Commons:Picture of the Year/Help

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Picture of the Year 2022
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When will it start?

  • Round 1 will begin on 17 April 2023, 00:00 and end on 1 May 2023, 23:59:59
  • Round 2 will begin on 4 May 2023, 00:00 and end on 18 May 2023, 23:59:59

Which pictures are eligible for the contest?

All pictures selected and remaining as Featured pictures during 2022 are eligible for Round 1. The most popular images from Round 1 will continue to Round 2.

Will my vote from beta-testing be counted, if I am eligible?

Yes, as long as the vote is valid (meaning we can identify the picture you have voted for, the picture was not added to the gallery by a mistake or vandalism and no error occurred). You can check all your votes in your contributions or by clicking the 'My POTY' control panel in the top right corner on a gallery page.

Am I allowed to vote after the voting period is over?

Your vote can't be counted if you voted after the voting period is over. Voting pages are frozen after the voting period ends. We won't punish voting after the voting period with a block or other administrative action, but your vote may be reversed.

Where is the help for the enhanced voting tool?

It is located at this page. JavaScript must be enabled in your browser to use the enhanced voting tool. While we will try to help users vote, we are unable to provide in-depth technical support due to vote volume. Click here for instructions to turn JavaScript on in your browser.

The 'My POTY' control panel tells me I am ineligible but I know that I am eligible.

The My POTY link appears on all pages where you can vote.

There are several steps you can take if this the case.

  1. First, make sure that your Wikimedia Commons and your home wiki accounts are linked to each other.
  2. Click on the 'My POTY' control panel in the top right corner of any gallery page. In the popup that appear, click the "Check again" button in the eligibility-section of My POTY.
  3. If this does not work, click on the 'Remove' button in 'My POTY' and reload the page.
  4. If this does not work, it may be necessary to delete the cache and the cookies in your browser. This is usually possible from your Internet browser's preferences or settings panel. Performing an Internet search or contacting the maker of your Internet browser may be helpful in learning how to clear your cache or delete cookies. After deleting cookies, you might be logged-out. My POTY can be found on all gallery pages if your browser has JavaScript enabled.
Bypass your cache — Simple instructions
In most Windows and Linux browsers:
  • Hold down Ctrl and press F5.

In Apple Safari:

  • Hold down  Shift and click the Reload toolbar button.

In Chrome for Mac:

  • Hold down  Cmd and press R.

In Firefox for Mac:

  • Hold down  Cmd and press F5.

How can I vote manually?

  1. Be sure you are eligible to vote, and are logged in to Wikimedia Commons.
  2. On the Picture of the Year page click Vote now ».
  3. Click on a category.
  4. Click on the Info button below and to the right of the image you want to vote for.
  5. Click on the Votelist link in the tiny popup.
  6. Click edit on the Votes section
  7. Add your user name in the same format as other users did before you. For example: # [[User:Myusername|Myusername]]
  8. Click Publish changes.

If you don't do it correctly, you will receive a message after attempting to save. It will tell you how to vote correctly.

Due to vote volume, we cannot provide in-depth technical support, but try looking in your browser's settings and menus or searching online for the answer to your question.

Are there results for contest before a round ends?

No. We don't want the results to influence voters and cause a more significant impact of an early lead. We will publish all the voting statistics after a round ends. You may however analyze the candidate vote pages yourself in whichever method you like, but we are strongly against publishing such results before the end of the round.

Who is running the contest?

Have a look at the Committee page.

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