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Is Sample in Public Domain?[edit]

I've acquired a load of short snippets from old films that I'm hoping to sample in some music. I can't find ANYTHING about these films online, or on this sit, but didn't know if anyone would be able to help me on here. The films are titled THE DEPRESSION, ONE FEOTUS LEFT! and COSMIC MISSION. Unfortunately I don't have a date for them, but they all sound like from they're from the U.S.A. around the 30s/40s. Is anyone able to help? Also it's worth noting that I'm based in the United Kingdom. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.25.121.136 (talk • contribs) 18:13, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Logo editing help needed[edit]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I need someone to upload a new version of File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-sco.svg, with the new version being an edit of File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-en.svg with "Wikipaedia" as the project name and "The Free Encyclopaedia" as the text below it. I tried and tried and tried, but I couldn't get my Inkscape to edit the text because I'm a worthless embarassment of the Millenial generation in technology. But if someone could do that, I'd be grateful, as the current logo uses the archaic "Æ" character as well as being lower quality it looks like. --AmaryllisGardener talk 06:13, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

I do not see a difference in quality between English and Scots version, the Scots version is already derived from the English one and both are same size. Do I understand it right, AmaryllisGardener, you want to replace the ligatures Æ and æ with their separated counterparts? Are the ligatures really not used anymore (no hint at all for possible ligatures in the en:Modern Scots article)? You could ask Odder (should be pinged now) who created the existing derivative. — Speravir – 00:41, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
The logo was created with the ligatures based on a translation provided over at User:Cbrown1023/Logos by one of the contributors to the Scots Wikipedia a few years ago. As the logo has been used on the project for quite some time, I would like to see a community consensus to have it changed before deploying a new version without the ligatures. odder (talk) 20:08, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
Hence why I said above, "I suspect you should upload to a different name, rather than overwrite someone else's work on a point where they may disagree with you." - Jmabel ! talk 23:43, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Do you think that "South view" and "Looking south" are the same meaning?[edit]

Do you think that "South view" and "Looking south" are the same meaning? Because there seems to be a problem with "South View" at File:Strawberry Street - South View Terrace - geograph.org.uk - 1515157.jpg--Kai3952 (talk) 14:25, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

  • No, I'd expect "south view" to mean a view of the south side, which is to say looking north. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

Transferring an Image uploaded to Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard unto Wikimedia Commons[edit]

I uploaded a photograph some years back to Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard. I wish to transfer the same photo to Wikimedia Commons. What is the process? The image can be seen on Yemenite Elder Blowing Shofar, and where I discussed the status of the file in the Talk-Page there. Besides this issue, the caption on the photo needs to be corrected, from "shofat" to "shofar." Looking for assistance.Davidbena (talk) 01:40, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

@Davidbena: Are you still unsure of the lifetime of Kluger Zoltan?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:55, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
There is an article on him. See: Kluger Zoltan.Davidbena (talk) 02:00, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) Despite the tag on that image, AFAICT it is not PD in the USA because it was not free in Israel until 1997 or 1999 (50 years after creation, per COM:CRT#Israel—the filename and description disagree on the date). So I don‘t think it can be hosted here, and it shouldn‘t be on enWP either, unless there’s some reason the Israeli copyright would have expired by 1995.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:07, 12 April 2018 (UTC) P.S. According to the above bio the photographer died in 1977, so as an unpublished photo I would assume it will be copyrighted in the USA until the end of 2047. 02:14, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Face recognition[edit]

Commons have huge data of images of huge no. of humans. Would it be possible to use image recognition and landmark recognition to auto categorise images? Capankajsmilyo (talk) 04:08, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Theoretically yes but I am not aware of any plans by WMF to do this. Ruslik (talk) 20:38, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

pictures[edit]

I have a question on how to delete photos from the uploads section. Please help, thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lethimyhanh (talk • contribs) 08:53, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

You have already made the Deletion Requests; therefore you do not need help but patience. On the other hand, please try not to upload out of scope personal files here. Thanks. --E4024 (talk) 09:09, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Where is the correct place to request an extension is installed on Commons[edit]

I would very much like to use FormWizard to create proformas for photo essays for Wiki Loves ___ photo competitions, where is the correct place on Commons to reuqest that it is installed?

Thanks

John Cummings (talk) 14:55, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

@John Cummings: Am I correct that it's a JS/CSS gadget that is not (nor rely on) a MediaWiki PHP extension? If that's the case I think COM:VP/P can do. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 16:02, 12 April 2018 (UTC)
{ping|Zhuyifei1999}}, thanks very much. John Cummings (talk) 07:51, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

New file version not showing correctly placed[edit]

Hi, I uploaded yesterday a new version of a logo, I got warnings going that "there exists another file with that name" (well, of course, I am trying to update it). Finally, this morning I saw it has actually been updated, but if I click on it I get the old version, plus the main picture is still the old version. How can I fix that? Thank you Iñaki LL (talk) 07:36, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

@Iñaki LL: Please purge your browser’s cache . (You only need to do it once.)

Internet Explorer: press Ctrl+F5, Firefox: hold down Shift while clicking Reload (or press Ctrl+ Shift+R), Opera/Konqueror: press F5, Safari: hold down Shift+alt while clicking Reload, Chrome: hold down Shift while clicking Reload. I that does not help, have a look at Help:Purge. --El Grafo (talk) 08:01, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Great! That was helpful, thanks El Grafo Iñaki LL (talk) 08:05, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Joshua Serufusa-Zake wiki page deleted[edit]

I authoured a wiki page titled Joshua Serufusa-Zake. Wikipedia wanted me to back up some of the information, and so I set out to research the content with a view of providing references. I cannot find the page anymore. Muwanga-Zake — Preceding unsigned comment added by Muwanga-Zake (talk • contribs) 14:00, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

  • This is Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia. Probably you should ask there. (By the way, there are Wikipedias in 200+ languages. I'm guessing you mean the English-language Wikipedia, but, if not, make sure you ask on the Wikipedia in the appropriate language.) - Jmabel ! talk 15:19, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I decided to follow up for you: en:Draft:Salongo Joshua Serufusa-Zake was deleted December 11, 2015 by en:user:RHaworth as an abandoned draft. At that time, you hadn't edited the draft in half a year. If you want to retrieve it, ask at en:Wikipedia:Requests for undeletion/G13. - Jmabel ! talk 15:23, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Paintings by Rajasekharan Parameswaran[edit]

Actually I'm not sure, what to do with the images of paintings made and uploaded by User:ToBeFree (Rajasekharan Parameswaran). The mostly very clearly visible watermarks diagonally across the pictures are difficult to understand differently than as advertising, especially as further research these images on the website of the uploader are available for purchase. But maybe I'm too hypercritical? Marcus Cyron (talk) 01:18, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

@Marcus Cyron: I glanced over that page and didn't see any watermarks, do you have any sample file links?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:32, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Ofcourse. See the gallery. Marcus Cyron (talk) 01:39, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
@Marcus Cyron: Again no diagonal watermarks, but I do see bottom right corner signatures, and I have tagged the first two as copyvios (COM:DW photos of paintings of copyrighted photos).   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:58, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
@Rajasekharan Parameswaran: FYI.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:09, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
Maybe you should open the images - the tags are clearly visible. Marcus Cyron (talk) 10:41, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Those certainly call for the {{watermark}} tag, and they might imaginably have copyright issues. But that's it. While that sort of watermarks are discouraged, they are permitted. - Jmabel ! talk 15:31, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

OK, thanks. This is, what I wanted to know. Marcus Cyron (talk) 01:23, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Creating election maps[edit]

What is the process for creating election maps such as this one?

ElectoralCollege2000withPieCharts.svg

Where is the base national SVG map? Thanks – Lionel(talk) 04:17, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

@Lionelt: It appears the next one will be File:ElectoralCollege2020.svg.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:35, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Barred windows ~ window grills[edit]

There are two categories containing similar images: Category:Barred windows and Category:Window grills. Is there really a difference between the two types (e.g. a window grill is smaller and fully contained in the window frame) or are they just the same?--Carnby (talk) 11:49, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Grills are grids and bars are rods. Intersecting bars would be one way to make a grid though. --ghouston (talk) 12:01, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
It may be more convenient to combine them, but what would you call the combined category? --ghouston (talk) 12:02, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
Most of the examples in the categories are grids (grills?) made from bars. Some grills not made from bars are File:2006 08 22 window aalborg ubt.jpeg and File:Early 20th century American grillwork, anonamous, Honolulu Academy of Arts.jpg. --ghouston (talk) 12:10, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
I tried to separate grills from barred windows, feel free to revert my edits if you think they are not satisying.--Carnby (talk) 13:38, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:1460203483779 01-th3.jpg[edit]

--Viera iran (talk) 12:03, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

The source seems to be a Persian language news agency linked here, I can't read Arabic script and don't understand Persian but I can't find any Creative Commons license on the website. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 12:19, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
Viera iran: I found the image on this source page and have linked it. However, it looks copyright as there is a clear copyright notice at the bottom of the page so there does not appear to be any evidence it is a freely licensed image. Ww2censor (talk) 13:13, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Category to redirect/merge?[edit]

Shouldn't Category:Confederate monuments be redirected to or merged with Category:Monuments and memorials of the Confederate States of America?Zigzig20s (talk) 00:04, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

I did a redirect. That seems about right.Zigzig20s (talk) 00:20, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Bitmoji[edit]

Can I upload my bitmoji created in the Bitmoji app? Thank you! MissTofATX (talk) 00:52, 15 April 2018 (UTC)MissTofATX

@MissTofATX: No, unfortunately the copyright for bitmojis belongs to the Bitmoji app developers. –IagoQnsi (talk) 18:17, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Pixlr Photo Editor Book[edit]

I saw the Pixlr Photo Editor book had not been updated since 2016 and want to update the book. Since the book is about photo editing, I need to use a lot of screen shots from Pixlr. There is no book about Pixlr Photo Editor that I can find on line. There are a couple of million users of Pixlr. So I figure this is worthwhile project. However, if I can use a lot of Pixlr screen shots, it makes this project impossible. So I guess my questions are: 1. Can I use Pixlr Photo Editor screen shots legally? 2. Is there any way I can cut an paste these screen shots into the document? I can use your download link system but it would take forever.

Thank you for time on this.

David Greenberg, david_gr@msn.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stockywood (talk • contribs) 21:29, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

@Stockywood: You may not do that on Commons, please see Section 3 of pixlr's software license agreements. However, you may update b:Pixlr Editor with local content subject to b:Wikibooks:Media.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 02:30, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:How-hormones-affecting-the-deoxyribonucleic-acid14.jpeg[edit]

--Johndack (talk) 11:16, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

@Johndack: The correct tag is {{copyvio|1=Image is "© 2003-2018 Shutterstock, Inc. All rights reserved." per https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dna-molecules-on-science-background-134698577 . Text is "Copyrights © 2018 All Rights Reserved" per https://www.cooperpharma.com/blog/how-hormones-affecting-the-deoxyribonucleic-acid .}} I applied it.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 11:37, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

фото джабборзода абдукодир[edit]

Здравствуйте я загрузил своё фото из своего сайта jabborov.com немножко поправив я не нарушаю ни каких прав но пришло уведомление что нарушаю этих прав и будет удалён — Preceding unsigned comment added by Абдукодир Джабборозода (talk • contribs) 16:36, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

@Абдукодир Джабборозода: Please see Commons:Кнайпа for help from other Russian speakers. –IagoQnsi (talk) 18:16, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@IagoQnsi: can you tell Russian from anything other written in Cyrillic? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 18:31, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: No, but I plugged it into Google Translate, and it auto-detected Russian and provided a decent enough translation, so I figured it was probably right. –IagoQnsi (talk) 18:35, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@IagoQnsi: you probably should not give advices related to Slavic languages if can’t figure out which language Commons:Кнайпа is written in. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 18:38, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: Ah shoot, that's Ukrainian isn't it? >.< Clicked the wrong link; my bad. I guess a better method would be to just transclude {{Lang-HD}}. –IagoQnsi (talk) 19:16, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
If you got the file from a website, why did you write that it was your own work? Please add the correct author and source information, and link to the web-page with the licence in the permission field. Google-Russian: Если вы получили файл с веб-сайта, почему вы написали, что это ваша собственная работа? Добавьте правильную информацию об авторе и источнике, а также ссылку на веб-страницу с лицензией в поле разрешения.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 18:27, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@Абдукодир Джабборозода: → Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Абдукодир Джабборозода. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 18:31, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

How to make association football line-up diagrams[edit]

I notice there are a bunch of association football line-up diagrams that all appear to be made with the same tool; e.g. File:Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls 2017-09-20.svg (edit: here's a whole category full of them). Does anyone have a link to that tool? Thanks, IagoQnsi (talk) 17:58, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

They were created with Help:Inkscape. Ruslik (talk) 20:10, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Can I post FBI mugshot circa 1951?[edit]

Dear Wikimedia Help,

There are at least 3 photocopied mugshots from a declassified FOIA-ed file about William Albertson (an entry I just started):

Do you agree that, since the FBI has made its own photos public, someone (e.g., me) may post one of these images as a headshot of Albertson in his InfoBox?

Please advise.

Gratefully – Aboudaqn (talk) 18:08, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

@Aboudaqn: Photos being made public does not automatically make them public domain. However, if the images were created by the FBI, then you can use {{PD-USGov-FBI}} as the license. –IagoQnsi (talk) 18:13, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! Aboudaqn (talk) 18:21, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
I don't read FBI files every day, but I wonder why that document includes drawings of mugshots instead of the actual photos? - Alexis Jazz 18:15, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
I've looked only at pre-1960 FBI files and find them quite primitive – but, then again, think how far behind many Government agencies remain in terms of outdated IT hardware and software, and photocopied photos comes as less surprise. Aboudaqn (talk) 18:21, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
Posted on Wikipedia entry: looks better cropped and smaller than in the FBI files – a little like the Wall Street Journal's famous headshot style. Thank you again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Albertson — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aboudaqn (talk • contribs)
@Aboudaqn: Consider opting into SignBot if you forget to sign sometimes.
Commons/Wikipedia has some issue with greyscale PNGs: [1]. I have uploaded a new file version. - Alexis Jazz 20:11, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kubo and the two strings film poster.jpg[edit]

Hello. I recently uploaded this file and another movie poster file believing that they did not require copyright status. It seems that I was wrong. The problem is that I do not really know how to check what copyright status I should put. Thank you for your help.--Lanbrobeltz (talk) 18:44, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

@Lanbrobeltz: In general, the way copyright works, you should assume that all works are copyrighted and non-free (and therefore cannot be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons) unless you specifically know that they're not. The primary way that an image becomes free is if the copyright holder publishes it with a free license (i.e. they have to explicitly declare that they are giving the image a free license). An image can also be free if it is in the public domain, which can happen if it's very old (i.e. more than roughly 95 years old), created by certain government agencies whose work is always public domain, or is too simple to be eligible for copyright. You can read more about this at Commons:Licensing. –IagoQnsi (talk) 19:11, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@Lanbrobeltz: Kubo and the Two Strings, clearly not in the public domain yet. The poster has already been uploaded to Wikipedia: w:en:File:Kubo and the Two Strings poster.png. You are probably looking for w:en:Wikipedia:Non-free content. For other language Wikipedia, see the local equivalent of that page. If there is none, no movie posters for you. Sorry. - Alexis Jazz 20:23, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz: Oh, so that is why there are posters on the English version of Wikipedia but not on the Spanish. Understood. Thank you both for the information.-Lanbrobeltz (talk) 22:42, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
@Lanbrobeltz: Fair use of works that are still in copyright is something that depends on the law of the country and the policies from that language Wikipedia. Italian Wikipedia for example allows fair use as well: w:it:File:Bolt (Disney) nel deserto.png. As I see no Spanish translation on w:en:Wikipedia:Non-free content it looks like you're indeed out of luck. Not much you can do about this. - Alexis Jazz 21:47, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

фото из своего сайта[edit]

Здравствуйте я хотел загрузит фото с сайта http://jabborov.com/content/foto-galereya-abdukodira-dzhabborova как не автор этих фото но все равно викисклад не принимает мои фото, что мне сделать? как мне загрузит фото из сайта http://jabborov.com/content/foto-galereya-abdukodira-dzhabborova по сути это мой сайт. Спасибо ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Абдукодир Джабборозода (talk • contribs) 04:51, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Нужно письменное согласие фотографа или иного лица, владеющего авторским правом, на публикацию фотографий на условиях свободной лицензии. Подробности на Commons:OTRS/ru. Ruslik (talk) 20:10, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

New batch of photos uploaded, needs Category/Gallery review[edit]

Further to this copyright discussion with Clindberg and Jeff G., I've uploaded a set of photos by Robert Randall about the making of the film 55 Days at Peking. I have attempted to create new categories on Commons for Robert Randall and 55 Days at Peking, but got a bit mixed up with Categories vs Galleries. I'd be grateful if an "expert" could take a look. Thanks. --Muzilon (talk) 10:13, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

@Muzilon: Category:Robert Randall (photographer) and Category:55 Days at Peking are good categories, but they themselves need to be categorized. Robert Randall (photographer) is an empty gallery, you can fill it as you see fit using the gallery tag, arrangement, and captioning you feel best. For his bio, I was thinking of cropping and rotating the photo at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/18458490/ for fair use on enwiki, but I do not like the quality. Do you have a better alternative?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:55, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Sorry, I'm afraid I can't help with a high-res photo of Randall. I'm also not very familiar with creating Galleries and Categories on Commons. When I added the {{Commons}} template on the respective WP articles for Randall and 55 Days to produce the standard message "Wikipedia Commons has media relating to..." I was a bit perplexed to find this created a link to the Category page for 55 Days, but to the Gallery (not Category) page for Randall. Why is this? --Muzilon (talk) 13:37, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
@Muzilon: w:Template:Commons is supposed to link to a gallery, while w:Template:Commons category is supposed to link to a category; I suggest using the latter until you have a gallery worthy of a link.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:03, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
OK then. I see another editor has already deleted the empty Gallery page anyway.--Muzilon (talk) 23:09, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

File:Bicycle-trailer-for-outdoor-trekking.jpg I want to know how to purchase this trailer.[edit]

I need help navigating this web site. Leslie. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Leslie Highland (talk • contribs) 15:32, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

@Leslie Highland: This site is only a store of media (photos, videos, sounds, etc). We don't sell anything, and all that we know about that trailer is on the page you linked to. The picture was uploaded in 2006 by Malolelei, who has never done anything else on the site, though they did update the Wikipedia pages en:Bicycle trailer and en:Bicycle touring at the same time. You might be able to get in touch with them by email or through their talk page, but given how long it has been, I suspect those won't work. The original photo mentioned "bike-buggy.com", but that domain now hosts a Japanese blog, so I think it's been taken over. I'm sorry I can't be of more help. --bjh21 (talk) 16:54, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

I need help to write here[edit]

Just now I created a account on Wikipedia. I do not know or clear how can I start my writings here. So I need help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 3MITHU (talk • contribs) 17:15, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

  • For starters, you're not on Wikipedia, you're on Wikimedia Commons. Operated by the same foundation, but a different project. I'm assuming you want the English language Wikipedia, click this link.
  • I strongly suggest that you start by making some edits to existing articles rather than start one from scratch, but if you really want to plunge right into writing articles from scratch, you can start by reading en:Wikipedia:Your first article. - Jmabel ! talk 18:52, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

سؤال[edit]

المرجو باخباري طريقة لصنع فيديو بهذه الانواعwav.mp3.ogg...:صعب علي أن أصنع فيديو نوعه مثل — Preceding unsigned comment added by وليد أنوس (talkcontribs) 21:56, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
You might try Help:CV; sorry, it doesn’t seem to be available in Arabic.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:32, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Photograph Copyright Holder when Photographer Passed Away[edit]

Hello,

I would like to upload the photo of an album cover which was shot by photographer Vasco Nunes (who is listed in Wikipedia) but he passed away in 2016. Does this make someone else the copyright holder or is the photo simply unable to be uploaded? I don't want to violate the copyright but I'm unsure as to who that belongs to in this circumstance, and who I should reach out to for permission.

Thanks very much, Amandadoyle543 (talk) 04:54, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

@Amandadoyle543: his work will likely remain in copyright (in both the USA and Portugal) until the end of 2086. Rights to the photo presumably belong to his heirs or estate, unless perhaps he sold them outright to the record producers, or took the picture as their employee. If the album or the photo itself are discussed in a Wikipedia article, more than just a mention or listing, you might be able to upload an image to that project with a fair-use rationale. But in order to host it on this site we would need a free licence from the copyright holder(s), verified through COM:OTRS.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:22, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Categorization of files[edit]

Hi, anybody hanging around who would be able to give a helping hand? I mean, would it make sense to create a category (name to be discussed) and add it to the Category:Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld? Thank you for your time. Lotje (talk) 05:38, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Imo Category:Vegas färd kring Asien och Europa (1881) --> Robert Haglund ? Lotje (talk) 05:48, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) There seem to be a couple of different books represented in those results. Or are you thinking of a category for the Vega Expedition in general? From a quick glance there are several more files & cats that could go in there; it could fall under Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Vega (ship, 1872), and Circumnavigation, for starters. (We don’t seem to have a cat for the Northeast Passage.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:00, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
@Odysseus1479: difficult choice to make. Starting with Vega expedition you mean, and just add all the files to that category? Is there a need for italic in the title of that category then? Lotje (talk) 10:40, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Who is the author in the signature?[edit]

Having trouble finding the author: File:Carlsberg brewery fire 1867.png. - Alexis Jazz 06:12, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

  • Surname appears to be "Hauberg". - Jmabel ! talk 06:22, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Alexis, the initials look unclear, but I assume we see a P. It could be da:Peter Christian Hauberg who was a contemporay and according to article (and Google translation) had artistical talent. — Speravir – 23:22, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

How to attribute a work[edit]

I read the help material, but still need help. How do I attribute a picture to the photographer? I want to use it on my web site for the Home page photo. Here's what it says on Wikimedia for this picture:

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

You are free:
to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Checked copyright icon.svg This image was originally posted to Flickr by coka_koehler at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13331510@N00/355135172. It was reviewed on 1 June 2008 by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.

My email is gwest@westrealestateadvisors.com

Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2600:1700:E890:1D80:64B4:D48F:EC6E:B6D4 (talk) 07:52, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

The attribution we use here at File:Atlanta Skyline from Buckhead.jpg in wikitext is "[https://www.flickr.com/people/13331510@N00 Chuck Koehler] from Cartersville, GA, USA", which evaluates to "Chuck Koehler from Cartersville, GA, USA". In HTML, that would be "<a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/13331510@N00">Chuck Koehler</a>from Cartersville, GA, USA". You may just use the link for the source page https://www.flickr.com/photos/13331510@N00/355135172 or the named version Atlanta Skyline from Buckhead, both of which already attribute the photographer, but that risks loss of info in case of photo deletion or account cancellation at Flickr.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:51, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

letter regarding ship sinking in WW2[edit]

I have a scanned letter (PDF format) which was in my father's possession concerning the rescue of survivors of the sinking of the Abosso dated 7 Nov 1942. He was a sailor on HMS Bideford the rescuing ship. I would like to attach it to the article on the Abosso as it may be of interest to someone. I offered the letter to Imperial War Museum but they were not interested. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Iwassell (talk • contribs) 13:13, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

You can upload it here. I assume that it was an official letter under crown copyright and that it should be tagged as {{PD-UKGov}}. Ruslik (talk) 17:23, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Is this source reliable?[edit]

Hello folks. I don't know where to discuss this issue but is this(http://www.edmaps.com/) source reliable? It looks like self-published and questionable. No source provided for the maps presented in this website and the self-published website looks like a collection of "maps" from the Internet fora. This makes the source shady and questionable which harms the reliability of this project. I would like to hear other editors' opinions on this. Thanks. 88.226.47.49 14:00, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

File:台灣中油麗山街站 2008-01-09.jpg[edit]

I recently created "Corner buildings in Taipei" category, but my question is..."File:台灣中油麗山街站 2008-01-09.jpg" shows a gas station(petrol station). I'm not sure if it's a "building".--Kai3952 (talk) 15:56, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

@Kai3952: All gas stations I have been to have a building which can hold an employee and the central equipment for necessary functions. Exactly where that is in this photo is unclear, but there are five office or apartment buildings also in this photo, and most of those are probably on corners.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 16:13, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Do you mean that the gas station is a building?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:21, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: I think part of it is, as indicated by the glass window reflecting part of a car.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:09, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Pretty clearly the low part at right is a building.
Some gas stations (not this one) have a shelter so small for an attendant that I wouldn't necessarily consider it a building. - Jmabel ! talk 19:05, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
What about this one: "File:CPCCT Tamsui Station 20080728.jpg"?--Kai3952 (talk) 20:40, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: Clearly, File:CPCCT Tamsui Station 20080728.jpg features a building with a second story, windows, and stairs to the roof. It's also probably on a corner.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 22:50, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

How to specify which frame of an uploaded video to use for the JPG preview?[edit]

I am new to uploading videos to Wikimedia Commons, and I'd like to know how I can specify which frame from the uploaded videos to use as the JPG preview image? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penyuan (talk • contribs) 17:12, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

See en:Wikipedia:Extended image syntax#Initial still image. Guanaco (talk) 20:46, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
@Guanaco I tried to do this with this Wikimedia video by going to its edit tab, but it is not clear to me where I should use the extended image syntax you mentioned. Can you elaborate? Thanks!
@Penyuan: Sorry, that advice doesn't work directly on the preview on a file description page, but you can use it on a gallery, user page, or project page, as appropriate.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:28, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
OK, thanks. In that case, is there a way to change the preview image on the file description page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penyuan (talk • contribs) 22:26, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
No it isn’t. — Speravir – 22:49, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Is it always better to have any correct category for a file rather than leave it uncategorized?[edit]

Categorization of uncategorized media is sort of on-again, off-again hobby of mine. Sometimes I've used tools to categorize a number of uncategorized images using some very general category, say "Men". One hopes correctly.

Lets say I categorize some file correctly but into a very broad category. Is this ultimately beneficial? It would be better, of course, to categorize as exactly as possible, but is it at least better to categorize with a broad brush than leave them in the "media needing categories"-category? Voltteri (talk) 21:40, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

@Voltteri: In your example, it would probably be better to categorize it as Category:Unidentified men instead of "Men". This is a subcategory of Category:Undercategorised files where you will find more of those broad categories. - Alexis Jazz 22:31, 18 April 2018 (UTC)
Yes, in general any push in an appropriate direction helps, and may bring the file to the attention of users who are working on refining the categorization within a given field. Alexis makes a good point, though: the higher-level cats often have ‘holding pens‘ to reduce clutter. So have a quick look at the target cat first, to make sure it’s not a meta-category and to see if any obviously apt sub-cats present themselves.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:01, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
Very good, thank you. Voltteri (talk) 00:03, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Logo change[edit]

Hello! I have a problem with logo from page https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%AD%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%89%D0%B8%D1%82_(%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%8F%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%B5) (Электрощит Самара). I work for this company and I am trying to add our new logo, but I cound not do it, I tryed a lot of times unsuccessfully. Could you help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Юлия Хорунжева (talk • contribs) 07:43, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

@Юлия Хорунжева: We don't seem to have a record of those tries. What filename were you trying to upload, on which project, with what username?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:21, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Help with copyright violation[edit]

I have a problema. I added an image to the page of the artist Gretta Sarfaty, for whom I work, with her authorization, but the image was deleted with the following message: "This file is a copyright violation for the following reason: © 2016 GRETTA SARFATY". This image has the copyright belonging to the artist who wishes to put his image on his wikipedia page. How can I proceed to get permission from wikipedia to use the image? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Am.morenoadriana (talk • contribs) 14:27, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi. Please read COM:OTRS and do as it says there. --E4024 (talk) 14:36, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Nina Gamble Kennedy, Matthew Washington Kennedy[edit]

Please explain why the photos are being removed from these pages (in language I can understand). Nina07011960 (talk)

Please see here. The copyrights of these images could not be verified with the information then available. To provide evidence of consent from the creators of these images, please follow OTRS. Rodhullandemu (talk) 22:45, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Incorrectly received .ogg file from API request for images[edit]

I got this file
back from an API request with &grnnamespace=6. This seems incorrect but I have no idea how to fix it. Any pointers on how media type categories are managed would be appreciated! Personman (talk) 02:27, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
That's the "file" namespace, it contains files of all types. --ghouston (talk) 03:27, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
oh, huh. someone on stackoverflow said it was for just images and i believed them. oh well. is there a way to request images only? Personman (talk) 05:05, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
I think you'd have to look at the mime type for each file you get back and ignore the ones you don't want. --ghouston (talk) 06:33, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
@Personman: I can't immediately find a way to ask for only images to be returned, but if you use prop=imageinfo&iiprop=mediatype you'll get back the high-level media type of each file, and then if you ask for a few files (e.g. with grnlimit=10) you can filter for BITMAP on the client side. Note that because images were the first kind of file handled by MediaWiki, a bunch of bits of the API use "image" where they mean "file" (like in imageinfo). Also, if you haven't found the API Sandbox, you should: it's my first port of call when I want to work out how to do something with the API. --bjh21 (talk) 10:51, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

ファイル履歴のコメント欄を修正したいのですが[edit]

File:Kanna Hashimoto One day police chief 20171201 2 trim.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kanna_Hashimoto_One_day_police_chief_20171201_2_trim.jpg

画像サイズ変更

可能でしょうか?福博中 (talk) 09:02, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

My first upload: is it okay?[edit]

Hey- I uploaded this picture today: File:Tuanfeng Zhen Piaozheng.jpg

Is it okay to upload this picture? I took it myself. It's a goods stamp/ration ticket from 1980's China.

Thanks. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 11:13, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

This is a derivative work and you need to specify the copyright status of the object in the photo. See Commons:Derivative works. --Wcam (talk) 11:21, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
How does wikimedia handle photographs of currency or of ration tickets? That's basically what this is. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 11:43, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

cableway? cable car?[edit]

I don't understand what is the difference between "cableway" and "cable car", because I want to create "Views from cable cars" category. So my question is: Is this naming correct in the eyes of native English speakers?--Kai3952 (talk) 13:22, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

@Kai3952: en:Cable car is the vehicle itself, while en:Cableway is a redirect for a system of cables, motors, pulleys, and supports which make such vehicles move in the desired manner and support them. Views of or from cable cars will often include parts of the system. I have been on cable cars on rails in the San Francisco cable car system and seen the Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:49, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
You say that include parts of the system? Please you look at the photo:
I know these two photos were taken on the cable car, but your answer confused me a little. What you mean is that I should not use the word "cable car" to naming categories?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:31, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: I think the category name you suggested is correct. Over time, perhaps you will want to create subcat Category:Views from cable cars in Taiwan.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 21:15, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
No, the real problem is that Wikimedia.Commons does not "Views from cable cars" category, because no one created it yet. If you think I want to create Category:Views from cable cars in Taiwan, then why can't I find Category:Views from cable cars. Is "this problem" caused by me?--Kai3952 (talk) 09:33, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Photographs taken in places where photography is not permitted[edit]

There are images in Wikimedia that have been licensed for commercial purposes despite having been taken in places (for example the British Museum) where photography, certainly for commercial purposes, is not permitted. Is there any formal verification that somebody contributing 'own work' was entitled to take photographs for such purposes in the first place? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 82.32.76.136 (talk) 16:01, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

In such places, photographers take photos at their own risk. Use of their photos in certain ways is prohibited by non-copyright restrictions. We have some tags for such photos to warn reusers in certain countries or circumstances of the risks, but we do not delete such photos because of such restrictions.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 21:07, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Best way to capture a photo from a copyright-free google/archive.org book[edit]

Hi. I'm looking for the best way to capture photos from books that have been scanned are available from google books or archives.org. All of these books are before 1923, so copyright has expired and are fully available on the sites. For example, I would like to upload this photo of Alice Hutchison (Page 163). Are there any tools to help? Thank you kindly. --Meanderingbartender (talk) 18:18, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Extraction from Google Books is tricky. However you can find this book at https://archive.org/details/cihm_65037 where downloading pages is easy, they even give you download links. -- (talk) 18:26, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. In this case, this book scan on Archives is horrendous. Would it be acceptable to do a screenshot from google books? Thank you kindly --Meanderingbartender (talk) 18:32, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
Hi, I can't see the content. It seems to be restricted to the US. But as long as it in the public domain, it is fine. You can upload it on Commons with {{PD-1923}} for a book first published in the US before 1923. Regards, Yann (talk) 19:13, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
Use w:en:Pdfimages. I got File:Alice Hutchison.jpg out of it. - Alexis Jazz 20:44, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
Many of the Google scans/books can be found on HathiTrust, like this one, and you can just directly download the page image, though not the whole PDF. They also often offer multiple scans, though in this case the other scan is just the microfilm one found on the Internet Archive.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:58, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
@Prosfilaes: that site is also only available in the U.S., perhaps no problem for Meanderingbartender but just so you know. For the photo it doesn't matter, but I wonder if Eva Shaw McLaren is Eva McLaren. I can't find any death date or just anything about "Eva Shaw McLaren". - Alexis Jazz 23:15, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
HathiTrust isn't only available in the US, but I believe they block just about everything published less than 140 years ago from worldwide views; see Newly Opened Worldwide: 1-1-2018, where 21,661 out of 23,153 works were published in 1877. So more like Google Books that the Internet Archive.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:58, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
Right, I should have been more clear: this specific book is only available in the US on that site. On closer inspection it seems their source for the book actually is the digitzed version from Google, so they possibly just copy the restrictions from Google. It looks like Eva McLaren is indeed the writer, which would mean this book is actually PD-old-80. - Alexis Jazz 03:34, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

My article[edit]

Hello there, I don't know if this has been a problem before...maybe. But I made an article about Johannes-David Schwarzmann and I know that there where no copyright issues with it. Never the less it is deleted now. There was obviously a discussion about it, but I didn't have the opportunity to log in for quite a while now, so there was no chance for me to participate. And I don't even know why it was deleted. I would appreciate it if anybody could help me on this

Cheers Zwetschkenjoe — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zwetschkenjoe (talk • contribs) 20:27, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

@Zwetschkenjoe: de:J-D Schwarzmann was deleted per the discussion at de:Wikipedia:Löschkandidaten/12. März 2018#J-D Schwarzmann (gelöscht) for lack of relevance, or lack of what we refer to in enwiki as "notability".   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 20:54, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
Zwetschkenjoe, das ist hier Commons, aber zunächst einmal: Worauf Jeff richtig hingewiesen hat, gab es eine Löschdiskussion, auf die Du wie üblich selbst hingewiesen wurdest: de:Benutzer Diskussion:Zwetschkenjoe#J-D Schwarzmann (der Artikeltitel ist übrigens schlecht gewählt und wäre so oder so ziemlich schnell geändert worden). Auch wenn Du schreibst, Du hättest nicht die Möglichkeit gehabt, an der Diskussion teilzunehmen, wäre der Artikel sicherlich auch bei deiner Teilnahme gelöscht worden, eben wegen (eventuell noch) fehlender Relevanz. Du kannst den löschenden Admin Kurator71 fragen, ob er dir eine Kopie schickt oder in deinen Benutzerraum legt.
Nun ist hier Commons und da geht es dann eher um das von dir hochgeladene Bild Johannes-David Schwarzmann ©Klemens Dellacher.jpg, für das ein Löschantrag existiert. Diskutiert wird der in Commons:Deletion requests/File:Johannes-David Schwarzmann ©Klemens Dellacher.jpg, aber auch darauf wurdest Du hingewiesen, nämlich auf Deiner Diskussionsseite in Commons. Und etwas weiteres ist Commons nicht anders als in der deutschen Wikipedia: Man soll seine Beiträge signieren. Dafür gibt es im Wikieditor ein entsprechendes Symbol (das mit dem Stift) oder Du setzt von Hand vier auffeinanderfolgende Tilden ans Ende: ~~~~. — Speravir – 22:41, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Your web page.[edit]

I uploaded 97 photographs on Wikimedia Commons and I'd like to view them and possibly edit them, but I see no way to do it. Every time I use the search box to try to find the answer I get the same result "create a page on this wiki". How the heck do you do that and what is a wiki? And why don't you have a link that simply says view your uploads? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johnckarnes (talk • contribs) 23:12, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

You have 1 photograph on Wikimedia Commons: Special:ListFiles/Johnckarnes. - Alexis Jazz 00:10, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
If images are deleted you usually get a note that gives the reason why an admin deleted it (though giving actual reasons is a courtesy) and if you contest this deletion there is a page for that at Commons:Undeletion requests because otherwise you won't be able to view them, note that actual copyright © violations won't get restored and are best uploaded to Wikipedia where fair use is allowed (please read Commons:Scope and Commons:Licensing). --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 06:20, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment reviewing your upload log I can't seem to find any other uploads, I was going to write about how it was often possible for admins to speedy delete images without giving an actual reason like INeverCry did with always just writing "Copyright violation: See commons:licensing" and many immediate copyright © violations such as of non-simple logo's that are not Template:PD-ineligible but from what I can tell none of the images you uploaded were ever deleted, did you by any chance uploaded them with a different account? Because images uploaded with other accounts aren't visible in the upload log with this one. Maybe you uploaded them to a Wikipedia because those images also aren't visible on Wikimedia Commons. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 06:25, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

I had already checked that. There is 1 photograph and that's it. Nothing deleted, nothing on other wikis. @Johnckarnes: either you uploaded the other photos using another account or you made a mistake during the upload. Maybe you can tell us what those photos were showing, filenames and descriptions. If we find one maybe we'll find the others. You can also just try to upload them again. If they are already here, you will be given the link. If not, proceed with the upload. - Alexis Jazz 10:18, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Flickr2Commons issues[edit]

I haven't been able to use Flickr2Commons for about a month or so on my cell.-phone, is there a way where I can report issues I have with the service? From what I understand the Phabeicator is only for Wikimedia Foundation designed features. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 06:27, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

@Donald Trung: you lost the link to Commons talk:Flickr2Commons? You've already been there. Nobody seems to read it though. User talk:Magnus Manske suggests going to https://bitbucket.org/magnusmanske/. - Alexis Jazz 10:23, 21 April 2018 (UTC)