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How to upload image from another website here on wikipedia ?[edit]

I wish to provide a screenshot from a page on I have an email from uptodate giving me permission to reproduce the said definition on wikipedia!!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Casey577 (talk • contribs) 19:51, 7 September 2020‎ (UTC)

Please note that a permission to republish a work at Wikipedia is not sufficient. Per our licensing policy, all uploads at Commons must be free for anyone to use for any purpose even outside Wikipedia. This includes commercial use and the making of derivatives. Also, since the image has been published before, we need a permission coming directly from the copyright holder by email. I.e. we do not accept forwarded emails. Please see COM:OTRS for instructions. Another, faster way would be for the copyright holder to grant a free licence for the image at Once that is online over there, we can verify the licence and you may upload the image here at Commons. De728631 (talk) 22:16, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

The permission is only for using here at wikipedia. Anyway i don't intend to post it here or anywhere else for public use. Its meant merely as a "source" for a definition used here at wikipedia. The definition however comes from a paid page of to which i have access because i am their paid member. Hence i thought of posing a screenshot of that page here as an image so that editors of the concerned wikipedia page may crosscheck if they wish so ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Casey577 (talk • contribs) 18:56, 8 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Casey577: Where may I find "a paid page of wikipedia"? How does one become "their paid member"?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:17, 9 September 2020 (UTC)I

Sorry...that was a typo. I meant paid member of "" and not wikipedia. Its corrected now! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Casey577 (talk • contribs) 12:34, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

Is there a more useful way to contribute a short extract from a copyright-expired book?[edit]

I plan to upload two illustrations from a copyright-expired book (Modelling by w:Édouard Lantéri, 1905). I also plan to OCR the accompanying text (two pages), to quote in an en.wikipedia article. I note that Wikimedia does not already have this book uploaded (I have checked Wikicommons (Category:Edouard Lanteri), WikiiWikibooks and wikisource.)

It occurs to me that there may be a more useful (to Wikimedia) way to contribue than to just take the default action (uploading as an isolated image), that it could contribute to something more. Is it enough just to add the images to that Commons category, or can I do anything more effective? Obviously I have neither the time nor the motivation to scan the whole book. Should I contribute the text of the two pages to Commons too and, if so, how? --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 23:32, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

You don't need to scan the whole book since has already done that with the 1904 edition. So you might want to upload the full PDF version. After that we can still extract single pages or images as needed. Would that be an option? De728631 (talk) 23:45, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Thank you, I didn't know about having done it so that may save me a lot of work, if I can extract the pages I want from it. No, I was never going to scan the book! Let me see how I get on, if need be I will revisit this section. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 22:56, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
I have found the material I want ( pp 100 - 110). I want to put at least the image on p101 into an en.wikipedia article, as an easily expandable thumbnail. I have extracted it as a jpg file: do I have to upload it to Commons first? [feel free to tell me to ask at wikipedia help desk!] Thank you again for your help! --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 23:25, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
{ping|John Maynard Friedman}} When you say, "do I have to upload it to Commons first," "first" as in before what? If you are uploading an image of something that is public domain, Commons would be the place to upload it. - Jmabel ! talk 02:22, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
I mean "before I can use the image at en.wikipedia, using the file: technique". AFIK, that only works for images somewhere in Wikimedia. Daft question, evidently I already know the answer. I will upload it from, I see the Lanteri category already exists.
So what about the text? I want it to be open to sight-impaired visitors, so it has to be machine-readable text (not an image of text). I can use Google Lens to OCR it, but how do I upload a text file? Is it just another kind of media? Can [should?] it be .txt or does it have to be .pdf? [I'm showing my ignorance here! can a PDF be machine readable text and not just images of text?] --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 21:27, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
I've just read COM:FT as advised to another enquirer (below) but I'm not much the wiser. If I read it correctly, Commons is not a suitable repository for text and I should use Wikisource. Will they be interested in my ten pages from a 250 pp book? Surely it would be the whole book or nothing? --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 21:32, 10 September 2020 (UTC)

I have modified the permission of the RFERL primary brandmark.svg, could you not delete it?[edit]

The original author of this file is from RFE/RL which is a United States government-funded organization, and the permission of this file should be same as that of the original File, so could you not delete it? Thanks! --HFWMan (talk) 01:55, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

@HFWMan: ✓ Done, danger averted.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 07:00, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Cross-wiki uploads[edit]

Hello! Is there a way to upload public domain images from other Wikimedia projects to Wikimedia Commons? Maka the Two Star Meister (talk) 03:09, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

@Maka the Two Star Meister: Hi, and welcome. Yes, you may use FileExporter's "export to wikimedia commons" button when available on any public domain image.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 06:55, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Vinay-anuragh-businessman.png[edit]

Hey I am Chetan, I added 1 image around 7 days back, This image is created my me using canva and added on my client website, This is free to use, So please let me know what I can do about the image to fix the copyright issue.

--TopratedChetanbali (talk) 11:05, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

@TopratedChetanbali: Hi, and welcome. "free to use" is not an acceptable license. Please choose an acceptable license from COM:L and upload the full-size original photo, including any metadata. Also, it will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744), so you may want to upload a jpg version which will look sharper, too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:50, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Uploading media[edit]

I want to upload media that I found useful of a website. I have talk to the owner he is ready to upload it on wikimedia. But want to mention his website name. Can I upload this media Or not? Please help me. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 19:02, 8 September 2020‎ (UTC)

Allowing use of the media on Wikimedia Commons is not enough. The copyright holder (which may or may not be website owner) must agree to release the media under a free license. The simplest way to do that is to put a license notice right next to the media on their website. The license must allow re-use (including commercial) and modification of the given media, for example {{CC-by-SA-4.0}}. --rimshottalk 19:51, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Zhuravlev.jpg[edit]

File in question is official photo from the Red Army file of the person in question (circa 1940). Under Russian copyright law it is free. Are there any problems with Wikimedia? Please advise. Basicowes (talk) 19:16, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

@Basicowes: You need to add a license template to indicate why the image is public domain, under the "Licensing" heading. In this case, {{PD-Russia}} is probably the template you are looking for, if you can be sure the image meets one of the requirements listed on that template. After doing that, you can remove the warning templates. – BMacZero (🗩) 19:31, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Actually, it should rather be {{PD-Russia-1996}}, which is URAA-safe. Putting a photo in a file is not publishing, however, so I'm not quite sure how much time has passed since publication. Was this ever published in a book or so? Did the book name the photographer? @Basicowes: by which copyright rule do you think this is PD in Russia? --rimshottalk 19:44, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. Done {{PD-Russia-1996}}. Re PD in Russia: This is official government material which is PD by definition. Basicowes (talk) 13:37, 10 September 2020 (UTC)

How Can I Upload a word Document?[edit]


I need to create a wiki page for a company I am representing. The written matter is in .docx format and the pictures in .jpeg format. I cant upload the file on the main page because we haven't edited 10 items through our page. I need help with:

1. Can/How will i upload a .docx document on wiki commons? 2. How can I edit 10 items to reach the minimum goal enabling us to post our company's details on the main wiki page?


Uploading a word document[edit]

How can I upload a word document through WikiMedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Daralnoble (talk • contribs) 07:24, 9 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Daralnoble: Hi, and welcome. Sorry, but we don't accept docx files, please see COM:FT for the file types we do accept. Also, we do not host encyclopædia articles, CVs, or current ads here on Wikimedia Commons per COM:NOT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:03, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

can i use the below photos for HW in school? i am a student[edit]

these are the below photos — Preceding unsigned comment added by SPY912020 SPS (talk • contribs) 07:33, 9 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@SPY912020 SPS: Hi, and welcome. You may use both, as they are in the public domain. Please be sure to click "description page there" and then "Cite this page" for each image to find the appropriately styled citations to use.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:44, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

My Photos are being rejectet[edit]

Photos I personaly took are being rejected, please guide me through on how to prove that They are my pictures — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bigshow4real (talk • contribs) 08:12, 9 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Bigshow4real: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photos as a new user while leaving the summaries intact. Each jpg photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads smaller photos, they are copyright violations taken from the web. If you took the photos yourself, please upload the full-size originals of them, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photos, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept them, and have the photographer(s) license them on their websites or social media or send the photos and permissions via OTRS with carbon copies to you. If you change the summaries or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. See also Commons:File naming.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:59, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

عملت مقالة عن جدي وبعدها باقل من 10ساعات لم اجدها[edit]

بدي اشوف مقالتي ده الرابط

Flinfo for Mushroom Observer no longer works[edit]

Flinfo was very useful for downloading mushroom photos to Commons, but it has stopped working for Mushroom Observer. If I either (1) set "Photo ID"=1130292 and "Image repository"=Mushroom Observer, or if I (2) set "URL"=, I just get the message "Problem while retrieving image 1130292". That input worked previously. I suppose something has changed about the format of the Mushroom Observer pages. Is this tool still being maintained? Strobilomyces (talk) 16:13, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

Uploading file marked Public Domain from website[edit]

I would like to use an image from the website The website shows "Marque du Domaine Public Amanlis château du Bois-Tilleul Carte postale" The Upload Wizard offers the option to check CC0 Waiver (release all rights, like public domain). Is that sufficient to allow use of the image?--CMtemCA (talk) 21:15, 9 September 2020 (UTC)

  • Not in and of itself (it's a good sign, but museums have been known to get things wrong), and it is definitely not CC-0. Could you possibly link the page that has the particular image so someone can see what you are trying to upload? - Jmabel ! talk 23:12, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jmabel:OK - here's the link to the image I want to use: Also, here's the page that explains their "philosophy" of sharing images in their collection: (It's all in French.)--CMtemCA (talk) 00:16, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
  • It's a bit odd that there is no date on that. Given that, it's hard to know with confidence the basis for their claim that it is in the public domain. For Commons, it needs to be public domain in both the country of origin (France) and the U.S. The latter is pretty safe -- by the style, this is almost certainly before 1925, so it's {{PD-US-expired}}. It looks like it is anonymous, so I guess {{PD-France}} would apply; the thing is, if there is a known author, and that author lived to 1950 or later, it would still be copyrighted in France. @Clindberg: do you think it's safe to assume this is truly anonymous? Or perhaps is there a basis to date it far enough back for {{PD-old-assumed}}? - Jmabel ! talk 02:36, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
@CMtemCA: You must find information about the photographer or the year of publication or ideally both. The copy at musee-bretagne doesn't provide the information. You can look if you can find the information somewhere else. Often, useful sources are commercial websites dealing in old postcards. For example, you can find this webpage [1] at It shows an earlier edition of the same postcard. From the details you can see that it is the same photo: angle, shadows, vegetation. It is said to have circulated in 1906. There is no photo of the back of that postcard, but there is no reason to doubt the description by the seller. You can also see on the right side of this edition of the postcard that it mentions the photographer "Aubrée" and the publisher is the editions "Mary-Rousselière". The website wiki-rennes, in its list of publishers [2], mentions the publisher Mary-Rousselière and also mentions that the publisher Lamiré bought the stock of Mary-Rousselière in the 1920s. So, the copy of the postcard published by Lamiré that interests you at musee-bretagne is a later republication of the photo by Aubrée first published by Mary-Rousselière. The creative material is the photograph, so it is important for Commons to indicate the year of first publication of the photo. So, in the description page of the file on Commons, in the "date" field, you can explain the situation and write that the photo is from "before 1907", you can use the webpage as a reference, and that your undated copy is from a later republication by Lamiré possibly in the 1920s. You can use the template "PD-US-expired" to indicate the status of the work in the United States. In the same list, wiki-rennes also mentions Aubrée as a photographer having collaborated with the publisher Mary-Rousselière, but the list provides no more details. However, musee-bretagne also has works by the photographer Jules Aubrée (1879-1933) [3]. My guess would be that it is probably the same person. If it is, the Commons tag for the status of the work in France is "PD-old-80". You should do some research and see if you can find if it is the same person or not. -- Asclepias (talk) 03:01, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
Fully agreed. This postcard in particular was published without an author credit, so was published anonymously. I had found the mention that the publisher of this card, A. Lamiré, had purchased another collection in the 1920s, meaning this publication dated from that era. But, it was likely a republication of an earlier postcard, and then the question becomes was there an author mentioned on an earlier publication. I had not yet found the earlier one, but Asclepias helpfully did. That was not published anonymously, meaning the work is not anonymous, we would need to find the author's lifetime (and if research fails on that, it would have to be over 120 years old, which this is probably not just yet). The photographer Asclepias found above was in Rennes [4] and had his own studio there, which is the same city the earlier publisher was in, so that does seem strongly likely. If they are the same person, the full license could then be {{PD-old-auto-expired|deathyear=1933}}, which covers both the French and U.S. copyright, given that this was published in (at latest) 1906. Carl Lindberg (talk) 14:05, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jmabel, Asclepias, Clindberg: Thanks to all of you for your thorough explanations and research on my behalf. I was not aware that one can’t rely on a museum’s information regarding copyright on items in their collections. I have not been able to find any information on Jules Aubrée, but I did find the following regarding the picture: Ministere de la Culture [5] Region Bretagne: Inventaire Général du Patrimoine Culturel [6] Immatriculation IVR53_19883500014XB; Copyrights (c) Inventaire général, ADAGP; Diffusion: reproduction soumise à autorisation du titulaire des droits d'exploitation; Auteur de l'illustration: Auteur inconnu. So, if I understand correctly, the government websites show that they don’t know who the photographer is, but a copyright is held by ADAGP [7] which collects royalties for artists. Is that right? If so, I will just forgo using the image.--CMtemCA (talk) 22:01, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
Qu'est-ce que c'est que cette arnaque de l'ADAGP ? Lorsque les droits d'auteur patrimoniaux sont expirés, ils sont expirés. C'est précisément le principe. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:19, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
@CMtemCA: I'm with Asclepias here. I honestly don't see how ADAGP could have come to hold the copyright, or how copyright could even persist. That smacks of "copyfraud" to me. Per the above, it seems almost certain that the author Aubrée died in 1933, and that {{PD-old-auto-expired|deathyear=1933}} applies. - Jmabel ! talk 23:29, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
@CMtemCA: If an institution like that museum says it is public domain, we will usually trust that -- as far as being PD in France goes. The U.S. copyright has its own set of complications, where the publishing date is quite important -- but also, possibly, the copyright status in France as of 1996. So if that was a 1928 postcard where the author died in 1933, it would be fine in France but would still have a couple years of U.S. copyright left. But being published before 1925 solves that as well. Once we found the author on that earlier publication, it is a good idea to try and verify the life dates (even careful institutions make mistakes, and they may not have found the named author and assumed the anonymous term). As for ADAGP, agreed with the others above, that seems as though they are trying to claim a copyright on the digitization, which Commons does not recognize (see Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag). The copyright on the original would seem to have expired, so there is nothing to own or collect royalties for. If something is within 70 years of the original publication with an unknown author, they might well collect royalties like that. But this is not. Carl Lindberg (talk) 03:17, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jmabel, Asclepias, Clindberg: I did some more research and found the following in the archive of the L'Ouest-Éclair newspaper of October 22, 1933 confirming that a Jules Aubrée had recently died in Rennes. [8] “RENNES. Mme J. Aubrée. M. e* Mme Marcel Aubrée. M. et Mme Lucien Aubrée, M. et Mme EmUe Legendre, profondément émus des nombreuses marques de sympathie témoignées à l'occasion du décès de Monsieur Jules AUBREE …” So, to summarize, we can assume that the photograph at the Musee de Bretagne was first published in 1906 based on the information at found by Asclepias (above #1). We can also assume that the picture was taken by Jules Aubrée, who died in 1933. We can ignore ADAGP’s copyright claim. Therefore, I can upload the picture I found on the Musee de Bretagne website using {{PD-old-auto-expired|deathyear=1933}} Also, in the description page of the file on Commons, in the "date" field, I will note that the photo is from "before 1907", using the webpage as a reference, and specify that the undated copy is from a later republication by Lamiré possibly in the 1920s. OK? Anything else? Thanks again! — Preceding unsigned comment added by CMtemCA (talk • contribs) 21:38, 11 September 2020‎ (UTC)
@CMtemCA: Seems good to me -- I didn't mean you had to double-check the life dates once they were found, but it all helps :-) Just check that the author did did more than 70 years ago, that's all. (It's always aggravating when we know the author name but don't have the life dates... which does happen.) [And actually France was 50pma + wartime extensions (8 years and change) so that period from 1933 would have also expired before the U.S. URAA date in 1996, meaning it would have been OK even if published in 1928. Moot because it's from 1906 at the latest.] Carl Lindberg (talk) 01:23, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Rename file[edit]

This file:

Please correct to .. file:///Fetsund_Battery_depot_building.JPG

Misspelling «Fetsund», not «Fetsun»

Regards Kjell G —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:57, 9 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@KjellG: ✓ Done, please see File:Fetsund Battery depot building.jpg and {{Rename}}, and login.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:10, 10 September 2020 (UTC)

I have created an artist profile and your RUDE moderators are deleting materian I OWN!![edit]

Please help! I have always hated wikipedia for allowing so much biased content, but when I need to post an article with first hand, "out of the horses mouth" information about my musician profile, it gets deleted and them my questions on how to make it better get deleted by hammertalk and my pictures are deleted. How I am supposed to create my page as my music distributers tell me to do??

Please have a real person repsond. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrewhainesmusic (talk • contribs) 14:03, 10 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Andrewhainesmusic: Do I understand correctly that you violated en:WP:Conflict of interest and you are coming here to Commons (a separate project from Wikipedia, though also umbrella'd by the Wikimedia Foundation) demanding that we do something about the fact that they have a policy that people may not write articles about themselves? I'm sorry if my tone sounds harsh, but I can't help you with wanting to do something directly against a project's policies.
If your distributors are actually telling you to go out and break another site's rules, you might want to talk to them about that. - Jmabel ! talk 15:13, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
@Andrewhainesmusic: Hi, and welcome. I am a real person. en:Draft:Andrew Haines (musician) was deleted for being "G11: Unambiguous advertising or promotion: self written vanity page, see WP:YFA WP:RS WP:COI WP:Notability (music)" per this log (q.v. for explanations of those abbreviations). File:Andrew Haines (musician).jpg and File:Andrew Haines (songwriter).jpg were deleted for "CSD F10 (personal photos out of COM:SCOPE" per these logs (again q.v. for explanations of those abbreviations). No one is allowed to upload autobiographies without verifiable reliable sources indicating why they are notable to our projects. Have your music distributers documented what they told you to do on our projects? I'd like to see any such documentation.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:15, 10 September 2020 (UTC)

Sharing Government File[edit]

Hello, the Lebanese government released a document listing the names of the dead from the Beirut Explosion but it is not on any sources accessible and not on their website. What is needed to share it here? — Preceding unsigned comment added by RitaHaddad (talk • contribs) 17:24, 10 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@RitaHaddad: Hi, and welcome. Where did you get it?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:30, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
Found it! There is concern the file might be removed or deleted. RitaHaddad (talk) 17:34, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
@RitaHaddad: Thanks. How would it qualify for {{PD-Lebanon}} and COM:SCOPE?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:48, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
  • @Jeff G.: The only copyright issue I could imagine here is if the Ministry of Public Health logo is copyrighted, and we could easily remove that. Otherwise, tabular data that doesn't call for judgement is generally not copyrighted. So I'd go for {{PD-ineligible}} rather than {{PD-Lebanon}}.
  • I don't see a scope issue: the list of the dead in a clearly notable accident seems well within scope. - Jmabel ! talk 23:39, 10 September 2020 (UTC)
Ok, I took the comments here shared the file: File:Beirut_Explosion_2020_Final_Death_List_2020-09-03.pdf If you see any problems, please make suggestions or edit directly. This will be used for the master article to fix the incorrect death tolls 2020_Beirut_explosion RitaHaddad (talk) 13:43, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

Uploading original work[edit]

When an image of my own original work is uploaded, it refuses with the error that it is not my original work. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RichardDemers (talk • contribs) 06:44, 11 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@RichardDemers: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a png image as a new user while leaving the summary intact. Such uploads of png images are not allowed at all. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png image, it's a copyright violation taken from the web. Please upload the full-size original of it, including any metadata, but it may be judged too complex to be under TOO in the country of origin, so you may need to license it on your website or social media or send permission via OTRS. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too. If you change the summary or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:34, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

Appreciate that. I built a free website. I went to the website I built and did a screen capture of an image on a website that I am 100% responsibile for, and if I can find my way back, I can find the original which won't be in PNG format. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RichardDemers (talk • contribs) 12:39, 11 September 2020‎ (UTC)

How to upload screenshots[edit]

I have a question: how to upload a screenshot? LosMinions345 (talk). September 11, 2020. 09:02 (UTC).

@LosMinions345: Hi, and welcome. Before uploading any file, you must verify that it complies with COM:L; you seem to have difficulty with that.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:16, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

How can I stop receiving bot notification by email??[edit]

BotMultichillT is flooding my mail box, and I do not know how to stop receiving notification of changes made by bots on my watched pages. Any light? -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 17:49, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

@Rodrigo.Argenton: Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any way to do that except to turn those notifications off entirely. It might be worth asking the MediaWiki devs if they can add an option to filter out email notifications about bot edits like there is for minor edits, but who knows how easy that would be to implement. clpo13(talk) 18:22, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
See also Commons:Help desk/Archive/2020/08#How to keep an eye on my uploads after kind of spam notifications? and Commons:Bistro/archives/2020/08#Ne pas recevoir de mail lorsque des modifications sont faites par des Bots.. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:47, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Build the Earth logo gif.gif and File:Youngstown, Ohio in Minecraft.png[edit]


I am one of the writers of Wikipedia's page Build the Earth, and I uploaded these two files to help provide some content and color to the page. However, I have recently recieved notice that these files are under copyright strike or have the wrong licensing. But I have a few questions, which may help me reupload these in the future.

  • How do I upload and properly attribute a picture of Minecraft taken by another user?
  • How do I properly attribute a GIF logo without knowing who created it (nobody on the BTE staff knows exactly who created it).
  • What are the guidelines for uploading a file that is found on Discord (supposedly free domain)

All of the people helping me have told me that all the pictures are in free domain since they were posted on Discord.--ArmageddonAviation (talk) 22:20, 11 September 2020 (UTC)

  • @ArmageddonAviation: Why would these be anything other than copyrighted by Minecraft?
  • Why would someone having posted it on Discord have any bearing on its copyright status? - Jmabel ! talk 23:10, 11 September 2020 (UTC)


I am writing a book for Kindle Direct Publishing (amazon) but they do not want to proceed with the publication because I used excerpitions from wikipedia and they want me to provide details the I have the right to use these documents. I am co-authors of the wikipedia documents that I used and for this reason I think I can use them under CC policy but they sent me the following message :

• Documentation has not been provided to confirm you are the original author of the content
• Documentation has not been provided to confirm that the author granted you rights to publish the content

Please be advised that you must hold exclusive publishing rights for books that closely match content that is freely available on the web.

As a reminder, since publishing books with content that is freely available on the web and we are not confident that you hold exclusive publishing rights is against our guidelines, we may suspend or terminate accounts that repeatedly try to do so. For any questions, please reply to this e-mail:

Could you please help me ? Thanks and regards. Giovanni Naso. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gnaso55 (talk • contribs) 23:18, 11 September 2020‎ (UTC)

It sounds like they have "guidelines" (distinct from their "KDP Terms and Conditions"?) that require that you hold exclusive rights. Which of course is impossible by definition for content under a free license. N.B.: Your question does not seem directly related to Commons. You might find more information on Wikipedia. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:48, 12 September 2020 (UTC)
It looks like an automated check for matching content on the web. I don't know how exactly the CC share-alike works for excerpts, perhaps the entire book must be under the same license. Maybe providing a link to the Wikipedia license would be sufficient, and a copy of the license should be included in the book. Depending on whether their review process can handle such complexity [9]. --ghouston (talk) 03:08, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

I sent a message to kdp providing all the proofs that I think to have rights to use wikipedia documents under cc share-alike policy (considering also that I am among the authors of the used documents). They still insist to refuse the publication saying that I do not have EXCLUSIVE rights What do you think ? Any suggestion to further support my request? Below is reported their reply.


Hello, We’ve reviewed the information you provided and have decided to block these books from being sold on Amazon. The books closely match content that is freely available on the web and we are not confident that you hold exclusive publishing rights. This type of content can create a poor customer experience, and is not accepted. As a result, we have blocked the books listed below from being sold on Amazon.

Ennio Morricone, un omaggio in MI bemolle Giovanni Naso (AUTHOR) ID:PRI-R6DQAN0H3X4

Please be advised that you must hold exclusive publishing rights for books that closely match content that is freely available on the web.

As a reminder, since publishing books with content that is freely available on the web and we are not confident that you hold exclusive publishing rights is against our guidelines, we may suspend or terminate accounts that repeatedly try to do so. For any questions, please reply to this e-mail:

The content guidelines applicable to all KDP publishers can be found here:

Best regards, Amazon KDP


— Preceding unsigned comment added by Gnaso55 (talk • contribs) 18:30, 12 September 2020‎ (UTC)

You can't force a particular publisher to publish a book. If this publisher does not want to publish it, that is that. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:49, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons Query Service[edit]

I have the following query:

SELECT ?Urheber ?UrheberLabel ?Lizenz ?LizenzLabel WHERE {
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
  ?Urheber wdt:P170 wd:Q15080600.
  OPTIONAL { ?Urheber wdt:P275 ?Lizenz. }

It returns everything I want but in an unexpected way:

Urheber UrheberLabel Lizenz LizenzLabel
sdc:M371354 M371354 wd:Q50829104 Q50829104


What I want to see is:

Urheber UrheberLabel Lizenz LizenzLabel
sdc:M371354 Wiedereröffnung der S-Bahn Berlin am Bahnhof Eichkamp wd:Q50829104 GNU-Lizenz für freie Dokumentation Version 1.2 oder später

Just getting the same but unlinked for the label is not useful as you can imagine. It will be great if someone could assist in getting the label instead of the page id. Thanks for your time. --[[kgh]] (talk) 10:42, 12 September 2020 (UTC) PS I am not sure where to ask, so I posted here. If there is a better spot...

I now asked at wikidata:Wikidata:Request_a_query#Wikimedia_Commons_Query_Service --Marbot (talk) 07:26, 15 September 2020 (UTC)
It appears to be a real disaster. Once you try to add labels the resuts turn into a corrupted pile of unusable data. What a shame. --Marbot (talk) 14:44, 17 September 2020 (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 two days. Marbot (talk) 14:44, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Enquiry about Uploading Photo[edit]

To whom may concern,

I would like to add a photo for the page of an actress on Wikipedia. I am considering whether I can a photo that posted publicly by her agency recently on Weibo? I would like to add in a photo because I found that it is very common for actors/actresses to have a profile photo on their own Wikipedia's page.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mygirlsss (talk • contribs) 16:24, 12 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Mygirlsss: No, sorry, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it, and have the photographer post Commons:Licensing compliant permission for such work on their website or social media presence or send the photo and permission via OTRS with a carbon copy to you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:44, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

Change license of an upload[edit]

Hi! I uploaded a couple of images I made. However, attribution is not needed. Is it possible to change from CC to CC0? If so, how do I do so? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dan Fran B (talk • contribs) 19:04, 12 September 2020‎ (UTC)

Yes, you could do that if the images were copyrightable. However, in the case of the two images you uploaded, they seem ineligible to copyright, so you can just remove the CC template and add the template PD-ineligible or some other template for images that are PD by nature. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:21, 12 September 2020 (UTC)

Hauptstr. 23, 58332 Schwelm[edit]

Hallo, ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass das Haus Baujahr 1905 ist, angeblich aber 1898... kann mir da jemand genaue Auskunft geben?

Danke, M. Russello —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:51, 13 September 2020‎ (UTC)

Main street 23, 58332 Schwelm

Hello, I'm pretty sure that the house was built in 1905, but supposedly 1898 ... can someone give me precise information?

Thank you,
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:06, 13 September 2020 (UTC)
/* de:Diskussion:Schwelm.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:06, 13 September 2020 (UTC)

My name is [...][edit]

My name is Jorge Washington Rodriguez "Passive Homosexual" and I believe that trying to shows myself as a gay man posting pics here in Commons, apparently all goes wrong and failed, because everything that I submit sadly is for deletion. I do not had any "Evil intention" or purposely posted my pics to "disrespect anyone in Commons" or anybody else. I would like to apologize with Commons and ask to show me how to deleting my pics. I do not have any "evil intentions" or wants purposely disrespect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jorge W Rodriguez "Passive Homosexual" (talk • contribs) 00:12, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

  • Signing your posts is required on talk pages 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.

Oreochromis mossambicus[edit]

The photograph displayed is that of Oreochromis niloticus and not Oreochromis mossambicus. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 05:30, 14 September 2020‎ (UTC)

  • What photo, displayed where? - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

About Content Editing[edit]

Hello Wikipedia, Please tell me why my all content is removed, first, I insert the whole content in Wikipedia page Ravinder Singh Rana. After that my content was removed from my wiki page. please tell me the reason why my content was removed again and again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikiexpert231 (talk • contribs) 11:04, 14 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Wikiexpert231: Hi, and welcome. Please stop adding unsourced and promotional material.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:32, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Statues in Finland in public places like parks, copyright issue[edit]

To send a my own digital camera picture of a such item into map. Is there any restrictions about the subject or the object ( a statue) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oasi62 (talk • contribs) 12:22, 14 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Oasi62: Hi, and welcome. Yes, there are restrictions: you may not upload photos of statues in Finland unless their copyright has expired or we have permission from the artists. Please see COM:FOP Finland and COM:DW.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:24, 14 September 2020 (UTC)
They "yes" there was a bit confusing. You may not upload photos of statues in Finland unless their copyright has expired or we have permission from the artists. - Jmabel ! talk 15:55, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Uploading qery[edit]


Can I upload my own creative work like quotes and inspirational designs on this platform? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pathare Harshada (talk • contribs) 12:52, 14 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Pathare Harshada: Hi, and welcome. Quotes, no as they are OOS. Designs, yes, if they are in scope.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:16, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Photos of handicraft[edit]

Can I upload my own photo of someone elses handicraft? I see that others have uploaded photos of dala horses for example. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lina Nääs (UU) (talk • contribs) 12:56, 14 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Lina Nääs (UU): Hi, and welcome. No, sorry, we would need permission from that someone else via OTRS.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:13, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

My account was bloked radically in Japan[edit]

• My name is Mitsunori Tomohiro, living in Japan. As writing in the title, My account Aso789 has been blocked eternally because of vandal editing “Yamaguchi-city”. As in those days, I was beginner. So my edition and discussion had some inadequacy. However, I never had evil thought. I only thought the article make better. But Bsx(account) change my edit to presents his thoughts soon after many times, and he regarded me vandal. Then he proposed my block and actually blocked. After that, I decided in the note. Another persons added. My edition has no vandal factor, even if, there was inadequate situation. But they regarded me vandal, and supported my block .I wrote my thoughts, but many participants made me evil, and vandal. Finally blocked eternally. I can only do to made another account(for example)IP:240b:253:5061:1400::/64(会話 / 投稿記録 / 記録 / Whois IPv4 ・ IPv6) • IP:240b:253:5061:1400:b9fd:7d2b:3ed8:7fae(会話 / 投稿記録 / 記録 / Whois IPv4 ・ IPv6) • IP:240b:253:5061:1400:b0ac:e625:a916:356b(会話 / 投稿記録 / 記録 / Whois IPv4 ・ IPv6) • IP:240b:253:5061:1400:8c7f:db6a:5e5e:73b9(会話 / 投稿記録 / 記録 / Whois IPv4 ・ IPv6) • IP:240B:253:5061:1400:3460:8711:AB1D:497F(会話 / 投稿記録 / 記録 / Whois IPv4 ・ IPv6) to say my real thoughts. .But situation is worse and worse .l am not vandal, only to Wikipedia make better and better. Almost all Japanese veterans wikhpedian do not really know Wikipedia's rule . Many of them cannot know difference between inadequate without evil thought and vandal. Now maybe for eternal, I can't discuss in Japanese. Only I can do is send the SOS for you. Not only me but also many new persons made vandal without enough reason. In Japanese Wikipedia have no mediation committee . So, it is impossible to resolve there problem. There is little or no self-cleaning action., Only global can help Japanese Wikipedia and make better . Please help me, and many Japanese People,. Please.

As in Japan for example, editors or administrator often use wikipedian rule use for own.. Bsx blame me because of original study .But he write original study soon after I edited without refinement..This is instance he write Yamaguchi City has not centripetal force because it be sandwiched large city. However he write no reference, only to original study, I point outed this, but he mock my induction. Only to edit based on his thought. In the end there has some original thought by Bsx .

In Japanese Wikipedia , I cannot sad my opinion perfectly. Because I blocked including based on rule misunderstanding of wiki by editors and administrator not enough understanding.

I want unlock my ID or IP(If all block are impossible please unblock only to note pege to discuss with high quality) I hope you help me from Japanese wikipoedians without gentleman mind. Because it is enable to understand each other without discuss blissfully, surely and academic enough. But I mostly hope Japanese wikipoedia become better and better.

I received a mail from you that it is Japanese problem .It is true, however very few Japanese wikipedians can realize. As written in "" which is written in Japanese,this problem is knotty problem. Only Japanese volunteer stuffs are not be to slove the problem. Global help is need, really need.Mostly I hope is not my block released,but orderly Japanese Wkipedia.Current status has often lawless zone. Human right violation must be removed. Please help Japanese people. Please.--Cllassical million (talk) 13:40, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Convenience link: Aso789 (talk · contributions · Move log · block log · uploads · Abuse filter log.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:08, 14 September 2020 (UTC)
Pinging @Muyo, アルトクール, Bellcricket, Faso as blocking Admins on jawiki.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:08, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Como subir capturas de pantalla[edit]

Hola, como puedo subir capturas de pantalla a Wikimedia Commons y luego usarlas en otra wiki. Woody Woodpecker (discusión). 14 de septiembre de 2020, 09:15 (UTC).

  • @Woody Woodpecker: En general, Commons no se permite subir capturas de pantalla. Por gran parte, tienen derechos de autor. - Jmabel ! talk 15:58, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Album Covers. Can I upload new versions of the art?[edit]

Let's say a Wikipedia page for a rock album or something has a low-res image of the album artwork but I have a high-quality version of it. Would I be able to upload it and replace the current artwork? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wcnmvp (talk • contribs)

Almost certainly not. See COMM:LICENSE: unless the album cover art is licensed appropriately, it couldn't be uploaded here. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:26, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Journal cover[edit]

I want to make a page on Wikipedia for the scientific Journal which is published by my colleagues. How can I load a picture of the journal cover? I don't have copy right for it, I got the file just from the editor. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MalyshevaS (talk • contribs) 23:00, 14 September 2020‎ (UTC)

  • @MalyshevaS: It is unlikely that you would be an appropriate person to write on Wikipedia about a journal published by your colleagues. Please see Wikpedia's policy on conflicts of interest. - Jmabel ! talk 23:43, 14 September 2020 (UTC)
  • As for a picture of a journal cover: Commons accepts only material that is either free-licensed or in the public domain. The journal cover is presumably copyrighted, so the only people who could offer such a license are the owners of the copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 23:44, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Map Image Upload Being Flagged as Abuse or Non-Compliant[edit]

I'm just trying to upload an updated map showing current bank branch locations in the United States and it keeps blocking me. It's just a map of the United States with blue dots indicating the location of the bank branches. It won't even let me upload it here to show you.

I receive the following message when I attempt to complete an upload: We could not determine whether this file is suitable for Wikimedia Commons. Please only upload photos that you took yourself with your camera, or see what else is acceptable. See the guide to make sure the file is acceptable and learn how to upload it on Wikimedia Commons. — Preceding unsigned comment added by NotTheGiantPeach (talk • contribs) 03:26, 15 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@NotTheGiantPeach: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a png image as a new user while leaving the summary intact. Such uploads of png images are not allowed at all. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png image, it's a copyright violation taken from the web. Please upload the full-size original of it, including any metadata, but it may be judged too complex to be under TOO in the country of origin, so you may need to license it on your website or social media or send permission via OTRS. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too. If you change the summary or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:31, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: Thank you, I will try the upload wizard. The image was created by me using the map creator in Wikimedia. I will also try using JPEG format. — Preceding unsigned comment added by NotTheGiantPeach (talk • contribs) 19:24, 15 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@NotTheGiantPeach: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:26, 16 September 2020 (UTC)


Hello, please rename the File:Sergei Ovchinnikov.jpg (Rename it to Sergey Ovchinnikov in 2020.jpg). An image with the same name has already been uploaded directly to Wikipedia. Because of this, it cannot be used. Mr.Drax (talk) 06:00, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

@Mr.Drax: - ✓ Done. Note that {{Rename}} can be used to request files be renamed. ~~ Alex Noble/1-2/TRB 08:51, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Публикация страницы[edit]

Добрый день! Я создавал страницу "Раиф Курмангалиевич Усманов" она никак не могла выйти из инкубатора и в последствии, как я понял, вроде была удалена, хотя были замечания в процессе и я их исправлял. Подскажите пожалуйста, в чем может быть проблема? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bariy (talk • contribs) 10:26, 15 September 2020‎ (UTC)

Publishing a page
Good day! I created the page "Raif Kurmangalievich Usmanov", it could not get out of the incubator in any way and later, as I understood, it seemed to be deleted, although there were comments in the process and I corrected them. Please tell me what could be the problem?
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:35, 15 September 2020 (UTC)
@Bariy: Привет и добро пожаловать. Я вижу, что вы создали и отредактировали ru:Инкубатор:Раиф Курмангалиевич Усманов, который до сих пор существует и имеет комментарии и замечания на своей странице обсуждения, в инкубаторе русской Википедии. Я вижу, что вы также загрузили сюда 3 несвободных файла, которые были удалены. Пожалуйста, просмотрите COM:L/ru.
Hi, and welcome. I see that you created and edited ru:Инкубатор:Раиф Курмангалиевич Усманов, which still exists and has comments and remarks on it's talk page, in the Russian Wikipedia's incubator. I see that you also uploaded 3 unfree files here, which have been deleted. Please review COM:L.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:35, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

how to make a file smaller[edit]

The file of a crest (scarlet and white colours) is on the very top of the wikipedia page titled "en:Lupton family". It should be slightly smaller. Please adjust if you can. Your help is really appreciated. 11:22, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Hi, and welcome. It is normal thumbnail size. You can adjust the size of thumbnails you see in your preferences when you are a logged-in user.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:06, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Размещение новой фотографии для пользователя Википедии[edit]

Добрый день!

Со вчерашнего дня вношу новые правки на странице Константина Ивлева. Столкнулась со сложностью размещения фотографии. Вчера помогла тех поддержка, сделала все по их рекомендациям, а сегодня фотография пропала. Помогите пожалуйста установить новую фотографию для пользователя. Валентина20202020 (talk) 10:53, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Posting a new photo for a Wikipedia user

Good day!

Since yesterday I have been making new edits on the page of Konstantin Ivlev. Faced the difficulty of posting a photo. Yesterday the tech support helped, did everything according to their recommendations, and today the photo has disappeared. Please help me set a new photo for the user.
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:26, 15 September 2020 (UTC)


I'm intending to update some logos of US Government agencies as their designs have changed. The outdated logo files currently have names such as "Gov Agency logo.svg". I'm assuming I do not overwrite the file as the old design should be kept. But I am not sure about the logistics of doing it. Should I submit a rename request to something like "Gov Agency logo 2009-2015.svg" and then upload the new logo under the original name? or should I do something else? Thanks! affius (talk) 13:30, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

@Affius: Personally, I'd go for uploading the new one under a new name (probably with just the date of introduction in it, so "Gov Agency Logo 2016.svg") and leaving the old one at its existing name. I think renaming the old one would be just about allowable under criterion 2 on the basis that it's ambiguous, but I don't think it's necessary. --bjh21 (talk) 13:43, 15 September 2020 (UTC)
@Bjh21: Thank you. Yes, my goal is to decrease ambiguity and make it obvious which logo is the one currently being used. affius (talk) 17:16, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

File:Seal Phitsanulok.png[edit]

Hello, Today I have tried to upload a newer version of the Seal of Phitsanulok Province. But in stat of the newer version of the seal, a 2019 version from the Phitsanulok Annual Report, the old seal of 1939 was duplicated again. I keep the filename unchanged: Seal Phitsanulok.png. The int.license-header should be: {{PD-TH-exempt}}, because all reports of Thai governments are "not copyrighttable" (Public Domain). Maybe you can help to correct this duplication. SietsL (talk) 14:41, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

@SietsL: Hi, and welcome. It works for me, please see COM:FAQ#PURGE. You can change the licensing yourself. However, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:34, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

make a list of experts to ask[edit]

Everyone has different knowledge and is a different expert in something else. I would prefer a list of Experts maybe similar to w:de:Wikipedia:Wikipedianer/nach_Wissensgebieten/Ingenieurwissenschaften.

  • I'm an expert in librSVG-render-bugs and would like to help here, however it is "impossible" to watch/check different Help-Desks/Grapic-Labs/SVG-Project-Discussion-Pages/... especially because many of them are on local wikis.
  • I sometimes need help with complex templates, therefore I ask e.g User:Sarang
  • As a uploader, I often have problems in deciding if something is below COM:TOO or not, and would like to ask someone with more knowledge in this field.
  • As a Bot-Mantainer I currently have problems commandline-uploading Images from to commons

It is obligatory for every Admin, to specify there language on Commons:Administrators aswell on the user-page, to be able to ask an admin to talk to users in their individual language. However I never had problems with users not speaking my languages, but I often had problems that I did not found any user with specific knowledge (SVG,copyright,toolforge,Strutured Data,...) to ask, therefore I would like to start a list. Maybe at Commons:Help_desk/Experts?

 — Johannes Kalliauer - Talk | Contributions 17:53, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Where is contact info on an image's metadata coming from?[edit]

Hi -

I can't locate where the email address and website URL that appear on my image's metadata are coming from. They don't appear anywhere in my preferences. Any ideas?

Many thanks.

--Bob Ramsak (talk) 20:18, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Bob Ramsak, they're usually generated by the camera. Alternatively they can be added by various bits of software. Nothing to do with Wikimedia Commons anyway. -mattbuck (Talk) 20:24, 15 September 2020 (UTC)


Hello! Walden University changed it's logo in 2019. Adding/updating pictures on Wikipedia confuses me. Can someone tell me how I go about updating the logo on the Walden University page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Serene123 (talk • contribs) 20:56, 15 September 2020‎ (UTC)

  • @Serene123: By "the Walden University page" do you mean en:Walden University or something else?
  • Can you point to somewhere on the web where the new logo is available? - Jmabel ! talk 23:15, 15 September 2020 (UTC)




エラー文言 『エラー: 行なった操作は、有害であると自動的に判断されたため実行できませんでした。 確かに建設的な操作であると考える場合は、行なおうとしていた操作について管理者にお知らせください。 操作に対して発動した違反規則の概略は以下の通りです: Removal of all categories』


《追伸》 序と言っては失礼ですが、エラー文言中で『管理者にお知らせください。』と有りますが、何処へ連絡して良いのか全くわからず、この場所にたどり着くまで無駄な時間を浪費しました。


ご面倒ですが、よろしくお願いします。  山本-- 22:43, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

  • Google translate gets me approximately nowhere on that. Would someone with good Japanese please look at this? - Jmabel ! talk 23:18, 15 September 2020 (UTC)
  • 《お詫び》先程の投稿できない件ですが、自己解決しましたのでこの件は取り消しとさせて下さい。大変お騒がせしました。-- 23:52, 15 September 2020 (UTC)
Brief summary: The above IP user was caught by an AbuseFilter for "[removing] all categories" while editing categories on various pages. This was because they used the wrong syntax. They have figured out a solution, and apologised for the fuss. --H78c67c (talk) 04:15, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Help with making a file smaller please[edit]

Please help again - The file of a crest (scarlet and white colours) is on the very top of the wikipedia page titled "Lupton family". It should be slightly smaller. Please adjust if you can. Your help is really appreciated. I have tried with the encouragement of your editor - but no good on this device. Please assist and make the file a little smaller. Thanks 23:24, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: en:Lupton family.
  • I'm not sure of your intention here. It is the standard size of a thumbnail. If users have their preferences set up to set a different thumbnail size, it will change in accordance with their preferences.
  • If you set an explicit size, then users' preferences are going to be frustrated. Why would you want to do that? Usually the only reason we would set an explicit size is if something, on the one hand, specifically needs to be large to be legible or, on the other, is so low-resolution that it will only reproduce correctly at a small size.
  • If you want to set the thumbnail to a particular width, then you can do it, but as I say I recommend against it. Instead of "…|thumb|…" you can use, for example, "…|thumb|150px|…"
  • In any case, these are entirely Wikipedia issues not Commons issues. - Jmabel ! talk 04:05, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

My first image upload to Wikipedia/Wikimedia: Uploaded an SVG for FC Utrecht (association football club).[edit]

Hello Wikipedia contributor,

Thanks for taking the time to read my question.

I already had some experience editing a wiki (experienced contributor and reviewer on before making my first edits on the 'real Wikipedia' a few days ago, with the goal to improve the accuracy and quality of information provided by Wikipedia on for example, association football.

I today tried to upload a logo for association football club FC Utrecht from the Netherlands, as they use a special anniversary logo for the ongoing 2020-2021 season and that version of the logo is currently used on Eredivisie broadcasts all over the world.

I saw most other football club logos were uploaded in a SVG format and I wondered what's needed for this logo to display correctly once I upload it in a SVG format to Wikimedia Commons, since when I take a look now all I see is an empty space of pixels, which is obviously not the goal since I want to upload the current version of FC Utrecht's logo to Wikimedia Commons to eventually update it on the club's Wikipedia page.

At Liquipedia ( where my previous experience comes from, we work with PNG files. That may be one of the reasons why I'm having troubles here.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to read my question, and I look forward to hearing an answer.

Jonas (Jonashp99) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonashp99 (talk • contribs) 23:36, 15 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Jonashp99: Hi, and welcome. Can you point to somewhere on the web where the new logo is available in high resolution?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:23, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Thank you! The logo can be found here: 11:53, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jonashp99: You're welcome. @Jmabel: Do you think it qualifies for {{PD-textlogo}}?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:02, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: I don't think it's quite {{PD-textlogo}}, but it's so simple & generic that I would consider it as {{PD-ineligible}}. Of course, I'm not a real copyright expert, and I certainly know nothing about the threshold of originality in the Netherlands. Maybe a question for COM:VPC? - Jmabel ! talk 15:37, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jmabel: Thanks, I asked at COM:VPC#New logo for FC Utrecht.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:30, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Rashtrieey jan party[edit]

फ़ोटो अपलोड कैसे करे — Preceding unsigned comment added by राष्ट्रीय जन पार्टी (talk • contribs) 02:10, 16 September 2020‎ (UTC)


寄付をしたいが、カ-ドでは振り込まない。現金を指定の口座へ直で振り込むので、口座番号を知らせてください。 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 03:42, 16 September 2020‎ (UTC)

  • If you are trying to donate to the Wikimedia Foundation, please see [10]. - Jmabel ! talk 04:13, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Reguest to rename image file[edit],_Laugharne_1948_RAF_photo.png#file

This title is incorrect - it should be 1949 - can it be changed? Horatius At The Bridge (talk) 09:57, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

@Horatius At The Bridge: Hi, and welcome. I renamed it to File:Island house, Laugharne 1949 RAF photo.png for you; please see {{Rename}} for future use.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:18, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
I'm much obliged @Jeff G.: will check the reference for future use Horatius At The Bridge (talk) 11:34, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
@Horatius At The Bridge: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:43, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
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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 two days.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:43, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Famous person[edit]

Hi. Could you tell me how can I update image for Armenia famous person? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dombov89 (talk • contribs)

  • @Dombov89: If you have a more current photo that is either in the public domain or is sufficiently free-licensed (see COM:L), you can upload the picture here on Commons, then change the article in question to reference the new image rather than the old one. - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Are subcategories exclusive of each other?[edit]

Hi. I am finding your category organization very cumbersome to use for browsing. If I look up a particular artist (not an artist with a Page), I then have to jump back and forth between numerous subcategories. Maybe this is just the way it is, but I would rather see all the files at once. It might be too much for very famous artists, but for relatively obscure ones?

My main question is this: If there is a subcategory level for paintings in varius museums and another equal level for the same artist arranged by date, are these the same files in both or are they exclusive? Or does it depend on who entered them?

Thanks for any info you can give me.


To answer the main question first: if there are categories for the museum and for the date, a painting should be categorized in both. It should also be categorized by artist and topic. If there is more than one photograph of a painting, it is a good idea to have a category for the painting and add parent categories to that, e.g. Category:Samson and Delilah (Rembrandt). Most artist will have a category with all of their works, like Category:Works by Rembrandt. You can then use PetScan to see all images of all subcategories, if you set the depth high enough. --rimshottalk 21:27, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Problem signing in or logging in[edit]

I had joined four years ago under my name Stan Adie. Wikipedia still holds my data.

I have tried to upload pictures onto wiki loves monuments when I click on the upload button it says incorrect password or confirmation code. Despite trying to re-set my password I do not get the relevant e-mail to reset.

I have tried to re-apply but it says my user name is already in use.

My e-mail is ---- " — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 21:19, 16 September 2020‎ (UTC)

  • I assume this is about the account User:Stanadie. It looks like you never used that account on Commons or the English-language Wikipedia, though, nor did you provide an email address. Is there somewhere else you made edits using it? If not, I'd say just start over with a new account. - Jmabel ! talk 23:14, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
Let me just add that punctuation and capitalization are important in usernames, except that the first character must be capitalized.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:26, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
I thought the user referred to the account Stan Adie on the English-language Wikipedia (creation log), which also has no contributions. But maybe the user confused the different accounts. There is also an account Stanleyadie, also no contributions. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:48, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Cannot upload an improved version of an existing file[edit]

Downloaded this file and replaced the embedded legend with a legible version, but I am blocked from re-uploading it because I cannot specify the source, which is the commons. I "re-uploaded" many images in the past. What changed since my last replacement activity? — Ineuw talk 01:53, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

@Ineuw: What upload tool are you using that won't let you do this? - Jmabel ! talk 16:13, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jmabel: I always use the Upload a new version of this file link below the image. This links me to this page. I am using this lik from time immemorial (or, since I joined the commons). — Ineuw talk 00:25, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
Not an answer to your question, but before you put more effort into this, do you really believe that File:Aspero.jpg is "own work"? Doesn't really look like it. And given deletions of some of the uploader's files, it doesn't inspire excessive trust. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:42, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
@Asclepias:, I agree regarding to this particular image. But, I wonder what will happen with other images I can clean and/or correct.— Ineuw talk 01:16, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:PhilipCortez.jpg[edit]

--Jh sanantonio (talk) 02:56, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

I've been asked by State Representative Philip Cortez to upload and publish his official state portrait into wikipedia. I believe the photo to be public domain but not sure how to articulate that in the request as it is on his official State of Texas website listed below:

Please let me know what we have to do to keep the photo up and on his wikipedia page.

--Jh sanantonio (talk)

@Jh sanantonio: Hi, and welcome. Why do you "believe the photo to be public domain"? Is there some particular state or federal law that places it in the public domain? Who was the photographer? You could upload it to English Wikipedia for Fair Use subject to en:WP:F. We do not accept Fair Use files here on Wikimedia Commons.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:04, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: I don't think en-wiki allows pictures of living people on a fair use basis unless the picture itself is irreplaceable (e.g. a picture of a particular historic event). - Jmabel ! talk 16:15, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Adapted image CC BY-SA 2.0[edit]

Hello, I want to upload to CC an adapted (cropped) version of an image already on CC, which is marked by the CC BY-SA 2.0 license. However, the Upload Wizard does not show that license among the choices, the closest thing being CC BY-SA 2.5. Can someone tell me how to proceed with my upload? Should I just go with the 2.5? Thanks! Assambrew (talk) 05:22, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

You can use a tool like CropTool, which I think can keep the same license. Or you can add the license manually. Or you could ignore the Upload Wizard and use the basic form. Or an argument might be made that you could use version 2.5 or 3.0 or 4.0 if you consider the crop as a "derivative work", but a simple crop can be considered closer to the original work and to me it seems preferable to keep the version 2.0. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:47, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
"the basic form" => Special:Upload - Jmabel ! talk 16:16, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
One could also use our experienced form.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:39, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Thanks guys. The Upload Wizard seemed simplest to handle, so I decided to use version 2.5 and call it derivative. Then I manually edited the license to version 2.0. The image is at . Can someone please take a look, and let me know if it will pass muster? Thanks again. Assambrew (talk) 18:33, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Picture deleted Tatiana Laurence Delarue[edit]

How is it possible to prove that it is a selfie and publish it ? I understood that it is impossible to publish a photo.

Aucune photo n'est acceptée. Comment faire ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justfree1958 (talk • contribs) 16:13, 17 September 2020‎ (UTC)

  • @Justfree1958: I assume this is about either File:Tatiana-Laurence Delarue.jpg or File:Tatiana elfie smiling.jpg.
  • These appear to be the same photo. When a photo is deleted, do not upload it under a different name. This could get you blocked.
  • When you say, "prove that it is a selfie and publish it" are you saying that you are this person and this is your selfie?
    • If so, there are two possibilities: (1) publish the photo on a page that is clearly under your control (e.g. your Instagram account) and offer the free license there; then reference that page as the source when uploading to Commons. That is probably easiest. (2) Go through the process described at COM:OTRS or COM:OTRS/fr.
    • If this is not you, then the picture being a selfie has nothing to do with the matter, other than making it very easy to identify the photographer to have them use one of the two means above to give permission.
Jmabel ! talk 16:26, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

So please check intagram, you will also find there the very first selfie used by purepeople : tl_delarue — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justfree1958 (talk • contribs) 16:32, 17 September 2020‎ (UTC)

This was not the same picture, one with no smile, the other smiling — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justfree1958 (talk • contribs) 16:34, 17 September 2020‎ (UTC)

It is in the story written Wikipedia vérifié — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justfree1958 (talk • contribs) 16:43, 17 September 2020‎ (UTC)

@Justfree1958: So please comply with policy COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:49, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
@Justfree1958: I see what you mean now: [11]. However, a statement like that or along the lines of "okay for Wikipedia" is not acceptable for our purposes. The photo needs to be explicitly released under a free license such as the ones listed at COM:L#Well-known licenses / COM:L/fr#Licences courantes. The best way to do this is via COM:OTRS, though I suppose an Instagram post with a notice like those suggested here is just as acceptable. Note that Instagram doesn't allow links in the description, however. clpo13(talk) 17:36, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
The media copy mentioned to justify the speedy deletion acknowledges that the source is the Instagram source. It does look like a selfie by the subject of the photo. I understand the mention "wiki vérifié" associated with this photo at the original source as a short mention meaning "I hereby verify the license associated with this photo on Wikimedia". Which was probably a way to conform to the possibility "(1)" evoked by Jmabel above, although not using the letter of the suggestion. Sure, it would be better if the mention was directly the identification of the license. So, it may still be useful either to name the license on Instagram or to send confirmation to OTRS. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:01, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
Or if User:Justfree1958 is Tatiana Laurence Delarue (which I take it is the case) then Tatiana can indicate that on her Instagram account, at which point we know that a selfie uploaded by User:Justfree1958 doesn't need any more scrutiny of license than any normal upload by any other user.
@Clpo13: OTRS is not necessarily the preferred way to verify identity; it's the only way to do confidential correspondence, which is often needed in order to verify identity, but it's cumbersome and time-consuming. It's quicker for all concerned if we can verify identity by publicly available means that don't require time from the OTRS team, who are always busy and backlogged. - Jmabel ! talk 23:36, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Uploads by a particular user[edit]

How do I search for all files in a specific category uploaded by a particular user? Or those in a specific category *not* uploaded by a particular user? I know about incategory: but I can't find how to include the uploader in the search Thanks Kognos (talk) 19:36, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

  • I know this doesn't answer your question, but: one of the many reasons I prefer "Source=Photo by Joe Mabel" to "{{Own}}". - Jmabel ! talk 23:39, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

How to search for individual images in a specific category?[edit] 20:29, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

The question is not very specific. But if you wanted to search for image files about fishing in the River Severn you could use: "incategory:"River Severn" fishing". Unless I am missing something? Kognos (talk) 20:57, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

William Davis Jr[edit]

Can you please send me a phone list of Bladenboro for the Davis family to as I’m looking out for my son Billy Davis. We live in Vancouver BC Billy my son is 48 and never seen his dad who is probably dead if alive he would be my age 77 Black Lives Matter I am Indiginous and Billy was Chi chi please give me the families number or e mail....Jo Williams formally Blake. Thanks Judi

Unsupported gadget or script all of a sudden[edit]

I keep getting on my mobile web browser (advanced mode) this popup on every page:

You are running a user gadget or script that is unsupported on mobile. Please review mw:ResourceLoader/Migration_guide

I do not know what is going on. The only gadget I turned in recently is Cat a lot, and it was not a problem until just now. Turning of Cat a lot did not fix it.

What’s up? DemonDays64 (talk) 05:57, 18 September 2020 (UTC) (please ping on reply)

Please replace File:Jupiter Polar Winds.gif with higher quality version[edit]

I uploaded File:Jupiter Polar Winds 500x500.gif because I can't replace the original file. Can someone update the original and delete the new one? --Solar Miloo (talk) 08:42, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

Wikidata Infobox[edit]

Hallo! Wenn in einer Namens Kategorie, z.B. bei einem Actor, die Wikidata Infobox ist wird sie falsch sortiert. Nach Vorname statt Nachname. Soweit ich mich erinnere nützt Defaultsort nichts und/oder löst einen Konflikt aus. Auch das eintragen des Nachnamens bei Wikidata ändert nichts.Gibt es trotzdem eine Lösung? --Hiddenhauser (talk) 09:51, 18 September 2020 (UTC)