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Different font for polish description[edit]

Why is a Polish image description shown in a different font than the English description, which displays in the default font (example) ? I as an IP user do not have any individual settings, nor do I have Java Script enabled. My personal language was set to German (uselang=de in url).
Is the answer to this question worth being added to this FAQ ? -- Juergen 13:48, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Do you mean description of the file in the template below it? The font is the same for Polish and English for me; I have tried to log out, change the default language, change the browser and it still is the same. odder (talk) 13:54, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes, the description of the file in the template below it.
Tried in IE: same font. Re-tried in Firefox 3.6.12: different fonts. Analyzed HTML: inner spans use CSS classes "language en" and "language pl", with divs outside using CSS classes "description en" and "description pl". Modifying the div/@lang from "pl" to "en" using firebug changes the font of the Polish description to the one used in the English description.
Could there be any language dependent setting in my firefox ??
Do you think I should make a screenshot ?
Is there a better place than here to ask this ? -- Juergen 14:19, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Strange I see the same font as well. --Jarekt (talk) 18:47, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
I also see different fonts in Firefox 3.6.13, but the same font in Firefox portable 3.6.9 (logged out and in) and Opera 11.00. Under Firefox the Polish has different kerning (characters closer together). I tried some test edits with Template:pl using Preview and it consistently displays a different, smaller, font. In both Firefoxes, encoding is Unicode UTF-8. -84user (talk) 23:22, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
And, of course, encoding is always the same for English an Polish text, meaning it can't be dependent on settings in options-contents-font-advanced. -- Juergen 23:40, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Should I ask that in a firefox forum ? -- Juergen 23:40, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

No help for search[edit]

Look at Special:Search and follow the hints and links there.

There are no hints there, only links that do not help the user.

Also, there is no Help:Search. There should be, but which is the best way to start a page?

Link to w:en:Help:Searching in the various languages?

I came here looking for how to search for a sound that is in two categories: public domain and English pronunciation.

I recall in_cat used to work on wikipedia, but we really should make this easier for the casual user. -84user (talk) 11:21, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Let us see what happens with examples from wikipedia's help: incategory:"Suspension bridges in the United States" incategory:"Bridges in New York City"

Ok, {{search link}} did not exist here on Commons, but I have just tried to port it over.

incategory:"Suspension bridges in the United States" incategory:"Bridges in New York City"

Full URL to a category-join search

For Commons:

Full URL to a category-join search

Or this for English pronunciation and Public+domain:

Full URL to a category-join search

Nope, that did not work. Can anyone help here? -84user (talk) 11:34, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Ok, File:Bak branch and bound tree.png is in twoi categories: Category:Screenshots of software and Category:Public domain. Will this search URL work?

A category join search of Screenshots of software and Public domain

Yes! getting somewhere.

How about English pronunciation and Public domain?

A category join search of English pronunciation and Public domain

No results.

A category join search of English pronunciation and Public domain

British English pronunciation?

A category join search of British English pronunciation and Public domain

Maybe PD-self? Does Wikimedia support category depth searching somehow?

A category join search of British English pronunciation and PD-self

Well that failed to find File:En-uk-LBNewham.ogg which is in both categories.

Maybe the "-" needs to be escaped?

A category join search of British English pronunciation and PD-self escaped percent 2d

Nope, can anyone help? -84user (talk) 11:50, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Update after searching for search using search I find Commons:Tools#Search covers somne of what a user would be looking for.

So I modified the Commons:FAQ#How can I search for images? to hopefully better help the user. Ideally Special:Search should link there. Could an admin do this? -84user (talk) 12:00, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Testing the FAQ

I tested my changes to the FAQ by first following the link to Commons:Tools#Search (that worked); tried the first Cat Scan (by Duesentrieb) which worked (results in [1] ); I also tried Cat Scan 2 by Magnus Manske but that returned "Could not connect to : User 'magnus' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource (current value: 15)". The OggSearch link returns a 404 code. -84user (talk) 12:11, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Display from history[edit]

I looked around and tried a lot, but cannot find by myself: How can I display an image version from the file history? Of course, it is only for use at description/talk pages. It seems not possible with wiki syntax to make more than a link to a previous version. But somehow HTML may allow to display it? --sarang사랑.svg사랑 11:45, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

No, because the HTML <img /> tag is purposely suppressed by the MediaWiki parser. You can include a link to an old version on a talk page though. Here's how to do it in a Windows browser. In the File history list there are two columns headed "Date/Time" and "Thumbnail". On the appropriate row, right-click on either the date/time link, or the thumbnail image. From the menu, select "Copy link location". On the talk page, paste in the clipboard contents.
For example, consider the image File:Tom Rolt Bridge plaque towpath.jpg; there are two rows in the file history, and the first (the current version) is and the older one is Note how the older one has the date and time in its filename, i.e. 20100625080451 decodes directly as 2010-06-25, 08:04:51, that being the date and time when it was replaced and so was no longer the current version. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:11, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for all the explanations. sarang사랑.svg사랑 18:07, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Upload Time[edit]

Original post moved to Commons:Help desk#Upload time. Killiondude (talk) 00:15, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Missing basic item in Technical questions: Which file type should I use?[edit]

JPG, PNG, GIF Item When I tried to upload my file ... refers only to upload-process. You can also easily overlook it.--Wickey-nl (talk) 10:04, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Changing history[edit]

I made the following file but for different reasons it took me many tries to upload the correct version of the pictures. I am talking about this file: Phase transition first and second order de.svg

Is it possible, to delete all the old history with useless pictures? It is on the one hand confusing and on the other hand ugly, to have so many unwanted versions. --Minihaa (talk) 14:44, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

FAQ on Creative Commons by-sa-3.0 - Positioning of picture naming[edit]

FAQ to be added: Do i have to position the lisense and naming attributes near the picture?
I would like to have a frequently ask question be answerd regarding the position of the originator near a picture Are judements like this german judgment valid for the Creative Commons by-sa-3.0 licence.

Dabei ist das Gericht der Auffassung, dass eine Pflicht zur Nennung des 
Autors („copyright notice") eine Nennung des vom Urheber hinterlegten
Namens im unmittelbaren räumlichen Zusammenhang mit dem Lichtbild
(The court has the view that the duty of naming („copyright notice") requires 
the name of the originator in an immediate spatial connection with the photo)

Background: Several users opose this interpretation resulting in deletion request on pictures existing since years within commons and without a problem. The deletion requests has been applied to pictures with an exakt position attribution (like "below the picture") or even to a non exact position attribution ("near the picture", like the judgement above).

If nobody oposes, i would add the judgemet text to FAQ answer. Heinz-Josef Lücking (talk) 00:13, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Resolution of images II[edit]

The FAQ states that "The highest resolution available for images is more than welcome."

What happens if you upload a relatively low resolution image under the correct license? Bmwz3hm (talk) 03:11, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

We will keep it if useful. Wikipedia info boxes need only 220-250px width. Jee 05:44, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. The resolution is sufficient for Wiki Commons/Wikipedia. Does the license then apply to the image in any and all possible resolutions? Even if it were a billboard on Times Square? Bmwz3hm (talk) 05:52, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
We have no clear answer for it till now. See this discussion. But be aware of this risk while licensing your contents. Jee 06:56, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. Again very helpful. The European Press Agency licensed the file. I hope that, as long as the debate has not been resolved one way or the other, the image/file will be uploaded/undeleted. Bmwz3hm (talk) 07:37, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

FAQ says zip about audio files[edit]

Still searching to learn what file-types are accepted. Tony (talk) 04:17, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

@Tony1: Hope Commons:File types helps. Jee 05:30, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
@Jkadavoor:, thanks, yes. It's all framed in terms of videos (such as .ogv), so perhaps an outsider seeking to upload an audio file would benefit from explicit mention of that. Just something to think about. Cheers. Tony (talk) 10:13, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
@Tony1: I made an attempt. Enough? Jee 10:51, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, JK. Tony (talk) 13:10, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Edit rate limit[edit]

I've been trying to nominate several pages for deletion because of copyvios. It does not matter if I do it manually or try to use a script, in any case I get the message "Some edits exceed your rate limit of 8 edits per 60 seconds". There does not seem to be any explanation for it, reasoning behind it or suggestions how to bypass it for a script (a mass deletion by definition includes several edits, so this spam-avoiding limit does not even make sense in that case). Anyway, I think this limit might be at least stated in the FAQ, if not explained or commented in length. --Pildirüüstaja (talk) 08:40, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

You have enouth DR. Why do you no work here constructive? --Ralf Roleček 10:37, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
You have a strange understanding of laws, thinking that if we don't like it we can ignore it. Copyright violations mean people can sue the people who uploaded the photos, with very unpleasant results. Also, they bring bad publicity to all Wikimedia projects, not only Commons. --Pildirüüstaja (talk) 19:04, 14 July 2014 (UTC)


This page would benefit from using the Translate system. Thoughts? Jean-Fred (talk) 11:13, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

In theory support, in practice strong oppose, translated pages vanish in some totally unacceptable "translation admin" limbo, avoid. –Be..anyone (talk) 10:46, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

HTML error[edit]

I am trying to upload a new version of an image I created (File:Nautilus diagram-en.svg) but each time I do I get an error telling me that my SVG file contains some HTML code and therefore could not be uploaded. I then proceed to the FAQ page, where I am told that I "most likely" uploaded a JPG file with some extraneous metadata... Only I did not upload a JPG file, and there are no instructions about what I should do if I in fact uploaded an SVG file. I have tried this multiple times and am still at a loss. Preventing someone from uploading a file with HTLM code attached is all well and good, but failing to provide an explanation about what to do when it happens is unacceptable. What am I to do? What is anyone to do under such circumstances? KDS4444 (talk) 18:56, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

@KDS4444: FAQ isn't really a place to post new questions - it's more of a place to find answers to questions that have been asked before. In the left sidebar you should find a link titled "Help center". I think that of the pages linked from there, Commons:Upload help is probably a good place to ask. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 12:30, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
Done. Thank you! KDS4444 (talk) 12:39, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

How do I upload a new version of a file?[edit]

It says here in the FAQ, "Under "File history", there is a link that says "Upload a new version of this file"." I can't find that "Upload a new version of this file" link. Could you help? Categorica (talk) 11:16, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

As noted in the previous section, this is a talk page about the FAQ, not a collection of new unanswered questions.:tongue:
Wild guess, if your account is very new you might not yet have the user rights to upload new files over existing files uploaded by somebody else. There are some links at the bottom of Special:Contributions, doing that for me I see "user rights", clicking on it I get my rights, changing the name to you I get your rights, and "nothing special" means "users" in Special:ListGroupRights.
One of the listed rights for "users" is "Overwrite existing files uploaded by oneself (reupload-own)". Another group is "all", e.g., folks not logging in cannot upload files, so that would be below "users" if you're a fan of top-down hierarchies. The next group above "users" is "autoconfirmed users", and there you find "Overwrite existing files (reupload)".
If you click on autoconfirmed users on this interesting special page or here the page says "autoconfirmed users are contributors who are logged in to an account created more than four days ago." Great, your 2013 account is older than four days, somewhere I dropped the ball.
Maybe ask on the help desk or the upload help page, we are anyway very far off topic here. –Be..anyone (talk) 06:27, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

How can I transfer an image from Wikipedia to Commons?[edit]

Shouldn't the upload tool be suggested before the download-and-reupload option? (To preserve attribution?) It's also way easier, even for new users. – czar 04:24, 30 July 2015 (UTC)