User talk:Sijtze Reurich

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Welcome to Wikimedia Commons, Sijtze Reurich!

Tip: Categorizing images[edit]

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Hello, Sijtze Reurich!

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.

BotMultichillT 06:23, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

And what am I supposed to do now? I did look for a category when I uploaded the image, but, frankly, I did not understand a bit of your division into categories. When I tell you the image is a portrait of a Dutch author, can you tell me the category into which it fits and how I can add that category to the image? Kind regards, Sijtze Reurich (talk) 20:25, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

A bit late this answer.. maybe still helpful. ;-) Just leave it if you do not know how to do it. No Problem. Other people will do it then. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 23:17, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

File source is not properly indicated: File:Erich Wichmann 1927.jpg[edit]

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Kam Solusar (talk) 21:26, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

It is a picture made in 1927 of a man who died in 1929, 84 years ago. No one knows who made the picture. It is used freely on several websites, e.g.:

and in two books about Erich Wichman and his friends that I happen to own, published in 1966 and 1971. None of these books names the photographer. I am almost sure that all pictures on the internet (none of which names the photographer either) are scans from the book De herstellers (Ambo, Utrecht, 1966).

Neither the photographer, nor any of his offspring has ever presented himself to claim the copyright. This is hardly surprising: in those days a portrait photographer took a picture, handed it to the portraitee and forgot all about it. We may safely assume the photographer died long ago and his offspring does not even know he took this picture.

This is all I can tell. I cannot find the photographer for you and ask his permission. If that's what you want, well: delete the file. But do you want me to write a letter to Ambo to ask them where they got the picture from, hoping their archives go as far back as 1966? I don't think it makes much sense, but I am willing to do that. Sijtze Reurich (talk) 23:11, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi Sijtze Reurich, thanks for the explanation. I added the "no source" template to the file because it was marked as {{PD-old}}, but there was no information supporting this. PD-old is only intended for images where either the photographer is known and dead for more than 70 years or where the image is too old to be copyrighted anymore (more than 150 years or so). Blogs and lots of other website often use such old photos without mentioning the author, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the creator is indeed unknown. But if there are reliable publications that use the image without mentioning the the photo's creator, I think {{Anonymous-EU}} can be used instead. Just replace {{PD-old}} with {{Anonymous-EU}} and maybe add information about the other book that uses the image as well. Interestingly, the image is also used on the website of the dutch national historic museum with a CC-BY-SA 2.0 license. Maybe that means they know something about the creator of the photo? Regards, --Kam Solusar (talk) 16:14, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
Dear Kam Solusar, Thanks for your answer. I replaced the template and sent a mail to the National Historic Museum. I hope they can tell me more. I think this makes more sense than writing to the publisher of the 1966 book. I have been working for publishing companies for more than 30 years. I know what happens to an archive when the company needs more room or moves office. Kind regards. Sijtze Reurich (talk) 17:25, 2 August 2011 (UTC)