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Previews of my SVGs are broken[edit]

I have uploaded some SVG files, some playing cards. The SVG is very simple, and works directly in the browser (so why do you even have png previews). However, the png previews are broken. Some of the cards have some of the artwork but most do not. How are you making the previews (inkscape has not trouble converting them to png). Is there a way I can "fix" these previews?

e.g. has symbols (clubs and digit "2") which simply do not show!
— Preceding unsigned comment added by TheRealRevK (talk • contribs) 15:39, 8 July 2018 (UTC)
Update: The problem is the use of a "use" object without both "width" and "height" attributes. Sounds like a bug in the preview stuff. I am re-uploading my cards with added attributes. The original, smaller, files are at
— Preceding unsigned comment added by TheRealRevK (talk • contribs) 16:01, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Military OrBat Graphics[edit]

Can someone show me how to make a military orbat graphics please? Thank you.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ryan120202 (talk • contribs) 12:56, 1 August 2018 (UTC)


why is my IP banned from IRc? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 17:53, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

Problem with my svg image colors[edit]

So I updated a map and uploaded it. On the file page view it seems to be colorless. However, when I open it, I can see the original colors back again. I think the reason is that I used var function in the CSS.

Does anyone know how to solve the issue?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by A314100050 (talk • contribs) 23:27, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Copyright of Photos Created for Client by "Photographer for Hire"[edit]

We very often need to upload photos provided by a "photographer for hire". As the contractor of the "photographer for hire" Copyright law seem to assume that unless there is a written contract otherwise, the contractor by virtue of payment of consideration for the photos acquired by contractor from the "photographer for hire", owns the copyright of such photos.

There seems to be no notification template which cover this circumstance? Should not a "copyright circumstance template" to cover this situation be created and accepted by the wiki-commons community? Otherwise, how should this be handled if no new "copyright template circumstance" is warranted ?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by CorporateMapWiki (talk • contribs) 02:40, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

Category:USS Lawton (ship, 1889)[edit]

I don't have much experience setting up categories for ships with complicated histories. Would someone who does please take a look at this & fix anything I got wrong? Thanks in advance. - Jmabel ! talk (undated, sorry!)

  • Still hoping for some help here. - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
    • Apart from some overcat I dared to fix, this is looking good. I added Category:Ships by name (flat list) too per the outcome of this discussion. De728631 (talk) 16:13, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
      • So nothing at all in terms of categories about its many names, uses, retrofittings, when it was cut down to a barge, etc.? - Jmabel ! talk 23:56, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Deletion of our audio files[edit]

The underlisted audio audio files were produced as a form of partnership between Wikimedia User Group Nigeria and WFM91.7, a radio station in Nigeria. This partnership is guided by signed agreement- MOU .

All the under listed links have been deleted for lack of permission even though the audio files stated that the production is done in conjunction with Wikimedia User Group Nigeria.

I need someone someone to help us. Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 22:45, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

    • It looks like these were uploaded as {{OTRS pending}} and then deleted several months later when permission had not been received via OTRS. Do you have reason to believe the permission was sent? - Jmabel ! talk 04:43, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
      • I've done several searches of file name, user name, and parts of same and no matches on OTRS. Ronhjones  (Talk) 23:37, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

uploading a photo from public website[edit]

can I upload a photo from forbes website?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Manguboy (talk • contribs) 05:35, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
@Manguboy: You can, but generally you shouldn't unless it has a free license. Please see COM:L and COM:FS.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:00, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Most photos on Forbes' website are copyrighted by them or by some third party, and are not allowed here without their permission (which we are unlikely to get). It's not a particularly good place to go looking for Commons-eligible images. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Movie credits?[edit]

Hello. Is it allowed to upload a still image coming from a movie and containing only its credits? Is it copyrighted? Here is an example:

It would be used in the French Wikipedia.

Thank you very much in advance for your answer: Tatvam (talk) 09:57, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Good question. It's right on the edge. I'd suggest you ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright, where there is usually more expertise on this. It would be useful also to indicate what country the image is from, and what year. - Jmabel ! talk 15:50, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

I work for a company that wants to update our Wikipedia page[edit]

Hello, I've tried to upload a logo for a game system my company produces and it has been deleted, would you be able to inform me of the best way of going about uploading the image?

Regards Zak
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Wraithbrood (talk • contribs) 15:38, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Hey Wraithbrood. Either you can convince the company to license the logo for unrestricted public use, including commercial reuse, and provide verification of that according to the directions at COM:CONSENT, or you can upload the file locally on the English Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. This can be done using the upload wizard there, and filling out the questions presented in the form it provides. You should also review the English Wikipedia's policies on conflicts of interest and be careful to abide by them, else you are liable to attract a lot of unwanted attention, especially if any content you add may be seen as using Wikipedia for promotion or advertising. GMGtalk 15:45, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
I would point out, though, in this case there are very few copyrightable elements in the logo. As long as your company holds on to trademark, they really shouldn't have much problem with free-licensing the copyright. (With the proviso that I'm not a lawyer.) - Jmabel ! talk 15:58, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

No subject[edit]

نسيت كلمة السر كيف اعيدها؟
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ibrahim nabeel salah (talk • contribs) 16:19, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Google translation: I forgot my password how to reset it?
Ibrahim nabeel salah: Special:PasswordReset. LX (talk, contribs) 18:35, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Upload on Behalf of Museum[edit]

Hello there!

I have a quick question. I am affiliated with the New Orleans Jazz Museum Last year, I was asked to improve their Wikipedia page by uploading pictures from their social media accounts (particularly Flickr) to supplement the page's information. I received notification that the photos have since been deleted. The museum would like the photos to appear on the page. What is the best method to upload these photos?

Many thanks!

DNMaurer (talk) 17:19, 11 September 2018 (UTC) DNMaurer

Quick edit: These images were also used on the French, German, Spanish, and Russian translations of the English page. DNMaurer (talk) 17:20, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Hey DNMaurer. In order to qualify for upload to Wikimedia commons, media needs to be licensed for free public use. If this is an official Flickr account, and the Museum is the sole owner of the copyright for these photos, they can update the images on Flickr to license them for free under a Share Alike License or a Public Domain Dedication, and they may then be transferred to Commons and used on Wikipedia. See also this guide from Flickr on how to do this. GMGtalk 17:32, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Email address confirmation.[edit]

My confirmation code is expired... it went to spam... Please send me another code.

Thank you. JG Jacques
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jean Guy Jacques (talk • contribs) 20:23, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

photo was deleted wrongly - it is a public image.[edit]

I have been the admin on Brigid Harrington's wikipedia page. Yesterday, I updated her photo, which is her official, public headshot and appears on her website, on her facebook page and more. It was removed wrongly, with the person stating it was a copyright violation. This is not correct. This is used on other public websites. I uploaded the photo again with a different name since it appears on Brigid Harrington's other official public pages. It was deleted again. I do not understand how to get it undeleted, and I feel that it should be restored right away as it is not a copyright violation of any kind. The users that deleted it claim they may not respond if I don't reply exactly the way they specify but their instructions are quite confusing. Please help me, thank you
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mywiki2664 (talk • contribs) 20:52, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
  • "official, public headshot...used on other public websites" has nothing to do with copyright or licensing status. What is the free license under which it is available?
  • Please don't just re-upload after something you upload is deleted. That can be a pretty direct route to being blocked or banned.
  • If you control her web site, you could indicate the license on her web site and then bring the matter to Commons:Undeletion requests.
  • Otherwise, COM:OTRS explains how to send appropriate evidence of permission. - Jmabel ! talk 22:25, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Marvel Land.jpg[edit]

Hallo! Ich habe bei anderen Videospielen gesehen, dass doch Fair use greift. Wie begründe ich das in diesem Fall?

--Schulli90 (talk) 12:07, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Fair use files are not allowed on Commons. You may upload the file locally on a Wikipedia project if it allows fair use, as English Wikipedia does. However, the German Wikipedia does not allow fair use and so you will not be able to use it there.
Schreckliche maschinelle Übersetzung
Fair-Use-Dateien sind auf Commons nicht erlaubt. Sie können die Datei lokal auf ein Wikipedia-Projekt hochladen, wenn es eine faire Nutzung erlaubt, wie es die englische Wikipedia tut. Allerdings erlaubt die deutsche Wikipedia keine faire Nutzung und du kannst sie dort nicht verwenden.
GMGtalk 12:30, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Danke! kann ich die Dateien selbst wieder löschen? --Schulli90 (talk) 12:35, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

I have requested speedy deletion of the file.
Schreckliche maschinelle Übersetzung
Ich habe um eine schnelle Löschung der Datei gebeten.
GMGtalk 12:46, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Thank you very much!!!!! --Schulli90 (talk) 12:52, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Talmit's Adventure.jpg[edit]

Please request speedy deletion of the file. Thank you!

--Schulli90 (talk) 12:54, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

✓ Erledigt GMGtalk 12:58, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

it doesn't want to upload the file[edit]

it doesn't want to upload the file and send me this message :

"Could not proceed due to network connectivity issues. Make sure you have a working internet connection and try again."
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Hazem214 (talk • contribs) 13:41, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
Hey Hazem214. The servers are undergoing maintenance/testing for the next hour or so, so you will likely experience a number of issues. I would try back later today. GMGtalk 13:54, 12 September 2018 (UTC)


Is this image okay to use? [1] Thylacoop5 (talk) 21:51, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Hey Thylacoop5. Where on the site did you find that the images were licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0? GMGtalk 22:13, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
here Thylacoop5 (talk) 23:01, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
That's a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, which is incompatible with Wikimedia Commons (see COM:L). clpo13(talk) 23:04, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, clpo13 is correct unfortunately. In order to be acceptable on Commons, it has to be licensed for commercial reuse. GMGtalk 23:10, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
Is there any map on this image engine that is usable? Preferably one that is sourced to an academic or notable historian. Thylacoop5 (talk) 23:27, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
@Thylacoop5: if you click “Tools” under the search field, you should see a sub-menu headed “Usage rights”, under which choose “Labeled for reuse with modification” to filter the results. The license of any image appearing there should still be checked at the source before uploading it here, but at least the filter will help narrow the choices. Good luck!—Odysseus1479 (talk) 23:42, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Foto uploaden[edit]


Ik wil een foto uploaden van burgemeester Peter de Baat, zodat ik deze aan zijn Wikipediapagina kan koppelen. Deze foto is op 01-02-2017 door fotograaf Ilse Bekker gemaakt, maar alle rechten zijn afgekocht. Wij hebben, door het aanschaffen van deze foto, het recht om de foto, indien toestemming van de burgemeester zelf, voor verschillende doeleinden in te zetten.

Toch kreeg ik de melding dat de foto verwijderd is wegens schending van de licentie.

Kan iemand mij helpen bij het uploaden en plaatsen van de foto zonder dat ik hierdoor in de problemen kom?

Groet, Nadine Kemper

namens: gemeente Montferland
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Nadine Kemper (talk • contribs) 07:34, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Ping native Dutch speaker. GMGtalk 10:45, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Upload photo

Day, I want to upload a photo of mayor Peter de Baat, so that I can link it to his Wikipedia page. This photo was taken on 01-02-2017 by photographer Ilse Bekker, but all rights have been bought. By purchasing this photo, we have the right to use the photo for different purposes, if permission from the mayor himself. Still, I got the message that the photo was removed due to violation of the license. Can someone help me upload and post the photo without being in trouble? Regards, Nadine Kemper

on behalf of: Montferland municipality
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 10:51, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
@Nadine Kemper: Stuur via OTRS/nl toestemming voor File:Peter de Baat door Ilse Bekker.jpg. Please send permission for File:Peter de Baat door Ilse Bekker.jpg via OTRS/nl.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 11:14, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Beste @Nadine Kemper:, het beste kun je even contact opnemen met OTRS. Als jullie die rechten hebben afgekocht, dan hebben jullie als het goed is een factuur o.i.d. waarop de overdracht van het auteursrecht expliciet is benoemd. Als je van die factuur een scan mee stuurt met je mail, dan komt het vast goed. Jcb (talk) 14:56, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

Locate uploaded photos?[edit]

Where can I locate my uploaded photos, so I can add to my edits
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrew-Mark Edwards (talk • contribs) 16:56, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Hey Andrew-Mark Edwards. Your uploaded photos can be found here. GMGtalk 17:05, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

موظوع الربح من المعالم التارخية[edit]

كيف يتم الرب من تحميل صور المعالم التارخية
— Preceding unsigned comment added by MenouarN (talk • contribs) 16:59, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

What happened to image annotations?[edit]

Hello, when I look at at image there no longer seems to be the option of adding an image annotation, e.g. File:Kot Diji from Sheesh Mahal.jpg. Is this me and my computer, or has this option been removed, or is this a problem with some images only? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 17:08, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

@Kalbbes: the "Add a note" button is still available to me and I'm not aware of that functionality being removed on particular images. You should make sure that JavaScript is enabled in your browser and that you haven't accidentally checked the "Disable the ImageAnnotator" gadget in your preferences. clpo13(talk) 17:35, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
@Clpo13: On another image File:Fortfromtown.jpg I was able to add an annotation. Is there a way of adding that functionality if the image doesn't have it? Kalbbes (talk) 17:52, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
@Kalbbes: the gadget uses the template {{ImageNote}} to create the annotations (as seen in the wikitext of an image page with annotations), so you could add the templates manually, but I'd recommend clearing your browser cache or trying another browser before going that route. It could also have just been a one-time issue on that page. There's more information at Help:Gadget-ImageAnnotator and you can leave a note at MediaWiki talk:Gadget-ImageAnnotator.js if you continue to have problems. clpo13(talk) 18:08, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • If your connection is slow or intermittent, the script for "Add a note" tends not to load. - Jmabel ! talk 19:58, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
  • @Clpo13: @Jmabel: Thanks to both of you. That info is very helpful. It might be my connection as I've use image annotations many times, and on some images it shows up and on some it just won't even if I keep trying. Kalbbes (talk) 23:54, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

File:Mercury astronauts survival training - GPN-2006-000019.jpg[edit]

Please see "File:Mercury astronauts survival training - GPN-2006-000019.jpg" - someone has pranked the photo. It is NOT the Mercury astronauts. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 19:27, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

changing an image[edit]

Someone has uploaded an image of Najmieh Batmanglij on her wiki page. We would like to replace it with an image we've uploaded but don't know how to do so. The image is Also do we have to create a thumbnail as well or will wiki size it as necessary? Many thanks

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Gordyeh (talk • contribs) 19:29, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
If you would like to change the image at en:Najmieh Batmanglij, please click the "edit" button on top of the article. You will see a line of code reading | image = Najmieh Batmanglij - 2015 National Book Festival (2).jpg. This should be changed to | image = Najmieh-Batmanglij_2985.jpg That is all you need to do as the thumbnail will be generated automatically by the Wiki software. If you are referring to Wikipedia in another language though, the image would have to be changed at her Wikidata entry which needs a different approach. De728631 (talk) 19:41, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi Gordyeh. I also added her picture to the Persian Wikipedia. You may look at this edit to learn the syntax: fa:special:diff/24503029.
However, the image will be deleted in 7 days unless you have the rights holder (who is in most cases the photographer) send a permission statement to Full instructions are given at COM:OTRS. 4nn1l2 (talk) 07:00, 14 September 2018 (UTC)


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Kraainem le 14/09/2018

Bonjour, Je suis débutant dans « Wikipedia » et je vous demande dans ma langue les raisons pour lesquelles mes documents serait exclus ?

Les documents que j’ai chargés dans le site sont bien tous de mes travaux de ces dernières 54 années de publicitaire.

Il me serait utile de connaître les raisons des exclusions que vous avez décidée pour sélectionner des travaux que j’ai réalisés, que je considère être utile à la communauté « WIKI » !

Comme je ne connait pas les critères que vous avez choisis pour exclure mes travaux, je respecte bien sûr votre décision, mais je considère avoir le droit d’en connaître la cause de votre choix.

Merci de me renseigner.

Daniel Baise

Hello, I am a beginner in "Wikipedia" and I ask you in my language why my documents would be excluded?

The documents that I have loaded into the site are all from my works of the last 54 years of advertising.

It would be useful for me to know the reasons for the exclusions that you decided to select the works that I realized, that I consider useful for the community "WIKI"!

As I do not know the criteria you have chosen to exclude my work, I respect your decision, of course, but I consider myself entitled to know the cause of your choice.

Thank you for informing me.

Daniel Baise

This media may be deleted. A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:28 Royaume unis.jpg, is a derivative work, containing an "image within an image". Examples of such works would include a photograph of a sculpture, a scan of a magazine cover, or a map that has been altered from the original. In each of these cases, the rights of the creator of the original must be considered, as well as those of the creator of the derivative work. While the description page states who made this derivative work, it currently doesn't specify who created the original work, so the overall copyright status is unclear. If you did not create the original work depicted in this image, you will need to specify the owner of the copyright. Please edit the file description and add the missing information, or the file may be deleted. If you created the original content yourself, enter this information as the source. If someone else created the content, the source should be the address to the web page where you found it, the name and ISBN of the book you scanned it from, or similar. You should also name the author, provide verifiable information to show that the content is in the public domain or has been published under a free license by its author, and add an appropriate template identifying the public domain or licensing status, if you have not already done so. Please add the required information for this and other files you have uploaded before adding more files. If you need assistance, please ask at the help desk. Thank you! And also: • File:27 Suede.jpg • File:26 Finlande.jpg • File:25 Slovaquie.jpg • File:24 Slovenie.jpg • File:22 Portugal.jpg • File:21 Pologne.jpg • File:23 Roumanie.jpg • File:20 Autriche.jpg • File:19 Pays-Bas.jpg • File:18 Malte.jpg • File:16 Luxembourg.jpg • File:17 Hongrie.jpg • File:15 Lituanie.jpg • File:13 Chypre.jpg • File:14 Lettonie.jpg • File:12 Italie.jpg • File:10 France.jpg • File:11 Croatie.jpg • File:9 Espagne.jpg • File:8 Grece.jpg • File:6 Estonien.jpg • File:7 Irlande.jpg • File:5 Allemagne.jpg • File:2 bulgarie timbre.jpg • File:4 Danemark.jpg • File:3 REpTchèque.jpg • File:YESEPSOK.jpg • File:1 Belgique.jpg

Yours sincerely, Ronhjones (Talk) 18:17, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Danielbaise (talk • contribs) 23:11, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
@Danielbaise: I am sorry that we don't have a French translation of Template:Dw image source, but perhaps you will find Commons:Œuvre dérivée enlightening.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 11:58, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

upload photo on Wikimedia ("Raiam_Santos.jpg")[edit]

Dear all,

Could you please help me with a request regarding a photo upload? ("Raiam_Santos.jpg")

I need to make a upload file, which came from facebook.

I already spooke with the owner of the photo, in this case, Raiam Pinto dos Santos, that i will use his photo, and he is agreed.

How can i make it, without anyone says that i'm violeting the copyright?

The page owner said that this photo don't have any restriction.

Is there any rules to follow to make this procedure?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks and best regards.

Rodrigo Marques de Melo Gomes

Rodrigo Marques de Melo Gomes (talk) 23:13, 13 September 2018 (UTC)

@Rodrigo Marques de Melo Gomes: Please have the photographer of File:Raiam Santos.jpg send permission via OTRS with a copy to you.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 11:52, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

adding license to uploaded photo file[edit]

please tell me how to add license to an uploaded photo file; I am a first time user and found the upload process confusing. Got a message alert that asking me to add the license to image, but I can't figure out how.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mkolewis (talk • contribs) 17:13, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:44, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
You don't say what license you have in mind, but we typically recommend Cc-by-sa-4.0. Make sure you understand what that means before granting a license to your work! If you want to apply that license to your own work, you would put {{self|Cc-by-sa-4.0}} on the page in question. If you want to be credited in a particular way you can indicate that by an "author" parameter, e.g. {{self|Cc-by-sa-4.0}}.
For photos where you inherited the intellectual property rights, use {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}}.
If it is not your own work, and you don't hold the intellectual property rights, then you are not in a position to offer a license. - Jmabel ! talk 18:47, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

uploaded image[edit]

I uploaded an aerial image taken in 1948, was in family album, author(probably not a family member) unknown and probably deceased. Can I use it?

If not, how do I delete it (both from a Wikipedia page and commons)?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mkolewis (talk • contribs) 21:25, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:47, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
@Mkolewis: You probably may not use it. If you uploaded it in the past 7 days, you may tag it {{speedy|COM:CSD#G7}}. If past 7 days, you may file a DR.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:47, 15 September 2018 (UTC)


I tried to upload a picture into the September "emotions" but when I click on the link, the page that comes up says the page is no longer available, It has been deleted. What can I do?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Grethelgomez (talk • contribs) 00:53, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
@Grethelgomez: We don't typically upload into "emotions", please be more specific about what you were trying to do where and the message you got.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:58, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

upload picture to commons[edit]


I uploaded a picture to wikipedia in Vietnamese language. Now I want to move it to commons. How can I do it?

DanGong (talk) 08:32, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Rules about non-free logos unclear[edit]

Hello, A film festival logo I uploaded got deleted recently. It concerns File:Holebifilmfestival_Logo.png (original here:

I'm sure I read somewhere on a wikipedia or wikimedia help article that there was an exception in the policy for usage of a logo only in the infobox of the organization itself. Probably I was mistaken, or the page was outdated (unfortunately I can't seem to find it again - there is a lot that is written about the topic and it's difficult to distinguish the good from the bad).

On the other hand, there's also a rule that allows logos that do not meet the threshold of originality needed for copyright protection. Considering there are logos like File:Nielsen_logo.svg and File:Steinberg_logo.png, I wonder if (why) the removed logo does not meet these criteria.

(On a related note: would a photograph of a logo appearing in a public place, like on a flag or banner, be considered disallowed as well, like a picture of a work of art ?)
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kwakeroni (talk • contribs) 10:48, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Any feedback is appreciated — Kwakeroni (talk) 09:04, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

User:Kwakeroni - you likely claimed fair use, which isn't allowed so can get deleted on sight. It it is the uploaders responsibility to provide the correct information and license tag. You can upload it again as it is pd-logo, or ask the admin to undelete it.--BevinKacon (talk) 11:13, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
@Kwakeroni: The distinction between Wikimedia Commons (where this page is) and English Wikipedia is important here. Commons is shared across all Wikipedias and mony other projects. All pictures on Commons must be free, and one way they can be free is if they're so unoriginal as not to be eligible for copyright at all (i.e. below the threshold of originality). If you think your logo qualifies, I think the correct procedure is to request that it be undeleted following the instructions on COM:UDR. You can also upload pictures specifically to English Wikipedia, and English Wikipedia permits non-free content under its non-free content criteria. That's the policy you mentioned at the start of your question.
Finally, a photo of a banner with a logo on will generally be subject to the same restrictions as the logo. Exceptions are if the photo was taken in a country with particularly generous freedom of panorama, or if the logo only forms a minor part of the picture. --bjh21 (talk) 12:14, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
@BevinKacon: @Bjh21: Thanks for the response, I contacted the admin for his/her opinion about it being PD-textlogo, let's see what that brings. —Kwakeroni (talk) 13:13, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

File:Keelung City Athletic Meeting award platform 20160521.jpg[edit]

I asked Solomon203 about this photo "File:Keelung City Athletic Meeting award platform 20160521.jpg" earlier, and he told me that he photographed a podium(see: [3], [4]). I don't see any podium, but what I saw was that there were many trophies on the table. If there is no problem with my eyes, then I don't understand why he added Category:Podiums in athletics?--Kai3952 (talk) 13:20, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

  • The cloth-covered tables aren't a podium in the narrowest sense of the word, but they are in the broader sense (which is more like a dais). - Jmabel ! talk 16:36, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: Behind the three tables is a platform flanked by a set of speakers. That platform appears intended to serve as a podium for use by an official for announcing and handing out the awards, and by the recipients for receiving them. So yes, I think Category:Podiums in athletics was added correctly.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 03:20, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: The problem is that I can't see a podium!--Kai3952 (talk) 04:11, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

I want to ask another question: I can't see a podium, but I'm not so clear why you think Category:Podiums in athletics was added correctly. Can anyone explain to me why?--Kai3952 (talk) 13:44, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

@Kai3952: I write of wikt:podium, English, Noun, sense 1: "A platform on which to stand, as when conducting an orchestra or preaching at a pulpit." You are probably looking for a lectern, which is not pictured.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:20, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: I know what is "podium", but what I saw was that there were many trophies on the table. Do you want to tell me that the table is a podium, or the trophy?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:12, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

How to make a disambiguation page?[edit]

Hello, I find that many many images that belong in Category:Balochistan (Pakistan) wrongly end up in Category:Balochistan in Afganistan. How do I make a disambig page? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 18:43, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Image Fix Request[edit]

This is in regards to the boy and dog going doing a water slide image named, File:Collier'sSlide.jpg. (A picture of same originally appeared atop this box, but I mistakenly blanked out that tag, and can't figure out how to put it back in place. I'm a first timer on this type of request.)

Hello. I uploaded the image ("Collier'sSlide"), earlier this year. It replaced one that I uploaded a few years back. The quality is much better, but the major defect is the brightness going straight down the center-fourth portion of the image. I don't have an ability to make this correction with my basic desktop image editor. I thought that maybe "Commons" would have the ability to improve the whitish backdrop, so that bright streak is not so noticeable. This picture is currently just referred to in the Wikipedia article "Paul Martin (illustrator)." RE reference 220. (I might like to change that though.) Thanks. JimPercy (talk) 21:05, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

@JimPercy: It's File:Collier'sSlide.jpg, and I suggest you post to Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 21:22, 16 September 2018 (UTC)


Message in redː Lua error in Module:WikidataIB at line 355: attempt to concatenate local 'postfix' (a nil value)


AnBuKu (talk) 22:12, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Pinging @RexxS, Mike Peel.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 22:23, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Sorry, I tweaked the code to improve functionality, but should have distinguished between an empty value and nil. Should be fixed now. --RexxS (talk) 22:31, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
@RexxS, Mike Peel, AnBuKu: Looks good, thanks!   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 22:34, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
@RexxS, Mike Peel, Jeff G.:ː Controlled, is OK again. Thx for your supportǃ ː-) - BTW, would be nice, if in the same section in commons the place (political community, in CH approx, 2200 in total ) and the country would get rendered. Now it's in the case of the Fountains in Bern, the canton of Bern and Switzerland, what is not really correct. And all that, regardless how many entities are listed in "located in the administrative territorial entity" in Wikidata. Anyhow, thank you again for your work. AnBuKu (talk) 22:57, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Bearbeitung der Liste meiner bei Commons beobachteten Seiten[edit]

Im Laufe der Jahre hat sich da so einiges angesammelt, was gelöscht werden sollte. Seit einigen Wochen geht das leider nicht mehr. Es erscheint der Hinweis: PHP fatal error: entire web request took longer than 60 seconds and timed out.

Wann ist mit Abhilfe zu rechnen? Danke und Gruß an die Technik --I. Berger (talk) 13:54, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Editing the list of my watched pages on Commons

Over the years, there has accumulated a lot, which should be deleted. Unfortunately, this has not happened for several weeks. The following message appears: PHP fatal error: entire web request took longer than 60 seconds and timed out.

When is remedy to be expected? Thanks and greetings to the technology
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:20, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
@I. Berger: Benutzt du die neue Ansicht der Beobachtungsliste mit dem Knopf "Deine Liste der beobachteten Seiten bearbeiten"? Falls ja, versuch doch mal in den alten Modus zu wechseln, und die Beo im Listenformat zu bearbeiten: Einstellungen → Beobachtungsliste → Von den Verbesserungen abmelden/verbesserte Version deaktivieren. Danach die Liste neu laden und ganz oben auf "im Listenformat bearbeiten" gehen. Wenn das nicht klappt, liegt es wohl wirklich an der Technik. De728631 (talk) 19:21, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
@De728631: Wunderbar, so klappt es wie früher. Herzlichen Dank für diesen Tipp. --I. Berger (talk) 21:26, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
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uploading a photograph from the subject of an article[edit]

I want to add a picture to the entry "Ruth C. Duck". I have a picture provided by Ruth C. Duck taken by a friend of hers on Ruth's phone. Do copyright rules apply or can I just upload the picture. Does Ruth C. Duck need to upload the photograph to Wikimedia Commons herself? Can I do upload the photo myself. Or does the friend need to upload the photo?--Dzingle1 (talk) 17:46, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Hey Dzingle1. The copyright for the photo belongs with the friend, because they were the one who legally "created the work". This is generally true of any photograph unless there is some contractual agreement transferring ownership of the intellectual property rights. The friend would therefore need to be the one to upload the image and license it for free public use, since licensing an image can only be done by the owner. GMGtalk 17:49, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Or the friend can send email as described at COM:OTRS, granting a specific license. - Jmabel ! talk 00:08, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

US Customs House Charleston SC[edit]

Can I submit a picture of the US Customs House that was taken on my cell phone located in Charleston South Carolina to Wikipedia Commons?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sargejbs1 (talk • contribs) 01:25, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:04, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • As long as you were the one who took it. It doesn't matter whose phone it was. - Jmabel ! talk 01:53, 18 September 2018 (UTC)


Ernest Hemingway's father's middle name was Edmonds, not Edmunds. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:47, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Does anyone know how this relates to Commons, if at all? - Jmabel ! talk 00:06, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
    • Apparently the spelling in File:Ernest Hemingway family tree.svg for Hemingway's father was wrong. As I found a source to verify this, I updated the file as an uncontroversial fix (please feel free to revert me, if I screwed something up - image editing isn't my strong suit). GermanJoe (talk) 02:21, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
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copyright infringement on my pic uploads[edit]

I have been changing the page of Diane Anderson-Minshall's page. I am her assistant, as well as a writer for the advocate, hivplus, out traveler, and chill magazines. she is the editor of these magazines. the pics I uploaded were screen shots of the magazines where she works or has worked in the past (e.g. chill and girlfriends, respectively), or pics that she took herself. there is one pic I uploaded to commons but have not used where I think I made an error on crediting (it appears in the description but not the title). however, I do have authorization for use of all pics. please let me know if I have made mistakes in labeling or identifying copyright owners.

best regards,

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Donaldspadgett (talk • contribs) 23:18, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • @Donaldspadgett: Unless these each give a source that points to a place online where their respective licenses are specified on a site clearly connected with Ms. Anderson-Minshall, you will want to go through the process described at COM:OTRS to clarify your authority to license these. - Jmabel ! talk 00:08, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

The request to quickly rename files[edit]

Просьба быстро переименовать файлы, при загрузке по невнимательности допустил ошибку в названиях, а именно следующие файлы (The request to quickly rename files, when loading by inattention, made a mistake in the names, namely the following files): Челябинская областная детская клиническая больница f003.jpg, Челябинская областная детская клиническая больница f004.jpg, Челябинская областная детская клиническая больница f005.jpg, Челябинская областная детская клиническая больница f006.jpg, Челябинская областная детская клиническая больница f008.jpg соответственно в следующие названия (respectively in the following names): Челябинский областной клинический центр онкологии и ядерной медицины f001, Челябинский областной клинический центр онкологии и ядерной медицины f002, Челябинский областной клинический центр онкологии и ядерной медицины f003, Челябинский областной клинический центр онкологии и ядерной медицины f004, Челябинский областной клинический центр онкологии и ядерной медицины f005. Ural-66 (talk) 04:35, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Спасибо! Thank you! Ural-66 (talk) 18:52, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

How can I edit my descriptions to correct typos[edit]

How to correct typos in my descriptions
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Flea8888 (talk • contribs) 13:18, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Flea8888, you just have to click at "edit" right next "Summary" section at the file page. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 13:59, 19 September 2018 (UTC)


I understand that anyone can copy and share my uploaded images on wikimedia, but I am unsure of usage outside of "editorial?" In other words, it claims "anyone can SELL" (my images?) and I somehow give them permission by uploading? This seems unreasonable? Thank you for your time,

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Of a Fashion (talk • contribs) 19:28, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Of a Fashion, yes, commercial use is allowed for all files here, is part of the definition of free is to do restrict the usage.
However, if you are using one of the free licenses, cc-by, cc-by-sa, for example, the seller must give the credits to you.
read this to understand why by definition non commercial licenses are not free. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:38, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

deleted photo of US government employee[edit]

The latest official photo for Tony Sayegh was deleted from the page, but it is his portrait from the Federal gov. How can I add it again and prevent future deletions.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mgenzac (talk • contribs) 16:24, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
@Mgenzac: If you mean File:Tony Sayegh.jpg, please provide a weblink to the US government website where you found it, so we can verify the authorship. De728631 (talk) 16:56, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks I have the link but cannot see where to attach it to the file.

--Mgenzac (talk) 19:58, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Hey Mgenzac. It looks like the file already exists at File:Tony Sayegh Official Portrait.jpg. Maybe File:Tony Sayegh.jpg was deleted by User:Hystrix as a duplicate then. GMGtalk 20:24, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
Mgenzac, you overwrote the content of File:Tony Sayegh Official Portrait.jpg. I've performed a history split on File:Tony Sayegh Official Portrait.jpg. Your content is now at File:Tony Sayegh Official Portrait 2018.jpg. If you can, please update the summary and categories of the new file to match the depicted content. In particular, the URL you included in your upload (and mention above) appears to go to a page with a much smaller version of the portrait than the one you uploaded. Please indicate where you obtained this file. —RP88 (talk) 21:21, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Goro Majima.png[edit]

This image I found about Goro Majima was from Deviantart and the original author/creator of this image is from YukiZM, and his real name is Zach and under the image of this Goro Majima character if you scroll down it said that I'm free to gain access to download this png image under the use of the Creative Commons rule: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

License Creative Commons License Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Deviantart Link: Creative Commons Link about 3.0:

-Ron Abordo

--DoomFry68 (talk) 19:10, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Commons does not accept "Non-commercial" licenses. The only time they arise here is as an additional alternative on a multi-licensed image, where still at least one license must allow commercial use. - Jmabel ! talk 23:58, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

photos of European monuments[edit]

Hi - are you still accepting photos of European monuments? I have three very nice, interesting pictures of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Please let me know if you are still collecting them and if so, where I can send them. Thanks! Michelle
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ichthyosaurusteratoma (talk • contribs) 04:54, 21 September 2018 (UTC)

my image File:Yaletown Condominium 2018.jpg cannot show it[edit]

This image is failed to show it in Wikipedia, can anyone help me to solve the problem? Thanks!--Wpcpey (talk) 07:48, 21 September 2018 (UTC)