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Unsure of what category I should put this image under.


I just realized that I can contribute images also to wikipedia. I'm uploading a close up picture of Sri Ravishankar the spiritual guy from India which i had taken a while ago in a public satsang event in Mumbai. I was happy that though shaken a bit, i could use my new telescopic lens decently at the time.

To cut the long story short, I am not sure of which category I can put this one in.

Also, I have taken lot of pictures of nature, skies, animals, etc. How can I contribute more to wikipedia with these?

Thank you, Senthil Photo sent (talk) 04:20, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

I moved File:Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - new.jpg into Category:Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. LX (talk, contribs) 15:45, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:45, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploaded the wrong photo?

Sirs, I uploaded the wrong photo and need to remove it from the common area? How do I do that? Here is the link to it.

File:4 Legged Friends-O'Fluff's Chanel Ryan & Lucky.jpg

Thank you and sorry for the issue,

Chanel. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chanel Ryan (talk • contribs) 04:08, 5 April 2013‎ (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 23:32, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

comment supprimer des fichiers.pdf chargés sur commons?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Bercier (talk • contribs) 18:37, 27 March 2013‎ (UTC)

You ask for a PDF file to be deleted the same way you ask for any other media file to be deleted... AnonMoos (talk) 02:35, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading Logo For a Company

What and how to upload A company logo for a particular company considerin it is copywritten by the company and what license should i be using while uploading the file. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gocrazy69 (talk • contribs) 07:52, 28 March 2013‎ (UTC)

If the logo reaches the threshold of originality required for copyright protection, you will need the copyright holder's permission to publish it under a license that allows anyone to use the logo for any purpose with respect to copyright (trademark rights may still be reserved). You cannot choose a license on their behalf; only the copyright holder can issue a valid license, so the permission must be issued by someone authorised to speak on behalf of the company on copyright matters. If they are willing to issue such a permission, it should follow our standard format and be sent in to our permissions archive. LX (talk, contribs) 09:01, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
A few logos (those which were first published in the United States before 1923, for example) have expired copyright; this includes the Coca-Cola logo... AnonMoos (talk) 02:34, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Is impossible to upload image

Hi, thank you for your time, I would like to inform you that I am trying to uploaded and image, but every time that I click on Upload file, the page does not load, and stays there for minutes and minutes, the wheel of the load, but no things happend, so I thought that you could solve my problem. Kind regars. Nick.mon (talk) 16:21, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Disable UploadWizard (click here and follow the instructions in the dialog), reload the page then click Upload and use one of the old but robust forms or simply go to Special:Upload. -- Rillke(q?) 09:28, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
Ok thank you very much! Nick.mon (talk) 10:58, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Jama Masjid Sillod — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sillodwiki (talk • contribs) 10:56, 1. April 2013 (UTC)

You can't upload photos from facebook because they are usually not free. Read COM:L -- Rillke(q?) 11:10, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

why blocked?

I recently interrupted my uploading due to change of mind and minor technical questions and wanted to continue later - but now I am completely locked out and forced into the upload help page - ?? What happened?? CorneliusHasselblatt (talk) 16:51, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading a new version, replacing the old version.

Potentially, this is simple but I can't see how to do it! I agree that there may be trouble whereby others have found use for the old version that might not be served well by the new version. But in this case, the file is Electricity.NZ.TiwaiPoint.png and I have a new version with a further year's worth of data included. The original file was moved to the "commons" by someone, no matter. But, I can't see how to replace it. The guided process produces "File name already exists" and there is no option apparent to specify that yes, I want the old file replaced. Possibly after some other person has verified the intended change as acceptable. I don't want to leave a trail of obsolete files either. NickyMcLean (talk) 03:51, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

  1. Please stick to COM:OVERWRITE
  2. Go to the file page (File:Electricity.NZ.TiwaiPoint.png), scroll to the File history table, click Upload a new version of this file and follow the instructions in the upload form. -- Rillke(q?) 20:48, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

upload not working properly? help?

Hi. I am trying to upload a new version of a map - just to make a few corrections. It is not working though and I am confused why not? Can someone help? (Lilic (talk) 16:54, 6 April 2013 (UTC)).

It appears that it did upload - looking at the "old/previous" version shows it being okay - but it does not display properly? Perhaps some time is required for changes to appear? (Lilic (talk) 17:02, 6 April 2013 (UTC)).
Probably a caching problem -- you can try "purging" and reloading... AnonMoos (talk) 18:52, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading bigger files

I was trying to upload some education program videos, but there is a restriction (100mb) There is some way that i can short the file up, or let commons upload it? Gusta (talk) 21:09, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

For ultra-large files, there is Commons:Chunked uploads. There are ways of trading off video quality against file size, but the details would depend on your software setup. AnonMoos (talk) 18:30, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi, would you please give me some explanation what is the problem in my work?

Hi, would you please give me some explanation what is the problem in my work? Irina Shuiskaya (talk) 10:09, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

According to what can be seen here, uour user page seems to have been deleted because it contained a whole long biography that would be more appropriate for a Wikipedia article (assuming the person is notable). AnonMoos (talk) 18:20, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

uploading to wikibook

I want to contribute a section on protein quality to wikibook, but each time I click on the link for upload, its a media upload page that pop-up. So how do I upload to wikibook as a new user. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fatimaadebayo (talk • contribs) 11:13, 8 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Not sure I entirely understand your question, but on most Wikimedia wikis you can't upload images until your account is at least 4 days old. AnonMoos (talk) 18:17, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

PDF file scales badly

The PDF file File:Uninsured Children by Poverty Status, Household Income, Age, Race and Hispanic Origin and Nativity 2009p28.pdf looks fine in its full size version, but the scaled versions have huge amounts of white space added. I presume that occurred during the upload process. How can this be fixed? RockMagnetist (talk) 17:09, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

PDF files are really more for multi-page documents than for basic charts and graphs. They're rendered as JPEGs (which can sometimes be a problem for non-photographic images right off), and margins are determined by the overall document page size. In this case "Full resolution" means that the PDF file is displayed in a PDF-viewing program on each person's computer (which program is used can vary between computers). It doesn't look greatly different in the PDF-viewing program on my computer than it's displayed on the image description page. The best thing to do would be to convert to vector SVG format, if feasible... AnonMoos (talk) 19:26, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I kind of dissected the PDF file, and there's a lot of hidden text present in the file (the complete page 28 from some document, in fact); it's kind of a mess, and I'm not sure I can help with directly converting it to another format; it might be simplest just to take a high-resolution PNG screenshot... AnonMoos (talk) 19:35, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I reformatted the file for some improvement; that's about as far as I can go with it... AnonMoos (talk) 23:17, 10 April 2013 (UTC)


Hallo, I have tried to upload a picture to Folke Eriksson Konstnär but the picture don not shows. When I try to upload again it says that the file already are there. What to do? Best regards Viktoria Eriksson — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gussnava (talk • contribs) 05:05, 11 April 2013‎ (UTC)

File:Folke Eriksson självporträtt.JPG? Which language Wikipedia would you like to add it too?--Canoe1967 (talk) 08:35, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

regarding Storage of media file

Hello sir,

I have uploaded a media file name as Printer65.jpg and I have no idea where user files are stores. please provide me the path where user media file store.

Regards Hitesh — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hiteshsaldi (talk • contribs) 09:11, 11 April 2013‎ (UTC)

You can see the files you have uploaded in your log. As you can see, File:Printer65.jpg is a red link, because it's been deleted. You can see the reason for deletion by clicking on the filename. As you can see, it's because it was a copyright violation. You were also notified of this on your user talk page. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary, part of our first steps guide, to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. Also, please use more descriptive filenames in the future. LX (talk, contribs) 14:20, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload Wizard

Are there problems with the Upload Wizard today? I don't seem to be able to use it... Thanks--Godot13 (talk) 22:21, 11 April 2013 (UTC)


Why has Wizard stopped running ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tfitzp (talk • contribs) 14:06, 12 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • I normally use Firefox. The Upload Wizard was not working. I tried it in Google Chrome and it works. Could it be an update to Firefox that is causing incompatibility? --Godot13 (talk) 18:19, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Assistent zum Hochladen

Moved here from Commons talk:Upload help.LX (talk, contribs) 21:13, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Der "Assistent zum Hochladen von Dateien" lässt sich heute nicht aufrufen, er bleibt einfach hängen (zigfach probiert). --79.214er (talk) 10:18, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Da können wir leider auch nichts machen. Du kannst die alten Formulare benutzen oder wenn solche Probelme auftreten, eine Meldung auf Bugzilla absetzen, so dass die Entwickler des Wizards wissen, dass sie Fehler gemacht haben. -- Rillke(q?) 09:42, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Keine Reaktion auf "Upload file"

Moved here from Commons talk:Upload help.LX (talk, contribs) 21:10, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Leider kann ich keine Bilder mehr hochladen. Wenn ich bei Wikimedia Commons auf "Upload file" tippe, keine Reaktion, außer daß sich der Kreisel dauernd dreht. Insbesondere erscheint nicht "Back to the old form", womit ich routinemäßig arbeite. Was tun? Dank für Tipp und Gruß, Wikswat — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikswat (talk • contribs) 2013-04-08T18:33:33 (UTC)

Zuerst solltest Du Deine Spracheinstellungen anpassen: Special:Preferences und die gewünschte Sprache auswählen, speichern.
Anschließend: Disable the UploadWizard gadget now! (Im Dialogfenster bitte die Deaktivierung bestätigen) -- Rillke(q?) 09:29, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Custom license box chokes on tag redirects?

So apparently, when you put a custom license template into the Upload Wizard, it seems to choke on names that are redirects, claiming that they are not "valid wikitext, or does not contain a license." (specifically, I used {{pd-textlogo}}, a redirect to {{PD-textlogo}}).

Thenagain, why isn't "Logo that is in the public domain because is not sufficiently simple for protection" an option on that screen to begin with, I wonder? ViperSnake151 (talk) 19:22, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Please report this issue to bugzilla: / [Left pane:] Enter a new bug / MediaWiki extensions / UploadWizard. -- Rillke(q?) 09:22, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

permission of publication

Hello!I have the permissions writen of the artist and the newspaper. to publish the items you deleted a Who should I send? Thank you --Ceceroni (talk) 20:47, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

See Commons:OTRS... -- AnonMoos (talk) 02:35, 13 April 2013 (UTC)


Has derivativeFX shut down? - Presidentman (talk · contribs) Wikipedia Random Picture of the Day 21:37, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Screenshot of Wikipedia, non-free content

I want to upload a screenshot from en.wikipedia of an image that is displaying incorrectly (on a black background, which makes it virtually invisible), in the hope that someone can fix the problem. The image is this one, which is non-free, minimal use etc., so I don't believe I can upload the screenshot to wikipedia. Can I upload it here? That is, is a screenshot of a copyright-free site free of copyright regardless of the content? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 21:50, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

clarify: it's the thumbnail, not the full-size image, that has the black background. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 21:53, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
You certainly can't upload a file containing a non-de minimis copyrighted image to Commons. I don't think a screenshot is needed in this case anyway -- it's enough to point out to a person with technical JPEG knowledge that the JPEG file has problems. AnonMoos (talk) 05:12, 15 April 2013 (UTC)


Have uploaded a series of four scanned photographs,(public domain), to be added to the page in reference to the United Farmers of Ontario, (UFO). Although the upload went well, -- I was unable to complete the transfer to the actual page, and I am now at an impasse! Also I seem to be unable to track my upload, to determine if it actually exists!

Robert Shepherd ( 15 04 2013 -- 16:54, 15 April 2013‎ User:Shepherd2013

They exist, but they should probably have {{PD-Canada}} tagging, not CC-Zero... AnonMoos (talk) 17:18, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

License Help

I found a photo on Ancestry that I think would be a good addition to the article w:Mary Allen Seminary. I think it may be public domain, but I'm a little iffy, so I thought I'd ask.

The photo is available on this page. It is the first one. I highly suspect that the photo is old enough to be considered PD, but I'm not sure how Ancestry's publication of it affects this particular copy (or if it does). Could someone with more copyright knowledge than I help me out? Zellfaze (talk) 18:45, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

I haven't visited the external site, but if a photograph was first published in the United States before 1923, then it's automatically out of copyright in the United States. Otherwise, matters can be more complex... AnonMoos (talk) 11:30, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Replacing uploaded file

Have uploaded a pdf figure that came out too small. How do I replace it with a new enlarged version? -- 07:22, 16 April 2013‎ RogerLie

PDF files are really for whole pages, usually of multipage documents, and they're rendered on Wikimedia as JPEGs (which may not be too great for geometric illustrations), as discussed in the "PDF file scales badly" subsection above on this page. It would be much better if you could use the software program which you used to output the PDF file to output a vector SVG file instead. Or if that's not feasible, a large PNG... AnonMoos (talk) 11:26, 17 April 2013 (UTC)


how do I start a new page on Wiki pedia? Eg.I need to tell about a new topic which has not been mentiond on wikipedia but is very famous in Mumbai! How do I do it? -- 11:43, 16 April 2013‎ LibiNF

I would be over at Wikipedia. This project is for media. You may want to add a section to w:Mumbai and see if it expands enough to become an article.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:07, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

upload video

Moved here from Commons talk:Upload help.LX (talk, contribs) 18:04, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

UserAlf5435334777 Hello LX how to upload video wikipedia --Alf5435334777 (talk) 15:03, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Please have a look at com:video. If it does not help let me know, please. --McZusatz (talk) 19:55, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
Hi again Alf5435334777! McZusatz has already answered your question, but a few additional remarks may be in order:
  • Please don't post the same message in multiple places. You posted this question both at my talk page and on Commons talk:Upload help. That leads to duplication of work and forking of discussions.
  • I'm quite busy at the moment and may not respond quickly, so you're better off directing general questions like this to the community at large rather than to me personally.
  • This is the page for asking help with uploading. Commons talk:Upload help is for discussions about this page.
  • You don't need to write your user name at the beginning of your entries, since it's part of your signature that you add with four ~ characters at the end (as you've done).
Cheers, LX (talk, contribs) 18:14, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:14, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Bild Bekannt2.jpg

Bei diesem Bild handelt es sich um eine "Bekanntmachung" zur Rätewahl 1919. Sie wurde 1930 in einem Flyer nachgedruckt. Das Urheberrecht lag, wenn überhaupt, beim "Volkskommissar für die Vorbereitung der Sozialisierung des Bergbaues im rheinisch-westfälischen Industriebezirk: RUBEN". Es ist mit Sicherheit erloschen. Der Beleg ist deswegen interessant, weil er die "polnischen Berufsvereine" neben anderen Gewerkschaften aufführt. Ich weiß nicht, was ich wo verbessern soll. Mag er wieder gelöscht werden. File:Bekannt2.jpg--Fibe101 (talk) 15:07, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Danke für deinen Beitrag. Ich habe das Bild mal nach File:Bekanntmachung zur Rätewahl - 1919.jpg verschoben. --McZusatz (talk) 11:45, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Sobre megapixeles de las fotos

Hasta cuantos megas se pueden subir fotos al facebook? -- 05:57, 18 April 2013‎ PedroIIIV

Sorry, you have to ask Facebook for questions about Facebook. This page is about feedback on uploading to Wikimedia Commons only. --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 18:14, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

How to delete an upload I made

I need to delete an upload I made and replace it with another that has correct information. How do I do it???

ℹ – informational message only You can use the "Nominate for deletion" link in the toolbox on the left to nominate a page on Wikimedia Commons for deletion.

English | Türkçe | +/−

--McZusatz (talk) 12:12, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

say no category - not true -

are category - two. happens often. Farrajak (talk) 19:53, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

1929 Map Copyright Status

I'm hoping to upload Figure 6 from here, an article first published in 2009. The map from 1929 was provided to the author and its caption says "courtesy of" as opposed to "copyright by" as all other pictures, including some journals, have. Is it OK to upload? Thanks. Rufous-crowned Sparrow (talk) 15:45, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Anyone? Rufous-crowned Sparrow (talk) 01:45, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
I don't feel like downloading a PDF from an external source, but if you could tell us under what circumstances the map was initially published, there might be enough info to make a determination. AnonMoos (talk) 04:32, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
The map's caption: "Figure 6. Map of Choiseul Island, showing collecting localities of the Whitney South Sea Expedition (Hamlin 1930) and the subsequent search by Shane Parker (courtesy of the Department of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History, New York)"
It was hand-drawn in 1929 and with annotations from the 1960s to show where another individual searched. Rufous-crowned Sparrow (talk) 12:30, 23 April 2013 (UTC)


UserAlf5435334777 can you upload photos from your site --Alf5435334777 (talk) 13:30, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Only some photos from may be uploaded to Commons, so these require review for each upload. See Template:Cc-by-3.0-BollywoodHungama. LX (talk, contribs) 13:37, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
UserAlf5435334777 me from this site I can upload photos from this license Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported --Alf5435334777 (talk) 13:46, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
You can upload files that are legitimately published under a Creative Commons Attribution license to Wikimedia Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 14:03, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

UserAlf5435334777 and how this person can upload a license syshtiya like me

--Alf5435334777 (talk) 14:09, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Use the {{Cc-by-3.0-BollywoodHungama}} license template that I mentioned. The file will be reviewed by a license reviewer. LX (talk, contribs) 18:35, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Public Domain photos and upload wizard

I'm trying to upload a photo that is on Flickr and the Australian Government's "Australian War Memorial" website where it states that a photo taken in 1940 is "Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain. This image is in the Public Domain" [1]. I can't find a way of getting this past the Upload Wizard. Alansplodge (talk) 22:14, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Damien Peter Parer is the photographer and may not be dead long enough for PD in the USA where our servers are. Are federal Australian works PD if he worked for the feds at the time? It may be PD in Aus but needs to be PD in the USA as well.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:50, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Alansplodge (talk) 00:23, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
It seems we have a few of his so they may be PD here. See:Category:Damien Parer--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:38, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
w:Damien Parer died in 1944 so they should be okay to upload. 50 years pma is the limit?--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:56, 23 April 2013 (UTC)


ファイル=Plan-1 of Chager system for Electric Car.pdf をアップロードし、記事(間欠給電式電気自動車)の赤文字をクリックすると、この画面に飛ぶようにするには、どのようなキー操作をしたらよいのでしょう?


以上、よろしくご教授ください。         --Ikki55 (talk) 02:30, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

"Special:UploadWizard" seems stuck

I haven't uploaded any files for a while, so when I clicked on "Upload file" and ended up at "Special:UploadWizard" — okay, things change. But all I get is the "Please visit Commons:Upload help if you need to ask questions about uploading files", and a spinner. I wait, nothing else happens, I try it twice more, but it seems nothing is coming back. Is there some problem at the head end?

I think I can find the old way in, but if I didn't know about that I would be totally balked. There used to be an option to upload files without this "Wizard", and I think it should be put back in. ~ J. Johnson (talk) 19:30, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

I have the same problem with Firefox, but it seems to work in Chrome...--Godot13 (talk) 20:10, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
Can you give us more info about the exact browser version under which this problem is occurring? Also, can you open the error console (Ctrl+Shift+J) and see if any errors are appearing?--Eloquence (talk) 01:02, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
I am running Firefox v.20.0.1 I first noticed problems on 11-April (left a note above). Found that I could use Chrome. I used Chrome tonight and it seemed a bit off from the past few days (no timer at the bottom, the accept button was not visible). I opened the error console and there is a lot of info but I have no idea what I'm looking for...--Godot13 (talk) 04:22, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
Under certain circumstances in a single test environment I consistently see UploadWizard start to upload a .png file, the thumbnail is there, but the upload never completes. I have not seen this issue in production nor with a browser other than Firefox. In Firefox after the upload hangs, from the menu bar, I pick Tools/Web Developer/Error Console/Errors and see the message "Error: TypeError: result is null". Is that consistent with what you see? Cmcmahon(WMF) (talk) 20:49, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
Hi J. Johnson, hi Godot13! It's not yet totally clear to me at which point the UploadWizard misbehaves for you. After the "What can I upload" picture (you still see that one displayed?), should display a large "Select media files to share" button. When you try to load the UploadWizard and bypass the cache, is anything shown under "Tools > Web Developer > Error Console" (or even better in "Firebug", if you are familiar with that)? --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 21:25, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
Hi AKlapper- Forgive me if I go into too much detail, but I want to try and convey the most accurate description possible:
  • When I go to the Upload Wizard (in Firefox) the initial prompt is intact: “Select media files to share.” When I press the button, everything functions normally, I can select an image from my computer. The image file shows up in the Upload Wizard, but nothing happens. There is no upload occurring. The thumbnail is blank (image of a blank piece of paper with folded corner), the name of the file, and the ability to click on the word “Remove” under the file name. The “Add more files” button is below and using it only adds another file, but nothing happens, there is no upload. There is no processing timer circle to the right of the file name…
  • However, when I add a second and third file, and then press the remove button for the third, the following message appears “Some uploads failed.” Next to the message are two buttons 1) “Retry failed uploads” and 2) “Continue anyway.”
  • When I press “Retry failed uploads” the first two files now have the processing timer circle to the right (but the time to completion bar on the bottom of the page is nowhere to be seen). But, they never seem to complete the upload (I chose smaller files and they are taking abnormally long).
  • When I press “Remove” for the second file, NOW the timer bar on the bottom of the screen appears and just above it the “Some uploads failed” message. The timer at the bottom indicates 5 minutes left for a 750K file (I’ve uploaded 20M files in half the time).
  • Instead of pressing “Retry” I pressed “Continue anyway.” The next screen appears regarding licensing. I click “file is my own work” and then the “Next” button… The button slightly changes color indicating it registered, but nothing happens. The page does not appear to be processing anything.
Does this paint a clear picture of the problem? --Godot13 (talk) 06:29, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
Also, I have cleared my browser cashe by every method listed in the links above...--Godot13 (talk) 06:31, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I have looked at the error messages when I clear my browser (Shift & F5) and when accessing Upload Wizard. This stuff is way over my head, but I cut and pasted the logs at User:Godot13/Sandbox/Upload_Wizard_problem for you to look at if it is helpful...--Godot13 (talk) 06:49, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
This problem is now covered in - for User:Godot13/Sandbox/Upload_Wizard_problem it would be helpful to use a <pre> format to make it more readable. :) This also happens in Firefox when running in Safe Mode with all extensions and add-ons disabled? -- 08:58, 22 April 2013‎ AKlapper (WMF)
Sorry I didn't make it back sooner. It looks to be working now, which is to say the graphic is downloaded and displayed as well as the HTML stuff. I am using Iceweasel 3.0.6 (Firefox), which bills itself as Mozilla 5.0. The only plugin is Shockwave Flash 9.0. At the time the browser showed it was waiting for a download. ~ J. Johnson (talk) 22:39, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading source material (e.g. spreadsheets)

I wish to upload a chart of historical data that will need to be recreated annually. Is it acceptable to upload source data in the form of an ODF spreadsheet, so that others can recreate the chart? If not, where should such data be stored? --Pmj (talk) 07:07, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

ODF isn't on the list of approved file formats. This site is basically for visual, audio, or audiovisual media fixed in a concrete form, while a raw spreadsheet file is abstract data which could be presented in a variety of ways. If you're uploading a visual chart file, then you could paste in a CSV version of the underlying spreadsheet used to generate the chart as part of the image description page (similar to File:Estimations of Human Brain Emulation Required Performance.svg etc.). -- AnonMoos (talk) 09:57, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
That's a good idea; I've added the raw CSV data. Thanks! --pmj (talk) 12:22, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploads by user Bublible

Moved here from Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/Blocks and protections LX (talk, contribs) 14:13, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Hello, first off: english is not my native language (I am slovak) so I hope I write it right and that you will understand what I am saying, now: I did upload some files which are scans from czech magazine Rock&Pop from years 1994-1995 not existing anywhere on internet, as I know these are the only existing exemplars around - those that I have scanned many years ago (not whole magazine, just the specific reviews or interviews about band called Queryen - cut out and scanned). I read I can upload such files to wikimedia commons (license ATRIBUTION) if I specificaly - in their description - say I am not owner, credit original owner (Rocok&Pop) and authors (which I did exactly like that), but they were deleted by some of your administrators anyway - why? Please, can anyone help me with this? Maybe I put wrong license or wrong syntax, but hey, I am not lawyer nor programmer, I just did it with the best intention not harm anyone, so I need your help to put right the license in above sense (for example Rock&Pop - - owns history only after year 2005, I also write email to them...) Bublible (talk) 12:04, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

I read I can upload such files to wikimedia commons: You cant upload such files unless the copyright holder agreed to that license.
The site dissallows you to take something from their site. To upload something here you need the copyright holders written permission for publication under a free license allowing anyone to reuse the file anytime, anywhere for every purpose including commercial purposes. See Commons:PS#Must_be_freely_licensed_or_public_domain, Commons:Licensing, for permission see Commons:Email templates. --Martin H. (talk) 12:23, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

OK, but I didnt take it from their site, they do not have this themselves as I know, cos they have their archive only from year 2005 onward (as I said, today I wrote to them my 3rd email, still waiting for answer, I also comunicated with them on their FB page) Bublible (talk) 12:37, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Where exactly did you get the idea that you could upload copyrighted content under any sort of license without permission from the copyright holder? Only the legitimate copyright holder can issue a valid copyright license. Please go back and read Commons:Project scope/Summary, part of our first steps guide, to understand what type of content you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 13:24, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

I just change the license of those files to {{OTRS pending}} except one file ( which is already deleted so I have no option to change its license myself, and now communicating with owner (Rock&Pop magazine executives - they already approved it in email to me, now they need to send approval email to you) to send the approval email, but I do not understand 2 things: what "subject" such email should have, and secondly: what exactly in "approval email from the owner" should this line - STANDARD CHOICE; SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TYPE OF LICENSE: [publish that work under the free license "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported) and GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).] - be changed to, please? Should it be replaced by line "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license"?

@LX: here (Attribution): "Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.", but maybe I understood it in a wrong way (see, english is not my native language, so I need help with this probably) --Bublible (talk) 13:39, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

...or would it be enough to resend you email to "permissions-commons email address" they send to me with their approval (in czech language)? --Bublible (talk) 14:01, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Please, can anyone tell me what "subject" of "approval email form the owner of the file" sent to you to "permissions-commons email address" should have? I just waiting for this answer and I send it to the owner immediately (he is still waiting for my email) as I said above, can anyone answer, please? --Bublible (talk) 14:21, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

The text you quote from English Wikipedia's article on the Creative Commons licenses simply means that files published by the copyright holder under a Creative Commons license with the Attribution requirement require attribution when used by others. It does not mean that you can scan photos from magazines and upload them under a Creative Commons license without the copyright holder's consent. You now say that you've obtained such consent, but given your other questions, I'm not sure that you've understood enough to obtain a meaningful letter of consent.
{{OTRS pending}} is not a license. It is meant to be used together with a license to indicate that evidence supporting the licensing claims has been sent in via e-mail. The subject line of e-mails sent to our permissions archive is not particularly important. If the copyright holder agrees to publish the works in question under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license, then the line:

I agree to STANDARD CHOICE; SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TYPE OF LICENSE: [publish that work under the free license "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported) and GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).]

in our standard permission e-mail template should be filled in as:

I agree to publish that work under the free license "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported).

LX (talk, contribs) 14:33, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

@LX: thank you, I guess now I understand it right: everytime I upload any stuff is not my own work I will sign it with "OTRS pending" in license field, then contact original owner/autor of the file, send them modified email template and ask them to send it back to you (at given email above)...this is exactly what I am doing now (hope it is right now?) + OK,so subject of the email can be anything, thank you,gonna send them the mail now.

But what about cases where my scanned files of some local periodics that does not exit anymore are realy the only known exemplars around and of course I do not claim I am owner and credit original owner and author in files properties? --Bublible (talk) 14:57, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Actualy, you should contact the copyright holder and make sure that they are willing to release their work under a license that allows anyone to use the content for any purpose before you upload it here. If you unable to identify or contact the copyright holder of a work, you cannot upload it here. LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Hello, why are these 5 scans still being waiting for "approval" when email from owner was sent tommorow? These files:,,,,,_QUERYEN,_BLANCHE,_THIS_IS_KEVIN_-_4_Ep%27s.jpg --Bublible (talk) 08:26, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Please: no answer from anyone for 2 days about this problem? --Bublible (talk) 11:15, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Bublible, even if they are the only know exemplars around, you do not have the rights to "republish" them on the internet. This has been answered before. For the five scans without approval I don't know what "when email from owner was sent tommorow" exactly means, so that question is hard to answer. In general the owner of a work first has to explicitly give her/his okay first before you can upload and use a picture on Wikimedia. Note that this is my personal opinion on this topic, and I am not a lawyer. --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 15:27, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Permission e-mails are handled by a team of volunteers with limited time. The current backlog for processing e-mails, as noted on Commons:OTRS, is 100 days. LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

@AKlapper: yes, it was made exactly as it should be... @LX: OK, so I will wait for 100 days, no problem about that, but can I use those files now although they are not processed by team of volunteers, will they appear in my wikipedia page anyway? --Bublible (talk) 19:40, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Can anyone explain to me what kind of license should I use when I set permission for one re-uploading file as {{OTRS pending}}? I cannot see any license of "OTSR" in the field "License" (sorry I am not native english person so I do not understand if OTRS means something that is actualy is in License field)? + I specified everything that was needed but the script still tells me some fieleds are empty/not specified? --Bublible (talk) 11:12, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

OK, I guess I made it and the files passed thru successfuly this time, thanx for all your help --Bublible (talk) 13:58, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

The files cant pass thru if you not have permission from the copyright holder! The true copyright holder, thats the person who created the content. Not some owner of a copy. --Martin H. (talk) 17:59, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

@Martin: what are you talking about? My files did pass...licenses accepted (maybe except one, but all others are OK now) --Bublible (talk) 00:09, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

So far nothing passed. For most uploads you not provided a license, the license you have to provide is that license that the copyright holder - the tv station or the magazine, not the band and not you! - agreed to in written form. Your files will not pass if you not provide written permission from the legal owners. --Martin H. (talk) 13:30, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

@Martin: sorry but you are COMPLETLY WRONG, all files I used in my wikipage are licensed, absolutely no problem so you really do not talk about the same thing as I are also wrong about the licenses of files belonging to the band: all audios, all profile photos, all concert photos - EVERYTHING THERE is made by band itself + email with written permission(s) was sent to wikimedia and all were accepted... please: stop it (I really do not see what are you after here?) The only file in question is still foto (frame) of live programm made by the band (it is not picture made by tv station, nor video of that program) but anyway this single file is not used anymore, so I see no problem and that file can be deleted if you will -- 23:02, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Queryen - súčasná populárna skupina z Trnavy (Pre tých, čo o nich ešte nepočuli).jpg is a copyrighted newspaper article, 1) there is no license on the file description page 2) the article is not made by the band itself 3) any license and permission must come from the original copyright holder, not the band. The file is unlicensed. What I want here: With File:Queryen - 1998 - Telerano, Markiza.jpg you uploaded a TV screenshot, claim the copyright to someone else and you allow anyone, worldwide to reuse the TV stations content for money making purposes as long as "Queryen" is credited. Thats not how it works. The copyright holder must agree to this. --Martin H. (talk) 08:16, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload of files which have been deleted before

Two files (photographs of paintings by the painter Rudolf Heinisch, cf. Wikipedia/German) which I had uploaded on Wikimedia Commons before were deleted. Now I cannot upload them again. The copyright of the files is with the son of the painter and he has given permission to Wikimedia Commons to post the photographs of his fathers paintings.

How can I upload these two photographs again ?

With kind regards

--Hermann-at-wiki (talk) 14:29, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

It probably needs Commons:OTRS. It may be easiest if the heir creates an account and uploads them because there is a bit of a backlog. You or he could email OTRS with the form filled out (relayed from rights holder) and either attach a file or link to the file. You could also link to the deleted files and OTRS can undelete after the license clears.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:57, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Hallo Hermann, der Sohn muss nicht Wikimedia Commons die Freigabe geben die Dateien zu zeigen. Der Sohn muss Jedem, weltweit, die Freigabe geben die Abbildungen zu für jeden Zweck zu nutzen. Das ist die Anforderung an freier Inhalte und der ganze Hintergrund des "Freien" in der freien Enzyklopädie. "Permission to Wikimedia Commons" mag einfach nur eine falsche Wortwahl sein, wem die Freigabe erteilt wurde ist aber Entscheidend. Siehe Commons:Projektrahmen#Muss frei lizenziert oder gemeinfrei sein und siehe Commons:Emailvorlagen#Einverständniserklärung (Rechte-Inhaber). --Martin H. (talk) 08:26, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading of Pictures

Hi -

i would like to know how to upload pictures, i have around 50 MB pictures to be uploaded for reference usage, please assist me and it would be very appreciated. thanks aldrin — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 10:20, 25 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Commons:First steps has most of the info.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:49, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

error when I load images

when I try to upload the image (taken from the green day's video jesus of suburbia) I can not load them, and the program says: internal error, wrong token. I do not know why. how can I solve this problem? thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mirò zanki (talk • contribs) 15:46, 26 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Those images don't sound like they're available under a free license, so you shouldn't upload them even if you could... -- AnonMoos (talk) 19:11, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

undesirable characters

Hi, what are "undesirable characters" when describing file prior to upload and how can I avoid them? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cormag100 (talk • contribs) 16:29, 26 April 2013‎ (UTC)

If you mean in filenames, probably everything which is not in the Unicode "Basic Multilingual Plane", and a few others which have special purposes. In the basic upload form, you can edit the upload filename before starting the upload, so it doesn't have to be identical to the filename on your computer's drive. AnonMoos (talk) 19:07, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading a resized version of an existing file

Hi, I have uploaded File:BSicon uexAKRZ-UKo.svg, but have made an error with dimensions. When I have tried to re-upload a correct and resized version, Wikipedia Commons will not allow it. I would really appreciate any assistance with this. Many thanks. Nostalgic34 (talk) 14:40, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

One of several annoying features of Inkscape is that it often defaults to A4 paper size. Not sure exactly what size you wanted, but I made it fit inside a square... AnonMoos (talk) 02:08, 28 April 2013 (UTC)


I want to create a file using Adobe Edge Animate. It saves its files by .HTML. Is there any way I can upload a .HTML file on Wiki Commons? If not, is there a way I can convert it without losing any animation?--Dom497 (talk) 19:08, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

The only animation methods that Wikimedia Commons supports are GIF animation and (to a much lesser degree) SVG and APNG animation. Otherwise you have to go with full OGV video. "Adobe Edge Animate" seems to generate HTML5 as an alternative to Shockwave Flash, and so doesn't fall within any of the supported formats. AnonMoos (talk) 01:53, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
Is there a way I can add HTML code to my user page (I want to make an interactive user page)?--Dom497 (talk) 13:35, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
Not really. You can sign up for "gadgets" in your preferences, and add javascript and styling information to the way you view pages by creating User:Dom497/common.css etc. However, intentionally and by design, the ability of one ordinary Wikimedia user to make another ordinary Wikimedia user run user-authored scripting code is basically nil... AnonMoos (talk) 16:13, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload a new version of this file

hi, I recently updated two of my files: Duke of Argyll coat of arms.svg and Brodie of Brodie coat of arms.svg yet the image on wikipedia still shows the old version unless you click on the image, what am I doing wrong? Yours ever, Czar Brodie (talk) 06:11, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

It's likely a caching issue. I've purged the files, so if the issue is still affecting you try pressing ctrl+f5 as it's likely your browser using cached thumbnails. -mattbuck (Talk) 11:43, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
f5 does not seem to work, but I think you are correct, it must be a cache issue as pages I did not visit before that use the image show the new version. Thanks. Yours ever, Czar Brodie (talk) 14:13, 30 April 2013 (UTC)