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Category name "dispute"Edit

Hey there,

I created a category name and there has been some discussion about it. How do we go about making a decision/renaming the category name and closing the discussion? The discussion is here:

I'm fine with renaming it to "Colour images relating to World War I" or even something else as long as the words colour, World War I, and images or pictures is in the category name.

I appreciate your help! (Would you mind emailing me directly to let me know you've replied? I'm not on this site every day. Thanks!)

Ginger Monette <email redacted> — Preceding unsigned comment added by Catfishmo (talk • contribs)

Delete EXIFEdit

EXIFs on original files should be enough, and there are wrong information: all EXIFs are related to this or to this file. Could somebody delete the EXIFs? Queryzo (talk) 08:25, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

Is it possible to delete EXIFs? I mean, we can download a copy of the image, edit or remove the EXIF data, and reupload, but (1) anyone with the right software can do that, regardless of admin rights, and (2) I don't know how admin rights can be used to make any modifications to images without deleting or reuploading them. Nyttend (talk) 11:28, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
As far as I know, MediaWiki software has no method to alter the EXIF of an image. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 14:38, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
By the way: This would be a great and useful feature, as often image descriptions are corrected, but wrong Exif data remains embedded in the image (such as wrong coordinates or dates), therefore there is always a risk that wrong data will be extracted again (here or by a re-user). Gestumblindi (talk) 00:10, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Was die anderen sagen, Queryzo, man kann nur die Dateien herunterladen, die fehlerhaften Exif-Daten entfernen und dann die neue Version mit passendem Kommentar wieder hochladen. — Speravir – 20:50, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Ok, danke für das Feedback. Ich werde es versuchen. Queryzo (talk) 21:05, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Regarding an old DREdit

I started Commons:Deletion requests/File:Refinery380.jpg three weeks ago, but seems like it missed everyone's attention. The file is clearly a copyvio. So, can an admin have a look at the DR? I apologize in advance if it is the wrong forum for this request. Thanks. - NitinMlk (talk) 20:31, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Deleted by Josve05a and closed by Jonatan Svensson Glad.   — Jeff G. ツ 11:59, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Well, Jeff, this is both the same person … :-) — Speravir – 02:01, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
@Speravir: Thank you, but page Josve05a should reveal that information with {{User Alternate Acct}}, another legitimate template listed there, or freeform text.   — Jeff G. ツ 03:10, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
Happy? Don't see the need to point it out for an account that as never edited and only used to rdirect to main account, as to prevent imposters. --Jonatan Svensson Glad (talk) 04:44, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
@Josve05a: Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ 06:47, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
The template is not a requirement. Declaration of alternates may be good practice, but on Commons there is no policy to require it, so long as the accounts are never used misleadingly. -- (talk) 06:59, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Categorizing of "Fleurons" related imagesEdit

Hello, is there someone hanging around who is familiar with these fleurons related to John Mottley? I started categorizing them, but then again, I prefer someone to take a closer look before I continue. Thank you for your time. :) Lotje (talk) 04:46, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

There is some general guidance at User:Fæ/Project list/Fleuron#Manual categorization. Unless moving non-Fleurons, please keep Fleurons in the Fleuron by year categories while adding them to any categories you think are relevant. Note that searching by ESTCID gives you all book matches, handy if you want to create a category for a book. Thanks -- (talk) 06:03, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Thank you . Lotje (talk) 14:25, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Bug in renaming?Edit

Since today, many files categorize as Category:Files with no machine-readable license after renaming. They can be removed from that category by removing the space from the redirect, but this really frustrates a regular check of this category. Only today over 400 new files entered this category, of which probably only about 30 should have been in this category. Jcb (talk) 20:50, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Sounds more of like a bug in the category populating process? I have no idea which part of MediaWiki's code is responsible for this, unfortunately. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 21:17, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
@Jcb, Zhuyifei1999: The syntax in Jcb's link is dead wrong, the official syntax is to have a space after "#REDIRECT" per mw:Help:Redirects.   — Jeff G. ツ 21:38, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
But when I click 'Edittools' in top of the edit window, this has a button to include #REDIRECT[[]] without a space. I don't know whether the removal of the space does the trick or the fact that the page is being edited, but when I remove the space the linked image disappears from the problem cat. Jcb (talk) 21:42, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Both syntax should be equally valid. MW being unable to exclude #REDIRECT[[...]] from the category should be a bug. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 21:44, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Update: I just tried it and a null-edit also does the trick. The presence or absence of the space plays apparently no role in this issue. Jcb (talk) 21:45, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
@Jcb: Please try a purge on the next page with this symptom.   — Jeff G. ツ 21:47, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Purge has no effect. Category:Files with no machine-readable license has about 400 pages with this symptom for if you want to try yourself. Jcb (talk) 21:50, 21 September 2017 (UTC)