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Je réessaie d'envoyer / I try to reupload. Thanks / Merci. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kenkouqc (talk • contribs) 15:24, 11 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Hanging up while submitting details and publishingEdit

I've tried various browsers but cannot complete an upload.

The upload process always hangs at "submitting details and publishing..." Any ideas?

I have all the blanks filled in and the photo appears to have been successfully uploaded prior to this step. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kev319 (talk • contribs) 12:47, 12 September 2014‎ (UTC)

same for me, it's hangingEdit

Damn, yes, some "whatever" must have changed something its hanging also at my side. Work for nothing (again). rgds User:Tonton Bernardo

My experience is that as soon as the size of the image is more than 10 MB this happens. Look at your watch list and you will see that the image has been uploaded well. Wouter (talk) 06:44, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
I have been facing the same problem for long time. Can someone solve the problem.--Rajasekhar1961 (talk) 11:30, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Receiving error at the end of uploading...Edit

Dear Wiki group, Please make corrective efforts at getting "api-error-unknownerror" at the end of uploading pictures, so that you may have pictures out of this competition.

thanks. Your account holder, MJBrohi. -- 16:40, 12 September 2014 MJBrohi

Error in UploadingEdit

Im trying to upload file but following error message appears


— Preceding unsigned comment added by Zhnaqvi (talk • contribs) 10:59, 13 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Please try uploading the file under a different filename. –⁠moogsi (talk) 23:48, 15 September 2014 (UTC)


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)

Thumbnail problemEdit

I am getting the following error when I upload my pictures: "The upload succeeded, but the server could not get a preview thumbnail." What do I need to do to correct/prevent this?

The files are TIFF images, which I've seen used here before, anywhere from 9 - 12 MB in size. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tim.erskine (talk • contribs) 01:07, 15 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Hi Tim,
The thumbnails will sometimes not generate instantly, but on visiting the page of the file in question, there seems to be no problem with generating thumbnails now.
I would suggest that you don't need to do anything to correct or prevent this, and can continue to upload TIFFs with no concerns
Thanks, –⁠moogsi (talk) 00:04, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, Moogsi! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tim.erskine (talk • contribs) 22:50, 19 September 2014‎ (UTC)

One thing I should have said is that large TIFFs (Over 50 MB) will fail to generate any thumbnails at all, so stay under that! –⁠moogsi (talk) 13:52, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. –⁠moogsi (talk) 13:52, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

pictures for (Wiki Loves Monument)Edit

I work in a media company here in Baghdad (Iraq) , I have thousands of (HD) pictures for all Iraqi historical and urban places (old and modern places) ,if you feel that you could use these pictures for the (Wikipedia) I can send you these pictures . thank you -- 07:03, 16 September 2014‎ User:Moshtakmoshtak

Probably, if the licensing is satisfactory. Should go to to a specific area to ask this question, such as Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments/Help desk... AnonMoos (talk) 23:43, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

SVG file cannot be uploaded: This file contains HTML or script code that may be erroneously interpreted by a web browser?Edit

I wanted to update an SVG file but every time I try, I get the above message. I do not have the slightest idea how to avoid that message as my file does not contain any html code or links. w3 validation approves the file; both my browsers show the same problem; the file was created the same way as the previously uploaded versions. Any suggestions? --Wribln (talk) 14:00, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

This often (but not always) means included Javascript, which is not allowed on Commons. Run it through Commons:SVG Check and see if that finds the problem... AnonMoos (talk) 23:34, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Error at the end of uploadingEdit

At the end of upload rime, ar error of file description appears and, corrected it, i tried to re-upload the same photo but this message appeears: Daylightfall.jpg There is <a href="#">another file</a> already on the site with the same content.. Now.. how i can see my contents already uploaded? How i can be sure that my photos as been on the right area? -- 12:42, 17 September 2014 User:Scorpione1977

It probably means that there's already a file on Commons which is byte-for-byte identical to the file that you're trying to upload. The name of the existing file should be mentioned somewhere... AnonMoos (talk) 13:02, 17 September 2014 (UTC)


sir, i want to upload some photos. i have already been create an account but the main fact is that i am failed to upload. could you please tell me about the uploading process of photos here?? -- 12:18, 18 September 2014‎ User:সবুর ত্বোহা

We would need to know a little more than that to offer meaningful help. What error messages are you receiving? AnonMoos (talk) 17:37, 18 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi. I took this photo of a game console for an article. But the copyrights explanation talked about logos and such. Can I leave this photo in the article en:V.Smile? The photo is useful in showing the uniqueness of the console being described. This is my first time offering a photo to go with an edit so be gentle. LOL Thanks. JimScott (talk) 21:48, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Not sure which photograph you mean, but if the logo can be considered "de minimis", then there's not a problem... AnonMoos (talk) 22:09, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

بخصوص تحميل الصورEdit

ياريت لو سمحتم تحطوا اس لينك يعرفني صوري اترفعت عندكم ولا لأ اوقات النت بيكون بطئ ومش بيظهر ما يعرفني ان صوري اتحملت ولا لأ ارجو الاهتمام -- 04:26, 20 September 2014‎ Alaa85

Uploaded; but not publishedEdit

This book Lilavatiganitamu00bhassher.pdf was uploaded about 10 days back. During uploading it, I have found that it was uploaded successfully with "tick" mark, but in the later section Publishing, it could not finish and indefinitely in the same for long time. I have stopped the process. But I have checked in my contributions; the file is existing; but when I want to open the pages; I could not see them. Can someone help me to resolve this problem. Thanking you.--Rajasekhar1961 (talk) 11:22, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

video uploading formateEdit

what types of video formate should we can upload in wiki? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sanjit.khulal (talk • contribs) 11:50, 20 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Your choices are basically WebM, OGV ("Ogg video") and animated GIF. For the first two, see Help:Converting video... -- AnonMoos (talk) 22:57, 20 September 2014 (UTC)