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What are the Requests on the Media Views Analysis page?[edit]

Hello, I wanted to ask a question about the Media views Analysis page. I was curious what do the Requests mean? On the side and at the bottom it says Requests I can't figure out what that means and the 2 different numbers either Requests and Daily Numbers why are they so different as in one is higher than the other. I look at my page and am curious what that means as far as my page on Wikimedia commons. Hope this is clear thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Flapper the turtle (talk • contribs) 15:30, 6 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

SVG file translated via SVG Translator has a language selector, but doesn't work on the labels inside the image[edit]

Translated SVG that should display in Czech when clicked.

So the archive bot happened to archive the unanswered question of mine, which I would like to revive and get answered, please.

I've updated an existing SVG image (shown on right) by adding 3 languages in it - Czech, German, and English, while German is also an implicit language (the original used in the picture). What's strange is that the picture shows English language instead of the implicit one (which is German), and now that I used the {{Mld}} template in te file description, it does display language selection dropdown menu box, but it doesn't change the labels inside the image. Link from a translated thumbnail doesn't display the selected language in the image, eighter (it does however collapse other languages than selected in the description). How do I get language selector on the file page work on the labels in the image as well? Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:05, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Polda18: By Wikipedia, multilanguage can only be recognized with the restriction that the language switch is not "too far behind". In your file, the switch is defined more than 3 MB after the code start - that is known a non-working condition.
A workaround might be to have a transparent background for the embedded raster image, and define the text advancing the image.
I made a rather cheap workaround: the languages are defined additionally before the large image, just dummylike as empty statements. This way it works -- sarang사랑 09:05, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Sarang: Oh my god, thank you. I didn't even realize that there was a limit to where the language selector first appears in order to be working. Seems like the SVG Translator tool is fairly straightforward and doesn't check for this condition to make it working for bigger files. I guess the biggest issue is the photo used as a background, which naturally contains a lot of data. I guess the photo could be a lower resolution picture, not a full resolution 12MPx photo as it seems. Really, the photo takes up vast majority of the file size. Anyway, it's good that all it takes is an empty dummy switch with all the defined languages and the functionality is restored. Thank you :-) Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:47, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Photograph of a Victorian Artist[edit]

I would like to upload this to Wikimedia Commons. It is of a painter who died in 1853. It is possibly from a from a magazine that no longer exists. Would this be available as Free Use? BFP1 (talk) 13:17, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • It would certainly be public domain. (Not sure what you mean by "free use". "Fair use" is a legal justification to use certain copyrighted material without explicitly licensing it, not relevant for something this old, and in any case not accepted on Commons.) This should fall under {{PD-old-assumed}}. - Jmabel ! talk 16:40, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you that is helpul BFP1 (talk) 18:21, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Do you think categorizing files is a "waste of wiki-resources"?[edit]

Someone thinks that everything I'm doing is a "waste of wiki-resources" because he said that I not only do meaningless things to increase my edit count but also always liked to find fault with all they have done here. Even though he never told me what he wanted me to do, I already knew where my problem was. Do you think categorizing files is a "waste of wiki-resources"?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:01, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

That person bullies you. Claiming that categorizing files isn't such a waste of resources will never convince that person because it's just an argument to bully you. Just keep doing what you're doing for Commons, have fun doing it because it makes a lot of sense. You help people to find images they wouldn't have found otherwise. Wouter (talk) 16:26, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
But he has a lot of people behind him supporting him and I also see a lot of people complaining to him about me so that forced me to think about why I've become a troublemaker that everyone hates.--Kai3952 (talk) 17:04, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If there is a whole group of people and they keep bullying you, I'd consider reporting them for harrasment. Some people do really nasty stuff out of jealousy or simply hatred. They're dead convinced that categorising is a waste of time and waste of whatnot. As said, you won't convince them otherwise, linking to a relevant page won't change their behaviour, so the only thing you can do right now is do what you do and just ignore them, and if they don't stop, report them for harrasment. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 17:49, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, he came to me for those who complained so he was completely not interested in my explanation. I'll just give a random example. For example, they complained that I was over-categorizing because these categories I created were so unnecessary in their eyes. To give another example, image grabed from facebook or government website, no evidence of permission for its upload under a free licence, so I nominated to deletion and then they started to get extremely unpleasant about my abusing the DR process. No matter how I explain it to him, he always find a way to convince me, that would result in the untenable situation where nobody could claim "misbehaviour" by him.--Kai3952 (talk) 20:05, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I have spent so much time and energy on him/them (or, say, on things that don't matter). I don't know how to stay away from those people who take away my peace of mind.--Kai3952 (talk) 22:44, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Kai3952: Well, I have no idea on how long this is taking. But if you feel that this is going too long or too far, just report them for harrasment, I'm sure something is going to be done about that. The Universal Code of Conduct (UCOC) is of course in effect, and there are new official enforcement guidelines being voted on to be ratified. Those global enforcement guidelines are essentially to kind of unify the way the enforcement works on each project, to connect the projects even more. One of the key bullet points is of course section about threats, bullying and harrasment. So essentially they keep bullying you, disregarding your work regardless of your arguments. I know nothing about the background, but this does seem like a serious harrasment issue to me. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 22:57, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Unfortunately, my account on Chinese-language Wikipedia has been blocked by the Taiwanese admin. He thinks that it is necessary to stop my behavior, like continued arguing without accepting any responsibility for what I did myself. Not only that, he also has believed that my explanation is very threatening and intimidating to Taiwanese users. However, it is what someone believes or thinks, and is not necessarily the truth. Most of Taiwanese who have edited files are active on Chinese-language Wikipedia than Wikimedia Commons (which of course also contains the admin who blocked me) so I can understand why they misunderstand our policies and categorizing files. If I report to the UCoC, I'm afraid they will trust the admin, and then the result is "global blocked" by them. At this moment my only option is to live for them——My problem is that I don't know how to learn to work with other in ways that are benefiting a community of Taiwanese contributors.--Kai3952 (talk) 03:11, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I am unfamiliar with the personal conflict mentioned. As to the heading question, I consider correctly categorizing files to be one of the most important and high value tasks on Wikimedia. -- 03:49, 13 March 2022 (UTC) Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk)
    • Taiwanese users do in fact think differently from the way our did, since Wikipedia Commons consists of files, we are very different from Chinese-language Wikipedia in many ways, I'm guessing that's probably the case. I am currently starting my fifth year on Wikipedia Commons where I am proud to have taken part in the most important and high value tasks. Not only can I correctly categorizing files, but also I can create new categories to help propel the categorization tasks forward. However, I'm not good at dealing with relationships between people, not to mention disputes between editors (personal conflict). Whilst what I'm doing now is good for Wikipedia, relatively speaking, my ignorance is a provocation in their eyes. If you're right, it might mean that they attempt to "overturn" our consensus for categorizing files. Because I know from their complaints what they considered to be the meaning and usage for categorizing files:
  1. When the number of files is not enough to create categories for them. For example, it makes no sense to create categories for those extremely less number of files.
  2. When existing categories are sufficient for current needs and enough to distinguish the difference between each file. For example, it makes no sense to create intermediate categories that hinder their convenience in use.
What will happen if I do what Taiwanese say?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:21, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright Question[edit]

I've found this illustration from an 1898 issue of Puck Magazine. I'd like to use it for historical context for the w:bachelor tax article. Is this illustration old enough to use? Is the fact that it's part of the Library of Congress collection make is viable for use? Or can/should I not use it? Fephisto (talk) 01:42, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading a biography[edit]

Please I want to upload a biography of a notable person from Nigeria. Please help as it's proving to be difficult to upload. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by IMK-Hassan (talk • contribs) 20:56, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Mohammad Ibrahim Hassan[edit]

A biography of a notable person from Nigeria — Preceding unsigned comment added by IMK-Hassan (talk • contribs) 20:58, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@IMK-Hassan: Hi, and welcome. Please read COM:NOT and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:15, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Image Use[edit]

Dear Help Desk,

I am a teacher at Universidade Federal da Paraíba in Brazil and I would like to use the image bellow as part of the logo of my reaserch group: Línguas, Sistemas de Escrita, Computação e Humanidades Digitais (Languages, Writing Systems, Computation and Digital Humanities).

Public Domain File:Azimuthal-equidistant.jpg Created: 6 October 2006

This won't be the only image in the logo, just one and in small size, inside of the letter 'O' in 'LISCOD', the acronym of the above mentioned research group.

I didn't find mention to the author, so I wold like to know if it possible for me to legally make the use above mentioned.

Sincerely Yours,

Magdiel Medeiros — Preceding unsigned comment added by Magdiel Medeiros (talk • contribs) 23:17, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Convenience link: File:Azimuthal-equidistant.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 01:44, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Looks like someone messed up on the licensing there (and User:Mdf hasn't been active here in over a decade). I'd make a strong guess that the file is legitimately the work of a NASA employee, and is therefore public domain, but I wish this had been done more cleanly. - Jmabel ! talk 01:46, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

তাপস রায়[edit]

আপনার কাছে অনুরোধ করছি আমার মেসেঞ্জার চাই —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 07:10, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

YouTube clip channel has a CC license, but not the original source[edit]

Assume you're on YouTube. You take a screenshot from a "clip channel" of a podcast ([1]), which has a CC license, and upload it to Commons. Later, another editor shows up and points out that while it is true that the "clip channel" has a CC license, the original video [2] from where it is clipped from does not - and since the clip is a derivative work of the original video, the CC license is invalid. Both the clip channel and the original full-length video are presumed to belong to the same owner. Is there precedent for dealing with these cases, where the CC licenses don't match? Pilaz (talk) 08:58, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Σας παρακαλώ για μια διευκρίνηση

  1. φωτογραφία πού τράβηξα εγώ και την αναρτώ στη Βικιπαίδεια για πρώτη φορά, μπορώ να την αναρτήσω και αλλού μετά;
  2. φωτογραφία πού τράβηξα εγώ και έχω αναρτήσει αλλού μπορώ να την αναρτήσω στην Βικιπαίδεια;

ποιοι αποκλεισμοί υπάρχουν; Ευχαριστώ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nikolaos Kotopoulis (talk • contribs) 11:19, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Please for a clarification:

  1. A photo I took and posted on Wikipedia for the first time, can I post it elsewhere afterwards?
  2. A photo that I took and posted elsewhere can I post it on Wikipedia; what are the exclusions? Thanks
translator: via DeepL Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:26, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It all depends on the file license. Is the file you've uploaded your own work? That means you are the author of the work in that file? If so, are you uploading the file with license compatible with Commons? Commons has two licenses that are compatible: Creative Commons and Public Domain. Creative Commons is the most used one as it releases the work for free, yet it still ensures some form of authorship protection. Public Domain is basically without any kind of license, you're essentially giving your authorship up. If the file isn't your own, then you have to know the license under which the file is uploaded. First of all, Commons doesn't allow uploading of a Fair Use content. That is possible only under certain language projects, such as English Wikipedia. Some countries don't utilize Fair Use, so be careful. If the license is compaible with Commons, you can upload it here or ask for importing from the project. Also note that there is something called Threshold of originality (TOO). That basically means you can upload let's say a logo that is deemed to be too simple for copyright protection. Each country has different TOO criteria, however. If I missed something, or misunderstood, then my apologize. I don't speak Greek, so I had to use an automatic translator to translate it to English. I also translated this reply from English to Greek with DeepL. It's not perfect.

Όλα εξαρτώνται από την άδεια χρήσης του αρχείου. Είναι το αρχείο που ανεβάσατε δική σας δουλειά; Αυτό σημαίνει ότι είστε ο δημιουργός του έργου σε αυτό το αρχείο; Αν ναι, ανεβάζετε το αρχείο με άδεια χρήσης συμβατή με την Commons; Το Commons έχει δύο άδειες που είναι συμβατές: Creative Commons και Public Domain. Η Creative Commons είναι η πιο συχνά χρησιμοποιούμενη, καθώς απελευθερώνει το έργο δωρεάν, αλλά εξακολουθεί να εξασφαλίζει κάποια μορφή προστασίας της πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας. Το Public Domain είναι ουσιαστικά χωρίς κανενός είδους άδεια, ουσιαστικά παραδίδετε τη συγγραφική σας ιδιότητα. Εάν το αρχείο δεν είναι δικό σας, τότε πρέπει να γνωρίζετε την άδεια με την οποία έχει αναρτηθεί το αρχείο. Πρώτα απ' όλα, τα Commons δεν επιτρέπουν τη μεταφόρτωση περιεχομένου δίκαιης χρήσης. Αυτό είναι εφικτό μόνο στο πλαίσιο ορισμένων γλωσσικών έργων, όπως η αγγλική Βικιπαίδεια. Ορισμένες χώρες δεν χρησιμοποιούν τη Δίκαιη Χρήση, οπότε να είστε προσεκτικοί. Αν η άδεια χρήσης είναι συμβατή με το Commons, μπορείτε να το ανεβάσετε εδώ ή να ζητήσετε την εισαγωγή από το έργο. Σημειώστε επίσης ότι υπάρχει κάτι που ονομάζεται Κατώφλι πρωτοτυπίας (TOO). Αυτό ουσιαστικά σημαίνει ότι μπορείτε να ανεβάσετε ας πούμε ένα λογότυπο που θεωρείται πολύ απλό για προστασία πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων. Ωστόσο, κάθε χώρα έχει διαφορετικά κριτήρια TOO. Αν μου ξέφυγε κάτι ή αν δεν κατάλαβα καλά, τότε ζητώ συγγνώμη. Δεν μιλάω ελληνικά, οπότε χρειάστηκε να χρησιμοποιήσω έναν αυτόματο μεταφραστή για να το μεταφράσω στα αγγλικά. Επίσης, μετέφρασα αυτή την απάντηση από τα αγγλικά στα ελληνικά με το DeepL. Δεν είναι τέλειο. --Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:26, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, and another fair warning. Even if you took a photo of let's say an artwork, you're the author of the photo, but you still may not upload the photo to Commons if the artwork in the photo is still copyrighted. That is the case with many Andy Warhol's pictures for example, which are valuable and photos of these pictures would be great to be hosted on Commons, but they're still copyright protected. That's a fair warning to note. Copyright is sadly something that ties hands for free sharing. I'm not going to run this note through DeepL again, this is just something I wanted to add on top of that. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:34, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

رفع صورة[edit]

كيف ارفع صورة — Preceding unsigned comment added by غالب الجحافي (talk • contribs) 14:29, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Upload photo
Upload photo — Preceding unsigned comment added by غالب الجحافي (talk • contribs) 14:29, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
translator: Google Translate
@غالب الجحافي: To upload a photo, you go to the main page, click on "Upload" and then continue per the instructions. QuickQuokka [talk] 15:18, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@غالب الجحافي: تقل إلى الصفحة الرئيسية ، وانقر على"Upload" ثم تابع حسب التعليمات.
QuickQuokka [talk] 15:09, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
translator: Google Translate

Who owns the copyrights of an AI–generated work?[edit]

It was not made by a human, and copyrights only pertain to humans.

Also, does it matter if the training data includes copyrighted materials? QuickQuokka [talk] 15:05, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

For the first question, if AI generated work would subject to copyright would depend on details, same as non-AI generated. As software is copyrightable, I presume copyright could be asserted by the designers/owners of the AI program of whatever subsequent works it might produce. As to the second question, most definitely it does matter. See Commons:Derivative works. -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 15:55, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The US Copyright Office recently rejected a work as being AI created and thus not being subject to copyright. Most of the commentators, however, were of the opinion the fact that the user was pushing the "independently created by AI" angle was key; that if he'd been really interested in copyright and put the emphasis on his creative influence, he would have got a copyright. Something like Google Translate is pretty clearly copyright free, but if there's a human in loop, pushing the AI in directions to create the work they want, using the program as a tool, copyright seems much more probable. Basically, I think the set of copyright-free AI works is going to be pretty rare or uninteresting; most things of interest are going to be stuff like Google Translate or Photoshop filters, where they take something creative and transform it.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:01, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Artists of Abraham Lincoln portraits (1893) (14591328138).jpg[edit]

Something has gone wrong with File:Artists of Abraham Lincoln portraits (1893) (14591328138).jpg. First the painting is dated 1893, but Pollock lived from 1912 to 1956. Second it's supposed to be a portait of Abraham Lincoln, but I don't think that is correct. Lastly, since the painting was likely made after 1927 it is not in the public domain. Mikalagrand (talk) 20:33, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Mikalagrand: According to the file license tag, it seems like Flick from where this is taken contains a note about the copyright, which says that there are no known restrictions for this artwork. One reason could be that the artwork itself isn't actually copyrighted so it would be restricted, or the copyright is restricted, but not actually actively enforced. As for the Pollock reference, are you taking this info from the link in the author field or where? The links to Flickr seem to be dead. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:32, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: Oh, okay. The Flickr link was still working when I posted the question. The image is categorised as "Paintings by Jackson Pollock". From the description I gather the image is a black and white photo of Moon Vessel (dated 1945). So, the image is certainly not of a portait of Abraham Lincoln. Do you know if the painting is in the public domain? Mikalagrand (talk) 14:26, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Jackson Pollock died in 1956, which is "only" 66 years ago. The picture on the linked page you sent me states a copyright notice:

© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

And since the painting was created and published in 1945, according to Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United States#General rules:

Recordings that were published prior to 1923 entered the public domain on January 1, 2022. Recordings that were published from 1923 through 1946 are copyrighted for a period of 100 years after first publication. Recordings that were published from 1947 through 1956 are copyrighted for a period of 110 years after first publication. Recordings that were published after 1956 and first fixed prior to February 15, 1972 will enter the public domain on February 15, 2067. These copyright terms for pre-1972 recordings apply regardless of any formalities (copyright notice, registration with the US copyright office, or copyright renewal.)

Although, this applies specifically for music. I couldn't find any information here on Commons that would determine when paintings with copyright notice enter public domain. I would simply assume 70 years after the author's death, which will be frankly just 4 years later, which will be in 2026. If the same rules that apply for music also apply for any other work, then year of publication is 1945, so the copyright would expire in 2045.
I'm no lawyer, so I can only assume based on what I can read in online sources. I am also not a resident of United States, which also contributes to the fact I don't know about majority of U.S. laws, notably copyright laws. I know a little bit about Fair Use, but the rest of the copyright laws? Without researching anything, basically zero knowledge. So you'd better just ask someone who has greater understanding and knowledge of how copyright works in United States. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 15:07, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Under U.S. law, the Jackson Pollock painting should be protected for 95 years from "publication", which in this case effectively means public display, which presumably was almost immediate. See Commons:Hirtle chart. - Jmabel ! talk 15:31, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
So according to the table, the painting will enter public domain in 2040 as it was first published in 1945. That concludes it, I guess. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 16:37, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: The first day after 2040, 1 January 2041.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:03, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

acount not activate[edit]


i have made a mistake i din,t activate my acount mail. so my acount is not active anymore. can you help my please,


sander — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sander krauwinkel 1985 (talk • contribs) 11:50, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Sander krauwinkel 1985: Hi, and welcome. Your account looks active to me. Did you try resending the confirmation email message?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:22, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category:St Ignatius Church, Ordsall[edit]

Hello all. I don't usually edit here, but I saw that the church was categorised under Category:Saint Ignatius of Loyola churches in the United Kingdom. Both the St Ignatius Centre website and the English Heritage listing suggest that it is dedicated to St Ignatius of Antioch, so I've removed the category. I am unfamiliar with the way categories work on Commons, so did I make a mistake by removing it? Please advise. HMSLavender (talk) 14:18, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks. It's fine. I've added Category:Ignatius of Antioch churches in the United Kingdom . --Túrelio (talk) 14:42, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Chiyaan Vikram Mahaan.jpg[edit]

how to edit the licensing details for the image ?

These are public domain images and i want to update their license it seems.. need help

--ஆனந்த் ராம் (talk) 17:32, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I don't see any indication of public domain at the source. These look like normal, all rights reserved, images to me. --rimshottalk 22:04, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Vikram Mahaan.jpg[edit]

how to edit the licensing details for the image ?

These are public domain images and i want to update their license it seems.. need help

--ஆனந்த் ராம் (talk) 17:34, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Vikram Mahaan Promotions.jpg[edit]

how to edit the licensing details for the image ?

These are public domain images and i want to update their license it seems.. need help

--ஆனந்த் ராம் (talk) 17:35, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Why playing with water is a folklore?[edit]

I watched a few YouTube videos about the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival (for example, this news report), and the news talked about the government hosts the event every year in the same pool in the same park, but I don't actually know how this is related to folklore. However, P1340 uploaded this photo in 2013, it seems to me that this, especially in light of the definition of en:Folklore, looks more like a group of people to play in the water than actual folklore, let alone folklore festival. If I were to create "Category:Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival", would you see this as an acceptable category title?--Kai3952 (talk) 19:45, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wanting to upload photos of a late artist's artwork to his Wikipedia page[edit]

I have been in touch with the estate of the artist Nate Dunn and we both want to upload photos of Nate Dunn's artwork on to his Wikipedia page. The estate is willing to authorize me to do this for them in writing but we are unsure how best to do it. What is the easiest way to upload a few images of Nate Dunn's artwork which is copyrighted to his estate but they want to allow it on Wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eejjcc (talk • contribs) 20:30, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Please, see Commons:OTRS. Ruslik (talk) 20:42, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to transfer images from English-language Wikipedia to Commons?[edit]

Yesterday I saw that all photos in an article on English-language Wikipedia are not uploaded to Commons. I would like to know how to transfer the images to here. See:

@Kai3952: At the top-right of each page (at least in the usual desktop skin) there's a link "Export to Wikmedia Commons". Assuming the file has a suitable licence (and the first one above does, at least), that roughly converts the file description into a Commons-compatible form. You can change the name the file will have on Commons, or edit the description, but in most cases you can just scroll to the bottom and choose "Import". That will copy the file to Commons with all its history, and then you can edit the description and add categories as appropriate. There are other ways to transfer files to Commons, but I think this is by far the best. --bjh21 (talk) 00:34, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Export to Wikmedia Commons? Where? I can't see it.--Kai3952 (talk) 12:28, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Kai3952: Like here:
I'm sorry, I was lazy to switch to English temporarily, I have my interface in Czech language, but the button placement should be identical. It's basically at the top of the page in the right where the Edit and History links usually reside. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:59, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Where this screenshot says "Export to Test Wiki"
In the standard desktop skin (called "Vector") it appears in the top-right corner of the page. If your window is narrow, it may be behind "More". It'll only appear if you're logged into English Wikipedia. I don't know where it appears in other skins, but it should be somewhere analogous. --bjh21 (talk) 13:01, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Importing files from (US National Archives)[edit]

Hello, I noticed that there are many public domain files at that are not on Commons (I just uploaded this one manually, but manual uploads are a pain). I know there have been mass imports from US national archives in the past, can we reactivate whatever bot did that? Or is there some other way to easily import files from that website? Thanks, Buidhe (talk) 01:30, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File uploading[edit]

How do I upload images and files onto Wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BTSgf (talk • contribs) 02:40, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @BTSgf: to upload to Wikimedia Commons (this site) you can use Special:UploadWizard. All of the Wikipedias can access files from Commons. I hope that answers what you really wanted to know. - Jmabel ! talk 03:41, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How To Start Journey with Wikipedia?[edit]

Hi there,

I joined Wikipedia today and want to become a contributor over here!

So, let me know how can I become a good contributor and from where should I start my journey?


Cheesecakeagency —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:FD0:200:400:0:0:0:2 (talk) 08:29, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@2001:FD0:200:400:0:0:0:2: I'm afraid this is a question for Wikipedia rather than Commons. Begin your journey in this page and don't forget to be bold. Both pages have interwiki links to other language Wikipedias, so it depends on your native language or which language you understand and want to edit. Also, I'd suggest you to create an account since it will help you to keep track of your edits and get proper attribution. The account is global, so it doesn't really matter where you create your account. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:46, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wrong borders[edit]


An editor conflated 1812 with 1912 and added Morocco as a satellite state of the First French empire in 1812 which is totally unhistocal. Morocco was made a protectorate of France in 1912. Can someone change it? The file is [3]. 08:40, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

According to the map, it seems that the green blob on Western Africa doesn't belong to Morocco, but rather Senegal and part of Mauritania. While Mauritania was claimed in late 19th century according to Wikipedia, Senegal was part of French empire since 17th century when France began to trade with slaves. It is possible that French empire was slowly spreading to north in early 19th century as well and part of Mauritania was already claimed in 1812. I don't see Morocco being part of French empire on that map.
And for the record, to link to a file on Commons, just use [[:File:French Empire on World 1812.png]] syntax, that will create this link: File:French Empire on World 1812.png. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:18, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: I'm talking about the light green (satellite states) spot in the most northern part of africa. The map's creator conflated 1812 with 1912. 15:35, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, that. I though that was related to Spanish empire, since Spain is marked as light green. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 18:53, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: Nope it's not related to spain, he just conflated 1812 with 1912. Can you change the map? 19:17, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I'm afraid I can't. Clearly I don't have necessary knowledge for such edits and I don't want to mess it up. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:23, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: But the map is misleading and it's been used for 8 years now without being noticed as such. Can you tell other map specialized editors to change it? Thank you197.153.44.161 19:30, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Not sure who is a specialized map editor here. I'm sure somebody will notice it being discussed here. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:35, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ask at Commons:Graphic Lab/Map workshop. - Jmabel ! talk 20:12, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: @Polda18: Thank you. I opened a request [4] in the Map Workshop. 00:28, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Hamburger Spendenparlament Logo Motto.svg[edit]

Hello, I've got the permission to upload this file by the president of the organization. What else do I have to so? --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 12:14, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Hnsjrgnweis: Make sure to contact the president of the organization and tell them about COM:OTRS. Commons cannot trust such claims that "they gave me permission". It has to be officially signed and sent to the Wikimedia Foundation, otherwise anyone could claim they've got permission, while in reality they stole it. Believe me, you don't want to get through legal obligations regarding copyright. It has to be officially approved by the organization in writing, officially signed and sent to Wikimedia Foundation for approval review. Otherwise even if your claim is true, before it is officially in writing, nobody will believe it.
Also, the logo seems to be fairly simple. Take a look at COM:TOO#Germany to learn more about Threshold of originality in Germany. I can't asses whether this logo falls below the TOO in Germany (those laws will subsequently apply in this case). I'm afraid someone else will have to look at it and decide, preferably a lawyer specialized in copyright protection. Otherwise, an OTRS letter from the organization to WMF in order for it to be used. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:27, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Hnsjrgnweis and Polda18: If an organization intends to issue a free license for their logo, often the simplest way to do that is to indicate that license on their site, which can then be cited as a source, allowing anyone to upload here. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Well, according to the source page (translated to English using DeepL):

§ 3 Copyrights and ancillary copyrights

The contents published on this website are subject to German copyright and ancillary copyright law. Any use not permitted by German copyright and ancillary copyright law requires the prior written consent or that of the respective copyright holder. This applies in particular to the copying, editing, translation, storage, processing or reproduction of content in databases or other electronic media and systems. Third-party content and rights are marked as such. The unauthorised reproduction or transmission of individual contents or complete pages is not permitted and is punishable by law. Only the production of copies and downloads for personal, private and non-commercial use is permitted.

The display of this website in external frames is only permitted with our written permission.

The use of the contact data in our imprint for commercial advertising is expressly not desired unless we have given our prior written consent or a business relationship already exists. We and all persons named on our website hereby object to any commercial use and disclosure of their data.

So unless user:Hnsjrgnweis is willing to contact them once more regarding of OTRS, I don't think they're going to release their copyrighted works under a free license. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 16:49, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
thank you --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 17:10, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
thank you, --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 17:11, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The solution proposed seems to complicated für them. Pleased coukd you deleted the File? Thanks again, --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 21:38, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Hnsjrgnweis: See COM:DR. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:11, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Approval time for a new page on Wikipedia for Tour de Tuli[edit]

Good day,

Please could you assist me?

We have created a page for the Tour de Tuli, a fundraising event that traverses three countries in Africa - and would like to ask if there is any way in which we can fast-track the publishing of this page so that we're able to include it as a reference in our communications?

Please let me know if this is viable, and if so, how?

Thanks so much Bronwen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bronwen Blunden (talk • contribs) 12:41, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Bronwen Blunden: Hello. This is not the help desk for Wikipedia, but for Wikimedia Commons which is Wikipedia's free media repository. Please edit your draft article at Draft:Tour de Tuli and place a string of code on top of the page: {{subst:AfC draft|Bronwen Blunden}} . This will notify the reviewers at the English Wikipedia who will then decide on the quality of your draft. De728631 (talk) 14:29, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Bronwen Bluden There are no articles on this site (Wikimedia Commons). I assume you're talking about en:Draft:Tour de Tuli. I've submitted it to Articles for Creation for you. In my opinion, it looks likely to be notable but needs editing to resolve promotional tone. Buidhe (talk) 14:30, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How do I edit my file upload to add consent document[edit]

Some of the files I had uploaded in ignorance of the copyright guidance has been marked for deletion. Please do I add a consent note from the original owner to make these images stay — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edyreuben (talk • contribs) 18:35, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Edyreuben: You don't say what images you are talking about, but typically consent from the owner has to come directly from that owner, as described at COM:VRT. - Jmabel ! talk 19:26, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jmabel please consider Special:CentralAuth/Edyreuben which shows multiple reasons for blocks on en WP for this editor.
    It seems to me to be pretty hard to upload files "in ignorance of the copyright guidance" since the upload process is more than somewhat explicit in asking questions, however hard I try to keep assuming good faith Timtrent (talk) 23:30, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Edyreuben and Jmabel: It seems Jmabel has beaten me to the response. Yes, COM:VRT (formerly COM:OTRS) and everything you need to know about getting consent from copyright owner is there. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:33, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Jmabel I'll request that the direct owner email the consent as outlined on COM:VRT — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edyreuben (talk • contribs) 23:44, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

question about a public domain photograph[edit]

hi, i wanna know if i can use this picture on a tv show on my country, Colombia, i am screenwriter and wanted to make sure i'm allowed to do so. Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 20:33, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Absolutely. It's work of an employee of the U.S. Army, taken in the line of duty, so it is in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 00:36, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Help uploading Batch of files[edit]

I need to upload two batches of about 100 files each. The easiest approach I've seen so far is to add them 50 at a time to the upload wizard and then manually write in all of the names/captions/descriptions, but this would be pretty time consuming and error prone. It would be nice if I could use like, an excel with a list of file names, captions and descriptions. I've read but frankly it's not that helpful. I tried the Pattypan and ComeOn! tools but they didn't work/gave errors when I tried to run them. I also tried pywikibot but it also gave errors. What is a good, user-friendly, tool that I can use to upload my files easily? Twistar48 (talk) 04:31, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Lotfor Rahaman[edit]

আমার নামটা কি ভাইরাল হবে

লুৎফুর রহমান নামে বাংলা দেশ স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশের নাগরিক হিসেবে কাজ করতেছ উইকিপিডিয়ার তথ্যে বিশ্বাস করে একটা উইকিপিডিয়ার তথ্যে গড়মিল নিয়ে জাও ভাই দোয়া রইল ইনশাআল্লাহ আগে তোমার মোবাইলে নেটওয়ার্ক ছিল না তাই তোমাকে আর তুমি কী — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lotfor Rahaman (talk • contribs) 08:40, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is there a way to check global usage of all your files?[edit]

Is there a way where you can check which one of your files are being used on wikis? But in a way where it shows all at once, so you don't have to click through every file you've uploaded to see if it's used.Lallint⟫⟫⟫Talk 19:06, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Lallint: may be able to do what you want. --bjh21 (talk) 20:36, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
This just tells me how many files are used, I've uploaded files that aren't my own work but I want to see which ones that were my own work that are used individually, kind of like the flickr2commons interface with the image on the left and the details on the right Lallint⟫⟫⟫Talk 14:52, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Lallint: If you want to see details for individual files, turn on "Show details". If the problem is that you only want your own creations, that's a little trickier since GLAMorous doesn't have a general way to check authorship. If you can put all your pictures in a category (like mine are in Category:Photographs by Ben Harris), or in a gallery (like User:Lallint/My Work), you can have it work from that, though. --bjh21 (talk) 16:24, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes check.svg Resolved


Is it okay to copy the script at the Special:MyPage/common.js to Special:MyPage/common.css? SeanJ 2007 (talk) 03:09, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @SeanJ 2007: I can't see how that would be useful: JavaScript/ECMAScript won't be valid CSS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Keeping a watermark[edit]

Someone has agreed to release their work under a CCL, but they do not want their watermark cropped or removed in any way. Would it be a problem to have it remain? If so, is there a template of some sort that would let others know not to remove it? Btspurplegalaxy (talk) 01:34, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Btspurplegalaxy: That seems a bit strange. Do they understand the thing about "derivative works"? - Jmabel ! talk 02:25, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Not OK. Free licensed means that other users can make edited versions (as long as they credit the original if the media has an attribution license). -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 03:08, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Getting permission to use a photo on Wikimedia and offering accreditation[edit]

Dear Wikimedia,

We have found this image on your site. This image is attributed to and / or owned by EurovisionNim.

I am writing a book on behalf of an 85 year old gentleman doing a small family history book.

Who would I need to contact to get permission to use this image please?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

We are very happy to accredit EurovisionNim in the book if wanted. I cannot seem to find a link to do so directly.

This is the link to the picture online -,_Tasmania.JPG

My email -

Please let me know.

Thank you.

Vicki —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 10:59, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Vicki: Hi, and welcome. You must follow the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license linked at File:Port Arthur, Tasmania.JPG, or contact User:EurovisionNim via User talk:EurovisionNim for less restrictive terms. See also COM:REUSE, mw:Help:Links#Internal links, and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:37, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright Holder of Portrait of Public Figure[edit]

I sent an email to WiKi last week in order to seek for permission for using my photography work on a public figure page. Sadly, my application was turned down and I was required to provide more information. However, I am the original creator of the portrait and I have no idea what sort of information I am supposed to provide. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LamlamFong (talk • contribs) 13:33, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • When you say you "sent an email to WiKi" are you talking about COM:VRT or something else? - Jmabel ! talk 15:36, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I don't see any "Add a note" button on this page, so what should I do?--Kai3952 (talk) 14:22, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kai3952: That's been pretty broken lately. I don't have any help for you, but I've had the same problem. Does anyone know if there is a Phabricator bug report about this? - Jmabel ! talk 15:37, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Rollbacker needed[edit]

Could anyone please reset the edits by Special:Contributions/2601:240:DF00:53F0:505C:FEBB:A52:2A43? I'm a little bit annoyed to do it one by one ... Mirer (talk) 03:18, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Somebody already did: Special:Diff/641686985 Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:17, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
BTW, interactive history browser may do the job for you, or simply go to the history summary page of said file and select range between the last vandalism and the last legitimate edit, then press "Revert", it should revert all the changes the vandal has done even between multiple edits. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:19, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Unknown parameter removal via Flickr2Commons[edit]

I used the Flickr2Commons to transfer a number of public-domain images from the U.S. Army Cadet Command Flickr account. All of them have the prefix "U.S. Army Cadet Command Change of Command Ceremony", so for those helping to fix the problem, they should be under those filenames here. During the uploads of the Army images, an unknown parameter was added to the File Information template (Notification: Error in {{Information}<ǃ---(prevent template from appearing)-->} template: unknown parameter "1".). I searched the parameter in Edit mode but couldn't find the issue.

If someone can see it, could they assist in fixing the issue or help identify it to me? I don't see it.

P.S. Upon initial upload, the aforementioned error was already present; however, the Creative Commons 1.0. preset copyright tag was not acceptable as a public domain justification. Hence I substituted it with the PD-USGov-Military-Army copyright tag, which seems equally appropriate given that in the file metadata, the images were produced by the U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs Office, under the U.S. Army. Unsure if this is related to the issue above, but here it is just in case. Thank you. SuperWIKI (talk) 12:49, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@SuperWIKI: The problem is a vertical bar (|) character in the description. If you change it to {{!}} as I have in File:U.S. Army Cadet Command Change of Command Ceremony 2021 (51356475087).jpg, that will fix the problem. --bjh21 (talk) 13:26, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! SuperWIKI (talk) 13:31, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is mentioning date necessary?[edit]

Hello, I want to upload a free image to Wikimedia Commons. It is asking for the date of the creation of file. Is mentioning date necessary? Because we can't know creation date of every file. Is it important to mention? If no, so how can I upload without mentioning date? Thank you. IconEditorMaster (talk) 15:42, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How old is that image, at least approximately? Ruslik (talk) 16:53, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Ruslik0: It is not old. Maybe some months old. But is it important to mention date of every file? IconEditorMaster (talk) 03:31, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@IconEditorMaster: The Upload Wizard requires you to enter something in the date field, but if you select the pencil icon next to the date you can write whatever you like in there. If you know the year, you can write that (e.g. "2022"). If you don't even know that you can use the {{Other date}} template. For instance, {{other date|?}} will generate "Unknown date
Unknown date
", while {{other date|decade|2020}} will generate "2020s
date QS:P,+2020-00-00T00:00:00Z/8
". If you're using something other than the Upload Wizard then it may have other restrictions. --bjh21 (talk) 14:31, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

giving to this account. please stop my giving!! Richard n. leach[edit]

please stop my giving to this account!! Richard n. leach —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:57, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I thought I know English quite well to understand a written and spoken word and even communicate. Turns out not so much, because I don't know what you meant. Can anyone please translate this sentence for me? I would like to help, yet it's very hard if you don't know what it meant to say. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 16:15, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Michael Caruso musician photo - profile wikipedia picture[edit]

There is an editor/administrator coming after profiles that have been here for years. questioning and deleting photos etc. One of the photos on Tamara Champlin's biography may have been questionable credentials, but the photo on Michael Caruso (musicians) profile was uploaded by its photographer Luani Kologi who is the owner of "Fragments" handle.

On Danielle Nicole (musician) biography there is a problem with the Concord Records photo. Please look into this and any help you can give me I would appreciate.

Here is the reply I received: @Paulhus15: I didn't remove the photo. I only asked about it at c:COM:VPC#File:Michael Anthony Caruso.jpg. The photo was tagged for speedy deletion by another editor named c:User:Jeff G. (see c:User talk:Fragmentsforart#File:Michael Anthony Caruso.jpg) and then subsequently deleted by a Commons administrator named c:User:Túrelio. Once the file was deleted from Commons, it was removed by a bot from the Wikipedia article. If you feel an error was made, you can always post a message explaining why at c:User talk:Túrelio. For reference, though, the fact that a file has been used for a long time doesn't mean it's was uploaded under an acceptable or verifiable license; it could just as easily mean that no body bothered to check the file's licensing for a long time. The same image can essentially be seen used online as the cover art of a single by Caruso that was released at least two years prior to photo being uploaded to Commons, and almost always in such cases more formal verification is needed for such a file to be kept. So, if the photographer who took the photo had previously allowed it to be used for the cover art before they uploaded it to Commons, all they will likely need to do is follow the instructions given in c:COM:Licensing images: when do I contact VRT? and the file can be restored after VRT verification. Paulhus15 (talk) 16:09, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Paulhus15: What can you tell us about the dates and countries of photography and publication? Please read COM:EVID.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:09, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I am in the process of reaching out to Luanie Kologi to re upload the work. Its her photo Paulhus15 (talk) 21:16, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Please continue here: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Michael Anthony Caruso.jpg. --Túrelio (talk) 21:12, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
can i simply go here and put this back on the profile or should i have her re upload. Commons:Deletion requests/File:Michael Anthony Caruso.jpg. Paulhus15 (talk) 21:19, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
or should she get on this deletion page when i can reach her and add something. Paulhus15 (talk) 21:22, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
As I answered you on my talkpage, I have temporarily undeleted the image (so it's back in the article on :en) and put it into the above linked DR. Everything should be discussed there. --Túrelio (talk) 21:43, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The editor/administrator referred to by the OP in their first post above is me and the reply they're referring to can be found at en:User talk:Marchjuly#Michael Caruso musician photo. The other file they're referring to is a file uploaded locally to English Wikipedia as non-free content and thus has nothing to do with Commons. I'm not an administrator on English Wikipedia or Commons; so, I can't delete files. Since the OP has stated they've been editing for a long time and understand the various policies of both Commons and English Wikipedia, one would assume that understood that only administrators have the ability to delete files; if they didn't, now they do. A similar post to this was also asked at en:WP:HD#MIchael Caruso Musician photo where myself and some others responded. For the OP's future reference, issues with Commons files generally need to discussed and resolved on Commons, while issues with files uploaded locally to English WIkipedia generally need to be discussed and resolved there. There's a bit of overlapping between Commons and English Wikipedia, and lots of similarities between the two when it comes to policies related to file licensing; however, there are also some important differences which is why its best to typically discuss a file where it's been uploaded. -- Marchjuly (talk) 03:14, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hello there, when browsing media, I'm frequently struggling with the following problem. Some contributors do a bit too much of a good thing when organizing their media. Example: Category:Timber framed houses in Hennef (Sieg) includes 101 other categories, with the vast majority of them including only 1 image. In order to browse those images you seem to have to click through all the folders. At least that is what I do. Is there a more efficient way to see them all at one glance? --Stilfehler (talk) 19:43, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • If each of these is a separately designated cultural heritage monument then it may actually be OK to have a category for each, and if so this is one of those situations where two reasonable goals may conflict. But I agree that it makes it hard to browse. Someone could create a gallery page with one picture of each. - Jmabel ! talk 00:38, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I see what you mean. What I was really hoping for was probably a tool that would auto-generate an ad hoc gallery, based on any specified category. Thanks, --Stilfehler (talk) 23:11, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Wechat —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2A03:2880:32FF:B:0:0:FACE:B00C (talk) 01:20, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What are you trying to say or ask? IconEditorMaster (talk) 03:32, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
FaoedookLite WeChat Lallint⟫⟫⟫Talk 22:32, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Alex Lee — Властелин горы (2007).jpg[edit]

Я добавил новое фото, вот оно:

Alex Lee — Властелин горы (2007).jpg

Оно добавлено в категорию: → Category:Alexander Litvinenko (martial artist)!!! :)))

Это моя собственная работа, я на неё поставил лицензию CC 4.0.!!! :))) Xabib Malinka (talk) 04:48, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Xabib Malinka: so what help are you asking for? - Jmabel ! talk 05:17, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • And if it's from 2007, why did you give today as the date?
  • Вы тоже говорите на русском!!!??? Это хорошо!!! Раньше на российском и украинском телевидении была такая телепередача, называлась она «Властелин горы» (2007 год эфира), в ней принимал участие этот человек, что на моём фото с флагом Украины, это каскадёр и мастер спорта Украины международного класса по боевым искусствам Александр Литвиненко (творческий псевдоним у него «Alex Lee»), он 1979 года рождения, тогда ему на съёмках этой передачи в Монженевре, Франции было в 2007 28 лет, съёмки были в январе 2007, ему тогда ещё пока не было 28, только 27, я даже координаты в Монженевре на фото в информации добавил, когда их открываешь, в картах высвечивается этот курорт, Вы когда то посещали категорию «Alexander Litvinenko (martial artist)»? Xabib Malinka (talk) 05:52, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Here and in what follows: Could someone with solid Russian take over, I only have a little. - Jmabel ! talk 15:30, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Удаление ненужного файла[edit]

Jmabel, можете удалить мой файл, я его неправильно создал, вот он:

Название — Игры патриотов-3 (2006).jpg ↓

Alex Lee — Игры патриотов-3 (2006).jpg

Дело в том, что я создал правильный файл под названием «Alex Lee — Игры патриотов-3 (2006)» и этот файл ненужный, который имеет название просто «Игры патриотов-3 (2006)» является его дубликатом, удалите его, пожалуйста! Я сам не могу, я уже пробовал быстрое удаление, но ничего не идёт! :(

Вот правильный файл без ошибок:

Название — Alex Lee — Игры патриотов-3 (2006).jpg ↓

Alex Lee — Игры патриотов-3 (2006).jpg

Вот его нижний оставьте, пожалуйста! А верхний удалите, хорошо???!!! :))) Xabib Malinka (talk) 06:33, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Upload pictures as institution[edit]

I work in the Outreach office of a public institution, how can I upload a pictures which it is own by my institution? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pablozord85 (talk • contribs) 14:35, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Pablozord85: Hi, and welcome. Much depends on the owner of the copyright for each photo and underlying work. Please see COM:L, COM:DW, OTRS, and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:31, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Typically, it is easiest if that public institution indicates the license on its own site or on a page (such as it's official Flickr page) that is clearly under their control. Then Commons can give that as a source for the image and license. - Jmabel ! talk 15:35, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I request a dispute resolution[edit]

Donald Trung tried repeatedly to convince me that there is no problem with my uploaded photos, but I told him that my photos was reported by Beeblebrox for a HOST violation at COM:AN/U. It's taken a long time to explain why did I choose not to upload. Maybe I wasn't clear enough, I explain here again:

  • (1) Beeblebrox has not discussed with me before reporting my photos. He seems to intend for the admin to block me in order to stop uploading. As soon as I feel it's a threat, I will to do other than stick to my gut and keep moving forward.
  • (2) When I'm explaining to Beeblebrox how my photos be used for any educational purpose, it's actually aggravating a conflict. I felt if I tried to argue and explain the rationale behind each photo, then things would have gotten worse. In the past four years since I've already been blocked many times for the same behavior, I suppose I cannot argue with anyone. Not to mention the admin on Chinese-language Wikipedia has indefinitely blocked me. I'm afraid that the best (and maybe only) option in this case is to give up on defending myself. For me, that means stopping to upload any photos.
  • (3) Beeblebrox said: "This is Commons, not Google street view." It really hurts me that he seem to think that I am like "Google's street view tool". I never thought it would happen to me. When someone else uploads a photo they took, only I am being blamed, which indicates that there is something wrong with me. I could make myself do a lot of things on Commons, but I wouldn't make myself look like Google's street view tool. If his intention was to stop me from uploading, then he did.

However, Donald Trung said: "I don't think that your uploads will get you blocked if you do some basic evaluations to keep the near-duplicates out." If you look carefully at the above (1)(2)(3), you will realize that the problem is that Beeblebrox's behaviors to show undisguised hostility to me, instead of the photo itself. I just know that it's not right to violate the policies and to argue with people who correct me. Personally, I've never heard of anyone being blocked for not uploading a photo. The 2000+ photos are in my hands, I have the right to choose whether to upload it or not. Anyone should not cross the line before being uploaded to Commons. Since Donald Trung always insisted on me to continue/finish uploading, I request a dispute resolution. See more details here.--Kai3952 (talk) 17:34, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Upload of a image from a website (that is gone)[edit]

Article: SchleFaZ

I want to upload one of the cocktail cards, which were created for personal use. Those where stored and released on the site which is now dead and redirected to On this site are no more Coktail cards, just the recipe.

So is it allowed or do i need to upload a screenshot of that card or...? Thanks in advance -- LAZA74 (talk) 18:42, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@LAZA74: You are NOT allowed to upload images from the Internet without a formal written permission from the copyright holder, or an explicit free license at the source. Thanks, Yann (talk) 19:13, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

BI —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 20:46, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Help with a template[edit]

I want to make a trout button template but I don't know how to make an image link to a pageLallint⟫⟫⟫Talk 22:31, 21 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Lallint: I looked into the source code and I guess there's a syntax error in it. Can you spot it?
<div style="margin:1.5em;">[[File:Red button.png|200px|alt=<nowrap>Trout user|User talk:{{PAGENAME}}={{fullurl:{{ns:3}}:{{#titleparts:{{BASEPAGENAME}}|1|1}}|action=edit&section=new&preloadtitle=Trouted&preload=Template%3ATroutme/preload}}]]</div>
I'll give you a clue. File inclusion doesn't have a parameter that would take a name of a page, I think. Link to a page is made by using a parameter link=. However, I'm not sure how it works for fullurl links, I'll have to look into a documentation for it. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:31, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Fixed it:
<div style="margin:1.5em;">[[File:Red button.png|200px|link={{fullurl:{{ns:3}}:{{#titleparts:{{BASEPAGENAME}}|1|1}}|action=edit&section=new&preloadtitle=Trouted&preload=Template%3ATroutme/preload}}|Trout user {{PAGENAME}}]]</div>
You don't need to do anything now, I already edited the template. It should now work as intended. However, there's no Template:Troutme/preload. There is a template {{Troutme}}, though, which should work as you intended, it only places the trout icon in the titlebar instead. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:51, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I can't make it by my self.Can I take a picture of school? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trongnamlop3c289 (talk • contribs) 00:37, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I guess this isn't related to this template, is it? Make a new section and try again. And please, tell us what exactly you need in order for us to help you. Unfortunately, my prophecy ball just malfunctioned. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:57, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category:Henry Cline (painter)[edit]

This man's name was CLIVE, not Cline. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:01, 22 March 2022 (UTC) I do not know how to change the main title, which inorrectly says Cline.[reply]

✓ Done: Cat deleted, content (4 images) moved to Category:Henry Clive. --Achim55 (talk) 08:52, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can UCoC help me?[edit]

I have been harassed off-wiki. Can UCoC help me?--Kai3952 (talk) 12:23, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I think they can. Specifically the new Enforcement Guidelines make it possible to enforce UCoC when something like that happens off-wiki, with certain limitations, and that is if it happened on a third party platform in a space that was created for a Wikimedia project (like on an IRC chat in the WMF project's channel). Unfortunately, UCoC doesn't apply to a space that is completely out of control of Wikimedia Foundation or any community that maintains one or more Wikimedia projects. It depends on who harrased you and where. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:54, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Often the harassment happens on facebook, PTT, etc off-wiki places. They're smart people, so they know how to avoid WMF sanctions. I'm a healthy person, but they keep claiming to anyone that I have Asperger's syndrome. Because they complain about I have always doing something to make them displeased. Especially, they say that my behavior is excessively follow the Commons' policies. I see that everyone here doing the same thing as me, so I don't understand what's wrong with following the Commons' policies. Why am I the only one being attacked personally? Living under the pressure of constant harassment can trigger anxiety and depression, which makes it harder to think clearly and focus on what matters every. Therefore, I had to give up several daily tasks such as: to nominate files for deletion, the file description was found to be wrong and to tell uploader about it. I contacted many people for help but no one respond (including WMF) . Did they really not care about editors who are being harassed off-wiki?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:24, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I'm afraid but that is not something we here can do anything about, nor is the WMF in a position to enforce anything completely off-wiki like random Facebook sites. However, they might at least have offered you advice how to proceed. From my point of view you may want to contact your local police because this sounds like offensive behaviour and slander. De728631 (talk) 17:14, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
My account on Chinese-language Wikipedia has been blocked by the Taiwanese admin. They told me it was a NLT violation, so now I can't contact the police. I'm really stuck and don't know how to help myself.--Kai3952 (talk) 18:12, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Kai3952: While there is such policy, obviously some actions are exceptioned. One of the most obvious exceptions is protection against dangerous threats and continuous harrassment. Where the enforcement of UCoC fails, legal aid may come in handy. If you feel you're really globally targetted by various global admins, contact WMF Trust & Safety Team. That is essentially equal to the legal action as T&S Team is essentially the legal team of WMF specifically for this purpose. They're going to do necessary legal steps for you. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:44, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
See the page on Meta: m:Trust and Safety. Yann (talk) 20:10, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
That's what I was talking about. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 20:18, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The maximum retrospective period of Taiwan is six months, and therefore cannot to pursue legal responsibility for all previous harassment. The Taiwanese admin had the massive Taiwanese wiki-editor's support behind them. Not only did they not deal with the harassment, but also they accused me of harassing users and going against the spirit of Wikipedia. This proves that it's useless to ask them for help. Ironically, when I realized that the harassment comes from off-wiki places, the NLT policy says I can't take legal action against them, that's why I'm stuck there. As far as I know, all harassment comes from a rumor in August 2019. Reke spread rumors about I have Asperger's syndrome based on his feelings, especially he is acting as a staff member in the Wikimedia Taiwan, which means that his words represented the WMF, so those who displeased with me believed him. And that not only caused me a lot of stress, but lose the trust of the Taiwanese community. Most of Taiwanese who harassing me are different from the account name they registered on Commons, it becomes very difficult for gathering evidence against them violated Wiki rules. However, I can know from their complaints, they know a lot about what I do, so I assert that they are active on Commons. If I really did something wrong, they should to resolve issues through the normal channels, and I'm happy to accept any advice that would be beneficial to Commons, but they didn't. What should I do if you think UCoC can help me? How should I contact them?--Kai3952 (talk) 09:34, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
As I said. Contact Trust & Safety team, that is the highest end on UCoC that should be able to resolve these issues. Wikimedia servers are not hosted in eighter China or Taiwan, they are hosted in United States, and all Wikimedia projects are international, including local language projects, that means any issues that happen on Wiki sites hosted by WMF transcend international borders. Taiwan as far as I know isn't part of China (regardless of what Chinese government says), they're independent country and what happened here is they assaulted someone in another country. I know that China and Taiwan do not really go along very well, that sadly includes also most citizens. They essentially let politics influence their decision making, which is unacceptable on sites like Wikipedia. Ask WMF Trust & Safety Team for help and specifically ask for an independent judgement of someone who doesn't have anything that ties them to China or Taiwan (any kind of relatives, any kind of citizenship in eighter of these countries, etc. You need an independent jury that won't be influenced by one or another side, and that is best if someone from a third country comes to judge the case. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:17, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How can we describe une picture uploded?[edit]

I nerf a help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Le bon Sos (talk • contribs) 13:05, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

See COM:DESC. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:59, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

help needed[edit]

Hi, I want to upload my translation into Turkish as you did in Russian. But I could not figure out how, I need some help. Thanks in advance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AyseBkaymaz (talk • contribs) 12:06, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

MP3 help[edit]

Buenos dias, estoy queriendo subir un documento en mp3 con licencia cc-by 3.0 en el marco de la acción archivos en vigilia. Soy la directora del archivo histórico de la UNLP. Necesitaría el permiso correspondiente. saludos cordiales, Laura Casareto — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lali (ArchivoUNLP) (talk • contribs) 14:24, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Lali (ArchivoUNLP): Si el archivo tiene la licencia correcta, simplemente puede cargarlo e indicar la licencia correcta. No se necesita ningún otro "permiso". Así que no estoy seguro de que lo que Vd. dice sea un problema o lo que necesita Vd.. ¿Podría por favor ser más específico? - Jmabel ! talk 15:17, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Me pide ser "Autopatrol" para subirlos —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:42, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

me pide ser "Autopatrol" para subirlos — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lali (ArchivoUNLP) (talk • contribs) 18:57, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

One photo, multiple uses[edit]

Hi. I've sourced a photo of three US National Medal of Science winners together, from their medal ceremony. (It's public domain, taken from a government website.) Two of the people in the photo have Wikipedia pages that lack a picture of them, and this one photo would actually provide a great profile photo for each of them if it was cropped. In which case, I'd have to create two different cropped versions--one for one person, and one for the other. How should I go about uploading? Is it preferred to upload the original photo (featuring all 3 people) and then alter it? Or should I create two cropped versions on my computer and upload them separately as two different files? (In which case, what do I do with the original? I assume it's still valuable to include in Commons.) I just don't want to make a mess with the upload. Thanks! IbIANTiA (talk) 23:20, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@IbIANTiA: I would suggest uploading the original and then also uploading each of the cropped versions, so all three versions would be on Commons, each under a different name. If you use CropTool to do the cropping then it'll automatically add templates to the various descriptions of the files indicate their relationships. --bjh21 (talk) 23:49, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Great, that's helpful. Thanks very much! IbIANTiA (talk) 23:55, 22 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@IbIANTiA: Of course, you will still have to choose appropriate names for each file & do the descriptions & categories correctly. But if you start with the original, CropTool will correctly identify the derivative works as such. - Jmabel ! talk 03:35, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

U.S. Department of Transportation: Model Inventory of Roadway Elements[edit]

Hello, very inexperienced in this realm, but would it be possible to upload a document from the Department of Transportation on roadway standards in the U.S.? I am interested because I would like to use a picture on another wiki (wiki.openstreetmap for the OpenStreetMap community) to help describe how to measure roadways. There are a few pictures in here that are useful to my explanation. Since this is a federal document, I can use/upload however I would like? Thanks.(Ivangiesen (talk) 01:32, 23 March 2022 (UTC)) Edit: Link to document is here:, is this a document that would better be uploaded to a different wikimedia project? Wikibooks maybe?[reply]

How to add a topic?[edit]

Hi, I want to add 'Hatnur Dam' so that if anyone searched images of Hatnur Dam, he can easily find all the images on one location on Wikimedia commons. How I can do this ? How to find a photo on this site ?What is categories? How to add them? What are their benifits ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Success think (talk • contribs) 07:56, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Success think: Categorization is utilized using [[Category:Name of category]] syntax on files description pages, categories may have or lack their respective page. Category that lacks a page still works as a category, the link is grey though and only shows alphabetical order of subcategories and categorized pages and files. Category with a descriptive page shows with a blue link. For searching, there is the search bar in top right corner, you can essentially write Hatnur Dam into it and press search. It will search in common namespaces (main namespace, category namespace, file namespace), if you want to find a specific category, you can press to search and then limit the search results to the category instead. If you know for sure you want to search for a category, you can skip the search results page settings and simply prepend your search phrase with Category:, so it's like this: Category:Hatnur Dam. Searching for pages and categories is rather easy. If you want to link to category, but not use it, the link syntax for category is like this: [[:Category:Name of category]] (notice the preceding colon before the category keyword, that prevents the link from functioning like categorization of the page it was included in, without it, it's not a category link, it's the category usage). Category:Hatnur Dam doesn't seem to have a dedicated page, but it is still possible that images are categorized under this specific category. In fact, there is one image. I've found some other images of Hatnur Dam that weren't categorized in Hatnur Dam category, simply by searching Hatnur Dam among image files. Try this link: Special:MediaSearch/image/Hatnur Dam. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:38, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Rights to create 20 wikimedia accounts for a workshop[edit]

Hi everyone, I work for wikimedia france and am having à workshop on commons with around 20 newbies. Is there a way I could get a bypass to allow them to create their accounts all in the same place ? Sorry, it's been a while since I've organised à training session IRL.

Many many thanks in advance ! --Adélaïde Calais WMFr (talk) 10:58, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]