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

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

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

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

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

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

Translation help for antique photo from WW2[edit]

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

Previews of my SVGs are broken[edit]

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

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


هل من جديد في الفديوهات
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Amine taoussi (talk • contribs) 11:00, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

Military OrBat Graphics[edit]

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


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



こちらのサイトに掲載されている B29、原爆投下の動画や画像について 「public domain」マークが付いているものは

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Takahiro takeno (talk • contribs) 07:58, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

About the use of B29 and images of atomic bombings, on broadcasting images[edit]

It is a question in terrestrial TV broadcasting for domestic domestic market.

It is published on this site B 29, About animation and images of atomic bombing What is marked as "public domain"

Is it no problem to use it on broadcasting?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Takahiro takeno (talk • contribs) 08:25, 9 August 2018 (UTC),_Curtis_LeMay_Operation_Crossroads,_Atom_Bomb_Test,_Bikini_Atoll,_July_1,_1946.webm
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Takahiro takeno (talk • contribs) 07:58, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
Lets see if I understood
You want to use this images on TV show at Japan?
Yes, you can.
Public Domain means that no one have rights about the work, the use is free.
Let me know if I'm correct and if this helped Takahiro takeno
-- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 05:59, 11 August 2018 (UTC)


Is it a gymnasium?--Kai3952 (talk) 21:18, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

Not out of copyright after all?[edit]

Moved to Village pump/Copyright#Not out of copyright after all? - -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 05:35, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Help need[edit]

Hello! In Republic of Srpska there is a photo-competition Trace of Soul 2018 in progress. Yesterday and today we receive a few e-mails from competitors - they complained that they have a problem with photo upload. We have tested, and in third step, after release rights a page got "freezes". Does anyone know what is the problem? We really need help. Thanks! --Bojana Wiki PG (talk) 11:53, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Can you better explain what you mean with "freezes"
It just stop after what?
You click at "This file is my own work." and the next do not appears?
-- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 04:04, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
Hi Rodrigo.Argenton! Thank you for your response. The problem was a different kind. The good news is that we're all set. Everything is OK now. Thank you again! Best, Bojana Wiki PG (talk) 18:55, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Problem with my svg image colors[edit]

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

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

Image mistakenly uploaded - not free of copyright restrictions - help![edit]

A while ago I uploaded to Commons a copy of one of my photos of my sculpture, assuming that I owned the copyright because I owned the sculpture. It is at

But, I have since discovered that under Australian copyright law owning the sculpture does not give me ownership of the copyright:

INFORMATION SHEET G033v17 January 2017: Artists & Copyright

“Ownership of copyright is separate from ownership of the physical item. Buying a picture, book, photograph or CD does not give you rights to copy it.”

“Where copyright in an artwork is jointly owned, permission is usually required from each owner.”

PLEASE tell me how to get the image removed from Wikipedia Commons as it is incorrect for it to up there. I've asked several people who are Commons Admins but no-one's replying ...

I want to do the right thing.

SurveyorMJF (talk) 00:25, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Now you just need to wait SurveyorMJF -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 03:57, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, Rodrigo. I am relieved that someone is paying attention to my beseeching. SurveyorMJF (talk) 20:44, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
SurveyorMJF, next time that you have copyright issues use: Commons:Village Pump/Copyright, you will be better attended.
For cases like that, where there is a clear copyright violation, the best acting is to include the template {{copyvio|the reason}}
Flagging the file as this, a sysop will check and exclude if necessary. Do not need a discussion around things that are black or white, we need discussions to grey situations.
Okay? Thanks for contributing, new questions or issues you can reach us here, or contact me at my talk page.
-- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 04:58, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

ماذا عن رفع الملف في ويكيبيديا مصري؟[edit]

السلام عليكم، أرجو منكم السماح لمستخدمي ويكيبيديا مصري أن يرفع الملف سواء كان صورة غلاف الكتاب أو ملصق للأفلام السينمائية، أرجوكم.--حمدى10 (talk) 05:08, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

@حمدى10: Wa alaykumu s-salam. Wkimedia Commons does not accept COM:FAIR USE. Book covers and movie posters can only be uploaded locally to Egyptian Arabic Wikipedia.
I see that "Upload file" link on the right menu at ARZWP redirects to Upload Wizard at Wikimedia Commons, but you should not upload those files here. I also see that arz:Special:Upload is restricted to admins only. You should solve these problems locally. Unfortunately we cannot help you here. 4nn1l2 (talk) 05:41, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Help with getting a category in the right place in the parent category[edit]

In Category:Piers in San Francisco by number I can't get Pier 34 in the right place. It always ends up in the bottom of the cat, no matter what I do. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 22:53, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

@Kalbbes: It should be fixed now. Categorization is automatically done when you place {{San Francisco Pier number}} in the category page. 4nn1l2 (talk) 23:02, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
@4nn1l2: Thanks so much. Seems like magic! Kalbbes (talk) 23:27, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:TEBA Logo 2018.svg[edit]

Hallo, ich arbeite für die Konzernmutter VR-Bank Landau-Mengkofen eG und wurde vom Tochterunternehmen TEBA Kreditbank GmbH & Co. KG gebeten, das Logo auf der Wikipedia-Seite auszutauschen. Ich habe das Logo bereits raufgeladen, aber brauche Hilfe bei der Lizenz. Das Logo stammt von der Webseite der TEBA Kreditbank

Vielen Dank!

--Ukick (talk) 05:28, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Approval for Article.[edit]

I have posted a article, its been 17 days but haven't got any approval or any comments for the same.

Please help how should i proceed further and post this article on Wikipedia.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Info3819 (talk • contribs) 06:29, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
This is not Wikipedia but Wikimedia Commons where free media files are hosted. We don't have any article pages and you didn't upload anything here, so please ask your question at the Wikipedia where you wrote your article. De728631 (talk) 07:14, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
If you were referring to en:User talk:Info3819/sandbox, please note that nobody could approve your draft article yet because you did not notify anyone of its existence, nor did you ask for review. Pages like this are a subset of your user page and are not automatically shown to the public like Wikipedia articles. If you would like to request a review for approval as a new article, please add {{AFC submission}} to the top of that page. De728631 (talk) 07:22, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Does colorization of an old monochrome photo create a separate copyright?[edit]

Hi! I have this question regarding one certain photo of a person, that exists on Commons in a monochrome version, and on the internet in colorized version. The latter one had been uploaded to uk-wiki with a wrong license stated. Can it be transferred to Commons as PD-old?--Piramidion (talk) 11:16, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Hey Piramidion. It looks like, at least in the US, these might be okay. Per this (see also this), the US Copyright Office ruled in the 80s that colorized films could be copyrighted, but that copyright would not be granted for colorizing only a few frames. I'm also seeing a few places where a case of Sargent v. American Greetings Corp is cited as establishing that colorization of a pencil drawing is not itself eligible for copyright. This would only apply to US images though. I'd be interested to hear additional input from others. GMGtalk 15:21, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
I suspect this question should be taken to Commons:Village pump/Copyright where there is usually a lot more expertise on copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
i suspect that if the colorization is by algorithm, it might be judged "not creative" but if by hand (paint by numbers) if might be creative. such are the facile distinctions of judges. very little case law. Slowking4 § Sander.v.Ginkel's revenge 02:28, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Piramidion: I think colorization does create new copyright, at least in low TOO countries. Which files are these and where did the artistic work happen?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 03:39, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: It's all about this file: uk:Файл:Аль Капоне1930.jpg (this one exists on Commons). I also found this article regarding these exact colorized photos. --Piramidion (talk) 05:55, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Igorkhait: Did you colorize this photo? If so, where? If not, who did and where did you get it?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:09, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Piramidion: Based on that article, it appears that the colorization was done by Jecinci at (based in the UK with high TOO), and that person watermarked the images in that article with a copyright statement. I would venture to guess that the brow of that person sweat some during the process.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:19, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
OK, I'll delete that photo then. Thanks for your help!--Piramidion (talk) 17:50, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Piramidion: go over to the photography workshop and request colorization. It helps if you can provide links to actual color photos or paintings (not colorized) of the subject. I've done it before (knowing what I know now I probably wouldn't have overwritten the original, but reverting now will only create more disruption). It's a lot of work though. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 19:09, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Inserting a photo from the commons into a post[edit]

I am trying to insert a photo that I just uploaded to the Commons to a post, but when I search the file name, it does not appear in the results.

This is the photo:

I am trying to add it to the Jacquelyn Ottman page.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Anonymouswikieditor1 (talk • contribs) 18:49, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
It's not already at the Jacquelyn Ottman article?
-- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:39, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
It certainly appears to be in Jacquelyn Ottman. - Jmabel ! talk 20:57, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Ooh, I like the use of en:Template:CSS image crop. We have that here as Template:CSS image crop.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 21:11, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Need help with Category:Economic inequality and Template:Categorise[edit]

See: Category:Economic inequality. How can I get Template:Categorise to allow itself to be wrapped around like {{see also cat}}? I believe the change needs to occur at Template:Categorise/layout. Is there a width parameter that allows this wrapping?

{{Wikidata Infobox}}
{{en|[[w:Economic inequality|Economic inequality]]}}
{{See also cat|Social inequality|Economy by continent|Economy by country|Economic charts|Economic diagrams|Economic graphs|Economic statistics|Income|Wealth}}.
economic inequality 
divergence in economic well-being within a group
Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Wikipedia
Wikiquote-logo.svg Wikiquote
Authority control
Blue pencil.svg

There is another example at Category:War casualties.

@Nihiltres: Thought I'd ping you for some help too. --Timeshifter (talk) 04:07, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

I think Template:Mbox has a default of 100% width. Can that be removed by a parameter setting at Template:Categorise/layout?
Is this the right place to be asking these questions? Is there a technical help forum on the Commons? --Timeshifter (talk) 04:00, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Timeshifter: Changing the width would not help. The problem is clear: both; in {{Mbox}}, but I have no idea what the side effects of removing it might be. LX (talk, contribs) 08:20, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. It was added in this diff. --Timeshifter (talk) 07:50, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
Removing it solved the problem. --Timeshifter (talk) 07:57, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Creating a new category[edit]

I would like to create a new category: Fully feathered baskets. Reading through the directions, I am unable to understand how to do this. Can someone please advise me? It would be much appreciated.Hu Nhu (talk) 05:18, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

@Hu Nhu: You would be making a new page in the Category namespace, like you did with Fence art in mainspace. Would you categorize it under Category:Pomo baskets, Category:Pomo, Category:Native American baskets, or elsewhere?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:52, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.:Thanks, I think I got it. Hope I did it right. I see that you invited me to ping you. I do not know what it means to ping. Is it what I did at the beginning of this edit text? If not, then what does it mean? Thanks for your help. I am still learning much.Hu Nhu (talk) 16:42, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Hu Nhu: Here is what you did:
  1. In these three edits, you added nonexistent Category:Fully feathered baskets to Category:Native American baskets, Category:Native American tribes in California, and Category:Baskets. This was backwards, I was discussing creation of Category:Fully feathered baskets and adding one of those categories to it (that is, putting it in one of those categories).
  2. In this edit, you uploaded File:Fully feathered basket Santa Roas College.jpg and added it to categories Category:Baskets, Category:Native American tribes in California, Category:Art, Category:Santa Rosa, California, Category:Marin County, California, and Category:Sonoma County, California, but not to Category:Fully feathered baskets. I think you misspelled "Roas".
  3. In this edit, you uploaded File:Pomo fully feathered basket jpg.jpg and added it to categories Category:Pomo, Category:Pomo baskets, Category:Art, Category:Baskets, Category:Marin County, California, Category:Sonoma County, California, Category:Sonoma, and Category:Santa Rosa, California, but not to Category:Fully feathered baskets. I think you added "jpg" one too many times.
Why the different counties?
My concern at the moment is licensing of the underlying basket (a 3D artwork) in your photos. What do you know about artist Suzanne Holder's lifetime? Is it fair to assume that she created this basket in California, or at least the US? If she is still alive, did she grant a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license for your photo of her 3D artwork? Did the Jesse Peter museum grant it? Please review COM:DW. Without a means of access to the inside of the basket, it appears not to be a utilitarian article.
Your ping was almost perfect, you just included a superfluous vertical bar "|" at the end. You could separate your signature from your writings by placing a space before your signature.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:27, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Fort Ballance 11.jpg[edit]

How do I know what category this photo would come under? (this is my first time using wikimedia, i'm trying to figure out how to add a picture to the fort ballance wikipedia page.)

--Legospacefan1978 (talk) 05:50, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

@Legospacefan1978: You could start with the categories at en:Fort Ballance, if they exist here. Our category tree is rooted at Category:Topics.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:56, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
(But there is not, and never has been, a file with that name.) - Jmabel ! talk 15:35, 14 August 2018 (UTC) Duh. I didn't prefix "File:". - Jmabel ! talk 22:56, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
We do have a Category:Fort Ballance at Commons. De728631 (talk) 15:39, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
And there is also File:Fort Ballance 11.jpg. @Legospacefan1978: To add this image to en:Fort Ballance, just do the following:
  • On top of the Fort Ballance article, click the "edit this page" button.
  • Look for a line that reads | image = and change it to | image = Fort Ballance 11.jpg
  • Scroll down and publish the changes. De728631 (talk) 16:04, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Legospacefan1978, Tony Wills: Are there efforts underway to remove graffiti from the buildings or photos?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:11, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Using Wikipedia Commons images for commerical purposes[edit]

My name is Chris Chiaverina. I'm co-authoring the second edition of a physics textbook and wish to use Wikipedia Commons images in the book. I must say, I'm quite confused. I would greatly appreciate it if you would address the following questions:

1) How do I know if an image may be used commercially?

2) Is it legal to use a photograph of artwork that resides in a museum or is on display indoors or outdoors? For example, can I use a photo of sculpture by a living artist?

3) How do I properly credit artwork found on Wikimedia?

4) Does Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license or Gnu licensing allow me to use the art and, if so, which, if both are listed, do I include them in the credit.

Thank you very much for addressing my questions.

Chris —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2601:240:4201:7A40:E0E2:17C2:B703:82DC (talk) 19:54, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

My answers are:
  1. Any image on Commons can be used commercially (subject to the attribution requirements).
  2. It depends (See Commons:FoP).
  3. See Commons:Attribution
  4. I suggest that you use a CC license.
Ruslik (talk) 20:20, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Is Ruslik0 aware of Category: Copyright by Wikimedia? Moreover, many images on Commons have various non-copyright restrictions of use, in some cases making a legal commercial use virtually impossible. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:24, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Please read our propaganda
My answers are:
  1. All images on Commons can be used commercially.. assuming the license wasn't laundered. There is no simple answer to how you can check that. Laundered images shouldn't be here, but the matter of fact is they are.
  2. Images on Commons are required to be free both in the United States and the country of origin. If you are are publishing elsewhere, check with your local laws. You probably want to be careful anyway, there are (for example) plenty of images of artworks on Commons from countries without (sufficient) FoP.
  3. 2D works: credit the artist. 3D works: credit the photographer and artist.
  4. Both allow you to, but "Gnu licensing" (I assume you mean w:GNU Free Documentation License) may be less than ideal, see our propaganda..
You may want to consider hiring a jurist to confirm the images you want to use can be used the way you want to. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 21:36, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
By the way: if you can't afford a legal expert, I'm willing to look at the images you want to use. I am not a legal expert, but quite frequently mistaken for one and can probably give you useful advice in this field. I don't ask for money, instead, I would ask you to release a part of the textbook with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. (the other authors would have to agree to that too) It's an offer, nothing more. If you're interested you should register an account here. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 21:48, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

صورة شخصية[edit]

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

من فضلكم حاولت رفع صورتي الشخصية لوضعها على بروفايلي الموقع جداً معقد ومتعب في التعامل ..........أنا إعلامي وأعرف الكثييييييييييييييييييييييييييييييييير عندهم نفس الملاحظات الرجاء تسهيل التعامل مع الموقع لذلك ابتعدوا عنه

كيف أستطيع رفع صورتي لوضعها على بروفايلي
— Preceding unsigned comment added by غفران محمد إسماعيل حجازي (talk • contribs) 02:05, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Peace, mercy and blessings of God Please try to upload my profile picture to put it on my profile The site is very complicated and tired in dealing .......... I am a media person and I know Kathyyeeyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee have the same comments please make it easy to deal with the site so stay away from it

How can I upload my picture to put it on my profile
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:15, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
@غفران م حجازي: لا أعتقد أن لديك ما يكفي من التعديلات حتى الآن لتحميل صورة ملفك الشخصي لكل COM:PS. I don't think you have enough edits yet to upload your profile picture per COM:PS.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:31, 15 August 2018 (UTC)



I have a copy of a photo, taken from a modern newspaper, of a person who died in 1847. Can the photo of that person be uploaded to Wikipedia Commons?


(Histragic (talk) 10:52, 15 August 2018 (UTC))

@Histragic: Yes. Please specify exactly where you found it, who the newspaper credits as photographer and article author, and in what country the photo was taken and the newspaper was published.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:59, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Photo I've taken of a book I own.[edit]

I would like to upload a photo I've taken of a book I own. I experienced difficulty, and deletion, when I did this on an earlier occasion, as it was held that the book's front cover was covered by copyright. Would it be acceptable to upload an image of a page from within a book? Many thanks. KJP1 (talk) 15:37, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Hey KJP1. You can upload an image of the cover locally on the English Wikipedia under a claim of fair use, by using the Upload Wizard there. Select This is a copyrighted, non-free work, but I believe it is Fair Use. and then fill in the fields telling what the image is about and where it will be used. The caveat there is that for it to qualify for fair use, the book needs to have its own article.GMGtalk 18:04, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
You don't say what book, but the usual answer would be no. Unless either the image is so simple that it cannot be copyrighted, or you have some specific basis on which you know the image is no longer copyrighted, you should not upload it to Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 20:01, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Permission of consent was sent by author of a picture - picture still has a notificaton of missing permission[edit]

Good evening,

I uploaded a photo on Wikipedia Commons yesterday and got a notification of missing evidence of permission. Right after, the author sent a declaration of consent to But the picture still has the notification of missing evidence and will be deleated in 7 days. The link of picture is:

What else is necessary to do to release the picture? Did I do something wrong?

Many thanks for your help in advance
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Wolf R. Hirschmann (talk • contribs) 19:47, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
If the image is deleted it will be restored after the OTRS ticket is processed. It may take a long time as there is a large backlog. Ruslik (talk) 19:59, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for your answer Ruslik. The picture hasnt been deleated yet, just notification. I still have 6 days. Hopefully it will be processed during this time.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Wolf R. Hirschmann (talk • contribs) 21:02, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Adding photo of wikipedia page?[edit]

Hi. I'm uploading a photo of a small section of main page on Wikipedia (the "Welcome to Wikipedia" bit) that shows the sub pixels of my monitor. Would I have to release it under the GFDL/CC BY-SA 3.0 license configuration? Abequinn14 (talk) 21:57, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

@Abequinn14: it depends on what's being displayed, I suppose. The Wikipedia logo is trademarked and the MediaWiki software, which powers Wikipedia, is licensed GPL, while Wikipedia text is licensed CC BY-SA 3.0 and some is also licensed under the GFDL (see Wikipedia:Reusing Wikipedia content).
I don't think there's anything copyrightable about the phrase "Welcome to Wikipedia", if that's all you're focusing on, but you could use the template {{Wikimedia-screenshot}} to cover all your bases; otherwise CC BY-SA 3.0 by itself should also be okay, since text dual-licensed GFDL/CC BY-SA 3.0 can be used under either license. clpo13(talk) 16:11, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Category:Temples in Lamay Island[edit]

Why is the preposition used with "Lamay Island" is "in"?--Kai3952 (talk) 04:33, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

I think we should use "in" for political boundaries and "on" for geographical features.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:05, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
The only circumstance I can see where the choice would make any meaningful difference would be of an island that also has an administrative district named after it, but we usually disambiguate those anyway: Foos in Bar Island Province or Foos in Bar Island (municipality) as compared to Foos on Bar Island, so the preposition doesn’t carry the semantic burden, so to speak. In general I don’t see much benefit in enforcing a standard. (There are also some dialectical differences; for example in UK English a building or address is said to be in a street, while in North America it’s on.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 19:27, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Coat of arms identifications[edit]

Seems like a CoA?

Does anyone know if this is an existing CoA? It appears to be inspired by File:Blason du royaume de France.svg but I don't know how to find this variant if it's an existing CoA. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 05:42, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Afaik the large "logo" in the center is not a traditional heraldic charge but it looks like it was made up by someone for this cosplay sessions. The ancient arms and flag of France were "Azure semée-de-lis or", i.e. a blue field with lots of golden lilies. White banners were only introduced in the 17th century 200 years after Joan of Arc. De728631 (talk) 11:33, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Requesting permission to reuse an image in a manuscript for publication[edit]

Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to request permission to use this image in my manuscript for publication with InTech Open publisher: Kindly please inform me if it is allowed or I should contact its developer before using the image. Your kind help and cooperation are greatly hoped and appreciated. Thank you.

Regards, Hussain, H., Malaysia. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 07:55, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Hello. This file was released into the public domain by its author, so you can use it anywhere and for any purpose. There is also a suggested way for attributing this image shown in the description of File:Thyroid hormone synthesis.png (see the Author section). De728631 (talk) 11:37, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
In addition to the above, you may find that File:Thyroid hormone synthesis.svg scales better for you. Pinging @Mikael Häggström.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:01, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Well said by Jeff G. ツ. Mikael Häggström (talk) 19:50, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Uploading Video[edit]

Hi ! Can I upload a video on Wikimedia commons(of about 47 MBs). Please tell me a way to upload video.

PakEditor (talk) 09:42, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

  • Please see Commons:Video, then ask if you have some more specific questions. - Jmabel ! talk 15:26, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

You do not have the permission to review images, this edit was therefore disabled.[edit]

...This is not the result I was hoping to get after 20 minutes of sorting through a mostly useless Flickr feed to find what images were in scope. Make it stop. GMGtalk 17:02, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Wut. I tried again and now it says the first one was successfully uploaded, and all the rest still have errors displayed, but when I click on my watchlist they've now all been uploaded. I'm confused. GMGtalk 17:59, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

(Dutch) question about rights release[edit]

hello everybody,

i have a question about the lease of rights on this webiste: ScoutGallery.

it states that if you credit "Foto: Scouting Nederland" than the photos are rights free.

my question is this way of releasing right compatible with wiki commons.

thanks in advance,

--Wvdp (talk) 09:44, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi Wvdp, I just took a look at the Flickr photostream of the scouting, and it is using the all rights reserved template. The photos should be licensed with a Creative Commons license (CC-BY or CC-BY-SA) to be suitable for Wikimedia Commons. Why not contact the scouts and ask them to change the license on Flickr to CC-BY? This way, they can still have the desired attribution, and it makes the pictures easy to transfer to Commons. MichellevanLanschot (talk) 13:04, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Batch renaming files?[edit]

Hi all, is there a way to batch rename files in a certain category? For example in Category:Photographs_by_Cord_Otting, the files have a accidentally been uploaded with a none descriptive filename which should be replaced with the information in the 'title' field (which is also not applicable to these pictures). I can off course rename them all manually, but I am just curious to see if there is a faster/smarter way. Hope you can help me, thank you so much in advance! MichellevanLanschot (talk) 12:59, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi MichellevanLanschot. Yes, User:Perhelion/massrename.js exists. Nevertheless you cannot rename them yourself, because you are not a file mover. You can either apply to become one at COM:RFR or ask a file mover to rename those files for you. 4nn1l2 (talk) 13:10, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Overwriting another user's file[edit]

I once uploaded an image and it got updated by another person. Now, I want to update but I cannot remember the email and password of the user who uploaded it. I have this user instead, but it won't let me overwrite the image.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by New in site (talk • contribs) 03:58, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:23, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Because your account is too new to have overwriting privileges. If you intend to be generally active here, you'll have those pretty soon. If not: I suggest you just upload it as File:World countries Standard & Poor's ratings 2018.svg (or other appropriate name) and ask for someone else to copy it to File:World countries Standard & Poor's ratings updated.svg. - Jmabel ! talk 15:55, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
@New in site: A password reset message has been sent to A314100050.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:23, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Media from Pixabay[edit]

Is it possible to upload media from Pixabay without any attribution, which distributed under CC0?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by PlavorSeol (talk • contribs) 18:25, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
If it is really CC-0 then attribution is not a legal requirement but Commons policies still require it. Ruslik (talk) 20:28, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Help with new template.[edit]

Hi there, I tried to create the category but apparently it doesn't work the way I imagined. Can somebody help me? Thank you!  — Elvaube ?! 20:08, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

I forgot the "}}" in the end of the translations.  — Elvaube ?! 20:20, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days.  — Elvaube ?! 20:20, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Error Msg. During Upload: The content must be freely licensed. Don't copy files illegally (in violation of copyright) from the World Wide Web.[edit]

I uploaded my own creation earlier this evening and then made it much better changing colors and text, so I wanted to upload with again, new file and a new name and I got this error message.

During upload, I marked as my own creation and then filled in the name, other information and hit upload and I got that error.

Hope you can help me! : )

MEcfsFMS --MEcfsFMS (talk) 05:04, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

How to delete a file[edit]


I've uploaded a file some years ago I now want to delete. Can you tell me how to do it ?

Thanks ! Namitsu (talk) 06:37, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi Namitsu,
You can create a deletion request, but you need a reason. We don't delete files without a valid reason, as the license is irrevocable. Regards, Yann (talk) 06:52, 20 August 2018 (UTC)