Commons talk:Featured picture candidates

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This is to inform that AWeith, sadly, has passed away. He formerly was active on FP/QI for some time, and many of us might remember his nature/wildlife photos, including the polar bear series (this one, this one, and many others).

For those who wish, there is page of condolences in German WP --A.Savin 14:42, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

I'm so sorry to hear this! Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:00, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
The condolences page seems to be locked. Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:21, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
No, it definitely isn't --A.Savin 09:51, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
Lack of understanding on my part. Thanks. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:40, 2 February 2019 (UTC)


Hi, Why does the bot keep puting the same notice of my talk page? I counted 4 notices for File:5000 rupiah bill, 2001 series (2009 date), processed, obverse+reverse.jpg. Regards, Yann (talk) 10:20, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Again, 5th time. Yann (talk) 13:11, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
It was also reproduced 5 times in the Log and Chronological. I have cleaned up those entries. The file title contains a "+". This is one of the characters that can really mess up any code and bring on strange things like this when it comes to Bots and Templates, since it is reserved for "machine code". I have removed the nom from the file list manually since it already is in the FP system. I would suggest that you re-name the file and move the nomination page to a name with an "and" instead of "+" so it can't mess up any other templates or Bots. After that you should delete/burn/salt the ground where the old faulty file name has been.
While I was fixing this, I also noticed and cleaned up the mess Charles made when he created a nom with a very strange/faulty name for File:Madagascar fody (Foudia madagascariensis) male 2.jpg. The {{Assessments|featured=1}} ended up on the Featured picture candidates/Log/February 2019 page instead of the photo and the file was not entered into the FP system correctly. So Charles, please: 1) Triple check the nom name before you click on "save" and 2) Don't re-name pages without properly moving them. You have a history for messing up codes here, so please be more careful in the future. --Cart (talk) 14:25, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
OK, file and FP nomination moved. To be on the safe side, I also moved the VI nomination page. Thanks for looking. Characters creating such a mess should be prohibited in file names. Regards, Yann (talk) 15:44, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
Great. Well, technically just having them in the file name doesn't cause any trouble as long as the file doesn't interact with templates or Bots on the site. It is usually when files are nominated for something that the trouble starts. You might have seen cautions about this when you are about to create a password on some websites. You get a warning saying: -"Password may not include ...". But you are right, it might be better if some code-creator here could come up with a complete list of characters to avoid and the info could be added to the upload pages. Unfortunately, I don't know enough to put together such a list. --Cart (talk) 15:53, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
I've cleaned up the name change at nom page, Log, Chrono and FP Non-photographic just to purge them from the "+". --Cart (talk) 16:05, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

While we are on the subject, a related thing: This is also the reason why you can never write an explanation for some newbie on the QIC page about how to calculate the size of a photo (Mpx) when they mix it up with MB. If you write say "1200 x 960 = 1.15 Mpx" in one of the noms or Discussions (it has happened), it will cancel out part of the page since there is a "=" messing with the code in the template. Another reason why it might be better to define minimum size another way, like shortest side. --Cart (talk) 16:27, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Cart, do you reckon my File:' OR 1=1; --.jpg is in with a chance at FP? Perhaps it would make everyone a winner, smiles all round. Not sure I'm ready to upload File:' ; DROP TABLE IMAGES; --.jpg just yet. We'd all find out if WMF have a working backup, that's for sure. -- Colin (talk) 17:26, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
Dear Kilt-wearing Vandal, you can always try... Face-wink.svg --Cart (talk) 17:47, 2 February 2019 (UTC)


...I'm always hesitant to renominate. I don't think we need strict rules - they're probably counterproductive given the variety of reasons a nomination might fail, but a little written guidance might be useful, and not mere platitudes like "Show why the previous opposition was wrong" and the like - Because how does that apply to something like Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:You need only one soap, Ivory soap - Strobridge & Co. Lith. - Restoration by Adam Cuerden.jpg where there was no opposition?

I propose the following guidance to start:

  • Wait at least 3 months, ideally longer. I don't think there's ever a case where renominating sooner than this is helpful.
  • If the previous nomination was opposed, either deal with the opposition, or briefly explain why you think it was invalid.
  • If the previous nomination failed to reach quorum, but was not opposed... Um... ???

Does this seem reasonable? Any more advice? Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:40, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Before we do this dance again, those who weren't here the last time might want to read the,previous discussion: Commons talk:Featured picture candidates/Archive 18#Rule on renominating unsuccessful candidates. --Cart (talk) 15:56, 16 February 2019 (UTC)