Last modified on 24 May 2015, at 15:36

User:Ellin Beltz

Welcome to my user page!

I am a Commons administrator (verify) working in a spirit of COM:AGF with Commons images for deletion.

Please do not be offended if your images were nominated for deletion or even deleted. There are processes to provide copyright permission and undelete even images which have already been removed. If you need a really fast response to a general question, please write at the Village Pump. To contact me, please leave your message on my User Talk page.

Scroll down for more information about images for deletion, what the acronyms mean and what do to if your images were nominated or deleted.

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Contact & info

For Commons ... Please leave your message on my User Talk page.

I am not a Wikipedia admin, but I do edit there...

How to upload images

Commons:First steps tutorial!

Acronyms & locations

Cuteness is no excuse!
Remember, cuteness is no excuse!
Read COM:L
  • AGF = Assume good faith, see COM:AGF
  • Blocks = You don't want one of these, see COM:BP
  • CALM = Commons settling issues with other users, see COM:DISPUTE
  • COPYVIO = Commons Copyright Violation, see COM:L
  • DN = Deletion Nomination, see Commons:Deletion requests
  • DW = Derivative Work of another artwork, photo etc., see COM:DW
  • no permission = image permission is not compatible with Commons, or none at all
  • no source = image has no source, cannot be found at source, or source is irrational
  • OTRS = process for copyright holder to formally declare copyright on image/s, see COM:OTRS
  • SCOPE = Commons scope, also called scope, see COM:SCOPE
  • speedy = copyvio with proof, can be removed immediately

Need more? Try Commons:Editor's index to Commons aka COM:EIC

Helpful hints from Hedwig

  1. Please sign your posts on talk pages by adding: --~~~~ at the end. Thanks!
  2. You can't claim own work when you didn't take the photograph yourself. That is called copyright infringement.
  3. If you don't know the author you have to check how old the photo is. It may be public domain because its copyright has expired.
  4. If you know the author, please ask for permission and send the permission to our OTRS Team. Instructions here: OTRS
  5. In order to source properly, state where you got the picture from. Websites or books. Maybe an archive? Given to you by the copyright owner?
  6. Please read about the licenses and essential information here: Com:L and Com:Essential information.

Thanks to Hedwig in Washington for this lovely list.

Please read the appropriate message for your situation

New users sometimes make mistakes...

Here is the cutest possible kitten for you

Hi there, and welcome to Commons! Yes, really, Welcome! it may not look like I'm very welcoming to you, nominating your pictures for deletion, but I think you may have made some mistakes. You can read more about copyright at the section for Copyright violations & Deletion guidelines. Sorry to be the one to nominate your pictures for deletion, but you need to read the instructions on what is ok to upload here and what isn't ok. I hope you follow the instructions and add some more photos of your own - of interesting things in the world around you!

  1. Blurry and/or really poor quality images. Note while there is a [[:Category:Intentionally blurred images]], generally blurred images are out of scope.
  2. Family snaps and/or images of some guy/girl/babies/families/pets doing various guy/girl/baby/family/pet things,
  3. Images so personal as to defy polite description,
  4. Advertising, promotional or self-promotional images, see also COM:PENIS
  5. Resumes and personal biographies whether text or laid over photographs
  6. Images not realistically useful for educational purposes,
  7. COM:PS#Must be realistically useful for an educational purpose including:
  • Images that are impossible to tell what they are and/or have little to no description to help the user decide the educational content,
  • Images uploaded as test edits, out of boredom, or to test a new phone,
  • Uncategorized images or those categorized to [[Category:NonexistantPages]] and
  • Unused, poor quality, low resolution and lacking metadata images.

Personal photos...

a personal photo album

Sorry to have marked your photo/s for deletion, but Wikimedia Commons is not a personal photo album! Please read up on COM:SCOPE to find out more about what is and what isn't a file which can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. I hope you read up on all this and add some more photos of your own!


This selfie is in scope

Not all selfies are within scope, although if you're an astronaut in outer space, one or two would be in scope.

Admin apply {{autotranslate|1=|base=No selfies}} for friendly autowarning box.

Old Personal photos

Old baby pictures are sometimes in scope

COM:NOTSOCIAL Commons is not a social network for uploaded image.

COM:PS#Must be realistically useful for an educational purpose.

Delete vs. speedy delete..

A message for you

Hi! It isn't necessary to start a deletion "discussion" if it is your own uploads that you want deleted. You can use "{{speedydelete|Reason}}" and an administrator will delete the image if the "Reason" is sensible. See COM:CSD for more info. Thank you again for your contributions to the project!

Out of project scope


This picture fails COM:SCOPE due to COM:PS#Must be realistically useful for an educational purpose.



COM:SCOPE & COM:ADVERT: Commons is not a place to advertise.


Crummy pron knows no era
  • COM:PORN Commons is not an amateur porn site
  • COM:OMGAPENIS aka COM:NOTCENSORED "If the images are of demonstrably inferior quality, or add nothing educationally distinct to the stock of such images we hold already, they may fail the test of being realistically useful for an educational purpose."

My picture was deleted wrongly!

See the procedure at Commons:Undeletion requests to request review. You may need to use Commons:OTRS to provide a license for the file.

From here down is for my reference, although you may find it of interest

Commons policies, guidelines & licensing help

Editing help

Editor Handbook for Wikimedia Commons. HTML in Wikitext help page is very useful because it has links to the other help pages at the bottom.


See Commons:Project_scope/Evidence, because it is up to the uploader to provide information about the image, not other editors or admins.

Image Guidelines

See COM:I for guidelines for featured pictures and for new quality images.
See Commons:First steps/Quality and description for a handy description of how to make better images.


See Commons:First steps/Sorting for an overview on what categories are, how to use them and how to find the categories into which to put your images, shortcut COM:FS/S

Identifiable people

See COM:IDENT regarding images of identifiable people

Username Policy

See Username policy for guidelines about permitted and non-permitted names.

What Commons is Not

See COM:NOT for enlightenment about nominations for COM:SCOPE.

Commons deletion (policy)



Read Licences for a complete understanding.

License & copyright tags

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    • PD-self tag
      • {{PD-self}} - images made entirely by the user, not derivative works.
    • PD-government tags
    • COM:ART = PD tags for Art.
      • Template:PD-Art all the tags in one place
      • Template:PD-ineligible for 2D old art
      • Template:PD-scan for scans of 2D old art (Bridgeman) |Permission={{PD-scan|PD-US}}
        • For photographs of old works taken by yourself, use the appropriate one of the following …
        • {{PD-old-100}} - for works by authors who died more than 100 years ago.
        • {{PD-old-80}} - for works by authors who died more than 80 years ago.
        • {{PD-old-75}} - for works by authors who died more than 75 years ago.
        • {{PD-old-70}} - for works by authors who died more than 70 years ago.
        • {{PD-US}} - for U.S. works published before 1 January 1923
        • {{PD-1923}} - for non-U.S. works published before 1 January 1923.
        • {{PD-1996}} - for works that are in the public domain in their source countries on 1 January 1996.
        • See COM:ART for discussion of art tags. Use for old art and published works with caution.
      • Template:PD-textlogo for PD logo images that are all text. Page is helpful because it links to other PD-tags.
  • COM:CB - copyright rules by subject matter
    • COM:CUR - currency
    • Commons:Stamps/Public domain - stamps
    • COM:URAA - Complicated US law that restored copyrights in the U.S. on foreign works if that work was still copyrighted in the foreign source country on the URAA date
  • Additional references

Missing license, source or permission

Read Commons:Essential information about license and source.

For simple license missing cases - date fields autofill from these templates.

  • {{subst:nsd}}, which gives {{no source since|month=__|day=__|year=__}}
  • {{subst:nld}}, which gives {{no license|month=__|day=__|year=__}}
  • {{subst:npd}}, which gives {{no permission since|month=__|day=__|year=__}}
  • Put {{subst:image permission|File:filename.jpg}} template on user page.
See here for admin housekeeping lists.

Speedy deletion

  • Request COM:SD, "speedy deletion" with reason... example
{{speedy|1=The image in this deletion request is a serious privacy violation.}}

Freedom of Panorama

It's complicated, read all about it here COM:FOP.
Use Template:Drfop if nominating an image for FOP.


  • {{w|Name of Wiki Page Exactly}} alternate format [[:en:Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles, California]]. Use this at top of commons pages to indicate page they go with on the English language Wikipedia.
  • {{NRHP|0000034}} to identify National Register Properties by NRHP number.
  • {{en|1=[[:Category:Locator maps of cities|Locator '''maps of cities''']] — within '''[[:Category:Orange County, California|Orange County]]'''}} and example for for Locator Maps of Cities Headers
  • [[Category:Name| ]] Category sorting - blank puts in separate section
  • [[Category:Name|Name]] Category sorting - blank puts in "N" section
  • {{DEFAULTSORT:What gets sorted}} Category sorting - use for Defaultsort

To do

Pending undeletion requests
Category:Unidentified subjects
Category:Images without source
  • 67,586 images (05/02/14)
  • 58,169 working through bot upload templates (06/02/14, down 9,414 in one month mostly due to Green Giant fixing over 9,000 pages of a single book)
  • 57,784 06/12/14
Category:Media needing categories requiring human attention
Category:Files moved from en.wikipedia to Commons requiring review
Category:Media missing permission
Category:Commons maintenance content for admins
Category:Media from the National Archives and Records Administration needing categories
Review Gallery. I put images here to go back to them again.

Category:Message_templates for warning messages. Category:User block templates for user block templates

Lies, damned lies & statistics

  • Adminstats
Admin statistics
Action Count
Edits 36144
Edits+Deleted 54851
Pages deleted 19777
Pages restored 92
Pages protected 6
Pages unprotected 2
Users blocked 5
Users created 1

Commons:Database reports/Users by log action

Commons, commons, commons....

Is a file in use?

Click here and add file name [1].

Oh and by the way

{{unsigned|UserName}} will apply their unsig.

Somedays you're the dog, others you're the car

Cyclops & Dingo. (6937178784).jpg

My user page is available to be used without attribution by anyone else for deletion nomination/speedy purposes. 'Cuz really how many ways can you say some of this stuff?? Cheers!