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Troubles while uploading music filesEdit

Wiki says "Filename and date are missing" What is wrong? Both exist.

Please check file name: GBB_OVH198 2_sBergdirnal.ogg

Please check date: 1935-12-31

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Tungstift (talk • contribs) 23:38, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Завантеження файлу на Вікісховище у форматі DocEdit

Підкажіть, будь ласка, де можна прочитати інфу стосовно завантаження файлу у форматі doc для отримання дозволу. Мені скинуи посилання, проте там можливо завантажити лише медіа файл. Дякую --Vikavynnik25 (talk) 18:55, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

@Vikavynnik25: This site is for images and other audio-visual media, not textual material in general. We also avoid proprietary file formats like .doc in favour of open standards, for ease of reuse. Please see COM:SCOPE.
Google-Український: Цей сайт призначений для зображень та інших аудіовізуальних засобів масової інформації, а не текстового матеріалу в цілому. Ми також уникнути власних форматів файлів, таких як .doc, на користь відкритих стандартів для полегшення повторного використання. Будь ласка, ознайомтеся з відповідною політики.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 19:57, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Mario ScavelloEdit

I need you help uploading an authorized Self portrait of Senator Mario Scavello. I am not an experienced Wikipedia user and getting frustrated trying to use this system.

I have already uploaded his new image ScavelloPortrait but have not inserted the correct copywrite information.

Am trying to insert |permission=PD-self into the copyright but have failed.

Can you help?

DRAPNAB — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drapnab (talk • contribs) 13:42, 10 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi Drapnab! According to the information you provided when you uploaded the photo, the author is Doug Gross. Is that you? I ask because {{PD-self}} should only be used for content that is your own personal creation, and there is no obvious connection between that name and your user name. Adding that tag is easy – just use the edit tab on the file description page and add {{PD-self}} on the line below =={{int:license-header}}==. However, since this is a professional photograph that has been previously published elsewhere, you will also need to e-mail a release statement from an e-mail address that can be recognized as official (like one ending in LX (talk, contribs) 17:49, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Thumbnail in File History section does not match updated imageEdit

Wolfpack Gunnery Range 141114-A-EM105-536.jpg

I uploaded twenty-two new file images to replace previous incomplete downloads from For 2 of the 22 new uploads, the File History image (which is also the Search results image) did not update. Repeating the upload did not fix the problem for the most recent version of the image. – Maliepa (talk) 11:33, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

One of the two problem images seems to be correct now. – Maliepa (talk) 23:28, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
Second problem image seems correct now too. – Maliepa (talk) 15:52, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Erneute Änderung zum Schlechten?Edit

Jetzt fängt der Assistent wieder an zu spinnen: mit "...Bitte einen aussagekräftigeren Namen angeben...". Welcher Intelligenzbolzen hat denn diese Änderung zu verantworten? Bin leicht angesäuert!--11:50, 11 April 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Simsalabimbam (talk • contribs) 11:51, 11 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Da hat vermutlich die Blacklist zugeschlagen. Welchen Namen wolltest du denn verwenden? --rimshottalk 14:56, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
"Fotoforum-2015-Ffm-603-604.jpg" ist doch nicht zu verwechseln und auch nicht anrüchig? --Simsalabimbam (talk) 15:10, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Jak odzyskać link do przesłanego plikuEdit

Witam. Zamieściłam zdjęcia poprzez kreator przesyłania plików Commons i otrzymałam link do każdego zdjęcia, który mogłam skopiować w celu jego zamieszczenia w odpowiednim artykule w którym zdjęcia chciałam aby było widoczne. Niestety zdjęcia zostały usunięte, bowiem nie posiadałam odpowiedniej zgody na ich publikację, jednakże teraz taką zgodę posiadam i chciałabym wiedzieć jak powrócić do tych moich załadowanych zdjęć, które przesłałam, aby ponownie uzyskać ten link. Proszę o pomoc. Foxntimes art (talk) 13:51, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Why doesn't image upload if I fill in the info correctly?Edit

It says the date is wrong but the source says it was published today. I used the calendar thingie to set the date. Thanks, EChastain (talk) 12:44, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

I think you're going to have to provide a bit more detail if anyone is going to be able to help you with this.
  1. Which upload process are you using? Special:UploadWizard? Commons:Upload? Something else?
  2. Which source says it was published today? Can you tell us more about what it is you're trying to upload?
  3. What "calendar thingie"? The calendar that appears if you click the field below "Date work was created or first published" in the Upload Wizard?
  4. What is the exact date that you have provided?
  5. What is the exact error message you are getting?
LX (talk, contribs) 17:21, 13 April 2015 (UTC)


What is the best way to replace my college's logo on our official Wikipedia page? I am a new user, so it tells me I am not confirmed. RoseStateCollegeITS (talk) 16:03, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Based on your user name, I'm guessing that the logotype in question is File:Rose State College logo.jpg.
Here on Commons, we can only host content that is in the public domain or published under a free license (a copyright license that allows anyone to use, modify and redistribute the content for any purpose, including commercial purposes). File:Rose State College logo.jpg can be hosted on Commons, because it only consists of text and simple geometric shapes, making it ineligible for copyright protection. If the new logotype is more complex and thus eligible for copyright protection, it cannot be hosted here unless the copyright holder is willing to publish it under a free license. (It could, however, be locally hosted on English Wikipedia as non-free fair use content.) If a license is needed and the copyright holder is willing to grant it, see Commons:OTRS for instructions.
Assuming the new logotype can be hosted on Commons, you can upload it under a different file name instead of uploading a new version of the existing one. If the new logotype is available in a more suitable file format for this type of graphic (i.e. SVG or PNG rather than JPEG), uploading that would be the preferred option, and then the file name would have to be different anyway. Then you'd just have to edit the Wikipedia article to point to the new file name.
Commons:Guidance for paid editors contains additional information that may be relevant. If you have further questions, just come back here and ask. LX (talk, contribs) 17:06, 13 April 2015 (UTC)


Do we have any guides/help content to cover uploading derivative works now that DerivativeFX is dead and ToolLabs /derivative/ is down/removed? --Pitke (talk) 10:02, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Hmmmpf. Commons:Derivative works doesn't really cover derivative works of files already present at Commons. Commons:Collages has a little bit of advice concerning license compatibility. phab:T69283 looks pretty much abandoned as well. Afaik, that's about it. Not good, not good at all. --El Grafo (talk) 11:40, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Copyleft content in my workEdit

I have a situation where I want to use a photography to make a picture for Wikipedia article. I found it on photographer's page which has a copyleft license mark in the footer. All the information about copyleft I found on Wikipedia and it's clear. However, there's also a notation made by author on the page, which stands: "You can use these photographs to create your own work of art as long as you give credit. Talk to me if you want to make profit." As I see it, I can use the photography to create my own work as long as I give credit which I understand as mentioning whose photography I based my work on.

I found a photography which I want to use but only a half of it has the contents related to the article. So I cropped it and resized. I also sharpened the photo, brightened and blurred a part of it to expose essential details. And now I want to upload it as my work to Wikimedia Commons.

Here's how I see it:

  • I'm allowed to use the photography to create my own work, which I already did
  • I'm going to inform whose photography I used in my work, which fills out "giving credit", according to the information I found online
  • I'm not going to make any profit of it or of my work, I'm going to upload my work to Wikimedia Commons under a free license

And now I have the question if I understood everything correctly or I am wrong? (for additional information: the photography is taken in US) — Preceding unsigned comment added by LaAstra (talk • contribs) 13:08, 15 April 2015‎ (UTC)

The Talk to me if you want to make profit seems to conflict with the copyleft license (which one?). It would help enormously if you could provide a link to the website you are talking about. It might be necessary to ask the photographer for clarification. (The problem is: While you won't make any profit, all media on Commons must be free for anyone to use for commercial purposes. If potential re-users have to ask the photographer first, we can't host the file) --El Grafo (talk) 14:07, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

how to upload a photo in wikipediaEdit

how can i post photo in wekipedia tell me fast thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ijlal mahi (talk • contribs) 13:27, 15 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Have you had a look at Commons:First steps? LX (talk, contribs) 17:30, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Upload wayEdit

Can I upload via url ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Patarmalik (talk • contribs) 16:04, 15 April 2015‎ (UTC)

No; only administrators can do that, and only from a limited set of sites. Most of the content you find on the Internet is not in the public domain or published under a free license, and therefore cannot be uploaded to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 17:39, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
How about toollabs:url2commons? --Geohakkeri (talk) 13:24, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
One finds out something new every day at this place. I get only 27 hits when searching for this name. Where has this tool and the instructions on Commons policies that it provides (or rather doesn't) been discussed? Is there a tracking category for files uploaded with this tool? This doesn't feel like something we should be recommending to new users in its current state. LX (talk, contribs) 16:25, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Ping: Magnus Manske --Geohakkeri (talk) 07:59, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
This tool predates the Commons build-in URL upload function. No "policy discussion" has ever taken place, AFAIK. Use it, improve it, or ignore it. --Magnus Manske (talk) 13:26, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Next button problem in Describe step of Upload WizardEdit

Next button in Describe step of Upload Wizard is not run I use Firefox 37.0.1 on Windows 8.1 I can not upload any file. What is problem? Nighteagle2000 (talk) 15:33, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

The Upload Wizard (the default interface for uploading files to Commons) is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness. It isn't broken for everyone all the time, but I don't recall a time since it was introduced that we went more than a few days without people reporting enigmatic problems with indefinitely spinning wheels, unhelpful error messages, or simply no way to move forward. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 16:29, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Imagens demoram muito tempo para carregar.Edit

Porque será que isto acontece?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PTFernando (talk • contribs) 13:44, 17 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Por favor, tente novamente com o Commons:Upload/pt-br. Está lá o mesmo problema? -- Rillke(q?) 14:41, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Artist photo for pageEdit

Elena Elk (talk) 09:02, 18 April 2015 (UTC) Today I uploaded a photo Telalim.jpg for created pages about Bulgarian artist Alexander Telalim. Photography was available for free distribution, obtained from the copyright holder, permission of the artist (oral) received too. But it was deleted. How can I get the file?

Please have the artist send an e-mail to OTRS, identifying the file and releasing the artwork under a free licence; there is a sample form letter on that page. Once the permission has been verified the file will be undeleted.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 10:05, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Elena Elk (talk) 03:20, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

i need helpEdit

I upload a photo from This is my uploaded photo i get a message copyright violation. what can i do. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sadaqata (talk • contribs) 06:28, 19 April 2015‎ (UTC)

One thing you can do is to read Commons:Project scope/Summary, which should help you understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 09:10, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Next ButtonEdit

Please help with the following problem, I upload the pictures and on the stage "Describe" after im done editing the files and adding the description i press the button next but nothing happens i tried several times with 1-2 day interval and different pictures the problem persists. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Agulani (talk • contribs) 12:00, 20 April 2015‎ (UTC)

The Upload Wizard (the default interface for uploading files to Commons) is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness. It isn't broken for everyone all the time, but I don't recall a time since it was introduced that we went more than a few weeks without people reporting enigmatic problems with indefinitely spinning wheels, unhelpful error messages, or simply no way to move forward. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. -- Rillke(q?) 14:46, 20 April 2015 (UTC)