User talk:Asclepias

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A cup of tea for you![edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg I hope you come back soon. I'm always sad to see good long-time editors leave. I've seen it happen way too many times. I know how things here and on Wikipedia can get really irritating at times. You should see some of the fights I've been in! Face-wink.svg Take care. INeverCry 03:39, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

Carte des seigneuries du Québec[edit]

Bonjour Asclepias, Je m'aperçois que la carte de Courchêne 1923 à été dessinée en 1984 par Isabelle Diaz pour le département de géographie de l'Université Laval. Savez-vous si ce travail est libre de droits ? --YanikB (talk) 12:45, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

@YanikB: Bonjour, Je n'ai rien trouvé sur le site de l'université qui indiquerait que ce travail soit libre ni à quel endroit sur ce site ou ailleurs vous avez pu voir que le titulaire des droits d'auteur aurait offert la licence CC que vous avez placée dans les pages de Commons pour cette carte. C'est pourquoi j'ai ajouté le modèle de demande de preuve de cette licence dans la page de la version png. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:01, 3 October 2016 (UTC)
Je croyais que puisque la carte avait plus de 70 ans elle était libre de droits. Si ce n'est pas le cas j'exigerai sa suppression. --YanikB (talk) 21:47, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

File:Wall Painting Musee de la place Royale.jpg[edit] Why do you want to delete this photo I took in Quebec?Dslcards (talk) 17:36, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

First, thank you for uploading to Commons your very good photos. However, Commons cannot host photos of non-free paintings, unless with explicit permission of the painters or owners of the copyright. Please see the page Commons:Derivative works for the detailed guideline and the deletion nomination page Commons:Deletion requests/File:Wall Painting Musee de la place Royale.jpg for the specific information about this painting. You are of course welcome to add comments on that nomination page. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:01, 5 November 2016 (UTC)
This is fine with me, as I said I don't want to infringe on a copyrighted material. By the way, I guess I can't delete any of my photos that I upload. This is good to know, and I thank you for letting me practice talking to another user. I have never done that and sometimes even the help section needs a help section to understand all of this. I primarily upload images because I use images on wikitree profiles. Thanks and have a good day and please delete that image i took in Quebec!Dslcards (talk) 18:10, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

Sanity check[edit]

Hello! I have a quick favor to ask. I noticed the w:en:Category:User-created public domain files backlog has become quite large, so I started moving files that looked like low-hanging fruit using For the Common Good. I'm a total rookie at Commons. If you have a moment, could you do me a huge favor and take a look through some of the files I've moved and make sure I'm not doing something foolhardy? I don't want to create a bunch of work for the folks here. Thanks a million! Happy editing! Ajpolino (talk) 23:38, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

Best Wishes![edit]

Décoration de Noël, place du Molard, Genève 2016.jpg
Best Wishes, Asclepias!
Hi Asclepias, I wish you all the best for the Holidays and a Happy New Year 2017. Face-smile.svg Yann (talk) 18:57, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Christmas decoration, place du Molard, Geneva.jpg

Happy New Year, Asclepias![edit]

Message at w:[edit]

I left you a message at w:User talk:Asclepias#Images of branded sustenance. I noticed that you've recently been more active on commons, so just dropping a note here as well (though it's probably redundant due to cross-wiki notification). Best Regards, Godsy (talkcontribs) 16:23, 19 January 2017 (UTC)


Commons-emblem-issue.svg File:Peterjulian.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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Suggestions for better additions in Commons?[edit]

Hi Asclepias! I am new to Wikipedia/Commons, and have been adding images from where I work (Library and Archives Canada) into Commons, and then adding them to relevant articles (English and French) as part of a pilot project. If I'm not mistaken, you are also Canadian? ;) I am very grateful for all the corrections you have taken the time to make to the uploaded images I have done. The question I have for you is, I am using Upload Wizard, and I think I may be missing some of the technical best practices / standards regarding image metadata, such as circa, not ca. for dates, use of [[, etc. as well as category selections. Sorry to burden you with this ;) but do you have any references / quick fixes that you would suggest to a new user like me? I'm an archivist by training, and so I completely understand about the importance of standards in metadata creation and want to make sure I get this right :) Thanks!! :) --Ottawaorrell (talk) 14:07, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Hello Ottawaorrell! I try to keep an eye on recent uploads about Canada and indeed I noticed your interesting additions of images from LAC. Your knowledge of templates and other details will expand with experience. Many templates are optional. You will see that the description pages often get modified by users or by robots. Seeing that many of your uploads are reproductions of artworks, a few suggestions and comments for now could be the following.
  • Template:Artwork is recommended for images of reproductions of two-dimensional artworks (instead of Template:Information). Information is ok, but Artwork is more appropriate for artworks. Do not be impressed by the apparent complexity of this template. Most of its fields are optional, although it's good to fill the fields that can be filled with the available information about the original artwork and about the particular reproduction. The documentation page of the template provides detailed instructions. It also provides examples of some templates that can be used to format information about creators, institutions, size, etc.
  • When used alone in the date field, dates can be noted in the form 2017-02-16, and that will be automatically displayed by the system according to the reader's language preferences. There are other ways to format dates with templates such as circa, before, etc.
  • When available, specific categories are used by preference to broad categories. After a time, you will get used to the categories more closely related to your topics of interest. There can be some subjectivity to choosing the best categories for a file, but for artworks in general categories can be related to themes, location, time, author, type of work, etc.
  • It may be useful to perform searches with some keywords or look in some categories, to see if the image is already on Commons. If the image already exists on Commons, you can decide if the new upload will be useful, depending if and how the copies differ. It is good to upload an additional copy of a work, if it differs from the existing copy (or copies) by a larger size, a better quality, a more free license, etc. When uploading a new copy of an image, it is good practice to link to the other copy (or copies) of the same image in the "other versions" field. (Although the files will likely also be in the same thematic categories, linking them directly helps find and compare them more easily.)
  • The status ("licensing") section should provide information about the status of the original work. Commons requires information about the status in the United States and about the status in the country of origin. For artworks first published in Canada before 1923, that can often be expressed with the templates PD-1923 and PD-Canada. There are other templates for different cases. It can get a bit more complicated when the photographer of a reproduction claims a copyright on that particular reproduction and offers a license for it. Depending on cases, variants of Template:PD-Art, such as Template:Licensed-PD-Art-two, can help. If you test the templates and parameters with the "show preview" button, you should get used to them. This is a complex area, do not hesitate to ask help on the Help Desk or on the Commons Village Pump, etc.
  • I can't help with the Upload Wizard tool, because I do not use it. It is made for frequent types of uploads. It doesn't offer all possible options. You can use the upload form you like best. I use the basic upload form because it can be formatted freely, but that's a personal preference. Another available form is Special:Upload. Whichever upload form you use, you can always modify the description pages after upload.
I hope that helps and keep on the good work! -- Asclepias (talk) 18:18, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you so much!! Your helpful hints are being printed off as we speak so that I can use them as I go :)I am going to start by trying the upload form you suggested. :) Thanks again! --Ottawaorrell (talk) 18:25, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Uploading modified images[edit]

Dear Asclepias,

A few weeks ago, you kindly gave me some advice here on how to upload an image which I have created by modifying another image. I tried this today, using the basic form as you recommended. I filled in the main input field as

|Description=Map as at but with the borders only
|Date=Original created 2009-09-08; modifications made 2017-02-19
|Author=original, Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra; modifications, Maproom
|Permission=Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

and ignored the "Licensing" field as it did not offer the correct option, "Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported". When I clicked "Submit", I got the warning "You must give the original source of the file, the author of the work, and a license." What am I doing wrong? Maproom (talk) 20:39, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi Maproom,
As far as I can tell, the only thing that is missing in your example above is a template of a standardized license tag. Because on Commons a license must always be expressed by inserting a template recognized by the system. Your upload should work fine if you add a template. In your example above, the template for that license is the template {{Cc-by-3.0}}. You may place it in the "permission" field or you may place it separately between the information template and the categories. It is not necessary to write in words the name of the license, because the template displays it. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:04, 19 February 2017 (UTC)
That worked! I'm now hoping it will survive. Many thanks for your help. Maproom (talk) 21:21, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Examples due to help desk question[edit]

Salut Asclepias. To get precise i will give you these examples of pictures i included into wikipedia articles. One picture was shot on a street in Brazil (this one in Sao Paolo and shows some people. I included it some time ago on the German wikipedia article of Brazil, in the section of Population, subsection ethnics. (see

I am also wondering if the picture itself is even legal, cause on commons they say that actualy you would need any permission to take any photo of any person in the country of Brazil? (see

Another picture i would take as an example is in the German article of the London eye. It shows some passangers in the capsule and the picture got the particular template. (see

Could you comment on these images, and these type of using in wikipedia? Merci.--Joobo (talk) 17:36, 13 March 2017 (UTC)