PlantaeBot (talk · contribs)Edit

Operator: Guanaco (talk · contributions · Number of edits · recent activity · block log · User rights log · uploads · Global account information)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: Uploading 17,835 public domain images of plants from here. The bot will categorize these images by species and also {{Information}} including the author if available. It will also apply a specialized license template for this upload, explaining that they are stated to be free of copyright by the USDA.

Automatic or manually assisted: Supervised/assisted for testing, then unsupervised and automatic once I am confident everything is correct and there are no bugs.

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): One time run

Maximum edit rate (e.g. edits per minute): 12 uploads per minute

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): Yes, for upload_by_url

Programming language(s): Python/pywikibot

Guanaco (talk) 21:48, 14 July 2017 (UTC)


  • As far as I see not all images from the source site are PD. Which files are you planning to upload, and how do you detect which file is free? --Krd 06:45, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
    Copyright status is a search parameter on the site, and each image has a corresponding attribution page stating the same. I plan on attempting to upload all 17,835 images that are marked non-copyrighted. Some are already uploaded, and in those cases it'll abort on the duplicate warning. Guanaco (talk) 16:17, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
    As I'm building this, I now see that there are some images with conflicting information. They have copyright watermarks, yet the site says they are not copyrighted. For example this image. I'm going to email them for information and forward what I hear from them to OTRS. Guanaco (talk) 19:02, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
    I received this response, so it should be clear to go ahead.
    "thank you for contacting us about this. The copyrighted yet uncopyrighted photo you referred to is taken by Patrick Alexander, and a few years ago he contacted us to request that copyright status be removed from his photos. We were able to make that change in the database, but changing the “© Patrick J. Alexander” in the actual images was not a task we could accomplish without a very large effort, so we decided to just answer people’s questions about this when they came to our attention. I believe his are the only photos we have with this issue. If you want to use his photos you probably will need to spend a lot of time removing the “©” from each of them so there’s no confusion."
    Guanaco (talk) 22:09, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Please make test run. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:03, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
    Coding... Guanaco (talk) 16:17, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
    What is the status of your coding? --Krd 13:38, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
    @Guanaco: ? --Krd 16:50, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
    @Krd: Very sidetracked. Let's take the request down, then I'll relist when I have it ready. Guanaco (talk) 03:58, 23 August 2017 (UTC)