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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)
The Upload Wizard 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 and unhelpful error messages, and nobody responsible for its introduction seems to want to take responsibility for responding to feedback or making sure it works properly. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 18:05, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
Where I live I can literally spend all day trying to upload a file to Commons and still not succeed. Is there a possibility of creating an upload method where we could add a link to a file on Google Drive or Drop Box? That might be a lot easier and more reliable, especially for people living in remote places with low bandwidth. Cfynn (talk) 13:16, 26 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. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MJBrohi (talk • contribs) 16:40, 12 September 2014‎ (UTC)

That's bugzilla:66366. The Upload Wizard 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 and unhelpful error messages, and nobody responsible for its introduction seems to want to take responsibility for responding to feedback or making sure it works properly. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 18:10, 22 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)

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 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Moshtakmoshtak (talk • contribs) 07:03, 16 September 2014‎ (UTC)

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)
I ran the check as suggested and the result was: No issues found. :-( --Wribln (talk) 09:33, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, try saving it in the most minimal format with as few additions specific to your editing program as possible ("plain SVG" if using InkScape). If that doesn't work, someone will have to open the file in a text editor and scan through it manually... AnonMoos (talk) 12:14, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
Problem solved!! I did a line-by-line comparison with the previous version and found two lonely "onmouse..." statements... Hint for other users: If you prepare such a graph using yED, disable "Export Description as Tooltip" during the SVG Export (tab "Links and Descriptions"), this not only omits the Javascript Code but also any related onmouse... event handling. Thank you for your support. --Wribln (talk) 13:56, 25 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? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Scorpione1977 (talk • contribs) 12:42, 17 September 2014‎ (UTC)

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?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by সবুর ত্বোহা (talk • contribs) 12:18, 18 September 2014‎ (UTC)

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)

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)

Clarifying license type for another persons work - permission receivedEdit

Hi, I am looking to clarify wether and under which license I could load a digital image of a piece of art work done by someone else. I requested the artist for use of the image, I have included relevant text from the request e-mail below;

I am writing to seek the use of a digital image of a portrait you did 'Asis' as part of the Sundust series. I wish to use this image to illustrate two articles I am writing, one on Wikipedia, and another on a personal blog. For purposes of Wikicommons, the license required would be the right to reproduce and modify. I have included a link to the rights page info here, I believe the specific license name/type would be Attribution or Free Art licenses.

The artists response was as follows;

I have no problem giving you permission to use my art so long as it is only for Wikipedia and your Kalenjin personal blog and only if I am clearly labeled as the artist [full name: Sara Golish] with a direct link to my website []. I would also require that the image is not altered in any way. The "Free Art License" is not ok as it allows one to "freely copy, distribute and transform" without my permission.

Please advise...

The image can be found at the links below; — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eren Gatiat (talk • contribs) 19:57, 22 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Hello Eren. The simple answer is you cannot upload such images to Wikimedia Commons. which can only host media that is free for anyone to re-use in anyway, even commercially and even to modify it. If the artist doesn't wish to license their work that is their prerogative. Green Giant (talk) 22:31, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Bilder wurden gelöschtEdit

Liebe Fachleute bei Wiki Comons und Wikipedia,

meine Frage bezieht sich auf meinen Beitrag "G. Taubaldsche Buchhandlung" in Wikipedia: [[1]] Bilder, deren Eigentümer ich zweifellos bin, wurden von einem Bot gelöscht. Ich habe sie in meinen Beitrag als Galerie eingebaut.

Ich habe sie nun neu erstellt und unter verändertem Namen erneut hochgeladen, das ging erst nach Umbenennung etc.... Jetzt sind sie wieder im Beitrag. Aber:

Kann mir jemand sagen, warum die Bilder gelöscht wurden? Wie kann ich mich schützen, dass die Bilder nicht wieder gelöscht werden.

Vielen Dank für die Antwort. --Oberpfalzmaennchen (talk) 08:11, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Gegen ungerechtfertigte Löschungen wäre auch der Weg über Commons:Undeletion requests möglich gewesen. Die Angabe etwa bei File:Taubaldsche-opti.jpg lautet zwar "Copyright violation", aber das kann ich mir bei Postkarten aus 1900 eigentlich nicht vorstellen. Ich nehme an, bemängelt wurden insb. die Proträtaufnahmen. Denn da scheint mir die Angabe "Eigenes Werk" für ein Foto von Anton Stangle, das vor über 50 Jahren gemacht worden sein muss, gewagt zu sein weil biologisch nicht sehr wahrscheinlich, und für die Strichzeichnung von Anton Winkler gilt das erst recht. Es geht hier nicht um das Eigentum am Papierbild, sondern um die Urheberrechte des ursprünglichen Fotografen bzw. Zeichners. Falls es sich aber auch in diesem Sinne um ein eigenes Werk handelt, diskutiere das vielleicht mit dem löschenden Bunutzer (User:Ellin Beltz).--Hagman (talk) 21:30, 23 September 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)

Please let me know if this procedure for uploading a picture to Commons is acceptableEdit


While editing this article on Wikipedia, I noticed that it doesn't have a picture; furthermore, on the talk page, if you click on "show" next to "WikiProject Biography / Musicians (Rated C-class)", it reads "It is requested that a photograph or picture of this person be included in this article to improve its quality." Therefore, I contacted Tiffany Alvord's manager, who kindly wrote back to me agreeing to provide a picture soon, which belongs to her (taken by her); she is willing to "publish" the picture under a suitable free license using the standard declaration of consent in an e-mail that she will send to However, she knows nothing about Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons, so I myself must upload the picture once I receive it from her. That brings up my first question:

  • Which option should I choose for uploading the photo once I receive it? I don't see any good choices here. May I use "It is entirely my own work", even though she owns the picture? I see no other solution since she has no experience with Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons.

Second question:

  • When I upload the picture using the Wizard, may I leave out the URL (source)? I ask this question because the first time I uploaded a picture here, I provided a Facebook link with the picture as the source, but this caused problems and delays since the Facebook link also had comments from fans. I don't want to go through the same problem again since the picture I'll receive from Tiffany Alvord's manager will almost certainly be from a social media site, so it will have comments again. May I simply upload the picture without a source, add the OTRS pending template, and then add as the source (by editing the page) the URL of the image provided by Wikimedia Commons? Or may I use the social media site source while uploading, and then change it later to the URL of the image as located on Wikimedia Commons?

Thank you very much in advance! Dontreader (talk) 06:11, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

  • If you're using Commons:Upload rather than Special:UploadWizard, don't use the option "It is entirely my own work", since it is not your own work. Instead, use the option "It is from somewhere else". If you're using the Upload Wizard, select "This file is not my own work".
  • You should provide a truthful source. If it comes from a social media site, that's what you should state. There's no reason why that should cause any problems or delays. The OTRS volunteers just have a big backlog, so most things take a long time. LX (talk, contribs) 10:12, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
LX, thanks so much for your help! Definitely I'll use the Wizard. I foolishly seem to have provided a link to the conventional upload tool. Anyway, I feel very confident now that I will be able to upload the picture without doubts and without mistakes; I'm still waiting to receive it. It's great to know that a social media site link is okay as a source. Once again, thank you very much, and I really appreciate the time and help you give people here! Dontreader (talk) 18:02, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Replacement uploads via the Wizard?Edit

Can I use the Upload wizard to upload newer version of the same file, (the option that appears below the file description)?— Ineuw talk 16:53, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

No. LX (talk, contribs) 17:28, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
If you need to overwrite a file >100 MB, you'll have to use home-brewn tools like User talk:Rillke/bigChunkedUpload.js. -- Rillke(q?) 15:02, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Rillke(q?) 15:02, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Koordinateneingabe zum StandortEdit

Die Koordinaten des Objektes (48° 9′ 23.76″ N, 11° 16′ 53.76″ E) wurden aus Wikipedia mit "Copy" herauskopiert und mit "Einfügen" in die entsprechenden Felder eingestellt. Das führt zu den beiden Fehlermeldungen:
Breite muss zwischen -90 und +90 liegen
Länge muss zwischen -90 und + 90 liegen.

Dies sind gängige Bezeichnungen. Wie muss die Eingabe denn dann aussehen? Mit freundlichen Grüßen Zugroaster - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zugroaster (talk • contribs) 18:28, 24 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Hallo Zugroaster, ich nehme an, es geht um File:Kapelle St. Maria 02.jpg? Keine Ahnung, wo da beim Upload das Problem lag, aber wenn du anstelle deines Vermerks (Standort: 48° 09′ 23.76″ Nord …) {{Object location|48|9|23.76|N|11|16|53.76|E}} eingibst, sollte es funktionieren. Alternativ, wenn die Koordinaten des Objektes mit dem Kamerastandort übereinstimmen: {{Location|48|9|23.76|N|11|16|53.76|E}}. (Wir unterscheiden hier zwischen Objekt- und Kameraposition, siehe Template:Object location und Template:Location). Hoffe das hilft? --El Grafo (talk) 19:10, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

One final question about upload procedure regarding verification emailsEdit


I want to upload a photograph to Commons that is owned by someone else. The owner has already told me in an email that she is willing to use the standard declaration of consent to publish the photo under the free license Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported. Therefore, may I upload the photo, then add the OTRS pending template, then send her the URL of the image as located on Wikimedia Commons for which she is providing permission, and then let her send an email to the OTRS team with all the details so they can verify everything?

In other words, do I have to send an email showing that she gave me permission to publish the photo? That seems like a waste of time because, in my opinion, my email to the OTRS team would have no value. The linked page that I provided above says, "The email you send must come from an email address that we can recognize. For instance, if you are releasing images from a website, your email address must be associated with the website or listed on the contact page of the website." Well, she (not me) has the email address that the OTRS team can recognize. So, please, do I need to write an email to the OTRS team, or can the emails be sent completely between the owner of the photo and the OTRS team?

Thank you very much in advance! Dontreader (talk) 12:02, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, you may use the procedure that you describe. As the uploader, you would be taking on some responsibility if the copyright holder changes their mind about providing the formal permission or if there has been some misunderstanding, but as long as you are acting in good faith, that seems like a very small level of risk. LX (talk, contribs) 17:47, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
LX, that is excellent news. Once again I'm very grateful for your time and for your very clear explanation. Have a nice day! Dontreader (talk) 18:30, 25 September 2014 (UTC)



I want to upload a corporate logo from my computer drive to commons for use on the company page. I want to include non-free logo}} and Non-free use rationale logo}} as I understand this is important for protection but when can I add this? I try adding these after upload but instead of displaying the copyright message, it says "This project page may meet the criteria for speedy deletion" and is "not published under a free license".

I assume this is to do with my selection on the Wiki Commons uploader. Should I select it as my own work or NOT my own work, and if NOT, what selection under "Right the Publish This Work" will allow me to add these appropriate tags??

Simple instructions would be great, thank you in advance. Meghan — Preceding unsigned comment added by MBrine Sepro (talk • contribs) 00:24, 26 September 2014‎ (UTC)

You can upload your logo to English Wikipedia as fair use, check some others companies where are logo and open the picture to see how this logos information has been markes.--Motopark (talk) 03:19, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Upload Wizard will not loadEdit

For some reason the Upload Wizard will not load on my second PC. It says that it is "done", but the on-screen timer is still spinning and the Wizard has not loaded. This happens on my second PC more often than not. Any suggestions please? GTHO (talk) 03:33, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

"The Upload Wizard 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 and unhelpful error messages […]. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable."
-- Rillke(q?) 15:11, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Problem bei Bilder-HochladenEdit

Hallo, ich kann meine Bilder nicht hochladen. Wenn ich Special:UploadWizard abrufe, meldet der Billdschirm "error" Danke fuer die Hilfe, 26.9.2014 Photokimi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Photokimi (talk • contribs) 07:57, 26 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Bitte benutze eine alternative Methode auf Commons:Hochladen. Der Assistent funktioniert leider nur sporadisch. -- Rillke(q?) 15:04, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Re-uploading a deleted imageEdit


I want to re-upload an image that was deleted (david_140910.jpg) in Wikicommons. I want to use the legal non-copyright law for magazine covers. I cannot upload the file even under a different name with a message "already deleted." How can I re-upload the file.

Tdempsey (talk) 21:05, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Fair use images are not permitted at Commons, only at en wiki and a small number of other wikis. --Denniss (talk) 21:49, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

CODE skEdit

Dear Wiki! I'am looking for the Slovakian-CODE for:

- Spišské Vlachy, katholic curch and manor house. - Matejovje (Poprad) Holy Stephan churc.

Thank you for your kindly help! Best Regards, Thaler Tamás (ThalerTamas) hu — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thaler Tamas (talk • contribs) 10:59, 30 September 2014‎ (UTC)