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:The Ultimate Warrior.jpg

The reason stated in a previous discussion was that there was suspicion of "Flickrwashing". The user who uploaded this to Flickr, DianesDigitals, has been a reliable source for photos in the past. You can see a list of photos that are from that account, many of which appear to be from the same wrestling event here. The user has uploaded many more photos from the same wrestling event that this picture was taken, including more featuring The Ultimate Warrior, which they chose not to make available for free use. Many of these are of poorer quality, but Warrior appears in the same attire, and it is at the same venue. It's far more likely that the websites which used this picture got it from this very source, otherwise it would be hard to explain how this user was able to take similar pictures themselves only to steal the one which they made available for free.LM2000 (talk) 21:02, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Exactly. Unless another source on the web has a better quality version of this picture or has all of these pictures in this particular Flickr set, I think it's safe to say that the Flickr uploader is the original. Starship.paint (talk) 05:51, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

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

File:The Fray 2014.jpg

I am re-nominating this for undeletion because the editor (user: Fastily) was the person who originally deleted the photo and closed the last undeletion request I would like to get an unbiased view from other editors and would prefer another editor close this discussion. This image is not a copyright violation or Flickr washing this image is on Flickr released by its owner LunchBox Studios see their official site they produce the videos for the Walmart Soundcheck see this page for more information. other photos from the same Flickr account were nominated for deletion but kept see old deletion requests for more information. I also want to point out that the Flickr page has been active since 2009 and all of their photos are under the same license. I doubt that a intern or publicity agent has been working for them for 6 years made a mistake like that every time. we also have many of their photos on wiki commons and have been using them for years, I'm sure if they didn't want us using their photos they would have contacted us a long time ago and asked us to removed them. so i don't see any reason why this photo had to be deleted. Dman41689 (talk) 07:10, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Related DR is Commons:Deletion requests/File:The Fray 2014.jpg. Yann (talk) 06:17, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Restored: as per previous decisions on this Flickr account. Need to be consistent. Yann (talk) 06:25, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R98690, Hitler und Franco.jpg

Данный файл удален не правильно. Если его автор Генрих Гофман (а это так), то это изображение может свободно публиковаться, как и все его работы. --Kolchak1923 (talk) 20:55, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Thats not true. The works of this photographer are still copyrighted. We can only host the files that the copyright holder allowed to publish under a free license. You cant simply take unfree content from their website and claim that it is freely licensed. --Martin H. (talk) 11:20, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Asmaar Peerzada 2014.jpg

Because It is my own work. Few of my pictures have already been deleted. They were also my own work. Kindly undelete it.--Sam Josh (talk) 05:21, 18 April 2014 (UTC)