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Picture of the Year 2015 Results[edit]

The 2015 Picture of the Year. View all results »

Dear Wikimedians,

The tenth Picture of the Year competition (2015) has ended and we are pleased to announce the results:

In both rounds, people voted for their favorite media files.

  • In Round 1, there were 1322 candidate images.
  • In the second round, people voted for the 56 finalists (the R1 top 30 overall and top 2 in each category).

In the second round – the “three votes” was used – eligible users could vote for up to 3 finalists – each of these 3 votes counted equal.

There were 5822 people who voted in either round, and there were 1862 people who voted in both rounds.

  • In the first round, 3678 people cast over 175000 votes for all 1322 candidates.
  • In the second round, 4019 people cast 11570 votes for all 56 finalists.

We congratulate the winners of the contest and thank them for creating these beautiful media files and sharing them as freely licensed content:

  1. 658 people voted for the winner, File:Pluto-01 Stern 03 Pluto Color TXT.jpg.
  2. In second place, 617 people voted for File:Nasir-al molk -1.jpg.
  3. In third place, 582 people voted for File:Heavens Above Her.jpg.

Click here to view the top images »

We also sincerely thank to all voters for participating. We invite you to continue to participate in the Commons community by sharing your work.

the Picture of the Year committee

Please help reconciling our Authority control identifiers with Wikidata's[edit]

As you might have heard we are in the process of migrating identifiers stored in {{Authority control}} templates to Wikidata and replacing them with a single "Wikidata" parameter with a q-code which allows the template to pull all the identifiers directly from Wikidata. We are done with majority of 20k Creator templates and about half way done with 105k categories that use {{Authority control}}. Majority of the Commons pages matched directly identifiers already on Wikidata, transferred from Wikipedias; however there were some pages with mismatches that have to be reconciled manually. I fixed most of those but there is still Category:Pages with mismatching VIAF identifier with few hundred pages. Please see instructions at Category:Pages using authority control with parameters about how to process them. It is a good way to get more familiar with Wikidata, which we hope to be utilizing more and more on Commons. --Jarekt (talk) 12:58, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

How about fixing the user interface at Wikidata so it can be used? I need each item in a column so I can copy and paste the wiki name (such as dewiki, not de, not Deutsch), and the page name. Extra columns are fine but those two are essential and when doing a copy and paste they need to be tab separated one line per item so I can paste the list into a spreadsheet. And no putting other stuff next to it. It used to be like that but now it is messed up and useless. Delphi234 (talk) 09:12, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Maps are now LIVE on Commons :)[edit]

Template:Location had integrated maps for many years. You just had to click the globe. I guess the difference is that one is in pull down window and the new ones can be embedded in the page. I like the idea of making Template:Location a template that can be un-collapsed to display a map. Yurik can we add a layers of locations like photographs, categories, or wikipedia articles with geotags? --Jarekt (talk) 17:18, 17 June 2016 (UTC)
Apparently wikivoyage gets that feature - (Click on the icon 2nd from the top in upper-right corner) no idea about commons though. Bawolff (talk) 13:05, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

June 18[edit]


What exactly is Int:Talkpagelinktext? Normally, when you sign a message, it somehow provides the ordinary link to your talk page (at least if you're like me, using an unmodified version of the default signature), but apparently it's vulnerable to template limits. See User talk:Fastily/Archive 1, which exceeds the template limits: lower on the page, where template transclusions start to be replaced with template links, the links to user talk pages also start getting replaced with unworking links to the Int: page.

Aside from checking with Fastily about splitting the archive page, I don't suppose that there's anything we can do for this individual page. But is there anything we can do with the Int: page to ensure that it work when a page is exceeding the template limits? It's apparently not a template, since when you click the link to it, you have a button that would enable you to create the page as a gallery. Nyttend (talk) 12:39, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

int: is a parser function for i18n/l10n. {{int:Talkpagelinktext}}transcludes (sometimes subpages of) MediaWiki:Talkpagelinktext based on the user's language, so new users can more easily know how to contact other users. Compare en de zh versions of this page. As for template limits, ugh... imho they should be highly optimized already and shouldn't be counted as a template usage. Maybe file a ticket? --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 15:31, 18 June 2016 (UTC)
Hmm. It didn't ran out of template transclusions, but page size. Mediawiki seems to refuse to do further transclusions after proxessing a certain amount of expanded page text. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 15:41, 18 June 2016 (UTC)
Just as a random digression. While fetching messages for int translcusions might be highly optimized, that doesn't necessarily imply they're cheap - any page with an int: transclusion on it has to be marked as varying per-language, so its actually more expensive in some ways than a normal template which doesn't vary by language. (Obviously this depends what part of the system you are measuring). Bawolff (talk) 13:02, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
How about a bot task to transclude/replace these for any sub-user pages (i.e. invariably archive pages) where the transcluded file size is giving errors? I doubt anyone would mind terribly if these were left in the default English-American template name, but users could always opt-in, or maybe mark a page for fixing, if that was necessary. -- (talk) 13:07, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
That would not work. This error only happens if the total size of the article after template expansion is > 2mb. But there is also a similar limit of wikitext not allowed to be > 2mb. So if you subst all the templates, you'll just hit the other limit and not be allowed to save the page. (Unless possibly dead code is being included in the post expand size that wouldn't be included with substituting. Not sure how that works.) Bawolff (talk) 16:24, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
In which case, I suggest that if any pages become a real problem, then if the user in question does not object that breaking up their archive pages into small pages would be okay, and this might include boldly changing their auto-archive configuration in their long term absence. In practice, I doubt that anyone will be worried enough to invest the time fixing this for absent users. -- (talk) 16:50, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Doubt on author and licensing[edit]

The file File:TERAlsace_LineStDié_LogoAlsace.JPG is doubtfull for me in terms of author and licensing :

  • No freedom of panorama
  • Main element of the photo is a logo which means that the photo is just a derivated work (not the author).

Not sure how to handle it due to : threshold of originality perhaps not met. Regards Loreleil (talk) 15:29, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-25[edit]

19:14, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

existing nonexistent category[edit]

Stumbled upon this category. The page says 'This page does not currently exist.' But you still can view the page anyway.

Checked the only file in this nonexistent category, and it was once belonged to a category 'Intolerance' now gone. I don't know how to deal with this problem by myself. So I suggest someone more experienced go and check it. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:|]] ([[User talk:|talk]] • contribs)

  • This can be confusing to beginners but: technically, placement of images in categories is entirely independent of whether those categories "exist" in the sense of having a description, a place in the category hierarchy, etc. While you are supposed to either use existing categories or build the new categories you want to use, at any given time I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of categories where someone has placed an image in the category, but no category "exists". The corresponding category page will show the images, but it won't be hooked into the category hierarchy (it will have no parent categories) - Jmabel ! talk 21:17, 20 June 2016 (UTC)
See Special:WantedCategories. There are many thousends of them., unfortunately. --JuTa 22:53, 20 June 2016 (UTC)
Note: if you decide to work on resolving these "wanted categories", please don't create any just because they have things in them. "Wanted categories" just means that they are used somewhere but haven't been created, it doesn't mean we actually want them. First look to see if there's already a category, maybe under a different name. Some of these redlinked categories are misspelled (such as a typo or incorrect use of capital letters), misnamed (for example, "Fooian people" instead of "People of Foo"), bad names (such as "Italy - Rome - Colosseum" or some such) or categories that aren't desireable for some other reason. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:35, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

June 21[edit]

Possible altered picture of a moose[edit]

As stated here there are some doubts about a moose picture, namely this one. it is from NBII (US gov't, now closed), but an IP on itwiki pointed out that some details are odd. He pointed out the way the scratches of the tyres stop, for example, I am not sure about that, but as far as I can see the contrast of the moose looks too "neat" and its shadow is darker than the shadow of the tree in the background.

Is this picture "retouched" or maybe a fake? I mean we've been using it on many articles for years as if it were true, but maybe it is not.

Also, if some expert photograph can "prove" it is "retouched" , what should we do?--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:15, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

The assertions are vague. If there is proof then a deletion request is next, on the basis that the photographer's release may not be sufficient to include creative manipulation by others. -- (talk) 06:38, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
Looks genuine to me. The tyre scratches stop if the car is standing still or the driver releases the break. The shadow from the moose is darker than that from the tree because the moose is a solid object whereas the leaves from the tree always let same light through and so the shadow is diffuse. --Magnus (talk) 07:47, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
I don't think the tyres are a doubtful detail, I was just reporting it. I already though about the difference between the shadow of moose and tree (and the street light) and I was coming here to compare with the shadow of the edge of the road. I downloaded and enlarged the picture and I am not 100% sure yet. Also, the shadow of the ear on the body is darker compared to that of the shadow of the "female antler" (is it the correct name?) and I see like a vertical line created by two shades of brown of the fur above the ear that it's tangent to the border of the ear's shadow. In general I am not fully convinced by the position of the shadows compared to the legs. But I am not an expert so if you think it is ok, fine.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:36, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
image with lines to investigate lighting situation
Instinctively, this looks totally wrong to me, but it's hard to tell why. The lighting of the moose looks different, making it pop out of the environment in a way that doesn't look natural to me. Its shadow looks weird as well. Trying to turn this subjective feeling into something more solid, I couldn't help but using part of my lunch break to further investigate.
I identified some fix-points on the moose from where I drew lines to the corresponding point of the shadow on the ground. With a very distant light source (the sun) and an even surface (the road directly around the moose is reasonably flat), they should all be parallel to each other. However, I found two sets of parallel lines at the front and rear end of the moose (green and red, solid lines), which seems to suggest that the shadow has been digitally altered.
Unfortunately, there are no such fix-points in the environment. But drawing another 2 lines at a 90° angle of the 2 groups of lines should give us the direction of the shadow of a an ideal pole-shaped moose (not as good as the proverbial spherical cow moose in a vacuum, but should be enough for our purposes ;-). Those are the dashed green and red lines. Picking the shadows of some actual pole-like structures in the environment, I drew some more lines along them (dashed blue). They are not totally parallel to each other due to changes in the terrain, but they have a mean angle that's pretty different from the dashed moose lines, which shouldn't be the case if they shared the same light source.
Does this methodology make sense? If so, I'd say this looks like an almost (but not totally) convincing montage. --El Grafo (talk) 11:03, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
To answer the question of what to do with it: I'd say copy this discussion (once it's ended) to the talk page, add {{Fact disputed}} to the file description page and be done with it. It's up to the re-users to decide whether or not they want to use an image that might be a montage. --El Grafo (talk) 11:12, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
that was also my original idea, I just wasn't sure about commons rules. i don't think it is a problem to keep it even if we prove it is "retouched"... but I would encourage to be informed so everyone can think twice before inserting it in the ns0...--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:38, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
any further comment?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:09, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
@El Grafo: Your methodology looks sensible. But take a look at the surface of the road pavement at the top of the small elevation in the background. I see a slight convex bulge there, that would be expected as any road surface is not fashioned plainly flat but somewhat bulged or canted to make sure that rain water or molten snow could drain of. In that case, the moose is not at all walking on a flat surface, but it follows a "downhill" grade. As these animals are nearly as long as a standard street lane is broad, we have to consider the actual geometry of the surface and cannot simplify it to a flat plane when analysing the shadows. As those are quite short, the shot must have been taken around noon, with light casting a shadow of the moose's buttocks "uphill" and from its snout "downhill" on the curved road surface, and making a possibly wet or clean fur shine. Have you ever been in nordic countries? As far as I remember my holiday trips to northern Sweden in late summer years ago (actually beyond the polar circle, too), this lighting looks natural. I'd say that this is a genuine photograph. Regards, Grand-Duc (talk) 05:18, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Is there a bot to upload the USGS image catalog?[edit]

I was looking through the USGS image catalog and uploaded a handful of images. I thought in the process I would find some of the images already uploaded, but didn't encounter that issue meaning there could be a large number of these images that are missing from our own image catalog. I was wondering if there is a bot that could handle uploading these images to ease the task? So far the only images I've uploaded are listed below. Offnfopt(talk) 06:35, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

This would need a new scraping programme, but the site is set up in a pretty straightforward way. I see that there might be non-PD files on the site, but I can't find any. Do you know of any parts of the image archives that are marked with a restrictive license? All I see is images with no separate licenses, making them PD, so I'm unsure how the difference could be automatically detected without an example case. -- (talk) 16:45, 21 June 2016 (UTC)
Here are a few I assume are not PD:
I think the best logic would be to use a whitelist of terms to look for in the "Photographer" section such as:
Found a older image though that would fail this whitelist, but hopefully the missed images would be limited.Offnfopt(talk) 18:31, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Are these logos too simple for copyright?[edit]

I found some Hilton Worldwide logos brought up here:

I think they would be copyrighted... WhisperToMe (talk) 21:27, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

  • Logo #1 is marginal with that loop in my mind. Logo #2 without question is PD-textlogo. Logo #3 probably as well - merely slightly stylized lettering is generally not enough to make originality.Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 22:46, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

June 22[edit]

Category:Florida, its history and its romance (1898)[edit]

All of the images in this category are from a book called "Greater Sacramento", nothing about Florida. So the category is wrong as are the file names, dates, author, etc. The links to the original image reveal the correct information but this is hardly the first time I have run across these badly done Flickr sourced images. Rmhermen (talk) 05:26, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

I have alerted the original uploader at the Internet Archive. You can check their other uploads at As this was originally released in 2008, it may be that they are not about, but fixing the source is the best place to start, as my uploads rely on the accuracy of the published catalog. Note that the IA book plate uploads rely on Flickr for the cropped book plate, but pull in the catalog metadata using the IA API. The project page is at User:Fæ/Project list/Internet Archive. -- (talk) 06:58, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

French law against FoP and commons[edit]

Dear editors,

We would like to express our dismay over the various measures that are being taken by French parliamentarians and that will seriously harm the Wikimedia projects and free knowledge in general.

It all began with fight for freedom of panorama in French Parliament last winter. Right-holders associations heavily mobilized against it, and got a lot of coverage. Initially this was intended to prevent FoP inclusion in the bill, and then to add to it a non-commercial clause, making it ineffective (we described all these steps on our dedicated website, in french: But this "fight" was just a tree hiding the forest.
With the Creation bill, two new measures are about to privatize the public domain:

  1. Very soon, it will not be legal anymore to upload pictures Castle of Chambord, Versailles, etc on Wikimedia Commons. You can find the explanation in this blog post (in french) :
  2. Perhaps even more importantly, search engines will be charged with a mandatory fee, which that puts on the same level all legal and illegal images and totally violates the creative commons licenses...

These two measures will be ratified by the French National Assembly. We did everything we could at Wikimedia France to try to stop this madness.
Your action is, in our view, the last remaining hope to create a political and media consciousness to prevent the Creation Bill from including these absurd and harmful measures.
Do you want to take action, here or on Wikipedia, to stop this?
We remain of course at your disposal to discuss it further.

Nathalie Martin and Emeric Vallespi, from Wikimedia France. ShreCk (talk) 11:14, 22 June 2016 (UTC).

@ShreCk: If you mean the Château de Chambord, could you please explain what is the issue with this building, which is certainly old enough to be in Public Domain?
Here on Commons, as far as I know, only copyright issues are relevant for the question if something may be uploaded, but not things like personal property etc.. That is, even if France would (for whatever reason) prohibit all photographs of any certain object in public place, this would not mean that its pictures are subject to deletion from Commons. --A.Savin 15:53, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
I highly recommend everyone not living in France (which is 99% of the population) take billions of pictures of buildings in France while they are visiting and just say F u to France's silly prohibition. Delphi234 (talk) 17:18, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
OK, still I would like to know what is the point of the WM-FR blog post, as I neither know French nor trust Google Translate. But really, our Commons policies are mostly about copyright, partially about personality rights, but, for example, the German Hausrecht has never been relevant (I hope I didn't miss something). --A.Savin 00:43, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
@ShreCk: After reading a translation of the blog post, I remain unsure how this can be enforced. If a photographer (or their friend/bot acting on their behalf outside of France) pseudonymously uploads their photographs of buildings on Commons or Flickr, exactly who would be liable for damages, who would be the claimant and which court would hear a case? -- (talk) 18:07, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
It seems like this should really be in the realm of trademarks, not copyright (the monument authorities are not really objecting to somebody taking a photograph which is sold to a publisher and printed in a book offered for sale, but rather to somebody such as a beer company using a depiction of the monument as a brand logo). If the law does apply to copyright instead of trademarks, then it's written very poorly... AnonMoos (talk) 02:25, 26 June 2016 (UTC)


Uploads by by User:Pargatrurki

Is it just me or are all uploads from this user either (badly categorized) self promotion or a violation of personality rights? --Magnus (talk) 12:55, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

The burn pictures appear to be fine. The pictures of him can be deleted unless a claim of notoriety can be made, which seems unlikely. But you can never take too many pictures, they just have to be within our scope to be uploaded here. User's language is Punjabi. Delphi234 (talk) 16:26, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

A puzzle[edit]

First question ever. I have found an image I would like to use in a website I am building. The file I am interested in is a collection of panoramas without download instructions at The specific Image I am interested in is the sixth Image in the sequence.A Tree posed against Blue sky. The majority of the rest of the image is Green Fields,. The photographer is Alvesgaspar. Question: how do i download a moderate size file for reproduction on my website and give Credit to the photographer.? Morley— Preceding unsigned comment added by Morley Chalmers (talk • contribs) 16:04, 22 June 2016 (UTC+1)

You refer to File:Campilhas_March_2015-1a.jpg, by Alvesgaspar. This image is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Please click that link to see a summary of its terms. Storkk (talk) 15:08, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
In terms of how you download, on page File:Campilhas_March_2015-1a.jpg below the photo it offers various resolutions, or you can click through on the photo for full resolution. - Jmabel ! talk 16:50, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Ethnographic documentation in 5 countries for Wikimedia Commons[edit]

Participating Wikimedians wanted for a planned GLAM-Wiki project with the help of several museums of ethnography from Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. The project aims to identify authentic arts, crafts and folk dress; traditional crafting methods and tools, then take and upload at least 1300 high-quality images of these to Wikimedia Commons (to later illustrate new&existing articles on European anthropology and ethnography). There will be a 4-day Wikiexcursion to each of the 5 countries and we are looking for volunteers locally. The project plan can be found here – please see the project idea, description and details.

Sign up if you'd like to participate, endorse the project, or let us know of any questions! --Marta Malina Moraczewska (talk) 16:38, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Face-smile.svg Thank you Marta, I wish I could be a local volunteer, unfortunately I am a few time-zones away, but if your project need any help with templates or that require administrators, let me know and I will be happy to help. --Jarekt (talk) 15:25, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

June 23[edit]

If you could say one thing to a non-Commons-regular at Wikimania, what would it be?[edit]

Asking this for the obvious reason. Adam Cuerden (talk) 12:18, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

  • The reason isn't so obvious. Are you talking about making a formal presentation, or what you'll bring up in casual conversation? - Jmabel ! talk 14:05, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
    • Something called "User digests", where a report on various communities is presented to the conference. (Also, if anyone here at Wikimania is up for helping write or present it, please contact me - only found out about it this morning, and am frantically preparing something. =) )
      • @Adam Cuerden: I'm here at Wikimania, but I've left my programme in my room. When is/was this? Josve05a (talk) 14:01, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
        • Afraid it just finished. It was... okay, I guess. Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:58, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Well for future reference, by far the most important thing that anyone can say is that Commons exists. If anyone is thinking of uploading an image, ask yourself, could this be used on another wiki or outside of wikipedia? Does it have a license that lets anyone use it, or does it require fair use? If not, it is a royal pain to upload it locally instead of to commons, as it will just need to be tagged for being moved to commons, which can take years to do. All new accounts are SUL accounts and work on Commons. Delphi234 (talk) 21:46, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

Could a Administrator provide me a copy of my deleted images?[edit]

Just a quick request, could a administrator provide me a copy of my deleted images listed below? I didn't keep a local copy because I thought they would exist here, but since they have been deleted... I now have no copy. I would like a copy of them for my own personal use. You can see the deletion requests below:

If a admin could copy the markup to my talk page, or a pastebin link it would be appreciated. Offnfopt(talk) 13:09, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done --Didym (talk) 13:39, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Didym. Offnfopt(talk) 13:43, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg ResolvedOffnfopt(talk) 13:43, 23 June 2016 (UTC)


CommonsẠ↔«««៛₰¥»»» I need help with anaphase — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 2016-06-23T14:35:38‎ (UTC)

There ya go: Category:Anaphase. -- Tuválkin 15:05, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

Accessing Wikidata from Commons[edit]

Implementation of Interwiki links from Commons categories to Wikipedia articles follows a sitelink from commons category to wikidata category item and than follows Property category's main topic (P301) to wikidata article item. Interwiki links to wikipedia articles are merged with default interwiki links to wikipedia categories (if present)

There is a lively discussion about accessing Wikidata from Commons on d:Wikidata:Project_chat#Accessing_Wikidata_from_Commons, please join. --Jarekt (talk) 15:22, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

Interwiki links from Commons categories to Wikipedia articles[edit]

During above discussion I was advised on how to solve a long standing problem of having interwiki (aka. interlanguage) links from Commons categories to Wikipedia articles, which are based on Wikidata. Please follow the graphics on the right. The approach was coded as Module:Interwiki and new template {{Interwiki from wikidata}}, which when added to categories which are linked from wikidata category items, will ad proper interwiki links. Old style "local" interwiki links could be removed. See examples.--Jarekt (talk) 03:32, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

That's the Wikidata model that forbits cross-namespace site-links, so that you need to create category items on Wikidata for any Commons category where you want interwiki links (a tedious thing to do manually). There's a discussion at wikidata:Wikidata:Requests for comment/Category commons P373 and "Other sites", about whether cross-namespace site-links should be tolerated instead, but it hasn't reached any conclusion. --ghouston (talk) 04:31, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me, I forgot about that discussion. My take from it was lets wait on arbitrary access and than see what can be done. The arbitrary access is here, and it is time to figure out what is the chosen model of linking commons and wikidata. Commons categories need to be able to detect which Wikidata item has all the relevant properties. The current discussion on Wikidata started with me asking about ways a page on Commons can detect what items lists them in some specific property. That capability would allow us to connect to wikidata items without a need for a separate wikidata item for each commons category that needs it. However users with much more Wikidata experience argue that items for categories is the way which is more compatible with current way Wikidata and tools that were build around it works. I am fine with either way. In the first scenario I would never use the sitelinks and I would not care if they are cross-namespace or not. The second scenario would require many new items for commons categories to be created, hopefully by bots. Either way can be made to work with {{Interwiki from wikidata}} template, so we can take interwiki links to be displayed on Commons category pages, out of this discussion. --Jarekt (talk) 12:06, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
So we would need to add that template to every single category here? It sounds like a shot-term hack and not a long-term fix. (And no, my bot (the interlanguage-removal task) is incompatible with this) --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 12:28, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Zhuyifei1999, All local interwikis will eventually need to be replaced by Wikidata based, as we no longer have bots updating existing local links the way we did before Wikidata made them obsolete. Your interwiki removal task is still needed. However the task assumes sitelinks between commons categories and Wikidata articles, which is controversial and might not continue. The problem is that Wikidata article items with sitelinks to commons categories (we need some acronym for this term) will loose those sitelinks the moment someone creates a matching category item for wikipedia category, so they are and always will be unstable. {{Interwiki from wikidata}} template would only be added to categories with category-items on wikidata, in order to restore the customary interwiki links. --Jarekt (talk) 13:51, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes, but Wikidata article items with sitelinks to commons categories would me the majorityminority if outcome of the RfC is held. About my bot task, it's running otherwise, as cross-namespace links (in the case of Wikidata article items with sitelinks to commons categories) are ignored, and only those consistent with the RfC are removed. If {{Interwiki from wikidata}} is implemented, more complications would exist: the bot could not determine which interlanguage links are fetched from wikidata and which are local (the same ones are removed, but {{Interwiki from wikidata}} will always override the local ones). Besides, what if Wikidata article *and* category items with sitelinks to commons categories *and* galleries *and* creator templates *and* etc (multi2multi items) are finally implemented as the long-term solution/fix? All these template usages shall be removed? (the reason I term it as a short-term hack) --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 15:35, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Zhuyifei1999 I do not think there was any consensus reached in RfC. I do not think Wikibase software allows adding sitelinks to multiple pages (one-to-many scenario). As for {{Interwiki from wikidata}}, if we going to use it than I would only use it for pages linked to category items, and I would remove interwiki from the page first. --Jarekt (talk) 23:51, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
I will use {{Interwiki from wikidata}}, as on Category:Barton Appler Bean, since it's superior to what I was doing previously (adding a single en: interwiki link). --ghouston (talk) 01:42, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
That category still lacks the "Wikidata item" link in the Tools menu, because I'm still reluctant to create cross-namespace sitelinks on Wikidata, or new "category" Wikidata items. --ghouston (talk) 01:46, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
@Jarekt: Oh sorry I meant d:Wikidata:Requests_for_comment/Commons_links. I thought the link above pointed to it, but apparently it's another RfC. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 06:53, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
Zhuyifei1999, That RFC also did not reached consensus, that I can detect. And it seems like almost all of the proposed solutions are being implemented by different parties. We need one solution. May-be we need to revisit this RFC, and have another vote. --Jarekt (talk) 13:03, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
It is my understanding that wikidata can only accommodate 99% of interwiki links and there will always be a need for local links for special cases. Delphi234 (talk) 21:54, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

Adding a photo on behalf of someone else[edit]

I have been approached and potentially paid to help someone upload a photo on Commons to be used on a page. She is the copyright holder but not well versed in Wikipedia and asked for my help. I believe it'd basically be released as "own work" although it would not be done by me but the person in question. I believe there is a process in place to validate such copyright releases? I am not well versed in Commons and hopefully someone can help guide me so it gets done appropriately by the rules. MPJ-DK (talk) 23:14, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

See COM:OTRS. That can be avoided if the copyright holder uploads it herself, assuming it hasn't been published elsewhere. --ghouston (talk) 00:10, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Do make sure to credit her as author rather than saying it is your own work. And, after she sends email as described at COM:OTRS, remember to tag the image page with {{OTRS pending}} so that no one hastily starts a deletion process. - Jmabel ! talk 14:04, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

June 24[edit]

POTD in an other wiki[edit]

Hello, We would like in kabwiki to show the POTD of Commons in the Main Page of the wiki. Can someone tell me how to link to it. Thank you.(Notify me please). -- issimo 15 !? 14:33, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Hi, Issimo 15, you might want to read this first. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 16:34, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Sorry, but I can't find an answer to my question in that page. -- issimo 15 !? 16:47, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
You can not link to it, you need to set the POTD templates yourself and update it on the daily basis.--Ymblanter (talk) 18:14, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

June 25[edit]

Brexit flags[edit]

What's next?

Now that the British have decided that they will leave the EU, it's just a matter of time before Great Britain will break up. As you know, the Union Jack is made up of the flags of England, Scotland and Ireland. The only question I have is whether Scotland will leave first, or whether Ireland will? Logically, the Union Jack should be altered by taking out either the Scottish or Irish flag, depending on who will move first. Would somebody with the right graphics skills would want to have a go creating the two possible permutations of the Union Jack, and add that to the adjacent graphic? Schwede66 19:21, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

This is needless speculation Oxyman (talk) 19:55, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
I agree with Oxyman. It isn't up to us to decide what flags people will use in the future. We also don't know if/when the UK (not Great Britain, which is an island, not a country) will break up. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:04, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
Schwede66 -- a number of speculative flags of the UK minus Scotland were uploaded here in advance of the 2014 referendum... AnonMoos (talk) 02:28, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Classifying music bands[edit]

Mmk music band in Strasbourg I.jpg
I heard nice music during a street music festival in Strasbourg. I am not used to classifying and describing music bands. I found the website. (there are two other pictures: xx II and xx III)Smiley.toerist (talk) 23:24, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

June 26[edit]

Do-Not-Ask List[edit]

A Flickr user tells me Commons has a do-not-ask list of photographers not to ask for pictures. Is there such a thing, and does anyone know where it's located? --Rrburke (talk) 11:08, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

There is a list of accounts where automatic upload is blacklisted based on past problems. The current process is set so that only administrators can add Flickr IDs to the list. See Commons:Questionable Flickr images and an associated live report as a source of practical examples at Faebot/Flickrstreams of concern. -- (talk) 11:15, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
Different user may also have perosnal lists of flickr photographer which they have asked to relicense their images (and possibly failed), but nothing is listed on a "official" public list, that I am aware of. Josve05a (talk) 11:17, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

19th century anonymous work of art in a French museum[edit]

Greetings. I wonder what is the policy for a 19th-century anonymous work of art in a French museum? I suspect that if the caption has the following "© Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaŭ" it means that it is not in the public domain. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks. --Caballero//Historiador 16:10, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Published in 1825, it is public domain everywhere. The museum has no copyright claim on copies. -- (talk) 16:42, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

June 27[edit]

Sharpening on resized versions[edit]

Hi. This one might need an experienced Commons photographer's input. I am having issues with some high-quality images and uploading to the Commons. When uploading, the full-resolution JPEGs look great, but the thumbnail versions all look *horribly* over-sharpened.

I'm wondering why this might be, and what can be done. All I have found out so far is that MediaWiki does provide sharpening to JPEGs, and that the issue is marginally less so (but still fairly severe) when a slightly lower resolution is uploaded at first.

I understand that the average slightly blurry JPEG might need these sharpening, but when it's already pin sharp - by virtue of a good camera and perfect focus - it is making images look horrible. This is an issue for a photographer trying to provide hundreds of images, but worried about the prospect of looking bad when the average person is going to see a photo that looks over-processed.

If the on-site sharpening is causing this, is there a way to force an upload without sharpening to the resized issues? Or any other workaround, like uploading a specific resolution? Looking for a solution. KaisaL (talk) 01:55, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

As far as I'm aware there's no way to override the thumbnail generation process. You could try creating a PNG version, possible at lower sizes, and see if the result looks any better. There's an old related past ticket on thumbnail sharpening at phab:T26857, but if you have several examples to illustrate the problem, it would be worth raising a new ticket in Phabricator for investigation. -- (talk) 06:06, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
I suggest bringing the question to @Adam Cuerden:, whose attention to detail has earned him an astonishing degree of expertise in this matter. Rama (talk) 09:14, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
PNG does solve the issue - albeit at the compromise of double the file size - but any other input or solutions are welcome. Worried PNG sharpening could be introduced which would bring this problem back. KaisaL (talk) 09:49, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
What we really need is a default sharpening that can be overridden on the file page; I think the sharpening applied to JPEGs is generally better than the lack that PNGs get, but defaults will never cover all cases. Adam Cuerden (talk) 10:11, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
@Adam Cuerden: The problem I have is that the JPEG sharpening just decimated the image that was uploaded. PNG is the only option, and the thumbnails look great (because they don't need work, they're professionally shot), but now I'm worrying someone will come through and just convert to JPEG (probably badly) and destroy the work that has been done. It's possibly the images may have to be withdrawn from upload because it's too much of a risk to reputations that they might be tampered with by editors that don't understand the issue. (Also, the lack of metadata on PNG isn't ideal either.) KaisaL (talk) 10:14, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
@Adam Cuerden:, Suggestion: It might seem over the top, but given this is a known issue and certain images are seemingly better as PNG, could a template of some sort to indicate an image is to be left as PNG be an option? Obviously on the licensing side the images can be freely converted, but in terms of on the Commons, such a notice might indicate that due to sharpening problems it's in that format here. A sort of "This image is provided at PNG due to a known issue with sharpening, and the author has requested it be left in this format". Thoughts? I think this is a fringe issue to many but for professional photographers it could easily put them off contributing. KaisaL (talk) 10:19, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
@Adam Cuerden:, me again. One more thought, this comes from Commons:File types: "PNG is good for practically anything except digital camera photographs, including scanned images (though with a caveat – see the note on sharpening below), print-quality photographs, and low color depth images." Given the images are high resolution, and count as print quality, is that justification for the images to be in PNG as a preferred format and thus nobody should convert them? KaisaL (talk) 10:22, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
You can also just explain this in the image descriptions. Having a special template for it does not make the point any less valid, in fact anyone later with doubts will probably make more effort to talk to you before changing anything, just because your note looks personal rather than a mass change via some bot. -- (talk) 10:25, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
@KaisaL: Well, remember that defaults on sharpening can be changed at any time: You don't want a situation where the defaults change, and your PNGs now don't look right (indeed, a colourspace bug (I think at least partially browser-side) has been affecting PNG thumbnails when viewed in Firefox at the moment). And not sharpening will cause problems with a different class of images, particularly older ones and engravings. So this isn't a one-size-fits-all situation, and the solution isn't to treat it as such. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 10:28, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
@Adam Cuerden: Perhaps, but in the immediate the issue is that there's a lot of photos to be provided that need to be uploaded. So in the short-term I'm looking for a solution, but sharpening options definitely should be introduced. Even if it's just a no sharpen option for advanced users that regenerates thumbnails? KaisaL (talk) 10:31, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
For the time being I will request the images be left in the PNG format, but a 'no sharpen' option would be the obvious solution. To avoid misuse it could perhaps be restricted to more advanced upload tools. Perhaps this could be proposed to the relevant developers? KaisaL (talk) 10:51, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
What about using/uploading TIFF images? As long as DNG is not supported on Commons, you'll have an EXIF compliant format in that way that should bypass the JPEG thumbnailing issue... Regards, Grand-Duc (talk) 14:49, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
@KaisaL: You probably want some sharpening on thumbnails: the thumbnailer, without sharpening, tends to add a slight blur to the image, which is also a problem. I tend to think the JPEG over-sharpening is better than the PNG blurriness, but neither is ideal. Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:07, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-26[edit]

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