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{{PeopleByName}} was created after merging of two templates, {{MenByName}} and {{WomenByName}}. As a result, the categories using old templates ({{MenByName}}, {{Mbyname}} and {{WomenByName}}, {{Wbyname}}, {{Fbyname}}) have lost Category:Men by name and Category:Women by name. To fix this problem, someone with a bot should replace old templates in the above-mentioned categories:

{{MenByName|xxx|yyy}}, {{Mbyname|xxx|yyy}} by {{PeopleByName|xxx|yyy|M}}

{{WomenByName|xxx|yyy}}, {{Wbyname|xxx|yyy}}, {{Fbyname|xxx|yyy}} by {{PeopleByName|xxx|yyy|F}}

--Russian Rocky (talk) 23:34, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

@Russian Rocky: See Commons:Bots/Requests/JJMC89 bot 2. — JJMC89(T·C) 19:31, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done. All remaining transclusions already have |3=. — JJMC89(T·C) 02:13, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your work!--Russian Rocky (talk) 02:16, 30 March 2017 (UTC)


We have 678 sound files of birds from Xeno-canto, uploaded by @Fae, Faebot: 3 or 4 years ago. There are quite a few more ready for harvesting at and it would be good for these to be on Commons. Can someone do it? Llywelyn2000 (talk) 08:44, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Category:Videos needing subtitles fixes[edit]

A bot that can copy the transcripts from videos in Category:Videos needing subtitles that have them available on YouTube onto Commons, and replace Category:Videos needing subtitles with {{closed cap}}. I have done so on some files (like File:1-15-13- White House Press Briefing.webm with Commons:video2commons, but it would be nice if a bot could try to do it for the 773 files currently in the category. Elisfkc (talk) 20:46, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

'Flickrbot' needed[edit]

I tag Flickr images from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Flickr feed with taxonomy tags. I've noticed that those tags don't migrate from Flickr into Wikicommons if the image has already been uploaded into Wikicommons prior to me tagging the Flickr image. I would like to request a housekeeping 'Flickrbot' to sync any Flickr tags added to the Biodiversity Heritage Library subsequent to those images being uploaded to Wikicommons. As I have absolutely no idea how to go about this I would be extremely grateful to anyone prepared to attempt this. Ambrosia10 (talk) 18:26, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

@Ambrosia10: Can you give examples please? Elisfkc (talk) 19:04, 5 April 2017 (UTC)
I think this is files like File:The naturalist's library (Plate 16) (8223186565).jpg, source. Where the Flickr tags are:
On commons: Birds, Entomology, Fishes, Ichthyology, mammalia, Mammals, Ornithology, University of California Libraries (, bhl:page 17330353 dc:identifier university of california libraries (
On Flickr now: mammalia, Mammals, University of California Libraries (, bhl:page=17330353, dc:identifier=
So sync-ing tags would meet them getting trimmed down to be more meaningful.
A bit confusingly there have been other mass uploads direct from BHL, again from me, which as they are not from Flickr don't have any Flickr tags. I don't know if there is a similar relationship to tags on the BHL archive site.
I suggest if someone creates a bot job for this, the source is put on github, so that BHL can reuse it (or ask other volunteers), or it may become a case study for a future more generic Flickr sync bot. -- (talk) 19:56, 5 April 2017 (UTC)
@Elisfkc: @: An example relating to the volunteer work I'm doing with the Biodiversity Heritage Library would be this [1] file in Flickr and here is the same image in Wikicommons [2]. I'm wanting a bot to take any tags subsequently added to BHL Flickr images and ingest them into Wikicommons to hopefully improve the metadata attached to the image. I'm unable to shed light on Fæ's query concerning whether there is a similar relationship to tags on the BHL archive site but I can contact Grace Constantino BHL's Communications & Outreach Manager if need be to ask. I hope this helps.Ambrosia10 (talk) 00:13, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

Category:Wiki Loves Butterfly[edit]

There are more than 500 image files to be added to this {{Wiki Loves Butterfly}} template. ~ Moheen (keep talking) 17:18, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

@Moheen Reeyad: so go through Category:Wiki Loves Butterfly and add {{Wiki Loves Butterfly}}, then remove Category:Wiki Loves Butterfly as the template transcludes the category? ~riley (talk) 05:21, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

Import categories from Wikipedia[edit]

Hello.I suggest Import categories from Wikipedia for commons categories like d:Q28739868.This will develop the categories.Thank you --ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 08:43, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Can we use a bot to categorize uncategorized "FOP in Foo" discussions?[edit]

See what I mean here. Manually, this is thousands of pages. But the code is simple. Ex. search for text "in South Korea" , check if appropriate category (ex Category:South Korean FOP cases in this case) is present, if not, append. PS. I just went through 50 or so Korean FOP cases, there were just 2 false positives, and miscategorizing a few discussion pages shouldn't hurt anyone - on the other hand, having those pages categorized would make it easier to have discussion on the affect of FOP laws on free media, etc. Currently I'd estimate 50-90% of FOP deletions are not properly categorized. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 08:25, 18 April 2017 (UTC)