Commons:Help desk/Archive/2007/02

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Moving pages on the Commons[edit]

Is there a possibility to move pages (or even pictures?) on the Commons? The name of the Commons entry Dar Mlodziezy is actually not spelt with the Polish characters as it should be (Dar Młodzieży). --Ibn Battuta 15:29, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

You can move pages on Commons in same way as in WIkipedia. You can't move images, but you could reupload them under new name and place {{bad name}} on old ones. --EugeneZelenko 15:52, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks--apparently I had overlooked that "move" option (maybe I wasn't yet signed in?). As for the pictures, what do you mean by reuploading pictures "on old ones"? --Ibn Battuta 16:00, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
Upload the photo again with the correct name, and put the {{bad name}} tag on the old one to mark it for deletion. Does it make sense? pfctdayelise (说什么?) 23:21, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, got it (finally ;o)). Thanks! --Ibn Battuta 09:56, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Move request for Vijayanagara-empire.svg[edit]

I created Vijayanagra-empire.svg and came to know that it is not peak period image from a wikipedian feedback, and then created new correct image Image:Vijayanagara-empire-map.svg. So either redirect the old image to new image or delete the old image. Mlpkr 20:40, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

I deleted the old image. In future, you can either upload the new version over the top of the old one (look at the bottom of the page for a link that says "upload a new version of this file"), or request speedy deletion for the old one by tagging it {{speedy|Has a mistake in it}} (or whatever reason). cheers, pfctdayelise (说什么?) 05:12, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

I'm unclear on a concept...[edit]

I've been looking for over an hour, & can't figure this out. it might be a basic-structure thing.

Is it possible/allowable, & if so how, do I put this wikimedia image, Image:Telluride, downtown, august 1979.jpg, onto Category:Telluride, Colorado?
I'm guessing at this point that I could go through the raw "Upload File" process, & fill out the original contributor's same details, but something's still not feeling right about that...
Grye 04:52, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
Hi Grye! You don't need to do that. At the top of the image description page there is a tab that says "edit". Click edit, and in the edit box, add a line that says
[[Category:Telluride, Colorado]]
Then save the page. After this, the image will automatically appear on Category:Telluride, Colorado. cheers, pfctdayelise (说什么?) 05:08, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, been doing that all evening with other poorly filed Colorado images, but the problem is this image doesn't have anything else above it, it's just the image, & i can't find it someplace else on mediawiki. Grye 06:09, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
The problem is that that image is on en.wp, not on commons - en:Image:Telluride, downtown, august 1979.jpg --Davepape 08:04, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
It now is. -- Bryan (talk to me) 08:44, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
Now it even has a ncd tag. Kjetil_r 02:08, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks everyone... Grye 16:21, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Uh... what's an "ncd tag"? No...? Copyright...? ...? Grye 01:22, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
    • "Now on Commons, please Delete this copy" - referring to the en copy. --Davepape 01:28, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
That was last lingering question, got it all addressed now -thanks. Grye 01:36, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
Is the idea that Commons is the ideal location for all wikimedia?[edit]
Actually...... That raises a question: is Commons the ideal location for all wikimedia? In wondering, I looked around & saw entire pages & cat:s etc for media @ Wikipedia. Is the goal to eventually bring all of that over here? & I would ask "how to deal with people getting butthurt that their stuff is gone, when actually it's here & better?" but I'll just figure that out with user experience & homework, I'm thinking... Grye 01:40, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
Commons is the ideal location for all freely licensed media. Anything uploaded at Commons can be automatically and instantly used in any of our 200+ projects, whereas a file uploaded at English Wikipedia can only be used at English Wikipedia. English Wikipedia also allows fair use material which is non-free and should not be transferred here. But all the "free" stuff would ideally be moved here, yes (after checking the source and license is actually valid of course - in early days a lot of stuff was just tagged as whatever). If you're interested in helping move stuff, please see w:Wikipedia:WikiProject Moving free images to Wikimedia Commons.
Certainly new photographers should be encouraged as early as possible to upload material directly to Commons, to avoid the hassle of moving it later. --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 10:43, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
I usually drop a note to the creator of the pic, to say I liked it so much I moved it to Commons where other language WPs can share it. And offer to hold their hand through the learning process at Commons if necessary. Never had a complaint yet, and most make the leap. JackyR 23:02, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Please replace Kit_body_redquarters14.png with Update_Kit_body_redquarters14.png[edit]

The old file was improperly prepared and has white fill in quadrants 2 & 3 where it should be transparent. This mean it won't work properly as part of the football (and other) kits. Could you please replace the old file with the new? Thanks. Wiggy! 13:08, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Done. --EugeneZelenko 15:17, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
Great. Thank you. That corner of the universe is now in order. Wiggy! 23:56, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Want to add images for Wikipedia Project awards[edit]

Hi I'm new here and I've uploaded 4 files that I created using two images from the commons that are free([Transgender-intersexual_symbol.svg] & [image:Lorbeerkranz.png]). My use a laurel wreath but I'm not sure if they should go in the Laurel Wreath category or in another one. The pictures will be used to rate the wuality of articles on Wikipedia and to award users for contributions. Any help would be appreciated--Cailil 22:32, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

I think Category:Barnstars would make the most sense, and you've already put them there. :) --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 06:11, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

reproducing in print/attribution[edit]

I have never attempted to use a Commons image before. Can I use them in a commerical print magazine? If yes, there is an image that has the Creative Commons Attribution License, but no author of the work is listed. How do I know how to attribute? The picture in question is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Chinese_bamboo_carving1.jpg#filelinks The other image is released by the author into the public domain so I assume I can use it freely? 64.181.11.98 02:22, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi, you can use public domain images for free for any purpose, no attribution whatsoever is required. It would however be very kind of you if you cited Wikimedia Commons as source, created by ... from the Wikimedia Commons project. For an image under this CC Attribution, you need at least say, created by ... licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. For this image [1], on the image description page, there is a box saying this is an image from Wikimedia Commons. If you click on the description page link, you can find on the bottom of the page the uploader, which is in this case MPF. You can now use this image. I think MPF would like to be notified that you are going to use the image — although you are not required to do so. You can send him an email here: Special:Emailuser/MPF or leave him a message here. Hope this helps, -- Bryan (talk to me) 09:34, 20 January 2007 (UTC)
You can also find more information on Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. -- Bryan (talk to me) 09:37, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Thank you! Definitely will credit Wikimedia Commons even for the public domain license. One more thing though, should I use the username of the authors or attempt to get the full names? Not sure of the proper etiquette. Your help is much appreciated.

If they don't put their name explicitly on the image description page, the username suffices. -- Bryan (talk to me) 21:30, 20 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree - if they don't specify how they want to be attributed, use their username. This is a good rule to follow. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 06:15, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Please Move Image Solid white bordered[edit]

Please move the image "Solid white border.png" to "Solid white bordered.png" because the first is better than the second one.--Actarux 15:59, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Just upload image under new name, and put {{bad name}} on old one. --EugeneZelenko 16:34, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Help fix Image: Wolli Creek Church 2.JPG[edit]

I made a mistake uploading this image on my first attempt. Image was loaded on its side. I uploaded a new version but in Wikipedia I can still see the original image (even after three days). Can somebody delete the original image please or offer any suggestions? I believe that would fix the problem. J Bar 23:19, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Hm, very odd. I visited thumb.php but still the 90px thumbnail is wrong. I will chase it up with developers. (Unfortunately I'm prety sure deleting the old version wouldn't remove the old thumbnails.) pfctdayelise (说什么?) 01:29, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Hm seems like purging did the trick. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 00:27, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Help with uploading and then linking.[edit]

I am having so much trouble trying to upload pictures, sorting it into a category and linking it to a Wikipedia page... I've read all the help pages... or tried to anyway, but this site is very difficult/confusing to navigate, and the help pages are just as difficult to understand.

So what I'm trying to do is upload a picture (well, I finally got THAT to work, it was giving me some error about: "'.' is not an allowed file format. See Commons:File types for more information" Nothing in that sentence tells me that I need to have it in the format of: "filename.jpg", for example... and it took my about 5 minutes to find information about file types... which I found by accident...)...

...Now, how do I link this to the Wikipedia page... or, how to I sort this into a category? And what are all these [] {} [Category:] things?!

Oh I could cry...

...I realise the commons are something availble online, and therefore on a computer, but I don't think a person should need a year or two of computer courses to be able to understand what to do here.

...Please email me back at bobbyj_r15@hotmail.com because if there is some way to receive/read emails through this site, I'll never find it.

-Robert

I emailed Robert (User:Punk rock rob) and I will try to help him via email. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 04:31, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Categories for photographers???[edit]

I've just found this Category:Pictures by Rüdiger Wölk. Is something like that really in the scope of what categories should be for?

Second, I've just found myself again clicking through several pages before I somewhere spotted the link to this help desk. Couldn't we make the link here a bit easier to find? (After all, people who don't ask their questions often end up causing yet more work...) --Ibn Battuta 19:07, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

PS: Further categories of the type include: Category:Files by User:Gdr from en.wikipedia and Category:Files by User:Morven from en.wikipedia. I still don't see how these categories could be beneficial to the community. (If users want to see what they did, they can make a list on their user pages. If guests want to have a look, they can look at users' contributions...) But maybe someone can enlighten me?--Ibn Battuta 22:51, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes, categories for photographers are fine, as long as they are under category:User galleries. Note that when we ask that images be categorised, categories like this DON'T count. Images still need content-describing categories.
The categories "... from en.wikipedia" are automatically generated by transferring images using CommonsHelper. I personally don't think they're very useful categories, but *shrug*.
As for linking this page, it is linked in bold under "Getting help" on the welcome message on your talk page. Where else do you think we should put it?
Unfortunately we can't put it in the menu on the left sidebar, because only English and French have Help desks, and it ruins the menu for all other language settings. This is a MediaWiki bug. --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 00:19, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for your help! Well, it seems I didn't check my welcome message well enough! (Shame on me!) The way I usually look for the help desks (of the Wikipedias) is to click unto "Help"--and that's when my search starts... :o/ Any chance of putting at a prominent spot there? --Ibn Battuta 02:22, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
That is a very sensible idea so I just did. :) --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 03:48, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks! I'll gratefully think of you each time I click the link! :o) --Ibn Battuta 06:38, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

"Moving" categories[edit]

As it's not possible to move categories: Is there any way of getting the history of category:21th century ships to category:21st century ships? Thanks, Ibn Battuta 20:22, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

I thought it was possible, but there is apparently no move button on the page... -- Bryan (talk to me) 21:33, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
No, there's no move button, that's why I wonder whether administrators can do this kind of thing. --Ibn Battuta 22:38, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
Such moves can be requested to be performed by a bot. Please see User:Orgullobot/commands/documentation for how to request. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 02:25, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Please move "White&lightblue2.svg" to "White&lightblue.svg"[edit]

Thanx!--Actarux 23:16, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Done. --EugeneZelenko 16:34, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Ludington, Michigan[edit]

I have several pictures under the category "Ludington, Michigan". However I would like to have a page (like that in Wikipedia Encyclopedia) under the title "Ludington, Michigan" where I could put these pictures (move all present pictures to there from present category) so I could then make sub-categories and organize them (I'll do that part). Then I would like to have a template showing that there is more pictures on Ludington, Michigan in Wikimedia Commons related to Ludington, Michigan. Could you then place this template under "See Also" of "Ludington, Michigan" in Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Thanks for your help. I am a Newbie!!! Appreciate it! I'll check back here for answer. --Doug Coldwell 13:20, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

OK, let me get this straight: Category:Ludington, Michigan already exists, but you'd like to have a mainspace page on Ludington, Michigan as well? That's no problem, just open the red link and start adding pictures to it (using the <gallery> tag to arrange them prettily). However, it's not usually necessary to have both a category and a gallery on the same topic; one or the other will suffice. Over at English Wikipedia, you can link to the Commons category in the "External links" section of w:Ludington, Michigan by adding {{commonscat}}, or you can link to the gallery by adding {{commons|Ludington, Michigan}}. —Angr 13:52, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Great! Thanks for putting the template on Ludington, Michigan. There are 77 pictures there. However when I click on "Edit" I can not make Sections, like I am able to do on Wikipedia (from the pages). I believe if I had a "Category", then I could subdivide up the pictures in different categories: "Murals", "Ludington Lighthouses", "Ludington State Park", "Downtown", "Harbor", "Restuarants", etc. Can all 77 pictures (somehow) be taken all at once and put into such a "Category" that I can then work on arranging prettily. I believe this is what I need, what do you think? I then will add many more pictures (related) with more Sub-Categories (i.e. "Museums", "Clubs", "Points of Interest").--Doug Coldwell 15:05, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Right; if you want to organize the images in some way other than strictly alphabetically, you should make a gallery and use that instead of the category. —Angr 15:21, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Good, however I think I am still a little confused as to what is a "Gallery" and what is a "Category": how to work with each. I put then under the Commons Category of Ludington, Michigan what I called a Gallery, with sub-categories (take a look). Am I doing this correctly, or or we talking about something else altogether? Also I would like to get these 77 pictures names so I can work with them under my new Gallery. Can you somehow bring them ALL out (the jpg names) and place them under my "Gallery" so I can rearrange and organize in a different manner than alphabetical. I can not find them under "Edit". Thanks for your help on this of bringing out the names....--Doug Coldwell 16:34, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

A gallery here is like an article at Wikipedia. It doesn't have a prefix before its name, so the title you want is simply Ludington, Michigan. On that page you can make section headings using ==...== etc., like you would in a Wikipedia article, and arrange the images in galleries using the <gallery>...</gallery> tags. The page should itself be put into categories, just like articles in Wikipedia. (In this case, Category:Cities in Michigan is probably sufficient.) Once you have listed all the images in the gallery, you should remove them from Category:Ludington, Michigan and tag it for speedy deletion (because it's redundant to the gallery). —Angr 16:59, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Great, I made a Gallery called Ludington, Michigan. However still at the problem of pulling these 77 pictures out of "media" and placing them into my new Gallery. Could you help me on pulling these out and place them into my new Gallery called Ludington, Michigan. Then of course I can sort them, once I have their "jpg" names. Is there a way to just pull out ALL 77 names all at oncce, and placing their names into my new Gallery? Also how do I delele them, since I have not been able to even figured out how to get their names out of "media" yet? --Doug Coldwell 18:02, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your help, I do believe I have it now. I'll be also doing a Gallery also on White Pine Village in the near future with pictures. You can now delete Category:Ludington, Michigan pictures or tag accordingly. Thanks again for your help.--Doug Coldwell 01:50, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Actually I would like to be able to keep Category:Ludington, Michigan with all the images and pictures there since others can also find them as well for their articles (i.e. "Fishing in Ludington Michigan"). Also then they could add additional pictures to this Category. In addition all these pictures, plus many more (i.e. "White Pine Village" pictures) have as their "Category" that of Category:Ludington, Michigan. All these pictures then would show up as "Orphans" if this Category is removed. I can see in the futrue hundreds of pictures ultimately in Category:Ludington, Michigan because of other Articles related to these pictures (i.e. "Tourism in Michigan", "Sport Events in Ludington", etc). Please do not delete this large category. I will add additional pictures to this for additional future different "Galleries" that relate to these Ludington pictures. Thanks!!! --Doug Coldwell 11:57, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

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I am trying to find a vector (.eps) format of the US Mint's "50 State Quarters" logo that is used on their site to promote their 50 State Quarters thing. I have looked everywhere for it. If anyone knows where I can get this logo, or a PDF document that has the logo in it, I would greatly appreciate it!


70.126.182.52 23:38, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Adding a Poster to Commons![edit]

I tried to add a Poster for "13:de mars, 1941" a swedish short horror film, it was almost instantly removed. Maybe I used the wrong Copyright-tags or what they are called. How shall I do this the right way?

Hi Zweiunt. Commons only allows material released under a free license. Movie posters are never released under such licenses. Also, taking a photograph of a 2D object (like a poster) usually does NOT create new copyright. So I think this poster probably cannot be hosted at Commons.
If your project that you work on allows items to be used under "fair use" (for example, English Wikipedia does), then you could upload it locally there.
Thanks, pfctdayelise (说什么?) 03:53, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Category:Presidents of the United States Homes[edit]

Presidently there is not a "Category:Presidents of the United States Homes". Can somebody make? Under this then there should be a list of these homes(i.e. Monticello(Home of Thomas Jefferson), Montpelier(Home of James Madison), Poplar Forest(Home of Thomas Jefferson). There are many such Homes that are presently museums. I have pictures I can add to these, especially James Madison, Thomas Jefferson. Can you make so I can add pictures, so I can link these pictures for appropriate articles. Thanks. --Doug Coldwell 12:12, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Copyright status of historical scientific manuscripts[edit]

I'm wondering whether reproductions of pages from old manuscripts are in the public domain. Here for example is an image from a page of Isaac Newton's notebooks: http://www.nypl.org/research/newton/reading.html. I've seen this credited elsewhere to the Syndics of Cambridge University Library, where the manuscript is held. Is that just a courtesy or do they actually control the reproduction rights? If not it would be a fine addition to Wikimedia Commons.

Here is another Newton example: http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/History/Carnegie/newton/refraction.html. This one carries a credit: "Image reproduced by permission of the Warden and Fellows, New College, Oxford." Again, I wonder if it would actually be in the public domain.

--Glj1952 18:56, 26 January 2007 (UTC)GLj1952

These files should be {{PD-old}}, I don't see a reason why they should not be in the public domain. --Matt314 18:54, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Thank you very much. How about images from Galileo's Notebooks then?: http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/Galileo_Prototype/INDEX.HTM. It seems they would fall under the same category, yet the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence is claiming a copyright: "No part of this electronic representation of Galileo's manuscript Ms. Gal. 72 may be used for publication or for commercial purposes without explicit and written permission by the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence, Via Tripoli, 36, Italy."

--Glj1952 18:56, 26 January 2007 (UTC)Glj1952

Sounds like copyfraud to me. --Matt314 21:16, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Interesting! I hadn't run across that term. To back up a little, I plan to use the images mentioned above in my book "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments," which will be published next year, and since I have good scans I thought I'd upload them to Wikimedia Commons. I did a little more research today and found that for the Newton manuscript page Cambridge University Library's Imaging Services Department would charge £80 for world rights in all languages (either electronic or print), while the Bodleian at Oxford asks the same for the Newton drawing. I too thought they would have to be in the public domain, and this morning I asked a lawyer at the literary agency representing my book. Here is his reply:

The drawing is absolutely in the public domain. The reproduction of the drawing is subject to copyright protection. If [the author] has access to the actual notebook and permission to photograph it himself, then no clearance is necessary. If that's not workable, then permission to reproduce the picture of the drawing is needed from the Library or other copyright holder.

I asked, What about Bridgeman v Corel?

Good question. . . . Center of the world though we are, that case has yet, as far as I know, to be embraced by any jurisdiction outside of Manhattan and southern upstate NY.

--Glj1952 22:33, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

quote imagin from english wikimedia to chinese wikimedia[edit]

Hi,there,

i was trying to qoute the glasgow university logo from enlgish wikipedia to chinese one, when editted glasgow university item in chinese wikipedia, but whenever i complete edited and press review, the glasgow university logo also not show in chinese wikipedia

is there any method can qoute enlgish wikipedia to chinese one easliy?

Please note that Commons doesn't allow images which have usage restrictions (such as logos). See Commons:Licensing for details.
You could upload logos on Chinese Wikipedia if fair use images are allowed there.
EugeneZelenko 15:57, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
The Chinese Wikipedia allows fair use, as well, see zh:Wikipedia:合理使用 for more information. --Matt314 21:22, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Which license ?[edit]

I have downloaded the Image:Stella_Goldschlag.jpg from the website of the Südwestrundfunk. It is a picture taken in 1944 and kept at the Berlin Archives. Which license is adequate ? --Moumine 13:06, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

This image is most likely still copyrighted and can thus not be included at Commons. Images enter the public domain 70 years after the death of the author (photographer) but this cannot be the case here because the picture wasn't taken before 1944. --Matt314 14:54, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Ok, too bad. Anyways, thanks for the quick answer. Moumine 17:10, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Moving an image[edit]

Since my Commons account is under four days old, I suppose, I can't supercede Image:Harry and the Potters HM.JPG with what is now at Image:DSCF0181 2.JPG. The one with the standard camera name is the correct one, as it crops out an unwanted subject from the photo. Thanks. --Fbv65edel 19:18, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Done. --EugeneZelenko 16:18, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Uploading a file[edit]

I am new here. I am having trouble uploading a file. I entered the following information into the proper windows, clicked on the "Upload file" button and nothing happened.

Here is the file. Would someone please upload it for me?

Source URL: http://hush.gooside.com/name/a/Abukuma/Abukuma_cl1941.jpg

The Japanese light cruiser Abukuma shortly before sailing on the Pearl Harbor raid in December 1941. Photo shows seaplane mounted on catapult, and all the ship's original armament and equipment. Photo taken by the Imperial Japanese Navy and is in the public domain, like thousands of other Japanese and German military photos captured by the US military in 1945. Shibumi2 19:15, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

If you were trying to upload it directly from this web address, Commons doesn't currently support that. We only support uploading from your computer. So you have to download the file to your computer first, then upload it to Commons. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 05:59, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

buying permission to use a photo comercially[edit]

I'd like to buy permission to use this photo:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:El_Tajin_Los_Voladores_fcm.jpg

I can't find the way to contact the author and cut the deal.

Can you help me make contact?

Thanks Curt Gabrielson curt.gabrielson [AT] sbcglobal.net


Hi Curt, you actually can use the image commercially without contacting the author, but you have to fulfill the conditions mentioned in the license (see here). If you don't want to use the image under these conditions, you have to discuss this with the photographer first. You can contact him on his talk page at the German Wikipedia project. --Matt314 10:38, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Page move Request[edit]

Could you please replace Image:US_House_Winning_Margins.png with Image:US_House_Winning_Margins_Runoff.png I uploaded it with the intent of it being a replacement, but my account is too new. Thanks, Marcus Graly 13:39, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Fixing an image[edit]

Is there a place where I can refer an image I have uploaded which, when thumbnailed, becomes somewhat distorted? It's 2272x1704 and looks fine at original size. Thanks Orderinchaos78 07:03, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi, what is the name of the file? If the thumbnail is bad quality, it is possible to upload a thumbnailed version separately and have that display on pages, while still linking to the high-quality one when it is clicked. But we would prefer to try and improve the thumbnailing if we can. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 03:02, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks :) The image is Image:Hamersley radio mast.jpg - I might look into your suggestion as well re uploading a second one. Orderinchaos78 01:25, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
OK... how do you see it as distorted? or do you just have a manual thumbnail that is much sharper? pfctdayelise (说什么?) 13:42, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
(Sorry for delay in reply) The sky to the top right of the photo appears to be in bands of increasing darkness in the thumbnail, whereas in the actual photograph (and a 213x284 thumb I made by simply reducing it, ~78kb) it graduates imperceptibly. Orderinchaos78 15:53, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Please move my Newton screenshot file, my account is too new, I couldn't upload a new version[edit]

I couldn't upload a new version, I got:

"A file with this name exists already. You can't upload a new version because your account is too new. Please go back and upload the file under a new name. Once you've done that, you can ask someone at the Help desk to move your file to the name you want."

Could someone please move Apple_newton_messagepad_checklist_v4.jpg‎ to Apple_newton_messagepad_checklist_screenshot.jpg‎ Jason C.K. 01:43, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, I think these images is not screenshots of free (as freedom) software and should be deleted. See Commons:Licensing#Screenshots for details. --EugeneZelenko 15:36, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Ok, yep, you're right, my mistake, sorry
--Jason C.K. 18:27, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Image deletion request[edit]

Hi. I just created my account today to upload this image. Flubbed it rather badly but couldn't upload a revision because my account is too new. I uploaded a new, corrected version of the file here. Could someone delete the first version for me? Cheers. --RJCraig 03:50, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Display image on homepage[edit]

I want to display Image:Schwan1 db.jpgt ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Schwan1_db.jpg) on my homepage. What must I attend? Please help me! =) Thanks! Jelena

Hi, you must:
  1. Attribute Dickbauch as the author
  2. Write that the image is licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License
  3. Include a link to the GFDL [2], or preferably host your own version of the GFDL
  4. If you create derivative work (modify the image, etc.) you must license this work under the GFDL

You may also, but are not required, tell the author that your used his image [3]. -- Bryan (talk to me) 13:04, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Firstly, download it and host it locally - DON'T hotlink it from here. You can just put a line under the photo that says
© <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Dickbauch">Dickbauch</a>, licensed under the <a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html">GFDL</A>, from <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Schwan1_db.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>
And do this each time you show the photo. Then there's no problem. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 14:03, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Please note that sometimes the inclusion of an image may cause the website to be considered a derivative work of the image, and as such you will have to license your website under the terms of the GFDL. It is however very vague when this applies. -- Bryan (talk to me) 22:34, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Hm... what makes you think that? I've never heard that before, bit of a worry... --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 01:40, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
If that was true, wikipedia would not be allowed to use any CC images, etc. Now, I really don't think so - some licenses even explicitely mention the concept of "aggregates" of works to address teh issue clearly. But I would not worry about that. -- Duesentrieb(?!) 12:07, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

help with uploading a file[edit]

i am trying to upload the paris hilton video from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_sex_tapecqan you please help me to make sure get the source and the licenxe info etc correcr? tk my login is a1kman08 my email address is redrippers10@aol.com

Hi, this image is fair use and thus not allowed on Commons. Please refer to Commons:Licensing for more information. -- Bryan (talk to me) 22:33, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Berrigan Shire Office Photograph[edit]

Hi, I am having trouble getting this image to display on this page. The spelling seems correct and it will display outside the gallery. Is there anything else I need to check? Thanks.--Mattinbgn 21:19, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

I purged the image, should be visible now. --Matt314 22:42, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Image owner release reluctance[edit]

I've been attempting since December to place an image on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FasTracks This agency, a metro Denver mass trasit improvement organization, has already given me the image to place on the page. There now seems to be reluctance on the part of one manager at FasTracks to sign the release. (I provided them with the boilerplate release at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Email_templates ) (the text in the 'box'). I inserted a GFDL-1.2 in the release form as the operant license, asked them to date and 'sign' the license. In the manager's words, "I am definitely not comfortable with some of the language in the “permission” box."

I am familiar with the expression "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." I think I may be at that point. I did, however, want to put out a plea for advice from other Wikipedians that may have had experience with reluctant release signers. Is there perhaps someone in the Wikipedia family that could soothe this person's concerns?

I uploaded the image in question, FTsystMapNoStrts.jpg with the intent of waiting for the release submission before using it and noted this on the upload. Dick107 17:36, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Hm... it doesn't look that complex a map. I would be surprised if our SVG whizzes couldn't recreate it.
If he's not comfortable, I wouldn't push it. We don't want to have people signing things under duress or claiming they were misled about what they were signing. --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 23:43, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

The manager in question wanted to talk, which we did this afternoon. She wasn't familiar with Wikipedia and wanted nothing to do with signing a release. I dropped it right there and put the uploaded image up for deletion. Dick107 03:47, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Sorry to hear you didn't have any luck. Thanks for trying, and thanks for being honest about the results too. I delete the file. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 04:14, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Page move request[edit]

Please, someone move Image:2001aso3.svg to Image:2001aso.svg. The first uploaded file was an incorrect version, oops. Then I uploaded a second *incorrect* version, so Image:2001aso2.svg should be deleted. Sorry for the inconvenience, noobish situation. --Pi72 23:15, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

✓ Done --Matt314 11:43, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

admin please..[edit]

could an admin do a [rather boring] favour and empty Category:Incorrectly named, i have somepictures in there andalthough speedy delete, i have previous encounters of speedy deletevand it talk almost a week for them to be deleted.Wouldbe greatly appreciated! Fethroesforia 16:23, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

This one and the related Category:Duplicate tend to be sorely neglected, primarily because doing the checkusage is a real pain. I'll get on bad name.--Nilfanion 21:29, 2 February 2007 (UTC)
Or I would if they had been orphaned..--Nilfanion 22:08, 2 February 2007 (UTC)
A few have..like..ones i put on there (example-Image:Messerschmidt BF110 Deutsches Technikmuseum.jpg) which is mine..nothinglinks to it. I would do it myself but alas im no admin;). Its just badly named and I will upload a newer better named version soon..Fethroesforia 22:39, 2 February 2007 (UTC)
In the case of this image, there are two inconveniences. Firstly you have a copy of it at the same place at en (tagged for CSD there); when that is deleted the image on commons will not be an orphan as it will be used on en. To be a deleted it has to be completely unused on ALL projects (not just Commons). The second is the image is not correctly tagged; use {{newfile}} please. {{badname}} by itself doesn't link to the replacement - what is it a duplicate to?--Nilfanion 22:56, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Picture move request[edit]

I've uploaded a cleaner version of Image:Halawa Molokai.jpg, but my account is too new to upload it to the same location. Could somebody do me a favor of moving Image:Halawa Molokai 1.jpg there? Thanks. Tijuana Brass 22:22, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

I uploaded the file form at its new location and deleted to duplicate. --Matt314 23:15, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Halsbury's Laws of England, 1st Edition[edit]

I think I am ok uploading the images Image:Halsburys.jpg, Image:The earl.jpg and Image:Cover page halsburys.jpg since the author The Earl of Halsbury died in 1905. If it works for Britannica, it should work for this? But since I am not positive, I thought I would ask here. KenWalker 09:07, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

The text ought to be okay, but the photo of him (Image:The earl.jpg) was presumably taken by someone else, so you'd need to find out who the author of that was to determine its status. --Davepape 14:27, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

Incorrectly named pictures..[edit]

Could someone do meamassive favour, and delete my speedy delete pictures in the incorrectly named folder. I removed all links and linked to a replacement too. They are Image:Kingscote Park Field.jpg, Image:Messerschmidt BF110 Deutsches Technikmuseum.jpg and Image:V1 Rocket Deutsches Technikmuseum.jpg.Thanks:) Fethroesforia 12:10, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

This has been done by User:Zirland. Enricopedia 14:46, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

National Cancer Institute[edit]

I found some really nice pictures from the National Cancer Institute (homepage) that I tagged with {{PD-USGov}}, but it'd probably be better to use a more specific tag. Which would be more appropriate, {{PD-USGov-NIH}} or {{PD-USGov-HHS}}? Or should I just use both? ShadowHalo 01:08, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

I would put it under {{PD-USGov-HHS}}. According to en:National_Cancer_Institute both tags would be okay but the {{PD-USGov-NIH}} template contains a link to http://www.nih.gov/ , which is not the source of the images. Greetings! Enricopedia 21:20, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

"Best practices" on upload form's licensing drop-down menu[edit]

Hello, when uploading a picture just now, I noticed that the "Own work CC-BY-SA 2.5" option had disappeared from the licensing drop-down menu. Could somebody point me toward a discussion of this change? Thanks! Malepheasant 06:10, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

See Commons:Village_pump#Apparent_change_in_Special:Upload. You can of course add it yourself to the image, by not selecting a license, and adding {{self|cc-by-sa-2.5}}. -- Bryan (talk to me) 08:51, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

cleand up images[edit]

I`ve just cleaned up three images from the list at : http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_for_cleanup I´ve uploaded the three images but I don't have permission to use the original same names overwritting the old ones. So I´ve uploaded them with the old names starting with "CLEANED_UP_OF_" Can anynone delete old images and change names of the new versions? How can I make this for myself in the future?

The images I've cleaned up are: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:CLEANED_UP_OF_Museum_f%C3%BCr_Indische_Kunst_Dahlem_Berlin_Mai_2006_036.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:CLEANED_UP_OF_Palais-Scharzenberg_Neuer-Markt_Salon_1893.JPG http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:CLEANED_UP_OF_440px-Palais-Scharzenberg_Neuer-Markt_Stiegenhaus_1893.JPG#Summary

Thanks for helping improve files! I'll let someone else move transfer the files, but just so you know, once your account is > 4 days old, you'll be able to upload new versions of files (overwrite existing files). --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 12:37, 3 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes a very good initiative.
However, the cleanup version of Image:Palais-Scharzenberg Neuer-Markt Stiegenhaus 1893.JPG is much smaller than the original. You can verify that by going to the image and click where it says "download high resolution of image" (or something like that). This generally means that someone else will have to re-do the cleanup. I have therefore deleted the image Image:CLEANED_UP_OF_440px-Palais-Scharzenberg_Neuer-Markt_Stiegenhaus_1893.JPG. If you want to, you can download the full version of the image and do another clean-up, and upload again. / Fred Chess 18:28, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Difficulty understanding how to attribute image.[edit]

Hello -

I'd like to use an image from wikimedia commons in my master's thesis. It will not be on either cover. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Lorenz_attractor.svg It seems clear that I need to give credit to the author of the image in my work, but I don't know how to properly do that since I can't determine the author's name. How shall I go about attributing the image to it's author so I may use it according to the licensing requirements?

Thanks - A.B.

Well, you could ask User:Dschwen, the author of the image, on his talk page. He seems to be very active, so I guess he will respond soon. Greetings! Enricopedia 16:38, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
The "in the manner specified by the licensor" on the license isn't that crucial. I've reworded it. / Fred Chess 18:25, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
To A.B: this image is multi-licensed, i.e. licensed under multiple licenses. This means you can choose which to acknowledge in reuse. I suggest choosing the Creative Commons Attribution license rather than the GFDL. Then you can use it by adding a line such as © (Dipl. Phys. ) Daniel Schwen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license, version 2.5. You may also like to put a line such as Available at Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/) but that is optional :) --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 07:18, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Missing file: Image:02 - Vivaldi Spring mvt 2 Largo - John Harrison violin.ogg[edit]

It seems that Image:02 - Vivaldi Spring mvt 2 Largo - John Harrison violin.ogg has gone missing - attempting to download it nets me a zero-length file. Would anyone mind reuploading or otherwise recovering it? Thanks. --130.111.243.253 04:44, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Category renaming[edit]

The name of Category:King David is misleading, as it does not deal with "King David", and should be cahnged to Category:King David Hotel.

How is this done? is there a template that needs to be used?

Is there a bot that changes the category link on all the images, or does it have to be done manually?

user:דניאל צבי 21:06, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

I guess we have to do it manually. Since there are not many pictures in it, I will start right now. Enricopedia 14:21, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
Done. Nearly as fast as a bot. ;) Enricopedia 14:39, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks :) (though copying a similar bot from one of the wikis might be a good idea). user:דניאל צבי 22:57, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
We do have one, see Orgullobot. Only administrators can however give the bot an order. -- Bryan (talk to me) 11:14, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Links in summary.[edit]

How do you link to wikipedia articles in the description section of an image uploaded to the commons? For example, I have a time-lapse photo of a specific event which is a good example of a general phenomenon. I would like to link to time-lapse, as well as the general phenomenon to help people understand what is going on in the photo. 134.253.26.9 02:06, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Example: en:Main page is written as follows: [[:en:Main page]] Greetings! --Enricopedia 02:15, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
[[w:Main Page]] will work as well, and uses two fewer keystrokes. —Angr 20:32, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Conargo image[edit]

I am trying to purge this image - Image:Photo-conargo-pub.jpg so it will appear on this page here - Conargo, New South Wales but it doesn't appear to be working. Would someone be able to help please. Thanks, Mattinbgn/talk 09:45, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

I purged the image, it should be visable now. --Matt314 16:52, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Can I upload a scan from a book?[edit]

Commons talk:Licensing referred me here.

A book published in the U.S., copyright 2000, contains plates of historic Japanese art and photographs dated prior to 1900.

  1. Can I scan them and upload them to Commons?
  2. What license should I use?
  3. Should I attribute the source?
  4. Is there a cutoff date for artwork scanned from a current U.S. book, so that I can upload things earlier than that date?

Thank you.

Fg2 10:09, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Reply:

  1. Probably. But if the Japanese artist only died in recent times (earlier than 70 years ago) it may not be possible.
  2. {{PD-Art}}
  3. Yes it is always a good idea, for verification.
  4. Hmmm, I'm not sure if I have answered this question?

Fred Chess 11:08, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

ad 4: Do you mean the kind of cutoff date used by some Wikipedias? (e.g., the German Wikipedia assumes that the artist has died if the image is older than 100 years unless proven inaccurate) As far as I know--please correct if I'm wrong--no such cutoff date is used on the Wikimedia Commons. On the other hand, depending on the date, it would be far-fetched or plain ridiculous (probably: before 1850) to assume that the artist died less than 70 years ago. I guess that truth lies in the eye of the beholder when it comes to deciding before which date it would be ridiculous to assume that he died within the last 70 years... :o/ ... --Ibn Battuta 18:56, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks to both of you. Those are very helpful responses. Fg2 22:15, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Register[edit]

Dear Help team, Maybe a bump question from a newbie: I'd like to upload photos to Commons but in order to do that, I need to log-in. I guess I need to register in order to get a log-in ID. How can I register?

Regards, Dirk

You can sign up (for free of course) here. An account is created in a few minutes. You will then be guided how to set your language and other settings in Commons. Have a nice time here! -- Bryan (talk to me) 21:25, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Update image request[edit]

I have uploaded a revised version of the image Form_of_government.png, but cannot replace it because my account is new. Could someone please replace it with the new version Form_of_government_1.png? Zethicus 20:36, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

I guess you've been able to do this now... pfctdayelise (说什么?) 13:58, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Icon library for use elsewhere[edit]

I'm interested in pointing people on another site (w:Distributed Proofreaders, to be specific)) to a collection of icons and small images from Commons that they might use. I looked at Category:Symbols; it's very large, and the organization below it is not very clear. What can I do to help clarify this part of the category structure, and/or is there somewhere else I should look? JesseW 22:29, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Jesse, how about Category:Icons? Explore the category tree from that page. Some specific sets I know of are Category:Tango project, Category:Nuvola icons and Category:Nuvola icons. HTH. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 13:51, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Log in Trouble[edit]

I registered for and account, made sure to put in my email address and received the verification email, but when I tried to log in it told me I had the wrong password, so I tried to have it sent to my email. It told me one was sent in the last 24 hours, so I waited 24 hours and then tried again then it told me the account had no email assigned to it even though I received and verified the email address. If someone knows what went wrong, I would love to know.

Thanks, Adam Olson P.S. "Adam Olson" is the account name.

Hi Adam, I am trying to find out what happened. If you give me your email address, I can ask a developer to set it for your account, then you should be able to request a new password. You can forward the verification email to me at brianna DOT laugher AT gmail DOT com. Let me know how you go. --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 13:41, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

How to correctly tag the source of an image[edit]

I recently uploaded an image to commons and though I had correctly tag the source and added the correct Summary information. Unfortunately it has been tagged for removal and I am not sure where I am making the error. The picture was taken by myself and is called a 'rodney boat'.

Thanks 2qurios 23:19, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

It looks like you solved it yourself. There should be no further problems with it now. / Fred Chess 23:56, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Update images[edit]

How do you update images? Sodaplayer talk

At the bottom of the Image: page, look for a link that says 'upload a new version of this file'. Your account has to be older than 4 days to be able to do this. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 03:04, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Picture Move Request[edit]

Could you please replace Image:Canoe.png with Image:Canoe2.png (renaming it "Canoe.png"). Thanks! - DevAnubis 11:44, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

They are by different users so it would be better to keep both as each has it's own merits. Lcarsdata 10:36, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

Could you please replace Image:11th_Infantry.jpg with Image:11th_Infantry1.jpg (renaming it "11th_Infantry.jpg"). Thanks! — Tnkr111 14:32, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Could you please replace Image:BOS_airport_map.PNG with Image:BOS_airport_map_newrunway.PNG (renaming it "BOS_airport_map.PNG"). This is an updated FAA map with the new runway - thanks! Phongn 05:15, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Question about derivative works...[edit]

Ok. I spend most of my time at the English Wikipedia - very little at Commons. Today over there I started re-tagging some images with a new fair-use template. These images are photographs and scans of cards from card games. Some of them show just the card - clearly a situation where the image should be tagged as fair use and not be on Commons. Others show a game in progress - a type of derivative work which (from my understanding) might be acceptable on Commons, but is iffy. Lots of these were previously tagged pd-self or some form of free-license, and many are here on Commons and not Wikipedia. What should I do about these? Here are the first three examples I found, and I'll make a complete list on my talk page here as I find them.

ONUnicorn 16:37, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

P.S. If they're not acceptable on Commons I can upload them to Wikipedia under a fair use claim. ONUnicorn 16:38, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

creative commons version[edit]

I want to upload this picture (lead singer of w:Okkervil River. My question is, can I upload it here on commons? The pic is licensed as Creative Commons by Attribution 2.0. Does it need to be version 2.5? If it were 1.0, could I still upload it? Does the same apply for ShareAlike (the version doesn't matter? If possible, please leave a message on my talk page. I'm afraid I'll forget to check back here. Thank you! 03:55, 15 February 2007 (UTC) User:W3stfa11

All versions of CC-BY(-SA) are supported here. Just add the {{cc-by-2.0}}-template, and you're good to go. Of course, don't forget to mention the author and original file, linking to both of them. NielsF talk/overleg/discussion/discussione 04:04, 15 February 2007 (UTC)


New version of file only partially uploaded...[edit]

Having a much better image of Sebald Beham's Die Nacht than the one I previously uploaded, I used the command Upload a new version of this file.

The upload of the higher resolution image worked, but when I click on the image for the high resolution version, it reverts to the old, low resolution picture. Could anyone please tell me how to entirely delete the old, low resolution image, so the better image can be downloaded?

With many thanks

Nick Michael 20:58, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

It works for me. Try hard-refreshing and purging your cache. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 01:41, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Purging the cache did it - very many thanks! Nick Michael 02:23, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Geotagging / GPS / Coordinates[edit]

Hello, i didnt find any information about Geotagging Images in Commons. I found this tool (Location Stamper) which makes it really easy to put Coordinates into the EXIF Information, it would be great if commons could use this information to generate a link to google maps or something.

Thanks for Info. --Torbenhenke 21:16, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Many commons images are geocoded via templates such as {{location dec}}. I'd love to see a push to get more of our collection geocoded. The use of exif is perhaps non-ideal since it doesn't enable collaboration. What pages did you try looking on? We should make the geocoding instructions more obvious. Also, it doesn't appear that locationstamper is free software.. probably we should put this functionality into a tool like commonist. --Gmaxwell 21:42, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
I used the search funktion for GPS and Geotagging and looked through the help and because i didnt know where to look, i tried the first steps.
Location Stamper isnt free (like in free speech) as much as i know (Microsoft), but if you use it standalone, you can download it for free (like in free beer) and it does what it is supposed to do. Its the only Geotagging tool i found. (Ok, there is Picasa, but that tried to scan all images on my HDD without asking me, so i deinstalled it without even looking at it).
Well, EXIF is the standard, isnt it. And it would make work easy, i put the data into the image once and it stays there. When i upload tagged images, this data could just be used. For collaboration: How about a bot, searching for Coordinates in EXIF an putting a template on the page? So anybody could edit the template to get more exact coords...
I myself think geotagging is the coolest thing since sliced bread. So i think a tutorial with all needed information would be great.
I just took a look into the templates for geocoding, most of them are not commented, the comment in Location dec US says it doesnt work. Its not easy for a noob to decide which template to use.--Torbenhenke 08:07, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
There is a little javascript tool, which you can activate for your profile. Instructions here. It creates the propper template from a google-maps link. --Dschwen 10:09, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, thats nice, i have seen that. But
  • there is no central page in commons to get information about geotags
  • there is not much / no information about the geotemplates
  • i want to geotag my images for private use -> the geo information is avaible in the exif tags
I would like to see some kind of project page about geotagging in commons, with Howto and explanations and later on special tools or bots. I would help, but first i have to figure it out for myself--Torbenhenke 12:08, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
I guess EXIF-based geocoding will come as soon as compcat cams with built-in GPS receivers flood the market. And thats only a matter of time. I don't agree about the it doesn't enable collaboration point. We don't complain about the inability to modify date and time stamps or exposure values in the EXIF, do we? If the pic was taken at a certain location, it just was. Whether the location the pic was taken from really is the crucial information is a whole other story. For that matter template based geocoding has its advantages (coordinates of the subject as opposed to those of the photographer). But thats just the icing on the cake. Automated geocoding will be way better than no geocoding. So far there is only Category:Commons:Geocoding. --Dschwen 12:47, 16 February 2007 (UTC)
I do not disagree that having geocoding as a function of the camera would be great. However, thats not a matter that we control. So when we consider our options, we find that non-exif geocoding is something people can add and view via our software today, while exif based geocoding will currently require external software. So long as the data is captured, it doesn't much matter to me how. A few of my images have GPS data in the exif, but I've found that workflow wise it's easier to add it to the image page after the image is uploaded. In the past I've suggested to Brion that we modify the exif to reflect image page data, but there isn't yet a straightforward way to pull that off. --Gmaxwell 12:54, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Abt locator map of Nepal[edit]

I am running a bot about Nepalese cities in Nepal Bhasa wikipedia and need a locator map of Nepal in svg format to display location of Nepalese cities. I didn't find any here. Can someone please show me one or else create one?--Eukesh 15:47, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Nothing you can use or adapt in Category:Maps of Nepal? pfctdayelise (说什么?) 02:03, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Nope. I cannot create a locator map. These might be helpful to developers but not to me. There are locator maps of India, Iran etc. I need a similar one for Nepal. Thanks.--Eukesh 09:25, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

World homosexuality laws[edit]

I can't upload a changed version of World_homosexuality_laws.png as I am too new of a user. It was revealed in the English Wikipedia, and confirmed by a neutral party (me) that Canberra has not recognized civil unions. Someone is claiming "bias", while this is simply, the picture is wrong. Can someone please move the image World_homosexuality_laws_2007-02-16.png to World_homosexuality_laws.png? The only difference is the return of Canberra to not recognizing same-sex unions. --Puellanivis 02:51, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Update image request[edit]

I have uploaded a revised version of the image OPEC_members.png, but cannot replace it because my account is new. Could someone please replace it with the new version OPEC_members-2.png ?

Parmaestro 09:00, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

"model upload" - could you help?[edit]

I'd like to upload several pictures of the Library of Congress. I would like to have one "model" which I can then follow for pretty much all the other images. Could someone therefore look at my first sample image and tell me

  1. whether the copyright is okay as is
  2. whether the licensing is okay
  3. whether all necessary/ recommendable information is given
  4. whether the "digital ID" of the picture is in fact the one that I'm indicating. (see numbers indicated as "source")
  5. whether some of the information is in fact unnecessary/superfluous--in that case I'll be happy to save the time (which will add up if I upload a number of pictures) to copy it into Wikimedia and, besides, save a few kb for the Commons...

Thanks for your help!!!! --Ibn Battuta 08:20, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

PS: And let me ask one more question that's been piquing me for a while: What is actually preferred, arranging single images on pages or in categories?--Ibn Battuta 08:42, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
The description looks okay. When I upload LoC images, I like to add a link to appropriate wikipedia articles, and abstracts from SumItUp, to provide further info.
Other than that, I've made a couple changes that you can see - 1. the digital ID for {{LOC-image}} is the tail end of the hdl.loc.gov URL you'll find under "DIGITAL ID" at the end of the source page. 2. I changed the license; the exact photographer is unidentified, but G. Eric Matson himself died in 1977, so PD-old seems doubtful. The rights info page for that collection (found via the "About Collection" link) indicates that the photos have been dedicated to the public domain, so my preference is for a {{PD-author}} license, with a link to the rights page for details. Others may have different preferences, though.
One last thing - it would be good if you can edit and upload the images at maximum resolution, or close to it. You can get that from the "Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version" link. In the case of this test image, it would be around 2000 x 3000 pixels, which is much better if someone wanted to use this in print (disk space is not a major concern). --Davepape 17:01, 10 February 2007 (UTC).
Thanks a lot! As for the resolution: Unfortunately I don't have any editing programs--just an expired Corel Photo Album to do some cropping and some *very* rough (automatic :o( ...) contrast/color editing. If I download the .tiff file, however, I cannot even do that. Is there some freeware program that can at least edit and do some minor stuff? And maybe I'll repeat my question about categories vs. pages: Should I rather open a page or a category if I want to make a new subdivision in which I want to put the images? Thanks, Ibn Battuta 17:27, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
Commons:Software lists various free tools that might be useful. I find the Gimp to be fine for most image manipulation (just learn to use the basic crop & color adjusting tools for what you want to do). As for pages vs. categories, that's a big, unending debate. My personal preference is to use both - put all images in categories, and when it seems appropriate, also use a gallery page for a more refined presentation. --Davepape 18:12, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
Okay, now I've downloaded the large file, started to get acquainted with the Gimp, saved the file in the xcf format, thought now I'm fine... and then I get the message "Upload warning. It is recommended that files are no larger than 5 MB; this file is 16 MB.", followed by "This file may contain malicious code, by executing it your system may be compromised."
What should I change about "image:Gethsemane monk in garden.xcf"? I guess changing the file format would probably be a first step (preferablyl to which format?)? Thanks a lot, Ibn Battuta 18:43, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
XCF is Gimp's special native format, which you'd probably only want to use while editing an image; it's not a format that web browsers will recognize. You should save the image as a JPEG for uploading to Commons (just change the extension to ".jpg" when saving, and Gimp should figure it out). That should also make it a reasonable size. --Davepape 20:08, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks--now I saved it in JPEG format, but it's still larger than 8MB. Should I save it with a lower resolution/ with a lower quality?
Do you happen to know an answer to my other question here? --Ibn Battuta 21:57, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Hmmm - hard to know for sure why the image is so huge, but yes, reducing the quality or resolution would usually be the next step to make it smaller. Quality somewhere in the range 70 to 90 is normal; a modern digital camera image can be roughly 3000x2000 pixels - making your image around that size ought to give something no more than 3 megabytes (half that size will still be decent, and will make the file much smaller still).
I'm afraid I don't have an answer for your other question. --Davepape 22:23, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Begbie Image[edit]

I have uploaded Image:Begbie statue.jpg but I am unsure of its status. It is a photograph I took of a statue located in the public lobby of a building. I intend to use it at Matthew Baillie Begbie but thought I should check here first. --KenWalker 08:00, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

It seems to me that the sculpture itself is copyrighted by Ralph Sketch. He must have died in the late 1990s;[4] he published a book on "equestrian sculpture" in 1986.[5] Thus your photo is a derivative work of a copyrighted original.
Within Canada, publishing the image should be fine as freedom of panorama in Canada also applies to sculptures "permanently situated in a public place or building" (§32.2 of the Canadian Copyright Act C-42).
This is not the case in other countries, though. In the U.S., there is no freedom of panorama for sculptures, and publication of the image there would be subject to the consent of the rights holders on the sculpture. Ditto for all countries where freedom of panorama does not apply within buildings (e.g., Germany), or does not apply to sculptures. Lupo 09:14, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
Very interesting. I am in Canada. Does that mean that I can add this from Canada to a Wikipedia article based on the fact it is done from here, or does it mean I can't because the servers are in the US or that I can't because when published it goes beyond Canada? --KenWalker 03:02, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
My personal take is that you can't, and that in fact you shouldn't have uploaded the image. Our basic rule is that an image must be PD or fine to publish under a free license in both its country of origin (Canada, in this case) and in the U.S (where our servers are). This image is not ok in the U.S. It should be tagged {{derivative}} and deleted. Lupo 13:02, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
But under that reasoning, shouldn't we be deleting all photos of copyrighted sculptures? Currently there are many taken in the UK, Germany, Sweden, etc., and from what I've observed they're regarded as acceptable under freedom of panorama. --Davepape 16:02, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
That's a problem, isn't it? For freedom of panorama (which is essentially an exception to derivative works), we appear not to follow the "PD in source country and PD in the U.S." rule. Most of these images would be outdoor photographs, as far as I'm aware of. While such images of copyrighted statues technically are not ok in the U.S. (unless you've got the consent of the author of the statue, see e.g. Image:Babe Ruth statue.jpg), they are fine in many other countries. Apparently the community tolerates that deviation from the general rule. Images of copyrighted statues/sculptures in the U.S. have been deleted, though. And AFAIK only relatively few countries have a freedom of panorama that extends to the interior of buildings, so I don't think it'd be a good idea to have Image:Begbie statue.jpg. Lupo 16:17, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
I agree it's a problem, as I suspect it extends beyond FOP to many other non-US PD claims that are usually accepted. Picking an example at random, Image:EJ Connellan 1950.jpg, if I read things correctly, was copyrighted in Australia until 2000, and so according to Hirtle is copyrighted 70 years pma in the US, despite being {{PD-Australia}}. I don't suppose this issue is being addressed rigorously anywhere, is it? --Davepape 17:33, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
AFAIK, no, it isn't. And yes, I agree that Image:EJ Connellan 1950.jpg would be copyrighted in the U.S. At {{PD-Russia}}, we even give the rules valid for the U.S., but I have the impression that people work with the 1954 date instead of the 1946/1942 date. But maybe something similar could be done at {{PD-Australia}}: add a line stating that only Australian photographs created before 1946 are PD in the U.S. (if they weren't copyrighted there before 1996 for some reason, such as a bilateral treaty or someone having registered the photo at the U.S. Copyright Office). I have the strong impression that Commons:Licensing#Interaction of United States copyright law and foreign copyright law is generally ignored. It's policy, but it's a dead letter. Lupo 21:07, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

adding a category to an image[edit]

My problem is to add a category to an image. I have read: first upload, then add the category. Is that right?

I read "To add an image or page to category Foo, add the following link to the page (resp. the image's description): [[Category:Foo]]. This is a "magic" link, which will a) appear in the category box at the bottom of the page and b) cause the image to show up in the category."

I have used "CommonSense" to find a category. In first instance it gave no results, but now I (hope to) understand how it works. It may give for example the answer: [[Category:Buddhist temples]]. But for a botanic garden in Sri Lanka I found via garden: "Category:Gardens_of_Sri_Lanka". If I use that, should it be with or without underscores?

Where should I add the category information? Is that in the description? See my contribution on http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Image:Nibung_palm.jpg&diff=prev&oldid=4467740 Should I change Category:trees into:

Thanks, Wouterhagens 14:04, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

I changed Category:trees with Category:Arecaceae. It would be interesting to put also a category like Category:Nature of Sri Lanka. Dantadd 14:31, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Update image request[edit]

I have uploaded a revised version of the image OPEC_members.png, but cannot replace it because my account is new. Could someone please replace it with the new version OPEC_members-2.png ?

Parmaestro 09:00, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

"model upload" - could you help?[edit]

I'd like to upload several pictures of the Library of Congress. I would like to have one "model" which I can then follow for pretty much all the other images. Could someone therefore look at my first sample image and tell me

  1. whether the copyright is okay as is
  2. whether the licensing is okay
  3. whether all necessary/ recommendable information is given
  4. whether the "digital ID" of the picture is in fact the one that I'm indicating. (see numbers indicated as "source")
  5. whether some of the information is in fact unnecessary/superfluous--in that case I'll be happy to save the time (which will add up if I upload a number of pictures) to copy it into Wikimedia and, besides, save a few kb for the Commons...

Thanks for your help!!!! --Ibn Battuta 08:20, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

PS: And let me ask one more question that's been piquing me for a while: What is actually preferred, arranging single images on pages or in categories?--Ibn Battuta 08:42, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
The description looks okay. When I upload LoC images, I like to add a link to appropriate wikipedia articles, and abstracts from SumItUp, to provide further info.
Other than that, I've made a couple changes that you can see - 1. the digital ID for {{LOC-image}} is the tail end of the hdl.loc.gov URL you'll find under "DIGITAL ID" at the end of the source page. 2. I changed the license; the exact photographer is unidentified, but G. Eric Matson himself died in 1977, so PD-old seems doubtful. The rights info page for that collection (found via the "About Collection" link) indicates that the photos have been dedicated to the public domain, so my preference is for a {{PD-author}} license, with a link to the rights page for details. Others may have different preferences, though.
One last thing - it would be good if you can edit and upload the images at maximum resolution, or close to it. You can get that from the "Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version" link. In the case of this test image, it would be around 2000 x 3000 pixels, which is much better if someone wanted to use this in print (disk space is not a major concern). --Davepape 17:01, 10 February 2007 (UTC).
Thanks a lot! As for the resolution: Unfortunately I don't have any editing programs--just an expired Corel Photo Album to do some cropping and some *very* rough (automatic :o( ...) contrast/color editing. If I download the .tiff file, however, I cannot even do that. Is there some freeware program that can at least edit and do some minor stuff? And maybe I'll repeat my question about categories vs. pages: Should I rather open a page or a category if I want to make a new subdivision in which I want to put the images? Thanks, Ibn Battuta 17:27, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
Commons:Software lists various free tools that might be useful. I find the Gimp to be fine for most image manipulation (just learn to use the basic crop & color adjusting tools for what you want to do). As for pages vs. categories, that's a big, unending debate. My personal preference is to use both - put all images in categories, and when it seems appropriate, also use a gallery page for a more refined presentation. --Davepape 18:12, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
Okay, now I've downloaded the large file, started to get acquainted with the Gimp, saved the file in the xcf format, thought now I'm fine... and then I get the message "Upload warning. It is recommended that files are no larger than 5 MB; this file is 16 MB.", followed by "This file may contain malicious code, by executing it your system may be compromised."
What should I change about "image:Gethsemane monk in garden.xcf"? I guess changing the file format would probably be a first step (preferablyl to which format?)? Thanks a lot, Ibn Battuta 18:43, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
XCF is Gimp's special native format, which you'd probably only want to use while editing an image; it's not a format that web browsers will recognize. You should save the image as a JPEG for uploading to Commons (just change the extension to ".jpg" when saving, and Gimp should figure it out). That should also make it a reasonable size. --Davepape 20:08, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks--now I saved it in JPEG format, but it's still larger than 8MB. Should I save it with a lower resolution/ with a lower quality?
Do you happen to know an answer to my other question here? --Ibn Battuta 21:57, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Hmmm - hard to know for sure why the image is so huge, but yes, reducing the quality or resolution would usually be the next step to make it smaller. Quality somewhere in the range 70 to 90 is normal; a modern digital camera image can be roughly 3000x2000 pixels - making your image around that size ought to give something no more than 3 megabytes (half that size will still be decent, and will make the file much smaller still).
I'm afraid I don't have an answer for your other question. --Davepape 22:23, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Begbie Image[edit]

I have uploaded Image:Begbie statue.jpg but I am unsure of its status. It is a photograph I took of a statue located in the public lobby of a building. I intend to use it at Matthew Baillie Begbie but thought I should check here first. --KenWalker 08:00, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

It seems to me that the sculpture itself is copyrighted by Ralph Sketch. He must have died in the late 1990s;[6] he published a book on "equestrian sculpture" in 1986.[7] Thus your photo is a derivative work of a copyrighted original.
Within Canada, publishing the image should be fine as freedom of panorama in Canada also applies to sculptures "permanently situated in a public place or building" (§32.2 of the Canadian Copyright Act C-42).
This is not the case in other countries, though. In the U.S., there is no freedom of panorama for sculptures, and publication of the image there would be subject to the consent of the rights holders on the sculpture. Ditto for all countries where freedom of panorama does not apply within buildings (e.g., Germany), or does not apply to sculptures. Lupo 09:14, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
Very interesting. I am in Canada. Does that mean that I can add this from Canada to a Wikipedia article based on the fact it is done from here, or does it mean I can't because the servers are in the US or that I can't because when published it goes beyond Canada? --KenWalker 03:02, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
My personal take is that you can't, and that in fact you shouldn't have uploaded the image. Our basic rule is that an image must be PD or fine to publish under a free license in both its country of origin (Canada, in this case) and in the U.S (where our servers are). This image is not ok in the U.S. It should be tagged {{derivative}} and deleted. Lupo 13:02, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
But under that reasoning, shouldn't we be deleting all photos of copyrighted sculptures? Currently there are many taken in the UK, Germany, Sweden, etc., and from what I've observed they're regarded as acceptable under freedom of panorama. --Davepape 16:02, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
That's a problem, isn't it? For freedom of panorama (which is essentially an exception to derivative works), we appear not to follow the "PD in source country and PD in the U.S." rule. Most of these images would be outdoor photographs, as far as I'm aware of. While such images of copyrighted statues technically are not ok in the U.S. (unless you've got the consent of the author of the statue, see e.g. Image:Babe Ruth statue.jpg), they are fine in many other countries. Apparently the community tolerates that deviation from the general rule. Images of copyrighted statues/sculptures in the U.S. have been deleted, though. And AFAIK only relatively few countries have a freedom of panorama that extends to the interior of buildings, so I don't think it'd be a good idea to have Image:Begbie statue.jpg. Lupo 16:17, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
I agree it's a problem, as I suspect it extends beyond FOP to many other non-US PD claims that are usually accepted. Picking an example at random, Image:EJ Connellan 1950.jpg, if I read things correctly, was copyrighted in Australia until 2000, and so according to Hirtle is copyrighted 70 years pma in the US, despite being {{PD-Australia}}. I don't suppose this issue is being addressed rigorously anywhere, is it? --Davepape 17:33, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
AFAIK, no, it isn't. And yes, I agree that Image:EJ Connellan 1950.jpg would be copyrighted in the U.S. At {{PD-Russia}}, we even give the rules valid for the U.S., but I have the impression that people work with the 1954 date instead of the 1946/1942 date. But maybe something similar could be done at {{PD-Australia}}: add a line stating that only Australian photographs created before 1946 are PD in the U.S. (if they weren't copyrighted there before 1996 for some reason, such as a bilateral treaty or someone having registered the photo at the U.S. Copyright Office). I have the strong impression that Commons:Licensing#Interaction of United States copyright law and foreign copyright law is generally ignored. It's policy, but it's a dead letter. Lupo 21:07, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

adding a category to an image[edit]

My problem is to add a category to an image. I have read: first upload, then add the category. Is that right?

I read "To add an image or page to category Foo, add the following link to the page (resp. the image's description): [[Category:Foo]]. This is a "magic" link, which will a) appear in the category box at the bottom of the page and b) cause the image to show up in the category."

I have used "CommonSense" to find a category. In first instance it gave no results, but now I (hope to) understand how it works. It may give for example the answer: [[Category:Buddhist temples]]. But for a botanic garden in Sri Lanka I found via garden: "Category:Gardens_of_Sri_Lanka". If I use that, should it be with or without underscores?

Where should I add the category information? Is that in the description? See my contribution on http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Image:Nibung_palm.jpg&diff=prev&oldid=4467740 Should I change Category:trees into:

Thanks, Wouterhagens 14:04, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

I changed Category:trees with Category:Arecaceae. It would be interesting to put also a category like Category:Nature of Sri Lanka. Dantadd 14:31, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

those little boxes[edit]

How to i get those little colored boxes that say "tis member is english speaking" or "this member is from florida" the ones that you put on your user page

First you will need to Sign up for an account. Then you need to read Commons:Babel. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 01:57, 21 February 2007 (UTC)