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What are the Requests on the Media Views Analysis page?[edit]

Hello, I wanted to ask a question about the Media views Analysis page. I was curious what do the Requests mean? On the side and at the bottom it says Requests I can't figure out what that means and the 2 different numbers either Requests and Daily Numbers why are they so different as in one is higher than the other. I look at my page and am curious what that means as far as my page on Wikimedia commons. Hope this is clear thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Flapper the turtle (talk • contribs) 15:30, 6 March 2022 (UTC)[reply][edit]

The information on this picture file (map) is not correct. The true author, as proved by his signature in the bottom part of the file, is Frans Hogenberg who did a later copy of this map, as correctly stated in the text of the article. in other words, the shown illustration, as well as most of the pictures related to it here, are later copies of the original, so they are not from 1570, but from later years — Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:50, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

publication chez vous d'un ouvrage sur l'Algérie[edit]

Mon ouvrage L'Algérie aléatoire est un essai de 900 pages avec beaucoup de références. Pouvez vous m'accorder votre précieux concours à le publier cher vous et sur wikilivres car je suis d'un âge avancé (76 ans) et malade. Farid Daoudi. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farid Daoudi (talk • contribs) 17:48, 16 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category:Collection Emil Karl Schumacher[edit]

Hallo, diese Fotos stammen von mir. Nach der Veröffentlichung war noch zu lesen, dass diese Fotos von mir gestellt wurden und von mir restauriert wurden. Die Restauration war mühevolle Kleinarbeit von mehreren Hundert Stunden. Es wäre wert, erwähnt zu werden. Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Klaus Rautenbach Rautenbach Klaus (talk) 15:07, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Nach der Veröffentlichung war noch zu lesen Bitte etwas konkreter: Wo war etwas zu lesen, was jetzt nicht mehr da ist? Auf der Kategorieseite ist nichts entfernt worden. --Achim55 (talk) 20:39, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Danke für die Antwort. Wenn man die Bilddatei öffnet, ist noch zu lesenː"gestiftet, gescannt und bearbeitet von Klaus Rautenbach", das hatte ich übersehen. 2A02:810D:1840:5DD8:9801:1E2E:E7A8:FF7E 06:43, 21 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Delete photos 2[edit]

I wish to delete this file as I uploaded it accidentally; 119316335 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Srk60 (talk • contribs) 15:26, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Srk60,I would need your assistance as I do not know how to do it myself. Thanks Scvetisvet (talk) 15:40, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Srk60: Hi, and welcome. If 7 days have not passed since your upload of the file, please use {{G7}}. If 7 days have passed, please use the automatic Nominate for deletion tool in the Tools menu on the sidebar per COM:DR#Starting requests, or if you can't do that (or the page is not a file or you can't use JavaScript), use {{Delete}}. In any case, please follow all the directions on the resulting page. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:48, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Srk60: To clarify, "use {{G7}}" just means "put the text '{{G7}}' at the top of the file page in question." - Jmabel ! talk 17:55, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Srk60: Did you read Template:G7 yet? Which photos do you want to delete?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:42, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Found my picture on wikipedia with incorrect citations[edit]


I'm a photographer and I just found some of my pictures on wiki, being creddited by someone else. I'm new to wiki and I'm not sure who I can contact to fix the violation?

Thanks! Samboddi (talk) 14:23, 16 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

You can ask here, if you include links to the pictures (at commons), or you can nominate the files for deletion: Go to the description page of the image, on the left side there is a link "Nominate for deletion". A text field will pop up, there enter the rationale: "the image is not free, it was taken from http:/...your website with the image... and it is not freely licensed
If you want to have the image kept, but correct the attribution, then go to the image description and make appropriate changes. Insert in the text field "source" a link to your website where you published the image (before it was uploaded here), as a proof, that your changes are correct, insert the same link in the "edit description" field. --C.Suthorn (talk) 14:35, 16 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samboddi: I created Commons:Deletion requests/File:Kasteel Rosmeulen.jpg for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:38, 16 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hi, I'm still getting used to the wikipedia user interface and it is not easy. This message is about the images that are wrongfully used. I can answer the questions that I saw about where the image came from. The castle was for sale, the images I took were for the publishing on real estate websites. I also got the same image on my instagram with a date that is before the uploaded date on wiki. I also still have the RAW files so I can prove I have the original. Though I'm not sure to who I need to prove it and I also don't know how to transfer large files over wiki. I'm not used to message boards and having my replies in public. Please let me know who I can email on which adress to provide more info, I'll happily do so. Samboddi (talk) 09:39, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samboddi: Please post at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Kasteel Rosmeulen.jpg the URL for your page on Instagram with a date that is before the uploaded date on wiki.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:51, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
And for the other photos, please post links to the files here on Commons, so that we know what files we are talking about. –LPfi (talk) 12:17, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category "Branta of the United Kingdom"[edit]

Category:Branta of the United Kingdom is apparently misclassified under Category:Branta canadensis by country‎. I could create Category:Branta by country‎ and put it there, but do we actually want that? Do we want "Branta by country" classifications as well as "Branta X by country"? I'm not sure how this should be dealt with. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:24, 16 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

FWIW, Category:Branta of the United States is already under the (nonexistent) Category:Branta by country. - Jmabel ! talk 17:45, 16 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I created Category:Branta by country which now includes Category:Branta of the United Kingdom. De728631 (talk) 13:32, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@De728631: Looking now at Category:Branta by country, it has "Branta canadensis in the United States‎" and "Branta canadensis in the United Kingdom‎" (and presumbably many more, by extension, as and when they are added) included twice, once via the "Branta of ~" subcat, and once via the "Branta canadensis by country‎" subcat. Is this necessary, or how it should be? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 08:19, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
This is fine as it is now. Nothing unusual about having two different paths from a category to an indirect subcategory. - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
OK. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 19:45, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright Template Creation Requested[edit]

According to Section 183 of Hong Kong's Copyright Ordinance, Hong Kong ordinances (and subsidiary legislations) enter the public domain 50 years after publication (and certainly will fall under {{PD-EdictGov}}). Recently I scanned some ordinances in 1970 and 1971, and intended to upload them to Commons. As there are no suitable copyright templates, I'd like to ask if there're somebody who can create one for me?

Also preferably, I think this newly-created template can be linked to the corresponding copyright template on English Wikisource through Wikidata. Regards.廣九直通車 (talk) 13:26, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@廣九直通車: Wouldn't this be covered by {{PD-HKGov}}? De728631 (talk) 13:29, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@De728631: No, {{PD-HKGov}} doesn't cover ordinances. The copyright protection period for ordinances (publish+50 years) differs from ordinary governmental works.廣九直通車 (talk) 03:49, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Updating an image file[edit]

Hello, I have been recently interested in updating an image file ( which is outdated, whilst giving credit to the original author if needed. The update includes changing a few colors in the original image to make it more recent (as you can see in its file history). I am still really new to commons and wikipedia in general, so I don't really understand how it all works here. By that I mean I don't even know how to download the image and make the edit in the first place. I am grateful for any help LegendaSM07 (talk) 16:18, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

(I presume "uptading" => "updating".) - Jmabel ! talk 17:41, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah thank you, either way do you know how to solve my problem? LegendaSM07 (talk) 18:53, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
No, I've never worked with SVG files. I was just clarifying something that had given me a few seconds pause in understanding what you were asking for. - Jmabel ! talk 19:34, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If you go to the file description page (which you linked), there is a link to the "original file". Right click on it (or whatever) and choose download. Then do whatever changes you want to do, with a suitable SVG editor. Now the question is whether to upload the updated file under the same or another name. Usually I would say under a new name, as usually when there have been significant changes. Some Wikipedia article might have a caption telling "as of February 2021". However, in this case, it seems updated versions have been uploaded several times already. So go back to the file description page and down to the list of versions. Just after that list, in fine print, there is the option to upload a new version. Click it, choose your updated file from your browser's file manager, type a suitable comment ("updated to the situation 2022-06-18" or whatever) and click upload. That's it, more or less. –LPfi (talk) 20:35, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@LegendaSM07: (I seem to never hit the right "reply" link). –LPfi (talk) 20:36, 17 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hello, first of all, sorry for my late response, I took a break from commons for some time. Second of all, thank you so much for explaining how to do it in a simple way even I can understand. Might try it, and btw will it be ok if I update you about my progress and ask you about the issues that might happen? Thank you so much LegendaSM07 (talk) 12:40, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wikimedia commons[edit]

Why can't I upload files from Wikimedia commons?😭🙏 Plus why should I be the one to make pictures and videos to upload them to Wikimedia commons?🤷. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gamer in style (talk • contribs) 07:05, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Gamer in style: Hi, and welcome. Please be exact about "can't". What are you trying, at what URL? What unexpected result are you experiencing? We follow international copyright laws; it is much simpler for you to license your work freely than for you to get a free license for someone else's work. We don't want to be sued for copyright infringement. See also COM:L and COM:NETCOPYVIO.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:44, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


How do I login Tenplay? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dayna17 (talk • contribs) 16:28, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Dayna17: Hi, and welcome. This appears to have nothing to do with Commons.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:32, 18 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thème Secourisme[edit]

Bonjour, Sur votre site, je suis allée voir la définition de secourisme. Je n'y ai pas vu l'annonce de l'existence des 5 GESTES QUI SAUVENT (face à un accident de la route) ? Je vous propose de l'ajouter et reste à votre disposition pour cela, ainsi que d'évoquer aussi le CAPSU (Conseil d'Action pour la Prévention des accidents et catastrophes et les Secours d'Urgence). Je suis l'auteur de ces "5 gestes qui sauvent". Je tente de vous joindre si cela est possible, la couverture de la brochure GRATUITE, avec les mots-clés. Si ce mail est envoyé, je vous communiquer mon adresse e-mail : Merci de votre réponse.

Didier BURGGRAEVE, président-fondateur bénévole du CAPSU. Auteur des "5 gestes qui sauvent". 2001:861:3182:DE70:E48C:BEB:2FC1:BE82 12:35, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • I believe this has nothing to do with Wikimedia Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 21:48, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

cropping out watermark with different name from flickr origin[edit]

I want to crop out the watermark from this image using COM:CROPT, overwriting the original.

The watermark contains an abbreviated name different to the name of the flickr account from which the photo originated though. What should I do with this abbreviated name?

I'm thinking I should change the name in the author field to the abbreviated name (and of course keep the same link), but I'm unsure if this is the best thing to do. I read COM:WM however it didn't provide advice on what to do in this situation. Neuroxic (talk) 13:14, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Use of watermark that do not destroy usability or promote a website or something is not prohibited, only discouraged (because it may deter from usability, but doesn't destroy it). I would leave it there, or use Photoshop to remove it. If the image comes from Flickr, they might have different policies of file uploads and use of watermarks may not be prohibited nor discouraged there. I would be careful with removal of watermarks though, because it might be seen as property theft. If the watermark is small and barely visible, I wouldn't bother with removing it. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:00, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It did make the photo less useful, and it is now removed. The licence explicitly allows distributing modified versions, and attribution in any way suitable for the media, which the attribution on the file description page is. If there are legal problems with this, they should be explored, as removal of such watermarks is our standard practice. The only issue, as I see it, is that we need to add the corresponding text to the file description text, and it was unclear whether it should replace the previous author line or be added in some other way. –LPfi (talk) 10:40, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Undoing a modification to an existing file.[edit]

How can I undo a crop which I by accident overwrote the original file? Treehorn 1991 (talk) 17:07, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Treehorn 1991: In the file history, it should be possible to revert to the earlier version (click "revert" next to the version you want to go back to). You may not see the result immediately because of caching. - Jmabel ! talk 19:41, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File transfer tool[edit]

Hi. Is there a tool to transfer free files uploaded on Wikipedia here? HeminKurdistan (talk) 20:59, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@HeminKurdistan: en:Wikipedia:Moving_files_to_Commons#Tools. - Jmabel ! talk 21:45, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I believe FileImporter (listed there) is the main one people use these days. - Jmabel ! talk 21:46, 20 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! HeminKurdistan (talk) 13:59, 21 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Statistics of media views[edit]

Hello, I'm wondering about statistics on usage of Commons files. I read this previous archived question which suggest Glamorous and other GLAM-tools.

I'm wondering if there is separate statistics on actual image viewings, and page views where the image is shown? If I understand correctly, Glamorous is showing page views of the Wikipedia articles? Also, what does it mean when Glamorous says `xx,x% of all files` on the "Global file usage"-tab? Any idea how often it updates the stats it shows, or is it real-time?

I have also found the tool - this mentioned media views - is media views different from page views? This mediaviews-tool only gives statistics on individual Commons-files - it would be nice to get wider overviews.

If Mediaviews is separate from page views (as I understand it is), does any tool gives media views per images in a Commons-category similar to Glamorous?

Or is it possible to request mediaview-statistics from an API for an own list of files - i.e. more than the 10 that the tool I mentioned handles? I found this 2018-discussion about it, but not much more. Thanks for tips! Robertsilen (talk) 09:47, 21 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Pageviews, MediaViews and other tools (like Glamorous) are based on the MediaWiki API for statistics about WMF sites. You can try out API calls in the API sandbox. Documentation about API calls can be found at the site (like wikimedia, only written the other way around). Most API calls accept a parameter to get up to 500 results (instead of the default (in most cases 50), and calls that typically result in more than 500 answers often return an additional "continue" parameter, that will allow to iterate the call to get additional answers. --C.Suthorn (talk) 16:30, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Getting over the spam blocklist[edit]

Hey there! I need to change File:Gumroad logo.svg and File:Gumroad old icon.svg to have the right source, but the spam blacklist is preventing me from changing it. Could someone who is above the spam blacklist please change it to be the correct URL? All that's needed is to remove the space in the 'source' field. Thanks! SWinxy (talk) 01:27, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • I think this has to be done by temporarily putting it on MediaWiki:Spam-whitelist, but I'm not sure. Is there someone who has some experience with this? Is there something we can do within Commons without going to MediaWiki? - Jmabel ! talk 04:15, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    • One solution is to simply have the link unclickable. I assume it is then ignored by the filter and anybody can copy and paste the URL to their browser's address bar. Not elegant, but sources don't need checking that often and the link isn't needed for attribution. –LPfi (talk) 06:35, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
      I tried using {{Void}} and {{ns0}} to get around the filter, but it still blocks the edit. I don't know how to make it a blank link, but I have a feeling that the blacklist will still block it. I believe the only way to get past it is the spam whitelist. SWinxy (talk) 20:43, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
      • @SWinxy: or, in line with LPfi's suggestion, just leaving out "http://", probably accompanied by a remark explaining why. Would that be acceptable to you? - Jmabel ! talk 21:32, 22 June 2022 (UTC) - 21:32, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
        I tried that too. Still blocks it! SWinxy (talk) 21:34, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
        • @SWinxy: I don't want to mess with the blacklist/whitelist stuff. I think they should be OK the way I've now edited them. I did File:Gumroad logo.svg just as suggested; File:Gumroad old icon.svg is trickier because it has "https:" in the middle of Wayback's URL for the page, but I believe the way I've done this will be clear enough. - Jmabel ! talk 22:45, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
          Awesome. Thanks! SWinxy (talk) 23:19, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
          I removed the blankspace to get the correct (copy-and-pastable) URL. Added <nowiki> instead. –LPfi (talk) 09:14, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
          Can't thank you enough @LPfi. Maybe I'm dumb, and that's why I couldn't get it working. SWinxy (talk) 00:06, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Adding License review tamplate to many files?[edit]

Hi. How can I add {{License review}} to a large number of pages without editing them one by one? HeminKurdistan (talk) 14:30, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Are they all in the same category? If so, go to that category and you can use the "Perform batch task" option from the tools menu on the left edge of your screen. Select the category and then choose "Action: prepend any text" in the dropdown menu. In the text box below that, you can then enter the template string {{License review}}. Tick all the files you need in the preview and at the bottom select the "Execute" button. De728631 (talk) 15:06, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@HeminKurdistan and De728631: That assumes you have VisualFileChange (VFC) activated in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets. - Jmabel ! talk 15:12, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@De728631@Jmabel Thank you! I made a mistake in my first try, but I learned how to use it. HeminKurdistan (talk) 15:22, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Карточка сорта[edit]

Как можно на страницу категории вывести все сорта выведенные селекционером? Uthvfyv (talk) 04:30, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

О какой категории идёт речь? --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:26, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


What is the sea beside Francalla al Mare? 2607:FEA8:84E0:2B3C:8D0B:5C4:8593:9D60 15:44, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Assuming you mean "Francavilla al Mare", it's on the Adriatic. - Jmabel ! talk 17:49, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How can I upload our company's new logo to our Wikipedia page?[edit]

Our company just did a rebrand launch and we'd like to upload our new logo to the Wikipedia page. I don't understand how copyright and licensing work here. The logo jpeg is ours, we have the copyright (Since it is OUR company), so how do I upload? Not clear. Jenna CIA-ICA (talk) 19:08, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The short answer (without seeing the logo) is that you probably can't upload it here on Commons, as it is required that all images here be released under a free license. What you can do is upload it at Wikipedia as "fair use". This is how most logos find their way onto Wikipedia. More information is here. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:50, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Looks like you already figured that out. [1] Beeblebrox (talk) 19:53, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Mira profil.jpg[edit]

--A.Alex10 (talk) 20:39, 23 June 2022 (UTC) Hello, If an email will be sent to the email address to confirm that we can use this photo, how can I update the license? --A.Alex10 (talk) 20:39, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@A.Alex10: Hello. Once the mail has been sent, you can edit the file page and add two code templates in the "information" box where it says |permission=:
  1. {{Permission pending |day= |month= |year=}} with the date of the email inserted there.
  2. A licence template that corresponds to the free licence that was announced in the email by the copyright holder. Please note also that "use for Wikipedia" is not sufficient. All uploads at Commons need to be free to use for anyone and any purpose including commercial reuse. De728631 (talk) 21:44, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
After that you may also remove the {{No license since ...}} tag on top of the page. That one is a dated deletion notice, so please have the permission email sent within a week or we need to delete the photo. De728631 (talk) 21:47, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, they said that they will send the email tomorrow so I put the code for permission A.Alex10 (talk) 22:03, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@De728631: Thanks, but addition of {{subst:PP}} is much simpler than your part 1 above.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:08, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hello, it seems that they won't send the email, they said that they can't give exclusivity to Wikipedia... A.Alex10 (talk) 06:43, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@A.Alex10: We don't need an exclusive license, please have them see COM:CONSENT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:26, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, I did send them this link before and I sent it again, but they said that they don't want any complications. I really don't know what can I do more. Mira is my favourite singer I really wanted her to have a good and beautiful photo. Thank you very much for the answers. A.Alex10 (talk) 10:02, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@A.Alex10: Perhaps you could explain to them and her manager that article ro:Mira (cântăreață) has had 4,597 pageviews in the past 30 days (and article it:Mira (cantante) has had another 118), and that MIRA may get more famous and may garner more hits on her Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, and TikTok pages if she has licensed photos on her Wikipedia articles.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:47, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you very much, I will try again. A.Alex10 (talk) 14:42, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Publicar articulo creado en el taller[edit]

Buenas tardes Comunidad.

Quisiera saber cómo puedo publicar un articulo que se encuentra en mi taller. Ya que hice las correcciones que me indicaron.

Gracias de antemano. Luisrueda23 (talk) 22:00, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Luisrueda23: Wikimedia Commons no hay artículos. ¿Qué, exactamente, quiere Vd. hacer? - Jmabel ! talk 22:12, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


The photos of the 2Cellos are wrongly identified: They are switched! — Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:21, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • I have no idea what photos this is about. Links, please. - Jmabel ! talk 02:00, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Uploadd newer version of a file does not appear in wiki articles.[edit]

On June 22, 2022, I uploaded a newer version of File:MAP of PARO 11 (Phitsanulok) EN.svg and this was included in the category: Map of Protected Areas Regional Offices of Thailand.
But this newer version of the file does not appear in the wiki articles containing this file.
Mat I have your help with this problem. SietsL (talk) 09:46, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@SietsL: Hi, and welcome. It works for me, please see COM:PURGE and use internal links.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:06, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Captain Thomas O'Doherty[edit]


I am trying to upload information on Captain Thomas O'Doherty, founder of the Irish No.1 army band. I do not appear to be online Kind regards User: Captain Thomas O'Doherty Captain Thomas O'Doherty (talk) 11:15, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Captain Thomas O'Doherty: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) pdf and jpg photos as a new user. Each photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads smaller photos, they are copyright violations taken from the web. If you took the photos yourself, please upload the full-size originals of them per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photos, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept them as-is, and have the photographer(s) license them on their official websites or social media or send the photos and permissions via VRT with carbon copies to you. If you can't get a compliant license, a photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. We also accept licenses from photographers' heirs.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:26, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Fruit identification[edit]

Where is the right place to ask for the identification of this biological specimen?--Mormöse (talk) 15:05, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Try the german Wikipedia: [2]. Gruss --Nightflyer (talk) 11:13, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


How do I file a complaint on an Insurance company — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ider Owens (talk • contribs) 18:15, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Ider Owens: This question has nothing to do with Wikimedia Commons. But when you ask it somewhere more appropriate, I suggest you give some indication of things like what country you are in. - Jmabel ! talk 21:41, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Common videos[edit]

How I am going to get my video here? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Luks jojo (talk • contribs) 19:36, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What is in your video? Ruslik (talk) 20:23, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
You can upload videos as webm-files with upto 4GiB size. It is also possible to upload OGV-files but should do that only if the original is OGV. The encoding for webm should be VP9 (VP8 is not as good and AV1 will not show thumb previews). --C.Suthorn (talk) 20:38, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Question regarding license and appropriateness[edit]

I wish to upload the image in this tweet, and as per Twitter’s Terms of Service here, the image looks like it can be republished anywhere else. The image has been used by the Australian Institute of International Affairs here, and a very similar image by the London School of Economics here.
The user that posted the image cannot be contacted by direct message on Twitter due to their privacy settings, and they make no mention of alternate contact details.
Considering how Commons/Wikipedia host a variety of parody/adaptations of flags, and this particular image representing the Anglosphere, is it appropriate to have this image uploaded?
Does a mere collage work of national flags fulfill the originality requirements for one to hold copyright?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by MxYamato (talk • contribs) 14:33, 25 June 2022 (UTC) Also, how about the licensing requirements, does this image meet them? MxYamato (talk) 14:30, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @MxYamato: I believe you misunderstand Twitter's terms of service. Twitter itself gets an unlimited license to your content you post on Twitter, but no one else does. - Jmabel ! talk 15:50, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jmabel I have read the archives regarding the use of media from tweets, and I see your point. Could you please comment on the following too:
    I wish to ask if a mere collage work of national flags would fulfill originality requirements and therefore become copyright-able? I notice that works consisting of simple geometry, panels of colors, and derivative works of freely-licensed media/equivalents and such similar media are generally also considered to be eligible for uploading. Since this image is a collage work of media that are all individually already present on Commons, can this derivative work be uploaded as well? MxYamato (talk) 16:05, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    • @MxYamato: The shadings there are definitely enough to make that image copyrightable. The arrangement itself is not. I'm sure if you want to create a similar image by literally cutting and pasting from existing PD images (and, optionally, adding shading etc. of your own) that would be fine. - Jmabel ! talk 16:26, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
      @Jmabel Thank you for your time. I’m creating my own version now. MxYamato (talk) 16:33, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to request global substitution of file from png to svg?[edit]

I've created a number of vectorised (svg) version of some seals that previously existed as png only. How to request a global substitution (on every projects of Wikipedia and sister projects) of the png file with the svg counterpart I created (ie; File:Seal Chiang Rai.pngFile:Seal Chiang Rai.svg or File:Seal Nakhon Pathom.pngFile:Seal Nakhon Pathom.svg) ? I saw there are some tools but I don't know how to use them. Thank you in advanced. -- Chainwit. (talk) 19:23, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Chainwit.: Hi. You could try posting at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands or asking a filemover to use justReplace and clean up after themselves at User:CommonsDelinker/commands/filemovers. Both have the same caveats about templates and removal of "File:" mentioned elsewhere on that page. justReplace also may take many iterations before the red dialogs are eliminated and the usage counts per globalusagecount and Special:GlobalUsage are reduced to replacements you must do manually. I did that for you using justReplace with both of the replacements you mentioned.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:05, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Please do not ask at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands to replace a PNG with an SVG. As it says there, "No replacement of images in other formats with SVGs. To avoid World War III, CommonsDelinker will ignore a command to replace an image if the new image is in an SVG format and the original is not." - Jmabel ! talk 23:48, 25 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Sorry, I forgot that, and did not intend to start World War III.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:18, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Reporting users at Meta[edit]

Hi. I protected a category recently and I am being flamed by MetaWiki users including StrikingYouBack who created and another user who bombarded me with emails. How do I go about reporting these users on Meta? TIA Gbawden (talk) 06:56, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Gbawden: I'm sorry to read of your troubles. You may report meta-specific vandalism using this link or generally by posting at m:WM:RFH. You may report crosswiki vandalism by posting in the appropriate section on m:srg.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:30, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
StrikingYouBack is now blocked. Other than that, I don't think you have any recourse outside of a lawsuit. That is seriously nasty. - Jmabel ! talk 15:54, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The same happened to me. On Friday I received a wiki-mail from meta-user MIGHTYDESTRUCTOR extorting the revert of edits (which I didn't perform) of another admin on Commons (not Gbawden) who was already blackmailed by an encyclopediadramatica-entry. Some 24 hours later I received a wiki-mail from meta-user StrikingYouBack notifying me about an highly defamatory entry on encyclopediadramatica about me created by an ED-account carrying my Wikimedia-username. Another 24 hours later I was notified by Commons-system about several attempts (unsuccessful) to break into my Wikimedia user account, which is likely an action of the same person(s) behind the extortion-attempt. Taking into account the fact that at least 3 active administrators are already affected, it would be appropriate IMO if T&S were to take action in this case.--Túrelio (talk) 18:53, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Túrelio: I had the same email - should probably report them too Gbawden (talk) 06:54, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks to everyone for their help Gbawden (talk) 06:54, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Multiple duplicate images - Eric Friedebach[edit]

I have been sorting aircraft museum image categories in to specific aircraft types displayed at each museum, during this process I have noticed many duplicate images by Eric Friedebach. The multiple images are making the task harder especially as one set are poorly labelled/identified. Examples can be seen in Category:Douglas B-23 Dragon at Fantasy of Flight. What seems to have happened is that his photos (over 3,000 on his Flickr account) were uploaded by Panoramio upload bot around April 2017 and then uploaded again by User:Ser Amantio di Nicolao around August 2021. The second set have good descriptions and would be the images that should be kept, the file sizes are slightly larger, have possibly been lightly edited for colour/exposure etc. There is another set of files with the image name pre-fixed 'Eric Friedebach', I don't know if these have been duplicated.

As there are potentially hundreds of images involved I'm looking for advice on the best way to deal with the problem, tagging each image individually isn't really practical. Perhaps all images taken by Eric could be categorised as the photographer and then split the duplicates and tag the category for deletion? I have the Ajax deletion gadget installed but never used it. Can a bot find the duplicates? Many thanks Nimbus227 (talk) 11:06, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Eric Friedebach has 4,700 images on Commons, there is another set of his aircraft images uploaded by User:Tm which I think are not duplicated. Nimbus227 (talk) 11:19, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
In Category:Aircraft at the Kansas Aviation Museum half of the 100 images are duplicates, probably a better example. Nimbus227 (talk) 11:35, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Flag of Saudi Arabia[edit]

The user Aziz bm (talk · contribs) noticed that the calligraphy on the flag of Saudi Arabia did not match the official description of the flag. Several variants of the flag still use the incorrect calligraphy, such as File:Flag of Saudi Arabia (construction sheet).svg.

LaundryPizza03 (d) 14:11, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wofür wird die Schale benutzt?[edit]

Hallo, hab diese Schale und konnte leider nicht in Erfahrung bringen, wofür diese benutzt wird. Es sind leider keinerlei Hinweise, Firmenlogos aufgebracht. Bin für jeden Hinweis dankbar. Falls der Post hier falsch ist, bitte umhängen... Danke — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jens will's wissen (talk • contribs) 19:15, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

My bio material[edit]

Good Morning, Few days ago I published my Bio on your web site, nevertheless it is not found by all search engines. The name of the page is Saf Fahim, Architect, can you kindly advise how to rectify this issue. Thank you, Saf Fahim, Architect SafFahim (talk) 08:44, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Saf Fahim Architect Wikipedia page.pdf is still there but it will be deleted as it is out of our project scope. This is not the right place to promote yourself or your business. --Achim55 (talk) 14:03, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
And it's gone, thanks to EugeneZelenko!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:58, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

uploading problems[edit]

How to upload my file in wikimedia???? Ankita digital (talk) 09:14, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Commons:Upload. Pay attention to Commons:Licensing. --Magnus (talk) 09:30, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
reply me Ankita digital (talk) 10:02, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Ankita digital: as a beginner, you will probably find Commons:UploadWizard easier. - Jmabel ! talk 15:38, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


There's a notice that File:4-15 Logan Circle NW.jpg is displaying the wrong coordinates (the bot added the coordinates backwards), but I checked and another user corrected the issue. How do I remove the notice? I don't see it when I click the edit button. APK (talk) 10:06, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@APK: ✓ Done thanks to HenkvD.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:56, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G.: It still shows the notice or is it just visible to the uploader? APK (talk) 00:19, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@APK: It doesn't show for me any more.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:36, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I purged the cache. All good now. :-) Thanks. APK (talk) 04:25, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@APK: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:32, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after two days.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:32, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I can't upload a photo of my own copyright. How do I fix this?[edit]

I can't upload a photo of my own copyright. How do I fix this? 15:29, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • For starters, you have to be logged in to upload. But if you need help, instead of "I can't do this" we need "I did x and what happened was y." E.g., were you using Commons:UploadWizard or something else? What sort of message did you get? - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 27 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Creative Commons licence[edit]

Can I upload this whole 1903 Missionary Gleaner to Wiki Commons? And can I upload a few individual photos from it to use in an article?

It has this Usage right in notes underneath: Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 with a CC symbol in a circle (Creative Commons) and a C crossed out in a circle (no copyright). LPascal (talk) 10:35, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@LPascal: Hi, and welcome. Yes, I believe it qualifies for {{PD-old-auto}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:22, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Photo contest[edit]

Can we upload panorama photos for the photography contest? is it in accordance with the rules? Tahir akay (talk) 10:56, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Tahir akay: Hi, and welcome. The answer depends on the contest. What is the link to the contest you are writing about?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:15, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Update on Publication of Article[edit]

I wrote an article, by the name "Manoj Chugh". I just want to know how and when it will get published publicly on wikipedia. 400.700design (talk) 11:15, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@400.700design: Hi, and welcome. en:Draft:Manoj Chugh is still an unsubmitted draft. Please read en:WP:BLP, en:WP:REFB, en:WP:42, and en:WP:COI. In addition, I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user while leaving the summary intact. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it as-is, and have the photographer post Commons:Licensing compliant permission for such work on their website or social media presence or send the photo and permission via VRT with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you change the summary or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:29, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I don't want to attach the picture now. How can I submit the draft? 400.700design (talk) 11:33, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@400.700design: After you fix the references, you may use {{subst:submit}}. How do you know the subject?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:45, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Screenshots of faces[edit]

Would I be allowed to screenshot a twitch streamer's face from a stream in order to create a Wikipedia page for them if I had permission from the streamer in question and if such media did not already exist. BurningButter (talk) 15:15, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @BurningButter: Assuming the streamer holds copyright on their own stream (I don't see any reason to doubt that), they should give permission as described at COM:VRT, specifying the particular license under which the image may be uploaded. I recommend {{Cc-by-sa-4.0}}. - Jmabel ! talk 16:00, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Should I use Category:Flora of the Isle of Wight for flowers and plants that people have planted in their gardens, or is this only for the natural flora? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:06, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Photo competition[edit]

I just uploaded a couple photos on wiki love earth site, but im not sure if i have entered the competition. Obiazi (talk) 18:15, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Obiazi: Hi, and welcome. I see you uploaded five photos here, all in correct categories for Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Nigeria.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:22, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is it fine to request that I be contacted when images I upload are re-used?[edit]

I heard somewhere that mandatory "contact me to re-use" is not an acceptable licensing condition. However, is "you are encouraged to contact me if you re-use this, although it is not required" allowed? If so, where do I put that? Weeklyd3 (talk) 18:18, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Weeklyd3: Hi, and welcome. You may put that in the description or author field, or at the end of the Summary section.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:17, 28 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]