Commons talk:Help desk

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Opinions about enabling Visual Editor at COM:HD[edit]

as soon as it is suitable for talk pages. -- Rillke(q?) 15:43, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Commons:Upload help[edit]

To everyone helping out here, please consider putting Commons:Upload help on your watchlist and helping out there as well. Thanks, Rd232 (talk) 15:42, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Not just for newbies[edit]

Near the top of this page it says accurately, "Anyone, from newbie to experienced, can ask a question here." But above that is a translated statement that indicates that the page is intended just for newbies, which is clearly not the case. Can we change the translated statement? I suspect I can do a good number of the languages myself, but I don't want to do this without consensus. - Jmabel ! talk 03:07, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support The statement you quote is more accurate, in my opinion. Anon126 ( ) 03:54, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Sure, please go ahead. The incompatible statement has been there since 9 November 2007 [1]. Experienced users know they can ignore it anyway, so it doesn't really hurt, but pages are better when they don't include inconsistent statements. Also, the page Commons:New user support doesn't seem to be transcluded anywhere else, so it seems it can be changed without affecting anything else. -- Asclepias (talk) 04:10, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Of course; any user should feel free to ask a question here. ColonialGrid (talk) 09:53, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
    • OK. I can't readily work out where the multilingual texts reside; they are at least 2 removes from the page itself. Does anyone know where they can be edited? - Jmabel ! talk 17:40, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
      Commons:New user support (transcluded via Commons:Help desk/Header). LX (talk, contribs) 18:03, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
      • That's a bit worrisome. Its name suggests a different intent. Possibly rename as well? - Jmabel ! talk 21:03, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
      • There's a link at Commons:Mentoring (which looks like it never got off the ground) suggesting that the original intent was different. I'm not sure it adds much, to be honest, and I really don't understand what it's doing in the "Wikimedia Commons help desk in other languages" section. If anything, it should be integrated with the rest of the introduction in the box below. LX (talk, contribs) 21:47, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
      • OK, I fixed all of the languages written in the Latin or Cyrillic alphabets. I'm afraid I don't read the others, someone else will have to take those on (he, ja, ko, ml, zh). - Jmabel ! talk 17:21, 24 January 2015 (UTC)


May I suggest that we drop the protection for the help desk page ASAP? If only autoconfirmed users can use it, how can newbies ask questions? - Jmabel ! talk 18:23, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

They wouldn't be able to ask questions – not without running into edit conflicts anyway – as long as we keep having to revert the IP-hopping Taiwanese vandal that keeps blanking stuff out. The protection is temporary and will expire in a few hours. LX (talk, contribs) 09:17, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
As said it was temporary protection to get rid off the vandalism. --PierreSelim (talk) 21:03, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Minor point of order: indeed, "Vandalism", not "Edit warring" should have been the reason provided. I made multiple reverts, as did several others, but it's widely accepted that blanking of other people's legitimate comments constitutes vandalism and that reverting blatant vandalism does not constitute edit warring. LX (talk, contribs) 22:48, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, It was clear to me that I was targeting the IP-hopping Taiwanese vandal and not regular users that was reverting his vandalism. I'm taking your remark into account, and will be more accurate next time. --PierreSelim (talk) 11:55, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I initially described it as edit warring in my post to AN. Maybe my wording influenced or somehow suggested the language PierreSelim used in their summary. Sorry, I'll try to be more precise with my language in future (but indiscretions and mistakes are part of the human condition). Also, thanks for temporarily protecting the page. ColonialGrid (talk) 14:15, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

IRC help[edit]

Hi, Commons:New user support was transcluded on Commons:Help desk/Header. That's a rather long IRC spam in multiple languages before the actual help desk has a chance to begin, I disabled it. Is there a better solution, e.g., a well-known IRC icon? I'm quite sure that at best one per mille of help desk visitors knows what IRC is, and if they know it they won't need the info at the top of the help desk page. –Be..anyone 💩 06:39, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

✓ Solved with langswitch.Be..anyone 💩 14:54, 26 April 2016 (UTC)


Please read the giant notice at the top of the page. Moved to Commons:Help desk#Anime. LX (talk, contribs) 09:16, 14 August 2016 (UTC)


Please read the giant notice at the top of the page. Moved to Commons:Help desk#Source. LX (talk, contribs) 20:28, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Picture Dua Lipa[edit]

Moved to Commons:Help desk#Picture Dua Lipa. - Jmabel ! talk 00:41, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

No access after moving to Commons[edit]

The administrator Wdwd has moved this file to Commons. Since then, I have not been allowed to upload any new versions, "You can not overwrite this file." See talk here.

  1. I am writing only on de.wikipedia. Why do files now have to be common and can not remain on de.wikipedia?
  2. Why can not I update this file as an author?

(all here translated with --Wiki1939 (talk) 09:54, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Ich antworte mal auf Deutsch, da du ja von :de kommst. Eine Datei, die nur auf :de liegt, kann auch nur dort verwendet werden, jedoch nicht auf anderen Wikipedien. Commons wurde ja gerade deshalb eingerichtet, damit man eine Datei nur 1x hochladen braucht, sie dann aber auf allen Projekten verwendet werden kann. Da Commons später eingerichtet wurde als Wikipedia, mussten zunächst aber alle Dateien lokal hochgeladen werden. Inzwischen hätten eigentlich längst alle unproblematischen Dateien von :de nach Commons verschoben werden sollen. Weil es so viele sind, dauert es aber noch. Außerdem gibt es auch Dateien, die auf :de akzeptiert werden, auf Commons aufgrund etwas abweichender Richtlinien (bzgl. Urheberrechte) jedoch nicht. Diese Dateien sind auf :de i.a. entsprechend markiert und dürfen nicht nach Commons verschoben werden.
Dass du deine eigene Datei auf Commons momentan nicht bearbeiten kannst, könnte daran liegen, dass du dein hiesiges Nutzerkonto erst heute angelegt hast. In 2-3 Tagen sollte das kein Problem mehr sein. --Túrelio (talk) 13:49, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
I just give them the "confirmed" group in this case, no need to wait a few days. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 15:25, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

Why can't I edit pages?[edit]

Moved to Commons:Help desk#Why can't I edit pages?. This does not belong on Commons talk:Help desk. Jmabel ! talk 23:40, 5 May 2017 (UTC)