Commons:Undeletion requests

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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

Finding out why a file was deleted

First, check the deletion log and find out why the file was deleted. Also use the What links here feature to see if there are any discussions linking to the deleted file. If you uploaded the file, see if there are any messages on your user talk page explaining the deletion.

Secondly, please read the deletion policy, the project scope policy, and the licensing policy again to find out why the file might not be allowed on Commons.

If the reason given is not clear or you dispute it, you can contact the deleting administrator to ask them to explain or give them new evidence against the reason for deletion. You can also contact any other active administrator (perhaps one that speaks your native language)—most should be happy to help, and if a mistake had been made, rectify the situation.

Appealing a deletion

Deletions which are correct based on the current deletion, project scope and licensing policies will not be undone. Proposals to change the policies may be done on their talk pages.

If you believe the file in question was neither a copyright violation nor outside the current project scope:

  • You may want to discuss with the administrator who deleted the file. You can ask the administrator for a detailed explanation or show evidence to support undeletion.
  • If you do not wish to contact anyone directly, or if an individual administrator has declined undeletion, or if you want an opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion, you can request undeletion on this page.

Temporary undeletion

Files may be temporarily undeleted either to assist an undeletion discussion of that file or to allow transfer to a project that permits fair use. Use the template {{Request temporary undeletion}} in the relevant undeletion request, and provide an explanation.

  1. if the temporary undeletion is to assist discussion, explain why it would be useful for the discussion to undelete the file temporarily, or
  2. if the temporary undeletion is to allow transfer to a fair use project, state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

To assist discussion

Files may be temporarily undeleted to assist discussion if it is difficult for users to decide on whether an undeletion request should be granted without having access to the file. Where a description of the file or quotation from the file description page is sufficient, an administrator may provide this instead of granting the temporary undeletion request. Requests may be rejected if it is felt that the usefulness to the discussion is outweighed by other factors (such as restoring, even temporarily, files where there are substantial concerns relating to Commons:Photographs of identifiable people). Files temporarily undeleted to assist discussion will be deleted again after thirty days, or when the undeletion request is closed (whichever is sooner).

To allow transfer of fair use content to another project

Unlike English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects, Commons does not accept non-free content with reference to fair use provisions. If a deleted file meets the fair use requirements of another Wikimedia project, users can request temporary undeletion in order to transfer the file there. These requests can usually be handled speedily (without discussion). Files temporarily undeleted for transfer purposes will be deleted again after two days. When requesting temporary undeletion, please state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

Projects that accept fair use

Note: This list might be outdated. For a more complete list, see meta:Non-free content (this page was last updated: March 2014.) Note also: Multiple projects (such as the ml, sa, and si Wikipedias) are listed there as "yes" without policy links.

Adding a request

First, ensure that you have attempted to find out why the file was deleted. Next, please read these instructions for how to write the request before proceeding to add it:

  • In the Subject/headline: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:Image:DeletedFile.jpg]] is advisable. (Remember the initial colon in the link.)
  • Identify the file(s) for which you are requesting undeletion and provide image links (see above). If you don't know the exact name, give as much information as you can. Requests that fail to provide information about what is to be undeleted may be archived without further notice.
  • State the reason(s) for the requested undeletion.
  • Sign your request using four tilde characters (~~~~). If you have an account at Commons, log in first. If you were the one to upload the file in question, this can help administrators to identify it.

Add the request to the bottom of the page. Click here to open the page where you should add your request. Alternatively, you can click the "edit" link next to the current date below.


Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

File:Holger Zürch 2005.jpg - no copyright violation

Hi there, this is not a copyright violation.

This picture was originally made with my photo camera in 2005 - it is my picture, and I am the owner of its copyright. That is why I want you to undelete this jpg-file.



Ghostwriter123 (talk) 08:17, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

This undeletion discussion is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

File:Luca Leonardini.jpg

Hi Wikimedia Commons,

this picture is featuring myself in front of the sea, is not offensive, it was taken by a family member with my own camera, I saved it in Photoshop with my name and post it. I have also used this same image in some of my public profile such as LinkedIn, GooglePlus. As far as I understand I am the only owner of any possible existing copyrights on this image.

If I missed to add some metadata or description tag I apologize and I ask you to illustrate how to do it.

Thank you and best regards,

Luca Leonardini —Preceding unsigned comment added by Luca Leonardini (talk • contribs) 08:20, 12 July 2014‎ (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Because, as you say, the image has appeared elsewhere without a free license, Commons policy requires that the actual photographer send a license to Commons using the procedure at Commons:OTRS..     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:14, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

not done per Jim, and it's a personal photo, so out of scope Ezarateesteban 15:55, 12 July 2014 (UTC)


El principal archivo por el que realizo la solicitud es el siguiente: File:Tulcan.jpg subida el 12 de julio de 2009. Quien colocó la solicitud de borrado de este archivo coloca como referencia un foro en el que el "post" puede ser editado luego de ser creado, es decir, a pesar de que fue creado en el 2005, si su autor lo decide puede modificar las fotos ahora mismo y colcar enlaces de fotos subidas hoy, con esa lógica se puede entrar en conflictos. Por otro lado se pone como segunda referencia búsquedas de google antes de la fecha mencionada, pero de la misma manera no se tiene en cuenta que google toma las fechas de creación de las páginas, si colocamos búsqueda únicamente de imágenes antes de esa fecha no obtendremos ningún resultado, pues la imagen fue subida por primera vez desde mi cuenta en Wikimedia Commons. Por favor solicito verifiquen mis argumentos y quiten la plantilla lo más pronto posible ya que de todas mis contribuciones esta foto es la que más usos tiene en muchas páginas de varios idiomas. Saludos cordiales. --Jhalvico (talk) 16:02, 12 July 2014 (UTC)