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Notice Feb 2-6: Travelling, so keeping an eye on things by tablet.
Notice I have enabled two-factor authentication for my account. I have started using OAuth credentials for terminal logins, so I can continue to use old housekeeping and uploading scripts. Refer to Pywikibot OAuth and OAuth registration, it's not as complex as it looks. The BotPasswords alternative does not currently work for Pywikibot. -- (talk) 11:39, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
(Backlog task)

After a recent village pump discussion on Biodiversity Heritage Library duplicate files, the batch upload will continue but I shall be spending some time researching how to map the BHL uploaded jpeg files to their zipped/archived JP2 equivalent pages. If this is possible, then lossless PNG equivalents can be generated or significantly higher quality jpeg versions created than are available from BHL. Keep an eye on User:Fæ/Project list/Biodiversity Heritage Library for the results of investigation in a few weeks some months. 11:57, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

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Portable antiquities[edit]

Note to self: Systematic upload from

Finds has a neat JSON interface, so pulling down the data does not require any webpage scraping. -- (talk) 09:20, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you. Andy Mabbett (talk) 13:55, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Nudging as requested. Merry Christmas! Andy Mabbett (talk) 21:17, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the nudge. I do have a basic query set up, just the mapping to detail. Due to flu leaving me with bronchitis, I've not done that much this week and I'm travelling for several days. I'll plan to return to this around the second week in the new year. -- (talk) 08:16, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
Hope you're soon better, and able to enjoy your travels. Andy Mabbett (talk) 22:30, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing: Now started, see my uploads or BTW, conflicting license statements may be an issue later, see for an example.
A minor note, I'm only uploading jpegs for the moment. Within the first 100 images there was a failure for Medieval disc-on-pin, drawing (FindID 659837). This returned a PNG file, however the image itself does not display correctly on If there are a series of 'working' PNG files, I'll reconsider whether I should add a PNG check of some sort. In the meantime I'll continue to skip them based on this example being glitchy. -- (talk) 12:33, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. This is a wonderful, high-educational-value set, if I say so myself. I've already been able to use some of them on a couple of Wikipedia articles. I've reached out to the PAS about the licence issue, and will do so about the PNG. If you let me know when this run is finished, I'll set to refining their categories. Andy Mabbett (talk) 12:53, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Update: their website search returns nothing for FindID 659837. Andy Mabbett (talk) 12:57, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
The PNG glitch is minor, it may be that records which fail to return correctly use a PNG substitute for the jpeg, a feature I have seen before with image databases and we are only talking about a single case so far. I think The relevant example is, with the findID of 659837 shown here. This may actually be a single database oddity rather than a pattern.
I thought this search could be interesting, as we could challenge our volunteers to add value by identifying the mystery objects. :-)
By the way, this will be a slow upload. I'm not planning on speeding up further than the couple of images a minute. This gives plenty of time to improve the credit template or make other adjustments well before the batch hits very large numbers.
GLAM dashboard reports will appear at Project list/PAS. -- (talk) 13:00, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
File:Medieval disc-on-pin drawing (FindID 659837).jpg - I think this is related to pulling the images, rather than the finds. This find has more than one image, the vast majority do not seem to. Anyway the first image has failed to upload, but the second has. If we see more of a pattern, then I'll think about investigating, otherwise I'll write it off as a minor bug.
Multiple images - example1 example2 example3. So long as the title fields vary, multiple images against the same FindID will be uploaded. -- (talk) 17:27, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

All done, now? If so I plan to move them into categories by type ("PAS coins", etc). I'll keep them all in an umbrella category too. Andy Mabbett (talk) 22:27, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

If you mean the upload, nowhere near all done :-), it's just over 4% complete... I have started the uploads dropping into 1st level subcats by identifying organization/assessor; hence all categories like "Portable Antiquities Scheme, <XXX>" count as the bucket category which should not be removed. I was in two minds, but grouping by assessor turns out to be pretty useful as a theme as they then naturally group by region of findspot. There's no harm in starting categorization, but keep in mind that there are a huge number yet to come, so later re-organizations may be needed.
By the way, I spotted that the artefact Finds record may have a *lot* more useful detail than is copied into the image metadata. Whether this means it is worth pulling in that data to make better descriptions I'm unsure about. Something I may ponder when the upload actually has completed, as I don't want to start rejigging the way it's being done for now (too many other things to look at).
Scrub that, I looked at it for a few minutes then got on with it. First example File:Iron Age Coin, Stater (FindID 629926).jpg, where the description is inherited from the full artefact record rather than the image metadata (which has 'title' and 'label' but less detail). This later example shows how useful this is for coins, where the legends are nicely spelt out for identification. -- (talk) 23:18, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

I have requested direct URL upload for the site, which ought to speed up the process. phab:T155844. -- (talk) 19:13, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

COM:TOYS related deletions[edit]

Talk page watchers may wish to be aware of these deletion requests and the related Category:Plushies_at_Wikimania_2016. -- (talk) 04:16, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

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Upload question[edit]

Is there an easy way to upload this Flickr search selection or does one have to do it one by one? Ww2censor (talk) 11:21, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

Troy Elliott at Camp Redlington.
[Talk page stalker] AFAIK, no, but there are a couple of work-arounds: You can ask the Flickr account holder to add them all to a single set, or to apply a unique tag to them, and use Fickr2Commons to upload from that. Or, if you download all the images to your hard drive, you can use Pattypan to build a spreadsheet of metadata and to do the upload. Or you could ask on meta:Talk:Flickr2commons for an "upload from search" feature to be added to that tool. Nice pictures! Andy Mabbett (talk) 11:41, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
The whole stream looks good to me, I'm surprised they are not part of Flickrcommons. I'll look at uploading all with the right licenses ... Now appearing at Category:Media from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, originally I thought this was associated with the State Library but it looks like the Archives are a different institution. You can filter my uploads by searching the category + image page text by Flickrset name if you wish to sub-categorize using catalot.
I don't know of a standard tool, but as POTW says, you can upload an album, this is even built into the standard wizard. Try it out for this stream, my uploads will not duplicate anything you do in parallel. If you fancy some programming, you can also use the FlickrAPI to pull down images in several different ways, by album, by search text, Flickr tag, etc; see User:Fæ/Flickr_API_detail.
I have used a version of my upload scripts with general text searches, but have not used it in a long time as 'upload by album' is much more reliable as a way of breaking up a large Flickrstream. Flickr wide searches with automated uploading is relatively easy to do, but as the results are unpredictable in terms of quality or valid licensing, I would never use it for anything I did not check very carefully, though I have done this to find streams with recent Gay Pride related photographs which otherwise Commons would have a shortage of. -- (talk) 12:02, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
I now see a few from this stream uploaded yesterday by @MB298: using Flickr2Commons, though categorization looks like they all went to the generic category Category:People of North Carolina. -- (talk) 12:28, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I am aware of, and have used, the album upload of Flickr2commons. I'm not a coder so that is out of the question and neither of the categories mentioned contain any of the images in my search. I have a request on FlickrMail so we shall wait and see but in the past such requests have gone unanswered or taken over a year to be answered. Anyway, thanks Ww2censor (talk) 14:53, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
You'll find this search for 'post office' useful to see which matches have been uploaded. -- (talk) 15:39, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
I just got an email telling me of that album. It actually has a few more images, so I'll try to get the extra ones. Thanks again. Ww2censor (talk) 16:00, 11 January 2017 (UTC)


Dear Fae, You recently uploaded a lot of photographs from press agency Spaarnestad Photo Haarlem. You added Category:Haarlem to all uploads, which is obviously wrong. (Apart from 6 files or so, the photographs were NOT made in Haarlem, and have no other connection to Haarlem either, see this example File:Kinderen rijden mee op een tank - Children on a tank (4481069437).jpg -not in Haarlem, but in Amersfoort). Though I appreciate your work and uploads, I kindly ask you to take more time to prepare mass uploads, and in any case think more thoroughly about categorization. I corrected categories with some of the files, and I hope you will correct the rest of the Spaarnestad files yourself. Vysotsky (talk) 10:10, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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I want Thanks for the uploaded Ali Saim Ülgen Archives on Wikimedia Commons. This barnstar for you.. Kingbjelica (talk) 20:35, 14 January 2017 (UTC)

Notification about possible deletion[edit]

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And also:

Yours sincerely, .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 15:32, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

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European Space Agency, Part 2[edit]

So, it looks like Flock has brought back the issue I brought up in User talk:Fæ/2017#European Space Agency. We are now standing at 1,791 files in Category:Recent unfree Flickr images, most of which are your uploads from the European Space Agency. Elisfkc (talk) 19:05, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Yes. Pity the operator did not put in a fix. Fortunately I have a method of shaking these off my watchlist automatically. -- (talk) 19:06, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

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