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Thanks for help with the PAS load and finessing the "Hoards" category. I think these pictures will be the basis (or making) of a number of articles. Cheers Victuallers (talk) 09:58, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for uploading them. I am sure they will be very useful, and I have already started to use some of them in hoard-related articles. BabelStone (talk) 22:54, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for uploading free images. Please try to upload the highest possible resolution. — Tanvir 16:30, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Need opinions for British Museum object captions[edit]

Hello Babelstone,

As you may have noticed, I have changed the information in some of the files you have uploaded, using a {{artwork}} rather than {{British-Museum-object}} (see File:British Museum Hoxne Hoard Tigress.jpg for example). I did not really think that such changes would be controversial, but apparently it is. So your thoughts would be appreciated at Template talk:British-Museum-object.--Zolo (talk) 21:15, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

Hi BabelStone, if you are interested in commenting, please note the background discussion at User_talk:Zolo#Blanking_of_information. Thanks -- (talk) 22:59, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Commented already, thanks for letting me know. BabelStone (talk) 23:02, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

Thx +[edit]

I used your marine chronometer photo in The photo is quite interesting to me. --DL5MDA (talk) 22:27, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know; it is always nice to hear from people who use my pictures. It is a fine chronometer, and historically interesting as one of only two surviving examples of the twenty-two chronometers used on the HMS Beagle during Darwin's voyage. BabelStone (talk) 10:07, 10 November 2011 (UTC)


Thanks for spotting this - I'm a little irritated it slipped by me! I will make some enquiries before listing for deletion, as it's possible we may be the residual rightsholder in any case. Andrew Gray (talk) 16:48, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

If we do have to delete them it's not a big problem as in less than 14 months time they'll be out of copyright and we'll be able to upload all of Stein's photos, which is something I was planning on anyway. BabelStone (talk) 00:48, 7 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder. I've been away from the BL much of the last few weeks so haven't had much of a chance to talk to people about this; I'll make sure to email Vic tomorrow. I think you're right that we will need to delete for a year and a half, but I'll try and make sure they don't know something I don't. It's a little galling given they're definitely PD-US, but I guess this is the price we pay for having a rational system ;-) Andrew Gray (talk) 23:54, 18 November 2012 (UTC)


I'm not an original uploader of this file, I've corrected colors only. So your deletion request is missing the person interested in this file presence. Bogomolov.PL (talk) 19:07, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

file removed[edit]

Dear BabelStone, I am relatively new to Wikimedia Commons. Robert Kelly (artist) provided me with an image of himself in his studio, which I uploaded and posted into his Wikipedia entry. The photograph was taken by his long time life partner but since I don't have her last name I didn't credit her for taking this picture. As the image is Robert Kelly's personal property I didn't realize that this would be a problem. Can you undo the delete and put this image back into his Wikipedia entry? Or, if not, how can I see that it is replaced? What steps do I take? There is no question that it is used with full permission....Thank you so much! User:Artandimage

It is not sufficient that the subject of the image gives permission for it to be used on Wikimedia Commons, as the subject is not usually the copyright holder, even if he owns the physical photograph. You need the photographer (who is normally the copyright holder) to give explicit permission to Wikimedia (not just to you) in order for the image to be used on Wikimedia Commons. In order to get the image undeleted you will need to get the person who took the photograph to email a license permission to Wikimedia according to the instructions given at OTRS. BabelStone (talk) 13:07, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the guidance and help. I forwarded the photographers explicit permission for free license use to the email address in OTRS. I hope that resolves it! Artandimage (talk) 01:40, 2 April 2013 (UTC)ArtandimageArtandimage (talk) 01:40, 2 April 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for uploading your pictures of St Laurence's church during Wiki Loves Monuments, the detail on the 12th-century south doorway is remarkable. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 09:37, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for putting it on the WMUK main page! Great weather for taking pics over the last couple of days, but just a shame about the sunlight in the bottom left corner of the doorway -- I may try again another day. BabelStone (talk) 16:32, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Hopefully the sun will return soon. I was going to take a couple of pictures myself on Sunday but the clouds closed in. I got soaked to the skin anyway, so I might as well have taken a camera along. Have you considered nominating some of your pictures at COM:QI? Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 15:21, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
The weekend was disappointing indeed! The sun briefly came out on Sunday afternoon, and I ran for the car and managed to grab pictures of three nearby Grade I bridges. I also went back to St Laurence's church today and snapped a pile more photos of the interior which I will upload later. Nice of you to suggest I nominate some of my pictures for QI, but I'm afraid that neither my camera nor my photography skills are quite good enough. BabelStone (talk) 19:16, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

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Bosworth Boar[edit]

Hello BabelStone,

You may be aware a documentary on the finding of the bones of King Richard III earlier this year. We are making another documentary for C4 about Richard III following on from our success with King in the Carpark. Our aim is to recreate the very end of Richard’s life on the battlefield to discover what kind of a warrior he really was and to attempt to debunk the myths about him. We’re shedding new light on his ability to fight through scientific insight coupled with real life recreation

We would like to use this image. Can you confirm this image was taken by you, or you know its original author (photographer) or that you know that it can be used in TV documentary that requires it to cleared for World, All Media, 10 yrs.

Boar Badge of Richard III from Bosworth Field

I look forward to your reply.

Hi, thank you for your query. However, the photograph of the Bosworth Boar was not taken by me, but comes from the Portable Antiquities Scheme flickr photostream. You should contact Daniel Pett of the Portable Antiquities Scheme if you need explicit permission to use the image. BabelStone (talk) 13:05, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

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I made a few edits to the image, please revert them if you don't like the edits. The crop was suggested at Wikipedia:Featured_picture_candidates/Odiham_Castle. --Lewis Hulbert (talk) 20:48, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Looks good to me, thanks! BabelStone (talk) 22:48, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Quality Image Promotion[edit]

Odiham Castle.jpg
Your image has been reviewed and promoted
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QI nom[edit]

I came across File:Wilder's Folly from the south.jpg and just had to nominate it for quality image. Lewis Hulbert (talk) 11:26, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! BabelStone (talk) 13:06, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
I made a few edits based on comments at QIC. Additionally, have you thought of putting it on the Wikipedia article? It's higher quality than the one currently there. Lewis Hulbert (talk) 22:54, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks again for helping improve my pictures. I must admit I did consider putting it in the Wilder's Folly article, but although it is much higher resolution than the existing photo I rather like the framing of the tower on the green hill in the current picture, and the article is too short add another picture, so I think it best to leave it as is (there is of course a link to Commons if anyone wants to find additional pictures). BabelStone (talk) 13:10, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
That's a good point I didn't think about, I agree that an infobox image should show the building's surroundings too. It's a shame there's not an image of the same angle at a much higher resolution. Maybe I'll end up visiting myself, it's less than an hour drive from me. Lewis Hulbert (talk) 22:14, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Quality Image Promotion[edit]

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Regarding the Nanyue categories[edit]

Would you be interested in saying something at Commons:Administrators' noticeboard#Category POV-pushing? That user's edits are on a much larger scale, they've completely moved the category outright. --benlisquareTalkContribs 16:25, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Nanyue vs. Nam Việt[edit]

Note, that gallery rename was not so controversial as category rename as gallery names are not required to be in English. Vietnamese name is OK in this case. Ankry (talk) 21:42, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the clarification. In this case, the gallery was originally titled "Nanyue", and it was redirected to a new "Nam Việt" page with exactly the same content. As there is no reason to move the gallery from its common name to the Vietnamese name I reverted to the original state of affairs. BabelStone (talk) 21:46, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Citation info and permission[edit]

Hi, I'd like to use this image in an online learning resource - Early writing tablet recording the allocation of beer. Is this permitted, and could you please let me know how you wish to be credited? Thanks!

Replied by email (please read the prominently displayed licensing information for the file). BabelStone (talk) 10:08, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

Rosetta Stone[edit]

Why this file meet the criteria for deletion? Here says that this pictures are under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. Alonso de Mendoza (talk) 15:42, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

We cannot accept CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license because of the non-commercial restriction. See COM:L for details. BabelStone (talk) 16:00, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

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Portable Antiquities Scheme[edit]

Gold Corieltauvi stater, found in North Lincolnshire.
Hi, I can see you've used or uploaded some of these photographs in the past, so you may be interested in an early heads-up that I have started uploading all photographs from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which should be around 400,000 photographs of archaeologically interesting artefacts, found by the public in England and Wales. It will take a few weeks to finish, I expect. I tweeted about it yesterday here and you can find the project page along with GLAM reports and other links like useful searches of the collection here. Cheers -- (talk) 12:28, 24 January 2017 (UTC)


本日晴天 (talk) 12:47, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Picture used[edit]

Dear BabelStone

I should like to inform you that I have used your image

  • Suzhou Ruiguang Pagoda 1984 B.jpg

in my recently published book:

Buddhistische Tempel in China, 中原佛寺圖考 [Zhōngyuán fósì túkǎo]
I: ISBN 978-3-7448-7270-6 (Hardcover) (URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-2017080780)
II: ISBN 978-3-7448-7273-7 (Hardcover) (URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-20170807245)

--Zenwort (talk) 19:14, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Dear Zenwort, thank you for letting me know. I will keep an eye open for your book. BabelStone (talk) 08:00, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Western Xia coin[edit]

Hello, I saw that on your website you used an image of a Tangut coin with Tangut inscriptions, do you actually own a coin like that? If so, then could you please upload an image of a Tangut coin as currently there is not a single coin with Tangut inscriptions on Wikimedia Commons. ☹ --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) (Sockpuppets 🎭) (Articles 📚) 17:23, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

I do own one Tangut coin, but I'm afraid it is probably a modern fake, although it is a very good fake and would probably do as an illustration of a Tangut coin. I'll upload it soo, as well as some not so good quality photos of Tangut coins in the Xixia Museum in Ningxia. BabelStone (talk) 20:44, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much for Category:Tangut coins and its content, I've added it to w:nl:Geschiedenis van Chinese muntgeld tijdens de Westelijke Xia, and hope that many people beyond Wikimedia projects will find them useful and educational. 😉 --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 09:33, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Thank you very much 😊[edit]

Rosetta Barnstar.png The Rosetta Barnstar
For uploading images of Tangut coins, and helping preserve the knowledge and culture of the Tangut people. Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 09:33, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Can you check this image?[edit]

Hello 👋🏻 Andrew,

I found this image on the internet on a website that claims that this document is from the Tang Dynasty, my knowledge of pre-Yuan Dynasty paper money 💴 is quite rudimentary and I would like to confirm with you if the claim that this is an authentic Tang Dynasty banknote (or a well-made replica) is accurate? From what I can read it speaks of “the Great Tang” but I'm not familiar enough with pre-Mongol banknotes to tell if it's genuine. Since Liao, Western Xia, Jurchen-Jin, and Song Dynasty topics are your area of expertise I thought 💭 that you would maybe know of Tang Dynasty-related topics as well. Thank you for your time, and a happy new year.

Sent 📩 from my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL with Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile 📱. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 11:09, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Tagging copyvios[edit]

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Hi, thanks for the reminder. I would normally notify the uploader, but in this case they are a vandal who has been vandalising the English Wikipedia with his uploaded images. BabelStone (talk) 21:11, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Re: Current Ext. G code points will certainly change[edit]

I know that the current Ext. G code points will certainly may change. So I only put those infos into comments. I haven't put those in uncommented descriptions. --Hello World! 12:44, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Tangut chess pieces (picture request)[edit]

I noticed on your website that you host quite a lot images of Tangut chess pieces (please see: here), I saw that some images are attributes to other sources but not all, in case you still have access to Tangut chess pieces could you please upload them here? If you could then kindly notify me on my talk page as I intent on using them for a major expansion of an article on Chinese numismatic charms on Wikipedia. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 21:19, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

I'm sorry, all of the images are taken from various websites, and none of them are suitably licensed for uploading to Commons.BabelStone (talk)
I understand, if you are ever asked to research them then don't forget to take some pictures. Face-wink.svg. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 09:26, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Mail (a few mistakes on my part)[edit]

I just wanted to address a few errors in my mail, apparently there is a (very stubby) Wikipedia article on it, and it's apparently still practiced today but many older characters are simply lost to time. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 08:52, 15 June 2018 (UTC)