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Uploading logos[edit]

I am trying to upload the logo of Grunt which is a open-source software. I am guessing it is not trademarked, but I cannot be sure. How can I confirm this? Also, I am unable to find designer's name and date of publication for this image. Can anyone suggest how I may find this information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mohits19 (talk • contribs) 14:47, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Trademark is not an issue, except for possibly using the {{trademark}} template. The question is whether it is copyrighted. You don't point to an example online, but this is presumably recent enough that if it rises to the threshold of originality necessary for copyright, then it is copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk

Free vs. Fair use[edit]

I've run across a number of old Sanborn insurance maps on Google Images which make good illustrations for baseball parks. I am uncertain as to whether they are free use or fair use. Obviously the scans would be relatively recent. But the maps themselves are from the early 1900s. Before I go uploading something I shouldn't, can someone give me some guidance? Thank you! ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 11:30, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

  • United States Sanborn maps before 1923 are in the public domain. Later ones, probably not. - Jmabel ! talk 14:55, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
    • What about the scans made from those drawings? Also, what if I take one of those drawings and make a simplified version of my own? That is, leaving out most of the details except the outline of the ballpark? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 01:27, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
    • Yeah, a look at the copyright renewals for 1950 reveals that they were renewing maps published in 1923 (and worse, that maps labeled 1922 may have been first printed in 1923--check the copyright date.)--Prosfilaes (talk) 03:30, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Uploading slideshows about a particular place.[edit]

Hi there. It's just an idea, but would you allow me to upload a slideshow, about a particular place (say, as an example, Gosport, in Hampshire)?

The idea, quite simply, is that I would produce a slideshow of somewhere like Gosport. I would use a slideshow program, such as Windows Movie Maker, to assemble a number of photographs (which I, myself, would take) and would include a narration, recorded by myself and which would link the illustrative shots of the place, in question.

My name is Graham Freer and I have been a professional radio broadcaster, for more than 55 years.

I live in England - My address is 18 The Links, Gosport, Hampshire. PO13 0DU

01329 313404 or 07765 191129

As evidence of my bona fides and my expertise, in producing audio items,please allow me to point to my Audioboom page: — Preceding unsigned comment added by FreerAudioProductions (talk • contribs) 14:40, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

  • FreerAudioProductions, we would prefer you to upload the original photographs, rather than a slideshow video. That way we can have the highest quality possible. If you want to keep them together, you can create a category for them. We'll be glad to offer assistance if you need it. Anon126 ( ) 21:01, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

mobile phone[edit]

sir i want to know taht can i take fotos from my mobile phone? Please reply me ASAP. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swapnilmal22 (talk • contribs) 05:25, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes. Matma Rex (talk) 13:25, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
Though there is a slight presumption there. Some older mobile phones do not have cameras. But assuming yours does, you may upload mobile phone photos to Commons, if that was what you really meant to ask. - Jmabel ! talk 15:48, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

source information[edit]

The file File:Harris Creek Sitka Spruce.jpg has been tagged with needing additional source information. The file was uploaded from Flickr, which was listed as the source, along with the Author and the licensing information. I am not sure what else needs to be included. The tag says that the Author and Source must be given, but those fields are filled out. MB (talk) 14:35, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: File:Harris Creek Sitka Spruce.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 15:49, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
  • @MB:: "Flickr" is not a sufficient statement of source. We would need the URL of the relevant Flickr page so that the license can be verified. - Jmabel ! talk 15:50, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
MB: I fixed it for you, but in the future, please provide verifiable source information yourself. LX (talk, contribs) 16:18, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

how do I delete my photo for the photo contest[edit]

I want to delete my photo I posted for the contest so I can upload it again with categories and geolinks. Melissa Stewart — Preceding unsigned comment added by MelissaMStewart (talk • contribs) 16:14, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Just edit the image description page and add categories and/or coordinates (see {{Object location}}). --Magnus (talk) 16:20, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi Melissa! There's no need to delete it if all you want to do is add more information to the file description page. Just edit the page like any other wiki page. (In fact, deleting it would just make things harder, since there are mechanisms to prevent reuploading of previously deleted content.) LX (talk, contribs) 16:22, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Various questions user : RuleOfThirds[edit]


1. I have no idea if I am writing, formatting the page, being contextual and co[n]cise within your criteria. Is it ok ? or if not any suggestions ?

2. I am fluent in English, Italian, Czech and German. Can I write all my articles on the one page using all these languages ? i.e. 1st paragraph in English 2nd paragraph translation into Italian of 1st paragrapgh and so on.

3. Have tried uploading a simple image of a mathematical formula. I wrote the formula in Hotoshop, and converted it into a small .jpeg When I tried uploading it, all sorts of bells and whistles and red light started going off and the procedure was dissallowed from completing by your system.

4. I see that the userName I chose [ RuleOfThirds ] also acts as title to the page. Can I change it to Rule Of Thirds ?

thanks ever so much,

Pete — Preceding unsigned comment added by RuleOfThirds (talk • contribs) 17:26, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

  • @RuleOfThirds: You are asking this on Wikimedia Commons, but your questions seem mostly to be about Wikipedia (Commons doesn't have articles). Wikipedia has separate sites for each language, so a Wikipedia article in any given language would go on that respective site. Commons is multilingual. The description for an image file can contain multiple languages, set off like {{en|English language description goes here.}} {{it|Italian language description goes here.}} etc.
  • Never heard of "Hotoshop". Is that a typo for something else, possibly "Photoshop"? Probably not relevant in any case how you made the image.
  • Generally, mathematical formulas should not be uploaded as images. See instead. No idea what specifically went wrong on your upload, unless the file was so small that it ran afoul of a filter that guessed it was too small to be a useful image. The distinct account name User:Rule of Thirds is not taken. If you want to change your account name, see en:Wikipedia:Changing username.
  • I hope that covers your various issues. - Jmabel ! talk 02:18, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

JPEG image doesn't resize properly in viewer[edit]

Image with scan-line like glitch

There's something strange happening in this image: File:Bernadotte-aktionen. Danske Røde Kors busser kører gennem Odense d. 17. april 1945 på vej til Sverige med danske fanger fra tyske koncentrationslejre (7392607518).jpg. The original file is fine, but when the software resizes it, it develops a strange glitch that looks a bit like TV scan lines. Any idea what's going on here? Smurrayinchester (talk) 20:39, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

It's a CMYK JPEG, which is a format that's not completely supported by the server software and shouldn't be used anyhow, see Help:CMYK. --rimshottalk 21:23, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you! Fixed now. Smurrayinchester (talk) 05:34, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Nomination of two fotos as featured pictures fails for the second one[edit]

I was trying to nominate - separately, of course - two of my best fotos as candidates for featured pictures. I obviously nominated both successfully. However, while I succeeded placing the first in the list of candidates, the second constantly fails to be accepted; there is only a red text line showing up in the preview and the image is not displayed. What am I doing wrong? (The file I'm trying to nominate is "Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) with its prey.jpg"). Thx for any help, AWeith — Preceding unsigned comment added by AWeith (talk • contribs) 21:39, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

It's OK now. Jee 06:18, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
thanks very much. Found out that syntax is very important: Use IMAGE if IMAGE is used instead of FILE --AWeith 11:15, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Cannot upload photo. Bad description.[edit]

The site will not let me upload a photo. It says the description is not good. Here is the description I am using.

The Everhardt Ranch in Evergreen, CO. It is privately owned and used as a family home. The front view.

I do not know what else to say.

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Empresspht (talk • contribs) 21:41, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

  • @Empresspht: That seems odd. Could you say precisely what upload tool you are using (e.g. "the Upload Wizard" or something else?). And could you indicate exactly what the error message says? - Jmabel ! talk 02:20, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Upload of a new version of a file: Old version still the actual one?[edit]

I tried to upload a new version of the photo "File:Kittywakes (Rissa tridactyla) hunting fish at a glacier on Svalbard.jpg", since the jury for FPC requested removal of CAs. I did that and uploaded the new version. However, while the actual foto now is meant to be the new one (by means of the upload date) it still shows the CA - and hence is still the original one. I tried to reload the CA reduced version ("zurücksetzen" in the German version); but the original one still keeps being displayed. Now I have several useless versions of the foto and still not the CA reduced one to present it to the FPC nominators. What am I doing wrong? Thx for help. --AWeith (talk) 09:26, 19 September 2016 (UTC)AWeith

Most likely, you just need to shift-reload to bypass your browser's cache. LX (talk, contribs) 11:42, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
  • May also take up to a few minutes in worse-case scenario for page to be dynamically generated and for load balancers to purge their cache to catch up with the humans. (frequent occurrence with transcode stats, for example) --dsprc (talk) 13:33, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

removed images from FSG12's edited version of The European Master's in Translation (EMT)[edit]


My account name is "FSG12"

I do not understand why my page has reverted to the previous version, after I edited it, and added two images. The images had been taken out, and then the page reverted to the old (outdated) version.l The images (wheel of competencies and EMT Logo are owned by the European Commission, and I ststed that when I uploaded them to Commons. I work for the European Commission and it is part of my job to update the EMT page. Can you please explain how I can get the new text plus the images accepted?

Thank you very much — Preceding unsigned comment added by FSG12 (talk • contribs)

The images that you uploaded were deleted as copyright violations. While you may be working for the European Commission, you may not have the authority to release images under necessary licenses. If you do have such an authority you should contact Commons:OTRS. Ruslik (talk) 14:40, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Bulgarian "Wiki Loves Monuments" question[edit]

Здравейте, качих снимки в няколко категории в конкурса Уики обича паметниците 2016: Враца и София-град. Качих и няколко снимки с предложение за добавяне на още забележителности към списъка. Искам да попитам защо при отварянето на страницата с категориите снимките ми не се виждат? И двата района стоят с качени 0 на брой снимки. Благодаря предварително и очаквам отговора ви. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LILIAN VIVIAN1 (talk • contribs) 17:33, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Needs Help on Deletion Request of File:News-091516c.jpg[edit]

Hi. I found that the image File:News-091516c.jpg may not apply to its license (PD-PRC-exempt). So I want to start a deletion request to discuss about it. But somehow I can't edit the file page. Could anyone help me to start the deletion request? --TechyanTalk) 11:41, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Please use this[1].--Outlookxp (talk) 14:22, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

I've nominated for deletion and pinged Techyan to expand on his remark there. - Jmabel ! talk 15:32, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Photos have camera location, but do not show on OpenStreetMap.[edit]

I took photos with my iPhone and unloaded to Wikimedia Commons. These pictures all have camera location, but some do not show on OpenStreetMap(eg.[2]to[3]), and others could do(eg.[4] to[5]). Do anyone know why? Thank you.--Outlookxp (talk) 14:17, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Maybe it just takes some time for the software to process new uploads. For me, both maps are showing a red cross so I guess it is now working.This, however, is very to hard to spot because it is "buried" under a Wikimedia Commons symbol, but if you zoom in on the location you'll also see the marker. De728631 (talk) 01:49, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Upload new version of file[edit]

When I tried to upload new version of my file, but now with changed format (old one .jpg to be overwritten with new one of .png format), I get Upload Warning: File extension ".jpg" does not match the detected MIME type of the file (image/png). Is this even possible (to overwrite .jpg with .png) or I need to make entirely new upload ?--Santasa99 (talk) 17:34, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

@Santasa99: You can't upload a png as jpg. You have to convert the file first. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:35, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

@Steinsplitter: Wait please, wait - I want this file to be .png format, it was my mistake to upload .jpg in the first place. What to do.--Santasa99 (talk) 17:38, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

@Santasa99: You can't overwrite a .png with .jpg. You may upload it under a new filename. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:56, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

OK, thanks--Santasa99 (talk) 18:03, 20 September 2016 (UTC)


Hi I wish to delete my photo and account.How do I do it please ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shepherddigs (talk • contribs) 19:28, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

@Shepherddigs: Since you only just uploaded File:P1390834A.jpg, I've gone ahead and deleted it for you. For your reference, you can file a deletion request at COM:DR. -mattbuck (Talk) 20:47, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
  • @Shepherddigs:, you cannot delete your account, you can just stop using it if you wish. Wikicology (talk) 21:37, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

Adding logo of a company along with a screenshot - copyrighted[edit]

  1. What licensing tags do I need to use to add a logo of a company based in US (copyrighted)? The image was uploaded here;
  2. What licensing tags do I need to use to add a screenshot of a copyright protected software? The image was uploaded here;

I updated the copyright tags on both images after getting a notification, are the new tags correct, if not, what do I need to add? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ProcessModel (talk • contribs) 12:36, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

  • I'm pretty certain the latter is well above threshold for copyright (way too complex for "simple geometric specs or text); the former is near the borderline (those shapes aren't so simple). You've done this right, in terms of your apparent intent, but I'm inclined to think you are wrong about the copyright status of the images. - Jmabel ! talk 18:00, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your reply. I have been looking into how other commercial softwares like Photoshop, Windows, etc have their screenshots added to wikimedia. I try to replicate the tags they have added and all it does is mark the image for speedy deletion. I have the required permissions from the software publisher to use the images in the wikipedia article. Can you, or anyone else provide help on how I should be marking the images? --ProcessModel (talk) 19:19, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
    • Permission to use in a Wikipedia article is not sufficient for Commons; we'd need permission for derivatives, for Commercial re-use, etc., as explained in COM:SCOPE, and for something like this we'd need the copyright-holder to send that permission as explained at COM:OTRS. But for Wikipedia, there may be an easier solution. Different language Wikipedias have different policies on using non-free images. If you wanted to use it in the English-language Wikipedia, and it is relevant to an article there, it might be acceptable to upload directly to the English-language Wikipedia rather than to Commons. You would use en:Template:Non-free use rationale in place of the "Information" template. For other languages, you'd have to check their policies one-by-one for whether they allow this (e.g. German does not). - Jmabel ! talk 19:31, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
    • I have just updated the copyright tags on the screenshot image. Can you please check both to see if they make sense and can stay on Wikimedia? I tried uploading directly to English wikipedia and it asks me that "I attest that I own the copyright on this file, and agree to irrevocably release this file to Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license". So I can not use that. If the new tags that I added are still not acceptable, I will start reading on en:Template:Non-free use rationale to see how else I can use them. Thank you for all your help so far. --ProcessModel (talk) 19:53, 21 September 2016 (UTC)
      • I don't think we can accept the condition that they be notified of all uses. Also, any licensing permissions from someone other than the uploader need either to be posted verifiably at the site of the rights-holder or need to come through COM:OTRS. I think en-wiki non-free use is a better bet for you here. - Jmabel ! talk 00:05, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

Monuments Entry[edit]


I uploaded a photo of the structure entered into the Monuments contest but it does not seem to appear and I cannot get it to upload on screen. Did I do something wrong or is the photo not useable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mardicole (talk • contribs) 12:54, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

  • There is no way to know on that generic a description of what happened. At least some of your uploads have come through fine. See Special:Contributions/Mardicole. - Jmabel ! talk 18:03, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

Seabreeze Church[edit]

How do I delete the older revisions I made to this file and only show the current ones? Had trouble uploading a .tif file for the first one. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mardicole (talk • contribs) 13:39, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

  • We don't normally delete older versions: we keep the full history of what has happened. A "deletion" is really just hiding from normal users (admins can still see it), doesn't save any disk space.
  • In general, TIFFs, while allowed, are not a preferred format. - Jmabel ! talk 18:05, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

Cherche tuteur/tutrice pour m'aider à finaliser une contribution importante sur une école française menacée de disparaître en Inde[edit]


Je vis en Inde et mes enfants vont dans l'unique école française de la capitale du Tamil Nadu, Chennai ( Cette école est un outil formidable d'intégration à la culture indienne tout en poursuivant le cursus de l'éducation nationale. Une école unique mais qui manque cruellement de visibilité car très peu de moyens furent utilisés pour la faire connaître.

J'ai entrepris avec l'accord de la directrice de l'école, de développer la communication autour de l'école en créant le site web de l'école, nouveau logo, identité visuelle et films institutionnels. J'ai remarqué que l'école a une petite page wiki créée par la partie indienne de l'école qui elle, est une institution (10ème meilleure école d'Inde en 2016). Mais le contenu est très réduit et la version française n'existe pas alors que c'est en France que sont les familles qui doivent connaître son existence avant de s'expatrier en Inde.

J'ai essayé de créer la page française, mais je suis bloquée par la masse de paramètres et de codes qu'il faut maîtriser. Est-ce que quelqu'un pourrait m'aider dans cette contribution ? Voici en résumé ce que je dois réussir :

- compléter la page anglaise existante de "L'école Franco-Indienne Sishya" - créer la page française (actuellement dans mon brouillon) la mettre en forme (ajouter la fiche template école avec logo, photo brochure... déjà importé dans wikimedia mais menacé de suppression car je ne maîtrise pas les paramètres de licence) - lier la page française à l'anglaise

Je vous remercie mille fois pour votre aide,


Références :École_Franco-Indienne_Sishya — Preceding unsigned comment added by Verunka Ondrackova (talk • contribs) 06:57, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure why you are asking this here on Wikimedia Commons. Although Wikimedia Commons, the English-language Wikipedia, and the French-language Wikipedia are all Wikimedia Foundation projects, they are basically separately run. I might have missed something (French is about my 7th-best language) but you don't seem to be asking for anything pertinent to this site. If you are, could you please repeat the particular point with which you want help here? - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Of course if a French-speaker sees something relevant here that I've missed, please help this user! - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

Question about the PD-Art tag[edit]

I have a question about PD-Art tag. I have read Commons:Licensing and Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag and I am still not sure whether or not it is Ok to use the PD-Art tag in the specific case I am interested in. Namely, I would like to upload a small picture of Louis Barnett Abrahams taken from a June 27, 1905 edition of the British newspaper "The Sphere", see here[6], on page 282 at the top, the portrait in the middle. The picture itself is a photo of a portrait drawn by Solomon J. Solomon. The name of the person who took the photo is not specified. Since the newspaper was published in the U.K., and the portrait itself was drawn there as well, and this happened before January 1, 1923, my impression is that if I cut out the photo of the portrait, e.g. like this[7], the resulting image would be considered to be in public domain in the U.S. However, I am still not sure if I am allowed to upload such an image to Commons with the PD-Art tag. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Nsk92 (talk) 02:43, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

  • 1923 is relevant only for the U.S.
  • A faithful photograph of a 2-dimensional public domain work is still public domain. If the original is in the public domain, then so is the photograph. - Jmabel ! talk 15:55, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, but I am not sure how that resolves my problem. My impression is that the image in question is definitely in public domain in the U.S., but may or may not be in public domain in its country of origin, the U.K. The reason for the latter is that under the U.K. law the copyright protection expires 70 years after the author's death. In this case that would mean that in the U.K. the image is in public domain if the author died prior to 1946. The portrait was drawn in 1905, and we have no information on when the author died. He could have died before 1946 or after 1946. Regardless, because the portrait was produced before 1923, my understanding is that the photo is considered to be in public domain in the U.S. So I am still unclear on what the bottom line conclusion is regarding the possible usage of he PD-Art tag in this case. Nsk92 (talk) 19:03, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
You mentioned the author. If he's him, he died in 1927. On Commons, some users would use {{PD-Art-two|PD-old-90|PD-1923}}. Depends if you are ok with it. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:11, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes, it is indeed him. I did not realize this fact until another editor at Wikipedia pointed this out. The caption in the newspaper identifies the painter of the portrait as Solomon J. Solomon, R.A.. The postnomials R.A. mean member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and there was only one Solomon J. Solomon who was a member of the academy at the time, so I think that definitively identifies him as the painter of the portrait. Before I figured this out, I have already uploaded the image to en-wiki, because I was certain that the image is in public domain in the U.S. but not certain if it is in the public domain in the U.K. Nsk92 (talk) 00:02, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

See also: Wikipedia:Media copyright questions#Question about adding a U.K. source image. -- Asclepias (talk) 01:13, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Cannot upload photo for Wiki Loves Monument Thailand 2016[edit]

Cannot upload photo for Wiki Loves Monument Thailand 2016 Upload failed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Toey19863 (talk • contribs) 06:35, 23 September 2016‎ (UTC)

That's unfortunate. Unfortunately, you haven't provided any information that would enable anyone to help you, such as what went wrong in what step of the process or any error messages that you received. LX (talk, contribs) 14:03, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

For help[edit]


We want to put information about our company in Wikipedia. We tried to do this and got the massage:

,,This user is currently blocked. The latest block log entry is provided below for reference:

18:50, 2016 August 3 Homo ergaster (talk | contribs) blocked UAB Vykom (talk | contribs) with an expiration time of indefinite (account creation disabled, cannot edit own talk page) (Tik reklamai sukurta paskyra)."

What have we done wrong?

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by UAB Vykom (talk • contribs) 12:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Hello, This is the help desk page for Commons, the media website. Your question is not about Commons. It is apparently about lt.wikipedia, the encyclopedia. You should consult the policies on lt.wikipedia and try to contact someone from lt.wikipedia if you need explanations about something there. All we know here is what you see in the comment you quoted above: the administrator on lt.wikipedia considered that your account was only for publicity. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
You tried to add information about a company which does not appear to be relevant for inclusion in an encyclopedia and for which you have a paid conflict of interest. As far as I know, that's not allowed on any language edition of Wikipedia. You may wish to read Commons:Guidance for paid editors.
As already noted, you're also on the wrong web site. If you look at the address bar of your browser (a good habit to get into if you want to avoid falling victim to phishing), you'll notice that you are on Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia. If you have further questions about the specifics about why you were blocked on some other site, I suggest you ask at that site. LX (talk, contribs) 14:22, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
I believe he posted here because if you can't post on the Wikipedia in question (cannot edit own talk page), Wikimedia Commons might seem to be a logical place to complain.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:50, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
meta: or e-mailing the blocking administrator would be more logical in that case. LX (talk, contribs) 08:02, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

really weird problem (File:Keep Calm Record.jpg)[edit]

Im having problems using the file File:Keep Calm Record.jpg in a page. I put it in Semana_i_Fall_2016_Wiki_Grabacíon_(traditional_music), a page for an event next week and it appears, but if I try to make the image smaller, all I get is white. See [8] It is too big like this, but it needs to be seen. Suggestions? Ive never run into this before.AlejandroLinaresGarcia (talk) 17:33, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

It's a CMYK JPEG, which isn't very well supported by the server software. It should work fine when you convert it to RGB. --rimshottalk 18:50, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
thanks!--AlejandroLinaresGarcia (talk) 21:11, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Upload to Wikimedia Commons[edit]

With the username "schatzim", I uploaded the photos of historic place # 74000677. It asked me to confirm my email address and then went wonky. I'm not sure that the uploads were received. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Schatzim (talk • contribs) 18:54, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

It looks like your uploads succeeded: Special:ListFiles/Schatzim has several of them. Matma Rex (talk) 19:34, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
You can look at your logs to check if something is missing. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:56, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Can't update image[edit]

Hi. I originally loaded the image File:Newport IW Quay.jpg to English Wikipedia. It was transferred here by someone else. Now I want to load a new version (change the colour balance slightly as the original is a bit green). However, at the page File:Newport IW Quay.jpg I see the message "You cannot overwrite this file". Why can I not overwrite it? Mypix (talk) 17:54, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Probably because you have no prior contributions on Commons. There's a minimum threshold of edits for overwriting files, but I don't know the details. There may be some way an admin can override that in this case, you should probably ask at Commons:Administrators' noticeboard. - Jmabel ! talk 02:24, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Is that free?[edit]


I have the opportunity to upload the following files but I don't know if I can:

  • Photo a painting exhibition - paintings can be seen but the photo mainly depicts the exhibition
  • Page from a movie's original scenario (text cannot really be read)
  • Two planning documents of a movie set
  • Cards from a TV presenter with text on a side and logo of the show on the other side

Can those be free pictures?

Thanks for your help, FR (talk) 20:30, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

  • That's a lot of different questions! Several of these are marginal calls, so don't upload them if you will be offended about your wasted time if they get deleted. If that's no problem, I'd suggest that you link the uploads here so someone can follow up and make judgments based on something more concrete.
    1. For the exhibition: if any of the paintings are copyrighted and are legible, you might consider covering them with a Gaussian blur. It's hard to say something general without seeing the image, because there is no way for me to know how legible any one painting might be. See File:Georgetown Rainier malt house interior 03 - blurred.jpg for an example where I did this: click through and you'll see that they are quite blurred.
    2. If the text is not legible, I'm guessing there would be no problem, but again, it could be otherwise.
    3. Unless you are the author of the planning documents, that's probably not your prerogative. They'd be inherently copyrighted.
    4. I'd guess not OK, but hard to say without seeing it. Is the logo just text and simple geometric shapes? If so, it would not be eligible for copyright (although thresholds vary in different countries, and you didn't say what country). If the text is just name, address, etc. then it's not copyrightable, but if there is, say, a few sentences of slogan, it might be.
  • I hope that helps. - Jmabel ! talk 02:44, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
That really helps, thanks :) FR (talk) 13:22, 25 September 2016 (UTC)


How do you ask someone who took a picture that you can use their photo for Wikimedia Commons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bryson483 (talk • contribs) 23:28, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Pretty much the same way you ask for anything else. Do you know the person? If not, do you have a common language? Are they a professional photographer? Do they probably know what Commons is? Do they have any history of free-licensing photos? Is the photo already online in digital form? Is there exactly one photo you want to use, or are you looking to make a broader arrangement? Without answers to questions like that it would be pretty hard to give you at all a detailed answer, but there is one thing for certain: you'll need to have them give permisssion as explained at COM:OTRS. Just your word for having permission won't be enough for you to upload here. - Jmabel ! talk 02:33, 25 September 2016 (UTC)


hi I have more photos may i add it through this way — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noushadk750 (talk • contribs) 04:53, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

  • That is way too general for me to answer. Please see COM:SCOPE. - Jmabel ! talk 14:55, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Problem uploading[edit]

Hi, I've been trying to upload 2 images of amanita manginiana. These were quickly reverted saying those were unconstructive edits, though I gave the author (Rodham E. Tulloss) date (2016, website doesn't give exact date) source ( and the website also has a CC commons license mark on the heading. I need help since I'll use these for the Wikipedia article I'm trying to do. Democratics (talk) 05:56, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Okay, I've managed to upload the first one but the 2nd still can't. Just some quick update. Democratics (talk) 06:00, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Okay, problem fixed. Turns out my descriptions weren't fit. (Please relocate this topic to the archive) Democratics (talk) 06:03, 25 September 2016 (UTC)


Why you nominated my work for deletion ? please can you specify — Preceding unsigned comment added by Taanish Kumaar (talk • contribs) 08:16, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

You should address your question to Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Homoeopathy.pdf. Ruslik (talk) 19:38, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Uploading photos[edit]

Hi. I have two photos of an MP I want to upload. The MP has emailed them to me - and granted full and free permission to use them on Wikipedia under a free licence. ( Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License??) I have the email ready and willing to send off to the OTRS people for confirmation. Am I alright to upload? Myosotis Scorpioides

  • (The following presumes that the MP is indeed the copyright holder. As the subject of the photo he/she may not be: usually copyright resides with the photographer.) Forward the email to COM:OTRS. They prefer to get them directly, but I presume that if the original email address is visible in the forward, that should suffice. You might want to cc the original address so they know it's legit. Then when you upload, remember to add {{OTRS pending}} so that someone looking at the file page can see what's going on. - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Is there a Wikimedia commons sandbox?[edit]

Is there a workspace on Commons that I can use to try positioing and sizing of my images before I commit them to a gallery? MEADOWS1946 (talk) 19:12, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Sent from my iPhone

You can create a sandbox in your own userspace: User:MEADOWS1946/sandbox. Ruslik (talk) 19:39, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

encrypted system[edit]

please how can i change my system back to its original language — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justice630 (talk • contribs) 22:06, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Hi Justice630 : When logged in, look at the very top line by your name .... to "Log out"... you'll see a language type right next to your name. Click on that, and choose the language you'd prefer. Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 00:14, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Karikatur-Hattar.gif[edit]

Ich habe das Bild aus dem Jordanian Satirist Arrested For Cartoon Mocking ISIS. Welche Lizenz kann ich angeben, dass es auf wikimedia bleibt?

--SamsMarsRover (talk) 22:17, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Wenn ich das richtig sehe, bisher gar keine. In Commons sind nur creative commons-Lizenzen erlaubt. Du müsstest nachweisen können, dass der Autor die Karikatur unter einer solchen Lizenz veröffentlicht hat. --Furfur Diskussion 22:26, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Was heisst das Konkret? Ich musst das Bild wieder löschen, weil ich den Autor nicht finde oder nicht anschreiben kann, da er tot ist? Gibt da keine Möglichkeit, irgendwie das Bild zu behalten?--SamsMarsRover (talk) 22:36, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Das Bild ist ja schon als "Lizenzstatus unklar" etikettiert worden und wird automatisch gelöscht, wenn in absehbarer Zeit keine glaubwürdigen Lizenznachweise nachgeliefert werden. Du könntest die Betreiber der Webseite anschreiben und fragen, ob sie die Lizenz des Bildes kennen (ich vermute, auch die verwenden es möglicherweise nicht ganz rechtskonform). --Furfur Diskussion 05:23, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Is there an image...[edit]

of Venus/Aphrodite combing her (preferably golden) hair? Thanks in advance. ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:31, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Jeff Davis Show on Wikipedia[edit]

I have hosted the 24 year running "Jeff Davis Show" from Austin Texas I have covered many interesting, ground breaking and exclusive stories and information. I have the show on many social media forums and would love a "Jeff Davis Show" wikipedia page. I have tons of videos, news stories, photos, etc Sincerely,

Jeff Davis -- A Texas AFTRA actor 27 years - Radio TV Blogger Staff Sgt USAF Vet 1980 - 1992 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeff Davis Show (talk • contribs) 15:45, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

  • This is Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia. There are no articles here, nor is it the place to make a case on whether your show is notable enough for a Wikipedia article (you'd have to convince Wikipedia editors of that; for what it's worth the, key to that is to find third-party writing about your show).
  • On the other hand, for materials to which you own copyright, if you are willing to release them under a free license, those would probably be welcome here. - Jmabel ! talk 16:02, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

cancelled email address[edit]

hi I cancelled my email address by choosing the wrong link. I entered the photography competition with 3 photos with that email so I am worried I have stopped my entry. Please send me confirmation I am still entered and a email to confirm my email address. I will select the right link this time!

Felicity Nowrouz — Preceding unsigned comment added by Felicity nowrouz (talk • contribs) 18:17, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

@Felicity nowrouz: I don't think that's affected by the email, you'll only need it if you forgot your password and need to recover your account. You should be able to change/confirm the email address by visiting your Preferences page ("Preferences" link in the top-right menu, or here: Special:Preferences) and using the "Email options" section at the bottom. Matma Rex (talk) 18:42, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

I want to delete recent uploaded video[edit]

Recently uploaded a video but it will not play. I have reformatted and would like to upload the new version but it gets rejected because the content already exists:

Would like to DELETE:

Mesh, The Rest of the Story;_Mesh_The_Rest_of_the_Story_VP8.webm — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mbpippen (talk • contribs) 20:36, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

@Mbpippen: You should be able to upload the new version, without deleting the file, using the "Upload a new version of this file" link below "File history" on File:POP Awareness Month June 13; Mesh The Rest of the Story VP8.webm. (Sorry, this is a different interface than UploadWizard :( ) Does this option work for you? Matma Rex (talk) 21:04, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

List in caption of image[edit]

If image is a map and many places are marked by numbers, how to list them in caption? Any template? I used plainlist template on commons but does not work in Wikipedia. Look File:Kaleshwari Group of Monuments Map.png.--Nizil Shah (talk) 05:55, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

You can use en:Template:Ordered list instead. Ruslik (talk) 20:14, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

unable to upload photos[edit]

i am unable to upload photos stating upload failed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aparna singh (talk • contribs) 19:12, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

You seem to have uploaded one file. Ruslik (talk) 20:00, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Adding a Category[edit]

I want to add a sub-category "Episcopal Hymnals" to the category "Hymnals". I have read up on how to add a category and know the images that I want to include in the new sub-category. But how will I know that the new sub will be under the existing parent cat? Under Commons:Category it says to add: "Category-links that put it into one or more parent categories. At the bottom of the new page, insert lines of the form [[Category:Relevant categories]]." But how do I accomplish this if I use the category wizard? Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 19:45, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

  • I have created Category:Episcopal hymnals for you (not different capitalization, following Commons normal rules for this). I have no idea about a "category wizard", but when you want to create a new category, you can just navigate to the where the category page would be and click the "Create" button. - Jmabel ! talk 05:11, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Category:Images_from_Fortepan and Category:Colour photographs_from_Fortepan[edit]

Category:Images_from_Fortepan has 69.855 images, Category:Colour photographs from Fortepan has 5129. Impossible to investigate in categorisation, as you can only switch page by page by 200 images. Is it - via a bot - possible to split up these categories in categories by 1000 or so? Or is there an other way? --Stunteltje (talk) 08:25, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Uploading our updated logo to our wikipedia page[edit]

Hi there, I'd like to add our new logo to our charity's wikipedia page. Is there a way to do this? It seems logos aren't allowed on commons pages so I can't figure out how to add it to our wikipedia page. Thank you, Emma. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Digitalmanager16 (talk • contribs) 09:31, 28 September 2016 (UTC)