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Media needing categories as of …Edit


Why does the "Media needing categories ... " remain when the image is already put in the right category by the uploader? Just wondering. And what is the best way to deal with many images in this situation, except going through them individually and editing out the "needing categories". Is there a faster way? I've tried many ways and finally found a devious way but feel unwilling to go through that each time there are many images so categorized. Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 21:33, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

Christian Ferrer, no this image? was not in a category to begin with. The problem is the image that is already categorized correctly but followed by "uncategorized". For example today all the images now in Category:Carrer Ausiàs Marc were already in that cat, but followed by "uncategorized". The choices are to edit each by hand to remove the "uncategorized" or go through some other rigamarole. And I had to take extra steps to add back Category:Carrer Ausiàs Marc images by Xavier Badia. Help:Gadget-Cat-a-lot doesn't address the situation when the images are "uncategorized", even if they are in a category. The image must already be in a category that is not followed by "uncategorized" for it to work on any images in cats like Category:Media needing categories as of 12 November 2017‎‎. I've noticed this over and over, but no one ever seems to mention it. I've always wondered why the instructions tell the uploader to enter categories, since the images are still put in the "uncategorized" cat. I've been here two years and have learned a lot, but this issue leaves me wondering! Kalbbes (talk) 02:01, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
I agree with Kalbbes that this is a giant annoyance. I think the problem may have to do with the choice in Cat-a-lot of "Copy to" or "Move to." When I am categorizing in "media needing categories..." I must choose "copy to." That removes the "uncategorized" tag. Perhaps in some situations the images Kalbbes is referring to were categorized by "move to." I think that an FAQ that explains the choice and the consequences of it in varied situations should be made available easily to categorizers. That doesn't solve the problem though.Downtowngal (talk) 04:02, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
I checked the history of some files of Category:Carrer Ausiàs Marc and I'm not able to see when there was this issue. Christian Ferrer (talk) 11:45, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
Christian Ferrer, thanks for replying. The files were categorized separately with a red link. I made them into a blue link, but the file remained uncategorized, necessitating a separate step (per file) to remove "uncategorized". As Downtowngal has suggested, I will try other options. (The "copy to" explains why many file in "uncategorized" already have cats.) Thanks to both of you. Kalbbes (talk) 16:19, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
I found a file that I worked on that had this problem. See The file was uploaded by a bot from Panoramio to a category "Craters of the moon," with a "Check categories" tag. The uploaded category did not exist (the real category should have been "Craters of the Moon National Monument"). Because the category did not exist, another bot recategorized the file into "Craters on the Moon". Obviously this was incorrect. An editor manually transferred the file into "Media needing categories as of December 4 2016" but the "Check categories" tag remained. When I manually copied the file from "Media needing categories as of December 4 2016" into "Craters of the Moon National Monument," the "Check categories" tag remained. When I looked at the file again, it was now in two categories, "Craters of the Moon National Monument" and, to my surprise, "Media needing categories as of December 4 2016". (Usually ""Media needing categories as of December 4 2016" disappears when I copy a file from that category into a real category.) I suspect that the "Check categories" tag, when it exists in a file, is preventing "Media needing categories as of December 4 2016" from disappearing even if the file has been categorized into a real category. That looks to me like a bug. Downtowngal (talk) 18:37, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

Christian Ferrer, here is an example from today that is categorized but still has "needing categories" on it: [1] Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 17:21, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

  • @Perhelion: hello, would not that be the result of this? Christian Ferrer (talk) 18:08, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
    Hello @Christian Ferrer, Kalbbes:, thanks for pinging me. No, Cat-a-lot has nothing to do with this. Today I also tighter the removal of this (only user with higher rights and only if the cats are not hidden).
    There is simply no automatism of removing this hidden maintain cat if manual editing the cats. On the other hand you need a minimum of experience to remove this. I mean Kalbbes could have a bit higher user-rights on the amount of his edits. PS: Also a direct present of "Media needing categories as" is unusual, it seems only inserted per subst:tag. -- User: Perhelion 21:53, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
  • @Perhelion:, what kind of higher right would help with this problem? This type and other similar problems take more time than should be necessary to fix. Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 22:18, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
    • It seems currently nothing, you need only logged in. I don't think that the automatic removal of "Category:Media needing categories requiring human attention" on manual editing will be ever supported. -- User: Perhelion 22:59, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
  • @Perhelion: [2] Does this fit what you mean by "only inserted per subst:tag"? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 18:38, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
  • @Kalbbes: Yes, the fully normal case. -- User: Perhelion 12:57, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Blank SVG thumbnail and PNG filesEdit

I uploaded File:Melbourne passenger railways map.svg yesterday but neither the thumbnail nor the PNG versions are displaying properly. They both show only black squares. Is this an issue with Commons thumbnails or is there something wrong with the SVG file? Thanks Takerlamar (talk) 00:00, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Melbourne passenger railways map.png looks fine here. For the SVG see Help:SVG. But, please, make you SVG valid! Cf. Markup Validation of (413 errors in W3C Markup Validator). And, just by the way, if you’d had prettified the code before uploading you now wouldn't get error messages only for line 1. Adding line wraps also helps other editors. — Speravir – 04:05, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, I had already checked Help:SVG but it doesn't give many details. Is there any guidance on what settings to use when exporting SVGs to avoid said errors? I'm having lots of problems exporting SVGs at the moment from Adobe Illustrator CC. Takerlamar (talk) 07:13, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
See Help:Illustrator, but I do not know anything about this and cannot tell, if there is actually relevant content in regards to the issue. — Speravir – 03:26, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

HP scanjet 4370 not works with MAC Book.Edit

the Hewlett-Packard scanjet 4370 had worked before without problems on a pc under windows XP. I cannot run it on my MAC BOOK PRO, I think that the print-driver is missing. Asking for help, regards, Hans Hasenjager, —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:13, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

  • This is the help desk for issues with Wikimedia Commons, not a general technical help desk. Unless I'm missing something, your question has nothing to do with Wikimedia Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 16:03, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
It seems that the latest version MacOS, which is supported, is 10.8. Ruslik (talk) 20:18, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

i tried but apparently failed to enter the 'Wikipedia:Wiki Science CompetitionEdit

Hi, i tried but apparently failed to enter the 'Wikipedia:Wiki Science Competition 2017 in the United States' The software deadended several times. with the image at:

I would like to enter, please advise.

DavidHarrell — Preceding unsigned comment added by DavidHarrell (talk • contribs) 22:17, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Fixing misspelling on mapEdit

The word "Caliphate" is misspelled on the English version[3] of the original Spanish map[4], is there a way to fix that? Regards - Swazzo (talk) 20:30, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

It has been fixed. Ruslik (talk) 20:41, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Looking for a category for files just used in discussionsEdit

Hi, I created some images to describe something on some talk pages. Now I am looking for a category, where I can just put these files into. For example this one UBahnhof-Heissen-Kirche-2012 old.jpg, this one UBahnhof-Heissen-Kirche-2012 new.jpg or that Tabulator-navigations high pixel.png, which I just used it one time. I am looking for a category like:

Thx a lot! --W like wiki (talk) 23:15, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Why do you need such categories? Ruslik (talk) 18:53, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Because they are better then Categories like Category:Media needing categories as of 25 April 2015 like it is at the moment. These pics were just created for this particular use where I needed them. And I understood the concept of the categorization like the following:
Sorry for my bad English! --W like wiki (talk) 15:12, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
You, of course, can create one of these categories although they may be nominated for deletion later. Ruslik (talk) 19:47, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

wikimedia commons active users _ are statistics avaliable?Edit

dear Wiki,

I am looking for wikimedia commons users statistics for my research purposes. please, let me know if there is a way to list the regions (places, countries) where the contributors come from I would like to check where most active contributors of commons have been operating

with kind regards

aolsz —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:44, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

  • I'm pretty sure you couldn't get this as such, since we allow users to operate anonymously or pseudonymously, and IP addresses of logged-in users can be accessed only by a few selected individuals, to be used in cases like sockpuppet investigations.
  • On the other hand:
    • Some users self-identify by nationality with templates on their home pages.
    • Many, perhaps most, photos either have geotags or have categories related to where the user is from. If you look only at "own work" photos, this would give you a pretty good idea where contributors are, although it would not filter out who is taking photos while traveling and is actually based somewhere other than where they took the photo. - Jmabel ! talk 16:20, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Well, one can always use this list of the most active users, however it doesn't list individual statistics such as a number of uploads, and other things. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 09:46, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Umineko no Naku Koro ni Character Song CD vol 1 (official cover).jpegEdit

Can someone put the right copyright tag on this image? I'm a super noob when it comes to this stuff and I saw many albums with original covers and I'd like to have it on my article too.

--Agi maggi (talk) 00:21, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

@Ago Maggi: only if you or are or represent Frontier Works or Dokkyûn☆Heart, and send permission via OTRS.   — Jeff G. ツ 00:45, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
oops, pinging @Agi Maggi:   — Jeff G. ツ 00:54, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
Let's try again: @Agi maggi: @#$%&- autocorrect!   — Jeff G. ツ 01:00, 19 November 2017 (UTC)


olá, sou novato da wikimedia commons e não sei como ultilizar o modo uploads — Preceding unsigned comment added by D21121998j (talk • contribs) 18:45, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

@D21121998j:   — Jeff G. ツ 23:57, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Deletion requestEdit

someone delete this --Sweetcorn (talk) 00:24, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

We will not and if you continue your account will be blocked. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 00:27, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

How was it possible?Edit

This upload war is old, but I ask: if technically Adambro restricted the upload in this file, how could Cantus (who was never admin) do it? Apparently this user got their way; could some admin reverse this? Jarould [talk] 03:39, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

@Jarould: It seems that reversions are now blockable by "uploads=", but they were not in 2011. OTOH, this is not COM:AN.   — Jeff G. ツ 04:32, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Delete my own workEdit

Hi, I'm not a regular here at Commons. I'd like to know if the images I uploaded sometime back can be deleted by myself (mass nomination/deletion). They are Indian coins and it only recently came to my knowledge that coins minted after 1957 are copyrighted under the local laws. Thanks. Mark the train (talk) 08:08, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

It's quite possible. There are instructions on how to make a mass deletion request at COM:MDR: in essence you make a single deletion request and list all the files on that one page. VisualFileChange has automation to help with this, especially with adding the deletion template to all the file pages. --bjh21 (talk) 13:32, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks a lot Bjh21. Mark the train (talk) 04:41, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Duplicate imageEdit

60px Jomsom main street, Nepal (15538157347).jpg These two are the same image. Can someone do something about them? Aditya (talk) 14:23, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

I've added {{duplicate|Jomsom Main Street.jpg}} to the top of File:Jomsom main street, Nepal (15538157347).jpg, which should cause it to be deleted in due course. --bjh21 (talk) 14:49, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
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uploading a new logo on behalf of a clientEdit


I am trying to update a clients logo to a new version on Wikipedia. I created my own account but still cannot upload because I am not verified. The logo looks like other logos already uploaded on the internet by third parties who sell their products but I am doing this on behalf of the company.

can you help me, please — Preceding unsigned comment added by CyrilLyons (talk • contribs) 16:59, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

CyrilLyons: Have a look at Commons:Guidance for paid editors, which covers your situation, including the topic of sharing logotypes. LX (talk, contribs) 17:11, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
@CyrilLyons: Is this new version significantly different from the old one? If it is, then you shouldn't overwrite the existing version. Instead you should upload the new logo under a new name (e.g. "Mycompany logo 2017.svg"). If you are just uploading a slight improvement on the existing file and the licensing is the same, then you can overwrite the existing one, but you'll have to wait a few days until your account becomes autoconfimed first. --bjh21 (talk) 17:28, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Uploading artwork, deceased artistEdit

It is OK to upload to Wikimedia Commons a piece of art created in 1925 by an artist, now deceased? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Earthwander (talk • contribs) 19:37, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Does this artist have a name? Ruslik (talk) 19:44, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
Typically yes, but this is not a universal; the more specifics you can give us, the better answer someone can give. Who is the artist? Was the work published in the artist's lifetime? In what country? Etc. - Jmabel ! talk 00:54, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
I'd say typically no. It's after 1922, and even if you ignore that, an artist who lived in 1925 easily could have lived past 1947 (for life+70 nations) or even 1967 (for life+50 nations).--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:01, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
Ooh, I misread that as the artist dying in 1925. No, probably not OK. - Jmabel ! talk 16:48, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Displaying one page of PDF in Wikipedia articleEdit

Hello, I want to display page 9 of An attempt towards an international language.pdf on the Unua Libro Wikipedia article. I don't know how to do this, or if I even can. Help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michipedian (talk • contribs)

See: You just need to add a page=9 inside the brackets when embedding the thumbnail. If you want to do it in the infobox, you can add a pipe magic word after the filename with {{!}} and add the page stuff after that. Opencooper (talk) 22:20, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Are OOC, RAW, intermediate photographs wanted?Edit

Hi, so in the near future I plan to contribute some own work to Commons. I usually shoot JPEG + RAW, and work on the RAW, doing cropping and other processing. Of course I'd upload the final product, but I'm wondering how I should handle the other files and intermediate edits.

Should in-between edits be uploaded such as before being cropped? Are lossless TIFF or PNG versions for future editing desired? An out-of-camera JPEG might serve as a good baseline or "ground truth" of how a photo looked, with white balance correction applied and other things, so would that be useful to compare with or maybe provide a more "truthful" representation? The RAW might prove useful for those who are better at editing than me or anyone who wants to reprocess the image. However, as I understand it, they need to be uploaded to a different website and currently only contains 235 files so maybe it's not worth it? Sorry for all of the questions, I doubt my photographs will be anything momentous, but I want to make my uploads as useful as they can be, especially considering Wikipedia's belief in reusability. I've noticed that many Featured Pictures will just have the final JPEG so maybe I'm overthinking it... Opencooper (talk) 22:13, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

I usually (but not always) upload the original JPEG, followed by my preferred version. See File:Ioana Flora 01.jpg for an example. - Jmabel ! talk 00:58, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
Ahh, the upload history does make sense for a place for edits. I think I'll hold off on uploading lossless versions since JPEG recompression isn't that drastic, except for any special photographs. Same with RAW. Thanks for your advice. Opencooper (talk) 17:44, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Pretty sure file is copyrightedEdit

So this file here [5] was added by user Allysim24 to Wikimedia Commons and then the user tried to add it to the persons page on Wikipedia which was how I came across it. A quick google image search [6] shows a number of results for this image so I assume it isn't the users own work and needs to be removed. NZ Footballs Conscience (talk) 02:32, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

✓  Deleted. thanks! --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 03:53, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

gelöschtes BildEdit


mein eigenes Bild wurde gelöscht, obwohl ich der Inhaber der Rechte bin. Was kann ich tun? Ich wäre dankbar für konkrete Hinweis!

Danke Saskia Schneider — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saskia Schneider (talk • contribs) 10:04, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Background information: the file in question is presumably de:File:Saskia Schneider 1.jpg, which was transferred to File:Saskia Schneider .jpg by User:Saskia Maria Elisabeth and deleted as a result of Commons:Deletion requests/File:Saskia Schneider .jpg. LX (talk, contribs) 11:17, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Umbenennung einer hoch geladenen BilddateiEdit

Hallo zusammen,

ich habe leider Bilder mit falschen Bildnamen hochgeladen. Frage: Wie kann ich diese korrigieren? Gruß--Chillibilli (talk) 14:00, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Is this a bug?Edit

Hi, for me the sorting in the Category:Maps by year is not clear. e.g.:

All of them just using the same Template:MapsYear. I tried to find a hint in the template code, but nothing found. Is this a bug? Thx a lot! --W like wiki (talk) 14:01, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

I just got the idea of sthg like a blanc edit ... now it is working, strange! What is the reason for that? My browser cache was empty. Thx! --W like wiki (talk) 14:08, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Is this tiring Assembly-line work the only solution? Thank you for an answer! --W like wiki (talk) 14:28, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

This is a known feature when you use templates to put pages in categories: updates to the template don't immediately update the category membership. Any edit (including a Manual:null edit, which doesn't generate a history entry) of the member's page will cause that page to move to the right place. I think there's meant to be a background process that eventually sorts all of this out, but I'm not sure it's working properly. --bjh21 (talk) 15:53, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
Ah, I see! Until now i don't know the null edits, Thank you @Bjh21:, very nice! --W like wiki (talk) 16:08, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done! category finaly sorted. --W like wiki (talk) 16:19, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
Final summary: Is this a bug? - No, it's feature! ;) --W like wiki (talk) 16:19, 21 November 2017 (UTC)


Please Do the needful pictures uploaded from my profile Arobittech is absolutely owned by me. Why a request for deletion is being raised against my images from Eric Benny Page. Please mention. what legal documentations should I show to get this request deleted.

All this images are owned by me

File:Eric benny with sourav ganguly.jpg File:Eric Benny with Sunil Chetri.jpg File:Eric Benny.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arobittech (talk • contribs) 15:43, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Responded at Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Arobittech. All comments about this case should be posted there, not elsewhere. Ytoyoda (talk) 16:35, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
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How to flip an image that is upside down?Edit

Buddhist criticism on a Bon funeral ritual.jpeg

This image is upside down. How can I flip it? --A ri gi bod (talk) 18:44, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

@A ri gi bod: If it needs to be rotated (so the top-left corner ends up in the bottom right), you can use the "(Silk arrow rotate clockwise.pngrequest rotation)" link on the image page. If it needs to be reflected (so the top-left corner ends up in the bottom left) then you'll have to download it and use a lossless JPEG transformation tool like jpegtran. If that's a problem for you, I'm sure someone here could do it (me, for instance). --bjh21 (talk) 19:30, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
If you flip it (top-left corner ends up in the bottom left) the metric scale with the "cm" on the left side will me be mirrored too. --W like wiki (talk) 01:31, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

A template is automatic placed in a certain category, but no hint in the codeEdit

Hi, I couldn't find out why some templates are grouped in a certain category, but no hint in the code is visible (for me ;) e.g.:

Thx a lot!

@W like wiki: I’m far from expert in such things, but ISTM the Category namespace templates cat is being transcluded from the documentation page, along with two other ‘automatic’ cats. (Please remember to sign your posts here.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:14, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

uploading a piece of videoEdit

Hello everyone, I was wondering if I can upload a few seconds video which is shared in Facebook and Telegram widely by Iranians. This black and white video was broadcast in 1977 in Iranian National Television and is a part of an interview with prime minister of the time by National Television reporter. It will help a lot for an article as a historical document. Thank you! --Dr Behzad Azarmju (talk) 06:37, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Probably not, because it is probably still in copyright 40 years later, and I can't see how you'd be likely to obtain the relevant permission. However, if you can find it posted somewhere public, you can use it in a Wikipedia article as an external link, and in any case you can use it as a reference. - Jmabel ! talk 17:33, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
  • In fact, you might be able to upload it directly in Wikipedia (you don't say what language), even though not on Commons. If you are working in the English-language Wikipedia (you don't say, and I don't know the rule of the Farsi Wikipedia), they have pretty extensive allowance for non-free use. See en:Wikipedia:Non-free content criteria. I see there is an analogous fa:/ویکی‌پدیا:معیارهای_محتوای_غیرآزاد, but I don't read Farsi. - Jmabel ! talk 17:36, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

What about the competition awardsEdit

What about the competition awards — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mohamed Amria (talk • contribs) 13:07, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, the psychic is currently out of office. Which competition are you referring to? LX (talk, contribs) 17:22, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Tricky new categoryEdit

Hi there. I'd like to create the category "4th of July Celebration, 1886". This category could then be added to the parent category "Independence Day (United States)". It's a bit too tricky for me, as there are templates involved, so I don't want to mess it up. My purpose is to add the new category to [this file]. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Magnolia677 (talk) 14:55, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

@Jmabel: Thanks! Magnolia677 (talk) 03:03, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
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Clean Up File:G16 397424.jps.jpg.thumb.gifEdit

Could someone please move back File:G16 397424.gif to File:G16 397424.jps.jpg.thumb.gif and close the 400+ DR as Tiven2240 has not cleaned up after his illadvised vandalism notice? Voting at the Community tech wishlist starts soon and should not be affected by this. thanks. --𝔊 (Gradzeichen DiſkTalk) 19:13, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Request to upload a few batchesEdit

Can someone with a desktop computer 🖥 and access to the VicuñaUploader please upload Commons:Batch uploading/Illustrations of Vietnamese cash coins from Ed Toda's "Annam and its minor currency". and Commons:Batch uploading/Edo period coin collecting catalogues? I need the first batch for a Wikipedia article, and the second batch are 19th (nineteenth) century coin catalogues which could be used in educational settings. Because I only have a mobile device I can't really use any mass-upload tools and all requested images are in the public domain.

Note 📝: I asked this in the village pump earlier but heard no response.

Sent from my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL with Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile 📱. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 09:40, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Uploading via APIEdit

Hello! In two weeks we are having an event with lot of people from culture (writers, musicians, editors...) and we are trying to install a Photocall. This photocall will have an automatic "selfie" camera, so images can be uploaded directly to Commons. Is there any way to upload directly via API? I'm quite stuck with this and I need to give a solution to the technical company who is building the "selfie machine". -Theklan (talk) 12:43, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

There is an upload API. It's documented at mw:API:Upload, but I get the impression that it's not the easiest bit of the MediaWiki API to interact with. --bjh21 (talk) 14:37, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Theklan, you should consider asking on Commons:Village pump because this is more of a proposal for a mass upload. Lots of things are usually considered before the technical side of it, like the the scope of the project and the appropriateness of images in an encyclopedic context, as well as categorisation and licensing. How long is the event running for? How many people and photos are expected to be generated? If it runs only for one night, you should probably make it easier for yourself and your team by just saving the photos locally, then look at ways to upload them: Commons:Guide to batch uploading. I can't really see it being essential that the photos get uploaded live and straight away in emulation of Twitter or something, Commons images and image pages need time and dedication and shouldn't be rushed. Cheers, seb26 (talk) 14:38, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
    • Well, @Seb26:, it would be a five days long event and all photos will be of great value, as we will have lots of music bands, singers and authors there. I can't give a number, but the interesting idea would be having them uploaded, so we can do every night a categorization and Wikidata insertion event. If there's no way to do it via API easily, then it can be the batch upload idea... let's see. -Theklan (talk) 17:14, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
      • If you have some development effort, consider creating a kiosk version of Commons:Mobile_app on an Android device. This may be suitable to use for a live upload selfie machine, but you would have to convince the Community separately as to whether having a project account can be managed appropriately. Otherwise, saving them locally, then batch uploading as a semi-manual process would be fine, and might be easier to do a bit of weeding out of unnecessary photographs in advance. -- (talk) 17:23, 24 November 2017 (UTC)