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Upload error messageEdit

While uploading a file to File:Test.svg I received these messages:
[8c5cec2c] 2014-09-10 09:06:48: Fatal exception of type MWException
[1039584b] 2014-09-10 09:08:37: Fatal exception of type MWException
What does that mean? What is the problem? -- Maxxl² - talk 09:14, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

I have no idea, but if you have the file that caused this error, and you can reproduce the error by uploading it, then it is worth filing a bug at the Mediawiki bugzilla –⁠moogsi (talk) 09:49, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

List of train songs: question on image copyright/useEdit

I've been editing Wikipedia's List of train songs for the past few years and would like to add an image from the sheet music of the first known train song, which was copyrighted 1828. I located the image on the following page on JScholarship:

https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/31154

The URL for the image itself:

https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/bitstream/handle/1774.2/31154/039.021.000.webimage.JPEG?sequence=5

I wasn't able to find any information regarding the re-use of images on JScholarship, but in any case, the image I'd like to upload would be for fair use, educational purposes only. By and large, it would be of no other value since it would only include the first page of a multi-page work, plus it would be relatively illegible when reduced for inclusion in the WP article.

Meanwhile, the significance of the image to the article's introduction and its subsequent interest to readers are incalculable. While hundreds of other sheet music images might be readily available, none is more notable than this one.

I've only uploaded a couple images to the Commons, so I'm uncertain as to how to proceed in this case. Therefore, I'd appreciate your advice. Thank you. Allreet (talk) 16:40, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

The copyright on this song had expired long ago. On the other hand, exact copies of 2D public domain works are considered to be in public domain (see Commons:2D_copying). So, you can upload them. Ruslik (talk) 19:24, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
{{PD-scan|PD-US-1923}} as a license template should be fine. --El Grafo (talk) 19:33, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Ruslik and El Grafo: Thanks. Allreet (talk) 17:18, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

I cant put my informationEdit

I made a description of my company but the sisten didn't let me did it, I do not know why, I can not do my page, says i´m attempting against wiki commons and search abut help but can not eather , whats up? this page really is working or not, thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Terra Morte (talk • contribs) 06:06, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

  • I can't think of anywhere on Commons that it would be appropriate to provide a "description of [your] company." Could you explain just what you are trying to do? And "attempting against wiki commons" doesn't make a lot of sense in English. Could you either quote exactly what it said, or possibly explain in whichever language you are most comfortable writing (someone here should be able to read it). - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Can't see the foto's I have uploadedEdit

Beste Helpdesk, Ik heb op 15 september enkele foto's geupload maar ik zie ze niet op de pagina. Als ik ze nogmaals probeer up te loaden zegt Wiki dat ze er al zijn. Foto's die ik later heb geupload staan al wel op de pagina. Is er iets misgegaan? http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_gemeentelijke_monumenten_in_Leeuwarden_(stad)

Met vriendelijke groet, Rudi Jacobs


Dear helpdesk,

I can't see the foto's i have uploaded on the 15th of september. Foto's i have uploaded later are on the page. If i want to upload the same foto's again Wiki says ther already there.

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_gemeentelijke_monumenten_in_Leeuwarden_(stad)

Greetings Rudi Jacobs — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rudi_Jacobs (talk • contribs)

There should be an "uploads" link at the top right of your screen. If not, use this: Special:ListFiles/Rudi_Jacobs. -mattbuck (Talk) 11:27, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Problem with uploadEdit

Hello! I'm trying to upload a photo of Elsa Cladera de Bravo for my article with the same name "Elsa Cladera de Bravo". I have been trying in Commons but I'm not sure that I succeded. Thanks for your advice

Nadezhda Bravo Cladera (talk) 16:30, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

You successfully uploaded the photo. Ruslik (talk) 19:14, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Maison de Balzac, photo of the room with the genealogical chartEdit

I'm looking for a picture of the genealogical chart of the characters in fr:La Comédie humaine, in one of the rooms of the fr:Maison de Balzac. The house itself is over 150 years old, but this room has been renovated more recently. The information in the chart is deduced from the novels, so presumably public-domain by this point, but the form and presentation of the chart may still be under copyright. If you want to see what I'm talking about, there are pictures at L'Internaute.com. I have a picture similar to the one at L'Internaute that I took myself and would happily contribute to Commons if it's OK to do so -- please advise (here, or at my talk page here, or at my talk page in Latin VP). A. Mahoney (talk) 17:38, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Undesired user nameEdit

I've created my login under a user name that I do not want to use. How can I change it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DANKRC (talk • contribs) 18:34, 17 September 2014‎ (UTC)

See Commons:Changing username. Ruslik (talk) 19:07, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Uploaded by mistake a few seconds ago... how to delete?Edit

Hi, I wanted to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments, and instead of uploading to the contest, I uploaded my photos to the website like any normal photo. I know it's stupid, but is there a way I can get them removed, since I don't have the right to upload them again in the contest because it says that the website already contains this photo... HELP? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Remieee (talk • contribs) 20:35, 17 September 2014‎ (UTC)

From what I see, all photos you have uploaded are participating in the contest.--Ymblanter (talk) 21:22, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Question about user name and passwordEdit

Hi there.

My name is Jonathan Thal or in Hebrew יונתן טל Some years ago I tried to use your site but since then I just forgot in what user name or password I used From my records I have a clue that my password was: [redacted]

Since I want to send photos to the Wikimedia competition, I spent over an hour trying to re-enter your site but in all cases the system either rejected my user name or the password I tried to change both of them and again I failed. I tried even to give my gmail details and again just failed.

Can you find out please what was my mistakes or give me new user name and password.

Thanks very much if you are willing to help me.

Jonathan Thal sheda1yon@gmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.116.142.138 (talk • contribs) 19:41, 18 September 2014‎ (UTC)

I think it's better register yourself again with the new email you are using--Pierpao.lo (listening) 07:14, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Help PleaseEdit

Is the entire point of commons to upload images? LoLmAn007 (talk) 23:12, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Pretty much, yes. It's a central repository for free images that can be used on all Wikimedia Foundation projects, including the Wikipedias in different languages. Huon (talk) 23:31, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Video & sound files also, but it's overwhelmingly images. And, of course, the point isn't just to upload them. It is to describe them and categorize them in a way that makes them readily searchable, and to facilitate legal reuse. - Jmabel ! talk 15:00, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Can someone please correct the details of the photo for "Two Seconds" (1932 film)?Edit

The details state the photo shows Edward G. Robinson (John) and Preston Foster (Bud).

In fact, this is a still of Robinson with J. Carroll Naish (Tony). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Woodrow (talk • contribs) 17:04, 19 September 2014‎ (UTC)

It seems you're referring to the Wikipedia article Two Seconds. Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. So, if you spot something wrong then you can fix it. This isn't Wikipedia here - this is the help desk for Commons (we provide the pictures). Help editing Wikipedia can be found in Wikipedia's help section. Thanks, –⁠moogsi (talk) 00:17, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Deleting picturesEdit

I have got four pictures I need to delete as I have added a signed version.... How should I proceed ? Thks. Coryphe (talk) 06:44, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

  • You don't indicate what images nor do you say whether they are recently uploaded. You can always "nominate for deletion" (should be on the "tools" portion of the left nav); if they are recent uploads, you can use {{Speedydelete|Accidental upload}}. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Do those works are your own or of Louis Fattal? Jee 05:09, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

There was an error while uploading the file to stash.Edit

Hi, having problems with upload wizard. It took my hours with several tries. It's been 3 months, i can't upload properly. It had a problem. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons:Help_desk&diff=prev&oldid=133354775 I thought it's over. But it's not. I just gave up. I don't think i'm coming here back again. I won't risk hours. It works with uploading 5-10 pictures. But not more. I typed all the info at the bulk upload page and it doesn't upload. (Error: There was an error while uploading the file to stash.) I'm going to mourn about the time. --Kafkasmurat (talk) 19:00, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to hear about that. The Upload Wizard is unfortunately really broken, and developers don't seem to care about feedback. The old Commons:Upload process tends to be much more reliable, but it's no use if you're trying to upload multiple files at once. There are some alternative batch uploading tools listed at Commons:Upload tools#Standalone desktop applications, which may work better, but I haven't used them, so I can't vouch for them personally. LX (talk, contribs) 17:49, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
I agree with LX, and obviously, the UploadWizard has more issues with it than it solves. However, one thing I can assure you is that, when those errors sometimes come up, the file has already been written onto commons, but just a feedback you're seeing as a result what I can't explain. Uploading this image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tana_Baru_Cemetery_Photosphere_02.jpg, I had the same error of stash whatever, however, when I checked my contributions, that file was uploaded, and had no problems. So most times, when these errors come, go check if it ACTUALLY committed the file, before losing hope. :) --Nkansahrexford (talk) 14:21, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

how to create a page for a social network in wikipedia?Edit

how to create a page for a social network in wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hhosseinzadehmd (talk • contribs)

  1. This isn't Wikipedia (it's the Wikimedia Commons).
  2. Technically, just like any other page on Wikipedia.
  3. As they say there "notability first, then an encyclopedia article. If you have a basis to demonstrate that the social network is significant -- e.g. articles in reliable, independent sources; documentation that shows, say 100,000 active users -- and you are not yourself anyone with a conflict of interest then go for it; otherwise, I'd advise you not to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 15:19, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

similarities of the Garibaldi fish and the fresh water Blue Gill Sunfish.Edit

I note that the shape of the Garibaldi Eastern pacific Coast fish is very similar to the shape of the US East Coast Sunfish specifically called "Blue Bill" Could they be part of the same family of fish???? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.31.120.27 (talk • contribs) 07:11, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Malea shoot.pngEdit

Hello. I work for Malea McGuinness and was asked to update her photograph for use worldwide. The photograph in question does appear on her website, but I have her permission to upload it here. How would I go about ensuring that I provide the correct permissions? Her company, Malea Music, is operated by Douglas Kaplan (her husband and manager), and his email address is dlkjet@aol.com if it will be helpful to include him in this conversation.

Thank you for your assistance!

Regards, E.J. Friedman

--Loudersoft (talk) 21:38, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

You don't just need "her permission to upload it here," you need the copyright holder, whether that is her or someone else, to grant a specific license that meets Commons' requirements. I recommend CC-BY-SA 3.0, but as explained there, there are other alternatives. Once you have that sorted out, see COM:OTRS as to how the permission can be passed along to Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 01:37, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
Since you're getting paid to do this, you should also read Commons:Guidance for paid editors (especially the second and third points). LX (talk, contribs) 17:53, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Bailey FountainEdit

Hello,

I received this email about a deletion request. I wish to respond. But I do not retain any technical skills that I may have learned while posting the original picture.

Is there a way to respond and get posted by a simple email?

The subject of the picture is of significant historical relevance, and the photo was difficult to take.

The distance between the two figures of the fountain and the Empire State Building is more than 5 miles, and documenting the juxtaposition is an important detail in the reason this alignment exists.

Thank you, Richard F Kessler — Preceding unsigned comment added by Richard F Kessler (talk • contribs) 20:20, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

--113.169.68.90 18:15, 22 September 2014 (UTC)--113.169.68.90 18:15, 22 September 2014 (UTC)--113.169.68.90 18:15, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

NPG imageEdit

I am able to upload this image which has this licence? Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 19:13, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Perhaps I am missing something, but what makes you say that photo has that license? - Jmabel ! talk 03:25, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Presumably http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/use-this-image.php?mkey=mw65915. Anyway, content with {{noncommercial}} or {{nonderivative}} restrictions such as {{cc-by-nc-nd-3.0}} is not permitted on Commons. Those considering uploading content from the NPG should also be aware of en:National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute. LX (talk, contribs) 05:57, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Yes, I read en:National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute in detail and found it of no help in answering this question. Martinevans123 (talk) 07:26, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Basically, there is no straightforward answer. What can be said is: 1) You cannot rely on the {{cc-by-nc-nd-3.0}} to upload the file to Commons. 2) If you can show that the underlying work is in the public domain, it will probably be accepted according to Commons' policy on reproductions of two-dimensional artworks. 3) However, that policy deliberately defies national legislation, including UK legislation. Thus, by uploading such content, you are exposing yourself to potential litigation, and the NPG has a record of going after individuals who upload such content. LX (talk, contribs) 09:35, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Thanks. I think it's looking like the answer to my original question is "no". Martinevans123 (talk) 10:22, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Interesting; especially the reactions of WMF and NPF. But according to CC, if a license is applied for a low resolution work, it can be applied to the original work too. I would like to know what Erik Moeller (WMF) thinks about it. :) Jee 06:35, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Yet another example of how CC has really screwed up with its licence: everyone thinks CC is a file-based licence and CC need a FAQ to explain to us that it is really a "work of copyright"-based licence. While the -ND/-NC basis of this NPG licence makes it irrelevant to us, we should point their mistake out to CC. Because public examples of people misusing the licence in this way will only make it more likely that someone will copy them and make a similar mistake with one of the Free CC licences. And while most of us agree that we should not punish an individual photographer for misunderstanding these CC terms, I doubt very much whether the community would show much restraint should a major photo gallery make that error -- someone would write a bot to slurp up the content overnight!
    BTW: the NPG claim the low-res image is 72dpi and the high res one is 300dpi, which is nonsense. Perhaps someone should give them a Dummies Guide to Digital Image Formats. -- Colin (talk) 07:05, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Dolichovespula norwegica Queen.jpgEdit

--128.252.25.39 01:57, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I was wondering what sufficient information I need to give on this media's copyright status in order for it to be acceptable. Thanks! --128.252.25.39 01:57, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

  • If you happen to be the Flickr-user, who uploaded the photo to Flickr, you can simply change the Flickr-license to a "free" license like CC-BY-SA-3.0 (see Commons:Licensing for a list of usable license permissions).
  • If you are not the photographer/Flickr-user, you'll have to "proof" your permission to use this image freely. Such permissions need to be forwarded via email to the Commons OTRS-team (see Commons:OTRS for more details on the process and an email template).
  • After you have decided on a specific license, add a template for it to the image information page (most common licenses have templates already prepared, f.e. template:CC-BY-SA-3.0). Hope that helps a bit. GermanJoe (talk) 03:05, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Baboon Logo.pngEdit

I found the logo on Google. You can also find it here: http://www.jobindex.dk/vis-job/h465202

--Ela.ciosici (talk) 08:19, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Would it be OK if I get a written approval to use it, from the owners of the logo?

--Ela.ciosici (talk) 08:32, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello Ela.ciosici, this logo is so very simple that doesn't appear to contain anything copyrightable. Hence, I've marked with {{PD-Textlogo}} and {{Trademarked}} and removed the request for speedy deletion. Unless User:JuTa disagrees with that, everything should be alright now. --El Grafo (talk) 09:47, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Help removing a page from a .djvu uploadEdit

Yes check.svg Resolved

According to wikisource:en:Help:Internet Archive, uploaded .djvu files for use there shouldn't have the Google Books cover page. Unfortunately, my recent upload File:Fragments of the Debates of the Iowa Constitutional Conventions of 1844 and 1846 along with Press Comments and Other Materials on the Constitutions of 1844 and 1846.djvu does. I've never manipulated these files before, so can someone help here? – Philosopher Let us reason together. 20:39, 12 September 2014 (UTC) *Bumped from archive in hopes of getting some advice here. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 22:18, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

See s:en:Help:DjVu files#Removing a copyright page –⁠moogsi (talk) 08:58, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks - that's what I was looking for. Figured the page on the actual editing would be here, not at wikisource, though. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 02:43, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
Yeah we probably should have some documentation about djvu here, but most of the djvu files we host are actually for wikisource (as a book on its own isn't in Commons' scope unless it's used at wikisource) –⁠moogsi (talk) 14:44, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
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I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. –⁠moogsi (talk) 14:44, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Summer of MomentsEdit

How do I show which pages that link to the Summer of Monuments image ? Or is it all automatic, including, but not limited to, Social Media ?

Twitter Example :: https://twitter.com/MYVETERAN/status/514978306656305153/photo/1

Thanks for your help ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by DavidApperson (talk • contribs) 03:53, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

I'm sorry I don't understand your question. Please can you rephrase it. I have added categories and fixed the NRHP template on the file. HelenOnline 10:23, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

UploadWizardEdit

The UploadWizard stops now by the last step. I can push the button "Weiter" but nothing happens. THe pictures will not be publicated. --Micha (talk) 09:48, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

I would suggest trying again, it could be a temporary glitch in the system. If the Weiter button is greyed out, trying clicking on a different part of the upload form until it changes colour. HelenOnline 10:06, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
Other users have had problems problems with the wizard. To limit frustration, until such time as it is fixed, I have resorted to only uploading one image at a time. There are other avenues for uploading, such as Commons:Upload SovalValtos (talk) 15:38, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Deletion RequestEdit

I would like to immediately remove a picture from Wiki Commons that I have uploaded, please. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brian Clifford (talk • contribs)

✓ Deleted as copyvio. Yann (talk) 15:36, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

SourceEdit

As I have been instructed to do: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Tuvixer#.7B.7BAutotranslate.7C1.3DFile:GraphCroatia2016sum.jpg.7Cbase.3DImage_source.2Fheading.7D.7D

I have done: |source=Own work |author=Tuvixer

still it says: Source This file is lacking source information.

Please edit this file's description and provide a source. Author This file is lacking author information.

Why? What do I have to do to change that? I have created this graph by myself. Tnx --Tuvixer (talk) 08:01, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

@Tuvixer: Hi,
There was a glitch in the template, which I fixed. It looks OK now. Thanks for your participation. Regards, Yann (talk) 08:11, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

SVG renderingEdit

Hello,

I've been meaning to upload a SVG file onto Commons. I created the work myself using COREL Draw. When I opened the file to see it using Safari, it looked fine, but when I previewed it on commons, a part of it I created using transparency tool is gone. It seems that there are two versions of my file. Please help.

Many thanks,

Leo Crnogorcevic — Preceding unsigned comment added by LeoC12 (talk • contribs) 09:29, 26 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Typo - Misspelled the name of a photoEdit

I am new to all of this and I made a typo. Please help! I don't know how to fix it.

This should say "Warehouse Row - 722 and 744 P St. not "Warhouse Row" https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Warhouse_Row_-_722_and_744_P_St..JPG — Preceding unsigned comment added by R&sbwn (talk • contribs) 09:37, 26 September 2014‎ (UTC)

✓ Done I have added a rename template to the file for you. HelenOnline 11:25, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. HelenOnline 11:25, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

upload/publish errorEdit

hi.

i uploaded my pictures named : behold (FarahNasir), Out Front (FarahNasir), OutBack (FarahNasir), Colour me nostalgic (FarahNasir), Sands of Time (FarahNasir) and Bygones (FarahNasir) two showed a tick mark and said published. Others showed errors in uploading. When i click on my uploads they seem to all have been uploaded. but i'm not sure if they are or not. can you please let me know? thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farahnasir2 (talk • contribs)

Change Photo TitlesEdit

Thanks for your reply earlier.

can you please also guide me on how to change the title of my photographs since they aren't suitable? thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farahnasir2 (talk • contribs) 16:19, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

You can add Template:Rename to your file completed according to your requirements. HelenOnline 16:28, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Re:

Can you please walk me through it step by step? i'm unable to do it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farahnasir2 (talk • contribs) 17:58, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

HELP_Rename TitlesEdit

Hi.

i messed up my uploaded picture titles of WLM. need help changing them.

REASON: Misleading Name

Please Change titles of:

File:Behold (FarahNasir).jpg TO Flag Staff House (Quaid-e-Azam House)1.jpg File:Out front (FarahNasir).jpg TO Flag Staff House (Quaid-e-Azam House)2.jpg File:Bygones (FarahNasir).jpg TO Flag Staff House (Quaid-e-Azam House)3.jpg File:Outback (FarahNasir).jpg TO Flag Staff House (Quaid-e-Azam House)4.jpg File:Sands of Time (FarahNasir).jpg TO Flag Staff House (Quaid-e-Azam House)5.jpg File:Colour me Nostalgic (FarahNasir).jpg TO Flag Staff House (Quaid-e-Azam House)6.jpg

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farahnasir2 (talk • contribs)

Please, follow instructions on Commons:File_renaming#How_to_rename_a_file?. Ruslik (talk) 19:27, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Deleting photos just uploadedEdit

most of the photos I uploaded our local landmarks, not national, so I want to delete some of them. How? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Weedpatch (talk • contribs)

  • If they are "landmarks" in any sense, then Commons would almost certainly like to have them, but if they are recent uploads (within the last week) and haven't been used in articles, just put {{Speedydelete|Uploader request, recent upload}} on the file relevant pages, and they should be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 23:15, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

License: A User Friendly Guide Please?Edit

I have absolutely no idea how to do this licensing thing and there is no user friendly step-by-step instruction that I can find at this site. Is it possible for someone -- anyone -- to please provide me with a step-by-step guide to actually getting this nonsense done? I have no clue as to what to do and how to do it after a license is selected.

~~81belle — Preceding unsigned comment added by 81belle (talk • contribs) Please sign your edits with ~~~~, which will add appropriate links; don't just write "~~81belle".

I can't tell exactly what you are asking -- how to choose a license? technically, how to add it to a photo? etc. -- but I'll do my best to answer. I'm going to assume that you are talking about free-licensing your own photos, where the thing you are photographing is not itself a copyrighted object; if that's not the case, then this becomes much more complicated, and I'd need the specifics.
In terms of what licenses are allowed, there is no substitute for reading Commons:Project scope#Must be freely licensed or public domain. I find that most people wish either to place their content in the public domain (give up all rights) or, at the opposite extreme, to reserve as many rights as are compatible with use on Commons.
To give up all your rights and place the work in the public domain, use the CC-0 license. Just place {{Cc-zero}} in the "permissions" area of the information template on the file page (or, really, anywhere on the page, but that's a good location).
To reserve as many rights as are compatible with use on Commons, use {{Cc-by-sa-3.0|author=YOUR NAME HERE}} (same instructions about placement). Where I've written "YOUR NAME HERE", put whatever text you wish reusers to use to attribute your photo. Like all licenses acceptable to Commons, this allows your image to be reused freely, but requires that reusers indicate whose work they are reusing, and that if they make a derivative work their derivative work must also be similarly licensed. (There are also some other details; if you want those, I suggest you read the license.)
If that doesn't answer your question, then you'll need to be more specific. - Jmabel ! talk 23:33, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello 81belle, since it is your only upload to this site, I assume you are talking about File:Boynton Katherine.jpg, right? Well, if this was an ordinary photograph anyone could have taken, everything would be alright. But this isn't an "ordinary" photograph, it's a professional portrait and it has been published elsewhere before. To make sure that you are not just someone who grabbed somebody else's photo from the web and uploaded it here as their own work (which unfortunately happens far more often than professional photographers uploading their own works), we need some evidence that you are indeed the photographer or copyright holder. The procedure is quite simple: Take the e-mail template from Commons:Email templates/Consent and fill it out. Then send it to permissions-commons@wikimedia.org using the most "official" e-mail address you've got. Then go to File:Boynton Katherine.jpg, click on "edit" in the top toolbar and place the text {{OTRS pending}} next to the |permission= (so that the line now reads |permission={{OTRS pending}}), then save the page. This last step is optional, but highly recommended. After that, sit back and relax, monitoring you e-mail account for queries from our support team every once in a while. Please note that the support team consists entirely of voluntary Wikimedians and their backlog seems to be quite large at the moment, so please be patient. Should the file get deleted meanwhile, it can be restored easily once everything has been sorted out. Hope that helps? --El Grafo (talk) 17:07, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Uploading photo of monument, but MAP is wrong. Can we fix?Edit

Where do input info on map position of mounment. (In Vermont)

Probably it can be done. Commons:Geocoding describes the methods, and if it's not clear, you can ask in its talk page. You can also specify what particular photo you're asking about. Jim.henderson (talk) 15:50, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Unified Login active, works everywhere but CommonsEdit

I have an account with unified login active. Except it isn't linked on Commons for some reason. I have requested a password reset from Commons but the email never arrived (checked spam folder; tried twice). Interestingly I could only request a password reset by entering my email address, entering my username didn't work. How do I unify the accounts? --101.98.178.108 00:58, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Please, file a request at m:Steward requests/Username changes. Ruslik (talk) 19:27, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Ok, I've done that. --101.98.178.108 03:28, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

¿Is Commons:History merging and splitting/Requests active?Edit

¿Is Commons:History merging and splitting/Requests active? Thanks. Albertojuanse (talk) 01:50, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Adding Monument IDEdit

I have uploaded a few photos to participate in Wiki Loves Monument. Unfortunately, I uploaded them regularly. Now they don't have any Monument ID and I guess they won't be a part of the competition. Please help — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aunzee (talk • contribs) 12:08, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

@Aunzee: You can manually add the WLM parameters after uploading. Add {{Cultural Heritage Pakistan |1= }} with 1=Monument ID number in the file description, and add {{Wiki Loves Monuments 2014|pk}} at the bottom of the file after the licence header and categories (for images of monuments in Pakistan). HelenOnline 12:53, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

segnalazione foto libereEdit

Salve,

qualche giorno fa alcune foto che ho caricato sono state segnalate come potenziali violazioni di copyright. In realtà conosco personalmente l'autrice e proprietaria delle foto: le immagini che ho caricato sono presenti sul sito dell'autrice e soprattutto sono "utilizzabili" da chiunque. Quindi non dovrebbe esserci violazione di copyright, giusto? Però ditemi voi... grazie e in caso scusate l'errore!

Nel caso in cui non ci fosse violazione, sarebbe possibile rendere di nuovo visibili le foto? Grazie — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mcristina 82 (talk • contribs) 14:59, 28 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Veda per favore Commons:OTRS. HelenOnline 15:27, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Cannot find Monument ID numberEdit

Hi,

There is no way I can get the Monument ID number. I'm trying to find ID for Charles Bridge in Prague and Krakow Castle in Krakow. When I click on Get Monument ID, the page is either in Czech or Polish. Even in Czech I couldn't find anything about my monuments. So that means there is really no ID for these? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mogiguere (talk • contribs) 01:52, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

The number for Charles Bridge is mentioned at Category:Charles Bridge, and the number for Wawel (assuming that's what you mean by Krakow Castle) is mentioned at Category:Wawel. LX (talk, contribs) 08:39, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
I found the ID number for Charles Bridge at Category:Charles Bridge and found the ID number for Wawel Castle on another image file description and just added it to Category:Wawel Castle. I have added them to your entries plus WLM tags where you did not use the WLM upload wizard. HelenOnline 08:43, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Need to change my user nameEdit

I would like to change my username to reflect the name I use on Wikipedia. I have usurped the name "Mark Miller" across the board on all Wikis (except the Italian Wikipedia which had a block on a user with that name...ironic because I am 50% Italian. LOL! TMI, I know) could someone assist me please?--Amadscientist (talk) 03:09, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

The place to go to is meta:Steward requests/Username changes. LX (talk, contribs) 08:42, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

(aktuell) neben meinen Beiträgen ....Edit

Hallo!

Mich würde nur interessieren, was das "aktuell" in Klammer neben meiner Beiträge bedeutet und wieso bei vielen meiner, im Rahmen von "WML" oder auch zum Tag des Denkmals hochgeladenen Bilder kein Vermerk "Diese Foto wurde .... WLM 2014" hochgeladen/eingereicht?

Ich will nur sicher gehen, dass ich diese Bilder auch richtig, nämlich zum Wettbewerb, und nicht nur aug WIKIPEDIA hochgeladen habe :-(

Bitte um Info - DANKE! :-)

LG Kerstin — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cheeky76 (talk • contribs) 11:15, 29 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Derivative FXEdit

Since the tool Derivative FX for uploading the derivative images from Commons doesn't work, I'm not able (in an easy/quick way) to perform that activity. There's an alternative tool that I can use? Any suggestion would be highly appreciated. Thank you. --Massimo Telò (scrivimi) 15:29, 29 September 2014 (UTC)