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Suddenly hot cat is not working for me[edit]

How can I fix hot cat? Makes categorizing very difficult not to have it. Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 20:21, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Suddenly is working again, so never mind. Kalbbes (talk) 20:48, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
Cf. MediaWiki talk:Gadget-HotCat.js#ESLint changes broke HotCat entirely for me and phab:T172324. — Speravir – 22:06, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
NOT RESOLVED -- As you can tell from my thread in the Village pump, it stopped working for me too. In fact the edit tools have moved back to the bottom of the page and none of them are working. I have to use my keyboard just to sign this message. ----DanTD (talk) 19:27, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
DanTD, you seem to be alone with this issue, so noone can really help you, just guess. My guess is that your problems could be caused by an old cached version of Hotcat, probably the defunct one. Try this link: and then reload this page bypassing the cache (it may also be, that you additionally should do this somewhere else in Commons), read note after my signature. — Speravir – 01:18, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
Sigh, I made a mistake, hence separate ping @DanTD. — Speravir – 01:20, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Please purge your browser’s cache . (You only need to do it once.)

Internet Explorer: press Ctrl+F5, Firefox: hold down Shift while clicking Reload (or press Ctrl+ Shift+R), Opera/Konqueror: press F5, Safari: hold down Shift+alt while clicking Reload, Chrome: hold down Shift while clicking Reload

FYI, I tried this, and that didn't work either. Nevertheless, the issue had resolved itself (which may mean that it did, and I didn't notice the change). Also, if I had been the only persion with this issue, I would've been the one to start this thread. ----DanTD (talk) 01:26, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
DanTD, you added your remarks in VP and here after the issue had already been fixed and Hotcat worked again for others. This I was referring to above. — Speravir – 01:52, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
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. Speravir 01:52, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Numerous renames passed with improper basis/reason[edit]

Hi I would need help!

Recently, i have been cleaning up and fixing up articles and images within the english wikipedia as well as the commons for several Metro Manila Articles. It has come to my attention that this specific image [1] was renamed several times without any proper justification from the 5 naming criteria reasons. I also looked at both requests if they asked the permission of the original uploader to no avail. The last rename was even weird as it was renamed citing Criteria number 5 and was moved with the justification of reverting the rename done by a blocked user which clearly was not the case as it proceeded with a different name. In light of this, I would like to ask assistance on what to do as based on my understanding, a rename must not be done if the original name would suffice not unless at the discretion of the original uploader and should a revert be requested it must be under the prior acceptable name which in this case is the original name set by the uploader.

Thanks! Korean Rail Fan (talk) 02:03, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

First, the permission of the original uploader is not required. Second, the second rename was justified as it corrected a clear error: MRT-2 -> LRT-2 because these is no any MRT-2 line in Manila. So, only the first rename seems to be somewhat questionable. Ruslik (talk) 19:51, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
I see, but if the original uploader @Josephdilangan: contests the name as i see it was the name in his original picture in his flickr page, will it affect it? Korean Rail Fan (talk) 14:48, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for the ping, given these circumstances that both users changed my image filename without prior consent and proper reason as i believe my naming is not offensive and meets the wiki criteria, if the file name would not be reverted to my designated name which is my right as the original uploader and subsequently as the photo taker, i would widthraw my image and ask for its deletion instead. Josephdilangan (talk) 03:04, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
  1. Deletion on what grounds? The license is not revocable.
  2. Sorry, but stability of filenames is not a matter of any right of the uploader. It's simply a matter of, all other things being equal, we try to keep links constant. While some people may have made poor choices in changing filenames, they have not infringed your rights. - Jmabel ! talk 04:04, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
Deletion on the grounds that i own the picture and decided to upload it here? To be honest im kinda disappointed with how things work here resulting to me semi-retiring. But yeah i think i would request a delete of the image instead as the owner i think its my right to do so. Josephdilangan (talk) 04:55, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
@Josephdilangan: Certainly, that is your right to create Commons:Deletion requests/File:LRT-2 Manila train towards Katipunan Station.jpg. I have exercised my right to vote keep there.   — Jeff G. ツ 13:54, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

@Josephdilangan, Ruslik0, Jmabel, Davey2010, Korean Rail Fan: This file has been kept. Now, what should its name be, and why?   — Jeff G. ツ 11:29, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Well it's since been renamed to File:Manila Line 2 train approaching Katipunan Station.jpg which I think's fine, If I knew what the train was then maybe the train number could be used (IE 12345 on the Manila Line 2 approaching Katipunan Station.jpg) but FWIW I don't have an issue with the now current name, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 15:46, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
    @Jeff G.: I have to agree with Davey2010, given that it satisfies both the need to describe the image properly and to allow the original uploader's request, the current name would suffice. Korean Rail Fan (talk) 04:29, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

Yale Art Gallery[edit]

I am uploading several pictures from the Yale Art Gallery; they placed their pictures in the public domain ( I never get the wikicommons license right. Can anybody help? (look here File:Ag-obj-6891-001-pub-large.jpg) best wishes -- Udimu (talk) 10:46, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

  • We probably should make a template specific to Yale Art Gallery if we don't already have one. That template should link to (and probably an archived version of that page for stability, if there is one). It's clear that the underlying works are simply PD based on age. The link would be to demonstrate that Yale Art Gallery is also placing their photos in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 14:57, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
yeap. Can you do this? best wishes-- Udimu (talk) 15:03, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
I've created a draft at Draft:Template:PD-Yale-University-Art-Gallery. There may be a need for two distinct templates here: one for faithful reproductions of two-dimensional works (where the photo itself would not merit copyright, the underlying object is in the public domain, and hence any attribution to the Gallery is a courtesy) and one for other photographs, such as those depicting three-dimensional sculptures (where the photo itself would involve enough creativity to merit a copyright of its own, so attribution to the Gallery is mandatory). I suggest you bring my draft to Commons:Village pump/Copyright where someone can finalize it, possibly into two distinct templates to cover these two distinct cases. - Jmabel ! talk 21:50, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
Actually, I'll bring this over there myself. - Jmabel ! talk 23:42, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
thanks again! -- Udimu (talk) 08:55, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
one picture was now deleted, would be good if something happens! -- best wishes -- Udimu (talk) 04:55, 12 August 2017 (UTC) -- Udimu (talk) 04:56, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I wish someone there would give me something more definitive. - Jmabel ! talk 07:45, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
Lacking more definitive guidance, I have made two templates, {{PD-Yale-University-Art-Gallery}} and {{Attribution-Yale-University-Art-Gallery}}. I think the documentation on these explains them adequately, but let me know if anything is unclear. -Jmabel ! talk 08:13, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
great! many thanks! -- Udimu (talk) 15:59, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

Image from Open Cage[edit]

I found so many images from Open Cage that meet Commons' license criteria. Is there bot user like Flickr upload bot that can upload all these images to Commons? Thanks. -- Si Gam (talk) 16:36, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Cool site. But where are the licensing conditions made clear? - Jmabel ! talk 22:49, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
I took one of the images at random American Beaver. At right is the CC information-click it and for this one it's 2.5 atribution. We hope (talk) 22:54, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
Just click random image and you'll find the license meets Commons requirements. -- Si Gam (talk) 02:20, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Uploading sources[edit]

Hi there,

A page I looked at for a school is out of date as it is showing that they have a new 6th form. The 6th form has now closed, and although the school has not mentioned it on their site, they sent out a letter to parents announcing that it was closing.

This isn't my work, but I am wondering whether, since it aims to inform people that the 6th form was closing, it can be uploaded to wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SRickson (talk • contribs) 18:35, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

  • When you say "a page", do you mean an article on Wikipedia? And you end your question by asking about uploading to Wikipedia.
  • This isn't Wikipedia. This is Wikimedia Commons (the media repository of the Wikimedia Foundation, which also umbrellas Wikipedia).
  • What are you proposing to upload? The letter? The letter is probably not public domain, and is not your own work, so unless you can get a free license from the author of the letter (and provide that as described in COM:OTRS, you can't upload it here on Commons.
  • You can cite the letter in Wikipedia without uploading it, just like you can cite a book. - Jmabel ! talk 22:04, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Flickr license[edit]

On my talk page I am told that File:David Klarner, George Polya, Nicolaas G de Bruijn.jpg is an Image without license. On the flickr page where I got it, it is labeled Public domain (with the "no cent sign" symbol). So when they tell me that I "can edit the file description page to license it under one of the allowed licenses" I am at a loss since the set of applicable licenses seems to be empty. I am stuck.--Toploftical (talk) 19:09, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

It is not clear while a photo made in 1973 should be in public domain? Has its author released it? Ruslik (talk) 19:53, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
It is pretty easy for someone to make a false statement on Flickr when dealing with a photo where they are not the author, so we tend to be pretty cautious about those unless it is from a known, reliable account like a city archivist or such. - Jmabel ! talk 22:06, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
File:George Pólya ca 1973.jpg is approved by Wikimedia and was extracted from the exact same photo as this one. Cannot the permission carry over to the full photograph?
The original photo was taken by Kara Lynn Klarner, the wife of David A. Klarner, on the stated date. She sent the photo to the mathematician Thane Plambeck who uploaded it to Flickr. I have emails from both of these people stating these facts. Mrs Klarner is elderly and I doubt if she would be up to filing the necessary forms to Wikimedia. Failing that option, what else can I do.--Toploftical (talk) 16:02, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
The time limit of seven days will soon expire. Is there anything I can do before that happens?--Toploftical (talk) 15:13, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
Even if the 7 days expires, it can always be restored.
I would forward the emails per OTRS & explain the decision. As long as the emails are clear about providing a specific license, and aren't just "you can use it in Wikipedia", the OTRS people will presumably understand and approve. - Jmabel ! talk 15:36, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Antranig Granian photo[edit]

Please refer to the above link. Following the page which was created for Father Antranig Granian , I have uploaded different photos of father Antranig and been deleted for some reason.

Father Antranig photo are freely available in his FB.

I need your help not clear to me all this license issues thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Շաքէ Մանկասարեան (talk • contribs) 22:56, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Father Antranig Granian photo[edit]

Please refer to the above link. Following the page which was created for Father Antranig Granian , I have uploaded different photos of father Antranig and been deleted for some reason. Father Antranig is from our Armenian community

Father Antranig photo are freely available in his FB.

I need your help not clear to me all this license issues thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Շաքէ Մանկասարեան (talk • contribs) 01:23, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

  • This is now the third time you have asked the same question. See response above. - Jmabel ! talk 03:22, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Using Parts of Images[edit]

How does one exact a portion of a photo to be used somewhere else? Also, can this be done under the copyright Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PeterMGrund (talk • contribs) 02:14, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Copyright Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic is not allowed on Commons. Also, independent of Commons, it doesn't allow cropping, which would constitute derivative work. - Jmabel ! talk 03:21, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

regarding upload documents[edit]

Hi Wiki, Team,

I want to know about the what type of documents are uploading in WIKI,,,please mention the desire format for file uploading to wiki.

pleas reply me as early as possible...revert any suggestions through the email address as <email>

Thank you very much... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sulaiman abdul rasheed (talk • contribs) 04:51, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Any problem with uploading a U.S. government scholarly PDF[edit]

I have a free-of-copyright U.S. government university document, that has some interesting regional science insights. Is there any problem uploading it (here or WikiSource?)? Cheers Uluru! (talk) 08:54, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Offhand, no problem. - Jmabel ! talk 15:04, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
Works created by officers or employees of the United States Federal Government as part of official duties are in the public domain ({{PD-USGov}}). Apart from Haskell Indian Nations University and academies associated with the armed forces, the federal government does not operate any colleges or universities, so most documents created by universities in the United States will not be works of the federal government. LX (talk, contribs) 16:13, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Thanks, LX, I didn't even pause to think once he said "U.S. government... document". - Jmabel ! talk 23:37, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your assistance. How do I upload a PDF? Uluru! (talk) 12:51, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
The same as any other file. But, per LX, in what sense is this a "U.S. government" document? What exactly is it? - Jmabel ! talk 17:42, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

Tiny print on Commons pages[edit]

In very recent days, all Wikimedia Commons pages are loading with very tiny print fonts (possibly 6-point based on the appearance). This has been happening only very recently, with no prior incident that I can remember, and it is only occurring on Wikimedia pages. Because it is only manifesting on these pages (and apparently all Wikimedia pages that I can find), I don't think it is in issue with my browser or platform settings, although I have checked those. Also, because the problem is general to Wikimedia pages, it is not convenient, nor would it be a solution, to simply Zoom the text for all page viewings on this site.

I am not a registered user of the site (although I do access it frequently), nor have have I contributed content to this or any other Wikimedia section before, so I don't know if this will reach any person who can help. I hope it will find the right person! —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2604:2000:DFC0:10:6D60:160A:A907:EBD5 (talk) 21:21, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

I need help - confused[edit]

I added this file:

it has been nominated for deletion. why? Thanks for any info. Srbernadette 23:55, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Somebody thinks your CC license is invalid, since there's no license from the original author of the picture. However, it's probably in the public domain, since even if it was unpublished until recently, it's an anonymous work created in the US before 1897. --ghouston (talk) 00:03, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done License fixed + cosmetics. Should be fine now. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:18, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Rename file in timely fashion?[edit]

Is there a way to rename or delete files in a timely fashion? A small error shouldn't become a big problem. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Geordie.birch (talk • contribs) 08:42, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

  • If you have filemover privileges, it's easy, but as far as I can see you haven't done nearly enough here to be granted those. (By the way, remember to sign your remarks on talk pages with ~~~~, which will be changed into your signature.)
  • You can tag the file with {{rename}}. When it is renamed, all references to it in WMF projects will be updated, and a redirect will be left behind for outside references. Won't be instant, but since a filename is mainly just a formality, the delay is not usually a big problem. - Jmabel ! talk 15:09, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
    It looks like Geordie.birch is already aware of {{rename}}, but using the template correctly will make rename requests easier to handle. The correct usage here would have been to substitute "rationale number" with an actual number from this table. 3 would have been the most appropriate. 1 would also have worked. Looks like the rename requests have been fulfilled. I also took the liberty of renaming File:Stotm Bay 01.jpg to File:Storm Bay 01.jpg. LX (talk, contribs) 16:07, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Uploading pictures[edit]

Dear Mr./Mrs.,

I would like to ask if it is possible to upload a picture from a scientific article? I wrote a an article that is connected with cancer and in my opinion, a picture would be really helpful for potential reader. I woudl like to ad this picture called Immunoediting.

Thank you for your time Your faithfully Lhotakova — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lhotakova (talk • contribs) 08:51, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Those illustrations are clearly copyrighted, and there is no indication of a free license, so unless you were to obtain a relevant license from the author of the image and provide that as described at COM:OTRS, we cannot accept that image here.
  • There is nothing to stop you from making an image of your own expressing the same concept, and uploading that. - 15:12, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Novice question re Art[edit]

Hello! This is probably a very basic question, and I apologize. I did do some searching, but was not able to find an answer.

There was an artist who sculpted and painted wooden birds. He died in 2001 (if relevant). My family owns many of his original, unique pieces (purchased in the 1980s). I think the answer is probably no, but is there a way that I can upload any pictures of the art? Alternatively, could I just take a picture of his signature from the bottom of the sculptures? Thank you! --El cid, el campeador (talk) 15:29, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi El cid! No need to apologise. It is better to ask if you're unsure. Copyright – the right to specify how a creative work is copied and distributed – is an immaterial right that is separate from physical ownership of actual copies or originals. In most jurisdictions, the sale of an artwork does not imply a transfer of copyright. Most likely, the copyright belongs to the artist's heirs. To upload pictures of the artworks, their permission would be required.
Signatures are eligible for copyright protection in some jurisdictions and ineligible in others; see Commons:When to use the PD-signature tag. LX (talk, contribs) 16:33, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

I have a problem with entrance!![edit]

I have a problem with entrance to see Category:June 2011 in Germany‎ and Category:July 2011 in Germany‎. Please you do it with this. I see there "Wikipedia:Wikimedia Foundation error"--Nmmnnbnbnhhg (talk) 15:46, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Well that is weird... For me it just doesn't load at all. -mattbuck (Talk) 17:06, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
I've done some testing on the June one. I was able to blank it, at which point it loaded, so there's presumably some problem with the content. However that content is just a template which is working perfectly fine on Category:May 2011 in Germany‎. I'm stumped. It was Tohaomg's bot which made the edit, perhaps they can shed light on this. -mattbuck (Talk) 17:13, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
I tried purging the July page, but it had no effect; the page was completely empty and had no HTML source. Editing the page and pressing save without making any changes, however, made the page show up. Not sure if the "Lua error in mw.wikibase.entity.lua at line 37: data.schemaVersion must be a number, got nil instead." messages have anything to do with the problems. LX (talk, contribs) 17:36, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
For july I got an error message instead of a blank page, and it's the same template: Special:Diff/109510809/240781694. This looks like phab:T171392, alas, then it should be visible with English language settings, but it is not. I undid the bot change for now. — Speravir – 00:34, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

May I upload a photo taken by my father, now deceased?[edit]

I am one of the heirs of my father, who died some 20 years ago. I would like to upload a photo taken by him in 1972. I believe that the rights to this photo passed to me on his death. But, it wasn't me who took the photo. May I upload it? SternaElegans (talk) 21:47, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

@SternaElegans: Yes, as long as it is not derivative of someone else's copyrighted work.   — Jeff G. ツ 23:21, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

So what is an appropriate way to licence it, given that it is not my own work? SternaElegans (talk) 00:50, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

See Commons:Transfer of copyright. You can pick one of the license templates from Category:License tags for transferred copyright. --ghouston (talk) 00:53, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the information - much appreciated. SternaElegans (talk) 15:39, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

edit details & name uploads[edit]

Is there any way in which I can change the name of an upload? I have make some mistakes in the title, sometimes preventing the use on wiki. I have tried and looked everywhere but cannot find the answer. can you please help me out? Smoortje (an abvious novice) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smoortje (talk • contribs) 12:37, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

  • See {{rename}}. And please sign your posts on conversational pages like this, using ~~~~. - Jmabel ! talk 15:38, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

I want to change the photo of MY OWN ART on my own Page tight is already up[edit]

my name is Brad Parker. I have a page under Brad Parker ( artist). I want to put up a more recent and WAY more relevant photo of my art then the one that is up. that is a piece of art I did like 30 years ago in collage! Yikes! PLEASE, let me up load a new photo of one of my piece of art I am famous for!

File:Parker Dracula.jpg
Dracula Drinks a Mai Tai
—Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:51, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Create an account. See COM:OTRS for how to demonstrate that the account is really you and so it has permission to upload your artwork; also, you'll probably want to note your real identity on the user page of the account. For anything you license, make sure that you understand the license you grant. If you upload artwork from that account before you have an OTRS ticket number, make sure to put {{subst:OP}} as part of the text of the upload. - Jmabel ! talk 07:52, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

keeping time of deleted images[edit]

For how much time deleted images are recoverable? Thanks--Pierpao.lo (listening) 07:29, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Indefinitely. Barring malfunction, Admins and 'crats can see them. - Jmabel ! talk 07:53, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
    File undeletion was introduced in Mediawiki 1.7, which was released in the second half of 2006. Files deleted before that cannot be undeleted. LX (talk, contribs) 14:41, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks a lot--Pierpao.lo (listening) 08:16, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved

Johan Coenraad van Hasselt pagina[edit]

Geachte medewerker,

Zojuist heb ik bovenstaande pagina bewerkt, een naamsverandering (Johan Conrad avn Hasselt) en enkele andere kleine veranderingen doorgevoerd. Echter de titel Johan Coenraad van Hasselt kan ik niet omzetten in Johan Conrad van Hasselt en op de veranderde pagina is de foto van hem ook niet meer zichtbaar. Hoe kan ik dat wel aanpassen cq veranderen. Met vriendelijke groeten

Evert van Hasselt — Preceding unsigned comment added by EJ van Hasselt (talk • contribs) 13:46, 12 August 2017 (UTC)



I have uploaded a file (name of File:ᱫᱚᱨᱵᱟᱨ ᱪᱹᱟᱴᱟᱹᱱᱤ ᱵᱚᱝᱜᱟ ᱵᱩᱨᱩ.jpeg )  which is captured by my friend and sent me in whatsapp. when I uploaded it on wikipedia, it  showing copyright of others. please help me what was wrong with me.... thankssss — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ramjit Tudu (talkcontribs) 09:48, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

I miss a option how to exclude old versions of images[edit]

I know that you can shut off "Include old versions of images", but that's only for a limited time. I wish that we had an option to shut this function off on a more permanent basis, in preferences.--Ezzex (talk) 18:59, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

After quite a bit of searching, I finally figured out that the context of this question is Special:ListFiles. The way I figured that out was the archive of when you asked the same question here in 2014. I think the status is the same as then. LX (talk, contribs) 09:49, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Category redirect issue[edit]

I accidently created Category:Logos of companies of England as a redirect (instead of a {{Category redirect}}). Can someone please change this (it doesn't work in the 2017 wikitext editor). Thanks! Daylen (talk) 20:26, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

  • You should have the same ability to "edit source" as anyone else, no? - Jmabel ! talk

Procedure to delete a Category[edit]


|reason=The category name is meaningless, I moved the only image.
|subpage=Pelargonium 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'

TO: Category:Pelargonium 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'

AND CREATED: Commons:Deletion requests/Pelargonium 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo'

I cannot find any trace of the request being made (besides my contributions log).

What am I doing wrong? Or is it impossible to delete categories? User-duck (talk) 06:16, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

If you go to Category:Pelargonium 'Amrilight Pink Splatwo' and click on the text that says "Click here to show further instructions", there were several steps that you didn't follow correctly or didn't follow at all:
  1. You created the deletion request subpage at the right place but didn't use the code as instructed. This is important for when the nomination is included in the list of ongoing deletion discussions.
  2. It looks like you completely skipped step 2. This is the step that ensures the nomination is added to the queue to be processed.
  3. It looks like you also skipped step 3: notifying Uleli on their talk page.
I've fixed all the issues, so there's nothing you need to do at this point. These things would have been a problem regardless of the type of content nominated for deletion. Categories can be deleted and nominated for deletion just like any other content, but they are often discussed at Commons:Categories for discussion instead. LX (talk, contribs) 09:43, 13 August 2017 (UTC)


[WZAKAwpAMF0AAL4D3ZIAAABF] 2017-08-13 08:13:51: Fatale fout van type "Wikimedia\Rdbms\DBQueryError" Is it my foult or a system foult? Get a lot of these messages.--Stunteltje (talk) 08:17, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

It's not your fault. I'm seeing a lot of these too. See Commons:Village pump#Filtered whatchlist causing Database error. LX (talk, contribs) 09:21, 13 August 2017 (UTC)


Hello can I add my web site to additional external links, I recently tried and it came back a message of spamming. I wasnt trying to spam, just add link where addidtional facts can be found. If I can how do I add my link — Preceding unsigned comment added by Darkangelheart (talk • contribs) 10:43, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.
@Darkangelheart: Please read and follow the links in en:User talk:Darkangelheart#August 2017, and don't spam here, either.   — Jeff G. ツ 11:15, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Lua error[edit]

Lua error in mw.wikibase.entity.lua at line 37: data.schemaVersion must be a number, got nil instead. in Carl Gustav Jung.--Xabier (talk) 15:44, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

It disappeared after I made a null edit. Ruslik (talk) 20:50, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Can I use a photograph from a publicly-funded University website?[edit]

For example: (in regards to Taco Charlton's page). I just want to make sure - I would be surprised if it weren't permitted. I did pay taxes to this University, after all... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Apotheosis34 (talk • contribs) 00:43, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

"© 2017 Board of Regents of the University of Michigan". That is, no. In the US, federal works are PD (see Commons:Copyright_rules_by_territory#Works_by_the_US_Government -- and note that even there, "I paid taxes to them" doesn't matter), but works of the states aren't in general, and even those states that do release certain works as PD, I'd be surprised if universities were included.--Prosfilaes (talk) 02:22, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

How To Add Pages to Wikipedia[edit]

I want to start my own Wikipedia page how do I do so. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DragonfuryLedgons (talk • contribs) 04:13, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

  • This isn't Wikipedia (it's Wikimedia Commons, a different project of the Wikimedia foundation.
  • If by "my own Wikipedia page" you mean a page about yourself, please don't. Please see en:WP:COI and en:WP:Notability. There couldn't be a much clearer conflict of interest than starting a Wikipedia article about yourself, and if you are notable enough to merit a page, presumably someone else will eventually write it.
  • If by "my own Wikipedia page" you just mean one you start, please see en:Wikipedia:Your first article. - Jmabel ! talk 05:07, 14 August 2017 (UTC)


Most of my uploaded photos are showing copyright issue even I have captured them by self. Plz help why these wrong goes with me... thanks... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ramjit Tudu (talk • contribs) 04:52, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

  • It would help a lot if you could give a specific photo as an example. - Jmabel ! talk 05:14, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
  • File:ᱫᱚᱨᱵᱟᱨ ᱪᱹᱟᱴᱟᱹᱱᱤ ᱵᱚᱝᱜᱟ ᱵᱩᱨᱩ.jpeg appears to be your only image currently on Commons. You did not specify any license for it. - Jmabel ! talk 05:15, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Similarly for the deleted File:ᱛᱤᱞᱠᱟᱹ.jpg. Assuming these images are your own work, you need to grant a license, which you have not done. For permission, you put "Creative Commons". Creative Commons is an organization that has defined many licenses, some of them acceptable here some not. Just naming the organization is not granting a license. Is there a specific license you intended to grant? - Jmabel ! talk 05:21, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

File size[edit]


I would like to upload new version of this file, with less compression and more quality, but unfortunately its about 700 MB. Can you help me?--Juandev (talk) 09:39, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

Image update problem (small changes)[edit]

I can't overwrite existing file Terminal-BK-8T.png. When I'm upload new version, I get a message: "This upload is a copy of the current version of the file File:Terminal-BK-8T.png". New image file has small changes (only some terminal's symbols on image changed).

When I try to load image as a new file, I get a message: "This file is a duplicate of the following file File:Terminal-BK-8T.png" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Serebriakov (talk • contribs) 19:03, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

You had uploaded several versions of this file. You should check that you did not actually try uploading the old file. Ruslik (talk) 19:32, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Convenience link: File:Terminal-BK-8T.png. - Jmabel ! talk 20:42, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Most likely you are failing to clear your cache, so you are seeing an old, cached version on your browser. - Jmabel ! talk 20:43, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

"Cite this page" Bibtex entry is rendering wrong[edit]

The Bibtex entry style of the "Cite this page" page for any image is not showing the LaTeX code ok, as the code inside is somehow breaking the code block.

You can see it in any "Cite this page". An example:

Should be fixed! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aguadopd (talk • contribs) 23:29, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

Or shorter as wiki link allowing direct linking to BibTeX section: Special:CiteThisPage/File:Almendro_(Pozoamargo).jpg#BibTeX entry. Look on the note part. On a side note the BibTeX link in the section title should be fixed, as well ([[:w:en:BibTeX]]?). @Raymond, do you have a clue? — Speravir – 00:24, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
OK, I created two tasks, one for the issue noticed by Aguadopd, cf. phabricator:T173446, and one for the broken links, cf. phabricator:T173438. — Speravir – 18:41, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
Speravir sorry for the late answer due to vacation with limited internet access. I will look into the new tasks after my vacation. Raymond 18:56, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
Nethertheless thanks for your short reaction here. — Speravir – 22:51, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

About 5 photos which are tagged ...[edit]

Good morning Help desk,

I am Laramie1960 and five of my photos have been tagged, saying I do not have the permission to upload them - it says I have not the copyright - no permission. These are the links to the pages : and this one here :

I had been very surprised at that and could not understand why I have no permission. Also it says on that page where my photos are now added that I am a new User, which is wrong! I am on Wikipedia since at least 2011. Never had any trouble and try to thank all Wikipedias helpers who correct my mistakes.

The first photo that of Gérard Chambre had been uploaded by me in 2012. I even had a friendly discussion with someone from Wikipedia Commens at that time - and all was fine. I am the webmaster and a personal friend of Gérard Chambre the actor who sent me by email his personal photo, so that I may use it for whatever I think is necessary. The photo of Gérard Chambre, is also on his website I have his personal permission. You can follow the link to his website and you will find it there. The date can be seen because that is a digital photo.

The photo from the graveyard is my personal photo, which I took at the funeral of the deceased Juliette benzon (2016).I saw that Wikipedia found all the pages where that photo can be seen, good - the image is on Facebook and at least two websites. I am the owner of one of the websites and of those Facebook pages. A friend of mine (official webmaster of the French website of Juliette Benzoni, Frédérique Aznag) I sent my photo to create an image as it is now - we wanted to write on my photo the address of the graveyard for the millions of fans of Juliette. The author wrote millions of books and is especially in France still very popular. I had seen on other pages of stars that they had done that and I thought it an excellent idea.

The picture with Juliette Benzoni (Infobox) from 1963 shows her in her office, (the company Editions Trévise does not exist anymore) I have no idea who took that photo. I cannot ask the owner, Juliette Benzoni. The French author who was a close friend of mine died last year! That photo was in a box for over 50 years! I even changed the colour to Sepia because it was not so clear anymore. She shared all her material with me. You will find the proof of my words on my official website or also on my Facebook pages.

The photo in the garden, I scanned from an old magazine 1985 I had bought long ago. There were three pages with an article I have even translated for my English Catherine website see link here: - also you can even see the signature the author put on the last page for me. I had no idea we cannot upload a scanned photo this old, otherwise I would not have uploaded it. I am sure the photographer does not work at Jours de France anymore; I have no idea how I would have to get in contact. He would surely not remember the photo back from 1985.

I have deleted myself the photo where the author receives her AWARD. Though that photo was also given to me by the late author Juliette Benzoni. There were no names on the said photos, the one from 1963 and 1998. They were probably given in person to the author at that time. Maybe she even paid them to take photos. 

Please Help desk, I am sure you find a good solution for me. I am convinced there are exception in cases like that. I meant no harm and was sure I had done a good job. I love Wikipedia and think it is one of the best inventions in the last Century. I am looking forward to your hopefully positive answer.

Best to all of Laramie1960 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laramie1960 (talk • contribs) 08:36, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ 11:46, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
@Laramie1960: User: Secondarywaltz is right. Please have the photographers of these photos send permission and Commons filenames via OTRS, and then tag them with {{subst:OR}}. If the rights were transferred, please have the photographers or non-photographer rightsholders send permission, along with details of how the rights were transferred. Commons:OTRS/fr should help those who prefer to communicate in French.   — Jeff G. ツ 11:46, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

How to fix this photo[edit]

This photo seems to have its horizontal and vertical number of pixels reversed, squishing the image. If you click on one of the small images at the bottom or the big one at the top, it is not distorted that way. But it displays incorrectly. How can this be fixed? Bubba73 (talk) 02:17, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

@Bubba73: How does this look?   — Jeff G. ツ 02:37, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
Confederate Memorial, Statesboro, GA, US.jpg
Thanks - that fixed it! I coulnd't fix it, nor figure out the problem. Bubba73 (talk) 02:39, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved
@Bubba73: You're welcome. I had to go two rounds with CropTool's new rotation feature, but it was worth it.   — Jeff G. ツ 02:42, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

Lua error, again[edit]

Lua error in mw.wikibase.entity.lua at line 37: data.schemaVersion must be a number, got nil instead., in Carl Gustav Jung.--Xabier (talk) 09:32, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

Peer review[edit]

Is there any sort of Commons forum for peer review or discussion of photos/images other than Featured Pictures, Quality Images, or Graphics Lab? – Reidgreg (talk) 11:38, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

Image attribute is incorrect[edit]

Hi, for my article begun on Robert Russell Reid, another user has added an image that is not the work of Robert Russell Reid and I would like to take the image down. It is misleading and the work of another printer named Dwiggins.

Can you help? Vizzylane (talk) 16:20, 17 August 2017 (UTC)