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Y.haruo (talk · contributions · deleted user contributions · recent activity · logs · block log · global contribs · SULinfo)

Scheduled to end: 09:21, (UTC)

I am happy to nominate Y.haruo for our next administrator. Y.haruo is active in administrative work, particularly in dealing with copyright violation (see his thousands of DeletedContributions for example). He has been a regular participant to deletion discussions.

On the content side, he uploads old, public-domain paintings and photographs, adequately documenting how the copyright of the work has expired on the file pages. I think this shows that he has a good grasp of copyright, which is essential to many of the admin tasks.

He generally behaves in a helpful and level-headed manner as far as I can see. I have seen how he advises less experienced editors assuming good faith, encouraging them to learn from their mistakes. (some recent examples)

Last but not least, he is one of the few people who experienced with Japan/Japanese language issues on Commons—with many existing and potential contributors this is an area, in my opinion, in need of additional helping hands. --whym (talk) 03:25, 20 August 2017 (UTC) Added signature. whym (talk) 12:28, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

Candidate's acceptance: From the bottom of my heart, I am most grateful to have been given this opportunity.
I started editing to ja:wikipedia at the end of 2013. I do not still forget that whym showed thank for the article made by me when I was a beginner. I came to upload images on commons but I saw the many files which did not protect the right of the author. I read policy and guidelines on commons well. Thereafter I offer a large number of deletion requests to protect the right of the author and I watched the sorrow of the user who uploaded a deleted image. I try for giving the explanation of the file which I seem to be able to maintain. When granted the adminship, I would be interested as well in splitting inappropriately overwritten files and closing Japan-related DRs. I thank all people who participated in this place. I wait for any questions.--Y.haruo (talk) 09:21, 20 August 2017 (UTC)


  •   Support as nominator. whym (talk) 03:25, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Christian Ferrer (talk) 03:41, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Yann (talk) 09:53, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support -- (talk) 09:54, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support "helpful and levelheaded" does indeed describe Y.haruo as far as our interactions have gone. Storkk (talk) 11:14, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Jcb (talk) 11:32, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Thanks for helping out! --AFBorchert (talk) 13:39, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support. Sealle (talk) 15:27, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Mates (talk) 18:16, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support. Érico (talk) 18:42, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support. -- Geagea (talk) 20:41, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Natuur12 (talk) 20:49, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support - I don't see any red flags, Easy support. –Davey2010Talk 22:48, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support I see nothing in their contributions and interactions with other users which concerns me. Very happy to support. Nick (talk) 23:10, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support per whym --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 04:21, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support per others --✝iѵɛɳ२२४०†ลℓк †๏ мэ 08:21, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support looks like a good candidate to me. --Lewis Hulbert (talk) 13:22, 21 August 2017 (UTC)


  • Y.haruo was made patroller by Daphne Lantier along with others several days before DL was caught for sockpuppetting [1]. I don't believe this affect the candidacy anyway (I find it almost absurd to have to mention this), but just in case someone might find the timing of this RFA suspicious. Please feel free to scrutinize their contributions (and mine), but the difference in language ability and editing patterns is obvious enough to reject the possibility of sockpuppetting by DL, in my opinion. whym (talk) 03:25, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Question @Y.haruo: Reading through your earliest contributions, you made some initial edits in 2013 creating your Commons account a day after creating an account on In the longer term, Commons has been your main project and you have made plenty of valuable contributions over the years  . You were immediately active in deletion requests, template discussion and uploading historical files from various sources, including fixing uploads by others. This means you started your Commons account making sophisticated contributions. You do not appear to have declared any alternate accounts, but have you used any other accounts, or made use of anon IP editing? Thanks -- (talk) 04:11, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
    • I have not used other accounts. But when I have bad communication of the PC, though I logged in, I have edited as IP in wikidata. However, I think that it is not on commons.--Y.haruo (talk) 09:21, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   依頼: Please summarize provisionally COM:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Japan historical data and comment Commons:Deletion requests/File:GEN. JOHN A. QUITMAN AND BATTALION OF MARINES ENTERING MEXICO CITY.JPG. Sealle (talk) 10:04, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Hi, I'm wondering if it would be possible for you to opt into the edit counter at [2] so I can more easily examine your editing history here. Nick (talk) 10:10, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
    • I am sorry to have kept you waiting.--Y.haruo (talk) 16:17, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

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PlantaeBot (talk · contribs)Edit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programming language(s): Python/pywikibot

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


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

BartBotje (talk · contribs)Edit

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

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: Uploading nature related images from, and (and other sites in the future in aid of the dutch nature wikiproject Dutch)

Automatic or manually assisted: Automatic when manually initiated

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): One time runs at the discretion of the operator

Maximum edit rate (e.g. edits per minute): avg. 10 per minute

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): Y

Programming language(s): Perl using: MediaWiki::Bot and MediaWiki::API

Bj.schoenmakers (talk) 21:10, 23 April 2017 (UTC)


This bot already has a botflag for the Dutch wikipedia. I want to be able to use it for uploading image batches and as a back-end for a tool i'm creating, allowing users of, and (sites for nature observations) to publish media to commons using the correct copyright/attribution etc.

  •   Support. For plantennamen we have a valid OTRS-ticket (ticket:2017031610007597). Bot owner knows what he is doing and the pics at the sites mentioned are great. Natuur12 (talk) 23:18, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Please make a few test edits. --Krd 06:33, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Ok, did a few test-uploads in Category:Images from
    Please enclose author name in language tag. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:18, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Please make dates complaint with {{ISOdate}} in the {{Information}} template to allow for multilingual dates. Example: |date=Tue Apr 25 01:16:25 2017 changed to |date=2017-04-25 01:16:25~riley (talk) 23:32, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  •   Question Why doesn't plantennamen have the author's name anywhere? It makes your template statement "This permission only extends to photos taken by Maarten van der Veer at this link." very hard to interpret, because I can't see who any of the photos are by. --99of9 (talk) 02:09, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
    • There is a slight problem with the ticket. Most likely outcome: we will have too delete the test uploads from plantennamen. I will leave some detailed notes at the ticket in some days too explain what went wrong. Natuur12 (talk) 19:58, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
      • I nuked the uploads from Plantennamen. It turns out that this person didn't take at least a significant amount of the photographs himself. This was only found out after an extensive check off the test uploads. Most uploads contained consistent EXIF but some didn't. Perhaps we can still hoste some off the files in the future but not this day and given the situation not any day soon. Natuur12 (talk) 13:55, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
        • Always ask at least one question :). Thanks for investigating Natuur12. --99of9 (talk) 00:00, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
  • I'd be happy to see test uploads from the other sites. --99of9 (talk) 02:14, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
    • I did some test uploads from, and :
Natrix natrix (Colubridae) (European Grass Snake), Biebrza NP, Poland.jpg
Alces alces (Cervidae) (Eurasian elk), Biebrza NP, Poland.jpg
Eysarcoris venustissimus (Pentatomidae) (Woundwort Shieldbug) - (imago), Elst (Gld), the Netherlands - 2.jpg
Eysarcoris venustissimus (Pentatomidae) (Woundwort Shieldbug) - (imago), Elst (Gld), the Netherlands.jpg
Harmonia axyridis f. succinea (Coccinellidae) - (imago), Elst (Gld), the Netherlands.jpg
Diurnea fagella (Chimabachidae) - (imago), Elst (Gld), the Netherlands.jpg
Lophophanes cristatus (Paridae) (European Crested Tit) - (adult), Oberengadin, Switzerland.jpg
Pseudoips prasinana (Nolidae) (Green Silver-lines) - (imago), Zemst, Belgium.jpg
Bombylius major (Bombyliidae) (Dark-edged Bee-fly) - (imago), Arnhem, the Netherlands.jpg
Ommatoiulus sabulosus (Julidae) (Striped Millipede), Molenhoek, the Netherlands.jpg

Bj.schoenmakers (talk) 11:12, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

  • The latest upload contains {{LicenseReview}}. Ca we assume that the bot checked the license before the upload, can we consider this reviewed? --Krd 15:24, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
    @Bj.schoenmakers: ? --Krd 05:25, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
    • The tool can only be used to upload files with license CC0, BY-SA and BY .. this is checked at upload-time and timestamped using a url-copy at (since users are allowed to change their copyright/license settings), Bj.schoenmakers (talk) 08:47, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
      So if this is already checked at upload time, do we need {{LicenseReview}} or can we consider this already reviewed by the bot during upload? --Krd 12:20, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
      @Bj.schoenmakers: ? --Krd 05:36, 15 June 2017 (UTC)
      Yes, the copyright/license is checked by the bot during upload, do you want me to remove the {{LicenseReview}} template ? (or is it autopatrolled or something ?) Bj.schoenmakers (talk) 14:52, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
      Yes, I'd say if it was already reviewed by the bot it does not require additional human review. It should be replaced by the template version which says review is complete. --Krd 17:20, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
    @Krd: this may be controversial (2014 discussion). I was not allowed to do this for my uploads even though I could prove that using the FlickrAPI meant I had automatically confirmed the license and there was no true value by having the standard Flickr bot do exactly the same thing again. I would support a definition of what is required for bots to skip license review, but this may need a community consensus beyond an individual bot discussion. -- (talk) 12:08, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Why does the account need a bot flag? -- (talk) 12:06, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
    How many upload are intended to be done by this bot? --Krd 13:42, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Could anybody please summarize what is the status of this request? Are there open questions or unresolved objections? --Krd 16:49, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

Geograph Update Bot (talk · contribs)Edit

Operator: Bjh21 (talk · contributions · Number of edits · recent activity · block log · User rights log · uploads · Global account information)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: To replace low-resolution images from Geograph Britain and Ireland with higher-resolution ones. Many pictures from Geograph on Commons are only 640px across, but higher resolutions are often available. The bot will only upload a new image if the latest version on Commons is identical to the 640px version on Geograph.

Automatic or manually assisted: Automatic, supervised.

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): Occasional manual runs. I expect scanning all the existing images to take several weeks.

Maximum edit rate (e.g. edits per minute): In practice, limited by the rate of finding images to update. Theoretically up to 12 edits 1 edit per minute.

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): N

Programming language(s): Python (using pywikibot)

bjh21 (talk) 17:00, 19 August 2017 (UTC)


I think I'm in a position to do a test run, but I've got the slight problem that the bot account is too new to overwrite files, so it gets a fileexists-forbidden error. --bjh21 (talk) 18:02, 19 August 2017 (UTC)

The bot now has the necessary right, and is upgrading images from Category:Images by Dave Bevis as a test. --bjh21 (talk) 19:38, 19 August 2017 (UTC)

Test run complete. I await your decision. --bjh21 (talk) 20:50, 19 August 2017 (UTC)

Looks OK for me. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:03, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

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