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Uploading via Android app[edit]

Hello, now a days I am uploading photos to commons via android app. There is a problem . The photos I uploaded via app contains a header message "This image does not appear to have a description in your interface language. please add one." But my interface language for commons is english and I add description for this photos then why it says so. and image upload days shows as photo taken date. it should be solved. ferdous TM 01:29, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

@Ferdous: Your uploads, that I looked at, don't appear to be broken. The 'date' in the summary section of the file page is supposed to be the date the image was taken, it is being extracted from the EXIF metadata saved in the image itself, and the date of your actual upload is shown farther down in the image history. The message about 'not having a description in your interface language' is does not mean your images are not described... they have descriptions, the descriptions are just not specifically marked as being in english, and so the site isn't able to attempt to give you the 'appropriate language' version. I don't think the app supports actually marking the descriptions as being in a particular language, but if it bothers you then writing the description as {{en|description here}} will mark it. Reventtalk 10:46, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
I ran through your existing uploads with the app, and marked the descriptions as either in English or Bengali. I also added more specific categories to a lot, based on the descriptions. Reventtalk 11:28, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
@Revent: Thanks for your help. The android app does not support multiple photo uploads. and it will be geat if it has upload wizard like the desktop commons website version. Thanks again. ferdous Bartalap 16:21, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

My artwork permission issue[edit]

File:Mari Lwyd.jpg This image was reported because they didn't believe that it was my own work, but it is my work and I gave uploaded exactly how I should have.. however, it still has a warning and I have sent wiki an email with permission form agreeing that it's my own work and nothing has come of it.. I'm confused, does it take a long while to resolve this issue? will the image be re-instated once it's been taken down after the 7 day warning?, if nobody resolves it, will I be banned from posting in the future etc? thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hogyncymru (talk • contribs) 05:56, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

As explained at Commons:OTRS, "The current backlog for tickets in English is approximately 122 days" and "The volunteer will also act to restore any files which may have been deleted before the permission could be verified". LX (talk, contribs) 09:22, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
@Hogyncymru: What LX said, and... you won't be blocked unless you either start repeatedly uploading the same file out of process, or become a problem by uploading substantial number of files that are deleted for the same reason without addressing the issue. Simple cases of missing permissions, that are later resolved through OTRS, are normal. If OTRS manages to at least verify that an email about the file has been received (but, see that backlog) before the file is deleted they will mark it that way, which will give it another 30 day grace period. Reventtalk 10:22, 14 August 2016 (UTC)


WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A 6 SHOT REVOLVER WITH A THREE INCH BARREL DOUBLE ACTION IN EXCELLENT CONDITION SERIAL NUMBER812755 MODEL NUMBER 55-SA —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2602:306:375F:8FD0:3D24:7886:7A7:F4E1 (talk) 00:42, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

@2602:306:375F:8FD0:3D24:7886:7A7:F4E1: "This help desk is a forum for questions and help on How to use Commons" Reventtalk 01:13, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Resolving issues on a page[edit]


I have made edits to the page "Brucius," and there are still a couple issues flagged: it's an orphan page, and requires additional citation as a biography of a living person.

The former issue I think can be resolved by linking from other broader articles, but the latter I believe has already been resolved.

What other revisions can I make to the page to meet the requirements as a biography?

Thanks, 00:56, 15 August 2016 (UTC)Heather.buchheim

@ I suggest you ask over on Wikipedia, perhaps at the Wikipedia:Teahouse. This is the help desk for Wikimedia Commons. No articles live here. Reventtalk 01:16, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

playing video[edit]

When i am playing the video it not playing i need ur advice plesae. Valvular — Preceding unsigned comment added by Valvular (talk • contribs) 02:15, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Please see Commons:Media help and come back here with more details if you still have trouble after that. LX (talk, contribs) 05:05, 15 August 2016 (UTC)


Hi there, I recently purchased an image from for use on Wikipedia. They have given me permission to use the image on Wiki under their standard license agreement. I have uploaded it but, of course, am getting warnings. Could you help please? Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Macmuu (talk • contribs) 09:43, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Hi, To be hosted on Wikimedia Commons, a file must be free, either in the public domain or licensed with a free license, which I guess the agreement you have is not. An administrator has already deleted the file. For more information, please see Commons:FAQ. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:47, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
Macmuu, you wrote "I recently purchased an image from for use on Wikipedia.". Is there a written, signed contract stating a transfer has taken place? Is there any evidence that you are now the copyright holder of the work? If there is a clear evidence that you are now the copyright holder of the work, the deleted file could be restored. All you need to do is to send this evidence to COM:OTRS, attaching the deleted file name and possibly the original file. Good luck. Wikicology (talk) 18:51, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Deletion tool[edit]

Is there any tool using which one can keep track of the deletion discussions he has participated? I mean something like this. --Mhhossein (talk) 14:02, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

  • You should do pretty well just searching on your username and "deletion request", as long as you allow "Commons" pages as one of the page types in your results. - Jmabel ! talk 21:45, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
Mhhossein, you can search your contributions in the Commons namespace, here. All the best. Wikicology (talk) 18:36, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Release/permission form[edit]

I have been offered some photos to upload to commons by the photographer, Is there a standard form for permission and licensing that I can use to avoid difficulty later? I have tried searching but don't know what words to use. Cheers, · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 20:17, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

You can look at Commons:OTRS. Ruslik (talk) 20:23, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

How to contact a Wikimedia member[edit]


I just joined mainly because I am interested in Catholic Cathedrals and needed to follow up some queries with people who have posted in Commons. I don't seem to be able to understand how I contact someone through the talk page. That is I don't understand how to post on someone's public page. Can you help me please. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Daemon1953 (talk • contribs) 02:08, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

  • You should be able to write on their talk page exactly the same way you wrote here (do remember to end with ~~~~, though, which is turned into your signature. There should be a "+" tab on the top nav that will start a new section on their talk page. (A user talk page has a name based on the username; for example, yours is User talk:Daemon1953.) I suggest that when you leave a message on someone's talk page, you also add that user talk page to your watchlist, so you can easily see in one place where you may have responses. Also, I suggest you don't initially start too many similar discussions at once with different users: that can be seen as spamming.
    • Most of us choose to keep the conversation on the same user talk page where it started, but some people will respond on your own user talk page.
  • Separately, in the left nav, whenever you are on a user page or user talk page, assuming both of you have provided your email addresses to the wiki, you should have the option "Email this user." - Jmabel ! talk 03:15, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Arboretum in Kórnik[edit]

Photos of the historical Kórnik Arboretum are stored in 2 categories: "Park in Kórnik" and "Arboretum in Kórnik". May I ask any of you to merge them under the latter name?Sylwia Ufnalska (talk) 05:36, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg ResolvedJmabel ! talk 21:06, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Авторские права на фото[edit]

Скажите, пожалуйста, как подтвердить права на фото [File:Андрей Рябов.jpg], если фотограф, который делал данный снимок разрешил мне его использовать при указании его имени? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lia1505 (talk • contribs) 12:09, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Commons:OTRS/ru. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:31, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

File overwite[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved

Hi, This week EurovisionNim was blocked for 3 months for cropping other peoples images, Having come across this discussion with said editor OSX seems to be cropping their own work and uploading different versions of their images,
So my question is Are uploaders allowed to crop their own work and are they allowed to upload completely different images([1]) or should both be uploaded as completely new images?,
As we prohibit anyone from cropping other peoples work I'm not sure if the same goes for uploaders?
Pinging admins who have dealt with OSX: INeverCry, A.Savin, Jcb,
Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 13:18, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Files should not be overwritten by completely different files, even not by the uploader of the original file. Minor corrections are fine. Jcb (talk) 14:54, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
And yes, OSX is known for persistent disruptive behaviour. Their 1 month block is about to expire, I am afraid OSX will be blocked again very soon. Jcb (talk) 14:57, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
Hi Jcb, Ah right, See I thought uploaders were allowed to do this, So would cropping come under minor fixes?, Sorry it's just this now is all new to me, Thanks, Regards, –Davey2010Talk 17:12, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
If a crop means just removing an annoying border, normally there is no problem with overwriting. But if you e.g. crop File:Cérémonie de remise des diplômes d'archiviste paléographe (2016).jpg into File:Anne-Lise Depoil.jpg, you must upload the crop under a different name of course. In case of any doubt: be safe and upload your crop under a different file name. Jcb (talk) 17:18, 16 August 2016 (UTC)
Aaaahhh right okay, Well thanks Jcb for your help and for your patience- It's extremely appreciated, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 17:27, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

JP2 image files[edit]

Hi there. I'm trying to upload this image to the Commons. When I downloaded the highest quality image, it saved as a "JP2" file. When I tried to upload the image to the Commons, I got a message saying the Commons doesn't accept JP2 files. Should I convert the image to a different file format? If so, which one? Thanks! Magnolia677 (talk) 13:41, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

JP2 is the file extension for en:JPEG 2000 proprietary file format. By this reason it is not supported by Wikimedia. You can also find a list of applications that support it there. Just convert it to jpg if it uses lossy compression and png if lossless. Ruslik (talk) 17:04, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Photos of Korean War POW's being repatriated in Sept. 1953[edit]

I am new to this sort of thing, so bear with me. I am trying to find photos of American POW's being repatriated from North Korea in September 1953. Had my photo taken by photographer Al Chang as I was being greeted by some 4 star general, could be Ridgeway or Taylor upon my release by the Chinese who held me captive in North Korea for 34 months. Al told me a copy would be sent to my parents but never was; at least they never received it. Can anyone with more knowledge than I with a PC offer some help? Thanks. Bill Borer — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mrbill10 (talk • contribs) 19:51, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Given that Al Chang was an Army photographer, I was going to suggest a few places where you could look, but during my research on the internet I saw that you already asked at the obvious places, NARA, etc. [2]. If even the NARA people can't find the photos, we probably can't help much. But just in case, can you give a few more details? What was the location where the photo was taken? Did you ever see the photograph published in any publication at any time? Or heard that anyone has seen it? If nobody saw it, maybe the film was overexposed or something and was unusable. Things like that can happen. I wish you find your photo. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:05, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Hello English native speakers: What's the name for waste collectors under the surface?![edit]

Hi folks, in Germany and France, waste containers under the surface become more and more popular. In German, the technical term is "Unterflurbehälter" (literally: under surface box), and I have written the article on it in the German project. I now wanted to add an English explanation to the category but although I used to live and work both in the UK and the US for quite a while, I have no clue at all what the correct English term for these containers could be (... in fact, I haven't even seen them outside Germany or France)! Have a look yourselves and please tell me here what kind of English labels/further categories I could use for my category. Any suggestions are appreciated; feel free to add some English sentences that you consider to be right to the cat yourself if you like. Cheers, Alex/GeoTrinity (talk) 21:26, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't think there is any established English-language name for these; we'd probably call them some variant of "underground waste/trash/garbage/rubbish receptacles/cans/containers". If the use was specifically recycling/compost we might use that word rather than waste/trash/garbage/rubbish. "Underground" (rather than "under-surface") is the one constant. We tend to use "under-surface" only for water, and not even all that commonly there. - Jmabel ! talk 23:05, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
  • In the US, I've seen both "inground trash cans" (example) and "underground garbage cans" (example), although both of those sites use both of those terms, and the latter even "underground receivers." Of those options, inground trash can sounds best to my ears for American English; British English, however, would almost certainly not use this phrase, if only for the rubbish vs. trash difference. Эlcobbola talk 23:37, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
    • Litter Bins in UK, but rarely buried in ground Ronhjones  (Talk) 00:02, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Hi, GeoTrinity. There is not an established term that I know of. Does anyone who sells them have an English website? As for what I would call it... I would avoid any term containing "rubbish", "litter", or "trash", for inclusivity. There are other terms to avoid. In Canada and parts of the US it would be called a bear bin. The term applies to any bearproof container, though, including aboveground ones, and it's a pretty silly term for anything in Germany. Giving its height is also awkward. If it's outside, one could call it an underground bin; inside, one could call it an underfloor bin (because "floor" is only for indoor surfaces, and "ground" implies soil). To encompass both, one could call it a (be) low-level bin, by analogy to other things that don't fit into either category neatly. "Below-grade" is technically correct, and probably what a city works department installing the things would call them. "Below-surface" would also work. "Under surface" would be regarded by some as incorrect (as a compound adjective, it would be hyphenated to "under-surface", or you'd technically have to interpret it as a surface bin from Australia, or from a firm named "Under", or some such). "Under-surface" is long, cumbersome and odd-sounding and "undersurface" as an adjective is odd, as it can refer to the underside of a surface or a layer just below a surface (e.g. "the undersurface of the kitchen counter is not waterproof"). Am I right in thinking that this is an outdoor-only thing? I've never seen one indoors in Germany.
You could use "underground bin" if they are exclusively outdoor, and in at least some side contact with the soil. "Below-grade bin" sounds like something out of a civic planning document, and is unlikely as a colloquial term, but is otherwise excellent. "Bin" also works for recycling and compost, as these all go in bins; "receiver" and "receptacle" have both been used as synonyms, but I think the shorter "bin" will be understood worldwide although it's more European. Technically "bin" would not include the chute, just the receptacle at the bottom.
There exists an indoor thing like this, called a rubbish/trash/garbage chute; many tall buildings have them, and they often terminate outside, in warmer climes. "Chute" technically only applies to the shaft leading to the bin, but you could term the street furniture "waste chutes" (recycling and compost are also waste). So "waste chute" would be a decent title for the same article.
I think "waste chute" is best, and throw in a bit on indoor vs. outdoor waste chutes. "Below-grade bin" is what I'd call the bit that isn't the chute. I'd refer to bin and chute together as "waste chute", by synecdoche from the most visible bit. HLHJ (talk) 14:14, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

"Sticky" category?[edit]

Look into Category:Area stamps of Germany: There are many files that are overcategorized. It appears that all images of stamps in that category - such as File:Alliierte 1948 969 Hannover Exportmesse.jpg - are also in one of its sub-categories, so it would make sense to remove the main category from the file pages themselves, and keep only the sub-categories. However, I cannot do so. For HotCat, the main category is inaccessible, and if I try to edit the file page by hand, the main category is nowhere listed. My guess is that it may have been transcluded from somewhere, but I do not know where. Why is that so, and how can it be changed? --Schlosser67 (talk) 10:14, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

In Template:PD-DBZ stamps. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:48, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
Merci beaucoup, Asclepias. - I do not know enough about these templates, so I think I'll better leave it alone, and ask on its talk page first. It is strange, however, that the files with doubtful copyright have not been removed yet. --Schlosser67 (talk) 14:02, 18 August 2016 (UTC)


This shouldn't be that difficult apparently it is. I uploaded a photo (OWN WORK) but someone deleted it saying it's elsewhere...obviously it's elsewhere, it's free for anyone to use and it's a press photo for a musician. This is really frustrating and any help would be appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maddiefreeman (talk • contribs) 18:03, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

See COM:NETCOPYRIGHT#Press photos. Wikimedia Commons only accepts photograph where the copyright has expired, or the copyright has been explicitly licensed. How exactly do you want us to help? If you know the original photographer who is the copyright holder of the photo, you can ask them to send permission to COM:OTRS. Wikicology (talk) 18:26, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
Hi, The account Maddiefreeman has uploded two files: log. One file was deleted because it was uploaded in the wrong place, over a different photograph by someone else, which should not be done. The other file is not deleted but it is subject to a deletion discussion because of the previous publication. This is to preserve the rights of the copyright holder, because technically anyone can create an account with any username and claim to be the author. If you are personally the copyright holder, one solution can be to send a verifiable confirmation through OTRS. Please see the page Commons:OTRS. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:41, 18 August 2016 (UTC)
Their comment here suggests they are not the copyright holder of the image but a member of Nick Waterhouse PR team. The copyright holder is the original photographer. They should ask Nick and he could instruct the photographer to send permission to COM:OTRS depending on his relationship with the photographer. Wikicology (talk) 22:22, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

registration and licensoning[edit]


i downloaded a file from a public domained site registered under a state government and its information policy wasnt available at the site while the state government gives me right to access the images and hence i used it for wikimedia hope it isn't plagiarism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Indiandilema (talk • contribs) 07:18, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

  • As a rule, there is no such thing as a "public domained site". The right to access images does not mean they are in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 14:37, 19 August 2016 (UTC)
@Indiandilema: by "public domained site", do you mean something like the ones listed at Commons:Free media resources/Photography? If yes, can you provide a link to the site? Wikicology (talk) 16:53, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Template issue[edit]

I made a new licensing template and it's doing something wonky here: File:Billie De Wolfe.jpg. Can someone assist? Thanks, Calliopejen1 (talk) 18:47, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

@Calliopejen1: ✓ Done I fixed it, you didn't close the {|. BMacZero (talk) 23:19, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

Удаление ненужного[edit]

Помогите удалить все загруженные мной файлы кроме текущих версий. Ssp 1.618 (talk) 01:07, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

Я не владею английским это верно, плохо разбираюсь в интерфейсе сайта это тоже верно, но и Вы плохо владеете русским. И если не понимаете сути моей просьбы, лучше проигнорируйте ее. Отсутствие результата, это тоже результат - главное не навредить друг другу. Мое незнание языка и плохая информированность в технических вопросах это еще не повод к тонким ироничным английским намекам на глупость всех русских. Если это так, то осторожнее с английским высокомерием, где Ваша хваленая всенародная толерантность. Есть у русских поговорка, - Не зная броду не лезь в воду. Спасибо за внимание! Ssp 1.618 (talk) 20:47, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

@Ssp 1.618: → Commons:Форум — Speravir_Talk – 01:28, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

How to change a name of the page[edit]


I helped write an article about a writer but his last name is misspelled, how can I do to change and use a capital letter?


Yoojin — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yoojin123 (talk • contribs) 01:23, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Are you sure you are asking this on the right website? We don't have "articles" on Commons, and prior to asking this question you never edited here. Maybe en:Marcel saucet which you wrore on the English-language Wikipedia? I'll presume that's what you meant and move it accordingly. - Jmabel ! talk 04:07, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

Unidentified people category[edit]

Hi, first visit - I came across a category of unidentified people, some of whom I can name. Do I just edit the description by adding the identity (and maybe the wlink/full url to the subject's article on en wp?) or just add some info on the file's discussion page, or do something else altogether? Thanks for any help. JennyOz (talk) 08:24, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

Add to the description then remove the unindetified category and add an appropriate category if it exists. If no category exists for that person, consider creating one. Ruslik (talk) 09:39, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
I'd expand that with the following:
  • Links to appropriate Wikipedia articles are often helpful, so feel free to add those. (You need to prefix article name with ":en:" to link to an article on English Wikipedia. A pipe after the article name will make the link prettier.)
  • Only remove the "unidentified" category if you have added a more appropriate category instead (never leave a file completely uncategorised) and there are no other unidentified subjects in the photo.
Your edits so far look good. Thanks for your work! LX (talk, contribs) 12:17, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Ruslik and LX. (I didn't notice the 2nd reply til after doing some IDs so didn't add links.) Thanks both. JennyOz (talk) 14:56, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

help with Wikimedia OTRS release generator step 1[edit]

The following endnotes requested: "33.[full citation needed]." Below I have provided more complete citations for #31-35.

Book of Enoch

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) does not consider 1 Enoch to be part of its standard canon, though it believes that the original Book of Enoch was an inspired book. [31] The Book of Moses, found within the scriptural canon of the LDS Church, has several similarities to 1 Enoch,[32] including names [33] that have been found in some versions of 1 Enoch, and is believed by the Church to contain extracts from "the ministry, teachings, and visions of Enoch".[34][35][36] ________________________________________ Endnotes: 31. Doctrine and Covenants 107:57, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 32. Nibley, Hugh, "A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 2", Ensign, December 1975, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 33. Nibley, Hugh, "A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 13: The “Enoch” of the Dead Sea Scrolls", Ensign, August 1977, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 34. Pearl of Great Price Student Manual. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2000. pp. 3–27. 35. Nibley, Hugh "A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 1", Ensign, October 1975. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 36. The History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. pp. 132–33. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:20, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

What does this have to do with OTRS? BMacZero (talk) 16:03, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

File Red de museos para la atencion a personas con discapacidad.webm[edit]

Hi. My program "Wiki Learning" uploaded a video created by our students in collaboration with museums in Mexico City. This video has been deleted (with no warning to me, the uploader) and I would like to know why. The video has an OTRS letter which was referenced in the description of the video. Thank you Thelmadatter (talk) 20:03, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

The log shows that the deletion comment was "No OTRS permission since 26 July 2016". (Something odd is that the file doesn't seem to have an upload log.) One possibility is that the description page had a template "OTRS pending" but without an actual OTRS ticket. Such files get deleted after a while. But they can be restored if a ticket exists. The situation can be due to the backlog at OTRS. The people who can tell you more information would be the OTRS members. You can ask at the Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard, but don't necessarily expect a quick reply there. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:34, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
Sadly, uploader was not notified prior to deletion. It's quiet unfortunate that a core procedure was ignored. The file was deleted by Jcb with the rationale "No OTRS permission since 26 July 2016". Asclepias's suggestion above about posting at Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard is cool but I don't think they would be interested in restoring a deleted file with no valid OTRS Ticket. However, you may want to send permission to COM:OTRS, attaching the name of the deleted file, if possible attach the original file (if its not too large). Once they receive this permission, a valid ticket would be generated for the file and it would be restored. I'm sorry, you weren't notified before it was previously deleted. Warm regards. Wikicology (talk) 23:32, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
On upload, 27 May, uploader declared to have sent a permission to OTRS. Unfortunately we received nothingv as far as I can see. The {OTRS pending} is a delayed nomination for deletion, in this case pasted by uploader. So is was the task of nobody else to notify the uploader. No procedures, leave alone 'core' procedures, have been ignored here. Jcb (talk) 23:51, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
Per Commons:Deletion policy#Overview of procedures#3, I think uploader should be notified. I am not in anyway insinuating that your action was inappropriate. Warm regards. Wikicology (talk) 00:59, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
You're still mistaken. That point applies to the regular deletion process, also known as deletion discussions. Again, there is no need for uploaders to notify themselves when they tag their own files for deletion, as was the case here; the template that the uploader added states "If an email cannot be found in the OTRS system, this file may be deleted for lack of valid licensing information." LX (talk, contribs) 09:05, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
Thank you. All the best. Wikicology (talk) 12:20, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
I am resending the mail I sent to back on 27 May 2016. Please let me know if you have received it.Thelmadatter (talk) 14:54, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
Hi, Again, the people who can answer your questions are the OTRS members. It's not that we wouldn't want to help, it's that the answer about OTRS communication requires access to the OTRS mail and archives and most people here don't have access to OTRS. You must speak with people who have access to OTRS. It's them who can tell what happened the first time and if they received something this time. Please use the page Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard, which is one place for this type of questions, or if you prefer you can contact individually an OTRS member, especially if you have already communicated with one about this question. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:56, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Crop File:Otaru.jpg[edit]

Could someone finally make a cropped version of the image File:Otaru.jpg and include only en:Nicholas Otaru (blue jersey) in it? Thank you. 17:36, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. Jmabel ! talk 20:11, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Photo in the[edit]

This photo is OLD. There is not a school library in the state of Minnesota that has a card catalog. But i do no have the rights to change it. Help me please. Or YOU can do this. Could not attach the photo-----kept showing errors

File:Digital tools plus print materials live in the school library
School Library offer digital tools plus print tools

RMS, Robbinsdale MN — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rettechlms (talk • contribs) 23:50, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't get this at all. (1) Articles in an encyclopedia are not just about the present. (2) [[File:Digital tools plus print materials live in the school library]] isn't even syntactically correct (can't have "File:" without some extension like "JPG" or "PNG"), so I have no idea what image you meant to link here. (3) As far as I can tell, you have exactly the same ability to edit an English-language Wikipedia article to reference a different photo as anyone else does; why would you not? - Jmabel ! talk 00:18, 22 August 2016 (UTC)





DAN AND MARY STROEING BAINBRIDGE ISLAND WASHINGTON — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stroeing (talk • contribs) 02:00, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

  • This must have been right at the end of Toller's life, since he died in 1939. I honestly don't know the copyright status of Kaufmann's work, especially because if they were "as he was working on" them he would not have registered a copyright at the time the photos were taken; also I have no idea whether his heirs would have renewed the copyright (as was necessary in the US in that era). You might better ask about this at Commons:Village pump/Copyright, because it is a tricky case, and could use an expert opinion. - Jmabel ! talk 03:56, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
The question is probably about "File:Photo of Portrait of Ernst Toller by Arthur Kaufmann.pdf". Don't know why it's a .pdf. -- Asclepias (talk) 05:15, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Convenience link: File:Photo of Portrait of Ernst Toller by Arthur Kaufmann.pdf. The license there is certainly wrong: either Kaufmann's copyright persists (in which case you are in no position to grant a license, only his heirs are) or not (in which case the work is in the public domain). Unless you are the heir to Kaufmann's intellectual property... - Jmabel ! talk 05:26, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Separately, you ask if you may upload a photo of Toller (I assume that is distinct from the painting, and is simply a photograph of the man). If your mother took that, and if you are heir to her intellectual property, then you could upload it using a license template such as {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}}. - Jmabel ! talk 05:37, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
I think it's one question, where they're asking about uploading the photo of the artwork. -- Asclepias (talk) 05:45, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Prior to January 1978 in the U.S, the duration of all copyrights was split into two consecutive 28-year terms. During the last (28th) year of the initial term, authors were entitled to renew their copyrights for a further term of 28 years. Through a series of amendments to the Copyright Act, the renewal term was extended 19 years, and then an additional 20 years, for a total of 95 years (28+28+19+20=95). Arthur Kaufmann died in 1971, it is possible the copyright of the work was renewed in 1960 (if ever published) before his death. Thus, if his heir recapture his copyright for the extended term after his death, then the image will not be in the public domain until 2027. We have two problems here, we aren't sure if the work was ever published and we aren't sure the copyright was recapture by his heir after his death. Wikicology (talk) 10:07, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Photo of coup rally in Istanbul[edit]


I am not very well known in wikipedia but why was my image of istanbul rally deleted? I don't know why there was a copyright violation.BM Tornado (talk) 15:16, 22 August 2016 (UTC) credits AFP / Getty Images and gives no indication of a free license. Getty Images credits Kayhan Ozer / Anadolu Agency and gives no indication of a free license either. --rimshottalk 15:34, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
@BM Tornado: what Rimshot is saying is that you need permission from the copyright holder of the image, in this case from the original photographer or AFP if the photographer is an employee of AFP and the work was produced in the course of their services. This permission must be sent to our support team. You can only upload images here without a written permission from anyone if you took the images yourself. Wikicology (talk) 09:19, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

memory size of the project[edit]

Hey guys, I want to know how big wikimedia commons is (only files no userpages and things like that) really. How much memory is in use? And can I download the whole project in one step? --Noobius2 (talk) 16:30, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Please, see Special:MediaStatistics. Ruslik (talk) 17:57, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
As for downloading, states that "There are currently no image dumps available." I think the "current" situation has been the case since the dawn of (wiki)time. Which is too bad really. Forking Wikipedia is pretty easy, as it should be, but forking Commons would require a lot of web crawling. And I can't really see any good reason for it. At less than 3000 USD, 90 TB of storage is, while not exactly cheap, at least within many contributors' reach. I for one would definitely be interested in doing some data dumpster diving, mainly with a focus on metadata, maybe not on the whole set, but maybe 10% chunks. LX (talk, contribs) 18:22, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Need help using the correct license[edit]

We manage several music artists and do their public relations & marketing. I don't know under what license to put up their images as they keep being deleted. We have 100% rights and access to use these images from the artists themselves. The images belong to the artists. How should I upload them so they dont get deleted? I'd be grateful for some help. Thanks in advance — Preceding unsigned comment added by Allpartsmove (talk • contribs) 15:02, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Your uploads being deleted probably has nothing to do with the license selection and everything to do with lack of evidence to support your claims that you personally created and hold the copyright to the works – or the presence of evidence to the contrary.
For example, you are claiming that you are the author (creator) and copyright holder of File:Buika in Concert.jpg. However, unless you are Javi Rojo, you are not the author of File:Buika in Concert.jpg, and it is not your own work. And unless Javi Rojo is your employee (which seems unlikely), or there is a written contract mentioning the words "work made for hire" or "transfer of copyright", then you are not the copyright holder either.
The only one who can issue a valid license to a copyrighted work is the legitimate copyright holder, so the appropriate license is whichever license the legitimate copyright holder has agreed to – if any. So for works created by a third party and/or where the copyright is held by a third party, you need to accurately attribute them and provide evidence that they have approved publication under a free license.
Commons:Guidance for paid editors has more information applicable to your situation. LX (talk, contribs) 16:16, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

New to Uploading Pictures to Wikipedia[edit]

Hello to you. I am so new to the uploading of pictures into Wikipedia. The subject concerned here is the upload of some pictures for the Calgary CTrain stations topic. I produced the pictures myself, but I do not know if I am reading the rules right. Some pictures here are buildings that surround a particular CTrain station. Of course, I produced photos of the physical stations themselves, too. Could you help me here? Thank you for helping me out here. Rockies77 (talk) 07:26, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Hi, Rockies77; Since you took the images yourself and it has not been previously published elsewhere, you're free to upload it here by following the procedure outlined here. Let us know if you have any difficulties during the upload. Warm regards. Wikicology (talk) 09:12, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

An Image from Wiki Law School[edit]

Hello, can this image of Prof. Janet Halley of the Harvard law school be added to the Commons? It is used in Wiki Law School, but doesn't seem to have licensing information. If it cannot be uploaded to Commons - can it still we used in English Wikipedia?

Thanks a lot. YaaraBarak (talk) 14:32, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

It says that the photo was taken from the law school, so check the source, where's there doesn't seem to be any mention that it is free. Images that are not free can't be uploaded to Commons. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:56, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Airblue's Destination Map.png[edit]

Hi. I uploaded a picture of Airblue's, airline of Pakistan, destination map picture. While uploading, the license I chose was that it isn't my work and I provided the link of the website and its author but now the picture says " The uploader did not provide sufficient information (a valid and suitable tag) on this media's copyright status. Unless the copyright status is provided, the file could be deleted seven days after the upload (24 August 2016). Please note that Commons does not accept files claimed under fair use. It is suggested to read the intro of Commons' licensing policy, about essential information and (in many cases) about Internet images ". Help required about what to do!

--Abdulrafey97 (talk) 15:54, 24 August 2016 (UTC)