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Category pages[edit]

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{{Category for discussion|ABC}}
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It has been proposed to move Commons:Templates to Category:ABC
Reason: Missing. Please add an explanation for the request to the template, e.g. |2= as [[:en:ABC]]
Date: Missing. Please add the following to the template: |3=2018-10-22
Objections and discussion have their place at Commons talk:Templates (two weeks are considered as adequate time for possible objections). See Commons:Rename a category for general information and policy.
  • If the proposed rename is clearly uncontroversial or consensus-decided, place the bot command (see below) at User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands to be handled by SieBot or rename it and move the content manually. If the new destination category exists, you can remove this template, replacing it with {{category redirect|ABC}}.
  • If the proposal is clearly or potentially controversial or requires a broader discussion, you can transfer the discussion to Commons:Categories for discussion (replacing this template with {{subst:cfd}})
  • If the proposal is clearly nonsensical, mistaken or consensually rejected, please remove this template.

Warning: processing period depends on activity of Commons volunteers. Some proposals (especially with unclear reason or too weak support) stay waiting for many months to be handled.

Bot command: {{move cat|Templates|ABC|reason=}}
  • Usage: {{Move|new name|reason}} – for categories (only!) which should be renamed.
  • Mass category renames should be listed on COM:CFD.

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{{Category redirect|ABC}}
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This category is located at Category:ABC
Note: This category should be empty. Any content should be recategorised.

This tag should be used on existing categories that are likely to be used by others, even though the "real" category is elsewhere. Redirected categories should be empty and not categorised themselves. It should not be used on categories that are misspellings and thus unlikely to be used by other people. Such categories should be tagged as: {{bad name|Category:correct name}}.

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Dialog-warning.svg This project page may meet the criteria for speedy deletion.

The given reason is: reason

Appeal: If you disagree with this project page's speedy deletion, replace this tag with a regular deletion request.

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{{Template deletion request}}
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The text below is generated by a template which has been proposed for deletion. Please see its entry on Commons:Deletion requests/ for comments and reasoning.

{{No source since}}
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{{No license since}}
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{{No permission since}}
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This media file is missing evidence of permission. It may have an author and a source, but there is no proof that the author agreed to license the file under the given license. Please provide evidence of permission by either providing a link to a site with an explicit release under a free license or by sending a declaration of consent to

Unless this issue is resolved, the file will be deleted seven days after this tag was added and the uploader was notified (').

Usage of this tag: For categorisation purposes, always use {{subst:npd}}. If you didn't use an automated tool, use

{{subst:image permission|File:Templates}} ~~~~
to notify the uploader.

File description pages[edit]


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missing name
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Original caption
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Depicted place
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place of creation
Place of discovery
Object history
Exhibition history
Credit line
Authority control
(Reusing this file)
Other versions

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Title  wikidata:
Series title
Authority control
Year of publication
Place of publication
Page overview
Accession number
(Reusing this file)

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missing name   link=Creator:
Alternative names
Date of birth
Location of birth
Work period
Work location
Authority control

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missing name  link=Institution:
Native name
Parent institution
Web page
Authority control

{{Retouched picture}}
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This is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version.

Permissions and restrictions[edit]

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OTRS Wikimedia

This work is free and may be used by anyone for any purpose. If you wish to use this content, you do not need to request permission as long as you follow any licensing requirements mentioned on this page.

Wikimedia has received an e-mail confirming that the copyright holder has approved publication under the terms mentioned on this page. This correspondence has been reviewed by an OTRS member and stored in our permission archive. The correspondence is available to trusted volunteers.

If you have questions about the archived correspondence, please use the OTRS noticeboard.

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The uploader asserts the following regarding consent of identifiable persons

I personally created this media. All identifiable persons shown specifically consented to publication of this photograph or video.

{{Personality rights}}
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Personality rights
This work depicts one or more identifiable persons. The use of depictions of living or deceased persons may be restricted by laws regarding personality rights. The extent of these restrictions depends on jurisdiction. Personality rights restrictions apply independently of copyright. Before using this content, please ensure that the intended use does not infringe any personality rights under applicable laws. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you do not infringe someone else's personality rights. See our general disclaimer.

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Warning: The subject of this image is believed to be protected by copyright.

It is believed that the taking, uploading and reuse of this derivative work is permitted under the copyright law of the country in which the photograph was taken, possibly with some restrictions, because the subject was permanently located in a public place. In Germany, this exception is known as Panoramafreiheit; many other countries have similar exceptions which are referred to on Commons by the generic term "freedom of panorama".

Freedom of panorama does not apply in all countries, and often applies only to photographs of buildings that are permanently located in a public place. In some countries the freedom may apply more broadly. It may or may not extend to sculptures and/or to subjects that are not in a "public place" but are in a "place to which the public has access". The allowed usage of this picture, if any, depends upon the laws of the country of creation, and may also depend on the laws of the country in which the derived image is to be used. See Commons:Freedom of panorama for a country by country list.

Before reusing this content, ensure that you have the right to do so. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you do not infringe someone else's copyrights. See our general disclaimer for more information.

If you have added this template to an image description page, remember that in most cases it should be accompanied by an acknowledgement of source.

FoP Freedom of Panorama //

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{{Quality image}}
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Quality image
This image has been assessed using the Quality image guidelines and is considered a Quality image.

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{{Valued image}}
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VI seal

This image has been assessed under the valued image criteria and is considered the most valued image on Commons within the scope: {{{scope}}}. You can see its nomination [[Commons:Valued image candidates/{{{subpage}}}|here]].

{{Picture of the day}}
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  • For example, to indicate the picture of the day for December 15, 2004, enter
{{Picture of the day|year=2004|month=12|day=15}}

to get:

Picture of the day This image was selected as picture of the day on Wikimedia Commons for . It was captioned as follows:

Related files[edit]

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This file has been superseded by File:Å.svg. It is recommended to use the other file. Please note that deleting superseded images requires consent.
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  • Usage: {{Superseded|superseding image name}} – if a better file of the same theme was uploaded
Gnome-x-office-drawing.svg File:Example.svg is a vector version of this file. (reason: it is a better example in W3C-valid SVG)
File:Example.png Go-green.svg File:Example.svg

For more information, see Help:SVG.

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  • Usage: {{Vector version available|the name of the vector image}} – when a vector version exists, but is not clearly superior

When superior it can be told with the quality parameter, and mentioned with reason (like above)

{{ Vector version availableExamplequality = superiorreason = it is a better example in W3C-valid SVG }}

When inferior this can be specified with quality=inferior and the reason, e.g.

{{ Vector version availableSamplequality = inferiorreason = invalid SVG containing embedded raster }}


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{{Translation possible}}
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This SVG file contains embedded text that can be translated into your language, using an SVG supportive editor (like XML or text). For more information see: About translating SVG files.
Category:Translation possible


Digital editing required[edit]

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{{Cleanup image|Explanation}}
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  • Note: This tag should only be used if none of the following cleanup templates applies, or for specific requests.
Category:Images for cleanup

{{Convert to SVG}}
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Converted to SVG.svg
All images in this gallery could be recreated using vector graphics as an SVG file. This has several advantages; see Commons:Media for cleanup for more information. If an SVG form of this image is available, please upload it and afterwards replace this template with {{vector version available|new image name}}.
  • Usage: {{Convert to SVG}} – images that should be converted to the vector format SVG
Category:Images that should use vector graphics

{{Convert to PNG}}
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PNG This image was uploaded in a format such as JPEG (or GIF). It could be stored, however, in the PNG format which supports alpha transparency and lossless compression, meaning that changes do not reduce the image quality. If possible, please upload a PNG version of this image (from a non-JPEG source or with existing compression artifacts removed). After doing so, replace this template with {{SupersededPNG|New Image.png}}, and please replace all instances of the previous version throughout Commons (noted under the "File links" header). For more information, see Commons:Preparing images for upload. JPEG & PNG

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Category:Images with inappropriate GIF format

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Category:Images with inappropriate JPEG compression

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Category:Files with inappropriate PDF format

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Category:Images in lossless format with lossy compression artefacts

{{Remove border}}
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Category:Images with borders

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Category:Images with watermarks

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Category:Images requiring trimming

{{Extract image}}
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Category:Images requiring extraction

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Category:Images with opaque backgrounds

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Category:Images requiring rotation

{{Convert to international}}
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This image (or all images in this category) uses inside labels or attached captions in a specific script or language and might be converted to a language neutral form. This would allow its use in all Wikimedia projects and, more importantly, all Wikimedia languages.

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Category:Images requiring internationalisation

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Category:Images uploaded at reduced resolution

{{Low quality}}
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Category:Images of low quality

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Category:Images containing regular noise

{{Colour blind}}
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Category:Images with problems for colour blind people

{{Disputed diagram}}
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Category:Disputed diagrams

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This image needs restoration. If the old version is still useful, for example if restoring the image will alter the image significantly, upload the new version under a different title so that both can be used (e.g. [[File:Mount_Everest.jpg]] → [[File:Mount_Everest - restored.jpg]]. After uploading the restored version, replace this template with: {{superseded|File:Mount Everest - restored.jpg|image restored}}, replacing the italicised name with the file name in question.

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Page cleanup required[edit]

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{{Description missing}}
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Category:Media lacking a description

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  • Usage: {{subst:unc}}
Category:Media needing categories

{{Fact disputed}}
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Category:Accuracy disputes

{{References missing}}
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Category:Media data without source

{{Source code please}}
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All images in this article are information graphics created by a computer program from data sets or formulas that have not been fully provided on this page. In order to allow other editors to improve or build such images, and to ensure compliance with free content licenses such as the GFDL, the following should be provided:
  • Software package(s) used
  • Data sets used (if any), including pre-processing instructions
  • Sequence of commands used to create the graphic
  • Short description of any post-processing stages
Once all the above are included in the image's description page(s), please remove this template.

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{{Notation please}}
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Classical music icon.svg This image (or all images in this article or category) contains musical notation created in scorewriter software. The preferred form for editing such musical notation is the musical notation file used by the scorewriter software. In order to allow other editors to improve or build on this image, and to ensure compliance with free content licenses such as the GFDL, the following should be provided:
  • Software package(s) used
  • Musical notation file for the image, either uploaded separately or (preferably, if plain text) inline on the description page
  • Sequence of commands used to create the image
  • Short description of any post-processing stages

Once all the above are included in the image's description page, please remove this template.

Category:Musical notation images lacking source file

Renaming and merging[edit]

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  • Usage: {{Rename|NewName|NumericReason|reason}} – for files (only) which should be renamed.
Category:Media requiring renaming
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  • Usage: {{Merge|PageName (no prefix)}} – the text “project page” changes based on the namespace it’s in. For pages only!
Category:Requested merges
{{Merge from|Example.png|…}}
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  • Usage: {{Merge from|page name (no prefix)|discussion page (optional)}} – default discussion link is the talk page
Category:Requested merges

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