User talk:Sandy Rae

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Welcome to Wikimedia Commons, Sandy Rae!

Tip: Categorizing images[edit]

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Hello, Sandy Rae!

Tip: Add categories to your images

Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.

Here's how:

1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:


2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.

[[Category:Category name]]

For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:

[[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").

Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.

CategorizationBot (talk) 10:58, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Don't over-categorize[edit]

Hi Sandy Rae, please don't over-categorize your images. For instance in your File:Grandit.gif

Read Commons:Categories and particularly paragraph Over-categorization for further informtion. Greetings, -- Ies (talk) 13:57, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

  • Thanks Les. I need to do a little editing I think! Sandy Rae (talk) 18:41, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

The same for File:Tropidia scita2.jpg:

Donarreiskoffer (talk) 14:52, 14 June 2011 (UTC)


Hello Sandy,
Welcome on wikicommons! We really need new wikibiologists, especially if you know insects ;-)
If you modify list of taxons (like here), you can also provide your sources. Use |source=<WellknowSource> or |ref=<Anything>.
If you have good online sources, I can add them to our list of WellknowSource and create templates to provide direct access to them.
Welcome again, cheers Liné1 (talk) 10:52, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

Empty Galleries[edit]

Over the last two days, you've created a number of empty galleries:

Galleries without images are eligible for {{Speedy}} deletion. Since we see about 100 such pages every day, they will normally be blown away by New Page Patrols, who look at all new pages created by inexperienced editors.

Since you have given us some simply wonderful images, I decided to ask what your intentions were. If these are simply mistakes -- you intended to create a new Category -- just leave a note below and I will blow them away. When you make this mistake, it helps the Admins if you put a note on the page -- "Please delete, meant to create a Category" -- and don't worry about it -- we've all done it -- it probably happens five or ten times a day.

If you intend to populate them with images, then please either:

  • put a note at the top of the page such as "Images coming shortly", or, better,
  • create the new gallery in a user subpage (User:Sandy Rae/Sandbox1, for example) and then copy it to the gallery page when it has been populated. You create a user subpage just as any other page and they can be used for many things see, the bottom of User:Jameslwoodward for some examples.

Finally, please be careful to look over your work after you hit "Save page". At File:Neoascia meticulosa(fem).jpg, you had an equals sign (=) in the middle of the description template, which destroyed the template and left the file without a source or author. There was obviously a problem with the page, albeit one that was very subtle.

If you have questions, you may ask them at the Village Pump in any of 42 languages or on my talk page. I will also watch for questions here on your talk page for at least a week.      Jim . . . . Jameslwoodward (talk to me) 13:57, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

  • Hi Jim. I created the galleries for images I uploaded where categories for those genera or species apparently didn't yet exist. I'm afraid I'm still a bit of a novice and sometimes have difficulty tying up my uploaded images to the taxonomic framework. Sandy Rae (talk) 20:47, 6 March 2012 (UTC)
I let them sit for a couple of days -- but I suspect you aren't here on a regular basis -- if you want any of them back, just ask. As a general rule, create categories first. Then, as a category grows large, you can create a gallery to show off the best images in the category.      Jim . . . . Jameslwoodward (talk to me) 00:09, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Autopatrol given[edit]

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Hello. I just wanted to let you know that I have granted autopatrol rights to your account; the reason for this is that I believe you are sufficiently trustworthy and experienced to have your contributions automatically sighted. This will have no effect on your editing, and is simply intended to help users watching Recent changes or Recent uploads to find unproductive edits amidst the productive ones. Thank you. INeverCry 01:10, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

File source is not properly indicated: File:Phoenicolacerta troodica (Troodos Lizard)2.jpg[edit]

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A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:Phoenicolacerta troodica (Troodos Lizard)2.jpg, is missing information about where it comes from or who created it, which is needed to verify its copyright status. Please edit the file description and add the missing information, or the file may be deleted.

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Please add the required information for this and other files you have uploaded before adding more files. If you need assistance, please ask at the help desk. Thank you!

레비Revi 03:57, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Delete it. I have tried and been unable to find the problem so I've uploaded another version instead. These are MY own photos on Flickr and I licensed them to be used on sites like this one. Sandy Rae (talk) 09:02, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment: Problem already solved. You accidentally gave the wrong flickrlink originally and I added the right link here and ordered a new flickrreview. The flickrbot then passed the image. Case resolved. Regards and Goodnight from Canada where its 1:25 AM, --Leoboudv (talk) 09:26, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Goodnight and thank you! Sandy Rae (talk) 09:28, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
  • You're welcome from Metro Vancouver, Canada. I'm signing off now. Goodbye, --Leoboudv (talk) 09:32, 12 December 2013 (UTC)


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