which provides more help and directions for newbies. However, please make sure that you upload material only that has been released under a free license or is in the public domain. The help desk provides more help where necessary. --AFBorchert (talk) 10:01, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Oh, I forgot that UW and normal upload (Special:Upload) is possible... Thanks for reminding that. Poké95 09:59, 16 February 2017 (UTC)


This new user has been uploading a range of files identified as their own work, although most are almost certainly not, while the remaining few are dubious at best. Of the editor's 22 surviving uploads (one has already been deleted), 16 are scans of published or official documents (including one photo cropped from an uploaded scan); the remainder (and several of the scans) apparently come from the article subject's Facebook page.[1] Now it's very possible that this editor is the article subject, or someone associated with him; the en-wiki and it-wiki bios seem to have been created and are being edited in step with the Facebook page. The subject certainly appears quite notable, and I suspect it would be prudent to have someone with more status (and a less lighthearted username) than I have to approach the editor about these issues, The Big Bad Wolfowitz (talk) 00:22, 16 February 2017 (UTC)


Every image this user has uploaded (four of them) prior to today has been deleted as a copyright violation. All images he has uploaded are apparently of w:Xu Weizhou. In September of last year, he received a final warning regarding copyright violations. See User_talk:Xuweizhoulove#Copyright_violations. He ignored that warning, and on his first edit back from that warning he uploaded File:Xu weizhou During Modern Magazine Shooting.jpg which is a blatant copyright violation. This editor is either unwilling or unable to understand our licensing requirements. I recommend a suspension of their editing privileges until such time as they agree to abide by our policies. Thank you, --Hammersoft (talk) 03:31, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done 1 week block. Ankry (talk) 07:56, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Please rename ther file[edit]

Dear colleagues! Please rename the file I've just uploaded

  • 0Encyclopædia Granat vol 05 ed7 1911.pdf


  • Encyclopædia Granat vol 05 ed7 1911.pdf

Actually, what is needed, is to delete the first character ("0") from the name of this file. It probably appeared when I accidentally pressed the "0" key in the numeric pad of the keyboard before copypasting the prefetched standartized filename from another window. This is a series of about 60 volumes of one encyclopaedia, and the filenames within this set should be standard. I'm awfully sorry, and look forward to be more cautios in the future uploads of this set. Cherurbino (talk) 13:12, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done next time feel free to use {{rename}}. --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:35, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! Cherurbino (talk) 15:07, 17 February 2017 (UTC)


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)


My father died NOT in 1937 but in 1964 in The Hague. He left Hongkong in 1937.

This has serious effects on the validity of the authors right as 75 years after 1964 is 2039.

I am the only surviving son so it has importance dor me. PLEASE CHANGE HIS YEAR OF DEATH and adapt the text after it to reflect tis.

Or tell me what to.

<hidden email> — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drjan27 (talk • contribs) 19:34, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Page 14 of the book "Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections" (publisher University of Leiden) (URL: has the text "In the same decade the Dutch filmmaker George Krugers (1890-1964) from Bandung, Netherlands East Indies, made the first moving images of Mecca. With no previous knowledge of Islam or its rites, Krugers sought the advice of Haji Agus Salim, who had returned to his native country. He accompanied a group of Indonesian pilgrims on the Hajj of the year 1346 (May-June 1928), and his documentary film Het Groote Mekka-Feest (The Great Mecca Feast) had its premiere on 8 November 1928 in the presence of Crown Princess Juliana." This suggests that the complaint should be taken seriously. May I also point out that a certain number of anti-Moslem speeches are being made in the current Dutch election, making it imperative that Commons upholds copyright rules to the letter. Of course, the poster of the original complaint might be willing to release the film's copyright. Martinvl (talk) 18:57, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
    • A user from NL Wikipedia is in contact with the son to sort this out, see the OTRS ticket number. Please don't interfere with the ongoing process. Jcb (talk) 22:11, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
      • OK, but please note that this is a clear copyright violation. Martinvl (talk) 22:14, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
        • The blue OTRS template is there to make sure that the file is deleted if a valid permission does not arrive. Or on a final decision of the copyright holder we will act immediately. Don't worry, we will take care of this. Jcb (talk) 22:20, 18 February 2017 (UTC)


Probably a sock. Has made a lot of doubtful, useless and controversial contributions (example). Keep an eye on him. --XXN, 16:02, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

Thank you. Blocked as obvious sock of User:Jhony jhony ha ji. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 01:51, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

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 ([2]) after [3]). 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)