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Large file keeps on failing in Upload Wizard[edit]

I have a webm video that is 3.38GB and keeps on getting to the "assembling" phase and then failing. I have to start over entirely rather than what I understand of Chunked uploads that it will just reupload some portion of the file. Please advise. —Justin (koavf)TCM 07:17, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

I ended up using video2commons and it failed there. phab:T214780. —Justin (koavf)TCM 11:04, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
@Koavf: You could also try User:Rillke/bigChunkedUpload.js. Documentation is on the talk page.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:28, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Thanks. I'll give it a shot in the future for big uploads! —Justin (koavf)TCM 11:37, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
@Koavf: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:38, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Graphic of 8th roots of unity[edit]

To my mind, the graphic on the page of 8th roots of unity is wrong. The root on the negative I-axis should not be designated as -V2/2, but as -iV2/2

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Albert-Stienstra (talk • contribs) 06:59, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • @Albert-Stienstra: Signing your posts on talk pages is required by Commons:Signatures policy. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). What file are you writing about? Why did you write on this page?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:18, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

1923 year PD denied because of wrong template[edit]

Upload Wizard denies files uploaded under PD-1923 tag with 1923 year in "Date" field (which is now "Published in US before January 1, 1924", not 1923). Someone have corrected templates, no one have corrected wizard checks. --Igel B TyMaHe (talk) 14:50, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Change "before 1923" to "before 1924"[edit]

Under the menu "The copyright has definitely expired in the USA", the first two options need to be updated to "before 1924". --Animalparty (talk) 20:06, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Upload template date field is restrictive and unclear[edit]

With the upload books only the year of the publication is known, so I specify the accurate year with a fictitious month and day because the template design requires all three as in yyyy-mm-dd.

Related to the date issue, I noticed that a multitude of uploads use the upload date instead of the creation date of the original. This should be clarified on the template, preferably near the date field.— Ineuw talk 10:43, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

I'd just put in the year and then just use 01-01, then change/edit out the date and replace it with {{Circa}} after it has been uploaded. Bidgee (talk) 12:31, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
You can use the buttons next to the date field to use plain text input instead of the date picker (calendar). Matma Rex (talk) 20:58, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Selected licence changes automatically to CC0[edit]

Hi! I would like to report an error in Upload Wizzard: On Windows 7/Firefox when licence is selected for multiple files when uploading multiple images the licence information automatically switches from CC BY SA 4.0 to CC0. This is especially annoying when uploading. Fix this bug please, this is deeply demotivating for uploading users, as they seem that Commons is forcing them to use different licence than they wish to. Aktron (talk) 23:07, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

I think this confusing message only applies to the captions, rather than the files themselves. I filed a task: phab:T217864. Matma Rex (talk) 20:57, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

my upload "Sheikh Awad Al Qaddoum of Billasmar.jpg"[edit]

I want to delete it

— Preceding unsigned comment added by AlwaleedAlasmari (talk • contribs) 22:44, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Deleting all my files/pictures[edit]

- File:Sheikh Awad Al Qaddoum of Billasmar.jpg - File:Abdulrahman K Al Qaddoum.jpg - File:Alwaleed Abdulrahman Alasmari.jpg - File:Khaled Abdulrahman Alasmari.jpg - File:Prince Abdullah bin Jarman'.jpg - File:Lord Alwaleed Alasmari'.jpg - File:Coat of Arms of Alasmari Family’.jpg

- File:Flag of Alasmari Family'.jpg

— Preceding unsigned comment added by AlwaleedAlasmari (talk • contribs) 22:49, 7 March 2019 (UTC)
Please see Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by AlwaleedAlasmari#Files uploaded by AlwaleedAlasmari (talk · contribs) 2.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:14, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Standard value for Date work was created or first published[edit]

The standard value for Date work was created or first published used to be the creation date of the image (DateTimeOriginal in EXIF data). This obviously has changed recently to the date/time when the file was stored, which might be different e.g. in case of postprocessing in PhotoShop or Lightroom. For me, the current behaviour is not useful. I want to see the date when I took the image, not when I finished postprocessing. Is it possible to change this behaviour, e.g. by some preference settings? Regards, --Uoaei1 (talk) 15:54, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

I don't think this behavior has changed recently. UploadWizard tries to fill in the date based on EXIF fields DateTimeOriginal, DateTimeDigitized, DateTime, Date (in this order), and then also on Flickr metadata (if the file was uploaded from Flickr). As far as I can tell it has been this way since 2015 or earlier. Matma Rex (talk) 16:17, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
Hi Matma Rex, thanks for your feedback, but please check File:Hallstatt kath. Kirche Marienaltar Georg 01.jpg, for instance, which contains this information in EXIF. However, the date used is the export date/time from Lightroom. Same for all my recent uploads. --Uoaei1 (talk) 16:32, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the example. It looks like it was actually recently broken, and the precedence is inverted. I filed phab:T219331. Matma Rex (talk) 21:46, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
This bug has not yet been fixed even after the scheduled time window, 3 April 2019.--N509FZ Talk 前置,有座!Front engine with seats! 09:48, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Allow User to delete his own uploads[edit]

I uploaded an image file. I wrongly placed the lengthy description as the file name. I wanted to delete it and upload with proper name. Alas, I wasn't allowed. Need to wait in-Queue in the deletion-log.

So, please Allow User to delete his own uploads. This is a logical step. Italic text

Veena.manikprabhu (talk) 07:08, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

@Veena.manikprabhu: Some of us can rename files, see COM:FR. Which filename is wrong, and what should be the new name?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 05:03, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
I believe this is the one listed at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Adverse effects of tobacco smoking Kannada text.svg. Jean-Fred (talk) 12:23, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

short descriptions[edit]

Latest updates force users to enter descriptions of at least five characters, which are often unnecessary in languages like Chinese and Korean. How about transforming this filter into a warning that users could override?--Roy17 (talk) 22:23, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

@Roy17: See mw:How to report a bug if you'd like to tell this to developers. --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 16:03, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
@AKlapper (WMF): I thought that was the purpose of this page.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:23, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: See above: "However, this page is not frequented by developers." People create pages with best intentions but sometimes without a long-term concept how to make those folks who can actually fix issues be active on those (way too many) pages across way too many wikis... --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 10:52, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
@AKlapper (WMF): This page was created by WMF Staffer @Guillom 8 years ago. If it does not actually provide feedback to the people who are responsible for the Upload Wizard today, that should change. Otherwise, it should be considered a sham, any link(s) to it should be removed from the Upload Wizard, and it (and similar pages on other projects) should be marked as historical.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:59, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: UploadWizard has not had such links for years as far as I know (and I also removed the link to Phabricator lately as Phabricator is not a place for random feedback either), but anyone can edit wiki pages to link to any wiki pages... If you are aware of such links on wiki pages feel free to update them (as I personally agree with you, but I am not an UploadWizard developer). :) --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 13:06, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
@AKlapper (WMF): Thank you. I have marked it {{historical}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:46, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
Just for context: This page used to be monitored by me when I was the Product Manager in charge of Multimedia Usability and UploadWizard when it was created many years ago and first enabled on Commons. That responsibility has shifted to other people over the years and it is indeed possible that the page is no longer monitored. guillom 16:20, 10 April 2019 (UTC)
@Roy17: I filed phab:T220474. Could you give an example of a description that you would have liked to enter? Thanks! Jean-Fred (talk) 07:18, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
I did see the disclaimer on top. I posted here anyway because I think a change is needed only if others share my thoughts and form a consensus. If someone would support the current filter of 5 characters, then the matter is up for debate. Filing a ticket for a controversial matter is not very helpful. If I concur with someone else's opinion, I would take it to phab myself like what Jean-Fred did for me. Developers should read this page once in a while, since this is the designated page for feedbacks.--Roy17 (talk) 11:41, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

Uploading photos[edit]

I haven't yet managed to work out how to put the photo in a category, I expect I shall solve that one, and why am I forced to upload a description in a different language?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Simonbeck8848 (talk • contribs) 20:27, 18 April 2019‎ (UTC)
@Simonbeck8848: Please see COM:CAT for the first and COM:File captions for the second (captions are optional). What brought you to this page?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:41, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

New page: Country Specific Copyright links[edit]

The old page has been split and now you also have a country specific page

I suggest it should be added to the upload wizard see also Phabricator T221524 - Salgo60 (talk) 16:36, 21 April 2019 (UTC)


Some feedback from a recent session:

  • When in Special:Preferences, the "Upload file" link on the left panel, goes to the old upload form.
  • In the "Upload Wizard" section in preferences, any reason why Custom default license is only enabled for Somebody else's work and not Own work? There are a number of users who use additional custom license templates, in addition to the standard license, hence enabling this for all will be useful.

--Rehman 09:06, 22 April 2019 (UTC)