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New version of File:Li2CO3.svg[edit]

Can someone help me with this file? It doesn't seem to look the same as this. Vs6507 22:11, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

It's chemically incorrect. Either it is covalent to lithium, with there are Li–O bonds and no atomic charges or it is ionic with charges but no actual bonds to lithium. And if there are charges, there "+" on Li are balanced by "–" on adjacent O (a en:carbonate ion). Check the relevant articles to decide which approach is correct. DMacks (talk) 00:28, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
OK, thanks for the note. I've removed the covalent bonds and added negative charges. Is it okay now? [1] Vs6507 19:42, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
Chemically valid now, yes. The +/– signs should all be equally superscripted, and better to use an en-dash (or is there a special numerical minus sign?) than hyphen? The geometry is off (the three C–O bonds should be 120° from each other). It's not really true that there are two O single-bonded anions and one O double-bonded neutral, but it's a pretty common way to represent it. DMacks (talk) 22:28, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
How about File:Lithium carbonate.svg, which I made by hand-tweaking the analogous File:Sodium carbonate.svg? DMacks (talk) 12:08, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
@VS6507: any further thoughts here? If not, I'll replace yours (nonstandard geometry and typography) with mine and send yours to COM:DR. DMacks (talk) 16:04, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
No need to, you should've updated the original final instead of making a duplicate one. Vs6507 19:59, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
I intentionally did not since I thought this discussion would continue, and benefit from seeing both for comparison. Is the new version you uploaded at File:Li2CO3.svg actually mine from File:Sodium carbonate.svg, or did you recreate one that just looks about the same? DMacks (talk) 22:14, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
I wanted to create the exact same picture or maybe the upside down version two weeks ago, but I wasn't notified about your further comments. If I was, I would've definitely done this earlier. I just downloaded your image and edited in Photoshop so I could upload it here. No special changes were made since this was the version I wanted to make. Vs6507 10:26, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Cross-wiki block[edit]

Hi! Sometimes I upload an image and use it immediately to several languages in wikipedia that need it. I used to edit many wikipedia versions in a few seconds, but it's been a while I get this message: "Sorry! We could not process your edit due to a loss of session data". I think they put a brake to avoid cross-wiki spam, because this has never happened before and now it happens to me all the time. I am not a spammer, I am just a commoneer who usually has to edit several languages pages, is there a way to avoid this block? Any idea where I can ask this? (Mediawiki? Thank you. --Sailko (talk) 11:29, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

:We are having some issues with the servers. Might be related. It's being worked on, please have some patience. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 20:01, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

@Sailko: It's a bug in the new Firefox version, see phab:T151770, and not any kind of a block. It mostly affects users who edit/visit many wikis. The workaround is to use a different browser, or set network.cookie.maxPerHost much higher in Firefox's about:config menu. Matma Rex (talk) 20:06, 6 January 2017 (UTC)
@Matma Rex: Thanks for the info! I missed this one. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 20:10, 6 January 2017 (UTC)
@Matma Rex: Thanks for the info. Anyway, the version of firefox I use has not "maxPerHost" cookie setting... it looks like I'll just have to wait and retry until pages get loaded... --Sailko (talk) 08:51, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
Sailko, I had to do it as well some days ago. Go to about:config, right-click, New, add an Integer named network.cookie.maxPerHost and set its value to 250. --Achim (talk) 19:49, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
Achim thank you! I just made it! --Sailko (talk) 21:51, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

How to delete uploaded image?[edit]

Hi, I'd like to delete an uploaded image by my. Carlos P.

  • @Carlos P.: I see you have only a small number of uploads (7) and they are all recent enough that it would be OK to ask for any of them to be deleted as a courtesy. Can you be specific about what you want deleted? - Jmabel ! talk 20:33, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

I have uploaded 2 versions of one image. The first one is a mistake, but it have been deleted yet: Thank you very much. Carlos P. (talk) 07:02, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

  • "it have been deleted yet" falta sentido. Dígame en español, por favor, si es más fácil: ¿queda algo ahora que quieres borrar? - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

API call for random image[edit]


I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this. Let me know, if it's not.

I was trying to figure out how to receive a random image from the wikimedia commons API. Unfortunately I could not figure this out. Actually I'm looking for the same thing that happens when clicking on the link 'random file' in the main menu. So, here are the questions:

1. Is there an API call that does exactly this? 2. If not, would it be ok to do this by scraping the HTML behind the 'Random file' link?

Thanks a lot,

T2 —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:43, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Does Commons:API/MediaWiki#Random_file help? --rimshottalk 23:44, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

this looks promising.. But is there a way to include a thumb url and the picture size in the query result? I tried to get more properties with the props parameter. But it does not change the output. My intention would be to download the image (as a second step/http request) in a certain size. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:07, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

Wuld I have to do it like so? 1. get some random images (as you suggest) 2. query information for those filenames (with titles=...) 3. download some images

Or could 1. and 2. be combined in one request? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:28, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, it can be done with generators. Matma Rex (talk) 22:59, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

Great! I was trying to figure this out for a while.. Would this request maybe even be possible with multiple images as return? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:56, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

Got it, grnlimit is the key. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:03, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

It turns out that the iiurlwidth causes some trouble. Compare the results of the following queries: In the first query everything is fine. The second however does not include the image info data for say almost every second entry. Even though those entries do possess such data, as further querying can show-

Does someone know what's going on here? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:40, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

Hmm, apparently, "For performance reasons if this option is used, no more than 50 scaled images will be returned." (quoting a message shown when you try those queries with Special:ApiSandbox). So I guess you'll have to do this in batches of 50 random files. Matma Rex (talk) 03:51, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Categorizing data sets[edit] York I'd like to know how to use these data forms. I know that they operate differently than standard pages. It's my understanding that MediaWiki now has a few content models: MassMessageListContent, JavaScript, JSON, CSS, and plain text. Is this related to that? Any pointers would be appreciated. Please use {{Ping}}. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:43, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

@Koavf: See item 1 at m:Tech/News/2017/02 Ronhjones  (Talk) 01:32, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
@Ronhjones: Sorry Ron, unless I'm missing something, these resources say nothing about adding categories. How can I add Category:New York City to this data set? —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:01, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
Sorry, I thought you meant how to use them. No idea. HotCat don't work either. Ronhjones  (Talk) 21:32, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

Wiki loves monuments[edit]

I am in Portugal can I apply to organise the contest in Portugal? Which are the conditions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2017‎ (talk • contribs) 10:34, 12 January (UTC)

Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 doesn't have a lot of information yet, but presumably, most of Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2016/Organise will apply for 2017 as well. For additional questions, please use Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments/Help desk. LX (talk, contribs) 11:29, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Sayfa Oluşturma[edit]

Merhabalar sayın yetkili,

Bir sayfa oluşturmaya çalışıyorum ama sürekli aynı gün içinde siliniyor... Neden acaba? Bu konuda ne yapmamı önerirsiniz? Resmi bir derneği eklemeye çalışıyorum olmuyor...Lütfen bana bir yol gösterin yada yardım edin. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yüzyıllık Markalar (talk • contribs) 12:48, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Based on Special:CentralAuth/Yüzyıllık Markalar (where the edit count includes deleted edits), this is the user's first edit on Commons. This question seems to concern the user's activities over at the Turkish Wikipedia, where the user is blocked without access to their own user talk page for having a user name that violates user name policy. The user should read that policy, create a new account that complies with their policy and ask any further questions concerning the Turkish Wikipedia on that site. If someone could translate this information to Turkish, it would be helpful. LX (talk, contribs) 15:39, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Using an image from Italian wikipedia in English wikipedia[edit]

Some time ago I was able to do this, but have forgotten the steps to make it work. Can someone refresh my memory? User:TimeForLunch

It would help if you could identify the image in question, so that we can determine if it is hosted here on Commons or locally hosted on the Italian Wikipedia, and in the latter case whether it is eligible for transfer here or to the English Wikipedia. LX (talk, contribs) 15:50, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
The image in question can be found here: [[2]]. User:TimeForLunch
That file (it:File:Chiostro canonici genova.jpg) is strictly on the Italian Wikipedia and has a tag indicating that it is not eligible for Commons: "A causa di restrizioni che riguardano esclusivamente Wikipedia in lingua italiana, questa immagine non deve essere sostituita con corrispondenti esistenti su Wikimedia Commons." - Jmabel ! talk 16:13, 13 January 2017 (UTC)User:TimeForLunch
I believe this is all tied in with some restrictions on publishing images of cultural properties in Italy, but I don't offhand know the details. Someone else may be able to fill that in. - Jmabel ! talk 16:18, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
Ok, thanks Jmabel ! talk I appreciate the assistance. User:TimeForLunch

Servers serving SVG image as plain text[edit]

With File:South Africa municipalities 2016 blank.svg, if I request the original SVG from URL it is served with a Content-Type of "text/plain" instead of the "image/svg+xml" that it should be. This means that browsers don't render the SVG image as they should. Any ideas why that might be? (I have checked the file and it is valid SVG.) - Htonl (talk) 02:04, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

@Htonl: This only happens for specific files (missing the XML doctype declaration), see phab:T150929. Matma Rex (talk) 05:26, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
The Phabricator task is restricted and I can't see it. But your pointer to the XML declaration put me on the right track to figure it out. Thanks! - Htonl (talk) 10:25, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
@Htonl: I've added you as a subscriber so you should be able to see it now. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 10:36, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved
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Automatic uploading of images from public domain stock photography sites[edit]

Hello, I would like to make the following request:

I've recently noticed that there are a number of websites hosting free images licenced with CC0. I've just found a list a of such sites. The biggest such site is probably Pixabay. So I think those images should be uploaded automatically and periodically (for example, upload the new images, once in a month) on Wikimedia Commons. If and when those websites will go down (and some of them will, for sure, because they belong to a single photographer), the images will not be lost. —  Ark25  (talk) 14:24, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

Not everything will be useful within our scope, and like everything else, such content needs to be license reviewed. To be useful, it needs to be properly described and categorized. I don't think more rushed bulk uploads with sloppy file descriptions and without evaluation of usefulness are what we need right now. LX (talk, contribs) 16:08, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Still, it looks like there is a lot of nice stuff on some of those sites. For at least some sites, it might be worth someone assaying what's there, seeing if it's likely that a very high percentage of it is legitimate, and uploading periodically into a category specific to the site, from which people can review. But, to a large extent I agree with LX: the main value of Commons is that most of our content is (1) pretty well vetted and (2) pretty well described and categorized. The bulk of the work involved in making Commons what it is comes from those two things, not just obtaining photos. I often spend up to 10 minutes categorizing someone else's poorly described image because it looks like it might be an image of something important. That time may be free in that I'm a volunteer, but it's not free in that I could be doing something else, thank you. - Jmabel ! talk 16:17, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
I don't have time to check them all, but at least for Pixabay, many of the images are simply breathtaking - they can easily enter in the "Picture of the year" contest. The average quality of images at Pixabay is greatly higher than the average on Wikimedia Commons images. They are all CC0 and the majority of them are useful for educational purposes without any doubt, and also well categorized with tags. A robot can upload them, add them in a special, temporary "Pixabay" category, and also auto-fill categories using tags - and the author name. And then, let the community check the category "Pixabay" and review each image (reviewing means checking/adjusting the categories and maybe add descriptions sometimes). When a user finishes reviewing an image, they should mark it as such, and remove it from the "Pixabay" category. The new articles on Wikipedia (many of them poorly categorized) can be kept until the community reviews them and decides to keep or delete. Many times, I've also spent 5-10 minutes for categorizing new Wikipedia articles made by others - that's how this system works. The images can have the same treatment. I notice that images on Pixabay have no description - so we can ask them nicely if they would agree to add a description field. In any case, Wikimedia Commons has plenty of images without description or with useless descriptions so that shouldn't be a big deal anyway.
It really looks like a huge percent of the images are worth uploading, and then it might be a good idea to ask someone to evaluate them - even to pay someone - I think the WMF can easily afford that. —  Ark25  (talk) 21:42, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
Oh, I just noticed that the next thread talks about a "Panoramio bot" which seems to be doing just that: automatically adding images, without description. Panoramio upload botPanoramio Review BotCategory:Panoramio images reviewed by trusted usersCategory:Media lacking a description (299,841 files) - the kind of things that I was talking about. The same thing can be done for Pixabay - automatic or semi-automatic. —  Ark25  (talk) 21:58, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
I'm not sure how common it is, but some of the images on Pixabay are digitally enhanced versions of images that can be found elsewhere, including Commons. E.g., [3] is derived from File:Greens-Beach-rocks-20070419-026.jpg. --ghouston (talk) 00:19, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
Maybe there are some programs capable to detect such duplicates or enhanced versions? —  Ark25  (talk) 11:09, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

Panoramio upload bot overwrites images?[edit]

File:- panoramio (6803).jpg - Panoramio upload bot instantly overwrote this image with a completely different one. Is this a mistake or was this supposed to happen? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 18:32, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

Never mind. I found the overwritten image: File:- panoramio (6816).jpg. I guess the bot was fixing itself. Kalbbes (talk) 18:44, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
It's not the same image. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:58, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
Some strange but apparently isolated mistake. Like the bot duplicated the number 6803 before continuing with 6804. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:58, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
Asclepias, thanks for taking a look at it. Kalbbes (talk) 19:27, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

Panoramio upload bot overwrites images again. Overwritten image not found. Can it be retrieved?

File:- panoramio (7596).jpg was over written but I found one yesterday also. I don't know how often this happens. Does this bot have a flaw? Can overwritten images be retrieved? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 16:47, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

You can contact the bot operator, User:Shizhao, to report the problem. If there are only two cases, they could be fixed individually, I suppose. One method could be: 1. Revert to the first image (the link in the description refers to the first image). 2. Copy the second image and upload it under a different name. 3. Find the second image on panoramio (its panoramio number is in the Commons upload log) and copy its source link (and eventually other information) in the new description page. Another method is to do the opposite: adjust the description page to describe the second photo, and copy and upload the first photo under a different name. But before doing anything, I think it would better to get advice from the bot operator. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:24, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
Request a split, either with {{Split}} or, if you want to write a bit more like pointing to the very similar file (for a later addition as other version), see COM:SPLIT and sections below. — Speravir – 19:15, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
thx, this a unknown bug, I try fix it--shizhao (talk) 01:56, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
shizhao, Happened to notice another. File:Notitle - panoramio (12).jpg I don't know enough about the importance of the pictures overwritten to request anything. Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 23:02, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

De minimis of Copyrightable is applied or not !?[edit]

Picture is Copyrightable, but shot is made in macro mode, so its around "less than 1% of all banknote", where No.1 rule might be applied for de minimis. I also tried if Google will find the result, he couldnt. Is de minimis legal here ? Picture is not croped, but macro zoomed. Could someone help here. --Mile (talk) 07:33, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

In my opinion Commons:De minimis applies and the image can be kept. Only a small part of the banknote is visible, and more importantly the subject of the image is the printing process pattern. MKFI (talk) 07:54, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
If banknotes are copyrightable in your country then this image here is certainly displaying enough artistic expression to be copyrightable itself. I also think that someone familiar with the banknotes could identify which one, so it fails the test. -- Colin (talk) 08:16, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
That part of Commons:De minimis is more about a work appearing as a very small detail in a larger context (e.g. a photo of a market where someone happens to hold a banknote) – not about the portion of the work being included. There are cases where extreme crops may be unaffected by the copyright of the work they are taken from, but it would depend on the cropped part on its own being ineligible for copyright (e.g. a single dot from a dithered pop art poster). That's clearly not the case here. The cropped portion is above the threshold of originality for copyright protection on its own. Comparing with literary copyright, while you can copy a word or two from a copyrighted text, you can't copy longer passages, but it's the originality of the copied passage that matters, not its length as a percentage of the whole text. LX (talk, contribs) 15:19, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

We have some rules here, its Copyrightable, Chinese renminbi, as whole banknote could not be here, as zoomed into the pattern it goes under De minimis. See the rules. --Mile (talk) 08:26, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Can we have some more opininion here, some are in doubt. talk, --ghouston, Wikicology ? --Mile (talk) 10:09, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

I would also like to know do we must clarify what banknote is that, since De minimis is about to not to configure what/which bankonote is it !? Copy-paste : Copyrighted work X is visible, but not identifiable. --Mile (talk) 10:14, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Should I crop?[edit]

Hello, I just uploaded this image from the Library of Congress:,_February_1945.jpg

I inserted it in the article on the Siegfried Line:

Should I crop extraneous material from the photo before I upload it to Wikimedia Commons? AugusteBlanqui (talk) 10:51, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

I think you should crop it for the use in articles, but upload it as a separate file. Ruslik (talk) 13:04, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
It should also be free-rotated, approx 1.5% or such. If you don't feel up for that task I can do so for you, AugusteBlanqui. Since the photographer Antoinette Frissell died in 1988, it is still copyrighted and I presume it will be taken down from commons in due time anyway, or is there a different rational that it could stay? --Rava77 (talk) 14:08, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
The two possible public domain rationales are stated on the description page. The uploader believed that it is PD-USGov. That is possible, perhaps, if on that day Frissell took that particular photo in the course of duties for the WAC. However, the negatives remained with Frissell and her statement of release to the public domain suggests that she owned the copyright until the release. The LoC considers that it is in the public domain by the release by Frissell, not as PD-Gov. For that reason, I added the template PD-Frissell, which seems safer. It's one or the other, PD-USGov or PD-Frissell, but either way it's in the public domain. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:14, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
When the extraneous material contains some information that might be useful to preserve, it is better to crop after. When it contains nothing useful, it may be better to crop before. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:14, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
The area around would only be important if someone wants to change hue, gamma or such. For cropping and rotating the surrounding data is not necessary, and for the photo itself it also contains no data useful to preserve, still I say the original photo should be preserved as well, and the cropped & rotated version should be saved as a new file, since I am no expert when it comes to gamma, hue or even raw processing (though, we have no raw data scan anyway I presume?) So, who will do the crop&rotating. Should I do it? If AugusteBlanqui not answers in the next 6 hours I will do the job. --Rava77 (talk) 00:16, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
I've uploaded the highest resolution version at File:Soldiers at the Siegfried Line, February 1945.tiff, and crops and rotates should be done from that.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:01, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
4,921 × 6,000 pixels, file size: 84.51 MB, indeed that's some high quality. Thanks. I wonder, should the rotate/crop first be saved as a tiff, and then converted as a png? Or only saved as an png since tiff is usually not used on the web for displaying images? --Rava77 (talk) 01:39, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
It's a personal decision. There's an argument to go straight to JPG, as that's the most web-friendly image format, and forcing anyone who wants to do further edits to go back to the TIFF is probably not a problem. A PNG or TIFF can be used if you think that people will probably want to reedit starting from the crop; note that Wikimedia serves JPG versions of TIFF files for normal display, but PNG versions of PNG files.--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:17, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

The image Teengirl.GIF[edit]


Back in 2008 I uploaded the files Teenboy.GIF and Teengirl.GIF to the commons. I can no longer remember what my username was. They were deleted, with one person saying they could find no use for them, other than "userboxes or jokes".

Well, today, I uploaded Teenboy.GIF to Wikibooks and used it at . I wanted to ise the image File:Teengirl.GIF for too, but I no longer have it on my computer. The old site with this image has long since removed my page, since I don't update my page anymore, and the computer it was on was stolen in 2012 and still hasn't been recovered. Could someone please send me the file File:Teengirl.GIF so I can use it for this wikibook?


Bougainville bush-warbler (talk) 05:04, 17 January 2017 (UTC)


Hey guys, The Phase Master Here. I made a screenshot of Chrome that is showing a page that I created in HTML. It's very simple, just a title saying hello and a single line that says hello world. I know that the uploader says that you can't upload screenshots of software, but is this one instance that I've described okay?

TPM Need Something? Contribs 15:12, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

  • Showing your own page content that happens to have been in a browser window shouldn't raise any copyright concerns, but don't show the surrounding browser menus, etc., which are copyrighted by Google. Whether this is in scope is another matter from the copyright issues. - Jmabel ! talk 15:56, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
The data area of a browser is always okay, when it's your code that is to be seen there. But like Jmabel said, the browser could be copyrighted. Even when it is not (e.g. Firefox), then the OS might be unless you use BSD or Linux, but usually Windows OS or Mac OS-X is copyrighted. So, to be safe, just use the inner data area without any surroundings, like the right/left and up/down sliders (=OS, unless it's Linux or BSD and uses a free (as in freedom) GUI) or Icons or Menu bars (=browser, when copyrighted) --Rava77 (talk) 00:23, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Adding an image with consent from the owner[edit]

I am currently trying to add a Wikipedia page for a company, Athenasphere. If I get consent from that company, can I upload their logo onto the page? What would need to be included in a letter of consent from that company?

P.S.: I am looking to do this for a number of companies I see aren't yet on Wikipedia. If there is a standardized letter I can send out to them to request using their logo, that would be greatly appreciated. --Adisciu (talk) 15:37, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

  • If the logos are so simple as not to be eligible for copyright, just mark them {{PD-ineligible}}. If they qualify for copyright, see COM:OTRS for what we need. Note that Commons can accept these only if the copyright-holder releases the logo under a free license, which companies rarely are willing to do with copyrighted logos (although of course they can retain trademark, and if the logos are trademarked you can add {{trademarked}} to clarify that).
  • Also: I notice that en:Athenasphere is a tiny stub that you started yourself, and that it has been nominated for deletion for non-notability. If this is paid work you are doing for companies that do not yet have Wikipedia articles, it is very likely that these logos will be outside of Commons' scope. Further, if you are editing Wikipedia on their behalf as a paid editor, make sure you are fully familiar with en:Wikipedia:Conflict of interest and its equivalents for other-language Wikipedias. - Jmabel ! talk 16:01, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Furthermore, Adisciu, I suggest you first create the article in your own user space (using the planed article name), and invite some experienced editors or admins to have a look at them when they seem finished to you. An article won't be deleted in your own user space. Just comment-out the categories as long as the article is not in the main space. When experienced user(s) tell you that they think the article is okay, then copy all the code and create the article in the mainspace (removing the "comment-out" "brackets" from the category wiki code.) HTH, Cheers, --Rava77 (talk) 01:46, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Link to foreign language wiki[edit]

How can I link from a Wikimedia file to a foreign Wikipedia article? I am thinking of File:Adolph Chlumksy, who has a about him. It wouldn't be {w|Aldolph Chlumsky}, so what would it be? Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 16:14, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

There is no page "Aldolph Chlumsky" on cs.wikipedia. And no page "Adolph Chlumksy" either. But if you wanted to link to a page named, for example, Adolf Chlumský, you could link like this: [[:cs:Adolf Chlumský|Adolf Chlumský]]. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:10, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Or {{w|Adolf Chlumský|Adolf Chlumský|cs}}. - Jmabel ! talk 00:09, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Broken SVG?[edit]

File:Vlag ontbreekt.svg seems to be an error message rather than a flag. Does anyone know what's wrong with the file? WhatamIdoing (talk) 22:03, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

  • @WhatamIdoing: Looks fine to me. It's a placeholder for missing flags: a question mark on a two-tone gray background (two columns in different grays). Are you seeing something different from that? - Jmabel ! talk 00:11, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
    • No, that's what I'm seeing. In the context that I saw it, including an non-existent image doesn't seem appropriate, so I assumed that there was a problem with the file itself. Thanks for explaining it to me. WhatamIdoing (talk) 06:51, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

FastCCI down?[edit]

See Help_talk:FastCCI#Is_FastCCI_down.3F. Thank you! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:34, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Help with category move, the prior category was correct[edit]

I recently shifted Category:Vogelschutzreservat Flughafensee to Category:Vogelschutzgebiet Flughafensee in the belief that the new category was the correct descriptor. This is not true and I want to revert the move and the associated re-categorizations I made. However I am prevented from shifting the category back because the first category still exists. Would someone with more authority than me please make the correction? I am sorry for any inconvenience. I will also check later that the three images involved have the correct tags. Many thanks in advance. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 11:32, 18 January 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. Jmabel ! talk 16:18, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Image was deleted[edit]

I uploaded an image to which we have full rights, but the image was deleted with the notation that it was a possibly copyright violation. How do we get the image to display? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IndianaHistory (talk • contribs) 12:08, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

speedy delete of archived image[edit]

Hi. While having a brain cramp I made the image that is currently at

About a minute after uploading, I realized my mistake, made a new version and uploaded it at

I see the {{speedydelete|Reason}} tag, but I don't know how to use it. Please advise. Thanks, DennisPietras (talk) 12:36, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

  • If I understand this correctly, the only place the first image is available is as part of the history of the file. We don't delete those unless there are legal issues, etc. "Deletion" is always "soft", so it doesn't save any disk space, and no one sees these images unless they are specifically looking at the file history. - Jmabel ! talk 16:28, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
    • @Jmabel: My brain cramp is going to exist forever!!! What a depressing thought! DennisPietras (talk) 19:44, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

upload pictures[edit]

how to upload pictures on subjected site — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ajaykrjain (talk • contribs)

What to do about thousands of images uploaded into multiple categories[edit]

Panoramio upload bot apparently uploaded thousands of images on January 16 from [[4]] and placed them in multiple categories of Pakistan, all of them having the "needs checking" template on them. The photos have multiple tages on them and apparently somehow they are being put in many of those categories at once. I noticed when I tried putting some new uploads in Category:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and saw about 1500 new images in that category, all needing checking. First I moved about 150 into separate categories, (Category:Dallan (73), Category:Daber road‎ (61), Category:Dallan Madrassa‎ (3), Category:Dallan road‎ (7), even though the categories made no sense to me for the photos, but then I realized the job was too big for me. Many of them are also in other Pakistan categories simultaneously. For example, 143 are in Category:North Waziristan Agency, Category:Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Category:Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the same time. There are probably other Pakistan categories flooded as well.

If the Panoramio upload bot is uploading all photos from this photographer at Panoramio, them there are thousand more. How to deal with this? Kalbbes (talk) 16:27, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

  • VFC is probably your "best friend" in matters like this. Assuming the same pattern of text is in the categories area of numerous photos, you can use VFC to replace that with something more appropriate (e.g. strip the repeating block and replace it with a single Category:Pakistan files from Panoramio to be checked). Unless you are very experienced with VFC, I strongly recommend that you experiment with a handful of files first. - Jmabel ! talk 16:35, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
Jmabel, I tried experimenting with VFC and got nowhere since I'm not a technical person, don't understand what VFC is asking for and I don't know regular expressions. And it's not just those Pakistan photos that bot screws up. For example, look at File:Tall Ships Race Dublin 2012 - panoramio (33).jpg and File:Sukhoi Su-24 reconnaissance aircraft. - panoramio.jpg and File:Sights on tour from Bagiou to the north - panoramio.jpg and File:A place I can't forget - panoramio.jpg. Some files it just enters "Asia". Should the bot be entering categories at all, never mind so many? Kalbbes (talk) 21:58, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
I give up. I've spent the better part of two hours and can't get to first base with VFC. I'll just uncategorise those files and place them in Category:Pakistan files from Panoramio to be checked by hand. Kalbbes (talk) 23:24, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Company name change[edit]

Our company changed our name and we would like our Wikipedia page to show the new company name. How do I do that?

Ann Annmrote (talk) 21:00, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

This is Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia. We host media files for Wikipedia articles, but we don't host articles. See en:WP:MOVE for instructions on how to move pages at the English Wikipedia. --rimshottalk 23:32, 18 January 2017 (UTC)