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Help required to correct a typing error

A few moments ago, I uploaded a reproduction of Robert Browning's letter to Elizabeth Barrett dated 10 September 1846. In the French version of the caption, I made a typing error: I wrote "Wellesby College" instead of ""Wellesley College"". Would someone more experienced than I am kindly correct my mistake? I would be very grateful. Thanks. Robert Ferrieux (talk) 01:03, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Please use the edit button at the top of the page. Its a wiki, everyone can edit. --Martin H. (talk) 01:39, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

automated categorization

If I find via a search more than 500 pages that should be part of one category, how can I add them to this category without having to spend more than a day doing it by hand? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Annlu (talk • contribs) 20:41, April 30, 2009 (UTC)

You might ask for help on Commons:Bots/Work requests. --Teratornis (talk) 08:00, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
Or activate the Gadget Hot Cat in your preferences, that reduces the workload to one hour. What search do you mean? Are the files named in a very similar way? In this case maybe someone using Autowikibrowser can already help you out. --Martin H. (talk) 12:25, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
I have a Perl script that can add and/or remove a set of categories from a list of pages. I can send you a copy if you'd like (or put it on the web, as crude as it is). Or you may want to try the Cat-a-lot gadget and see if it might do the job. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 15:07, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

using pictures for blogging

how do i download a file from wikimedia onto my computer? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gypsy1783 (talk • contribs) 16:47, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia, just enlarge the image by clicking on it and save it... Please follow the instructions of the licenses, nearly all images requires attribution of their authors, some licenses requires a publication under the same license and a backlink to the source, the GFDL requires a publication of the version history and a local copy of the license text. --Martin H. (talk) 17:45, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

What is scibaby?

"Editing from (your account, IP address, or IP address range) has been disabled by Raul654 for the following reason(s): Range used by Scibaby

This block has been set to expire: 05:43, 4 December 2013. "

I get my internet via my cable co. What did they do to get me kicked off of Wikipedia.

What is a scibaby? How do I contact raul654? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:13, May 1, 2009 (UTC)

You can contact Raul here. That is probably the best way to find out the details of your block. --Yarnalgo (talk) 06:03, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
Also see en:Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents/Large amount of Rangeblocks by Raul654 for more info on this specific IP range block. --Yarnalgo (talk) 06:07, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

How to delete my upload?

how do i delete a file i dont want uploaded anymore? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chrisford599 (talk • contribs) 00:46, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

You probably refer to you upload File:Katy Steele Live Townsville Australia 2009.JPG. First: blanking a page does not delete anything, it is still visible in the version history. You published your photo under a free license, this is not revocable. Also the person is inside our scope, w:en:Katy Steele, so I dont see a reason to delete it. --Martin H. (talk) 01:03, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

Need help adding category

Good morning Sirs: I have added severaL pictures of the Armenian city Gyumri related with George Gurdjieff. I would like to include them in Gurdjieff article. Today I received a notice from BotMultichillT saying that I have to add a category to my pictures. Can I put the category "Gurdjieff" sonce it is my intention to transfer these pictures under that chapter in Spanish? For instance, now my pictures say:

Image:Gyumri. Tumba del padre de Gurdjieff.JPG is

I could add the category as follows:

Image:Gyumri. Tumba del padre de Gurdjieff.JPG/Category Gurdjieff

Please, help me to upload my pictures correctly.

Thank you in advance

Jorge Sanchez — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jorge sanchez (talk • contribs) 06:27, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

Dear Jorge Sanchez! You can add the desired categories by adding this text at the bottom of the file page:
[[Category:G. I. Gurdjieff]]
Images should have more than one category if relevant. In this case the first category tells where the pictures are taken (the city) and the next that it is places related to Gurdjieff. It would be a good idea to add a English text if possible because you can't see from the pictures why they are related to Gurdjieff.
As I said I do not speak Spanish, but images could also be categorized in "[[Category:Churches]]" and "[[Category:Buildings in Armenia]]" or whatever the picture shows.
Hope that this could help you a little further. --MGA73 (talk) 12:00, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

Deleting, re-uploading, renaming?

Hello, being new to Wiki commons, I overlooked the intro where "usefulness" of file names is recommended.

I have uploaded "Nakho-Dagestanian Family Tree.png" which should replace the now duplicate "NaDaTree.png". But I cannot delete the latter in any way.

I would like to do the same with "ECTree.png", which should be renamed to "Northeast Caucasian Family Tree.png", and with "CauClass.jpg", which should be renamed to "Northeast Caucasian Classifications Compared.jpg"

In the future, it would be good if we could rename files in a more straightforward way.

Could you, please, help me or give me some advice? Many thanks in advance! --Pet'usek (talk) 07:02, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

  • It's nice if filenames can be descriptive, but the most important thing is to have a nice description= field in the {{Information}} template on an image page. I wouldn't worry about renaming the files, as long as the descriptions are informative.
  • Your logs show that you made your account on 16:50, 30 April 2009. That means you are about to become autoconfirmed, whereupon you will be able to upload new versions over existing images.
  • If you want to mark an image as an obsolete or superseded duplicate of another image, you can use the {{Obsolete}} or {{Superseded}} template.
  • Bug #709 – the developers have written code to allow editors to rename/move images and other media files. Non-administrators cannot access this feature on Wikimedia Commons yet. See Commons:FAQ#How can I rename/move an image or other media file?
--Teratornis (talk) 01:38, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

Image Issues

I'm having two issues with this image File:Tribulation_views.svg: 1) It is not appearing in the wiki pages, and 2) I would like to delete the duplicate files.Lamorak (talk) 01:18, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

When trying to generate a thumbnail the following error occurs:
Error creating thumbnail:
librsvg-ERROR **: _rsvg_acquire_xlink_href_resource called for external resource: D:\Docs\pastedpic_04272009_173224.png base: (null)
This usually happens when there is an embedded image in the document. Is there a PNG image in the file that was left accidentally? If so, removing it might fix the problem. -- Editor at Largetalk 03:02, 6 May 2009 (UTC)
I took care of the duplicate file revisions, just left the original upload of each one now and the most recent one. Dcoetzee (talk) 03:10, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

How do I request the restoration of a deleted file?

Two months ago, I uploaded a file from Flickr (, whose author I contacted. Some time later, he sent the authorization-mail to WikiCommons. However, my file was deleted 14 days after the upload. How can I know if the permission has arrived and, if so, how can I restore the file?

Thank you! -- Wolfhardt (talk) 13:11, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

You could use Commons:Undeletion requests. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:03, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Request File:Swine Flu Wisconsin2.PNG replace File:Swine Flu Wisconsin.PNG

danke — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tuvwxyz (talk • contribs) 22:40, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Done as requested, please provide surces next time. Sources for both, the content of the image and the image itself, which was a derivative work of another map.
Erledigt, bitte beim nächsten mal Quellen angeben, sowohl für das Dargestellte als auch für das Bild selber welches sicherlich von einer anderen Karte abgeleitet war.
--Martin H. (talk) 01:00, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

How can a subcategory get moved?

Hello, I'm kind of new to Wikipedia. Even so, I boldly created a new Commons Category named "Timber framing in the United States." Then I placed this Category within the Category "Timber framing by country," making it a subcategory. But within that Category, it's alphabetized under the letter T (Timber...) rather than U (United...). All the other subcategories (for example, "Timber framing in the United Kingdom") are alphabetized by country name, even though they all begin with the words "Timber framing in ...." Can you please move the United States to U for me -- or tell me how to move it? Thanks! Jdsteakley (talk) 00:11, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

You can add a sortkey after the category, so by changing [[Category:Timber framing by country]] to [[Category:Timber framing by country|United States]] it would list it in that category under U. See also meta:Help:Category#Sort key Nanonic (talk) 00:41, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
Cool! Thank you! Jdsteakley (talk) 02:29, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

Mass Delete help

I need to delete a number of images from here, The topic for this can be found here , but the main link there is dead - Commons:Deletion requests/Images of XYZ - so I need help to figure out how to go about deleting some maps which have been determined to be bad. I have lots of evidence and proof from the english section of wikipedia... there has been a lenghty discussion. So, could someone please help me get about deleting the improper things? (LAz17 (talk) 21:25, 5 May 2009 (UTC)).

The link is not a main link or a link to any helppage. Every deletion request has a subpage: Commons:Deletion requests/Subpagename, the red link is an example. Please select the name of your subpage and put
{{delete|reason=Your detailed reason|subpage=Subpagename|year=2009|month=May|day=6}}
on every image you want to add to your request, this can be done by copy&paste. A red link to the subpage Commons:Deletion requests/Subpagename appears inside the red box, please follow the instructions inside the template:
  • Create the subpage by c&p the {{delete2..... to it. Provide a list of images on the subpage, so that other people can see whath this is about
  • Inform the uploaders.
In case of questions please ask here. --Martin H. (talk) 10:19, 6 May 2009 (UTC)
I don't get this stuff. I feel that several images should be deleted, not just one. Your procedure is for just one, right? I want to go for several all in one go, as they are similar. (LAz17 (talk) 15:11, 8 May 2009 (UTC)).

Changing categories

How do I change category titles on Wiki-Commons images? When uploading images, I've been identifying categories like "Category:Images of Oregon"...I just found out that system adds "Catagory:" to font-ent of text so everything I've uploaded went to non-existant categories as "Category:Category:Images of Oregon". I have been trying to figure out how to edit category text, but I can't figure it out and am very frustrated. Can someone tell me how to edit category text?--Orygun (talk) 01:05, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

Hi Orygun, just go to your image, e.g. File:Riddle Ranch, Mortar Riddle Site 01.jpg, click the edit button at the top of the page and remove one Category: for every category you selected with this upload. You can find your uploads with you contributions or your upload log. --Martin H. (talk) 01:12, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for quick answer. Next Q: Why won't Wiki-Commons except "Category:Images of Oregon? Is because that not part of Wiki-Commons? How do I find a common category it appear every Oregon image on Wiki-Commons has it's own category--which won't be much help to anyone looking for Oregon related images.--Orygun (talk) 01:27, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
Yes, you are right. I cant give you the exact answer maybe: The structure of Commons is, to categorize images as specified as possible. An fictional example might be: We have images of buildings and we have images of red collor. Red buildings are categorized to both categories. If the number of images of red buildings turns bigger and bigger someone will put them to a category with red buildings which is a subcategory of buildings and this red collored things. Commons is working with category intersection. In extrem we can have a category "red buildings in Alaska in summer" which is a subcategory of red buildings by state in summer, buildings in summer and buildings in Alaska.... So it works, categorize by topic and select the most specific topic you find. In case Category:Oregon dont have a own category yet go back to the US category. Sometimes you will find more then one notable topic in one image. --Martin H. (talk) 01:50, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanks!--Orygun (talk) 02:00, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
I comented the categories of File:Riddle Ranch, Mortar Riddle Site 01.jpg. You accidentially selected one bad, but thats no problem, i only noticed it because im currently working on this category. --Martin H. (talk) 02:01, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
See COM:EIC#Cat for more information about categories on Commons. Note that categories cannot solve every problem of finding and grouping files. This is why you should also type the most complete file descriptions that you can, to increase the chances that someone can find your files with the search feature. In general, a person's success at finding images will increase with their familiarity of the categories on Commons, as well as the search tools. But of course not all files are in all the categories they should be in yet. You can help by filling in the obviously missing categories, like I did here. For example, I was looking for images relating to Wind power, and I found some uncategorized or partly categorized images on Commons, and some on the English Wikipedia. So I moved a few dozen images to Commons, and I made a few dozen new categories, following the structure of the existing partially-completed categories that other users had made earlier. Don't be surprised if you find a similar lack of already-complete categorization in other areas of Commons. Many subjects could have category divisions by country or state or some other natural division, but only some of the subcategories may exist yet, because only users with the corresponding interests have edited those categories. You can see that Commons is a work in progress, so dive in and we will all push together. When you edit the categories for a particular U.S. state, have a look first at the states with large population, such as California, New York, etc. Their category structures may be more complete, and you can use them as a guide for filling out the subcategories for a state with less population and representation on Commons. --Teratornis (talk) 21:17, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

I would like to know how insert the copyright to image which is own from my Company.

Hello, This is Miguel Angel Pastor, IT responsible for WMF ESPAÑOLA, S.A. and I would like to know how I can insert the copyright to image (wmf_olla_rapida_perfect.jpg) which is own from WMF Company. Thank you in advance / Miguel Angel Pastor

  • Apparently, you're already doing the right thing. On File:WMF Olla Rapida Perfect.jpg, you state that you sent an e-mail to OTRS, which is exactly what you should be doing. The OTRS volunteers will get back to you. Lupo 08:52, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Image files

I have uploaded some images and gotten a notice that they are uncategorized. I have endeavored to categorize most of them. However, I noticed that each image file had the line that the image is not linked to any file. That is nonsense in that the only reason I have uploaded these files was to put them into a wikipedia article, which I did. I.e., each is linked to a file. So why the notation?Acad Ronin (talk) 20:31, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

The section "File links" only shows the usage of the image on Commons itself. It does not currently show where the file is used in the various Wikipedias. To see where it is used, there is a link "check usage" at the top of the image page. --rimshottalk 20:43, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
Should we perhaps add a note about the CheckUsage tool to MediaWiki:Nolinkstoimage? —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 12:46, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Remove history version

Hello, I need to remove the "2009-05-10T01:34:57" version of this. The only difference between images is an advertisement about the server I'm connected to, so it's useless, and potentially harmful. Daemorris (talk) 04:44, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Checking identifications

Is there a place I can ask to check a bird identification, after I upload it? N p holmes (talk) 13:47, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

w:Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science. --Teratornis (talk) 17:58, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Category for my contribution

Dear Sirs, thanks for the advise about the categories. I have checked all my contributions. My file Image:Dorabard01.JPG has been already categorized from somebody and the categories are properly assigned. I have also categorized Image:2008_12_27_Jafferau2.JPG. All my contributions should be now categorized. If anything ist still lacking (other wrong), don't exitate to contact me again. Greetings--K.Weise (talk) 14:34, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Larger picture available

Good morning. File:Macropus robustus.jpg is avalaible here on Flickr in a larger version. Can I simply upload the larger image withe the same name instead of the smaller one? (If yes, how do you prevent abuse that everyone can upload a new picture with the same name than a existing one). Regards-- 09:38, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

I think it good idea to overwrite existing image with better resolution. But if you account is not old enough you may be prevented from doing this. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:47, 11 May 2009 (UTC)
Already done. As the license on Flickr is still a free license counting for every size it is no problem, I wouldnt have done the reupload if the license where changed to an unfree license. However, a lot of people dont find the largest size on Flickr, the Upload bot and some users have to do this replacement for thousend of images. Seems like Flickr is not intuitive enough for many users (or users dont read any guidlines). --Martin H. (talk) 18:09, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

Corrupt gif crashing browser

Hello, the following file:

Seems to be a HUGE gif (800k) which is also corrupt. I can't get at the page to edit it at all as it crashes my browser. It also causes the Wikipedia page on the Bradbury Building to crash my browser. As I don't have an account on the commons, nor can I even look at the page, would some kind soul take the time to revert the HUGE gif back to the previous smaller version. Or if they're feeling really fruity they could vectorise it? 14:41, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

The GIF doesn't seem corrupt, it's just huge. I've reverted it for the time being so that the article stays readable; unfortunately you probably still can't visit the file description page, since the huge version is shown in the file history in all its 72.9 Mpx glory. Sigh. We really need to do something about GIF scaling (and PNG too, for that matter). —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 15:00, 11 May 2009 (UTC)
Im sorry for the browsercrashes, thought it would be a good idea to take the largest version. Leasson learned ;) --Martin H. (talk) 18:00, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

CC-SA: Hole magazine or just the page where I use the photo under CC-SA-license


I would like to use a CC-SA-licensed photo (a car) in a commercial magazine. Regarding the fact that I have "to make my version available under CC-BY-SA", does this mean, that a) the whole magazine, b) the page that contains the photo or c) only "my version" of the photo must be made available under CC-BY-SA.

I am sorry if this question is answered somewhere. I'm not used to wikis and felt a little bit overwhelmed when looking for the answer.

Thanks for your help!

Kind regards, Andreas — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 14:05, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. --Teratornis (talk) 16:31, 11 May 2009 (UTC)
...which doesn't actually answer the question. Note, however, that Wikimedia itself relies heavily on the interpretation that using a picture to illustrate an article only counts as aggregation and not the creation of a derivative work — if it did, we could not legally use CC-BY-SA pictures to illustrate GFDL articles, or vice versa. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 19:39, 11 May 2009 (UTC)
In short: You can use the cc-by-sa image in a proprietary magazine, but you must fullfill the license: Attribution to the author and indication of the license of the image. Something like
should be ok for prints. The valid link and license version is written in the templates on the imagepages, this is only an example. --Martin H. (talk) 12:37, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
I think Martin H. is right. You only have to release “your [potential] version of the image” under CC-BY-SA, otherwise you just have to provide, for example, a link to the page on Commons, as well as the author's (nick)name. Diti the penguin 16:33, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Great! Thank you for your help! Kind regards, Andreas

Ticket question

here is a question, I have a ticket from the last performance at a theater in the United States that has a wikipedia page. The theater is now closed and I would like to upload a scan of this ticket to include on the page. Is this legaly ok? what do I put down for the license? is Fair use ok in this instance? Any help would be great. --Found5dollar (talk) 22:53, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

It's probably not suitable for Commons, unless perhaps it would qualify as {{PD-ineligible}}. However, you could probably upload it to Wikipedia with a fair use claim and rationale. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 23:21, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
To clarify, to be ineligible for copyright it must consist of only text and simple geometric shapes. It cannot show any copyrighted logos. Alternatively, if it is an old ticket (from before 1924) the copyright may be expired. How old is the ticket? --Yarnalgo (talk) 00:26, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
The ticket is extreamly new. The last performance was this week. I was not sure if it was suitable to add to either Commons or Wikipedia but thought it would add to the article. If i cant add it i understand. --Found5dollar (talk) 01:52, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Again, does it have any copyrighted logos on it or is it just text? --Yarnalgo (talk) 03:01, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

It does have a logo on it.-- 17:23, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
If the ticket is under copyright, you might be able to get permission from the copyright holder, and follow the procedure in COM:OTRS. See Category:Tickets for examples. --Teratornis (talk) 07:46, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
ill look into that... thanks!-- 17:23, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Getting in touch

Hello, I'm new and not having a lot of success with IRC. I just want to get in touch with one of your key contributors, Dvortygirl, to ask about creating some audio pronunciation files. Thanks. I am eleven11eleven11 -- 04:45, 13 May 2009 (UTC)1111

You can leave her a message on her wiktionary talk page instead. Cheers -- Editor at Largetalk 04:49, 13 May 2009 (UTC)


HI, PLEASE I NEED DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO UPLOAD AND PROMOTE A WEBSITE LIKE THAT OF freesites website. How Do I go about it? 10:16, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

How can I upload my products and talk about them in this webpage? 10:16, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

If your products are notable you can write articles in Wikipeda, Commons will host you uploaded images for this articles. However: I dont think your products are of any educational value. This is not a promoting website, this is an educational project. --Martin H. (talk) 12:30, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
See WikiIndex for thousands of public wikis; some of them may be suitable for listing your company. For example, Wikicompany wants to list every legally incorporated business in the world. --Teratornis (talk) 01:04, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

The image I uploaded is for deletion


I have recently uploaded an image of Thakore Whagji bawa, and on the page it is marked for deletion. This image or photograph has been passed over from my forefathers and does not really have any copyright. As with most royalties in india, you could possibly find lots of images or pictures that just happen to be in your possession, the image in question is more than 70 years old.

could you please suggest what tags I should put so that the image is not deleted.


Khengar — Preceding unsigned comment added by Khengar (talk • contribs) 09:40, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Hi Khengar, you are on the wrong project here, your upload is wikipedia:en:File:Whagji bawa.JPG - thats the english Wikipedia, this is Wikimedia Commons. However we are specialised on files, so we can hopefuly help you. But thats not so easy: You did not provide any source. So the first step to determine the license is:
  • Name your source
  • Who is the auhtor (photographer or painter) and what was his year of birth and death? In case the author is unknown: which efforts did you do to research the author
  • At which date and where was the image first published
Without this informations the image can not be kept here or on Wikipedia, determining the image is {{PD-old}} or {{PD-India}} without knowing the author or his lifetime is impossible. --Martin H. (talk) 13:16, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Request File:Swine_Flu_Florida2.PNG replace File:Swine_Flu_Florida.PNG

thanks. Keep it under the name Swine_Flu_Florida.PNG Dimitriosolivieri (talk) 15:21, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Template shown as normal link

While trying to refer to the vector version of Media:Kit right arm isrrugbyaway.png on the description page of the file I am shown a red link to Template:Vector version avaiable. Can someone make the template be shown? Schuiass P.Ubdoo (talk) 19:00, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Fixed. For future reference, it's spelled "available". —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 20:37, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia Process

Hello - I am new to Wikipedia. I want to download a person's profile. What is the turnaround for your review? Am I able to correct the draft after you review it? How am I notified of your comments? Thanks very much for your help. Regards, Ellen Silverman

You should probably ask that on the Wikipedia help desk, not here at the Wikimedia Commons. The Wikipedia help pages might also answer some of your questions. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 20:35, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Uploading a new image of an already existing one?

How do I upload a new version of the image File:Steinway and sons.jpg? --Zxcvzxcv (talk) 22:59, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

reupload will be activated after 3 (or 4?) days for a new account. Then you can use the link at the image description page, Upload a new version of this file. Only reupload modified versions of this image - in this case some restoration and a little rotation ccw. If you have a different image with free copyright status please upload it under a different filename. --Martin H. (talk) 23:35, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

Remove a picture

I want to remove a picture because I am not sure if the picture is or not is an derivative work.

The name of the picture is ThirReichAH.JPG

I change to the picture of my dog, but the old one still is in your database.

I ask you, please, to remove both pictures.

Thank you

Best reagrds


—Preceding unsigned comment added by Ricardo Ferreira de Oliveira (talk • contribs) 18:02, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Commons error?

Hello. I was trying to upload a new version of my photo on the Commons, but every time I do this, the photo I get is the older one, not the new I want to upload. When I uploaded even more versions, it showed out, that the older versions are now OK, but they were not, when I uploaded them. I don't know what to do. - here is the link to this photo.

Please, I need some help. Yours, Von.grzanka (talk) 20:03, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

  • It's OK now, but it was weird...

This has happened to me before. What is happening is that your browser has stored an image of the page in its memory, and has not updated it. You need to purge the cache ((Ctrl+R in Firefox), which will force the most recent version to appear. Sarcastic ShockwaveLover (talk) 12:38, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

  • Thanks. :) I will tell my grandchildren about you. 19:18, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

PD image?

Hi, is it valid to upload this image to Commons [1]? The given license is [PD] [Public Domain]. --Quartl (talk) 15:52, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

From the looks of the page it should be okay. Given the text in the FAQ ("All these images are licensed under under the conditions of attribution and noncommercial use as described by the Creative Commons License. See for more information."), I'd recommend sending the guy an email first, however. --rimshottalk 17:50, 17 May 2009 (UTC)
Follow the procedure in COM:OTRS to deal with the e-mail. If you upload the picture of the grasshopper, add it to Category:Valanga irregularis. --Teratornis (talk) 23:03, 17 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, I didn't notice the FAQ. --Quartl (talk) 11:06, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

Hi! Here we've got the logo of the ancient Spanish political party EAE-ANV. I consider that it's PD shape: it consists in a circle, a star and a lauburu. So... it's PD? Opinions? Best regards. Rastrojo (DES) 18:26, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

If nobody answers here, you could ask on w:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions. --Teratornis (talk) 02:43, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

About CC licensing

Creative Commons licenses are non-revocable, and many Flickr users will change their licensing from CC to, say, all rights reserved. So if some images from flickr are tagged with cc licenses but haven't been reviewed, how are we able to confirm that it has ever been licensed under CC-by or CC-sa if the author changes the license on Flickr? --Ben.MQ (talk) 09:59, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

As far as I know, we can't. That's (one reason) why we have the review system in the first place. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 18:41, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Bilder verbessern


Ich bin neu bei Wikimedia und würde gerne mithelfen. Ich habe ein Bild retuschiert und hochgeladen. Das Ergebnis ist jedoch etwas verwirrend. Die niedrige Auflösung zeigt immer noch das alte Bild, während die hohe Auflösung das korrigierte Bild anzeigt. Die Hilfe zum Verbessern von Bildern, bringt mich nicht wirklich weiter. Was habe ich falsch gemacht? Hier der Link zu der Datei: File:A puppy named Dana.jpg. Vielen Dank --Webweazle (talk) 17:34, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Du hast nichts falsch gemacht. Es kann schon mal eine Weile dauern, bis die kleineren Bilder generiert werden. Grundsätzlich scheint es mit dem Bild kein Problem zu geben, auf Rottweiler zum Beispiel geht es. --rimshottalk 18:13, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
Hi Rimshot, vielen Dank für die schnelle Antwort. Da bin ich ja beruhigt. Dann kann ich ja loslegen. Gruß --Webweazle (talk) 19:05, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Ok, I asked Giggy about this a few months ago and he said that there was no problem, but the question has been brought up again. Could somebody take a look at the discussion on this FLC at the en wiki project and let us know if the image is acceptable. Like I said, a few months ago, on another similar question, Giggy said that there was no problem.Balloonman (talk) 20:42, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

If nobody answers here, you could ask on w:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions. --Teratornis (talk) 02:46, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
This search finds some related discussion, such as at:
Commons:Flickr images/reviewers doesn't really address your question. Maybe you could archive a copy of a Flickr page at the time when it displays a particular license. See Wikipedia:Using the Wayback Machine. This doesn't help with an image whose license has already changed, but if you wanted to "nail down" the current license of a particular image for all time, that might be one way to do it. --Teratornis (talk) 19:14, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

moving a file to commons.

I was trying to move a file to commons from here File:Windsortownbridge.jpg#Now_commons it seemed to work but nothing is there? please have a look and let me know what I have done incorrect. ta. (Off2riorob (talk) 20:39, 19 May 2009 (UTC)) from here at en wiki [[2]] ???

sorted thanks (Off2riorob (talk) 22:16, 19 May 2009 (UTC))

Featured pictures download

Hi! Are there some sort of "packages" (.rar/.tar.gz compressed archives) of all Wikimedia commons featured pictures available for download? Sorted by year, preferably? Thank You --Amplitude101 (talk) 09:32, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

I know there is such a thing for the Pictures of the Year, but for FP, I don't think there is one. Diti the penguin 11:52, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

image uploading

how do i upload images — Preceding unsigned comment added by Roz's individual photography (talk • contribs) 12:45, 20 May 2009 (UTC) (UTC)

Look at Help:Upload. Lupo 12:57, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

forgotten password


My username is Kilnburn and i have forgotten my password to be able to log on to wikipedia commons. As a result, i had an e-mail sent out for a temporary password. I have tried many times to log in with this temporary password, but with no luck and i don't understand why. I would like to be sent another temporary password or better still, be allowed to create a new password. My account on wikipedia is unaffected. 16:19, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

See what happens if you log into Wikipedia and go to Special:MergeAccount there (I don't know whether that will fix this problem, but you could try it and see). See m:Help:Unified login and m:Single signon transition. --Teratornis (talk) 17:23, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

i have tried this, but it still requires my wikipedia commons password to be able to progress to a merged account. 15:52, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

just here to say, i had to download another password and was finally able to change it. so thank you for the link. Kilnburn (talk) 17:48, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Album Covers, Etc...


I'm definitely 'new' and have some standard/simple discography updates for a few artists I'd love to post/create. It seems I've read in a number of places that it is perfectly fine to use album art for these pages. Correct? Curious about catologue numbers, record labels.... are there any that anyone knows of which are copyrighted in such a way that they shouldn't be indicated on a Wikipedia page. There sure seems to be a lot of other pages with artists' albums, singles, etc., I just want to be sure.

Thanks Ronc0007 (talk) 20:18, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Not correct. There are a lot of album covers in the english language Wikipedia, see e.g. the articles linked in w:en:Michael Jackson album discography. This covers are ok on english Wikipedia under fair use, Commons does not accept Fair use. --Martin H. (talk) 11:32, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

New version png File as svg

Hi, there are a lot of png files in Category: New Zealand state highway shields, which do not conform to the design rules of Transport New Zealand authority (other fonts, wrong font sizes...), most signs are still missing. So i want to re-upload correct signs als svg files. As I see, this can be done only as a new file, not as a new version. The old *.png will be obsolete then and should be deleted. Is there any possibility to find out, which other wikipedias use this old *.png? Are there any possibilities to change the file name in all articles in all wikipedia by bot ? Andy king50 (talk) 10:09, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

There is a bot to replace images on all wikipedias: Commons delinker. Unfortunately, "To avoid World War III, if the new image is svg and the original is not, CommonsDelinker will ignore the command.". You can mark an image as obsolete with the template {{Vector version available}}. --rimshottalk 14:17, 21 May 2009 (UTC)
thanx...Andy king50 (talk) 18:25, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

What to do with duplicate images

While moseying around on Wikipedia, I found two duplicate Commons files. File:Abraham-Lincoln-battlegroup.jpg and File:Rimpac battlegroup.jpg are the same image, by the same photographer, with the only differences being that the second image has a much smaller maximum resolution, and that the first is tagged {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}, while the second is the more general {{PD-USGov}}.

I don't know as much about Commons as I do Wikipedia, so I'm asking here what is the standard proceedure for this? -- [[User:Saberwyn|saberwyn]] (talk) 10:45, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Use {{Duplicate|to-be-kept-file}} on the to-be-deleted-file, without the File:-prefix. Lycaon (talk) 11:10, 21 May 2009 (UTC)
Done. Thanks for your help! :) -- saberwyn 05:33, 23 May 2009 (UTC)


I need a Bureaucrat. Please help me find anyone. Thanks. --Ayda D (talk) 20:23, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Hi, you can ask me or anyone else listed on the right hand side of the Bureaucrats page. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 20:28, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Flickr upload bot

The robot is not uploading images, it is just adding licensing information. Could somebody fix this?--Lost Fugitive (talk) 21:57, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Problem in merging two accounts

I am a user of the French-speaking Wikipedia and have an account there under the name JNélis.

I also contribute to commons under the name User:JNelis.

Is it possible to rename User:JNelis by User:JNélis (with an accent), so that I could merge both accounts ?

Thanks JNelis (talk) 19:19, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

Commons:Username policy#Changing your username. --Teratornis (talk) 01:02, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

new name for a file

I want to give this file a new name. how can I do it? Amirki (talk) 23:10, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

COM:FAQ#A file or page needs to be renamed or moved. Can this be done? --Teratornis (talk) 00:59, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

Is a Screenshot of a website considered to be in the public domain?

I took this screenshot:

Since I took the screenshot, and since the website is publicly available, does this mean that a screenshot of a site may be licensed into the public domain?

I'm not really worried about it, but I'm just curious.

Thank you, Wubrgamer (talk) 15:14, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

EDITED Please comment on my user talk page, I'm new here and believe that I will receive the message most quickly if you were to place either your response or a link to your response there.

Thank you!

  • Answered on your talk page, but for the record answer copied here as well. No. public domain is a type of legal copyright status, and has nothing to do with if it can be seen by the public. A screenshot of a website cannot be public domain unless the original website is public domain (which is not usually the case). See Commons:Licensing for details about copyright status and licensing and what sort of things can be uploaded here under free licenses. Cheers, -- Infrogmation (talk) 15:30, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

Using an GNU FDL image on a shirt to sell

If I wanted to use an image that is released on the GNU FDL on a t-shirt to sell on or to submit as a design on, what is allowed and what would I need to do? Thanks. Akrabbim (talk) 01:29, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

Not 100%: I would provide two printed papers with the shirt:
  • Paper one: Source and author, source on Commons (weblink), version history, short information about GFDL and Commons
  • Paper two: license text.
Thats the sollution of the french Wikipedias "Get a poster of this picture" according to Commons:Village pump/Archive/2008Dec#"Get a poster of this picture" on --Martin H. (talk) 01:48, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually, I'd recommend contacting the author and asking for a more suitable license. The GFDL simply wasn't designed for such use and does not really specify what exactly you have to do. Martin's idea seems pretty reasonable, though. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 20:54, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

how come

this image [[3]] shows as unlinked when it is on a en wikipedia page here [[4]] . (Off2riorob (talk) 20:04, 25 May 2009 (UTC))

Because the "File links" shown on Commons, only reflect hyperlinks on other Common pages, as en:File:The_Abbey_Public_House.JPG will only reflect the usage on en-Wikipedia (please note that the file is linked there). If you want to check the usage of the file on all other projects, you can press the Check usage tab on the top of your sreen. Best regards, m:Mark W (Mwpnl) ¦ talk 20:07, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
Perfect, thanks. (Off2riorob (talk) 17:08, 26 May 2009 (UTC))

How to upload an image which an approval email


I have a picture of a person, and his approval to release this image under GFDL. Now how do I proceed? I guess I should upload the image, but where do I send (forward) the email to?

-- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 22:20, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

P.S. I just uploaded the image. Now I have an email (with an apporval) which I want to get archived here. Were do I send this to?

See COM:OTRS. --Slaunger (talk) 22:41, 25 May 2009 (UTC) Sorry. I did not read you question carefully enough. --Slaunger (talk) 22:43, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
You may send this permission to permissions-commons <a•t> - or if it's in Dutch to permissions-nl <a•t> Please include the full headers of the e-mail that gives permission, you can find details about finding the headers - in Dutch - via nl:WP:OTRS. Best regards, m:Mark W (Mwpnl) ¦ talk 00:42, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Image creation dates

Hello, I'd like to start uploading images to Commons but I have a question. I have a picture that I took in July 2008 but after editing in iPhoto and copying it to another folder, the file now has an August 2008 date. Should I use the original date (i.e. when I took the photo) or the latest date for the "image creation date" field of the upload form? Does it even matter? Thank you. LovesMacs (talk) 03:20, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

It does not matter much, except for historical images. But the the date should be the day when the photo was taken. --Jarekt (talk) 16:34, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
Thank you. LovesMacs (talk) 18:47, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

user name confusion

My user name on wikipedia is Sphilbrick, but my user page here says SPhilbrick. Probably my error, but I don't know how to fix it. Should I create new user page and delete the other one? Or can it be renamed? ( signed up for Unified login, so I don't know what I did to get them out of alignment.SPhilbrick (talk) 16:11, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

I created a new page- don't know whether the other one should be delted - I assume I don't have rights to do soSphilbrick (talk) 19:35, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
You can put a {{Bad name}} template on the page you want to delete. Put the correct name as the first parameter, like this:
{{Bad name|Sphilbrick}}
Probably a better solution would have been to move the original page to the correct name, but now that you have a new page in the way, only an administrator can delete the old page. Which they will after you put a {{Bad name}} template on it. --Teratornis (talk) 21:19, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
✓ Done I have deleted the User page and moved the talkpage to User talk:Sphilbrick. The other user will still exist, but it'd be dormant. If you want the edits on SPhilbrick to be merged with your edits on Sphilbrick, please see :Commons:Username policy#Changing your username. -- Deadstar (msg) 07:42, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
What about keeping User:SPhilbrick as a redirect? --Leyo 13:44, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

Photos of Henri Temianka

Hello Help-people, I've written an article on my father, Henri Temianka, which is now on Wikipedia. I have several old photographs of him -- c. 1932 and 1986 -- as well as others of him with his Paganini Quartet and other famous musicians, and would naturally like to include them in my article. The 1986 photo was by one David Kovar. I have attempted, without success, to locate him. I have no idea who might have produced the 1932 photo. The others were used in connection with my father's professional activities; as the executor of his estate and owner of his effects, to the best of my knowledge it is within my authority to re-use these photos. Would greatly appreciate your assistance in this matter. Yours,

 Dan Temianka

DtemiankaHT (talk) 15:19, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

See the links under COM:EIC#Copyright for the rather mind-numbingly complex documentation. For example, Help:Public domain explains that unpublished works revert to the public domain some number of years after the creator's death (usually 50 or 70 years, depending on jurisdiction). Thus if these photos are unpublished, they probably aren't in the public domain yet. If you can't locate the authors to obtain their permission, you might upload the photos to Wikipedia rather than Commons under a fair use rationale. See COM:FAIRUSE and w:Wikipedia:Non-free content criteria. --Teratornis (talk) 22:26, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

How to add photos

I would like to add some photos. Some are from Picasa and some are from a webpage. I have permission from the owner of these photos to use them on Wikipedia. However, I did not take the photos myself. What kind of license do I use for these photos? What information do I need from the owner of the photos? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emwcee (talk • contribs) 15:20, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

See COM:OTRS for the procedure for documenting the owner's permission, and Commons:Licensing for the licenses you can choose from. Things would be simpler if the owner uploaded the photos to Flickr instead of Picasa, and licensed them as CC-BY or CC-BY-SA on Flickr; then you would follow one of our straightforward procedures for uploading the photos from Flickr. --Teratornis (talk) 22:29, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

Beer cheese

I want to upload a picture. I have been editing Beer Cheese (dip) and would like to add an additional photo. The photo that is there is of a Beer Flavored Cheese, if you really read the label you can see that. I would like to add a Beer Cheese photo. There is a big difference in a beer flavored cheese dip and a beer cheese. Thank you. Kathy Jane —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kathy Jane (talk • contribs) 18:25, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

That sounds like a good idea. You should be able to upload the picture by going to Commons:Upload and following the instructions from there. Once you've uploaded the file, follow the instructions at the Wikipedia picture tutorial to add it to the article (or just look at the cheat sheet). —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 18:57, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Collage of photographs from wikicommons

Will you kindly give me a tutotrial on how to upload a collage of four photographs already licensed under wikicommons for use in Infobox of a wikipedia article?--Nvvchar (talk) 05:20, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

I think licenses of images should be compatible. The refer to source images/authors in Source field. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:59, 23 May 2009 (UTC)
What aspect of the task is the question about? Uploading an image, or creating the collage in the first place? If the latter, some help might be available at Commons:Graphic Lab or Commons:Graphics village pump. One option is to take a screenshot of a gallery, like this: File:MediaWiki's gallery feature.png. --Teratornis (talk) 01:07, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
I am giving an example of this image posted on Delhi.. I wish to prepare a similar file with pictrures of four gates in Delhi (all four pictures are avaialble on wikicommons).--Nvvchar (talk) 07:46, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
That's the nice thing about Public Domain. Anyone can compose (and copyright, if they choose, and exploit commercially) a collection or collage of my pictures. No need to notify me or anything. Licenses and rights are important for professionals, but life should be simple for amateurs like me. Jim.henderson (talk) 13:41, 30 May 2009 (UTC)
In general, if the original images are under different licenses, some of which might have possibly incompatible "share alike" provisions, you can do it the way it was done for w:File:Delhi Montage 2.jpg: list the source, author and license of each image separately. As long as the images are simply displayed separately next to each other in the collage (rather than being blended into each other or something), it's IMHO reasonably to treat the collage as a mere aggregate (in GFDL jargon) or collection (in Creative Commons parlance) of independent works rather than as a single modified version or adaptation that would trigger the "share alike" clause. Indeed, even if all the licenses would in fact be compatible, I'd still recommend indicating the source, author and license status of each component image separately, simply as a matter of good form. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 14:32, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Wrong category

Is there a quick way to move 100% of the pictures in Category:Cemeteries by location to Category:Cypress Hills National Cemetery? Jim.henderson (talk) 05:56, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Yes: User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands, also someone with Commons:AutoWikiBrowser can do it - i will do it per your request. --Martin H. (talk) 07:21, 28 May 2009 (UTC)
✓ Done. --Martin H. (talk) 07:32, 28 May 2009 (UTC)
A bit late, but the Cat-a-lot gadget should also be able to do it. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 09:56, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Thank you kindly. It seems we must install a program to do heavy cat wrangling. That's all right when it's my computer, but for Commons I'm mostly uploading, which means using someone else's that has a faster connection but I mustn't install software that the owner doesn't use. Come cold weather, my bicycling will slow down, thus producing fewer new pictures, and maybe I'll take time then to study catagory work so I can better arrange old pictures. Jim.henderson (talk) 04:43, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Making gallery without chess-board backgrounds

As shown below, the <gallery> tag shows transparent images with chess-board backgrounds. How to make the backgrounds white as when clicking on them? Mikael Häggström (talk) 09:17, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

You could disable checked background in your CSS (search for checker background in MediaWiki:Common.css). I'm not sure that it's possible to do for particular gallery. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:54, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
It might be, but it's discouraged. Please don't change layouts that users have set. If you don't like the way it looks, disable it for your own account. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:36, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually, it's rather meant for other readers. I have galleries in image pages, that people looking at the images in Wikipedia see, and in such cases I think it's better to give a clear and descriptive picture than showing off that the image is transparent or vector. Mikael Häggström (talk) 17:07, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
The checkered background is defined in MediaWiki:Common.css. It should be possible to add something like
.nochecker .gallerybox .thumb img { background: transparent; }  /* allow the checkered background to be disabled for galleries */
to that page, after which wrapping the gallery in <div class="nochecker"> </div> should override the checkered background with a plain transparent one. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 20:10, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
Sounded like a good idea. However, when pasting that into the article, I just got the same - a separate box with that code displayed. Mikael Häggström (talk) 04:32, 30 May 2009 (UTC)
Yes, the CSS code needs to be put on MediaWiki:Common.css, which I've just done. Using <gallery class="nochecker"> should now work, at least after you've cleared your cache. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 05:01, 30 May 2009 (UTC)
Fantastic! Thanks! Mikael Häggström (talk) 16:16, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Help needed for uploading information and pictures of the feature film that I made

I just finished the feature film and now i want to add information about my movie on wikipedia. I noticed that every movie pages are listed in specific format such a movie poster and main cast and crew members' information on right column and content page that includes plot, cast, production, development, soundtrack, References, and external links on left column.

How could i add these information on wikippedia for my movie? Is there any template available in commons? Or I had to just upload information with approppriate headings and upload pictures seperately and people an wikipedia will upload in right format?

There is no specific help in this area. Would someone plase help me? Thanks.

- Nash — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nashproductions (talk • contribs) 19:41, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Have you looked at the instructions at w:Template:Infobox Film/doc already? —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 19:59, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

I didn't look at the instruction, seems like that will be very helpful. I'll try tonight to upload the article using this template. Thank you so very much for your speedy response. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nashproductions (talk • contribs) 21:32, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

However, see:
What you want to do on Wikipedia may be possible, but you are going about it in a way which will probably attract the attention of deletionists (who are highly attuned to new users who approach Wikipedia with incorrect assumptions about the purpose and rules of Wikipedia). --Teratornis (talk) 18:10, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Trying to replace "Jim Jones" article image

I found a color version of a black-and-white image on the "Jim Jones" Wikipedia article.

Here it is:

I'm not sure about the copyright details for this color image, however here is the copyright info listed on the black-and-white image on the Wikipedia article:

"Retrieved from the website of the Jonestown Institute which states: "Tape transcripts, summaries, some primary source documents, and all photographs on this site are free and available to the public for use by crediting: The Jonestown Institute," and "This photo appeared in a Temple-produced brochure publizing the accomplishments of Jonestown."


This image is copyrighted. The copyright holder allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that "Tape transcripts, summaries, some primary source documents, and all photographs on this site are free and available to the public for use by crediting: The Jonestown Institute,") " —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 02:44, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Is that a colorized image? It looks a lot like it might be. If so, I think it would be better (for both authenticity and copyright reasons) to stick with the original black-and-white version. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 03:24, 21 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually i don't think it is colourized; it looks more like an old colour photo, where the colour have gone a bit "off"; not surprising for film from 30-odd years ago; the colours might have been a bit wonky when it was taken, might have shifted with age, possibly a bit of both. assuming the white is supposed to actually be white, you can see how far it's drifted into greens, same with the blue sky. that's not an effect you'd expect to see in a colourized image.
As re: licensing; that sounds like it's compatible with cc sharealike atribution? Lx 121 (talk) 07:19, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
re-read, misunderstood the licensing question, sorry. assuming the jonestown site's b&w image is legitimately their's to share, & the b&w image is derived from the colour photo, the expectation is that the colour photo is likewise available to be shared? question: can you provide more info about the photobucket user whose account you found the colour version on? Lx 121 (talk) 07:26, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

Copyright violation?

Hello, I uploaded a file, File:François de Laval tomb.JPG, without knowing about this clause about what not to upload:

"Photographs of art, statues, commercial packaging and often toys."

I uploaded a picture of the tomb itself, not a picture of a picture. Is that fine, or is it also a copyright violation? I'm sorry if I did something wrong but I don't understand and would like an explanation. Thank you. LovesMacs (talk) 00:20, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

See the links under COM:EIC#Copy for example Commons:Image casebook#3D art (sculptures etc.) and Commons:Freedom of panorama#Canada. It looks like you are OK if this sculpture is on display in a public place in Canada; if so, put a {{FoP-Canada}} template on it. Also, if you know where you took this photo, you could put a {{Location}} or {{Location dec}} template on the image page. (See for example the location template on File:26 portsmouth abbey.jpg.) Then your photo can become automatically available in some mapping applications. --Teratornis (talk) 04:08, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
It's inside Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral in Quebec City, so can I just use the GPS coordinates for the building? Thanks. LovesMacs (talk) 05:12, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
You just have to say that it's in a place open to the public, don't have to prove it if it seems reasonable. Geolocation is always nice though. Dcoetzee (talk) 05:55, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
I added a {{Location}} template with the coordinates of the cathedral. We don't have to worry about getting the exact coordinates of the specific part of the building. Super-accurate coordinates are not necessary for typical applications such as browsing photos on a map. Although in the future, if we have billions of photos from one city, we might want to make the coordinates extremely accurate - I leave that task to the future generations. --Teratornis (talk) 22:33, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
In the future, we could have highly detailed, collaboratively-built Virtual tours of every public location in the world. --Teratornis (talk) 23:49, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Word wrap in svg

I'm trying to create an svg version of this file [5].

My attempts here (File:Inertial.svg) looks ok in Inkscape - the first caption wraps just before "inertial", but it doesn't appear to wrap here. I tried flowed text, that didn't help, and I've learned I should not use that anyway.Sphilbrick (talk) 23:14, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

If nobody answers here, you could ask on Commons:Graphics village pump. Also, you can link to your images like this:
which will help people see the problem more easily. Some information is available in the links under COM:EIC#Inkscape. I haven't gotten far enough with Inkscape yet to be of more help. --Teratornis (talk) 23:40, 30 May 2009 (UTC)
Maybe something in Help:Text and Inkscape will be useful. Or not. --Teratornis (talk) 23:43, 30 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the link help - I'd swear I did exactly that, but preview show the file not the link - and I didn't want that. I'm probably wrong. I did not know how to link to the image in Wikibooks, so thanks for that. (I'm unclear who asked about moving the image from Wikipedia to the Commons - it isn't my question.) I'll check out the suggested reading - thanks.Sphilbrick (talk) 00:17, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
For information about the method of linking to the image on Wikibooks, see w:Help:Interlanguage links and w:Help:Interwiki linking. --Teratornis (talk) 06:25, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

Moving from Wikipedia to Commons

How do I move an Image from Wikipedia to the commons so that I can use them in wikibooks? Alternatively is there any way i can link directly to the wikipedia image? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Boumphreyfr (talk • contribs) 16:57, May 30, 2009 (UTC)

See w:Wikipedia:Moving images to the Commons. You will not be able to use an image on Wikipedia in Wikibooks, but you will once it is moved to Commons. --Yarnalgo (talk) 02:18, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
At best you use Commonshelper, this tool will select the correct license and do everything a license conform tranfer needs. The link to Commonshelper is given inside the welcome template on your talkpage. You need a TUSC loging to use this Tool, so first klick the blue letters TUSC in the Tool. If you have any problems using the tool please ask, you cant do anything with this tool that we cant or will not fix, so be bold and test it :) --Martin H. (talk) 21:45, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

Improving images transferred from Flickr

Hi, I transferred two images from Flickr today that need color and brightness adjustments. I've made those adjustments in a program on my computer, but since the original images come from Flickr, I'm not sure how to upload them to Commons, whether it be overwriting the originals, uploading them with a new filename, or something else. I've also asked this question at Commons talk:Flickr files#Handling modified Flickr images; if any responses to this could be posted there, it would make it much easier to follow the discussion. Thanks. --TMF Let's Go Mets - Stats 21:31, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

answered there. --Martin H. (talk) 21:39, 31 May 2009 (UTC)