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Dosseman is not my proper name, which is Dick Osseman. However, when - after 15 years of Wikipedia use - I started to publish in Wikicommons I found that I needed an identity for that purpose. This is it.

My pictures, tens of thousands of them, concerning Turkey and to a lesser extent Syria (from right before the war), Jordan and Italy are at and related sites. I intend to add a decent number of pictures to commons (so far over 67.000, counting in June 2024), often to illustrate sights that I liked a lot, or maybe more often the ones that are overlooked by the general tourist. In general mainly historical and cultural ones. Always I claim copyright for large size pictures, so contact me in those cases through Pbase. Or write to . And if you use a picture I took anywhere, please mention me, using my full name. Try not to make errors. And my name has nothing to do with Osman, but refers to a man with oxen.

I have been granted autopatrol rights on 25-3-2020. That indicates I do not have the ability to mark [other's] actions as patrolled; instead only their own [my own] actions are automatically marked as patrolled. This right is commonly granted to users who aren't necessarily involved in patrolling pages, edits or uploads, but create a high level of quality pages or uploads that do not require patrolling by other users. It seems to have advantages that I will be working out, and maybe use to good advantage. I mention it because I have on occassion been bothered by other users who thought they ought to correct my work. Please don't, but write to me instead if you feel I'm wrong. When publishing my pictures I increasingly re-organized pictures by others. Some categories are used as dumps for hundreds of pictures that in some cases deserve a more careful placement in sub-, or sub-sub-categories. When needed I create those categories. Though I often am surprised to see pictures I would be ashamed to show to others because of their lack of quality.

In May 2024 I was made a patroller. I'm still working out what that implies.

I was pleased to receive a message as shown below (can be checked in my talk page, 25-6-2020). And I do intend to keep it up. I made a speech as guest speaker on 22-10-2023 at the Turkic Wikimedia Conference 2023 in Istanbul under the title "A traveller’s pictures of Turkey, taken over 30 years (EN)", explaining how I became the passionate photographer and then wikimedian that I have turned into. The audience liked it.

The Turkish Barnstar of National Merit
This is for your continuous efforts on uploading numerous beautiful Turkey-related images. You deserve recognition and appreciation. Keep it up. CeeGee 11:33, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

And earlier this one:

The Photographer's Barnstar
Hi Dosseman! Each and every one of your photographs is an invaluable contribution to Wikipedia. Thank you! पाटलिपुत्र (talk) 16:36, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
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nl-N Deze gebruiker heeft het Nederlands als moedertaal.
en-4 This user has near native speaker knowledge of English.
de-3 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf hohem Niveau.
fr-3 Cet utilisateur dispose de connaissances avancées en français.
it-3 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello avanzato in italiano.
tr-1 Bu kullanıcı temel düzeyde Türkçe bilir.
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A week before my 73rd birthday I received:

A barnstar for you!

The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Thank you very much for all of your marvellous contributions of photography in the Anatolian and the surrounding geographies, and another thank you for tirelessly uploading them into the WC every single day! Keep up the good work. Emre Dokur (talk) 15:33, 6 January 2022 (UTC)

And when I was 74:

The Photographer's Barnstar
Thank you for your uploads about Türkiye! You are making Commons great! Kadı Message 13:37, 3 June 2023 (UTC)

And as if that was not enough:

A barnstar for you!

The Photographer's Barnstar
Thank you for taking photos of Türkiye and for presenting the picture of pride in the state institution Anadolu Agency. If you go, we are waiting for you in Sivas too :) -- 19:42, 7 June 2023 (UTC)

And then came (though I must add I have an archive stretching back to the 1990's):


Turkish Archiver
What a precious archive! It is great to find open access photos of the past ten years of the distinguished buildings of the Turkish homeland. Thanks for sharing. Bjelica (talk) 21:05, 2 July 2023 (UTC)