User talk:Rehman

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Deletion of redirect?[edit]

Hi, why did you delete[1] File:Taeniopoda maxima.jpg which was presumably still a redirect to the renamed version File:Taeniopoda reticulata.jpg, it is normal to leave redirects to renamed files unless there is a good reason to delete. It doesn't appear to come within "Unused and implausible, broken, or cross-namespace". Thanks. --Tony Wills (talk) 22:12, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

Hi Tony. The the deletion was requested by User:Taxocat. Nevertheless, I restored the redirect, as it seem to cause no harm. Regards. Rehman 05:00, 18 April 2011 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. :-) --Tony Wills (talk) 11:19, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
No worries :-) Rehman 11:36, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Just to be sure[edit]

Hi Rehman, thanks for looking at File:IMG 0189.JPG. You deleted the file. The deletion reason leaves me with a question. The file had two different images by two different uploads. Was it intentional to delete them both? Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 08:12, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

Hi Taketa. That was unintentional; thanks for letting me know. :) Rehman 08:34, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

Infection and Immunity cover image you deleted[edit]

Hello Rehman-

I updated the Infection and Immunity wikipedia page weeks ago, and added a low resolution cover image to the page. You removed this image almost immediately after I put it up, and I am writing to ask you to restore it.

I am an editor at Infection and Immunity, responsible for academic content and other things like wikipedia pages relevant to the journal, and I have permission from the publisher to put this cover image up in wikipedia. On that basis I wonder if you would restore the image that I uploaded to wikimedia commons and put it back on the page. Similar cover images appear for other ASM journal pages in wikipedia (see Journal of Virology), and the publisher is in favor of having these images out there (ASM press is the publisher).

Thanks, microbe67

SCRATCH THAT REQUEST- I figured out how to upload it the proper way for 'fair use' material via wikipedia.
Hi Microbe. If you have permission, you could still upload that file to Commons via COM:OTRS. That way, many other projects including the English Wikipedia, could use the file... Regards. Rehman 02:39, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

Image from facsimile[edit]

Hey Rehman, if you look at File:Harley ms 2253 66v.pdf, you'll see it's two pages. The first page may be the best, but it needs to be cropped--the manuscript with all its edges must be visible, but the pagination at the bottom should go. Can you take care of that for me? Thanks in advance, Drmies (talk) 01:36, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Hi. Okay, both the images in that PDF are the same. So I uploaded both here and here, let me know which one you would like deleted, and whether you would like the PDF deleted as well. Please update the descriptions of the PNGs... Regards. Rehman 02:01, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
Hey Rehman, that looks great. If you could move one of them to the original filename (without the (1)) and delete everything else--you can do that right, as a Commons admin?--that would be great. Thanks! Drmies (talk) 01:47, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
Okay, done. The file can be found here. Regards. Rehman 01:52, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

File:Butterfly 02.JPG[edit]

Can you please split this image page into two as per {{Split}} guidelines. I was actually thinking of using the second image for a purpose and so was in a hurry. Hope you don't mind. --Sreejith K (talk) 13:32, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

Hi. I don't mind, but please post here next time :) Rehman 16:24, 24 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. --Sreejith K (talk) 14:49, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
No problem. Rehman 14:50, 25 April 2011 (UTC)


Hi Rehman, just FYI, I've undeleted User:BogenBastler/Bastelbögen für Kinder as the "speedy by user" was an unintended result of a page move, which I had recommended to the user earlier to "clean" his userpage. --Túrelio (talk) 18:16, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

No worries, thanks for letting me know :) Rehman 00:02, 1 May 2011 (UTC)


Klick. Cheers, --Yikrazuul (talk) 19:41, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Roger. :) Rehman 01:43, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Commons talk:Criteria for speedy deletion[edit]

Hello my friend. I noticed you adjusted the deletion drop-down reasons according to "consensus" at Commons talk:Criteria for speedy deletion. Speaking from experience, I wouldn't have done that if I were you. I see not consensus, but rather a fragmented discussion; FWIW, the community has not taken a vote/RfC on this matter (Commons:Criteria for speedy deletion still bears the proposed policy/guideline template). Once more users realize what has happened, there is going to be a slow and very nasty backlash; you may want to revert yourself before you have to deal with that. If you like, I'll help you start and advertise a community-wide RfC so we can obtain a real consensus. Please consider. All the best, FASTILY (TALK) 23:11, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

Hi there. Thanks for the heads-up. I'm stuck with some very urgent real-life work; will get back to the discussions soon :) I'll start (or you can, whichever comes first) a consensus poll on that change when I get back. Thanks again. Best regards. Rehman 02:49, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, was stuck with a lot of RL work. Please see MediaWiki talk:Deletereason-dropdown. Kind regards. Rehman 03:59, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

File:Example of a pig carcass in the fresh strage of decompostion.jpg[edit]

Hi, I was wondering about the deletion of this redirect. I realise that there is a problem with that filename (mis-spelt) but that was the only way to access that file since October 2010, so anyone who references that file would have to be using that filename - it is normal to retain all redirects unless very recent, misleading, or insulting. Am I missing something ? :-) --Tony Wills (talk) 08:53, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Hi there. My bad, the deletion was requested by User:DerBorg; though that was an author requested deletion of a recently uploaded file. Thanks :-) Rehman 09:02, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks :-) --Tony Wills (talk) 20:22, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Please see[edit]

You have been misinformed, please see this post --WhiteWriter speaks 12:36, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Looking into it... Thanks for the post. 14:07, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Just see the same page one more time. Thanks! --WhiteWriter speaks 19:53, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Don't worry, I'm watching it :) Rehman 03:25, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Wrong image[edit]

Details and image removal from article are here. --M7 (talk) 13:04, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Okay :) Rehman 13:59, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! --M7 (talk) 14:47, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
No problem :) Rehman 03:24, 1 June 2011 (UTC)


I have searched around for the same issue but didn't get anything which can help to upload non-free logo of the company. can you please help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ChiragAParekh (talk • contribs) 05:06 (UTC)

Hi. Commons doesn't allow uploading non-free/fair-use content, see Commons:Fair use. You may of course, upload them to the local wiki where you intend to host it. Kind regards. Rehman 05:11, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

Bild Heinrich Konlechner[edit]

Hallo Rehmann. Habe nach dem Hochladen zwar d. Problem gesehen, aber warum wird man nicht über die Löschung verständigt. Warum ist in der Liste noch solche eine Lizenz angegeben. Da habe ich endlich eine Zustimmung und trotzdem wurde die Datei gleich gelöscht. Welche Lösung schlägst du vor? Das Bild eine ehemaligen Dir. einer Lehranstalt, welcher schon längst verstorben ist, wird nicht komerziell genutzt. Die Zustimmung habe ich aber nur von vom Bildarchiv d. NB - nicht für komerzielle Nutzung - erhalten. Sicher hat die NB die Bildrechte von aufgelassenen Fotostudio Simonis gekauft, d. haben die die Hand darauf. Bitte dich um eine Lösung. HG Karl - --Bauer Karl (talk) 12:34, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Hallo. Verzeiht mir, ich spreche kein Deutsch. Das Folgende ist aus maschinellen Übersetzung. (Hi. Pardon me, I don't speak German. The following is from machine translation.) Könnten Sie bitte die Datei führt Sie sprechen? Dann darf ich in der Lage sein, einen genaueren Blick auf das Thema zu nehmen. Auch, wenn du eine nicht-kommerzielle Lizenz, ist es nicht auf Commons erlaubt. :) Rehman 13:52, 8 June 2011 (UTC)
Hi Rehman, I guess it is about File:Heinrich Konlechner.jpg which was deleted by you with comment "Uploader requested deletion of unused file". Could you please paste the file description's content here? I will explain it to user:Bauer Karl then (he asked me to). Thanks. :-) Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 20:16, 8 June 2011 (UTC)
Hi Saibo. I have restored the file. Seems like I have mistaken "uploader requested deletion" with this edit of Bauer Karl. For some reason, I cannot access OTRS (will post a note somewhere). Correct me if I'm wrong, but AFAIK, NC licences aren't permitted, even via OTRS... Rehman 01:44, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Hi Rehman, thanks! template:cc-by-nc-3.0 is a redir (kind of) to a prefilled speedy. Action is required - but I do not think this really should be treated as speedy. Yes, you're absolutely right: Non-commercial licenses are not allowed at Commons (at least if they are the only license) as each image must be useable by anybody ("Media licensed under non-commercial only licenses also are not accepted." COM:L).
If have tagged it {{subst:OP}} since he already has a (insufficient) permission and is in contact with someone (maybe copyright holder) and will explain Bauer Karl later today. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:07, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! :) Rehman 17:36, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

File:Kanthari Mulaku.JPGFile:Kanthari Mulaku (2).JPG[edit]

When you split the history of this file, you copied the entire contents as well. Now the second image has the license tags and author info from the first image which is incorrect. Can you please fix this as well? Thank you. -- 08:45, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

✓ Done. Rehman 09:22, 9 June 2011 (UTC)


Hi Rehman, why did you upload duplicates from pictures (Soyuz TMA-20 flyaround) that i've uploaded yet? Your copies suffered generation loss and color subsampling and lost almost all metadata as well as the ICC color profile. Commons prefers the best available version. Kind regards --Ras67 (talk) 12:57, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi. Uh Ras, no one likes uploading duplicates. And in my case, I also work on COM:CSD, and I know how to deal with dupes. So yeah, you guessed it, that was unintentional (mere hours apart, lol). :) The IP somewhat has a point (on the usage part); I would delete 'em myself if you could replace it usages? Kind regards. Rehman 13:23, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Of course, I thought that you have an unlinker change link tool as administrator? --Ras67 (talk) 13:39, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Nope, just got to file a request manually at the Delinker. Besides we don't want to unlink it, but to replace the file name with your file. Delinker takes unnecessary time to process these few links, compared to a manual job... Rehman 13:43, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I will make it :-) --Ras67 (talk) 13:46, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Ok, deleted 'em all. :) Rehman 14:13, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Thank you --Ras67 (talk) 14:15, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
No worries. Rehman 14:16, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thanks for deleting my portrait, and so quickly! Wacomshera (talk) 17:29, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

No problem, glad to help :) Rehman 17:31, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Deletion of non-exact duplicates[edit]

Hi Rehman, you've recently deleted several versions of images that are not exact or scaled-down duplicates. In particular, you deleted File:Las Meninas 01.jpg which, besides being from a different source with different colours, contains a number of image notes that the image it was replaced by does not (yet) contain. Please be more careful in the future. I'll try to include notes like "(Do not delete original)" in the replacer description to discourage this. Dcoetzee (talk) 12:59, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, thanks. Rehman 13:08, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Your assistance please[edit]

Sorry, I didn't mean to request deletion of User:Geo Swan/wl/Guantanamo captives still in custody. Could you please restore it? Thanks!

Sure. :) Rehman 15:25, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Speedy policy[edit]

Hi, I know you originally only wanted to separate out the speedy policy onto its own page, so that speedy deletion reasons could be easily referred to. But as it developed into a long over due review, I think we have to follow the whole process through. I trust that there wasn't an urgent reason to close off the discussion and vote on it. Thanks for your patience :-) --Tony Wills (talk) 20:09, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi Tony. Before I get on to the topic, I owe you an apology; I was a bit rude on that page. Per the review process, yeah I think there are no urgent reasons to close; but IMO the faster the better, for the community. We could always do further changes later after the policy is official. Perhaps sum it up by the end of next week (26th). Best regards. Rehman 03:40, 15 June 2011 (UTC)


Have a look at this..Commons_talk:Deletion_requests/Commons:Criteria_for_speedy_deletion--...Captain......Tälk tö me.. 06:19, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Good catch. Now we can clearly see that this is vandalism. I'll revert his actions and delete that DR. Rehman 06:21, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Splitting question[edit]

Hi Rehman, as you have obvious experience in splitting files: yesterday a user has uploaded a different image over deleted file File:Stasi-2.1-zensursula.png, which is very bad because the original image is highly disputed and currently filed for UR. On my request the "overwriter" has now uploaded a duplicate (File:Zensursula21beta.png) of his "bad" upload, so that the latest version of File:Stasi-2.1-zensursula.png could be removed. In this special case (no need to save the latest version), would it be enough if I deleted the bad (overwriting) version or would a splitting procedure still be recommended to get the history of the overwritten file clean? --Túrelio (talk) 10:29, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi Túrelio. If the file in the original UR file name is expected to be deleted/restored/deleted/restored in the future, then it is more convenient to actually split the history so that the new accidental upload doesnt confuse everyone all the time. Otherwise, it shouldn't be a problem buried in there. :) Let me know if you need any help. Kind regards, Rehman 11:50, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. I've filed at Commons:History merging and splitting/Requests now. --Túrelio (talk) 12:14, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

Category:Unidentified buildings in Brazil[edit]

Hallo Rehman, do you think deleting categories like Category:Unidentified buildings in Brazil is useful? What if someone needs it again but does not know what cats are created? Deleting just because it is empty does not seem to be a good idea. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:28, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi Saibo. Sorry for the delayed reply. As far as I can remember, empty categories are almost always deleted if there were no significant objections. Normally, if someone wants it recreated, s/he can either contact the deleting admin and have it restored hassle-free, or s/he could simply recreate it. As for the above case, the deletion was requested by User:Ephraim33. Do you want me to restore it? But I am pretty sure it'll be deleted again by another admin, if it remains empty. Kind regards. Rehman 03:17, 7 August 2011 (UTC)


Hi. Thanks for your work. Please note that regarding "duplicate" files, please be sure to check usage, and do not delete duplicates until all usage in Wikimedia projects has been replaced. Thanks much. Cheers, Infrogmation (talk) 19:50, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Hi. I haven't done much work lately, may I know what file you are referring to? Rehman 00:40, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

Transwiki migration drive[edit]

So for the English wikipedia, I have organized an drive witch is a collaborative work to mass-move eligible files to the commons. Seeing that you're a memeber of the WikiProject on commons, I wondered if you would like to participate. Its at w:Wikipedia:WikiProject Images and Media/Commons/Drives/Jan 2012. Ebe123 (talk) 00:45, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Hi Ebe! Thanks for the invite. But I'm afraid if I enrol now, I wont be much active, per my notice at If there is anything urgent that I can help with (admin help, technical transferring help, etc) feel free to ask; I'll be glad to help out. Best regards, Rehman 14:34, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Docu reported you on COM:AN/U[edit]

For reverting COM:DR, you were brought to COM:AN/U. I think the best for restoring peace is if you state that you regret this revert. I don't linke buerocracy myself but since Docu wants a discussion on a policy change, this has to be granded, I think. And the currently running discussion shows that he/she wasn't wrong. Regards -- RE rillke questions? 21:39, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the ping Rillke! Usual year-end routines kicking up a little early here; couldn't keep track of things happening around here. :) Kind regards, Rehman 03:01, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Restoration of File:Thunderbolt logo.svg[edit]

Hey there, you once deleted File:Thunderbolt logo.svg and I can't reupload. I would like to have the file restored since it seems to be quite clearly a case for Template:PD-textlogo to me: The only thing special in there is the flash symbol and that one is a widely used symbol, that hasn't got any fancy customisations to its shape.--Flugaal (talk) 13:50, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Hi. Sure, but before I restore, may I ask how you figured out what the content was? Were you the same uploader? Rehman 13:53, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Deletion of redirect?[edit]

Hi Rehman, you deleted this and I was wondering why? You stated in a conversation above that a redirect could remain because it "seem[ed] to cause no harm"... and the Jackie Evancho redirect would most likely be turned from a redirect into an actual gallery at some point in the future, once we get enough photos lined up. I'm simply curious; I've seen other redirects to categories at the Commons, so I didn't think there was anything wrong with doing this. Thanks so much! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 07:33, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Keraunoscopia. Thanks for discussing. Unfortunately for me, I could not find a strong policy on Commons which says cross-namespace redirects should be deleted, except for the still-in-progress COM:CSD. The discussion above was referring to redirects of the same namespace (File:), and hence wasn't really an issue...
In my personal opinion, if we keep on redirecting every title in the Gallery-space to its Category (with the intention of someday creating that gallery), things will be in quite a mess. My suggestion would be to create the Gallery, when there is actual content to add to it. But then again, I don't seem to be able to find a strong policy to support my words, so it's no use me making my own rules... :)
In situations like these, I do what I feel is right (in this case, deletion), and if someone objects to any degree (in this case, you), I normally undo all my actions and restore all work (which I have done). :) Kind regards, Rehman 08:18, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks so much, Rehman! I'm not too familiar with policies on Commons, so I wasn't sure if I'd done anything. The page will become a gallery soon at any rate. : ) – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 05:58, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Hakuna matata. Do let me know if you need any help with anything though. I don't look much active these days, but am sure online just as before... :) Take care. Rehman 12:12, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Will do, thanks :) – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 18:19, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

SDs etc[edit]

Please see here thanks --~~

Thanks Herby. Will keep an eye. Rehman 15:39, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

File:Al Fateh Grand Mosque.jpg[edit]

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File tagging File:Up Town Project, Bahrain, 001.jpg[edit]

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Hi, Russavia. Thanks for that, I must've missed that file when reviewing my older uploads. It indeed didn't have permission, and was uploaded a long time ago. I have deleted it. Kind regards, Rehman 05:07, 31 May 2012 (UTC)


... for having speedy deleted File:Wiki picture.jpg. Best, --MathsPoetry (talk) 18:06, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome :) Rehman 18:24, 26 July 2012 (UTC)


Sorry about that. I normally keep the older image, but in this case the age difference in the images was negligible and the newer image was already in use in about a dozen articles. I didn't notice the discussion. I certainly would have skipped the images if I had known there was a controversy. My apologies. Kaldari (talk) 17:17, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

No worries. Thank you for replying :) Rehman 23:26, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for the input[edit]

Hi Rehman, thanks for the insightful comments. I've made fresh appeal on the requests for rights - this time by pointing to my very own edit using "undo" to combat what was termed as "blatant vandalism" on the user problem's noticeboard. Trijnstel asked for an example where I've used "undo" to combat vandalism. I could not trace my edit in time so used his edit example. But now my own input along with other info should satisfy our concerned admins, hopefully. Hindustanilanguage (talk) 00:28, 12 August 2012 (UTC).

Wikimania 2012 by Rehman category cleanup[edit]

I noticed that you asked a couple of users about removing Category:Files by User:Rehman from all files that are also in Category:Wikimania 2012 by Rehman. (Questions were at User talk:Morning Sunshine#Removing a category from a group of files and User talk:Foroa#Removing a category from a group of files.) There are two tools on Commons that I use for this:

  • The "safe" but manual-selection way: Commons:Cat-a-lot can do this. If you go into Category:Files by User:Rehman, then use Cat-a-lot on the category, and select just the files that you wanted to affect, then click "Move" next to Category:Wikimania 2012 by Rehman, it will work: If the file is already in Category:Wikimania 2012 by Rehman, then it will simply remove Category:Files by User:Rehman for you. This requires you to manually select the files, though.
  • The advanced way: Help:VisualFileChange.js lets a user do mass actions on files. Among them is the ability to replace text with other text, without having to figure out beforehand if that text is in any particular file description. I've been able to write regex patterns to remove text (e.g. category tags), combine categories, or do categories based on the text in the description. Do you want me to do that? And if so, are there any other edits that need to be made to a lot of those files? (Rillke (talk · contribs) might also know how to do this, since he's the one who writes VisualFileChange itself, but I don't know if he has time to actually do user requests.) --Closeapple (talk) 21:10, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Rehman 02:17, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Request for your intervention[edit]

Hi Rehman. Sometime back, I posted a request but could not inch its way to the destination because it lacked a concrete evidence of the "need" factor, even with your kind consent. I've once again posted a similar request here, and request your kind intervention. Hindustanilanguage (talk) 10:53, 28 February 2013 (UTC).

Smiley.svg Thank you Rehman for your esteemed message. In the light of your message, I've found something interesting with regard to the granting of rights across Wikis, and I've posted it here. Regards, Hindustanilanguage (talk) 14:36, 3 March 2013 (UTC).
No worries. Happy editing! :) Rehman 15:52, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

File:Shanghai Naval Landing Force defending their position, 1937.jpg[edit]

Hi Rehman. You merged File:Japanese Naval Landing Force, waiting for attack order with wearing a gas mask.jpg to File:Shanghai Naval Landing Force defending their position, 1937.jpg. Also you made a history merge of two files. As result, the revision history was almost broken because the both files were edited one after another. The past edit of the deleted file is not necessary because the same edit was made to the two files. Is it possible to restore the revision history of the current file? Thanks in advance.―― Phoenix7777 (talk) 23:22, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi Phoenix. All revisions of both files were restored after the merge (except for two redundant bot edits). Nothing else to restore. :) Let me know if there's something else I can do. Regards, Rehman 01:12, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
What I am requesting is to remove the revision history of the deleted file currently found in the current file. In another word, the history merge you did is unnecessary. The history merge of two files concurrently edited makes the revision history messed up. I will explain in detail. If the two files A and B are edited with a sequence A1, A2, B1, A3, B2. The revision history of file A is A1, A2, A3. So the diff is A2-A1, A3-A2. The revision history of file B is B1, B2 and diff is B2-B1. However if the revision history of two files is merged, the diff of the merged file becomes A2-A1, B1-A2, A3-B1, B2-A3. This doesn't make sense. For instance, this edit changed only a word Zhabei to Chapei. However the diff shows a completely different edit.―― Phoenix7777 (talk) 02:32, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
Oh crap. I definitely made a mistake here. I have selected the correct revisions in my first attempt to merge, before reverting. But forgot to do so again when doing the final merge... :/ Do you have any idea which revisions needs to be suppressed? Based on the access I have, it's not possible to trace back the revisions unfortunately... Rehman 03:29, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
From memory, the duplicate edit revisions should be: [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]. These edits were made to both images prior to the merge, with slight variations due to both pages (then) being slightly different. -- 李博杰  | Talk contribs 07:48, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
Isn't it possible to undelete the deleted file? If it is, you can verify the revision history of the deleted file.―― Phoenix7777 (talk) 08:41, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
Nope, the history is effectively in the new name now. The previous file namespace has nothing in it's history. What I can do is, I can hide the specific revisions mentioned by Benlisquare above. Rehman 08:46, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Missing history?[edit]

Hello Rehman. Regarding the same image, I recall there being another file change made in March 2010 that seems to have gone missing in the file change history. Would you be able to double-check? I cannot remember the exact name of the person who uploaded the file, but I am definitely sure that there was another file uploaded after the one made by Arilang1234 on 23:30, 5 September 2009, with an edit summary like "cropping border" or something. Thanks. -- 李博杰  | Talk contribs 07:39, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Never mind, I read the part that you wrote about ignoring a few bot edits. -- 李博杰  | Talk contribs 07:49, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
Yep, that's the bot edit... Rehman 08:46, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

MOD OGL duplicates[edit]

Hi, you recently deleted some duplicates of MOD photos by Luis Holden. Could you please merge in the source urls that I provided from the MOD API metadata? Without this information, the files only have a generic search link rather than a direct link to the MOD original file with the chosen file identifier (i.e. 45150246.jpg). Without this information it is impossible to check for duplicates in the future as the images themselves are not digitally identical (the MOD change the EXIF data). Thanks -- (talk) 08:04, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Hello Fae. Yep, I remember deleting a bunch like that. Unfortunately, tracing them back would be a time consuming task (I've deleted quite a truck load today). :[ Would you be able to provide a list of some sort? That way I can help you by simply going in the deleted history and just copying the descriptions back out... Rehman 09:01, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Sometime I might write script to list files I (or user:X) uploaded that were deleted recently, I know it's a drag to work these out. Here's a dump based on my watchlist which might not be all of them (I regularly and semi-automatically knock stuff off my watchlist):
  1. File:General Sir David Richards Chief of the Defence Staff MOD 45154756.jpg ‎(Exact or scaled-down duplicate: File:General Sir David Richards during a trip to Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan.jpg)
  2. File:HMS Campbeltown - Blue Light Patrol, talking to the crew of a local boat. MOD 45144993.jpg ‎(Exact or scaled-down duplicate: File:Luis Holden Defence Images Photo 02.jpg)
  3. File:Royal Navy Survey Vessel HMS Scott MOD 45150246.jpg ‎(Exact or scaled-down duplicate: File:Luis Holden Defence Images Photo 04.jpg)
  4. File:Lynx Helicopter MOD 45151339.jpg ‎(Exact or scaled-down duplicate: File:Luis Holden Defence Images Photo 09.jpg)
  5. File:Royal Navy Harrier Jet High Over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus MOD 45152922.jpg ‎(Exact or scaled-down duplicate: File:Luis Holden Defence Images Photo 10.jpg)
-- (talk) 11:28, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm currently working on another proposal. Will do this in jiffy. Rehman 12:36, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Mailed you the histories. I didn't post them myself as the current versions already seems to have the necessary info. Feel free to do anything necessary. Rehman 13:53, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

File:Asekuracni spolek 17 Metzner detail.jpg[edit]

Thanks! --Gampe (talk) 09:03, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

No worries :) Rehman 09:05, 21 September 2013 (UTC)


WorldTraveller101 16:45, 22 September 2013 (UTC)


Hello Rehman, Category:Media requiring renaming is backlogged. Mind helping empty it out, as I cannot move 40-50 files in a reasonable time. Thanks. WorldTraveller101 () 22:17, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi. Will see what I can do. Regards, Rehman 03:12, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Request for deletion[edit]

Please delete Category:Diagrams_of_railway_signals_in_Spain, it is a blank category.--Gabrielchihonglee (talk) 09:40, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Done. Rehman 14:52, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Deleting Italian EMU pages without discussion[edit]

Please do not continue deleting Italian locomotive/EMU pages, in order to rename them, without discussion, when the existing (original) names are not clearly erred. Examples include Category:FS ETR 250 and Category:FS ETR 400. The versions with periods (full stops) that you are creating to replace them may be the correct or most common Italian form for these model designations (I have no idea), but they are definitely not the common form in English writing, and yet you have not allowed any opportunity for discussion or even created redirects to the original names (which were not "erred"). As a result, your change has broken several interwiki links. For example, the English Wikipedia page en:FS Class ETR 480 has a link at the bottom to the Commons category, but that link is now broken because you changed the Commons category without leaving a redirect. However, really you should not change any of these Commons categories without starting a discussion. Look at some of the Wikipedia articles about these locomotives/EMUs, and you will see that almost ALL of the non-Italian Wikipedia articles do NOT include a period/full stop in the model number, so the most common form for these model numbers does not include a period (for example, en:FS Class ETR 480, es:ETR 480, fr:ETR 480, and hu:ETR 480, and the situation is the same for all other model numbers; only the Italian articles include a period). Commons categories on Italian subjects are not used only by Italian-speakers. You should now go to the dozens and dozens of non-Italian Wikipedia article pages and update their Commons links for your change, and please do not delete/move any more without discussion. Steve Morgan (talk) 03:11, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Steve. The changing of categories was done by this IP user, after which he/she requested deletion of the empty categories (and hence showed up at CAT:O). At that time, the deletions seems uncontroversial and simple. If you prefer, I could simply undelete the now deleted categories, and maybe you could assist in reverting the IP's actions? I have no issues in reversing what was done. Let me know. Rehman 03:42, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the fast reply. I'm certainly willing to help reverse the change, and I hope I am correct in assuming that the undeleted names (to which I'd redirect the new with-period names) would regain their histories. However, one problem I see is that, now that you've explained what happened, I'm guessing that the IP user may not be conversant in English, so I might have problems getting him to understand why his actions were reverted. And that communication problem in turn might make it difficult to convince him not to continue creating these new with-periods versions and moving files into them (there are several models he's not yet 'done'). If you have any advice, I'd welcome it. I don't have administrator privileges (nor do I want them), so I have very little experience in dealing with such matters. Steve Morgan (talk) 08:22, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
I have restored the two categories linked above (if you know more, please let me know). What you can do now is simply change the categories from each file (regardless of if the categories are restored yet). As for the notifying the user, you could try English. BUT, if the user repeatedly does this without responding in any way, we could block him/her. After you have corrected the categories in all the related files, you could simple tag them up for deletion, or list them out here so I can delete them myself. Personally, I don't support IPs "creating" pages; I cant seem to grasp why this hasn't been disabled yet... Rehman 09:36, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks very much! I'll start moving the files in those two categories right after leaving this message. Meanwhile, I'll identify here the other examples that I know of. First, Category:FS ETR 300 is unique, in that I 'recreated' it as a redirect to the new with-period name, so it will need to have its history restored (if still possible) in place of that redirect. I only created a redirect for that one (because I had more interest in the 300 model, in that I greatly improved the corresponding English Wikipedia article earlier this year). Now, the others that need to be undeleted are: Category:FS ETR 200, Category:FS ETR 220, Category:FS ETR 240, Category:FS ETR 450 and Category:FS ETR 460. Thanks again. Steve Morgan (talk) 10:49, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
You're most welcome :) Categories restored. Let me know if you need my (admin) help. (By the way, per this edit, I believe the IP speaks Italian). Goodnight from here. Rehman 16:23, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Cat redirects[edit]

I can see at least one recent example of a deletion of a long existing category. For future maintenance, I am wondering whether you would consider the placement of {{category redirect}} rather deletion, in line with the proposal at Commons:Category redirects. As an aside we still need some means to ensure that Wikidata updates category redirects, as it seems that it needs to be done manually. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:10, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

I must have deleted that/those by mistake, as I normally don't delete old categories that are renamed/moved. If you ever do come across such deletions and think it's wrong, please feel free to restore. I don't mind. Thanks. Rehman 13:35, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

File:Stockholm from ferry 2001.jpg ---> File:Stockholm.jpg[edit]

Hello. I'm texting you since you lately appeared performing admin's actions, and I need a small assistance with technically-hindered filename restoration. Mover thought possibly that original filename of my upload was not enough "descriptive"; it is however a legitimate and good enough filename and I'd like you to move it back as it failed when I tried it. Thanks. Orrlingtalk 12:01, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Orrling. I do normally comply to personal requests like these, but I'm afraid the other user is right. The original filename is too generic (and even if we ignore that; the image is not a clear representation of Stockholm). Sorry to disappointing you. I will cross reference this thread on the ongoing file talk for transparency and to avoid any misunderstanding. Regards, Rehman 13:24, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
This was not a "personal" request, but anyway, ok given that the file better not have the name Stockholm I'll need to move it to just some other apt word for the reason that whatever be the case the currently imposed filename suggestion is not one that can be lived with & out of scope for any file within my uploads ever, if you check you might find the move was performed aggressively. Thanx a lot for the good will anyway. Which filetalk, if you can refer me? Orrlingtalk 17:44, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
Ah saw this now. Orrlingtalk 18:24, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
As you've already been involved as an administrator in this matter, and have done a considerate job, I'm here to now request that you do your bit of an effort to prevent that user from repeating their attempts to bother this file or otherwise harass the media on Commons. If they move it then again I won't be technically able to undo them into the existing filename. Thanks in advance, Orrlingtalk 11:59, 2 November 2013 (UTC)
Why not simply discuss this with the other users in a nice manner? The existing thread is calm and straightforward, and you haven't responded to any of them... If anything goes out of hand, I'll pitch in. Rehman 12:16, 2 November 2013 (UTC)
Mmmm, they aren't calm at all, they're threatening the file straightforwardly; I adressed that user on their usertalk in a most correct manner, as you probably saw yourself, and they would not even respond but shoved it all away to probably avoid unpleasant accumulation while violationg our rules added to the actual unacceptably untalked filemove itself. so now that you suggest I'd talk to them more it's like.. well, I don't know. You understand the irony here yourself. I'll do what you tell me but plain and honest you see how unreasonable it is that a contributor like me ever would need to engage in defending a consistent filename. Again, thanks in advance. Orrlingtalk 13:10, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

OK. you said you'd intervene, you haven't done so now that the file was yet vandalized into the name that I had rejected. Would you please be sure to move it back to Baltic.jpg; my next naming options are ready to use equally but we tend here to stick to uploader's initial preference as long as legitimate. Thanks, Orrlingtalk 10:14, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

You may want to raise a thread at COM:AN to get a broader opinion. Honestly saying, I voluntarily did not intervene here because I somewhat agree that the filename you suggest is too generic, and at the same time believe that the filename shouldn't be forcibly renamed as it is done now, because Commons already have overly generic names that isn't really an issue. So I don't really support either side, I'm sorry. Please do let me know if I can help you in any other way. Regards, Rehman 13:19, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Editor @[edit]

Hello. I would like to inform you that I have granted you editor flag at the Arabic Wikipedia, all your edits there will be automatically marked as patrolled. Best regards.--Avocato (talk) 14:04, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I have also assigned the autopatroller flag for your account here at Commons, as you are doing mass edits. Regards, Rehman 14:16, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. :)--Avocato (talk) 14:18, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
No worries. :) Rehman 14:19, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Request for right[edit]

Hello Rehman. Would you please deal with my request? Thanks. :)--Avocato (talk) 06:16, 8 December 2013 (UTC)


Thank you for entering the Silhouette photo challenge. Unfortunately this picture was uploaded before the challenge period. If you have another image that is new to Commons and can upload during December then that would be suitable (it doesn't have to be taken during December, though it is great if people feel inspired to take new pictures just for the challenge). Cheers, Colin (talk) 12:56, 12 December 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for the Barnstar and it was not so hard to understand you, don't think so, thanks. --Goran tek-en (talk) 16:19, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Fungi Down Under Book cover[edit]

Hello, I was just trying to upload an image for Fungi map's Wikipedia page though I have uploaded it before but forgot to include the photo licence and now it will not let me upload another copy for some reason. Regards, Ben Sharp 12:03, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Commons:Valued image candidates/HydroelectricitySrilanka.png[edit]

Hi. Good scope for this image should look like this: Electricity in Sri Lanka. --Jacek Halicki (talk) 13:55, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi. Thanks! That's my first VI; still learning the workings :) Rehman 14:49, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Valued Image Promotion[edit]

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Hydroelectric power plants in Sri Lanka.
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Deletion of Foundation[edit]

Hi Rehman;

I recently added what in Wikipedia is called a disambiguation hatnote to Wikimedia Foundation that Foundation redirected there and provided a link to Category:Foundations. Apparently the edit brought attention to that redirect and it was nominated for speedy deletion which you accomplished. I found no formal guidance on disambiguation pages in Commons, but in Wikipedia when there are only two meanings for a term the recommendation is to not create a disambiguation page but to add disambiguation hatnotes to the existing articles. I am not clear if Foundation should be undeleted and the articles retain there disambiguation hatnotes or be made into a disambiguation page. Jim Derby (talk) 12:56, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Jim. Thanks for your message. I'm ok with either option. Since that was just a maintenance deletion, just let me know if you'd like it undeleted, and I shall do so. Regards, Rehman 13:26, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

LOL (was File:Bug screenshot by Rehman - To be deleted.jpg)[edit]

It was Category:Extension of MNCARS, Madrid. I had moved it to Category:Nouvel Building, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía but without saying in the speedy delete notice the category the initial one had been moved to. I undid your edition (including the requested category name) and Turelio kindly removed the category. Best regards --Discasto talk 23:03, 12 April 2015 (UTC)