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I'm new here, but I have a question: "What are the dimensions of the original Magna Carta?" By the way, a very good image there! JIM P.

Jim P., this is a place to ask questions about using Commons, not general reference questions. Please ask this question at Wikipedia's Reference desk: [1]. CommonMaster (talk) 04:11, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

I need information

I need information on the causes of floaters in the human eye and what can be done to correct this problem. Thank you very much Sherwood Inkley

Hi Sherwood. I've removed your e-mail address, as spam crawlers sometimes look for e-mail address around here. In any case, we can't relay help you with your question. This page is for help with how to use the Wikimedia Common project. The Wikipedia Reference Desk might be able to give you a hand however. You can find them here: - The is likely to be the best place to ask your question. Remember, anything you put up there is viewable to everyone on the Internet, so be careful with personal details. --J.smith (talk) 01:18, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

Picture copyright and licensing question

In the near future I intend on creating a page on Wikipedia titled "List of The College of William & Mary buildings" (akin to the Dartmouth version of the same name). I was originally going to take all the pictures myself, but I found this wiki site on William & Mary's library system that has descriptions and (many) pictures of the buildings already. Since that website is itself a wiki, and therefore public domain, I want to know if it would be illegal to simply use the pictures and already-existing descriptions verbatim into the article I am going to create? I don't want to expend lots of time and energy into doing that if all the pics will eventually be taken down for some type of infringement. Can anyone help me out (and please post on my talk page). Thanks! Jrcla2 (talk) 22:36, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

A wiki site is not necessarily public domain. Many of them are under a copyleft or a permissive free license (still not PD), and some are just “all rights reserved”. I cannot tell for sure what the status of this one is, though. --AVRS (talk) 23:31, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
Ah I did not know that some were protected. If I were to investigate and (let's say) find out that this particular wiki had no particular rights over its content, would I therefore be allowed to literally copy/paste its text and use those pictures? Jrcla2 (talk) 23:46, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
Yes, so long as you adhere by the principles of the license involved. --J.smith (talk) 04:50, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


Ich habe alle meine Bilder eigentlich mit der gleichen Vorlage hochgeladen. Bei Henkellocheisen.jpg scheint es plötzlich ein Lizenzproblem zu geben? --Gerhard Elsner (talk) 11:40, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Hat sich erledigt, habe das problem wohl gefunden. --Gerhard Elsner (talk) 11:51, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Reproducing a Flemish (Belgian) image from 1567


I have written an article for the Danish Wikipedia on the Flemish artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder. I used an image also listed on the English Wikipedia, believing this to be no problem, as the image is over 400 years old ( Yet it's been flagged. The orginial source of the image is:

I am suppossed to ask permission to use the image but cannot seem to find any contact details for this purpose. Is it actually necessary for an image this old? How can I get about solving this problem?


Mikael 18:11, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

"This media file does not have sufficient information on its copyright status. " - You can take care of that problem by placing the appropriate license tag on the image's page. In this case, {{PD-old}} would likely be the right tag. --J.smith (talk) 18:34, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Cannot find uploaded image

I am trying to load images then put them in articles. One type are NASA images. The other is a drawing that someone has given me permission to use by way of an email. The NASA image seemed to upload, but I can't find it. I hope I'm not too old to use this capability.

Jim—Preceding unsigned comment added by Jimmarsmars (talk • contribs) 21:18, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi Jim, please sign you comments using --~~~~. In case you do not find an image you have recently uploaded, you can just check your own contributions. See the link in the upper right corner of the screen. I think you might be looking for Image:Slide14.JPG. Best regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 22:51, 2 December 2008 (UTC)
Or maybe Image:Slide15.JPG, seems like you uploaded that one before you posted here. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 22:53, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


In looking at the DornierX, none of my information seems to tell the specs of the plane. What was its wing span, and length? Why werent the engines in wing mounted to save drag? Did it have slots, and flaps to increase wing area lift when needed? Could it still be built? Are any real plans of it still available? Thanks

"For questions not related to this website, try en:Wikipedia:Reference desk" - J.smith (talk) 06:09, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
We do have some pictures of the DornierX. See Category:Dornier X. --J.smith (talk) 06:11, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

project help

i need the blue prints for a FIAT 1100-D's 1089cc cylinder head. can someone please help me out. my project is to improve the engine and as a result my future rests on this

Hello. Sorry, but we don't really have the resources to help you with your question. I'm afraid that the blueprints your asking for would likely be copyrighted and as such we would not be able to host them on our project. I know that there are publications that might have the information your looking for. I have had very good luck with the Haynes manuals in the past, but it may or may not be available for the particular engine your looking for. --J.smith (talk) 09:40, 3 December 2008 (UTC)


Hi, what's the process for renaming an image? This picture of an Indian Rhinoceros is incorrectly labeled a Sumatran Rhino. Image:Sumatran rhinoceros.jpg People keep incorrectly sticking this in the Sumatran Rhino article, including on where it's a featured article. Can we renamed this to Image:Indian Rhino Toronto Zoo or something, so that people stop putting it in the wrong articles? Thanks! --JayHenry (talk) 15:05, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Images can't exactly be renamed, but what you can do is reupload the image under the right name, and tag the old one with {{duplicate|new file name}} which will ensure it will get changed universally by a bot. Best wishes, How do you turn this on (talk) 15:21, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Graphic Lab question

Does anyone know whether the Graphic Lab here can edit and improve sound files? If not, is there a "Lab" that does that?

CommonMaster (talk) 02:34, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

The Graphics lab is not an individual - it possesses no skills of it's own. Some of those who frequent the Graphic Lab are likely to have the skills you seek, so don't worry too much about it's title. :) --J.smith (talk) 03:04, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
That doesn't quite answer my question. I need to know whether the people who "work" with the Graphic Lab can edit sound files. CommonMaster (talk) 03:38, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
I bolded the part that does address your question. Since we do not have a "Media Lab" it will need to do. --J.smith (talk) 16:57, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
All right, then I will assume that they can edit multimedia like movies and videos and music. Thanks for the help. CommonMaster (talk) 15:21, 4 December 2008 (UTC) (forgot to sign in)

Change image name

Hi, I mistakenly uploaded the name of Image:HMHS France.jpg as HMHS France. But I noticed that SS France was not owned by United Kingdom. So I want to change the image's name into Image:Hospital ship France.jpg but I don't know how to change the image's name. Please help me. Thank You. Britannic (talk) 04:46, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

You can put {{rename|Hospital ship France.jpeg}} on its page, and it will be renamed later into “Hospital ship France.jpeg”. --AVRS (talk) 12:15, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

lost with uploading nasa images

Hi, I'm new here. I edited a few articles and would like to add some pictures. One is from a friend who has given me permission by way of an email. Others are from NASA. Most of these images I have modified by cropping most of the picture away. I tried to upload the images. Everything seemed to go OK, but I can't find them. How do I change the name of the file I upload? When I give the source of the image (an internet site) do I give the site location or the page of the site? My images come from a page on, but the exact page has about 20 numbers and pages in addition?

I've read many pages of directions, but I do not understand what to do. I'm a senior citizen so maybe I will not be able to add pictures.

Thanks, Jim ````

Perhaps they were deleted? You can look in your contributions to see if the uploads are there or not. It's not possible to change file names - you have to reupload and tag the old image for deletion. Sources need to be the exact page - it doesn't matter about the length of the URL. I hope this helps. If you need anymore help, please ask on my talk page. How do you turn this on (talk) 00:36, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Username Change

I received an e-mail that my username on Wikimedia has been change from BattleSoul on 05:41, 4 December 2008 by BotMultichillT. What's going on? —Preceding unsigned comment added by BattleSoul (talk • contribs) 2008-12-04T09:30:20 (UTC)

That bot does category work. What exactly did the email say? How do you turn this on (talk) 00:32, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Help locating archived discussion

I am unable to locate the archived discussion about an image that was deleted some time during the last few months, File:FSM Logo.JPG. I'd be most grateful if someone could point me in the right direction. Tim Ross (talk) 00:27, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Is this it? How do you turn this on (talk) 00:34, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
That's it! Thanks very much. Tim Ross (talk) 15:28, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Upload problem

I have been trying to upload a picture without success. I am trying to insert it into a page for 'Aaron Fastove' and have been unable to do so. Where can I get help or an example of how to do this?


Bob Fastovsky

Hi, what exactly was the problem? Have you followed the procedure for uploading correctly? How do you turn this on (talk) 08:34, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

delete account system

how i can delete my account

You can't unfortunately. The best thing you can do is just abandon it. If there are privacy concerns, you can request a rename. Best wishes, How do you turn this on (talk) 08:35, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
You can also request an indefinite block of your account, if you are afraid of people abusing it. Of course, you can have it unblocked at any later point in time. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 15:54, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Sorry Chrisi. That only works in the other projects where the wishes of users are respected. Here on Commons I was just told that we do not block users on their own request. -- Cecil (talk) 16:02, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Ah okay. Never mind then. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:43, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

I want to create a Wikipedia entry on the organization I work with. I want to upload the logo, but it is copyrighted. Is there a way to accomplaish this?

Hello, first, you have to ensure that your organization is notable enough, otherwise your upload will be kind of useless... If it is notable, you have two choices, depending on the situation:
  1. 'You have the authorization of your organization to release it under a free license (as {{Attribution}} for example): follow Commons:OTRS.
  2. 'The file can’t be released under a free license: Commons cannot host your logo, you must upload it at en.wikipedia, invoking the fair use act. Diti the penguin 17:39, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Username Re-Direct Problems

My username redirects to a different user. (BradP is my username, and if I click on it and it goes to BradPatrick) and I see this: (Redirected from User:BradP)

Anyone know how to affect a change to this re-direct?

Does the site allow more than one member to have the same username?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by BradP (talk • contribs)

Hello. « BradP » was on some wikis the username of Brad Patrick, former counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation. His username on Wikimedia Commons was BradPatrick, so someone added a "redirection" from BradP to BradPatrick. I've removed this redirection. I would advise you to change username though, to avoid any confusion. guillom 13:48, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Upload video-tutorial + image license

1. I have thought about uploading a video tutorial about how to do certain things in the Linux based operating system Ubuntu. The videos are texted in swedish so they'll be of limited interest for people not able to read swedish, thou not entirely unintresting I think. The video will be embedded in the wiki on but they are unable to host the files.

2. In one video the desktop wallpaper has this license, can you please say if it is okay to use....

"If you are interested in a high-resolution image file or using one or more artworks for a CD, poster, book cover, illustration, or other business purposes, you need to buy a business, royalty free, non-exclusive picture license. All entities that are planning to display the artworks on a commercial web page must purchase a commercial license as well. Depending on your business needs the license price might vary starting from $200 USD. Please contact the artist for payment instructions, electronic PayPal or wire transfer.

Musicians, poets, and writers who are interested in using artworks for covers have to purchase a license, unless they make a non-commercial demo or presentation release. Email to us with details of your project to arrange a free image usage. If we come to an agreement, we will require two production copies from your. The artist name and website URL must be displayed in the liner notes in all cases."

Source site:

  • That license agreement would not be acceptable to for Wikipedia or Commons. It sounds like it would be ok for you to use in your tutorial if it's non-commercial. Commons, on the other hand, can't accept non-commercial restrictions. J.smith (talk) 19:38, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
  • Thank you for the answer, that video will not be uploaded, but I now hade two other questions regarding licenses

1. If a video has previously been "published" on Youtube, will that present any obstacle for uploading the same video to commons? Have Youtube applied som sort of license or rights to the video?

2. In a video several applications may be shown, and they may fall under different licenses, ie one GPL and another MPL. Is it possible, when uploading, to choose ONE license that is "restrictive" enough so none of the licenses of the shown applications will be deminished?

  • Hey! I created the Logo of the Band Linkin Park as *.svg. Am I allowed to upload it or is it copyrighted? Which Licence do I need? --RoFra (talk) 14:53, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
    • It would be copyrighted, yes, so should not be uploaded. How do you turn this on (talk) 15:00, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
      • That's a pity :( ... Anyway, thanks for your fast answer ;) --RoFra (talk) 15:06, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
I'm not so sure if it's copyrigheted in that way as Commons do allow copyrighted content, as long as it's under a free license. See this image. I believe that image is under {{PD-textlogo}}. --Kanonkas(talk) 15:34, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
Yes I guess it does depend on the license. Also, some company logos are simply of a font making the name which cannot be copyrighted. How do you turn this on (talk) 15:40, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
  • So I can upload it marked as {{PD-textlogo}}? --RoFra (talk) 16:48, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
    Personal point of view: I think you cannot. The critter I use for determining whether a logo can be uploaded is the following: by using a standard font in Inkscape and modify paths, would I be able to design this logo in less than 5 minutes? Yet, here, a special font was used, and the disposition of the letters is, I should say, “creative”. Diti the penguin 21:50, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
Okay... :( --RoFra (talk) 17:23, 7 December 2008 (UTC)


If I have a picture off flickr under creative commons that I have edited where do I put it?

You mean upload it? Just upload as you normally would, and mention that it's cropped in the description. How do you turn this on (talk) 17:12, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
Be sure to link to where it came from, attribute it's original author and make sure to add a {{flickrreview}} tag to the page. I suggest using this link to upload your image. J.smith (talk) 18:04, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Image:300px-Hothplanetsurface.jpg HELP!

That image is from the English wikipedia.Write that here:Image:300px-Hothplanetsurface.jpg. Djominik (talk) 19:16, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

I fixed that link for you - I hope you don't mind. What exactly do you need done with that image? It appears to lack information about it's copyright status. --J.smith (talk) 19:35, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
It was a screenshot from one of the Star Wars movies, so I deleted it as a copyvio. It's being used on en-wp as fair use, but Commons doesn't host "fair use" images. —Angr 07:18, 8 December 2008 (UTC)


who's made this map?

I thought I knew how to use the PD-user template, but somehow it doesn't work, and I got error messages onto my discussion page that I'm just using a template, not a license. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Ibn Battuta (talk) 06:22, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

You are using the following code for the template: {{PD-[[User:Esemono]]}}. That can't work! ;) You have to replace it by {{PD-User|Esemono}}, or, better, by {{PD-self|author=Esemono}}. :) Diti the penguin 08:34, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
Outch! Thanks so much!!!
And while I'm at it... does anyone know who's the "real" author of maps like the one at the right? There are at the very least dozens of these (gray, with white outline of borders) on the Commons, seemingly all by different authors. That's not very likely! I suspect that there's some public domain map or software that's at the origin of all of this?... - I mean I'm happy to attribute the map to its author (I just exchanged some colors to mark yet another region for yet another Wikipedia article)... but it feels strange to take a random example of The Gray Maps and believe that the "author" named in that file actually originally made it. So... Whose the gray eminence behind The Gray Maps? --Ibn Battuta (talk) 01:06, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
See Category:Maps of the world, there are a lot of maps there. I don't think, that there is only one original map, there's probably several ones. If you are really curious, check the category and see who made the originals. However, you will probably not be able to identify the creator of "your" map. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:00, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Modifying image summary (author name)

I edit Wikipedia under a fictitious username (as recommended). I uploaded an accompanying image file to Commons using this fictitious name, which means that displaying the image summary details from within the Wikipedia entry shows the fictitious Author Name, rather than my true name.

What I would like to do now is to change the author name in the image file to my real name (i.e. the true Author Name), or request that the image file is deleted so that I can re-upload it with the correct details. Can you advise?

I suppose in future I should log in to Commons using my real name rather than my fictitious name - is that the normally suggested procedure? If I log in with my fictitious name, I do not seem to be able to specify a different (but correct) Author Name. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Archie carnforth (talk • contribs) 2008-12-08T12:31:46 (UTC)

It is not recommended to use photographers identification in the file name. The file name should be descriptive of the image. Snowmanradio (talk) 13:09, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
Many or even most users indicate in the summary the same name they use as username. If username is equal clear name, use clear name as author. If username is a nickname use nickname as author. I upload all my media under my user- equal nickname. -- Хрюша ?? 13:40, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
For practical purposes, photographers identification in the file name is of of no us to any viewer IMHO, given that all these details are available in the image description details. Snowmanradio (talk) 13:09, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
If you mean to change the description of the file, and not the file name, you can simply edit the page. To be sure your change is not reverted you can log in using the account that’s been used as the original upload, or write at the user page of the old account what your new account is (and vice-versa). Sending an e-mail to OTRS (see Commons:OTRS) could also work, though not always convenient to check. --AVRS (talk) 18:49, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Delete image

I uploaded a logo, believing I could use it. Then was told that I should remove it because of copy-right. I know it's important to remove immediately. How can I remove it from Wikipedia Commons?

✓ Done. Thank your for telling us that, it's very kind of you! :) Diti the penguin 19:33, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
In future, you can tag the page with {{speedy}}amicon 19:43, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
Or, why not, {{Logo}}. Diti the penguin 21:41, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Updated internet explorer usage graph

I just spent 1 minute updating this image then THREE HOURS figuring out how to upload the changes, and when I finally do it, it tells me my account is too new. It's because of crap like this that Wikipedia sucks.

Anyway, since apparently I'm a baby, can one of you wikinazis please copy: Image:Internet-explorer-usage-data-2009.svg

On top of: Image:Internet-explorer-usage-data.svg



DONE, MEIN FÜHRER ! Rama (talk) 10:51, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Godwin's so right. Patrícia msg 16:22, 9 December 2008 (UTC)



If i scan a picture from a book, wich does not have any reservations mentioned in it about copying or reproduction, and i mention the author/publisher with the picture, would it be refused by Commons?

Regards Hans Meffert

Hi Hans, yes, those images are copyrighted by default. There are some exceptions (see e.g. Template:PD-US, Template:PD-US-no notice) to this, so it would really help us a lot if you would tell us about the book you are talking about. When was it published, who wrote it? Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 10:57, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

Appropriately attributing Photographers on website

I would like to use some of the photography on Wikimedia Commons but I am not entirely clear on how to correctly attribute the photographers.

Do I need to directly contact each of them? And, if so, how do I do that?

I am interested in pictures under both the Creative Commons license and the GFDL. Amy DiPiero (talk) 18:26, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

No need to contact them. Just make sure you credit them if they are published under CC-BY or GDFL. Anything released into the public domain, of course does not need crediting. – amicon 18:46, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
I think he's talking about the way he have to attribute them. What link to use, if we have to link back to the author's website or Commons page, etc. Diti the penguin 20:47, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
If that's the case, I think just mentioning the name is ok. Example "Credit: User Amicon at Wikimedia Commons." No link is necessary, I don't think. But I'm not entirely certain, this is just going off what I've seen. – amicon 20:54, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Depending on the license a link to the license would also be required. Linking to the commons page could (IANAL) satisfy that requirement. --J.smith (talk) 22:04, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

Making svg images of an illustration in copyrighted material

A svg file is text data stored in XML format, that will render into an image, thus it is information that cannot be copyrighted, but the render is an image so I claim copyright as a CC-BY. Now if I use inkspace to make an svg, by the simple method of importing a jpeg of the image, and on the layer above build up the SVG data. When satisfied that I have a true likeness, I delete the jpeg layer, flatten My image and save. Is there a residual copyright issue? If there is- how far does my image (or the instructions to create this image) have to differ from the original.Do I leave a ref. to the original, in the same way I would leave a ref to source book on :en:wiki? Whats the syntax to the citation?

Yes, you can't get around the copyright by just chaining the format of the data. There is no "sweat of the brow" recognition. See Commons:Derivative works for when they are ok and when it's not. --J.smith (talk) 00:58, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
Thx for the answer, I have no experience of US laws. The question I wish to investigate is whether an xml representation, of an authors visual representation of facts can be copyrighted- Section 106 doesn´t appear to address that- and the Commons:Derivative works addresses works of art rather than representation of fact. iIn the UK, I would ask is there any known case law? -ClemRutter (talk) 11:33, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
I'm not sure. I've often wondered the same thing. My rule of thumb is to evaluate SVGs based on what they look like and not to worry about the possible secondary copyrights. ~--J.smith (talk)
I´ll copy this over to Licensing and see if we can get further opinion. -ClemRutter (talk) 01:15, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Retrieving info from "en wiki" when page there is deleted

I was just wondering if there is a way that I could get info for, say, Image:Anatomical-snuff-box.jpg, an image sourced from en: wiki in 2006, but none of the information was copied across to commons. The page there has obviously been deleted since. Thanks. -- Deadstar (msg) 14:49, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

You ask some en-admin. The image was derived from the equally deleted image en:Image:Hand.jpg, which had no source. Lupo 15:00, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for that quick answer :) -- Deadstar (msg) 15:03, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Actually, the community already decided that Commons admins should have a m:Global deleted image review, it is awaiting implementation right now. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:08, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Excellent news! Diti the penguin 16:17, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Even for English Wikipedia? Is it not an opt-in thing? I'm surprised English Wikipedians would agree to this. – amicon 16:12, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
AFAIK this is not limited to certain projects, so yes, also on en.wp. Please note that we will only be able to view deleted content, not to actually delete oder undelete it. So there is no way we could interfere with en.wp policies. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:30, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
I expect some English Wikipedians wouldn't even like the idea of that :-) – amicon 16:34, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Have to agree with Diti - good to hear. -- Deadstar (msg) 16:33, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
I found the archives, have a look if you like: m:Wikimedia Forum/Archives/2008-08#Global deleted image review. There are some users expressing concerns about this functionality, but there is over 80% support. -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:44, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Pfff... don't hold your breath. bugzilla:14801 is stale since August 2008. Lupo 12:38, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Trouble with uploading photos

I am having trouble uploading the following four photos into Commons:

Denis Photo#1.jpg

Denis Photo#2.jpg

Denis Photo#3.jpg

Denis Photo#4.jpg

They are all Free Content, copyright owned by owner, to be released into public domain worldwide with no use restrictions whatsoever.

Should be simple, right?

Well...I am a first-time contributor, writing my first article, and I can't get them to upload.

I filled out the template several times, read the tutorials, checked everything...still no luck.

What more can I do?

Thank you,

MBernal615 (talk) 23:48, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

What error message are you getting? If it provides links, please click on them and read them throughly. --J.smith (talk) 00:56, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
Avoid using the character “#” in the file names, because it has a special meaning in both URIs and wiki links, so you cannot easily link to it. --AVRS (talk) 13:23, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
A suggestion too - name them something more descriptive than "Denis photo number 1". -- Deadstar (msg) 12:19, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Name of file in Polish

Re: Image:Dzioborozec abisynski Bucorvus abyssinicus RB1.jpg. I understand that this file name is in Polish, but I do not understand it. I have suggested a different name with {{rename needs confirmation|Bucorvus abyssinicus (female)-6.jpg|A better descriptive name}}, but it was removed. It is a female hornbill and I think that it would be better to make this clearer in the file name. Are there any guidelines on use of languages? Snowmanradio (talk) 17:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

I think you should discuss this issue with uploader and try to resolve it peacefully. I personally prefer scientific names for such images. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:50, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
I think images shouldn’t be renamed because they are non-English, and that “female” is not perfect, because it is English, and Commons is supposed to be an international project. Also, renaming creates “deleted” duplicates, so it’s not good when the file name is not as bad as DSC0001. Also if there is no “equivalent” with a male bird, there is nothing to disambiguate against. Maybe creating two categories will be more useful, since there are 12 files. --AVRS (talk) 17:31, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
Does anyone know what the Polish file name says? Snowmanradio (talk) 17:38, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
Literally “Abyssinian Hornbill”, with the Latin name following. Actually it is transliterated; here is the Wikipedia article: pl:Dzioboróg abisyński, which says “dzioborożec abisyński”. --AVRS (talk) 18:21, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
Would it be better not to use the Polish name because the binomial name is adequate? If removed, there would be room in the file name to say were it was photographed. 21:02, 11 December 2008 (UTC)
Just a general comment. For translations and for putting comments in a language I don't know on a users talk page I use the help of (for Polish-> English in this case). Wouter (talk) 21:32, 11 December 2008 (UTC)


HOW CAN i CHANGE THE LICENSE OF MY PICTURES? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Shakeh (talk • contribs) 2008-12-12T12:58:35 (UTC)

But keep in mind, that you cannot withdraw a license. PS: You seem to habe a problem with caps lock. --Rosentod (talk) 14:02, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Scanning Dover Facsimiles

Can I hang a supplementary question here: What is the status of images in books published by Dover Publications, New York. These books are often facsimile reproductions of 19th Century books. For example: Handbook of Ornament, by Franz Sales Meyer Lib Cong No. 57-14417. The Authors preface to the first edition says: Strictly speaking this is a book reissue of my collection of Ornamental Forms published in folio as Ornamentale ¨Formenlehre¨.(Carlsruhe March 1888). In 1892 it was in its Fourth Edition, with a few ´trifling´ corrections. Now it get interesting: This Dover edition, first published in 1957, is an unabridged and unaltered reproduction of the English translation of the last revised edition. (The one that contains the preface to the fourth edition: I presume. It was manufactured in the United States of America, and published in Canada by General Publishing Company, Ltd Toronto and In the United Kingdom by Constable and Company. So how do we tag it? It appears to have four dates: before 1888 (when the folio plates were first published in Germany), 1888,1892 and 1957, and four possible jurisdictions: US, UK, Germany and Canada? ClemRutter (talk) 23:35, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

More information never hurts, so you can include all the information in the "source" section on the image description page. Assuming that the "trifling corrections" are amendments to the text, the earliest date of publication for the images is 1888, so that is the date that matters. This is clearly public domain. If you mark the first publication as Germany (1888), I don't think there will be any dispute. If the first publication were close to some cutoff date, the place of publication might become important. --Amble (talk) 21:55, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Franz Xaver Winterhalter - Auguste Lemoine

I am not sure how my internet search led me here but I need to know any information referenced above. I have a family heirloom, a print of Winterhalter's par A. Lemoine. It has been in my family for over a hundred years or more. The lithograph is entitled Princess Eugenie and the Ladies of her Court.

On the left bottom is copyright New york Graphic Society Inc, publishers Print F.Winterhalter and on the right bottom Lithograph par Aug. Lemoine.

I have no idea of the value of this print and need to know if I should insure it or not. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Take it to an art appraiser and get it evaluated. They appraiser would be equiped to tell you if it has any value and how much it should be insured for. "How much can I get for this at auction?" and "how much should this be insured for?" are going to give you very different values. --J.smith (talk) 02:31, 13 December 2008 (UTC)


LTSpice is an electronic circuit simulation program which is free to download and use. Does this mean screenshots of plots in this program are ok to use here? I can't find anything in the license file.

Thanks Jklmnop (talk) 04:14, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

"free to use" is not the same thing as "open source" or "no copyright restrictions". J.smith (talk) 04:31, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Category merge

Hello. I have no idea how these things work on Commons but Category:Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and Category:Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck should be merged since they're clearly about the same person. Thanks in advance for handling this. Cheers, 05:03, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

You could use {{Merge}}. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 16:54, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Russian help

I've uploaded File:Sibirskai Surikov.jpg‎, scanned from a Russian volume. It has some English and French information, but is primarily Russian, and I can barely read the alphabet. I would appreciate it if some Russian speaker can look over the Russian I typed in, provide translations if necessary and corrections where necessary. I plan to scan more paintings from this volume, and this would help me get it right in the future. Thank you.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:31, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Looks fine for me. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:58, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Other things that we can do

Are there any other things that we can do in Wikimedia Commons other than uploading images? Britannic (talk) 02:00, 15 December 2008 (UTC)


You could categorize images, geotag them, translate descriptions, look for copyrights problems, etc. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:57, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Canadian Crown Copyright

File:Img medal xlg British Colombia Order.gif is licensed incorrectly. It's taken from en: wiki, and has "Canadian Crown Copyright", but uploader here put a GFDL on it. Does someone know where the Canadian Crown Copyright template is (if there is one), and/or what the file said on en:? (I couldn't find the "deleted image" page on en:). Thanks. -- Deadstar (msg) 12:52, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Text formatting in SVG graphic

I recently created and uploaded a diagram of an experimental procedure in biology (FRAP)I created the image in Adobe Illustrator then saved as SVG. It looks fine when I open the file by itself in a browser, but as it appears in the smaller format, the text is scrunched up and overlapping itself. It sort of seems that the spaces have been removed. Does anyone know how to fix this? Image: —Preceding unsigned comment added by MDougM (talk • contribs) 2008-12-15T20:29:17 (UTC)

You have a font and (I guess) a thumbnail embedded in the SVG file. Please remove them. Not sure if this is going to fix the problem, but you should use the fonts listed at this page linked from meta:SVG fonts, because they are free and most of them are probably supported by the server (the second is apparently obsolete, since the server has been switched to Ubuntu). --AVRS (talk) 21:37, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. I'm not really sure how to implement it, though, as I'm pretty new to this and don't know much about the SVG format. I saw a reference elsewhere on this site to problems with Illustrator creating non-standard SVG images. Is there a way around this (export settings, etc.) within the program, or is a more involved solution needed? Thanks again. MDougM (talk) 23:19, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

User's talk page guidelines

Is there a page outlining what you can/can't do with your own talk page, as I can't find anything regarding this. I'm trying to figure out if a blocked user has the right to remove warnings and the block notice from their talk page as part of the appeals process. Thanks. --BrokenSphere 03:49, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Might not be a policy, but there is this template: {{Dont remove warnings}} --J.smith (talk) 04:22, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

How do I delete redundant images?

Because of the recent change in the way .gif files are shrunk, I am changing all of my .gif file uploads to identical .png files. How do I mark the old .gif files for deletion once this process is completed? HowardMorland (talk) 15:44, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

I think you could use {{Duplicate}} if images are identical. Please keep in mind potential IE transparency issues. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:58, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Am I alowed to remove "no license" tags on images I uploaded?

I was notified that I didn't put a license on Oregon 2008 Measure 65.svg. I have now done so, and I want to know for future reference if I'm allowed to then remove the {{no license}} tag, or if that must remain so someone can confirm that the problem is fixed. Thanks. Athelwulf (talk) 04:46, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Yes. Please remove the templates as soon as the warning is unnecessary. The purpose of the template is to simply inform the uploader that there is important information which is missing. -- carol (talk) 04:57, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

Need quick Flickr review for a file.

File:Bernard Madoff.JPG needs a quick flickr review. The image can be used on Wikipedia main page ITN section. The ITN section is currently seeing articles which do not have any image that can be seen as "freely available". I just now uploaded this image need urgent attention from admins here so that image is put up on WP main page. --gppande (talk) 13:38, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

The image is not free, sorry. The Flickr uploader is clearly not the copyright owner of this photo, which has appeared in many newspapers. I'll tag it for speedy deletion. Pruneautalk 13:52, 17 December 2008 (UTC)
I am sorry for that. Please proceed with deletion. I have uploaded another image File:EU Swiss border post.jpg which can possibly pass it this time. This is urgent, otherwise I would have not asked for such an attention. --gppande (talk) 14:36, 17 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. It has passed the review now. --gppande (talk) 15:25, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

I want to upload an colourized Image of Canadian plum. Why in the hell is there no browse button to up load an image  ??????????????????????????

I believe you have to be logged in to Commons to upload files. Athelwulf (talk) 06:41, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Free Software licenses + Youtube-question

May I be so bold and ask two question in the same post?


I would like to upload av video-tutorial where free software i used. There are several applications shown in the video, and they may fall under different license, ie one is GPL and another is MPL. When uploading, can I choose _one_ license that won't deminishe any of the other licenses that may be present? If yes, what license would that be?


If I have previously uploaded the video-tutorial on Youtube, may I still upload the video to Commons? I have made the video myselgf but am wondering i Youtube now has some claims to it?

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 2008-12-18T11:13:27 (UTC)

1. If the MPL one is actually under the Mozilla tri-license (MPL/GPL/LGPL, preferably without any non-free logos), the corresponding versions of GPL will do. --AVRS (talk) 14:50, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

How to link uploaded image to Wikipedia article

I've uploaded an image to Commons but don't see any way to get that image to appear on the Wikipedia article where I want it to go.

Just as regular in-wiki image: [[Image:<File name>|thumb|200px|Description]]. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 16:20, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Template asking real name?

I'd like to ask some uploaders their real names because I don't want to credit some of the rather silly usernames. I remember seeing such a template a while ago, but can't find it now. -- Jeandré, 2008-09-22t15:48z

Just e-mail them and ask. Why use a template? --J.smith (talk) 21:44, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

CC licensing question

If I know an image I've found on the Internet is licensed under CC-BY-SA, but not which version it's licensed under, do I have to find this out before I upload it? I can't find a generic CC-BY-SA license template. Athelwulf (talk) 06:45, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

How would you know it's under Cc-BY-SA without knowing what version it's under? There is no "generic" license - since they are legal documents they are very specific. However, if the date of the release it know it might be reasonable to assume it was whatever was current at that time. Your best bet would be to contact the owner for clarification. J.smith (talk) 08:52, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll try that. And the CC license logo appears right in the image, is how I know, but it only says the type. Athelwulf (talk) 09:40, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
Ah, I see. J.smith (talk) 21:43, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

No Thumbnail for .SVG; Search fails

I uploaded an SVG file, File:Triosephosphate Isomerase DeltaG.svg 18 hours ago. No thumbnail is generated for this file. The only font used is Lucida Sans, which is on the list of supported fonts. I ran the file throught the online verifier, which says it is valid SVG 1.0. I suspect I've done something obvious that prevents the thumbnail from being generated. Also, when I search for the file, it isn't found. The license looks correct (I created the file myself). Would someone please take a look and see what I've missed? Christopher King (talk) 19:57, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Never mind; the file had an extra object in it that was much larger than the page. I fixed it. Christopher King (talk) 20:25, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Help for duplicates

Could someone tell me what to do about the pages Rayleigh Wave, Picosecond Ultrasonics, and Surface acoustic wave, in which I have image duplication problems as outlined by this message?

This file is an exact duplicate of another file from the Wikimedia Commons. This media file may qualify for speedy deletion if it satisfies these conditions.

I did what I should and put my images on the Commons (for the benefit of all languages), and now I am told I am a bad person because there are duplicates. What is more the licence is now different for the two, but I am naturally confused as to how to assign the same licence. In fact if an Adminstrator is out there, I would like to keep my image description as it is, but get rid of the error message. And I haven't the foggiest how. Help would be much appreciated.Femtoquake (talk) 23:57, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

  1. Where is the notification of the duplication problem?
  2. I only find the welcome message on your talk page which should be where warnings about upload problems are placed.
  3. The images in your contribution list only have the "needing categorization" information template and category added to them. Where is the notification of the license problems?
The problems that you have outlined could be repaired or assistance given towards deleting duplicates and finding proper licenses but the problems outlined also need to exist.... -- carol (talk) 01:05, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
I'm an admin on the English Wikipedia and Femtoquake asked me for assistance. All the warning messages have been on the user's English user talk page. I was the one who suggested that the images should be uploaded to the Commons. I'm not sure what to do either, since the licenses and the description pages for the versions on the English Wikipedia and Commons are slightly different. I'm also blind, as it says on my user page, so I can't see the images, so I'm not too sure about deleting anything. I did make this edit - is that the correct procedure? Which procedure in Wikipedia:Moving images to the Commons should be followed in this case? Graham87 (talk) 04:00, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
Femtoquake here again. Thank you Graham once again. And thank you Carol for looking into it. Sorry to spread the problem around. Anyway, to see the problem, please go to each of the pages Rayleigh Wave, Picosecond Acoustics and Surface Acoustic Wave, and then double click on the colour images. You will find the image, and then you will see the warning. Much obliged if you could remove the warning, delete orphans and generally settle things down for me. Best wishes, Femtoquake 05:57, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
Oh yes, and please could you delete my wretched IP address that I again forgot to hide from the above message. I could try, but I am sure it won't work and end up in some history. Femtoquake (talk) 05:59, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
I've hidden it from display so it's not so obvious. J.smith (talk) 07:17, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
I think I've fixed everything by deleting all the duplicates on the English Wikipedia and adding all the description text that needed to be added. If anything more needs to be done, ping me on my English Wikipedia talk page. Graham87 (talk) 08:15, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

Link title== Use of Wiki Commons photo as source for fine art painting ==

Hello Wiki people,

I am a painter, and would like to make a painting from a photo found in Wiki Commons. I want to credit my sources in the painting title, for instance "Wiki_PhotoLocation_Photographer'sLastName" would be a title for a painting. Would this be considered a satisfactory/legal way of crediting my source?

I have tried to contact the photographer but I Googled him with no success.

many thanks Shmahoo2014

Yes, this in general would be fine, but it depends on the license. What image were you looking at using? --J.smith (talk) 19:06, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for replying. This is the photo file I would like to use: Shmahoo2014 (talk)


Would like to upload some pictures from here [2], a source from the U.S. Government? (NIH, described as "Open-Access"). However, pictures have different credits. Would like to use 2 pictures:drinking water/carpet and mice. First picture is Photdisc, iStock Photo. Second is from staff/the journal itself. I am guessing only the second one would be uploadable? Thank you. -Shootbamboo (talk) 02:16, 20 December 2008 (UTC)


On the description of this image I found the comment "This work was re-made to be avoid the copyright."--could someone have a look how to correctly license the image? If it is really an image of Amala, the image must be at least from 1921 (the year Amala died)... but I don't know when it was first published nor who is supposed to be the photographer (Joseph Amrito Lal Singh?) and when that person died. So, yes, I'm having my doubts about the picture, and the license should be wrong either way (either it's PD or protected), but I would appreciate if someone could have said look. Thanks, Ibn Battuta (talk) 05:07, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

reprints of expired copyright

I've got a number of old travel logs, that are reprints of works that are over 100 years out of copyright. A couple of them are getting close to 200 years old. They are limited edition reprints, runs of a few hundred that were done in India. Basically, pretty rare stuff. I'd be interested in scanning some maps and maybe engraving out of them, but is this allowed? They do have a copyright notice in the front of the book, but all they have done is reprint it. Can it really be that the re-publishers have the right to copyright all the individual pictures, and maps, that they did nothing to create?Keithonearth (talk) 06:00, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Whatever copyright the books claim on Public Domain content is invalid. You are of course allowed to scan them and upload them. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 12:37, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
That's great news. I'll get scanning.--Keithonearth (talk) 09:14, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

My photos from commons onto Flickr etc...

Am I allowed to upload my photos that I've uploaded to Wikimedia Commons onto photo services such as Flickr or Picasa? I wonder if they have the same licensing.. would that be the only problem? --staka 21:46, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

You can upload your photos wherever you like. They don't need to be the same license but if that is possible then it might be desirable to reduce confusion. The key thing that I'd encourage though is that you link from your userpage her to your Flickr (or other) profile and the other way round so that it is clear that the two accounts are held by the same person. Adambro (talk) 21:51, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
Alright, thanks. --staka 21:57, 20 December 2008 (UTC)


Hello, I translated some formats in my native language (Romanian), but I was unable to add them to the lang subcats because they were protected. I added on both instances discussions on talk pages, but they seem to be ignored. I know they will eventually be added, but this is pretty discouraging for a new editor. Any way I can speed things up? Thanks. --Anime Addict AA (talk) 14:48, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi Anime Addict AA, thanks for taking the time to do these translations. Very much appreciated. Sorry no one had noticed your comments elsewhere about this. I've added Romanian to one of the templates, it looks like someone else had spotted your comments and added it to the other. If you can confirm it all look as you'd expect that would be great. Thanks again for your efforts. Adambro (talk) 16:15, 16 December 2008 (UTC)
Yes, nice, they appear now, it's great, thanks. So all I have to do is wait until someone sees it, or is there a special place where I can ask them to be considered to be added? (for future cases) --Anime Addict AA (talk) 16:26, 16 December 2008 (UTC)
Not sure to be honest. The risk is that they'll be missed if you don't leave a message somewhere like here though. Adambro (talk) 16:53, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

2 more: Template:LGPL/ro and Template talk:Internationalization icon. --Anime Addict AA (talk) 23:27, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Helping croping images

Hi, I am uploading an image taken by US Navy but I forget to crop those images I uploaded including:

I need help to crop them and upload a new version of those images (already cropped). I want to crop an informations on the top of each image.Britannic (talk) 03:04, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

If you want to crop them, download them to your computer and crop them with a image processing software such as Photoshop Elements. However I would suggest to leave them as they are as it adds information that is not in the description. If somebody wants to use an image he/she can crop the photo if he/she wants. Wouter (talk) 20:45, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Re-license question

I have encountered an image which was cropped from a {{PD-art}} or {{PD-old}} image and reuploaded with a {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-3.0}} ({{self}}, {{GFDL}}, and {{cc-by-sa-3.0}}). My first instinct was to remove the newer license but I would rather not use instinct instead of understanding before doing this.

Can a {{PD}} image be re-licensed like this?

Thanks -- carol (talk) 02:55, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

I would say no - there's no original work involved in cropping a PD image. User cannot claim "self made" & is not the copyright holder. -- Deadstar (msg) 09:20, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, thanks for confirming this. Perhaps there have been too many experiences where what seems very obvious to me not being grasped by others. My confidence in "the obvious" has waned and I appreciate that you have taken the time to confirm this one. -- carol (talk) 23:59, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

how do I upload pictures for a wikipedia article?

Corporate Logos

How does one go about getting permission to upload a corporate logo for a page?

You would need to go to your local Wikipedia and read their image policy. Commons only accepts free images, and the vast majority of corporate logos are non-free. SchuminWeb (talk) 16:06, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Subcategory nightmare

I have tried to create a subcategory and it has ended up as the parent category instead. Have read everything and found no help at all on how to do this. Please help! EmilEikS (talk) 00:46, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Sub-categorization is as simple as adding the parent category to the category page. Add [[Category:<parent category name>]] to the category page you want to be the subcategory and remove the parent category from the subcategory page. -- carol (talk) 03:00, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, Carol, I still feel unbelievably stupid here. To me, what you just wrote is that I should add something somewhere and then remove it. ??? Could you please have a look at all the errors I've made here [3]? Category:Jacob Truedson Demitz is supposed to be a subcategory to Category:Southerly Clubs Image Archives, but no matter what I try I get the opposite result. Can you fix this and then tell me exactly what you did (like I went to ___ and did this___, then I went to ___ and did this___)? Then I might get it and be able to fix things myself if I ever screw this particular process up again (more than likely). EmilEikS (talk) 03:11, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
When I went to do as you requested, the subcategorization you were attempting had already been accomplished, perhaps by you without being logged in. -- carol (talk) 04:04, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
Now I think I know how to do this. Thank you! But there is one boo-boo left that I do not know how to correct. Pls help make Category:Birgit Ridderstedt a sub to Category:Southerly Clubs Image Archives. Right now both are subs to each other, which I do not know how I did. Do know how not to do it again. Hope your Holiday Season is good. EmilEikS (talk) 22:40, 24 December 2008 (UTC)
I fixed it myself and am rather stunned that I managed to do so. EmilEikS (talk) 00:01, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

super novelist wants to place info about his autobiographical book and life on WIKI

I am the author of the super novel; Codename Litefoot. It details how I was manipulated by the CIA into operating as a Top-secret, Scout-sniper for that agency during the Vietnam war while I was enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Air Craft Mechanic. Question 1: Can I place that Information on Wiki? Question 2: Can I place a picture of my Super Novel on Wiki?

It seems to be so that your book is not notable, as example see the Live Search. Read first this policy page. If your book is not very notable, do not make an article about it, as it will be deleted. --Joku Janne(Fi) (Wikiwiki) 05:45, 26 December 2008 (UTC)
Once your book "makes a name for itself" someone will most likely write an article about it without you needing to do anything. In the mean time, Wikipedia is not a place for you to promote your book. --J.smith (talk) 08:22, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

How to remove my picture from Commons

My problem is simple: how to i remove my pivture from Commons which I, myself have uploaded there? would someone help me please?

How to delete pictures from Commons permanetly?

I just want to delete my picture, but how?

Are you talking about File:Christmas tree decorations.jpg? You've already done what you need to do to request deletion - an admin will be along shortly to delete it. --J.smith (talk) 16:55, 26 December 2008 (UTC)
✓ Done, the time took for administrators to delete such tagged images depend of the administrators' availability. Though, since you wanted your files to be deleted immediately, it was the right thing to do. I'd suggest you to directly make a request on Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/Attention next time. ;) Diti the penguin 17:39, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Video Playback problem

Is anyone else able to get this video to play in the built in Java player? Thanks, Sometime-science-editor (talk) 00:19, 27 December 2008 (UTC)


I am trying to create a Wiki ....The work is my own. I dont know how to do the copyright permission on here

I think you are using the word "wiki" incorrectly. What do you mean? --J.smith (talk) 15:19, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

real newbee

Hi~ Sorry, I've been looking all over for how to do the simplest things, and can't find the help I need. I feel really ignorant... well, of course I am, or I wouldn't have to ask, but... gee. I started out finding a really cool map I need for homeschooling my grandchildren. I copied it, but I can't print it because it is impossible to read that small, that is, the size of regular paper. So, I need to contact the author/cartographer to find out how to make hardcopies of several of his maps. But though I found his talk page, I can't figure out how to talk. How do I leave him a message? If there is a button to click to add a comment, I can't find it. The newbee pages just talk about how to contribute, not how to contact Mr.Absurd. Hitting the discussion tab doesn't help. Yes, I did look through help pages, archives, and FAQ pages. If how to talk is there, I couldn't find it. If you can't or don't answer this kind of question, please point me to somebody who can, preferably directly to Mr.Absurd. Thank you, and thanks for Wikipedia, which I use at least once each day. (Yes, I contributed and will again when I can.) I don't see a submit or send button, so I'll try save, though why I should save it if it doesn't get to you, I can't say.Lj32920 (talk)lj32920

Press the "+comment" button at the very top of the page, just like you did here. Alternatively, you can simply edit the most recent message he received, add a new header (Like this: "== real newbee ==") and then add your message below it. --J.smith (talk) 03:13, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

Duplicate categories

How does one fix duplicate categories like this one

Unfortunately, the Commons template in the article goes to the incomplete first one. 19:06, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

These are two different things. Dustin Hoffman is a gallery, while Category:Dustin_Hoffman is a category. In general, categories will always contain all images of a certain subject, while galleries will contain only a selection of images. --rimshottalk 12:46, 29 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanx Rimshot for explaining so quick! So to get the article's Commons template to link to the category (full content) I suppose we should change the blue link in the box to "Category:Dustin Hoffman"? Suppose anyone would mind if I try doing that? EmilEikS (talk) 15:13, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi I can't find how to merge, sorry, was looking for but seem to be too dump.... trying to link the german with the spanish word for Analysis, I found out I couldn't do it because there are two different articles on english, Analysis [6] and analysis [7], just variating in the use of the first letter in minuscule: Am I right? can somebody fix that? thnx

Problem with image display

Why can't you view this map by clicking onto the image file? If you display the image description page, it's fine for me, but by clicking onto the image file, I see only a few countries, but many others aren't displayed. Thanks, Ibn Battuta (talk) 00:29, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Style questions

Is there a preferred location for geotag templates? In the description section (like this), in the summary (like this), or just anywhere in the image information? Also, is there a preference between the {{location}} or the {{coor}}. Thanks!--HoboJones (talk) 16:38, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

The layout currently used in File:TheMeadowsCasino.jpg —in the summary, below {{Information}}, using {{Location}}— is preferably the one you should use. :) Diti the penguin 20:14, 31 December 2008 (UTC)