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Image sources & taggingEdit

High res Philippine-American War .jpegsEdit

How are you getting these? Because when I click through to the NARA pages, it only has medium res .gifs. Thanks. --BrokenSphere 02:10, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

You can get high res tif files for nara files from http://narademo.umiacs.umd.edu/cgi-bin/isadg/main.html and many maybe available from http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/ as high res jpegs Madmax32 02:16, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Image sourcesEdit

LAC copyrighted free use templateEdit

{{Template:Copyrighted free use provided that|the following conditions are satisfied: *Library and Archives Canada is identified as the source; *You exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the material reproduced; *You do not manipulate and/or modify the material reproduced; and *The reproduction is not represented as an official version of the material reproduced or as having been made in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of, Library and Archives Canada." as per http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/notices/016-200-e.html#c}}


"published" templateEdit

A new template has been created, {{published}}, meant to be placed on images that have been used in a media publication. See Image talk:Absinthe-glass.jpg for an example. Just letting everyone know in case there are objections/comments. jwillbur 21:18, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

How very neat. Time is using the content here. Thanks for the template. Patstuart (talk) 20:55, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
What about placement on the image description page itself vs. on the talk page for more visibility? Or either way? I noticed though that the template tends to "stick" to the bottom of the Information template, so a <br> tag helps provide separation. BrokenSphere 23:09, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
That's a great idea! Why haven't we had that yet...
I think it is definitely better on the talk page. Image pages are crowded enough. Suits the talk page better. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 13:58, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
Personally I think it's kind of neat anytime an image is used outside of Wiki -- not just for media. Perhaps a more generic template with an additional parameter where one could enter "media", "journal", "blog", "website", etc... --Bossi (talkgallerycontrib) 15:04, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Commons tools/tipsEdit

File is displaying strangely in a categoryEdit

I migrated Image:Ac.buddhists.jpg from the English Wikipedia to Category:Doi Suthep, but now it doesn't display right when that category is viewed. I changed the image's prior categories while going through the migration process, did this screw it up? BrokenSphere 19:43, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Nothing screwed it up. What needs to be done is purging the thumbnail that displays in the category. (O - RLY?) 20:11, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
I've fixed it; the 120px thumbnail wasn't displaying before I purged it. It should display now. (O - RLY?) 20:24, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Can anyone do that? It's not Ctrl+F5 is it? --BrokenSphere 20:53, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Yes; bug 5463 has all the details. Scroll down to Jeff G's latest comment near the bottom, where it has a mention of thumb.php. You just have to tinker with the URL to match the specific image you are trying to purge. (O - RLY?) 21:14, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Mass CheckUsageEdit

How can I do "CheckUsage" for lot of pictures in one moment? I know, that checking spend lot of time, but I don't have to click on each picture and wait, i click once and than wait for long time. ;) --Jagro 16:12, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Dunno if it's what you were hoping for, but using tabbed browsing works wonders for stuff like that (for me, at least). EVula // talk // // 16:14, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
Same question for me: if you have uploaded hundreds of images, you don't want to spend hours to have an idea which images are really used. A use counter for each image would already be nice. --Foroa 17:47, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
Go to CheckUsage, and then click on the "bulk mode..." link towards the bottom. Only problem is that it sorts by wiki, rather than by image (but if you use the "raw output" option you could write a script to re-sort the results.) --dave pape 18:52, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
CheckUsage seems only be available when on an image. How to check all my pictures ? --Foroa 20:44, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
Ok this made me think. Here is how I did it:
  1. Go to the gallery from Your User page
  2. Choose "Format: TSV (Tabs)" and click load
  3. Now that gives you 25 entries only, so remove the "&max=25" from the URL and hit enter
  4. Now save the result as a txt file (e.g. my-commons.txt)
  5. on Linux open a terminal and run "cut -f3 my-commons.txt > my-commons-cut.txt" (on windows you have to find a way of extracting the 3rd column of that output)
  6. go to Check Usage Bulk Mode
  7. open my-commons-cut.txt, copy all the contents and paste them into the "Images to check:" Box
  8. hit "Check Usage" (If you want more than a 100 hits per wiki you'll have to choose raw mode)
Now how requested is this feature? should I write a bash script or some lines of php for it?
BTW Remember that such queries can be quite heavy on the tool server especially if you have 100s of images or very popular images so be respectful (thanks ToolServer Guys!)
If you have heavier queries you might want to check out The query Service

--Inkwina 22:43, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Thank you. I tried with 750 images. Imported the TSV file in excel. Copy/paste the right column back in Check usage bulk mode. After 4 minutes, I got all the results I wanted (179 articles). A bit clumsy, but very nice indeed. Might be a bit heavy on the server, so maybe the toolservers could maintain per image a total count displayed in gallery. Updating such counters once or twice a month should be sufficient. Thanks again. --Foroa 18:33, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

How peculiar. I just tried the exact same thing - and then I read this. Did it the exact same way, but it works as you say, although clumsy. Just takes a few minutes. The output was very interesting (for me). -- Slaunger 19:04, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
I'm glad someone brought this up. Did what Foroa said by using Excel to extract the image names from the output. I did notice a few caveats:
  • The results include all your uploads. This will likely go without saying, but I've migrated a lot into Commons from en, however I personally don't keep track of them like I do with photos I've taken or images I found myself and uploaded directly here.
  • The Check Usage Bulk Mode can only handle up to 1,000 images at a time max. I had to run 2 separate searches to check all my uploads.
BrokenSphere 19:34, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Thanks to all, “bulk mode” is that I look for... Output isn't very good, but, it's better than nothing... ;) On the Internet I found one tool, which can do CheckUsage for lot of pictures, but it's very, very slow... However output of this tool is better than output of Wiki CheckUsage...--Jagro 20:42, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

That handled all my uploads in one go, but does take a very long time to run; my query of nearly 1,200 images looks like it will take a few hours. The Bulk Mode results, while not pretty as it's a text format, are a little more useful as they only show positive results. Although this directly links to the instances of use, it still lists the zero hits. BrokenSphere 21:40, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
I am very happy with the results of Check usage bulk mode and the way it presents its results (an option to save the results would be handy and could save on toolserver system time). I am mainly interested where my images are used and how the used ones are deeper categorised. From that I learned how I should shoot more detailed photo's on some aspects and how I can better categorise some of the images. Although the system to retrieve that type of information could be made less clumsy, so far my basic needs are fulfilled. --Foroa 07:01, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame plaque deletionsEdit

At least I don't have to worry about uploading the rest now. ;) BrokenSphere 01:06, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Some older plaques may be ok, and they do not always need to be that old - there is {{PD-US-1978-89}}. But that requires that you do a search of the copyright records (they are online). /Pieter Kuiper (talk) 06:46, 3 October 2009 (UTC)