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Welcome to the Wikimedia Commons community portal

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Are you new to Wikimedia Commons? Welcome! Check out what we're all about (and what we are not), or just start searching for images or other media files. You can find collections of similar files grouped by topic or by almost any other characteristic you can think of. You can even start contributing to the project in important ways, regardless of your abilities or interests, and no matter where you live or what language you speak. All information about Commons itself is available in English, and most of it is available in other languages.

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ID Human readable name Description Notes
policy_new New policies Request for Comments about new policies, substantial changes to or the adoption of new policies
policy_change Policy changes Recent or intended amendments to policies
highly_trusted_election Election of important positions Election of people requiring a high level of trust such as checkusers
technical_new New features New technical features
technical_change Technical changes Recent or on-going technical changes
technical_issue Technical issues Technical issues at Wikimedia Commons
mobile Mobile Everything related to Mobile access to Wikimedia Commons
bot_approval Bot approval If community input in a bot-approval request is required
i18n Internationalization Internationalization and Localization
poty Picture of the Year The Picture of the Year contest
wlm Wiki loves Monuments The Wiki Loves Monuments contest
photo_challenge Commons:Photo challenge The Wikimedia Commons “Photo Challenge
other_media_contests Other contests Other media-related contests
glam GLAM Cooperation with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM)
other_projects Look at the wider picture Information about other projects that may influence Wikimedia Commons
backlogs Important backlogs Backlogs at Wikimedia Commons that are important to be cleared in time
meetings_photo Photographer meetings Photo workshops, Photographer-relevant topics at general meetings like Wikimania
meetings_tech Dev- and Tech-Meetings Hackathons, IRC hours, Wikimedia Commons-relevant topics at general meetings like Wikimania
Werefox at Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference 2013
Over 20 million files uploaded

Wikimedia Commons now has over 20 million files as of January 25, 2014. File:WEREFOX at Clubschiff - WAVES VIENNA 2013 09.jpg has been named the 20,000,000th file.

The actual file is often difficult to identify, because many files are uploaded almost simultaneously, and at the same time, other files may be deleted. The file is a photograph by Commons contributor Manfred Werner (User:Tsui), showing Werefox performing at Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference 2013 in Austria on October 5, 2013.

Communications
Help desk
For questions about how to use Commons.
Village pump
Ask questions about features, problems you may have, or policy. Similar pages are available in several other languages.
Centralized discussion
List of ongoing discussions on policies, guidelines or other matters that have a wide impact.
Graphic Lab
A place where you can request wikigraphists to improve, clean up, or color your images.
Administrators' noticeboard
If you need to communicate with an administrator, for example regarding blocks and protections.
IRC channels
#wikimedia-commons Wikimedia Commons IRC channel.
#commons.wikimedia to follow the recent changes on IRC (currently by invitation only).
#cvn-commons shows possible vandalism.
#cvn-commons-uploads shows new uploads.
International mailing-list
commons-l (this month)
Bugzilla
Bugzilla: Commons (last 7 days) bug reports and feature requests.
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Policies and decisions
Wikimedia Commons project scope
The project definition and its derived detailed policy pages on licensing, allowed copyright tags and file types give you important information what we are and what not.
Deletion policy
The deletion policy is closely related to the Wikimedia Commons project scope. They define when and how to delete content that does not belong in Wikimedia Commons for various reasons.
Multilingualism
Wikimedia Commons is multilingual. Use Babel in order to find contributors who speak your language. Please add information about the languages you understand to your user page. The language policy is discussed at Commons talk:Language policy.
User's graphics abilities
Categorizes users by graphic and audio knowledge, abilities or interest on Commons, in order to ease finding help in any area of media expertise. (Part of the Commons 2.0 project.)
Administrators
List of administrators and votes on adminship requests.
Recommendations and tutorials
Help index
All help, project, maintenance, discussion, policy pages and further tutorials about how to work in wikis like Wikimedia Commons are listed there. For an overview over the structure of the Wikimedia Commons project itself see Category:Commons.
Software
Recommended software for each media type in order to create and edit the content you want to share at Wikimedia Commons.
Tools
Tools for uploading and further maintenance of Wikimedia Commons as for example Commonist for uploading large numbers of images. Tool integration helps you add functionality to your Wikimedia Commons web interface.
How to use Wikimedia Commons' content
Overview on how to embed Wikimedia Commons content into various Wikimedia wikis and how to reuse Commons' content by third parties. See also the media help for software and hints how to watch images and films and listen to audio files provided by Wikimedia Commons. See Featured pictures, Valued images, Picture of the day and Media of the day for particularly valuable content you can reuse.


Content organization
Creation and upload
Picture requests, free media resources for uploads to the Wikimedia Commons.
Improvements
Copyright issues
Wikimedia Commons sub-projects
Commons:Geocoding for adding geographic location information to media, Commons:Stroke Order Project and more WikiProjects.
Wikimedia Commons templates
Commons:Templates


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