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Please properly use the source field

Hi Sourcefield,
Thank you for your contributions to Commons. It looks like a file you uploaded to Commons has an invalid entry indicated for its "Source" . It is important that the "Source" field, which is the record of where a file came from, be accurate and as machine-readable as possible so that others can verify its license and be able to reuse the file under the correct terms. Sources such as "Me", "Self" or "My camera" should be replaced with the template {{Own}}. {{Own}} is a localized (i.e., translated) template that adapts to the user's interface language. Sources such as "Google", "The Internet", etc. are not considered valid and may result in deletion of the file. If you did not generate the file yourself, then please be as specific as you can in identifying your source: ideally, this would be a stable link to the exact page the image or file came from, or the title, year, and page number of the book where you found it (a link to the website in general is not usually considered specific enough, nor is simply restating the name of the author).

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This template is intended to be used to warn a Commons user that a file he/ she has uploaded to Commons appears to have an invalid entry in the "Source" parameter. It gives examples of frequent Source mistakes and suggests how these might be corrected. If the invalid Source entry has already been corrected, the template gives the person placing it the opportunity to indicate this fact. It should not be placed on the file to which it refers, and does not affect the appearance of that file.


{{Sourcefield |1= |2= |3= }}

If the file in question has no source at all or clearly has an invalid source, consider placing the {{No source since}} tag on the file; this will mark the file for deletion unless a valid source can be identified within seven days

Template parameters

Parameter Description Default Status
1 Pagename of file where the user used an invalid source empty optional
2 Link to a diff showing the fix empty optional
3 A sample of the invalid source as example empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the User talk namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users


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