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File:Quebec Smyth 1760.jpg

After reading "This image is available from Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number C-781", how can I find the relevant page on the LAC website ? I can't find any "search by reference number" tool on the LAC website. Teofilo (talk) 18:17, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Enter C-000781 in the search box. It returns [1], which links to [2] and [3] -- Asclepias (talk) 20:51, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. It was a great idea of yours to add those extra 000. I feel relieved in the sense that the LAC possesses the whole lithograph, not only the small detail that was uploaded. I am going to upload the whole lithograph from the Library of Congress website, although it is not a high resolution picture, and the LOC's bibliographical information is slightly different. I was wondering if the LAC had a better high resolution picture online. But the LAC's bibliographical information is precious anyway. Teofilo (talk) 09:47, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

OTRS email template

I would like to use the standard declaration of consent to get the permission to upload a logo and a photo of a research institute. Since neither the logo nor the photo is available online in exactly this version (only available on a local computer of the institute) - what should I plug in for the field "INSERT LINK OR LOCATION"? Thanks for your help --Lukasmergele (talk) 07:22, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

You can do what it says in the paragraph before the letter: If the link to the file is not available online, you may upload the file on Commons with the {{OTRS pending}} template and have the author link to it in the declaration of consent. --rimshottalk 07:39, 1 August 2011 (UTC)


Ich möchte gern eine Sammlung von wertvollen Puppenbildern (selbstgemachte Puppen nach Waldorf-Art) bei Wikimedia Commons einstellen, und zwar so, dass eine eigene kleine Galerie (womöglich mit einer extra Kategorie unter "handgemachte Puppen") entsteht. Wie stelle ich das an? Für eine genaue Handlungsanweisung in deutscher Sprache wäre ich sehr dankbar! Mit freundlichem Gruß, Peter Godzik (E-Mail:; Website:; User-Name bei Wikimedia Commons: Egonist) -- Egonist (talk · contribs)

Zuerst muss die Frage geklärt werden, ob die Bilder in den Projektrahmen fallen.
Dann, ob es bereits eine Kategorie gibt oder eine neue erstellt werden müsste.
Kategorien sind für alle offen, das heißt, dass nich ausschließlich Deine Bilder dort landen.
Du kannst dir in Deinem Benutzernamesraum z.B. User:Egonist/Puppenbilder gern eine <gallery> anlegen. Commonist macht das irgendwie auch automatisiert.
-- RE rillke questions? 15:24, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

My image looks like low quality picture although it's not

Good day, I'd like to ask why the picture Glass of Coca-Cola.jpg looks in preview like if it's some jpg file with a very low compression (especially the Coca-Cola red logo), although the compression has been set over 90% and just the full version of the picture looks like it's supposed to be. I improved image's colors in PhotoFiltre but then the preview looked even worse. Has it been caused by the thumbnails generation problem or did I do something wrong? Thanks anyone for help! --Wespecz (talk) 22:31, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info: If you want to prevent this, you can upload in png-File-format. Thumbnailer: JPEG->JPEG; PNG->PNG; TIF->PNG -- RE rillke questions? 22:48, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment: But in this size, it looks Ok to me. -- RE rillke questions? 22:50, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for help! So I'll upload it as png. To me the logo looks like with stripes, faint and like with a very low compression if on a thumbnail like this. --Wespecz (talk) 23:06, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
In all likelihood this is not due to compression artifacts but due to the image simply not looking as nice at low resolution. The PNG version will in all likelihood look worse, because JPEG thumbnails have a sharpening filter applied. Dcoetzee (talk) 04:45, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

I think the PNG looks much better but let's keep the JPEG for Exif-record. -- RE rillke questions? 08:47, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

For further info on the inappropriate jpeg compression look at Template_talk:Convert_to_PNG. The root cause is simply too aggressive jpeg compression (see the this VP discussion - especially the end for how to solve it.... ). I would upload jpeg suitable files in jpeg (of course with low compression applied - but do not re-encode therefore...) and hope for a change in our thumbnailing. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:13, 3 August 2011 (UTC)


My image here has been tagged with no license. How do I specify a license to use for my file? Thanks in advance. Lukep913 (talk) 23:18, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

  • You don't say here what license you want to specify; Assuming the picture is your own work, then among the likely possibilities are {{self|cc-by-3.0}}, {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0}}, {{self|cc-pd}}, and {{self|cc-zero}}. Take your pick, and add that to the bottom of the image page. See Commons:Copyright tags for more info, or follow up to {{cc-by-3.0}}, {{cc-by-sa-3.0}}, {{cc-pd}}, and {{cc-zero}}. Yes, there are a lot of possibilities, and if you managed to upload without providing a license, then sorting things back out can be confusing. - Jmabel ! talk 00:42, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
You already published this image on WIkipedia in english :
with Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
And in higher resolution that the one on Commons.--Lilyu (talk) 00:46, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks a ton, got it to work. -- Luke Talk 01:07, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Hello, thank you for sharing your great photos. But, could you please upload the same version than at Wikipedia :

At the bottom of the description page of the photo, there's a link saying Upload a new version of this file This allow you to reupload on the same file name/page

Also, i assume you meant "panorama", and not "Panaorma". You can ask it to be renamed by adding to the description page the following code : {{Rename|Crater Lake panorama.jpg}}

It is better that both of this actions are done by the author and uploader of the image, please Lilyu - smile.svg --Lilyu (talk) 06:32, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Lilyu, I think you did mean {{rename|new name.jpg|reason for new name}} instead of {{Bad name}}? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:17, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Thx, correction made Lilyu - siffle.svg --Lilyu (talk) 10:31, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

how to add my web site in wikipedia

I have a website that's a year old and i want to get it into wiki. Is there a way to do it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shumaila (talk • contribs) 06:04, 2. August 2011 (UTC)

  1. Here you are on commons. Commons is a media-hoster for free and educational useful contents.
  2. Wikipedia is not a promoter.
  3. If your website has educational content, provide a link and we can talk about what's the best solution.
-- RE rillke questions? 08:34, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Can I use this photo for my book cover?

Just want to confirm. Tried to email author but no luck. Any ideas?

This is the photo - File:Typewriter adler3.jpg (== Summary == * ADLER typewriter Model n°7 (Frankfurt / Germany) * Unknown model date (probably ~1930/40) ==Author== Dake == Licensing ==

w:en:Creative Commons
attribution share alike
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.
You are free:
  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Category:Keyboards )

—Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:33, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Convenience link: File:Typewriter adler3.jpg - Jmabel ! talk 00:42, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

As the license reproduced here shows, yes, but somewhere you'll need to credit 'Wikimedia Commons User:Dake' and reproduce the terms of the license (probably on your copyrights page). If you can get hold of the photographer/uploader, it's possible you might license it under different terms. - Jmabel ! talk 00:44, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Also, the credit is easy but as far as reproducing the terms of the license, does that mean literally putting in the lengthy terms of use on my copyright page?
Thanks for your patience! —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 12:48, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
You could set up somewhere other than your copyrights page to put this information, but one or another way, it should be there. Does anyone know: can he/she simply put "See for licensing terms"? - Jmabel ! talk 15:16, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Got it!! Thank you all so much!!!

Per section 4a of the license (or section 4b if you modify the image), you can include either a copy of the whole license or a mention the URI of the webpage where the reader can find the license. I think most people probably find it easier to include the URI. :) -- Asclepias (talk) 17:04, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
You can use the photo under the terms of the specific license offered by the author. That's the principle of free licenses. You do not need to email the author, unless you want to negociate different licensing terms. (However, I understand that, by precaution because you want to use the photo on a book cover, you may want to verify with the author if the wording of the photo credit is satisfactory for both of you). For details, you should read the text of the license itself. (If you are not familiar with CC licenses, parts of the FAQ on the CC website could also be useful.) You can place the credit wherever it is normally placed in that type of books. A credit line for this work might look somewhat like this:
Cover photo by Dake, Typewriter adler3.jpg, licensed under CC-by-sa 2.5, From
But that is only an example of how I might write it. You can word it differently or possibly make it shorter or longer. You should word it according to your own understanding of the license (or according to your possible consultation with the author if you contact him). -- Asclepias (talk) 17:04, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

What is the maximum tif size for thumbnail to display ?


On the larger tif files, direct links to thumbnails produce the following message : "error generating thumbnails, the resolution of the source file is too large". But doesn't the server generate thumbnails for JPG files bigger than that ? Anyway, what is the maximum allowed size for tif files to display as thumbnails ? Teofilo (talk) 05:05, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

I know that there is a limit for PNGs (12.5 million pixels). JPEG - scaling is much easier for the server. But there is probably a solution (libvips). Go to bugzilla and request (or vote for) this. -- RE rillke questions? 10:05, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps the limit is the same for tifs as for PNGs : with 11.8 million pixels File:Balaklava sick 2.tif is still OK. Teofilo (talk) 12:23, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Upload with link

Is it possible to upload a photo just by giving the link? I dont really want to download a bunch of pictures onto my computer to upload them here but i have the links. Detredwings1139 (talk) 16:47, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

This is possible through API, but I don't know whether we have an interface. -- RE rillke questions? 17:06, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
But it is not enabled: "Uploads by URL is not enabled. Make sure $wgAllowCopyUploads is set to true in LocalSettings.php." -- RE rillke questions? 18:29, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
I am pretty new to all this so how would I go about doing that? Just tried looking into it, seems a bit complicated. May have to wait on that one. Detredwings1139 (talk) 18:42, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
If it is a really big bunch, you may file a request at Commons:Batch uploading. Teofilo (talk) 17:09, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
It is not really a big bunch, just pictures I randomly come across that I could add to baseball articles. Just would make it easier. Detredwings1139 (talk) 17:27, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
I guess its not possible then.. Detredwings1139 (talk) 17:36, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
I assume you know that, but just in case ... pictures you randomly come across might not have a suitable license. --rimshottalk 18:56, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Yea, I know. They were on the Library of Congress website. I'm almost positive I remembered seeing that they were okay from there. Is that true? Detredwings1139 (talk) 19:01, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Not automatically. The normal copyright restrictions apply, the copyright status can usually be found near the image. A lot of pictures on the LOC site are {{PD-US}} or {{PD-USGov}} or public domain for some other reason, but not nearly all. --rimshottalk 19:50, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Press release

There is a press release by Botswana Govt in PDF that needs to be uploaded somewhere so that it can be used as a reference on Wikipedia. Down to the point, what license should it be uploaded under, here at Commons?--Avala (talk) 21:11, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

A press release by the government will be under Botswana's government copyright (unless its explicitly released). That is almost certainly non free, and so cannot be hosted on Commons. It might be free if its old enough, if you can provide more information about the release you should get a clear yes/no.
I'm a bit confused as to the need too, why would you have to upload a PDF to be a reference? Offline references are perfectly OK for Wikipedia, and if its from another website that other website will work. If you need to upload it (to share with other editors?), you may be able to upload it to another hosting service.--Nilfanion (talk) 21:25, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
I agree. Botswana government works are copyrighted according to the law : Teofilo (talk) 09:54, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
Well yes but the press releases are given away to be published, aren't they? It's not old enough, it is a recognition of South Sudan but no online media has picked up the story so the only reference we have is the PDF we received from the Botswana Government that contains a scanned document which is a press release by their Government announcing the recognition of South Sudan.--Avala (talk) 12:28, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
Much as with publicity photos, while a press release is 'given away to be published', that doesn't actually change its copyright status. And, yes, this is a pain. - Jmabel ! talk 14:37, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
Cite the document indicating its print source. There is no requirement that Wikipedia references be available online. If you need to address someone's doubts, you can offer to send them a copy. Same as would be the case for citing a hard-to-obtain book. - Jmabel ! talk 14:39, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Public Domain photos and public domain tags

I noticed that some public domain photos have the message, "You must also include a United States public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States."

Is this saying then that every time I use such photos, I must include a tag? I would think a public domain photo, by the nature of the case, can be used any way one wants to use it.
—Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:24, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

The laws regarding what is and what is not in the public domain vary from country to country. Since the Wikimedia Commons servers are located in the U.S., an image must meet the U.S. criteria for it to be in the public domain. Warfieldian (talk) 04:39, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
No, you don't need to use any Commons tag when you use the images outside of the Wikimedia websites. But I understand how the current wording of the message can confuse users. The purpose of that type of template is to inform everybody, and primarily potential reusers, about the copyright status of the images. However, the sentence you quoted above was added recently and has a different purpose. While the rest of the template is still intended as information for reusers and everybody, the new sentence is intended as an internal reminder for the contributors who upload files to the Commons website and relates only to the upload requirements on this website. Unfortunately, this mix of two types of messages, about different matters and intended for different groups, can cause confusion. When you use an image outside Wikimedia, you must care only about the requirements of the law of the country (or countries) where you republish the image. The copyright status tags were supposed to somewhat help with that. Ignore the confusing sentence that says you must also include blah blah. -- Asclepias (talk) 04:56, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Excellent--thank you for this very helpful clarification

Browser version and operating system!?

"Your feedback will be posted publicly to the page "Prototype upload wizard feedback", along with your user name, browser version and operating system."

Why do you need to know my browser version and operating system??? I am running Windows 7 with 3 browsers: Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 5 and Chrome 12. Marthelati (talk) 08:36, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

If you intend to report errors it's always helpful to know this. But you can ask User:NeilK for details. -- RE rillke questions? 09:55, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Stamps and covers of magazines

Can I scan a postage stamp and put it on Wikipedia? What tag must be used? How about the cover of a magazine? What tag must be used? These images are to be used in articles where the objects are mentioned. Mathewkochi (talk) 15:51, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

  1. postage stamp - which coutry?
  2. cover of a magazine - how old is the magazine?

In general tags are listed on COM:TAG. -- RE rillke questions? 17:13, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Slow upload speed

For some reason the upload speed is being extremely slow for me. I tested my internet speed, and it is perfectly fine, but it is for some reason taking very long to upload photographs. The same thing happened to me in the past, and it fixed itself after I posted here about it, just wanted to bring it up and hopefully determine if there is an issue. Thanks. Gage (talk) 07:16, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

I am still having issues with having a very slow upload speed on the Commons. I've been able to upload the same images on Flickr in mere seconds, but have to wait up to 5 or 6 minutes for it to upload here. Please help. Gage (talk) 02:23, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
A crosslink for German Commonsers: Commons:Forum#Hamster_ohne_Futter.3F.3F.3F. Another user complaining.
I am not sure what the problem is. It works as usual for me (Linux, FF 3.6, basic upload form). --Saibo (Δ) 02:41, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
I have the same problem with Safari either on Win XP Prof. or on Mac OS X, also using the basic upload form (20 to 40 seconds per file what was before in the worst case max. 8 seconds). This is a very unpleasant situation! -- Хрюша ?? 05:10, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
There are a lot of time-out errors in the API, too. (Server error: 504) I think there is an issue. -- RE rillke questions? 15:36, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Cross-post: Commons:Village_pump#Slow_upload_speed. --Saibo (Δ) 03:42, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
Actually unbelievable 45 seconds upload time for 1 MB and still the message in GE or GM «The GeoCommons database is currently unavailable, please try again later.» When will somebody do something !!! -- Хрюша ?? 10:40, 30 July 2011 (UTC)
Everyone, there is an open bug on this. Feel free to add your unique technical input here. --Mattwj2002 (talk) 02:16, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Baseball Digest images only pre-1964?

Hi, I've uploaded a bunch of images with the {{PD-US-not renewed, Baseball Digest pre-1964}}, but I have a question about the tag: why does it have to be before 1964 to be PD? Wouldn't it be PD if it was pre-1977, because that's when it wasn't renewed? Thanks. Delaywaves talk contribs 22:28, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

No, works first published prior to 1964 had to be renewed. In 1992, the requirement to be renewed was removed, so works that come up for renewal in 1992 or later were automatically renewed.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:46, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Change Wikimedia Username

I want to change my wikimedia username: its currently Bororiwala. I have changed on wikipedia. I want to change it to Hazara-Birar Hazara-Birar (talk) 23:02, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Please request at Commons:Changing username. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 04:42, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

I'm new to wikipedia and I'm having a little trouble. I have created a page and I have included a logo from the University's website. I'm afraid I haven't licensed the picture/logo properly. Can anyone help me or point me in the right direction? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Taralynn00 (talk • contribs) 2011-08-05T04:23:44 (UTC)

Hi Taralynn00, welcome to Commons! :-) Is your concern about File:College of Management and Economics University of Guelph.jpg? The {{PD-textlogo}} is correct. See e.g. Commons:Image casebook#Trademarks. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 04:41, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

OGG Files no sound

TaylorWJ (talk) 12:05, 5 August 2011 (UTC) OGG audio files when launched bring up a simple sound player with a start gadget which shows animation of play progress, but no sound is heard. I can download the .ogg file and play win windows media player.

Any ideas?

Windows 7 using Chrome

Copyright status error

Hi, My image has been flagged up has not having sufficient copyright information. "This media file does not have sufficient information on its copyright status. Unless the copyright status is provided, the file will be deleted seven days after this template was added: (4 August 2011)." I took the photo myself in March 2011 in the UK. Which type of license is the most appropriate and what tags do I need to insert? I currently have it listed as Public Domain Non-US works and Free Creative Commons License but the error message still comes up. Many thanks, Charlotte

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. RE rillke questions? 18:23, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Category: Durham England

The category Category:Durham, England contains numerous images that should be in Category:County Durham eg Is there some "cleanup" tag that can be placed on this page to alert editors to this.

Also see Commons:Categories_for_discussion/2011/08/Category:Durham,_England for my proposal for a solution.Imgaril (talk) 18:46, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Enable Cat-a-lot in your Special:Preferences#preftab-8, then visit the category from which to move the files. Help:Gadget-Cat-a-lot -- RE rillke questions? 19:04, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
I'm not psychic - I can't tell just by looking if an image is right of wrong - some machine is adding images from an area of ~1000square miles into the category for a single small city...Imgaril (talk) 20:06, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

adding a picture of Dave Brownie Brown to his page

I am an administrator for the British DJ Dave "Brownie" Brown from Solar Radio in London. We would like to add his photo/image of himself to his page. How can we do this?

Thank you, Amedee Jones (— Preceding unsigned comment added by Amedeejones (talk • contribs) 15:36, 5. August 2011 (UTC))

Maybe COM:REUSE can help you? -- RE rillke questions? 18:25, 5 August 2011 (UTC)
Do you mean to ask how to add your own image of Dave Brown to his Wikipedia page? You can upload a promotional image of the DJ but you will need to follow the instructions at COM:OTRS to send in explicit permission to use the image on WIkimedia under an appropriate free license. After you have uploaded the image to the Commons, you will be able to link to it from Wikipedia. Warfieldian (talk) 14:00, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

File:Rear map.jpg

Selecting a license for this image is not obvious since it is US government data used in an apparently private printing, that is now public domain. (Furthermore the data is from a Navy ship, but the image from NOAA archives) --Belg4mit (talk) 17:15, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

I suggest PD-US, and the details of why it's PD can be explained in a comment. If someone else wants to come up with a more specifically appropriate license, let them do so, but don't trouble yourself. - Jmabel ! talk 18:57, 6 August 2011 (UTC)


This is my own work. So I dont have a licence . Still you are not loading my edit and asking me for licence . What to do now ? - unsigned

You choose the license under which you want to offer your own work to the public. Please see Commons:Licensing for details. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:38, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
In other words, you are the author, but if you don't grant a license then no one else, including us, can use the picture. - Jmabel ! talk 18:55, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

Public search

Is there a concise search tool to use to find Public domain photos where no attribution is required for Olympic National Park? The results are mixed when I use the regular search box and the results are about 1%!

This site doesn't has accepted a couple of my photos, the rest it rejected because they came from flicker and it didn't recognize them because they were tagged with my page title, instead of the account holder name. The Gallery gives an error message, and even the Login doesn't work unless you know to login before you start browsing, otherwise it keeps showing you as being logged out, even after you log in.

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

I'll try to get a look at your uploads (you click on My contributions, than on Uploads) --Lilyu (talk) 20:41, 7 August 2011 (UTC)
Ok, i edited a little the description page of your photos.
May i suggest you to ask for renamming files with no meaning, like File:67559984 455db61c8d o.jpg, for something more appropriate ?
You can do it by copy-pasting this code to the description page of an image : {{Rename|NewNameHere|meaningless name}}
=>for example, for File:67559984 455db61c8d o.jpg : {{Rename|White lama.jpg|meaningless name}}
--Lilyu (talk) 21:05, 7 August 2011 (UTC)
  • Regarding the gallery tool : i can do nothing, i'm not a programmer (this tool is hosted on toolserver and is not really part of the website). It will be probably fixed soon.
  • For the search tool : no, there's no that i am aware of. Yes, search by tag name and licensing is nice on Flickr.
  • A robot automatically review the flickr page to check if the license is correct. So, yes, if the link is not the one he's expecting, there might be a problem for him to check.
If your photo on flickr has the same license than on Commons, there might be no problem. If one of your photos has been deleted, maybe an administrator could take a second look at your deletion log and restore some mistakes.
  • A problem might raise one day, if you provide a free license on commons and the photo is tagged "all right reserved" on Flickr. In such a case, a formal solution could be to send a permission mail at OTRS at where you state something like "Yes, the Commons User and the flickr User are the same person". An OTRS ticket will than be provided, a kind of recorded proof, and by providing the ID number of the ticket on the description page of the files you upload, no further question regarding permission will be an issue again. --Lilyu (talk) 21:25, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply, I guess I think this should be a little more User Friendly to be of help to anyone! I try to follow the long drawn out process, but it just leads to more long drawn out processes and I don't have a lot of time to even get frustrated with that. I first thought about the filenames, but since there was no requirement stated, I just used the meaningless ones cause it's quicker. When I get a chance, I'll go back and redo it all and try again to get my photos from Flicker to my account here. But there's also the fact that the Gallery doesn't work, so other services don't have that problem and people can automatically go to your Gallery and see your Pictures. I guess that's really not the main focus here, but it doesn't hurt to have the things functioning that work for other sites doing the same Media! Thanks again for your help! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kathycalm (talk • contribs) [4] cc by sa 3.0

The gallery tool is coded by volunteer users, and is not directly related to Wikimedia-commons. It is an external software. The closest tool available on Commons is the list of your uploads in your contributions : Here
But there are other solution i can help you with : we can create a category for your own work, like Category:Kathy Calm or Category:Files by Kathy Calm , for example : Category:Files by User:Coyau
and you can create a subpage in your user domain, where you can list all files with an appropriate caption, like User:G.dallorto/Palermo
See : Commons:User-specific galleries, templates and categories policy
--Lilyu (talk) 01:19, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Most of the contributions that were deleted were mostly deleted for duplicate reasons. So I assume someone transferred from flickr your image under a more appropriate name at that time (the deletion are dating from 2007). See there for finding those files... Esby (talk) 13:22, 8 August 2011 (UTC)


i wanted to create an article about an EU project. ive contacted the project and they allowed me to use their logo for wikipedia but i dont think they want it to be sold or used in other contexts. what should i do, what license could i use? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Starterkit (talk • contribs) 08:59, 8. August 2011 (UTC)

In this case you must upload the logo locally on Wikipedia as "fair use material", following the local rules there. It is not suitable for Commons, unsless it is a very simple logo which cannot be copyrighted. SV1XV (talk) 09:19, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

Ebay and PictureHistory: Two questions

Are you allow to use images from a site where they are selling old photographs out of copyright such as Ebay? Also can you use Picture History and ask someone to remove the watermarks?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 16:33, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

  1. see {{PD-Art}} and when to use it.
  2. place {{Watermark}} on the image-description page. Be aware: Do not upload if the watermark is protected by copyright. In this case you have to remove it before. -- RE rillke questions? 09:21, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Oh okay thanks.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 10:23, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Help moving a file

Can somebody move File:UWM Mitchall hall.jpg to File:UWM Mitchell hall.jpg? The current name is a typographical error. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:34, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

See COM:FAQ#MOVE. --  Docu  at 19:40, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Seems to be done. -- Хрюша ?? 05:10, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Advice on compatibility of Irish-state license

As part of an off-line Wikimedia project, a number of us are looking at the Irish Government press office website. The site currently uses a standard Irish-state license that is incompatible with the Commons/Wikipedia. However, the license is still relatively "free".

As part of approaching the editors of the website, political parties, government ministers, etc. we'd like to identify the parts of the license that are incompatible. Can anyone point us to someone who would look at the license and identify the parts that are incompable, say why and possibly offer the minimum changes necessary to make it compatible (e.g. deletion/changes of specific clauses, etc.).

The license is here Regards, --Rannpháirtí anaithnid (talk) 20:27, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

How do I modify my username and password?

When I first registered an account, i used a pseudonym, not realising that it would appear each time I upload an image to Wikimedia Commons. I therefore re-registered using my own name. When i now attempt to log-in, I am told on every occasion that my password is invalid, even though I have attempted to use the password I recall giving and have tried every other former password, but to no avail. When I ask for a new password, I have received temporary passwords which are also not accepted and are declared invalid. How, may I ask, can I change my password on my existing user account, so that I can return to some form of sanity? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Martin york (talk • contribs) 10:36, 19. July 2011 (UTC)

I am not sure that I understand your concern. Is it that you want your real name appearing at each uploaded image? Easy solution: just use your current account and abandon the old pseudonym account.
You can only change your password if you know your old one. To know your old one you can use the reset function as you did. Not sure why it failed. But doesn't the "easy solution" work for you? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 00:32, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Transfer of Image Please

Could someone transfer this Image to Commons? Or tell how to do it? I will write an article about it. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 10:43, 8. August 2011 (UTC)

First you have to login.
Then create a tusc account:
Then use commons helper:
-- RE rillke questions? 13:56, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Or just manually upload it... -mattbuck (Talk) 14:11, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
But then make sure, a) you choose the right license b) credit the author. -- RE rillke questions? 14:14, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

I couldnt get it to work. Can someone please do it?

Here it is: File:Ptolemy-Fake.png. Please add a English desc if you can.
In order to upload here the first step is to register here (upper right corner of the screen). Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 00:23, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. I faild because I did a typo. Now it has an article.

Scan from a document.

I read Commons:Image_casebook but it didn't help me figure out if a scan from a document like this is a copyvio or not. Maybe it is because the signature of a living person but I'm not sure if a document without a signature could stay (hypothetical situation). Can someone help me?OTAVIO1981 (talk) 12:13, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

Commons:Images containing text - I would say it is {{PD-text}} and {{PD-ineligible}}. It is only data. And the logo is probably {{PD-textlogo}} (Commons:TOO). If the signature is a problem it could be due to personality rights. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 23:56, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Albino Luchiari Filho

Albino Luchiari Filho, nasceu em Americana - SP em 1951 onde cursou o primeiro e segundo grau. (...shortened by Saibo..) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aline Silva Mello Cesar (talk • contribs) 2011-08-10T00:18:21 (UTC)

Hi Aline, sorry, here is Commons and not Wikipedia. Please do not create articles here. Your text is here if you need it. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 00:43, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

genus names of flowers

I want to upload a number of pictures of flowers but I have no idea what their scientific names are. How to proceed? Citypeek (talk) 05:39, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Do you know what their regular names are? Give them a good name when uploading (ie "daisy" rather than "white and yellow flower") For a lot of flowers, a little search (with their common name) on en: wiki will give you their scientific name which you can use to add categories. (ie if I had an image of a water lily, I'd put it in Category:Unidentified Nymphaeaceae. I wouldn't know which of the sub-species it would be, but there are experts that can look at this image closer. There are "unidentified" categories for most flowers.) Hope that helps. -- Deadstar (msg) 09:41, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
There are pictures of flowers that grow and live in the rainforests (pictures were taken in a zoo). So, for most of them I have no name. Is it not possible to contact someone on wikimedia, that has knowledge of plants and flowers? Citypeek (talk) 10:36, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Here is an example: [5]. I have no clue what kind of flower this is. Citypeek (talk) 11:08, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Place them in Category:Unidentified plants, or if you know something about them, a subcategory of that. - Jmabel ! talk 14:50, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Also, create a category for plants at that zoo, so they stay together and someone who identifies one of them has a shot at finding the others. - Jmabel ! talk 14:52, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
ty. Citypeek (talk) 16:36, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Copyright status of images of wax statues of fictional characters

File:Indiana Jones (Madame Tussauds).jpg I was reviewing the license for Flickr for this photo and wasn't sure whether this could be licensed on the Commons as Creative Commons given that it is possibly under copyright? Any advice? Does this fall under Freedom of Panorama for sculptures since it is in public (although they require admission fees to view the wax figures)? Thanks. Warfieldian (talk) 13:26, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

No FOP for sculptures in the US. - Jmabel ! talk 14:53, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
I noticed the recent deletion of the image of the day Darth_vader_hot_air_balloon as a derivative work of a copyrighted fictional character. Since this is a derivative work, does it not qualify for the Commons licensing requirements? Warfieldian (talk) 15:38, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Adding pictures to existing Wikipedia pages


I'm looking for an "easy to understand" explanation for adding photos to existing Wikipedia articles. This is my first time using this. Help!


Hi Akmusic. The way to do it is to find the image you want to add, eg File:123.jpg, and add the following code to the article: [[File:123.jpg|thumb|caption]]. -mattbuck (Talk) 20:34, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
See also en:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial. Rd232 (talk) 22:17, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Adding Photo With Permission of the Owner

I uploaded a historic phot of writer M F K Fisher's home in Albion, Michigan. I discovered the photo was in the possession of the Albon City Historian Frank Passic. I emailed Passic and he replied giving me permission to upload the picture for use on Wikipedia. It is unknown who took the pictur or when; however, it was likely taken circa 1905. In using the wizard upload, there did not seem to be an option for this permissive use of the picture. I therefore marked the box "free artistic license." Should I have done something else? Thanks, Henryheater (talk) 15:51, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

If he is indeed the copyright holder, you could send his e-mail which releases the photo under a free license should as Creative Commons to as explained at COM:OTRS but that shouldn't be necessary if the photo was taken in 1905, it is in the Public Domain and can be tagged with a Public Domain tag such as PD-Us Warfieldian (talk) 17:09, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Just to remind you that possession of a print does not make one a copyright holder. The copyright holder is determined by several other factors. SV1XV (talk) 17:15, 11 August 2011 (UTC)


Please delete: sorry, my fault - this version in three dimensions is not allowed. See here and see this correctly licensed upload: [6] Thanks, --Felistoria (talk) 22:57, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

You can just crop the image. -- RE rillke questions? 09:18, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Please delete the file named above, because it is not correct - was my fault, sorry! See the correct upload here! --Felistoria (talk) 19:31, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

✓ Done Reinhard Kraasch (talk) 21:55, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

Uploading a photostream from Flikr?

How best may I upload a set of photos relating to conference meetings with the main focus in several sections being Chinese, Arabic, Russian or India CEOs, public people, or NGOs? There are over 250 of these photos, though some are group photos, and others are duplicates.

Your help and directions will be appreciated Johnbkidd (talk) 14:58, 11 August 2011 (UTC)johnbkidd

Are they CC-by or CC-by-sa licensed? Are they uploaded by the photographer/copyright holder? Then: Commons:Flickr batch uploading. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:10, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

3D Models

I thought someone would've already asked this, but I can't seem to find any answers (specific nor general): Does Wikimedia Commons (or any wiki for that matter) accept 3D model files? It would be nice if I could upload a model and people could improve/comment/reuse etc... Duga3 (talk) 23:16, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

See Commons:File types: no. Commons:Restricted uploads would allow it (see the list there). Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:03, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Photo in article deleted

I edited the article, "en:Trick Shot," and added a photo of Stefano Pelinga performing a bottle shot. However, when I logged back in, the picture has been deleted. Can you please tell me why it was deleted? Also, I've been trying to re-upload the picture (File: Pelinga's Bottle Shot.jpg"), but it's not able to be reloaded (that could be due to your technical problem).

Thanks, Distefwiki (talk) 02:06, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi Distefwiki, please do not use uppercase for all letters (fixed in the heading). Please also link the words. I did now for the article name and the file name.
The file File: Pelinga's Bottle Shot.jpg was deleted because it was apparently a copyright violation; as you were notified on your talk page. Set your email address to receive updates to your talk page via email.
The image is also at Was it a photo? Who is the photographer? Is it you? Then: Probably you may need to use the old upload form to upload a previously deleted file.
Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:22, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
The beer will ruin the baise of that table. -mattbuck (Talk) 02:50, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Help deleting a file

Hi! I uploaded earlier this file but I have now a revised version and I want to replace the first one. How can I delete it? Elektrodio (talk) 16:24, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi, please add sections always at the bottom of talk pages.
To upload corrected versions you should not request deletion. Rather just upload a new file version of it (this link can also be found on the lower part of the file page) if the older version is of no use to anybody. But, emm, the original uploader is Geraki - are you sure he agrees? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 22:10, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Category:Ö appears as red link but the category exists, probably a bug?

Category Category:Ö exists, but appears as red link rather than blue link, here and on a page belonging to this category. See for instance File:Boundary_stone_on_the_Demeljoch_-_1.jpg. Probably a bug? Cheers, --Edcolins (talk) 19:39, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

This also applies in fact to Category:Ä and Category:Ü. --Edcolins (talk) 19:42, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
It is blue for me (here and on the file page). I use monobook skin, Firefox, German Interface, several Gadgets. What do you use? Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 22:12, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
Today, it is a blue link for me as well. I haven't changed anything in my settings in the meantime. How weird! --Edcolins (talk) 09:07, 14 August 2011 (UTC)


I have given the right category of my picture but I have received the message about Category, please guide me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shakeelgilgity (talk • contribs) 2011-08-13T21:39:57 (UTC)

Hi Shakeelgilgity, an example of the files listed at your talk page: Image:Sost dry port.jpg: The bot probably was confused by the messed-up syntax you used:
[[Category:Ports and harbours in Pakistan]]
[[Category:[[Category:Sost dry port]]]]
This should be:
[[Category:Ports and harbours in Pakistan]]
[[Category:Sost dry port]]
I have fixed it. Please do so at the other files. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 22:20, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

Free Google Books

Are images from Free Google Books a hundred or more years old considered public domain? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jfbarlow (talk • contribs) 2011-08-15T05:14:31 (UTC)

Hi Jfbarlow, please sign your talk comments with --~~~~
If they are from google or not doesn't matter. Commons:Licensing#Material_in_the_public_domain matters. If you be more specific (a link / URL) we can tell it exactly if you do not know yourself. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 05:56, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

Category:Unidentified people

Hello! I want to help in identifing some of the people on this page, but I have a problem. For instance, The person in this picture is clearly identified in its description, approved by the page in german Wikipedia. What should be done with the file? obviously its proper place is Category:Composers from Germany.

Thanks in advance,
Roy guevara (talk) 11:09, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

  • So follow up & add the appropriate category/ies. Presumably when someone placed it in Category:Unidentified people, that person did not know who this was (e.g. may have known a name, but had no context). - Jmabel ! talk


I got a list of uncategorized pictures like: Palais Bauer Erker.jpg I tried to add the category:Buildings in Vienna at the end of the file, as recommended, but it is still in the list of uncategorized pictures. Another one: Pulvermagazin der Franzosen.jpg was categorized as: Cultural heritage monuments in Austria, from the very beginning and is also listed as uncategorized. Your advise is appreciadet -- Erich Schmid (talk) 17:47, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

Neither one of them is listed as uncategorized that I can see. Just as an FYI, you should link the photos you are referring to when asking questions to make it easier for others to view your picture like this File:Pulvermagazin der Franzosen.jpg. You can do that by formatting it like this [[:File:Pulvermagazin der Franzosen.jpg]]. Warfieldian (talk) 18:14, 15 August 2011 (UTC)


Not sure if the right place to ask, but... I'm trying to use CommonsHelper 2 and Move-to-commons assistant

I'm trying to transfer this file: [7]

The name of the file is in Hebrew and on the English Wikipedia site.. I'm trying to help some editors to transfer images from the Hebrew Wikipedia to Commons.

I keep getting the error:

  Attention : Metadata: No good templates found! Please add/update the metadata for the project
  Attention : Cannot get description from the text

What in the world do I do to fix this? I have transferred other images in the past without problems. Bgwhite (talk) 08:02, 16 August 2011 (UTC)


I needed an edited version of a picture of Jim Caviezel to be used in an article. - . So, I downloaded, edited and then uploaded it on Wikimedia Commons under the same license as was the original one. - . Today I got a message which says that "File:Jim caviezel2.jpg has been marked as a copyright violation." How is that possible? Is there any way how to use a picture in an article which has a ratio 4:3 with the ratio 3:5? I did not find any help on Wikipedia:Picture tutorial - The problem is that I need the picture to be 237 x 332 pixels instead of the original 500 x 332 pixels. Thank you. Jasooon (talk) 09:28, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

The image File:Jim caviezel.jpg you used for your derivative work was a copyright violation : the license on the source FLickr doesn't match the license on Commons. Not your fault.--Lilyu (talk) 09:45, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

File:Academia de Música - CNM.jpg

I've put the license already.

I hadn't noticed I had put it wrong.

The file you uploaded is copyrighted and there is no evidence that it has been released under public domain. I have marked this image for deletion. If you would like to include this image on Wikimedia Commons, please read COM:OTRS to find out about how to request that the copyright holder release the image under a suitable free license. Warfieldian (talk) 19:44, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

How do I remove the "Media needing categories as of 15 August 2011" category?

The headline tells the whole story.

Uploaded image

I'm a newbie to uploading images at WikimediaCommons. After I have added a couple of categories to "File:Denkmal_Karl_Heinz_Beckurts_und_Eckhard_Groppler_1.jpg" , the list of categories still shows the "Media needing categories as of 15 August 2011" category.

How can I remove this category from the list of categories?

Your help is appreciated!

--My2Cents (talk) 19:44, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

All you need to do is add the categories, as you have done, and then click 'Edit' tab at the top of the page and remove the {{Uncategorized}} tag on the page. Warfieldian (talk) 19:47, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
That doesn't seem to do the trick. I can't find no "{{Uncategorized}}" section when I click the "Edit" link at the top of the page.
EDIT: I just saw from the image's version history that you've already edited the tag. Thanks!
--My2Cents (talk) 19:53, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
Versuch so gut wie möglich schon bestehende Kategorien herauszuspüren und nutze dazu auch die Suchfunktion. Kategorien sind auf Commons oft englisch bezeichnet. Kategorien anzuführen die nicht existieren und wo anzunehmen ist, dass sie auch in Bälde keine Berechtigung haben, macht wenig Sinn. Doppelnennungen in Deutsch und Englisch ebenfalls nicht. Immer den tiefstmöglichen Ast eines Kat-Baums suchen. Ich habe mal eines nach meinem Gespür überarbeitet. Ist kein Credo, kannst du gerne wieder anpassen. --Хрюша ?? 20:43, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
Super, herzlichen Dank! Passende Kategorien zu finden scheint mir als Anfänger unmöglich. "Commons:Kategorien" ist keine große Hilfe. Weder funktionieren die Hyperlinks auf die Suchtools noch steht da sonst irgendwie, wie man sich passende Kategorien zusammensuchen könnte. Zumindest habe ich dort nichts herauslesen können, was mir weitergeholfen hätte... - Ich hab deine Kategorien jetzt für alle anderen Bilder aus der Reihe übernommen. Danke dir nochmal!
VG, --My2Cents (talk) 20:56, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
Schön, wenn es dir weitergeholfen hat. Mit der Zeit entwickelst du schon ein Gespür für das Kategorisieren. Ich schaue oft in Bildern nach, von denen ich meine, sie gleichen dem was ich ablegen will. Und ich benutze auch keine «Krücken» sondern wende halt bei neuen Motiven etwas Zeit auf die Kats «hoch und runter zu surfen» =0}. Mein primäres Thema sind ja Brücken, da steige ich im Zweifelsfall ganz oben ein (Category:Bridges) und hangle mich dann auf den diversen Ästen Schritt für Schritt nach unten. -- Хрюша ?? 05:06, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Links to CategoryTree tool and CommonSense tool don't work - please fix

Again, the headline tells the story:

The page "Kategorisieren_deiner_Beiträge" links to the CategoryTree tool and the CommonSense tool. But both links don't work! They both result in a 404 HTTP error.

Du kannst ruhig Deutsch schreiben - vor allem, wenn es eh um Deutsche Hilfeseiten geht. ;) Ich habe versucht sie zu verbessern. Das CommonSense hat wahrscheinlich mit den aktuellen Toolserverproblemen zu kämpfen. --Saibo (Δ) 04:33, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
Ja, super! Danke dir! Alle anderen schreiben hier in englisch, deshalb war ich mir nicht sicher, wer sich hier aufhält bzw. wer welche Sprache beherrscht. Mit Englisch kann man ja im Allgemeinen nichts falsch machen ;) VG --My2Cents (talk) 11:44, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

nominating files for deletion

I want to nominate two image files for deletion. Both are poor quality and underexposed; they are both mine and I'd like to see them disappear. They're just an embarrassment to me. File:Night4.JPG File:Night2.JPG Sardaka (talk) 01:56, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

You can nominate for deletion by using the "nominate for deletion" link in the toolbox on the left side of the screen on each file page. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 04:14, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

I messed up a Flickr upload

I'm not sure what went wrong. I was using the Flickr upload page to upload [8] but not all the info came through. I tried to fix what I could by hand, but of cource I can't do the Flickr review part. Could somebody please take a look? Sorry for making the extra work. Cloveapple (talk) 19:57, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Done. Warfieldian (talk) 20:00, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Cloveapple (talk) 18:19, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

How do i link an image to an article

1.-I created an acount on wikimedia commons. 2.-I upload an image (wor of mine) to mi acount. How do i link that image to the article where that image must go.

You might want to look here. When you place the image on the article in Wikipedia, the image page on Commons will automatically show the link to the article. Warfieldian (talk) 17:43, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

delete images from history

Hi. I had to upload new versions of images due to need of rescaling (see some of pictures with an history in Category:History of Hudson County and of the Old Village of Bergen. Keeping the old versions is just a waste of space. Is it possible to delete them? If so, is it possible to make a single request without having to tag them individually? Thanks --Mpaa (talk) 20:21, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

It is possible, but not really useful if there is no special problem with the old versions. It would not save server space. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:23, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
And if you are wondering why it would not save server space, "deleted" images are not actually deleted from the server, they just become invisible to everyone but admins. - Jmabel ! talk 15:14, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Uploading a photo

Been trying to insert the missing photo from the bio of Dave Sheridan, cartoonist: [[9]] without success. None of the help pages are of any help to a novice with very minimal HTML knowledge.

When I click on the empty photo box to insert the one I have, the system says:

Permission error From Wikipedia The action you have requested is limited to users in one of the groups: Autoconfirmed users, Administrators, Confirmed users.

I am logged on as mintaka3 and succeeded in posting the photo, but I can't find the way to categorize it and have it go on the bio page. Here is where the photo is: File:DaveSheridan.jpg

Please help, and thanks for your time Mintaka3

Hi, thanks for uploading the photo to Wikimedia Commons. I placed a tag on the photo indicating that you'll need to document that have permission to use this image. Please follow the instructions on the tag to find out how to do this. You'll need to ask Dave Miller to email showing that he gives permission to release the image under a free license like Creative Commons. Warfieldian (talk) 22:41, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I don't know why the Wikipedia system does not let you edit the page of the Wikipedia article. I would gladly insert the image there for you if necessary, but first it would be useful that Wikimedia Commons obtains the confirmation from the copyright holder that he offers this photo under the CC-by-sa 3.0 unported license. Executor may mean many things but it cannot be automatically assumed that as such a person can alienate part of the copyrights of the author. You should determine with certainty who is the owner of the copyrights of Clay Geerdes and ask that copyright owner to send a written confirmation of that fact and of the declaration telling explicitely that he releases this photo under the specified license. Please see the page Commons:OTRS for the details of the procedure. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:07, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Gif animation is freezed

Please, I have a problem with a gif animation ( )
I make many new versions but it only works well a couple of days, then it stay frozen in the first image. Also, I see each of the images of the animation with good resolution on my PC, but when i upload it to the system, it shown with spots and poor resolution.--Carlos Ramos Núñez (talk) 19:27, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Nobody knows??--Carlos Ramos Núñez (talk) 21:55, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Wrong name

Excuse me; I write File:Banluegroup 2.jpg in wrong name. (difference publisher)

Can anyone change this file name into Burapat Comics booth ? Thank you --B20180 (talk) 09:58, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Hello, you can use the {{rename}} tag to accomplish this as I have done for you. Warfieldian (talk) 15:27, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you sir. --B20180 (talk) 02:16, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Deleted files?

I noticed that one of the image galleries I created now has two missing images [10]. I am not sure what the reason, perhaps the files were deleted. If changes like that occur, is it possible for Commons to set things up so that such changes show as an edit? That way users who have the gallery, or category, watched can at least delete the empty boxes left on the page. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 15:45, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

  • These files were renamed without suppression of redirects. Old names had been used for a lot of time, so I've recreated redirects for these files. I think it's not possible to track deletions in a gallery or category, but you can track other edits in a gallery or category using "Related changes" tool in the toolbox. Trycatch (talk) 06:53, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Removing lines from a photo

I've just uploaded a photo of a 1707 wall painting in a Swiss village chapel: File:Peinture à l'interieur de la Chapelle de la Trinité des Pelleys à Cerniat.jpg. The chapel is always locked, but you can see inside through a tiny hole left in the door that's just big enough to take a picture through. Unfortunately, there is some sort of grating covering it, which shows up on the photo. I believe it's possible to fix that using software though, so if someone here knows how to do that, or could bring it to the attention of someone who does, that would be great! --Terfili (talk) 19:44, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi, Terfili; please leave a request at Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop, where the Photoshop experts hang out. =) Powers (talk) 23:12, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Ok, thanks! --Terfili (talk) 10:07, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Problem downloading Video files


When I try to download a file to my MAC, all I seem to get is the audio, but not the video. Any suggestions? And once I get it how do I convert an OGG file to a Quicktime file?


Harlan — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pixrus2 (talk • contribs) 01:17, 16. August 2011 (UTC)

Consider using VLC Player. It has all codecs you need on board. -- RE rillke questions? 15:57, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Downloading OGG files to MAC/


Still looking for a way to download whole file. All I get is the audio, not the video. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pixrus2 (talk • contribs) 16:10, 16. August 2011 (UTC)

I am sure you get the video but it is just not displaying. Please provide an example and look to my reply to #Problem downloading Video files -- RE rillke questions? 16:01, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Number of Images in an Category

English: Is there template that gives the number of images in a category? I want to use the changing number of my pictures in my category on my User:Page. And is there a template, that links the newest picture in a category?
Deutsch: Gibt es eine Vorlage, die die Anzahl der Bilder in einer Kategorie ausgibt? Ich möchte die wechselnde Nummer in meiner Benutzerseite verwenden. Gibt es außerdem eine Vorlage, die das neueste Bild in einer Kategorie verlinkt?

--Pomfuttge · Diskussion 20:22, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

  • There is a magic word {{PAGESINCATEGORY:insert your category here}} to calculate number of pages in a cat (including files, galleries, and so on). What about your second question, I think it's not possible to do this using standard MediaWiki tools. Trycatch (talk) 07:21, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

  • For the second question: You could use this (slow) to find the most recently uploaded image (first in the list). --  Docu  at 07:29, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
thx for help--Pomfuttge · Diskussion 11:02, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

cannot upload file

I have made a svg replacement-file for [11]. I tested it on the test.svg-page. Now I want to upload the svg-file but I get an error: "Our servers encounter a technical problem. Try again in a couple of minutes." I did exactly that. To no avail. I think the test-file prevents me from uploading the file. What to do? Citypeek (talk) 13:14, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Specific error:" PHP fatal error in /usr/local/apache/common-local/php-1.17/includes/upload/UploadFromStash.php line 32: Call to a member function getId() on a non-object" Citypeek (talk) 09:08, 21 August 2011 (UTC)
✓ Done Solved, just don't know how. Citypeek (talk) 14:18, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

File:Kaiser Wilhelm-Brücke-Berlin.jpg

I have found another version of this postcard, also from the LoC, but in full resolution. Could anyone upload it? The link is this. Greetings, -- 00:30, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

  • ✓ Done converted to jpg and removed watermark. Warfieldian (talk) 00:48, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Unused images

Should unused images be deleted?-- 07:40, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

NO.--Havang(nl) (talk) 08:45, 21 August 2011 (UTC)
To expand on that 'NO' a little: Commons does not exist only as a collection of images used in Wikipedia. It exists as a broad media repository in its own right, containing images of possible educational value, with a very broad definition of 'educational'. - Jmabel ! talk 16:14, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

problems with templates (related to HTML tables ?)

Hello, I am working on a template:ship to replace free non internationalized text in sucategories of category:ships by IMO number. I want to make something that looks into an infobox but since there are many parameters, it seems easier to separater layout from content. So I created template:ship/row that should provide for the layout. However, when I try to use it in template:ship/sandbox, it does not work: nothing displays at all, and I can figure out what happens--Zolo (talk) 18:14, 21 August 2011 (UTC) I changed the style, I don't know why but now it works.--Zolo (talk) 10:29, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Error in access to My Gallery

When I try to access to My Gallery it appears the following writing:

A database error has occurred Query: SELECT cl_to as cat FROM categorylinks LEFT JOIN u_daniel_cache.commonswiki_nontopics ON namespace = 14 AND title = cl_to where cl_from = 16002605 AND id IS NULL Function: getCategories Error: 1146 Table 'u_daniel_cache.commonswiki_nontopics' doesn't exist (sql-s4)

Can you solve this problem?

Thank you in any case. Ettore Balocchi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ettore Balocchi (talk • contribs) 2011-08-20T16:36:54 (UTC)

It could be related to what is discussed at Commons:Village pump#My gallery has not functioned for weeks. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:30, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
It is surely not related to your account - happens for all due to the current Toolserver problems following a hardware failure. You can use Special:ListFiles/Ettore Balocchi in the meantime as replacement. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 23:17, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Sad Winnie the Pooh

When Sterling Holloway died in November 1992, a cartoon-like drawing/picture of Winnie the Pooh was printed in a local (?) newspaper. Winnie looked very sad and had tears on his face due to Mr. Holloway's death. I have been searching for years trying to find a copy of this "picture." This request is for my personal use only. Thanks very much for your potential help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 2011-08-20T17:02:24 (UTC)

You can try asking at en:Wikipedia:Reference desk. But we cannot help you much. Here is the category with (hopefully) all Winnie media we have: Category:Winnie The Pooh. Have a look there. I guess Winnie is still copyrighted so we have problems hosting it since we only host free content. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 23:24, 21 August 2011 (UTC)


Tags have appeared on the page in the upload log section that say the file is lacking source and author information, while the file history section makes it clear that I am both the author and the source. A lot of weird code is on the page and I'm not sure what to do with it. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:10, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

✓ Done Corrected the error. Citypeek (talk) 12:00, 21 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! Beeblebrox (talk) 22:29, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Logo with doubtful license

Please take a look at File:Yavlogo.jpg - I don't believe the license is correct. --Slashme (talk) 15:44, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Then, nominate it for deletion or tag it with no permission. -- RE rillke questions? 10:38, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Who to take things up with when I disagree with a bot category change

Yes check.svg Resolved

Category:W.T. Preston (snagboat) was recently changed to Category:W.T. Preston (tugboat, 1929). The actual change was made by a bot, Category-bot (talk · contribs), but I presume it was requested by a human. I have no problem with the addition of a date, but to the best of my knowledge, the Preston was never a tug; WT Preston gives no indication to the contrary. (A snagboat is used to clear logjams on a river.) I don't see an easy way to find out who requested this change, so I can take it up with them. Is there some way to find out, other than going step by step through the entire history of User talk:Category-bot? - Jmabel ! talk 16:13, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Ask User:Docu as he is the operator. -- RE rillke questions? 16:23, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Problems galleries

Hi! I'm having problems getting access to my gallery (and others). It has been so for a relatively long time now. Can something be done to "repair" that? Eaglestein (talk) 09:07, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Now I see that the same question is asked before - sorry! Eaglestein (talk) 09:10, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

solicito ayuda para terminar de subir las imágenes

Estimados, escribi en la seccion de ingles, vuelvo hacerlo acá. Recibi notificacion de que falta la categorizacion para completar la subida de imágenes y al visitar la galeria me sale error. Pueden guiarme para ver como poner la categorizacion? Irian para Ciudad de Buenos Aires/ Ministerio de Salud o donde Uds me aconsejen. La idea luego es poder poner en Wikipedia la síntesis de hoja de vida del Ministro de Salud y la mía. Agradeceré vuestra ayuda, ya que tengo interes en ser usuaria de wikipedia y contribuir a la misma. Saludos cordiales--Drakumiko (talk) 12:01, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

English summary: user has been notified uploaded images need categories, but can't access own gallery so doesn't know how to get to the images, wants guidance on how to categorize. The images would probably be categorized by City of Buenos Aires or [Argentine] Ministry of Health. Wants to put on Wikipedia "synthesis of the CV of the Minister of health and my own CV." - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
Favor de desculpir me español de extranjero.
De momento, las galerías están rotos. Puede ver sus contribuciones en
No está claro cual ayuda necesita Vd. acerca de categorización. Comience con, por ejemplo, Category:Buenos Aires y Category:Health in Argentina, vease si hay en estos categorías otros categorías más específicas y apropriadas; puede hacer categorías más específicas y apropriadas, si quiere Vd. Lea Commons:Categorías.
Acerca de sus intenciones en wikipedia: su misma hoja de vida pertenece a su misma página de usuario, no en la wikipedia misma. En referencia al ministro, un artículo sería apropriada, pero un artículo para una enciclopedia no es una hoja de vida. - Jmabel ! talk 15:22, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi, I'm currently Working in a compagny named Adept Technology Inc. In order to create the compagny's french wikipedia's page, i would like to insert our logo. I see that only common licenced type are allowed but i also see that a brand like Coca-Cola has its logo on its page.

Could you explain to me how to proceed to insert our logo into our wiki page in a manner that fits the rules ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shriv3rs (talk • contribs) 12:27, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Commons only accepts content that is free for anyone to use for any purpose. This means that the content either has to be in the public domain or have been published under a free license. The copyright of the Coca-Cola logo has expired, which means that it is in the public domain, as explained on the file description page.
To upload your company's logotype if it is protected by copyright, someone authorised to speak on behalf of your company on copyright matters needs to send a licensing statement to OTRS to place the logotype under a free licence allowing anyone to use the logotype for any purpose (for copyright purposes; {{trademark}} restrictions would still offer some protection). Examples of free licenses include Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike and Creative Commons Attribution.
The French Wikipedia also allows local uploads of non-free logotypes under certain rules. Be sure to read fr:Wikipédia:Notoriété des entreprises, sociétés et produits and fr:Wikipédia:Autobiographie before starting your article. LX (talk, contribs) 14:02, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Another svg problem

Map of Libya

The file File:Libya-kart3.svg displays correctly, but the thumbnail doesn't work, and it cannot be used in any Wikipedia. It passes the Commons:SVG Check. Any suggestions? Asav (talk) 15:07, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Error creating thumbnail:
librsvg-ERROR **: _rsvg_acquire_xlink_href_resource called for external resource: file:///home/as/Nedlastinger/Ly-map.png base: (null)


... removed -- RE rillke questions? 16:17, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! That's pretty weird though, since I removed the layer with the bitmap from the svg file. But that obviolusly wasn't enough; I'll take a closer look at the documentation. Asav (talk) 16:39, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Transferring images from Wikipedia

I'd like to transfer a PD image from Wikipedia - is there a simple process I can go through to get the file transferred over here? Prioryman (talk) 17:49, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

w:WP:MTC#How_to_transfer_files_to_Commons has a nice list of how you might go about doing that. Don't worry if you make a mistake-- it's a wiki and it can be fixed. :-) Killiondude (talk) 18:14, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the speedy reply! Prioryman (talk) 18:15, 22 August 2011 (UTC)


I need som help. I have found this old picture on the website and I would like to upload the picture on Commons and use it in an article on the English Wikipedia. I don't know if it would be legal or illegal to upload the picture on Commons, because the website says "©, 2006–2011" but many of the pictures on the website are in the public domain and can be found in the United States Library of Congress and here on Commons. I am almost sure that the picture that I would like to upload can be found on several other websites. Is there a tool or a web search engine where I can search for the picture and maybe find it on other websites? I think that the picture probably is in the public domain. --Fanoftheworld (talk) 18:04, 22 August 2011 (UTC) is a great website for looking to see if an image is available elsewhere on the internet. I ran the image and it did not come up with any other sources. Since the image in question is labeled in handwriting with the year 1936, that would likely put the publication date at least 75 years ago. According to this template, if the author is unknown, then the image is in public domain since it was published before 1943. Warfieldian (talk) 18:27, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for your answer. --Fanoftheworld (talk) 18:37, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

M F K Fisher home in St Helena

I found this photo on an internet blog. I emailed the blogger, who had taken the photo, and asked her permission to upload here for download onto a wikipedia article. She emailed back her permission. The wizard uploader did not appear to give options to annotate this permission - other than "miscellaneous" - so I annotated the permission in the file description. Was this correct? If not, what should I have done? Henryheater (talk) 23:33, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for obtaining permission for the image. Wikimedia Commons has an e-mail ticket system set up to document permission for images uploaded. You can find more information at COM:OTRS. You should forward the e-mail (including the headers) from the e-mail you received with permission to You should place a {{OTRS pending}} tag in the permissions section of the image to indicate that you have e-mailed the permission and this tag will be replaced once permission is verified. Warfieldian (talk) 00:17, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
Hi, There are four problems. The permission you asked from the author is not worded in terms clearly compatible with the Commons policy. Consequently, the permision granted by the author is probably not compatible with the Commons policy. The author's permission is transmitted to Commmons indirectly through hearsay. And you tagged the work as being released under a free license to which the author never agreed, thus violating her copyrignt. Please see the information about the procedure at Commons:OTRS. There are also suggestions and examples for how to word requests for release. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:29, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Tagging script

Is there a script (like Twinkle on that we could use to tag files (e.g. {{Out of scope}} etc) out here? The toolbox gadget that I enabled only has the deletion tags. cheers. SpacemanSpiff (talk) 07:38, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Twinkle should work here, too but I don't use it. You may have a look at MediaWiki:AjaxQuickDelete.js/doc. An example to add to your commons/skin.js:
var AjaxDeleteExtraButtons = [{
   label: 'label in the toolbar when visiting files',
   tag: '{{template to add to the image|1=%PARAMETER%}}',
   talk_tag: '{\{subst:template to place on the user\'s talk page|1=%FILE%}}',
   img_summary: 'Summary on the image %PARAMETER%',
   talk_summary: 'Summary on the user\'s talk page',
   prompt_text: 'Question text'
}, {
   label: 'Tag as dupe',
   tag: '{\{duplicate|1=%PARAMETER%}}',
   img_summary: 'Tagging as duplicate of  [[%PARAMETER%]]',
   prompt_text: 'Which is file is this a duplicate of?'

-- RE rillke questions? 08:23, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Thank you, works like a charm! cheers. SpacemanSpiff (talk) 08:43, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Produce a list of filenames in a category?

In order to make sure that I've photographed every place on a long list, I'm trying to get a list of all the filenames in Category:Bloomington West Side Historic District. Of course, I can simply open every file and copy/paste the name, but it takes quite a while to open and copy/paste names from 315 different files. Is there a way to have the system produce a list of filenames and nothing more? In case this is confusing — look at the contents of Category:University Street Bungalow Historic District. A query like I'm requesting would give me the following list:

File:University Street East, 620, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 628, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 630, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 706, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 717, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 718, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 719, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 720, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 721, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 722, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:University Street East, 724, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:First Street East, 619, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:Fess Avenue South, 701, Bungalow HD.jpg
File:Fess Avenue South, 710, Bungalow HD.jpg

Nyttend (talk) 13:05, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

You could use CatScan. It runs on the toolserver, though, so it's unfortunately half-broken most of the time. LX (talk, contribs) 17:30, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
tools:~mzmcbride/yanker/. Killiondude (talk) 18:04, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
I know, it is really hard, but when toolserver is down, you may use the API: -- RE rillke questions? 18:11, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
CatScan2 ? --  Docu  at 18:23, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
"And nothing more" might be asking too much from the system, so I know this is not really what you are looking for, but the only time I had to create a list like that, I added the NOGALLERY option to the category, previewed the page (no save), did only one copy/paste of that whole list where I wanted it, and edited out the letters of the alphabet sorting. It's still quite boring and not really quick, but unless a better method is available at least it's much quicker than to open each file and copy/paste each name separately. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:29, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
Hmm, that last option is actually the best yet: CatScan2 worked for me (unlike the others), but I still had to remove extraneous data from every line, but the NOGALLERY gives me absolutely nothing extraneous except the letters of the alphabet sorting. Thanks! Nyttend (talk) 01:01, 24 August 2011 (UTC)


hello, as a newbie, i uploaded very large files and would be most comfortable if someone can assist me delete the old (history) versions of the following: File:Banev_2011.jpg, File:Banev_2008.jpg, and File:Brendo_court.jpg. I would like to keep ONLY the CURRENT versions of each of these files. How do I do that? Thanks!TheRightPost (talk) 01:30, 24 August 2011 (UTC)TheRightPost

Generally, Commons likes to keep the largest version of files; it helps for printing and in other cases.--Prosfilaes (talk) 04:03, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
thank you but I would like to kindly ask you to remove the largest versions. I put them in ignorance and error. The current versions are sufficient size for the purposes and the file contents. I don't have the appropriate authorization for these large files. Thank you in advance for your assistance and help!! TheRightPost (talk) 07:22, 24 August 2011 (UTC)TheRightPost
Does that imply that you are not the copyright holder of these images? -- Deadstar (msg) 08:01, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
No, it does not. I am the copyright holder but of the smaller sized images. If I can put it this way. This is why I would like to replace all three with smaller sizes. Please assist me in doing so. Thank you again in advance!TheRightPost (talk) 12:36, 24 August 2011 (UTC)TheRightPost
That makes no sense. If you are not the copyright holder of the full-resolution versions, why would you be the copyright holder of the scaled-down versions? Did you or did you not create these photographs yourself? LX (talk, contribs) 15:13, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

If someone uploads a file and then realizes 30 min later that he/she only wanted to upload a smaller version of that file, and all of this happened today then I think we should not even need to discuss this! I have deleted the larger versions of the files. Although I am uncertain, if the uploader really is the copyright holder.... TheRightPost, can you convince me please? Amada44  talk to me 13:51, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Upload image permitted by my Chairman

I want to upload an image of my Chairman with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. My Chairman have allowed me to upload it to wikipedia or wikipedia commons. How can I get it uploaded? When I upload it, there is a notice that the image violates copyright. How can I prove it to get the image upload.

Looking forward to your help.


Thang — Preceding unsigned comment added by Daovietthang (talk • contribs) 03:49, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Well, I can think of two ways. The first is to email the OTRS team with permission from the copyright holder. The second is to find out if the State Department has a photo of your chairman taken by an official photographer - that would be the work of a US government employee, and thus public domain. -mattbuck (Talk) 09:17, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
Are you actually the photographer of File:Chairwoman of Tan Tao Group meets US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton .jpg? LX (talk, contribs) 15:17, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

And here's another! :)

This picture, showing the Rossebändiger near Portal IV of the Stadtschloss in Berlin, was taken by Hermann Rückwardt around 1881 and should be avaliable under PD-old. Could someone upload it? -- 03:58, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Help converting wikipedia image to wikimedia

Can someone help me upload to:File:Tugī & Sālote.jpg (spelled wrong), to:File:Tungī Mailefihi.jpg, to:File:Siaosi Tupou I motuʻa.jpg with the proper credits and such which I'm not too familiar with? Thanks in advance.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 06:14, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Regarding credits: the author of the images is not the one who scanned them. The author is the photographer or painter. These images are all really old, so that it would surprise me if the author were the uploader. These images might be public domain anyway, depending on the copyright laws of Tonga. --rimshottalk 06:33, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Opaque background

I do some cleanup work on images on a regular basis. Removal of watermarks, white balance, crop etc. But what should be done to the pictures on this page: Images with opaque backgrounds? What is meant by the sentence:" The images would benefit from not having an opaque background." Does it mean that the pictures should have a white background? Citypeek (talk) 06:18, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

The opposite of opaque is transparent, as the template says This image was uploaded with an opaque background where it should have been transparent. --rimshottalk 06:24, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
okay, ty, rimshot. Citypeek (talk) 16:10, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Say WHAT???

I got a NIKBOT notification about the file: Hemiptera Heteroptera Tingidae Lace bug 8672s.jpg I cannot make out the source of its sorrow. The file is (was) mine. It has one category (Tingidae). What is it complaining about?. It is one of a set of similar files uploaded at the same time. None of the otheres seem to be tagged (at the time of writing this!)

Help please? JonRichfield (talk) 14:27, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

I don't see any messages from Nikbot regarding Hemiptera Heteroptera Tingidae Lace bug 8672s.jpg on your user talk page. The only message from Nikbot on your talk page is this one, which is about Hemiptera Heteroptera Tingidae Lace bug 8672.jpg (without an s before the .jpg extension). The latter was deleted one day after you received that message, apparently at your own request. Presumably, it lacked source, authorship or licensing information. LX (talk, contribs) 15:43, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Oh! Is THAT what it was about! OK thanks; it was a matter of incoordination; I had indeed requested the file to be deleted and had replaced it with the inserted S. So it seems that I have no more to worry about that. I'll ignore Nikbot, and thank you for your help. JonRichfield (talk) 18:10, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

OK to use?

I found a collection of very good quality images of Cyrillic manuscripts on Flickr [12] that I would like to upload to Commons. They have a "Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)" license. But there is also a notice under each of the images saying "posted with the permission of the National Library of Serbia:", and that leaves me unsure that the actual owners of the images gave permission for the CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Is it OK to upload these, or better to leave them alone? Malcolm Schosha (talk) 14:11, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

The original source seems to be If it weren't for the fact that several of the reproductions have an element of depth, {{PD-Art}} might have applied. I would check with the National Library directly, both to ensure the long-term safekeeping of the files and to check if CC-by-sa license isn't actually more restrictive than what the Library intended. The note at the bottom of seems to indicate a positive attitude towards sharing their collections with the public, so getting a clear licensing statement or even PD release is hopefully not too difficult. We have a source template for files from the NLS: {{NLS Digital Library}}. LX (talk, contribs) 16:01, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. A closer look at the National Library of Serbia site suggests that the images can not be uploaded to Commons: 2. These materials may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior written permission from the National Library of Serbia (hereinafter "Publisher").
Unfortunate, because both the images, and image quality, is so good. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 18:22, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
Well that's a bummer. I didn't notice that they had usage conditions hidden away in the contact section. Maybe Wikimedia Serbia could work some diplomatic wonders to convince the NLS to change their position? LX (talk, contribs) 19:45, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
The stipulation "no commercial use" is frequent with museums. For instance, the Walters Art Museum has some really nice images of Islamic [13], Orthodox Christian [14], and Western European [15] manuscripts. I would have liked to upload them, but they all have NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) licenses. La vita e cosi. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 20:15, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

image has no source

I've uploaded a file that is my own work. why is it being threatened to be deleted since it doesn't have a source? the source is me! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rrakanishu (talk • contribs) 18:33, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

This is about File:Orbitalaltitudes.jpg. Where do the images of the Earth and the Moon come from? If you're not an astronaut or satellite operator, they're unlikely to be your own work. LX (talk, contribs) 19:50, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
If you need a "free earth": File:The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg or Category:Astronaut photography of Earth. -- RE rillke questions? 20:25, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
As you can see in the description page's history, the "no source" tag was removed more than two weeks ago. -- Asclepias (talk) 02:48, 25 August 2011 (UTC)
"ale and the altitude data was collected from many Wikipedia articles and various other sites." sounds like a joke. Please add real sources. -- RE rillke questions? 18:48, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Please rename the file

Since the problem with te correct naming of the "green birds" on the photo

has been happily resolved with the help of the community at my requests I placed at the Village pump and at the Science Reference Desk, I think it's a good time for kindly asking to rename the photo in such a way:

Happily, this photo has not been used by now in any other projects, except for the abovenamed help desks where I placed links to it. Thanks in advance, Cherurbino (talk) 16:50, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

You may use {{rename|Doves and Parrots in Barcelona.jpg|Uploaders request}} on File:Doves in Barcelona.jpg. A filemover will then see it in a maintaince-category. -- RE rillke questions? 18:45, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Renaming of protected templates

Where could I ask for (and discuss) renaming of protected template? More specifically Template:PD-ineligible to Template:PD-trivial, because second one is more simple and easier memorized, especially for non-native English editors. The misprints in current name are enough frequent (inelegible, inlegible, un... (variuos), etc.). Alex Spade (talk) 11:27, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

I assume you mean {{PD-ineligible}}. You could use the template's talk page. You may wish to point to the discussion from the village pump for example, to get more input. I don't think changing an established, appropriate name is likely to reduce mistakes, tough. {{PD-trivial}} and {{PD-Trivial}} already redirect to {{PD-ineligible}} (along with several others), so using any of those already work. LX (talk, contribs) 18:21, 25 August 2011 (UTC)
Thx. I've again misprinted. Alex Spade (talk) 09:23, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Transfer image

I want to upload an image from English wikipedia to wikipedia commons but the procedure seem too complicated. Can anyone show me what to fill in this? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trongphu (talk • contribs) 05:28, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Which file are you talking about, and which part are you having trouble with? LX (talk, contribs) 06:16, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Let example with this one. I have trouble with filling out all the information. Is there any example for me to see how to fill out the info?Trongphu (talk) 07:16, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
That one isn't appropriate to load to Commons, since Commons doesn't do fair use.--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:54, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
How about just use any of the appropriate images from English Wikipedia to transfer to Commons as an example. 23:56, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Can anyone show me an example how to transfer by using any appropriate images from English Wikipedia?Trongphu (talk) 02:35, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Transfer from Flickr

This picture, showing the Rossebändiger near Portal IV of the Stadtschloss in Berlin, was taken by Hermann Rückwardt around 1881 and should be avaliable under PD-old. Could someone upload it? -- 17:44, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

  • And could they indicate here when they do, so we don't get 17 copies? -- Jmabel ! talk 16:34, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Licensing requirement for Scanned Image


I have a friend whose father is a public figure and already has an entry in Wikipedia. He has given me a printed picture of his father, and asked me to replace the existing picture on Wikipedia page. The picture depicts what his father was expert in and I feel that it is very relevant to the page.

According to my friend the picture was taken by some of his father's family friend and later printed and framed. He does not have any idea who took the picture but he is sure it was not by any professional photographer.

I now want to scan the picture and put it on the page. Does this violate any copyright? Can this scanned image be uploaded to Wikipedia with GNU license? Please advise.


Yes, this violates copyright. You need the approval of the photographer, professional or not, before you can upload a modern photograph.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:06, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Help with my upload.

On "Special:MyUploads", how do I edit or add to the description half of the page. Also I will need to transfer the photos from Commons to our Wiki article. How do I do that? How do I speak with someone? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dr. Delgado (talk • contribs) 21:38, 26. August 2011 (UTC)

I have been hacked for a year now by your wonderful Kimberly seiber (my ex) I can't even stop common pics .I have helped you expose her more then once .including manning ...I would like to put this all behind me without involving feds — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 00:28, 27. August 2011 (UTC) troll away! -- RE rillke questions? 10:12, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

You can't edit the Filelist. But if you click on an image, you can edit the image description page. The description column only shows the summary used when uploading. With upload wizard you have no chance to set it. -- RE rillke questions? 10:09, 27 August 2011 (UTC)


I just uploaded this File:Heatball_75.jpg picture from the de wiki. As far as I know there's no copyright issues with text like this, or is it? Nsaa (talk) 12:59, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Use {{PD-text}} -- RE rillke questions? 13:02, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Photo showing up in Wikipedia is not the photo shown in Wikimedia under that filename

I linked to and the photo showing in Wikipedia (older Matisse, dark photo, facing right sitting down) isn't the same image as what's displaying in Wikimedia, which is the image I want to use... (younger Matisse standing at easel). I checked and rechecked the file name, and tried re-uploading the right photo, and the problem is still happening.

Weird problem. Does anyone know what might be happening? OttawaAC (talk) 19:18, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Yes. en-wiki has a photo of its own under that name, so it doesn't go through to look for one on Commons. One of the two should probably be renamed. - Jmabel ! talk 19:33, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Please advice

Please advice if can i upload a book cover, This is a book cover of (Romance of the Golconda Diamonds, 2006, Omar Khalidi, publisher-Mapin Publishing Gp Pty Ltd, ISBN-10:1890206105 and ISBN-13:978-1890206109). regards.--Omer123hussain (talk) 20:45, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

If you edit the scan or photo and remove the photo of the "crown" it could be Ok as {{PD-Text}}. -- RE rillke questions? 11:08, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

Search category - No-Nonsens picture


What is the right category for an image, that brings to mind your expresson to an text? It has something to do with quality management. My english is not so good, do find the right tags. Please supplements categories. --Mjchael (talk) 12:42, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

I would place File:No-nonsense.svg in Category:Red circle with left slash and Category:SVG Anti logos. Don't put it in Category:Nonsense, because that category is about Edward Lear cartoons. By the way, what is the intended educational use of this image? LX (talk, contribs) 13:49, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for helping. What educational use of which image? --Mjchael (talk) 14:07, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
The intended use for the picture you've uploaded. -- 17:43, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Should I? This was not actually intended by me! And I see no need for it. Or is it? --Mjchael (talk) 18:20, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Commons has the scope of providing freely licenced educational images - if an image is not educational, it can be deleted as being out of project scope. We do have a fairly vague definition of educational, namely "if you can think of a wikipedia article this could illustrate, that's good enough", so there is wiggle room, but you can see why we're unsure what use your image is. -mattbuck (Talk) 10:49, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Is it possible to 'bring back' deleted files?

Hello, a number of files uploaded by a person I'm trying to help have been deleted because they lacked proper License and Authorship (see list here). Is there a way of bringing them back and adding the needed information or do I have to start uploading all over again? Thanks, --Gnom (talk) 09:53, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Yes, it is possible for admins to undelete images. It's probably best to ask the admin who deleted them. —Angr 10:10, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! --Gnom (talk) 10:25, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
There is also Commons:Undeletion requests. - Jmabel ! talk 02:47, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

File renaming

Hi, How do I change a work in the file name from Perioperative to Pre-op?


Lorena Garbarino Office of Dr. Miguel Delgado — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dr. Delgado (talk • contribs) 22:56, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "a work in the file name", but if you want to change the file name use {{rename}}. - Jmabel ! talk
Work == word, maybe? --rimshottalk 06:11, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

can't rotate file

I can't get File:IL Route 59.jpg to rotate. Can someone please help? Ragettho (talk) 15:50, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Will be done by a bot. -- RE rillke questions? 15:53, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
Next time just place {{rotate|degrees}} (e.g. {{rotate|90}}) on the file-description page. -- RE rillke questions? 15:55, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! Ragettho (talk) 16:54, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Flickr uploads

Hello, I had scheduled a few uploads by Flickr Upload Bot, but the uploads were never completed (all the other steps were completed), and I went walkabout for a few days and in the interim the pages were deleted as the files were never uploaded. They have since been restored by the deleting admin on my request, but I'm unable to upload the relevant flickr images to those files, as I keep getting the error "This file contains HTML or script code that may be erroneously interpreted by a web browser." I've tried changing the name of the source files but that wasn't of any help either. The deleting admin (Foroa) mentioned that other users have had similar problems with the bot before and would also like to know why this happens. Since the bot operator hasn't been active since March, I haven't posted a note on their talk page, but can anyone else help. The following is the list of pages, all Flickr image links are in the page and the licenses have been verified by the bot.

cheers. SpacemanSpiff (talk) 16:17, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Again: It is not an issue of the bot. But you can ask the bot-author whether he might implement an automatic removal of HTML-code. If you can not upload them, also the bot can't. You have to remove the HTML from the metadata. I will do this but in future, use a tool like Exiftool or similar yourself. See Commons:Exif#Tools. -- RE rillke questions? 16:30, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you, I've never encountered a HTML-metadata issue before, so I wasn't aware that this could be a problem. SpacemanSpiff (talk) 17:05, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
You can upload File:Rahul Bajaj - India Superpower - World Economic Forum - India Economic Summit 2010.jpg yourself if you think the banner in the background is de-minis or ineligible. I will not do this. -- RE rillke questions? 17:10, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
I didn't think it'd run afoul of de-minis, but I've asked for the page to be deleted. We have other images of the person, so this one isn't essential. cheers. SpacemanSpiff (talk) 18:40, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Verschwinden von neu erstellter Userseite

Hallo, habe mich heute nachmittag neu angemeldet und eine Userseite erstellt, zu der prompt eine persönliche Mitteilung eines anonymen Users eintraf, mit dem ich eine Diskussion angefangen habe. Kurz darauf waren der Inhalt von meiner Userseite und der Diskussion verschwunden. Was hat das zu bedeuten? Was habe ich falsch gemacht? Danke für die Hilfe --Chris Krambeck (talk) 19:31, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Hmmm, war das vielleicht auf einer anderen Wikipedia (deutsch oder englisch oder so)? Die Logins gelten ja überall. Hier gibt es jedenfalls nur zwei Beiträge von dir, eins davon dieser hier. Gelöscht wurden auch keine. Da die Server in letzter Zeit Macken hatten, wäre natürlich auch ein Serverfehler denkbar. --rimshottalk 20:57, 31 August 2011 (UTC)
Meinst Du das da? -- RE rillke questions? 21:06, 31 August 2011 (UTC)