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Thanks i really appreciate it — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ichigo 2004 (talk • contribs) 16:41, 10 July 2022 (UTC)

Vandalism/bug I'm not sure how to fix.Edit


I'm fairly new to Commons, so sorry if the solution to this problem was right in front of me or something.

I've found what appears to be either vandalism or a bug on the file page linked below, but that particular detail doesn't show up in the "edit" tab:

Any help regarding how to fix this would be greatly appreciated. Toast for Teddy (talk) 20:13, 25 July 2022 (UTC)

Not vandalismm, but the uploaded file is corrupt. It "announces" to the player software to have a playing time that is longer than our universum has existed until now plus the time until the universum will cease to exist. C.Suthorn (talk) 20:22, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
Huh. Alrighty then. Toast for Teddy (talk) 01:01, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
That and it appears to be a spam upload. I would just straight mark it for speedy deletion. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:49, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
What makes it appear to be a spam upload? To me, it looks like nothing more than a short piece of midi music (albeit one that had some uploading issues). Toast for Teddy (talk) 04:34, 2 August 2022 (UTC)
That fairly ad-looking file description kind of gives it away. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:27, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

Admin accused me of blugeoning!Edit

To whoever it may concern I am currently in dispute over my few entries on Commons being probably deleted! I have provided a explanation of my reasons for NOT wanting them got rid of; which I initially was told was in wrong section.. so I moved it; took ages typing, only now to be told by admin that I had put too much in, in the wrong place that it was considered "bludgeoning".. It was suggested by admin that I had repeated text already typed before, because I simply did not like the original answer! This is untrue, and a false statement, deflamatry remark, I find insulting to my intelligence! I put text twice because I was lead to believe that it maybe would not be seen at all! ( Maybe they hoped?)

The accusation of "bludgeoning" under your rules is advised to be avoided as accusation of user! I am certain that at some point I will be off site eventually due to mildly bullying methods of certain individuals, excersizing power over others ( an old story).. but I will NOT be bullied, and you may consider now this a complaint. I do not like people making false judgements on my character or on my behalf; I myself try to be fare to others, where at all possible, but not everyone is that way these days, are they? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Longlinbs109 (talk • contribs) 23:00, 25 July 2022 (UTC)

  • This is a page for requesting help in using Commons. I have no idea from what you wrote what particular help you are asking for, so there is nothing at all I can do for you. - Jmabel ! talk 03:25, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
It looks like they are referring to this page Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Longlinbs109. Ww2censor (talk) 04:48, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
I am in no way going to look at these files eighter home, at my workplace or anywhere else to verify the reasons. I don't say that it shouldn't be there for being an explicit content, neighter I say that claims about bad quality are actually valid, I don't know and I don't want to know. Stuff like this does actually sometimes have an educational value, if the subject is properly described and pictured (proper lighting, proper focus). If that is this case, I don't know. But I do think that people discussing about the removal have valid points to support the removal, as I don't think that they would do such just for the lols or just to insult the uploader. That's after all the point of such open discussion, to eliminate such possibility as much as possible. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:55, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
I am not an admin. Dronebogus (talk) 11:45, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
@DronebogusThen why did you reply? GamingJam (talk) 00:35, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

Please remove unsuccessful upload, replacedEdit

Please remove File:Pestdokter_(Geel).jpg since upload failed, and replaced by File:Een_Pestmeester_in_Geel.jpg. Bert76 (talk) 15:48, 27 July 2022 (UTC)

@Bert76: Hi, and welcome. I tagged it {{G7}} for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:52, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
Thank you ! Bert76 (talk) 16:07, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
@Bert76: You're welcome!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:08, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
What is wrong with the first one? And why delete the larger file, not the smaller one? --C.Suthorn (talk) 16:58, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
I don't think that matters that much, because it's still relatively similar size. Wikipedia article will only display thumbnail after all, so a little bit smaller size doesn't really matter. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:38, 28 July 2022 (UTC)
500K vs 1500K is 3 times the size?! @Bert76: --C.Suthorn (talk) 15:05, 28 July 2022 (UTC)
I thought you were talking about dimensions, not the data size of the image. Speaking dimension-wise, the two images were in fact relatively same size. There's no way for me to compare the data size now, as the first one has been deleted. I didn't check the data size. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:31, 29 July 2022 (UTC)
If I remember correct the dimensions were identical, also the image content. Either the quality was reduced or some extra data in the file. --C.Suthorn (talk) 07:59, 29 July 2022 (UTC)
The deleted image was slightly larger speaking of dimensions, but the dimensions were relatively same. Slight dimensions reduction alone shouldn't reduce the file size that much, eighter the quality was lowered or some extra data were removed, or both. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:12, 29 July 2022 (UTC)
Thanks you all for help & clarifications! Bert76 (talk) 14:21, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

"Clash Mini" app iconEdit

I am currently creating an article about Clash Mini and would like to know if I may use the image for Clash Mini's icon. Thanks. EpicMagicBoi6 (talk) 02:05, 28 July 2022 (UTC)

  • @EpicMagicBoi6: Can you please link a page where we can see the logo in question, and indicate what country it would be from (because that is the relevant jurisdiction)? - Jmabel ! talk 03:43, 28 July 2022 (UTC) Here is where you can find the logo
    I believe it is from Helenski, Finland, as Supercell's headquarters are located there EpicMagicBoi6 (talk) 20:40, 2 August 2022 (UTC)
    • @EpicMagicBoi6: If their "icon" is the thing with the crossed swords at the end of the video, then that is certainly copyrighted, and I'd be astounded if there is a free license available. So we can't have it on Commons. The policies for local use on the various language-specific Wikipedias vary. You probably can use it on the English-language Wikipedia (with some provisos). I recommend you read en:Wikipedia:Logo Copyright/Trademark, and feel free to come back here if you still have questions. - Jmabel ! talk 21:58, 2 August 2022 (UTC)
      It is the barbarian king, the yellow haired character with a crown and sword EpicMagicBoi6 (talk) 22:24, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
      • @EpicMagicBoi6: Same comment applies. It was already over the threshold of originality. - Jmabel ! talk 23:43, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
        Alright, I'll work on the draft without the image, lmk if I can use the image (barbarian king) EpicMagicBoi6 (talk) 18:21, 4 August 2022 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Highway snow plow truck.jpgEdit

I'm not sure if this image is free domain to use. I don't know who's the original creator of it since it's looks like it was somewhat archived. If someone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks.--IDontScript (talk) 14:16, 30 July 2022 (UTC)

@IDontScript: Hi, and welcome. The associated website claims to be "© Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2012–22", so I'm guessing it is non-free. Please have Queen’s Printer for Ontario send permission via VRT unless {{OGL-ON}} applies.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:21, 30 July 2022 (UTC)
Alright, thanks, so how will I be able to send it in to the Queen’s Printer for Ontario to get permission to use the image? I already know their email address, and is there an email template where I can be sure to send it to them to get permission without causing any confusion? Sorry I'm new to doing this lol IDontScript (talk) 15:46, 30 July 2022 (UTC)
That is, of course, if they turn out to be willing to grant a license that conforms with what we need (see COM:L). - Jmabel ! talk 18:04, 30 July 2022 (UTC)
Hey, so it's been a few days almost a week since I contacted their email address and I've gotten no response at all. Idk if I'm doing something wrong or what, but I don't know if it's possible for you guys to help email them since I'm currently stuck on whether wikicommons should still keep the uploaded photo file or not since I haven't got a valid response yet still. IDontScript (talk) 00:39, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Doubts about the license of an imageEdit

Hello. How do I know if this logo meets the originality threshold? Can I upload since it's just a simple title even without proof? I asked an admin, but I think it's best to ask here as they seem to be busy. It's better to ask than to take a risk. Pixial (talk) 21:08, 30 July 2022 (UTC)

  • @Pixial: That is simple typography. I think that is fine regardless of country. (In the future, if you have a question related to the originality threshold, do specify what country, because the thresholds are per country.) - Jmabel ! talk 03:28, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
@Jmabel: is a company from Brazil. It also doesn't have the trademark icon. According to COM:TOO Brazil: According to one study, and the court decisions contained in it, the concept of creativity in Brazil is way more strict and exigent than in the United States, and consequently the threshold of originality is considerably higher than the United States, which is the general reference in Commons. Pixial (talk) 04:57, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
  • @Pixial: again, this is simple typography, and is way below the TOO standard for Brazil. It's fine. - Jmabel ! talk 17:46, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

I found the author of an islutration but don't know how to edit propperlyEdit

I recently came across an illustratrion of a mythical creature, Sheng Huang, that according to this site the author was unknown, but I found the person who is certainly the artist but when i edit the page here it said "template: name of the artist" instead of just the name, I just wish to know how to edit it prooperly or at least someone else do it. Bioartbr (talk) 23:14, 30 July 2022 (UTC)

  • @Bioartbr: Without you saying what image or where you got this information about the artist, I don't see how anyone can help you. - Jmabel ! talk 03:29, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
@Bioartbr: Using Special:MediaSearch ([1]) I found nothing but pictures of some maps. Could you please link to the image you're talking about? Linking to a file can be done with this syntax: [[:File:Example.png]] (notice the colon at the start of the link, it will prevent the file from displaying on page and instead just shows the link like this: File:Example.png). Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:23, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
File:Tenghuang art.jpeg. The edit is one of few contributions on Commons by the asker. The problem was that {{Unknown}} is a template (automatically translating the phrase to the language of individual users) while "Yifan Li" is a name, so also the curly braces had to be removed. Fixed. But please add more information on the author if possible, such as a link to a Wikipedia article on them or to their web site, as otherwise we won't know what Yifan Li this is about (when the source link goes dead) or cannot verify anything. There are 2,130 hits on that name at Wikidata (some probably duplicates, but anyway). Did you find the name in some written source you could cite? –LPfi (talk) 10:32, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
Ok. I've tried searching on English Wikipedia, but I can't see any page that would point to that artist. Seems like that artist is fairly unknown. Also, the source link is already dead. I found an archived version at Wayback Machine, but it is just the picture, no information. When I try to access archived homepage, I get greeted with an error response in JSON saying that the requested path cannot be empty. Seems like an anonymous image sharing hosting that went offline. The last known date of the website working is January 11 2022, when it appeared to be whitelisted only site.
@Bioartbr: Would you like to tell us how did you find the person who created it? Did you find it online or speaking directly to them? Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:39, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
P.S. Tried to view the root domain homepage, turns out it was a private CDN server, root homepage had default nginx page. Looks like we've stumbled upon the dead end, until Bioartbr wants to tell us how they managed to find the original author. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:46, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

Use of my uploads by Wikipedia and other sites / partiesEdit

I've noticed a few of my uploaded photos being used on Wikipedia and by various scientific, industry and media actors. This is very encouraging, but I only find these by stumbling upon them. No doubt many uploads are in use that I am not aware of. Is there any means by which I can know which of my uploads have been downloaded? John Robert McPherson (talk) 05:40, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

@John Robert McPherson: Hi. GLAMorous should help you get started with finding uses of your uploads on WMF projects. It contains various checkboxes for use in refining your research.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:40, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
Thanks, mate. Good to see they are getting more use than an ashtray on a motorcycle. Appreciate your help. I'll keep whacking the beggars up and hopefully they are of use to people.
John Mac John Robert McPherson (talk) 10:51, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
@John Robert McPherson: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:57, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
@John Robert McPherson: Not to mention that each of your file on Commons contains the Global Usage section that shows every single page on Wikimedia sites that uses your file on Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:26, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

Deletion of filesEdit

Few days ago some of the files uploaded by me were nominated for deletion by User:Run n Fly. He stated a reason For any other re-use of the material you are required to seek permission by sending a mail to us. Under Section 2 (k) of the Copyright Act (No. 14 1975), the copyright for the reproduction of any material from the debates and ancillary publications vests with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. which is never done. I want to ask why only my files were deleted? There are thousands of other files from the same portal which are even today untouched. According to the same logic by which my files were deleted, other files like File:Bhagwant Mann Lok Sabha.jpg should also be deleted. I want justice. My files should be restore. Anybody please help me.

Thank You. --Junior Jumper (formerly ) 09:06, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

It looks like you chose the GODL license, but your uploads did not conform to that license. If you want your uploads undeleted, you should tell, why your uploads conform to that license. If you want other uploads deleted, you should state, that and why these do not meet the GODL license. --C.Suthorn (talk) 23:06, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
  • @C.Suthorn: How it is possible that there are 2 different same types of images from the same portal, one has permission and other don't have permission?--Junior Jumper (formerly ) 01:08, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
    @Junior Jumper: It is possible for one photographer to license different photos differently, or for them to appear in different places, on different pages, or in different sections. It is also possible for government organizations to lack consistency.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:29, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
  • @Jeff G.: I agree with you but Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha websites usually don't display the photographer's name. Also the page for MP's photographs is almost same. We have to change only the constituency number on the website to see the different MP's photos.--Junior Jumper (formerly ) 08:43, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
    @Junior Jumper: Please work with the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha webmasters to get them to properly attribute the photos they display, or address the issue with your MP(s).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:01, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
  • @Jeff G.: Bro are you serious? I guess you said this only as a taunt because I think you are also aware that it is practically impossible to contact with those webmasters in the country of 1.5 billion people for such a small thing 😂🤣--Junior Jumper (formerly ) 17:15, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
    @Junior Jumper: I am serious. Every website should have a webmaster (or at least a main one). The standard email address is like webmaster If just one of those photographers sues for copyright infringement, there will be a big problem.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:44, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
    "Big Problem" as in "Big Problem for the uploader". Not a problem for commons: Commons simply deletes the file. --C.Suthorn (talk) 16:11, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

Need help with licensing of images photographed from public information boardsEdit

Yesterday I've provided a couple of images that I photographed from public information boards that were around the publicly accessible site (here for example). Those photographs are historic photographs not stating the author or a date (contextually it could be anything between ca. 1900 and 1980 for the colored images...but just an educated guess). The location of those info boards is in the Faroe Islands, and I'm aware of this country specific Help Page that doesn't help me, since I don't know author nor date. Apparently my listed freedom of panorama isn't enough, since there isn't any specific information on the Faroe Islands regarding FOP. Any help on how to preserve those historic documents? Thanks! --HylgeriaK (talk) 10:02, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

No information on FOP = no FOP. However many images are quite old and can be in public domain (50 years after creation according to Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Faroe Islands). Ruslik (talk) 20:29, 31 July 2022 (UTC)
I saw that too, but there was no appropriate licensing example listed in that help page...any suggestion which one that could be? --HylgeriaK (talk) 12:48, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
Did a little bit investigative work and searched in Template namespace for PD templates related to Faroe Islands. Found {{PD-Faroe Islands50}}, which should correspond to what you need. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:27, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

Publishing of my own imagesEdit

Hello I Hope I find your well . My question to your is of ... How exactly do I select an image form my app of Gallery Go? Because every single time I try to upload something, it ask me to take a photo or a video or a download . I want to select from bed or even when I am out and about.Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ntombezinhle (talk • contribs) 14:02, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

@Ntombezinhle: Hi, and welcome. It appears that Google Go is also known as Google Photos. On their website, their help (look for a question mark in a circle) has different instructions to help you "Download photos or videos to your device" for different devices. Once your images have downloaded, you may upload from your device's storage using COM:APP (if applicable) or COM:UW. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:07, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

B/W photos of WW2 Royal Navy shipsEdit

3x B/W photographs from the 1940's. Left to me by my Godfather who was most likely the photographer as he served on all 3 ships during WW2. He was a keen photographer, but I have no proof that they were taken by him. Will I be infringing any copyright?Cartwheelbob (talk) 15:47, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

  • You won't be if they are by him & you are the heir to his intellectual property rights. - Jmabel ! talk 16:51, 1 August 2022 (UTC)

Issue with multilingual svgsEdit

When viewing multilingual svgs, labels appear in multiple languages, even if I have selected English. For example, when viewing File:2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.svg, I see "Bila Tserkva" and "Boryspil" in English, and "基輔" and "布查" in Chinese at the same time. Although I am fluent in both languages, it makes it difficult to comfortably view the map. Wk1028 (talk) 08:23, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

What is your system language? Ruslik (talk) 10:35, 2 August 2022 (UTC)
@Wk1028: Hi, and welcome. Are you writing of the png thumbnails of the map, or the map svg file as directly viewed in your browser or an svg tool?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:48, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

I'm having issues uploading video files to commons using video2commonsEdit

Hi, I've been trying to upload a couple of video files using the video2commons, but it's been returning error messages stopping me from moving ahead with the task. Is there another way of getting it done? Please, folks, I need your help Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 11:58, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

@Olaniyan Olushola: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry for your issues. Please see Commons talk:Video2commons and report anything new there.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:06, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

Simple link from commons category to Wikipedia page of same topicEdit

I have found myself putting notes like "This is about [[w:Moravia Union Cemetery]]" into commons Category:Moravia Union Cemetery, and similarly, because it is immediately helpful for my own navigating back and forth between Wikipedia article and corresponding Commons category, as i develop both. In the Wikipedia article, the link to Commons cat is by "template:Commons category-inline|Moravia Union Cemetery" or similar. Surely there is a standard template for going from Commons category to Wikipedia article? (But apparently that is neither "template:about" nor "template:main", which have different uses.) Pls ping me in any reply. Thanks in advance! --Doncram (talk) 17:18, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

I think the usual approach is to use the sitelinks from Wikidata, which appear both in the "In Wikipedia" category on the left of the page (assuming the standard skin) and in the {{Wikidata Infobox}} on the right in the form of the "Wikipedia" link near the top. There do seem to be a selection of templates for linking to Wikipedias as well. Ones I've found with a quick search are {{On Wikipedia}}, {{Mainw}}, and {{See also w}}. --bjh21 (talk) 19:36, 2 August 2022 (UTC)
@Doncram: A problem with linking via Wikidata is that Wikidata links Commons categories to Wikipedia categories when the latter exist. Then there will not be a sitelink to the Commons category from the Wikipedia article, nor vice versa. There was some discussion about this when Wikidata was introduced on Commons, but consistency was valued higher than usability. There may still be some tools (including templates) to overcome this. –LPfi (talk) 12:42, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
You could use Template:Mainw, in use at Category:Rolls-Royce Merlin. Template:En does a similar thing. Nimbus227 (talk) 17:46, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
But that one links just to the article in English. The template has "prefix" and "suffix" parameters, but in the example on the template page they seem to do nothing. Anyway, it doesn't make the language links from Wikidata to appear, but you have to add the links manually for any new Wikipedia getting the article, and then there is not much difference to just writing "{{en|1=[[en:London|London]]}}". (Template:en doesn't add any links by itself, and is not intended to.) –LPfi (talk) 11:08, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:SMA LABSSCHOOL UNSYIAH LOGO.svgEdit

this is the official logo of the labschool Unsyiah High School/labschool Unsyiah Senior High School, so the license is clear and original. The logo follows the logo of the Syiah Kuala university, because this school is under the auspices of the Syiah Kuala University (USK


--Luthfi Nabil Ramadhan (talk) 03:22, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

Hi Lufthfi Nabil Ramadhan. If it's an official logo of the school, then the school is likely also the copyright holder of the logo. This means that Commons can't really keep the file without verifying that the school has agreed to release an image of the logo under a copyright license that Commmons accepts. For more information on this, please take a look at this, this, this and this. If you can get an official representative of the school to agree to release the file under a license that Commons accepts, then the file can be kept; if not, then it's going to need to be deleted. For what it's worth, the logo can be seen on the school's official website, but if you scroll down to the very bottom of the website you find that it states "Copyright © SMA Laboratorium Unsyiah". This means that the school is claiming copyright ownership over the content appearing on its website, which means such content can't really be uploaded to Commons without copyright holder consent. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:58, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
@Luthfi Nabil Ramadhan: I also add a little bit info. If the file cannot be accepted on Commons, it could be accepted on English Wikipedia as Fair Use material (see WP:F and WP:LOGO). Make sure to write a detailed and valid Use Rationale for the logo if you decide to upload it to English Wikipedia as per Fair Use. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:24, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

File needs movingEdit

File:Gerrit Smith Miller Jr.jpg should not be a separate file. It is an edited (by me) version of File:Gerrit-Smith-Miller-Jr.-circa-1897.png which I managed to upload wrong, I still don't know what I did. There are two people much confused: the dairy farmer Gerrit Smith Miller, and his son the zoologist Gerrit Smith Miller Jr. Deisenbe (talk) 11:41, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

@Deisenbe: They cannot be combined because they are different filetypes. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:17, 3 August 2022 (UTC)


តើវាអាចដំណើរការទេ 19:31, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
សូមព្យាយាមចូល --Achim55 (talk) 19:42, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

Google arts and culture copyright-free?Edit

Hi, I was wondering whether works on google arts and culture are copyright-free. It seems so because Google states "The Cultural Institute platform is open to non-profit institutions, museums, galleries, and archives with copyright-free or copyright-cleared content that they would like to share." (

Just want to make sure. Thanks. Zenzyyx (talk) 20:21, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

They have to be checked on case by case basis, depending on the authors, the date and place of publication. Yann (talk) 20:35, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
"Copyright-cleared" here just means that if there is a copyright, Google has permission to reproduce it. It doesn't mean free-licensed. - Jmabel ! talk 20:39, 3 August 2022 (UTC) This is the painting I am planning to upload to upload to wiki commons. Is it copyright-free? Thanks (Zenzyyx, talk) 20:46, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

It is not a useful source of images. Most images are copied from other sources with better resolution, license and information. There is no easy way to download the images, and no information about the license, even they are obviously in the public domain, i.e. copyright claimed on a NASA picture. Yann (talk) 20:47, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
This painting is in the public domain, and can be upload to Commons under the license {{PD-Art|PD-old-70-expired}}. There may be a better copy on [2]. Yann (talk) 20:50, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
@Zenzyyx: I uploaded it to File:Madam X (painting).jpg for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:04, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
@Jeff G. Thanks a lot! Just want to make sure, can I upload any work from google arts unless copyright is claimed? Thanks again. (Zenzyyx, talk) 21:08, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
@Zenzyyx: As long as you follow COM:L.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:02, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
@Yann Thanks for confirming this. Do you suggest I use the 1886 painting? The license of that has also expired, right? Also, how do I publish the image under that license? I am basically new to image uploading and am unsure how to do so. (Zenzyyx, talk) 21:01, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
There is no "license". It is its copyright that has expired, placing it in the public domain. As remarked above, the tag will be along the lines of {{PD-Art|PD-old-70-expired}}. There are a few others, depending on how old (e.g. {{PD-Art|PD-old-100-expired}}), you can find them in Category:PD-old license tags. - Jmabel ! talk 23:48, 3 August 2022 (UTC)
If you can't work out how to get what you want when uploading, you can always correct it immediately after by editing the file page. - Jmabel ! talk 23:48, 3 August 2022 (UTC)


1.まずは画像をウイキペディアにアップロード?し、その後でなければ掲載できないということでしょうか。 2.アップロードした画像は誰でも使用可となってしますのでしょうか(使用不可としたいです)。 3.私は会社員で掲載したい写真は会社関係の航空写真です。当写真は某業者へ発注し納品いただいたものです。よって、著作権は会社にあると考えていますが、いかがなものでしょうか。また、写真をアップロードする必要があるのならば、そのためにどのように質問事項に回答すべきなのでしょうか。 萩野谷 康 (talk) 06:10, 4 August 2022 (UTC)

About posting images on Wikipedia
1. First upload the image to Wikipedia? But does that mean that it can only be posted after that? 2. Will the uploaded image be available to anyone (I want to make it unusable)? 3. 3. The photo I want to post as an office worker is an aerial photograph related to the company. This photo was ordered from a certain company and delivered. Therefore, I think that the copyright belongs to the company, but how about it? And if you need to upload a photo, how should you answer the question for that?
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:35, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
@萩野谷 康: こんにちは、ようこそ。 写真はアップロード後にのみ投稿できます。 ウィキメディアコモンズにアップロードされた写真は、誰でもどこでも使用できます。それがポイントです。 ウィキペディアに直接アップロードされた写真には、使用制限がある場合があります。 会社との契約をチェックして、会社があなたのオフィスに著作権を販売したのか、または特定の目的のためだけに写真のライセンスを取得したのかを確認してください。
Hi, and welcome. We can only post photos after they are uploaded. Photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons are available to anyone for use anywhere, that is the point. Photos uploaded directly to Wikipedia can have usage restrictions. Check the contract with the company to see if they sold your office the copyright , or licensed the photo for certain purposes only.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:35, 4 August 2022 (UTC)

deleted photosEdit

I uploaded photos of cars that my husband and I personally own and I personally took the photos. These photos are of very rare cars, benefitting the Wikipedia content with proof of their existence. Why were they deleted? The reasons stated did not make sense and were not applicable to me. Jpistorius (talk) 13:09, 4 August 2022 (UTC)

@Jpistorius: Hi, and welcome. They were deleted because they existed elsewhere on the Internet without free licenses before you uploaded them here. Please review your options at VRT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:15, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
What do you mean without free licenses? They are my photos and on the internet on my websites. My husband and I own Old Wheel Restorations (formerly Pistorius Collectible Autos) and we are the founders of the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance. Jpistorius (talk) 13:19, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
Then proof it, you've been given options for VRT. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:22, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
Also, I'd consider also looking at COM:REFUND. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:23, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
I looked up the Free license and are you saying I need to add to my other websites this icon
<a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a>
This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a>. Jpistorius (talk) 13:23, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
@Jpistorius: That would certainly help, then you could request undeletion at COM:UDR.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:25, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
Thank you Jeff. That was helpful! Jpistorius (talk) 13:33, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
@Jpistorius: You're welcome. I suggest that you provide the five filenames and where they and the license can be found on your site(s). FYI, COM:REFUND is the same page as COM:UDR.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:45, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
@Jpistorius: I assume you're talking about File:1952 Lincoln Capri.jpg, File:1921 Kenworthy 6-55 Touring.jpg, File:1930 Peerless restored by Brando Pistorius.JPG, and File:1929 Peerless.jpg. I've read the announcement on your discussion page and I guess you should talk to Gbawden for questions regarding of the deleted content. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:17, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
@Polda18: There were actually five per this log.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:25, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
Interesting, one of the files were not included in the announcement. Anyway, the very least uploader can do is update their websites with proper license tag, send VRT confirmation, and request undeletion. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:52, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

Updating information for NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) images - correcting datesEdit

I noticed that there are many images uploaded from the National Archives and Records Administration using the Template:NARA-image-full. This template states "The metadata on this page was imported directly from NARA's catalog record; additional descriptive text may be added by Wikimedians to the template below with the "description=" parameter, but please do not modify the other fields." There are obviously incorrect "date" fields, for instance "Ceremonies - Preparedness Day, Washington, D.C. - President Woodrow Wilson in Preparedness Parade, Washington, D.C - NARA - 23922795.jpg" which has a date field of "1917 – 1918" when the image itself says June 14, 1916. What should a person do in this circumstance? Update the "Date" field? Only update the Structured Data "inception" field? Caddyshack01 (talk) 15:14, 4 August 2022 (UTC)

@Caddyshack01: Probably the first suggestion, but you may want to ask at Template talk:NARA-image-full, too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:20, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
We should remove that statement from the template. There is no reason we should be bound to repeat incorrect metadata, especially when it's a common issue across the many thousands of NARA uploads. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 18:55, 4 August 2022 (UTC)
The false date should probably be moved to an "original description" field. Such an "original description" is often quoted e.g. for WW2 images with propagandistic descriptions. Just removing the false date may cause confusion later. –LPfi (talk) 11:18, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
I think this is a good solution, but I wouldn't want to make any changes until there is a consensus on this topic. There are many images with missing or inaccurate details (date, description, author) and file names which are undescriptive in the NARA catalog. Another example is here 111-SC-36855 - NARA - 55232893.jpg, where an author and date are listed, but not included in the NARA metadata on wikimedia or NARA. Caddyshack01 (talk) 14:23, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
@Caddyshack01: Isn't the date supposed to be the date recorded? Then it would be actually correct being 1917 – 1918, as the date recorded says "Apr. 1918" on the picture. Date taken is Jun 14 1916, which is written in the description field as "Scope and Content". Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:06, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
In that case both dates would be relevant. Please clearly tell in the file description what the different dates stand for. –LPfi (talk) 20:30, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
@Polda18 and LPfi: I am finding it challenging to anything definitive on the purpose of the "|date=" field in an infobox, however on template:information it is "Date of creation, when the original source (such as photograph of 3-D scene, digital file, or original 2-D artwork, or SVG drawing) was created" and on Commons:Structured data/Modeling/Date the inception SDC is for "and which should be used for storing the time...photograph was taken". So from this, the proper use of the date field on the NARA images would be the stamped "Taken Date", and other dates such as the metadata and "Date Recorded" would go into the description? Caddyshack01 (talk) 14:35, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
That makes sense. Then NARA should update their process to fix this issue. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:53, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

How to monitor only one categoryEdit

I want to know how to see only photos add to an specific category. To be more clear, I want to see all photos recently add to Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Brazil without seeing all photos add to all other categories that I follow. Thx -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:46, 4 August 2022 (UTC)

@Rodrigo.Argenton: Is Special:RecentChangesLinked/Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Brazil what you're looking for? You might need to adjust the filters to catch just the kind of edit you're interested in. --bjh21 (talk) 09:03, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
@Bjh21: , thx for trying, but no, even with all filters on the related categories appears, so looks the same as my filters at my wachlist. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 09:11, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
@Rodrigo.Argenton: I think the best you can do is only category changes and cut everything else out. It still shows the other categories but this is fairly limited to the category changes to the files in the category. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 20:40, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
Rodrigo.Argenton: you should get User:OgreBot to add your request to their User:OgreBot/gallery. You can try asking on the gallery talk page or maybe ask User:Magog the Ogre directly. Even though the bot is semi-active, it seems to be working properly. You can select as many categories as you like and even exclude sub-categories as you desire. Ww2censor (talk) 20:57, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
It is a watchlist, but just for the category given. I use the corresponding rss feeds to monitor a number of categories. Agathoclea (talk) 06:39, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

Some Page Popups do not show anymore after upgrading to mediawiki-1.37.4Edit

Hi there, We use mediawiki to order our cooking recipes since 2019. I upgraded recently from mediawiki 1.35.1 to 1.37.4. Since then the Popups (using – (2c2c6d3) 07:04, 26. Jul. 2022) of some pages are displayed. For many Pages I get a popup window which gives the error message "Es gab ein Problem bei der Anzeige dieser Vorschau", which basically says: "There was a problem displaying this preview". Any ideas? 964C2 (talk) 06:13, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

I guess you would get more useful help on MediaWiki support instead of Wikimedia Commons. Here we help with issues related to Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:04, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
@Polda18 Thank you for your advice. I find it not so easy to find out, where to best get some help :) Is there any kind of forum, where mediawiki help is provided? 964C2 (talk) 14:16, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
There's not an official bulletin board forum, but the official wikipage I linked (MediaWiki support) is actually a discussion page that's used to ask questions related to technical issues. Post your question there and maybe someone will respond. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 15:48, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
In case you're wondering, the full URL is Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 15:51, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

how do I knowEdit

so im trying to upload a picture withot trying for it to get copyright, but i dont know its copyright tag, can anyone help me? 45BearsFan (talk) 21:50, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

@45BearsFan: have you taken this image? Or found it on Internet? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 21:54, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

Hung Cao PhotoEdit

Hey, I was trying to find a photo to add for on Hung Cao, but when I try to add an image to Wikicommons, it's giving some disclaimer about how it has to be my original art. I'm just trying to add an image that is already in the public domain, not my own. Picryl is a trusted source and the photo is a government photo that shares the origin in the link description. Will I be in trouble for uploading this image? GamingJam (talk) 21:51, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

  • @GamingJam: did you upload with Commons:UploadWizard or with some other tool? - Jmabel ! talk 23:17, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
    Upload Wizard GamingJam (talk) 23:37, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
  • Correct tag for that would be {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}. - Jmabel ! talk 23:18, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
    Hi Jmabel, I tried to add that image (link mentioned earlier) to the Congressional elections link I mentioned earlier, but the resolution isn't the same size as Jennifer Wexton's. Is there a way I can fix this? GamingJam (talk) 00:03, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
    Thanks for mentioning what I was thinking of with {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}. Does this apply here? GamingJam (talk) 23:40, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
    • Yes, that would be the PD tag use in lieu of a license for this image.
    • When you say "the resolution isn't the same size" that doesn't make a lot of sense. It's like saying "the weight isn't the same distance" or such. Clearly it is not a simple headshot portrait like we have for Wexton. If a high enough resolution is available, you might be able to crop it to something acceptable. Or you might be able to find a more suitable PD image. Or someone might be persuaded to free-license their own photo of him. But there's no magic to turn a candid shot with a group of people into a professional-looking headshot. - Jmabel ! talk 05:55, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
      @JmabelThanks for your message. It sounds like I can crop it so it's the same size as Wexton's (or close). I know that it won't be professional, it's just, using that photo with a bunch of other people made it wider than Wexton's photo and I'm trying to get it to the same size or close. Thank you for helping a newbie out. I look forward to getting my photo editor to crop it at an acceptable size. Check back at soon GamingJam (talk) 23:47, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
      • @GamingJam: Upload the full image, then use the [[3]] to crop out the image you want. - Jmabel ! talk 01:19, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

How can I easily see featured/quality images in a given category?Edit

Some categories have "Featured images of..." - sadly is without one.

There is "Good pictures" button in header, sadly it just shows "Connecting..." on clicking.

Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 21:53, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

I tried but its intersection of Category:Featured pictures and (depth set to 10) runs forever and gives and - are there really no featured pictures of any motorways? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:23, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
Quality images + Controlled-access highways also found nothing useful ([4]) But exists. In conclusion manual categories like Category:Quality images of roads and streets are needed to find anything Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)


Category:Woods presently seems to be a bit of a muddle, including both the substance (same as Category:Wood?) and the treed area (same as Category:Woodlands?). Does it serve any useful distinct purpose? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 00:17, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

Probably could become a disambiguation leading to those two categories. - Jmabel ! talk 05:56, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
I see that Category:Woodlands defines "woodlands" as "low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade". However, to me, a "wood" can be high-density, just typically smaller than a forest (although no doubt somewhere you could find a "wood" as large as some other "forest"). ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:45, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
In fact, I'm beginning to think it would be easier if woods and forests were combined into one category, since the difference is hard to precisely define. Then we wouldn't have to worry about it. Whether "woodlands" needs to be distinct is not very clear to me. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 20:06, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

Photo of mayor election campaign picture on house wallEdit

I recently took a photo of a painting on a house wall in Cologne (not North Korea, as one might think ;-), showing Cologne mayor Henriette Reker (ordered and paid by her to support her last election campaign in 2020). My photo is quite similar to this commercial one (above).

I would like to upload my photo under a free licence. May I, or could this cause trouble due to possible copyrights on the painting? --Anti. (talk) 11:56, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

@Anti.: Hi, and welcome. As Cologne is in Germany, COM:FOP Germany applies. I don't think the work is permanent (as it will probably be overpainted after the election), so I think COM:PRP applies, and you should not upload it without permission from the artist.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:10, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
Hi, thanks. In fact, this painting seems to be permanent. The election took place on 13th September 2020, the painting was made a few weeks before and it is still on the house wall today. This article explained that "election posters in public spaces normally must be taken down promptly after the respective election. However, this does not apply to murals on private house facades". There seems to have been no attempt or plan to remove/overpaint it since then at all.
So, to me, it "serves the purpose of a not-merely-temporary presentation", so an upload should actually be legal ..? --Anti. (talk) 13:08, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: What do you think? --Anti. (talk) 23:39, 6 August 2022 (UTC)

Search enginesEdit

ارجو تحسين محركات البحث — Preceding unsigned comment added by بلال القلبي (talk • contribs) 00:20, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Please improve search engines
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:03, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
@بلال القلبي: أهلا ومرحبا. آسف ، لا يوجد شيء يمكننا القيام به حيال ذلك. راجع أيضًا COM:SIGN/ar.
Hi, and welcome. Sorry, there is nothing we can do about that. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:03, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Change of image Sforza coat of armsEdit

I have noticed that the coat of arms of the Sforza family of Pesaro is wrong. The original coat of arms of the Sforza’ is the golden lion in a blue field holding a branch of cotogno. The coat of arms you use was used only by the Milan branch. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Giudice123 (talk • contribs) 10:34, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

@Giudice123: Hi, and welcome. Where may we find the right coat of arms of the Sforza family of Pesaro?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Display bugEdit

The "black background" display of pictures, e.g. at, is no longer working properly in the Edge browser. Pictures used to scale to fill the screen, but now they are scaled much too small, so the picture appears as a small rectangle in the middle of a large expanse of black. I think this should be reported as a bug. I wonder whether someone with access to the reporting system could do this? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 21:18, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Edge browser uses the same engine as Google Chrome, and it works fine in Chrome for me. The picture scales so it fits in its entirety in the browser window, so I do see black bars on the left and right (image in the center), but the black areas are nowhere larger than the image itself. I can even provide you a screenshot: Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:32, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
It works fine in Chrome for me too. However, it does not work for me in Edge, irrespective of what you say about engines. I would be grateful if someone else could check it in Edge also. Thanks. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 22:17, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Same result. Maybe check your browser's configuration. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:01, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
@Polda18: Thanks for looking at it. Upon further investigation:
1) Sometimes when I navigate to the "black-background" view, by clicking on an image, I get sent to a URL of the type In this case, browser scaling seems to be remembered and reapplied to all such pictures, even ones I have never viewed before, and even across sessions, while not affecting the browser general default, such as is applied when I open an unrelated website. (It's possible that one time recently I manually reduced the scaling on one such page, possibly inadvertently with Ctrl+Scroll, and then it affected all subsequent views.) I don't know whether this is a browser feature or a wiki feature.
2) Other times, I get sent to a URL of the type This view includes controls, and a panel at the bottom, which are absent from (1), and even manual browser scaling in this case does not actually affect the size of the picture, only the size of the controls and framing content
At first I thought I got (1) when logged on and (2) when logged out, but now I seem to be getting inconsistent behaviour, or unknown things are changing under my feet.
Anyone can shed any light on this? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 18:44, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

How do I put about copywrite?Edit Hi, I wrote an e-mail to get copywrite and the journalist in charge replied “yes, you can use it”. How do I put about copywrite? There are many options I don’t understand. Shalom777br (talk) 21:53, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

@Shalom777br: Hi, and welcome. Please see VRT#If you are NOT the copyright holder.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:00, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 22:31, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
Please indicate me which copyright tag do I put in this case? Shalom777br (talk) 23:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
@Shalom777br: Please indicate to me which copyright tag or license the journalist in charge chose.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:32, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
He allowed me to use it on Wikipedia Shalom777br (talk) 23:34, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
@Shalom777br: Sadly, that's not enough. Also, if another photographer like Robert Lombaerts took the photos, we need permission from him too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:35, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
What shall I ask him to write? Shalom777br (talk) 23:36, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
@Shalom777br: Again, please see VRT#If you are NOT the copyright holder.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:40, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
Thank you for your help. I sent to him an e-mail to write his statement and his photographer. I think it will take more time. Could you please take this limit of time “7 days” away? Shalom777br (talk) 00:41, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
@Shalom777br: Now File:Tomoharu Ushida.jpg has a little more time.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:10, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 08:07, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
@Shalom777br: You're welcome. Private discussion continues in Ticket:2022080710005882.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:44, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
@Shalom777br: By the way, please note that the word is "copyright", not "copywrite". :) -- Auntof6 (talk) 22:09, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
Oh, yes. Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 22:32, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Image of a tableEdit

Hello, I am trying to upload an image of a table I created. The table is original using data from the ICC and World Population. Marloow (talk) 22:27, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

@Marloow: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a png image as a new user. Such uploads of png images are not allowed at all. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png image, it's a copyright violation taken from the web. Please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including any metadata, but it may be judged too complex to be under TOO in the country of origin, so you may need to license it on your official website or social media or send permission via VRT. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too. If you can't get a compliant license, the image may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. Also, please think about converting the table to wikitext via mw:Help:Tables, as tables of text are generally oos here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:20, 7 August 2022 (UTC)



@TRKEARNS: Hi, and welcome. We don't maintain lists of actors here on Commons. Please be more specific, and turn off your CAPS LOCK.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:08, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Image warping after resizingEdit

I uploaded File:Josephoartigasia monesi skull.png, and then reuploaded a new version with taller margins on the top and bottom so the image would be a bit more square. But, when it's used as a thumb, it displays a super stretched image of version 1. I think I have to manually clear a cache or something, but I don't know how Dunkleosteus77 (talk) 01:20, 8 August 2022 (UTC)

Weird warping going on
@Dunkleosteus77: Hi, and welcome. Please see COM:CACHE.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:26, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
I purged it like a half hour ago and it still hasn't changed Dunkleosteus77 (talk) 02:41, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Took a while but yup that did it, thanks Dunkleosteus77 (talk) 03:51, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
@Dunkleosteus77: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:45, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after two days.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:46, 8 August 2022 (UTC)

Collective naming while uploadingEdit

I want to upload a series of images with names like IMG_20220730_133812.jpg that indicate date and time, but with the collective prefix Steyr 30 Loon op Zand as that is what they depict. As far as I remember from two years ago the upload form gave the option to add a collective prefix to the existing names, but now it bluntly refuses to advance to the next step as the current names are nondescript. I am *not* going to add the prefix and the categories 50 times, even less so as I have planned another upload of over 4000 files. I do however want to retain the datestamp, as it connects the files to my own archive.

Has the upload form been changed and what can I do to get this extremely unhelpful grumpy wizard to work form me? Or perhaps there are alternatives that work on my chromebook? → bertux 10:18, 8 August 2022 (UTC)

@Bertux: Hi, and welcome. Please see Commons:Upload tools.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:22, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
I tried Pattypan but I can't get it to work on my chromebook; perhaps it will work in Linux mode but I am not prepared to try that without guidance. None of the tools specifies for which operating systems they are suitable or tested; even on GitHub chromebook is rarely mentioned. Am I to try them all?
Anyway, the upload wizad should handle such basic tasks. Surely the current version is meant to scare off new users? Btw, I'm not a newbie and I didn't encounter this issue in previous uploads; as far as I remember, after inserting the prefix I was asked if all the files should get this prefix. Yes, sure! None of this now → bertux 10:48, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
The english Wikipedia article on Chromebook says, Chromebooks can use Android apps. --C.Suthorn (talk) 14:02, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Not all, but mine can. But is there an Android alternative to the Upload Wizard? → bertux 17:03, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
@Bertux: Try COM:APP.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:21, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Thanks! However my device is not compatible with COM:APP. (I should have said 'My chromebook runs about 40% of Android apps properly and another 35% with restrictions or bugs'.)
Btw, I tried COM:APP with my Android phone but most of the app interface disappears when I hit the + sign for starting an upload. It doesn't respond and crashes after a few seconds. Anyway, although it worked when I tried it two years ago on the same phone I found it rigid, clumsy and disappointing → bertux 18:16, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
@C.Suthorn mailed me about the Offroader app, thanks! According to the Play Store it is free and compatible with my phone and my chromebook but it has less than 10 users so I find it a bit scary to try this one. There is a paid version on Amazon for a whopping 54 dollar with a description of some features.
Offroader will accept the nondescript filenames so that moderators can rename the series in one swoop. (Does it work like that? Not wanting to add a lot to their workload).
Also it requests my Wikimedia password according to this description, apparently without using en:OAuth. Not going to try this one → bertux 10:25, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Renaming before uploadingEdit

I will consider renaming before uploading. The Windows Explorer will add a collective prefix when you request renaming of multiple files at once and some zip-programs will add the mapname to the filenames. Surely some apps for chromebook or Android offer this feature too? → bertux 10:24, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

I will add a tip for users to use Powertoys from Microsoft devs, it adds number of features to Windows, including bulk rename (other than that, command line/terminal has to be used to bulk rename files, or making a script). Linux users should have a similar tool handy as well. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:14, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
You are right, MS-DOS supported collective renaming, not the Windows GUI. My chromebook has a Unix-like command line I remember, I will try that, thanks. Regardless, the Upload Wizard should offer such basic tools for uploading file batches → bertux 12:45, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
Linux (bash & co):
for file in IMG_*.jpg; do mv -i "$file" "Steyr_30_Loon_op_Zand_$file"; done
LPfi (talk) 13:42, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
Or perhaps remove the "IMG" at the same time (bash syntax for simplicity, the syntax highlighting seems not to understand "| sed"):
for file in IMG_*.jpg; do  mv -i "$file" "Steyr_30_Loon_op_Zand_$( echo "$file" | sed s/^IMG_//)"; done
LPfi (talk) 14:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
If you don't have bash, you might need to use "`command`" (backticks) instead of "$(command)" and some versions of sed require "sed -e" instead of just "sed". –LPfi (talk) 14:22, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, I will try this! → bertux 21:40, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Newbie help requestEdit

Would anyone be able to help me? I have a >100 year old photograph of a battleship I am trying to add to the relevant page along with a very brief description. I have spent far too long going around in circles trying and failing to do this. It’s a relevant/ interesting photo from 1919 previously unpublished. Can anyone quickly do this for me as I have tried and failed many, many times. Thank you. Albidog (talk) 14:59, 8 August 2022 (UTC)

A photo from 1919 would *likely* be public domain in most countries. More info would help give a precise answer. What country was the photo taken in? (Different countries have different copyright law details.) Do you know anything about who took the photo - family, found photo, military archive? -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 15:18, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Hi. Thank you for coming back to me. The photo was taken by my grandfather in Italy in perhaps 1920. It is very unlikely to have been published anywhere. The glass negative recently came to light in his old house along with about 50 other photos of largely long deceased family members. I can send you a copy of the photo if you wish. Albidog (talk) 21:10, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
If you inherited unpublished photos from an ancestor (presuming no other close relative has a conflicting claim to the rights to reproduce the photos) you can license them for reuse as you see fit. Just explain the situation in the image description page. Licenses with templates you could use include for example {{PD-heirs}} to release to public domain, or {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}} if you wanted Creative Commons attribution. For example I've uploaded scans of some photos by my deceased ancestors under Creative Commons asking for attribution to "Family photos of Infrogmation" - if you preferred you could also ask for attribution to the ancestor's name, whatever you think appropriate. If you'd like me to take a look when you do your first upload, feel free to leave me a note on my talk page at User talk:Infrogmation. Thanks for your attention, and I look forward to seeing interesting photo or photos! Cheers, -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 21:48, 8 August 2022 (UTC)
Many thanks again. Are there people in the Wiki community who would be able to upload the photo for me? I spent a few hours yesterday trying and failed miserably. My IT skills are non existent unfortunately. Albidog (talk) 06:53, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
@Albidog: Hi, and welcome. Are you able to email it?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:59, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
Hi Jeff. Could you email me your email address please. Mine is I can then email you the photo and intended caption etc. Sorry I’m hopeless with this! Many thanks Albidog (talk) 15:23, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
@Albidog: Please see File:SMS Tegetthoff moored in Venice, Italy (1919).jpg and this edit. In addition, I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it, and have the photographer post permission on their official website or social media or send the photo and permission via VRT with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:14, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

操作失误Edit 当前 2022年8月8日 (一) 21:52 颐园居(讨论 | 贡献) Reverted to version as of 12:38, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

试操作失误,请求删除这个版本 颐园居 (talk) 15:07, 8 August 2022 (UTC)

@颐园居: Why are there so many different views?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:44, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Mapa General.pdfEdit

This file was made by the Subsecretary of Transport of Chile in 2006. I credited the designers behing this map, but i don't know how to tag creative commons for this because the Chilean Goverment, as far as i know, doesn't have copyright in any of it's works because it's national information dejected by the transparency law.

--Calamardinho (talk) 23:47, 8 August 2022 (UTC)

  • @Calamardinho: I don't see anything here saying that the Chilean government generally waives copyright. Typically a transparency law just prevents secrecy, not government ownership of copyright. Can you point at anything in particular that indicates otherwise for Chile? - Jmabel ! talk 03:27, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
It would generally be a good idea to look at relevant copyright rules by terrirotry page, in this case COM:CHILE. Nothing about government issued works being exempt from copyright can be found there, so I would assume that government issued works are still copyrighted, and therefore not acceptable for Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:14, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Regarding Pic uploadEdit

I am not able to upload my pic Nirbhay Singh Godlaw (talk) 09:35, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

@Nirbhay Singh Godlaw: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it, and have the photographer post permission on their official website or social media or send the photo and permission via VRT with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:57, 9 August 2022 (UTC)


I may add FPB (Film and Publication Board) rating icons with fair use that is someone else to upload it, is that allowed? CDMXM8807I8X (talk) 16:21, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

@Cdmxm8807i8x: Hi, and welcome. Sorry, we don't allow Fair Use here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:33, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
OK. Plus, does the image need to be in real life? Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 23:46, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
@Cdmxm8807i8x: What do you mean by that? We don't allow fair use here because we want our files to be usable by anyone, anywhere, any time.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:40, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
OH, OK. Thanks for letting me know! Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 00:41, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

submit an articleEdit

Where do i go to start my article for wikipedia? Pinktitration (talk) 18:20, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

To the en:Wikipedia:Help desk of Wikipedia. Ruslik (talk) 20:50, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Image QuestionEdit

 May I use pictures from the English Wikipedia for fair use? May I? How can I use it if I could? Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 00:32, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

@Cdmxm8807i8x: Where do you want to use them?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:37, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
This wiki. Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 00:40, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Cdmxm8807i8x: As you have already been told above, Wikimedia Commons does not allow images to be used on a "fair use" basis. - Jmabel ! talk 03:13, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
Oh! OK. I thought you could upload files from the English Wikipedia on the Commons for a fair use basis. Now I know I cannot. Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 03:16, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
The original poster was blocked indefinitely for being "Not here to contribute to Commons".   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:05, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after two days.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:05, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Завантаження файлуEdit

Доброго дня! Я працюю в закладі освіти, бібліотекарем. Одним із головних завдань - розмістити фото на вікі-сторінках науковців. Підскажіть, як завантажувати файл, якщо я не власник фото і не знаю автора котрий робив фото. (наприклад якщо фото брати з офіційного сайту університету, які робити кроки) і котру із вказаних ліцензій Creative Commons використовувати Вікторія Кім92 (talk) 07:17, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Download file

Hello! I work in an educational institution, as a librarian. One of the main tasks is to place photos on the wiki pages of scientists. Tell me how to download the file if I am not the owner of the photo and do not know the author who took the photo.

(for example, if the photo is taken from the official website of the university, what steps to take) and which of the specified Creative Commons licenses to use
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Вікторія Кім92: Привіт і ласкаво просимо. Будь ласка, обговоріть це питання з офіційним веб-майстром університету.
Hi, and welcome. Please discuss this matter with the official webmaster of the university.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Вікторія Кім92: В более общем плане: для любого данного изображения только владелец авторских прав может предоставить лицензию на использование этого изображения. Этим владельцем может быть физическое лицо или организация. Вы можете попытаться убедить их предоставить такую лицензию, но вы не можете заставить их
More generally: for any given image, only the owner of the copyright can grant a license to use that image. That owner may be an individual or an institution. You can try to convince them to grant such a license, but you can't force them. - Jmabel ! talk 14:56, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
If they use your content without attribution (or without complying with your licensing), you may be able to sue them for copyright infringement.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:07, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Removing the icon?Edit

The new "improved" edit summaries with big red seastars are quite annoying. Watchlist became a mess. Is there a way to remove these icons? Retired electrician (talk) 09:07, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

@Retired electrician: I am not seeing them, who is using them?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:55, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: cf. today's contribs with "connected with Wikidata for Firefox" tag. Retired electrician (talk) 12:38, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Retired electrician: I am seeing a Fox Face unicode character, as per this link.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:54, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
Pinging @Loominade as the editor who is using them.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:58, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
Yes, Wikidata for Web uses the 🦊 emoji in commit messages when performing edits -Loominade (talk) 14:02, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Loominade: Does it have an option not to do that?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:13, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
no - Loominade (talk) 14:16, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Epìdosis and Shisma: Please allow users to opt out of such advertisements.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:21, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
It's a browser extension and I haven't programming skills, so I'm unable to help you unfortunately. Best, --Epìdosis 15:08, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

How could I upload my own work under Attribution only licenseEdit

I do not like CC-BY. Cause it asks for a link to the license, which makes me uncomfortable. --Raccoozzy (Talk) 10:27, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

@Raccoozzy: Hi, and welcome. You may use {{Attribution}}, which redirects to {{Attribution only license}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:42, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
yeah, but I can not specify other license when using upload wizard. --Raccoozzy (Talk) 10:48, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
See Commons:Upload Wizard FAQ. There is also another option to use Special:Upload, which provides an everything at once interface to upload files. It is usually for more experienced users who know how to format the file description correctly and which licenses to choose from. Special:UploadWizard is usually for new users that may not know how licensing and uploading to Commons generally works, so it only suggests mostly used licenses to choose from. I'm not sure if you can specify a custom license tag, but I believe there is such option. Simply choose "custom" and fill in the license tag yourself. If not, then I guess you'll have to use the more advanced upload page. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:00, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Thumbnail of SVG is weirdEdit

The thumbnail of File:Magic Spoon.svg is glitchy, but it's just the original SVG from the website (Removing class="mobile_hide" role="img" aria-label="Magic Spoon" from the svg tag). -- QuickQuokka [⁠talkcontribs] 18:58, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

@QuickQuokka: Hi again. Have you read COM:SVG yet?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:52, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Harry Watson BoothEdit

Need to make a correction on Harry's death date. I have written 1945 when in fact it is 1947 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Booth Descendant (talk • contribs) 23:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

What do you need help with? Maybe give a link if that might be useful in knowing? -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 23:59, 10 August 2022 (UTC)
@Booth Descendant: Assuming this is about File:Harry Watson Booth born 1883 died 1st March 1945 age 63 years.jpg, just use {{Rename}} on that page (with an indication of the desired name, of course) and someone will get to it. - Jmabel ! talk 00:07, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

Uploading video demonstrating usage of the android Wikipedia appEdit

This is kind of a bucnh of questions at once. I apologize in advance for that.

So I was hoping to upload a video of what an editing session/general interaction with the android Wikipedia app can look like because I've been working on an enwiki essay about the advantages/disadvantages of what using the app can be like and I wanted to be able to show a frame of reference for what it's actually like to use the app because not a lot of people actually use it. First, is this actually within the mission of Commons? I've never tried to upload video files before and while I know it's possible because I've seen some, but I'm hesistant because video is more resource-intentsive so I figured I should ask if there's anything I need to know first before I do so. The second issue is copyright status. Based off the answer I recieved in a previous help thread [5], I'm assuming I wouldn't upload the file as my own work and would link every page I visit as the source and choose Share-Alike 3.0? Also, I'd appreciate it if someone double-checked I did the screenshot upload right when I got around to it because this was the first time I tried to upload something that wasn't filed as my own work [6].

Also, is there like an easily accessible guide geared to Wikipedians or just like in general to figure out Commons-related stuff? Maybe I just have banner blindness or something but I don't want to be wasting people's time if I can figure out the answers to questions myself. Again, thank you to anyone in advance who tries to help me. Clovermoss (talk) 00:16, 11 August 2022 (UTC)