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Илюстрирование научных статей википедии[edit]

  Доброго времени суток!
  Прошу отнестись с пониманием! Меня зовут Владимир Косов, я новый участник проекта Викимедиа. Я художник-маринист (иллюстратор) работающий с стиле многослойной живописи (лессировки). В настоящее время в мире не много художников маринистов умеют использовать приемы школы старых мастеров и при этом имеющие свой стиль создания таких произведений !!!
  Мои работы - это реконструкции каких либо исторических событий периода когда не было фотографии. Это не самопиар, а большой и кропотливый научный труд. Я с уважением отношусь ко всем участникам Википедии пишущим свои научные статьи. На основе Ваших статей я создаю свои живописные произведения. К сожалению я не являюсь продвинутым пользователем компьютера так как мне некогда это изучать . Поэтому когда у меня есть свободное от творчества время, я предлагаю Авторам написаных статей обратить внимание на такой же научный труд только в изобразительном искусстве и если коллега захочет, то может оставить мою иллюстрацию его статьи и придать этой статье дополнительную информационную и познавательную нагрузку. Мне очень приятно когда я вижу единомышленников, а не хантеров. Совметно с Вами мы не только улучшим Википедию, но и покажем наглядно как могло выглядеть наяву описанное Вами в статье событие.
  Обьем исторический материалов которые требуют иллюстрирования поистинне огромен, а художников способных сделать это на качественном уровне к сожалению в мире  становиться все меньше и меньше.
   Я понимаю что все проиллюстрировать не возможно, но если каждый из нас приложит хотя бы капельку взаимопонимания, то потомки по достоинству оценят наш совместный труд. И художники  снова обратят внимание на качественное изобразительное искусство.
  С Уважением В.Косов!

TOO high of resolution? Kepler's platonic solids[edit]

Hi, I work in an academic library. We recently scanned and uploaded File:Kepler Platonic Solids.tif at a very high resolution. I tried putting it on the enwiki Mysterium Cosmographicum, but it took so long to load that I don't know if it was adding value to the page. Should I upload a lower-resolution version for ease of use? Leave the existing page as-is? Thank you, Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 17:25, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • .TIFF is always a bulky format. It's typical that archives and libraries who have resources justifying its use on quality grounds (this would qualify) will often upload two versions, a TIFF and also a JPG. For most uses, the JPG does the job more easily.
That said, this is a MediaWiki site. MediaWiki will itself convert pretty well from TIFF to JPG and so in use on pages, there's no real need to do this manually. Andy Dingley (talk) 17:55, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Rachel Helps (BYU): MediaWiki caches scaled-down versions of pictures, so while a page might load slowly the first time as MediaWiki generates the scaled-down version, it should be fine for everyone thereafter. The general rule on Wikimedia projects is that editors shouldn't worry about performance. If MediaWiki is slow at displaying thumbnails from large TIFFs, the Wikimedia Foundation pays people to make it faster. --bjh21 (talk) 11:04, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]
That is very helpful to know. I'll put in the new image then. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 16:22, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Category:SBB_Historic_-_Plakate shows an error message Error creating thumbnail: File with dimensions greater than 100 MP--Masegand (talk) 08:33, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Does it still do that? There has been an issue lately, which now seems to be fixed, where the thumbnailer size limit had been set low. Andy Dingley (talk) 14:31, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]

File:Monotype font samples.png broken by some kind of change?[edit]

Not sure where the right page to ask/post this is but I noticed File:Monotype font samples.png does not render with the error message "Error creating thumbnail: File with dimensions greater than 100 MP". Since I assume that the file did work at some point, there seems to have happened some kind of change that no longer makes it render. Can this be fixed? Regards SoWhy 09:02, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[]

The thumbnailer doesn't like images with more than 100M pixels. I presume it used to be less restrictive, or we would have noticed. I've uploaded a smaller version which seems to have fixed it for the moment. If anyone has a better fix, please revert my change. Andy Dingley (talk) 10:33, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Best fix would probably be to convert to SVG but that has been requested for six years now. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do that. Thanks for the fix. Weirdly enough, it now shows the thumbnails for the bigger versions as well... Regards SoWhy 08:29, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Max size on the thumbnailer is configurable, someone may have re-adjusted it back up again (but not noticed this thread).
Would SVG help? You'd have to embed the font and have that accessible to whatever was going to render it as a bitmap. On the whole, I think a pre-rendered bitmap of the largest size we can manage is probably more robust. Andy Dingley (talk) 11:40, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@SoWhy, Andy Dingley: You're right, I didn't see this thread (I caught the one on COM:VPT though). That was phab:T291010, a side effect of trying to remove an extension thought to be unused. That change was reverted and everything should be back to normal.
As for SVG, you wouldn't be able to embed the font in the file. Only the freely-licensed fonts at m:SVG fonts can be used for security and copyright reasons. You could convert the text to a paths though. See Help:SVG#Fonts,_text for more on text in SVGs. AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 22:43, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Need help renaming a file[edit]

I made a slight spelling error while uploading this file, but my request for renaming has not been responded to. Please fix it. Best, Inimesh (talk) 01:47, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Inimesh: that plaque must not be very old; is there any reason to believe it’s not under copyright?—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:10, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Odysseus1479: As far as I can tell, there were no photo restrictions in the Qutub Minar complex, unlike some other places in Delhi. I saw other information boards that have been uploaded to Commons, and thus followed suit. According to this website, India's freedom of panorama provisions allow "the making or publishing of a painting, drawing, engraving or photograph of a sculpture, or other artistic work, any other work of artistic craftsmanship, if such work is permanently situated in a public place or any premises to which the public has access". Inimesh (talk) 01:58, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]
FoP does not generally apply to 2-D works, and I’ve seen many similar items from other Commonwealth countries deleted on that basis. Photo restrictions imposed by museums &c. are not related to copyright, so their absence makes no difference. But my concern is more about the text itself as a piece of writing (there‘s next to no creative expression in the design anyway), which is more than a few words and obviously the main subject of the photo.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:10, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Odysseus1479: So the question seems to boil down to whether this plaque, because it contains a fairly long passage of text, qualifies as a literary work. For one thing, no authorship or copyright information is present on the object. Also, with regard to plaques, Commons:Freedom_of_panorama says the following: "Sometimes, a literary work is a part of a building or sculpture or is presented on a publicly accessible plaque. In most jurisdictions, the literary work has a separate copyright which must be considered separately unless it is an integral part of the building or sculpture. A plaque describing the building or sculpture will not qualify unless the work is in one of the eleven jurisdictions which include an exception for literary works." Inimesh (talk) 07:24, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]
It is a literary work. Authorship information is not needed for that, and copyright information has never been needed in modern India. I don't understand your point in quoting the FoP page; all it says that the literary work had a separate copyright and doesn't generally fall under FoP. Below, there's a table showing for all nations whether they have FoP for text, and India has a red x in that box.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:20, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How to reincorporate encrypted image dynamics over multiple virtual interface platforms[edit]

Hi everyone,

I’m trying to upload some photographs directly from my website and it seems I am having trouble with the de-encryption/re-encryption process within the nested virtual desktop I am using. Has anyone else had this problem? My next thought is to try adjusting my adaptive router configurations. I’ve tried eliminating my firewall bypass and manually tweaking the relay parameters, which doesn’t seem to resolve the issue. I know that I could of course screen grab the images and import them that way, but I want to preserve image quality. Thanks! Butftucker (talk) 01:34, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Butftucker: I'm pretty sure you've just written a bunch of meaningless technobabble here. If you're trying to upload an image directly from a website to Commons, presumably using Special:Upload, it really doesn't matter how your firewall is configured or how many virtual machines you're nesting, as your web server should just be talking directly to Commons. Apologies if I've misunderstood you; please try to clarify your use case with less jargon if that is the case. – BMacZero (🗩) 05:43, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]

HMCS Prevost Official Ships Crest[edit]

Good Morning,

I am looking to add a ships crest to the HMCS Prevost page ( this crest is the official crest for Prevost. I would like to add it in the same area as HMCS Star (

How would I accomplish this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PVOEdits (talk • contribs) 15:47, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Can we see how it looks like? Ruslik (talk) 18:58, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Uploading public domain images[edit]

Is it possible to upload images from a public domain? This would be useful as some pictures have to be captured at certain times. Examples would be natural events, disasters, lunar eclipses, etc. — Preceding unsigned comment added by FizzoXD (talk • contribs) 04:14, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@FizzoXD: Yes, public domain images are acceptable to upload. Note that "public domain" is not the same as "publicly available"; see COM:NETCOPYRIGHT. – BMacZero (🗩) 06:28, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Bulk recategorization request[edit]

Hi, there are about 150 files named "File:Rocque Map of London 1746 <*>.jpg". These files are all categorized as "Category:Old maps of London" and its sub-sub-sub-Category:John Rocque's 1746 Map of London. Is is possible to task a bot with removing the "Old maps" category from all files (and check that the "John Rocque's" category is actually assigned to all these files) ? Thanks a lot, --Enyavar (talk) 14:12, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Should be easy enough... Andy Dingley (talk) 14:17, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]
That's 95 of them now in just the one category. What to do with File:Image taken from page 1082 of 'Old & New London. By W. Thornbury and Edward Walford. Illustrated' (11242345333).jpg is up to you.
I haven't looked for any others of that name which weren't in the cat to start with. Andy Dingley (talk) 14:20, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Sorry, SPARQL queries are down again, so I can't look for names outside the cat. Andy Dingley (talk) 14:29, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thanks for moving them, I just assumed there had to be some more. --Enyavar (talk) 14:53, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]
There are – maybe 80 (or just 30 – I'm having to use Special:BrokenSearch to look)? I'll try a bit later. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:03, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Problems uploading files using the manual "Upload file" form[edit]

Filled out the form, previewed and fixed a typo, pressed 'upload' and.... Blank page! I got the filled-out form back briefly with the browsers back button, but it vanished again! Setup: Chrome browser and MacOS -- current versions for both. I'm an experienced uploader: 4200 files uploaded already! Had this exact same problem happen a couple of days ago, so the glitch is at your end. Help? Is there a cache?? VERY annoying! TIA, --Pete Tillman (talk) 19:17, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[]

have you tried Special:UploadStash?--RZuo (talk) 10:07, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Deletion requests for my CC-BY photos (license change in 2021)[edit]

I have a large collection of Creative Commons photos on Wikimedia Commons that was uploaded by other users. When Flickr was popular about 10 years ago, I made lots of photos CC-BY. But I’d like to change my licensing now and I’d like to see if it’s possible for me to remove most of them?

If so, how would I go about doing that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Seeminglee (talk • contribs) 02:58, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • Sorry, but these licences are irrevocable.
You can stop offering these through Flickr any more under that licence, where they're from your account and under your control.
But what you can't do is control what happens if someone else has used that licence, and is hosting them and offering them correctly, under the terms of the licence they obtained them under. We have to do this, or else the whole licensing model fails. Andy Dingley (talk) 12:12, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • These may be relevant:
Andy Dingley (talk) 12:15, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]
    • Just to be clear: you can offer a more generous license, and you can offer an additional license that people might choose instead, but you cannot take back a license you have already issued. That is exactly what it means for the license to be "irrevocable." - Jmabel ! talk 15:32, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]
      • You should also probably review the original Creative Commons license page under which you released the images originally on Flickr. I\Once given it clearly states: The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. (my emphasis) Ww2censor (talk) 21:07, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Formato de archivos de vídeo[edit]

¿Cuál es el formato correcto para subir vídeos? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Royer langs (talk • contribs) 03:06, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Royer langs: preferably WEBM, see Commons:File_types#Video. accepts mp4, mkv, mov...--RZuo (talk) 10:07, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Para unos formatos, puede convertir. - Jmabel ! talk 15:33, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

هل استطيع ان اصل الى اي موضوع يستحق البحثث[edit]

هل استطيع ان اكون من المطورين على هذاالبرنامج وطرح افكار تفيدالمجتمع هل استطيع ان اكون مبدعا وقائدارياديا فيهذاالعمل هل استطيع ان احصل على شهاده خبره في هذاالعمل هلاستطيع اناستغل هذالبرنامج فيالاعمال التحاريه الصغيره والكبيره شكرا لكم جميعا —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:35, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How to nominate pornographic content for deletion[edit]

Hello all, I would like to nominate some purely pornographic images on commons for deletion. Can someone please tell me how I can go about doing this? Thank you Сцитяаре (talk) 17:17, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • See Commons:Deletion requests for nominating images for deletion. As it's unclear what you mean by "purely pornographic images", note that human nudity and human sexuality are considered within project scope when they can reasonably be used in educational/artistic contexts; see Commons:Project scope. As Wikimedia's founder noted, "mere nudity is not pornography" -- Jimbo Wales [1]. Images like poorly photographed penis selfies, on the other hand, are generally considered not to have in-project scope usefulness as redundant and are generally deleted. -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 17:52, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]
To some degree, pornographic images are in scope; in an optimal world, Wikipedia or Wikibooks would have pages on the history of pornography with (preferably historic and authentic, but representative recreations if necessary) pornographic examples.--Prosfilaes (talk) 02:22, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Jimbo seems like he has never read the law before. In many jurisdictions, nudity is indeed pornography, and illegal in some cases. Alpharts Tod (talk) 20:00, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Well, @Jimbo Wales: is not a lawyer. I am, albeit retired, and I don't think he intended in 2010 to give a definitive dictum relating to all jurisdictions. Even so, he has made grave mistakes since. Rodhullandemu (talk) 20:14, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

The RNLI Wikipedia Page[edit]

There is an image of the Atlantic 21 Lifeboat, on the RNLI page, as this is a boat that is no longer being used, I believe that the image should be updated to one of the current boats being operated by the RNLI. However I don't know whether to update the image or not, and if I take an image from the internet, will it be in violation of copyright?

Thanks Endellelverdam (talk) 18:41, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Make an image yourself or use one of Category:Atlantic 21 class lifeboats. --Stunteltje (talk) 19:13, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

direitos de autor e tipologia de foto[edit]

Boa tarde, Pretendia ilustrar o artigo da biografada com uma fotografia dela obtida numa visita ?a Comunidade Juvenil S. Francisco de Assis onde ela residia. Esta foi a sua última imagem e gostava de referir o nome do meu amigo. Como posso faze-lo? — Preceding unsigned comment added by MariaTserraGranado (talk • contribs) 20:42, 18 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@MariaTserraGranado: Biografia de quem, onde, e quem tirou a foto? - Jmabel ! talk 18:46, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]


I have photos given to me by the author I am writing about (I'm a fan). I have her permission to use them and she owns them. How do I procede? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nikkipoy (talk • contribs) 01:11, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Nikkipoy: please submit the copyright holder's permission via COM:RELGEN (COM:VRTS).--RZuo (talk) 08:06, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Copyright help regarding File:Sabina-Mendes-003.jpg[edit]

--Andysamual (talk) 02:18, 19 September 2021 (UTC) This picture is from Sabina Mendes herself and captured from her public Instagram. Please approve the copyright[]

@Andysamual: please submit the copyright holder's permission via COM:RELGEN (COM:VRTS).--RZuo (talk) 08:06, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]
If it is public, why would it need a copyright? Also, do social media posts all get registered with copyrights? Seems tedious and expensive. If that is the case, I learned something shocking today. Alpharts Tod (talk) 19:52, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Alpharts Tod: Under the Berne Convention, pretty much everything that is eligible for copyright is copyrighted by default. It isn't a question of "why does it need a copyright." It's that it has a copyright and therefore to belong on Commons it needs a free license. - Jmabel ! talk 00:01, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Jmabel: I'm no copyright expert. But I hear a lot of stuff about copyrights that just is not true. I've never heard this before. How does the news use pictures from facebook? Other people do too. Loads. All of the world. Pretty sure public is public. "According to Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, any image posted with the Public setting carries the implicit acknowledgment that said photo is available for access and use by anyone" Souce Alpharts Tod (talk) 08:35, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  1. "The news" uses pictures from Facebook either by permission or on a fair use basis. Commons does not ever host images on a fair use basis, because we always5 intend that general reuse be possible, which would not be the case on a fair use basis.
  2. Being "sure" of something that isn't true doesn't make it true.
  3. The linked article may be accurate about reusing content within Facebook (I don't know Facebook's policies that closely) but certainly posting publicly on Facebook does not waive rights about the image being reused outside of Facebook. - Jmabel ! talk 20:42, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
On the last point, from a quick look at Facebook’s ToU, one problem I see is that the licence lasts only as long as they host the material, so users can pretty much revoke it by taking their content down (or designating it as non-public). OTOH we require licences to be valid in perpetuity.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 22:41, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

My page got blocked[edit]

Dear Team,

I want to unlock my blocked page please assist — Preceding unsigned comment added by Salt Mango Tree Restaurant (talk • contribs) 08:40, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Salt Mango Tree Restaurant: This is Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia, and we cannot help you with your Wikipedia block. There is text at the bottom of your talk page (en:User_talk:Salt_Mango_Tree_Restaurant) that explains why you were blocked and how you might be unblocked. – BMacZero (🗩) 16:13, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Upload gambar[edit]

Gimana cara upload gambar ya? — Preceding unsigned comment added by D2356 (talk • contribs) 10:01, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

attribution d'une oeuvre[edit]

Bonjour, J'ai publié ce jour, 19 septembre 2021, 7 images dans Wikimedia Commons sous mon nom VIACCOZ Anne-Marie pour illustrer l'article de mon mari VIACCOZ Paul sur Wikipédia, dont je m'occupe de la maintenance avec son accord.

L'opération a réussi, mais: 1. je ne retrouve pas les fichiers dans le dossier Wikimedia Commons de VIACCOZ Paul?? ou sont-elles?

2. il s'agit de 7 photos dont je suis l'auteur, mais cependant j'ai un problème avec la mention indiquée sous chaque photo: VIACCOZ Anne-Marie: travail personnel. Il ne s'agit de mon propre travail, puisqu'elles représentent le travail personnel d'artiste de mon mari: VIACCOZ Paul. Comment faire pour effectuer le changement de nom.?? Merci d'avance pour votre aide. Salutations. VIACCOZ Anne-Marie, le 19.09.21. — Preceding unsigned comment added by VIACCOZ Anne-Marie (talk • contribs) 13:26, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

My French is good enough to understand her questions, but not to answer in French. Would a French-speaker please help out here? - Jmabel ! talk 18:57, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  1. @VIACCOZ Anne-Marie: You can find them all at
  2. They are not in any category related to him because you did not place them in any such category. For example, you put File:Exp. Musée jurassien des arts, Moutier, 2018.jpg in Category:Art (way too general), Category:Peintre (Jura) (almost certainly an error), and Category:Installation art. Please see Commons:Catégories.
  3. You personally are presumably not the copyright owner of your husband's work, he is. You can correct the statement about who is the author of the works on the individual file pages, but the legalities have to be sorted out by the process described at Commons:Equipe des répondeurs bénévoles. - Jmabel ! talk 18:57, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Merci beaucoup pour toutes vos explications dont j'ai pris note. Salutations - Anne-marie ! talk 08:28, 20 September 2021 — Preceding unsigned comment added by VIACCOZ Anne-Marie (talk • contribs) 06:29, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Impossible uploading photos[edit]

Hi, I have tried all afternoon to download photos. It was impossible. Other websites work. It's not internet connexion. Please help me. Thank you in advance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nguyễn Mai Trang (talk • contribs) 15:48, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

In your heading you refer to "uploading", while in the body of your message you refer to "download". Which is it? More details are needed. Please provide an exact description of what you do and what happens (or doesn't happen). ITookSomePhotos (talk) 16:42, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Search feature[edit]

Hi, I wonder whether anyone can answer these questions.

(1) Does the ordinary search feature ("Search Wikimedia Commons" entry field, not the advanced search) use a combination of filenames and descriptions to locate content?

On uploading an image, you are asked to "Add your file to categories so as to make it easier to find." (2) However, is it correct that the ordinary search feature ("Search Wikimedia Commons" entry field) does NOT use categories? (3) Can/should you type anything into this category field, or should you only use categories that are already set up?

(4) On uploading an image, you are asked to "Add metadata", but this field does not accept names of small places that I have tried to enter. How does one add these? I understand that the ordinary search feature by default does not use structured data: you have to enter some magic keyword to make this happen.

(5) Assuming I get round to doing either for my images, which is more important, categories or metadata? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:23, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Hi there. I think your questions No. 1 and 2 and partially 4 are best answered by reading Help:Searching and its link to the English Wikipedia search help. As to the other questions, here is what I would recommend:
3) Preferably you should use categories that already exist. However, if you feel that your photo needs to be put into a category that does not yet exist, you can enter a new category name which will cause a red link to appear on the file page. After that, you should then create the new category. Alternatively, you may create a new category before uploading your image so you can type in the name while uploading the image. Note also that new category names should match the pattern and style of existing names in a series of categories, e.g. "Category:N1234G2 (aircraft)" or "Category:John Doe (ship, 1995)".
4) If there is no entry yet at, you cannot add this metadata to your image page at Commons. E.g. to enter the name of a small town to the metadata field, you would first have to create a new item at Wikidata with a label corresponding to the placename.
5) Categories are more important because they help people navigate through Commons, and a lot of metadata will be added by some bot later anyway. De728631 (talk) 17:56, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@De728631: Thanks for your reply. I can't find anything very much about (1) and (2). Reason I ask is that I failed to find some of my content searching on quite specific words/phrases in the description and/or filename, but I'm thinking now that because they were recently added, perhaps they hadn't yet been "indexed" or whatever. Is that correct? Would there likely be a delay before the search feature would find them? Second point, regarding the categories, I'm looking at how to categorise places (towns, villages) and I must say I find it somewhat confusing. I did manage to navigate to Category:Places, then I found Category:Places in the United Kingdom and expected to find a long list of place names there, but nothing. Then I found Category:Places by place name, where there is a short list of place names ... but is that just all that have been created so far? If I want to add a new place in the UK, should I put it at Category:Places by place name or Category:Places in the United Kingdom? Or am I looking in the wrong place altogether? Also,is there some way to search all existing categories for a particular word or phrase, to find out whether something already exists somewhere? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:35, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@ITookSomePhotos: I think "places" without any further descriptor won't get you far in terms of categorisation. You might want to start at Category:Populated places in the United Kingdom though and work your way down to the most specific category. Note also that there are Category:Cities in the United Kingdom vs Category:Towns in the United Kingdom and Category:Villages in the United Kingdom. Also, I'm sorry but I don't know the details of the search function to tell whether there is a delay after uploading new content. From my experience, however, the search does work very quickly. Without knowing what exactly you were searching, it is hard to answer your question though, so maybe you could give us one or two of your search phrases so we can check them. De728631 (talk) 20:52, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thanks. If I may say so, it is HIGHLY CONFUSING to have Category:Places -> Category:Places in the United Kingdom not being where one puts, er, places in the United Kingdom. Even Category:Populated places in the United Kingdom is crazily complicated, with multiple possibilities for anything. BTW, if I alight on a category, is there a way to get a "tree view" of where this sits in the category hierarchy? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 21:38, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I'm not aware of any built-in tool that shows a category tree, but there is a somewhat complicated external method called vCat which takes arguments as url parameters and shows the entire category tree. Example: insanely diffuse category tree for Bristol. As to Category:Places vs Category:Populated places, I think the reasoning behind this solution is that a place can be any random location whereas a populated place is a type of settlement. See also the English Wikipedia Category:Places where the main article is the generic Location (geography). De728631 (talk) 22:06, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thanks. I think, if I may say so, that the category structure, and the means of navigation through it, is not designed for ease-of-use for newcomers. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 22:24, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Copyright help regarding File:FX+New+Comedy+Series+Premiere+Reservation+-6ZlCgRB3v0l.jpg[edit]

Hi, I have provided a source for the file that I have uploaded. I was told that there is no source to the file but I clearly placed it there?;

-- 19:02, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Providing the source is insufficient. You need to specify a free licence that was granted by the copyright holder of the image, or provide a verifiable reason why the image is in the public domain. This is why you were notified about missing sources or permissions. De728631 (talk) 19:07, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Производное произведение[edit]


Я разместил фотографию своего прадедушки из семейного альбома. Вот ссылка на страницу файла: [[2]].

Фотография была загружена для статьи о нем на Википедии: [[3]].

Сегодня я получил уведомление о том что: "Этот файл — производное произведение" и что необходимо: "указать автора и источник использованных произведений, чтобы можно было легко проверить выполнение авторских условий".

Я не могу предоставить какие либо источники и автора, тем более с возможностью проверки. Эта фотография была сделана в 20-х годах 20 века, а тот кто фотографировал давно умер и установить авторство не представляется возможным в принципе.

Что я могу сделать для того чтобы эта фотография не была удалена? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Myshelov (talk • contribs) 19:25, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Фотография недостаточно старая, чтобы можно было надёжно предположить, что автор умер более 70 лет назад. Поэтому ничего нельзя сделать. Ruslik (talk) 06:13, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How can I translate the content of an image, and post it in Wikipedia?[edit]

Hi! I intend to translate THE CONTENTS OF THIS IMAGE (here's the version in Portuguese of the same image) to Ido (I'm a collaborator of Ido Wikipedia) and to place it correctly, so the translated image must appear whenever anyone who speaks Ido needs to upload an image here. How can I post the translated image to Wikipedia? I didn't find any explanation about this, anywhere - if the information about how to send a translation to this image exists, I was not able to find it. I'll be very thankful if anyone can help me! Best regards to all, and please forgive my badly spoken/written English. Thank you! Joao Xavier (talk) 21:46, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Just upload it as any other image. Ruslik (talk) 06:05, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

RENAME - File:Les 21 points du S.O.I..jpg[edit]

File:Les 21 points du S.O.I..jpg should be File:Les 21 points du S.O.L..jpg .... 0mtwb9gd5wx (talk) 21:53, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • @Jmabel: a rename tab like wikipedia has would be more obvious.
{{Rename |1=new name |2= reason code |3=Explain your request |user=(optional) requestor's user name – Not a signature }}.... 0mtwb9gd5wx (talk) 17:00, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Re: a rename tab like wikipedia has would be more obvious. Perhaps, but in general we try to discourage renaming on Commons, because preserving filename continuity has value in and of itself. - Jmabel ! talk 18:02, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Meaning of Derivative work[edit]

Ia have received some messages from JuTa saying that some images I have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons are "derivative work" but they are not: they are just images of certain people mentioned in Wikipedia articles. What should I do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mjimenezale (talk • contribs) 08:21, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

E.g. File:AntonioGanRet.jpg is a picture you didn't take that you uploaded here. Derivative work may be not the clearest way to explain this. The problem is someone else took the picture. They had a copyright on it, and they or their descendants may still have a copyright on it. We need more details about who took the picture to figure out if it's actually in the public domain.--Prosfilaes (talk) 13:52, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Consider three cases: a photograph of a natural object, which you took today; a very old photograph or drawing, which you scanned today, making as accurate a reproduction as you could; a collage of an existing photograph, still in copyright, which you then modify in some way.
The first of these is your creative work. You hold the sole copyright. You can freely licence this, if you wish, and upload it here.
The second (as you describe here) is not a derivative work. It is merely a mechanical reproduction. You create no new copyright in this. If the source photograph was in copyright, the new copy of it remains in copyright (but not your copyright). If the source photograph was old enough to be in the public domain, it is still in the public domain. Whether it can be uploaded here depends on the state of the original photograph (It must be either out of copyright and in the public domain, or the rights holder must agree to licence it suitably. You might be the rights holder, but usually not.)
The third of these is a derivative work. It involved some creative input to the new work, more than a more mechanical reproduction. It creates a new copyright (which you will then hold). If there was an existing copyright on the source images, then that remains. Such a work can be uploaded here if the source images are both identified and are free for use here, as if they were uploaded directly. One simple way to indicate this is to upload them here themselves.
JuTa is claiming that this mechanical reproduction is a derived work. I don't know why, that's obviously wrong. However if the only question is whether the source image is free for use, then this doesn't matter: we still need it to be free, even for simple reproduction. However the false claim of a derived work does tend to confuse things and I wish they would stop doing it.
What should you do? Well, you need to demonstrate why the source image is usable (see the thread above). Andy Dingley (talk) 14:40, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
File:Ultimos días del Cubano.jpg may be a derivative work, if you took a plain map and added the annotation. Either way, you need to show the origin and licensing of the source map. If you added the annotation, then it's worth stating that you added that too and (probably) consider that this addition was below COM:TOO, thus not attracting protection (or you could even add a licence, stating that the licence applied to the annotation work). Andy Dingley (talk) 14:45, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Voglio aggiungere uno stemma in più sotto il nome della città. Come procedo? Grazie — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gianfranco Grieco (talk • contribs) 16:13, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Gianfranco Grieco: Quale città? Quale stemma (collegamento/URL ? Quando dici che vuoi aggiungerlo in più, intendi solo caricarlo su Commons o aggiungerlo da qualche parte in particolare? - Jmabel ! talk 00:06, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Jmabel La città è Viggiano, in Basilicata. Vorrei aggiungerlo in alto a destra della pagina che parla di Viggiano insieme agli altri loghi del Comune. Come posso procedere? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gianfranco Grieco (talk • contribs) 09:58, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Gianfranco Grieco: "la pagina che parla di Viggiano" => che pagina? Qualcosa qui su Commons? Nella Wikipedia italiana? Forse it:Viggiano? Non puoi aggiungere un secondo stemma all'interno del it:Template:Divisione amministrativa, lei permette solo uno stemma. L'unica cosa che mi viene in mente sarebbe di creare un'immagine qui su Commons con entrambi gli due stemmi, quindi usarla. - Jmabel ! talk 15:04, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
(Just to be clear to anyone following: I'm making some use of Google Translate to help me phrase this. I read Italian pretty well, but I'm at a pretty elementary level writing it. I basically am triangulating from Spanish and Romanian, with some help from Google Translate.) - Jmabel ! talk 15:04, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Jmabel Sì la pagina del comune di Viggiano. Ho caricato la foto con tutti e due i loghi ma purtroppo me li inserisce piccoli. Come posso inserirli per farli diventare grandi? Grazie — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gianfranco Grieco (talk • contribs) 15:03, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Gianfranco Grieco: Credo di aver fatto ciò che si può fare; va un po' meglio. Il problema è che c'è solo così tanta larghezza nel modello per uno stemma.
Si prega di vedere COM:SIGN.
Anche in File:Logo comune Viggiano 2.png, abbiamo bisogno di categorie e vorrei davvero qualche chiarimento su dove esattamente (URL) si può guardare per vedere che la licenza Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. - Jmabel ! talk 17:22, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Borrar dos imagenes[edit]

Hola buenas tardes, necesito eliminar dos imágenes subidas y no soy capaz de realizarlo. Son las siguientes:

Si alguien sabe y me puede ayudar le estaría realmente agradecido, ya que es urgente.

Muchas gracias

un saludo — Preceding unsigned comment added by Enriquemelboss (talk • contribs) 17:19, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Enriquemelboss: ✓ Done clpo13(talk) 17:24, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Hi. Just curious why, according to your rules for uploading, almost all the content here is in violation. Did the rules recently change? Thanks. Alpharts Tod (talk) 19:50, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Alpharts Tod: Can you elaborate? What rules for uploading are you referring to? clpo13(talk) 20:05, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Can I upload something from the Internet Archive?[edit]

So I found volumes of Das Neue Soldaten-Liederbuch, and the Wikipedia page "Ein Heller und ein Batzen" has a dead link. Thus, I am uploading a scan from the Internet Archive. Is this allowed? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thy Pyrometer (talk • contribs) 22:27, 20 September 2021 (UTC) Thy Pyrometer (talk) 22:27, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

While the book is out of copyright in the United States, some of its content may still be copyrighted in Germany where the protection term is the life of the author plus 70 years. So we need to know which page or volume exactly you would like to upload. De728631 (talk) 22:38, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Red ink on photos I posted on Commons[edit]

I posted some photos on Wikimedia Commons and am now attempting to make use of them on a Wikipedia article. However, they come up in red ink. For example:

Western Trails Museum, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, 2021.jpg

Why? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DTParker1000 (talk • contribs) 00:18, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@DTParker1000: you need to include the File: prefix before the filename, ex. [[File:Western Trails Museum, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, 2021.jpg]]. clpo13(talk) 02:52, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
& just to show that doesn't come up red, File:Western Trails Museum, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, 2021.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 20:43, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

What do I have to type to fulfill the licence requirement[edit]


I'm trying to upload a picture of El Plato del Bien Comer which is a graphic tool from the Mexican Norm-043. As it has been crated and delivered in 2005 to promote and educate the population on nutritional matter, I believe it is free of copyrights. What do I have to type to fulfill the licence requirement?

Thak you

Margarita — Preceding unsigned comment added by Minutricionysalud (talk • contribs) 00:30, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Cambiar el nombre de una imagen cargada y añadir metadatos[edit]

Creo que marqué equivocadamente la imagen que subí a Commons. La fotografía debería llamarse "El Pato del Bien Comer" y la metadescripción "Demuestra la composición de alimentos en la comida para conseguir una dieta correcta". ¿Es posible corregir la información? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Minutricionysalud (talk • contribs) 00:39, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Help me please[edit]

Hi, please can someone read my user page on here and do what it says on there for me, it's much appreciated if someone helps me on this. Speedcuber1 (talk) 01:57, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Speedcuber1: Your user page asks for two userboxes to be added to your English Wikipedia user page. Since you're blocked from editing English Wikipedia, it would be contrary to English Wikipedia's policies (en:WP:EVADE) for someone to make those edits on your behalf. Perhaps more pertinently, though, your user page already contains those userboxes, so adding them would seem pretty pointless. --bjh21 (talk) 10:14, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Bjh21: I meant making it so that they are the only 2 userboxes on my user page, is it really too much to ask? Speedcuber1 (talk) 17:38, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Speedcuber1: Yes, it is too much to ask. You're blocked from editing English Wikipedia, and that includes getting other people to make edits for you. --bjh21 (talk) 18:12, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
No worries @Bjh21:, in a way it's good that blocks work like this, as there's editors who have really bad intentions, i'm not one of them. Speedcuber1 (talk) 02:43, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Showing original copyright[edit]

Hi, I'm new to uploading files and can't figure out how to cite "original work" when I have created a "derivative work" using SVG. To use an example involving maps, do I just need to cite the organization, e.g., OCHA maps by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) or the organization and the map, e.g., Afghanistan - Location Map (2013) - AFG - UNOCHA.svg by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)? Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trwyr Tywyllwch (talk • contribs) 03:08, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

It is better to cite both the map and the author. Ruslik (talk) 09:33, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Use of {{PD-US-no notice ad}}[edit]

Everything I have uploaded to wikimedia commons so far has been disputed so I am coming here to ask before I upload. I am trying to find an image of Willie Bobo for his Wikipedia article.

I have found an image in a 1966 copy of Cash Box. It seems that it should meet {{PD-US-no notice ad}} licencing as it is an advert without a copyright published in a periodical between 1926 and 1977. I was inspired by the image on the Otis Redding page. Would appreciate some in put as I seem to put my foot in it a lot at the moment. Vladimir.copic (talk) 06:56, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How to remove files?[edit]

How to remove pictures, images, etc? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mhatopzz (talk • contribs) 14:45, 21 September 2021‎ (UTC)[]


Where do i find Siyazula to study online — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nxamagelde Nosizwe (talk • contribs) 15:45, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • @Nxamagelde Nosizwe: If this question has something to do with using this site (Wikimedia Commons}} I don't see the connection. - Jmabel ! talk 20:48, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

how do i upload my profile[edit]

how do i upload my profile — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wesso1954 (talk • contribs) 02:53, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Wesso1954: You may write about yourself on your user page, User:Wesso1954. If that wasn't what you wanted to do, you'll need to ask a more specific question. – BMacZero (🗩) 04:12, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]


I'm uploading an image, but want to know where do I place our requirements of Attribution if someone wishes to use my photo after I've uploaded it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Placesandhistoryexplorer (talk • contribs) 08:32, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Photo Permissions[edit]

Can I add photos (and or graphs) which were used in a scientific paper describing a new species? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Blazeclaw12 (talk • contribs) 09:19, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

See COM:LICENSING. If you're in contact with the authors, COM:OTRS may be useful. Andy Dingley (talk) 11:40, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Wrong photo - violation[edit]

The photo used is my own photo , my name is paul ancel and the photo used on wikepedia must be deleted

The subject of the article you link to died in 1961 and does not contain an image. Can you provide more information about the photo? Perhaps it is visible in Google but not on Wikipedia. Elly (talk) 12:18, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Yes, if you search French Google for "Paul Ancel", is shows a recent image grabbed from linkedin on top of the Wikipedia extract of fr:Paul Ancel in the box on the right. The people at Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons (this page) can not fix that. Only Google can do that. Below that box is a button "Signaler un problème". You can use that to complain to Google – I'd do it for you, but my French sucks … --El Grafo (talk) 12:32, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How to add image[edit]

How can I add Image to wikimedia commons — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrightjY (talk • contribs) 22:49, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

reusing content[edit]

can i use the wikipedia text cont and use at my own website after modifying the content? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:14, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

File:Teknoparrot Icon.png Objection and dismissal of deletion request.[edit]

Teknoparrot is an official logo operated by its website. This file that I uploaded is the official icon of Teknoparrot. Therefore, I would like you to object to the deletion request and dismiss the deletion request. Gameposo (talk) 00:42, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Gameposo: this is not the right place to argue the merits of a deletion request, nor are the file description pages. Please make your comments on the relevant DR pages, in this case COM:Deletion requests/File:Teknoparrot Icon.png.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:36, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Yes. Gameposo (talk) 10:14, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

File:Japanese Crest of Katura no miya Yosihito.png Objection and dismissal of deletion request.[edit]

I object to the deletion request for Japanese Crest of Katurano miya Yoshihito.png, so I hope you reject the deletion request for this file as well.

This file was not downloaded from stock adobe, and this file was not downloaded from stock adobe.

File:Japanese Crest of Katura no miya Yosihito.svg I downloaded it and worked with photoshop.

Therefore, this file is a file that you edited or worked on with Photoshop by downloading the original SVG file with PNG from Wikipedia Commons Public.

PD File.

We file an objection to the deletion request with the above witness and dismiss the deletion request.

  • Wikimedia Commons File:Japanese Crest of Katura no miya Yosihito.svg PNG Download Gameposo (talk) 01:09, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
See my reply in the section immediately above.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:37, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

how create gallery pages[edit]

I used to create some category pages, but now I cannot.

Can you please explain how to do?

ThanksPalamède (talk) 08:13, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Palamède: On Commons, a gallery is simply a page with no prefix, such as Zion National Park. You can create them like any other page on any wiki. Have you read Commons:Galleries? – BMacZero (🗩) 16:06, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

"Bad-prefix" upload error.[edit]

I uploaded a few dozen images with Commonist, and one gives me error "bad-prefix". I don't see anything different in this file. What is it? Danny lost (talk) 16:37, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Psychology Today giving enough attribution?[edit]

I notice Psychology Today has used a Commons photo, saying only "Source: Jidanni Creative Commons 4.0" with no way readers can find the source. Is that fair? If not, please tell them. Jidanni (talk) 12:43, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Jidanni: The attribution requirements for CC BY-SA 4.0 are set out in the licence, specifically in section 3(a). You can decide for yourself whether the publisher has complied with them. Personally, I think the only clear-cut contravention is that they've written "Creative Commons 4.0", which isn't the correct name of the licence, and haven't provided a link to the licence as required by 3(a)(1)(C). If you want to do something about that, that's a matter for you as the copyright owner. No-one else is in a better position to enforce your rights. --bjh21 (talk) 13:05, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I see. The certainly forgot 3(a)1 A v: "a URI or hyperlink to the Licensed Material to the extent reasonably practicable;" too! I'll tell them all this. Thanks. Jidanni (talk) 13:42, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]
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My account has been blocked, article rejected: Can I have a chance to edit?[edit]

Hello Wikipedia

I just wrote and requested to publish an article on Wikipedia but it was rejected since it sounded promotional thus violating the policies. Is there a chance I can be able to edit it again?

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nesma & Partners (talk • contribs) 22:05, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]

This is the Help Desk for Wikimedia Commons. AFAIK, you are not blocked here. However you are blocked at English-language Wikipedia, see here for why. Maproom (talk) 22:12, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Nesma & Partners: If you want to be unblocked on English Wikipedia, you will need to follow the instructions at the bottom of en:User talk:Nesma & Partners. Note that in addition to explaining why you should be unblocked, you'll also need to choose a new username that isn't just the name of an organisation. Each account on English Wikipedia is meant to be used by a single person, so a username shouldn't imply that it's used by multiple people. --bjh21 (talk) 22:17, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]