User talk:Arb

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Files you uploaded may be deleted[edit]

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PNG is inappropriate for photographs[edit]

I hope you have now stopped uploading photographs in PNG format - eg. File:Baljaffray Primary School by Andrew McEwan.png. — RHaworth (Talk | contribs) 00:19, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Hmm. Why does it matter (to you)? -Arb. (talk) 23:32, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Because they are an hopeless waste of space and bandwidth.

In the case of Geograph photo 75441, please explain why you converted the image to this PNG (513KB). Would it not have been simpler to upload the original Geograph image (153KB)? Also, if we upload the JPEG, a computer can check that this an exact copy of the Geograph image; if we convert to PNG, a person needs to look to confirm.

In the case of Anne May, please explain why you think Anne May.png (708KB) was better than Anne May.jpg (75 KB). — RHaworth (Talk | contribs) 16:37, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

As you doubtless know, the main disadvantage of jpg is that it is lossy while png is lossless. The policy/guidelines I've found within commons are categorical that png is preferred in most situations and curiously vague when it comes to photos. Can you point to a definitive commons policy for photo file formats?
As for space/bandwidth, I'm almost certain that I've read somewhere a statement by Brion Vibber to the effect that end users should not concern themselves about these. -Arb. (talk) 22:29, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

File:Shaare Shalom Synagogue, Kingston, Jamaica.png[edit]

File:Shaare shalom jamaica.jpg, on which you based File:Shaare Shalom Synagogue, Kingston, Jamaica.png, turned out to be a copyright violation which Aju lion (talk, contribs) had nicked from, so both will have to be deleted. Sorry about your work being undone. LX (talk, contribs) 08:03, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Tip: Categorizing images[edit]

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Hello, Arb!
Tip: Add categories to your images

Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.

Here's how:

1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:


2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.

[[Category:Category name]]

For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:

[[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").

Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.

CategorizationBot (talk) 11:03, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

File:Saint Hugh's Preparatory School emblem.png[edit]

Pay attention to copyright
File:Saint Hugh's Preparatory School emblem.png has been marked as a possible copyright violation. Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content—that is, images and other media files that can be used by anyone, for any purpose. Traditional copyright law does not grant these freedoms, and unless noted otherwise, everything you find on the web is copyrighted and not permitted here. For details on what is acceptable, please read Commons:Licensing. You may also find Commons:Copyright rules useful, or you can ask questions about Commons policies at the Commons:Help desk.

The file you added has been deleted. If you believe that the deletion was not in accordance with policy, you may request undeletion.

Wikimedia Commons takes copyright violations very seriously and persistent violators will be blocked from editing.

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EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:56, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

File:Baljaffray Primary School by Andrew McEwan.png[edit]

File:Baljaffray Primary School by Andrew McEwan.png has been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether it should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry.

If you created this file, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for deletion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it, such as a copyright issue.

Please remember to respond to and – if appropriate – contradict the arguments supporting deletion. Arguments which focus on the nominator will not affect the result of the nomination. Thank you!

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ghouston (talk) 08:10, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Thanks for all your help tagging maps in the Mechanical Curator collection - after ten days, we've now done half the books and found 10,600 images! Andrew Gray (talk) 00:48, 11 November 2014 (UTC)