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Edit requestEdit

Hi there - not sure this is the best place to post this (don't know if there's an edit request template), but I was browsing the upcoming FPs and there's a typo in one of their captions that I can't fix since it's edit protected. See File:Monumento de Guerra, Jardín del Patio, Múnich, Alemania, 2017-07-07, DD 03.jpg In the English caption it reads "...lcoated...", which should read "located". Thanks! 20:49, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

✓ Done Thanks for letting us know! Rodhullandemu (talk) 21:58, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

The section's work is finished. No further comment is required. Let's move on. Kind regards,   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 07:45, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Good image overwritten by copyvio, againEdit

Please see the history of File:Adrienne Lau (cropped).jpg and its parent image; and:

  • delete the copyvio image from the history
  • protect the page (this is not the first time the image; or the one it is derived from, has been overwritten by this copyvio)
  • protect the parent image's page
  • review the uploader of that copyvio's other contributions
  • block the editor concerned.

Thanks. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:08, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Not a bit overkill? Administrators don't use blocks as punitive but educative and don't block users with only one copyvio moreover if they haven't been warned before. --Patrick Rogel (talk) 11:21, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
Not overkill at all. As the warning which you wrongly left on my talk page says (emboldening in original) Wikimedia Commons takes copyright violations very seriously and persistent violators will be blocked from editing.. Unlike your inappropriate templating, on both my talk page and the image page (the latter already undone by me) the above constitutes an appropriate and proportionate respone to the issue at hand. Since you have declared on my talk page that you are "not responsible" for your own actions, perhaps an uninvolved admin would like to review your use of the gadget concerned? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:38, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing: Feel free to submit a report. --Patrick Rogel (talk) 11:42, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing, Patrick Rogel: Hey friends, please take it easy. Copyvio file is now deleted. Everything is sorted. Regarding the warning, It is automated. Patrick tags many files daily, and It just happens. I hereby request you, Andy please forgive this. Let's enjoy contributing and make Jimmy Wales' imaginary world a reality! Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (contribs | talk) 11:58, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
Thanks @Tulsi Bhagat:. That's what I've tried to explain the user the automated thing... --Patrick Rogel (talk) 12:03, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
Do you mean me? You've explainsed nothing of the kind; you've simply denied responsibility for your inappropriate actions. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:08, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
[ec] "Everything" is not sorted. The person who left an inappropriate threat on my talk page is insisting that they have no responsibility for doing so. To prevent them from causing damage to the project - damage which prevents others from enjoying contributing - they need to be educated to the contrary. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:08, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing: Ah, I understand. Let's sort everything. Patrick has corrected their words and this is what he wanted to tell but missed it. I wanna tell you, Andy that It just happened (warning things: It's automated in process). I am sure, Patrick's intention wasn't to dishearten your lovely heart. We have a lot to do. Buddy, please forgive. Let's move on. I wish you have a good day ahead! Face-smile.svg Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (contribs | talk) 13:11, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
He's doubled down on his defence; that's all. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:02, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
✓ Done Copyvio deleted, user blocked (second block), files watched (not protected). 4nn1l2 (talk) 11:35, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
@4nn1l2: Just letting you know, Tabascowing uploaded the same content but account was created before the block on Tommy860119. (Talk/留言/토론/Discussion) 12:02, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
Recent edits by added the same caption as Tabascowing. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:12, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Blocked on Spanish Wikipedia???Edit

Dear admins,

I've just realized that someone has blocked me on es.Wikipedia, citing alleged account abuse and vandalism. I've not even edited on Wikipedia, so I do not observe any reason to have an indefinite block.

Wish you answer as soon as possible, CacodelCacao (talk) 20:50, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

@CacodelCacao: I see nothing blockable here. I went to the Admin's Talk page but it's semi-protected and I cannot ask him myself. That's unhelpful. Neither is my Spanish good enough to ask at their Help Desk/Admin Board. I'll see if we have anyone from here who can do this. Rodhullandemu (talk) 21:07, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
@Rodhullandemu: Thank you for your empathy and interest in helping users like myself. Wish you have luck, CacodelCacao (talk) 21:22, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
This is strange. @Rastrojo, Poco a poco, Platonides: Can you tell us something about this case? De728631 (talk) 21:26, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
@De728631:It's as simple as my first post comments. And not much more. Regards, CacodelCacao (talk) 21:29, 12 October 2019 (UTC)
I asked the admin who applied the block, User:Montgomery. Anyhow, there are 3 kind of evidences that could guide to a block: normal contributions (something that everybody can check), edit filter (something that admins can check) and a checkuser investigation (something than only checkusers know). I haven't seen anything in the first two, but I cannot check the third one since I don't have the checkuser flag. Only 5 users on es.wp does have it, and Montgomery is coincidentally one of them. Poco2 07:28, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
They have not edited any project since 20:27, 12 Oct 2019 (UTC), now 11h31m ago.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 07:58, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
@Poco a poco:Thank you for your empathy, too. Regards, CacodelCacao (talk) 18:10, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
I got feedback from the admin in the Spanish Wikipedia. This account belongs to a net of sockpuppets that have been vandalizing for months with a strong far right bias. Poco2 16:01, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Ем Детей (talk · contribs)Edit

Yes check.svg Resolved

I think such name ("I eat children" in English translation) is inappropriate and user should be indefinitely blocked. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:15, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support-- Its absolutely distasteful and inappropriate. I support this user to be indefinitely blocked. FitIndia Talk Mail 15:03, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Is it beyond doubt that's what it means? Google says it means "Eat kids", which could also be interpreted as "Eat, kids, there's enough for everyone". But I don't know Russian and Eugene does, I can't tell if the "I" is actually in there or not. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 16:13, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
  • I was bold and have blocked the account. I think based on the username being already blocked on the Russian Wikipedia for the same reason, there is just cause. I don't think its a good use of our time to get into a debate about translations (I'll trust Eugene on it). This user was just here to upload images to use on the Russian Wikipedia, so a matched block is appropriate - if they decide on Russian Wikipedia later that the username was good faith based or should be unblocked, we can do the same. ~riley (talk) 16:18, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Noting that it's not that I don't trust Eugene on this, but language can be ambiguous, perhaps a dialect or whatever. It seems that "I eat children" should be "Я ем Детей". (note the я) Perhaps "Eat children" is less ambiguous in Russian than it is in English, but I really can't know that. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 17:02, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
@~riley: You blocked the user for having an inappropriate user name and also disabled account creation. COM:BLOCK: "Account creation should be prevented in most cases, but may be allowed when blocking an inappropriate user name to allow creation of a different name." - Alexis Jazz ping plz 17:06, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz: As said, I directly matched the Russian Wikipedia block. I will note that this is a common restriction for inappropriate usernames that are suspected to be made in bad-faith. It requires them to make an unblock request/appeal and the blocking admin can work with them to request an appropriate rename, rather than letting them go make another account with a bad username. This user, as all others, has options of recourse if the precautions we have made are wrong. ~riley (talk) 17:18, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Unless it's really obvious to be bad faith, I personally don't think blocking account creation is the best approach. However, as it's matching the ruwiki block in this case it's fine with me. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 17:24, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
I am late to the party, but just to confirm that the username indeed means "I eat kids" (or "I eat children").--Ymblanter (talk) 18:29, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
@Ymblanter: Interesting, out of curiosity, is the subject pronoun part of the verb in Russian? - Alexis Jazz ping plz 18:41, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
No, but the form of the verb implies "I" in this case.--Ymblanter (talk) 18:45, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Now I get it. So while in English (and various other languages) you can say I eat, you eat, they eat and we eat there are more distinctive verb forms in Russian for eat. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 18:51, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Exactly. For example, in Italian, I can say "sono contento", and it would be unusual to add the personal pronoun to say "io sono contento", the personal pronoun "io" is implied. In Russian, both forms, with the personal pronoun and without it, are in principle fine, though one of them could be preferable in various contexts.--Ymblanter (talk) 19:09, 14 October 2019 (UTC)


I am newbie, I have many files to share, how to indicate that they are public domain when uploading? FreesWares (talk) 13:01, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

@FreesWares: If you are using Special:UploadWizard, when you get to the "Release Rights" step, select "This file is my own work" or "This file is not my own work". If the file is your own work, you may select "use a different license" to find CC0, a more robust license that is very similar to the public domain. If it is not, you will find a number of options such as "The copyright has definitely expired in the USA" and "This work was made by the United States government". You simply need to select the one that accurately describes the particular image you are uploading. – BMacZero (🗩) 03:12, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

File talk:מכתב הבדצ.jpgEdit

התמונה מועתקת מהכתבה, הפרת זכויות יוצרים. יגילו במלכם (talk) 18:25, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

@יגילו במלכם: Deleted. Thanks for letting us know. Next time, you can use the {{Copyvio}} template to mark things that are copyright violations. --Majora (talk) 21:28, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

Socking questionEdit

Yes check.svg Resolved

Hi, Just wondering:
Lets say an editor socks and has socked using 5 accounts ... and on 2 of those they've uploaded images here
Should their images on the sock accounts be deleted ? (but their images on their first ever account should/would remain),
Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 19:37, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

Are there copyright issues or other problems with the images uploaded by the socks? World's Lamest Critic (talk) 21:14, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
@Davey2010: Commons has no en:WP:G5 deletion criteria as the English Wikipedia has. For better or worse, files uploaded here would need to be retained or deleted based on their own merits, without regard for the status of the uploader. GMGtalk 21:18, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
Hi User:GreenMeansGo, Ah I didn't think there was anything similar to EN, Unfortunately it relates to this guy who's made it his mission to sock and upload his images,
There really ought to be some sort of policy on this but we won't go there, Many thanks for your help anyway,
Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 21:26, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
Of course @Davey2010: that is assuming that the user themselves is not known for uploading clever copyright violations, in which case the status of the user would very much be relevant to the deletion of the media they've uploaded. GMGtalk 22:34, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
Hi User:GreenMeansGo, Unfortunately not - All images are theirs unfortunately :(, Kinda wished they were all copyvios as it would've made things a lot easier lol, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 14:58, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Source/author based of EXIF-data?Edit

Do we need the OTRS-permission here (File:Quds,jerusalem.jpeg), or EXIF-data is sufficient to proof the authorship?--Estopedist1 (talk) 04:55, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Big file with EXIF ... You can google the image and if other versions are not found, then that's OK for me. Taivo (talk) 08:13, 17 October 2019 (UTC)


Colleagues, in the past there have been a lot of DRs with a given rationale "Because it is Other" or the like. That is caused by a poor design of the Android app that provides a menue of predefined reasons (I already requested that to be changed). In fact some of these DRs are nonsense, some require AGF, so we should not treat it automatically being disruptive but have a closer look. --Achim (talk) 11:47, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Of course. Yesterday I spotted Commons:Deletion requests/File:Thou-FR-45-monument aux morts-a2.jpg and could not decide, how to close it. Taivo (talk) 14:31, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Need some helpEdit

Hi all--I need some help from a good-natured admin. With the photographer's permission, I uploaded a series of photos (starting with File:Capel 1 Vue générale du Jebel Mudawwar depuis le sud-ouest.jpg). I have sent an email with that permission and a list of the files to OTRS, and so far all I got in response was an email saying "the photographer should send us this". Well, the photographer lives somewhere in North Africa and may have spotty internet access, and is completely unaware of the technicalities of our permissions procedures. In the meantime, I am awaiting approval for these images so I can get the two associated articles on the front page of en-wiki (pinging BlueMoonset, who's waiting on me). For whoever picks this up, I have the email from the photographer identifying files and licenses and giving permission; she did this in August already. Please, help us out--thank you. Drmies (talk) 14:33, 17 October 2019 (UTC)