User talk:Smooth O

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TUSC token 746a850e16b89f4af2deba25a3d4b66c[edit]

I am now proud owner of a TUSC account!

Category:Cetacea penis[edit]

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--Jmabel ! talk 16:16, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Animal rights[edit]

Hi Smooth, please don't mix up the people associated with animal rights category with some other. It need to stay distinct. SlimVirgin (talk) 16:14, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

I see you moved it. That should have been done via a move discussion. It really ought to be moved back, though I don't know whether it makes a difference so long as the new category is empty. There is a big difference between animal rights and animal welfare, and it would cause confusion to mix those people up. SlimVirgin (talk) 16:27, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
Also, the RSCPA and similar are not animal-rights organizations. I think quite a few of these changes will have to be undone. Can you say what you had in mind? SlimVirgin (talk) 16:49, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
I just tried to reorganize and sub-categorize files and categories within categories Animal rights and Animal welfare, because there were lot of mess. Regarding SPCA and similar organizations, then category Animal welfare organizations should be appropriate, if you agree. --Smooth_O (talk) 07:44, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for trying to sort it out. I agree that the SPCA should be in animal welfare organizations. But for other groups it depends on whether they are animal rights or animal welfare. There is a big difference between the two – in fact in certain ways they're opposites – and some people are offended by being called one or the other. For example, this edit is problematic. If you made others like that one, would you mind undoing them, or moving them instead to Category:People associated with animal welfare? SlimVirgin (talk) 17:59, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Smooth O, could you please stop working on the animal rights categories, either adding or removing them? You're removing images that rightly belong in that cat, e.g. [1]] SlimVirgin (talk) 02:12, 20 July 2015 (UTC)


Hi! Can you check the page history please? I emailed the permission to OTRS in March, no reply since, it's not my fault Commons handlers have a backlog. Thank you Teemeah (talk) 19:39, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

OK, i put Template:OP on file page. --Smooth_O (talk) 19:44, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Bahrain images[edit]

Hello, thank you for informing me about the tagged images (File:Bahrain National Theatre sideview.jpg etc.). I'm looking for some guidance. The creators of said-content had given permission over Twitter. However, if this is insufficient then by all means, then I apologise and the images should be deleted. Droodkin (talk) 12:07, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

Several permission requests[edit]

Hello Smooth O! The permission for the pictures was sent to on 2014-11-14. This information is written at the File pages. --JPF (talk) 20:16, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

The subject was "hola bondia". Artur wrote: "mr. fischer is allowed to load up the photos at wikimedia under license CC-BY-SA-30. l the photograph." Two days before, he sent the photos to me directly. I still have the mail in my backup. I can resend all three mails, if needed. --JPF (talk) 20:33, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
Hello Smooth O: Did you find the mails? --JPF (talk) 14:27, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
About the images of Natália Carrascalão Antunes: The permission was sent in Feb. 2012. I do not have the mails in my backup anymore. Three years after upload it is a little bit difficult to retrace the former dialogue. It seems like someone is not working very well with the permission mails. Please inform me, if you can not find the permission mails anymore. I would have to ask ambassador Natália Carrascalão Antunes one more time for permission. --JPF (talk) 14:43, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

RMFH photo[edit]

Hi, I just recieved a notification for not having proof of permission to upload a picture. I know the person on the photo personally and he gave me permission to use the photo. However, his wiki page has been deleted for a while now, so I would not mind the photo being deleted. If you insist I can get a written permission. If not, feel free to delete the file.

Regards, Arjen NightEye (talk) 09:48, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

David Shankbone[edit]

Why are you asking a longtime contributor for OTRS on a photo he claims is his own and that is absolutely typical of his own work? - Jmabel ! talk 15:04, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

I have gone ahead and removed the tag, and the notice on David's talk page. The link to David's blog was highly visible, but move to a DR and create another notice on David's page, if you want an explanation on record. Thanks -- (talk) 15:15, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Darn, I see that David's blog is down. I can assure you it was there, it's the sort of evidence we should keep a mirror of. -- (talk) 15:18, 22 July 2015 (UTC)


Hey. Thanks for telling me about the OTRS permission stuff and so. But, what really concerns me is that if I really need permission for pictures that my friends -who don't know how to contribute to Commons and show no interest in contributing- tell me I can upload after asking them in person or via social networks? I didn't think I needed further permission to do so, specially when I have told them in person about it, and the most I've got is an email with the content, and of course, after doing so, I uploaded these pictures but I didn't want to say they were mine, cuz they weren't. --Edjoerv (talk) 21:18, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

  • It's not that you legally need that permission to use the photo. It's that Commons policy is to require it, because we can't tell people who might want to reuse the image "you can use this image because someone you never heard of says the person who owns the rights wouldn't mind." - Jmabel ! talk 02:46, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
    • Well, I do understand that part, it's just that what should I do then? Do I still have to send the email to OTRS, even when it says the owner of the picture has to state they licensed their images as CC BY-SA 3.0 and I have to resend that email? They just told me via facebook comments I could do it because they wished I could upload them. --Edjoerv (talk) 21:17, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Oleg Polyakov's photo[edit]

Hi, you recently notified me that this photo does not have a legal permission for publication. In fact the photo's description does contain a link to the original publication of the photo in Facebook where its author indicates that he does want this photo published in Wikipedia. The discussion is, however, in Russian, as the photo was initially intended for the Russian and Ukrainian Wikipedia. Doesn't it suffice? --Dmitri Lytov (talk) 12:41, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

That link is leading directly to photo, and there is no link to discussion. --Smooth_O (talk) 12:52, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
I see. Here's the corrected link (I made a respective correction in the photo's description). I'll appreciate your suggestion if the format needs improvement (extra tags, etc.) --Dmitri Lytov (talk) 13:29, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Coyote images resolved[edit]

Hi there

thanks for your diligence in following up on the coyote images. Will Higgs has emailed you today and listed a total of 5 images that he shared with me and that I uploaded here.

Regarding my user name and places to have such discussions. I have been granted permission to keep my dmccabe user name so the user:Dmccabe~commonswiki should be deleted. I just wanted follow up on the coyotes so I'm messaging you here. I removed the deletion tags from the images. I pasted a copy of the email from Will Higgs below. Is there more I need to to to protect the images? They are part of a larger project:

I Will Higgs am happy to hereby release all rights to the five images I shared with Declan McCabe under a CC BY SA 3.0 agreement as described here: This release applies only to the following six images previously uploaded with my permission by Declan McCabe:

I can be reached under my user name: Dmccabe (talk) 14:17, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

I added a note with Wil's email to one image. Is this necessary or useful? Dmccabe (talk) 14:21, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Rebels 1995 NCAA win over Georgia - Ali Hamadeh.jpg[edit]

This photo was given to me by Ali Hamadeh who was a former colleague. I have no contact with him now and can therefore not provide any rights for this file. By all means delete it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Corneredmouse (talk • contribs) 12:58, 24 July 2015‎ (UTC)

Sinew Vessel 2009, a piece by Kevin Grey.jpeg[edit]

Smooth O,

Kevin Grey, the owner of this image emailed on the 10th of September with me in copy. The text of his message read...

The following images uploaded to Wikipedia belong to myself and David Withycombe, They are on various websites and are readily available to copy and distribute etc.

Such as :


I grant permission for use of the following images under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (cc-by-sa-3.0) license. The originals can be found at...


 Kevin Grey

Was this the wrong email address to use or is wikipedia administration somewhat fractured?

Thanks, Phil — Preceding unsigned comment added by Phild66 (talk • contribs) 22:42, 24 July 2015‎‎ (UTC)

File:Lina Ben Mhenni2.jpg and File:Lina Ben Mhenni1.jpg[edit]

Hello, please see User_talk:Leyo/Archive3#File:Lina_Ben_Mhenni3.jpg, where the theme was discusssed then. Thank you, --Stefan Bellini (talk) 03:56, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

It's ok, but admins only need to confirm that license is suitable because photo is from external source. --Smooth_O (talk) 07:27, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. --Stefan Bellini (talk) 09:49, 27 July 2015 (UTC)