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Overwriting images

How can I overwrite an image? MrScorch6200 (talk) 21:20, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

User obviously discovered the link but forget to notify us. -- Rillke(q?) 23:37, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 23:37, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

No subject

Я ставлю в ВИКИПЕДЕЮ статью, которая имеет рисунок (схему). Как загрузить ее в ВИКИСКЛАД, а потом поставить ее в статью- Помогите пожалуйста Мой адрес

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Леонид37 (talk • contribs) 12:59, 24 October 2013‎ (UTC)
Задайте ваш вопрос здесь,

(He needs some help in Russian.)
Y-barton (talk) 02:26, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

File:Barton-Zard mechanism corrected.png

Hello ! I created this picture to be a replacement to File:Barton-Zard mechanism.jpg but I haven't done this before so it's pretty confusing, would you mind sorting out the mess I made ? :) --Smjerś (talk) 22:37, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Request for deletion

I got tired of going around in circles. Nothing I read actually told me what to do.

After being told to put a Wikipedia screen shot on commons to illustrate a problem I was having, I was then told this (I inserted my file name):

Incidentally, I presume you understand despite all the effort, as the screenshot shows what are likely copyrighted elements of Windows and other software your photo is likely to be deleted on commons and probably unwelcome on wikipedia as well (hence why people recommended you upload it to an external site).Vchimpanzee (talk) 20:59, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Initially, aimed to crop the screenshot, I then decided to delete the file, and hope this is what you are requesting here. There is a section Made a mistake? in the welcome message on your talk page. For potentially controversial stuff c.f. Nominate for deletion. -- Rillke(q?) 21:31, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 21:31, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Cropping is fine. But we achieved our goal on English Wikipedia. Thanks.Vchimpanzee (talk) 22:10, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Image upload and category creation issues

The upload wizard is simply not working for me. Hasn't been for some time. I was able to upload three images today and then suddenly it stopped. Help please. Oh and I could use a bit of help with a new category I created as I don't think I did it right. Could someone take a look at Category:Gay Pride in Sacramento and tell me what I did wrong to make the actual category show up on the page as a subcategory. I am really sorry for the issue. I do need to take more time to learn the ropes here as I have been here too long to not understand these very basic issues.--Amadscientist (talk) 01:03, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Mr. Miller, can you provide us with more information about the symptoms, more than just suddenly it stopped?
  • How many files did you select to be uploaded?
  • Did the Wizard list all files you selected for uploading?
  • Were you able to proceed, including selecting a license, describing and publishing the uploaded media files?
  • Did the files that uploaded successfully/ that were allegedly not uploaded end up in your upload stash?
  • Which browser and browser version are you using? Did you change other account settings? Section "---- CLIENT ----" of this tool displays your browser and version as well as the skin you are using. -- Rillke(q?) 09:49, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm not going to speak for User:Amadscientist, but I'm having just as much trouble with the upload took as he is. I can't even start to upload a single image, let alone multiple images. As for the categorization issues, I have no idea what kinds of problems are taking place with "Gay Pride in Sacramento." I'm not really having any problems with categories myself. ----DanTD (talk) 01:11, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
I came here to find out about problems too. First, I cannot select more than a single file to upload at a time. This problem is unique to the Uploader Wizard; I can still easily select multiple files at a time with the Shift or Control button in every other situation. Second, when I select a single file, I try to upload it, but the system stops. It processes far enough along to display a blank square (where the small version of the image is normally displayed) and the REMOVE option, but goes no further. It never generates the option to move forward to the next step in the uploading process.ProfReader (talk) 14:31, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
And one other symptom: If I click on the "Back to the old form" link at the top of the Upload Wizard page, I can successfully use that old form for uploading my photos. It permits only one at a time, but it works. I have been successfully posting images for a while, so I don't think my issues are just user error. And the fact that I can use the old form suggests that it is not a problem with my computer or its settings.ProfReader (talk) 23:32, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
Even one at a time. It suddenly just stops and gives me a red exclamation point. It started doing this when I once tried to upload multiple images. Now I get about three in at a time and then it stops and I have to move to the old format again. I wonder if this is a IE Browser issue?--Amadscientist (talk) 05:52, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
I don't even get the red exclamation point. It just sits there after you post "Select media file to share" and does absolutely nothing. And no, shift and control button has no effect on it whatsoever. With a few images I can go back to using the old form, but if the number of images I post are too large, it's far too time consuming. ----DanTD (talk) 05:57, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

So you are all using Microsoft Internet Explorer? Which version(s) do you make use of? Of which size are the files you attempted to upload? -- Rillke(q?) 11:27, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

I am using Internet Explorer 10. The files are each about 1 MB. A week ago, I had no problem posting several items at a time of that same size using the same Internet Explorer version. I haven't changed any settings, but the Upload Wizard (but not the old version) won't allow me to even select more than one file at a time. When I selected "Select media file to share," I can pick one, just one, file to upload. Then, it returns to the Wizard screen and shows the right page layout, but the actual small image is just a gray square and the system seems to be spinning its wheels. It never flips to the next step in the process where you select the authorship of the photos.ProfReader (talk) 14:05, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
The issue is that I have no IE 10 available for testing, currently. In IE 11, it works and in IE8 it will be addressed by my patch. But I guess IE 10 will also work after the patch was applied. My guess is that jQuery treats IE10 similar to the old IEs and IE11 not, but this is only speculation. It would be great if the WMF could grant me access to some of their browser testing sites but I suspect this will not happen. -- Rillke(q?) 15:50, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm not so sure the issue is the browser. I have no problem uploading images to other websites. Additionally, I still have problems going to the link to my contributions. ----DanTD (talk) 19:06, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

After the patch is live, what works now and what does not work? And what browser+version are you using when it does not work? -- Rillke(q?) 23:12, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

I have just received an update to IE 11, but was using IE 10. I will test out the bug fix! Thanks!--Amadscientist (talk) 06:28, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
Nope. Still want work. Oh well. So much for this project.--Amadscientist (talk) 06:34, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
Are you wirelessly connected? Is it always 3 files after which it stops or sometimes more or less? Is it this exclamation mark that you see? Does uploading with Special:Upload work? -- Rillke(q?) 10:53, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
No, I have a direct hookup to DSL. And my last attempt was a single try and it wouldn't allow the upload and gave me an error message with that red exclamation.--Amadscientist (talk) 03:10, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Uploading photos of ancient art

Dear friends,

My question is about photos of ancient art objects. If I take a photo of an image in a book on ancient art, is this OK to upload to wiki Commons? I'm sure a very old book is OK, but what about a more recent book? Where do we draw the line here? Please clarify this for me. Y-barton (talk) 02:05, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

I think it would be simpler if you tell us where and when the book was first published and when the author of the work(s) you intend uploading died. Generally spoken, if published before 1923 in the United States, copyright expired. Otherwise, it will be a bit more difficult as Commons:Copyright rules by territory demonstrates. -- Rillke(q?) 16:08, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, I just have some books on archaeology, so the author of the work died maybe 2500 years ago. Or is the 'author' the photographer who took the picture? In general, it would be pictures of old pottery, inscriptions, and the like that I'm interested in. Some Wiki articles don't have any illustrations, so I thought I could take a picture from a book, and upload it. But I'm not sure what rules apply in such cases. Y-barton (talk) 00:24, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
You may have better luck with photos of "2-D" objects than with photos of "3-D" objects, due to Bridgeman v Corel. For "2-D" photos, {{PD-Art|PD-old-100}} should be adequate... AnonMoos (talk) 01:39, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, AnonMoos, this clarifies matters quite a bit. So the distinction between 3-d and 2-d is important. Well, with ancient archaeological objects, most of them are 3-d; there are very few ancient paintings that survived (although there are many mosaics). Photos of ancient ceramics may be likened to photos of ancient coins, which are apparently not admissible under PD-Art. I guess I'll need to be careful when considering these rules. All the best. Y-barton (talk) 19:23, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Problem with UploadWizard

I've uploaded about 20 documents (PDFs) couple hundred MB last night using UploadWizard, and I've meticulously entered all the details, but when I clicked the "Next" button, it didn't do anything, and it didn't display any error. I don't want to redo it all over again, so since I had the same experience before, I changed the right to 'own work'. When I press the "Next" button, it goes to step 4, but every document now have <api-error-stasherror>. Frustrating!!! And there is no back button! Bennylin (yes?) 15:09, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Can you publish your files from the stash? -- Rillke(q?) 18:36, 8 December 2013 (UTC)


Pacifico-cancha-de-noche-hinchas Hinchada

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Gasthon (talk • contribs) 19:22, 12 December 2013‎ (UTC)
Hi Gasthon, it looks like you forgot asking your question. -- Rillke(q?) 21:34, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

File name is changed.

ファイルの名称の頭文字が、自然に変更されている。r と R のどちらを使用すべきか、お知らせ下さい。--虫明康人 (talk) 05:14, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Upload SVG version of PNG file

Hi, I want to upload a SVG version for this file, but it says "There is another file already on the wiki with the same filename" and I also can't use Upload a new version of this file because my file has different extension. what I can do with this ? thanks in advance Mohsen1248 (talk) 00:23, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Check the box next to "Ignore any warnings". Be sure to link to the PNG file in the "other versions" section of the {{Information}} template, and put {{Vector version available}} on the PNG file to link back to the SVG. Senator2029 13:59, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your answer, but it's helpful after uploading, but I can't upload the file. "Ignore any warnings" doesn't help too. or maybe I just don't get your point ?! Mohsen1248 (talk) 15:53, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
Use Special:Upload and not the wizard. -- Rillke(q?) 19:23, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Mohsen1248 (talk) 20:48, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
If upload files with “Ignore any warnings”, the “Summary” part of file's page won't create. Look at the page I've failed: File:Wikisource-logo-eo.svg. What I have to do to make it up? Murasha (talk) 18:02, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
I don't know what exactly happened but when I ticked the Ignore any warnings checkbox, the file uploaded with file description page. Once a file is uploaded and just overwritten, the file description won't change; no matter what you enter in the summary box. It is just added to the file history table. To create that page simply edit it and copy the contents as a template from File:Wikisource-logo-eo.png. -- Rillke(q?) 19:22, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Murasha (talk) 11:55, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 22:07, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Multiple files broken?

Has handling of multiple files changed recently? I'm uploading a few files, but when selecting multiple files in the "File Upload" dialog, only the first is added to the Upload Wizard. This has worked previously without problems. I'm using Firefox 26. --ghouston (talk) 02:00, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Which operating system (and version of that OS) are you using? I ask this because the file selection dialog may be provided by the OS, thus this information is important. This does not neccessarily mean that the OS is responsible for the error, however. -- Rillke(q?) 10:28, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
xubuntu 13.10. I think Firefox may be using its own dialog. Chrome is using a different dialog, the same one used by the default text editor, and it works fine. --ghouston (talk) 10:54, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
It's definately the browser, it affects even a simple test form. Can somebody else using the latest Firefox on Linux confirm that it's not just me? --ghouston (talk) 11:40, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
The problem goes away if I move ~/.mozilla and run with a fresh profile. Weird, I'll have to investigate further. --ghouston (talk) 23:32, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
It's a setting in about:config, ui.allow_platform_file_picker. If this is set to false, selecting multiple files no longer works. I've reported it as a bug in Firefox: --ghouston (talk) 06:40, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 22:05, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Upload more than 50 files bot?

I have a large number of files needing to be uploaded for use on Wikipedia. Is there any way to upload more than 50 files in one go. The current uploader is slow and requires me to enter the same info several times over. I feel uploading to Flickr then using the bot to move them to the commons is suboptimal.CFCF (talk) 17:54, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Found in FAQ CFCF (talk) 09:56, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Upload error -- File:Machine - Allen Theatre - 1972 print ad.jpg

I am unable to edit this file. There was apparently some kind of error during upload. Levdr1lp / talk 07:02, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Edit page reads: "The revision #0 of the page named "Machine - Allen Theatre - 1972 print ad.jpg" does not exist. This is usually caused by following an outdated history link to a page that has been deleted. Details can be found in the deletion log." Deletion log search does not yield any results. Levdr1lp / talk 07:03, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

I need help for uploading files

Hello, I have a little problem. Every time I post a photo, it's deleted. I understand that some of my photos were not mine but the last photo I posted was my own work and it was also deleted. So, I guess there's a problem when I upload files or I forgot to write something. The photo that I want to post is that : (my own work) But there's a second photo : The last one is from : the seating map of a concert, to show the map of the stage. Can anybody explain how can I post these pictures without problems ? Thank you.

--Maximunicorn (talk) 10:09, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Please note that you cannot upload and license someone else work, you can only license work you hold the copyright on. If you want to upload work from other sources, you must ensure that this work is available under a free license. Either the the author of the website decided to release their work under a free license (see for example COM:Flickr) or because you contacted them and they agreed to license their work under a free license. As for the second one, you have to forward this permission to our support team which will ensure that the sender is indeed the author. There are free maps available; see Commons:Free media resources/Map. When taking the intellectual property of someone else, it is essentially important to get the source and author right. How would you feel if someone would claim ownership over your work?
About own work: Own work means that you created a work entirely your own. You did not mixin works by someone else. So is really entirely your own work? And how does it fit in our Project scope? We often delete self-created artworks.
So far the rules for Commons; The English Language Wikipedia accepts files to be used under fair use conditions, for example. -- Rillke(q?) 12:32, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Yes, is my entirely own work, I made it through a software. Thank you for the help.

--Maximunicorn (talk) 11:04, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

Midi files won't upload - is this a policy ?

Self authored midi file (52 kB or thereabouts), upload fails repeatedly using wizard. I can't see why there should be an issue, any ideas?

Sinter Klaus (talk) 11:32, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Go to COM:UPLOAD and choose one of the non-wizzy options. The upload for will give you back an error message that usually either is explanative enough or that could be understood after seeking the mw-source code for information. -- Rillke(q?) 12:16, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Rillke,

<strikeout> I am none the wiser for the message though :-(

 Unknown error: "unknown".

Sinter Klaus (talk) 12:25, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

2nd attempt (non wizard upload) seems to have worked fine, same method, seems that something was still in the cache from yesterday that confused the upload.

Sinter Klaus (talk) 14:42, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

Is this work in public domain in US? --維基小霸王 (talk) 07:07, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Pretty much anything published before 1923 is public domain in the United States, but it would have to be PD according to Chinese law also to be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons... AnonMoos (talk) 13:11, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. This Japanese publication is public domain in JP, I'm uploading it. --維基小霸王 (talk) 13:30, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

blacklisted strings


— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 20:48, 29 December 2013‎ (UTC)
Doesn't sound like it has much to do with file uploading, unless you tried to upload an image with an unsuitable filename... AnonMoos (talk) 07:17, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

How can I delete uploaded files of illustrations that I don't need anymore? Or want to replace with improved versions?