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既にアップデートしたオリジナルの画像データを特定のページに使用したい。 Yyfkg862 (talk) 23:02, 7 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

For anyone interested I translated the text with google translate: "I want to use the original image data that I have already updated on a specific page." Paradise Chronicle (talk) 08:24, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Buenas, una pregunta en el sitio web de Aeropostal en Venezuela ( aparece "License Creative Commons" (osea sin especificar), si público un Logo a Wikimedia es posible agregar el {{LicenseReview}}?? AbchyZa22 (talk) 16:15, 10 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

No tiene ningún sentido. Es vacuo. - Jmabel ! talk 16:20, 10 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel:Que significa "Vacuo"?? AbchyZa22 (talk) 17:34, 10 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Supongo que aquí era un pleonasmo: que no contiene nada, no significa nada. - Jmabel ! talk 17:54, 10 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
No especifica qué licencia es, a eso se refiere Jmabel. Bedivere (talk) 18:11, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Video location coordinates not detected upon upload[edit]

The Upload form couldn't get the coordinates from File:Wind on water at 高美濕地.webm, but could. So I had to copy them in manually from it. Jidanni (talk) 07:47, 14 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Jidanni: and the help you want is...? - Jmabel ! talk
I'm just saying the form should be smarter. The next time someone uploads a video with location info in it, the form should detect it, just like it does for JPGs. Thanks. Jidanni (talk) 04:18, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I need to fix UploadWizard translation[edit]

Hi, after the new updates on Upload Wizard, I noticed some parts were not translated to PT or have mistakes in translation, but I can not find where the translation page is. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 21:24, 14 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Is this the page you are looking for? There at least some lines are marked as in need of translation. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 08:19, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Need help please making a page[edit]

i uploaded a picture and it wouldnt let me but finally uploaded but uploaded somewhere else but i dont know how to use it now so bizarre also trying to make my page look like a normal page and make it look like a page where right hand side show a picture be like news paper reminds me of like if look up Mel Gibson for an example want it set up like that where right be his picture when born stuff so on but i dont know how to set my page up like that? where got box around his picture show a page but how do i do that? Googoo85 (talk) 03:12, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Googoo85 One does not make a "page" on Wikimedia commons, which is a repository for files. I see you have started a sandbox on the English Language Wikipedia. w:en:WP:TEAHOUSE will be helpful to you 🇺🇦 Timtrent 🇺🇦 talk to me 🇺🇦 06:01, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


MY USER NAME IS MARWOOD1103: I wish I knew how to edit. If I can hire someone to replace my photo, please alert me at <redacted> asap please. Thank you. Marwood1103 (talk) 14:09, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Marwood1103 Are you notable enough to have a Wikipedia article? If yes, then please place that article name here --iMahesh (talk) 14:14, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Marwood1103. First, please don't post in ALL CAPTIAL LETTERS because doing so is considered by many to be a form of online shouting/yelling or an expression of anger. Next, files are always deleted/removed for a reason; sometimes it turns out be an incorrect reason, but there's always a reason. Furthermore, there's no record of you uploading any files to Commons with this account. Did you perhaps use a different account to upload the file? Did you perhaps upload the file locally to one of the various language Wikipedias (for example, English Wikipedia)? If you can provide the name of the file that was deleted, then it might be easier for someone to figure out what happened and why. Lastly, it's very unlikely that anyone is going to contact you via email regarding any question yuo ask at a Help Desk like this; so, you shouldn't expect such a thing. Any questions you have will be answered in the discussion thread you started; so, occassionally checking the thread is probably a good idea. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:15, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

اريد تحميل صورتي في ملفي الشخصي[edit]

أريد تحميل صوتي إلى ملفي الشخصي صرواح غلاب (talk) 15:58, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@صرواح غلاب: Hi,
Wikimedia Commons is not a social media, and we do not accept personal images unless people contribute. So please first contribute in some way, and then after a few weeks, you can create a personal page. Please see Commons:بوابة المجتمع the Community Portal in Arabic. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:58, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Common:Undeletion Request[edit]

Buenas, una pregunta que significa "per above" en la parte COM:UD#File:Institutodeportepedraza.jpg?? AbchyZa22 (talk) 21:00, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@AbchyZa22: "de acuerdo con lo ya dicho". - Jmabel ! talk 21:58, 15 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
OK, gracias AbchyZa22 (talk) 06:19, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How to preview all images in a category?[edit]

If I want to preview (see thumbnails) of all the images in Category:Vulpes lagopus by zoo on one page, without having to manually open each subcategory in a new tab, how would I do that? –Vuccala (talk) 06:12, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Don't know how to do that either, not sure if it is even possible. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 08:15, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Vuccala: Don't ask me why, but seems to provide all the images in subcategories of "Vulpes lagopus by zoo." --Adamant1 (talk) 08:47, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Vuccala: You can view with the tool petscan. In the categories box, indicate Vulpes lagopus by zoo. Since there are no sub-sub-categories in that category, you can choose depth 1. Choose the option with thumbnails. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:15, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Asclepias: @Adamant1: Thank you! –Vuccala (talk) 10:36, 18 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done

Mis en cohérence Wikipédia France et Wikipédia common[edit]

J'ai mis à jour la biographie de Jeanne Duval sur Wikipédia France. Je n'arrive pas à modifier la même fiche sur Wikipédia common. Robert Gangier (talk) 09:04, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Robert Gangier: Bonjour, Il n'y a pas de biographies sur Commons. Vous faites peut-être référence à la boîte qui s'affiche dans la catégorie Category:Jeanne Duval. Le code de cette page de catégorie utilise le modèle «Wikidata Infobox», ce qui indique que dans ce cas la boîte est seulement reflétée depuis Wikidata. Apparemment, vous avez trouvé comment modifier cette donnée sur Wikidata avec votre autre compte nommé Robert Grangier. Après un certain délai technique pour la mise à jour, votre nouvelle version de Wikidata sera reflétée automatiquement dans la page de Commons. -- Asclepias (talk) 10:12, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Mr Asclepias,
Je vous remercie très vivement de la rapidité de votre réponse. J'aurai donc l'impatience d'attendre. J'ai ouvert en effet 2 comptes parce que Wiki Common semblait ne pas reconnaître le compte créé dans Wiki Fr. Maintenant je ne sais pas si je dois supprimer ce deuxième compte. Au plaisir Robert Gangier (talk) 10:41, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Bonjour, On peut forcer la mise à jour en purgeant la page Category:Jeanne Duval. Yann (talk) 10:44, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Bonjour, Merci de votre message. Je ne sais pas comment on "purge une page" mais je saurai attendre. Bien à vous. Robert Gangier (talk) 10:49, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Yann, puis-je vous poser une autre question : est-il possible de mettre une page sous-contrôle pour éviter des modifications intempestives d'informations non contrôlées ? Merci de votre aide Robert Gangier (talk) 10:54, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Robert Gangier: Parlez-vous de Wikipédia ou de Wikimedia Commons ? Sur Commons, aucune page n'est protégée par défaut, à moins que des vandalismes récurrents aient lieu. Yann (talk) 11:04, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Je parlais de Wikipédia, là où j'ai modifié la biographie de "Jeanne Duval". J'ai constaté beaucoup de mauvaises informations que j'ai corrigées mais je crains que des personnes veuillent corriger en ne s'appuyant que sur d'anciennes sources. Robert Gangier (talk) 11:29, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Alors, il faut demander sur Wikipédia, soit sur le Bistro, soit sur bureau des admins. Cordialement, Yann (talk) 11:56, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Ska en e-post som bekräftar tillstånd att använda en bild vara författat av innehavaren själv eller mig som representant för denne? Jag förstår inte villkoren riktigt. Om sedan bilden har laddats upp på Flickr, vad krävs för att kunna ladda upp den på Commons och hur kan den sedan användas i en artikel. Och hur skapar man en inforuta i högra delen med bild och info om den/det som artikeln handlar om. JerryKB (talk) 09:30, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@JerryKB: It would help enormously if you would say what image you are talking about, who owns the rights, and in what sense you represent them. - Jmabel ! talk 17:33, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Someone fill me in what the difference is cuz i dont get it Trade (talk) 13:24, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Presumably, the same difference as between e.g. Category:Videos of English language and Category:Videos in English, or more generally between Category:Videos of language and Category:Videos by language. As far as I can tell, videos in the "of" categories seem to be about the language, and videos in the "in" categories use the language and are about any subject. For audio files, there are Category:Audio files about language and Category:Audio files by language. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:39, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Notifying the creators of the categories, Vriullop and Koavf, if they can clarify the matter. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:00, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I think the above is correct. —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:48, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Unable to type doubled brackets[edit]

Recently on Commons, I have been unable to type doubled brackets when editing the text content of a page directly. When I type a bracket, it appears all OK. But when I type another one after it, instead of the bracket appearing, it changes the previous bracket to some kind of weird symbol. This is preventing me from quickly adding MediaWiki links. I have to type bracket, space, bracket and then delete the space, or copy-paste the doubled brackets from somewhere. This doesn't happen on Wikipedia, it seems like a Commons-only thing. Is this some kind of fancy new-fangled feature, and if so, how can I turn it off? JIP (talk) 13:31, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Can you describe what you mean by "editing the text content of a page directly", if different from editing the wikicode in the edit box? Maybe it has to do with something in your user preferences or you might have involuntarily changed your keyboard settings in the edit box (see the small keyboard icon when editing a page). You can also use the buttons below the edit box to add the double brackets around selected text. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:55, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This would definitely be something on your computer/browser, not in the wiki. - Jmabel ! talk 17:34, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I mean exactly editing the wikicode directly in the edit box. I don't think it's something on my computer/browser, because (1) it's happening both on my home computer and my work computer, which even run different operating systems (the first one runs Linux while the second one runs Windows) and it's only happening on Commons. Editing the wikicode on Wikipedia works OK. Both of them run on the same wiki software. JIP (talk) 19:06, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@JIP: So, did you check your keyboard settings as I suggested above? Check that it is on the option "Use native keyboard". Because if it is on the option "International Phonetic Alphabet - X-SAMPA", it does something that looks very much like what you described. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:44, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
It appears indeed that I had somehow managed to switch the keyboard input method to "International Phonetic Alphabet". Switching it back to "native keyboard" solved the problem. JIP (talk) 06:32, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

First time trying to upload, unsure what to do[edit]

Greetings to everyone. I have recently been cruising around ww2 british submarines and translating to my local wikipedia and i've come across an article which doesn't have a photo of the vessel. But searching around with google i came across with this and it seems it's one of the very few available pictures of it. But since it's not my work, i'm not sure if there's the option of uploading it somehow under the corresponding license and ofc, crediting the author. But at the same time it's clear that the website it's not the original owner and they reposted it from an author from the time, but they don't say anything on the website regarding the origin or ownership, so more confusion. If someone could shed some light i will be veeeery grateful. Thanks! :D Llapis (talk) 19:05, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Llapis: Hello, The photo is also at the IWM, but it's probably not a photo of the P33, because it's under the title "With the Royal Navy submariners at HMS Forth, the submarine depot ship. 2 to 6 March 1942, HMS Forth, and on board some of her submarines." Maybe the website submarinefamily used it to illustrate the type of submarines, not specifically the P33. If you want to upload the photo anyway, that's probably possible, because Commons already has other Navy photos by the same photographer J H Smith and tagged with the template PD-UKGov. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:26, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How to export file categories into a spreadsheet?[edit]

How can I export, for all images in Category:Coins_catalogued_by_Welter, their respective lists of categories into a spreadsheet? (I want a quick overview which image files are lacking "obligatory" categories relating to e.g. face value, year, ruler etc.) Thanks for any help --HReuter (talk) 19:28, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Baptismal record in 1479[edit]

Can you tell me if the baptismal record of Lisa del Giocondo from June 1479 in the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore is public domain? I searched the archive and find Mona Lisa is an often-used example here, but I didn't find my answer. The only precedent I have is a 1503 margin note, File:Mona_Lisa_margin_scribble.jpg that makes me think these records might be PD, and that this one belongs in Category:Lisa_Gherardini. Thank you very much. -SusanLesch (talk) 20:15, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Anything from 1479 is in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 20:31, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Wonderful. Thank you, Jmabel. -SusanLesch (talk) 20:37, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

On how uploading an image[edit]

Hello, I was wondering if I could take a screenshot of a YouTube video and post it so I could use it on a Wikipedia article I made. An image like I say is something like per example "File:Rahkmonov 2.png". Is this allowed? D1D4K10 (talk) 20:49, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

You can as long as the original video is licensed appropriately. On YouTube, there is an option to have Creative Commons-licensed videos that can be rehosted, remixed, screengrabbed, etc. here. —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:02, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I don't understand the license part, it's a bit confusing D1D4K10 (talk) 21:09, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@D1D4K10: A screenshot is a derivative work of the video. So you need that the video has a license accepted on Commons to be allowed to upload a screenshot on Commons. Yes, copyright is complex and confusing. Yann (talk) 21:25, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
You can take screenshots of that latter video and post them here because the author of the video allows you to copy the entire video if you want, as long as you give attribution to the original. You cannot post screenshots of the former video, as it's protected by copyright. Did you take a look at COMM:LICENSE? Did you have questions about that page? —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:25, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I finally did it, is it ok? "File:Clint Hester.jpg" D1D4K10 (talk) 21:06, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
You can look on Youtube at the description of the source video of the file you gave as example. At the bottom of the description is indicated the CC license, which is more exactly the license CC BY 3.0. So, unless there's some particular reason to doubt it, it is fine to upload a screenshot from that video to Commons and to tag it with the template "YouTube CC-BY", which refers to the license CC BY 3.0, and to add the template "LicenseReview". However, the uploader tagged that file on Commons with a different license, CC BY-SA 4.0, which is a disputable move. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:34, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

استفسار حول مسابقة ويكي تهوى الأرض في سورية[edit]

ما المقصود بتزويد الصورة بقالب

Abdullah Fetnah (talk) 14:38, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

9 Transistor ZR-930T Zephyr Radio schematic[edit]

9 Transistor ZR-930T Zephyr Radio schematic Do you have any info on getting a schmatic for this radui. Thanks 2603:6000:D300:8B6E:A4FE:CFC6:3729:93D2 14:48, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Adding Permission[edit]

I was trying to add permission to File:Art Olivier 2024 via but when I try, it says,

“Unable to fetch Parsoid HTML: No downgrade possible from schema version 0.0.0 to 2.8.0.”.

what can I do? thanks! LordBirdWord (talk) 19:07, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Permission Link: LordBirdWord (talk) 19:10, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@LordBirdWord: Hi, You included that link with the other file, File:Art Olivier 2024 via Email.jpg, so there's apparently no reason for an error message with this file. Maybe you can just try again to add the link. However, you tagged both files with CC0, but there is no evidence anywhere that a CC0 dedication was issued. The message looks more like PD-copyright holder, assuming that the subject is the copyright holder, because at least the email photo does not look like a self-taken portrait. Also, maybe you can add a request for LicenseReview to the pages. I'm not sure if your post on your x account of a copy of an email you received from the subject will be sufficient for license reviewers, but maybe. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:26, 17 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Orthogonal category trees for events and people[edit]

Hello all

I studied graph theory at university so apologies in advance for the technical language. And Wikimedia does support category intersections.

I am currently working on a Wikipedia story (about a climate hunger strike in Berlin as it happens) that makes use of images of events and participants. And frankly, the current category graph is a mess.

I would presume it better to have the events under one category tree and the people under another? And then bring the various images "together" using category intersections? I searched Wikimedia Help for advice on this kind of practice but could not find any policy or guidelines on the matter. Although surely this is a question that does or should arise quite often?

Many thanks in advance for any assistance, RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 07:13, 18 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Some events are so tied to some person that they would also (or mainly) be categorized under that person, e.g. Category:Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Category:Joe Biden signs the Climate Executive Orders (2021-01-27), but usually events and people come together only at the level of individual photos. Here's one of mine: File:Steve Perry & Efrim Manuel Manuck 01.jpg. Occasionally there may be so many photos of the same person at the same notable event to be worth a category that intersects the two, just to avoid clutter. - Jmabel ! talk 16:16, 18 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Thanks. In some circumstances, my suggestion is clearly not warranted. There are always corner‑cases and other oddities. But here, there are two nice primary branches to overlap: Category:Climate activists from Germany and Category:Hunger strikes in Germany. And with other secondary branches to add that cover concepts like location and similar attributes — although these are sometimes preempted by subcategories. Tx again. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 06:44, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Follow up: Is it possible to display the intersection of two categories? Or must one simply drill down through each hierarchy individually. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 06:45, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@RobbieIanMorrison: yes Help:FastCCI or PetScan can show category intersections. See also Commons:Tools#Discover_media. MKFI (talk) 08:11, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@MKFI: Tx, I'll have a look. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 08:44, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

copyright tag for[edit]

Hello. I am going to upload a processed map image obtained from

I am using the upload wizard and in the "Release rights" step I am asked to enter a "enter a different lisence in wikitext format".

It seems that I need to enter something called a copyright tag.

What string should I enter? 狄の用務員 (talk) 12:49, 18 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Unknown exact date of creation[edit]

I have found a 1901 photo of a building relevant to my draft article. However, I do not know what is the specific date it was take, other than the fact that it was taken in 1901. How should I fill in that section in the upload wizard? Thank you. Daftation (talk) 15:12, 18 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Daftation: Just "1901" should be a perfectly acceptable date. - Jmabel ! talk 16:20, 18 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Can I use a photograph made in world war II by a man who is now dead to illustrate what sort of work he made?[edit]

I have found the picture on cnn: RuthAMdJ (talk) 10:31, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi RuthAMdj, Possibly, but the photo would either need to either never have been eligible for copyright protection or no longer eligible for copyright protection under both the copyright laws of the United States and the copyright law of the country of first publication. So, if you can provide more information about the en:provenance of the photo then it might be easier to figure this out. You should also note that CNN seems to have obtain the photo from en:Getty Images (check the lower right of the photo for the attribution "East News/Getty Images"). CNN might've paid Getty a fee so that it could use the photo or is using it under a claim of en:fair use. This attribution likely means that Getty is claiming or at least trying to claim that the photo is indeed still under copyright protection, and that it either owns the copyright outight or is acting as the agent of the copyright holder. If either is really the case, then this photo can't really be upload to Commons without Getty's or the original copyright older's COM:CONSENT (which honestly would be near impossible to obtain given that Getty makes money off the photo). Getty has, however, in the past tried to claim copyright ownership of digitalized versions of older photos that are now considered to be within the public domain, and Commons seems to ignore such claims as en:copyfraud as long as it can be shown that the original photo is indeed within the public domain since digitalization isn't typically considered to be sufficiently creative enough to establish a new copyright under the copyright laws of many countries. So, if you can find this photo some where online or in a print publication where it's clearly being attributed to someone other than Getty, then that might help narrow things down a bit.-- Marchjuly (talk) 11:55, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@RuthAMdJ: Commons already has this photo at File:Освобожденных оставшихся в живых узников концлагеря Освенцим выводят из лагеря.jpeg. The attribution of the file has varied. It is currently attributed to Olga Ignatovich (1905-1984). The file was kept as part of a multiple deletion request in 2020, but that was before it was attributed. Two other works by Olga Ignatovich were deleted, to be restored in 2059. So, the status of the file on Commons may be uncertain. But it is currently used in some Wikipedia articles. Who is "a man who is now dead" you had in mind? -- Asclepias (talk) 13:27, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading image of film poster already available online[edit]

I would like to upload an image of the poster for Bill Plympton's 2016 film Revengeance; the poster image is already available on IMDb -- as are various details relating to the film itself, some of which are not present on the current Wikipedia page. Would I have to obtain written permission from Plympton himself in order to do so, as per Commons? Instigatrix (talk) 15:04, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Instigatrix: Hi, and welcome. Please have permission from the copyright owner, presumably Plympton, sent via VRT with a carbon copy to you.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 15:08, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you very much for your help! Instigatrix (talk) 01:55, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
To be clear, "permission" here means "a valid free license." - Jmabel ! talk 16:39, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for the clarification! Instigatrix (talk) 01:56, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading logo of political party[edit]

I'd like to upload a logo of the Portsmouth Independents Party, as i'm creating an article on them. Would I need permission to use a political logo or is it free to use? B1ack H0l3 (talk) 15:34, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@B1ack H0l3: Hi, and welcome. What does the party's literature or website have to say on the subject? See also COM:NETC.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 15:55, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Are we talking about the image of a sailboat at or something else? Do we know the history of that image? UK threshold of originality is very low, so unless the image (not this particular use of it) is very old (e.g. 120 years, though it could be different if it's attributable to a particular person) it will be copyrighted.
If your only concern here is to use it in the English-language Wikipedia, you can leave Commons out of the picture and upload it to Wikipedia as a non-free logo (which Commons does not accept). See en:File:Seattlestarlogo.png for a good example of how to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 16:45, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you:) I'll upload it as a non-free logo. I can't find any history of the image before it's use as the logo so it probably is copyrighted. B1ack H0l3 (talk) 17:26, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading derivatives[edit]

Hello! Is there a shortcut for uploading derivatives of an existing file on Commons? For example, if I crop an image from Commons and reupload it, I have to go through the entire upload process from scratch. This includes inputting the license, the author, etc. Is there a gadget/extension/other feature for me to easily port this kind of information from the original file? Given that there exists an "Upload a new version of this file" link, I can imagine a similar feature that says something like "upload a derivative of this file". Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (talk) 17:09, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Kittycataclysm: for crops I'd recommend Commons:CropTool, for other types of derivative works (major adjustments you want to upload as a new file), you can use Commons:derivativeFX. —Matrix(!) {user - talk? - uselesscontributions} 17:29, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! —Kittycataclysm (talk) 17:46, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

مسابقة ويكي تهوى الأرض[edit]

كيف يمكنني رفع الصور للمشاركة في مسابقة ويكي

تهوى الأرض في سورية لهذا الشهر Aws Shriky (talk) 18:43, 19 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Aws Shriky: Commons:ويكي تهوى الأرض 2024 في سورية - Jmabel ! talk 05:37, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


No meaningful content

Isha nagar kushalnagar 2409:4051:4EC8:8E00:950B:BD6D:5B52:C96C 00:47, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Is there a question here? Looks like a Latin-alphabet transliteration of something in Hindi (or something related), but nothing that makes any sense to me or to Google Translate. - Jmabel ! talk 05:39, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Looks like a neighborhood name in Kushalnagar, may not be notable. --iMahesh (talk) 05:53, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

My image got deleted[edit]

I don't know why File:Clint Hester.jpg got deleted. I personally believe I haven't broken any copyright rule. The video from where I took the image had a Commons license at the bottom of the description, so I don't think it should have been deleted. Does anyone know why? D1D4K10 (talk) 10:30, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@D1D4K10: Hi, and welcome. File:Clint Hester.jpg was deleted per COM:NETCOPYVIO. Please read that page and keep an eye on Special:Mytalk.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 10:42, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Can you link to the video so we can check the license ourselves?
As for @Jeff G. - Is it possible that you ran the photo through a reverse image search and found anything? A diehard editor (talk) 10:43, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@A diehard editor: I didn't, perhaps Yann did. It appears that the video was not properly licensed at the source.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 10:47, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Yann What was the source of the offending file? A diehard editor (talk) 11:01, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G. here's the source
I used the Creative Commons filter D1D4K10 (talk) 11:26, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This URL is dead. There is no URL in the description, but I suppose the source is [1]. And I don't see any free license there. Yann (talk) 12:50, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Yann Later in the afternoon I will send another url or even an image confirming this. I personally saw the license in the video in the youtube app so I copied and pasted the share url here. Should we continue this thread in your talk page? D1D4K10 (talk) 12:59, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Fine to continue here. Yann (talk) 13:01, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Yann try this URL
If it doesn't work I'll send an imgur screenshot or search for the title on YouTube (Clint Hester TUF 17 Finale Post Right Interview 4 13 13 D1D4K10 (talk) 15:37, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
They mean this video, CC BY. I looked at the file when the uploader mentioned it three days ago at Commons:Help desk#On how uploading an image and I looked at the source. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:55, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Exactly, it's that video D1D4K10 (talk) 15:38, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@D1D4K10: Although the ordinary CC BY 3.0 template you used for the file is correct, with that type of source it would probably be better to instead use, as suggested in the previous discussion, the more specific template "YouTube CC-BY" and the template "LicenseReview". -- Asclepias (talk) 16:15, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
✓ Done File undeleted, and license reviewed. Yann (talk) 16:20, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Yann Cheers mate! What happens now with the copyright warning in my talk? (I guess it won't count but stay) D1D4K10 (talk) 20:08, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@D1D4K10: You can archive it. The easiest is to set up the automatic archiving bot. Yann (talk) 10:11, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Rules on replacing files with new versions and other options for yearly updated statistics[edit]

Hi all

I'm currently doing a project with a UN agency who produce new versions of graphics ever year and want to find an easy and simple way to keep the graphics updated not only on Commons but also on other Wikimedia wikis. I can see a few options, however I don't know what the rules are around it.

1. Is it allowed to simply update the existing files on Commons to the latest version? That way it would automatically add the latest version of the file to each Wikipedia article. 2. If it would break the rules/not be preferable to overwrite the files with a newer version are there any bots which can link the two files in some way and automatically swap out the older versions with the newer versions across Wikimedia wikis, or some other automated tools to make it not a manual process?

Thanks very much

John Cummings (talk) 12:43, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

COM:OW - It'd be best to just upload new files and keep the old ones intact. A diehard editor (talk) 12:49, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@John Cummings: Additionally, you can have a file with a distinct name marked with {{Current}}, which can be updated, and should be used wherever such quasi-automatic updates will be desired. - Jmabel ! talk 17:12, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you Jmabel and A diehard editor, one piece of information I missed from my original question is that I'm talking about 10,000s of files (6 graphics per country, in 6 languages and multiple topics). A few follow up questions
Has anyone done anything like this before?
"It'd be best to just upload new files and keep the old ones intact", is this process written down somewhere? Is there an best practice for linking them, showing one is depreciated, automatically updating the Wikipedia
Thanks again
John Cummings (talk) 10:42, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@John Cummings: if you want Wikipedia automatically updated on the new uploads, definitely use the approach with {{Current}}, use those in Wikipedia, and overwrite those annually. However, unless the data is something like a graph over time, where the new one simply adds information instead of changing information, we'd want all of the old ones as well. So you'd want FOO.ext (marked {{Current}}) as well as FOO (2023).ext, FOO (2024).ext, etc. And we'd be very glad to have older versions as well.
As for linking, a lot of that may simply be a matter of creating appropriate categories (so the information over time would group naturally by being in a category), but you can also use the "other versions" portion of {{Information}} or a similar template. Sometimes it's simpler to do a template for that "other versions" portion: if you have a big series that gets one added each year, it is easier to modify a template each year than to modify every file page. If you are systematic enough about your naming scheme, a single parameterized template should do the job for all the different things that are tracked over time. - Jmabel ! talk 15:10, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Racist Pictures Distorting Historically Truth[edit]

I am upset about the racist picture on Hannibal and his father. He was a man of color related to the Kushites and the Egyptians and all the people of Afrika. Why are these pictures making him look Greek or Roman when he was not! 13:11, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, and welcome. Which of our hundred million files are you referring to?   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:16, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

인물 등록하고 싶은데[edit]

어떻게 올리는지 방법을 모르겠어요요 네이버 다음 인물검색에는 나오는데 여기에는 어땧게 하는건가요? Yejoo72 (talk) 13:13, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I want to register a person
I don't know how to upload it. It appears on Naver Daum's person search, but how do I upload it here?
translator: Google Translate via   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:28, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Yejoo72: 안녕하세요, 환영합니다. 여기에는 인물에 대한 기사가 없습니다. 대신 en:WP:MFA 또는 ko:백:인물을 참조하세요.

Hi, and welcome. We do not have articles on persons here, please see en:WP:MFA or ko:백:인물 instead.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:28, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Advice on how to handle better rescan of an analog negative[edit]

Shot in Prague during the Velvet Revolution in 1989 on Iflord HP5 135 stock

First to note that I checked with Commons:Overwriting existing files and then searched these archives for clues but to no avail.

I recently uploaded a badly scanned negative (depicted on left). That scan, by a professional lab in Berlin as it happens, cut off the person on the left (as I later discovered). I am now having that same negative rescanned by a fine arts lab at higher resolution and manually cleaned (and also at considerably more expense).

So my question: (1) should I just upload that revised image under the same name, (2) ditto and also request the original scan be deleted (or hidden), or (3) use a new file name and request that the bad scan be deleted (or hidden)?

To also add that I think the image is historically significant and that it will be the first of about 40 images I will upload to Wikimedia shot just prior to and just after the fall of communism in East Germany and Czechoslovakia. Also taken using 35mm Nikon gear with a mix of professional and high‑street negative processing, so generally of high quality.

PS: I also offered the negatives to the German and Czech state archives but neither replied. In any case, I prefer to support Wikimedia.

PPS: if anyone wants to help with interpretation, I would be delighted to make contact!

Thanks in advance, RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 17:02, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

In this case, since you are the photographer and uploader, it is clearly a friendly edit. Since it's the same photo, you can overwrite. I wouldn't bother asking for the earlier version to be deleted unless you have some specific reason to suppress it. It doesn't save any memory, and it may make it harder for any non-admin who might have some reason to want to understand just what you did in terms of upload history. (Plenty of people who don't have "admin" status nonetheless do a lot of tasks that might normally be thought of as administrative.) - Jmabel ! talk 17:17, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@RobbieIanMorrison: I agree with what Jmabel wrote above. If you are happy that the filename is the best filename for this photo, overwriting with the better image is the best solution in this case, because there's no reason that someone would prefer the image of lesser quality. I would only add that scanners of sufficient quality can do a very good job of scanning 35 mm negatives. So you might have a better control on the result by scanning yourself instead of paying labs for an uncertain result. (It's harder to find negative scanners for large negatives from the 1940s. I'm looking for one to scan negatives I inherited.) Ilford HP5 was what I often used in the 1980s. Given the grain, I am curious to see if the arts lab can really do a higher resolution. Unless they fill the image artificially, which I hope they don't. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:45, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: @Asclepias: Thanks for the very complete answers. In some weeks there will be two scans to compare! I did question the second lab about the relationship between graininess and resolution and was told that finely pixelated grain can look good on giant prints — make what you will of that! When I upload the second scan, I'll also note the scanning parameters and files sizes for both. This negative scanning is new territory for me — even though I worked extensively with 135 and 120 (6 × 7cm) formats. Tx again. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 19:59, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
& thanks to you for free-licensing what are clearly some very valuable images. - Jmabel ! talk 01:29, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: I think that visual history belongs to the people of East Germany and Czechoslovakia — I just happened to have a camera in my hand at approximately the right time. And I suspect that some subjects were taking personal risks by consenting to be photographed by a western stranger? RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 07:23, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

can i upload these images[edit]

Can I upload maps and schemes from the language grammarbook? My article in wikipedia about the language would be much worse without them.. Attacus Atlasktoto (talk) 17:13, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Attacus Atlasktoto: If the book in question is copyrighted, you would need to get an appropriate free license granted by the owner of the copyright, which is unlikely to happen. If it is in the {{Public domain}}, then yes. - Jmabel ! talk 17:19, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

PDF book preview[edit]


I uploaded a PDF scanned book Commemorative Book of Kiev Governorate, 1915. However, the book preview does not work. I tried already to purge the cash but it did not work. Any help, please? Liglioto (talk) 18:09, 20 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Inappropriate file descriptions by Sally.a.asmar[edit]

While reviewing w:Wikipedia:Teahouse#Is having an unencyclopedic image description grounds for deletion or recaptioning?, I found that User:Sally.a.asmar has uploaded many images like File:المسجد الاقصى.jpg with an inappropriate and irrelevant description. It was all in 2018 so maybe it's not worth contacting the user but will somebody kindly improve the descriptions? They can be shown at other wikis when MediaViewer is used. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:05, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@PrimeHunter: Anyone may update the caption if there is an issue, and if it's disputed, users may follow the normal resolution process. It seems like maybe a bad translation. For starters, obviously, Palestine isn't a city. GMGtalk 13:37, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
It's images of a specific building and the description is a POV rant about the city with no mention of the building. I hoped somebody else would identify the building and fix it but I may work on it myself if nothing happens within a day. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:02, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The building (albeit a rather odd view of it) seems to be the Dome of the Rock. Deor (talk) 14:16, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah sorry. I figured that it being the Dome of the Rock was understood. GMGtalk 16:23, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@PrimeHunter: I removed most of the POV pushing, but it really should be rewritten entirely, and I don't know enough about that building to do so. QuicoleJR (talk) 15:05, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Why does the English version of this template redirect to the Russian version?[edit]

Template:, isn't it supposed to go to an English text version? Tube of Light (talk) 16:06, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

There is no English version. Ruslik (talk) 19:57, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Ruslik0: then there probably should not be a until someone actually translates into English. - Jmabel ! talk 03:07, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Ruslik0 then why is there a link to an English version in the first place? It should either be deleted or someone should provide a Russian translation. Tube of Light (talk) 13:08, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Public domain non-Commons[edit]


I'm trying to upload another version of this as a placeholder images for election boxes. The logo is in the public domain but not meant to be copied to Commons, fair enough

TLDR how exactly do I upload an image to Wiki without uploading to Commons? Totallynotarandomalt69 (talk) 22:13, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, Go to Wikipedia, click on "Upload file", then click on "Upload a non-free file", and continue from there. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:57, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


I came across File:הבחירה הדמוקרטית.png (the logo of an Israeli political party), which has been uploaded using the false rationale of it being in the public domain due to be published before 1929. However, I was wondering if would fall below the "threshold of originality" and be eligible to be on commons? If not, please delete it. Cheers, Number 57 (talk) 22:50, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Number 57 The current license does certainly seem incorrect. However, whether the logo itself can be kept as {{PD-logo}} depends on COM:TOO US and COM:TOO Israel (assuming Israel is the country of first publication). The only copyrightable element in the logo is (at least in my opinion) the flower. Perhaps the fower isn't complex enough to be eligible for protection under US copyright law, but it would certainly be eligible for such protection per COM:TOO UK. Since Israel's TOO seems to have followed the UK's up to 1989 before moving more towards the US thereafter, this could be what decides things with respect to Commons. Given that the file is only being used in the English Wikipedia article en:Democratic Choice (Israel), it could be re-uploaded locally to English Wikipedia and licensed as en:Template:PD-ineligible-USonly if it's PD in the US but not Israel; it could also be re-uploaded locally to English Wikipedia as non-free content if it isn't PD in both the US and Israel. Finally, for reference, the same file seems to be treated as non-free by Hebrew Wikipedia . This, of course, could just be someone being overly cautious and playing it safe, but it could also mean some did some digging and decided it wasn't PD in Israel. -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:40, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Have I accurately attributed these images?[edit]

Hi there, I inadvertantly uploaded these images incorrectly to Wikimedia during the process of creating articles about these people (I'm new here, and learning), which is why the images were nominated for deletion. I think I have fixed the problem/s, but I'd be grateful if someone could take a look at them to see if I've attributed them properly:

For context, the images were taken by a professional photographer on their behalf, and they have been granted permission to share them on Wikimedia by the photographer. The image were then forward to me to upload. I'd be grateful if someone could let me know if I'm doing things the right/wrong way. Cheers, and thank you. KWriteReturn (talk) 03:26, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

  1. You still have them marked as "own work", but you've now listed someone else as the photographer. That makes no sense.
  2. "the images were taken by a professional photographer on their behalf": on whose behalf?
  3. Permission "to share them on Wikimedia" is, sad to say, useless, at least for Commons. Per COM:L, Commons accepts only files that are either in the public domain (these pretty clearly aren't) or where the copyright-holder has explicitly granted a "free license" such as a CC-BY or CC-BY-SA license. Those aren't the only acceptable free licenses, but the license must allow for commercial use (which may, however, be limited by personality rights, trademark, or other non-copyright restrictions) and for the creation of derivative works.
    On last, this permission "to share them on Wikimedia" falls short on two counts. (1) There is no explicit license allowing commercial use and derivative works and (2) we have only your word for someone else granting a license.
Other than the "own work" issue (which you can correct by accurately stating the source), the rest of this can be addressed by either of the following two approaches:
  1. Presuming the photographer is the copyright-holder, they can indicate the grant of license on any public-facing web page clearly under their own control (e.g. a website for their photography business; a Flickr page or something similar -- if they have a Flickr account, Flickr is well set up to allow a declaration of any of several different CC licenses; a publicly visible social media post; etc.) Basically, they can post the image, indicate that they are the photographer, and grant the permission. Sometimes it is useful for this purpose to create a page on a website that might even have no incoming links on the website, but where they provide the URL, and the domain is clearly under their control.
  2. The copyright-holder can send an overt declaration of a particular license as explained at COM:VRT. If the copyright-holder is someone other than the photographer, the VRT will also typically need a copy of the document that transferred copyright.
I know this is a little complicated, but publishing a third party's work legally is inherently complicated. - Jmabel ! talk 05:29, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

War memorial to Long Range Desert Group contact the photographer Graham Bould[edit]

I am trying to track down photographer Graham Bould who was the photographer of the War Memorial to the LRDG War Memorial at the Papakura Military Camp in New Zealand. The memorial that we were shown at the camp recently was not the one that Graham Bould had photographed but a new polished granite one. I am trying to track down the original but have not been able to find out where it has gone. It was in existence in 2023 according to the Waiouru Army Museum but is not able to be located now. It would be helpful for me to know where the original memorial was located at the camp as the new one may be in the position of the old one. 2405:DA40:1184:D000:A193:B00:6927:14E2 05:06, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi IP user 2405:DA40:1184:D000:A193:B00:6927:14E2. This help desk is mainly related to matters regarding Wikimedia Commons; it's not really a general help desk so to speak. You could try re-asking this question at the en:Wikipedia:Reference desk since perhaps someone there might be able to help you. You could also simply try Googling "Graham Bould" or the name of the memorial and see what turns up. It's possible someone here might just happen to know the answer to your questions, but I wouldn't count to much on that happening because it's really outside the scope of this help desk. I will add that a user named GrahamBould did upload File:LRDG Memorial at Papakura New Zealand.jpg back in 2006, but that account hasn't been used since 2014. You could try posting a message at User talk:GrahamBould but there's no way to know if you'll ever get a response. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:30, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
(cross-posted) User:GrahamBould last contributed to Commons a decade ago and to Wikipedia even longer ago, so I suspect you won't be able to reach him. - Jmabel ! talk 05:33, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
At the time when that user was blocked from Wikipedia for copyright violations in 2009, his Wikipedia user page mentioned that he lived in England. From some clues, it can be guessed that he contributed anonymously on Wikipedia in 2014 with an internet address also in Great Britain. Anyway, I doubt that that person could help you with this memorial. -- Asclepias (talk) 10:32, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Tara Aghdashloo Director & Producer.png[edit]


I am sceptical if File:Tara Aghdashloo Director & Producer.png has been uploaded with a correct copyright tag. is introduced as the source. I don't understand on what basis cc-by-sa-4.0 is the copyright tag. If that is wrong, the the image should get deleted.

Cheers Shkuru Afshar (talk) 06:58, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done Right. File deleted, user warned. Yann (talk) 08:01, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Amtrak New Photos[edit]

Hi, I would like assistance with figuring out the steps for how to upload photos of the new Amtrak Borealis service which were posted to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation twitter account yesterday (,

I am only aware of the relevant Amtrak categories and not the particulars of licensing, sorry. Claire 26 (talk) 14:55, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Contact the Wisconsin DOT, and ask them to either contact COM:VRT to grant a free license or to state the photographs are licensed under Creative Commons-Attribution 4.0 or Creative Commons-Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 on a site that they control. Abzeronow (talk) 16:53, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Simple English Wiki to Regular Wiki[edit]

How do you request or have a page/profile moved from Simple English to Regular Wikipedia? Marievalles (talk) 14:57, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Marievalles: Hi, and welcome. You can copy/paste with attribution, or ask a Simple English Wikipedia Admin to export it with all history. FYI, we don't have profiles here on Commons.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 15:03, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, Jeff. Marievalles (talk) 17:37, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Border issues on thumbnails[edit]

Hey. Could someone more knowledgeable with Commons look into this? Thanks in advance. Tietosanaton (talk) 17:52, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Tietosanaton: I have tried my usual tricks, but I can't get those borders to budge.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 18:48, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G.: Thanks for trying nevertheless, I appreciate it. Tietosanaton (talk) 17:38, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Porque meu texto: O CARROCEIRO E SEU CAVALO O-BAMA foi eliminado?[edit]

Porque meu texto: O Carroceiro e seu cavalo O-Bama foi eliminado? Luiz Gonzaga Limagolf (talk) 20:00, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Ainda está lá: pt:Ajuda Discussão:Página de testes/1. --Achim55 (talk) 20:05, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How to add subtitles to a video on Wikipedia.[edit]

I have accurate subtitles I'm trying to add to a video if anyone can give me an example or a template that would be very helpful. 20:40, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Click on the "TimedText" tab on the video description page, select the language of the subtitles and enter the subtitles in SRT format. C.Suthorn ( - (talk) 10:32, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
en:SubRip can help with the formatting.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:35, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading a photo that is a photo of a picture taken in 1889[edit]

I have a photo that I took with my cell phone of Winchester Stewart Oliphant when he was in the Washington State Legislature in 1889. The original photo is among his papers that are kept at the ranch house where he homesteaded in Garfield County, WA. I would like to be able to upload this photo to the Wikipedia entry on "WS Oliphant" which I have expanded. Elinor Graham (talk) 20:43, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Elinor Graham: This should be OK with {{PD-old-assumed-expired}}. Yann (talk) 09:44, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Why won't it make me upload an article?[edit]

Why won't it make me upload an article? Ilgeniodellamusica 11 (talk) 06:21, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Ilgeniodellamusica 11: Because you are on the wrong project. Wikimedia Commons is for multimedia content. Articles should be on Wikipedia. And articles are not "uploaded". Thanks, Yann (talk) 09:43, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Please delete 2023-09-24 01 CTMA VOYAGEUR 2 - IMO 9119402.jpg[edit]

I originally uploaded 2023-09-24 01 CTMA VOYAGEUR 2 - IMO 9119402.jpg but for reasons I do not know, image resolution was lower and most of the metadata and GPS coordinates did not up upload with the image as normal. I tried to upload a new version of the same file but Commons would not let me do this. I was able to upload the same file with a slightly altered file name. Please delete 2023-09-24 01 CTMA VOYAGEUR 2 - IMO 9119402.jpg and keep 2023-09-24 01a CTMA VOYAGEUR 2 - IMO 9119402.jpg. They are the same image and having both is redundant and adds confusion. GRDN711 (talk) 12:51, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@GRDN711: At the top of File:2023-09-24 01 CTMA VOYAGEUR 2 - IMO 9119402.jpg, you can insert this template:
{{Duplicate|File:2023-09-24 01a CTMA VOYAGEUR 2 - IMO 9119402.jpg}}.
-- Asclepias (talk) 13:17, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Asclepias: Thank you for your comments. Based on them, I was able to find more info at Commons:Deletion requests (COM:DEL) and put in the duplicate deletion request. --GRDN711 (talk) 13:56, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Regards. Question and request. Why does the text Template:Nav-SE appear on the category page Category:Spoons from Sweden after inserting the template: Template:LocationSweden? Can I ask someone competent to fix this inconvenience? Abraham OFM (talk) 17:20, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Abraham: Hi, It's because there's no Template:Nav-SE. This is also the case with other Location templates created by the same user. You can either remove it from the code of Template:LocationSweden, or you can comment it out in the code, or you can create a template of that name or of another name, as you did when you created Template:Nav-PL, if there's not already an equivalent template in Category:Templates related to Sweden. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:07, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hungary · United Kingdom - Templates[edit]

There are Template:Location Germany and Template:Location Poland. Are there similar templates for the UK and Hungary? Thank you very much for your answer. Abraham OFM (talk) 17:27, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Abraham: Given that the two examples you give are red links, I believe you meant {{LocationGermany}} and {{LocationPoland}}. I don't offhand see anything at all similar for Hungary. The only thing I see at all like this for [part of] the UK is {{Location map UK England}}. - Jmabel ! talk 21:26, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How do I delete a photo of myself?[edit]

How do I remove a photo of myself? Tbkowalski (talk) 18:05, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Tbkowalski: If you are asking how to remove it from Wikimedia Commons, you can nominate it for deletion (you can use the link "Nominate for deletion" from the file description page) and indicate a reason. The photo may be deleted if it's not in use, if you're not a notable person or for some other good reason. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:15, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Can someone please delete the girl in thong image thank you. Jo Higin (talk) 23:51, 23 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done —‍Mdaniels5757 (talk • contribs) 00:07, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Using a photo from Commons[edit]

Hi there, someone changed the photo on my wikipedia page to a new photo. I would like to use the original photo. The original photo is still available in wikipedia commons. How do i change it back? There are no copyright issues, since this is the original photo. Biafra1966 (talk) 13:04, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Please let me know if I can do this myself or if I have to have someone else do it for me. thank you Biafra1966 (talk) 13:07, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Biafra1966: Hi, and welcome. You may revert that edit on Wikipedia or post to the article's or someone's user talk page to discuss it. You may also post specifics if you are unable/unwilling to do that.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:50, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you so much Jeff. How do I revert that edit on Wikipedia. I've been trying to a few hours and can't figure it out. Page is Zain Asher again, I would like to use the old photo that is currently on the Wikipedia commons. Biafra1966 (talk) 15:06, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
To which language Wikipedia are you referring? Different photos are used on different Wikipedias. Some are mirrored from Wikidata, some not. When was the photo changed? Most do not seem to have changed recently. Also, it could be prudent to discuss it with the other editors of the page. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:26, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Pinging @Biafra1966 for @Asclepias.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 16:07, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Jeff. Thanks so much. I'm speaking about the English language page. I think it changed in 2022. But I would it like it to go back to the previous photo, which is me on a stage at the microphone. I think there are about 5 photos in Wiki Commons now -- would love the earlier version please. Thank you. If you could do it for me, or show me what to do I'd appreciate it. Thank you :) Biafra1966 (talk) 19:14, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Biafra1966 While you may get the photo changed to one that you like more, it is always possible, that it gets changed again by anyone. The best chances to have the from your point of view "ideal" photo in the article, is if you yourself provide a photo, that is better than the existing one's. Photos chosen for an article are mostly "portrait" photos that show the face in high resolution and as the main part of the photos. Also recent photos are often preferred over older one's. So you could arrange for a photo shooting, with the resulting photo in high quality, showing mostly your face and still showing that you are on a stage. It is likely that such a photo would then stay in the article. (people with a biography article about themselves are discouraged to edit "their" article. The exception are photos: You are welcome to upload as many photos of yourself on commons as you like, they only need to come with a free license and may need to get verified by VRT, if someone else is the photographer.) C.Suthorn ( - (talk) 20:43, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Biafra1966: Ah, the "stage" photo was added to the article in 2021 by a one-time contributor [2] and it was replaced with the "photo with the book" in 2022 by a regular contributor [3]. Both photos are good, but, beyond the fact that some people may prefer one photo or another, a problem with the "stage" photo is that it looks like it may be a copyright violation copied from this photo, at a 2019 event. So, without an authorization from the copyright owner, it probably cannot be kept anyway. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:54, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you so much. This was so helpful. I'm happy to provide the photo using the guidelines you suggested. What's the easiest way to do that? The photo instructions are very confusing. Biafra1966 (talk) 01:24, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I mean the wikipedia photo instructions are confusing, not your instructions. Sorry! I hope that makes sense, ha! :) Biafra1966 (talk) 01:25, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Biafra1966: The key thing is that the copyright-holder needs to provide a free license. It is simplest if the copyright-holder is also the uploader, but alternatively:
  1. They can post the picture and license to any Internet page clearly under their control (public-facing social media post, Flickr account, personal web site, etc.) and anyone can cite that as source and upload the image.
  2. They can go through the COM:VRT process.
I hope that answers your question, but if it doesn't, feel free to continue discussing here. - Jmabel ! talk 01:58, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Why I am not allowed to upload files[edit]

I don't upload files why UWUMUGISHA Ishimwe Lionson (talk) 16:02, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

You already uploaded three files before posting this comment. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:04, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Завантаження відео з комп'ютера в статті про музей[edit]

Я працюю екскурсоводом в Краєзнавчому музеї ім.Т.А. Суліми Печенізької селищної ради. На телефон відзняв коротке відео про музей (не саме якісне, однак). Хотів би розмістити його на сторінці в Вікіпедії де розповідається про наш музе, або посилання на нього (гіперсилку). Питання. Куди (в який з проект Вікі) завантажити відео, в яку категорію віде можна розмістити коротку екскурсію (6-7 хв). І яким чином потім розмістити відеов в статті.

Якщо можливо, напишіть алгоритм дій для досягнення вище зазначеної мети.

Дякую. Gregory Grey (talk) 20:21, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

BEGIN Translated from Ukrainian by Google Translate:
Downloading a video from a computer in an article about a museum
I work as a tour guide at the Museum of Local History named after T.A. Sulims of the Pecheneg settlement council. I took a short video about the museum on my phone (not the best quality, however). I would like to place it on the Wikipedia page that talks about our museum, or a link to it (hyperlink). Question. Where (in which Wiki project) to upload the video, in which video category can you place a short tour (6-7 min). And then how to place videos in the article.
If possible, write an algorithm of actions to achieve the above goal.
Thank you.Gregory Grey (talk) 20:21, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
END translation - Jmabel ! talk 22:19, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Typically, the best way to upload a video is Commons:video2commons. It looks like the documentation is partially translated to Ukrainian at Commons:video2commons/uk.
The most relevant category would be a category for the museum; you might look through Category:Videos for other possibly relevant additional categories.
Do be careful about copyright. Typically much of what is in a museum is copyrighted. For example, your video may show other people's copyrighted photos, paintings, etc. If they are shown passingly without the camera lingering on them, that may be OK, but it could be enough to make your video into a derivative work. If so, Commons would require you to "clear" licenses for any copyrighted content significantly reproduced. - Jmabel ! talk 22:26, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Дякую за пораду (thanks for the advice Gregory Grey (talk) 14:31, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

10" x 8" Studio Release Photograph in 1915[edit]

I bought an old photo (from Heritage Auctions) of Charlie Chaplin and Film Crew, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, for In the Park (General Film Company, 1915), 10" x 8" Studio Release Photograph. Can I upload the photo into Wikipedia "In The Park"? Baycuda (talk) 21:24, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

You can certainly upload it to Commons; license tag would be {{PD-US-expired}}. As for using it in a Wikipedia article, Commons cannot make editorial decisions for Wikipedia. - Jmabel ! talk 22:28, 24 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Which one is the PR Template?[edit]

On the Quality Image Candidates page, a user asked me to add the PR Template to an image I proposed. I don't know which template he is referring to (I asked him, but I think he couldn't see the message). Does anyone know which template you are referring to? Thank you. Drow male (talk) 18:28, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Drow male: {{Personality rights}} I've added it to the file. Abzeronow (talk) 18:38, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Abzeronow: Thank you. --Drow male (talk) 19:37, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I have another question, @Abzeronow: I took the picture to Bernardo Penabade, and he actually knew that the image is to be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. In this case, am I the one who should change the PR Template for a Consent Template? Thank you. --Drow male (talk) 19:54, 25 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]