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— Preceding unsigned comment added by Devil666 (talk • contribs) 23:29, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

I have been trying to upload and use a photo at the request of the owner[edit]

This file has been uploaded and permission ticket has been acquired but the photo was deleted. The ticket number is Ticket#: 2018042710009034].

We have followed all the copyright permissions as previous and verification was sent by the owner via e-mail.

Need help to publish this photo of living individual associated with the biography...

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Nativeborn1699 (talk • contribs) 04:18, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Translation help for antique photo from WW2[edit]

I would like to add a translation to the description of this photo please
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonmallard (talk • contribs) 23:31, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Robert Guy Purdy Service #F95262 Trooper[edit]

Is it possible to get a picture of the head stone of Robert Guy Purdy service #F95262 Trooper. He died Aug.27/1944 and is buried in Plot 8, Row A, Grave 5 in Beny-Sur-Mer, France, Canadian Military Cemetery. My email is <redacted> Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:24, 20 June 2018‎ (UTC)

We don't appear to host such an image; I suggest you try; meanwhile I have removed your email address so nobody bothers you. Cheers. Rodhullandemu (talk) 12:01, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

1928 image[edit]

So, I'm looking at this image, from 1928 that I would very much like to add to Category:Aurelia Henry Reinhardt. Doesn't list author and doesn't seem to exist anywhere else online other than in this archive. But the image doesn't really have a proper name, just a name assigned to it by the archive. So how exactly does one tell if it was published with a copyright notice or if the notice was renewed? Presumably the blanket statement from the archive doesn't achieve this, since they have some things that are obviously in the public domain, and we can take their requirement for written permission and tell them where to go with it. So what to do? GMGtalk 17:17, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

@GreenMeansGo: since there's so little information about the photo online, the best option would be to contact the archive or Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley (who contributed the photo) and ask if they have any further information on it, such as who the author was or when it was published. It could even be that it was a personal photo acquired as part of a donation, and it wasn't actually published until the archive put it online. clpo13(talk) 16:07, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

Should the administrative division be classified as "political"?[edit]

As per 玄史生's edit summary, he advocates that an administrative division is "political" rather than "geographical". Do you think that the administrative division should be classified as "Category:Politics" or "Category:Geography"?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:59, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

  • We usually consider them geographical. - Jmabel ! talk 16:19, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel, Ghouston: If that's the case, then I don't understand why he objected to adding "Category:Geography of New Taipei". Should I create "Category:Political geography of New Taipei"?--Kai3952 (talk) 09:39, 7 July 2018 (UTC)
There's no need. Actually, I'm not sure why we are even discussing something that happened on 2017-10-09 and was reversed by the same user 13 minutes later. --ghouston (talk) 11:06, 7 July 2018 (UTC)
I see, thank you.--Kai3952 (talk) 13:02, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Category:Communications towers[edit]

A communications tower is a tall structure, why is it a "building"?--Kai3952 (talk) 12:52, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

I think some would count as buildings (like File:Sender (1).jpg, which seems to have some occupied areas) and some not (File:The communcations tower.jpg is just a mast). It's just messy. --ghouston (talk) 04:46, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

question of "publishing" as it relates to sculpture[edit]

Over the last year or so, I have uploaded a number (dozens) of photographs taken by me of cemetery sculptures, in various European countries. Most of these were created and placed on their graves/tombs in the XIXth century, clearly putting them in the Public Domain. As a conscientious Wiki contributor, I have always attached the best license available to the images, both for my own photographs (I allow copying/use of my photos with appropriate attribution/credits) and for the original artworks. Recently, a notice of sorts has been posted within some licenses (e.g., {{PD-old}} on my contribution: File:Johnson_burt_fine_arts_lobby_0.jpg) This notice was not there when the image was first uploaded with the PD-old license. The part that concerns me is "You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States." The reason this concerns me is that, whenever I read about criteria for Public Domain - for example, the section "3D art (sculptures etc.)" at Commons:Copyright_rules_by_subject_matter#Art_(copies_of) reference is made to the "publication" of the art work. Unfortunately (for me, and others?) I cannot find an explanation anywhere about what "publication" means in reference to sculptures. In general, I need help deciding what license to attach to the various sculptural photographs I have uploaded (and will in future upload).

Seauton (talk) 15:23, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

  • The question of "publishing" a sculpture is a complicated one and may vary from country to country. This question might better be asked at Commons:Village pump/Copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 16:15, 7 July 2018 (UTC)
  • I think once a sculpture has been placed in a public or semi-public place like a cemetery, it counts as "published". Commons also accepts photos of sculptures that are eligible for freedom of panorama in their source country, regardless of US copyright. --ghouston (talk) 05:05, 8 July 2018 (UTC)
  • See also Commons:Village_pump/Copyright/Archive/2016/04#Publication_date_of_paintings_and_sculptures. --ghouston (talk) 05:07, 8 July 2018 (UTC)
    • Yes, that is a correct answer for the U.S., but as I said, "The question of "publishing" a sculpture is a complicated one and may vary from country to country." Note athat the uploarder referred to "cemetery sculptures, in various European countries". - Jmabel ! talk 23:51, 8 July 2018 (UTC)
      • It may be useful so far as the question specifically asks about the US copyright status. --ghouston (talk) 06:24, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sketch of Lilybaeum.jpg[edit]

According to condition 2 of the terms of use set out by at one can use the media content on other websites non-commercially provided reference to the source site is provided. The website doesn't specifically say if this implies a certain Creative Commons license, and there is no option on the Wikimedia Commons Upload Wizard allowing for something in this case, or am I missing something? Thank you! --ZeevoX (talk) 20:50, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi ZeevoX,
Sorry, but these conditions are not sufficient for Wikimedia Commons. All documents here must be free for any purpose, including commercial ones. Regards, Yann (talk) 21:24, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Delete a redirect-after-move?[edit]

I thought the previous name of this file was inappropriate (and used inappropriately on Wikipedia by the uploader), so I requested renaming. Since the link on Wikipedia has been updated, I see no use for the redirect-after-move, so can the redirect be deleted (for the same reason the file was renamed)? --Pipetricker (talk) 12:36, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

No, I don't think it can, because we don't know if this file is in use on an external website under its original filename, so deleting the redirect will break that link. Rodhullandemu (talk) 12:40, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

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)

Mobile login error[edit]

Note: I am writing this on the desktop version with my phone.

- After I logged out on my computer, I was logged out on my phone too. I tried to re login but the following errors showed up, the second one after I tried wiping my browser's data.

It's annoying to have to use the desktop version on mobile. Maybe @Jeff G.: you could help me out again? 😅

Gerifalte Del Sabana 14:23, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

  • It seemed as if the log out was not fully completed; and from what I am aware of, when I log out on one device I am not supposed to be logged out on all devices. Gerifalte Del Sabana 23:38, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
@GerifalteDelSabana: Please see subsection #Log-in from 4 July above. :(   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:32, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: I've tried many ways including the ones there, nothing works still. The error is only on commons, I can log into other wikimedia projects on mobile. Gerifalte Del Sabana 06:35, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, the rest of us suffering from this issue have the exact same symptoms, I have an entire website to import with OTRS permission but due to this issue I can't, did you only have this issue since recently? I've had it since June 28th or June 29th. Face-sad.svg --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 12:11, 12 July 2018 (UTC)


I am editing a page in Wikipedia. The infobox contains an element for the logo of the hospital. How can I upload the hospital's logo when I don't own the design? It would seem to be fair use, but the release requirements don't seem to allow for this.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Wshallwshall (talk • contribs) 20:06, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Category:Anticrepuscular rays[edit]

Please look at Category talk:Anticrepuscular rays. Someone had a problem with my edits then he have said something about "Anticrepuscular rays" in the talk page(look at what he said: [1]). I don't know what his problem is; but I am sure I am in trouble enough.--Kai3952 (talk) 20:33, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

My biggest mistake is to be nosy! I will not help any file and category in the future other than my editing work.--Kai3952 (talk) 20:35, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
You're not "in trouble", but it sounds like you made a mistake, and if you should revert any of these changes that haven't already been reverted. - Jmabel ! talk 23:09, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
FTR, I moved the two pictures at w:Anticrepuscular rays back to that category because they're clear examples. clpo13(talk) 23:23, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel, Clpo13: Jim.henderson wants to see "clear evidence" of anticrepuscular.--Kai3952 (talk) 06:55, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

Images of toys[edit]

If I take a picture of a Mario action figure that I own and upload it to Commons, is that copyright infringement? PseudoSkull (talk) 23:19, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

@PseudoSkull: yes, per COM:TOYS. The action figure itself is considered copyrightable by US law so a photograph of it would be a derivative work. Additionally, the character of Mario is also copyrighted and will be for quite a while yet. clpo13(talk) 23:40, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Error about an Error[edit]

I was trying to upload a image to W.C., but it identified the image as .ink type. Does that happen frequently?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by SandSsandwich (talk • contribs) 04:16, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
@SandSsandwich: Please see COM:PS/FT and COM:FT re the types of files we accept, or be more specific.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:44, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

Personal photo upload[edit]

Dear All, i uploaded a personal photo to refresh the present on my profile. I'm Alain: the recent file is as below and the profile. Mr Secondarywaltz underline that writing "For myself by professional photographer T. P." i have to send to you a document, but the photo is mine. I'm the owner of the photo and i write only the credit who did it as a tribute. I haven't document about this matter because i must not to ask permission or something else. I tried to modify it with a different comment, but your user doesn't believe to new editions. Please help me about this matter. Waiting your response, otherwise i have to put a different one or one similar writing a different comment.

Kind regards, Alain.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Elvenexian (talk • contribs) 07:45, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
@Elvenexian: How was the copyright transferred? Please have Tony Piarotto document that via OTRS and CC you on the message.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 07:54, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
In some countries it happens automatically when a photo is commissioned. en:Copyright law of Italy says "Likewise, where a photograph is taken in the course of duties, economic rights belong to the employer, or to the person who commissioned the portrait (Art. 88)." --ghouston (talk) 11:48, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
COM:OTRS is probably the best way to sort this out. - Jmabel ! talk 16:32, 10 July 2018 (UTC)


I was wondering if any of the four search results of images of this woman are copyrighted? 14:19, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

Yes, all of them.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:44, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

Page IECO[edit]

Hi! I would like to include the logo of IECO (Institute for Ethics in Communication and Organizations) in the page I'm editing in wikipedia called IECO. When I try to upload the image, it says I have to be the owner. I would like to know how to do this process properly. Thanks in advance.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mostalla1 (talk • contribs) 16:51, 11 July 2018‎ (UTC)
Mostalla1: If the logotype does not meet the threshold of originality required for copyright protection, you can upload it and select the option "Another reason not mentioned above" during the upload process and enter {{PD-textlogo}} in the wikitext input field that appears. If you are unsure if the logotype meets the threshold of originality, assume that it does.
If the logotype does meet the threshold of originality, it needs to be published under a free license in order to be hosted on Commons. This means that the organisation will no longer be able to stop others from using the logotype for commercial purposes on copyright grounds, but restrictions on use imposed by trademark rights still apply. If the organisation is willing to give up these rights, please follow these instructions to obtain and submit an appropriate licensing permission.
Some Wikipedia projects allow non-free logos to be locally uploaded under fair use provisions, which is not an option here on Wikimedia Commons. However, I see that you have been active on Spanish Wikipedia, so I presume your question is in relation to that particular project, and Spanish Wikipedia is not listed as having an appropriate policy to allow that sort of thing. LX (talk, contribs) 21:00, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

How to add the article in English[edit]

I would like to know how to add the article in English. I can write it in sandbox but reject to upload. could you teach me how to do it.

I made the article of Chigasaki-kan to Japanise wiki.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by 茅ヶ崎の宙 (talk • contribs) 17:07, 11 July 2018‎ (UTC)
茅ヶ崎の宙: Wikimedia Commons is a media repository and does not host articles; please see Commons:Project scope/Summary. You may be looking for en:Wikipedia:Your first article on English Wikipedia. LX (talk, contribs) 21:03, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Changes to Upload Wizard not working[edit]

I see the Upload Wizard form got updated today. Entering category names (with or without "cateogry:" in front of them) is not working. No categories are added. - Tim1965 (talk) 01:35, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

@Tim1965: I don't seem to have this issue, are you by any chance using the mobile 📱 version of the Upload Wizard? What platform and browser are you using? --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 12:08, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Using a PC, Windows 7, Chrome. Some time late last evening, the Upload Wizard began accepting existing category names. It won't accept or redlink new category names (like it did in the past), but that's maybe a minor issue. - Tim1965 (talk) 14:58, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
It's not a minor issue. It's really annoying. I much prefer uploading the images first, and then creating the new categories. But I can't do that any more. And even when I create a category first, the Wizard can't always find it. Please, someone, put back the ability to add redlink categories!! Bahnfrend (talk) 07:51, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

How to delete a PDF that I uploaded by error[edit]

Two months ago, I inadvertently uploaded a PDF to commons on the subject of "David W. Barre," which I want to delete in favor of a conventional article on the same subject. While I know how to delete a conventional article, I cannot figure out how to delete a PDF despite endless searches of "how to delete." Please advise.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Wilkenw (talk • contribs) 12:15, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
I don't see that you've ever uploaded a PDF here, if you mean this, just tag it with {{db|uploader request}}. Rodhullandemu (talk) 12:28, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

Edit count[edit]

I accidentally pressed "Log in" button when I was viewing the data page for "Edit count". Right now, what I see displayed on the screen is different from before. Can you tell me what to do to fix it? Thanks very much!--Kai3952 (talk) 21:02, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

I only need to view the data for my editing of Wikimedia.Commons, but it becomes "global(means global edit counts)".--Kai3952 (talk) 21:18, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

Как создать галерею?[edit]

Как создать галерею? Нигде не нашёл инструкции как создавать страницы такого типа. — Стальной Детройт (talk) 00:40, 13 July 2018 (UTC).

Это обычная страница. Нужно перейти по адресу Как будет называться галерея и добавить разметку:
File:Название файла 1|Описание файла 1
File:Название файла 2|Описание файла 2

--Butko (talk) 06:49, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Machine translation: How to create a gallery? I found no instructions how to create pages of this type. - Beeblebrox (talk) 01:08, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Finding files from a user[edit]

I know how to find all files from a user (Special:ListFiles/Example) and how to find all images with the word "squirrel" (squirrel). But how do I find all the files from User:Example with the word "squirrel"? - Alexis Jazz ping plz 06:38, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

@Alexis Jazz: I would go to Special:Contributions/Example and click "Perform batch task" (VisualFileChange). Then you can use "Advanced Select Files" to select the files that have the word "squirrel" in the wikitext. Guanaco (talk) 20:37, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
@Guanaco: thanks. I thought of that at some point but forgot again. In some cases this will indeed work, but it won't be very practical when a user has more than 10000 files. There are some other practical issues as well. (refreshing mostly) - Alexis Jazz ping plz 20:51, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Transparency layer does not show on Commons previews and thumbnails[edit]

File:Firefox 61 on Windows 10.png has a transparency layer. However, this does not show up on previews on Commons nor on the thumbnail for the image as featured on the Firefox wikipedia article. A predecessor image I had uploaded, File:Firefox Quantum (57.0) on Windows 10.png, shows the transparency layer fine. I used GIMP 2.8 for the Firefox 57 image, and GIMP 2.10 for the Firefox 61 image, but didn't do anything different technically in creating them. Another notable change between the 57 and 61 images is the new version of Commons' Upload Wizard which was rolled out in the time between. File:NASA's Eyes.png, which was also created in GIMP 2.10 and uploaded with the new Upload Wizard, fails to show the transparency layer in previews, and in the thumbnail for the NASA's Eyes Wikipedia article. Any idea as to what's going on? – PhilipTerryGraham (talk) 07:14, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

How to needed: photo upload[edit]

my jpeg image (MDP 91) was successfully uploaded, but when I try to download it on my page, (Michael Del Priore) I get an error message saying I need to change the name. What must I do?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Answ3rback227 (talk • contribs) 20:03, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
  • That makes no sense. Can you try to spell out at greater length (and including links where possible) what you are trying to do? - Jmabel ! talk 23:10, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@Answ3rback227: Please see this edit.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:02, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Could an admin please remove the initial version of these two files ?[edit]

Hello, I am the author of the two following files :

In both cases, 3 days after uploading the initial versions of both files, I uploaded an updated version after blurring out the faces of the subjects. My question : Could an admin remove the initial versions of both files, so that only the updated version would remain in each file page? Please let me know if this is possible or if another way of doing it is advisable (deleting the whole file and re-uploading for example). Thank you in advance & sorry for the trouble. --Domenjod (talk) 12:11, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

@Domenjod: COM:REVDEL @Achim55: - Alexis Jazz ping plz 13:43, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
@Domenjod: Done, but, yes, in the future COM:REVDEL. - Jmabel ! talk 17:27, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
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 four days. Jmabel ! talk 17:27, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks to all - and sorry for the trouble. Best. --Domenjod (talk) 18:51, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Is it a lamp post?[edit]

Please look at "File:Tku.jpg" and "File:2018 Xizhi Starlight Bridge 星座公園.jpg". Is it a lamp post? If the answer is yes, how is it different from "Category:Street lights"?--Kai3952 (talk) 17:08, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

See the old but ongoing discussion of Category:Light poles, Category:Lamp posts, and Category:Street lights at Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/11/Category:Lamp posts. - Themightyquill (talk) 19:27, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Registration plate blur[edit]

Hi, An uploader has uploaded File:DSC00995 (41456542630).jpg however the images of the vehicle at Category:A-Team Van all have fake plates on obviously to protect their privacy,

So should the image above have the reg plate blurred and then should the unblurred version be revdelled after?,

As the vehicle is very unique and probably the only vehicle like this in existence I feel purely out of respect for their privacy we should but wanted to ask here before I made the changes incase there were objections, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 22:05, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

  • No requirement to do so in the U.S. - Jmabel ! talk 23:20, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Hi Jmabel, In the UK you can enter any reg on a uk site and then you can pay for a record of for instance the owners name and address as well as other things - Does no such thing exist in the US?, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 13:17, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
There are paid services to do this in the U.S. But in the U.S., almost nothing in a public space has any reasonable expectation of privacy with reference to being photographed and published. Doing something publicly constitutes implicit consent. - Jmabel ! talk 17:53, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Fair point, I mean thinking about it now it could've easily been photographed whilst on the road too, Not really sure why they didn't opt with towing it via trailer but there we are, Okie dokie I'll add it to that category, Many thanks, –Davey2010Talk 18:17, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Mislabelled photograph - is there a quick fix?[edit]

Hi, the photograph below has been mislabelled as Cane Cutters in Reunion and it's actually Cane Cutters in Jamaica 1891 by James Valentine and Sons The mislabelled photo has been used on 21 Wikipedia articles - is there an easy was to correct the captions?

Many thanks MassiveEartha (talk) 21:40, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

  • I've linked the two via "other versions". Probably the next step is to apply {{Fact disputed}} to the former and explain exactly why you believe it is not what it says it is. But as for informing the various Wikipedias where it may be misused, I don't really have any suggestion beyond going to the relevant talk pages and leaving a note (with an apology for not being able to let them know in their respective language, if that isn't a language you know). - Jmabel ! talk 23:32, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Upload filter[edit]

Over the past few days I have made multiple attempts to upload a higher resolution and better cropped version of File:Infanteriegewehr m-1871-84 Mauser - Tyskland - kaliber 10,95mm - Armémuseum.jpg from the same source as the original one, an image I originally uploaded in 2011, but every time I try the upload is prevented by a filter that claims it's the same image as the existing one, which it isn't. And on top of that the system here has replaced the original image with a version that is of even lower quality than the original one, instead of the higher quality image I've been trying to upload. Upload problems that are totally unacceptable, and will result in me no longer uploading anything here... Thomas.W talk 13:53, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

You successfully uploaded a higher resolution version on 12 July. All subsequent attempts failed because you tried to re-upload the same image. Ruslik (talk) 20:22, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: No, I did not successfully upload a new image on 12 July, the image that is there now is not the image I tried to upload (which is a true 1200x450px image without the greyscale cards with inventory number), but a crudely rescaled version of the previous 550x240px image (which in 2011 was the highest resolution available at the Armémuseum "Digital museum" web site). So instead of accepting my higher quality upload the upload filter told me that I tried to upload the same image, and then just rescaled the existing image. It wasn't me who did that, I don't even have that crudely rescaled image on my HDD. The reason I wanted to update the existing image with a higher resultion and better cropped image is a) to avoid having to add all the licensing data again, and b) to avoid having to go to whatever page on whatever language version of WP that uses the image and replace the image link. Thomas.W talk 10:32, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Thomas.W: I suspect your browser is caching the old image, since I see a 1200-px version without the grey card. In Chromium and Firefox, I'd usually force the browser to reload the page by visiting it and clicking the "reload" icon while holding down the "shift" key. Can you try that (or the equivalent in your browser) and see if it helps? --bjh21 (talk) 11:42, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Bjh21: Thanks, that solved the problem. I didn't know that browsers could keep cached images even after a reboot (I shut off the computer each evening). Thomas.W talk 12:09, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
For what it's worth, the best way to confirm whether something is a browser caching issue is usually to try the URL in another browser. - Jmabel ! talk 15:34, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Quick question about tags[edit]

There is an image that I want to download and use in my project but I saw this.

"You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States."

Is this only meant for uploading or do I have to add the Tag in my project?

Thanks Kent —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:11, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • When you say "in my project" do you mean something totally outside the realm of the Wikimedia Foundation? If so, on one level I want to say, we can't offer you legal advice, so the following is not legal advice. And you don't indicate a particular image, so it's hard to know the facts of the matter. But of course if something is PD in the U.S. there is no legal requirement to indicate why, that's just Commons' policy for our own site. On your own site, you are on your own, but in a collective site we need to know someone's rationale. And if you are publishing outside the U.S., then U.S. status does not matter at all. - Jmabel ! talk 17:58, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

How can my application get images on commons and information like image author.[edit]

I am writing a bot that uses images on commons and I am using the Wikimedia Commons API to get those images. Now, I need to have the image author and the image license but the api does not provide those information about an image. I have explained my problem on the #wikimedia-commons IRC channel and was sugested to have a look at this Machine-readable_data but still it is limited and does not provide the author information nor lisence. See Machine-readable_data Rosalieper (talk) 11:48, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Can an image history be merged?[edit]

I was going through a class's work in-depth and I saw that students uploaded two of the same image, both of which are in JPG format. The correct format is at File:Jade Pendant.jpg, however the image at File:Yale - Jade.jpg has a better size image. I figured I'd bring it up here since I wasn't sure which to make the target page to be merged to. Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 19:57, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

It's possible to merge file histories; see Commons:History merging and splitting for details. In the case of a duplicate like this, it's usually not necessary. You can just tag one of them with {{duplicate|File:example.jpg}}, replacing example.jpg with the name of the smaller version. An admin will then copy over any useful description info, delete the smaller copy, and create a redirect in its place. I've processed this one already. Guanaco (talk) 20:45, 16 July 2018 (UTC)


I created two categories that I would like to make subcategories of Category:Unidentified aircraft. They are Category:Unidentified jet-powered military aircraft and Category:Unidentified propeller-driven military aircraft. I am not sure how to move them? I will glady sort military aircraft, but I don't want anything to do with the 1,000's of unidentified civilian aircraft images out there. Thanks. Snowdawg (talk) 02:55, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

You can use Help:Gadget-Cat-a-lot gadget. Ruslik (talk) 07:03, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Nomad PrimaryLogo FullColor.png[edit]

HashiCorp's product logos are available on their official website. I couldn't find the exact license.

--Maksim77 (talk) 05:25, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

You can use {{pd-logo}} template as the logo is below TOO in USA. Ruslik (talk) 06:57, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

Ministry of Defense - Thailand[edit]

id: 157145480@N04

How to upload this work?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Whitetissues (talk • contribs) 19:01, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
First you need to determine whether the images from the Ministry of Defense account are free for public use. Some of them are marked with "all rights reserved" tags. Others are marked as public domain, but with no indication of why they are in the public domain. Without more information or a different license, these would not be suitable for commons. GMGtalk 19:07, 17 July 2018 (UTC)