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Upload way[edit]

Can I upload via url ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Patarmalik (talk • contribs) 16:04, 15 April 2015‎ (UTC)

No; only administrators can do that, and only from a limited set of sites. Most of the content you find on the Internet is not in the public domain or published under a free license, and therefore cannot be uploaded to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 17:39, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
How about toollabs:url2commons? --Geohakkeri (talk) 13:24, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
One finds out something new every day at this place. I get only 27 hits when searching for this name. Where has this tool and the instructions on Commons policies that it provides (or rather doesn't) been discussed? Is there a tracking category for files uploaded with this tool? This doesn't feel like something we should be recommending to new users in its current state. LX (talk, contribs) 16:25, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Ping: Magnus Manske --Geohakkeri (talk) 07:59, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
This tool predates the Commons build-in URL upload function. No "policy discussion" has ever taken place, AFAIK. Use it, improve it, or ignore it. --Magnus Manske (talk) 13:26, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Green Giant (talk) 16:24, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Large djvus not uploading[edit]

I've been getting the same error that was described at Commons:Upload_help/Archive/2015/04#error trying to upload djvu. I've tried both the upload wizard and chunked upload to no avail. Anyone know what's going on?

Peter Isotalo 20:59, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

The file I'm consistent having trouble with (a .dvju conversion of this pdf). It's odd, because I've uploaded larger .dvjus before (File:Cajsa Warg.djvu, 400+ MB).
Rillke, I used your script to upload the Cajsa Warg file back in November last year. Can you help out in any way?
Peter Isotalo 09:33, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
If the error message was an API upload error with mw-exception, the issue is server-side and is tracked on phab:T94562 -- Rillke(q?) 15:17, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
My understanding of coding is pretty poor. If it's of any help, please add that the problem seems to occur with very large .djvu-files as well as multiple uploads. The file that keeps failing is 139.2 MB.
Peter Isotalo 15:49, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

subir fotos de compañia[edit]

¿puedo subir fotos de la mi compañía? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fenix.construcciones (talk • contribs) 21:51, 24 April 2015‎ (UTC)

SVG using MathML shown as corrupted[edit]

Just as the header says, if I want to upload a SVG using Javascript/ECMAScript or MathML, then I get the error message "This file might be corrupt, or have the wrong extension." Minimal example:

  xmlns       = ""
  xmlns:xlink = ""
  width       = "1200"
  height      = "800"
  viewBox     = "0 0 1200 800"
  <foreignObject x="40" y="7" width="200" height="30">
  <div xmlns="">
  <math xmlns="">
      <mi> A </mi>
      <mi> cos </mi>
      <mo> ( </mo>
      <mi> ω </mi>
      <mi> t </mi>
      <mo> ) </mo>

Why are neither MathML nor ECMA-Script allowed? What can I use to replace MathML? There are convertes, but the code becomes totally unreadble when converted to pure SVG. Is it possible to hold some petition to allow XHTML+SVG+MathML ?

Maxiantor (talk) 20:08, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

{"servedby":"mw1139","error":{"code":"verification-error","info":"This file did not pass file verification"
,"details":["uploadscriptednamespace",""],"*":"See https://commons.wikimedia
.org/w/api.php for API usage"
{"servedby":"mw1227","error":{"code":"verification-error","info":"This file did not pass file verification"
,"details":["uploadscriptednamespace",""],"*":"See https://commons for API usage"
MediaWiki supports embedding mathematical formulas using TeX syntax in <math> tags and has basic text support in SVGs. ECMAScript is definitely not allowed in SVGs and I would be surprised if foreignObjects would be rendered properly if they were accepted. -- Rillke(q?) 19:33, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Ok thanks. Can you give me a working example or point me to some ressources? Will that work, if the SVG is not uploaded to Mediawiki, but instead being displayed directly using a browser? Maxiantor (talk) 13:25, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
@Maxiantor: C.f. mw:Extension:Math; <math>A \cdot cos( \omega t )</math>A \cdot cos( \omega t ). Whether it is displayed in the browser depends on user preferences and browser capabilities (MathJax). -- Rillke(q?) 13:33, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I really don't understand it. Something like the following does display nothing, at least when viewed locally. I would want to have this work both locally and on a server. I think I will give up on all this, it's to frustrating. Thanks for your help. MathML was flawed in the first place, because Opera rendered it almost 1.5x so long as ff did, therefore jumbling up the whole layout. It's all to flawed.
 xmlns       = ""
 xmlns:xlink = ""
 width       = "1200"
 height      = "800"
 viewBox     = "0 0 1200 800"
@Maxiantor: To have this locally working, you need a TEX compiler, or MathJax (see demo page). -- Rillke(q?) 14:46, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Upload file[edit]

To upload file..what process should I do???

See Commons:First steps for first steps. --rimshottalk 17:43, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

file import request from mr-wikipedia[edit]


Requesting sysop/ admin support in importing and activation mr:w:File:Licensing tutorial mr.svg from mr-wikipedia to commons.

Thanks and Regards

Mahitgar (talk) 09:12, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

upload slow[edit]

I use the upload wiz. In the beginning it's fast enough, but after one or two minutes it's going slower. What to do?  Klaas `Z4␟` V:  19:36, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

I noticed the same. First it starts well. After three quarters it slows to zero. What to do? -- Hans G. Oberlack (talk) 21:31, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
The Upload Wizard has been pretty much broken for a long time now because it's developers have effectively abandoned it. The only realistic alternative is to use the old upload form at Commons:Upload. Green Giant (talk) 00:11, 1 May 2015 (UTC)
Today I transferred some files from Flickr and this went lightning fast, although UploadWizard only officially support uploading 50 files from Flickr at one but it's easy to circumvent JS limits. However, for this to work, one must be either in GWToolset, image reviewer, or sysop user group. -- Rillke(q?) 13:35, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Upload a picture using the GNU Free Documentation License[edit]

Hello Community.

I modified a picture ( File:Ramblers Skydiver (6899239115).jpg ) from wikimedia that was published under the GFDL. Due to this license I have to publish this modfication under the same license (or am I wrong)? But when I upload the picture I can only choose Creative Commons license. Is there a way to solve this?

Thanks for the help --MartinIGB (talk) 16:36, 1 May 2015 (UTC)


</gallery>Commons </gallery>

Colocar fotos do Brasil é um privilegio

Images remarquables[edit]


J'aimerais importer une image que je proposerais comme "image remarquable". Malheureusement, le logiciel d'importation de Commons ne "supporte" pas plus d'1 Mp alors que les images remarquables doivent avoir une définition minimum de 2 Mp. Que dois-je faire? Merci d'avance pour l'information

Coordenadas Geográficas.[edit]

Infelizmente não disponho das exatas coordenadas doa locais onde fotografei. Devido a isso estou impossibilitado de enviar as fotos para o wiki loves earth Brasil. Existe solução? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rafael Mollica (talk • contribs)

Deleted images of paintings[edit]

Heading inserted by me.Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:27, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Estou a tentar fazer uma página na WIKIPEDIA com o nome de meu marido, ARTISTA PLÁSTICO Francisco Ariztía. Já criei a página mas falta pôr imagens - uma fotografia dele e três imagens de pinturas. As fotos são todas de minha autoria, mas foram apagadas em Março/2015 porque não tinha conseguido pôr as licenças. Já escolhi a licença para todas elas é - CC BY-SA 3.0. Agora a página diz que foi eliminada. Não percebo nada do que está a acontecer. Noémia Simões de Ariztía, 4/Maio/2015 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noémia Simões de Ariztía (talk • contribs)

como são criados os java porcos,e como fazer para controlar pois as criaçãoe dos mesmo, pois existe plantaçãoes sendo devoradas — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jesus francisco da silva (talk • contribs)

Category eines schon hochgeladenen photos ändern[edit]

Hi, ich würde gerne die Category meines beim Wetbewerb hochgeladenen photos ändern. Wie geht das? Grüße, Spoonwing

was the email I sent regarding permission not sufficient?[edit]

Dear helpers. Last week I tried to update the very out-of-date cover of our dictionary on this page with the current version. I uploaded a new file (File:Cover.jpg) and sent an email to, the text of which is posted below. I work for the company who produce this title, and have clearance from the creator of this image, and the permissions team to post this image. I'm not sure what I have done wrong that has resulted in my image being taken down.

Here's the email text: I hereby affirm that I, Alice Willoughby, represent Pearson Education Ltd the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of the work depicted in the media and the attached image. The image depicts the cover of the publication, and has been updated to show the current edition.

I agree to publish the above-mentioned content under the free license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by me.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

Alice Willoughby Project Manager, Dictionaries and Reference, Pearson Education Ltd. 28th April 2015

Thanks in advance for your help Alice Aliwilloughby (talk) 13:28, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Getting stuck in the file upload sequence[edit]

Hi There

Trying to load an photo through Commons and I am getting stuck in the "Describe" section. I filled out the required information but when I press "next" it is not advancing to the next step. Any ideas?


VB — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vanburen1234 (talk • contribs) 20:15, 5 May 2015‎ (UTC)

The Upload Wizard is always breaking down and is unlikely to be fixed soon. I recommend using Commons:Upload (or the upload form), which was used before the wizard and is less likely to break down. Green Giant (talk) 21:56, 5 May 2015 (UTC)