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Faux blason pour le village de [[Cunfin]] dans le département de l'Aube (France)Edit

Bonjour.
Je suis le créateur et gestionnaire de tous les sites consacrés à Cunfin, village du département de l'Aube en France.
A la demande du Maire du village, je me bats depuis des années pour faire supprimer un faux blason qui circule sur internet pour notre village qui n'a pas d'armoiries officielles.
Comme certains contributeurs ne veulent rien comprendre de mes explications et ne font rien pour l'annuler, suite indication qui m'a été donnée, je me trouve dans l'obligation de m'adresser directement auprès de vous pour annuler ce faux blason objet du fichier image Blason ville fr Cunfin 10.svg ( https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blason_ville_fr_Cunfin_10.svg ) qui subsiste sur Wikipédia.
J'ai été contraint d'ajouter la page suivante sur le site du village → http://cunfin.wixsite.com/cunfin/message-d-attention-genealogique dont le message d'attention explique tout et prouve ce que j'avance concernant le faux blason.

J’espère enfin "cette fois-ci" frapper à la bonne porte pour être entendu afin que ce faux blason disparaisse de Wikipédia, Merci et bien cordialement. --Utilisateur:Kikipiem Discussion utilisateur:Kikipiem -
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kikipiem (talk • contribs) 18:57, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

IP range blocked - seeking local exemptionEdit

My user OsmHydrantBot which is operated by OsmHydrant is hosted in a shared environment, where a wide IP range got blocked. I'm seeking a whitelisting. Could you please set an exemption (only for Wikimedia Commons) for 85.13.149.199. A global exemption was denied since contributions are only done to Commons. See also: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Global_IP_block_exempt_for_OsmHydrantBot for more context.

You don't have approval to run a bot and you posted this from your bot account so your bot is not blocked. Am I missing something? --Majora (talk) 21:47, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
Well, my 'Bot' is not blocked, but the IP from the server is affected from a global IP-range block (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:GlobalBlockList/85.13.149.199). I'd need a local exception only for my IP. OsmHydrantBot (talk) 22:06, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
You're missing my point. If your bot was being affected by that block it wouldn't be able to post here. The bot account has now posted here twice (please stop using your bot account to post in that manner by the way). Therefore, locally whitelisting that IP would do nothing as the range block is not currently affecting your bot account. In any case,  Not done for the simple reason that your bot does not have permission to run. Get approval first. --Majora (talk) 22:13, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
@Majora: A possible next step at Commons:Bots/Requests/OsmHydrantBot is to ask for test edits. To make those test edits in the same manner as production edits, they have to be made from the production machine at 85.13.149.199. The above requests were not posted from that machine. A local IP block exemption for OsmHydrantBot would solve the problem.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:12, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
The individuals overseeing BRFA are 'crats, Jeff G.. All with the same power to grant whatever exemptions they see fit if and when they see fit to authorize testing. This is not the purview of AN nor is it the purview of regular admins that do not work BRFA. A total IPBE also wouldn't work as the block is global. The IP would have to be individually unblocked via Special:Globalblockwhitelist. Again, all of this can be done by the approving 'crat if and when they decide to do so. --Majora (talk) 04:33, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
I have got an approved bot now. I'll stop all manual actions by OsmHydrantBot. The test edits I've done from my local development environment. Now I would need a whitelisting for 85.13.149.199. OsmHydrant (talk) 18:25, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
Apparently I was wrong. After double checking with someone else apparently local IPBE will override global blocks. Today I learned and I'll remember that for the future. IPBE is a much better idea than whitelisting an entire blocked range (which is blocked for good reason) anyways. Since it is approved, I've given the bot the IPBE flag, even though it really should have been done at COM:BRFA. Let me know if something isn't working. --Majora (talk) 21:41, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

File renaming request for File:千岛湖站.jpgEdit

I submitted a file renaming request for File:千岛湖站.jpg several days ago, but so far nobody processes the request, much slower than usual. So please make someone finish the movement as soon as possible, thanks.--Whisper of the heart 14:15, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

@Whisper of the heart: ✓ Done.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:28, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

I can not repair thisEdit

[1] all schould be removerd. Sorry for my poor englisch. Gruss --Nightflyer (talk) 22:26, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Already ✓ Done. --Majora (talk) 22:40, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
✓ Done I blocked the IP for a week. Taivo (talk) 07:28, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Removal of file mover rightEdit

I just removed the file moving rights of User:Beko after looking at their move log and seeing numerous moves against guidelines. Including but not limited to the renaming of files simply to change the title's language (examples: File:Zh-huìlù.ogg and File:Защита от пыли с помощью кабин при добыче угля открытым способом.pdf) which is expressly forbidden by the COM:File renaming guideline. Seeing as the summary removal of user rights is generally not done without notification I wanted to immediately note such an action here in case the community wishes to undo said removal. --Majora (talk) 23:40, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

@Majora: Seems fine to me. For the ogg we have Commons:Pronunciation files requests#Naming_the_files,_and_the_language_code and Category:Pronunciation, is this still up-to-date or do we have to adjust it? :) Please note that i renamed one file because i tought it was in line with the aforementoined pages. --Steinsplitter (talk) 18:31, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Perhaps not changed but clarified, Steinsplitter so it is more clear as to our renaming policy. Perhaps something along the lines of If a word is generally written in a non-Latin language please name it as it would be written in the native language and create a redirect to it using Latin script if possible. Files will not be renamed just to change languages or alphabets but redirects are welcome. For example, File:ru-speak.ogg could be a redirect to File:ru-говорить.ogg but I would never approve a rename to change one to the other since it would be changing the title's language, which is against the guideline. I think it would also be beneficial to have that redirect anyways so people can find those pronunciations easier if they are learning the language. --Majora (talk) 21:26, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
I am in favour of having redirects created for other languages where they would be useful. Jon Kolbert (talk) 21:28, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
I can accept that File:ru-leader.ogg reasonably should redirect to File:ru-лидер.ogg, but File:ru-speak.ogg is totally nonsensical. These audio files explain pronunciation, not what does any such word mean. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:33, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
I'm sorry, I don't know Russian. I machine translated it. You can be darn sure I would never have been able to find the pronunciation file anyways if I was trying to if it wasn't already listed as an example on Category:Pronunciation. But if it is wrong that is why I added the "if possible" part of the notice I came up with. It covers more bases. --Majora (talk) 21:36, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Little specific to Russian, indeed (except for its reliance on Cyrillic). If Majora likes it more, imagine File:fr-speak.oggFile:fr-parler.ogg. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:49, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Well...to a native English speaking American, fr-speak -> fr-parler actually makes sense. fr-to speak would technically be "more correct". But if I was looking how to say the word "speak" when trying to learn French, fr-speak would be my first guess to type into the search bar. --Majora (talk) 21:52, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Wiktionary enviously looks at Majora’s progressive proposal to make an audio-Wiktionary of Commons. Should we have File:en-parler.oggFile:en-speak.ogg for the mirrored reason? Commons treats languages equally. Then imagine, how a Frenchman would be disappointed not to find translation for this thing on File:en-car.ogg. By the way, the same for Majora himself on File:fr-main.ogg. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 22:14, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Arbitrary file moving, of course, isn’t permitted, but when Jon Kolbert moved File:Reducing enclosed cab drill operator's respirable dust exposure at surface coal operations with a retrofitted filtration and pressurization system (NIOSH 2002).pdf (histlogsabuse log) back to the clueless Russian title, there was likewise a violation of the same Commons:FR which created just the same distraction for users Wikimedia-wide and added more rubbish in page histories. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 20:49, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

As per Commons:File renaming#Which files should not be renamed?:

“Files should NOT be renamed only because the filename is not English and/or is not correctly capitalized. Remember, Commons is a multilingual project, so there's no reason to favor English over other languages.”

I reverted the pagemoves which were done in contravention to this policy to their original names which had no policy issues. Jon Kolbert (talk) 20:59, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Imagine a village having such policy that forbids painting a publicly used outhouse in another color, if it is already painted. One day, Beko repainted certain outhouse from grey to blue. Local police, predictably, detained Beko over the infraction. Then Jon Kolbert came and said: “the outhouse was painted blue illegally, we must paint it grey again”. How many persons would be willing to elect Jon the sheriff after that? I see one just below, who more? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:18, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
That's not how it works, Incnis Mrsi. When something is done in contravention of our policies, we remedy the damage, even if it's inconvenient, generates additional log entries or causes us more work. That's because to do nothing gives a clear 'first mover' advantage. If Jon hadn't reverted the moves, Beko would have succeeded in forcing his viewpoint ahead of our policy, that's something we can never permit. Consensus and policy first, personal opinion a distant second. Nick (talk) 21:07, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Beko would have succeeded in forcing his viewpoint onto a minuscule topic, but at expense of wiki career. Not very bad. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:18, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
In some cases, only one or two files need to be moved from someone to claim 'victory' - particularly common in the case of territorial disputes and the like. A no tolerance approach is the correct and consistent way to deal with this. If, of course, you don't like this approach, you're free to persuade the community to support your approach. Nick (talk) 21:29, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

File:Structured data caption feature box.pngEdit

Please hide the first two versions, as they are not licensed.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:33, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-gcr.svgEdit

Hello, this file(Wikipedia-logo-v2-gcr.svg), which has a poor quality image, has a duplicate (Wikipedia-logo-v2-gcr.svg) that I would like to delete, but the duplicate contains a better image than the original file. I would like to know if you can delete the duplicate file, while taking its image of good quality to replace that of the original file, if possible ???

At the end, it should have to remain the good quality image of the duplicate with the link of the original file, if you know what I mean ! LeGuyanaisPure (talk) 16:09, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Technically, I can merge File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-gcr-new.svg into File:Wikipedia-logo-v2-gcr.svg since they are the same file with minor tweaks so COM:OVERWRITE would be ok. But I'd like to hear from the uploader of the "better" version if they accept that. Acagastya? --Majora (talk) 21:28, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

@Majora: Oh yes, he accepts completely, because in fact I asked him to change the image quality of the original file, but he preferred to create another file with better quality, and then when I asked him to merge the files, he told me that he is not enough too qualify, to ask an administrator, which will take me here, so don't hesitate, please do it, and don't forget when you merge the files, it's the duplicate who has the image of better quality, not the original ...! LeGuyanaisPure (talk) 02:03, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

@Majora: If I recall correctly, I ran into some issues while uploading a newer version, and hence I had to go for different upload. I obviously, do not have rights to move the file. I am fine with you overwriting the file.
acagastya 06:29, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Comment - I processed a Duplicate this morning so the issue should be resolved Gbawden (talk) 07:00, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

@Gbawden: Oh no, thank you for merging the two files but you kept the image with poor quality, I will try to see to the workshop if the problem can be resolved, thank you anyway ! LeGuyanaisPure (talk) 15:57, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

@LeGuyanaisPure: I merged the files. --Majora (talk) 21:53, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
@Majora: Thank you, thank you, thank you, it's been months I was trying to find someone to solve this problem, thank you again !
— Preceding unsigned comment added by LeGuyanaisPure (talk • contribs) 00:56, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Need to restore photo deleted by "Filedelinkerbot"Edit

The wiki page for "Ben Field (author)" [2] was last edited by "Filedelinkerbot" and the edit consisted of deleting the photo of Ben Field. I do not understand why this was deleted as this is a scanned copy of an original photo of Ben Field and would like to know how to restore the photo that was deleted.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Vmbragin (talk • contribs) 18:14, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Do not reupload files that have been deleted, Vmbragin. The correct way of going about this would be to have requested undeletion with you rationale at COM:UDR. I have redeleted the image you uploaded. Please don't do that again. It was deleted because it was a scanned file. Copyright exists well beyond even the death of the photographer in most countries and we would need some sort of permission in order to host it here. When you reuploaded the photo you even marked it as own work. Which is a blatant lie. Do not mark things as your own work unless you physically took the photo. Scanning a photo does not void the original author's copyright. Lying about copyrights here is pretty much the most egregious thing someone can do. The photo is of a deceased person so it is probably possible to upload it under fair use directly to the English Wikipedia where it was displayed but not to Commons. Commons is only for free media. Not fair use. --Majora (talk) 22:01, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

File:Bkl fig1.svgEdit

Please delete the uploads of 13:50, 25 June 2018 (UTC) and 13:52, 25 June 2018 (UTC) for User:Lantonov per File talk:Bkl fig1.svg#How to delete extra revisions.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 18:07, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

✓ Done 12:50, 25 June 2018 (UTC) and 12:52, 25 June 2018 (UTC) revisions of File:Bkl fig1.svg were deleted. 4nn1l2 (talk) 18:48, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
@4nn1l2: Thanks!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 20:42, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Merge pt and pt-brEdit

By community decision we don't separate pt and pt-br, so could you pleas merge this two pages: Commons:Wiki Loves Love 2019/pt-br and Commons:Wiki Loves Love 2019/pt. Thanks. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 18:32, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

@Rodrigo.Argenton: Please provide the link to the community consensus, and I will act accordingly. 4nn1l2 (talk) 18:37, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
4nn1l2 Jesus Christ! Upload a photo and try to find pt-br...
This is a old decision, I'll not remember where this is discussed, but we do not have any pages in pt-br by default, because this increase the work for Lusophone volunteers.
We don't create documentation about some decisions, so you shouldn't demand this kind of doc.
This is just a act of over bureaucracy that could have a bad impact in a near future. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 18:47, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
Please stay on topic. I could find Commons:Licensing/pt-br and Commons:Deletion requests/Commons:Licensing/pt-br (2) and many other pages such as Commons:Administrators/De-adminship/Warning message/pt-br, Commons:Welcome log/Header/pt-br, Commons:Non-copyright_restrictions/pt-br, etc. So, I'm inclined to reject your request, but I will leave the decision to the Portuguese-speaking users (admins). 4nn1l2 (talk) 19:02, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
DarwIn pleas.
4nn1l2, funny:
Commons:Deletion requests/Commons:Licensing/pt-br
Commons:Deletion requests/Template:Pt-br
...
You choose to ignore the Main Page (Página principal), Village Pump (Esplanada)... that are important pages.
We call this confirmation bias.
Anyway, thanks.
-- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:16, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
PS:Commons:Deletion requests/Commons:Licensing/pt-br (2) the only vote is to delete, the sysop ignore both volunteers. And the result of a sysop ignoring volunteers is a outdated page, with problems...
I don't see anything funny here. My links provide what we call counterexample. BTW, I consider COM:L one of the most important pages in this project. 4nn1l2 (talk) 19:28, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
4nn1l2 yes it is, and the version that was not delete have errors, and lack of information that no one fixed for years. That's the point that you are not listening
-- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:36, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Remove the versionsEdit

Please remove the Metadata info from

and their history versions please . --It's gonna be awesome!#Talk♬ 08:45, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

@It's gonna be awesome: You should remove the metadata from these images yourself and reupload them (overwrite, not as a separate file). When done, admins can hide the original versions. 4nn1l2 (talk) 09:47, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, I get it. --It's gonna be awesome!#Talk♬ 09:59, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
@4nn1l2: Done. --It's gonna be awesome!#Talk♬ 11:07, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 11:27, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg Thank you.--It's gonna be awesome!#Talk♬ 11:30, 15 February 2019 (UTC)