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

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

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

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

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

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

Translation help for antique photo from WW2[edit]

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

Why is it OK to have a picture of a nude woman on the home page?[edit]

I can see that 16 people thought that photo of a "nude recumbent woman" was fine to be a picture of the day, but, what if, five years after that was determined, it's not OK? Glammmur (talk) 10:15, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

A sharper question is why nude women have been POTD several times, but a nude man never has and probably never will. -- (talk) 10:35, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Not a sharp question at all, but the third time this dumb and accusatory question has been asked, suggesting bias at FP or POTD. The facts. There are 11,265 featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons. Of these, 490 images are classified as "people", about 100 images of people classified as "historical" and another 100 of people classified as "sports". So around 700 photos of people, which is around 6.2% of all pictures that could appear on the main page. Of these, only four are of nudes: A non-sexual image of a Himba woman from Namibia, a partial glamour nude of Michele Merkin, a b&w upper-body and a recumbent nude. Leaving aside the Himba photo, we only have three sexual female nude photos at FP. The vast majority of photographs in the world are of people, yet on commons FP they are outnumbered 15:1. The vast majority of sexual photography in the world is of women. Based on our sample size of three nudes, oh, dear, we actually can't tell anything statistically significant about that at all. Perhaps the person who is by far the largest uploader of images to Commons, 4,061,352 images, according to his user page, can explain why they have so far failed to upload a single feature-quality photo of a nude man. -- Colin (talk) 11:44, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
To me this is a bit of a red herring. My initial question was attempting to suggest that for, say, a 12 year old girl coming to try to use Commons for the first time might be a bit alienated by the image of a naked woman on the homepage, no matter how artful. I mean, if a photography teacher at a high school busted out that photograph as a reference for great lighting or shadows or whatever, they'd probably be fired. Glammmur (talk) 12:16, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
I also fail to see how this pornography has "potential educational use": Since when has full-frontal nudity been used in a educational context? Glammmur (talk) 10:47, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
The issue is that you mix up Pornography with Nude art. And yes, nudity can have education value: en:Human#Biology. Regards, Yann (talk) 11:07, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
The most obvious answer is educational media about art and photography. If you wander round an art gallery, you will see plenty educationally notable images of the nude female form. Plenty educational books on art and photography contain such image. -- Colin (talk) 11:44, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Sure, perhaps it's not useful to raise the issue of the full-frontal pornographic nudity available on the Commons is this particular thread. But, this fallback of "art vs pornography" is entirely subjective and really insensitive to cultural difference. Perhaps I'll see if I can find where there's a debate or discussion about this elsewhere on the site. Starting with the page. Glammmur (talk) 13:05, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Glammmur, there has been discussion of this before. Wrt the media repository, there's a very strong consensus that Commons should host such images. However, it is quite a separate discussion about what editorial decisions we make concerning which images to show on the front page. Personally, I think there should be some sensitivity that the main page of Commons may be viewed by people who would be uncomfortable viewing this sort of image, either for their own personal reasons, or because it was unexpected and the time or location could cause potential embarrassment. People come to Commons for all sorts of reasons, and the images we show on the main page are not requested by any viewer. But this is the Internet, where the opinions of Western young men dominate, so good luck getting any sort of grown-up discussion about that. For what it is worth, all four of our female nude FPs have been shown on the main page now, and the process of picking such a picture for the main page has been running for over a decade. So this is a rare event, fewer than one every two years on average, and there's no similar image currently in the pipeline. -- Colin (talk) 12:55, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
It's really insensitive to cultural difference to claim that full-frontal (self-identified) "pornographic" nudity is never used for education purposes. I'd argue that complete issues of Playboy would be essential for any deep study of US culture in the 20th century, and many of its competitors to compare and contrast to.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:00, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
I'm assuming this is a joke of some kind? Glammmur (talk) 09:53, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
No, it's not.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:11, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

How to organize so many bus routes?[edit]

Taiwan has a lot of bus routes, which makes it difficult for me to organize these categories. I want to ask: What do you think about "Category:Taiwan bus routes from 1 to 99", "Category:Bus routes in Taiwan from 1 to 99", or "Category:Bus routes from 1 to 99 (Taiwan)"?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:42, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Are we talking about the bus routes of some one transit authority, or of many transit authorities each with its own numbering scheme, or something else? - Jmabel ! talk 23:06, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: For the record, I very much agree with Bjh21, please do not create those grouping categories (1-99 or whatever). - Themightyquill (talk) 14:25, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
What do you mean by "the record"?--Kai3952 (talk) 14:55, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
"For the record" is an expression, meaning "I am saying this so that my remark does not go unrecorded," so that no one can say later that I didn't say this or they weren't told. - Jmabel ! talk 15:38, 11 June 2018 (UTC)


Many schools in Taiwan have such a design. A public walkway runs through the first floor of the school building. I don't know which category this walkway fits into, "Category:Concourses" or "Category:Hallways"?--Kai3952 (talk) 09:04, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

  • I believe you want the (apparently underused) Category:Breezeways. - Jmabel ! 17:24, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
    • Which raises the question (asked in general, not directed to Kai): is File:0 Seneffe - Galerie palladienne (1).JPG, currently in Category:Breezeways, really a breezeway? I'd call it a curved gallery: a breezeway should have walls on two opposite sides, no? - Jmabel ! talk 17:28, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
      • @Jmabel: No, I'm talking about this: "【新北景點】平溪。菁桐。十分一日遊 (32364413620).jpg". A public walkway runs through the first floor of the school building.--Kai3952 (talk) 06:48, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
        • As I said, that's a breezeway. - Jmabel ! talk 16:00, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
          • @Jmabel: I am still confused about what this photo("File:0 Seneffe - Galerie palladienne (1).JPG") shows. In my opinion, the breezeway should be designed like what this photo("【新北景點】平溪。菁桐。十分一日遊 (32364413620).jpg") shows. Could you please explain why why two photos shows that the breezeway is a different design?--Kai3952 (talk) 19:04, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
            • As I said above (in a remark I specifically said was not about what you were asking), I don't think File:0 Seneffe - Galerie palladienne (1).JPG belongs in this category. But that's not the one you asked about. The one you asked about belongs in the category. - Jmabel ! talk 19:37, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
              • Do you mean this sentence: "asked in general, not directed to Kai"?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:29, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
                • Yes, but we are really digressing. The one you asked about is a breezeway. - Jmabel ! talk 16:04, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

File:金瓜寮溪 Jingualiao Creek - panoramio.jpg[edit]

What does this photo show, a dam?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:20, 10 June 2018 (UTC)


كيف يمكنني رفع الصور والفيديوهات
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kawtar amrani (talk • contribs) 16:08, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
ماذا عن نشر صور لممثلين ؟ هل ترفض وتسبب مشاكل ؟؟
— Preceding unsigned comment added by SsMaRySs (talk • contribs) 16:56, 10 June 2018 (UTC)
  • (using Google translate, question was whether pictures of actors are welcome) If you took the picture yourself, fine, but you can't upload some other photographer's picture unless they have granted an appropriate free license. - Jmabel ! talk 17:54, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Categorizing Uncategorized Images on Wikimedia Commons[edit]

Hello Wikimedia Commons Community,

I'm a member (board) of Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group. Personally, I've seen that there is a problem (huge one) around uncategorized images on Wikimedia Commons. We think it could be a good project to start in our community and keep working on it as time evolves. We don't intend to solve the problem 100% as it's an NP-hard problem because as time evolves, the problem keeps adding as controlling how pictures are being categorized is hard.

There are 2 main ways of attempting to solve this problem;

  1. Manual way of having users via various edit-a-thons to manually do the edits in categorizing the images.
  2. Building bots / machine learning (ML) algorithms to help us do the work even if it's not very efficient, but the algorithms will learn over time.

With this regards, there are many routes to take in tackling the problem from various angles. Here is a ticket on Phabricator as we intend to work on this as a long term project: If there is any help or guidelines the WM Commons community can offer to us, please help so we can start solving the NP-hard problem. Thanks

--Alangi Derick (talk) 16:22, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Alangi Derick: Uncategorised files are indeed a problem, but don't forget about the issue of files in need of more specific categories, and in this area, local knowledge will beat any machine learning algorithm every day of the week and twice on Sunday. There are currently over 400 files sitting in Category:Cameroon that should probably be in more specific categories instead. The same could be said of the over 90 files in Category:Buildings in Cameroon. In a country which relatively few Wikimedia users have visited, local knowledge will be invaluable in categorising and geotagging those files. LX (talk, contribs) 21:33, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
LX, exactly! I agree with you, and in fact, starting country base images categorization was already something I was thinking about. This could be a starting point for anyone who wants to help out here in Cameroon so they better understand the requirements of the project before diving deeper into other images out there. So yes, that's the next step. Thanks for the tip and of course, the issue needs to be looked at. --Alangi Derick (talk) 22:25, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Digital restorations and editing[edit]

Good evening, I would like to know if digitally restored images with better brightness, contrast, red reflections... can be uploaded and replace an existing image. As you can see here, I have been relatively perplexed by what I have read there about file overwriting and file restoration. Can I overwrite a file with a restored version? --Les Yeux Noirs (talk) 21:09, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

@Les Yeux Noirs: The restriction on "digital restoration" in Commons:Overwriting files is only stated to apply to "a historical document or artwork". My feeling is that this picture doesn't fall into that category, so making minor improvements to it is fine. Certainly, people seem happy to make more significant changes to other Geograph images. --bjh21 (talk) 21:30, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
In general with Geograph images, that shouldn't be a problem (especially one like this which certainly needs improvement). But if something comes originally from a Commons user, unless that person has actively welcomed the overwrite, you should almost always upload to a different filename. - Jmabel ! talk 21:37, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much --Les Yeux Noirs (talk) 21:55, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Bad links to other wikis for an image?[edit]

Just came across an illustration of the seven bridges of Königsberg problem [1]. Under "File usage on other wikis" there are many links to, but only one of them really has a link that uses this file. Some bot must have messed up somewhere, but where? --WiseWoman (talk) 21:46, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

I just checked three random pages and I can see the image in all of them. I can't read Arabic, but it looks like it's being used for links to ar:بوابة:خوارزميات. --bjh21 (talk) 22:07, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Most of these seem to be transclusions of ar:Template:شريط بوابات, in which the image appears when using "خوارزميات" as a parameter. LX (talk, contribs) 22:18, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

I uploaded a file to Commons only to learn afterwards that a different image with the same name already exists in Wikipedia[edit]

I uploaded to Commons a cleaned-up JPG file called File:Louis Adolphe Billy.jpg derived from this PNG: File:Louis Adolphe Billy.png, only to discover afterwards that a low-res different image with that same JPG name, and with no usages, already exists in the English Wikipedia. (I converted the PNG to JPG because there seems to be a quality problem (at least, sometimes) with thumbnail displays of PNGs.)

Anyhow, I went to the infobox of the WP article that uses the original PNG and changed the image extension to JPG, but that just causes the crappy, low-res WP JPG to display in the infobox. I've tried fiddling with the "link" parameter to force the infobox to use my Commons JPG, but the link parameter doesn't seem to work inside infoboxes.

I don't have rights to change file names, and am not sure that's the best solution anyway. How can I get the WP article to display my Commons JPG? Thanks. -- WikiPedant (talk) 07:13, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

(PS -- The original PNG was also used on the French Wikipedia, and it worked when I changed the French infobox to use my cleaned-up Commons JPG version.)

One of the files has to be renamed. If you want the Commons file to be renamed, use {{Rename}}. Additionally, if the file in the English Wikipedia is suitable for Commons, it should be moved (copied) here. --Magnus (talk) 07:19, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
w:Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2018 June 12 - Alexis Jazz ping plz 07:23, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Please participate in en:Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2018 June 12#File:Louis Adolphe Billy.jpg. I was thinking about renaming the file on enwiki, but doing that during an Ffd is bad form.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 07:33, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Stocko-contact-logo.tif[edit]

Hallo Wikimedia-Team,

für unseren Unternehmens-Artikel auf Wikipedia haben wir unser Unternehmens-Logo hochgeladen, sind aber nicht sicher, welche Lizenz wir angeben müssen. Das Logo ist ein registriertes Warenzeichen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Jörg Alberts

--Stocko-wiki (talk) 13:19, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Unter welche Lizenz ihr das stellt, müsst ihr schon selbst entscheiden. --Magnus (talk) 13:40, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

POTY Voting requirements[edit]

I have been using wikipedia for a long time now, and was editing without an account during that time. Now, I made a new account last year, and started editing on that. I enjoy photography so I was going to vote for the picture of the year. But I only have 50 or so edits, so I can't vote. I don't understand why you need to have so many edits to be able to vote, this makes the voting population pretty small. Since the point of the edit quota is presumably to prevent vandalism or vote spamming, maybe this requirement should be decreased to 20-30. That is my suggestion. Please reply to this on my talk page. Thanks! shibe

The criterion was designed to limit POTY participants to more or less regular Commons contributors. Ruslik (talk) 20:13, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Color fix request on a flag by a user[edit]

Hi. A user requested to fix the colors of this flag, but used {{rename}} tag. I reverted the edit (invalid criterion. note: corretta means "correct"), but I haven't found a tag template for this kind of requests: I tried {{fix}}, but it seems it doesn't work. Does anybody know what's the right template for this requests?

Anyway, translating from Italian, I understood (more or less) user's request: the flag should be 1/3 red, as it is, and 2/3 silver (and it is white). Thanks for attention: as filemover, I wouldn't simply revert a valid request using wrong template, but offer assistance/solution whenever possible (btw, I really dunno what are the correct colors of this flag). Regards. --Dэя-Бøяg 19:17, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Trailer from Trump-Kim summit[edit]

Hello there,

I would like some guidance over whether the trailer shown during the Trump-Kim summit counts as PD-USGov.

I'm not sure if all of the scenes in the movie were produced by the White House.

--RaviC (talk) 21:52, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

@RaviC: We may not host it because Facebook's licensing terms are inconsistent with ours, and there is significant doubt as to the PD nature of every frame in that video, as well as the music.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 10:14, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

Bild hochladen[edit]

Warum laufe ich immer wieder auf den gleichen Fehler: Als schädlich erkannt, obwohl das Werk von der Künstlerin autorisiert ist. Das erste hat ja auch geklappt.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Steffen.Stoermer (talk • contribs) 09:24, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
Bildauflösung zu niedrig, daher URV vermutet. --Magnus (talk) 10:05, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

Korea, Daegu Page Banner[edit]


I am trying to change the banner of Daegu page I try upload on upload wizard but it is not getting through. Please help.

Best Regards, (talk) 02:40, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

  • What filename were you trying to upload to? which I've fixed.
  • What error message (or if no error message, what behavior on failure) did you get? - Jmabel ! talk 03:59, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
  • File:Daegu banner.jpg looks like it uploaded fine; the template content was a bit of a mess, which I cleaned up. However, it does not look as if the image is indeed extracted from the photo you say it is extracted from: they don't seem to resemble each other. What is the actual source? - Jmabel ! talk 04:06, 14 June 2018 (UTC), Jmabel, Ypsilon from Finland: I found and documented the source.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:34, 14 June 2018 (UTC)


Thank you for cleaning it up. The photo of the temple was not the one I uploaded.

I have just upload the photo
Daegu Lantern Festival

Please let me know how can I change the current banner?

Thank you :) (talk) 05:19, 14 June 2018 (UTC) Your upload is the wrong size, it should be exactly 2,100 × 300 pixels. Once it is the right size, you can change "{{pagebanner|Daegu banner.jpg}}" to "{{pagebanner|Daegu Banner Lantern Festival.jpg}}" using this edit link.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:31, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you very much for helping !  :) I have changed the file size and re uploaded it. Thank you! (talk) 05:49, 14 June 2018 (UTC) You're welcome!   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:52, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Unable to edit pages using edit API request[edit]

Hello. I wrote a python script to edit my own image description using the API. I can login, get edit token, and try to edit section 1 (that contains the description). Often I get "no such section error". Sometime this error doesn't occur, and I get a success message for the edit; but I can still see no changes. The "text" parameter I pass has the same structure as commons has in its edit box, as below;



This is a final description for my file that I will test

Date  (according to Exif data)
Source Own work
Author Hasismaeel5


Am I missing some convention? Why do I get success response and see no edits made? Please help
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Hasismaeel5 (talk • contribs) 05:03, 14 June 2018‎ (UTC)
  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:15, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
@Hasismaeel5: Your previous edit worked, but that was four days ago. About 19 minutes ago, you were warned not to replace the information template on File:Grand Avenue, said paul.jpg.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:15, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

There are 2 errors with the form above. Correct the errors, and try submitting again. There is one warning with the form above. We recommend correcting it before continuing[edit]

Sometimes, when I upload file, this message appears, but I can not understand what the errors are. Please help me or solve if is a bug --PancoPinco (talk) 13:48, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Image promoted as a Quality image (see may Talk Page) but not categorized as a quality image, why ?[edit]

This file :

Comblain Fairon Village under a cloudy sky.jpg

was promoted as a Quality image the 14th May 2018, see here, the last one and there.

The robot add it on my Talk page, nr 43 too.

But at the page of the file, nothing appears to notice that it is a Quality image ?

Can someone resolve this problem ?

Maybe the problem comes from the robot ?

--PJDespa (talk) 17:36, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

You should report this problem on User_talk:Dschwen. Ruslik (talk) 20:28, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

help with Wikimedia OTRS release generator step 1[edit]

許諾証明書を添付します。掛け軸は私もものです。私は東京国立博物館にある「鰐口」を前所有者から(相続)受け継いだ物で、鰐口のほかの遺品も引き継いだものです。 山本自炉、光路作品は渡辺矢一の所有物です。せきかわ歴史とみちの館企画展に展示したものを、面談し撮影したものです。又五郎ずんと (talk) 02:46, 15 June 2018 (UTC)又五郎ずんと又五郎ずんと (talk) 02:46, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

I would like to upload this picture I found on the Internet[edit]

I want to upload a picture of the Solomon Islands Medal ribbon I found on this page on, so I could add that ribbon to a Wikipedia article about Solomon Islands awards. Is there any chance I would be allowed to do this? Thanks. JackintheBox (talk) 04:17, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

antique photograph[edit]

I have many hundreds of antique photograph from 1840 to 1900 on many subjects for example historic scene of a celebration of Navy Day in 1890 etcetera. Can I upload these images?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kuloping1 (talk • contribs) 06:21, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
  • @Kuloping1: You don't mention what country, which will certainly be needed to answer that question. Assuming, though, that they are presumably unpublished pictures with unknown photographers, I suggest that you ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright where there is more likely to be someone with the expertise to answer. (If they are from the U.S. and were published near the date they were taken, this is easy: {{PD-US}}. And if they are from the U.S. and were taken by federal government employees, then it is also easy: {{PD-USGov}}. But other cases will differ. Unpublished photos by unknown photographers can raise tricky issues.) - Jmabel ! talk 16:20, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

Deletion Request[edit]

Hi, I nominated the following file for deletion [2]. It is my own work and not used anywhere. When would it be deleted? Are you waiting for any further info from my end?

Thanks, Nittavinoda (talk) 12:09, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

  • You uploaded this 2 months ago with an irrevocable license. While we normally extend the courtesy of allowing about a week for someone to change their mind (especially to deal with accidental uploads) I personally don't see a basis for deletion here. - Jmabel ! talk 16:23, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel:, I was under the impression that we could nominate unused pictures for deletion ({{subst:prod}}. Why would this nomination not fall under that category? Nittavinoda (talk) 06:34, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
You can nominate it, but it's unlikely to be deleted. {{subst:prod}} is an English-language Wikipedia thing, not on Commons, but if you want to nominate it for deletion, depending on how you are set up you probably have a "nominate for deletion" button on your left nav; if not, you can directly use {{delete}} and follow the directions. But, as I say, I believe it is unlikely to be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 09:36, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

new article[edit]

Hello - I wish to do an article on a rock which does not show on search engines. I find your site extremely intimidating. It is so complex as to be unusable. Please send simple instructions on how to write & publish an article.

Jim Jeffs
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Hamish1066 (talk • contribs) 12:18, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Probably part of why you are finding Commons intimidating for this purpose is that we don't have any "articles" on this site. Perhaps you are looking for the English-language Wikipedia? In that case, try en:Wikipedia:Your first article. (Commons and Wikipedia are umbrella'd by the same foundation, and use the same technology, but Commons is a media repository, not a host for articles.) - Jmabel ! talk 16:25, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

File:Passing Storm (453598638).jpg[edit]

Please take a look at "File:Passing Storm (453598638).jpg". It looks like a "gust front", what do you think?--Kai3952 (talk) 19:05, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

It looks like one, but if there are subtle differences between sub-categories it's usually better to use the master category and let someone more knowledgeable about the subject sort it out, this happens all the time with the taxonomy of species on Wikimedia Commons. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 22:38, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
No, what I'm asking is: "What is this weather phenomenon, a gust front?" Because I see an obvious wall cloud in this photo "File:Passing Storm (453598638).jpg".--Kai3952 (talk) 10:02, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

File:Water Lily at Amanpuri Resort 1.jpg[edit]

Please Kindly help me remove this file from Error uploaded thank you--One World Thailand (talk) 19:31, 15 June 2018 (UTC) this one as well sir and if you can kindly let me know how to remove it if in future I see some of the file like this I can let user know how to remove them ... thank you ... oh here are the file that seem error uploaded File:Water Lily by One World Copyright of Trisorn Triboon.jpg--One World Thailand (talk) 19:37, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

@One World Thailand: Did you upload the file itself in error, or is there an error in the description or with the license? --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 22:35, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
The file itself appears to have an error. At least on my screen, it loads only the upper third of the image. The solution would have been to upload the correct image again under the same name (using the new upload link ander the image version table). However, the image has already been uplodaed under a new name as File:Water Lily Photographed by Trisorn Triboon.jpg. The image named above should therefore be deleted. This may be done by a speedy-deletion using
{{speedy|damaged file, replaced by [[:File:Water Lily Photographed by Trisorn Triboon.jpg]] --~~~~}}
Il set the deletion request into the file description page. --Bjs (talk) 13:17, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Category-page refresh-bug?[edit]

Hi, I can open this file which i uploaded in a batch of 40 today. But clicking the category it is in, I don't see my new batch apear in the category. I deleted the whole site from my cache, and checked the cat page in another browser to no result. Is this a known serverside bug? Or what could I try, to solve it on my end? Peli (talk) 19:43, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

That's very curious. I made a null edit of the file page (go to edit page and publish without changing anything) and the problem has gone away. This kind of problem is common when templates are involved, but I've never noticed it happening with a directly-applied category. I suspect it's a similar problem though. The record of category members is being updated slowly or not at all, and the null edit provides an opportunity for the update to occur. --bjh21 (talk) 20:01, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, I was able to make them visible in the cat page, by doing that hint one by one ) Peli (talk) 21:09, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

About my own images[edit]

I have uploaded my self made flags for my user sandbox, but they all got deleted, why? I see other

people with their self made flags and images, so why did my get deleted? They didn't include anything inappropriate.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Finlandestonia (talk • contribs) 20:03, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
Finlandestonia (talk) 20:13, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
According to COM:Deletion requests/Files of User:Finlandestonia the images were not in use.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 21:52, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
If you do wish to use them you can request undeletion and then place them on your relevant user page(s), however only request undeletion if you plan on using them otherwise the same as before will happen. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 22:33, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

Image not showing up in its category[edit]

The image File:Baldham, Lager archäologische Staatssammlung, 2.jpeg is in Category:Staatsatelier Thorak but when I open the category it does not show up there. I purged both the category and the image but that did not help. How is that possible? Any hints are appreciated.

By the way, selecting “purge” from the category menu seemed to do just a mere reload. Only when I appended “?action=purge” to the URL I was prompted to confirm the purge. -- Renardo la vulpo (talk) 11:51, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Purging doesn't usually fix this kind of problem. Doing a null edit (edit/save image page without changing anything) does. --Magnus (talk) 11:56, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
I also sometimes used a null edit on the category page (edit/save the category page without changing anything) to fix a problem that could not be resolved by purge. --Bjs (talk) 13:07, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. The image now appears in the category though I didn't do anything (the history shows no edits – maybe null edits are not listed). Pelikana (see two sections above) seems to have had a similar problem. -- Renardo la vulpo (talk) 14:52, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
You are correct that null edits are not listed. - Jmabel ! talk 16:45, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Error to upload a image[edit]

Hi, I was trying to upload a SVG image, but appeared this error and I don't know what I need to do. The image is a portuguese translate of File:Symptoms of Meningitis.svg. Mr. Fulano! Talk 16:31, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Is that monster HREF in your SVG or not? - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
    • @Jmabel: I don't know. I uploaded to the cloud, and you can check. Mr. Fulano! Talk 17:18, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
      • I personally am not confident of my ability to download this possibly unsafe content without harm. Can someone with the relevant skills look into this? - Jmabel ! talk 17:24, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
        • I think that is secure because my antivirus didn't detected anything and the online scan nether. And is opening normally, so I don't know what is happening. And is really, is better anyone that has knowledge opens it. Mr. Fulano! Talk 18:13, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I've had a look at it. The monster "data" URI is really there, and is what holds the background image. It's exactly the same as the one in the existing English file. I suspect the problem is that it's in BMP format, which Commons certainly wouldn't allow outside an SVG file. I converted it to PNG, which worked, and I've uploaded it to File:Symptoms of Meningitis - PT version.svg, but while it looks fine in Inkscape the previews on Commons are broken. I'm not really very good with SVG (plus it's quite late here), so maybe someone else can take a look. --bjh21 (talk) 23:33, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
    • I don't know what is causing this problem, because when I open on Wikimedia Upload, this work normally. I'll try fix it. Mr. Fulano! Talk 23:38, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
      • I tryied, but didn't work, so, if anyone know how to fix this, please do it. Mr. Fulano! Talk 00:07, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Bots and CSD[edit]

(notifying JJMC89) Would it be acceptable for a bot to uncontroversially tag pages with {{SD|G6}}? Those pages would be BSicon redirects; several batches of redirects have been deleted previously for being invalid or deprecated BSicon names. (If this isn't the right place, please move the whole section to Commons:Village pump.) Thanks, Jc86035 (talk) 17:19, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Upload Wizard refuses to upload, but returns no error, when "#" is in a filename[edit]

Or at least that's what I think happened when I tried to upload File:Palmetto Railways (ex-Port Royal Railroad) SW1001 no. 1001 (1).jpg and File:Palmetto Railways (ex-Port Royal Railroad) SW1001 no. 1001 (2).jpg with "#" instead of "no."? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:29, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Please, see en:Wikipedia:File_names#Technical_restrictions. Ruslik (talk) 20:08, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: Ah yes, I'd forgotten that # was included in those—but surely the upload wizard should tell me that there's an error and what that error is? I was trying to upload a dozen photos, and none would go through. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:48, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Current preferred cc license?[edit]

I want to commission a photo for use on Wikipedia. Is the preferred license cc-by-sa-4? Is there a web page (on or off-wiki) that explains in simple terms what that license means and how to apply it to an image? —Anthonyhcole (talk) 04:56, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

@Anthonyhcole: Yes, {{Cc-by-sa-4.0}} is preferred, you can use the linked template to apply it. English Wikipedia details the differences in the Creative Commons licenses at en:Creative Commons license, Creative Commons does that differently at   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:04, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you Jeff! --Anthonyhcole (talk) 04:17, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
@Anthonyhcole: You're welcome!   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:27, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

(بيتي (talk) 19:31, 17 June 2018 (UTC))[edit]

كيف يمكن أن أشارك في ويكي طبيعة في الأرض المغرب

Extended footnotes[edit]

Sometimes footnotes extend from the foot of one page onto the foot of the next (I have even seen them run to three pages). However, I am not aware of any means of combining them. I have such a one on "Sarah Sheppard - L. E. L.pdf/76" running onto "Sarah Sheppard - L. E. L.pdf/77". At the moment, I have used another ref /ref at the top of page 77, so the two notes will run one after the other. However, the two halves will inevitably have consecutive footnote numbers in the finished work and, as the break is mid-sentence, the text will be disjointed. As this is a fairly common occurrence, I am wondering if there is a fix for this that combines the separate parts of a single note. It is also possible there might be a hyphenated word but thank goodness I don't have this problem at the moment! Esme Shepherd (talk) 20:59, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Esme Shepherd,
Which page are you talking about? Is it on Wikisource or Wikipedia? We don't use much footnotes on Commons, and you haven't create any page with footnotes here. Regards, Yann (talk) 21:11, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Esme Shepherd (talk) 15:38, 18 June 2018 (UTC) Sorry, I think I have found the solution in the help pages for Wikisource, i.e. Advanced:Footnotes that continue over page breaks. I have now used ref name="p76" in line with its instructions.

One minor issue though: to force the printer markings to the foot of the page (on page 77), i.e. below the footnote, I have had to put them into a ref /ref as well. As this will disappear in the final product, I don't suppose this matters.

"PNG created with Hugin"[edit]

Can someone work out how the nonexistent Category:PNG created with Hugin became attached to File:Seattle - Oddfellows Temple pano 02.jpg? It isn't a PNG, and there is no such category! - Jmabel ! talk 15:58, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Jmabel: If it happened recently, I'd suspect that Sarang's recent edits at {{Created with Hugin}} and/or {{Created with ...}} might have something to do with it (or that Sarang might at least have an idea of what's wrong, having worked with those templates). The latter has some of the most "impressively" obfuscated template syntax I've ever seen. LX (talk, contribs) 16:48, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Sorry about your irritation! There is nothing wrong - except that the template collects all non-SVG files in that category, which has a name a bit misleading in the case of the JPG files created with Hugin. I hope that it is not a too large problem to you -- sarang사랑 17:56, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
The category contains 51 PNGs and 5211 JPEGs. How is that "nothing wrong"? LX (talk, contribs) 19:08, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Ok, I changed it; now all files with the template are again in Created with Hugin, together with the "hard" categorized ones. -- sarang사랑 11:50, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Countable and uncountable sets[edit]

I am interested in publishing an article that redefines the set of irrational numbers and explores the possibility of sets that are "higher" than uncountable.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2infinities (talk • contribs) 16:37, 18 June 2018‎ (UTC)
2infinities: This site doesn't host articles. See Commons:Project scope/Summary#Must be a media file. You may be looking for Wikipedia, which is a different site. (You should, however, read en:Wikipedia:No original research before proceeding.) LX (talk, contribs) 16:54, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

unpublished antique photographs[edit]

I collect unpublished antique photographs over 100 years old. These are NOT of famous people. Do I own the copyrights? How can I contribute some of them to articles?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mark T. Wright (talk • contribs) 17:21, 18 June 2018‎ (UTC)
@Mark T. Wright: Where were they taken? When did the photographers die?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:29, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Mark T. Wright: Unpublished works can be quite tricky depending on the country of origin (which itself can be tricky to establish for unpublished works). For works from the United States, {{PD-US-unpublished}} applies if the author died before 1948; if the death date of its author is not known, and the work was created before 1898; or if it is an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, and it was created before 1898. Such works will be in the public domain and therefore do not have a copyright holder. For other countries, see Commons:Copyright rules by territory. In some countries (particularly European ones), publishing a previously unpublished work may entitle you to publication rights. LX (talk, contribs) 17:40, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Update photo[edit]

I made this photo File:Legislation Terminology Map.png and uploaded it to my old account. There is a typo in it and need to update it but I can't overwrite it so could an admin do it. The font size was 8. ImprovedWikiImprovment (talk) 21:12, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

@ImprovedWikiImprovment: Why are you using two accounts?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:57, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@ImprovedWikiImprovment: The only reason you can't overwrite it is that your account is too new to be autoconfirmed. I think it will become autoconfirmed tomorrow, so you could just wait. Alternatively, you can request the "confirmed user" right at Commons:Requests for rights. --bjh21 (talk) 15:42, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
I forgot the password and didn’t add an e-mail. I’ll wait then thanks86.2.147.82 16:32, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

File:Beautiful sunset in Taidong beach.JPG[edit]

Please take a look at "File:Beautiful sunset in Taidong beach.JPG". Taitung is a county in the southeast part of Taiwan, west side facing the mountain range and east side facing the sea. Obviously this file seems to be "illogical", it should be sunrise. What I don't understand is why it was added "Sunsets" category?--Kai3952 (talk) 12:40, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

@Kai3952: I fixed it.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:30, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for help.--Kai3952 (talk) 14:54, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 15:14, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Why is Taiwan not allowed to have "Category:Snowy cityscapes in Taiwan", "Category:Snowy landscapes in Taiwan", and "Category:Snow in Taiwan"?[edit]

Auntof6 always opposed me to create "Category:Snowy cityscapes in Taiwan", "Category:Snowy landscapes in Taiwan", and "Category:Snow in Taiwan". In fact we need to put it in the category because we have the photos of snow scenes in Taiwan. I have discussed with him(see: "here"), but he just don't want to hear. What do you think I should do?--Kai3952 (talk) 14:15, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

@Kai3952: The linked discussion says nothing about Category:Snowy cityscapes in Taiwan or Category:Snowy landscapes in Taiwan. As far as I can see it's entirely about whether "snow" categories should be subcategories of "winter" categories. In the absence of any explanation of why the categories shouldn't exist, I'd suggest that you create and populate them. I presume they were speedily deleted in May for being empty, so as long as they're populated there should be no problem recreating them. --bjh21 (talk) 15:37, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
I don't remember specifically what, if anything, was in the cityscape and landscape categories. It might have been that Category:Snowy cityscapes in Taiwan didn't contain actual cityscapes -- not every photo of a city is a cityscape. Likewise, not every photo outside of a city is a landscape. I'll watch these categories: if/when they get populated, that might remind me what the issue was. --Auntof6 (talk) 15:54, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Mad Pride[edit]


I started to write a section on Mad Pride called Mad Pride Flags. I saw it when I was editing on my cell but now on my laptop, it is gone. Also, I had an image that I had created when I worked for the NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse and I was informed that it was flagged as a possible copywrite infringement. The image had all of the mad pride flags that had been submitted. Have I lost my work altogether or is it awaiting approval?

thanks in advance,

— Preceding unsigned comment added by MichaelAdamReale (talk • contribs) 16:25, 19 June 2018‎ (UTC)
MichaelAdamReale: The question above is your account's first and so far only edit on any Wikimedia project.
There was an edit made to en:Mad Pride over at English Wikipedia earlier today made without the use of an account, which sounds like what you are describing above. That edit was reverted by a bot which reverts edits containing links in ways that are against English Wikipedia's policies and guidelines such as en:Wikipedia:External links. If you have questions about that, you should ask them over at English Wikipedia.
As for the image you tried to upload here on Commons, your upload was stopped by a filter that prevents low-resolution uploads from newly registered users using the particular upload form that you used. The reason for this is that those overwhelmingly turn out to be copyright violations. Since you describe the image as containing works created by other people, it would seem that the image was not indeed your own work, which would mean that the filter worked as intended. LX (talk, contribs) 17:12, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

How can I know which are the correct rights to post pictures of a company[edit]

I'm posting pictures of beer bottles and its manufacturer's plants but I do not know how to post them according to the proper usage. Can anyone assist me with this?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by CamiloYepesABI (talk • contribs) 17:11, 19 June 2018‎ (UTC)
@CamiloYepesABI: Did you take the pictures yourself? Regards, Yann (talk) 17:14, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
CamiloYepesABI: Only the legitimate copyright holder(s) can give an appropriate permission for publication. In the case of photos of buildings, the copyright holders will most likely be the photographer (or the photographer's employee). In the case of pictures of bottles, the copyright holder will most likely be the photographer (or the photographer's employee) and the company holding the copyright of the bottle labels (see Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Product packaging), meaning permission from both is required. For information on how to obtain and submit an appropriate permission from the copyright holder(s), see Commons:OTRS. LX (talk, contribs) 17:20, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for your replies, I haven't mastered yet how to comment, so I'll just edit ths in:

I actually work for the company and am not sure how to work it out. Also, I have received some errors while uploading the pictures stating that the image was previously updated and I should check on the history of that particular item. By any chance, do you know how to get there?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by CamiloYepesABI (talk • contribs) 18:29, 19 June 2018‎ (UTC)
If you are authorized by a company to upload materials on its behalf, see COM:OTRS for how to let Commons know about that. - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Picture of award trophy allowed?[edit]

Can one upload a picture taken of a film award trophy still in use, or does that violate copyright? VerifiedCactus (talk) 00:24, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

  • "Still in use" has nothing to do with whether it is in copyright, but most such things are copyrighted. Can you provide a link to a file (not on Commons) that shows the sort of trophy you are referring to, so that someone can say something more definitive? - Jmabel ! talk 15:42, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Well, I would think one obvious example would be [3] which is uploaded at en.wp and used under fair use. The organizations that issues such trophies generally have strict rules about their recreation so I would say it’s unlikely any such image could be uploaded to Commons. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:15, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Trophies are generally statuettes and indeed eligible for copyright protection. You may find User:Elcobbola/Awards#Trophies,_statuettes,_and_figurines helpful. Эlcobbola talk 01:19, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Robert Guy Purdy Service #F95262 Trooper[edit]

Is it possible to get a picture of the head stone of Robert Guy Purdy service #F95262 Trooper. He died Aug.27/1944 and is buried in Plot 8, Row A, Grave 5 in Beny-Sur-Mer, France, Canadian Military Cemetery. My email is Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:24, 20 June 2018‎ (UTC)

Reverting the map Natively Vietnamese-speaking areas.png[edit]

I cannot revert the upload version of this map Natively Vietnamese-speaking areas.png [4] by User Satoshi Kondo. This map is obviously incorrect because there is zero Vietnamese speaker in Hainan island and Guangdong, and very few in Houaphanh Province, Laos. This map clearly exaggerates the Vietnamese-speaking area to include a substantial territories of Gungdong, Guangxi, Yunnan and Laos.

I would like to revert this map back to the version by User Nguyen1310 uploaded at 22:48, 9 February 2015, but I couldn't. Please revert this map to its previous version. Thanks. Bookworm8899 (talk) 11:16, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

@Bookworm8899: What happens when you try to revert the file? You're autoconfirmed, so you should be able to replace existing files. --bjh21 (talk) 11:23, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
@Bjh21:Thanks for your quick response. After reverting this map, I did not see it returned back to its expected version, that is the version created by User Nguyen1310 uploaded at 22:48, 9 February 2015. Moreover, there was a user named FogueraC reverted my edit. Bookworm8899 (talk) 11:29, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
@Bookworm8899: Aha! I've worked out what happened. In Mediawiki, the contents of the file and the page describing the file are versioned separately. You reverted the description, but you wanted to revert the file itself. To revert the file, scroll to the bottom of the file page and you'll find a section labelled "File history". That shows the history of the file (and not of the description). If you click "revert" in the left column by the version you want to revert to, that will revert the contents of the file to that version (and leave the description alone). Is that clear? --bjh21 (talk) 11:34, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
@Bjh21:Thanks Bjh21, I have just done so and it works. However, I'm afraid that some other user would revert my edit, so I am going to start a new topic in the Talk page of this article to explain the reason. Bookworm8899 (talk) 11:40, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Uploading url to Wikipedia Commons[edit]

I have been editing the article on The Cathedral of the Transfiurgation, and needed a waiver to use material from the Cathedral's website, Three months ago, the copyright owner of that website emailed a copyright waiver for the website and was asked today to provide the url for the file uploaded to Wikipedia Commons. How do I upload the website url ( to Wikipedia Commons?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ezwider (talk • contribs) 21:31, 20 June 2018‎ (UTC)
@Ezwider: Half a dozen files meet your criteria, they are listed at The URL of one of them is I hope that helps.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:07, 21 June 2018 (UTC)