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How do I upload videos and photos from my phone?

The uploads directed me to document and camera whereas the videos and photos are under media files.

Help. Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:50, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

معلومات حول كيفية رفع الملفاتEdit

مرحبا.من فضلكم اريد معرفة انواع الملفات المسموح برفعها — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ninoprine (talk • contribs) 09:28, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Участие в конкурсе "Вики любит Землю 2017"Edit

Здравствуйте! На сайте было объяснение "Загрузить фотографии по ссылкам из списка (для каждого объекта — своя ссылка)" Я нашла только одну ссылку - Лучший баннер для статей Викигида Где список остальных ссылок? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AEndeko (talk • contribs) 14:18, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:CSBS School logo.pngEdit

The school only claimed the copyright for the school website before 2013. I was trying to do the same as what the uploader did on by following the copyright and uploading rules. If there is any other information missing, I am willing to add it.

--Tyrus C (talk) 03:48, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Works nowadays are automatically protected by copyright, either you claim it or not. From what you are saying here, it seems the logo still non-free and copyrighted. Unless the school released the logo under a free license or to the public domain, it will not be accepted here on Commons. Poké95 06:22, 15 May 2017 (UTC)
(I believe at the end of the first sentence Pokéfan95 meant to write "...whether you claim it or not.") - Jmabel ! talk 15:15, 15 May 2017 (UTC)
Oh yes that's what I meant. I am not a native English speaker. :) Poyekhali!!! 02:46, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
As for zh:File:Saint Louis School logo.png, that file is locally hosted on the Chinese language Wikipedia as non-free content with a fair use rationale. Fair use depends on the specific context in which a work is used. Commons is a general-purpose media repository hosting content without a specific context. Therefore, fair use cannot be invoked here. Fair use content must always be locally uploaded to the project on which you intend to use it (if the project allows it; different projects have different policies). LX (talk, contribs) 09:14, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Uploading photo from FlickrEdit

Hi. I wish to upload the following photo from the World Economic Forum (WEF) page on Flikr -- photo ID 8163796246; -- to Wikimedia Commons. I have WRITTEN permission from the WEF to use the photo on a Wikipedia submission I am currently developing. In an email, they said: "You are free to use this photo under the creative commons licence. It is our photo taken by our official photographer. We just ask that you credit the World Economic Forum." However, Wikimedia Commons' system will not accept the photo because the photo on Flickr is tagged as “CC-BY-NC-SA", when it should be tagged “CC-BY-SA” and as yet the WEF hasn't reset the tag. WEF staff are very busy and I am hesitant to bother them further. Can you recommend some work-around that will allow me to upload the image to Wikimedia Commons? Thank you, and best regards, IanIan.fraser1 (talk) 16:14, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Just to be clear: Written permissions are of no use if they're {{wikipediaonly}} or only cover non-free licenses (such as {{noncommercial}} ones). I'm sure they are indeed busy, but if they had the time to reply to you, they'd have the time to click a few buttons on Flickr to change the license. It seems their decision to prohibit commercial use is quite deliberate. And no, there is no workaround for cases where the copyright holder isn't willing to release their work under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 16:33, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Using Wikipedia imagesEdit

I am contemplating making and selling greeting cards using images (almost exclusively the portraits which accompany "bios" of famous people) from Wikipedia. I have read through a great deal of Wikipedia's explanations of copyright issues, but I have to admit I am still not sure whether I can use these images without violating copyrights.

I am assuming that any images for which copyright has lapsed are moot. Are there any other rules (such as the Millennial Copy Right Act or the Fair Use concept) which would allow me to avoid contacting the original owner of the copyright?

Thank you,

Richard Urmston <email> — Preceding unsigned comment added by Urmston60 (talk • contribs) 17:03, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Richard! If you look at the address bar of your browser (a good habit to get into to avoid falling victim to phishing), you'll notice that you're not on Wikipedia but Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free, educational media files used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. With that in mind, see Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. As explained there, all content here is (supposed to be) free. (Unfortunately, a lot of people upload copyright violations, and we don't catch all of them.) Unlike English Wikipedia (for example), we don't allow uploading of non-free fair use content. LX (talk, contribs) 17:46, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

I want to change my animation, but the change would contradict the titleEdit

I created an animation of a cyclic cellular automaton being run for 700 generations (frames). However, after uploading that file I realised that this sequence actually continues evolving until about 1194 generations. Since the title of the file I uploaded contains "for 700 generations", I'm unsure how to proceed. Should the old file be moved to a new name and then modified? Should the version with more generations be uploaded as a seperate file? If so, should the old one be deleted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Illiteration (talk • contribs) 23:23, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Simplest thing to do is to leave the old one where it is and upload the new under a different title. - Jmabel ! talk 01:52, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
Or, if you just wish to have the file renamed, tag it with {{rename|newname.ext|rationale number|reason=optional text reason}}. You can find the rationale numbers and further information at "Commons:File renaming". — SMUconlaw (talk) 05:34, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
Alright, I went with the simple solution. Thanks. Illiteration (talk) 12:36, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

How do i upload a picture please read for more einfoEdit

How do i uploaded an image for a Wikipedia page? More specifically on the movie page for Jeepers Creepers 3? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nicholas20177 (talk • contribs) 13:26, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

How delete audio fileEdit

we are uploading audio files for on wikimedia commons.Some files uploaded with wrong code. So we want delete approximate 250 files. So now what we do? please Help.--Stalinjeet (talk) 13:49, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Not sure what you mean by "the wrong code" so not sure if deletion is actually the right solution. Could you be more clear about what's wrong and give at least one example? - Jmabel ! talk 15:45, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
  • We are uploading audio file with 'pa' code like- 'Pa-ਉਲਟਾਉਣਾ.ogg'. But in some files we miss 'pa' code. Files uploaded with only this type of tittle 'ਉਲਟਾਉਣਾ.ogg'. We want delete these type of files.--Stalinjeet (talk) 01:44, 17 May 2017 (UTC)
Link service: File:Pa-ਉਲਟਾਉਣਾ.ogg and File:ਉਲਟਾਉਣਾ.ogg. Oops, the latter file does not exist.
Please request the renaming with rationale "To harmonize the file names of a set of videos"; read Commons:File renaming. — Speravir – 01:04, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Which is to say: the solution is not deletion. If you don't have filemover privileges yourself, tag them appropriately using {{Rename}} and they will be moved. - Jmabel ! talk 04:18, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Would it be ok to add credit in the photoEdit

Hi There would you still accept the photo where credit (Name) added on the photo or should be just empty photo?

Thanks, Hira — Preceding unsigned comment added by HiraLaa (talk • contribs) 16:28, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Hira! Visible watermarks are discouraged but not prohibited; see Commons:Watermarks. LX (talk, contribs) 17:44, 16 May 2017 (UTC)


I had uploaded several files on Wikimedia on the last week, but there is a delay with permission, so I guess I must delete them, but don't know how. I hope there will be no sanctions against me for copyright violation as I hadn't done it expressly. John Francis Templeson (talk) 21:44, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Just nominate them for deletion as you would anyone else's images. And, no, you won't be in trouble for this. - Jmabel ! talk 23:03, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
@John Francis Templeson: Eight of them are ripe for deletion per your user talk page. If you want to save them, please either detail the permission or send evidence of it via OTRS.   — Jeff G. ツ 04:19, 17 May 2017 (UTC)
Conversely, if you believe deletion is appropriate, as the uploader you should weigh in and say so in the relevant deletion discussions. - Jmabel ! talk 15:25, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Old Photograph, Unknown PhotographerEdit

Hi! I'd like to upload a photograph from the 1930s. The photographer is unknown and the photograph is currently held by a state archive. Is this acceptable since the photographer is almost certainly deceased?

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mgoetzke (talk • contribs) 22:54, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

  • You don't say what country. Most countries grant copyright for life plus 70 years, so there is a very good chance that something from the 1930s is still copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk 03:04, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Re-uploading file for OTRSEdit

I've uploaded a file (Hartmut Oschkinat SFB1078.jpg) with the tag OTRS:pending, but did not manage to get the OTRS resolved due to cultural differences (photo was taken by person A, licensed to institute B -- as far as I know institute B has complete rights, and person C contacted institute B to obtain the photo for upload. Last time person C was unwilling to prolong contact with institute B to go through with OTRS). Now the photo has been deleted, but I have managed to persuade person C to pass on the contact to institute B so that I can resolve the OTRS myself. Is there a way to reinstate the file so that when the person at institute B is going through the OTRS generator, they can put "Hartmut Oschkinat SFB1078.jpg" as the Commons file name at step 2 out of 5? Or is it preferable that the person at institute B just attach the file to the email? I want to make this process as easy as possible as the other people are not native English speakers. Thanks! Selkie upsilon (talk) 14:18, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

  • If you want the image restored for this purpose, the place to go is Commons:Undeletion requests, but I'd guess you probably will be turned down.
  • They can refer to "Hartmut Oschkinat SFB1078.jpg" whether it is currently online or not. But, yes, if it's not currently online, it might be less ambiguous if they attach a file (or a URL if it is online elsewhere). - Jmabel ! talk 15:30, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Overwrite video with new versionEdit

I uploaded a set of videos. The original versions of these videos had an audio error, making the voices sound strange. I later got corrected videos with correct audio. I am overwriting the old videos with the new ones, so that users will only access the ones with good audio.

My overwriting the content seems like the right thing to do by Commons:Overwriting existing files. Commons preserves the old files, which seems fine if that is how things work. It does mean about 200mb of useless video are kept, which I think nowadays is not enough to matter, but I thought I would check in here to confirm. Is it correct that old overwriten files which should never be used should still remain in Commons, and that there is no way to designate them as trash? See examples -

Thanks, Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:32, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

I would overwrite them. Correcting mistakes or improving transcoding quality in a non-controversial way, is a good overwriting rationale. If superseded and separate files, I would put the old versions up for speedy, someone can challenge and convert to a DR if they feel it needs more discussion. Policy is not unambiguous as it is impossible to preempt all situations. -- (talk) 16:44, 17 May 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved
That seems reasonable. I will overwrite. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:50, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Uploading an author's promotional pictureEdit

I wanted to add a picture of Alex Tizon to his Wikipedia article. His website had one, but it had lapsed and is now archived here. From reading Wikipedia's guidelines, promotional images are allowed. However, in using the upload wizard here, I was not able to find an equivalent category.

Am I allowed to upload a promotional photo and how should I tag it in the wizard?

--KNHaw (talk) 00:10, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

KNHaw, Commons accepts 100% *free* items. Copyrighted items *cannot* be uploaded unless the person releases permission. Try and contact him to send an email to MechQuester (talk) 03:44, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

OK. Thanks. I will try but given that it's an abandoned site and that the owner passed away last month anyways, I am doubtful.
Is there any ongoing effort to correct the Wikipedia guidelines so they fall in line with Wikicommons?
--KNHaw (talk) 16:33, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Absolutely not. Each language-specific Wikipedia is fully permitted to decide to host non-free images that would not be eligible for Commons, and to set its own policies for that. - Jmabel ! talk 22:15, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

What isEdit

The upload succeeded, but the server did not give us any information about the file.

I don't know what this means. MechQuester (talk) 03:41, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

  • I don't either. Can you give us some context? - Jmabel ! talk 04:20, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Jmabel, I have uploaded a picture of the problem.

File:The upload succeeded, but the server did not give any information about the file.png.

I was downloading a PDF of US Code (law) from here. MechQuester (talk) 16:02, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

  • If I understand correctly, it's basically saying it got the PDF, but no metadata describing it. Could someone more familiar with the upload Wizard help out here? - Jmabel ! talk 22:18, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

how to get a wikimedia photo on to a wikipedia pageEdit

My name is Gayle McLaughlin. I have a wikipedia page which someone else created, but I am making some edits. I would like to replace the main photo near the top of the page. I have uploaded a new photo to wikimedia commons. How do I upload to the wikipedia page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gayle McLaughlin (talk • contribs) 04:44, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

If you click the 'edit' link at the top of the page you will see 'Infobox officeholder' at the beginning of the editing window. It has a parameter called 'image'. This is the name of the image that is shown. Just replace its value with 'Original_grey_background_-_Copy_(2)light_edited-3.jpg'. Ruslik (talk) 11:47, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

SVG not rendered correctlyEdit

Hi! I just uploaded File:Arbre généalogique Antigone.svg. It looks perfectly both in Inkscape and in Firefox (the uploaded version), and was also good on the upload page (the thumbnail in the “source file” box), but the texts somehow loose their x coordinates. It’s certainly a bug in Commons, but can it be worked around without fixing the thumbnail software? --Tacsipacsi (talk) 07:19, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

I would like to open Ostrich farmEdit

Dear sir, madam. My name is Uchkun Jumanazarov. I from Uzbekistan. If you don't mine, i would like to ask you, about ostrich business. As you know Uzbekistan is in central Asia and we don't have a ostrich. But we have a lot of interesting of ostrich egg end meat. I would like to open my own ostrich business. Can you help me with that's. Thank you !!! Sincerely Uchkun Jumanazarov. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 13:51, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

  • This is a page for help using Wikimedia Commons (this site), the media repository of the Wikimedia Foundation. I don't know what site you are looking for, but it isn't this one. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Artist estate licensing images of deceased painter's paintingsEdit

I am writing on behalf of the Jon Schueler Artist Estate. While Jon died in 1992, the estate owns all rights to the images of his work. I would like to give license to include two images of his paintings in the commons. What license do I need to use, and how can I label it so it is clear that it is the legal estate submitting those images, and not some third party, so they don't get deleted? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Msalvesen (talk • contribs) 18:21, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Commons accepts only free licenses, i.e. which permit anyone to use and modify the work, even for commercial purpose. The recommended license is Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0). You have to state that you are the copyright holder in an email sent to Please state clearly what images you publish under the free license, e.g. by uploading them first and marking them with the {{OTRS pending}} template, then simply copying the URLs into the email. --Tacsipacsi (talk) 20:30, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Using photos of paintingsEdit

I would like to add some photos of paintings made by artist who died in 2003. Those pictures are recently published on the webpage of his family. They are willing to give me the permission to upload their original photos on Wikimedia Commons. I need an opinion if it is ok regarding copyrights and what are the options? Falcon Bos (talk) 21:16, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Commons accepts only free licenses, i.e. which permit anyone to use and modify the work, even for commercial purpose. The recommended license is Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0). If they are willing to grant such a license, there are two ways to communicate this:
  1. They can state that they are the copyright holder in an email sent to (appropriate content for the email is described at COM:OTRS). They should state clearly what images you publish under the free license; typically, the simplest way to do this is by uploading them first and marking them with the {{OTRS pending}} template, then simply copying the URLs into the email. Another alternative is to attach copies of the images to the email.
  2. Given that the images are already on the web page of his family, they can indicate the license (e.g. CC BY-SA 4.0) there. Then anyone could upload to Commons, citing that web page as the source.
In this case, I think the second should be simpler. It also spares the backlogged OTRS team some work. - Jmabel ! talk 22:24, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Adding image resolutionEdit

I want to be able to upload a new version of an image in a higher resolution, but I can't figure out how. I want the lower resolution image to be the default one, but also have the higher resolution one so that I can use it when I need to. This is for the logo of the Old Norse Wikipedia in Incubator. For example, the Ancient Greek logo has the 135x135 image as the default image: There is also the option to view higher resolution versions of the image. I would like to be able to do the same thing with the Norse logo: Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ScriptorHistoriae (talk • contribs) 01:08, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Please always upload the highest resolution available. Downsampling is performed automatically to get lower resolutions as needed. - Jmabel ! talk 02:10, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for replying. I uploaded the highest resolution, but the preview isn't the right size. It would be best if it showed it at 135x155 instead of 522×599. I also posted the wrong link:
On the Ancient Greek logo, it says that the original file is 135x155, which is why I'm confused about how to get the right preview size. --ScriptorHistoriae (talk) 19:54, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

Kodak 3A Camera before 1917Edit


I have just uploaded 2 photographs on my late aunts Kodak 3A Camera from before 1917.

It looks like there were several versions of the Kodak 3A, and I am not shore which one I have.

The versions of the Kodak 3A I have seen on you-tub, are the metal versions with rounded edges.

The one in my position is made of wood.

The photos were taken on my Canon M5, photographic details embedded in the photos ie Camera settings, serial # etc..

I do not know which Kodak 3A this camera is.

Hope you can use the photo's.

Regards John — Preceding unsigned comment added by John WB (talk • contribs) 06:35, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Clarification: these are photos of the camera. - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 19 May 2017 (UTC)



I uploaded the project logo of Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor on its official Wikipedia Page. Days later I received a notice regarding deletion and it states like this :

Thanks for uploading File:MSRDC Top Logo 0 0.png. I notice that the file page either doesn't contain enough information about the license or it contains contradictory information about the license, so the copyright status is unclear. If you created this file yourself, then you must provide a valid copyright tag. For example, you can tag it with {{Tl|self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-all}} to release it under the multi-license GFDL plus Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike All-version license or you can tag it with {{PD-self}} to release it into the public domain. (See Commons:Copyright tags for the full list of license tags that you can use.)

If you did not create the file yourself or if it is a derivative of another work that is possibly subject to copyright protection, then you must specify where you found it (e.g. usually a link to the web page where you got it), you must provide proof that it has a license that is acceptable for Commons (e.g. usually a link to the terms of use for content from that page), and you must add an appropriate license tag. If you did not create the file yourself and the specific source and license information is not available on the web, you must obtain permission through the OTRS system and follow the procedure described there.

Note that any unsourced or improperly licensed files will be deleted one week after they have been marked as lacking proper information, as described in criteria for speedy deletion. If you have uploaded other files, please confirm that you have provided the proper information for those files, too. If you have any questions about licenses please ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright or see our help pages. Thank you.

Following are questions :-

How to include copyright tag and where it should be placed?

What is the possible solution for it to get approved? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mahasamruddhimahamarg (talk • contribs) 07:56, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

You should have probably added {{pd-textlogo}} to it. Ruslik (talk) 13:23, 19 May 2017 (UTC)


Recebi o e-mail copiado abaixo para confirmação da minha conta, mas cliquei por engano no segundo link, que cancela a confirmação.

Confirmo e desejo ativar a minha conta.

Wikimedia Commons <> Mai 18 em 10:39 PM Para Tânia Regina Toledo Corpo da mensagem Alguém, provavelmente você a partir do endereço IP 2804:431:d721:9533:f06c:5218:8153:303a, registou uma conta "Tânia Regina Toledo" com este endereço de correio eletrónico na wiki Wikimedia Commons.

Para confirmar que esta conta é realmente sua e ativar as funcionalidades de correio eletrónico na wiki Wikimedia Commons, abra a seguinte ligação no seu navegador:

Se a conta *não* é sua, abra a seguinte ligação para cancelar a confirmação do endereço de correio eletrónico:

Este código de confirmação expira a 01h39min de 26 de maio de 2017. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tânia Regina Toledo (talk • contribs) 12:55, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

Have you tried removing your email in Preferences, then adding it again? That should prompt a new confirmation message.
Google-Portuguese: Você tentou remover seu e-mail em Preferências e, em seguida, adicioná-lo novamente? Isso deve solicitar uma nova mensagem de confirmação.Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:17, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Copyright expired in Italy but how about North America?Edit

Hi, I need help creating this image on the English Wiki from the Italian wiki here. The Italian Wiki states the copyright expired; you can read more about it there (I think a little translate button should appear at the top of the page if you need help reading least it does for me on Chrome). Can anyone tell me if this picture is okay to use? Thanks. Vaselineeeeeeee (talk) 17:47, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

  • I might question whether prive di carattere creativo really applies to this photo. The symmetry is hardly accidental. - Jmabel ! talk 21:21, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
  • For something published in 1974, I think the US copyright will expire 95 years later, or 1 Jan, 2070. --ghouston (talk) 02:05, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

How do I delete two photos?Edit

I've uploaded two flower images which I now believe have the wrong names. I don't know the right names, so how can I delete the images? the images are File:Camellia rosmannii RBG Melbourne 14-4-2017.jpg and File:Camellia rosmanii RBG Melbourne 10 April 20. Erictimewell (talk) 00:01, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Well, Jmabel, you could rename them simply as camellias, but it's a nearly useless description because it's so vague. As soon as I have identified the subject of my photos correctly I intend to resumbit them precisely described. But if you insist I'll just expand your description of them as "Camellias". Thanks for your quick response. Erictimewell (talk) 06:13, 20 May 2017 (UTC)



担当者 様 へ

森 政弘 (talk) 03:30, 20 May 2017 (UTC)森 政弘 より

 始めまして、森 政弘(もり まさひろ)と 申します。本人です。

 私のWikipediaの 「幼少期から学生時代」について、 加筆が望まれています。

と記載されている部分を、私自身で記入してみたのですが、 巧く行きません。  私は今、満90歳で、私の幼少期のことを知っている 者は私以外に居ませんから、命のある内にぜひ書き込んで おきたいと、熱望しています。

 大変お手数をお掛けして恐縮ですが、 書き込み方のご案内をお願い申し上げます。


小学校時代からキャッチボールなどの遊びよりも 工作を好み、物作りを始めると寝食を忘れた。 小学4年生の夏休みには、風呂場の薪を削って大きな飛行機の ソリッドモデルを製作し、教師を驚かした。中学校に入ると 真空管に魅せられ、将来は電気技術者になろうと志した。 そのため自宅に工作室を持ち、そこに閉じこもる毎日が続いた。 この気持が後にロボットコンテスト創始の遠因となった。


  • Based on Google translation, I suspect this is from someone trying to fill in information about his childhood for an existing Wikipedia article. Doesn't belong on Commons Help Desk, but if someone who reads Japanese can work out what this pertains to, it might well be of some importance. - Jmabel ! talk 05:23, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Correction of mistake in descriptionEdit

Hi, greetings from Polish Wikipedia. We recently had a little discussion about this photo: The bird was identified as Phylloscopus bonelli and used as such on numerous Wiki pages (including Polish), and I doubt it is this species. (Reason: different head markings. Ph. bonelli should have pale lores and eye-ring unbroken by eye-stripe, whereas bird on the photo has strong eye-stripe which crosses eye-ring and reaches to lore). I would propose description of this photo "Phylloscopus sp.". I wrote to author of the photo but he seems not to be active on Wiki anymore. What can I do next? Help please :) (I don't quite know how to change descriptions, file names etc on commons) Wireonek (talk) 08:07, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

In its description on Commons it is actually identified as Phylloscopus trochilus. Ruslik (talk) 12:03, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: Where do you see that?   — Jeff G. ツ 20:02, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
It is called 'Pouillot fitis' and the link leads to frwiki where is explained that the Latin name is Phylloscopus trochilus. Ruslik (talk) 04:51, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
So let's rename it File:Phylloscopus trochilus, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France.jpg.   — Jeff G. ツ 05:50, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Wireonek: What do you mean by the "sp." portion of "Phylloscopus sp."?   — Jeff G. ツ 20:14, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

@Ruslik0:, indeed it is, I don't know why I hadn't noticed that. However, it is categorized as Ph. bonelli, file name suggests bonelli and wikipedias use it as bonelli. I can replace the photos in articles (there are other pictures of Ph.bonelli on commons) but if somebody could change name as @Jeff G.: suggests, and delete category "Phylloscopus bonelli" it would be great. @Jeff G.: sp = species. Phylloscopus sp. means that the bird belong to genus Phylloscopus but we do not determine which species in that genus. I suggested such identification because this genus is quite tricky in identification on the basis of photos only. Some species, as Ph. trochilus and Ph. collybita, are best separated on the basis of song, and from some photos are not possible to identify for sure. On the discussed photo it can well be Ph. trochilus but I can't exclude e.g. Ph. ibericus (I don't say that somebody more experienced with this genus can id this bird for sure, I only say I can't that :) ). Wireonek (talk) 07:42, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

I renamed the files and updated the description. I do not think that we should delete any categories. Ruslik (talk) 12:55, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: thanks. As to categories: the file shouldn't be in category "Phylloscopus bonelli". Wireonek (talk) 16:21, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Now I see that @Kookaburra 81: wrote under the photo: "File renaming criterion #1: At the original uploader’s request. It's bonelli and not trochilus !" Could we discuss the question of species of bird on the photo, then? I wrote above why I think it can't be bonelli but I'm open to discussion, especially with photo's author. Kookaburra 81, could you please provide traits which show that it's bonelli? Why head marking is so different from described in literature and visible on other photos (e.g. from files here: ) In the meantime I replaced the photo on a few Wikipedia pages with another picture of Ph.bonelli. Wireonek (talk) 17:17, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

@Wireonek, Ruslik0, Kookaburra 81: As a compromise, how about restricting the name, description, and category to genus Phylloscopus?   — Jeff G. ツ 17:28, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: I proposed such description from the beginning, as I don't feel that I can tell which species is that bird (only that it is not bonelli, in my opinion), and for me it would be perfectly fine. However, now that @Kookaburra 81: commented on the photo, I would like to wait for his arguments for his identification. I admit that maybe I posted here too early after leaving message on his discussion page, but in fact I was pretty sure he does not visit Wikipedia any more because he had last edits from 2014 (for which assumption I am sorry) Wireonek (talk) 17:35, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Wireonek: That assumption was valid, given that user's inactivity on all WMF projects.   — Jeff G. ツ 17:42, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Sorry that I moved the picture before this discussion came to an end. Due to it is not linked from here directly, I havn't noticed that there are doubts about the bird. The request was initiated by the original uploader and there was no reason for me to believe it could mess up something. Please feel free to ignore the move in case it was wrong and put it to a correct filename. I will not put this page on my watchlist, in the unlikely case of any need to contact me, please give me a ping or use my user talk. Greetings. --Druschba 4 (talk) 18:50, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Hello, first of all, excuse me for my bad English. Moreover it is true that I rarely go on wiki, because I find it very complex to use. Concerning the image of the phylloscopus. It is true that the image was taken long ago .... But bonelli is very common with me and trochilus only passing in the spring and especially in the autumn. Of course, the most characteristic to differentiate them is the singing completely different, especially as trochilus is a rather talkative bird that is often heard in migration. It is astonishing that at the time I was wrong ... but everything is possible .... It is true that the head is not characteristic, but the legs and especially the feet are much less clear ( Yellow) than trochilus. I think in the meantime you can if you prefer to put it in phyloscopus sp. I have a lot of recent images, maybe more caracteristic bonelli ... photographed even if only today ... I suggest you post as soon as possible and if I remember how to do, A more typical image of this species — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kookaburra 81 (talk • contribs) 19:28, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Signing your posts on talk pages is required and it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and a timestamp will then automatically be added when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.   — Jeff G. ツ 19:59, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Wireonek, Ruslik0, Kookaburra 81, Druschba 4: Ok, I renamed it File:Phylloscopus, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France.jpg.   — Jeff G. ツ 19:59, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Jeff G., Ruslik0, Kookaburra 81: Thanks Jeff G., I think now it's all well, maybe there will be someone who can identify species of this bird in the future. Only a little thing, the photo still shows up on this page: Kookaburra 81, I see you already posted a new photo of Ph.bonelli, it's beautiful I post it into the article on Polish Wiki~. Thank you all! Wireonek (talk) 20:51, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
@Wireonek: You're welcome. I don't think anyone will mind if you remove that photo from where it no longer belongs, perhaps replacing it with Kookaburra 81's beautiful new photo.   — Jeff G. ツ 23:16, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Copyright infringementEdit

I recently uploaded a colourised photograph of a WWII German officer that was rejected on grounds of infringement. I would like to avoid this happening again but feel my colourised photos could enhance the quality of the entries. I feel that I could overcome this by simply signing away any claim to the original author. I expect no reward or recognition. I am in effect simply colourising their work for free.

Please advise.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Compact Jam (talk • contribs) 20:39, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

@Compact Jam: I presume this refers to COM:Deletion requests/File:Erhler-version-2.jpg. The problem wasn’t with your colorization per se, or your credit for the modification, rather that the original image was apparently protected by copyright. In order for a derivative work to be free, the original must be free to start with, either in the public domain or released under a licence that allows modification. It might be best to upload the source image first, with appropriate info concerning its provenance and copyright status, and then upload your derivative version under another filename (with a link to the original—see {{Derived from}}). If in any doubt concerning the copyright, try posting at COM:VPC for advice, with a link to the original source, before uploading, or your work could go to waste. A lot of WWII images are still copyrighted because the protection usually persists for 70 years after the photographer’s death, and where the photographer is unknown the law generally provides a large ‘safety margin’ (depending on the country of origin), in effect presuming the author may have survived for 25 to 50 years after taking the picture.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 23:18, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

How to add a standings table page to a current pageEdit

I would like to add a final standings page to the current NCAA Softball tournament page, I have my file done in Excel but have no idea how to add a table or any codes to do it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eaglesfan1985 (talk • contribs) 20:55, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

This is Commons - a free repository of files. You should ask your question at en:Wikipedia:Help desk. Ruslik (talk) 04:48, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Renominate an FP for delistingEdit

I just now began the process of requesting the de-FPing of File:Chicken February 2009-1.jpg, but someone already tried that; Commons:Featured picture candidates/removal/File:Chicken February 2009-1.jpg failed, partly because several users deemed that the time period since promotion (four months) was too soon to request removal. Should I create a second removal page, or does this request go at the bottom of the first one, or what? Nyttend (talk) 05:31, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Wiki loves Earth photo compEdit

Hi - I uploaded at least a dozen photos however I can only find one that has been recorded. How do I find proof for the other images that I uploaded? Cheers Kalyi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kalyi1 (talk • contribs) 08:57, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

I don't know how you uploaded them, but if you add "[[Category:Uploaded via Campaign:wle-au]]" to the bottom of each file, then that file should all show up. BTW, I suggest that you read Project_scope#Must be realistically useful for an educational purpose. For example, your image File:View from my brother's place 3.jpg is not particularly educational - we don't know exactly who you are, we don't know who your brother is (neither of which are particularly important), but you do need to tell us why the view from your brother's place is significant, preferably with the geographical coordinates of where the photo was taken. You then need to add more realistic categories. Martinvl (talk) 09:20, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
You don't need and shouldn't add that category. Better just add the template {{Wiki Loves Earth 2017|au}}, the image will then automagically appear in the Australian WLE category. Or simply use the campain's upload wizard. --Magnus (talk) 10:17, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Images of old newspapersEdit

Hello! Are old newspapers still under copyright or they can be uploaded on commons? In particular, it is possible to upload these images (one and two) of newspapers articles published in the US in 1935-1936? If so, which licence should I use? Thank you, --Postcrosser (talk) 11:59, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

  • As far as I know, any non-New-York U.S. paper from that era should qualify for {{PD-US-not renewed}}. The second one is clearly from Philadelphia, so should be OK. For the first one you'd have to pin down that it's not one of the New York papers that did renew their copyrights. - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! I can't be sure the first newspaper wasn't from NY, so I'll upload just the second from Philadelphia --Postcrosser (talk) 08:25, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Uploaded Jpg picture files show up only when logged-in or searched.Edit

Dear Wikimedia,

(1) I had uploaded three jpg picture files (a, b, c).

(2) I would like the pictures to be easily available to anyone (even when they are not logged in) when they click on 'Wikimedia Commons has media related to 'topic/category at the bottom of the Wikepedia page on that topic/category. However, only one picture (a) is visible and the other two of the pictures (b and c) cannot be seen in the thumbnails. The two thumbnails and pictures (b and c) show up only when I am logged-in or when I search Wikimedia Commons for that topic/category.

(3) (b and c) file sizes are smaller than the successful picture (a). I used the Upload Wizard in a straight-forward manner and chose the topic/category from the wizard's drop-down list. (4) How can I enable pictures (b and c) to be visible to anyone who is browsing even when they are not logged-in. (5) Thank you for your time. I was not able to find the answers in the faqs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dinodomo (talk • contribs) 14:37, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Please indicate exactly what pictures you are talking about. I'm not going to scroll through your upload history trying to work out what you are talking about. - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for replying, Jmabel. Didn't want to bother you with the pictures. I will wait to see if it is a caching issue as Magnus has said. Thanks.
Don't worry, that's normally a caching problem with the servers. The image will show up after a while. --Magnus (talk) 15:12, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your time and reply, Magnus. I will wait for a while to see if the images show up. Thanks again. Dinodomo (talk) 16:20, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
You were right, Magnus, on checking, is saw that the images have now showed up! Thanks very much again for your kind reply. Dinodomo (talk) 14:52, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Enabling VFCEdit

I received a message, User talk:Castillo blanco#Your VFC installation method is deprecated, telling that I should switch to a new version of VFC. I cannot enable it with the link in the message. In the first pop-up I can click 'yes', but in the second pop-up, where I am asked to confirm, the 'yes' button remains grey and the pop-up disappears after a few seconds. Is there a different way to install the new version of VFC? I cannot find it in my preferences as suggested by the message. Castillo blanco (talk) 05:39, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Meanwhile I found the answer. Castillo blanco (talk) 06:14, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
You should not do that if there is other way to achieve the same effect. User JavaScript is the worst way of enabling things as these are usually unmaintained and break over the time. You can enable VFC in your preferences and remove that line from your JavaScript, otherwise it can’t be guaranteed that it will work in the future (also enabling gadgets in the official way means a slightly better performance). --Tacsipacsi (talk) 13:05, 23 May 2017 (UTC)


My Lords and gentlemen, I humbly pray You to check the license of my last file. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Товарищ герцог Мальборо (talk • contribs) 09:37, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done My Lord, you are blocked for a week. Yann (talk) 09:49, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Overwriting an imageEdit

This question is concerning File:Salt Lake City montage 19 July 2011.jpg. About five years after the collage was created, an editor changed one of the images being used, and uploaded the new collage, writing the original. I felt the change was too major and went against Commons:Overwriting existing files. I believe the new version of the collage should have been uploaded as a new file, not an overwrite. I reverted the change, but the editor in question once again replaced the image. Besides being a completely new photo, the replacement photo is much newer than the creation date of 19 July 2011 used in the collage's title. The editor's reasoning for changing the image is that the new one is a "far superior night shot." Incidentally the photographer and editor seem to be one in the same. I don't wish to start an edit war, but am I justified in reverting back to the original image? The other editor is of course welcome to upload their new version as a new file. Thanks for the help. --Beneathtimp (talk) 02:07, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

  • That should certainly be uploaded under a different filename. - Jmabel ! talk 02:59, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
    • That's what I thought. I've already reverted the change once, with that reasoning. How do you suggest I proceed without starting an edit war? --Beneathtimp (talk) 22:04, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
      • I have reverted the image and begun a discussion on the talk page for the image on its talk to follow . Bastique ☎ appelez-moi! 22:47, 24 May 2017 (UTC)


「hitomiogawa0522.jpg」を削除されました。著作権上の問題であることは分かります。「著作権放棄」のための書類の書き方と、その書類を「どこに送るか」教えてください。 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hitomiotomonogatari (talk • contribs) 03:51, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Piece4peace limnesh.jpgEdit

--Uyarafath (talk) 09:51, 24 May 2017 (UTC) Hi, I uploaded a picture which I copied from another source. The purpose of uploading this picture is to use it in one Wikipedia article. But I am not sure about copyright of this image. Could you help me what should I do now? I have mentioned source in the file description. Thank you.

If you unsure about its copyright status, why did you post it under a "Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike 3.0 Unported" license? Ruslik (talk) 10:46, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

How do I leave a message to the person who edits my page?Edit

This is the message I wish to leave, after typing this message I looked around for a "submit" button. I do not see one. I am watching a How To video about Wiki pages and it does not provide this information. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Inanna500k (talk • contribs) 16:00, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Click on their name their comment. Go to their talk page. You should have a link on that page in which to add a discussion topic and you can respond there. Bastique ☎ appelez-moi! 22:54, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
  • But typically if they have edited your talk page, they will be "watching" it. You can respond where the edit was made, and they will probably see it. - Jmabel ! talk 23:58, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Also, I suspect whatever you were dealing with was on the English-language Wikipedia, where you appear to have made some edits. The question above appears to be your first edit on Wikimedia Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 00:01, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

How to delete a picture from Wikipedia Commons?Edit

I uploaded an image claiming that it was my original picture, but it is some one else's. Essentially, I want to either delete it (which upload wizard isn't letting me do) or be able to reupload it as someone elses (it won't let me upload it without deleting the first one I uploaded) to give credit to the rightful owner of the image. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:30, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Please log in the username you used to upload the picture so we can confirm that you want to delete it. You may also wish to tag the image with a {{speedy}} template Bastique ☎ appelez-moi! 22:52, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
But, assuming the image is either public domain or free-licensed, usually needing to correct information about a picture is not a reason to delete it. Just edit the information accordingly. Of course, if someone else holds the copyright and hasn't granted a free license, it shouldn't be here at all, and should be deleted (and not re-uploaded). - Jmabel ! talk 00:05, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Natura 2000 competitionEdit


I accidentaly uploaded a file with the title "Petrokopio" which I wanted to use in the Natura 2000 contest but I didn't select it properly. I can't find out how to do it.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rgeorganas (talk • contribs) 18:44, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Public artEdit

The Upload your own work page says: "...these are not permitted, so don't upload them! ... Photographs of art, statues ...". The prohibition seems excessively broad. Does it include permanent statues and arguably artistic fountains in a public park? Does it apply to photos of stone carvings permanently attached to the exterior of a building visible to the public? Does it apply to photos of artfully designed buildings? What about public art in a subway station? TheTrolleyPole (talk) 23:57, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Laws on this are different for each country. For example, Germany is very liberal on this, France very tight, and the U.S. somewhere between. What country are you in? - Jmabel ! talk 00:10, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
In Canada it’s fine to publish derivatives of three-dimensional objects that are permanently located in public places. That includes buildings, sculptures, &c. but not murals or posters. See COM:FOP#Canada.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:40, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for the answer. Are there exceptions to the prohibition on photos of murals? Commons already has a photo of a famous mural in Toronto on a building overlooking a public park. TheTrolleyPole (talk) 01:07, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
That may have slipped through the cracks as a case of ‘Flickrwashing‘ (not necessarily deliberate), but it depends on the mural’s copyright status. The only exceptions of which I’m aware would be where the mural itself has been freely licensed by the artist, its copyright has expired, or it was uncopyrightable (too simple or non-creative) in the first place.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:21, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

How often has an image been used on the web outside Wikimedia/WikipediaEdit

Good morning all, I wondered whether there was a way to discover how often an image from Wikimedia commons has been used on the web outside Wikipedia? An image I posted has been posted recently on Facebook by someone else as part of a very interesting discussion and I wondered if I could find other places in which the image had been used and potentially commented on? Thank you in advance for assistance! Jo --Jo Clements (talk) 10:00, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

I don’t know about general tools, but you can find where an image appears using Google Images—just paste the Commons image URL (of the file itself, not the description page) to the “Search by image” box. --Tacsipacsi (talk) 10:08, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Very slow speed when I upload the photosEdit

Started from last week, when I upload the photos in Commons, the speed is very slow, it take more than one minutes to upload the picture. Is there have any way to solve the problem? Thanks!--Wpcpey (talk) 10:39, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

  • How fast is your connection? Are other things also slowed, or just uploads to Commons? - Jmabel ! talk 15:22, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Caspian sea!Edit

Where is Caspian Sea in this your maps? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 10:48, 25 May 2017‎ (UTC)

That question doesn't make sense... You can find maps of the Caspian Sea here: Category:Maps of the Caspian Sea --Magnus (talk) 10:55, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Can't select copyright information in upload wizardEdit

Release Rights > "This file is not my own work." Source, Author. "Now tell us why you are sure you have the right to publish this work:"

At this stage I am unable to select the right answer "The copyright has definitely expired in the USA". I click it; I click the little triangle next to it; nothing happens. None of the other options work either.

I'm using Firefox and I tried another browser also.

Help me out, I got some good stuff for ya! Groupuscule (talk) 14:29, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

I can only confirm that this is broken. It's not possible to collapse the Creative Commons options, and it's not possible to expand any of the other sections. You should be able to Special:Upload as an alternative, but I'm guessing we're going to have even more files with bogus CC licenses until the default form is repaired. LX (talk, contribs) 15:22, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
OK. I have a few dozen PD book illustrations which would be more convenient to upload together. I tried running commonist, which I've used before, but was hitting some glitches with that too. Anyway, the illustrations can wait. But I'm sorry to hear it's down for everyone, that's a pain. Groupuscule (talk) 16:58, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
Any news on this? --Discasto talk 20:28, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
A patch has been submitted. Hopefully the problem will be fixed soon. Click on the Phabricator link above to see further details. --Magnus (talk) 20:44, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

This should be resolved in around an hour and a half. See phab:T166298 for details. Matma Rex (talk) 21:50, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Fixed now. Matma Rex (talk) 23:46, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Не удается добавить GPS координаты к изображениюEdit

С сегодняшнего дня не открывается графа "добавить местоположение и другую информацию". Пробовал в Chrome и Opera. --N 3 14 15 92 65 (talk) 14:45, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

  • I'm guessing this is the same issue as the section above. - Jmabel ! talk 15:28, 25 May 2017 (UTC)
    • No. The problem is that the GPS field for the corners was not available when uploading photos. Yesterday this option worked.

See the screenshot: --N 3 14 15 92 65 (talk) 18:13, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Missing sidebar linksEdit

I used to have links like "Copyright violation" and "Nominate for deletion" appear in my sidebar. If I'm not mistaken, those links were enabled via a plugin, but now they don't appear on pages in the File namespace. "Copyright violation" doesn't appear at all, while "Nominate for deletion" appears on every page except the File namespace pages. Why is that? I believe the gadget that's malfunctioning could be "Quick Delete" (not AjaxQuickDelete), but I'm not familiar enough with the plugin or gadgets in general to be sure. Gestrid (talk) 15:54, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Не работает загрузкаEdit

Копировать информацию для всех последующих загрузок в Мозиле не срабатывает, словно это не ссылка, а просто надпись. С установкой лицензий тоже самое. --S, AV 01:13, 25 May 2017 (UTC)