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Renaming categories

Hi. I created a Vendéean leaders category by pasting a heading from the English wikipedia, but it seems I also cut/pasted a spelling mistake since the extra e should not exist. However, there is a slight difficulty since both spellings Vendéan and Vendean occur ; Vendean might be the better choice. Could you help me round this problem ? Thank you in advance. --Anne97432 (talk) 07:32, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

We can easily move categories and all its content and subcategories, you dont have to do this manually, just give instructions to move Category:Vendéean leaders to Category:Vendéan leaders or Category:Vendean leaders. The english description is prefered for categories, but the article w:en:War in the Vendée uses both, so some english speaker should help with the spelling --Martin H. (talk) 14:22, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Removing Images Off Commons?

How do i remove image i have uploaded in the past — Preceding unsigned comment added by Frazer harrison (talk • contribs) 13:21, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Hi Frazer, it depends. Normaly we fulfill user requested deletion for the reasons privacy purposes, accidential upload of wrong file and superseeded by a newly uploaded better or corrected file. The only reason I can see with your uploads is, that some of your upload superseedes some other:
  • the .tif file is not working for Wikimedia, we only accept .tif for restauration purposes - for photos we use .jpg and for illustrations .png or .svg.
  • Your upload File:Phx top.PNG is missing a license.
You should just say here which upload you want to have deleted and I see how I can help you. --Martin H. (talk) 14:22, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

image use request

I would like to use the following image to illustrate a poem I wrote about suicide on a publicly available writing community website. Please contact [E-MAIL ADDRESS REMOVED] if permission has been granted. Thank you.

The_way_out.jpg‎ (600 × 450 pixels, file size: 89 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)

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[edit] Summary Description The way out.jpg

The way out or Suicidal ideation Source

self-made, Date

2007(2007) Author —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 03:49, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

The way out.jpg is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.2 or later. To use it on your website, you need to comply with the terms of that license (or contact the author and ask them to release it under a different license). See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia#GNU Free Documentation License for more information on what you need to do to comply with the license.
(Note that, as one of the licenses under which this particular image may be used is GFDL v1.3, it is subject to the GFDL 1.3 -> CC-BY-SA licensing update, and will thus also be available for use under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license starting from June 15, 2009.) —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 15:22, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Preview (thumbnail) not showing

I've got a problem with the preview of one of my pictures: File:Bokö1.jpg. When I check the file page the picture doesn't show and it also doesn't show in my gallery where I put it. If I click on it to view the full version it loads, but the preview is empty. It says "Size of this preview: 800 × 135 pixels" but there's nothing there. What's wrong? Entheta (talk) 19:29, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

done, was only a matter of time i guess. --Martin H. (talk) 23:50, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

problem with .tif

I uploaded File:Bus Emergency Exit.tif, but I can't see the tiff. Why? --Sushiflinger (talk) 00:13, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

The file format .tif is only accepted for recreation purposes because archival material from libraries like the Library of Congress is often available as .tif. The software is not able to thumbnail .tif files, you should export your image to the prefered file format. --Martin H. (talk) 00:24, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
Is there a way I can get a rid of the old tiff then? --Sushiflinger (talk) 00:44, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes. Regulary use {{badname|newname.jpg}} on the .tif or in any case you uploaded an image under a badname (typo, wrong identification, ...) and an administrator will delete. In this case not needed, I will care about it. --Martin H. (talk) 01:38, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Using an image in Wikipedia

I have uploaded an image to the Commons. How can I copy it onto a wikipedia page? Thank you Elizabeth Norman (user name: emnorman) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Emnorman (talk • contribs) 13:20, June 2, 2009 (UTC)

You insert it just as you would if the image was on Wikipedia. In short, put "[[File:Example.jpg|thumb|caption]]". See Embedding Commons' media in Wikipedia articles for more info.--Yarnalgo (talk) 21:20, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Flickr, copyright and the permission of the author

I want to upload this photo of an artwork (located outside of Museum of Art, Boston) [1] or this version [2] to be used in a recent article I've written on English Wiki on the artist. I've contacted the person who took the photos and they said they would be quite happy if the photos were used in the Wiki article, and in fact send a precise statement to that effect ("I hereby authorize the use of my photos on Flickr for a Wikipedia article on Stefan Knapp by Radek"). The tag on Flickr says copyright, but the picture taker gives permission - so is it a go? Or is there some way to restrict the image use just to that article or just English wiki?Radeksz (talk) 20:59, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Check out COM:OTRS for information on getting permissions. Specifically, "restricting use to Wikipedia or Wikimedia projects is not acceptable." You need him to release it under a free license. Also, you need to take into account the creator of the artwork itself. They hold copyright over it also and would need to release permissions in order for it to be uploaded here. See COM:DERIV for more info. --Yarnalgo (talk) 21:16, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
I just took a look at en:Stefan Knapp and since he is no longer alive to give permissions, the paintings will be under copyright until 70 years from his death (2069) which means you cannot upload those pictures, sorry. --Yarnalgo (talk) 21:25, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
Now both of my points are mentioned by Yarnalgo, edit conflict. My answer: No, the photo is a derivative work of a recent artwork on a sculpture located in Boston. The painter died 1996, so his artwork is still in copyright and it will be a long time - 2067 it enters the public domain. The artwork is located in the public, but only photos of buildings are exempted from artists copyrights in the U.S., Sculptures and paintings are not covered by COM:FOP#United States. Point two is, that the Flickr photographer must give permission to everyone to use his photographic work for every purpose. A Wikimedia/Wikipedia only permission for educational purposes only is not ok. --Martin H. (talk) 21:26, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
p.s.: Of course it is possible to get permission from the heirs for this particular photo. --Martin H. (talk) 21:31, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks. Related question - this guy painted a lot of murals. If I go and take a photo of a "building" that just happens to have his mural on it do the same rules apply? What if the mural is inside a building? Specifically he has murals at Heathrow Airport and I will be there shortly and thought about taking a photo or two for the article. So it'd be a photo of "Heathrow Airport" terminal but it'd have his art in the background. Thanks ahead of time.Radeksz (talk) 21:35, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Also no. Im not very familiar with UK copyright, but according to COM:FOP#United Kingdom and considering a mural a graphic work photographes are not ok on Commons even if the work is permanently placed in the public. Also the definition of "public place" various from country to country, some might call an airport a public place, but the borderline of controversy is settled much below. Its already questionable if the inside of a government building is a public place. --Martin H. (talk) 22:00, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
See Commons:De minimis. If the art is not the primary subject it may be okay, but don't go using this as a runaround for depicting the art. This image might be useful for the article on the airport, but not really the article on the artist or work. Dcoetzee (talk) 23:33, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

A piece of a 1862 release of "Mužyckaja praŭda" newspaper

I've found the subject, but I don't know its license. Is it wrong to make a little image with a title ("Mužyckaja praŭda") from that big scan of the newspaper release? And what license should I choose?

PS: That newspaper was released in 1862.

--Wizardist (talk) 12:08, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
Hi Wizardist, assuming, that the illustration, a photo or engraving, was also created in 1862 it is now 147 years old. So it is very unlikely, that the image is still in copyright (probably lifetime of the author +70 years). You can scan this 1862 newspaper and anything on it and upload it as {{PD-old}}, please indicte the source - the newspapers name, publication date, volume number if exists, author name if indicated. --Martin H. (talk) 14:03, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Image name move

Inserting File:Dinxperlo gemeente ???.jpg seems not to work on all Wikis. Is a name change possible? I'd suggest the new name would be 'Dinxperlo plaatsnaambord'. Apdency (talk) 18:22, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Re-upload the file under the new name and then tag the old one with {{bad name|Dinxperlo gemeente ???.jpg}}. An admin will eventually delete the bad one for you. --Yarnalgo (talk) 18:36, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
Thank you. Apdency (talk) 19:55, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
{{rename}} is an automated method for renaming if your looking for a simple method. Betacommand 13:05, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Logo Upload, correct licence and how to change afterwards


ive uploaded a logo (German weekly newspaper Freitag) but i think i havent uploaded this logo under the right licence. Could please someone help me to find out what licence i need and how i add the licence to this logo.

Seems that i havent understand how to use wikipedia or wikimedia.

The logo was original an jpeg and i did the svg version of it.

regards, utubehifi —Preceding unsigned comment added by Utubehifi (talk • contribs) 01:54, June 3, 2009 (UTC)

You have selected the correct license. Since it only consists of text, it is ineligible for copyright. However, please add appropriate categories to the image. --Yarnalgo (talk) 23:36, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Can I upload photos taken from a newspaper?

I took some photos with my camera of newspaper pages. In these pictures you can see advertisments. I want to upload these pictures for an educational article. Can I do it? --Vikinat (talk) 17:42, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Not to Commons, you can't, at least unless the newspaper is really, really old (e.g. published before 1923 in the U.S., or even older if published elsewhere). But if you could claim fair use for the images, you might be able to upload them to Wikipedia. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 18:53, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
More precise: Ilmari pointed to the english Wikipedia, your upload File:Kaipontinen.png contained Finnish writing - I dont know whats with the Finnish Wikipedia is, see w:fi:Wikipedia:Tiedostojen käyttösäännöt#Sitaattioikeus. In question: Ask Ilmari ;) --Martin H. (talk) 22:10, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
Hmm, yes, I missed that. You did manage to find the right link, anyway. :) For further questions about using the image on the Finnish Wikipedia, I'd suggest asking at fi:Wikipedia:Kahvihuone (tekijänoikeudet). —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 23:25, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Help Needed

I have added a file at File:File-Flickr spine 472065553--General Tso's Chicken rotate 90 deg.jpg. It is the same image of File:Flickr spine 472065553--General Tso's Chicken.jpg, except that it was rotated 90 degrees. Please change its name so the pictures can appear in the same name/file. -Esun1 (talk) 02:06, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

I've tagged the original image with {{rotate|270}}; a bot should be along shortly to rotate it. I've also deleted your rotated version as a low-resolution duplicate. (You seem to have rotated and reuploaded the 500px thumbnail, not the full-size original picture.) —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 12:21, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

my pic was deleted

I was suprised when a picture I uploaded from flickr was speedy deleted.. please let me know what was wrong... this is the picture...[[3]] and this is the copyright statement.... [[4]] it looks almost free... is this a problem...Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic ..(Off2riorob (talk) 21:37, 3 June 2009 (UTC))

It's not considered free enough for Commons, since it doesn't allow derivative works. See Commons:Licensing and freedomdefined:Definition. If you'd like to keep the picture on Commons, you could try asking the author to relicense it under an acceptable license, such as Attribution-ShareAlike. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 22:02, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
You won't have this problem if you only search Flickr with {{Flickr free}}, since that search only finds images with licenses allowable on Commons. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of Flickr's billions of photos have the right licenses, but that's still a lot.
  • Search Flickr for images with the keywords: Caroline Flint under these licenses: cc-by or cc-by-sa - again unfortunately, this search finds no suitably free photos of the person in your image.
See also the links under COM:EIC#Flickr. --Teratornis (talk) 00:03, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for that. Under these conditions, that no photo is readily available, I understand that I could reupload the picture to en wiki and keep it there and then use it..? (Off2riorob (talk) 15:12, 4 June 2009 (UTC))

Not without a fair-use rationale. An image stipulating no derivative works is not free enough on the English Wikipedia either. See also en:Wikipedia:Image_copyright_tags/Deprecated#Non-free_Creative_Commons_licenses. PeterSymonds (talk) 15:53, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Sometimes the creator of a photo chose a restrictive license without knowing the arguments for and against it. See File:BD-propagande-2 (en).jpg. In other words, someone might be sympathetic to the goals of free content movement, when they hear the term, without understanding how their choice of a non-commercial restriction conflicts with freedom. --Teratornis (talk) 19:37, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Also: Commons and the various language Wikipedias have many contributors around the world who will sometimes take photos on request. If the subject of your photo makes frequent public appearances in populated areas, perhaps you can find a fellow user who can take a photo and license it suitably for Commons. See Commons:Picture requests and Category:User. --Teratornis (talk) 19:44, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Thank you all for your help. Slowly getting the picture, so to speak.I agree with that idea that perhaps they don't quite get the freedom thing, as on the page there was a comment saying please use and enjoy. I might send them an email and request them to free them up. The people are the foreign office! I'll let you know if they reply. Many thanks. (Off2riorob (talk) 20:37, 4 June 2009 (UTC))

licensing on an image upload

I am uploading an image that I did not create, but I know the person who did. How can I show that I have their permission to use the image? Ame0106 (talk) 18:14, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

See COM:OTRS. And make sure the subject of the image does not carry any legal restrictions. See COM:EIC#Copyright for details. --Teratornis (talk) 19:31, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Help needed on license "translation"

I have transferred this image from German Wikipedia: Reichenbach church.jpg In de:wiki the license is "Bild-frei" (Public Domain). To which license in Wikimedia-Commons does this translate? --Beckstet (talk) 05:52, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

de:Vorlage:Bild-frei links to {{Copyrighted free use}} here. Pruneautalk 06:45, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Logos in devices

Yes check.svg ResolvedI think --Teratornis (talk) 21:45, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Please, help on this. Emijrp (talk) 17:26, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

HELP PLEASE! What license should I use to upload a trademark I own?

I would like to upload a website logo and I want to leave clear it may be copyrighted? What license should I choose?

Thanks in advance — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rockefeller (talk • contribs) 18:07, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

See COM:L and Commons:Image casebook#Trademarks. Some examples are in: Category:Logos. If the logo is in fact under copyright, Commons will not accept it unless the copyright holder releases the logo under a suitable free license (such as CC-BY-SA; see COM:L for details). --Teratornis (talk) 21:56, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
(Edit conflict.) A lot of images here are copyrighted (in fact, everything except images in public domain). So, what do you mean exactly by this? Insofar as you allow commercial use, derivative, and all kind of other works, you can upload your logo here. Of course, it must fall within Commons' scope. Diti the penguin 21:59, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
As long as you are the copyright holder you may upload it under any free license you choose. Whether or not it is a trademark is irrelevant, as far as we are concerned; but if it is a registered trademark, you may choose to place the {{trademark}} tag in the image description to remind people of this. Dcoetzee (talk) 00:08, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Need Help With Problem With Getting Replacement Password.

I have forgotten my pass word for my "Cristellaria" account at Wikimedia Commons. The problem is that the "E-mail new passwork" button" on the "UserLogin Log in / create account" web page at did not mail me a new password after I requested a new password. I have done several times, and having to wait 24 hours between each try, and an email was sent to neither my inbox nor my spam folder for my email account. If Wikimedia refuses to send me a new password, how do i get this fixed?


Paul V. Heinrich ( Cristellaria )

Hi, the only way is to recreate a new account… Diti the penguin 13:14, 6 June 2009 (UTC)
Is it? I think, the user did not enable the email function in the settings so the "send a new password" maybe will not work. But the (logged in) User once added his Email to the his Userpage, so maybe a burocrat (or steward? I dont know) can reactivate his account by sending him a new password or add the email adress to the settings? I put a note on COM:BN. --Martin H. (talk) 20:57, 6 June 2009 (UTC)
Hi Cristellaria, the problem is that you never configured an email address for your account. You put your email address on your user page but this is not the same. Hence, Special:UserLogin couldn't send a new password to your address. Unfortunately we cannot help you here and you will have to create a new account. Sorry. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 22:59, 6 June 2009 (UTC) P.S.: Martin H., this can neither be done by 'crats or stewards to the best of my knowledge. Direct access to the database is required, i.e. only developers can do that. Given that this is an account with 82 edits in total, I do not think that this is worth to trouble them.

Older version

I accidentally reverted myself. How this version could be used in WP (it appears to be the original one)? The filename appears red. Brandmeister (talk) 18:01, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

The link goes to an revision of File:Fernandez-Virgin of the Navigators.jpg, see the Version history at the bottom of the description page. I dont know whats the original is, looking right or left. Please keep the original under this filename and upload, if you want, the mirrored version to someting like File:Fernandez-Virgin of the Navigators mirrored.jpg. Then you can use it on Wikipedia, embedding older revisions is not possible afaik. --Martin H. (talk) 20:45, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Disappearing Photos

I just uploaded several photos to Commons yet they have not appeared in my gallery. Yet if I try to upload again I am asked if I want to overwrite the file. They are there somewhere... Ah.. later Half answered my own question by going, in frustration, to "my contributions", and finding the pics there. Still not in gallery.

The Gallery is an external tool working on the Toolserver S2, there is an estimated replication lag of ~12 hours (and growing). So you have to rely on your Contributions or your Upload log for the moment. --Martin H. (talk) 22:33, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Quite a back log. Worked the rest out in the mean time but thanks, Martin. Russ

derivitive work - commons cant find license of original

I downloaded a map from commons. When I tried to upload my modification (as a derivative work), I got the following error message:

Sorry, your images can't be merged!

The licenses are incompatible or the licenses can't be detected. See above for all license tags the tool found for this images:

   * File:Blankmap-ao-090N-north_pole.png 2
         o Unknown 1

1.)Unknown templates 2.)no known license found for this image!

What is going on here and how do I get it fixed? ThanksDankarl (talk) 23:57, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Try it again, it should work now. --Yarnalgo (talk) 00:05, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Deleting my own image

How can I delete my own image? It is not used anywhere. Thanks, Number Googol (talk) 17:42, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Normaly you can't. You can request a deletion and let the communitiy decide. See Commons:Deletion policy and Commons:Deletion requests. However, you have uploaded only one image, File:Timpani Range Individual.JPG which you released to the public domain. It is not offensive or causing a liability to you. Why would you want to delete it? Sv1xv (talk) 17:50, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Actually, I thought I made a mistake with the copyright, but I actually didn't. Sorry for using your time, but thanks for the information. Number Googol (talk) 18:11, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Editing MY OWN file

Recently, a file I created was moved from en -> commons (for some reason which still hasn't been explained - it just showed up that the original had been deleted one morning). Now, despite still being listed as the author, I can't update this file. This seems more than faintly ridiculous. What do I need to do to be able to edit my own file, which is now incorrect?Jlsa (talk) 12:53, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Which one is it? Wknight94 talk 13:03, 7 June 2009 (UTC)
Probably either File:2010 world cup qualification.png or File:2011 womens world cup qualification.png (found by searching for "Jlsa"). —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 13:33, 7 June 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Transferring a file to Commons allows other Wikipedias to use it. Regarding your file, users newly registered cannot upload a new version of a file; they have to wait for 4 days, if I remember correctly. This is intended as a precaution against vandals. Unfortunately, it also annoys regular users who just wish to help. If you upload your new version under a different name, I'll perform the update for you. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 13:05, 7 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Fortunately the file has been updated in the interim - and shouldn't need more updating for at least 4 days. Cheers Jlsa (talk) 13:55, 7 June 2009 (UTC)
To understand why someone moved your image to Commons, see w:Wikipedia:Moving images to the Commons. Short answer: although the English Wikipedia is the largest, it only accounts for about 1/4 of the total size of all language Wikipedias. By moving the image to Commons, we make it easily usable by the other 3/4 of Wikipedia users. Since Wikipedia is inherently a multilingual project, we want all the images that can be on Commons to be on Commons. Some images cannot move to Commons, for example if they are under a fair use rationale. It would be nice if we could adjust the autoconfirmation requirement to make an exception for registered users on other Wikipedias whose images get moved to Commons by someone else. --Teratornis (talk) 19:25, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

How to move to a category?

How can I move my image to Category:Music? Thanks, Number Googol (talk) 19:59, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

To change the categories of an image, you need to edit the image description page. Categories look like this: [[Category:Name of the category]]. Just add another one or change an existing entry. You should try to find a more specific category than just music, though. The categories should be as specific as possible. --rimshottalk 21:49, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

How do I edit the description page? --Number Googol (talk) 23:11, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

You edit the image page much like you edit questions on this page, by clicking on an edit link. In this case, the edit link is a tab at the top of File:Timpani Range Individual.JPG. I categorized your photo into Category:Timpani. See the links under COM:EIC#Cat. --Teratornis (talk) 03:02, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, Teratornis! --Number Googol (talk) 03:33, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Video tutorials?

Are there any video conversion/editing/uploading tutorials on commons? I'm looking for one in particular that tells me how I can get two .flv files ([5] & [6]) from flickr and upload them to commons. Nanonic (talk) 20:24, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

A Ctrl+F search of the Editor's index to Commons finds:
Let us know if that material explains it well enough. I have only uploaded still images from Flickr, not any videos yet, so I don't have direct knowledge of what to do. Look at the example video in Commons:Flickr files#Video and you can probably see what the person who uploaded it did. --Teratornis (talk) 22:38, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Photo Useage?

I have a Cousin who was a 1960s TV celebrity, he has no photograph on this Wikipedia Page, I have a photo of him I took. Can I use it?

Aaron Nicholson (motorau) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 04:01, 8 June 2009 (talk • contribs)

If you are (1) the photographer or holder of copyrights or you have (2) the photographer or holder of copyrights written permission to a free license (see Commons:Project scope #3.3) you of course can upload it. Depending on who the photographer is please select the (1) "own work" or the (2) "It is from somewhere else " in Commons:Upload, if it is not your own work please forward the written permission from the photographer/copyright holder to Commons:OTRS where it is reviewed and stored confidentially. --Martin H. (talk) 11:31, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Uploading from a 1843 photo folio of Metcalfe

Hi! I tried to upload this file[7], which has two photos. This is part of the folio from "Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi", an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, by Thomas Metcalfe , 1843. There is no Copy right issue since it was published in 1843. Many other pictures have been uploaded by other users from this Folio as can be seen under the Title Metcalfe. The information that has been provided in the uploaded photos by others under Licensing is {{PD-Art}}. I tried several times to upload the above first referred file but failed every time. Can some one in the help desk upload for me with the above information? I need to use it for an article I intend to post on "Metcalfe Houses" on wikipedia. Thanks.--Nvvchar (talk) 07:45, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps you tried to uploade the HTML file? In this case you must save the JPEG image [8] and upload it instead. Sv1xv (talk) 08:01, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Trying to upload new version of file

The bot User:BotMultichill run by User:Multichill recently moved my file from en.wikipedia to commons. I now want to upload a new version. It seems like I would have to do this on the commons page instead of the en.wikipedia page -- right? Will the update be seen on en.wikipedia -- I assume so? Also I just created an account on commons (just to upload a new version). The problem is that my account is too new to upload a new version. So can somebody move the new version to it's rightful place -- keeping the page description intact from the old version. Jdm64 (talk) 18:52, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done, updated File:Operating system usage share.svg and deleted File:Operating system usage share may.svg. This is the right place to update your file indeed, and the changes will spread to all wikipedias that use it. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 19:06, 8 June 2009 (UTC)


Hello, how can I cut out an area from an original picture and create so a new file? Maybe it's enough to cut it simply with a software and upload it then?—Preceding unsigned comment added by GuidoRN (talk • contribs) 04:52, June 8, 2009 (UTC)

You're suggestion is correct. Simply download the file (make sure you click the "Full resolution" thing if it's there) and crop it with any image software. If it is a significant change, like extracting one person out of a photo of five, upload it under a new file name. You can use the derivativeFX tool to help you. If it is a minor change, you can upload it over the old one. This requires you to be autoconfirmed which takes 4 days so if it does not allow you to upload the file with the same name, just wait a couple days. --Yarnalgo (talk) 15:41, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
When cropping JPEGs, I recommend the use of JPEGCrop to prevent generation loss. Dcoetzee (talk) 19:52, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
Or you can use Cropbot to do it all for you (you don't even need to download the picture). --Yarnalgo (talk) 02:02, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Bild wird nicht angezeigt

Ich habe ein Bild hochgeladen, aber es wird nicht angezeigt. Es erscheint eine Fehlermeldung: (rotes Kreuz, File); Größe der Voransicht: 800 × 519 Pixel; Version in höherer Auflösung‎ (4.016 × 2.605 Pixel, Dateigröße: 5,19 MB, MIME-Typ: image/jpeg)

Bitte um schnelle Hilfe :-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kartonierer (talk • contribs)

Mir werden deine hochgeladenen Bilder angezeigt. Welches meinst du denn? --Leyo 08:25, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

permission to use photo

I am working on a teen guide to Israel and would like to use the photo of Mahmoud Abbas, which appears on,_Davos.jpg. I am writing here to obtain permission. Please let me know if you have any other questions. 17:53, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License, {{Cc-by-sa-2.0}}, so you may copy it, as long as you follow the rules stated in . Basically you must include an attribution to the World Economic Forum and license any modified versions of the photo you release under the same license. Sv1xv (talk) 18:16, 9 June 2009 (UTC)


Ich habe begonnen, für das Bild einen Löschantrag zu stellen, aber das Verfahren ist mir zu kompliziert. Bitte um Unterstützung. --Textkorrektur (talk) 09:30, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Vervollstädnigt. --Martin H. (talk) 11:55, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
Vielen Dank! --Textkorrektur (talk) 11:22, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

What happened to my article???

I created an account, wrote an article ... saved the article ... and the article is not appearing when I search for it.

When I log in and look for my latest edits ... it is not there.

What happened to my article? The title is "Earthian Society" —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:07, June 9, 2009 (UTC)

What is your account name? I looked for the article but it doesn't appear to ever have been created (and thus not deleted). Also, please remember that this is the Wikimedia Commons, not wikipedia; we host media files, not articles; our project scope has more information on what content is and is not welcome on the Commons. If you need any help feel free to contact me via my talk page! -- Editor at Largetalk 22:29, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Using Commons images on Wikipedia

How do I move a picture from Wikimedia Commons to an article in Wikipedia?

The article is: Augustus Meyers

I have uploaded his picture in Wikimedia Commons, and I want to move it to the article.

Thank you —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gh8699 (talk • contribs) 18:33, June 9, 2009 (UTC)

You can use an image uploaded on Commons in any Wikipedia article exatly as if it was a file uploaded in Wikipedia. Just enter [[File:filename.jpg]] or [[File:filename.jpg|thumb|right]] in your article. Wikipedia software automatically searches on Commons for files not found locally. Sv1xv (talk) 04:49, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
See Embedding Commons' media in Wikipedia articles for more info. --Yarnalgo (talk) 06:41, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Should separate images that are really updated versions exist separately or should they be merged?

I usually edit on en wiki so I really don't know the policies here, but based on the en wiki image policies, the following images should have been updated instead of a new image being created as they are essentially updated versions of one another (updated versions). Are separate names for updated versions of the same image allowed on commons or should they be merged? (couldn't find 1 if there was one)

Noian (talk) 23:21, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

This is pretty common in cases where the other versions may still be useful. But if this is the case, the filenames ideally should be more descriptive than those above. In this case the maps each appear to indicate a different set of facts, or a different point in time, so I would probably keep them all separate. Dcoetzee (talk) 23:24, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Trying to upload new version of file

A bot/or person recently moved 2010_world_cup_qualification.png from en.wikipedia to commons. I again want to upload a new version as the current one is both out of date and has errors, but I still haven't been here long enough to be allowed to do that. I uploaded in to 2010_world_cup_qualification2.png instead. As a side note - can I suggest that bot moves such as this include some notification that authors may not be able to update their own files once they have been moved if they don't have an account in commons - as it is not well known and it's more than a bit annoying to be told you can't update your own stuff because it has been shifted. Jlsa (talk) 01:30, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Regarding the side note: yes, you can suggest just about anything you like. The trick is figuring out where to make a suggestion that will be productive. In this case we need to figure out who or what moved the image, and who we would need to contact about adding the notification you describe. File:2010 world cup qualification.png doesn't seem to make very obvious who moved it to Commons, so I'm not sure who to complain to. Side observations:
  • The file clearly belongs on Commons since it is undoubtedly useful to many readers in other languages.
  • The busy revision history of the file suggests an unusually high probability of the problem you describe. Most images on Wikipedia don't get updated very often, if at all, so moving them Commons rarely creates the present problem.
  • I think we prefer SVG files for maps and diagrams over PNGs. See Category:SVG maps for some examples. That's something to think about for future reference.
  • In general, it causes a lot of confusion that Wikipedia allows image uploads even when images are of a type that "should" be on Commons. A large Wikipedia such as the English Wikipedia has many users who only think in terms of that particular Wikipedia, and it is an unwelcome learning burden to figure out Commons in addition. I have no real idea of how to solve this problem, other than to spend some time on the Help desk answering questions. But I think Commons is pretty cool and is worth looking at even if one edits only on one language Wikipedia. And in the larger scheme of things, a four-day wait for autoconfirmation is not much. The world will not stop if a particular image is a few days out of date. Yes, it is annoying, but lots of things are annoying on Wikipedia - what can we expect for a site which we don't even have to pay for? Unlike most annoying things in life, at least in theory it is possible for the individual user to analyze annoyances here and (eventually) fix them.
--Teratornis (talk) 01:54, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Full size view disabled?

My PC cannot open images in full size. I've tried File:Gustave Doré - Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote - Part 1 - Chapter 1 - Plate 1 "A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination".jpg, File:Moreau, Gustave - Jupiter und Semele - 1896.jpg (43.5 MB) and File:Denver airport USGA 2002 mod.jpg. I can view smaller sized ones in full size though (e.g. File:Rokko Island Kobe.JPG). This never happened before. I haven't made changes on the computer settings recently.

The error message reads "Die Grafik ... kann nicht angezeigt werden, weil sie Fehler enthält" (the image cannot displayed because it is erroneous). What's wrong? --Mattes (talk) 12:16, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Check out {{TooLarge}} which I just added to those three pictures. --Yarnalgo (talk) 21:13, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
As I said, I could see such large images for years by clicking on them. Now, it works again per regular image link (don't know why). Might be a temp. bug from Firefox or something. Thanks anyway! --Mattes (talk) 21:41, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Image modification help

I am writing a Wikipedia article and uploaded File:Michael Phelan photo with signature.jpg for use in it. However, I am dissatisfied with the layout of the image. I would like the signature moved up so it is separated from the photo above by a relatively small amount of space. The big gap doesn't work well. I am not very proficient with graphic programs and am just learning how to use Paint.NET. Modifying the image as I've described is beyond my current abilities. Can someone make the change and reupload? If you told me how I could have done it myself using Paint.NET (i.e. go to W menu → X tool → Y filter → Z result) I'd appreciate it but simply having someone make the change is what I am after. Thanks in advance.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:02, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Is this what you were looking for? File:Michael Phelan.JPG -- Jonathunder (talk) 04:34, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Logo license question

I have a logo that was created by me and want to upload it but want to retain all rights and only allow use after notification, is this possible? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chester2guru (talk • contribs) 04:57, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

See the links under COM:EIC#Copyright for example Commons:FAQ#Copyright questions. You can require attribution with the cc-by-sa license but I don't know about notification. I'm not sure how a requirement for notification would be compatible with free content, because what if someone wanted to reuse your work but for some reason they could not notify you? (For example, what if you were unreachable for an extended time, or dead? If all goes to plan, Commons will outlive us.) Nothing stops you from requesting notification (see for example the author's request in File:Beside the Tombeau du frere Andree.jpg), but I don't know how to make it binding and still upload your image to Commons. See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia for details on what obligations re-users of content from Commons must fulfill. Also, what do you mean by "retain all rights"? --Teratornis (talk) 06:23, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

How to categorize an image

I have uploaded an image It is an image file of a political party logo I have received a request from Wiki to add categories to it I cannot, for the life of me, work out how to do it despite Wiki telling me how easy it is. All I see are a never ending circle of interlinked pages, none of which give me a simple answer but instead refer to yet another round of interlinked pages I can't even find a list of categories

All I want to know is 1) how do I categorise this picture as a political party logo 2) how to I upload it to appear next to an article I uploaded about this political party?

Thank you

Chris Kelly — Preceding unsigned comment added by Christopherkellywiki (talk • contribs) 09:07, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

If you refer to File:ExtremelyGreedyFortyPercentPartyLogo.jpg, another user categorized it. --Teratornis (talk) 18:28, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
To display the image in an article on the English Wikipedia, follow the instructions in w:Help:Images and other uploaded files. --Teratornis (talk) 21:30, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Licensing a book

My professor has asked me to scan and upload the first 3 chapters of his book to make it accessible to the public. It was published in 1985 and has been out of print, so he gave me full permission to make the book public domain. How do I go about categorizing its licensing? It's running the risk of being deleted. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kendrachiu (talk • contribs) 04:14, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

It helps to point out that you're talking about File:Longshoremen Community and Resistance on the Brooklyn Waterfront.pdf and that you are User:Kendrachiu (which you should usually add to your posts with --~~~~.--Prosfilaes (talk) 14:41, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Follow the procedure in COM:OTRS so we have the copyright owner's written permission. --Teratornis (talk) 19:52, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Inexperienced uploader asking for help with a large file problem

I'd like to upload copies of historical postal route maps originally drawn by Abraham Bradley, Jr., the biography of whom I'm researching on en.wikipedia. Here's a link to such a file: The maps were originally drawn for the U.S. postal department from 1795 until 1825, so I'm confident they're in the public domain. Unfortunately, the maps are only accessible in the JPEG 2000 format, and are fairly large (17-36 megs) in that format. When converted out at best resolution in JPEG format, the smallest of them exceeds 100 megs. Normally I'd change the compression, but the fine readable detail is a major reason these files have (and had) value. Ideas? BusterD (talk) 15:19, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Hmm, you may upload both the full size map for archiving and reference and a smaller size and higher compression version for display. Sv1xv (talk) 15:29, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Should I upload the original .jp2? Is that a supported file format (as part of the JPEG standard)? BusterD (talk) 15:49, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
So I attempted upload of the smallest (101 mb) file, and of course it failed. Still could use some mentoring here. BusterD (talk) 17:08, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Could someone doublecheck my work before I make the same mistake several times? I uploaded the full sized version, then a quarter-sized version. Still too big? Both versions of the first map are here. Thanks! BusterD (talk) 17:49, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Those look fine, although I'm a bit disappointed to see how much compression artifacts have damaged the maps. :-( The area around the text has jarring artifacts. Could you try a higher JPEG quality? The upload limit is 100MB so there's still room. Dcoetzee (talk) 18:09, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Do the second and third maps look better? I used Photoshop instead of a converter utility. BusterD (talk) 21:28, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure there's a 100MB file size limit on uploads. But it seems odd to me - the physical maps must have been very large indeed to generate JP2 files of that size. Like, the size of a large table. Are these seriously single contiguous maps, with no natural divisions along which you can cut them into pieces? Is the map still legible if you downscale it? Dcoetzee (talk) 18:07, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
As I understand it, the original map was 72 inches square, and that this map is in four pieces. I did say this was a particularly large group of files. BusterD (talk) 18:20, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Palm Pre photos from Flickr

I'm trying to enhance the w:en:Palm Pre with images of the device that aren't CG promo shots. I received authorization from flickr user kevinforeman to use images from his set of Pre images. However, the images have "all rights reserved" on flickr. These are excellent pictures and I think they're perfect for uploading to the Commons, what other steps do I need to go through with the photographer to be able to post the images here? AniRaptor2001 (talk) 18:23, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

You can search for actually free content photos with the {{Flickr free}} template:
  • Search Flickr for images with the keywords: Palm Pre under these licenses: cc-by or cc-by-sa - this finds a few
See the links under COM:EIC#Flickr for instructions on how to upload photos from Flickr to Commons. You can only upload images that have either CC-BY or CC-BY-SA as their licenses. If you want the particular copyrighted photos, ask the author to change his license to one of the two acceptable licenses. --Teratornis (talk) 02:56, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
If you have gotten permission from him to use them under a free license see COM:OTRS for how to confirm permission. --Yarnalgo (talk) 03:10, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
Also see Commons talk:Flickr files#Template for requests. --Teratornis (talk) 07:01, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Moving an image to overwrite another

Help! I've uploaded an image File:H1N1 Italy Map2.svg, which is an updated version of File:H1N1 Italy Map.svg. How can I overwrite the old file with my new one? Surely there's an easier way than having to update every page which shows the old image. --Alexdeangelis86 (talk) 22:37, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Once your account is old enough (4 days I think?), you can overwrite images by simply uploading them under the same name as the original. In this case I've done it for you. Dcoetzee (talk) 22:07, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
See Commons:Autoconfirmed users. --Teratornis (talk) 02:42, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Blacklist of filenames

Perhaps Photo.JPG should be added to the blacklist of bad file names.--Prosfilaes (talk) 14:37, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

I guess you refer to MediaWiki:Titleblacklist. There seems to be some discussion on MediaWiki talk:Titleblacklist. You could try asking there if nothing happens as a result of asking here. --Teratornis (talk) 19:35, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Why do I have 2 user talk pages?

I appear to have two userpages, User talk:Sushiflinger and User talk:Sushiflinger (usurped), which seems has my welcome message. Why do I have 2 different user talk pages? --Sushiflinger (talk) 18:48, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Looks like you usurped the user name, "Sushiflinger"? To do that, crats move the existing Sushiflinger user - and all of its pages - to a new user called Sushiflinger (usurped) - and then move your original name to Sushiflinger. That's what it looks like to me anyway. Of course you can copy the message to your own talk page if you want to have all the helpful links handy... Wknight94 talk 19:01, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

File Deletion

I would like to delete the file: ASFemale.jpg because I entered the pic into the wrong category and could not change it. I have since uploaded the same pic in the correct category. Thanks for your help.

✓ Done. However, you can change the category by clicking the "edit" button on top of the page. You don't need to re-upload images if you make a mistake. Best regards, m:Mark W (Mwpnl) ¦ talk 19:28, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

adding category to submitted upload work

Dear Sir/Madam, received your internet notification enclosed:-

Template:Please link images

I will include categories to ones submitted already can you show me where the code goes and what page, can you use one of my enteries as an example.

I was aware of categories and trust someone could provide example from one of my pages.

yours sincerely,

Paul Kay Foster Mackenzie — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 13:27, 17 June 2009 (UTC) (User:PAULM594

Hi Paul, I removed your personal data and email and linked the information. I can hardly give you an example for your uploads because they are plain text only, they not realy fit in our Commons:Project scope, see Commons:Project scope#Excluded educational content. If they should fit into a very special scope I dont know you should follow the instruction given with the information on your talkpage. Another one would be: For a free licensed photo of a british politician add the text [[Category:Politicians of the United Kingdom]] and sort him to [[Category:Politicians of the United Kingdom by party]] and maybe to [[Category:People of City XY]]. --Martin H. (talk) 13:58, 17 June 2009 (UTC)
Also i just noticed, that many of your uploads are duplicates to that you uploaded with your account 594mpaul (talk · contribs). --Martin H. (talk) 14:06, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

Request to replace files

Hi! I've just recently made edits to File:DPR RI insignia.svg and File:DPR RI insignia.png, and have uploaded the new ones under different names File:new DPR RI insignia.svg and File:new DPR RI insignia.png. Can anyone help me on how to overwrite the old ones and replace them without breaking articles using them. Thanks! Bluearth (talk) 00:18, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

You recently created your account. The Commons software should autoconfirm you shortly, and then you can upload new versions of existing images. --Teratornis (talk) 17:22, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Multi-Upload / Uploading tool for many Commons files

Hey there!

I have to upload a lot of files and the intern uploader of Wiki is pretty annoying. I know about Commonplace, but it doesn't work for me.

Is there an alternative? I can think of one, but I can't remember the name and couldn't find it through search.

Thanks in advance :)

Greets, Horst-schlaemma (talk) 08:44, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

Maybe Commonist? It is a pain to use for me, but maybe it'll suit to you. Diti the penguin 09:41, 17 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. But indeed, it's a pain in the arse.. :( Is there any other way to mass-upload files to Commons?
Regards, Horst-schlaemma (talk) 13:33, 17 June 2009 (UTC)
Maybe someone experienced from COM:BATCH can help you. Otherwise maybe using one of the tools for the basic upload (author, license, source, of course filename) and entering the description and categories after the upload will be a sollution, depends on the spectrum of the uploads. --Martin H. (talk) 14:03, 17 June 2009 (UTC)
If you have many photos to upload and they all have similar {{Information}} template entries, categories, etc., one low-tech method to streamline the tedium slightly is to use the plainest upload form, and use an external text editor to edit the {{Information}} template texts. That way you can use the editor's efficient copy and paste functions to prepare the wikitext, and then for each photo you only have to select the image to upload and paste in the pre-edited wikitext. See User:Teratornis/Flickr examples, which may or may not be similar to what you want to do. I haven't figured out a really efficient method yet. The worst method is to use an upload form that makes you select all the information from individual fields - that is truly god-awful when you want to upload a dozen similar photos. By the time you finish selecting the same three or four categories for each photo, your frame of mind will be like Hitler's in the bunker. --Teratornis (talk) 05:18, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Personally, that method works extremely well for me: upload one file, then go back to the upload form with the browser's back button: it should re-fill the form. Then just select the next file, make minor adaptations (time, description), and upload again. Categories are also restored when going back. Lupo 09:23, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
I remember trying that, but for some reason I didn't like the way it behaved. I recall some sort of spurious error message that put me off. I guess I should look at that again. But I generally tend to find fill-out forms annoying for repetitive work; I'm much more a text-editor/markup language fan. Plus I can save the text file and use it as the basis for future uploads. --Teratornis (talk) 17:18, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Using one of the many Mediawiki bot libraries, it would be straightforward to create a fully automatic uploader that takes images and image descriptions in associated text files and uploads them all. However, if you found Commoner complicated, I'm not sure if this would be a big improvement. Dcoetzee (talk) 05:57, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for all your suggestions people! The thing is: I've already done the text editor way, also the back button was my friend for quite some time. But it's still inefficient. You know, we Germans adore efficiency ;) Wasn't it ever proposed to add a proper upload tool to Wiki, like any random photo upload service offers one? I mean, it can't be such a big deal at all. Where could I possibly suggest this?

Kind regards, Horst-schlaemma (talk) 12:15, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

The way to find out whether it is a big deal to build such a tool is to try building it. Even figuring out where to suggest it might be somewhat difficult. Wikimedia Commons consists of a fairly loose aggregation of volunteers, most of whom contribute their time in small increments. Only a handful of users will have worked their way into position to build a tool such as you may want, and perhaps they have already come up with other upload methods they like. (Typically a programmer can easily build a system that only he can use, but to make it usable by large numbers of distant strangers who all use different computers and have different preferences etc. may require many times more work. Thus the programmer must somehow become motivated to endure hardship merely to help someone else.) It might be more efficient to improve the tools we already have. For example, "it's a pain in the arse" is not a useful characterization of Commonist, because it doesn't explain exactly what you don't like about Commonist now, and what you would like instead. I suggest making a user subpage where you specify as clearly as possible what you want in an upload tool. Then someone with programming skills would have a definite target, whether for building a completely new tool, or improving an existing tool. Your odds of success improve if dozens or perhaps hundreds of other users read your specification and agree that they too must have such a tool. Note that many tools appear more difficult than they actually are when the documentation is poor. As with the programs themselves, we only have good documentation after some users write what they have figured out. Most people have no obvious incentive to do this, because once they figure out how to do something, they no longer need a document. --Teratornis (talk) 17:18, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Uploaded file not visible

Hi there! I seemed to always bump into this same problem after upload.

After image upload, the file page won't show my image. Only link to the image is shown. Here r the pages I'm talking about: File:Mahkamah Agung insignia.svg and File:Mahkamah Agung insignia.png.

Other than this small inconvenience, everything else works fine, I can link to the image or embed them in articles.

I'm new to commons, so i think it must be a mistake in my side. Can any one point me where I went wrong? Regards. Bluearth (talk) 19:03, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

The png looks like it works fine and I finally got the svg to work after some tinkering. --Yarnalgo (talk) 20:58, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! Can you explain to me what exactly that you did? Bluearth (talk) 01:00, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

How to rename a picture already on Wikipedia Commons?

I accidentally entered a wrong name for one of my pictures and now I don't know how to correct the name. - SuperTank17 (talk) 13:45, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

You may upload it again with the correct filename and then mark the old one with {{Duplicate}}. Sv1xv (talk) 13:47, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
You could also use the {{rename}} template and have an admin confirm the move. Esby (talk) 14:51, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Who is the copyright holder of an unauthorised book

Hi. I wanted to offer this image at the German and English novel-articles. I am not quite sure about the copyright. The book is usually copyrighted by its publisher. The edition is, however, printed without a publisher claiming its copyright. The image of the edition will not infringe the rights of Rushdie nor en:Viking Press, I assume. It is rather proof that such editions existed and I think it its interesting to reflect that. --Olaf Simons (talk) 12:58, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

The book is copyrighted by the author and the publisher. However this photo shows only a few words (presumably title and author name) in arabic print without any artistic elements. It can be argued that copyright is not violated. Sv1xv (talk) 13:10, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
It is title, author and clearly pseudonymous translator. The reproduction itself will not help anyone to read the book. It should be as good as if I write author's name and title plus peculiar name in Farsi. That itself should not be copyrighted. --Olaf Simons (talk) 13:15, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Presumably this falls under Commons:De minimis (COM:DM) - copying of such trivial nature it can be ignored. If this isn't de minimus, I don't know what would be. --Teratornis (talk) 03:13, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Renaming a file

I uploaded an updated picture for the Swine Flu in Australia I know I can't upload it directly yet with the same file name but could someone please replace this Media:H1N1_Australia_Type_Map.svg with the version I updated here thank you Kramark (talk) 17:54, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Someone updated the other image already... possibly not from processing this request. 04:53, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

New Version Problem

I've uploaded my image, File:Biography Barnstar.png, but it didn't work. When I tried to revert my edit, all the previous versions (except for the oldest version) became the new version, while the new one became the old! Can anyone help with this curious problem? Please! This has been very important at Wikipedia! Kayau (talk) 11:44, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

I'm not sure I understand what you mean, but your problem seems to be caused by the cache of your browser. Try reloading the page (Ctrl + Shift + R in Firefox) and check it again. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 11:48, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
Miraculous. It worked! Kayau (talk) 11:56, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Can't edit template

File:Farmer walking in dust storm Cimarron County Oklahoma2.jpg is a featured picture at the English Wikipedia, and as such, carries a template noting its featured status there. However, the grammar is bad ("This is a featured picture on English Wikipedia..."); it should be changed to "...picture on the English...". I would edit it, but I can't find the subpage of {{Assessments}} to fix the wording. Could someone please correct this template? Nyttend (talk) 01:27, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

To find the template, click the edit link on the file, and scroll down the page to see the template list at the bottom. The template you want appears to be {{Assessments/en}}. I think I see where the word "the" could go, but the template has a lot going on there, and who knows what might break. I suggest discussing it first on Template talk:Assessments. Maybe someone who is more familiar with the template can edit it with less chance of breakage. Also see Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Assessments/en to see how this template appears on other pages, perhaps with different conditional branching; you will want to check a sample of them after any edit to the template, to make sure it works on other pages. --Teratornis (talk) 04:39, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Flickr image also on another website

File:Shiny ahuja.jpg

This image is found here on flickr [9] and also on another website [10]. How to correctly determine if its a copyright violation, or the external website ( just copied it from flickr without attribution? Should we still assume the copyright status claimed by the flickr account is correct? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SpaceFlight89 (talk • contribs) 17:24, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Hi SpaceFlight, you are correct here: The image is copied from the other website and directly forwarded to Commons, this is called Flickr washing (same date, same name - obvious).
In cases it is not so obvious you should compare the flickr uploads, not possible here because there is only one upload. You should check the EXIF of some random images for copyright notices, compare the camera types, if someone makes professional photos you should check if he has photos of his family or private images made with the same camera. Only some useful tips. In this case thanks for paying attention. --Martin H. (talk) 17:29, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Category:Steinway Model D

Please, delete this empty category Category:Steinway Model D. Thanks. --Zxcvzxcv (talk) 18:55, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done Sv1xv (talk) 19:05, 21 June 2009 (UTC)


Regarding adding the relicence template please have a look at this file [[11]] I have moved from en wikipedia and checked its status and added the cc-by-sa-3.0 template, how can I / or do I need to remove the ..If this file is eligible for relicensing, it may also be used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.The relicensing status of this image has not yet been reviewed. You can help. ...template. (Off2riorob (talk) 21:59, 19 June 2009 (UTC))

the robot did it. (Off2riorob (talk) 16:42, 20 June 2009 (UTC))

The nice way to link to the photo is like this:
You seem to refer to the {{License migration}} template which you removed.
When a bot puts a message template on a file, the template should document itself by linking to pages that explain what the template means, and how the user should deal with it. Read the links off the template, and if anything seems unclear in the instructions, write it on the instruction page's talk page so someone can clarify the instructions. We want these things to be self-contained and self-explanatory, and the only way to make them so is for the intended victims recipients to feed back whatever they did not understand, so the documenters can refine the documents to make them understandable to everyone, especially to new users. (It's hard for expert users to write for new users, because experts tend to forget what new users don't know yet. Thus experts need feedback from new users so they can remember what new users need to see.)
  • Alternatively, maybe the bot made a mistake. If reading the documents does not make clear why the bot put the message template on the image page, look at the bot's user page to see how the bot author wants recipients to report errors or questions. The idea of bots is to save repetitive human labor, but this doesn't work if the bot creates more confusion - then the bot is just wasting people's time. So if the bot is confusing you, something in the system is broken: either you didn't read the documents, or the documents weren't clear, or the bot made a mistake. If the bot made a mistake, it will probably make it again. It's nice to catch these problems and fix them, or else the next person will have to.
--Teratornis (talk) 18:21, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Right. Thanks, that is very helpful, and the nice way to link. Regards. (Off2riorob (talk) 00:37, 22 June 2009 (UTC))



I Uploaded some files for my article PSV Oostfront ( NL Wikipedia ). But i made a mistake with the license. I selected the 'it's from someone else' license, and now it will be deleted in 7 days.. Actually it's all from myself ( You can see that on press on 'photo galerry' and you see my foto's with copyright under.. ) But i changed the Author in Psvpride ( My name) So i wanna show the people its mine, but there is still the 'delete in 7 days' box.. and it's a shame if they get deleted, because i want to keep the pictures for my article PSV oostfront.

Maybe somebody can help me? --Psvpride (talk) 08:17, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Can you tell us what picture you're talking about and what license you have chosen? I'll make the necessary changes for you. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 10:45, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
I chose : It is from somewhere else .. And there are much pictures i'm talkin about. The important ones: L-sidelogo.jpg, l-side.jpg, PSVL-side.jpg, l-sidepsv.jpg, l-sidepsv2.jpg. Thank you very very much --Psvpride (talk) 12:36, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

I had a look at all your uploads:
  • Oostfront.jpg - The template says that you need a free licence or the file gets deleted. Images which are not published under a free licence are not allowed on Commons. You just have to remove the "no licence" tag and replace it with a free licence. If you give a webpage as source you may include the link where it is included, because it could be everywhere on that page.
  • Logo oost-front.jpg - A logo which is ineligible for copyright. I removed the {{no licence}} and included {{PD-ineligible}} instead.
  • L-sidelogo.jpg - A copyrighted logo which is not ineligible for copyright. Such logos are not allowed on Commons. Thereby I removed it.
  • L-side.jpg - Honestly it looks like I scan of a newspaper or something the like to me and I challenge that (even you may have scanned the image) the image as such was taken by you and thereby that you are allowed to icence this image under a free licence.
  • L-side2.jpg - Same as for L-side.jpg
  • Oost.jpg - Same as for Oostfront.jpg
  • L-sidepsv.jpg - Same as for L-side.jpg. Moreover the Nikon logo in the top right corner is an indication that this image is not your own work.
  • L-sidepsv2.jpg - Same as for Oostfront.jpg
  • PSVL-side.jpg - Same as for L-side.jpg
  • My Club.jpg - Looks like a someelse has created this image and you have uploaded this image here.
  • PSV Oostfront.jpg - This image has no bad tag. It is licenced under a free licence.
Please note the following:
1) Commons does not allows fair use.
2) You are only allowed to licence any work under a free licence if you have taken the image (derivative works of copyrighted material (such as an image of a Micky Mouse figure) are also not allowed) or if you have the permission to do so. Content which is displayed on any webside is not freely licenced because you can see it (many user confuse public domain with content that everybody can see; "they released it to the public").
3) If a scan of a part of a newspaper is dispalyed on some webpage this webpage is not allowed to give you the permission to upload this image under a free licence, because they do not own the copyright for the newspaper. The same goes for images which are made by photographers who only agreed that their image is displayed on a webpage. The webpage is again not allowed to give you the permission to licence the image under a free licence.
4) A free licence does include that the image can be used for commercial purpose. Many authors are not fine with that issue. If the author only agreed to display the image the webside is not allowed to give you the permission that you are allowed to use that file for commercial purpose.
I think that even some of your images are really taken by yourself others are not (e.g. the newspager-style images) and you don't have the permission to upload these images. Long contribution but I hope that it helps you.
--D-Kuru (talk) 13:15, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes this helps me, but i don't know how to change the license, can you tell me where i can do that?, Because if i press 'edit' tab i cant change the license. --Psvpride (talk) 08:37, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
See for example this edit by User:D-Kuru to Logo oost-front.jpg. See Commons:Licensing, Commons:Copyright tags, and COM:EIC#Copyright. --Teratornis (talk) 22:22, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Numbers behind files?


Could someone be so kind and tell me what those numbers behind the files in my viewing list mean?

Example: File:Rattey Fachwerk Ferienhaus.JPG‎; 15:26 . . (+43). . Horst-schlaemma (Diskussion | Beiträge)

+43 what? Views? Edits? Eggs?

Cordial thanks in advance :)

Greets, Horst-schlaemma (talk) 19:23, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

It means that after an edit the description page was 43 characters longer. Sv1xv (talk) 19:27, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
It is the number of bytes added to (or removed from) the page since the last edit. Insofar as exotic characters are coded on two bytes, if your modification is to add a “é” to the page (for example), it will display a “(+2)”. Diti the penguin 19:35, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
See m:Help:Recent changes. --Teratornis (talk) 22:17, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
Interesting, thanks! While we're at it - is there any way to check the number of visitors/views of a file? I know there's a way for articles, but files also?
Greets, Horst-schlaemma (talk) 19:46, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes, but it not works correctly. Example: File:Zinnowitz Usedom Neue Strandstraße Bäderarchitektur.JPG, you have to check:
  • The views of the Commons filepage [12]
  • The views of the german and english Wikipedia filepages en de
  • The views of the image inside the article is still not counted.
I wish someone makes a "Commons+" option to count the views on Commons and all projects. --Martin H. (talk) 19:52, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Make file preview smaller

For a image/media file's page, is there any coding to make the image appear smaller or larger? For example, underneath this image File:Vincent Willem van Gogh 002.jpg there is a "full resolution" link. How can I make this appear in an image such as this: File:Procent-teken.svg?

For Wikimedia projects use [[File:Vincent Willem van Gogh 002.jpg|thumb|200px|description]] to reduze the size to 200px on the shorter side. To download you can have thumbnail versions in every size: 450px, 200px. Compare the two weblinks: Just add 123px- to the filename in the URL, you can get every size from 1px to 1255px for this image this way. To generally reduze the size of images on image description pages go to your preferences, 2nd tab "appearance", 2nd box. There you can reduze the default size of thumbnails for file description and for images used in articles without a scale parameter. --Martin H. (talk) 11:59, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Author's permission.

Dear Commons Redactors,

I would like to use some graphics from:, and I have permission from the owner. How shoud I write about the license, where to send the permission?

With best regards,

Vissegerd-Adam (talk) 08:59, 23 June 2009 (UTC),

I have received an author's permission by mail as follows:

Hi Vissegerd-Adam, you asked for permission to use in Wikipedia and you got permission to use in Wikipedia - thats not enough (1st sentence). You must get permission in terms of Commons:Email templates that everyone can use the images for every purpose including commercial use under the terms of a free license or agreement like {{Attribution}}. If your permission is for everyone inside and outside Wikimedia projects {{Attribution}} or {{Copyrighted free use}} is close to your permission. Maybe Commons has images of this castles, see Category:Castles in Landkreis Mansfeld-Südharz. If you have a free permission you should forward it to Commons:OTRS, see the email adress there. --Martin H. (talk) 12:29, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Setting up a vote on Wikimedia

There is currently a discussion on Wikimedia Commons regarding the flag of the Republic of China. Since the government doesn't provide any specification for their flag, several editors have tried to approximate the colors based on different sources, but in the end everybody have different preferences so no consensus has been reached as of yet. So in order to reach this consensus, I'm thinking that we could organize of vote, as it as been done for the Polish flag. i.e. we would propose two or three different options and ask editors to choose their favorite one. So my questions are: do you think this kind of vote would be appropriate on Wikimedia? If so, do you know what is the procedure to follow to setup the vote? Thanks, WikiLaurent (talk) 11:25, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Unzulässige (?) Einschränkung bei Lizenz

Meiner Meinung nach ist die Einschränkung "Not for commercial use" bei der Datei EC 145 F-ZBPK.JPG nicht zulässig. Falls ich das richtig sehe: Wo wäre das zu listen? -- Хрюша ?? 07:34, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Ganz richtig, die Datei kann mit {{subst:npd}} (was bedeuted: No permission date - keine Erlaubnis mit Datum) markiert und der Uploader auf seiner Disk informiert werden. --Martin H. (talk) 12:33, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
Ich habe das mal gemacht, aber ohne grosse Hoffnung. Der Autor war seit Dezember 2006 nicht mehr aktiv. Um das Bild wäre es eigentlich schade. -- Хрюша ?? 06:09, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

How to load my picture in a message

How can I insert my picture in message page? anyhelp will be appreciated! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Frank dumb (talk • contribs) 08:53, June 23, 2009 (UTC)

What do you mean by “message page”? --Leyo 20:56, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
To insert a thumbnail of the image, write [[Image:Filename|thumb]] where the image is supposed to appear. This works on all Wikipedia pages, including talk pages and image descriptions. More information can be found at w:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial. --rimshottalk 23:59, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Sandbox for images?

Is there a sandbox that can be used for image experiments?

I wanted to do some experiments with an SVG file, which is not yet in the state as it should be. However, I have not found out whether there is a sandbox area for media files. If I go to the sandbox, this only allows me to edit text. --TracksOnWax (talk) 19:54, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

No there is not. I would recommend uploading it in whatever state its in and then as you make improvements and get closer to the "final product", you just upload the new versions over the old one. --Yarnalgo (talk) 20:30, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
If you are under Linux, you can use rsvg-view to test how your svg will be rendered on Commons; this is faster than uploading every iteration. There probably is a Windows equivalent, but I don't know what it is. Pruneautalk 20:57, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Reusing content outside Wikimedia

There it is said, that I can use files from Wikimedia Commons, link them without copying to my own wiki. But in the section below it is said "This page assumes you wish to copy individual items for your use. For media files, don't hotlink. Please copy them to your own server." I'm confused: can I link files at Wikimedia Commons (enabling it in LocalSettings.php) or not? Or I can only do so, if I want to link only a few files, and in greater amount I have to copy them to own server? Quolav (talk) 14:40, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

That does look a bit contradictory. I suggest asking on Commons talk:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. This may be the result of two or more editors working on the two contradictory sections without being aware of what the others did. --Teratornis (talk) 19:58, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
My understanding is that if you own a MediaWiki powered website, you can configure it so that you can display images from Commons using the same syntax as locally uploaded images. The next section deals with websites which do *not* use MediaWiki: we ask those people to not hotlink. Pruneautalk 20:54, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
If the COM:REUSE page implies such a distinction, why wouldn't the page mention the distinction explicitly? Is the reader supposed to guess? The problem with hotlinking is bandwidth theft, and this would probably be independent of the method people use to hotlink to images on Commons. I can't see how it makes any practical difference whether someone hotlinks from a Web site running on any particular software. If there is such a difference, the page should explain it. --Teratornis (talk) 03:49, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

Jak się robi Collage of views ?

Jak się robi Collage of views ? Możesz dać mi linka ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jurek K (talk • contribs) 19:17, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Sears has taken a picture of James Russell Williams. He said when he paid for the photography, he also bought the copyright. Since I have created his page, am I authorized to upload his photo to Wikimedia Commons since it would seem to belong to him and if he gives me permission?ADrinkWithALittleUmbrellaInIt (talk) 23:58, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

See Commons:OTRS for instructions about confirming permission when uploading photos that are not your own work. The person who owns the copyright needs to confirm that and their permission to release the work(s) under a free license. -- Infrogmation (talk) 00:01, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

SVG/PNG duplicate deletion policy

What should I do (if anything) with original images if I make an SVG version of them - Commons deletion policy says they shouldn't be deleted. Should I be changing links on pages to the SVG version and not raster version? And what should I do then, if I convert an image from a gif to a png. Does that count as duplication?

The old file should not be deleted, as that would break the attribution path (also, some reusers might prefer the original file format). You can use the templates {{Vector version available}} or {{Superseded}}. Pruneautalk 10:52, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

Way for correct license

I have uploaded three pictures (Heißgasventilator:JPG, Oxid_Hubtor_heiß.JPG, and Oxid_Hubtor_kalt.JPG) and added an e-mail with the allowance of the Walter Pritzkow, the holder of the rigths. What is missing? Would it be sufficient to ask Mr. Pritzkow to send this e-mail to where? Thank you for your help. --Leumar01 (talk) 09:42, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

You should use Commons:Email templates and Commons:OTRS in such cases. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:53, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

What license

i took a photograph on my camera phone.what licence should i use? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justin58 (talk • contribs) 00:23, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

What does the photograph depict? See COM:L for some licenses you can use. --Teratornis (talk) 02:29, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Uploaded Image but no thumbnail and can't link from Wikipaedia

I have uploaded a jpeg "MacquarieIslandCormorant.jpg" of a cormorant and wish to embed it into the Wiki for "Macquarie Shag". In the commons I cannot see a thumbnail for the file and in Wikipaedia I cannot embed the file (All I get is a red text of the image name).

Are the two problems related or do I not have rights to do the embed into Wikipaedia?



10:04, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

The file at File:MacquarieIslandCormorant.JPG displays fine for me. When you are trying to embed it in Wikipedia, make sure that the name is exactly as it appears on the file page. Given how you wrote it in your message, maybe you got the capitalization of the extension wrong: you need to write .JPG, not .jpg. Pruneautalk 11:34, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

How to delete a file

Moved to the bottom of the Help desk by User:Teratornis.

I accidently damaged an image file that I created a year ago by replacing it with an unrelated image. The "revert" button made a copy of the correct image, but did not make the correct image current. I tried replacing it by uploading the correct image, but that did not work. I fixed the problem by uploading the correct image with a different name and modified the article to refer to the new name. Now I want to nominate the damaged image file and file history for deletion. How do I do that? 17:34, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

See COM:D#Speedy deletion. You could put the {{Bad name}} template on the image you want to delete. --Teratornis (talk) 02:14, 28 June 2009 (UTC)


I added some pictures, and got a request to categorize them. I have looked for a list of allowed categories, but I do not find any. Where is a list of accepted categories? Sarcyn (talk) 08:44, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

The list would be quite long, Maybe we have 1 million categories. Use similar images in Wikipedia Articles for orientation or browse the category tree. Taking your file File:Iododeoxyuridine.jpg I would first check the english wikipedia w:en:Idoxuridine, the file used there File:Idoxuridine.svg is categorized with Category:Antivirals and Category:Nucleosides - thats maybe a good orientation. --Martin H. (talk) 14:57, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
Also you can try searching for keywords in your file descriptions. Sometimes that will find categories related to your images, along with images from other people which have categories you can examine. See the links under COM:EIC#Cat for more information. Since many if not most Commons users have specific topic interests, once you learn the categories for your interests, most of your future uploads will probably fit into those categories. Eventually you may find you need to extend the categories a bit to accommodate your uploads. See for example the categories I have added. --Teratornis (talk) 17:01, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

How hard it is to have a file renamed

I've asked for a file to be renamed, via the {{rename}} template (see here). The request has been there for over a week now, and it hasn't been renamed yet. Apparently a trusted user needs to do something with it. I have just uploaded a file which I think may have the incorrect name (I might have got the species ID wrong). What can I do to get it renamed, that won't take over a week? I know that a common suggestion is to upload the file myself to the new name, and have the other file deleted. But not everyone has speedy upload times and it's a large file. Really this is an administrative task that should be able to be taken care of easily. Any better ideas? Maedin\talk 18:13, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

I approved that old one for you and as far as the new one, the suggested way is as you say to upload it under the correct name and tag the bad one with {{bad name}}. However, I will do a move request for it so you don't have to upload it again. --Yarnalgo (talk) 19:40, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
(Just tell me the file and the new name) --Yarnalgo (talk) 19:42, 28 June 2009 (UTC)
Hi Yarnalgo, thank you so much! The file is File:Potentilla atrosanguinea-2549.jpg. I need it moved to File:Potentilla 'William Rollison'-2549.jpg. I appreciate your help, :-) Maedin\talk 20:28, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done both files will be moved by a bot; no problem. --Yarnalgo (talk) 20:40, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, Yarnalgo, :-) Maedin\talk 06:37, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Error message when searching for categories

Hello - I tried to use the Common Sense tool to search for categories for two images I uploaded. (The images are named "FF-1093 papal blessing" and "Father Capodanno Memorial".) However, using this Tool only gives me the following error message:

Fatal error: Call to a member function addQuotes() on a non-object in /home/daniel/public_html/WikiSense-live/common/FilterCats.php on line 48

I have found a few categories I think would be appropriate, but will this message present more problems? These were my first image postings, so could I have done something incorrectly? Elsquared (talk) 06:18, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Postage stamp

Hi! Will you please explain the procedure to upload a commemorative postage stamp such the following, issued by the Government of India?

It seems modern stamps of India are not free. You may only upload stamps issued over 60 years ago. See Commons:Stamps/Public_domain#India. Sv1xv (talk) 08:32, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Battle of Stalingrad

Pls could you add those images to the category Battle of Stalingrad?

The category is Battle of Stalingrad, pls categorize above mentioned images to category Battle of Stalingrad Thank you very much for your kind help, best regards, --Graf zu Pappenheim (talk) 04:50, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

You can categorize them yourself. All you have to do is hit the "edit" button at the top of the page for each file and then insert the code [[Category:Battle of Stalingrad]]. I did the first one for you as an example. --Yarnalgo (talk) 05:10, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
User:Common Good already did it so you can use that file (File:Stalingrad operation hubertus.jpg) as an example. --Yarnalgo (talk) 05:12, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Updating files transferred from en: to Commons

I'm updating a batch of files recently xfrd to Commons, and have run into a snag.

Here's an example Before: File:Cabrillo1947.jpg-- transfer bot appended "{{en|" to the description box. Note description is blank, but all the other boxes are filled out.

After: File:CalifNG,1924adj.jpg Editing this out brings back the description, but blanks the rest of the form.


TIA, PDTillman (talk) 18:49, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

OK, I fixed them, some curly braces }} were missing. Sv1xv (talk) 19:11, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! --PDTillman (talk) 20:56, 30 June 2009 (UTC)