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Thanks i really appreciate it — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ichigo 2004 (talk • contribs) 16:41, 10 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vandalism/bug I'm not sure how to fix.[edit]


I'm fairly new to Commons, so sorry if the solution to this problem was right in front of me or something.

I've found what appears to be either vandalism or a bug on the file page linked below, but that particular detail doesn't show up in the "edit" tab:

Any help regarding how to fix this would be greatly appreciated. Toast for Teddy (talk) 20:13, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not vandalismm, but the uploaded file is corrupt. It "announces" to the player software to have a playing time that is longer than our universum has existed until now plus the time until the universum will cease to exist. C.Suthorn (talk) 20:22, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Huh. Alrighty then. Toast for Teddy (talk) 01:01, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That and it appears to be a spam upload. I would just straight mark it for speedy deletion. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:49, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What makes it appear to be a spam upload? To me, it looks like nothing more than a short piece of midi music (albeit one that had some uploading issues). Toast for Teddy (talk) 04:34, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That fairly ad-looking file description kind of gives it away. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:27, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Admin accused me of blugeoning![edit]

To whoever it may concern I am currently in dispute over my few entries on Commons being probably deleted! I have provided a explanation of my reasons for NOT wanting them got rid of; which I initially was told was in wrong section.. so I moved it; took ages typing, only now to be told by admin that I had put too much in, in the wrong place that it was considered "bludgeoning".. It was suggested by admin that I had repeated text already typed before, because I simply did not like the original answer! This is untrue, and a false statement, deflamatry remark, I find insulting to my intelligence! I put text twice because I was lead to believe that it maybe would not be seen at all! ( Maybe they hoped?)

The accusation of "bludgeoning" under your rules is advised to be avoided as accusation of user! I am certain that at some point I will be off site eventually due to mildly bullying methods of certain individuals, excersizing power over others ( an old story).. but I will NOT be bullied, and you may consider now this a complaint. I do not like people making false judgements on my character or on my behalf; I myself try to be fare to others, where at all possible, but not everyone is that way these days, are they? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Longlinbs109 (talk • contribs) 23:00, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • This is a page for requesting help in using Commons. I have no idea from what you wrote what particular help you are asking for, so there is nothing at all I can do for you. - Jmabel ! talk 03:25, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It looks like they are referring to this page Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Longlinbs109. Ww2censor (talk) 04:48, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am in no way going to look at these files eighter home, at my workplace or anywhere else to verify the reasons. I don't say that it shouldn't be there for being an explicit content, neighter I say that claims about bad quality are actually valid, I don't know and I don't want to know. Stuff like this does actually sometimes have an educational value, if the subject is properly described and pictured (proper lighting, proper focus). If that is this case, I don't know. But I do think that people discussing about the removal have valid points to support the removal, as I don't think that they would do such just for the lols or just to insult the uploader. That's after all the point of such open discussion, to eliminate such possibility as much as possible. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:55, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am not an admin. Dronebogus (talk) 11:45, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@DronebogusThen why did you reply? GamingJam (talk) 00:35, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Usage in TV program[edit]

Hi! Sorry if an explanation has already been written. I'd like to use the photo of "File:112 Ocean Avenue (1973) 2.jpg - Wikimedia Commons" as is with no editing (well, there is a possibility to make it higher resolution or cut it a little), just for supplemental explanation of program content in our TV program. In that case, no charge to use, no need to contact author but need to put author's name "BrownieCharles99" as credit (we'd like to put it in the end-roll according to our rule) . Is my understanding correct? 08:18, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, and welcome. No, your understanding is not correct. File:112 Ocean Avenue (1973) 2.jpg is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Please follow the terms of that license or negotiate with BrownieCharles99 for a license with terms more acceptable to you. For other works stored here, please see COM:REUSE.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:29, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Jeff, thank you very much for your quick response. It was really helpful. Could you help me how can I reach BrownieCharles99's contact information? I tried but I couldn't find it. 02:57, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I tried in this edit. They appear not to have edited in 8+ years, and not to have linked an email address.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:17, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much for trying edit. About Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, could you give me your advice which point seems not appropriate? I read them but I think I'm not get the point. 06:27, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please read the "ShareAlike" portion of the deed and restriction b (section 4b) of the legalcode.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:32, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Are you trying to tell that the licence, and perhaps the URL, has to be told too? Yes, that part is important, but doable without contacting the author. Or do you believe that all the programme needs to be put under the same licence? I think whether the programme becomes a derived work depends on how the image is used, and I am not sure that would apply in this case. –LPfi (talk) 13:15, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@LPfi: Yes, in the absence of a more TV-friendly license, the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license must be followed in it's entirety, including the "viral" ShareAlike clause.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:00, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@LPfi: However, the sharealike clause does not apply to the TV program as a whole, just to any image that is derived from File:112 Ocean Avenue (1973) 2.jpg. You will need to indicate the specific license in the credits, give the required attribution, and supply at least a URL to the terms of the license. - Jmabel ! talk 14:40, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That was my impression too (that we can treat the inclusion as "collection" and not "adaption"), but do we know? The attribution should be given in a "reasonable manner", for which the end-roll seems adequate. It seems the URI must be given, 50 characters for the deed, which is awkward but doable (odd that not linking the licence itself seems to be common practice, implicitly encouraged by the CC); a reliable shorthand would be nice. –LPfi (talk) 15:20, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much for discussing and giving me your advices. Sorry if I misunderstood, but maybe I should put "BrownieCharles99" and the link of Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 at the end-roll, is that what you mean? 03:38, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pretty much, though I'd go with "Wikimedia Commons user BrownieCharles99". Side note (not relevant here): many users indicate explicitly how they'd want to be attributed but this one doesn't. - Jmabel ! talk 04:56, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please remove unsuccessful upload, replaced[edit]

Please remove File:Pestdokter_(Geel).jpg since upload failed, and replaced by File:Een_Pestmeester_in_Geel.jpg. Bert76 (talk) 15:48, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bert76: Hi, and welcome. I tagged it {{G7}} for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:52, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you ! Bert76 (talk) 16:07, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bert76: You're welcome!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:08, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What is wrong with the first one? And why delete the larger file, not the smaller one? --C.Suthorn (talk) 16:58, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think that matters that much, because it's still relatively similar size. Wikipedia article will only display thumbnail after all, so a little bit smaller size doesn't really matter. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:38, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
500K vs 1500K is 3 times the size?! @Bert76: --C.Suthorn (talk) 15:05, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I thought you were talking about dimensions, not the data size of the image. Speaking dimension-wise, the two images were in fact relatively same size. There's no way for me to compare the data size now, as the first one has been deleted. I didn't check the data size. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:31, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If I remember correct the dimensions were identical, also the image content. Either the quality was reduced or some extra data in the file. --C.Suthorn (talk) 07:59, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The deleted image was slightly larger speaking of dimensions, but the dimensions were relatively same. Slight dimensions reduction alone shouldn't reduce the file size that much, eighter the quality was lowered or some extra data were removed, or both. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:12, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks you all for help & clarifications! Bert76 (talk) 14:21, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Clash Mini" app icon[edit]

I am currently creating an article about Clash Mini and would like to know if I may use the image for Clash Mini's icon. Thanks. EpicMagicBoi6 (talk) 02:05, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update University Logo...[edit]

Hi, I'm the digital channels chief at Alberto Hurtado University, Chile. Wikipedia's copyright rules prevent me from updating the university logo on their page.

I need help to do it Manuel Rex (talk) 16:59, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Manuel Rex: Hello. Please provide a link to the new logo you would like to upload. Do you mean the text logo as in this graphic, or is there a new seal of sorts? For simple images like the UAH text logo, you can simply upload a file here at Commons and mark it with the {{PD-textlogo}} licence. Then you edit the Wikipedia articles and replace the old images with the new file name.
For copyrightable graphics, please feel free to upload an image as well, but also be sure to verify your licence by email as described in COM:VRT. De728631 (talk) 17:33, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In fact, we have 2 logos. the seal for formal applications "escudo-uah.svg" and a second logo for the university's global communications "logo-uah.png".
The links are: Manuel Rex (talk) 19:49, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Manuel Rex: The second one is not copyrightable, just {{PD-textlogo}}. The coat of arms/escudo is, though, and I would think it unlikely that the university would want to grant a free license for that, and I would actually guess that the license for the old logo at File:Uahurtado.jpg may not be legitimate. (but since you say "we" it sounds like you are connected to the university, so you might know better than I).
Note that the English-language Wikipedia (but not the Spanish-language Wikipedia) has en:Template:Non-free use rationale logo as a way to handle non-free logos entirely internally to then English-language Wikipedia; this does not involve Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 05:05, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: I like to refer users to en:WP:F in such messages.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 07:46, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: There's not really much about logos there, though. I suppose en:Wikipedia:Logos would be useful, though. - Jmabel ! talk 15:25, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

excuse me i need help[edit]

There are no images of Russian passenger hovercraft Sormovich, the problem is that I cant take photos as the Sormovich isn't extant anymore and there are no public domain photos of it. KingAviationKid (talk) 21:52, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@KingAviationKid: Hi, and welcome. Try getting some from and using {{}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:27, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks!, but how exactly do I upload? KingAviationKid (talk) 12:30, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@KingAviationKid: Please see COM:FS and ping me when replying to me outside my user talk page.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:32, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My Personal Headstone[edit]

I would like to please purchase an 8' statue of St. Timothy for my head stone on my grave. Will you please help mewith my choices, pricing, and how to proceed with you or to whom you direct me to. God Bless You 03:21, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • This is specifically a page for getting help in using Wikimedia Commons, so I'm afraid there is nothing we can do for you. - Jmabel ! talk 05:07, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Valuation 2[edit]

What is premium and the formula — Preceding unsigned comment added by Twins Diadem (talk • contribs) 06:13, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Twins Diadem: Hi, and welcome. This is specifically a page for getting help in using Wikimedia Commons, so I'm afraid there is not much we can do for you. However, if you wrote of premium gasoline, around here that is generally sold at a higher price with a higher octane rating (than regular) of 92-94, computed with the "R+M/2" formula. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 07:51, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

album cover[edit]

I own 100% of the copyrights to the album cover for the album you made me by the artist jost todd. I want to post the cover here: How do I set the license properly for wikipedia to accept and post the cover? Toddmeagher (talk) 18:02, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Toddmeagher: Hi, and welcome. What license you set depends on what license you want to grant, please see COM:L and send your choice via VRT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:21, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

help to enter CC license[edit]

I made a mistake when putting the creative commons license, I need help to solve it since the document is not mine and it affects whoever allowed me to upload it. The document in question is a PDF Life is a tongue-twisting. Author: Julián Kroon in the page: Normaminn (talk) 01:22, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Convenience link: File:La vida es un travalenguas (Julián Kronn).pdf. - Jmabel ! talk 03:38, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Normaminn: You blanked the page, called for deletion, and now you say you want to to license it differently. Which is it? Delete or fix the license? If the latter, you've made matters much more difficult by calling for deletion (and also, for that matter, by blanking the page). It would be fine to just change the license on a recently uploaded file, but now there is a deletion review under way.
  • What should the license be? Who should authorship/copyright be attributed to? And given that you are not the copyright holder, is there somewhere on line that we can verify that the file is available under the license in question? If not, the copyright-holder will need to go through the process outlined at COM:VRT. - Jmabel ! talk 03:46, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Al equivocarme con la licencia, quise borrarla para colocar la correcta, pero se se eliminó toda la página sobre licencias. Pensé en eliminar el archivo y subirlo nuevamente, pero no se me permite ( Es la primera vez que intento hacer algo y no tengo idea de cómo seguir) Solo quería ser justa y correcta con la persona que confió en mí. No sé cómo es, si debo esperar, si se entiende que que quiero arreglar algo o, en su defecto, borrarlo para luego subirlo de manera adecuada. Esto es serio, porque fue un error mío que vulnera los derechos de un autor. En la contraportada del libro se expresa que debe ser utilizado y reproducido con autorización, es decir que yo debería haberlo subido bajo licencia CC BY NC ND. Normaminn (talk) 11:10, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Normaminn: Hola, y bienvenido. Lo siento, pero las restricciones de la licencia -nc- (no comercial) y -nd- (sin derivados) no son utilizables por sí mismas para Wikimedia Commons. Por las razones, consulte Commons:Licensing/Justifications/es.
    Hi, and welcome. I'm sorry, but the license restrictions -nc- (noncommercial) and -nd- (no derivatives) are not usable by themselves for Wikimedia Commons. For the reasons, please see Commons:Licensing/Justifications.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:19, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    gracias. Normaminn (talk) 12:16, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wrong crosslink in exif metadata[edit]

I'm not sure where to report (or how to change it), but the link to the camera model Fujifilm X70 (for example, see File:Uppsala domkyrka 2 januari 2020 04.jpg) is wrong. Instead of linking to en:Fujifilm X70 it links to en:X70. Where do I report or change it? EdTre (talk) 08:40, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@EdTre: Hi, and welcome. Sorry, but that is not possible here, as the metadata directly from the camera reports that "Camera model" is "X70". en:X70 is already a disambiguation page, in which visitors like yourself have been distinguishing between different X70 models (of both autos and electronics) for over a year. Even if we were to prepend manufacturer "FUJIFILM" to the model for enwiki lookup purposes, you would find that en:FUJIFILM X70 does not exist. Perhaps some AI can compensate for that in the future, but for the present you will just have to make the connection yourself.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:28, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the answer! I hope AI will fix all my very small problems in the future. EdTre (talk) 11:56, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Highway snow plow truck.jpg[edit]

I'm not sure if this image is free domain to use. I don't know who's the original creator of it since it's looks like it was somewhat archived. If someone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks.--IDontScript (talk) 14:16, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@IDontScript: Hi, and welcome. The associated website claims to be "© Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2012–22", so I'm guessing it is non-free. Please have Queen’s Printer for Ontario send permission via VRT unless {{OGL-ON}} applies.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:21, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Alright, thanks, so how will I be able to send it in to the Queen’s Printer for Ontario to get permission to use the image? I already know their email address, and is there an email template where I can be sure to send it to them to get permission without causing any confusion? Sorry I'm new to doing this lol IDontScript (talk) 15:46, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is, of course, if they turn out to be willing to grant a license that conforms with what we need (see COM:L). - Jmabel ! talk 18:04, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hey, so it's been a few days almost a week since I contacted their email address and I've gotten no response at all. Idk if I'm doing something wrong or what, but I don't know if it's possible for you guys to help email them since I'm currently stuck on whether wikicommons should still keep the uploaded photo file or not since I haven't got a valid response yet still. IDontScript (talk) 00:39, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Uploading photo of a singer that I did not take[edit]

Hi guys, I want to use Wikimedia Commons to upload a photo of a singer, that I'd like to use on the Wikipedia page of said singer. This photo was not taken by me, but by a professional photographer, who owns the copyright. The photographer gave me permission to use the photo and upload it, as he doesn't use Wikipedia. Now, I know that the photographer has to send to Wikimedia a declaration of consent to use his copyright-protected media with an email that follows this template He is willing to do so. So the procedure would be: I upload the photo, I give the photographer the URL of the photo, he inserts it in the required space for it in the e-mail and sends the email to I insert the code that I can find here: on the photo's page, then Wikimedia reviews the photo and accepts it as "permission confirmed". Is this procedure correct? Am I missing something? Ravenlions (talk) 17:11, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ravenlions: as far as I can tell, you have that right. In my experience, the trickiest part is usually to get the photographer to select a license that conforms with what we need: allowing commercial use & derivative works. - Jmabel ! talk 18:06, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: Hi, thanks for your reply! Yes, I explained to the photographer that he has to declare at least a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license and he agreed, as attribution would still be there, so that wasn't a problem for him. As long as the procedure I described is correct, then, we shouldn't have a problem. Is it possible to insert the photo in the Wikipedia page before permission is confirmed or is it better to wait? Thanks again --Ravenlions (talk) 18:17, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ravenlions: If you are pretty sure the permission will be granted, go ahead & use the photo in the article. - Jmabel ! talk 19:42, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Great, thanks a lot for your help! Ravenlions (talk) 21:18, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Doubts about the license of an image[edit]

Hello. How do I know if this logo meets the originality threshold? Can I upload since it's just a simple title even without proof? I asked an admin, but I think it's best to ask here as they seem to be busy. It's better to ask than to take a risk. Pixial (talk) 21:08, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @Pixial: That is simple typography. I think that is fine regardless of country. (In the future, if you have a question related to the originality threshold, do specify what country, because the thresholds are per country.) - Jmabel ! talk 03:28, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: is a company from Brazil. It also doesn't have the trademark icon. According to COM:TOO Brazil: According to one study, and the court decisions contained in it, the concept of creativity in Brazil is way more strict and exigent than in the United States, and consequently the threshold of originality is considerably higher than the United States, which is the general reference in Commons. Pixial (talk) 04:57, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Pixial: again, this is simple typography, and is way below the TOO standard for Brazil. It's fine. - Jmabel ! talk 17:46, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I found the author of an islutration but don't know how to edit propperly[edit]

I recently came across an illustratrion of a mythical creature, Sheng Huang, that according to this site the author was unknown, but I found the person who is certainly the artist but when i edit the page here it said "template: name of the artist" instead of just the name, I just wish to know how to edit it prooperly or at least someone else do it. Bioartbr (talk) 23:14, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @Bioartbr: Without you saying what image or where you got this information about the artist, I don't see how anyone can help you. - Jmabel ! talk 03:29, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bioartbr: Using Special:MediaSearch ([1]) I found nothing but pictures of some maps. Could you please link to the image you're talking about? Linking to a file can be done with this syntax: [[:File:Example.png]] (notice the colon at the start of the link, it will prevent the file from displaying on page and instead just shows the link like this: File:Example.png). Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:23, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
File:Tenghuang art.jpeg. The edit is one of few contributions on Commons by the asker. The problem was that {{Unknown}} is a template (automatically translating the phrase to the language of individual users) while "Yifan Li" is a name, so also the curly braces had to be removed. Fixed. But please add more information on the author if possible, such as a link to a Wikipedia article on them or to their web site, as otherwise we won't know what Yifan Li this is about (when the source link goes dead) or cannot verify anything. There are 2,130 hits on that name at Wikidata (some probably duplicates, but anyway). Did you find the name in some written source you could cite? –LPfi (talk) 10:32, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok. I've tried searching on English Wikipedia, but I can't see any page that would point to that artist. Seems like that artist is fairly unknown. Also, the source link is already dead. I found an archived version at Wayback Machine, but it is just the picture, no information. When I try to access archived homepage, I get greeted with an error response in JSON saying that the requested path cannot be empty. Seems like an anonymous image sharing hosting that went offline. The last known date of the website working is January 11 2022, when it appeared to be whitelisted only site.
@Bioartbr: Would you like to tell us how did you find the person who created it? Did you find it online or speaking directly to them? Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:39, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
P.S. Tried to view the root domain homepage, turns out it was a private CDN server, root homepage had default nginx page. Looks like we've stumbled upon the dead end, until Bioartbr wants to tell us how they managed to find the original author. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:46, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Use of my uploads by Wikipedia and other sites / parties[edit]

I've noticed a few of my uploaded photos being used on Wikipedia and by various scientific, industry and media actors. This is very encouraging, but I only find these by stumbling upon them. No doubt many uploads are in use that I am not aware of. Is there any means by which I can know which of my uploads have been downloaded? John Robert McPherson (talk) 05:40, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@John Robert McPherson: Hi. GLAMorous should help you get started with finding uses of your uploads on WMF projects. It contains various checkboxes for use in refining your research.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:40, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, mate. Good to see they are getting more use than an ashtray on a motorcycle. Appreciate your help. I'll keep whacking the beggars up and hopefully they are of use to people.
John Mac John Robert McPherson (talk) 10:51, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@John Robert McPherson: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:57, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@John Robert McPherson: Not to mention that each of your file on Commons contains the Global Usage section that shows every single page on Wikimedia sites that uses your file on Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:26, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deletion of files[edit]

Few days ago some of the files uploaded by me were nominated for deletion by User:Run n Fly. He stated a reason For any other re-use of the material you are required to seek permission by sending a mail to us. Under Section 2 (k) of the Copyright Act (No. 14 1975), the copyright for the reproduction of any material from the debates and ancillary publications vests with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. which is never done. I want to ask why only my files were deleted? There are thousands of other files from the same portal which are even today untouched. According to the same logic by which my files were deleted, other files like File:Bhagwant Mann Lok Sabha.jpg should also be deleted. I want justice. My files should be restore. Anybody please help me.

Thank You. --Junior Jumper (formerly ) 09:06, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It looks like you chose the GODL license, but your uploads did not conform to that license. If you want your uploads undeleted, you should tell, why your uploads conform to that license. If you want other uploads deleted, you should state, that and why these do not meet the GODL license. --C.Suthorn (talk) 23:06, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @C.Suthorn: How it is possible that there are 2 different same types of images from the same portal, one has permission and other don't have permission?--Junior Jumper (formerly ) 01:08, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Junior Jumper: It is possible for one photographer to license different photos differently, or for them to appear in different places, on different pages, or in different sections. It is also possible for government organizations to lack consistency.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:29, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Jeff G.: I agree with you but Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha websites usually don't display the photographer's name. Also the page for MP's photographs is almost same. We have to change only the constituency number on the website to see the different MP's photos.--Junior Jumper (formerly ) 08:43, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Junior Jumper: Please work with the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha webmasters to get them to properly attribute the photos they display, or address the issue with your MP(s).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:01, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Jeff G.: Bro are you serious? I guess you said this only as a taunt because I think you are also aware that it is practically impossible to contact with those webmasters in the country of 1.5 billion people for such a small thing 😂🤣--Junior Jumper (formerly ) 17:15, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Junior Jumper: I am serious. Every website should have a webmaster (or at least a main one). The standard email address is like If just one of those photographers sues for copyright infringement, there will be a big problem.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:44, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    "Big Problem" as in "Big Problem for the uploader". Not a problem for commons: Commons simply deletes the file. --C.Suthorn (talk) 16:11, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Need help with licensing of images photographed from public information boards[edit]

Yesterday I've provided a couple of images that I photographed from public information boards that were around the publicly accessible site (here for example). Those photographs are historic photographs not stating the author or a date (contextually it could be anything between ca. 1900 and 1980 for the colored images...but just an educated guess). The location of those info boards is in the Faroe Islands, and I'm aware of this country specific Help Page that doesn't help me, since I don't know author nor date. Apparently my listed freedom of panorama isn't enough, since there isn't any specific information on the Faroe Islands regarding FOP. Any help on how to preserve those historic documents? Thanks! --HylgeriaK (talk) 10:02, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No information on FOP = no FOP. However many images are quite old and can be in public domain (50 years after creation according to Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Faroe Islands). Ruslik (talk) 20:29, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I saw that too, but there was no appropriate licensing example listed in that help page...any suggestion which one that could be? --HylgeriaK (talk) 12:48, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Did a little bit investigative work and searched in Template namespace for PD templates related to Faroe Islands. Found {{PD-Faroe Islands50}}, which should correspond to what you need. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:27, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Publishing of my own images[edit]

Hello I Hope I find your well . My question to your is of ... How exactly do I select an image form my app of Gallery Go? Because every single time I try to upload something, it ask me to take a photo or a video or a download . I want to select from bed or even when I am out and about.Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ntombezinhle (talk • contribs) 14:02, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ntombezinhle: Hi, and welcome. It appears that Google Go is also known as Google Photos. On their website, their help (look for a question mark in a circle) has different instructions to help you "Download photos or videos to your device" for different devices. Once your images have downloaded, you may upload from your device's storage using COM:APP (if applicable) or COM:UW. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:07, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

B/W photos of WW2 Royal Navy ships[edit]

3x B/W photographs from the 1940's. Left to me by my Godfather who was most likely the photographer as he served on all 3 ships during WW2. He was a keen photographer, but I have no proof that they were taken by him. Will I be infringing any copyright?Cartwheelbob (talk) 15:47, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • You won't be if they are by him & you are the heir to his intellectual property rights. - Jmabel ! talk 16:51, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Issue with multilingual svgs[edit]

When viewing multilingual svgs, labels appear in multiple languages, even if I have selected English. For example, when viewing File:2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.svg, I see "Bila Tserkva" and "Boryspil" in English, and "基輔" and "布查" in Chinese at the same time. Although I am fluent in both languages, it makes it difficult to comfortably view the map. Wk1028 (talk) 08:23, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What is your system language? Ruslik (talk) 10:35, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Wk1028: Hi, and welcome. Are you writing of the png thumbnails of the map, or the map svg file as directly viewed in your browser or an svg tool?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:48, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm having issues uploading video files to commons using video2commons[edit]

Hi, I've been trying to upload a couple of video files using the video2commons, but it's been returning error messages stopping me from moving ahead with the task. Is there another way of getting it done? Please, folks, I need your help Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 11:58, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Olaniyan Olushola: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry for your issues. Please see Commons talk:Video2commons and report anything new there.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:06, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Simple link from commons category to Wikipedia page of same topic[edit]

I have found myself putting notes like "This is about [[w:Moravia Union Cemetery]]" into commons Category:Moravia Union Cemetery, and similarly, because it is immediately helpful for my own navigating back and forth between Wikipedia article and corresponding Commons category, as i develop both. In the Wikipedia article, the link to Commons cat is by "template:Commons category-inline|Moravia Union Cemetery" or similar. Surely there is a standard template for going from Commons category to Wikipedia article? (But apparently that is neither "template:about" nor "template:main", which have different uses.) Pls ping me in any reply. Thanks in advance! --Doncram (talk) 17:18, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think the usual approach is to use the sitelinks from Wikidata, which appear both in the "In Wikipedia" category on the left of the page (assuming the standard skin) and in the {{Wikidata Infobox}} on the right in the form of the "Wikipedia" link near the top. There do seem to be a selection of templates for linking to Wikipedias as well. Ones I've found with a quick search are {{On Wikipedia}}, {{Mainw}}, and {{See also w}}. --bjh21 (talk) 19:36, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Doncram: A problem with linking via Wikidata is that Wikidata links Commons categories to Wikipedia categories when the latter exist. Then there will not be a sitelink to the Commons category from the Wikipedia article, nor vice versa. There was some discussion about this when Wikidata was introduced on Commons, but consistency was valued higher than usability. There may still be some tools (including templates) to overcome this. –LPfi (talk) 12:42, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You could use Template:Mainw, in use at Category:Rolls-Royce Merlin. Template:En does a similar thing. Nimbus227 (talk) 17:46, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
But that one links just to the article in English. The template has "prefix" and "suffix" parameters, but in the example on the template page they seem to do nothing. Anyway, it doesn't make the language links from Wikidata to appear, but you have to add the links manually for any new Wikipedia getting the article, and then there is not much difference to just writing "{{en|1=[[en:London|London]]}}". (Template:en doesn't add any links by itself, and is not intended to.) –LPfi (talk) 11:08, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:SMA LABSSCHOOL UNSYIAH LOGO.svg[edit]

this is the official logo of the labschool Unsyiah High School/labschool Unsyiah Senior High School, so the license is clear and original. The logo follows the logo of the Syiah Kuala university, because this school is under the auspices of the Syiah Kuala University (USK


--Luthfi Nabil Ramadhan (talk) 03:22, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Lufthfi Nabil Ramadhan. If it's an official logo of the school, then the school is likely also the copyright holder of the logo. This means that Commons can't really keep the file without verifying that the school has agreed to release an image of the logo under a copyright license that Commmons accepts. For more information on this, please take a look at this, this, this and this. If you can get an official representative of the school to agree to release the file under a license that Commons accepts, then the file can be kept; if not, then it's going to need to be deleted. For what it's worth, the logo can be seen on the school's official website, but if you scroll down to the very bottom of the website you find that it states "Copyright © SMA Laboratorium Unsyiah". This means that the school is claiming copyright ownership over the content appearing on its website, which means such content can't really be uploaded to Commons without copyright holder consent. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:58, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Luthfi Nabil Ramadhan: I also add a little bit info. If the file cannot be accepted on Commons, it could be accepted on English Wikipedia as Fair Use material (see WP:F and WP:LOGO). Make sure to write a detailed and valid Use Rationale for the logo if you decide to upload it to English Wikipedia as per Fair Use. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:24, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File needs moving[edit]

File:Gerrit Smith Miller Jr.jpg should not be a separate file. It is an edited (by me) version of File:Gerrit-Smith-Miller-Jr.-circa-1897.png which I managed to upload wrong, I still don't know what I did. There are two people much confused: the dairy farmer Gerrit Smith Miller, and his son the zoologist Gerrit Smith Miller Jr. Deisenbe (talk) 11:41, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Deisenbe: They cannot be combined because they are different filetypes. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:17, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


How can I upload my profile — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shollywinner Star (talk • contribs) 18:58, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Shollywinner Star: Hi, and welcome. You must have us confused with a social networking site that welcomes profiles.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:03, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Google arts and culture copyright-free?[edit]

Hi, I was wondering whether works on google arts and culture are copyright-free. It seems so because Google states "The Cultural Institute platform is open to non-profit institutions, museums, galleries, and archives with copyright-free or copyright-cleared content that they would like to share." (

Just want to make sure. Thanks. Zenzyyx (talk) 20:21, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

They have to be checked on case by case basis, depending on the authors, the date and place of publication. Yann (talk) 20:35, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
"Copyright-cleared" here just means that if there is a copyright, Google has permission to reproduce it. It doesn't mean free-licensed. - Jmabel ! talk 20:39, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply] This is the painting I am planning to upload to upload to wiki commons. Is it copyright-free? Thanks (Zenzyyx, talk) 20:46, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It is not a useful source of images. Most images are copied from other sources with better resolution, license and information. There is no easy way to download the images, and no information about the license, even they are obviously in the public domain, i.e. copyright claimed on a NASA picture. Yann (talk) 20:47, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This painting is in the public domain, and can be upload to Commons under the license {{PD-Art|PD-old-70-expired}}. There may be a better copy on [2]. Yann (talk) 20:50, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Zenzyyx: I uploaded it to File:Madam X (painting).jpg for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:04, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G. Thanks a lot! Just want to make sure, can I upload any work from google arts unless copyright is claimed? Thanks again. (Zenzyyx, talk) 21:08, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Zenzyyx: As long as you follow COM:L.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:02, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Yann Thanks for confirming this. Do you suggest I use the 1886 painting? The license of that has also expired, right? Also, how do I publish the image under that license? I am basically new to image uploading and am unsure how to do so. (Zenzyyx, talk) 21:01, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is no "license". It is its copyright that has expired, placing it in the public domain. As remarked above, the tag will be along the lines of {{PD-Art|PD-old-70-expired}}. There are a few others, depending on how old (e.g. {{PD-Art|PD-old-100-expired}}), you can find them in Category:PD-old license tags. - Jmabel ! talk 23:48, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you can't work out how to get what you want when uploading, you can always correct it immediately after by editing the file page. - Jmabel ! talk 23:48, 3 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


1.まずは画像をウイキペディアにアップロード?し、その後でなければ掲載できないということでしょうか。 2.アップロードした画像は誰でも使用可となってしますのでしょうか(使用不可としたいです)。 3.私は会社員で掲載したい写真は会社関係の航空写真です。当写真は某業者へ発注し納品いただいたものです。よって、著作権は会社にあると考えていますが、いかがなものでしょうか。また、写真をアップロードする必要があるのならば、そのためにどのように質問事項に回答すべきなのでしょうか。 萩野谷 康 (talk) 06:10, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

About posting images on Wikipedia
1. First upload the image to Wikipedia? But does that mean that it can only be posted after that? 2. Will the uploaded image be available to anyone (I want to make it unusable)? 3. 3. The photo I want to post as an office worker is an aerial photograph related to the company. This photo was ordered from a certain company and delivered. Therefore, I think that the copyright belongs to the company, but how about it? And if you need to upload a photo, how should you answer the question for that?
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:35, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@萩野谷 康: こんにちは、ようこそ。 写真はアップロード後にのみ投稿できます。 ウィキメディアコモンズにアップロードされた写真は、誰でもどこでも使用できます。それがポイントです。 ウィキペディアに直接アップロードされた写真には、使用制限がある場合があります。 会社との契約をチェックして、会社があなたのオフィスに著作権を販売したのか、または特定の目的のためだけに写真のライセンスを取得したのかを確認してください。
Hi, and welcome. We can only post photos after they are uploaded. Photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons are available to anyone for use anywhere, that is the point. Photos uploaded directly to Wikipedia can have usage restrictions. Check the contract with the company to see if they sold your office the copyright , or licensed the photo for certain purposes only.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:35, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I would like to document an old afterhours bar that was located between Randalett OK and Duval is long gone but was legendary[edit]

I would like to document an old afterhours bar that was located between Randalett OK and Duval is long gone but was was called "The Hilltop Club" and I have the old sign that says "Hilltop Club"... Robbie Owens (talk) 12:41, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Robbie Owens: Hi, and welcome. Your next steps should be reading COM:FS and en:WP:WELCOME.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:01, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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deleted photos[edit]

I uploaded photos of cars that my husband and I personally own and I personally took the photos. These photos are of very rare cars, benefitting the Wikipedia content with proof of their existence. Why were they deleted? The reasons stated did not make sense and were not applicable to me. Jpistorius (talk) 13:09, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Jpistorius: Hi, and welcome. They were deleted because they existed elsewhere on the Internet without free licenses before you uploaded them here. Please review your options at VRT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:15, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What do you mean without free licenses? They are my photos and on the internet on my websites. My husband and I own Old Wheel Restorations (formerly Pistorius Collectible Autos) and we are the founders of the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance. Jpistorius (talk) 13:19, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Then proof it, you've been given options for VRT. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:22, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, I'd consider also looking at COM:REFUND. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:23, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I looked up the Free license and are you saying I need to add to my other websites this icon
<a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a>
This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a>. Jpistorius (talk) 13:23, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jpistorius: That would certainly help, then you could request undeletion at COM:UDR.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:25, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you Jeff. That was helpful! Jpistorius (talk) 13:33, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jpistorius: You're welcome. I suggest that you provide the five filenames and where they and the license can be found on your site(s). FYI, COM:REFUND is the same page as COM:UDR.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:45, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jpistorius: I assume you're talking about File:1952 Lincoln Capri.jpg, File:1921 Kenworthy 6-55 Touring.jpg, File:1930 Peerless restored by Brando Pistorius.JPG, and File:1929 Peerless.jpg. I've read the announcement on your discussion page and I guess you should talk to Gbawden for questions regarding of the deleted content. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:17, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Polda18: There were actually five per this log.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:25, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Interesting, one of the files were not included in the announcement. Anyway, the very least uploader can do is update their websites with proper license tag, send VRT confirmation, and request undeletion. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:52, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Updating information for NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) images - correcting dates[edit]

I noticed that there are many images uploaded from the National Archives and Records Administration using the Template:NARA-image-full. This template states "The metadata on this page was imported directly from NARA's catalog record; additional descriptive text may be added by Wikimedians to the template below with the "description=" parameter, but please do not modify the other fields." There are obviously incorrect "date" fields, for instance "Ceremonies - Preparedness Day, Washington, D.C. - President Woodrow Wilson in Preparedness Parade, Washington, D.C - NARA - 23922795.jpg" which has a date field of "1917 – 1918" when the image itself says June 14, 1916. What should a person do in this circumstance? Update the "Date" field? Only update the Structured Data "inception" field? Caddyshack01 (talk) 15:14, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Caddyshack01: Probably the first suggestion, but you may want to ask at Template talk:NARA-image-full, too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:20, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We should remove that statement from the template. There is no reason we should be bound to repeat incorrect metadata, especially when it's a common issue across the many thousands of NARA uploads. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 18:55, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The false date should probably be moved to an "original description" field. Such an "original description" is often quoted e.g. for WW2 images with propagandistic descriptions. Just removing the false date may cause confusion later. –LPfi (talk) 11:18, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think this is a good solution, but I wouldn't want to make any changes until there is a consensus on this topic. There are many images with missing or inaccurate details (date, description, author) and file names which are undescriptive in the NARA catalog. Another example is here 111-SC-36855 - NARA - 55232893.jpg, where an author and date are listed, but not included in the NARA metadata on wikimedia or NARA. Caddyshack01 (talk) 14:23, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Caddyshack01: Isn't the date supposed to be the date recorded? Then it would be actually correct being 1917 – 1918, as the date recorded says "Apr. 1918" on the picture. Date taken is Jun 14 1916, which is written in the description field as "Scope and Content". Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:06, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In that case both dates would be relevant. Please clearly tell in the file description what the different dates stand for. –LPfi (talk) 20:30, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Polda18 and LPfi: I am finding it challenging to anything definitive on the purpose of the "|date=" field in an infobox, however on template:information it is "Date of creation, when the original source (such as photograph of 3-D scene, digital file, or original 2-D artwork, or SVG drawing) was created" and on Commons:Structured data/Modeling/Date the inception SDC is for "and which should be used for storing the time...photograph was taken". So from this, the proper use of the date field on the NARA images would be the stamped "Taken Date", and other dates such as the metadata and "Date Recorded" would go into the description? Caddyshack01 (talk) 14:35, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That makes sense. Then NARA should update their process to fix this issue. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:53, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to monitor only one category[edit]

I want to know how to see only photos add to an specific category. To be more clear, I want to see all photos recently add to Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Brazil without seeing all photos add to all other categories that I follow. Thx -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:46, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Rodrigo.Argenton: Is Special:RecentChangesLinked/Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Brazil what you're looking for? You might need to adjust the filters to catch just the kind of edit you're interested in. --bjh21 (talk) 09:03, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bjh21: , thx for trying, but no, even with all filters on the related categories appears, so looks the same as my filters at my wachlist. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 09:11, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rodrigo.Argenton: I think the best you can do is only category changes and cut everything else out. It still shows the other categories but this is fairly limited to the category changes to the files in the category. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 20:40, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Rodrigo.Argenton: you should get User:OgreBot to add your request to their User:OgreBot/gallery. You can try asking on the gallery talk page or maybe ask User:Magog the Ogre directly. Even though the bot is semi-active, it seems to be working properly. You can select as many categories as you like and even exclude sub-categories as you desire. Ww2censor (talk) 20:57, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It is a watchlist, but just for the category given. I use the corresponding rss feeds to monitor a number of categories. Agathoclea (talk) 06:39, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Some Page Popups do not show anymore after upgrading to mediawiki-1.37.4[edit]

Hi there, We use mediawiki to order our cooking recipes since 2019. I upgraded recently from mediawiki 1.35.1 to 1.37.4. Since then the Popups (using – (2c2c6d3) 07:04, 26. Jul. 2022) of some pages are displayed. For many Pages I get a popup window which gives the error message "Es gab ein Problem bei der Anzeige dieser Vorschau", which basically says: "There was a problem displaying this preview". Any ideas? 964C2 (talk) 06:13, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I guess you would get more useful help on MediaWiki support instead of Wikimedia Commons. Here we help with issues related to Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:04, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Polda18 Thank you for your advice. I find it not so easy to find out, where to best get some help :) Is there any kind of forum, where mediawiki help is provided? 964C2 (talk) 14:16, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There's not an official bulletin board forum, but the official wikipage I linked (MediaWiki support) is actually a discussion page that's used to ask questions related to technical issues. Post your question there and maybe someone will respond. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 15:48, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In case you're wondering, the full URL is Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 15:51, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how do I know[edit]

so im trying to upload a picture withot trying for it to get copyright, but i dont know its copyright tag, can anyone help me? 45BearsFan (talk) 21:50, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@45BearsFan: have you taken this image? Or found it on Internet? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 21:54, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hung Cao Photo[edit]

Hey, I was trying to find a photo to add for on Hung Cao, but when I try to add an image to Wikicommons, it's giving some disclaimer about how it has to be my original art. I'm just trying to add an image that is already in the public domain, not my own. Picryl is a trusted source and the photo is a government photo that shares the origin in the link description. Will I be in trouble for uploading this image? GamingJam (talk) 21:51, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @GamingJam: did you upload with Commons:UploadWizard or with some other tool? - Jmabel ! talk 23:17, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Upload Wizard GamingJam (talk) 23:37, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Correct tag for that would be {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}. - Jmabel ! talk 23:18, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Hi Jmabel, I tried to add that image (link mentioned earlier) to the Congressional elections link I mentioned earlier, but the resolution isn't the same size as Jennifer Wexton's. Is there a way I can fix this? GamingJam (talk) 00:03, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks for mentioning what I was thinking of with {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}. Does this apply here? GamingJam (talk) 23:40, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Yes, that would be the PD tag use in lieu of a license for this image.
    • When you say "the resolution isn't the same size" that doesn't make a lot of sense. It's like saying "the weight isn't the same distance" or such. Clearly it is not a simple headshot portrait like we have for Wexton. If a high enough resolution is available, you might be able to crop it to something acceptable. Or you might be able to find a more suitable PD image. Or someone might be persuaded to free-license their own photo of him. But there's no magic to turn a candid shot with a group of people into a professional-looking headshot. - Jmabel ! talk 05:55, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      @JmabelThanks for your message. It sounds like I can crop it so it's the same size as Wexton's (or close). I know that it won't be professional, it's just, using that photo with a bunch of other people made it wider than Wexton's photo and I'm trying to get it to the same size or close. Thank you for helping a newbie out. I look forward to getting my photo editor to crop it at an acceptable size. Check back at soon GamingJam (talk) 23:47, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How can I easily see featured/quality images in a given category?[edit]

Some categories have "Featured images of..." - sadly is without one.

There is "Good pictures" button in header, sadly it just shows "Connecting..." on clicking.

Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 21:53, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I tried but its intersection of Category:Featured pictures and (depth set to 10) runs forever and gives and - are there really no featured pictures of any motorways? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:23, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Quality images + Controlled-access highways also found nothing useful ([4]) But exists. In conclusion manual categories like Category:Quality images of roads and streets are needed to find anything Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Category:Woods presently seems to be a bit of a muddle, including both the substance (same as Category:Wood?) and the treed area (same as Category:Woodlands?). Does it serve any useful distinct purpose? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 00:17, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Probably could become a disambiguation leading to those two categories. - Jmabel ! talk 05:56, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see that Category:Woodlands defines "woodlands" as "low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade". However, to me, a "wood" can be high-density, just typically smaller than a forest (although no doubt somewhere you could find a "wood" as large as some other "forest"). ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:45, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In fact, I'm beginning to think it would be easier if woods and forests were combined into one category, since the difference is hard to precisely define. Then we wouldn't have to worry about it. Whether "woodlands" needs to be distinct is not very clear to me. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 20:06, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Photo of mayor election campaign picture on house wall[edit]

I recently took a photo of a painting on a house wall in Cologne (not North Korea, as one might think ;-), showing Cologne mayor Henriette Reker (ordered and paid by her to support her last election campaign in 2020). My photo is quite similar to this commercial one (above).

I would like to upload my photo under a free licence. May I, or could this cause trouble due to possible copyrights on the painting? --Anti. (talk) 11:56, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Anti.: Hi, and welcome. As Cologne is in Germany, COM:FOP Germany applies. I don't think the work is permanent (as it will probably be overpainted after the election), so I think COM:PRP applies, and you should not upload it without permission from the artist.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:10, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi, thanks. In fact, this painting seems to be permanent. The election took place on 13th September 2020, the painting was made a few weeks before and it is still on the house wall today. This article explained that "election posters in public spaces normally must be taken down promptly after the respective election. However, this does not apply to murals on private house facades". There seems to have been no attempt or plan to remove/overpaint it since then at all.
So, to me, it "serves the purpose of a not-merely-temporary presentation", so an upload should actually be legal ..? --Anti. (talk) 13:08, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: What do you think? --Anti. (talk) 23:39, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ارجو تحسين محركات البحث — Preceding unsigned comment added by بلال القلبي (talk • contribs) 00:20, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please improve search engines
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:03, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@بلال القلبي: أهلا ومرحبا. آسف ، لا يوجد شيء يمكننا القيام به حيال ذلك. راجع أيضًا COM:SIGN/ar.
Hi, and welcome. Sorry, there is nothing we can do about that. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:03, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

как попасть на лечение в немецкий лепрозорий ?[edit]

в метель? 01:55, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to get treatment in a German leper colony?
in a blizzard?
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:08, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Привет и добро пожаловать. Извините, мы тоже ничего не можем с этим поделать.
Hi, and welcome. Sorry, there is nothing we can do about that, either.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:08, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Commons standard upload program refuses completely different files as being the same images[edit]

How can I work around this problem? Commonist is very stongly missed. Stunteltje (talk) 07:55, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Problem found. Already upoaded. RIC. Stunteltje (talk) 08:58, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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why are you hacking me —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2607:FB91:BD82:DDEF:ECBB:5591:A073:B792 (talk) 08:24, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Change of image Sforza coat of arms[edit]

I have noticed that the coat of arms of the Sforza family of Pesaro is wrong. The original coat of arms of the Sforza’ is the golden lion in a blue field holding a branch of cotogno. The coat of arms you use was used only by the Milan branch. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Giudice123 (talk • contribs) 10:34, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Giudice123: Hi, and welcome. Where may we find the right coat of arms of the Sforza family of Pesaro?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Display bug[edit]

The "black background" display of pictures, e.g. at, is no longer working properly in the Edge browser. Pictures used to scale to fill the screen, but now they are scaled much too small, so the picture appears as a small rectangle in the middle of a large expanse of black. I think this should be reported as a bug. I wonder whether someone with access to the reporting system could do this? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 21:18, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edge browser uses the same engine as Google Chrome, and it works fine in Chrome for me. The picture scales so it fits in its entirety in the browser window, so I do see black bars on the left and right (image in the center), but the black areas are nowhere larger than the image itself. I can even provide you a screenshot: Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:32, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I put about copywrite?[edit] Hi, I wrote an e-mail to get copywrite and the journalist in charge replied “yes, you can use it”. How do I put about copywrite? There are many options I don’t understand. Shalom777br (talk) 21:53, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Shalom777br: Hi, and welcome. Please see VRT#If you are NOT the copyright holder.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:00, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 22:31, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please indicate me which copyright tag do I put in this case? Shalom777br (talk) 23:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Please indicate to me which copyright tag or license the journalist in charge chose.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:32, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
He allowed me to use it on Wikipedia Shalom777br (talk) 23:34, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Sadly, that's not enough. Also, if another photographer like Robert Lombaerts took the photos, we need permission from him too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:35, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What shall I ask him to write? Shalom777br (talk) 23:36, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Again, please see VRT#If you are NOT the copyright holder.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:40, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for your help. I sent to him an e-mail to write his statement and his photographer. I think it will take more time. Could you please take this limit of time “7 days” away? Shalom777br (talk) 00:41, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Now File:Tomoharu Ushida.jpg has a little more time.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:10, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 08:07, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: You're welcome. Private discussion continues in Ticket:2022080710005882.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:44, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: By the way, please note that the word is "copyright", not "copywrite". :) -- Auntof6 (talk) 22:09, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh, yes. Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 22:32, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image of a table[edit]

Hello, I am trying to upload an image of a table I created. The table is original using data from the ICC and World Population. Marloow (talk) 22:27, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Marloow: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a png image as a new user. Such uploads of png images are not allowed at all. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png image, it's a copyright violation taken from the web. Please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including any metadata, but it may be judged too complex to be under TOO in the country of origin, so you may need to license it on your official website or social media or send permission via VRT. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too. If you can't get a compliant license, the image may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. Also, please think about converting the table to wikitext via mw:Help:Tables, as tables of text are generally oos here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:20, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]



@TRKEARNS: Hi, and welcome. We don't maintain lists of actors here on Commons. Please be more specific, and turn off your CAPS LOCK.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:08, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image warping after resizing[edit]

I uploaded File:Josephoartigasia monesi skull.png, and then reuploaded a new version with taller margins on the top and bottom so the image would be a bit more square. But, when it's used as a thumb, it displays a super stretched image of version 1. I think I have to manually clear a cache or something, but I don't know how Dunkleosteus77 (talk) 01:20, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Weird warping going on
@Dunkleosteus77: Hi, and welcome. Please see COM:CACHE.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:26, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I purged it like a half hour ago and it still hasn't changed Dunkleosteus77 (talk) 02:41, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Took a while but yup that did it, thanks Dunkleosteus77 (talk) 03:51, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Dunkleosteus77: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:45, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Collective naming while uploading[edit]

I want to upload a series of images with names like IMG_20220730_133812.jpg that indicate date and time, but with the collective prefix Steyr 30 Loon op Zand as that is what they depict. As far as I remember from two years ago the upload form gave the option to add a collective prefix to the existing names, but now it bluntly refuses to advance to the next step as the current names are nondescript. I am *not* going to add the prefix and the categories 50 times, even less so as I have planned another upload of over 4000 files. I do however want to retain the datestamp, as it connects the files to my own archive.

Has the upload form been changed and what can I do to get this extremely unhelpful grumpy wizard to work form me? Or perhaps there are alternatives that work on my chromebook? → bertux 10:18, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bertux: Hi, and welcome. Please see Commons:Upload tools.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:22, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I tried Pattypan but I can't get it to work on my chromebook; perhaps it will work in Linux mode but I am not prepared to try that without guidance. None of the tools specifies for which operating systems they are suitable or tested; even on GitHub chromebook is rarely mentioned. Am I to try them all?
Anyway, the upload wizad should handle such basic tasks. Surely the current version is meant to scare off new users? Btw, I'm not a newbie and I didn't encounter this issue in previous uploads; as far as I remember, after inserting the prefix I was asked if all the files should get this prefix. Yes, sure! None of this now → bertux 10:48, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The english Wikipedia article on Chromebook says, Chromebooks can use Android apps. --C.Suthorn (talk) 14:02, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not all, but mine can. But is there an Android alternative to the Upload Wizard? → bertux 17:03, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bertux: Try COM:APP.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:21, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! However my device is not compatible with COM:APP. (I should have said 'My chromebook runs about 40% of Android apps properly and another 35% with restrictions or bugs'.)
Btw, I tried COM:APP with my Android phone but most of the app interface disappears when I hit the + sign for starting an upload. It doesn't respond and crashes after a few seconds. Anyway, although it worked when I tried it two years ago on the same phone I found it rigid, clumsy and disappointing → bertux 18:16, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Newbie help request[edit]

Would anyone be able to help me? I have a >100 year old photograph of a battleship I am trying to add to the relevant page along with a very brief description. I have spent far too long going around in circles trying and failing to do this. It’s a relevant/ interesting photo from 1919 previously unpublished. Can anyone quickly do this for me as I have tried and failed many, many times. Thank you. Albidog (talk) 14:59, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A photo from 1919 would *likely* be public domain in most countries. More info would help give a precise answer. What country was the photo taken in? (Different countries have different copyright law details.) Do you know anything about who took the photo - family, found photo, military archive? -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 15:18, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi. Thank you for coming back to me. The photo was taken by my grandfather in Italy in perhaps 1920. It is very unlikely to have been published anywhere. The glass negative recently came to light in his old house along with about 50 other photos of largely long deceased family members. I can send you a copy of the photo if you wish. Albidog (talk) 21:10, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


当前 2022年8月8日 (一) 21:52 颐园居(讨论 | 贡献) Reverted to version as of 12:38, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

请求删除这个版本 颐园居 (talk) 15:07, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]