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Why can't people see my uploaded image?

I uploaded my first photo today. I can see it on my usual browser (Firefox), but not on other computers or other browsers. Does it have to be approved? Did someone delete it? How can I make it available for everyone to see? Here’s the URL

Thanks KittKatt52240 (talk) 19:19, 30 June 2011 (UTC)KittKatt52240

I can see it fine, I have also taken the liberty of removing the street address. -mattbuck (Talk) 20:40, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

To me, the file description page displays the following:
The database did not find the text of a page that it should have found, named "File:Hands Around the God-Box 1994.JPG" (revision#: 56106378).
This is usually caused by following an outdated diff or history link to a page that has been deleted.
If this is not the case, you may have found a bug in the software. Please report this to an administrator, making note of the URL."
In edit history, there is just:
(cur | prev) 20:40, 2011 June 30 Mattbuck (talk | contribs) m (1,050 bytes) (rm address)
Let's report it to an administrator then .. --  Docu  at 03:11, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
That's because, for whatever reason, Mattbuck deleted the revision that link points to.--Prosfilaes (talk) 03:25, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
I see. I missed the "&oldid=56106378" part. --  Docu  at 03:27, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Licenciamento de fotos

Como licenciar uma foto já carregada, pois estou com algumas fotos que não foram feitas opções de licenciamento. saudações!!!— Preceding unsigned comment added by Nando Cunha (talk • contribs)

Olá Nando, basta escolheres a licença que queres e colocar no campo da permissão. Podes ver a lista aqui.--- Darwin Ahoy! 17:04, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Choosing a license for published historic photos

I uploaded two photos to illustrate events in the history of William Cory and Son in Wikipedia's article about Cory Environmental. Each shows an incident that befell a Wm. Cory & Son ship over 100 years ago. I found no statement about either photo's copyright so I marked both files as license unknown. Is there a license that would be acceptable to keep these images on Wikimedia?

I would also like to add old ship photos that are between 70 and 100 years old and whose copyrights I have not managed to find out. Would this be more of a problem?

Motacilla (talk) 00:52, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

Do you know anything about the publication history of the photos? I, for example, they were published in the United States before 1923, they are public domain in the US. - Jmabel ! talk 21:46, 26 June 2011 (UTC)
✓ Done - Restored them and licensed as {{PD-EU-Anonymous}}, as claimed. If there is doubt with this license, they can be sent to DR.--- Darwin Ahoy! 02:07, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Parelboom problem

Dear helpdesk, last winter I made a photo of a sculpture and I uploaded it as 'Parelboom - Louise Schouwenberg (Apeldoorn).jpg'. But because winter photos are never so nice as summer ones, I decided to remake that photo and upload the newer version (as I do more often with pictures, and until now I had never a problem with that). But now something strange happened: my new version appeared, but automatically the old version was placed after my replacement. I doubted if I had erroneously uploaded the winter image from my hard disk, so I deleted that file completely from my computer and tried again. But again, the new version was automatically replaced by the old one. Then I renamed the file on my computer and tried again. Vainly. The file history grows longer and longer (with only two different versions of this image) but the old ('blue') version always stays on top. I hope someone can help me, or can fix this problem. Please remove the four latest versions, so that the second one (the 'green version') is shown as the actual one. Thanks in advance, Erik Wannee (talk) 17:22, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

After you upload a new version, don't forget to bypass your browser's cache to see the changes. (Mozilla: hold down Shift while clicking Reload or press Ctrl-Shift-R (Cmd-Shift-R on Apple Mac); IE: hold Ctrl while clicking Refresh, or press Ctrl-F5). mickit 18:08, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
I know about that caching. I use Firefox and hold down Shift during reload. I have uploaded more than 100 photos and replaced several ones. Except for this one, it always works. But it doesn't help for File:Parelboom - Louise Schouwenberg (Apeldoorn).jpg. Clearly, something else is going on. Today I tried again to upload the new (green) version of this picture. And again, the second last (wrong) version was replaced by the new good one, and the last (right) version was immediately replaced by the old wrong one. Every time that I try, the new picture is not loaded as the newest version but as the second newest version. Maybe someone else can try to revert and see if that is successfull? Even better would be if someone could remove the complete series of erroneous and identical uploads, except for the first two. Thanks in advance, Erik Wannee (talk) 10:23, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
Now I read that at least 3 other people have the same problem (see the items below). So there must be a technical programming error in the system that has to be fixed. I hope it will be done soon, because this error gives a lot of embarrassment. Erik Wannee (talk) 10:29, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
I found out that this (tough) problem is already known as Bug 28613. Erik Wannee (talk) 11:01, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

I have permission to upload photos but don't know the procedure

I have been given permission to upload several photographs of the Singer Alison O'Donnell (Wikipedia article: Alison O'Donnell), by her. I recently created the article about her and have asked here via E-mail for some pictures to upload for the article, which she has given me. I explained to her the copyright issues with Wiki (to the best of my knowledge) and she recommended me to use two recent photos which she says she has got the photographer's permission to publish on Wiki.

So since both she (the subject of the photos) and the photographer, have given permission I assume that means I can upload these to the Commons and then use them on her article. However I don't really know the procedure to go through to confirm this, should I simply upload the picture and write an explanation of the permission in the image description? Which licensing form should I use?

Or do I need to have one of those formal permission documents? (can't remember what they're called).

Any help here would be appreciated. --Hibernian (talk) 17:39, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

COM:OTRS will help :) --Ben.MQ (talk) 17:54, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
That doesn't help me very much. Why is this so damn complicated, what am I supposed to exactly? I mean I've gone to a lot of trouble to do all this, can you not give me more than a three word answer. --Hibernian (talk) 18:51, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
Email the conversations to and the volunteer will help you --Ben.MQ (talk) 18:58, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Answering your questions: You need a complete permission from the copyright holder, likely the photographer. A permission for publication on Wikipedia is not enough, without the permission that anyone, not only Wikipedia, can reuse the photo anywhere, anytime for any purpose including commercial purposes you cant upload. You not need formal permission documents, but you are on the save side with using Commons:Email templates. With your upload you need to select the license specified by the copyright holder in the permission. Once you obtained a permission for reuse under a free license you should upload the picture with the right source and author (photographer) and license information and with a message that you obtained written permission and forwarded it to COM:OTRS. --Martin H. (talk) 19:21, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Ok let me get this straight, she gave me two photos, by two different photographers, who she says she got specific permission from, are you saying I would need E-mail permission from both photographers? Or just her Confirmation. I'll quote from some of her E-mails to me, so you can understand the situation; this was sent on the 26th of June in response to my request for photos and an explanation of Wiki copyright:

"I think we could use the photo I am enclosing here and not bother with other ones as it is complicated trying to sort out copyright for old pictures. Erik Antihierens was the photographer and it is a very recent picture, taken by a professional in Belgium. He has given his permission for me to use the photo for whatever purpose I might have in mind. I hope this is okay."

And this is from another E-mail sent yesterday (30th of June):

"I would really like to have one picture of me singing live in the Wikipedia entry. At a gig in Blackrock last weekend someone came along to take some photographs. As this can be regarded as recent and I am in regular contact with the photographer, who is a long-time fan of my music, any copyright issues should be easy to sort out. I told him why I wanted the picture. His name is Niall Reddy."

Is this enough confirmation that both she and the respective photographers have given permission? --Hibernian (talk) 00:49, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
The problem is the "me" in given his permission for me to use the photo for whatever purpose. Permission must be given that anyone can reuse the file anywhere, anytime for any purpose. Subjects of photos, such as models or actors, often obtain an exclusive license so that they can use the photo in their portfolio. They however not obtain a license to sublicense the image or to grant others permission to reuse it. This requires communication with the photographer who still is the copyright holder and the photographers permission for a free license. See Commons:Email templates again, a possible free license to write into the placeholder field of that permission is the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (summary). --Martin H. (talk) 00:59, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

"Permission must be given that anyone can reuse the file anywhere, anytime for any purpose" I assume this was their agreement, she is aware of what is required for images on Wiki (I explained that to her and I know she read at least some of the copyright info pages here), so I can only assume that she has complete agreement with the photographers concerned. It's not like these are some sort of valuable pictures or something, just very normal photos, I very much doubt the photographers care where they're posted. I mean I don't think she went into a formal legal contract with them, but they have a verbal (or E-mail) agreement. Why does this have to be so complicated? --Hibernian (talk) 02:08, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

It's complicated because some people think their rights are precious and must be protected. Commons has to respect that. There are licenses that only give away the rights that Commons needs, and there are other, simpler ones for people like me who aren't interested in rights. We just upload our own works and mark them as Public Domain, which is a free gift not only for all Wiki purposes but for all purposes with no restrictions on anyone. However, we cannot give away the rights of others, since those other people own them unless they make it clear that they have given up those rights. Jim.henderson (talk) 02:35, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

So what exactly is your advice then? What do I need to do to get the pictures on Wiki? --Hibernian (talk) 04:09, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Can someone give me an answer to this please? Do I need to send her one of those permission templates and then ask her to send them to the photographers as well? Maybe it would just be simpler if I ask her to take a picture of herself and release that as a free image. --Hibernian (talk) 19:56, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes, the fewer people involved, the simpler, especially if one of them is not familiar with the requirements. Most critical is that the photographer understand the concept of surrendering rights, and communicate clearly on this matter with the uploader who must in turn pass it along. The model is usually less a problem, unless somebody shows naughty body parts or naughty behavior or something else that makes different complications. Were this a New Yorker, I would go, snap a few pics, and upload them myself. Better to have a photographer who understands how to surrender rights, than one who understands how to make a good picture. Jim.henderson (talk) 22:06, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Strange fog

File:Hidaka Mountains ISS006-E-29797.jpg is quite "foggy" I reverted to better, less foggy version - but nothing changed. I reverted again and old versios is showed without fog - an new one with. I tried reverting for second time - and it happened againg. And again. So for - 5 times... What is wrong? Bulwersator (talk) 04:57, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Please do not revert again. We have this server problem for new file versions since quite a while. You can see the file size in the file history - currently the original version is on top.
Technical stuff aside: Why are you always reverting to the "improved" versions of someone disagrees? Commons:Avoid_overwriting_existing_files. Please upload the "improved version" under a new file name. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 05:07, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
(editconflict) It's not clear which version you are trying to get.
At some point, you might have to COM:FAQ#PURGE to have the current version displayed.
Recently, there were some problems with thumbnailed versions, even if one purged.
The current full version should be at
It's the original upload. As it's generally preferable to upload edited versions under different names, let's leave it that way. --  Docu  at 05:13, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! File:Hidaka Mountains modified.jpg Bulwersator (talk) 12:48, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

I had the same problem. See above: 'Parelboom problem'. Seems to be a program error. I found out that this (tough) problem is already known as Bug 28613. Erik Wannee (talk) 11:01, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

same name, new file - but it does not show

A while ago I loaded up File:Katika - wir sind wien.festival der bezirke 2011 f.jpg. Today I added a few other pictures from the same concert and to keep them chronological I wanted to replace this file - keeping the name but using it for another picture (see: Category:Wir sind Wien.Festival der Bezirke (2011)). You can see my trying to do so in the file history. Something is wrong, or maybe it is just a problem with my cache (which I emptied)? The scaled version and the thumb in the file history as well as the thumb in the wikipedia article still show the old file, but the full size version is the new one. What can I do? --Tsui (talk) 19:57, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Ah, I see there's an issue with the image processing that is already discussed above. So I'll just wait what happens. --Tsui (talk) 20:00, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for sharing these.
I wouldn't count on file names to do sorting. It's better to add the information to descriptions instead.
Images shouldn't generally be overwritten. It may confuse re-users. --  Docu  at 10:40, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
I had the same problem. See above: 'Parelboom problem'. Seems to be a program error. I found out that this (tough) problem is already known as Bug 28613. Erik Wannee (talk) 11:01, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
I use the the file's names for chronology sometimes (numeral '01', '02' or literal 'a', 'b') which is quite useful in the category view - especially if the names would otherwise be the same anyway (e.g. "Bandname_Venue_a.jpg", "..._b,jpg"). If I rename a picture I do check the uses in wikipedia. If necessary I do the approriate edits to fix any problems. --Tsui (talk) 15:46, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

images I uploaded

Hello, my question is as follows:

I uploaded some .png's and I've been told that are violating copyright law. I'm not intended to do so, the point is the images I'd upladed are images-captured I did, from a movie video source I own, for purposes to complete and illustrate info for that movie video on Wikipedia.

My intentions are not breaking the law, but to emphasize the info already on a page lacking of visual support;

How can I upload or can I upload these files without been advised not to do so, and not contravene copyright laws?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmdrdecker (talk • contribs)

Hello Cmdrdecker,
If I well understood what you were trying to do, you uploaded a series of screen shots from a movie of which you own a copy. However, owning a copy doesn't pass any copyrights to you, and you can't relicense the work as you were doing here. In case you are the copyright holder of the original work, you may upload the files sending a permission to COM:OTRS, but I believe this is not the case here.--- Darwin Ahoy! 06:03, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

Uploading a new version of a file does not replace the original file

Hello, I uploaded a new correct version of TimesRomanSp.svg file, but it did not replaced the wrong original file. So I uploaded it again, but the wrong original file ( is still not replaced. After my second upload of the same file, the new correct version appeared only in replaced file revisions, but the last version is still the wrong version. I cleared my web browser cache and tried using another web browser, but this does not help. So I uploaded the file one more time, but the result is the same - the wrong version is still not replaced and my correct version appears only in file revision history. I think there is a bug in Wikimedia Commons. Please, could you help me?--Kuyrebik (talk) 13:35, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

I have had this problem many times too (ok, that's not much help saying that). As an example : [1] (now it works fine). At the time I uploaded the newer version, I saw that the preview wasn't right, so I thought I made a mistake and uploaded again - like you did. Then I saw that the preview before the last version was suddenly ok, but not for the last version (both files are identical). I even tried changing computers to check and still saw the preview for an earlier version. I actually had to force a fixed size of the images in the WP article to get the correct picture. I had uploaded newer versions for many files that day and only one or two had that problem. I found that after some time (maybe one week) the preview became that of the current version. Still, I'd like to know too if it's a known issue. Perditax (talk) 14:11, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Read the section just above this one? -- Asclepias (talk) 15:54, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
But how to request the deletion of the previous versions of an image if they were wrong? I'm referring to Italia Langobardorum map.svg (sorry, I forgot to sign)--Decan (talk) 16:31, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Next time please use the tool Commons:SVG_Check before uploading the svg file. Simple mistakes are usually not deleted; this would mean too much work for our admins if all mistakes need to be deleted. Just leave the wrong versions in the file history - no space is saved from deletion. And: maybe you can learn from the wrong versions. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:42, 2 July 2011 (UTC)
I had the same problem. See above: 'Parelboom problem'. Seems to be a program error. I found out that this (tough) problem is already known as Bug 28613. Erik Wannee (talk) 11:01, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

Same problem wit these files: File:Flies 1.JPG, File:Flies3.JPG, File:Flies4.JPG. --TMg 08:50, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

PDF file size limits

Isla de Mona R18067A7 geo.pdf

Since the image file to the right is not displayed, what is the file size limit for PDF files? If a file is too large to be displayed, why is there no warning before the upload proceeds? Can the limits be increased? There may be 100s, if not 1000s of USGS public domain maps of the United States that are available as large PDF files. It would be bothersome to have to convert all of them to jpg.--Ratzer (talk) 10:46, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

The general size limit is 100MB. Maybe thumbnail generation for PDFs is limited, but I don't think it's a size issue.
The PDF you link uses some special plug-in. You could file a bug in Bugzilla:, maybe it can be made to work. --  Docu  at 10:57, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

New version of file?

Hello. I uploaded a new version of File:Warriors Barnstar.png. After I did this, however, although the thumbnail image was correct, the file history thumbnail showed the old version, and usage on other wikis still showed the old image as well. I tried bypassing the cache, but it didn't change anything. After this, I tried uploading the new version over it again. The thumbnail was still correct, but the newest file history picture showed the old version, while the second entry showed the new upload. So, I reverted to the second entry, but when I did this, the file history showed the old version again, as the newest in the file history. Can someone help, please? Add I see other people are having this issue too... Brambleclawx (talk) 19:13, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

Photograph of a harddrive

Moved to Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Photograph of a harddrive

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Darwinius (talk • contribs) 07:25, 5 July 2011 (UTC)


I don't know how to upload images. Can someone help me?User: John Troodon

Just follow this guide: Commons:First steps/Upload form. mickit 14:14, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

I'm the copyrightholder but not the author

Moved to Commons:Village pump/Copyright#I'm the copyrightholder but not the author

Dummy timestamp: Darwinius 12:23, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

I just want the redirect deleted

Yes check.svg Resolved– Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 03:54, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

Can someone explain to me what on earth happened here? I just wanted a redirect deleted. How is a redirect an exact duplicate of an image? How are there dozens upon dozens upon dozens of articles linked to that redirect when there were only four (or so) in the first place? Why did it have to become such a mess? An image was moved, the four links were updated manually and also by ComDelink, and I tagged the redirect for deletion (I have a housekeeping habit that I carry over from en.wikipedia). Now it looks like a disaster area, I don't get it. Thanks. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 04:44, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Apparently the redirect was tagged with speedy before the replacements occurred, that's why the bot tagged it when he should have ignored it for being a redirect. I don't know why it placed there so many articles, possibly those are transclusions, but I really don't know. If you would allow me the suggestion, I would say that there are much better areas to do housekeeping here than redirects. In the vast majority of the cases it is simply not worth the effort of deleting them, and the cases where it was in use (like this one) it should indeed be avoided, since it breaks file history in the wikipedias and other external sites that may be using the file.--- Darwin Ahoy! 07:40, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks so much for your help. I suppose it wasn't so much housekeeping "in general" as it was merely following through with the file move, but once a redirect is created, I have no clue how to see what pages are linked to that redirect ("What links here" is doesn't show foreign wikis I guess—unless I'm misunderstanding something). Since it was a Featured Picture nomination, I completely forgot it gets transcluded (or something) to a million other language wikis. I'll be more careful in the future. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 03:54, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

1978 Subaru Coupe on

Dear Sir, I saw the above mentioned blew car on I am interested in this type of car and I am desiring to get in contact with the owner. Can you help me? My email: thanks in advance.

  • I'm not sure why you've asked this question here, but the answer is, no, we can't help you. You're on the help desk for people using the web site, which has nothing to do with - Jmabel ! talk 02:12, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

How do I search images by license type?

I am trying to do a search for images that are in the public domain. How can I conduct this type of search?


- Kevin

You can find them in Category:Public domain, but I doubt there is an easy way to use Special:Search to find them. --  Docu  at 23:56, 6 July 2011 (UTC)


images from German satellite tagged with pd-NASA template - deleted, nominated. Maybe there is licence that will allow to keep it? Bulwersator (talk) 13:27, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

Determining an image category

I have uploaded two images that I'd like to use on a Wikipedia page about my company. One is our logo and the other is a photograph of our space. I'm not at all familiar with the language used in this process and need "help for dummies" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stoneysco (talk • contribs) 2011-07-07T13:29:11 (UTC)

  1. Please sign your posts with ~~~~, which will be turned into a signature.
  2. It would be very useful to link the images that you are talking about.
  3. There is often a conflict of interest in working directly on a Wikipedia page about your own company (though, if someone else has started one, the images would certainly be welcome).
  4. Since you don't indicate what the company is, I don't know if the logo is simple enough to fall under {{textlogo}}, but if not we will need you to send an explicit COM:OTRS permission. In particular, Commons can only host the logo if you are genuinely willing to free-license it, not just give permission for it to be used on Wikipedia.
  5. In general, to include an image File:FOO.jpg in a Wikipedia article, you just put [[File:FOO.jpg|thumb|caption, whatever that may be]] at the relevant place in the article. There are a few exceptions, such as placing images in certain templates.
  6. To add a category to an image, place [[Category:CATEGORY NAME]] at the bottom of the description, for example [[Category:Logos of the United States]].
- Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 7 July 2011 (UTC)


Hi, I am wanting to crop this pic to the subject to remove whoever the other person is for an infobox portrait style pic, when I try it won't allow me and throws up some copyright issues - something to do with the way the templates are laid out and its shows conflicting unidentified licenses, grude online or something the name of the website the pic came from. I would appreciate it if someone a little more tech could remove the issue so I can crop it. I am using the - upload file and derivativeFX. Thanks. Off2riorob (talk) 03:52, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

I see that the en.Wikipedia article on Julienne Bušić uses this image - so cropping her out would not be a good idea. Maproom (talk) 14:03, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
I was wanting to make a derivative crop and for some reason the templates on the article wouldn't allow me ot use DerivativeX , I have sorted it now and created this cropped version - Thanks Off2riorob (talk) 23:51, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Viewing All Uploads

How do you view all the images you've uploaded including the ones people already uploaded over? --KAVEBEAR (talk) 18:42, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

You can view it through Special:Log/upload and type in your username. For example, here is mine. Killiondude (talk) 18:46, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
Another way to see the images you have uploaded Face-smile.svg mickit 19:57, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
I know about those. I'm asking about all upload images even the ones people uploaded a new version over. Like I originally uploaded File:Queen Kapiolani sitting on throne.jpg but I asked another user to fix it up for me; so now it doesn't show up on my upload log. Anyway to see ALL uploads in picture form?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 20:39, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
That upload does show up in your upload log, as should every other upload you've made, even if someone else has uploaded a version over it. The only uploads of yours that won't appear in your upload log are those that have been deleted. (And even those can be seen by admins.) However, the upload log does not include thumbnails of the images themselves. The gallery at toolserver does not show uploads that have been superseded. So I don't know if there is a way to show all your uploads, including superseded ones, in a way that includes thumbnails of the images. —Angr 15:26, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
Really? They should create a way.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 04:14, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Thumbnail does not update

I have reverted the file linked below, but the thumbnail would not update itself. I've tried generating the thumbnail as shown on FAQ but was not successful. How can I correct this problem?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Radical82 (talk • contribs)

Hi Radical82, this is a known issue. You may refer to bugzilla:28613. Basically there is not much you can do to solve this problem - if need to use this image, try a new size, say, 401px may solve the issue by forcing the server to generate a new thumbnail. --Ben.MQ (talk) 18:57, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
See also Commons:Village_pump#Uploaded_a_new_version_of_an_image.2C_but_it_isn.27t_updating. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 04:05, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Babel Boxes

How do you add Babel boxes..those things that say what language you speak? 'Soul 19:59, 8 July 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by SolarWind123 (talk • contribs) 2011-07-08T19:59:36 (UTC)

See Commons:Babel. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 04:07, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Are either of these two photos safe to upload?

I took these two photos, one of a Nintendo 3DS[2], and the other a row of CD-i ("Compact Disc Interactive", or "Green Book standard") software[3]. Due to the nature of the pictures, I am not certain if either of them are allowed, or if they violate the copyright rules. Anyone willing to give me advice? Matthew Paul Argall (talk) 16:32, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

It would be better if the first one would be turned-off but I don't see any main-motive that I would consider being eligible for copyright. On the second image there is a big cover, which may cause problems. Sincerely -- RE rillke questions? 13:20, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Upload format

How do I upload MP3, WAV audio files and AVI, MP4 video files on Commons? 03:38, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

You need to convert them first. See Commons:File types and Commons:Video and Commons:Software. And you need to sign in to upload - like for any file upload here. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 04:02, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

I am now signed in. I can convert MP3 and WAV to OGG, but not AVI and MP4. ColderPalace1925 (talk) 23:37, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

AVI and MP4 must be coverted into OGV format. See more here. Electroguv (talk) 09:12, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Query about the copyright of images uploaded to commons

Hi, Please can someone tell me what the policy is regarding the copyright of my images if I upload them to wikimedia commons. More specifically, I want to know if I upload a small file such as a 300kb jpg, do I retain the copyright over the larger image which is not on wiki, or does someone have the right to demand it as it has become open source? Thank you, GaryGaryedephoto (talk) 02:58, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Special:Search/larger resolution retain copyright prefix:Commons:Help desk/Archive
Especially the first link provides good info. Sincerely -- RE rillke questions? 13:12, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

File:Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-35 Belyakov.jpg

Hello, I'd like to restore the photo File:Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-35 Belyakov.jpg to the [: second edit]. Sp33dyphil 04:15, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

How do I change licensing info?

Moved from Commons:Administrators' noticeboard#How do I change licensing info?

I uploaded a photo (first time). Wasn't exactly sure how to do it. Then I checked around your policies. So I need to change the licensing info for the following photo:

Shape magazine owns the copyrights to the photo and I want the info to change to reflect that. Also I was looking around and I noticed some celebrity photos have a personality rights warning. Should I include that also (see below)?

Thank you for your help on this! Star-map-guy

"Personality rights warning This work contains material which may portray one or more identifiable persons alive or deceased recently. The use of images of living or recently deceased individuals is, in some jurisdictions, restricted by laws pertaining to personality rights, independent from their copyright status. Before using this content, please ensure that you have the right to use it under the laws which apply in the circumstances of your intended use. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you do not infringe someone else's personality rights. See our general disclaimer."— Preceding unsigned comment added by Starmapguy (talk • contribs)

Before you worry about personality rights, you need to worry about copyright. If Shape magazine owns the copyrights, then it's up to them whether they want to release it under a free license that meets our requirements. Unless you have proof that they have done so, you can't upload it here. Powers (talk) 21:12, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Licencing query

I have in my possession a good quality black and white photograph of a British World War One Victoria Cross recipient, taken in 1916 whilst on leave at a local photographers studio in Manchester, which no longer exists. The person died in 1960 and there is no other known photograph of the person available. Is it permissable for this to be uploaded and if so under what licence? Richard Harvey (talk) 13:02, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

I believe that without knowing when the photographer died, there is no way to determine copyright status, which is what Commons would need. Death date of the subject and existence of other known photographs are not relevant. If you need this for a Wikipedia article on one of the Wikipedias that accepts non-free use justifications (e.g. the English-language Wikipedia) you might consider uploading it there and providing such a justification. - Jmabel ! talk 01:01, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Fail to upload ...

I just tried to upload edited version of this and this, but the result was a copy of the original. why? --YusuF 121 (talk) 23:02, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

You uploaded the correct file from your computer, the version without watermark. The server just needs some time to update the thumbnail image. --Martin H. (talk) 23:08, 11 July 2011 (UTC)
The System notice: need to be bigger! -- 23:38, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Updated images are not shown on image page or as thumbnails

The bottom image, although correct on this page shows the uncropped version on the page where it is used. I've tried the FAQ but it was not helpful.

Docking Module (STS-74).jpg

--Craigboy (talk) 03:37, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

"System notice: There is currently a problem with thumbnail generation when images are replaced/updated, a solution is being worked on. " Bulwersator (talk) 04:06, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Okay, thank you. I thought it was just my images.--Craigboy (talk) 04:56, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

linking and categorizing images

Categorization Bot just told me that none of my uploaded images is categorized. But for all my recent ones I copied the four categories from the entry they belong in, just created by me: Spa Green Estate. Why did Wikipedia categories not work in Wikimedia? Grantham9 (talk · contribs), 06:56, 12. Jul. 2011

Because we have different categories than en.wp or de.wp. Commons is an independent project and we have other requirements. Of course you can create categories if there is the need for. -- RE rillke questions? 09:09, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Can I upload these files?

Hi All,

I am an intern working at a telecommunication tower company in South Florida. I have been tasked with creating a Wikipedia page for the company and would like to upload the company's logo as well as a few photos of towers we have around the country. I have been granted permission to use the files by the Director of Marketing at the company who pulled the the logo and photographs from her own computer. The photos of towers were taken by traveling company employees and uploaded to the company intranet.

Even after reading the Wikipedia tutorials, I am still extremely confused with how to gain permission to upload these files as well as how to cite the sources. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by BAO8888 (talk • contribs) 2011-07-12 18:50 UTC (UTC)

Hi BAO8888. Before you write a Wikipedia article, you should probably read their conflict of interest guidelines, as your being an employee is certainly a conflict of interest. As for the images, the company logo could be uploaded to wikipedia under fair use rules, alternatively get the director of marketing to send an email to our OTRS team to say they release the logo under a free licence knowing that this entails anyone can use it for any purpose, including commercial ones and creating derivative works. The photographs of towers would have to be via OTRS, as the photographers would hold copyright to the images, unless they specifically gave copyright to the company. It might just be easier to see if someone else has taken photos of your towers under a free licence on flickr. -mattbuck (Talk) 19:00, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

New version of the file does not take effect

Hi, I've cropped the file Ruslana in Romania 2011.jpg. My changes were not reverted by anyone and has taken effect here on Commons as well as on the file pages on Wikipedias (for example, en:File:Ruslana in Romania 2011.jpg. However, they did not take effect on any articles. There is still old version of the photo. For example, on en:Ruslana.

I cleaned my cache many times, tried different browser and even different computer and asked my friends to try it on their computers and they were experiencing the same problem, so this is not classic thing caused by not cleaned cache. Would anyone help, please? --Wespecz (talk) 21:16, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

The well known thumbnail problem. But you can see the new size: 678×1.282 (652 KB). Just wait and don't worry. -- RE rillke questions? 21:20, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
For me, the changes are visible now. (You probably have to purge your browser's cache.) -- RE rillke questions? 21:22, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! So it will take effect later? There are currently some bugs which are being worked on? The file on wikis is not on thumbnails ([[File:Example.jpg|THUMB]]) but everywhere in infoboxes. As I said, I already did that with cache many times. --Wespecz (talk) 21:37, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
It's the same as #Updated images are not shown on image page or as thumbnails. -- RE rillke questions? 09:14, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Template:Translated page

{{Translated page}} nearly works, and I can't quite figure out why it doesn't. Anyone? Rd232 (talk) 01:01, 13 July 2011 (UTC)


I want to use an image of Anne Frank. How do I apply and who do I apply to for permission to do this?

Thank you Wendy Sisson— Preceding unsigned comment added by Wendy April Suzanne (talk • contribs) 2011-07-13T09:31:37 (UTC)

Could you put a link to the image you are thinking of ? --Aʁsenjyʁdəgaljɔm11671 10:02, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Nuthatch images

We realised that two nuthatch images File:SittaWhiteheadi.svg and File:SittaLedanti.svg each actually represented the other species. I tried earlier today to remedy this without losing the links on the wikipedias by moving SittaLedanti to File:SittaTemp.svg, intending to then move SittaWhiteheadi to SittaLedanti, and finally SittaTemp to SittaWhiteheadi.

I hadn't realised that, unlike enWikipedia, you can't move over a redirect, or prevent a redirect being created, and I couldn't seem to retrace my actions either. Can anyone sort out this botch for me? Thanks in advance Jimfbleak (talk) 12:01, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

I made a "reset" back to the starting position. All redirects deleted. So try again if there is something required to rename. But please do as follow:
  • first correct the description. At the moment (in the starting postion) the description fits to the filename and the need for rename isnt obvious. The first step must be to correct the description so that it becomes obvious why a rename was required.
  • move the file
  • replace all usage, if the previous filename was too misleading nominate the redirect for speedydeletion with {{speedydeletion|misleading redirect}} or something like that.
--Martin H. (talk) 15:19, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
p.s.: and if the uploader mixed up two files: just download them and replace the one upload with the other. This will also correct all the usage of the misidentified files in all wikis. --Martin H. (talk) 15:23, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

A notable has requested my photo of him be taken down

Steve Epting was dissatisfied with the photo I took of him, and requested it be taken down. I have no problem with this, since someone put a different one in his Wikipedia article back in October, but when I contacted Maggie Dennis, my Wikimedia Foundation contact, she said that unless he had a compelling legal reason for this (Epting conceded that he did not), it would be better to begin a discussion here on the Commons. I hope this is the right place, but if not, let me know. Ms. Dennis also said, "From what I understand you'll have better odds of getting it removed if you can get them to send you a higher resolution photograph than the one you've already uploaded." I related this to Mr. Epting, and he has indeed provided another photo of the same level of resolution. Can we take it down? Nightscream (talk) 18:42, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

It's a internet police among fair websites to honor such a request, why should wikimedia do not follow that internet policy? --Havang(nl) (talk) 20:03, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
Havang, I'm not sure what you're saying. "Internet police"? Nightscream, it seems odd he preferred File:201107epting.jpg to File:10.9.10SteveEptingByLuigiNovi.jpg - your photo is better and less glowering. But you can always try COM:DR. Wknight94 talk 20:40, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Warning about source attribute...

Hi, I recently received the notice below that my source tag was somehow unacceptable for the photo I posted. The photo was taken by a US Army photographer and came from my personal collection of family photos. Can you help me understand what the problem is? I don't want it to be deleted.

This media may be deleted. A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:LTG (USA) Edward H. Brooks, final formal military portrait.jpg, is missing information about where it comes from or who created it, which is needed to verify its copyright status. Please edit the file description and add the missing information, or the file may be deleted. If you created the content yourself, enter Own work as the source. If you did not add a licensing template, you must add one. You may use, for example, {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-1.0+}} or {{PD-self}} to release certain rights to your work. If someone else created the content, or if it is based on someone else's work, the source should be the address to the web page where you found it, the name and ISBN of the book you scanned it from, or similar. You should also name the author, provide verifiable information to show that the content is in the public domain or has been published under a free license by its author, and add an appropriate template identifying the public domain or licensing status, if you have not already done so. Please add the required information for this and other files you have uploaded before adding more files. If you need assistance, please ask at the help desk. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tkempster (talk • contribs) 02:16, 14. July 2011 (UTC)

I think the license and source are now sufficient now. But anyway, was the poster your own work or the work of a family member? Who took the photo? If not, did the "U.S. Army Photograph" take the photo while doing his job? Was he an employee by the United States Federal Government? -- RE rillke questions? 15:31, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Rillke! To answer your questions... I, the great-grandson of the subject and owner of the physical photo, posted the digital scan of this photograph. An official U.S. Army photographer, working for the United States Federal Government, took the photograph (all documented and released on the reverse side of the photo).

images and needed help in general.

Greetings, This is my first article and I am having some difficulties. In basic do all images need to be uploaded in this way? (Wikipedia Commons) thumbnails in particular. And, is there a template that I can use for my over all page, or even the gallery of photos portion of it. I am trying to construct a page similar to the Henry Moore/ Sculptor example and inspiration. Thank you, any and all help is very truly appreciated. Just incase my article is about Manuel Carbonell/Sculptor. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joyce lowry (talk • contribs) 14:27, 14. July 2011 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikimedia Commons - a database of freely usable media files.
That's why we can't help you creating your article. But we can help you with copyright law and including images:
For example the photo you uploaded shows a sculpture. It is very likely that it is copyrighted. That's why I am afraid to say we can't host this image at commons because we would need permission from the author for this image.
You can add images to galleries:
But I am not sure what specifically you want to do. I recommend en:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial

-- RE rillke questions? 15:09, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

If you have a permission from Manuel Carbonell to publish this photo (he and his sculpture a visble), please forward it to . Thank you. -- RE rillke questions? 15:20, 14 July 2011 (UTC)


Could you categorize these files:

I can't understand how to do it by myself. --Nikolas SharpUser talk:Nikolas Sharp 10:11, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi Nikilas, please see Commons:Categories for help on this topic. Generally you can just wait until someone categorizes them - no need to go to the helpdesk. It would be very crowded here if all people with uncategorized files would do this. ;-)
I have categorized one image. The other two probably will need to be deleted - I did tag them accordingly. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:15, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

OGG metadata

One concern of OGG audio files is that they does not support metadata like MP3. How do I provide informations about them? ColderPalace1925 (talk) 11:30, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Why shouldn't "OGG audio files" not support metadata? Of course they do: en:Vorbis comment. In addition you should also provide the info in our file description pages as the info from the metadata does not get extracted to the file page. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:01, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Problem with djvu file

I recently uploaded a djvu file, , and have run into a serious problem. The file displays just an icon and a Wikisource index file can't locate it (s:Index:Federal Cases, Volume 28.djvu). I can download a copy of the file from the Wikimedia Commons page, however, and it does not appear to be corrupted. I uploaded a clean copy just in case it had become corrupted, but that did not fix it. Ideas? RJC (talk) 21:15, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

I'm having the same problem with Federal Cases, Volume 19.djvu. Several other djvu uploads went fine. RJC (talk) 15:34, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

need help deleting or editing commons materials

Hi. I contributed four items to the commons. Then I realized I need to revise two of them for the following reason: they aren't quite copyright free, but I see there is a more correct status than the one I used and I'd like to either change it or delete them and redo-. Then, in this one (and all four, actually) I screwed up the category--I should have typed a category, hit "add" typed another one--not just typed them all and hit "add" at the end. Duh. That was one with the screwed up categories...I find it hard to even figure out where where these are on the commons (would have been better with CATEGORIES...). But I added them all at the same time, so if you can check using the info from this one...? Thanks...

Hi, You can see links to your contributions by clicking on the link "contributions" at the top of the page. Go to the description page of each file, click the "edit" tab and change what you want to change. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:15, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Upload of files takes endless time - or doesn't work. Is it the firewall? How to find out?

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I am new on wikimedia commons and I wanted to upload images in jpg formate, and about 400kB each.

However, the upload starts but doesn't come to an end (repeatedly). Does anybody have an idea why I have this problem? Can it be the firewall?

Thanks for help... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dias buenas (talk • contribs) 12:25, 15. July 2011 (UTC)

Can you see connection-traffic in your firewall? -- RE rillke questions? 12:33, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Generally, upload is often slower than download. That's because we have asynchronous connections. -- RE rillke questions? 12:35, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
This can happen when attempting to upload with a non-English version of the "upload wizard". If that is your case, you can to upload with the upload form instead. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:03, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

File:Bas Haring (Crop).jpg

I removed background noise from this image, but it is still the same in the small versions of this image. Is this just my browser cache? --IIVeaa (talk) 16:44, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

"System notice: There is currently a problem with thumbnail generation when images are replaced/updated, a solution is being worked on. " Bulwersator (talk) 17:20, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Ah, ok. tnx --IIVeaa (talk) 17:53, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

USER Kaman Awet Malok should be deleted

Kaman Awet Malok has engaged in self-promote on the English Wikipedia and his account is being considered for deletion there. He is doing the same on the Wikimedia commons at this location . Mr. Marlok is/has been making fraudulent claims to the intellectual property of others. His claim to have made the the Lost Boys of Sudan is bogus furthermore he has no hand in the making of the documentary in any role. Please delete his Website which you are at present hosting. He has made these same claims on the English Wikipedia. He has made other claims that he was an actor on the Bold and the Beautiful. All these are fanciful claims which have no merit. Has has not contributed to the Wikicommons save uploading his own profile picture nor has he contributed to the Wikipedia. Rather he has chosen these sites to "squat". DeusImperator (talk) 16:01, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

The page User:Kaman_Awet_Malok was deleted at 2011-07-16T16:38:37 by Herbythyme. All done now? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:24, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

What communication is appropriate for permission?


Re: Lindsey Rayl jpg, photo copyright 2011 by Jeff Nicholson

I am new writing for Wiki, and can use help with copyright pertaining to a photograph. Giro720 has, rightly, asked that I send in permission from the copyright holder of the photograph.

What would permission look like? Is it a simple email? I do have a website reference for the photographer who has given permission to use the photo in Commons.

Thanks for your help out there, I really appreciate it and want to do this correctly.

Kellie Yosemite KellieFlan (talk) 01:25, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi Kellie, welcome to Commons! :-) Please see COM:OTRS - it is explained there. There is also an example permission "letter".
If the photographer owns a website where your photo is also published he could also write the license below the image and you should link this page on the file page here. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:15, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Uploading 100+ files from my my harddisc

I would like to upload 100+ new files (all into Category:Otto_von_Habsburg_funeral_procession). They are on my harddisc, not stored anywhere on a server, named sequential ("name_001.jpg", "name_002.jpg" etc.) and all have the same decription (some details like additional categories, GIS-data etc. would be changed by me manually afterwards). Is there a procedure for doing this somehow autoamtically? --Tsui (talk) 18:51, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

  • If they are literally named "name_001.jpg" etc., you should first give them mnemonic names (e.g. "Otto von Habsburg funeral procession 001.jpg" etc.); you can then use the Commonist to upload. Jmabel ! talk 20:44, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Of course the names are more meaningful than just "name" (it most propably will be "Otto_Habsburg-Lothringen_Kondukt_XXX.jpg"). That was just an example for the numbering, in case the naming has any relevance for an automatic upload. Thank you for the hint with Commonist! I'll take a look if that is what I'm looking for. --Tsui (talk) 21:08, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Scan of a 1959 "Yellow Pages" advertisement

Is it permissable to upload an image I have scanned from a 1959 "Yellow Pages" telephone directory? It consists of an advertisement for a business that has been defunct for approximately 50 years.--Kpedsea (talk) 23:37, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

From which country? Is there a photo? Drawing? If it is only a bit text (copany name and so on) it is no problem: {{PD-text}} and or {{PD-ineligible}}. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:18, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
From "Yellow Pages" I'm guessing this is United States. Probably OK, because works from that date would have had to have the copyright renewed, and if the company died just after that it's unlikely anyone renewed the copyright. But because it is not clear from your description what exactly was copyrightable and who held the copyright, it's hard to say for sure. Please see Commons:Copyright#United States. - Jmabel ! talk 03:21, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

It's an ad for the a detective agency from the December, 1959 New Orleans LA telephone directory. There is no photo art, no drawings; all text. There are no copyright notices on the ad and a search of the Rutgers renewal records yields no matches. Thanks for your assistance Saibo and Jmabel. --Kpedsea (talk) 11:16, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

free use of photos from U.S. government site

Would the photos from this site be OK to enter into Wikimedia Commons? (There is info re use at the bottom of the page.) Thanks, Gandydancer (talk) 11:53, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

per the reuse information at that site it is not ok, commercial reuse is prohibited. Thats unfree but we require freedom, see Commons:PS#Non-allowable_licence_terms. The only chance for individual images from that collection to be free is that the copyright holder release them under a free license or that the file was (verifiably) created by one of the federal agencies. The logo collection at the top includes local/state organizations (their work is copyrighted) but also federal organization such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Works created by employees of USFWS are not copyrighted per {{PD-USGov}} in general and {{PD-USGov-FWS}} in particular. --Martin H. (talk) 12:06, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Martin. Gandydancer (talk) 15:43, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Graph dilemma

I'd like to reproduce a graph made by the World Health Organisation for their annual report on Dracunculiasis Eradication (freely downloadable pdf here; the graph in question is Figure 1). Is there a form letter I can use to ask their permission?

You may want to check here --[4] Warfieldian (talk) 15:34, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

"what links here" when only non English versions of the page link here

"What links here" only works when the English version of the page links here. I would like to see what pages link to {{French:Of}} and I know that there are many pages that do through {{name}}. Yet as the template is only used on the French version of the page it does not appear on [5] Any way I can find that ?--Zolo (talk) 03:34, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

I would like to try to help but I do not understand the problem. Could you please make examples with links / URLs and describe what is expected and what you see? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:22, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Sorry typing error (just corrected). I would like to see all pages that make use of template:French:Of when the user's language is French.--Zolo (talk) 02:37, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Hmm, I am not aware of any language specific "what links here". Maybe someone else knows if they understand what you want to get. :-)
I have played a bit with User:Saibo/Sandbox4. For some reason it only links to de but not to en. It is like this regardless of my language setting (usually German/de). Do you mean this phenomenon? --Saibo (Δ) 03:02, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
I don't think I mean that though I am not sure either of what you mean ;) -for that I get a link to /fr with my languaeg setting is fr and to /de if it is de.
Template:French:Of is used by the French version of template:name with parameter 1 set to "circle of", "school of" etc. So using what links to Template:French:Of, I had thought that I would get a list of all pages that used {{name|circle of|}} etc--Zolo (talk) 03:14, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
See the source code of Sandbox 4. "I get a link to /fr with my languaeg setting is fr and to /de if it is de." ← that is intentional. The page links to /fr /en and /de. But according to Special:WhatLinksHere (my de and en links above) Sandbox4 only links to /de.
Okay, I think I did understand what you mean. This should be the same which I have "discovered" with my sandbox page (btw: feel free to edit it). Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:35, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Ah okay thanks. I guess this is the same kind of phemenon (by the way I also have "what links here" saying that it links only to German. It could sort of make sense to have only /en but only /de really sounds strange to me)--Zolo (talk) 08:32, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

I have switched my interface lang to french, have put some other content on the template page, saved, put the language select thing back on the page, saved. Guess what: now it only links to fr but not to de. Even if I switch my interface lang. back to German. Same for you? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 00:19, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Yes same for me... --Zolo (talk) 01:16, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
I will search in Bugzilla for it (tomorrow, the day after tomorrow...) - I guess I will find this bug and it is five years old and unsolved. ;) Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 01:26, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Help with uploading a cropped copy

Can someone point me towards information on uploading an edited copy of a file. File:Zaire_kisangani_stroom_12_copy.jpg would benifit if it were cropped.  –droll [chat] 21:30, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Use (per Commons:Avoid_overwriting_existing_files). Usually I would say such a minor crop of useless framing could be removed and the cropped version uploaded as a new file version (the same name). But this image probably could also benefit from other digital enhancements and there could be several versions which will all be based on the original. Long story short: upload under a new name using derivativeFX. Please insert the date from the original image (derivative assumes you made something new of the image and therefore uses the current date). Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:20, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. 22:39, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

How to add our event on Wikimedia?

Greetings from Dental South China International Expo, 17th Dental South China Expo will be held on 7-10 March 2012.

Since we know Wikimedia is a great promoter, we are interested in displaying our expo information on your website. Could you tell me how to get our expo promoted for free? Or any other project?

Highly appreciate if you reply my question to asap! Thank you very much!

Wikimedia is not a promoter. See Commons:What Commons is not#Commons is not a place to advertise,en:Wikipedia:NOTADVERTISING#ADVERTISING, en:Wikipedia:Spam. --Martin H. (talk) 12:08, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
But if you like to donate some realistical useful images (e.g. for wikipedia), we won't mind. In this case, please use COM:OTRS Thank you. -- RE rillke questions? 13:19, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

Move or deletion?

Please see File:Jamison Square, Portland 2007. I tried to upload an image from Flickr using a tool but forgot to include ".jpg" in the file name. Now there is a page with no file included. Could someone either move this page to include the file extension, or just delete the page so that I can re-upload the file? If there is a better way to request assistance, feel free to let me know for future reference. (Sorry, I am used to having the ability to move pages and files at WP, but I am trying to contribute to Commons much more.) Thanks! --Another Believer (talk) 15:59, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Deleted, please upload the file again. --Martin H. (talk) 17:58, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! --Another Believer (talk) 23:46, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

New upload wizard: Works derived from other Commons files

The old upload wizard had a separate designation for new files derived from other Commons files. The new wizard does not seem to have that feature. This would not be a problem, but the old wizard does not seem to work for me without freezing. Am I missing something in the new wizard? Fishal (talk) 05:47, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

No, UploadWizard (new) does not support such options. Use . Sometimes this tool is very slow. please be patient. Sincerely -- RE rillke questions? 09:02, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
I don't remember it's being this slow before (no sign of life 10 minutes after clicking OK). Is it going to change? I've got 83 more maps of Illinois counties waiting to be uploaded :). Fishal (talk) 18:09, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

IPTC Information

Hi, I'm wondering why commons only shows the EXIF information and not in addition the IPTC and XMP information. I think it would even be worthwhile to extract the tags and descriptions contained therein via a bot an augment the description visible in the info-box below the picture. Examples for pictures having these information are: File:Petrorhagia prolifera (1).JPG and File:Kazbeg Panorama.jpg. --Morray (talk) 06:48, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

As far as I can see, IPTC data is shown, at least parts of it. For example File:MADITA_Donauinselfest2010_07.jpg (image title, author, copyright holder ..., though not the description). --Tsui (talk) 07:19, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
As far as I know someone is working on this issue. Docu recently asked him: en:User_talk:Bawolff. See Commons:Village pump/Archive/2011/04#Camera categories. Sincerely -- RE rillke questions? 08:52, 19 July 2011 (UTC)

بعد التحية انني ابحث عن كتيب لسارة هونداي الينترا 1993 ارجو المساعدة

Hi khadidi, if you are looking for a booklet of Sarah Hyundai Alientra 1993 you have to use google yourself - we do not have user manuals or similar as they are mostly copyrighted. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:05, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

I need opinions on which of two photos is better

Is there a place on the Commons where I can invite people with an interest in comparative photography to participate in a discussion in which they can opine which photograph they think is better for the Infobox photo of a Wikipedia article? I've already sent out invites on Wikipedia, but often, few people respond to my inquiries, so I thinking that maybe asking people who like to make judgments on this sort of thing might increase the turnout. Nightscream (talk) 01:50, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

You could try Commons:Photography critiques. --  Docu  at 02:09, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Editing a filename

Is there a way I can edit the filename of a photo I just uploaded, or must I start over? I ended up with a double suffix, ".JPG.jpg". Hertz1888 (talk) 17:51, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

-- RE rillke questions? 17:57, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. Hertz1888 (talk) 18:04, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Old photograph

How can I upload an image of a 150 year old photo taken by a man who is dead for over 100 years, but own by someone else on a website that exhibits old photographs?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 03:46, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Owning a copy of a photo is a completely separate matter from owning rights. Pretty much anything photographed by someone dead for a century is public domain (with a possible exception in some countries if it was held privately for most of that century and published only recently). Physically, if it is on another website, you'd need to download to your machine, then upload to Commons, and when you upload you should indicate the source from which you got the photo. - Jmabel ! talk 05:40, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

File name changing

Hi, admins. Would ya please fix the imagename in two of my older uploads:

(See here).

As you can see there currently is no file on Commons baring the requested names.

If required, I will take responsibility to go over all places across Wikipedia where these files are embedded & manually update their names accordingly as you perform the change.

Many thankx. /Orrling (talk) 22:20, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi Orrling, please follow the steps as described in COM:RENAME. Please use more as reason than "en:Wadi Salib". E.g. use: "wrong spelling. see en:Wadi Salib". Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:58, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! I'll do I did as you tell. Hope it workx. /Orrling (talk) 03:01, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
I have renamed them (usually it is done by someone in a day or so - no need for help desk as the files to be renamed are in a special category). You do not need to replace the usages - a bot will replace them as it is not only one or two usages (therefore I ordered the bot). Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:20, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

Image upload: detail of a user manual

I have a .jpg image(photo being my work) that I wish to upload. It shows a portion of a Microsoft user manual cover,"Discovering Microsoft Word 2000" which I intend to put on the article "invisible ink" in Wikipedia. It clearly states on the back of the manual cover "A heat-sensitive security strip is interwoven into the top of the manual cover, Its authenticity can be verified by rubbing the strip to reveal the word "GENUINE." ". So, essentially this illustrates an application of invisible ink in the consumer world. I heated the strip to reveal it,then took the shot using a magnifying glass. SignedJohnsonL623 (talk) 02:11, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Do you have a question? With what do you need help? Powers (talk) 21:09, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Can you see any problem ('fair use', copyright or the like)in usage of the the image mentioned? My understanding is that it is probably okay to upload , as the image is of a product manual that is no longer current and the detail is of no more than 10% of the cover. If this was some image ,for example, of a current newspaper or magazine cover then I'm sure that is not okay to upload for legal reasons, unless it's perhaps a small part of the camera's field of view e.g. a news-stand or such. Regards, signedJohnsonL623 (talk) 01:20, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

The fact that it's not current is of no significance here. To be honest, though, we'd have to see the image to say for sure. If it's nothing more than short text, then you could tag it with {{PD-ineligible}}. Otherwise, I'd suggest just uploading it and then asking for additional input once we can see what it is. Powers (talk) 15:47, 24 July 2011 (UTC)
See also Commons:Images containing text. Dcoetzee (talk) 13:09, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Are these two diagrams consistent?

GDP per Capita Chile 1972-1990.PNG
GDP per capita LA-Chile.png

If no, is one of them correct? Which of the two should be used? --KnightMove (talk) 14:37, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

That should be decided locally, on Wikipedia, not here. mickit 14:43, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Ok. --KnightMove (talk) 14:45, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

They are not obviously inconsistent. The relation between measurement in US dollars and constant market prices (that is, accounting for inflation) is not a simple one. Also, the second line (other than Chile) is Latin America in one and South America in the other, making them even harder to compare. - Jmabel ! talk 01:28, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

I added to the description of File:GDP per Capita Chile 1972-1990.PNG. --  Docu  at 02:35, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
For further discussion, see en:Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Archives/Miscellaneous/2011_July_20#Are_these_two_diagrams_consistent.3F. --  Docu  at 19:18, 24 July 2011 (GMT)

Downloading images

I'm extremely new to this website. I have been looking for an image of a library interior to use as a subject for a gift. Specifically I wish to have the image used in a wooden jigsaw puzzle. I found the image I was looking for which, according to this site is free to the public. The problem was I couldn't download the image so I can send it to the puzzle makers. The instructions to use the images were not very clear. I tried to follow them, but nothing resulted. If this is not possible then I will have to find another site. The puzzle makers require specific pixel size. I don't even know if the image posted will be usable, but I would like to try. If anyone can assist then I would appreciate the help. The image I'm interested in was of the Strahov Monastery Theological Library. Thanks, in advance for any help that can be given.

mmsydney-- 01:43, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

Rightclick on the big image on the image-description-page-(has a File: prefix) and then save image or download image or similar depending on your browser. -- RE rillke questions? 07:46, 24 July 2011 (UTC)
If you want the full size, select save target as ... -- RE rillke questions? 16:09, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

Renaming file, please

Please rename file:Margarete Jonas.JPG. As you can read in the description, the pic is showing Herma Kirchschläger, not Mrs. Jonas. Thanks. --Si! SWamP (talk) 20:54, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

I have one more: File:Franz Jonas mit Margarete Jonas.jpg. This shows Rudolf Kirchschläger and his wife Herma Kirchschläger, not Mr. and Mrs. Jonas.--Hic et nunc (talk) 21:06, 24 July 2011 (UTC)
✓ Done. But for the next time, you can better use the Template:Rename, see COM:FR. --kaʁstn Disk/Cat 21:22, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

Commons:Superseded images policy

Who discontinued the deletion of superseded images? Marthelati (talk) 08:43, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Deletion of superseded images has been discouraged for years now... Dcoetzee (talk) 13:08, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Since 2007, to be precise. For the whole story, see Commons talk:Superseded images policy. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 15:48, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Converting manually

Can I convert file formats manually? What are the algorithms? Marthelati (talk) 09:04, 25 July 2011 (UTC) (Resign: Marthelati (talk) 09:04, 25 July 2011 (UTC))

SVG --> PNG ? -- RE rillke questions? 09:08, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

I don't know what exactly you are asking about but does this help?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 09:15, 25 July 2011 (UTC)


I uploaded File:Don.Brash.jpg today and some faceless/nameless bot tells me I didn't give a valid "license" (sic). OK, so I tried to amend the file, but can't find HOW to do it among the voluminous screeds of do's and don'ts and whys and wherefores. So, how? Like zillions of others I'm not a commons regular and I find this complicated licence bit extremely daunting. moriori (talk) 09:28, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Did you take the photo? Wknight94 talk 11:41, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Based on the image page I do believe you took this photo, Moriori. However, you neglected to select a license tag on the upload form. Choose one of the following license tags and add it to the "License" section of the page (click for details): {{cc-by-sa-3.0}}, {{cc-by-3.0}}, {{cc-zero}}. In the future, use the upload wizard to upload files and this will not happen. Dcoetzee (talk) 13:07, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Convenience link: File:Don.Brash.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 15:13, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Moriori: in case it wasn't clear from the bot notice, part of the problem is that there was no way to know whether your intention was simply to provide the most restrictive license that Commons accepts (cc-by-sa-3.0 with a specific form of required attribution), to release the image into the public domain, or somewhere in between. - Jmabel ! talk 15:15, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
License is the american english form for licence.
Please read just the first section of Commons:Licensing : Acceptable licenses, to get the basic general informations.
See Commons:Copyright tags (skip the first section with all the various Public Domain tags) to choose under which free licence you would like to release your work. By the way, be informed that all your contributions to wikipedia or even this discussion are published with the Creative Commons attribution share alike license 3.0 (CC-by-sa 3.0); like it it is stated just above the save page button.
The licence information can be added to the File's description page like this :
--Lilyu (talk) 16:27, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Tks Lilyu, have added the licence and removed the tag. "American English"? Is that like "friendly fire"? ): moriori (talk) 21:18, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
LMAO Lilyu - happy.svg --Lilyu (talk) 00:49, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Using an Image found on Wikimedia

To Whom It May Concern:

I found a picture on wikipedia that directed me to wikimedia commons since I presume they got the image from your site. I wanted to find out whether these images on your site are free. Basically, would I be able to copy and save a picture from your site for free?

Thank you


Copy and save, yes, for personal use. If you want to distibute the image (eg put it on a website or publish it), you would need to abide by the terms of the licence listed on the image page. -mattbuck (Talk) 18:12, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Wikimedia Commons hosts all the free images for the different language versions of Wikipedia, and some other projects. All images published on Wikimedia Commons are either published with a free license or in the Public Domain... except really few exceptions that are copyrighted by the Wikimedia Foundation ( like logos for Wikipedia, Commons etc )
For example, this image : File:'37 coupe.jpg has a description section with basic informations like : what is depicted, when the photo was taken, who is the author. Under it, a second section "Licensing" provide indications on under which license this photo is published. Here, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported.
If you wish to use it or to modify it with photoshop for your own website, you have to tell who is the author, and provide a link to the license like this :
by Trekphiler, published with Creative Commons Paternité 3.0 Unported licence.
If you are going to publish it in a book, you have to add, for example at the end of the book : by Trekphiler, published with Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license
No further agreement from author is required, no financial compensation needs to be provided.
Just be sure to check the license on the description page of an image, and to be sure to be on Commons : some wikipedias locally host copyrighted images used for educational purpose, and those materials are not free. --Lilyu (talk) 01:15, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
For more details, you can also see the help page Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. -- Asclepias (talk) 01:53, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Help uploading

Can someone help me upload some high resolution tiff images to jpg images from the Library of Congress and who knows a lot about licensing and image decsription? I can't do most of them since my computer is really slow. Respond on my talk page please. --KAVEBEAR (talk) 07:13, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Please make a note here, when you did find someone who helps you. The help desk is not really the best place, I guess. But, well, there is AFAIK no page like Commons:work to do. ;) Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 01:25, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
What?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 05:25, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Help with uploading

I have upload many images, some from the same book but yet I received the following message regarding this one:

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There seems to be a problem regarding the description and/or licensing of this particular file. It has been found that you've added in the image's description only a Template that's not a license and although it provides useful information about the image, it's not a valid license. Could you please resolve this problem, adding the license in the image linked above? You can edit the description page and change the text. Uploading a new version of the file does not change the description of the file. This page may give you more hints on which license to choose. Thank you.

This message was added automatically by Nikbot, if you need some help about it please read the text above again and follow the links in it, if you still need help ask at the ? Commons:Help desk in any language you like to use. --Nikbot 16:39, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Could you help me with this? For some reason when I uploaded this particular file, I got a different form that did not allow me the normal choices. I have uploaded another since with no problesm. Thanks, Mattisse (talk) 19:24, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
See Commons:Copyright_tags#United_States for the correct license tags. You just put in the wrong name. I have fixed it now.
Regarding your upload form problems: could you copy the URl / address in your browser'S address bar of the form you get to and paste here? And describe how the form usually looks like.
By the way: are you sure John Muir is the author of this drawing? He died 1914?! Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 20:19, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Then it seems that his book was published after his death. From the source, this illustration is on page 190 of the book and the notice on page viii reads: "Except as otherwise indicated the illustrations are from sketches by Mr. Muir" and nothing is "otherwise indicated" for this illustration. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:08, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Ah, cool. I have put this info to the file's desc. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 21:53, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you all so very much for fixing this. Respectfully, Mattisse (talk) 16:03, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Image of book cover I took

Is it alright to upload the image of a book cover I took myself, under the Fair Use policy, for a Wikipedia article devoted to the book in the image? — Preceding unsigned comment added by VinitoBlue (talk • contribs) 2011-07-26T20:48:30 (UTC)

No. Please see Commons:Fair use. You need to upload it to your home wiki (if this has fair use). Only simple book covers are allowed here as all content here is free. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 22:09, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Deletion of image

File:Freemasons of the Danish Order of Freemasons.jpg can be deleted. I have created the image and uploaded it. (The image is almost identic to File:Danish freemasons.jpg - the difference is just the unnecessary words. Therefore, we don't need File:Freemasons of the Danish Order of Freemasons.jpg and it should be deleted). Will somebody please delete File:Freemasons of the Danish Order of Freemasons.jpg? --Fanoftheworld (talk) 22:07, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Go to File:Freemasons of the Danish Order of Freemasons.jpg, click on "nominate for deletion" in the toolbox on the left of the window/screen and paste your reason for deletion (simply copy your text from here - with links). Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 22:13, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
I have clicked on "Nominate for deletion" on the left of the site File:Freemasons of the Danish Order of Freemasons.jpg and then pasted my reason for deletion. Afterward I got this message: "System notice: There is currently a problem with thumbnail generation when images are replaced/updated, a solution is being worked on." --Fanoftheworld (talk) 00:21, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
Everything went fine - here is the request: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Freemasons of the Danish Order of Freemasons.jpg. It will be dealt with after 7 days or so. The "system notice" was not related to your action. Not sure why it popped up right after your action - should by displayed always. --Saibo (Δ) 01:15, 27 July 2011 (UTC)


How free am I to upload images featured on Wikipedia to my blog?

See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia
Wikimedia Commons hosts all the free images for the different language versions of Wikipedia, and some other projects. All images published on Wikimedia Commons are either published with a free license or in the Public Domain... except really few exceptions that are copyrighted by the Wikimedia Foundation ( like logos for Wikipedia, Commons etc )
For example, this image : File:'37 coupe.jpg has a description section with basic informations like : what is depicted, when the photo was taken, who is the author. Under it, a second section "Licensing" provide indications on under which license this photo is published. Here, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported.
If you wish to use it or to modify it with photoshop for your own website, you have to tell who is the author, and provide a link to the license like this :
by Trekphiler, published with Creative Commons Paternité 3.0 Unported licence.
If you are going to publish it in a book, you have to add, for example at the end of the book : by Trekphiler, published with Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license
No further agreement from author is required, no financial compensation needs to be provided.
Just be sure to check the license on the description page of an image, and to be sure to be on Commons : wikipedias locally host some copyrighted images used for educational purpose, and those materials are not free.--Lilyu (talk) 07:27, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Norwegian Public Domain Policies?

I would like to upload the photo of Anders Behring Breivik arriving at his arraignment hearing (the close-up with Breivik in a red shirt0 as seen at the top of this page (sorry, could not get a direct link on account of the page formatting):

But I'm having trouble determining whether this photo meets commons licensing standards. It certainly qualifies for fair use, but of course that's not sufficient. Can anyone make a case for it being public domain under U.S. or Norwegian standards? either would work as the photo was taken in Norway.

Failing that, is there any other valid licensing under which I can upload the image? We have a few free-use images of Breivik already, but they are not really appropriate to the tone of the articles we need them for. Thanks in advance. Snow (talk) 13:47, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

I want to delete a picture I uploaded File:Nawabzada Mohammad Ismail Khan Of Amb State .jpg

I have uploaded a picture and I want to delete it as I have seen some people are using it with false names given to that picture.the picture is of my grandfather and I have the original picture with me .I need help in this context as I dont actually want to remove the post but dont want it to be misused — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ambkhan (talk • contribs)

You've already started a deletion request, but I don't quite understand your problem. You were the one who uploaded it and chose the name and description. If the filename is wrong, perhaps we could just rename it? -mattbuck (Talk) 06:22, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Help removal of media The Dragon UWA 2011 Machinima _©_2011_The Tell Records unless correct licence used

Hi I uploaded this file to the commons with the idea it would be used as a reference aid.

The Correct licence for this work is by-nc-nd/3.0/ I have tried to put this licence in but am unable to do so. If you are able to do so, then good otherwise this file must be removed. Thanks --MarcusLeDain (talk) 01:42, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

La educacion media superior en Puebla


La Educación Media Superior en Puebla

En Puebla, la Educación Media Superior ha tenido cambios importantes, esta modalidad en el sistema educativo se plantea de acuerdo a las necesidades que el Estado requiere, promoviendo habilidades y saberes que los estudiantes necesitan para su desarrollo y les permita integrarse a la sociedad ya sea de manera laboral o profesional. En el estado de Puebla, como ya se mencionó, la Educación Media se remonta al año de 1578 cuando el cabildo de la ciudad encomienda a los jesuitas la fundación de una institución educativa, estableciéndose el Colegio del Espíritu Santo. Sin embargo, a la expulsión de los jesuitas de la Nueva España, sus colegios e instituciones sobreviven hasta 1790 cuando el obispo Francisco Fabián y Fuero los constituye en el Real Colegio Carolino, conservando este nombre hasta 1820, fecha en la que retornan los jesuitas y a este misma institución le llaman Real Colegio del Espíritu Santo, de San Jerónimo y San Ignacio de la Compañía de Jesús.1 Para este periodo y ante la expulsión de los jesuitas, las escuelas están en manos de particulares. Durante el mandato de Iturbide el mismo organismo educativo es nombrado Colegio Imperial y es cuando México se constituye en República que le llaman Colegio del Estado, nombre que conservó hasta 1937 al constituirse como Universidad de Puebla.2

1 Vallejo, W. y Vargas, O., “Antecedentes históricos del bachillerato universitario”, Tiempo Universitario Gaceta histórica de la BUAP, año 9, número 15, BUAP, Puebla, 2006, p.4
2 Ibídem
- unsigned
¿Y su pregunta es...? - Jmabel ! talk 15:38, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

File Size limit

Is 212.35MB too big of a file size for a jpg image? Do you guys have a file size limit?

100 MB.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:44, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
What dimension is 100 MB jpg image exactly?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 06:19, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
The question has no answer. How heavy is 500 calories of food?--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:03, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
Okay I'll just experiment around until I get the biggest version I can that is acceptable.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 07:29, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

There is an irfan-view-plugin (RIOT, but it is slow) where you can specify the output-size. -- RE rillke questions? 09:36, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

You'll bring the physical size down more readily be lowering the quality than by lowering the dimensions. - Jmabel ! talk 15:39, 28 July 2011 (UTC)


Help HELP me pleeeasee! Hi there, I have already successfully changed my username from Wikipedia from 'Homezfoo' to 'Thesadisticcheeseburgerpickle1' & i was wondering how i would change my username here? please help me thank you god bless! --Homezfoo (talk) 03:39, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

See Commons:Changing username. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:42, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Usage... Your reply would be greatly appreciated.

Go ahead and blast me if this is just completely obvious... but I read over everything and I don't believe it was covered. I write songs and music which I put on my YouTube Channel and Facebook for subscribers to listen to and who know maybe a record producer or publishing company. (I know... go buy a lottery ticket - my odds are better) Anyway... I hate just putting a picture of me there static during the songs. So, I joined I-Stock and pay for pictures that go along with the words, feelings or message of the songs I write. So they are sort of story telling to the music. BUT... I Stock is expensive, especially for something that I'm not making money by putting on YouTube. It's all out there for free. Obviously "if" someone did like me or my song and wanted to pay me for it, that's for the song - not the little video I put up to go along with it. As a matter of fact, "if" someone did like my songs, I'm sure the first part of the deal would be that I would "have" to remove all of my videos/songs from YouTube so the companies could do their own thing. So I'm rambling... so to the point already. "Can" I upload images and video clips from Wikimedia Commons to use in my videos on YouTube without any sort of penalties, lawsuits, or loss of my own copyrights for my songs? This should be a short answer... either "Yes" I can do that, or "No" you idiot!

Thanks for helping to clarify. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cervezaman (talk • contribs) 12:59, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

The three good answers you already received were too long?  :/ -- Asclepias (talk) 14:42, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
If you stick to public domain images, yes. Otherwise, it will be difficult to conform to the licenses, though it could be done (but there's no short explanation of that). - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Untitled section

Hi, there. I have uploades images created by myself, SNAPSHOTS of my desktop, to illustrate a page I have created about an operating system. The image reflects this system which creator team I AM part of. However, the picture was deleted by someone in Wikimedia... and it is not the first time. Check the dialog and please let's find some more COMMON SENSE action! If the problems is the description, write to the person before going deleting things! We don't have all week to work in the pages we create to come back everyday and see what the heck you have deleted because you thought was perhaps, maybe wrong!!!


Hello, and thank your for sharing your files with Commons. There seems to be a problem regarding the description and/or licensing of this particular file. Please remember that all uploads require source, author and license information. Could you please resolve these problems, which are described on the page linked in above? Thank you. --Siebrand 17:39, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

   Hi, I see you edited the page, but please try to chose an existing license. Thanks, Magnus Manske 22:38, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
       Hi, I have teleted the image, as you requested by mail. Cheers, Magnus Manske 13:18, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
           (My answer) Hey, this is getting more and more complicated!!?? I creae those pictures MYSELF (that's why is called "snapshot"!) and put that info when uploaded the images. Please, stop being more papists than the Pope. One thing is to take care of people's rights, fight piracy and so on. I love that. But use common sense to see what is each case! I know is partially my fault for not finding elsewhere to click and state my rights as composer of the images, but you can quickly see that some things are just rookies mistakes and not piracy! Or Wikimedia should close! You rather warn and EXPLAIN better what to do, before deleting stuff!

Thanks. G_Velasco

There is some margin between coming back everyday and coming back only four years later. From what the sysop answered to you back then, it seems that you requested the deletion of File:Poseidon Linux snapsh.JPG for being a duplicate of the file File:Poseidon Linux snapsh.jpg. Could you clarify your complaint? -- Asclepias (talk) 14:42, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Gescannte Formelgrafik

Liebe Helfer, ich bin Neuling und habe einige Grafikdateien im tif-Format hochgeladen: Die Dateien "Indophenin1.tif" und "Indophenin3.tif" erscheinen korrekt, und ich konnte sie in meinen Wikipedia-Beitrag "Indophenin-Reaktion" einbinden. Jedoch die Dateien "Indophenin2.tif" und "Indophenin2rot.tif" (gerade von mir zur Löschung vorgeschlagen) sind nicht sichtbar, obwohl ich sie auf dieselbe Weise erzeugt habe. Dasselbe gilt für meine neue Version "Indophenin2a.tif", die ich jetzt in meinen Artikel einfügen möchte. Woran liegt das? Ich bin frustriert; was kann ich tun? --Durfo (talk) 14:37, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Bei tif- und png-Bildern sollte man die Auflösung nicht zu hoch setzen. Sonst werden keine kleinen Vorschaubilder erzeugt. Das ist bestimmt das Problem bei File:Indophenin2a.tif. -- RE rillke questions? 11:09, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
Zu Rillkes völlig richtigen Ausführungen möchte ich noch ergänzen, dass man gerade solche Grafiken möglichst immer als SVG erstellen sollte. Dieses Format hat vielerlei Vorteile. Ich habe daher einmal die Vorlage "Convert to SVG" ergänzt. -- H005 11:23, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Who should be credited

I need help renaming File:George Henry Burgess, No. 1. View of Honolulu. From the harbor. (c. 1854, copy negative version).jpg and other similiar images. It seems they "Drawn on stone by G.H. Burgess. Sketched from nature by Paul Emmert." So who should be credited Burgess or Emmert in the title? --KAVEBEAR (talk) 18:05, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

  • The name is fine. The only thing we need from a title is that it is at least moderately good for identifying the image, and not actively misleading. The subtleties can go in the description. - Jmabel ! talk 15:48, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
The text on the image only list Emmert.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 16:12, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
The text on the image says what is reproduced in the "inscriptions" field of the description page. See the high resolution version. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:07, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
Oh yeah but it differs on the other ones. Can anyone help me edit the descriptions into the artwork template format based on the info from the Library of Congress and also mentioning somehow they were made in 1853 and published in 1854. See my upload list for the other images. Thanks.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 18:40, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Where is my uploaded file?

First time uploading. Think uploaded successfully to Destination filename: Rosocyanine proposal.png but I can't find it. Where is it?HowardJWilk (talk) 17:48, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

You have not uploaded any file yet. At least not successfully. Something must have gone wrong. -- H005 17:53, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
It's there at File:Rosocyanine proposal.png. You can see the list of your contributions at Special:Contributions/HowardJWilk. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:08, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Fuzzy copyright regulation

I have some questions about some the copyright regulation of images in the commons;

How do these comply with copyright laws, but other images such as those of statues and TV screenshots don't. ----DanTD (talk) 19:39, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

They're de minimis. We didn't take pictures of the billboard; we took pictures of the scene, and the billboard happened to be there.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:01, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, the billboard are incidental, they are just in the area, and hardly avoidable. They are not a main element/subject of those images. Images would be nearly the same with or without them. Commons:De minimis. --Lilyu (talk) 02:23, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
Well, that's somewhat of a relief. I was worried we might get to the point where we post pictures of some place but suddenly have to take it down because a Coca-Cola truck drives by, or some commuter at a subway station is wearing a Snoopy T-shirt, or a Somali terrorist is wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey. ----DanTD (talk) 15:28, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
In other words, we can't intentionally take a picture of a billbord? Or posters? Or site descriptions? Or ...? --Pawyilee (talk) 16:39, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
One can take the picture but can not use it on Commons if it is an unauthorized derivative work of an unfree work, unless the picture meets the conditions for an exception such as de minimis mentioned above. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:50, 31 July 2011 (UTC)