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Transfering files

How do I know when I my file is ready to be transfered to our article in Wikipedia and How do you do that?

Lorena Garbarino Office of Dr. Miguel Delgado — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dr. Delgado (talk • contribs) 23:47, 30. August 2011 (UTC)

After you uploaded a file, you can find it in Special:MyUploads. If it is there everything went right and you can use it in wikipedia by inserting [[File:Mommy makeover Patient 1 post op .jpg|thumb]] into your article text. But I recommend reading en:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial -- RE rillke questions? 14:05, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Do Creative Commons pics require showing license terms?

On the page of this photo, there is a Creative Commons box that lists conditions for sharing--nothing here is said about showing the work's license terms:

However, when you click the box's " Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported" link, you go to a page that says at the bottom: "Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page."

Now, does this apply to simply using a CC pic on a website? So that, for example, if someone has a pic with an article, the pic's caption must include a link to the Creative Commons web page? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 01:42, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Yes. You can place it wherever you place the photo credits. See the section 4 of the actual license for the details (on the CC summary page, click the link labeled "legal code"). -- Asclepias (talk) 02:57, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

My pictures

I took a picture on Thailand Highway 23 heading west from from Ubon to Yasothon, of Yasothon's Welcome sign. Both highway and sign are much lees than 150 years old, the sign being less than five. I'd like to upload the welcome sign for the Yasothon Province article. The sign is in Thai and English and directs tourists' attention to three destinations of which Yasothon is exceptionallp proud, as evidenced by their erection of a huge sign over a six-lane highway. I fear my effort at adding it to their Wikipedia english article would be for naught -- except that it is costing me both time and money. So far, I have gotten away with a picture of Yasothon City Hall, even though it -- and the town -- are less than 150 years old. --Pawyilee (talk) 10:37, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

Based on Commons:FOP#Thailand, it seems that your photos of the sign and of the city hall should both be fine. --Avenue (talk) 21:38, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Rename a file

I uploaded a fixed version of the Extinction_Intensity.png My version is called Extinction_Intensity_fix.png Could you replace the original Extinction_Intensity.png with the Extinction_Intensity_fix.png  ? My version simply reoriented the x axis so time ran left to right instead of right to left. As i'm a new user, i can't do this yet. much appreciated.

Radiant Void (talk)

  • It's not obvious that your version is an improvement. We should keep both, and link them to one another using {{other version}}. - Jmabel ! talk 14:56, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Changing Picture Licence

Hi. How do I change a licence of a picture I uploaded? Sas1998 (talk) 09:12, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

First of all: Why your photos are that small in size? Are they from a website? If not it would be really kind if you upload the full resolution. Thanks.
Go to the image description page and click edit. Then add a copyright tag. I reccomend using {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0}}. A list of your files is here. Sincerely -- RE rillke questions? 09:51, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. They are from my website, and I did take them. I uploaded them onto my website, but then my computer memory broke, so all the files in a larger size got lost.

The box that says that my picture doesn't have the sufficient copyright, etc. is still there, even though I added the copyright tag. What do I do? Thanks Sas1998 (talk) 10:28, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

You can ignore or delete them from your talk page. Are you sure you don't have a higher resolution of File:Gemsstock1.jpg ? -- RE rillke questions? 10:44, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. I am quite sure I don't have a higher resolution of the pictures. Sorry. I will search hard to see if I can find them over the next few days though. Sas1998 (talk) 10:53, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Are you / have you ever heared of them? The problem is, this image is published in a higher resolution in a forum. Are you ATV? -- RE rillke questions? 10:56, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

My website is . Sas1998 (talk) 12:09, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Ok, then the forum has stolen the image. You have an 800px version here. -- RE rillke questions? 12:43, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Thank you Sas1998 (talk) 13:26, 27 August 2011 (UTC)

Well, the 800×600px version also exists here as part of a whole set, which was also posted here on 2008-04-13 (with the image being hosted indeed at, and the forum post directing readers to for more images). I'm sorry, but to me it's rather unclear who copied from whom here. claims copyright. Lupo 10:44, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
Indeed, while the first upload has complete Exif, the second one is smaller in size and has no exif. -- RE rillke questions? 08:23, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Okay. It could just be that we took pictures that are very very similar. I think the file should be deleted to avoid any confusion, etc. How can I delete it? Sas1998 (talk) 11:09, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

If you have JavaScript enabled, click on "Nominate for deletion" in your toolbar on the left side. -- RE rillke questions? 13:19, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. I have tried that but it just comes up with an error message, which says I can put a delete template in, but it doesn't work. Sas1998 (talk) 13:40, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

I try it. What was the error-message? -- RE rillke questions? 13:44, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Licensing an image generated by a myriad of scientific applications?

Does this image (link is to the UMass chemistry dept. wiki) count as 'user generated'? The peptide was minimized using W:Avogadro (software), binary potential maps were generated using W:DelPhi (software), and finally was rendered in W:UCSF Chimera. Am I considered the author of the image so long as I credit the applications used to generate the figure? And if so how should I go about licensing it? I was hoping to use it for the DelPhi wikipedia article. Thanks in advance for your replies. I(q) = User(q)·Talk(q) 20:04, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Also, would it be better to upload such an image here or directly on en.wikipedia? Thanks again I(q) = User(q)·Talk(q) 20:06, 2 September 2011 (UTC)
Anyone? I(q) = User(q)·Talk(q) 13:49, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
If you created all the layers using a program, it is fine if you are Dseeman (maybe consider linking to your commons userpage from your userpage there). See COM:Screenshots#Software for further information. -- RE rillke questions? 13:58, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the response. I've updated my chem dept userpage per your suggestion. I(q) = User(q)·Talk(q) 14:18, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
If somebody wants to delelte, show him the link I provided. If you encounter it after it has been deleted, go to COM:UR. I hope you will contribute a lot of other good chem-images! Sincerely -- RE rillke questions? 14:36, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Anton Otto Fischer painting

I need to get the correct license on File:Chase of the Constitution, July 1812.jpg. Fischer died in 1962 so +70 would not be correct. The photo of this painting is PD because it was taken by the US Navy but so far I cannot determine the copyright of the painting. The painting was donated to the US Navy art collection and I don't know if that automatically makes the painting PD or not. I also cannot determine what year the painting was done. I've searched around on google to no avail. Brad (talk) 23:41, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

It wouldn't be PD if they just donated the painting. Even if they donated the copyright, the US Government can hold copyrights given to it. It's unlikely this is PD.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:04, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Then the only thing left is to determine the date of the painting. I found a listing of ten paintings but none of those are the one in question. Brad (talk) 01:39, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Transferring picture to bio page.

this is the caption

How do I transfer the picture Bill O'Neill (media).jpg to the Bill O'Neill media page? Wolfeton (talk) 01:40, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Go to the page where you like to include the image and add [[File:Bill O'Neill (media).jpg|thumb|this is the caption]]. I recommend reading en:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial -- RE rillke questions? 11:13, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Trouble with a template - ID number needs a space

I have created this template {{TNA-image-link}} for linking to document records in the the National Archives (UK) in the template {{TNA-image}}, and I have it working with a small kludge. The document record identifier officially has a space in it (WO 106/1590), but I can't get the code to work with a space. The database will accept the search parameter without the space (WO106/1590), but it's awkward to tell users to copy the record identifier and remove the space. Is there some trick I haven't thought of? - PKM (talk) 06:30, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Unfortunately we have no string parser functions activated. They could be so useful. We should think about filing a feature-request on bugzilla:.
The only solution, I can see is 2 params: either two times the full identifier (with and without space) or separating the letters from numbers. But I am not an expert. -- RE rillke questions? 11:26, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Grave marker of Princess Eugenie Ninito Sumner of Tahiti

Does anybody know if this image is okay to upload? If it is can someone do the honor of uploading it for me since I am not familiar with flickr image uploads.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 09:00, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

After a glad look I can say, it is X mark.svg Not OK. Nc-license is not compatible with commons. -- RE rillke questions? 11:32, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Well thanks anyway.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 16:41, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Always Database Error And Email Notfication

1) I am always getting database error here: 2) I am not getting email notification when my talk page is changed. I don't visit Commons very often, so, not getting email notification is creating problem. --Titodutta (talk) 10:24, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

  1. The tool is broken because a database server crashed. I am currently working on a tool which is independent from toolserver and the toolserver operators are working on a solution for their problem. You can see your files at Special:MyUploads.
  2. Did you activate the checkbox at Special:Preferences#mw-htmlform-email and filled in your e-mail address? Spamfilter? -- RE rillke questions? 11:38, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Problems with image rendering

As part of the WLM2011 campaign I found two images, File:Lövånger kyrka.jpg and File:Delsbo kyrka.jpg, which aren't rendering. When clicking through my browser (FF6.0) renders it correctly though.

Any thoughts on what it can be / how to fix it? /Lokal_Profil 15:30, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

How to discuss the deletion?

Ladies and gentlemen the files I have uploaded (File:Alexey Lushnikov. Studia VOT. 2010.jpg and some others) could be deleted. How could I discuss this unbelievable situation? I can't add anything on this page. Best Regads, Doctor Zevago (talk) 02:30, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Either you ask on the talk-page of the user who tagged the image (there is a signature under each notification on your talk-page) or you ask on the file-talk-page, for example there: File talk:Telekanal_VOT._logo.jpeg or in case of a deletion request, there is a link in the notification. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to ask. -- RE rillke questions? 11:16, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Dear RE rillke, thanks a lot for such an informative answer! With your help I know what to do now. Best Regards, Doctor Zevago (talk) 22:37, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

handschriftliche Gemeindechronik, 18.jahrhundert, aus der Parochie Grünberg/Schlesien, heute: Zielona Góra

hallo, ich bin völlig neu hier und müsste wohl sehr viel nachlesen, um selber zu einer antwort für meine folgende frage zu finden:

Ist es sinnvoll, hier 97 Fotos einer handschriftlich, in altdeutscher Kurrentschrift, verfassten Gemeindechronik, 18.Jahrhundert, aus der Parochie (=Pfarrstelle) Grünberg (heute: Zielona Góra) in Schlesien, (heute Polen), zu veröffentlichen?

dank und gruss bernd meinen


— Preceding unsigned comment added by Zyklopat (talk • contribs) 16:05, 3. Sep. 2011 (UTC)

Willkommen auf Commons, Bernd. Handschriften sind eventuell etwas für Wikisource, können aber hier durchaus hochgeladen werden, wenn sie gut beschrieben und kategorisiert werden. -- RE rillke questions? 21:52, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Old Press Photos on Ebay


I just found out that tons of old and historic press photos are available for auction on ebay. Most of them offer full sized preview of the images. Many are sold by a private company, Historic Images which actually put watermarks on each photo. But even if this company is selling the images, they are still acceptable on Commons right? I mean, most of them were taken 60 years ago, and their copyright has long since expired.


Finemann (talk) 21:41, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Generally 70 years after the author's decease, the images are in PD, AFAIK. But there are a few exceptions.
A photo of a 2-d item is often not covered by copyright but the 2-d item might be and then the photo is unfree, too.
A watermark can be protected by copyright law.
-- RE rillke questions? 21:46, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
  • A quick skim through the links you provided didn't show anything that would be in the public domain so, no, in general these would not be acceptable on Commons. Generally, work published in the US since 1923 should not be presumed to be in the public domain. See Commons:Public_domain#United_States for details. - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 4 September 2011 (UTC)


Could someone please upload this pic?

It's original caption in Bildindex says:

Berlin, Anhalter Bahnhof, Tor Carl Daniel Freydanck, 1840, Berlin, Staatliche Porzellanmanufaktur Berlin, Archiv —
Foto Marburg,
Aufnahme-Nr. 839.621;

C. D. Freydanck died in 1887, so this picture showing the Anhalter Tor in Berlin must be avaliable under PD-old. It's a "safe" picture.

Greetings, -- 04:10, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Image not showing on File List

Hello, Does anyone know why one of my images does not show up in my File List? It looks weird because newer images show up. Thanks, Yann (talk) 13:34, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Because Amada44 overwrote it. I am working on a new gallery-tool that will show all your files. See COM:VPP -- RE rillke questions? 13:44, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

GPL Picture upload

I have a screenshot of a theme(icons) which I would like to upload to Commons, it is licensed under a GPL license. Can I upload it with a link to the website where I found it? ZeCookie (talk) 18:06, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Of course, you have to provide a source. Use {{freescreenshot|{{GPL}}}} as the license-tag. -- RE rillke questions? 18:25, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
Should i choose: Free artistic license? Sorry, it's my first upload... — Preceding unsigned comment added by ZeCookie (talk • contribs) 18:33, 30. August 2011 (UTC)
No do not use upload wizard, use the old form, select no license and add {{freescreenshot|{{GPL}}}} to the permission field. -- RE rillke questions? 21:13, 31 August 2011 (UTC)
I've noticed that a lot of people incorrectly select the Free Art License for files published under completely different licenses and (mostly) non-free files. In order to help us make our instructions clearer and avoid such mistakes, could you perhaps explain what it was that made you think you should use the Free Art License? Thanks, LX (talk, contribs) 18:01, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Picture upload (Upload wizard)

Please, could anybody answer me why it is impossible for me today to upload the files? --Silverije (talk) 18:11, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

I have to concurr with Silverije. The upload wizard is taking too long to finish, and the Upload file page is missing many features, such as the links to our usernamed and the automatic "own" licenses. ----DanTD (talk) 10:57, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
I am encountering the same problem for last 4 days: the upload wizard is not effectively loading and makes one wait indefinitely... Grentidez (talk) 20:05, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
That's upload wizard + Internet Explorer? Generally, my preferred method to upload is Commons:Upload. This will work without JavaScript, too. I filed a bug a half year ago, submitted a patch for another issue but nothing has changed. I am going to refuse using this tool. -- RE rillke questions? 20:13, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
I have problems too when I have clicked on "Upload file" in the left side of the screen. I can not upload today and I could not upload yesterday. I will now start using Commons:Upload. --Fanoftheworld (talk) 21:13, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

patented diamond design

I am working on behalf of ADR Diamonds, who hold the patent on the Passion Cut diamond. They have published the diamond design on their website at I'd like to upload the image (in cleaner black-and-white) onto the Passion Cut section of the Round Brilliant Wikipedia page. I see that someone else has uploaded a similar image on that page. I know that ADR is fine with the image being displayed publicly and being shared, but I also know that since they own the patent, they wouldn't want someone to actually make this particular diamond cut. Image distribution - no problem. Making a live version of the diamond - not allowed. So, can I upload the image? It fits with the information in the article because it shows how the cut differs from the Ideal and Hearts and Arrows. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Norreida (talk • contribs) 22:06, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

I don't see that Commons policy prohibits the uploading of pictures of things protected by patent.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:03, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Picture upload

Please, could anybody answer me why it is impossible for me today to upload the files? --Silverije (talk) 18:11, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

I have to concurr with Silverije. The upload wizard is taking too long to finish, and the Upload file page is missing many features, such as the links to our usernamed and the automatic "own" licenses. ----DanTD (talk) 10:57, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Encountering the same problem: the upload wizard is not effectively loading and makes one wait indefinitely... --Grentidez (talk) 20:51, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Me too! (Koen Van de moortel) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Koen Van de moortel (talk • contribs) 18:34, 5. Sep. 2011 (UTC)

If you are users of UploadWizard, consider using Commons:Upload. Or file a bug at bugzilla: /product MediaWiki /extension UploadWizard. Thank you. -- RE rillke questions? 19:35, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Linking between image files

Hi, can someone please enlighten me on which meta data to add to link my images to other versions of the same displayed item? --My2Cents (talk) 10:41, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Use the other versions bit. -mattbuck (Talk) 11:14, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for helping, Mattbuck. I couldn't find a detailed syntax description entering "other versions" into help. Could you please point me to a description of the syntax to use? --My2Cents (talk) 21:51, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
Just use file links inside the other_versions field of the Information template. Just have a look (in edit mode) at this file page for example: File:SVT-Logo-big.png. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 02:04, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Also useful are templates {{other version}}, {{extracted}}, {{extracted from}}, {{derivative versions}}, and {{derived from}}, all of which can be used within the "other versions" area of {{information}}. - Jmabel ! talk 20:22, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Looking for the name of a MediaWiki page

What's the name of the MediaWiki page with the text immediately below the edit window? I'm looking for the page with the text "You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!". I've run a search for this text in the MediaWiki namespace, but all that the search gave me was a .js page that didn't even have that text on it. Nyttend (talk) 06:14, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

This is a handy link. :-) It shows that message is from MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning. The site's search won't search Mediawiki pages that are the system's default (haven't been created). Killiondude (talk) 07:13, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
The reason that I wanted to look at it is to see when it was changed, since if I remember correctly, it didn't read like this until recently. How do I check the page history, since there's no "history" tab? Nyttend (talk) 12:33, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Yes it seems new to me, too. I just added
#editpage-copywarn-copywarn {
    display: none;
to my common.css. -- RE rillke questions? 16:44, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Nyttend, there is no history page because that is the system's default message. There is no history made by a Commons editor. It could have been changed in one of the more recent upgrades. I'm not sure when we upgraded, a good source might be to search through Signpost on enwp. For sure it was different in 2009 (based on that page's deletion log). Killiondude (talk) 21:20, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Translate File:Geometry of Solar eclipses and Lunar eclipses.svg

Please translate File:Geometry of Solar eclipses and Lunar eclipses.svg into foreign languages. Scrawler (talk) 11:09, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

You can use {{Translation possible}} to encourage translations. This will also place the file in Category:Translation possible. LX (talk, contribs) 20:03, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

looking for an old archive picture

i am not sure if you can help me in this quest but i am looking for an old archive picture of a certain place ( the name of it is the hitching post located at queen street and eastern avenue time period was between 1970 and 1985 my reason for doing this is a facebook group i am part of are putting together an album of pictures fron that time where we all lived

Thank you very much for your time You can contact me at if any other info may be needed — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:05, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

We don't seem to have such file hosted here. A photo from 1970–1985 would still be protected by copyright, so we could only host that if the author agreed to publish it under a free license. Since digital cameras and free licenses weren't really around in those days, the chances of finding such a photo seem pretty slim. It might help if you mention which city you're talking about. (Toronto maybe?) LX (talk, contribs) 19:44, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

This media file is uncategorized. But why?

I uploaded four files, for example "Lyapunovspace.jpg". I added the category "Lyapunov fractals" and the four files are shown in this category. But why do I get the message: This media file is uncategorized. I would be glad if you give me a solution! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Silberring01 (talk • contribs) 17:22, 5. Sep. 2011 (UTC)

They're not uncategorized, and I removed the tag from two of them. Yesterday I also removed some "Uncategorized" tags from a series of St. Louis MetroBus images that already had categories attached to them. ----DanTD (talk) 17:43, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
That's upload wizard. They use us as "lab rats" for their malfunctioning tool without asking whether we want. -- RE rillke questions? 17:52, 5 September 2011 (UTC)as always LX is right. -- RE rillke questions? 17:59, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Here is what the file description of Lyapunovspace.jpg looked like in edit mode right after you uploaded it. I'm guessing you didn't add any categories when you uploaded it, so the template {{Uncategorized}} got added to it automatically. When you later added a category, you didn't remove that template. The bot that notified you about uncategorised files on your talk page will notify you of anything still tagged with the {{Uncategorized}} template. LX (talk, contribs) 17:56, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for your answer, that is the reason, why this happened. But when I later add a category, for example for the Zirconzity.jpg, the message "This media file is uncategorized" in the yellow window on this file page should disappear, but it did not. So, thank you.
Like explained above, when you added a category, you forgot to remove the "Uncategorized" template. The removal of the template from the description page of File:Zirconzity.jpg is left to you as an exercise. Face-wink.svg (By the way, I don't know why you manually added the obsolete template "ImageUpload" to your files, but it should be removed too.) -- Asclepias (talk) 18:29, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
I did my exercise and removed the "Uncategorized" template and the obsolete template "ImageUpload". Thank you.--Silberring01 (talk) 19:35, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Rename file Lerhamn -> Lerberget

Hi, could somebody renamn a file that I uploaded today. I namned it "Lerhamn.jpg", but the picture shows Lerberget. Suggested new name "Lerberget.jpg" or something like that. Thank you. Peterappelros (talk) 20:45, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Hej Peter! I moved it to File:Lerberget harbour.jpg (added "harbour" for a bit more specific name. Could even be more specific.). In addition I have added categories and a link to the Wikipedia article.
Next time you wish to rename some file please refer to Commons:Rename and place the rename tag on your file page. :-) Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 01:14, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
Many thanks! Peterappelros (talk) 13:05, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

New article on the Segovia Mint in Spain.

I am a person, Glenn Murray, trying to create a new page about the Segovia Mint Monument in Segovia, Spain. The user name I filed is "Segovia Mint" but I am not "writing an article about myself". This is a historic monument building, not described in Wikipedia, and worthy of an encyclopedic article. I think my start-up was errased. Thanks! -unsigned

I would suggest that you take this up somewhere on Wikipedia (this is the Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia). Assuming from the language of your question you mean the English-language Wikipedia, that would be
Does anyone have a specific suggestion for Glenn as to on what en-wiki page he might take this up? - Jmabel ! talk 15:25, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
By the way, there is no evidence that anyone ever tried to create an article at en:Segovia Mint, en:Segovia mint, en:Casa de Moneda, Segovia, or en:Casa de Moneda (Segovia), the four places I can imagine such an article belonging, so perhaps you started the article in the wrong place and that is why it was deleted. One of these should be the location of the article, and the others should be redirects. - Jmabel ! talk 15:32, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
From what I can see I'm guessing the edit filter tried to convince you not to post this page to begin with since its title matched your username, I don't see any contributions attached to the Segovia Mint account. That's just as well because you will not be able to use that username on en.Wikipedia. I suggest you abandon the Segovia Mint username, pick a new name that does not represent an organization and go right ahead and write the article. (For the record the village pump is always a good place to ask questions over there, or you can use {{helpme}} on your talk page. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:34, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Missing file

Can someone make the upload of this file File:Zorra 66 - 1.jpg? My mistake, I missed to make the upload when using [1]. Thanks.--JotaCartas (talk) 22:09, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

You forgot to save the page. Do not modify the license. Bot will add this automatically. It's now on File:FileZorra 66 - 1.jpg -- RE rillke questions? 22:39, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

How to use talk?

I have received messages on username:talk warning me of problems, but I have no idea how to reply to ask for more precise info. How does talk work? Specifically, how do I reply to a message from an admin? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joneall (talk • contribs) 07:44, 7. Sep. 2011 (UTC)

Welcome, Joneall! At first I recommend reading COM:TALK. You should reply on different locations, depending on the warning. I case of a deletion-request (Image deletion warning), there is a link in the notification left on your talk-page. If the image has no license, source or permission or "untagged", go to the file-description page and click on "talk". State there, why this image has sufficient information.
If you have questions, ask the one who left the template on your talk-page if it isn't a bot. There is a signature under each notification. Just click on it. If you are on the user-page, click on talk. Then, you will probably see a warning that the user wishes to continue discussions where they were started. Place a {{Talkback|Joneall}} along with your signature (~~~~) on this page by clicking "add new section" and reply on your own talk-page.
You can create pages "in your user-namespace" to manage your uploads etc. For example User:Joneall/gallery. -- RE rillke questions? 11:16, 7 September 2011 (UTC)
To clarify what Rillke said: unless the comment came from a bot, respond right where you were addressed, sign with ~~~~ which will be auto-magically changed into a signature and timestamp, and place {{Talkback|Joneall}} along with your signature (~~~~) on the talk page of the user who contacted you. - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Classic car help needed

Would someone who knows classic cars please follow up on the comment at Category talk:Cord Beverly and do whatever should be done? I know only what the owner of the vehicle I photographed told me, and my descriptions in the photos followed that. I suspect that both the categorization on each photo & the caption should be changed (or not, if this anonymous commenter is mistaken) and quite possibly the categories need to be reorganized. - Jmabel ! talk 16:43, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Public domain

Is it acceptable to use {{self|CC0|PD-self}}? Scrawler (talk) 11:40, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

I'd say yes, it's acceptable, but it's a bit redundant. {{CC0}} and {{PD-self}} are two slightly differently worded ways of placing a work into the public domain (or equivalent), so I don't know why you would want to use both at the same time. Normally you would choose one or the other. LX (talk, contribs) 13:32, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Upload wizard (again)

Upload wizard cannot still be open. How long does it take to repair it? I can use only the old Upload file, but it takes too long.... --Silverije (talk) 15:27, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

On COM:AN, somebody said something about 18 hours. You can use Firefox, Chrome or IE8/9 if you would like to use UWiz immediately. It is here: Special:UploadWizard. -- RE rillke questions? 17:37, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, Rillke. I used Firefox. It is working now. --Silverije (talk) 16:59, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Image rotation problem

Hi, I just uploaded File:Nellie King and Steve Blass.jpg, but for some reason it's rotated to the left. I tried re-uploading it the same way, but it's still sideways. Will this go away, or does it have to be manually changed? Thanks. Delaywaves talk 21:23, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Has to be changed. If you want, you can ask Rotatebot to do it. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:44, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
OK, I put in the Rotatebot template. Thanks. Delaywaves talk 22:10, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

How to upload an image of myself

Hi there,

I would like to upload an image of myself for use on my Wikipedia entry. The image was taken by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and is posted online at

I tried posting this image previously but it was rejected by someone as not being my own work. May fault.

According to the IAU's copyright page at the image can be released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, as long as I credit the IAU for the photo.

Does that license indeed allow me to post this image on Wikipedia, and if so, can you please point me to instructions on how, specifically, I should do this to ensure the proper credit is given?


James Bell (astronomer, b. 1965)

Sure, it's fine. Apparently, there was only a misunderstanding because the original indications about the source were perhaps incomplete or confusing, and you had not responded to the message for clarification after one week. You can ask the undeletion of the file on the page Commons:Undeletion requests. Just make sure you credit the author and/or copyright holder and that you mention the above links on the file's description page, so that anyone can verify the source and the license. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:33, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Personal Page

How can i add babel to my personal page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adishonu (talk • contribs) 07:55, 9. Sep. 2011 (UTC)

On Special:MyPage, click edit, then add {{babel|en-3|lang-skill}}. Replace lang with your language-code and skill with a number from 0 to 4 or a letter n for native, representing your abilities. -- RE rillke questions? 09:38, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Rename request

From: Scrawler (CommonsContribs - SUL - OtherUses) To: Burstling Miraculous Power (CommonsContribs - SUL - OtherUses)

Reason: Username on Flickr Scrawler (talk) 14:42, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Please use Commons:Changing username. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:51, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Free Image?

Can I upload these images? They are very old images of [Ooty and it is a government website which makes no mention of any copyrights. Thanks. Suraj T 10:28, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

I found the publication dates for a few of the pictures: [2], [3], [4], [5].Suraj T
In India, images are in the public domain 60 years after publication, so I think that they can be uploaded to Commons. Yann (talk) 08:20, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Deletion etiquette

I recently nominated File:One eskimO.jpg for deletion (along with File:Oegravy.jpg), because it seemed like a clear copyright violation; see Commons:Deletion requests/File:One eskimO.jpg. As it turned out, the uploader really was the copyright holder and provided evidence of permission through OTRS. So the deletion request was quickly closed as a keep. However, now I think that the image is too promotional for the Commons: it instructs the reader to "like" the production company on Facebook and to visit their Web page. (I didn't mention this in my original deletion nomination, because at the time I thought the apparent copyright problem was all I needed to say.)

Based on the uploader's comments in the deletion nominations, and the fact that he or she opened a deletion request for my deletion request, I think he or she is frustrated with the deletion nominations I opened, and might feel that I am opposing him or her personally. I don't want to appear to be badgering the uploader. So, first I want to see whether other people agree that File:One eskimO.jpg is overly promotional. If so, is it proper for me to undo the closing of Commons:Deletion requests/File:One eskimO.jpg and add a new reason for its deletion, or should I open a new deletion request, or should I wait a while before re-nominating this image for deletion, or what? —Bkell (talk) 00:39, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment: Just crop out the advertising and show the uploader {{no advertising}} while saying that his contributions are valuable. Indeed a difficult task. -- RE rillke questions? 16:03, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment: A cropped version already exists in File:Oegravy.jpg. I re-nominated File:One eskimO.jpg for deletion based on the no advertising requirements for Commons images. Warfieldian (talk) 16:21, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Rename file

Hello, I "forgot" to rename this file before uploading it, so it still has my "working title" rather than a "proper" title. Could you please move File:Bogtrykker Benny 3.jpg to File:Poor Richard March 1733.jpg (or something similar)? So far, I haven't posted this picture anywhere, because I am awaiting the change of name. Thank you. V85 (talk) 12:58, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Uploading from Flickr

I copied a number images from an old Russian book and uploaded them to my Flickr page. I think there are about 60 images. Is there a way to upload them to Commons together, or do they need to be uploaded one at a time? The images are here: Malcolm Schosha (talk) 18:06, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

You can make a request at COM:FBATCH but Flickr only offers Creative Commons licensing and these would all be under public domain. You could do a batch upload and then go back and change the license to {{PD-RusEmpire}}. Warfieldian (talk) 18:19, 10 September 2011 (UTC)


I uploaded File:Phpqrlinks.png here with {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0|cc-by-3.0|cc-zero|PD-self}} (public domain) tag. But when I use it on Wikipedia and export as PDF it said my work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution! Why!? Scrawler (talk)

First, please do not subst: the tlp-template. I am not sure what you expect when using 4 different license-templates. Software has to decide and it took one of your specified ones, cc-by-3.0. I recommend removing the cc-by-sa-3.0|cc-by-3.0 and one of the PD-licenses. -- RE rillke questions? 15:54, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
Well, when a work is released to the public domain or the equivalent with CC-0 or PD-self, it does not seem logical to claim CC-by and CC-by-sa licenses on it. Or are you just trying to test the system's response to that? From the four different tags you used, I don't know why the system chose the CC-by, but I guess it can make sense as being the least illogical conclusion that could be drawn from the apparently confusing combination of the four tags. The presence of the incompatible licenses could be interpreted as meaning that you did not really want to release your work under CC-0 and PD-self, consequently the CC-0 and PD-self tags should be ignored, and then it leaves the CC-by and the CC-by-sa licenses, of which the CC-by, being less restrictive, makes the mention of the CC-by-sa not really useful. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:19, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
These four tags ({{self|cc-by-sa-3.0|cc-by-3.0|cc-zero|PD-self}}) means "This image is in the public domain, but attribution and share-alike are appreciated" Burstling Miraculous Power (talk) 23:56, 10 September 2011 (UTC)
That may be what the user was trying to convey, but that's not what people are getting from it. If you want to say that, write it in English, or at the very least include one of CC-zero and PD-self and CC-BY-SA.--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:06, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Entire legal text of licenses

Can I add the entire/full legal text of licenses for files to file description pages? Burstling Miraculous Power (talk) 02:37, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

If you can use a license tag, then use that. Why is this an issue?--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:07, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
Please try to avoid this. --  Docu  at 09:14, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Request unblock

How do I request unblock for other users? Burstling Miraculous Power (talk) 09:10, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

I suppose Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/Blocks and protections.--Prosfilaes (talk) 10:17, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

sean penn actor

dear wikimedia,
because we have a fabulous idee about a movie, we would like very much to get in contact with mr.   sean penn. can you please help us to get his  e-maill adress? thank you very much.
anna and hans kelemen amsterdam.
If he is a commons user, you can mail him by going to his user page, and then to the menu under toolbox; if not, we don't have his mail-adress. --Havang(nl) (talk) 15:56, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

copyrights of images in the background

I took pictures of a band that was playing in front of a large poster. I posted the picture on Wikipedia. Does that violate the copyright of the poster in the background? I didn’t think about it until I started playing with the image and in the second picture, made one band member look like he was in the poster. Should I have these images removed from Wikipedia Commons? If I should remove them, how do I have them removed? Thanks for your help. 04:33, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Not a problem. See Commons:De minimis for details. What are your pictures? But if you want to remove them, add {{copyvio}}onto every file description page of files that you want to remove. Burstling Miraculous Power (talk) 09:16, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

That helps. Most of the pictures are fine by those criteria. The one I was concerned about is probably not. I will remove it now. Thanks. 15:19, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Also, you can add a Gaussian blur to the copyrighted portion of an image. See File:Georgetown Rainier malt house interior 01 - blurred.jpg for an example where I did this. If you look at the image full-scale, you'll see that the paintings on the wall are barely more discernible than in a thumbnail, rendering them de minimis. - Jmabel ! talk 17:17, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

creating article with pictures

I am visiting Wolfenbuttel Germany and want to do an article on the bread/bakeries and local shops with pictures. How do I upload my pictures?

thanks bandoliera — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bandoliera (talk • contribs) 20:53, 11. Sepember 2011 (UTC)

Darfst auch deutsch fragen. Für eigenes Werk macht sich der Special:UploadWizard, wenn Du nicht gerade den IE7 verwendest, ganz gut. Ansonsten Commons:Hochladen.
Ob ein Artikel über Bäckereien in Wolfenbuttel in der Wikipedia Bestand hat, ist allerdings fraglich. Evtl. eine Liste.
Wie Du eine Galerie auf Commons richtig anlegst, erfährst Du unter Commons:Galleries. -- RE rillke questions? 21:02, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
For uploading own work, you may use Special:UploadWizard, if you are not a user of browser IE7. If you are, then please use COM:Upload.
I am not sure whether an article in Wikipedia about bakeries in Wolfenbuttel will be tolerated. Maybe a list.
On Commons, you can create galleries. Here is how to: Commons:Galleries -- RE rillke questions? 21:07, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Trouble: Image Description text not displayed

Click on this image!

On the decription page, there is just a white space behind English:... and Deutsch:...

Why? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Knipptang (talk • contribs) 09:44, 12. Sepember 2011 (UTC)

Pictogram voting keep.svg Fixed: If there is an equal (=) in the text, you have to use have to pass the arguments explicitly by typing {{template|1=1st argument}}. -- RE rillke questions? 10:05, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Image not displaying due to a file error

A file error is being reported when attempting to display the file: at full resolution. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jon O'Brien (talk • contribs) 11:53, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Not traceable. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Perhelion (talk • contribs) 16:19, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
File error occurs in Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer --Kramer Associates (talk) 04:51, 13 September 2011 (UTC)


I want to know if this file can be upload here, under a free license? Thanks. --Vitor Mazuco Msg 17:51, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Geachte heer mevrouw, Ik heb foto's geupload zonder vermelding van het monumentnummer. Ik probeerde ze opnieuw te uploaden met monumentnummer, maar dat lukte niet. Wat moet ik doen om mijn vergissing te herstellen? Groet!

JK Blanksma — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bloemendaal1 (talk • contribs) 18:35, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

That was a participant in the Dutch Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments who didn't know how to put the monument number on the pages of the images he had uploaded. I've fixed your uploads. Lupo 16:59, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

?? Please, in english, or in portuguese, and i want don't understant what did you say. --Vitor Mazuco Msg 22:16, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

  • It probably can't be uploaded here. There is certainly no internal evidence to suggest that the map would not be copyrighted. Is there any reason to believe it would be available under a free license? - Jmabel ! talk 00:29, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Account closure

I wish to close this account. I created it thinking I could just upload a photo to Wikipedia but there is too much involved for my purposes. I therefore wish this account to be deleted. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nokeyblokey (talk • contribs) 16:32, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

There's no way to delete your account. Just stop using it if you don't want to. Lupo 17:02, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

UploadWizard Problem

I recently used your newish UploadWizard for the first time. It seems to have bugs that need to be fixed.

Here are four images I recently loaded:

  1. Image:Milan Missouri downtown.jpg
  2. Image:Sullivan County Missouri courthouse.jpg
  3. Image:Milan Missouri history marker.jpg
  4. Image:Princeton Missouri sign.jpg

Please look at the License section of each file. You will see the following error message on each file:

  • « Template loop detected: Template:SelfTemplate loop detected: Template:SelfTemplate loop detected: Template:Self »

I always select the Public Domain license when I upload my images them to Wikimédia Commons. (I detest the language and inferences of your CreativeCommons licenses and will not assign them to anything I upload.) Since the upload process is « automated » by your wizard, I am certain this error is caused when I selected the Public Domain license. Your staff will probably want to fix this UploadWizard problem so it does not continue.

Also, when I uploaded my images, the Category assignment function appears « hidden » behind some kind of « More Options » link or drop down list (or something) according to a message I just received from the CategorizationBot. --- Here is a TIP: If you want uploaders to Wikimédia Commons to categorize their images, please make this function part of the UploadWizard's main series of steps for uploading images. As a user, I am not going to dig through « More Option » menus looking for things like this. This design feature in your UploadWizard needs to be improved.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful. Bien amicalement, Charvex (talk) 22:32, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Well known issue since 2011-06-11 09:05:16 UTC at Bugzilla:29346 and before at Commons:Prototype_upload_wizard_feedback. More than reporting bugs and proposing a solution, I can't do. Especially if my bug-report is renamed. If I am ignored by NeilK and Eloquence, it's not my problem. -- RE rillke questions? 07:12, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

John Arnold Castro Torres

Magíster en Fonoaudiología, Lingüista y egresado del Plan Especial de Licenciatura en Educación con la especialidad en la Enseñanza del Inglés como Segunda Lengua, por la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Egresado de la Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica y dedicado a la enseñanza del idioma inglés desde comienzos del año 2000 y de la lengua castellana desde el 2007. Con iniciativa y actitud pro activa y dinámica, con capacidad de organización, planeamiento y liderazgo; y con notables condiciones para trabajar en equipo. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sirjohn85 (talk • contribs) 19:38, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

  • ¿Y su pregunta es...? - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Unable to upload file:

It writes that extension and the MIME-type are different. Fix please. Firefox, svg. — Preceding unsigned comment added by KOLANICH (talk • contribs) 20:27, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Did you save in SVG (not SVGZ) format? You may open your SVG in a text editor and it has to look like that:

<svg someAttr="">

. Consider validating at . Or read Help:SVG. If you can't find out the error, please email me the contents of your file. Thank you. -- RE rillke questions? 21:05, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Unable to log in

For some reason, the site rejects my password, even though it's the same one I've always used, and is the same one I use on Wikipedia, on which I'm still currently logged in. Can someone help? 05:48, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Okay, for some reason, I restarted my computer and tried it again, and even though it still wouldn't accept my password, I clicked the Upload your own work page that I had bookmarked on my browser's toolbar, and for some reason, I was instantly logged in. (I also realize I forgot to give my username above, but I guess that's moot now.) Nightscream (talk) 06:34, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Untitled complaint

a photograph uploaded a picture of me on my wikepedia page which I dislike. I wish to upload another photo of myself that is to my liking. I have tried and tried and Wikipedia continues to ask for licenses and instructions to include or replace the name with bizarre HTML. can't we make this a bit more simple??? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bennrush (talk • contribs) 15:22, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

The choice of the contents of a Wikipedia article (text, photos) is an editorial decision that must be discussed with the editors at the Wikipedia project in question, not on the Wikimedia Commons. We can't help you if you don't give us at least a small hint of what you have "tried and tried" and where. I didn't find any uploads or changes of images by User:Bennrush at Wikimedia Commons or by User:Bennrush at en.wikipedia. If what you're trying to say is that you can't upload a file with the "upload wizard" form, then you can try uploading with a more user-friendly form. But in any case, the photo must be under a free license specified by the copyright holder. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:08, 12 September 2011 (UTC)
First, I should point out that you have no right to have the picture replaced, just because you don't like it. But in general, that should not be a problem. If you (or anyone else) uploads another, preferably better, picture of you, and goes through the tedious but legally necessary copyright-related form-filling, then you (or anyone else) can use it to replace the picture you don't like. I admit that the form-filling is not easy, I would appreciate it myself if it could be made easier. I know that effort has been put into this, but with limited success. Maproom (talk) 22:52, 12 September 2011 (UTC)
Since no one else has said it, please note that if you upload a photo of yourself, it must be one that you took yourself, for example using your camera's self-timer feature or by using a mirror or holding the camera at arm's length. If someone else took it they have to submit a release through our OTRS process, and this is enough of a hassle that it's easier just to take a new picture of yourself. Dcoetzee (talk) 23:43, 15 September 2011 (UTC)
Another option (for a photo taken by someone else) is to have the photographer upload it themselves. --Avenue (talk) 00:36, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

File Name to URL Conversion.

I would like to request some information about how file names (e.g. File:xyz.jpg) are converted to URLs. I know that an md5sum is created and the first and then the first two characters of that checksum is used as a directory name. So, xyz.jpg has a md5sum of f522659caf8163c23899f551c5f70a4e, which means the file is in /f/f5/xyz.jpg. But I still haven't figured out what determines the link structure *before* that (the part). The following points are still unclear:

  1. Is there any other hostname used for uploads besides or is it the sole hostname for ALL Wikimedia/Wikipedia/Wiktionary/... projects?
  2. What determines whether /wikipedia/commons/ or wikipedia/en/ is used? And is there any other path used for uploads? What happens if the uploaded file isn't related to (or hasn't been uploaded with) Wikipedia, but, say, the Turkish Wiktionary? Or the German Wikibooks? Or Wikispecies? And how can you get that information from the file name?

Thank you. Jack1021 (talk) 21:49, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

The format is Emufarmers (talk) 23:50, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
Is the slash between projectname and language an actual slash or did you mean “projectname OR language”? Because I have never seen /wikipedia/commons/en/f/f5/xyz.jpg. And I'd still be interested in an answer to the rest of my questions. Jack1021 (talk) 07:44, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
The slashes are there. Commons happens not to have different language editions, so it doesn't have a language marked in the path. You can figure out the upload path for a project by checking Special:FileList on it (or you can dig through the configuration files): the Turkish Wiktionary is and Wikispecies is The German Wikibooks is; I'm sure other exciting inconsistencies await you. Emufarmers (talk) 17:12, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

How do I change a template into a proper licence on the file page of a Wikimedia Commons image?

I am being informed by MediaWikiMail that two of the images I have posted show a template and not a proper licence. I have tried copying and pasting a proper licence from another image into their file pages, but the notification keeps appearing. I'm not sure how to resolve this. I'm not even sure if this is the right place to raise the matter. While I admire Wikipedia and contribute to it, I find its help advice complicated and almost impossible to follow. Could someone revise it at some point down to simpleton level? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

I'm afraid we'll need more information to help you - you edited this page using an IP address, and so we don't have a clue what images you're talking about. Can you please link us to the images in question? A valid licence template is something like {{CC-BY-SA-3.0}}. -mattbuck (Talk) 14:53, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Wrong image uploaded in error

Please could someone delete the file File:Hypericum humifusum.JPG which I uploaded under the wrong name in error. The image is of a completely different species of plant and I have since uploaded the same file under the correct name, (File:Senecio nemorensis.jpg). Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:34, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

I tagged the file with {{bad name|Senecio nemorensis.jpg}}. An administrator should come around and delete it shortly. LX (talk, contribs) 17:27, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Locked account

I cannot edit from my account (User:Burstling Miraculous Power) because it is locked (not blocked). Can I create a new account to get around that? 10:44, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

No. (The relevant lock request is at meta:Steward requests/Global/2011-09#Global lock for five accounts.) LX (talk, contribs) 17:19, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Image protection

I am a Wikipedia user who is trying to use some images from here: Can anyone tell me if these are protected in any way? I have no idea. I am looking at some specific images of the SS Mataafa. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lord Vargonius (talk • contribs) 16:25, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

From the Terms of Service: "you should not assume ... that the material linked within the Mitrasites database is not copyrighted." Powers (talk) 18:07, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
It might be easier to give a specific answer if you tell us which specific images you're looking at. LX (talk, contribs) 17:07, 19 September 2011 (UTC)


About File:Frog.jpg. I think a new user accidentally uploaded an image over the top of an existing image. I would like to revert (to Fir0002's version) but it has been 8 months with the current (not so good) image that is used in Wikipedias a lot. I need a second opinion on what to do.--Commander Keane (talk) 04:52, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Revert. The description of the image and the author credit correspond to Fir0002's image. Also, Fir0002's image was already in the projects pages before the change, so reverting will only restore things as they were intended. -- Asclepias (talk) 05:47, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Wikimedia's SVG to PNG convertor messing up the colors

It seems like wikimedia's SVG to PNG convertor is experiencing some issues. It is converting certain colors on a background to black. See:


The rectangular boxes on the far right hand side should not be black. Here is what the original uploaded SVG image looks like: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saqibali (talk • contribs) 16:29, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Also see:


and here is what the uploaded original looks like: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saqibali (talk • contribs) 16:40, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

SVG problems usually get the best attention at Commons:Graphics village pump. Do note, however, that it's very difficult to analyse SVGs consisting of 150,000 characters on a single line. LX (talk, contribs) 17:04, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
Discussion moved to: Commons:Graphics_village_pump#Wikimedia.27s_SVG_to_PNG_renderer_messing_up_the_colors Saqibali (talk) 19:45, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
This issue has been resolved. Commons:Graphics_village_pump#Wikimedia.27s_SVG_to_PNG_renderer_messing_up_the_colors Saqibali (talk) 16:28, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

USS Ship Hartford

Do you know if the are copys of the painting of the "hartford"? I belive I saw the original painting in the national archives.

Thank you Don Black — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 23:54, 19 September 2011 (UTC) (UTC)

Creating a category?

Hi, I'd like there to be a category for images of Sportsman's Park. Is there somewhere to request that one be made, or if I just create a page called "Category:Sportsman's Park", would it work as a category? Thanks. Delaywaves talk 02:44, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

Click on this link: Category:Sportman's Park and add categories to the page (like location, type of venue). Put images in the category by adding [[Category:Sportman's Park]] at the bottom (this will also create the red link for easily creating categories). Hope that helps. -- Deadstar (msg) 13:15, 20 September 2011 (UTC)
It does, thanks. All I really needed to know was whether creating a page with that title would automatically function as a category. Thanks. Delaywaves talk 00:29, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Can I upload photos from Saudi Arabia

I think Saudi Arabia banned of using camers in public places. It also has many other rules. I dont know all of those. Anyway I am not going to do these things. I just wanna take photos of machines from my company and I want upload it into Wiki to write articles. Is there any issues for me to do this from Saudi Arabia. --Inbamkumar86 (talk) 19:06, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

There wouldn't be any issues from our side (assuming the photos are in Commons' scope). If you might be violating the law of the country you are in by taking the photos, that would be an issue between you and that country, but would not concern Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 03:46, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Can I upload this

Can i?? --Sistemx (talk) 23:56, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

  • Yes, if you have created this image and own the copyright to it and submit the required proof through COM:OTRS. No, if you don't own this image and the copyright, since this is no discernible free license on the webpage that you linked to. Warfieldian (talk) 00:21, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

How to put media files into categories?

How do I put my Jpeg photos into katagories ? Wiki Commons already have the photos, I have to put them into katagorories afterwards — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bo Forslind (talk • contribs) 15:01, 21 September 2011 (UTC) (UTC)

Hej Bo! För att kategorisera dina bilder behöver du först leta reda på lämpliga kategorier. Använd sökfunktionen och klicka dig vidare för att försöka hitta relevanta kategorier som är så specifika som möjligt. File:Liggande kvinna .jpg passar till exempel in i Category:Eric Grate (kategorin för skulptören), Category:Statues of recumbent women (statyer av kvinnor i liggande ställning) samt Category:The Västertorp Sculpture Park (Västertorps skulpturpark). Sedan är det bara att redigera filbeskrivningssidan och lägga till [[Category:Kategorinamn]] längst ner. Detaljerade instruktioner på engelska finns på Commons:Categories. LX (talk, contribs) 17:58, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Using the {{Personalityrights}} template

I put the template {{Personalityrights}}, in this photo. I did well or the uploader is the one to decide whether or not to use this template? --JotaCartas (talk) 15:35, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

That's a good edit. If the template is applicable, anyone may add it. LX (talk, contribs) 18:05, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Change file name?

How would one go about changing a file name? Does the original file need to be deleted? Specifically, File:Gen. Samuel E. Chamberlain.jpg is mislabeled should be Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain. Thanks. Historical Perspective (talk) 18:32, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

See {{rename|new name|a valid reason}}. Just place it with a valid reason on a file-description-page. -- RE rillke questions? 19:17, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Contacting member of Commons

I am trying to contact a person named Christina Tasch. she is in Commons. would you happen to know her email address? I would appreciate any help on this. Dave Weinfurtner

We only know people by their usernames here. There doesn't seem to be a Christina Tasch (talk · contribs), Christinatasch (talk · contribs), or ChristinaTasch (talk · contribs) here. There is a German politician named Christina Tasch, if that's who you mean. You can send her an e-mail here. —Angr 13:59, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Cannot find my pictures

How can I see all the pictures that I have uploaded?

I cannot find two of the pictures that I uploaded. I want to add them to the category: "Images from Wiki Loves Monuments 2011 in Denmark". But I need to find them first.

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Janus Kannuberg (talk • contribs) 15:32, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

You can find them in your gallery, user log or contribution list. There are links to all of these on your user talk page. LX (talk, contribs) 15:42, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

How to upload, and permissions

I was given permission to use some images created by the Drents Museum, by worker Vincent van Vilsteren. The images that I wanted to use are listed below, and are of mummies, known as bog bodies. Unfortunatly I do not know how to upload them or what liscence to use.

Thank You
--Gourami Watcher (talk) 16:39, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

These may have copyright issues, and if so would require OTRS as well as the technical process of uploading. Unfortunately your assertion of permission from an employee of the museum won't fly: he doesn't necessarily even know the copyright status of the images (e.g. who was the photographer and whether this was work for hire, etc.).
As for technically uploading: download the images to your own computer using your browser's usual means of saving images. Then use any of the several means to upload them (e.g. Special:Upload). - Jmabel ! talk 17:11, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Assitance in selecting the appropriate category

Hello, Please assist in selecting the appropriate category for images I uploaded today. All images are related to the "Magnetic Tower of Hanoi" puzzle which is a variation of the "Tower of Hanoi" puzzle. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 18:41, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Category:Tower of Hanoi includes images related to Magnetic Tower of Hanoi. Unfortunately, I can't offer any more help than that, because I don't know which files you are talking about. LX (talk, contribs) 18:52, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Making a template from a file I uploaded

I'm trying to make a new file into a template. the file name is: MLS stadiums map.jpg

I tried editing the file but it wouldn't save it.

What am i ding wrong?

Roberto221 (talk) 23:43, 24 September 2011 (UTC) Roberto221

You need to create a page in the "Template" namespace on the wiki where you want to use the image (presumably, on the English Wikipedia). Your best bet is to find another template that does what you want to do and copy it. If you really need help, try the English Wikipedia help desk, who will be more versed in the local style and technical details. Powers (talk) 15:41, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

Replacing an image

I have an existing image - File:COSMIC NOMADS 2011 .jpg which I am trying to replace with a newer updated image. I have tried to load the new image as a new File but it will not upload via the upload wizard. The image is in jpg format at 465 KB and as the replacement image it will not load. Is there a reason for this - has my loading privilege been blocked for some reason? Griffo man (talk) 12:07, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

convenience link: File:COSMIC NOMADS 2011 .jpg.
At a Commons level, you should not be replacing an image with a different image. Simply upload the image under a different name, and Commons will have both images. In Wikipedia, then, you can change the article to use the new image. - Jmabel ! talk 15:01, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Moving a page

Can someone explain how to move a page? The page I want to move is called Narnia.

Where is it at the moment? Can you give a link to it? Maproom (talk) 13:24, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

CheckUsage in Benutzer Galerie

Hallo zusammen, anscheinend hat es ja wohl eine Layout Umstellung gegeben (die ich wohl verschlafen habe :-) ), seitdem ist in den Benutzergalerien die "CheckUsage" Funktion nicht mehr vorhanden. Da ich persönlich diese aber recht oft verwendet habe, frage ich mich wie ich dieses Tool da wieder hinbekomme wo es immer war? ... Über die "Aussehen" Option bei Einstellungen hat es bisher nicht geklappt :-( Kann mir da jemand helfen? Danke Diether — Preceding unsigned comment added by Diether (talk • contribs) 16:37, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Rough translation: Hi all, apparently there has been such a thorough good a layout change (which I slept well through:-)), such that the user galleries the "check usage" function no longer works. Since I have personally used this quite often, I wonder how this tool can come back to where it always was? ... The "Aussehen" ("appearance") option in settings hasn't worked for this [presumably for restoring the function] :-( Can someone help me? Thanks, Diether — Preceding unsigned comment added by Diether (talk • contribs) 16:37, 19 September 2011 (UTC) -- RE rillke questions? 18:02, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

Thank you Diether (talk) 01:08, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

जेगरी यानि की गुड

जेगरी यानि की गुड फायदे हमेशा ही पुराना यानि की साल भर पुराना गुड ही खाना चाहिए अदरक के साथ खाया हुआ गुड तत्काल ही कफ का नाश करता हैं हरड के साथ खाया जाये तो पित का शमन करता हैं सोठ के साथ खाने पे ये वात रोगों को भागता हैं हमेशा ही खाना खाने के बाद इस को खाना चाहिए सम्भोग के बाद गुड का सेवन तुरंत बल प्रदान करता हैं रोजाना के सेवन से मूत्र रोगों में फायदा पहुचता हैं बिस्तर में पेशाब करने वाले बच्चो को गुड तिल के लडू खिलाने से फायदा मिलता हैं गुड खा के पानी पीने से थकावट मिटती हैं

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Dhiman narwana19 (talk • contribs) 15:59, 25. Sepember 2011 (UTC) source

Can someone translate this? And/ or reply? Thank you. -- RE rillke questions? 19:22, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

Spam? I got some strange translations in Thai and Hindi at --Denniss (talk) 01:46, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
The benefits of having en:jaggery, that's all.SpacemanSpiff (talk) 08:28, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. -- RE rillke questions? 18:29, 27 September 2011 (UTC)


I posted a request Commons:Administrators' noticeboard#Blacklist since I assume it needs admin assistance but just in case doesn't, any assistance there would be appreciated if you are familiar with the flickr2commons tool. Cptnono (talk) 21:10, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Resolved.Cptnono (talk) 21:47, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Uploading aviation images with infobox

I want to help Wikimedia by uploading some high quality aviation images. How I use Category:Images_with_infobox_aircraft? Specifically, how do I add the infobox to my photo so it would look something like this [6]? --Biggerben (talk) 11:08, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

You could upload the way you would normally upload a file and then edit the file description afterwards. The easiest way, though, would probably be to use Special:Upload and put the {{Infobox aircraft image}} in the Description field. You can find documentation for the template at Template:Infobox aircraft image/doc. LX (talk, contribs) 14:08, 28 September 2011 (UTC)


How come all photos I wish to down-load are successfully accepted, and then the next day only some of them are left? ¨¨¨¨ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Antoniah (talk • contribs) 11:34, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Hi Antoniah! From looking at your upload log, it seems that you have been affected by a current problem with our upload wizard, which causes different files to be uploaded under the same name. For example, if you look at File:Gudmuntorp kyrka.jpg under the File history section, you will see that there are two versions of the file, both uploaded at 20:17 yesterday. This problem has been reported on the Village Pump here and here and as bugzilla:28921. In the meantime, I recommend using Commons:Upload instead. LX (talk, contribs) 14:03, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Photo eligible or not

Are these two photos eligible to be upload? First image and second image. What license could I use?--KAVEBEAR (talk) 16:35, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Pictogram voting info.svg Info: The first image has a copied-and-pasted description from the U.S. Library of Congress. On the original version at the LoC, the link to the Rights Advisory is intact. According to that, images by unidentified creators and images from unidentified sources [in this collection] are problematic because of the lack of information. LX (talk, contribs) 17:11, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Need to rename this file

File:Capture d’écran 2011-09-25 à 02.12.15.png

has to be renamed in

Mémoire de Chimie de Balthasar Georges Sage - Page 212 Published in 1773, in Paris, France.png

Thanks to help me.--Guy Courtois (talk) 18:07, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

sure, just add this to the file: {{rename|Mémoire de Chimie de Balthasar Georges Sage - Page 212 Published in 1773, in Paris, France.png|AND HERE YOUR REASON}} to the file. Cheers, Amada44  talk to me 18:34, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
In this case all you need for a reason is 'mnenomic name'. - Jmabel ! talk 00:29, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
Added rename request as per above --Kramer Associates (talk) 20:47, 30 September 2011 (UTC)


I am working for Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH and need to do some changes on One of the things is, that I need to change the logo. Can I just upload the new logo and replace the old one?

Thank you! bemabe79

You don't indicate what Commons file this affects. If the new logo is ineligible for copyright, then upload it to Commons under a new file name (not a filename that currently has the old logo), then change the en-wiki article to use the new filename. If it is copyrightable, it can't go on Commons. You'd need to upload it on the English-language Wikipedia (again, under a name that does not conflict with other names either on en-wiki or on Commons) and use their process for indicating why a particular non-free image should be allowed (which is entirely an en-wiki matter, not a Commons matter). - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 30 September 2011 (UTC)