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Upload issuesEdit

Fails after declaration page repeatedly. Change image to name and then fail — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maborth (talk • contribs) 23:17, 13 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Same here, been going on for weeks. Opens page, spinning circle never stops. No error message. KLWhitehead (talk) 20:55, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
I have similar issues. Uploaded a file, got the "Describe" page, entered text, clicked on "next" button, but I got the error message: "There is one error with the form above. Correct the error, and try submitting again.". I entered text in all required fields. This issue must be fixed! Σρτ (talk) 11:12, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

No subject (Portuguese)Edit

Bom dia carreguei uma foto no Commons mas não consigo edita-la na pagina que estou escrevendo. Grato, Mathias Larl — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mathias karl estress (talk • contribs) 16:11, 23 September 2014‎ (UTC)

I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Portuguese is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Esplanada. Anyway, it looks like all the files you uploaded have been deleted because they were copyright violations. LX (talk, contribs) 18:30, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

No subjectEdit

Я давно уже так не мучился при создании своего аккаунта, вы чемпионы по мраку и ужасу, вы сами то пробовали ? картинки не читаются, логин не принимается системой, хотя его не в системе - эттто пипец !!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Red777 (talk • contribs) 09:03, 17 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Google translation: I have long since not suffer when creating your account, you champions of darkness and horror, then you yourself tried? Pictures can not be read, a login is not accepted, although it is not in the system - ettto pipets !!!!
It doesn't look like anyone who speaks Russian is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Форум, but then again, it doesn't look like you're actually asking a question about uploading files to Commons. Anyway, uh, sorry about the suffering, darkness and horror. LX (talk, contribs) 18:36, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

неверная загрузка фотоEdit

Я загрузила фотографии памятника в рамках конкурса на неверно выбранную страницу. Могу ли я их удалить или переместить по назначению? Анна Матецкая — Preceding unsigned comment added by Анна Матецкая (talk • contribs) 09:47, 19 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Google translation: I uploaded a photo of the monument in the contest to incorrectly selected page. Can I delete or move them to the destination? Anna Matetskiy
I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Russian is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Форум. It will help if you mention the file in question. LX (talk, contribs) 18:40, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

No subjectEdit

Aloha... sorry but I am a first time user and wanted to upload to the Sept-Oct 2014 photo challenge. However, I am having trouble uploading--please advise. I insert the photo which creates a page with the photo ONLY and no prompts to go forward. Mahalo nui loa for your kind assistance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Big Island Photography (talk • contribs) 18:45, 27 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Sorry you didn't get a response sooner here, but it looks like you eventually got some help over at Commons:Help desk/Archive/2014/11#Light on the move photo challenge. LX (talk, contribs) 18:44, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. LX (talk, contribs) 18:44, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Foto de Salina deZipaquirá.Edit

Deseo participar subiendo una foto para el concurso de monumentos de Colombia, en especial de la Catedral de Zipaquirá en Cundinamarca Colombia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fanny leonor (talk • contribs) 22:01, 28 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Google translation: I wish to participate by uploading a photo to the contest monuments in Colombia, especially in the Cathedral of Zipaquirá Colombia Cundinamarca.
I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Spanish is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Café. The deadline for entries in Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in Colombia passed four weeks before you posted your question here, but please feel free to contribute your works to Commons at any time. LX (talk, contribs) 18:55, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

не появляются загруженные файлыEdit

Здравствуйте! Я разместила уже более ста фотографий в рамках конкурса "ВИКИ любит памятники", но не вижу ни одну из своих работ на страницах соответствующих объектов, хотя работы других участников там видны. Может быть, я что-то не так делаю, или участник и не может видеть размещение своих работ? С уважением, Тебелень. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Тебелень (talk • contribs) 22:19, 29 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Google translation: Hello! I posted more than a hundred photos in the contest "Wiki Loves Monuments", but I do not see any of his work in the pages of the respective objects, although the work of other participants there are visible. Maybe I do something wrong, or party and can not see their work placement? Sincerely, Tebelen.
I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Russian is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Форум. It will help if you give an example including the name of a file and the name of the page you expect it to be on. LX (talk, contribs) 19:01, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

subir imagenesEdit

Tengo dificultad al subir las imágenes para ubicar la categoría, wikifutureUBA. Me pueden ayudar. Desde donde tengo que entrar? gracias! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:20, 5 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Google translation: I have trouble uploading images to locate the category, wikifutureUBA. I can help. From where I have to go? Thank you!
I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Spanish is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Café. You cannot upload anything to Wikimedia Commons unless you have an account that you've logged in with. I can see that Category:Wikifuture UBA might be hard to find, since the person who created it didn't integrate it into the category tree by putting it into a parent category. :-( If you know what the category is about, perhaps you can help with that. LX (talk, contribs) 19:09, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Warum steht die Voreinstellung der Sprache auf "English"?Edit

Wenn ich den Upload-Assistenten von der deutschsprachig voreingestellten Seite starte, erwarte ich, dass der Uploader selbst diese Einstellung übernimmt. Ich bin nicht sicher, aber war das früher nicht korrekt im Verhalten? Beste Grüße --Losch (talk) 18:18, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

Kannst Du mal die URL (adresse aus der Adressleiste) der deutschsprachig voreingestellten Seite posten? Ansonsten bitte in Deinen Einstellungen ändern. -- Rillke(q?) 20:37, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
Vielen Dank für die Reaktion! Meine Start-URL ist - welche Einstellungen genau könnte ich noch bemühen? Beste Grüße --Losch (talk) 18:39, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
@Losch: Die hochbeladenen Dateien enthalten vermutlich Metadaten wie Kommentare? Dann musst Du mich dafür verantwortlich machen. Das ist ein neues Feature und wir waren uns nicht sicher, ob wie die "content language", also die Standard-Inhaltssprache oder die Benutzersprache für die Vorschläge verwenden sollten. Für die Standard-Sprache spricht, dass die meisten Inhalte in dieser Sprache hinzugefügt werden, unabhängig von den Benutzereinstellungen. Für die Benutzersprache, dass der Benutzer sie beherrscht. Ursprünglich hatte ich einen hybriden Algorithmus eingebaut, der ein bisschen Spracherkennung auf Basis von n-Grammen durchgeführt hat und die Benutzersprache auch in die Waagschale geworfen hat. In Zukunft planen wir die Sprache automatisch erkennen zu lassen, aber soweit sind wir noch nicht. Hast Du eine Idee, wie wir dieses Problem noch besser lösen könnten (und nein, ich werde nicht dafür bezahlt …)? -- Rillke(q?) 22:21, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
@Rillke: Ja genau, ich beschreibe regelmäßig IPTC-Bereiche mit Kommentaren, früher auch Stichwörter. Manches Mal habe ich mir schon gewünscht, dass IPTC-Kommentare direkt in die Bildbeschreibungsteile der Wikimedia übernommen werden könnten. Ist es das, woran du arbeitest? Klingt hochinteressant und spannend. Gibt es irgendwo Informationen über getroffene Festlegungen von euch nachzulesen? Ich weiß zu wenig davon, um euch helfen zu können. Beste Grüße --Losch (talk) 13:19, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Archivo eliminadoEdit


el 11-11-2014 subí el archivo UBA_sxx.jpg con la categoria: "Categoría:Wikifuture UBA" de entera mi autoría y fue eliminado. Entiendo que sucedió por haber publicado un link al archivo original de base. Ahora, intento resubirlo para eliminar ese link externo y no me lo permite, me hace una referencia a un archivo duplicado eliminado. Le cambié el nombre al archivo a: "FFyL_SXX.jpg" y tampoco logro poder aplicar el upload.

La intención de publicar la fuente con link externo, fue un exceso de compromiso por el derecho publico de wikimedia commons, ese link lleva a la reconstrucción 3D original del establecimiento de la FFyL de la UBA que yo mismo he realizado con herramientas informáticas libres en su totalidad.

No veo otra razón por la que se baje el archivo a no ser por la referencia al link externo. Pues, si ese no fuese el motivo, también el resto de las fotos subidas deberían bajarse por no contar con el permiso del arquitecto del edificio de cada facultad, ni de los ingenieros y obreros que colocaron ladrillo a ladrillo el emplazamiento, ni de los estudiantes transeúntes que salen en las mismas fotos, ni de las municipalidad competentes.

El archivo "UBA_sxx.jpg" bajo la categoría "Categoría:Wikifuture UBA" subido por mí, con el usuario Campos.matias, es de mi propia autoría en su entera integridad. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Campos.matias (talk • contribs) 23:38, 12 November 2014‎ (UTC)

No subjectEdit

I uploaded a file Mr-Clarke-Maisie-Clarke but it was deleted. Why it this ? It is a picture made personally my self. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 519Clarke (talk • contribs) 09:15, 14 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Looking at the list of your uploads, it looks like all 35 deletions were made for copyright reasons. You can see the deletion reason if you click on the red links on that page. LX (talk, contribs) 11:55, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Earth 2014Edit

Ich habe ein Bild für den Wettbewerb Wiki Loves Earth 2014 hochgeladen.

Es ist nicht in der Liste:österreich

Hier heißt es allerdings Weinberg-Höherberg.

Danke, oe3vbu — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oe3vbu (talk • contribs) 14:17, 14 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Old book coverEdit

I want to upload a photograph of the book-cover: Richard Stumpf „Warum die Flotte zerbrach – Kriegstagebuch eines christlichen Arbeiters“ (herausgegeben von Wilhelm Dittmann), Verlag J.H.W. Dietz Nachfolger, Berlin, 1927. I asked the publishing house and received their consent, see email below. However, the publishing house is not entirely sure as to whether there could be additional intellectual property rights (of the person, who produced the cover sesign). How can I proceed?

Von: Flora Frank
Gesendet: Montag, 17. November 2014 08:59
An: Klaus Kuhl (priv)
Betreff: Antw: Richard Stumpf - Wikipedia

Sehr geehrter Herr Kuhl,

vielen Dank für Ihr Engagement und Ihre Anfrage. Wie Sie sich vielleicht denken können, stellt die Anfrage mich vor eine größere Herausforderung.
Ich weiß nicht, wer der Urheber/die Urheberin des Covers war. Die Nutzungsrechte liegen sicherlich beim Verlag, die Urheberschaft ist unsicher. Somit bin ich auch unsicher, was die Wikipediaerklärung angeht. Sicher ist uns daran gelegen, dass das Bild auf Wikipedia öffentlich zugänglich ist, allerdings kann ich das nicht allgemeingültig auch für eine/n ungekannte/n Urheber/in sagen.

Mein Einverständins (und das des Verlages) haben Sie.

Mit den besten Grüßen
Flora Frank

Best regards --Kuhl-k (talk) 14:00, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

It could depend on the nature of the cover -- if it's just a basic arrangement of text, then it may not be worthy of separate copyright (according to U.S. copyright laws, at least). If it's truly anonymous, then {{Anonymous-EU}} could apply... AnonMoos (talk) 08:22, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks!! --Kuhl-k (talk) 13:31, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Can't upload SVGEdit

I'm trying to upload an SVG and I keep getting the message "This file might be corrupt, or have the wrong extension." I have verified the file with the Wikimedia SVG Check, with the W3C Validator, and with set to load external entities. All of them are happy with the file. The file has SMIL animations. The file has an extension of ".svg". It's available as a JSFiddle. What can I do to get it to be accepted? --- Wfaulk (talk) 07:48, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

The issue is not that it would be invalid SVG but that MediaWiki (our server software) thinks it contains scripts:
	"servedby": "mw1143",
	"error": {
		"code": "verification-error",
		"info": "This file did not pass file verification",
		"details": ["uploadscripted"],
		"*": "See for API usage"
Awesome work, btw! However, note that MediaWiki will convert it into a png file without animation for thumbnailing. -- Rillke(q?) 14:17, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
It does not contain scripts, though. Any idea what the heuristic is, so that I can try to work around it?
Also, I created it such that when it renders without animation that it shows the final state. --- Wfaulk (talk) 20:15, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
I figured it out. MediaWiki didn't like animations being specified to start when other animations ended (that is, with the attribute begin="animationId.end"), so I changed it to use explicit timings (using the values and keyTimes attributes). I'm going to see if I have access to put that information on the SVG page. (The file is now uploaded at File:Pythagoras-proof-anim.svg.) --- Wfaulk (talk) 21:39, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
The code preventing upload in question is, committed 2 and a half months ago, BTW:
# Change href with animate from ( This doesn't seem
# possible without embedding the svg, but filter here in case.
if ( $stripped == 'from'
  && $strippedElement === 'animate'
  && !preg_match( '!^https?://!im', $value )
) {
  wfDebug( __METHOD__ . ": Found animate that might be changing href using from "
    . "\"<$strippedElement '$attrib'='$value'...\" in uploaded file.\n" );
  return true;
From what I understand is that you just have to remove the from="0" attributes from the animate nodes. I wonder why the from attribute is not being allowed to be a plain number like 0. Any idea why, Bawolff? -- Rillke(q?) 22:17, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
I rechecked and it looks like your analysis is correct. Interestingly, it's okay with from attribute in an animateTransform element. Maybe the same security issue doesn't apply there. --- Wfaulk (talk) 03:39, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
(ping @CSteipp (WMF):) Hmm, this kind of seems like a weird check all around, as its not filtering the to attribute, which seems just as exploitable, and only allowing link-like value seems odd, as it would be rare for someone to use animate to change a link value. I think the check should be changed to be more specific. Bawolff (talk) 04:00, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Uploading a photo of another person with his permissionEdit

I have a friend. He lives in a certain country (no matter what). He made some photos of his city. They weren't used anywhere. He has no problem with mine publishing his photos on Wikipedia (he himself isn't registered here). So, there's no problem with copyrite. BUT, there's no such option in uploading photo. Two of my photos, which I uploaded were already deleted for "copyrite violation" (for another reasons). I'm afraid, if I upload this, administration will also delete them. Should I write that I made them, or what?

Sorry for my English. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MichaelGrin (talk • contribs) 15:43, 20 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Hello. You need to get the permission of the photographer to publish these pictures under an accepted licence. However, I am afraid these pictures are out of our project's scope. Unused, private images are not accepted here and they might be deleted. Please use another website if you want to publish private holiday photographs (Flickr for example). Best regards, BrightRaven (talk) 16:55, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Hello. Maybe my answer here above was not really appropriate. You have uploaded this image. I think you have done a good job: you have clearly mentioned the name of the author and the licence. Since you are not the author of the picture, you should send the permission of the author through OTRS. BrightRaven (talk) 09:00, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Audio upload doesn't appearEdit

I have recorded and uploaded a name pronunciation. (Joanne audio pronunciation.ogg) A page appears with two options, one of which says, "To use the file in a wiki, copy this text into a page:" (
Pronunciation of Joanne and variants.
) I do that but no pronunciation appears when I do a preview. It merely causes a text break. Why doesn't it work? (I'm trying to enter it after the middle name "Joan" in the Wiki Bonnie Lou. Nicmart (talk) 16:03, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Now that I've added the file link here I see what happens. What I WANT to happen is that the audio icon for pronunciation appear after "Joan." I tried the template for that and couldn't get it to work, either. That template include phonetic pronunciation, which I don't have. Can I just insert the audio pronunciation? Nicmart (talk) 16:07, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Another bit of confusion. I was trying to link to an entry page for Bonnie Lou to show where I want the pronunciation to go, but I didn't accomplish that. Don't know how. Nicmart (talk) 16:11, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Now I've tried inserting this -- Audio (US) -- but it merely returns a file doesn't exist message when the audio icon is clicked. Nicmart (talk) 16:18, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Мои файлы были удаленыEdit

Добрый день. Файлы, которые были мною загружены были удалены из-за нарушения авторских прав. Подскажите, как их восстановить и какая лицензия подходит для снимков, сделанных не мною, но имеющих право свободно использовать в сети. --Оди (talk) 17:51, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

CC BY-ND 4.0 licenceEdit

Can I upload picture that are licenced with CC BY-ND 4.0 license, I don't find that choice in wisard--Motopark (talk) 05:24, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Not any ND (derivation not allowed) license allowed in Commons. Jee 06:17, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
  • For further clarification: CC BY-ND 4.0 allows adaptation; but not allows to share the adapted material. Jee 06:28, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
So picture used that license can't add to any Wikipedia page ?--Motopark (talk) 06:31, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
No. I had read related discussions (see "Adaptations of NoDerivatives material permitted when not shared"); it allows only personal uses of adapted work. Jee 06:40, 24 November 2014 (UTC)