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— Preceding unsigned comment added by Devil666 (talk • contribs) 23:29, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

Robert Dölle[edit]

Moved from Commons talk:Help desk#Content.
Commons talk:Help desk is the page for discussing the help desk.

Hi my name is Robert Dölle. Someone uploaded a picture to my Wikipedia entry without my permission and I wanted it to be deleted. I‘ve tried to do that but unfortunately without succesa. What can I do to see it gone? I wasn’t asked for permission by the photographer. Please help me. I’m an actor and I think the picture is hurting my internet presence. Thank you. Robert Dölle (talk) 22:43, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

  • The presence in that particular article is, of course, the concern of the German-language Wikipedia, not of Commons. However, the photo is on Commons: File:Robert Dölle 2013 Cologne.jpg. It looks from the microphone like you were making a public appearance. I don't know German law on personality rights in those circumstances, but in most countries people are allowed to publish pictures of someone making a public appearance without asking for explicit permission. There is an explicit personality rights warning at File:Robert Dölle 2013 Cologne.jpg. Is there some specific legal right you believe has been violated, or are you asking for a courtesy here? As an actor, I doubt you are in the position to say that as a courtesy you do not want to be depicted at all, but in all probability if you can provide a substitute picture that is either in the public domain or appropriately free-licensed I presume everyone would be willing to go with the picture you'd prefer. - Jmabel ! talk 00:19, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
  • @Robert Dölle: like Jmabel, I strongly recommend you to take a good picture of yourself (or otherwise make sure sure you own the copyright, so no movie screenshots) and upload it here. If you leave me a message on my talk page I will personally make sure File:Robert Dölle 2013 Cologne.jpg becomes an unused picture. Because you are a public figure, you should also send permission for your photo to OTRS: contact OTRS. - Alexis Jazz 02:13, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I guess this isn't over. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 08:02, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Logo & TOO[edit]

Hi, Is this logo below the threshold of originality required for copyright protection ?, My instinct says it is but I wasn't sure if the "N" could be a copyrightable thing >, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 18:46, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

If it were from the USA I‘d say definitely: the first N is only trivially modified from the letterform in the typeface. But the British TOO is much lower; I believe even simple typography can be eligible for copyright there, so I would guess not.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 21:43, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
AH okie dokie, Well I shan't upload incase it could be a copyrightable thing, Many thanks for answering this. –Davey2010Talk 17:25, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

SVG text shifted after upload[edit]


I have made an SVG file and uploaded it here. After a while I noticed that the text at the left of the SVG is shifted as seen here:

The numbers on the y-axis touch the axis, while in the original file on my PC they don't. I don't know what is going wrong here. Even after trying to increase the canvas size, nothing changed...
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Cpu20 (talk • contribs) 06:40, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

@Cpu20: Hi. As far as I can tell the problem was, that the SVG's viewbox was too small. Even after "trying to increase the canvas size", the viewbox size was only 187.90681 by 135.78694, so the individual characters were positioned as if the image was super tiny, which made them look all messed up after scaling the image to full size. I uploaded a fixed version. TilmannR (talk) 10:14, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Foto hochladen nicht möglich[edit]

Noch einmal Hallo, dieses Fotos konnte ich auch nicht hochladen: Grave Siegfried Kirschner.jpg / Grave Fam. Schrobsdorff.jpg

schon gemeldet: Friedhof Weißensee.jpg

dieses Foto habe ich hochladen können: Grave Daniel Kirschner.jpg was kann das sein? Ich bin Quelle und Urheberin Onexa (talk) 12:42, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Wenn du Cross-wiki-uploads machst, lad bitte die Fotos in hoher Auflösung hoch, sonst schlägt der Filter zu. --Magnus (talk) 12:50, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Hallo Magnus, ich habe die Auflösung (350 ppi / 2000 x 1122 = 625 KB) erhöht und es geht immer noch nicht. Das habe ich noch nicht gehabt. Wie ist denn das minimum der ppi.Onexa (talk) 14:05, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

@Onexa: follow Special:UploadWizard or Special:Upload locally to upload files; don’t use the upload form in Wikipedia. By the way, are you Rengha Rodewill? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 14:15, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Hallo Incnis Mrsi, selbstverständlich bin ich Rengha Rodewill, wieso nicht!? Es sind alles meine Fotos, deren Urheberin ich bin. Diese Bilder die ich jetzt auf der Site Angelika Schrobsdorff hochladen werde, sind aus meinem Buch über Angelika Schrobsdorff/ "Angelika Schrobsdorff - Leben ohne Heimat" v. 2017, erschienen im be.bra Verlag Berlin; s. mein Wiki-Profil Rengha Rodewill.Onexa (talk) 14:26, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Why "Laundries" is not a shop?[edit]

I recently created "Laundries in Taiwan" category, but what I want to ask is: Why "Laundries" is not a shop?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:12, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Because laundries aren't always places where you do the action of shopping (that is, buying things). Some laundries belong to a business for only their use, such as prison laundries. Category:Laundromats could probably be categorized under shops. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:43, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Do you mean to say that it is a "place" for laundry?--Kai3952 (talk) 17:02, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes. The noun "laundry" can mean either things that are being laundered or a place where laundering is done. Only the latter can be plural. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:51, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
I have amended Chinese translation to reflect that "laundries" means a place for laundry. The purpose for doing so is to avoid being misled by "洗衣店." See: [1]--Kai3952 (talk) 19:29, 16 May 2018 (UTC)


I tried to upload a company logo which I designed and created for Science Source. It doesn't have a creative commons license because it is a company logo. I see other companies have their logos up, yet why am I not allowed to upload mine?.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Monbert (talk • contribs) 18:00, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
If you're referring to File:Scinece-source-logo-400.png, that would actually be ineligible for copyright protection, as it consists only of text (see Commons:Threshold of originality). Many such logos are on Wikimedia Commons and they are tagged with the {{PD-textlogo}} template, usually accompanied by {{trademarked}}, since trademark protection can still apply even if copyright doesn't. clpo13(talk) 18:21, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Any logo on Commons should either be ineligible for copyright protection, so old that it has lost copyright, or free-licensed by the copyright holder. (This statement does not necessarily apply to other sites, not even all WMF sites. E.g. the English-language Wikipedia makes some allowances for non-free logos.) If you see something that violates that, please nominate it for deletion. - Jmabel ! talk 18:31, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

I nominated a category for deletion but then found images for the category. Is there a way to withdraw the nomination?[edit]

The category I nominated is Commons:Categories for discussion/2018/05/Category:Dagri Bangla Kalbbes (talk) 00:12, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

@Kalbbes: Yes. You posted on the discussion page, so I closed it for you. --Auntof6 (talk) 00:40, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: Thanks so much. Kalbbes (talk) 01:09, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Browsing through a Commons category[edit]

It would be helpful to go from one enlarged image to the next in a particular category when browsing. Would this involve a great deal of coding?.....Paul venter (talk) 12:19, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

You mean like this? --Magnus (talk) 12:33, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
No....these images in your example don't seem to belong to a single category. I'm probably doing something wrong.....try using the gadget on say, Category:Rembrandt Paul venter (talk) 17:19, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

SVG with switch elements doesn’t render properly: File:CollapsedtreeLabels-simplified.svg[edit]

I’ve just added switch elements and German labels to the source code of this SVG file. However, after upload it doesn’t render the German version when ‘de’ is selected in the pulldown menu below the image. The same applies when implemented in Wikipedia articles such as here. In browser view (after clicking on the ‘original file’ link) it shows the German text (since German is my browser’s default system language), and, of course, it has worked in browser view locally on my computer when tested before upload. What is wrong? --Gretarsson (talk) 15:03, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

You can possibly find some clues in m:Grants:Project/Glrx/SVG_i18n#What_is_your_solution_to_this_problem?. Ruslik (talk) 20:26, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
OK, after changing the structure of the source code and adding additional text elements with systemLanguage="en" attribute as both is suggested here, it works! Issue resolved. --Gretarsson (talk) 19:48, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Addendum: Further testing revealed that the additional text elements with systemLanguage="en" attribute were crucial for making it work. Consequently, switch elements also work when bracketing whole ‘text blocks’ for each language, i.e. text elements which bracket several tspan elements... --Gretarsson (talk) 20:17, 25 May 2018 (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. Gretarsson (talk) 19:48, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Show Preview not working for vector images generated from asymptote code.[edit]

I am making my first try to edit a vector image, and I am not succeeding.

For example, if I try to edit a vector image like this one... Parabola2.svg,

it is easy to see the asymptote code the created the image...

// Function.
real f(real x) {return x ** 2; }

But when I make changes and click "Show Preview", The new asymptote code is not reflected in the png picture.

Why not?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by JdAtAm (talk • contribs) 16:27, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
The code was used by the uploader to generate this svg image. It is shown here only for information. Changing it will not lead to any changes in the image. Ruslik (talk) 21:00, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Estonian painter[edit]

Hi! I would need advice, please. I am a photographer and an artist (painter) in Estonia and I have photos, that I would like to upload and use on WikiPedia site, which is about Märt Bormeister noorem (that is me, by the way). So there is a wiki site about me and I want my works to be visible there. I have photos of my paintings + other photographs, that are all my original works. I uploaded them, attatched some license to them, but they get removed ("copyright violation")... What am I doing wrong? For example Abstraktne_8.jpg was removed, because the user Jcb deleted it from Commons. Reason: Copyright violation; see Commons:Licensing -.) Please advise the steps on how to do it right, that my original photos would not get removed/deleted all the time. Thanks in advance!

Märt B.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Aeg-ruum-2 (talk • contribs) 19:00, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Convenience link: et:Märt Bormeister noorem. - Jmabel ! talk 23:05, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
  • @Aeg-ruum-2: You'll need to go through the process established at COM:OTRS to establish your identity. If we didn't have a process like that, anyone could claim to be you and upload your work. Once they give you an OTRS ticket, you can set up a template to attach that to any future uploads so that permission will be clear.
  • By the way, there is a pretty strong user group in Estonia: meta:Wikimedia_Eesti. You might also find it useful to connect with them. - Jmabel ! talk 23:10, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

إعادة استخدام صورة[edit]

السلام عليكم ورحمه الله وبركاته

ارسل استفسارى لكم بخصوص امكانية استخدامى لصورة من صورى تم رفعها من قبل لهدف مسابقة تصوير ولم تفز فى هذة المسابقة

واريد استخدام نفس الصورة فى مسابقة جديدة

كيف يمكننى ذلك ؟

ولكم جزيل الشكر
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Slayer3622 (talk • contribs) 00:39, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Typically contests are only for new uploads. You don't say what contest, so I can't be sure, but very few contests here allow you to enter a picture that was already uploaded. - Jmabel ! talk 00:49, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

I have been trying to upload and use a photo at the request of the owner[edit]

This file has been uploaded and permission ticket has been acquired but the photo was deleted. The ticket number is Ticket#: 2018042710009034].

We have followed all the copyright permissions as previous and verification was sent by the owner via e-mail.

Need help to publish this photo of living individual associated with the biography...

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Nativeborn1699 (talk • contribs) 04:18, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

I meet CC publishing criteria, why has my file has been marked for copyright violation?[edit]

Hi there!

I'd like to understand if I can publish this file on wikipedia under CC license?Aish_performing_at_the_Noise_Pop_Festival_2018.jpg

I'll gladly follow policy, if I can just get some clarity please!

The reason I think I can publish this file is because, I have permission from Noise Pop Festival who commissioned these photographs (Noise Pop Photo Store) from Brandon Gong to publish these so long as Brandon Gong has been credited, which he has been on this file, linked right to his website. That meets the exception criteria referenced here: [Tutorial] Teagleman (talk) 05:34, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

  • Please see COM:OTRS. Unless you go through that, or the copyright-holder indicates the license on their own site, we have no way to know you have this authorization. - Jmabel ! talk 15:51, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Can newcomers use Video2Commons?[edit]

Hello! We have a project involving a partner who will be uploading videos to Commons but not in a massive way. The partner has created a new user and is trying to upload things with Video2Commons but it gives a security message. "This upload has been automatically identified as harmful and has been disabled". Is there a limitation for newcomers? -Theklan (talk) 10:52, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

What is the username? The message is from MediaWiki:Abusefilter-warning-updis. Ruslik (talk) 20:39, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: The user name is User:Euskal Herriko Ahotsak. Can you check something? -Theklan (talk) 10:32, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

File upload appears to have partially failed[edit]

View of Astoria, Looking Seaward.png

This file does not seem to render on wiki pages, though it's fine if you click through to the file itself. Can it be repaired? Should I resave and re-upload? -Pete Forsyth (talk) 20:39, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

  • Looks fine to me right here. - Jmabel ! talk 22:01, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) To me it looks totally fine on the wikisource page (the only page it is used on) and on the commons. I temporarily put it on an enwik page and it looks fine there too. Did you reload or purge the page? Ww2censor (talk) 22:04, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes, it seems to have resolved itself since I posted. I did try purging before posting, which didn't work immediately...I should have been more patient. Thank you both for confirming!
Yes check.svg Resolved
-Pete Forsyth (talk) 22:36, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Does the subtitle of the video effect the video quality?[edit]

I create subtitles by clicking the [CC] button and then "Add subtitles" button. Can this degrade the Video quality?--고려 (talk) 23:06, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

@고려: No.
(if you want the long boring answer just ask) - Alexis Jazz ping plz 01:38, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz: If you don't mind, can you tell me why?--고려 (talk) 01:40, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@고려: Without going into too much detail, the subtitles are saved as a seperate file. (and can be embedded as a seperate segment in the video file, but I don't know if Commons does that) When you play the video, the subtitles are over laid over it by your computer/phone/mediaplayer. The stored image has no subtitles in it. You can compare it to subtitles on a DVD: the video quality does not get worse when you turn the subtitles on. If subtitles are burned into the image (like they are in Rapsodia Satanica which was not subtitled by Commons) they do degrade the video, but Commons doesn't do that. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 02:22, 19 May 2018 (UTC)


Do you think "this" is a bridge?--Kai3952 (talk) 09:53, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

It looks rather like the end of a levee. Some might call it a type of dam, and there seems to be a system of flood gates in it. It acts like a bridge in the sense that one can walk, ride or drive across the waterway which is controls. I'm neither enough of an engineer nor philosopher to say whether that makes it a bridge. Added some coordinates to the file description, though. LX (talk, contribs) 11:41, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
Do you mean to say that should I add Category:Dams and Category:Bridges?--Kai3952 (talk) 13:45, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
Category:Dams. Just because you run a road over the top of a dam doesn't make it a bridge. - Jmabel ! talk 21:52, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
I think I got it now.--Kai3952 (talk) 22:21, 19 May 2018 (UTC)


Look at "File:新月橋上拍攝新海橋.jpg", the uploader User:Cjackh wrote in the description is: "Crescent Bridge taken from on the Xinhai Bridge." I found that some users from Taiwan have common points, is that "If the uploaders take a picture from the bus(or the car), they will still say that this photo was taken on the bridge." Should I use Category:Views from vehicles or Category:Views from bridges?--Kai3952 (talk) 13:40, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Well,you could look this picture.File:徐匯中學側門近照.jpg It contains a category about Views from buses in New Taipei. So you could do that like you said. And the picture was photoed totally on the bridge to bridge.--Cjackh (talk) 15:43, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
No, what I need is: "The users from English-speaking countries can answer my questions." I'm concerned your answer may be inaccurate because you are from Taiwan. Many times in the past, I see users from Taiwan of improper understanding of English, to cause unnecessary trouble for me. Therefore, I have always been "skeptical" of the Taiwanese's English ability.--Kai3952 (talk) 22:16, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
There is no contradiction at all between a view being from a vehicle and from a bridge. - Jmabel ! talk 22:41, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel: No contradiction? I'd like to be more sure about how you use these two categories. Therefore, do you mean to say that I can add Category:Views from vehicles and Category:Views from bridges to this file "File:新月橋上拍攝新海橋.jpg"?--Kai3952 (talk) 14:30, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Not knowing the city where this was taken, I have no clue whether it was taken from a vehicle; it certainly appears to be taken from a bridge. If the bridge on which it was shot is vehicles-only, then it must have been taken from a vehicle. If not, really only the photographer could know whether they were in a vehicle or walking. But certainly there is no more contradiction between a photo being taken 'from a vehicle' and 'on a bridge' than between (for example) 'in a building' and 'in Asia'. - Jmabel ! talk 15:12, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
I have browsed a lot of photos from all over Taiwan, and "File:新月橋上拍攝新海橋.jpg" is just an example. This problem often occurs because of the author(photographer) will not pay attention to whether taking pictures from a vehicle. If there is no better way, then I had to choose to add both "Category:Views from vehicles" and "Category:Views from bridges" at the same time.--Kai3952 (talk) 22:26, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

A message from Discasto on my Talk page that I don't understand[edit]

A certain Discasto has left a message on my Talk page concerning a photo that I uploaded May 3, 2018, using the Upload Wizard (File:Camí de Cavalls 2—Map.jpg). Discasto claims that the file in question "is missing information about where it comes from or who created it." However, I declared the file as being my own work when I uploaded it, and currently the Summary box of the file indicates the Source is "Own work." Discasto's message also says that the file will be deleted if I do not provide the requested information. I don't understand all this. Please, enlighten me. Thanks in advance. Nicolas G. Mertens Nicolas G. Mertens (talk) 16:11, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

  • This appears to be a satellite photo. It seems rather improbable that it would be your own work. Can you explain? Are you with one of the space agencies, or what? - Jmabel ! talk 21:53, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
* The pictures of the island are screen captures from Google Earth. The green line (hiking path) and the legends are mine. The whole image is meant to illustrate one of Menorca's hiking paths. And no, I am not "with one of the space agencies." I am a resident of the island. I simply want to show a distinctive feature of the island, along with several photos of mine. If this is not acceptable, please be sure to delete the illustration and the rest of my pictures. Thank you. Nicolas G. Mertens (talk) 05:34, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Unfortunately Google Earth pictures are not covered by an acceptable licence for hosting here; see COM:LIC. You might be able to find US Government imagery of the same area, which is in the public domain and free to use.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 07:14, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Nicolas G. Mertens: perhaps you can find a NASA image that you could work with, as most, but not all, of their images are US government work and therefore in the public domain. Ww2censor (talk) 21:19, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, Odysseus1479 and Ww2censor. Please delete the illustration at your earliest convenience. You might as well delete since I made the "video" using Google Earth. Thanks again for the feedback.Nicolas G. Mertens (talk) 08:45, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

How to request deletion for several files at once[edit]

I requested deletion for Commons:Deletion requests/File:KASHMIRARANKAIL01.jpg Then I tacked on seven files by the same user. I think this is probably not the right way of doing this. Should I notify the user of these additional requests? Also, is there an easier way of requesting deletion of several files at once? Thank you. Kalbbes (talk) 17:16, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

There's VisualFileChange.js, which is a gadget you can activate in your options. --Rosenzweig τ 17:20, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@Rosenzweig: Thank you very much. I have enabled it in my options. Kalbbes (talk) 17:51, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Upload of painting[edit]


I would like to upload a painting by Sir Oswald Brierly (1817-1897) called “South Sea whalers boiling blubber” (c1876). It is held by the Dixon galleries, State Library of New South Wales. The information page that hosts the image online says it is out of copyright. [[2]] Does that make it ok for uploading to Wikipedia Commons? (Histragic (talk) 07:22, 20 May 2018 (UTC))

The author died more than 100 years ago. The painting is in public domain and slavishly copying it does create any new copyright. So, you may upload it. Please, add {{PD-art|{{PD-old-100}}}} to it. Ruslik (talk) 07:46, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
@Histragic: actually, use {{PD-Art|PD-old-auto-1923|deathyear=1897}} - Alexis Jazz ping plz 07:55, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks.(Histragic (talk) 08:38, 20 May 2018 (UTC))

صورة لشخصية اردنية مشهورة[edit]

حصلنا على صورة لشخصية اردنية مشهورة من مصورهم الخاص وبأذتهم مع علمهم برغبتنا بنشهرها على ويكيبييدا العربية ، كيف يتم رفعها وعلى اي ترخيص وشكرا-- Justwiki (talk) 22:50, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

A picture of a famous Jordanian character ... We got a picture of a famous Jordanian character from their photographer and their owner with their knowledge of our desire to publish it on Wikipeeda Arabia, how to upload it and any license. Thank you.
translator: Google via   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 23:38, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
يرجى إرسال المصور إلى المصور عبر OTRS/ar. @Justwiki: Please have the photographer send permission via OTRS/ar.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 22:58, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Notification about possible deletion[edit]

I uploaded pictures which I took, but almost all files have been listed at 'Commons:Deletion requests.' They have been nominated for deletion. The reason for the nomination is 'Low resolution, no EXIF. Only one file within.'

I think it is because there is no metadata. I took the picture with my smartphone and sent those pictures to my computer through SNS (not USB) and save them. During the process, can the metadata of picture be deleted? How can I resolve this problem? Should I delete the files and upload again the pictures with metadata?

What should I to do? I hope some helps for it.--Yeon So Jeong (talk) 05:58, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

@Yeon So Jeong: You should post at Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Yeon So Jeong.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:01, 21 May 2018 (UTC)


Cat-a-lot is broken until further notice. Do not categorize more than 89 files per minute.

If you try to do any more, cat-a-lot will say it succeeded but it really didn't. More than 89 categorizations simply means anything over that will be silently dropped.

If you are not an admin or bureaucrat, everything you categorized over 89 files per minute during the last week has been dropped. Oops. You may want to take another look at everything you thought you had categorized.

I'm sorry I didn't find out sooner. Then again, finding out is in no way my responsibility. VisualFileChange seems to stall and force the user to go get a cup of coffee before it automatically continues. I haven't tested any other tools.

If you have comments, post them on Village pump#WARNING: CAT-A-LOT IS BROKEN. or Commons:Village pump/Proposals#Rate limit is at 90 edits per minute. Thanks. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 09:05, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Translating .svg files into Japanese[edit]

Hello, I have been translating some English .svg files into Japanese to be used on Japanese Wikipedia. Some examples are this one and this one. I am now looking for a way to see exactly which .svg files are being used the most on Japanese Wikipedia (i.e. I am mostly interested in translating those .svg files that will have a wide outreach). Does anyone know how I could find this out?

Thank you.—UkainoADX (talk) 11:43, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Adding description to images?[edit]

I just submitted two of my images for the competition but was not able to include the required description which is: Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin NT Australia. Thanks,

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Bruceintropix (talk • contribs) 11:46, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
  • What competition? What images? - Jmabel ! talk 15:13, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Photographic portrait of Walter S.H. Hamady by Zane Williams—?[edit]

Hello, to whom it may concern, I have permission from the photographer Zane Williams to employ his photograph of Walter Hamady onto Hamady’s Wikipedia page as composed by Prof. Roy Behrens. What do you require as means of proof of permission to use the image for this purpose. I can get a letter from the photographer, scan and submit the file if that would suffice, or transfer information by way of email. Please advise. Thank you. —Patrick JB Flynn
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Flynstitute (talk • contribs) 20:22, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Given that you are asking here on Commons, I assume you are interested in uploading it here on Commons, not just in Wikipedia. Please see COM:OTRS; by far the best is email from the photographer (but I believe a scan of something in writing from the photographer would do), and in any case we need a specific free license, not just "permission to use in Wikipedia." Generally, I recommend {{Cc-by-sa-4.0}}, which reserves the right to be credited and requires that all derivative works also be free-licensed. - Jmabel ! talk 03:14, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Linking an image to a Wikipedia page[edit]

I have uploaded an image to Wikipedia Commons. Now I want it to appear embedded in an existing Wikipedia page. How can I do this?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Pruethorner (talk • contribs) 22:06, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Pruethorner: on the file description page, click the link that says "Use this file" with the Wikipedia logo next to it. It will give you code such as [[File:Example.jpg|thumb|An example file]] (sections are divided by a vertical bar (|); the first section is the file name, the second section specifies that you want to use a thumbnail instead of the full image, and the third section is an optional caption).
Paste this code on the Wikipedia page you want in order to use the image. See en:Help:Pictures for more information. Additionally, you can ask further questions about using Wikipedia specifically at en:Wikipedia:Help desk. clpo13(talk) 22:11, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

about wiki loves earth competition[edit]

How many pictures in Wiki Lavos Earth competition Can be given from an account?

উইকি লাভস আর্থ প্রতিযোগিতায় কতগুলো ছবি । একটি একাউন্ট থেকে দেয়া যাবে ?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sanjoy sk (talk • contribs) 04:47, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Waiting for an image to be added[edit]


A few weeks ago I uploaded an image with the permission of a photographer friend. She emailed in the requisite permission declaration, but unfortunately the image was still deleted. I asked if she would submit it herself via, which she did on May 18. My question is: How will we know when the image has been accepted, and how can I find it?

Many thanks,

Harshaw61 (talk) 18:29, 24 May 2018 (UTC)Harshaw61
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Harshaw61 (talk • contribs) 06:16, 22 May 2018 (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 please ping or talk to me 15:15, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
@Harshaw61: You can ask Ann Dean to copy you on the email messages, and watch File:The Americans.jpg and File:The Americans band, Lawrence KS 2016-06-24 by Ann Dean.jpg. OTRS, like Commons, is entirely staffed by volunteers, and, also like Commons, is shorthanded, so it may be close to 77 days before the email message is processed.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 15:15, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
  • By "watch", Jeff doesn't mean you have to sit there watching the pages. He means put them on your Watchlist (if they are not there already), so that you can periodically check your watchlist and see any changes to those pages. - Jmabel ! talk 15:59, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Film poster[edit]

Hello, I have recently created an article for the Argentine film "Kryptonita" (Kryptonite), and I wish to know how can I add the official theatrical poster for the film. If I understand correctly, first it must be archived here in Commons. I'll wait for an answer as to which steps should I take now. Thanks in advance. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 09:51, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

In all likelyhood, that poster is protected by copyright, which means it cannot be uploaded to Commons. In some Wikipedias, including the English, fair use is accepted – but in such cases, the poster is uploaded locally (that is, in that Wikipedia itself) and in a lower resolution. Not all Wikipedias accept fair use and/or local uploads though, the Spanish being one of them. Richard 11:15, 22 May 2018 (UTC)


SuHen —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 12:29, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Is there a hidden question here? Richard 13:59, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

account deletion[edit]

I need to close my account and delete my contributions. How can I get this done? Thank you very much.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by SanitystealerKT (talk • contribs) 14:21, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
You usually cannot do that. You can stop using your account, and that's about it. If you have a valid reason to have an image deleted, you might want to use the link 'nominate for deletion' under 'tools' in the left margin of that image's description page. A simple 'I regret having uploaded it' might not be reason enough, though. Richard 14:32, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
@SanitystealerKT: You may be interested in en:WP:RTV. I started the deletion process for you at Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by SanitystealerKT, please feel free to comment there.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:47, 22 May 2018 (UTC)


there is not a category for microbreweries in the USA or more specifically, North Carolina?? How can that be added to the wikipedia category list??
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Rusty6164 (talk • contribs) 14:53, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
Rusty6164: I've created the category Category:Microbreweries in the United States for you and moved as many images as are obviously US to the new category but you may want to review the rest of the images in Category:Microbreweries in case I missed some. Making any US state categories is not worthwhile at this time, unless the category becomes overpopulated. BTW, please sign your posts by adding four tildes, like this ~~~~, to your posts. Good luck. Ww2censor (talk) 21:02, 23 May 2018 (UTC)


There is a problem with the data(see: camera location from EXIF data) provided by the robot. I think, we have to consider in that period cameras didn't have EXIF data, and may cause the coordinates to be inaccurate. I have removed these categories(see: "1" and "2"), but the problem is: The uploader(Jawaychen) didn't write in the description, how can we add categories for "File:早期火車經過景象.JPG"?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:57, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

  • More to the point: this is a photo of a photo. What basis do we have to believe the underlying photo is public domain? (It is very unlikely to be a free-licensed copyrighted photo.) - Jmabel ! talk 16:06, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
    • Yes, I know this is a photo, but the digital technologies at the time were not as developed as today. It was in the 1998 that EXIF data began to appear in digital cameras, and that this photo "File:早期火車經過景象.JPG" is thus logically impossible to have "EXIF data". This is why I think the coordinates are inaccurate.--Kai3952 (talk) 18:54, 22 May 2018 (UTC)


I m having problem in Title description.

What should be the title???
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Maqbool6666 (talk • contribs) 21:22, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
@Maqbool6666: How would you describe the work? Did you create it yourself? If not, how was it titled or described by the creator? What work does your question pertain to?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 23:11, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

FastCCI appears to be down.[edit]

The status page is timing out with error 502, and attempts to use FastCCI from a category page just hang with 'Connecting...'. I didn't see any notices about this being an issue, and it's been down for at least a day. Is this being tracked somewhere? grendel|khan 16:29, 23 May 2018 (UTC) is the place to report issues with this gadget.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:15, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
@Grendelkhan: I have confirmed your report and added it to issues 4 and 6.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:42, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Help with Flickr image[edit]

Hi, I would like to ask a Flickr user if they could change the copyright status of this image ( ) to CC-BY or CC-BY-SA for it to be used on a Wikipedia article, but I do not have a Yahoo account to email them, nor do I want to create one. I have trouble understanding the process of uploading Flickr images anyway, as I'm not a regular contributor nor technologically savvy. Is there someone who could do this for me? Thank you Doogooder (talk) 17:02, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

  • On the licensing front: would you draft a letter you'd like sent? - Jmabel ! talk 19:21, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
  • If someone can get the licensing sorted out, uploading is quite simple with (there are also other ways, but that one's pretty easy). - Jmabel ! talk 19:21, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is ok, but here's a possible draft that you (or someone else) could send: Hello, I am an admirer of your photographs and am interested in uploading one of your photos ( ) for use on a Wikipedia article. Would you consider changing the license to a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) or Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license? You will still be credited as the author. Thank you very much. Doogooder (talk) 20:01, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
@Doogooder, Jmabel: One could use a special case of en:WP:ERP#Commons 1 or another letter on that page. I have had good success with it. What are the names of the subject of this photo and his Wikipedia article?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:49, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G., Jmabel:The subject is w:Graham Potter, a football manager. There is no image on that page, and I think it would benefit from having one in the infobox. If someone could send the letter/email to the Flickr user I would be most grateful. Doogooder (talk) 06:50, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Doogooder, Jmabel: I sent it.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 07:58, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G., Jmabel: Thank you, it is appreciated. If the Flickr user changes the licence to CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, are we free to upload the image? What would the situation be regarding OTRS?. Sorry, the process is a little confusing to me. Doogooder (talk) 09:53, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Doogooder, Jmabel: You're welcome. If the Flickr user changes the licence to CC-BY or CC-BY-SA on Flickr, yes we are free to upload the image. If they choose to leave Flickr alone and license that image or all content with any license we accept using an email message, that would be via OTRS.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:42, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: OK that makes sense. Will you let me know if you have a reply from the Flickr user? Thanks again. Doogooder (talk) 17:01, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Doogooder: I will try; you are welcome to watchlist w:Graham Potter.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:47, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Help with my new (and first) page[edit]

Hello, I'm creating a page for a cosplayer that I'm a fan of and I'm having trouble with the following: I can't upload a picture of her (I got a picture from her facebook page)

I can't move the page by myself so if everything goes well, can anybody help me?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Asagrim22 (talk • contribs) 05:05, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Asagrim22: you can only upload free media here. Current images that have been published anywhere before (that includes websites like Facebook) require a free licence from the photographer or copyright holder. Permission should be submitted through OTRS; please read the instructions there.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:31, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:DREAMers meeting with the former President and Vice President.jpg[edit]

(added section header with no other content)
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Carlos96daniel (talk • contribs)
  • I've fixed it. - Jmabel ! talk 07:27, 24 May 2018 (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 07:27, 24 May 2018 (UTC)


I recently uploaded an image that I found using creative commons which gave me some results. I chose an image that came from what used to be the Obama White House archives. I was wondering if I did the upload correctly?

--Carlos96daniel (talk) 07:09, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

  • @Carlos96daniel: You made a couple of mistakes. Most notably, you didn't indicate the license. I've fixed it, it should be fine now. - Jmabel ! talk 07:29, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Is there a list of different namespaces on Commons where Visual Editor is and isn't enabled?[edit]

Hi all

I've been working on an easy way for contributors to Wiki Loves competitions to create photo essays, the prototype is here. Unfortunatley I have a technical issue, I'm finding that some namespaces on Commons don't allow Visual Editor (which the process relies on), I'm also finding that for some reason in my userspace for some reason signatures are dissabled in VE. Is there a page somewhere on Commons that documents where VE can be used and why it is a dissabled in some spaces, also bonus points for explaining why I can't add a signature to pages using VE (greyed out).

Thanks very much for your help

John Cummings (talk) 13:22, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

@John Cummings: Here on Wikimedia Commons, "Visual editing" is one of the "Beta features" which default to unchecked in a user's Preferences. Your question will probably be best answered at mw:Special:MyLanguage/VisualEditor/Feedback.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:58, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks @Jeff G.:. John Cummings (talk) 14:06, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@John Cummings: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:13, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Is there a way to create a gallery that crops images to square, rather than having to reupload cropped versions of images[edit]

Hi all

I'd like to create a gallery of images for a competition I'm working on that has galleries (using <nowiki><gallery><nowiki>) but I would very much like the images to be uniformly square. Is there some way to specify the images are cropped if the exceed a certain height or width? I know there are certain templates that are possible to use crop images but I can't find anythign within a gallery. Any examples that I could crib from would be greatly appreciated.


John Cummings (talk) 14:43, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Where's Waldo?
Maybe found Waldo
I recently updated {{multiple images}} (actually Module:Multiple image) with the version from Wikipedia to support a gallery in which all images have the same height, it may not be exactly what you want though. Css cropping is not a great idea and not supported on all wikis. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 15:12, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz:, thanks very much, this isnt what I need but I'm sure I find a use for it at some other time. Very useful to know CSS cropping isn't supported everywhere, I think I may just make cropped versions manually if I chose to go ahead with it. Thanks again. John Cummings (talk) 15:34, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@John Cummings: You want to cut off tops and bottoms of portraits and sides of landscapes on purpose? Why?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 15:20, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.:, because I want all the images in the gallery to be square, the images will be of the natural landscape, so it won't be like I'm chopping the tops of people's heads off :) John Cummings (talk) 15:30, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@John Cummings: There is no such mode, and I don't know who maintains the <gallery> tool (it's cross-wiki, not specific to Commons. Short of what you are asking for, you might consider the "packed" mode, which I think looks really good. See examples at User:Jmabel/Berlin (which uses a "wide image" followed by three separate packed galleries). - Jmabel ! talk 16:19, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel: WMF: w:Help:Gallery tag, mw:Help:Images#Rendering a gallery of images - Alexis Jazz ping plz 16:56, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks you very much @Jmabel:. John Cummings (talk) 17:41, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Adding alt text to images[edit]

Is there a way to add alt text to an existing image? I have developed alt text for an image and would like to share that with the community.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sraysor (talk • contribs) 13:34, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Could you give a bit more description of what you are trying to do? Specific URLs, an indication of what content you are trying to add, etc. would be helpful. ALT text usually refers to something where an image is displayed; it's something more likely to arise in Wikipedia than in Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 15:54, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:2013 Organic Transit ELF ("Mango Orange" colour).png[edit]

I'm wondering if File:2013 Organic Transit ELF ("Mango Orange" colour).png is free to use or not. --EzekielT (talk) 17:48, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

I can't see any reason why it would be. The source page doesn't have any indication of a free licence that I can see, and it's much too new to be out of copyright. --bjh21 (talk) 18:31, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
@Bjh21: - Thank you for the response. You see, I'm trying to create a page about the ELF on Wikipedia, but I need a picture, and there are no others currently on Wikimedia Commons, so... what should I do? -- EzekielT (talk) 22:00, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Go out and photograph one, find someone else to go out and photograph one, find one free-licensed on Flickr... - Jmabel ! talk 23:26, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel: - Thanks for the advice! I searched Flickr, found two pictures with a CC-BY-2.0 license, and uploaded them, so what should I do with the unknown copyright picture now? EzekielT (talk) 00:19, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
It's deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 04:43, 26 May 2018 (UTC)

approval of copyrighted text/images[edit]

I understand that the subject of an article I wrote gave Wikipedia copyright release for her website. How can I check that that has been confirmed by Wikipedia so that I can use some of the text and/or images from the website in the article?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by PatPiWilliams (talk • contribs) 22:30, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
  • By contacting the OTRS team, and by not keeping it a secret whom you are talking about. - Jmabel ! talk 23:27, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

New version of file[edit]

Hi, since I'm a new user, I'm trying to upload the new version of a photograph I just uploaded, but I can't. It asks me to upload as another name and request someone here to move it?

Original picture: Pycnonotus_goiavier_analis.jpg

New picture: Pycnonotus_goiavier_analis2.jpg
— Preceding unsigned comment added by GerifalteDelSabana (talk • contribs) 06:44, 26 May 2018 (UTC)

GerifalteDelSabana (talk) 06:44, 26 May 2018 (UTC)