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Leif Johan BraatenEdit

Jeg anser meg nå ferdig med min selvpresentasjon og Utvalgt Litteratur og ville gjerne ha et selvtatt bilde av Leif Johan Braaten, over teksten, supplert med litt relevant INFO? LJB2604 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Leif Johan Braaten (talk • contribs) 11:06, 8 February 2014‎ (UTC)


как загрузить картинку,если не одна не подходит? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Disney-Norah Jones(dasha) (talk • contribs) 18:31, 6 March 2014‎ (UTC)

Deleted PhotoEdit

Hi Wikimedia Commons, I uploaded a photo of a public person (Jimmy Chamberlin) which was a personal photo and thus fit under the wikimedia commons rules. However, it was deleted from his Wikipedia page. How can I re-upload this image and get it back on his page? Thanks! —Preceding unsigned comment added by A Very Smashing Pumpkin (talk • contribs) 23:53, 29 March 2014‎ (UTC)

The photo in question is File:Jimmy Chamberlin Headshot.jpg. The page linked to in the deletion log message and in the message on your user talk page that preceded the deletion, Commons:OTRS, contains the information you need. You should not re-upload previously deleted files yourself. LX (talk, contribs) 08:41, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Upload file tool tells me these images are corruptEdit

Hello, I am attempting to upload these ([1] [2] [3] [4] [5]) files from flickr, however the Upload tool brings up the error message "This file might be corrupt, or have the wrong extension" for each. Any help would be appreciated. -Fandraltastic (talk) 19:03, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

que tipo de commons debo bajar para subir fotos ?Edit

Hola: Què versiòn de COMMONS debo bajar para subir fotos a w.? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sergioosvaldo68 (talk • contribs) 08:26, 31 March 2014‎ (UTC)


I would like to upload a logo for the page Overwolf but I'm unsure as to how I should upload it. The wizard seems to not be working as after I select the image the square is blank and I only have an option to select more files. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Raif1989 (talk • contribs) 13:16, 31 March 2014‎ (UTC)

Technical issues aside, is there any reason to believe that the logo is published under a free license? LX (talk, contribs) 14:26, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
I'm the Overwolf Community Manager and work for the company. We saw the page went live and wanted to give the proper logo. I have permission from the company (as I work for them) to use the image for this. If there needs to be some specific information I just need to know what it is.Raif1989 (talk) 06:19, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
I'm afraid permission to use the logo for a specific purpose isn't sufficient for Commons to host it. It can only be hosted here if the company is willing to publish the logo under a copyright license that allows anyone to use the logo in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes. (However, trademark rights are not affected.) If that's the case, then you need to follow the process described at Commons:OTRS. As for the technical issues, the Upload Wizard is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness. You might want to try Commons:Upload instead. It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 16:44, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
We are willing to upload the picture under those circumstances of course. The reason I was asking was because I wasn't sure how to upload the picture through Commons:Upload as it was somewhat unclear as to which category this picture fell under. Actually looking through the Commons there already IS a logo of ours, though it is outdated from a few years ago and wish to renew it here --Raif1989 (talk) 13:40, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
I suppose the most appropriate option would be the "somewhere else" option that points to Special:Upload. LX (talk, contribs) 10:28, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright tag issueEdit

I have an image from an external website. On the page, the images are stated to be public domain. Just to be sure, I contacted the authorship committee just to make sure and got their OK. My problem is that your template isn't cooperating with me in a useful manner. I wish it would be more clear what the problem was. I fill out the appropriate fields and click preview and I am shown

This work has been released into the public domain by its author, {{{1}}}. This applies worldwide. In some countries this may not be legally possible; if so: {{{1}}} grants anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

It also tells me that I am missing source information and threatens to delete the files, and that isn't true. I did provide the source information in the fields. For source, I entered "". For Authors, I entered "National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators". Then below that I click "Another reason not listed above" and was given a form to enter additional data into. After reading to find the correct copyright tag, I gave it: "{{PD-author|[ NCVEC]}}".

So what data did I not enter correctly? It doesn't tell me that and I have no idea where it gets the {{{1}}} from. I only did what I was asked to do.

The screenshot is visible from my website linked here: upload.png 1.4 MiB

Timothylegg (talk) 19:18, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Four words for you: Wiki template syntax idiosyncrasies. Try {{PD-author|1=[ NCVEC]}} instead. (When using URL:s with "=" signs in unnamed template parameters, you have to refer to the parameter explicitly by its number to avoid the stuff to the right of the "=" sign from being assigned to a variable whose name is everything to the left of the "=" sign, and which obviously doesn't exist, leaving your intended unnamed parameter empty. {{PD-author}} requires parameter 1 to be set, or it results in a deletion tag, as you've seen.) LX (talk, contribs) 19:41, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Resolved Timothylegg (talk) 20:40, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. LX (talk, contribs) 20:44, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Promotional Movie PostersEdit

Hi. I'm trying not to upload anything that shouldn't be uploaded. I'm updating some films on English Wikipedia, and I notice that some films have movie posters in their infobox, which are not free to use commercially. I am completely unsure of the "free use" rationale, but I would like to upload promotional materials from films in order to augment their articles. Is there an accepted way to do this?Onel5969 (talk) 20:49, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

You can't upload non-free content here on Commons. If you have any questions about non-free content on English Wikipedia, you should probably ask over there, rather than here. LX (talk, contribs) 21:06, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Onel5969 -- A release of material for promotional purposes is not at all the same as a formal licesning under terms acceptable for Wikimedia Commons. There are some limited exceptions for some pre-1978 U.S. photos and similar (see the uploads of User:We hope, etc.), but nothing that would allow all such material to be uploaded here. AnonMoos (talk) 11:01, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. That's what I thought. I've just seen posters there that don't seem to fit your guidelines. I thought all photos that were used in Wikipedia were uploaded here first. Thanks for your help.Onel5969 (talk) 13:50, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. LX (talk, contribs) 09:07, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Upload a photo previously taken down due to permissions.Edit

I have permissions from both the photographer and artist to upload the photo of Dionne Farris. I uploaded this picture previously. It was taken down. The email address and information I used to upload this file, I no longer have that email account - I want to upload the picture again after having the required permissions via this new account for Wikimedia via

I appreciate assistance. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sherri'sEdits (talk • contribs) 19:10, 5 April 2014‎ (UTC)

You should not reupload photos that have been previously deleted. Instead, if you send in evidence that the photographer agreed to publish the photo under a free license (that is: under licensing terms that explicitly permit anyone to use the photo in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes) to our permission archive according to these instructions, the file will be restored by an administrator. LX (talk, contribs) 09:06, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

பதிவுகளைப் பதிப்பிதல் தொடர்பாகEdit

நான் இராமநாதபுரம் மாவட்ட பள்ளமோர்க்குளம் ஊராகத்தில் தங்கச்சாமி - வசந்தா என்பவர்களுக்குப் பிறந்தவன். —Preceding unsigned comment added by சத்தியராஜ் (talk • contribs) 03:34, 6 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Uploaded file to wrong page.Edit

I have uploaded a file to commons I want to link this to the QUORN SOUTH AUSTRALIA page:,_South_Australia. How do I do this please? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vaparker (talk • contribs) 08:31, 6 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Go to the file description page at File:Savings Bank of South Australia - Old Quorn branch.jpg, click the "Edit" tab at the top of the page, enter

[[Category:Quorn, South Australia]]

at the bottom of the big text input box, and press the "Save page" button. LX (talk, contribs) 09:00, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Basic information is way too hard to find on WikimediaEdit

I'm giving up my hunt for the page that shows which Copyright licenses are accepted by Wikimedia and which are not. 20 minutes of hunting through the maze is enough for me. This should be really easy to find, but it isn't.

Does anyone know where I go for this? I stumbled onto it once, in the Wikimaze, but now I can't find my way back there.

Sincere thanks in advance, :-) Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 23:09, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Found Commons:Licensing in a few seconds with this search: [6]... -- AnonMoos (talk) 08:28, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Commons:Licensing indeed explains Commons' licensing requirements. We don't have any exhaustive lists of which licenses are accepted and which ones are not, because those lists are not finite, unless you're thinking of importing files from a site with a finite number of licensing options, like Flickr. That said, Commons:Copyright tags has a long list of copyright and licensing templates which are available (and a few that are explicitly not accepted). LX (talk, contribs) 10:51, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Actualitzador fotografia en una biografiaEdit

Hola, voldria actualitzar la foto en una biografia (per encarrec de la persona en qüestió) però la vareu esborrar per tema de drets d'imatge i ara tampoc em deixa tornar-ho a intentar pq em diu que és un contingut que ja s'ha esborrat anteriorment i que, per tant, no em deixa tornar-ho a intentar...

Com ho haig de fer per poder actualitzar la foto? Gràcies —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rcasber (talk • contribs) 09:00, 8 April 2014‎ (UTC)

There aren't likely to be many regular readers of this page who happen to speak Catalan... AnonMoos (talk) 07:59, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Uploading an imageEdit

I uploaded an image last night but it was deleted as I do not know how to provide license information. The logo is the new logo for my university and my vice chancellor has requested for the new logo to replace the old logo. The file name is File:ITB logo.jpg. Can you please assist me with uploading the logo. You can refer to to see the new logo. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Symey.yeo (talk • contribs) 00:48, 9 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Presumably, the reason you do not know how to provide license information is that there is no license information to provide, because presumably, the copyright holder of the logo has not published it under a free license license – i.e. a copyright license that allows anyone to use the logo in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes. It looks like someone has updated en:File:ITB-logo.png over at the English Wikipedia project, where it is marked as non-free. You cannot upload non-free content here on Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 06:23, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Fehler beim Hochladen von BildernEdit

Hallo, seit einiger Zeit kann ich nicht - oder nur mal ausnahmsweise - Bilder bei commons mehr hochladen. Da schaltet sich eine Seite mit roten Buchstaben und dem Wort evil ein, die wohl erklärt, dass ich nicht registriert bin. Ich hab auch schon mein Paßwort geändert, den Cache geleert, den Norton-Sicherheitsscanner laufen lassen - was kann das sein? Mit genervtem Gruß --MoSchle 03:10, 10 April 2014 (UTC)----MoSchle 15:46, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Am 10. April 2014 hast Du aber eine Datei hochgeladen. War wahrscheinlich die Ausnahme.
  1. Auf HTTPS wechseln, wenn nicht schon geschehen.
  2. Entweder ein neues Browser-Benutzerprofil erstellen oder besser einen ganz neuen Browser verwenden. Z.B. Opera. Ich habe für solche Fälle den Opera Next.
  3. zum Einloggen verwenden. Darauf achten, dass auch wirklich HTTPS vorne steht.
  4. Passwort erneut ändern und nie wieder mit dem alten Browser/ Benutzerprofil einloggen.
-- Rillke(q?) 16:04, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  1. Danke für die Hinweise! --MoSchle 17:42, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
  1. HAT GEKLAPPT! Nochmals herzlichen Dank! Gruß-- 03:23, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia says that source information is missing. What kind of mistake did I make?Edit

Dear Wikimedia friends, I am still relatively new to Wikipedia and even less familiar with Wikimedia. I wrote an article about the film critic Pavel Branko some time ago. Looking for a good photo, I found one on the web and the caption gives the author of the photo (Pavel Branko's son) and it also states that the photo has been released into the public domain by the author. I think that this info makes it freely available and that I may upload it to Wikimedia. Having obtained info on the author and license from the caption of the photo on the webpage, where should I enter this information on the upload page, and how should it be supplied? JoanX.Chen (talk) 22:40, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi JoanX.Chen! You're talking about File:ImageT5P.JPG and File:ImaON3a.JPG, right? You've done most of the important things right. The reason the files had that notice about missing source information is that the PD tag that you've used, {{PD-author}}, must have the author's name included as a parameter to the template: {{PD-author|Vladimir Branko}}. I've taken care of that and simplified the file description pages a little. You can see the changes I've made here and here.
It looks like the photo was originally uploaded as File:Pavel Branko, film critic.jpg by Brankovlado, but it was deleted because it did not have a license or PD tag. With the source information you've provided, it looks like it should be OK this time around. I've tagged the file for license review, which means that a trusted user will review the copyright and source information and make a note of it, in case the source site disappears at some point in the future. LX (talk, contribs) 19:11, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Parameter sequenceEdit

The template {{Information}} displays the lines in the sequence Description/Date/Source/Author/...
But the special page "Upload file" presents them in the sequence Description/Source/Date/Author/...
Ok, this is an established view, and IMHO it should not be altered. But I would like it very much if the sequence how it is saved would be Date preceding Source, as it will be displayed.

And a cannot see any advantage when parameters left empty (permission, other_versions, other_fields) are always also saved, if not explicitely removed. This depends only the mentioned special page and parameters not altered; of course any user input should be saved as it is. sarang사랑 09:20, 16 April 2014 (UTC)


This box has no title or label to tell me whether it is the place to make my plea, but since it is accepting my typing, I guess it will have to do. After 3 days of trying to get to a screen where I can DO something about uploading my current 3 images, I am still getting nothing but run-arounds that talk and talk and talk and talk ABOUT an uploading ""Wizard" and all its requirements, but never get around to saying HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE. I did several uploads successfully and rather easily a year ago and a couple of years ago, but the Wiki sub-encyclopedia (or is it really the super one of the two?) devoted to describing itself has grown remarkably since then. Trying to use it makes me recall Mark Twain's comment about the giraffe's having been designed by a committtee, but in this case it seems to be a committee that has never had a meeting of its members. Of course, the contents of Wikipedia itself have been so "designed" by all of us contributors, and we are another non-meeting committee, but our inputs need not be interconnected. There is no similar excuse for Wiki rule-makers.

I am also baffled by how to categorize the "free use" information relevant to my image files, since the only ones I have seen offered have no "none of the above" box in which to explain that my current images have been made by me by combining elements from different cooperating sources into each image, which does not satisfy either the proffered "entirely mine" or "entirely theirs" classifications.

If there is to be an "answer" to the above, I hope I can stumble across its location when I try to find it a few days or a week from now. Oldteched (talk) 15:58, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Oldteched! You're in the right place, but although I think I understand your grievance, I'm not sure exactly what your question is. I agree that the upload wizard is often a bit of a hindrance, and I don't use it myself. If you've uploaded files in the past, you may be more familiar with Commons:Upload or Special:Upload, especially if you're trying to do something that whoever conjured up the wizard didn't think of, like uploading a work based on someone else's freely licensed or public domain work. If you provide a little more information on what different sources you used, I or someone else might be able to help you with the specifics of how to enter that information. LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Filename problemEdit

I have an irritating problem with uploading some vector files to Commons. There are already some PNG files of Dutch road numbers signs, like for example File:NL-N8.png, File:NL-N210.png. I want to upload vector (SVG) files with the same name (to keeping up with the rest of uploaded SVGs) but upload wizard blocks it due to "overwriting existing files" which I'm not doing (how can you overwrite raster image with a vector one??). Please help me solve this.

Miko101 (talk) 19:56, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Ignore warnings on something that is not UploadWizard from Commons:Upload. There is a bug about that somewhere but I couldn't find it right now -- @McZusatz: Ich glaube, Du hast den Problembericht erstellt? -- Rillke(q?) 20:32, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
This is caused by unrecoverable warnings in the UploadWizard. (Filed last year as bugzilla:46741) --McZusatz (talk) 20:41, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright questionEdit

Can I upload a photo of a steamboat dated the year 1900?

Also can I upload ANYTHING prior to the 1920s?

Many thanks, Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 20:35, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Last modified on 16 April 2014, at 20:41