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Upload errors


  • I've tried the new upload widget a couple of times, and so far each time it's failed on me, usually either because it fails or the upload hangs or never completes. I don't think I've ever gotten to the next step with it. I'm on a mac using Safari, if that helps. --Dragfyre (talk) 01:42, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
    Did you perhaps try to upload files with blacklisted filenames (see above)? --El Grafo (talk) 07:40, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I've tried to upload a file but after I click "Continue" button, nothing happening. Maybe it's something with JS. Wizardist (talk) 17:49, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
    Chrome Debugger says:
    Uncaught Error: Parse error at position 48 in input: Ня ўсе ліцэнзіі Creative Commons дапушчальныя ў {{GRAMMAR:месны|{{SITENAME}}}}. Пераканайцеся, што ўладальнік аўтарскіх правоў выбраў адну з гэтых ліцэнзіяў.
    I suggest that GRAMMAR is not supported in this message. I think that such a support should be implemented. Until it's done, I'll get out of GRAMMAR in Mwe-upwiz-license-cc-subhead in Wizardist (talk) 17:53, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
  • When trying to upload a .jpg the up-loader just keeps ticking up for time to upload and never uploads. Granitecitytool (talk) 16:55, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Helpfull for uploading more than 1 picture, but I got errors today Sanko (talk) 15:08, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I tried to upload 9 files, give them a sound description, categorization, coords, .. and was interrupted by dinner. After dinner, I could finish the input of necessary data, and try to apply the description to the already uploaded images. But the progress wheel kept spinning and never returned. So I lost all the work of about one hour! Nice. My question: Is there a time limit? Can it be set in a way that it does not hurt, if you have to go away for some hours? Herzi Pinki (talk) 19:22, 24 April 2011 (UTC)
    Sadly there is and it's very short, it's 20 minutes or less. This is not a deliberate policy, it's because we are storing information somewhere that's rather volatile before we enter it into the database. It's our fault that we haven't implemented this in durable storage yet. NeilK (talk) 21:38, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I am very happy with the wizard. However, I had problems as I was uploading some photos. After an error occurred I had to go back and select the photos to upload again as yet it was only one that had no description. thank you. Stephen wanjau (talk) 13:41, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I've received some errors, when i was uploading photo at step "Describe" and i couldn't continue the upload:
mw.Api error: http[16:0156261]
mw.DestinationChecker::checkUnique> error in checkUnique result: http
  • Misiek2 (talk) 14:04, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    I'm seeing this a lot too. But I never saw that before today. It's strange because nothing in our application has changed with regards to checking the filename. I suspect the issue is with the server. NeilK (talk) 21:26, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Its looks simple. BUT it is impossible to follow the transfer process, I have not found or there is no activity window. The warning sings are not clear, Therefore its not clear if there is a problem or its takes too much time to transfer. Tjaarke maas (talk) 20:11, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I tried to upload a file titled "Marek Wojciech Chmurzyński.jpg". The upload wizard answered "This looks like a file you obtained from another imagehost. Please make the title more meaningful.". I don't know, what's going on. I made this photo by myself today, and it cannot be found anywhere else. It seems, that the wizard doesn't accept any file name starting from Marek. It's a pity, because Marek is a Polish equivalent of Mark, and a lot of people uses this name. Finally, I made the title less meaningful and I managed to upload the same photo as File:Chmurzyński.jpg. Olaf (talk) 22:37, 28 May 2011 (UTC)


  • I've tried to upload a 22 MB .ogv video file using Upload Wizard; however, it got stuck at the "Getting file information and previews..." stage (i.e. after the actual uploading, I suppose). I waited for approximately 20 minutes, but it stayed at "Getting file information and previews...", so I used the "Remove" link to cancel and uploaded the file in the "classical" way using Special:Upload, it's now at File:Saltstraumen.ogv. Tested with SeaMonkey 2.0.11 on Windows Vista. Gestumblindi (talk) 21:50, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Video upload seems to work now. I was able to successfully upload File:Maschine La Suisse.ogv (37.89 MB) using the Upload Wizard. Apart from the message "The upload succeeded, but the server could not get a preview thumbnail" there was no problem. Gestumblindi (talk) 02:09, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

General interface

  • When set for Spanish language (as for account AlejandroLinaresGarcia) it does not automatically go to the Wizard. It still has the page with the old upload and request to help test the wizard.



  • The "learn" letter type does absolutely not invite to read. I don't think the symbols are very clear. Especially the OK and STOP symbols are often to small. I also think a red cross and a green "v" are much clearer Josq (talk) 13:14, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

File selection

  • While picking the files I was able to pick more files after I had already uploaded one, but could not upload them. Tetris L (talk) 12:31, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Wizard does not notice if you upload the same file twice. No error during upload, but hangs later when trying the submit the description and categories. Tetris L (talk) 12:31, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Upload wizard seems to have a limit of 10 simultaneous uploads, but this is not made clear to the user. --Cryptic C62 (talk) 00:09, 18 April 2011 (UTC)
  • It uses more and more memory, but does it tell the user about it? Does it free memory when pressing "Upload more files" (seems like no)? --AVRS (talk) 20:45, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
  • Longer file names are displayed truncated (making text smaller helps). --AVRS (talk) 20:48, 27 September 2011 (UTC)


  • After an error at step 3, beginning again: There is another file already on the site with the same content and one cannot act on the files from the previously aborted upload. (After investigation, one finds these files already uploaded...)
  • Upload times seem longer compared to using the standard upload. -- KlausFoehl (talk) 13:42, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
Confirmed. For three files of 5, 3 and 9MB a cumulative time of 14 minutes rather high. -- KlausFoehl (talk) 10:52, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
  • In general this wizard is very easy to use and handle. But I think that would be better if the upload progress is indicated by a percentage or a color bar. Alancrh (talk) 10:41, 22 April 2011 (UTC)


Description and categories

  • I'm liking the new image wizard, particularly its ability to upload multiple photos in one go as opposed to one upload at a time. One problem, though. When I was uploading a batch after adding the descriptions and related data (Describe tab), the second of six images came up with a warning symbol (exclamation mark in inverted triangle), but then froze up completely, and I had to back out and start again. I think I forgot to rename the file from the camera's default, and my guess is that it choked on this. Maybe a warning/autodetect that prevents the uploader from clicking on "Next" down the bottom until the filename is changed from a blacklisted or previously-uploaded name. -- saberwyn 02:41, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
  • I always assumed that "date" meant the date of the work being uploaded; i.e., e.g., the scan of a page from a book published in 1904 would have the date "1904" entered; OR an image of a painting painted in 1872 would have the date "1872" entered... But the only options in the "date" dropdown menu or calendar do not go back that far. So what then does "date" refer to? It MUST be more than an upload date... That needs to be addressed... Londonjackbooks (talk) 03:23, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
    • Looks like it's extracted from EXIF, as happened with some scans I uploaded—these I corrected to 1842, which I couldn't do earlier. Not going to make that much of a difference, since a lot of people just put the upload date anyway. —innotata 19:50, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
  • The Category I entered did not register, even though it was an existing, legitimate category which appeared as I typed... Londonjackbooks (talk) 03:23, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
    • Yes, it's slow often, like Toolserver upload tools. —innotata 19:50, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
  • When one accidentially gives the same filename twice, the script does show an exclamation mark, but it then freezes. No way to gracefully recover, entries are lost. -- KlausFoehl (talk) 13:21, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
  • When renaming, one should be told not to include the file extension but to give the first part of the name only. At least at the stage when typing the .jpg suffix. -- KlausFoehl (talk) 13:55, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
  • The screenshot speaks for itself. I have photographs of an object in 3 parts, so I wrote as titles "theobject part 1/3" etc. The wizard wrongly believes the titles are identical (they differ by numbers). The biggest problem is: At that point, I can not go back to change the titles. Clicking "Retry" has no effect. All of the metadata I entered for those 3 files is lost. Nicolas1981 (talk) 10:00, 11 May 2011 (UTC)
  • If too much time elapses between the upload and the final step, files won't be published (with the last step taking forever to complete, and not even an error message to let you know that something's wrong!). I think this is due to the fact that in the meanwhile the files you tried to upload were erased from the Upload Stash. What is really annoying isn't to have to upload them once again, but to lose the description and the categories you added to the files, as you're not allowed to take a step back. My proposed patch is to stretch the time uploaded files are kept in the Upload Stash; if this wasn't possible, at least the Wizard should be changed to show an error message in which the user is asked to pick up again the files from his computer; at this point the Wizard would upload the files and then publish it (with the filenames and description the user inserted before). --Una giornata uggiosa '94 · So, what do you want to talk about? 18:01, 17 May 2011 (UTC)
  • If I upload images with the Upload Wizard and choose a category for each image then the category will be not overtaken; the image appears as uncategorized and I had to do categorization by hand,,, --Sigbert (talk) 20:13, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
    Yes, the categories are dropped. Please comment and vote for the bug 28850. --TMg 10:26, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Final step

  • On the "Use" tab, while the "Wiki Home Page" button works fine, the "Upload More Files" button does nothing. -- saberwyn 03:49, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
  • was making an upload, took long intermissions between stages, everything went ok til the final stage, which never completed & the upload did not go through. that is bad; either the upload should show that it has timed out/failed, OR it should not timeout/fail! Lx 121 (talk) 22:38, 21 April 2011 (UTC)


  • I can't get any of the images I upload with the wizard on my watchlist. It always hesitates when I push the "watch" button, but never gets there. DanTD (talk) 12:54, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    Watch button? I see no watch button. Every upload, however (including today's from Pittsburgh) automatically goes on my watchlist same as with the old method. Jim.henderson (talk) 13:06, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    You know, the button on top that gives you the opportunity to add any file to your watch list. None of the ones I load with the upload wizard ever go to my watchlist, and I can't add them there. ----DanTD (talk) 15:10, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    There is no such button. I don't know what you're talking about. That said it is a good idea to add this feature, I'm just not sure where to put it that doesn't slow people down. NeilK (talk) 20:58, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    Oh, you are talking about the regular button on every page. Well that is unrelated. It can't make a file somehow un-watchable. NeilK (talk) 21:29, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    I was able to add the files you uploaded through UploadWizard to my watchlist without any trouble. Does the star button just spin or nothing happens? Kaldari (talk) 21:18, 26 April 2011 (UTC)
    I just push it and it says "watching..." like it's in the process of adding to my watchlist, but it never does. ----DanTD (talk) 18:09, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
    UPDATE - I just took File:Woodbridge Amtrak-VRE Station Pedestrian Bridge from US 1.JPG off of my watchlist momentarily and then tried to put it back on. It's doing the same thing. I'm starting to think this may not be a problem with the upload wizard anymore. ----DanTD (talk) 18:12, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
    Suspecting it might have something to do with the automatic watchlisting of files we upload or edit, I turned off all my autowatch options in "Preferences" and uploaded File:UPMC Mercy Outpatient South Side jeh.jpg {lousy pic). As expected, the new file did not appear on my watchlist, but then I looked for it by name and hit "Watch" and it did. All is well so no, I'm out of guesses and cannot suggest a source of your problem. Jim.henderson (talk) 21:28, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
    Well, I never used any of my automatic watchlisting options, but I just turned it on tonight, and tried it again, and got the same lack of results. I'm starting to wonder if it's my PC and/or internet connection, which means I'm going to have to try it from a library either tomorrow, or later in the week. ----DanTD (talk) 22:51, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Oh. It looks to me like an incompatibility with MSIE, Normally I use Google Chrome on Commons under Vista but today I used Internet Explorer v8.0.601.19048 and got the same failure. When in the modern default skin, I clicked on the white star for my File:South Side Presbyterian jeh.jpg and it failed to change color or indicate any action. Changing my preferences to the classic Monobook skin, I clicked again on the watch tab. It changed to "Watching..." and didn't complete it for minutes. So, yes, it suggests the presence of two bugs, such that images uploaded by the new upload wizard cannot be added to the user's watchlist, but only when we're using MSIE. The workarounds are:

  1. Install another browser which is nice anyway to see how pages will look to readers using their various browsers
  2. Set your Preferences to watch everything you upload

But of course it ought to be fixed in Commons. Anybody else succeeding in replicating this software failure? Jim.henderson (talk) 18:03, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Feedback mechanism

  • I tried to send feedback, and after 10 minutes it is still spinning and saying "Adding feedback to page...". I think you miss a lot of feedback just because the feedback mechanism is not reliable. This is extremely frustrating to have your feedback lost. This might be because in the same page "Submitting details and publishing..." is also spinning endlessly. Nicolas1981 (talk) 04:50, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Upload wizard doesn't work for me in Opera 10.10/MacOSX

When viewing Special:UploadWizard in Opera, I get a spinner for a few seconds as things load, which vanishes, leaving me with a page containing only the standard header, footer, and sidebar. I'm using Opera 10.10 for MacOSX and the Classic skin. --Carnildo (talk) 23:04, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

With Opera 11.50 it works.--Trixt (talk) 18:10, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Text not readable

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:6.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0.2

On the left side, below 'Kortom' text is not readable Miho (talk) 10:04, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

I think he is talking about the word "kort" which means "short" in NL. There are multiple messages including this word. --TMg 11:18, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Fehler beim Upload

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:6.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0.2

Beim Hochladen meiner Datei "El Ángel Caído" wurde eine Fehlermeldung angezeigt, mit der ich nichts anfangen konnte. Auch die angebotene Wiederholung des Ladevorgangs schlug fehl. Dann versuchte ich das Ganze von vorne aufzurollen und bekamm den Hinweis, die Datei existiere bereits auf dem Server. Tut sie auch. Ob ich damit nun am Wikimedia Monuments Wettbewerb teilnehme oder rausgekickt wurde, ist unklar. Ralf Isau (talk) 09:06, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

The file is here: File:El Ángel Caído.jpg. According to Wikipedia:Wiki loves monuments 2011/Teilnahme für erfahrene Wikipedianer it seems to be OK. --TMg 10:33, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Category selection

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1

Please set category selection to be accessible as the default, not as a hidden option. Category assignment is a necessity, and not an option. Thank you. Ineuw talk page on 00:05, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Please comment and vote for bug 31292 and bug 28850. --TMg 11:09, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Tools don't work because of missing Comment in History

When using the upload wizard, the Comment in the File history at the bottom of the page is always empty. This makes it hard if not impossible to use certain tools. Please always add a short comment, e.g. "Uploaded". The text does not really matter as long as it is not empty. This is confusing. --TMg 10:08, 1 October 2011 (UTC)


User agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; FunWebProducts; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; MAAU; .NET4.0C; BRI/2; FunWebProducts)

El concurso ha terminado. ¿No debería desaparecer este wizard? Zarateman (talk) 11:32, 1 October 2011 (UTC)


User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/535.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/14.0.835.186 Safari/535.1

Hola amigos, soy nuevo en esta comunidad, y espero ir conociéndonos, quisiera saber como subir una pequeña historia, pues me encanta escribir, y me gustaría que me deis vuestra opinión. un abrazo. Bonilla2011 (talk) 17:43, 1 October 2011 (UTC)