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Please do not overwrite files[edit]

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I noticed that you uploaded a file using the name File:ESO - The Carina Nebula (by).jpg. A file by this name already existed on Commons. Overwriting an existing file should not be done except when making minor, uncontroversial corrections, so the file has been restored to its previous version. If the file that you attempted to upload is within our project scope and is in the public domain or published under a free license, please upload it again under a different name. Thank you. For more information, please see Commons:Overwriting files.

Especially do not overwrite if these are valued and/or quality images. Denniss (talk) 10:52, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Copyright status: File:Aat045.jpg[edit]

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Thanks for uploading File:Aat045.jpg. I notice that the file page either doesn't contain enough information about the license or it contains contradictory information about the license, so the copyright status is unclear.

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No required license templates were detected at this file page. Please correct it, or if you have any questions please check my FAQ or contact me on my talk page. Yours sincerely, Jarekt (talk) 12:33, 26 May 2015 (UTC)


You nominated COM:CSD for deletion. I hope this was a mistake. Revent (talk) 22:47, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

Round 2 of Picture of the Year 2015 is open![edit]

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DSS2 Images[edit]

If you delete the DSS2 images, Wikipedia will be in serious danger, so before they are deleted, I would rather have the images uploaded as images from some other sky survey that will work. SpaceDude777 (talk) 22:47, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean, but you may wish to reword that comment to avoid any suggestion of a threat. I don't know if replacing DSS images with a free-to-use alternative would avoid them being deleted, since the non-free image would still be in the history. I don't know what an alternative would be, but you might investigate 2MASS - it is infrared but covers the whole sky and is public domain. The Hubble legacy archive has superb imagery but only of a limited number of regions. Lithopsian (talk) 14:10, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
Here is the SDSS data use policy and the SDSS website image use policy. Lithopsian (talk) 14:54, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Why do you delete SDSS images? Please read: Wikipedia is commercial or non-commercial? --Mylkomeda (talk) 10:43, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

I didn't delete anything. I submitted the images into the deletion process with the reasons why I thought they needed to be deleted. An administrator agreed and deleted them. There were talk pages for every image submitted and nobody raised any objections within the minimum 7 day discussion period. Wikimedia Commons is for "free" images. DSS images do not fit the definition. See Commons:Copyright rules. Note that this particular subject has come up many times and there is little doubt that DSS/DSS2 images can't be hosted on Commons. There is a specific category so that they can be identified and deleted. Lithopsian (talk) 14:22, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

You've proposed to delete the image of NGC 7010 (not uploaded by me). Regarding SDSS images, administrators propose erasing from wikimedia but never provide a complete explanation. First of all there are some that use them without problems, for example, Bosnia and Herzegovina, French. In addition, the "SDSS Image Usage Policy" ( claims: Any SDSS image on the SDSS Web site may be downloaded, linked to, or otherwise used for non-commercial purposes, provided that you agree to the following conditions: You must maintain the image credits. Unless otherwise stated, images should be credited to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Your use of the image cannot be construed as an endorsement of any product or service If the image is to be used on a Web page, we also ask as a courtesy that you provide a link back to our site at Then? What's the matter? Explain please. -- 11:52, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons only allows images which are "free". This explicitly prohibits images which are "free for non-commercial use". See Wikipedia:Image_use_policy for full details. Individual Wikipedia domains have less restrictive policies and allow some non-free images subject to local law and discretion. SDSS images, including images derived from SDSS data, are as you quote "may be ... used for non-commercial purposes" - hence they are not allowed on Wikimedia, but may be allowed on individual Wikipedia domains. Note that both DSS and DSS2 images have similar licensing. There are currently hundreds of them and they are all liable to be deleted at any moment, although they are somewhat tolerated since just hosting them isn't illegal - using them in certain situations would be though. I have an ongoing project to at least document them, and then people higher up the ladder will have the option to easily delete the whole lot of it becomes sufficiently urgent. Lithopsian (talk) 14:18, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Lastly, please stop querying me on this and asking the same question over and over. The policy is clear. Take it up in the appropriate forum, probably Commons:Village_pump/Copyright, but note that the first paragraph states "One of Wikimedia Commons' basic principles is: "Only free content is allowed." Please do not ask why unfree material is not allowed at Wikimedia Commons or suggest that allowing it would be a good thing.". Lithopsian (talk) 14:20, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Now, what do you think about?

Image Use Policy New in DR14 we have updated our image license to a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). Any SDSS image on the SDSS Web site may be downloaded, linked to, or otherwise used for any purpose, provided that you maintain the image credits. Unless otherwise stated, images should be credited to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Do you will continue to delete images? With love.-- 20:10, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Ancient history, already discussed to death at Commons:Village pump. I assume you came here to gloat that you "won" now the policy has been changed? Stop being a dick and do something useful with your life. Lithopsian (talk) 12:21, 24 September 2017 (UTC)