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.

Commons deletion (policy)

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.
  • If the file was deleted for missing evidence of licensing permission from the copyright holder, please follow the procedure for submitting permission evidence. If you have already done that, there is no need to request undeletion here. If the submitted permission is in order, the file will be restored when the permission is processed. Please be patient, as this may take several weeks depending on the current workload and available volunteers.

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.

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: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:File: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

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File:Report on the Riots in Kowloon and Tsuen Wan cover chi.jpg, File:Riwajat Kangdjeng Nabi Moehammad s.a.w..djvu

Please temporarily undelete both files to transfer to Canadian Wikilivres.--Jusjih (talk) 20:56, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done Please leave a note here after the transfer. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 22:38, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Just wondering, but why is an admin requesting undeletions instead of just using his own undeletion button? lNeverCry 09:49, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
I assumed it was because Jusjih was being very careful not to use Admin powers for a personal reason. I probably would not have done the same thing myself, but it's not unreasonable. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:15, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Jusjih is obviously a highly trusted admin, but I guess you can't short a guy for being extra careful. lNeverCry 11:06, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Jusjih: Done? Poké95 02:48, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done: That should be long enough. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 02:24, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

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Restaurar dos fotos borradas

Buenas tardes, solicito que dos fotos que fueron borradas porque me las había atribuido personalmente, cuando en realidad no eran mías, vuelvan a ser reintegradas, ya que ahora ya disponen de los correspondientes permisos en Flickr como se puede comprobar a través de estos enlaces: - File:Miguel lluch.jpg - Muchas gracias. Un cordial saludo, --Hard (talk) 17:35, 21 October 2016 (UTC) Please restore the following pages:

Thank you.--Hard (talk) 17:40, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

File:Miguel_lluch.jpg (edit · last · history · watch · unwatch · global usage · logs · purge · w · search · links · DR · del · undel), flickr
File:LeonardoP1996.jpg (edit · last · history · watch · unwatch · global usage · logs · purge · w · search · links · DR · del · undel), flickr
Hi, the two images above were deleted in a deletion request, after User:Hard acknowledged he did not take them, but they were provided by the University of Navarre Archive in a verbal fashion (along many others...). Hard has managed personally this stuff, and the University of Navarre uploaded these two in its Flickr account with a CC-BY-SA 2.0 license. I hope it's enough to grant the permission. Probably they would not be the only ones requering undeletion. Thanks in advance. Strakhov (talk) 19:11, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done: Just finished the reupload from Flickr. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 02:18, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

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File:Ang cnbdi.JPG

No reason to delete it unless photographs in Category:Centre Georges-Pompidou, modern achitecture, in Paris are deleted as well : CNBDI is an important cultural center in Angoulême. Jack ma (talk) 07:03, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Per Commons:Deletion requests/Modern parts of the CNBDI, this glass structure is much newer than the rest of the stone structure and violates French FoP. As for the images you point too, I agree that some of those look questionable, so I'll look into a deletion nomination for those too. lNeverCry 07:34, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
@Jack ma: I ended up filing three related deletion requests. Thanks for letting us know about these other problem images. lNeverCry 10:34, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
Ok, thanks, just to be logical with ourselves. More photographs in Category:Centre Georges-Pompidou are concerned (e.g. File:Centre Georges-Pompidou. Mini-Europe Brussels (France).jpg). Jack ma (talk) 11:30, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
The "Mini" version, shown in File:Centre Georges-Pompidou. Mini-Europe Brussels (France).jpg, is a replica located in Brussels, Belgium. This is covered under Commons:Freedom of panorama#Belgium. lNeverCry 04:41, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

 Not done : Clear violation of French Freedom of Panorama law. --lNeverCry 02:50, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

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File:FG workshop pic.jpg

please let me know why my picture File:FG workshop pic.jpg my wife took was deleted by Christian Ferrer without any form of inquiry? Eyeponu (talk) 19:41, 23 October 2016 (UTC) Oct. 23, 2016

Published before without a free license. Thuresson (talk) 20:36, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Have your wife sent permission via email. Have a look here -> OTRS. Cheers, --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 02:06, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

 Not done : OTRS permission is required. --lNeverCry 02:49, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

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File:Dame When it Rains artwork final.jpg Undelete

I sent an email on Company letterhead to (Permissions) on 10/23/2016. I own Innovate Ent, which is the sole creator an copyright owner of all media created and licensed under the girl group: DAME.

Josmoke9 (talk) 01:09, 24 October 2016 (UTC) BRIAN MILLER 10/23/16

 Not done : This is an OTRS issue. Backlog currently 101 days!. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:59, 24 October 2016 (UTC)