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File:Laurenceolivier.jpg[edit]

The version of File:Laurenceolivier.jpg that we currently have on Commons is lopsided with a crooked black border around it and an upside-down reproduction number at the bottom. There have been several attempts over the years to correct this with new uploads, but each has been reverted due to an understanding that the photographer (Carl Van Vechten) didn't want his images cropped. While this is understandable, the border and reproduction number are clearly not really "part" of the photograph. In fact, I would argue that keeping them there actually misrepresents Van Vechten's original vision more than they would do otherwise. Am I wrong about this? Surely they can be removed whilst still upholding Van Vechten's wishes? In any case, both of the URLs given in the Source field (i.e. LoC description page and Link to photo file) now link to cropped versions of the photo. And if the Library of Congress thinks it's fine, surely that should be good enough for us? Thanks, A Thousand Doors (talk) 16:33, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

  • You are welcome to upload another version under a different filename and link them via {{other version}} or {{image extracted}} and {{extracted from}}, but it seems clear that there is a consensus not to overwrite this version. - Jmabel ! talk 16:56, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
According to the Library of Congress (see here) the donor restrictions in the gift of the works to the Library of Congress expired in 1986, and the LoC believes that the works are in the public domain (this is also in the notice we have here). That being said, there is absolutely no reason we can't treat them like any other PD work, and modify it however we wish. However, as Jmabel noted, there is clearly a desire to keep this 'particular' version in the form originally imaged by the LoC (borders, slant, and all), so any modified version should just be uploaded separately (and they should be linked to each other in the 'other versions' field). People can then argue about what copy to use on their home wikis. Revent (talk) 19:56, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
For the sake of hopefully avoiding any arguing (and also for the sake of a better-quality version) I downloaded the tiff from the LoC, converted it at 100%, and 'made it happen'. The two versions are at the filename linked above, and at File:Laurence Olivier (borders removed).jpg. Enjoy. Revent (talk) 20:18, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

PD to CC[edit]

(I'm not experienced in license changing).

I released this image into the public domain and would like to republish it under CC-BY-SA-4.0. MB298 (talk) 06:25, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

That is not legally possible. Releasing content into the public domain means that you irrevocably waive all copyright to it. The work is no longer protected by copyright, and you are no longer its copyright holder. The Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license is a copyright license. It can only apply to works that are protected by copyright. The license depends on copyright for its requirements to be enforceable. Since anyone can legally do whatever they want with a work in the public domain, no one (not even its former copyright holder) can impose any such requirements. LX (talk, contribs) 07:04, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
MB298, as LX says, one cannot simply take an image you have released freely and apply a more restrictive licence to it. What we can do is multi-licence, so I have added the CC-BY-SA-4.0 to the page, alongside your original PD release. -mattbuck (Talk) 18:47, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
Not really. Multi-licensing only works provided that the work is still copyrighted. A work that is not protected by copyright cannot be the subject of a copyright license. LX (talk, contribs) 19:38, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
@LX: Since a 'release to the public domain' is not legally applicable worldwide (hence the 'disclaimer' in the release) it's somewhat meaningful to also license it, though it seems a bit redundant since it would be effectively impossible to enforce the license restrictions. Revent (talk) 20:46, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

写真の人間[edit]

新見正興率いる 萬延元年日米條約批准交換使節新見豊前守一行 と印刷された写真がカリフォルニア州の親類宅に飾って在ります。 既に渡米してから四代目五代目となるので現地でも詳しく分かりません。 写っている人間の中に 荒川家と繋がる人間が居るのか? 何故飾ってあるのか?是非知りたいのです、お願い致します。

Masahiro Arakawa

荒川眞弘 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Masahiro Arakawa (talk • contribs) 07:21, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Someone who reads Japanese should check this, but a quick run through Google translate suggests that this question has nothing to do with using Wikimedia Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 21:09, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
  • @Masahiro Arakawaさん,Wikimedia Commonsは写真等のメディアに関する質問サイトではなく,ここ Commons:Help desk も荒川さんから頂いたようなご質問にお答えする場ではございません.ja:Yahoo!知恵袋などをご利用ください.ところで上記書き込みを拝見いたしますと,(ja:新見正興没年から推測するに)写真の著作権は切れているようですから,お持ちのような歴史的写真であればWikimedia Commonsにアップロードしていただくことができるかもしれません.ご関心がおありでしたら「Commons:ファースト・ステップ」をご覧ください.ご検討いただければ幸いです. --KurodaSho (talk) 14:55, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

File deletion process details[edit]

When a deletion request gets executed, does the file get deleted "softly" (just hidden from public view) or "hardly" (removed from the servers)? And what happens to direct links (e. g., "https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Sample.jpg")? Or does it depend on the amount of time passed and deletion reasons? --Djadjko (talk) 03:42, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Always soft (admins can still see it). I'm not sure what is the non-admin experience of a deep link, since I'm an admin. Obviously, if someone's browser (or another website) has it cached, there is nothing we can do about that. Can anyone fill in the gaps in my answer? - Jmabel ! talk 04:37, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
    Deep links for deleted files return HTTP 404 not found. (Try https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/ImagesFoxes.jpg for example; if you're an admin you can verify it in a private browsing/incognito window.) LX (talk, contribs) 06:47, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
Even for an admin, deep links of that form give a 404 error. The URLs by which an admin can see a deleted file are of a completely different format (they are through Special:Undelete). To the original question, though, even oversighted files (which are hidden from admins) are never actually 'deleted' from the servers themselves (at least not on WMF wikis)... technically they are 'archived', and can be undeleted. It's 'possible' to actually delete archived files (from the filesystem itself) by running a maintenance script on the server, but only someone with shell access can do so. Revent (talk) 21:02, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
Does that mean that WM Commons keeps a lot of garbage in archives? Or does anyone runs the maintenance scripts from time to time to delete some garbage (e. g., more than 10 year old files)?
A sort of curiosity, tech optimization, privacy & legal matters combined in this question :) --Djadjko (talk) 02:27, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes (tho disk space is, on the scale of things, cheap), and, AFAIK, no. (though, glancing at old deleted crud, for the sake of precedent, can be educational) The joy of being an admin, you can look at ancient selfies. Revent (talk) 11:22, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Seriously, though the retention of 'deleted' content is useful, in that it allows an admin to essentially use not just kept, but deleted, material as a 'casebook' as to what consensus has found to be allowable content. Revent (talk)
Thus, there should be a warning for uploaders that none of their work shall be forgotten :)
Looks good for copyright expirations and legal changes (e. g., regarding Commons:Freedom of panorama), keeping the original uploaders free from excessive re-uploads.
And what about file duplicates? Have any deduplication techniques been employed in the archives? (A new Commons question came to my mind.) --Djadjko (talk) 03:42, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Copyright infringement[edit]

Copyright infringements are critical and should be solved fast.

I see that the file on File:Steinway & Sons upright piano, model 1098, manufactured at Steinway's factory in New York City.jpg in size 1,767 x 1,695 (2.87 MB) has been uploaded with permission by a company. However, in the file history there are two versions from 2014 that are of much higher sizes "3,998 x 4,828 (4.5 MB)" and "3,998 x 3,652 (4.47 MB)". My guess is that these two large versions from 2014 are too high and are not in accordance with the permission from the company. Is it possible to delete these two old versions from 2014 in the file history: File:Steinway & Sons upright piano, model 1098, manufactured at Steinway's factory in New York City.jpg#File history? SimpleSimpleSimple (talk) 04:30, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

@SimpleSimpleSimple: It's possible, but unless someone from Steinway (or, at least, who can read the actual OTRS ticket) asks for it, it's rather unlikely. For one thing, it appears to me that the 'higher resolution versions' were just 'magnified' versions of the same image (not actually higher quality) created in a misguided attempt to a fix the technical problem... if anything they would be derivative works that are allowed under the license. In the majority of cases, though, a license applies to the 'creative work itself', and not any particular resolution. Even Creative Commons agrees that "Under U.S. copyright law, for example, mechanical reproduction of a work into a different format is unlikely to create a separate, new work."[1] The license usually applies to the creative work itself, not a particular resolution, unless there is something itself copyrightable about the difference. Revent (talk) 21:28, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
@Revent: To me it looks clearly that the two versions from 2014 are not magnified versions but higher resolution versions. E.g.: The two versions from 2014 does not have the so-called staircases. We are allowed to create derivative works of what is uploaded here on Commons, but we are not allowed to simple find the same image in a higher resolution somewhere and then re-upload it here. That is illegal. Who can remove the two images from the history - and who can get access to the OTRS ticket? SimpleSimpleSimple (talk) 00:46, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
@SimpleSimpleSimple: If you want someone to verify the OTRS ticket, poke the people at COM:ON. But, like I said, in general a copyright (and a license) applies to a 'creative work' itself, not to a specific 'version' of that work... the difference between resolutions is merely mechanical, not creative, so there is no 'new' copyright in different resolutions. Unless Steinway was unusually specific in their grant of license, it probably covers the photo at any resolution. In the presence of a OTRS ticket, we truly can't assume that a third-party assertion of a copyright violation is valid without having someone authorized to read the ticket itself check (they contain personal information, so access is limited). However, if a author 'generically' licenses a work, without being specific about the resolution, then we normally take it to mean that higher resolution is covered by the same license grant (it depends on the country whose specific laws apply, but we are talking about the US here). Past legal cases strongly imply that, and there is no legal precedent I am aware of that indicates otherwise. Revent (talk) 01:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
OTRS - Ticket is valid and good. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 03:09, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
@Hedwig in Washington: Thanks. @SimpleSimpleSimple: Hopefully, that answers your question.. people who can see the actual (confidential) grant of license confirm that it covers the higher resolution versions. Revent (talk) 11:34, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lukay at Juno Awards in Toronto, Canada, 2011.jpg[edit]

I have found this picture from the website of Lukay http://www.lukaymusic.com/photos.html which is linked to his Instagram page. Its also available in his official Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150203969466211.336991.66253431210&type=3

Could you please tell me what's the problem with this file and what should I do in order the file isn't deleted by Wikimedia?

--MariaHar.yan92 (talk) 07:07, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

What you should do is to read Commons:Project scope/Summary and Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Internet images to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons before you attempt to add any more files. LX (talk, contribs) 07:10, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
This is a shorter answer. It's copyrighted. Revent (talk) 21:45, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
Copyrighted isn't a problem. Copyrighted and non-free is. LX (talk, contribs) 21:49, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Зверополис.jpg[edit]

Зверополис.jpg file is an image of fair use.

1. This image provides a visual representation of the visual style of the film, which is impossible to obtain from a text description, and without which the article about the film can not be considered complete.

2. This image does not limit the copyright owners the ability to benefit from the sale of the image in its original printed form. Image Resolution repeatedly reduced in comparison with the original, so the printing of the image can not be compared with the original quality.

3. Image has been specifically designed for widespread copyright for the purpose of advertising the film. Using the image meets the criteria adopted in Wikipedia fair use. The image is also used on many other sites.

--Dakumah (talk) 21:14, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Although Wikipedias in several languages allow non-free images on a fair-use basis, those must be uploaded to the individual Wikipedia, along with a template (varies from one Wikipedia to another) explaining the justification for non-free use in the particular case.
  • Commons does not ever allow non-free images on this basis. - Jmabel ! talk

Copyright help regarding File:Logo IntelliJIDEA.png[edit]

Hi, I downloaded this image from official IntelliJ press site URL : https://www.jetbrains.com/company/press/. I am really not sure what would be the license for using these images would be. I need help in tagging it license. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

--Sbobba3 (talk) 05:29, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

I think you can mark it as {{PD-textlogo}}. Ruslik (talk) 17:54, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
Probably, or {{PD-ineligible}}, but there are four different countries that they claim as "home," so it's hard to know whose copyright laws would apply. I think in the U.S. that is simple enough to qualify as Ruslik and I have stated, but I can't speak of the thresholds in Russia, Czech Republic, or Germany. You might want to take this question to Commons:Village pump/Copyright if no one can weigh in more definitively here. - Jmabel ! talk 17:58, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
The logo (it was part of a 2015 rebranding) would probably be considered to be simultaneously published in all four countries, or alternatively published from their webserver (which is located at an Amazon server farm in Virgina), so it's probably fair to assume that it can be considered a US-source work for our purposes. Revent (talk) 22:02, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

File:Blockwork-fence.gif[edit]

Can anyone figure out why the two categories there aren't showing up? I have no problem with the hidden categories, but there are two ones that aren't showing up, and it appears as though it will not allow for any others as well, if they were to be added in the future. Thanks! Kevin Rutherford (talk) 05:39, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Fixed. There was a <nowiki> tag that hadn't been closed. LX (talk, contribs) 08:27, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Broke preview[edit]

Trial Before Hammurabi.png

After color correction, an error occurred during preview. How to fix it? --gomankov (talk) 22:50, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi,
This is probably bug phab:T106516. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:37, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Yann, thank you. But I don't know much English. Please help fix this error. --gomankov (talk) 13:30, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
There is nothing that Yann or any other volunteer on this project can do to fix the error. Only the Wikimedia Foundation that is responsible for maintaining the servers running Wikimedia Commons can do something about this. Unfortunately the Wikimedia Foundation, which is good for about 80 million USD, doesn't want to bear the maintenance cost of upgrading a broken piece of software on its servers. LX (talk, contribs) 15:49, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Thank you very much for the detailed explanation! --gomankov (talk) 17:17, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:DAE Logo.jpg[edit]

i want to upload the logo of Dubai aerospace enterprise. what document should i submit to avoid deleting after 7 days. --Xltechglobal (talk) 08:30, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi,
This one may qualify as {{PD-textlogo}}. Otherwise a permission for a free license from the company is needed. Please see COM:OTRS for the procedure. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:33, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

files simply disappeared without a trace[edit]

I have been working on the files in this category (removing watermarks): https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Jetphotos.net_photos_(credit_bar). I removed the watermarks of some 200 of them and then suddenly all of them were gone. And the history doesn't show anything. Can anyone shed a light on these missing files? Wereldburger758 (talk) 13:42, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

@Wereldburger758: Not sure if I understand you correctly. The history of a Category (here Category:Jetphotos.net_photos_(credit_bar)) does not contain information about which images/files were added/removed to/from that category. You add a file to a category by adding [[Category:Jetphotos.net_photos_(credit_bar)]] to the file description page and remove a file from a category by removing that bit of code. Hence, addition and removal of categories are logged in the history of the file (not the category). For instance, you have removed File:Frola 91809 1279011816 (5790011380).jpg from Category:Jetphotos.net_photos_(credit_bar) with this edit, and naturally, the file doesn't show up in the category anymore. If you didn't do that manually, maybe it was done automatically when you used croptool? The file is not completely gone, though – it's still in Category:24-3979 (aircraft) and several others. If you need to find the files you processed, have a look at Special:AllMyUploads. --El Grafo (talk) 14:20, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
@El Grafo: I'm pretty sure the issue is that 'someone' used a batch-editing tool to remove all of the images from the category (that he was intending to work on) and quite possibly didn't actually edit the images... they might have just moved them somewhere else. And yes, since there is not really any way to know what 'used to' be in a category, it's hard to track down without having some file that 'was' in there to look at. I tried skimming through some of the files that mention that website on their page and have credit bars, looking for any evidence of a batch edit, but I'm not seeing any... kind of hard to check, since it's 27,000+ files. Revent (talk) 14:28, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
@Wereldburger758: I skimmed over a few thousand of the thumbnails of images that mention that website, and tossed a bunch where I saw the credit bar in there. The histories of some of those might explain it, though I suspect most where never in there in the first place. Revent (talk) 15:36, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes, it was probably a batch edit, @Revent:, but what I don't understand is that I cannot track these files somehow. Something for an administrator perhaps? Wereldburger758 (talk) 16:28, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
@Wereldburger758: I, actually, was a bit incorrect. Per this VP notice, the new "CatWatch Feature" was added to the Commons installation of MediaWiki (and then removed, and then re-added) in the last couple of weeks. If working, it should indicate the removal of the images.... I'll check it in a moment. Revent (talk) 23:14, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
And yes, it indeed does. From looking at it, it appears that @Riley Huntley: was feeling quite 'industrious' the other day.... the couple of hundred images removed actually appear to have been cropped as needed, he just did a 'lot' of them. See here. Revent (talk) 23:24, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
I was a bit bored that day.. *hides* Riley Huntley (talk) 06:32, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Lol. I put you on my watchlist, Riley. If I need help of some kind, I will contact you ;). Thank you for your answers.Wereldburger758 (talk) 08:35, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Speedy script[edit]

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but do we have a script that speedy tags and notifies user? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 03:51, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

@Anna Frodesiak: Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets > Maintenance tools > AjaxQuickDelete. I recommend Quick Delete below as well. :) Riley Huntley (talk) 06:34, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Ahhhh, you're an angel Riley. Thank you. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 14:36, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Problem generating thumbnail[edit]

I uploaded a new version of File:BorgoNuovoPortaleConvertendi1930.JPG but the 434px thumbnail does not update. I tried almost everything (automatic/manual purging, cleaning cache and so on).--Carnby (talk) 11:29, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

@Carnby: Pulling it up manually (at this very long url) works... not sure why you're having a issue. [[File:BorgoNuovoPortaleConvertendi1930.JPG|434px]] also seems to work when I test it. Possibly something about how you were trying to get to it. Revent (talk) 13:27, 11 February 2016 (UTC)
@Revent: It's the old version with the watermark on the left part (at least on my browser) Compare this and this.--Carnby (talk) 14:34, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

removal of image[edit]

I accidently used the wrong image for one of the pages could you please remove it?https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Devoleena_Bhattacharjee.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sameer Buddoo (talk • contribs) 17:47, 11 February 2016‎ (UTC)

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Deleting images.[edit]

All works of Andriy Yermolenko posted from this account were deleted without any explanation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ігор Пєтков (talk • contribs) 13:02, 12 February 2016‎ (UTC)

Pictogram voting info.svg Info: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Отаман Вейдер (Зоряна Країна).jpg --Achim (talk) 13:22, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
Looks like it was explained rather extensively then. LX (talk, contribs) 14:00, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
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Personal drawings of fifa world cup uniforms[edit]

i want to know if i can upload drawings of my own of the fifa world cup uniforms worn by the teams — Preceding unsigned comment added by Erick marino (talk • contribs)

  • I doubt this would be in scope, but a link to an image elsewhere on the web that shows what your work looks like would probably make it easier to determine. - Jmabel ! talk 03:56, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Requested 3d art?[edit]

Do you have requests for 3d art? I would like to contribute 3d art made by me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lars A (talk • contribs)

  • Very little 3D art except by notable sculptors would be in scope, but a link to an image elsewhere on the web that shows what your work looks like would probably make it easier to determine. - Jmabel ! talk 03:57, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Submitting photos to Photo Challenge[edit]

Hi, After following the steps listed in the Participation section in Photo Challenge, my uploaded photo does not show up in the gallery. Only the filename appears at the top of the list. Do I need to add a link to the uploaded image? By the way, another question: I create my account in the Opera browser, but now I cannot log in in Firefox, is it normal? I am new to Wikimedia Commons, please advice. William Caffee — Preceding unsigned comment added by William Caffe (talk • contribs) 08:41, 13 February 2016‎ (UTC)

Looking at this edit, you tried to add a file called Yuen Long, Hong Kong 2014-03-23.jpg, but the actual name is Yuen Long, Hong Kong 2014-02-23.JPG.
Your account is not connected to a specific browser. You should be able to log in using the same credentials with any common web browser. LX (talk, contribs) 10:18, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi LX, Thanks for your advice. I have indeed made a mistake. The correct name for the image file should be Yuen Long, Hong Kong 2014-03-23.JPG. How should this be amended? Also, I am indeed unable to log in using Firefox after numerous attempts. The response is always: "Login error There is no user by the name "William_Caffee". Usernames are case sensitive. Check your spelling, or create a new account", though I have no problem using Opera. William Caffe (talk) 12:27, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Just make the same edit as you did, but with "JPG" instead of "jpg" at the end. As for your login problems, your user name is William Caffe, not William Caffee. LX (talk, contribs) 13:02, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Help requesting an update to a map[edit]

The map, File:LGW Destinations.svg is currently incomplete, as India, Costa Rica, Nigeria and the Czech Republic are all served directly by Gatwick. The links here can prove that: to Lagos, Nigeria (click Direct on the left), to Goa, India, to Prague, Czech Republic, to San José, Costa Rica. I am asking here because I do not know how to update these files and it is used on the Wikivoyage guide for Gatwick Airport. Thank you! Seagull123 (talk) 19:03, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Venus Pouring A Balm on The Wound of Aeneas.jpg[edit]

So how do I get rid of this message that appeared when I uploaded my file? I found it using Google image search and specified "Labeled for noncommercial reuse."

"The uploader did not provide sufficient information (a valid and suitable tag) on this media's copyright status. Unless the copyright status is provided, the file could be deleted seven days after the upload (13 February 2016). Please note that Commons does not accept files claimed under fair use. It is suggested to read the intro of Commons' licensing policy, about essential information and (in many cases) about Internet images. If you need help ask at the Commons:Help desk."

--Rossen4 (talk) 00:13, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

It needs PD and PD-Art tags, like on a similar painting: File:Attributed to Giovanni Romanelli - Education of the virgin - Google Art Project.jpg. --ghouston (talk) 03:14, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
I.e., {{PD-Art|PD-old-100-1923|deathyear=1662}}. --ghouston (talk) 03:15, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
Which I've now done. Now to provide some relevant categories... - Jmabel ! talk 08:10, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
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Categories[edit]

The Upload Wizard is insistant that I enter a "category" for my image. I tried to do that but had problems. Problem one is that there is no list of categories. There seems to be a heirarchical tree of categories, but I do not know the categories, and so get hopelessly lost climbing down the tree. It is not intuitively obviously which branches to choose to get to the category I should use. How am I supposed to find a suitable category? Problem two is, when I pasted {{PD-USGov-NASA}} into the Upload Wizard's "Category" entry box, I got an error. I also got an error with PD-USGov-NASA. What am I supposed to place in the box? Nwbeeson (talk) 15:19, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

You can find a list of categories at Special:AllPages, but you're probably not going to find it very useful, because there are thousands of categories. The purpose of categories and how to navigate the category tree is described at Commons:Categories.
{{PD-USGov-NASA}} is not a category, but a copyright tag, so if you enter that in a place where a category is expected, you should indeed get an error. For a file like File:MergingBlackHoles V2.jpg, a good starting point looking for an appropriate category would be Category:Black holes, and perhaps the more specific subcategory Category:Binary black holes would be even more appropriate. (For this file, you should also provide verifiable source information, such as a URL, so that others can verify that it really does come from NASA Ames Research Center.) LX (talk, contribs) 15:50, 14 February 2016 (UTC)