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Video Uploading Issue (Wiki Science Photo Competition 2017)Edit

Hi there, I'm trying to upload my video for the Wiki Science Competition 2017 (for the multimedia category) but the upload keeps on failing. The video file is an .ogg and I have tried also with a .webm. At the end of the upload this error appears: "This action has been automatically identified as harmful and has been disabled. You may press "Save page" again if you believe your edit to be constructive. In case you aren't sure if your edit is constructive, it's best to ask for help, either on the [[::Badtitle/ApiErrorFormatter::getDummyTitle|talk page]] or on the help desk. In case you were actually making an acceptable contribution, please report this error here. Thank you"

I have clicked on "Upload anyway" but it has failed again.

Thank you very much

Matteo Gelardi — Preceding unsigned comment added by MatteoGelardi1957 (talk • contribs) 23:59, 12 December 2017 (UTC)

@MatteoGelardi1957: Sorry, such video uploads are not allowed via WP0 (Wikipedia Zero) due to abuse by people pirating copyrighted content in them. Can you try via a metered service or wait four days until your account is Autoconfirmed?   — Jeff G. ツ 00:57, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: Unfortunately the submission has to be done by the 15th of December. What do you mean by "metered service"? Thank you again. Matteo 13:13, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

Jeff i am trying to help, but I don't get the Wikipedia zero part, if he is Italian. In any case, I will request the right for him directly, if the registration is not old enough to reach Autoconfirmed in the next 54 hours. --Alexmar983 (talk) 15:19, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
@MatteoGelardi1957: If you're in a hurry, you could try requesting the "Confirmed" right on COM:RFR. I don't know if that will solve the problem, since the abuse filter in question is secret, but it won't hurt to try. --bjh21 (talk) 15:21, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
(conflicted)I am drafting such request. here it looks is a matter of hour bjh21. So maybe he can simply try tomorrow. I'll ask him in italian in my talk.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:28, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
@MatteoGelardi1957: Internet service that is not Wikipedia Zero, or that is metered in money per gigabyte or fraction thereof.   — Jeff G. ツ 15:24, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: I think we should assume good faith with a request like this, so I marked the account confirmed. Guanaco (talk) 16:02, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

@Guanaco: Thanks, I was on the fence because the account didn't technically qualify.   — Jeff G. ツ 21:41, 13 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you Guanaco, rumor has it that on a Wikimedia facebook page in Italy someone else reported a similar problem. I cannot access Facebook but I will call you again in that case. Since we have two weeks of upload still to go from Africa, maybe we need to make a post about that with clear instructions in French and English on the website about how to request the flag (or simply to wait at least four days), we'll see. I am surprised they did not report it from other countries in the competition.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:07, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
@Alexmar983: Unfortunately the abusers were using sleeper accounts to wait out the four days, so the filter requires much more than autoconfirmed. They'll have to request these permissions by talking to an admin or posting at COM:RFR. Guanaco (talk) 14:22, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you in any case for your fast support Guanaco. I am surprised noone told us anything from other countries. The new user who was blocked has an interesting video, so it is really worth the temporary flag.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:31, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

Disturbing description.Edit

In the following edit

The description was changed from 'Anal sex' to 'Anal pleasure: insertion of the erect penis into a young girl's anus'. I'm not quite sure what to do here, simply revert, ask for revdel or take it futher than that. (The image is already on enWP's Bad Image list, so at least it less likely to being used elsewhere.Naraht (talk) 16:44, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

The description isn't good, but it's not something that needs revdel. I edited it, and you can improve it further if you'd like. Guanaco (talk) 19:30, 5 January 2018 (UTC)
I don't see a change to the description....Naraht (talk) 18:54, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

When and how much to translateEdit

Hello, Sometimes editors translate parts of a name and sometimes not. For example, see Category:Capes of Portugal. Some translate "capo" to "cape" and some do not. Does it matter? Should I search for all possibilities before creating a category? I created Category:Cape Sardão (now made into a redirect) before discovering Category:Cabo Sardão.) Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 20:25, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

As a general rule the English name is preferred on Wikimedia Commons, but if the native (Portuguese language) name is most commonly used it's also acceptable. In general there really isn't a rule about category naming as I've seen museums with non-English and English names from the same city 🏙. I would advise you to use what naming convention is most used in the category tree 🌳 you're adding to (if the others are in English then do it in English, if the others are in Portuguese then do it in Portuguese, as long as the category is appropriate and findable). --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 10:47, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

File:Angelo Barozzi, procurateur de San Marco.jpg, missing licenceEdit

I removed the {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0}} and |source={{own}} from Angelo Barozzi, procurateur de San Marco.jpg as this engraving from about the seventeenth century is clearly not the "own work" of the uploader. But I'm unable to trace the real source of the image, and thus to provide a real licence (as I was able to do for Francesco barozzi.jpg). Now a bot wants me to fix it. What's the best way forward here? Should I restore the bogus licence? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 22:44, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

  • If it's 17th century, {{PD-old-100}} would be safe. - Jmabel ! talk 04:34, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
    • I'm just assuming that it's from about then, don't know it for a fact. Should I add that licence {{PD-old-100-1923}} based just on my guess? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 11:14, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
      • I'd say in this case that's pretty safe. - Jmabel ! talk 16:26, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
I wouldn’t start a fight (sc. DR) over it, given that it’s in use, but IMO the lack of source is a bigger problem than the spurious own-work claim. Judging from the style and technique it’s very unlikely to be modern, and XVII c. seems quite plausible to me too, but we have no basis for the identification beyond the filename & description provided. Evidently some WP editors are satisfied enough to use it in articles about the family, but to my mind absence of provenance is a major impediment to useability.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 18:51, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
@Justlettersandnumbers, Jmabel, Odysseus1479: Habiti D'Huomeni Et Donne Venetiane Con La Processione Della Serma. Signoria Et Altri Particolari Cioè Trionfi Feste Et Cerimonie Publiche Della Nobilissima Città Di Venetia says this is "One of the Procuratori of San Marco seated, through the window behind him a view of the Redentore., c. 1610", as published in "Habiti D'Huomeni Et Donne Venetiane Con La Processione Della Serma. Signoria Et Altri Particolari Cioè Trionfi Feste Et Cerimonie Publiche Della Nobilissima Città Di Venetia" by "Giacomo Franco, printer, publisher" c. 1610. This would certainly support {{PD-old-100}}.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 08:05, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
Good find, @Jeff G.! With that info (not necessarily the link to that particular site, though) in the Source field, the provenance will be cleared up. Since the uploader’s “own work“ (AGF=scanning) claim is dubious, I think a {{PD-Art}} including appropriate US and Italy fields would be best: what that adds to PD-old-X, in effect, is the statement that we don’t care who made the reproduction.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 08:30, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G., Jmabel, Odysseus1479:, thank you so much for detailed and helpful advice (and some excellent detective work!). I've uploaded a higher- resolution version of the file, followed your licencing suggestions, and asked for the page to be renamed since there's no reason I can see to believe that this person was called Angelo Barozzi. Thanks again, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 17:21, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

"Global usage" possibly brokenEdit

It seems that the "global usage" and "usage on other wikis" don't list all the pages correctly. There are quite a few stale pages listed here: e.g. br/eo/kk/lb and a few others don't use this file anymore, but still show on the list despite all linking to the same redirect (see here) which has been changed (from 2017 to 2018 version of the graphics) quite a while back. Other language wikis (e.g., ca/cs along with many others) seem to have handled the update in the redirect timely and correctly, so I wonder if this has something to do with individual wikis' (mis)configuration which results in this incorrect behavior? Cherkash (talk) 05:07, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

It is probably a caching issue. Ruslik (talk) 19:54, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
Likely yes. But it's broken and needs to be fixed. So how should this be fixed and where: individual wikis or Commons? Cherkash (talk) 02:01, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
Ruslik, do you have any further practical suggestions? Cherkash (talk) 03:05, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: FYI. Please display your actual username in your signature to effectively enable pinging and mentioning.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 03:16, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
They disappeared after I made null edits. Ruslik (talk) 20:31, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Commons keeps rotating a bookEdit

Hello 👋🏻 everyone,

I would like to upload this book to Wikimedia Commons to use in Wikisource, but for some reason it keeps rotating back to this. I've tried converting the file to .djcu myself with the same results. This issue happens with both the IA-uploader and the standard UploadWizard. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 12:54, 9 January 2018 (UTC)


項目「屋嶋城」で、「File:浦生の石塁(城内側).jpg]と共に3画像(合計:4画像)を投稿しました。カテゴリ「Yashima Castele」に設定する予定でしたが、ミスで行方不明になりました。誠に手間をかけますが、「Yashima Castele」に変更(修正)していただき度。尚、変更ができない場合は、所在場所を教示下さい。--やしまのお城 (talk) 14:20, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

@やしまのお城: File:浦生の石塁(城内側).jpgFile:物見台.jpgFile:浦生の石塁(上部).jpgに対してカテゴリを付与しました。もう1点は私にはどれが該当するのか判りませんでした。また、ご自身の挙げられたファイルを確認するにはログインして上部の「ファイル(英語版では Uploads)』をクりックして頂ければ確認することが出来ます。もしもそのファイルリストに挙げたはずの画像が無いのであれば、何らかの理由でアップロード出来なかったものと思われますので、お手数ですがもう一度アップロードされたほうが良いと思います。--Y.haruo (talk) 09:47, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

感謝! 早々に対処いただき有難う御座いました。今後はミスをしない様に注意いたします。 Y.haruoさんの益々のご活躍を祈念いたします。お礼まで。--やしまのお城 (talk) 02:57, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Khel Toh Ab Shuru Hoga.jpgEdit

Khel-Toh-Ab-Shuru-Hoga movie poster The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist. Purpose to serve as the primary means of visual identification at the top of the article dedicated to the work in question.

--Jolly gupta (talk) 18:51, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Unless this image is released under a free license, of which I see no evidence, it will be deleted. Ruslik (talk) 19:56, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jolly gupta: Please read the difference between COM:FAIRUSE and WP:FAIRUSE.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:17, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

uploading a file that the owner has given permission to useEdit

Hi Help Desk,

I am a wikipedia editor, a participant in the WikiWomen project. I have been turning Red List Women Archaeologists to blue this past year. I have been able to obtain a few images for my biographies, usually from archive deptartments from Universities associated with the archaeologist. I have sent requests for images with a hyperlink to Wikipedia guidelines for using images and directions for uploading photos. And the University representatives have uploaded the photos directly to Wikicommons. Perfect for me!

Today, the media department of the Univ. of Washington sent me photos with permission attached. Below is the permission sent to me thru email: Please advise how much of this information I need to include when I upload the photo.

"I hereby affirm that I represent Julie Stein and the Burke Museum, the sole owner of the exclusive copyright of the media work in the attached images and have legal authority in my capacity to release the copyright of that work.

I agree to publish the above-mentioned content under the following free license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.[5]

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work, even in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that the copyright holder always retains ownership of the copyright as well as the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by the copyright holder.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

Alaina Fuld Appointed Representative of Julie K. Stein, Burke Museum Executive Director January 9, 2018"

Thanks MauraWen (talk) 19:31, 9 January 2018 (UTC)


You should forward the e-mail to Ruslik (talk) 19:58, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
But make sure you cc the original sender. The OTRS folks can be pretty skeptical about forwarded emails, for obvious reasons. - Jmabel ! talk 01:15, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Лицензия на использование файлов в WikimediaEdit

Добрый день! Мы бы хотели опубликовать статью о нашей игре с включением наших артов в виде картинок. При этом нам бы не хотелось, чтобы в файлы, загружаемые в Wikimedia каким-либо образом вносились изменения, в т. ч. не хотелось бы предоставлять право создавать производные (деривативные) работы на их основе, адаптировать, производить технические изменения и любые иные изменения. При попытке загрузить файл не нашли лицензию, соответствующую вышеуказанным требованиям, среди предложенных вариантов. Однако на этом сайте упоминаются виды лицензий, не предполагающие создание производных работ. Возможно ли опубликование загруженных нами файлов под указанными видами лицензий, если да, то как это можно сделать и где можно ознакомиться с полными текстами лицензий Attribution-NoDerivs (by-nd) и Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (by-nc-nd) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lana Seeker Parker (talk • contribs) 06:02, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

@Lana Seeker Parker: No, please see COM:L, COM:L/ru, , and . Sorry, there are no official Russian translations of the latter two links.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 06:19, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello! We would like to post an article about our game and include our artwork as images. At the same time, we don’t want files uploaded to Wikimedia to be changed in any way, which includes not giving the right to create derivative works, adapt, make technical and any other changes. When we tried to upload a file, we didn’t find a license that meets the above requirements among the available options. However, this website mentions the types of licenses that do not allow to create derivative works. Is it possible to publish the files we upload under the specified types of licenses, and if so, how can this be done and where can we find the full text of the following licenses: Attribution-NoDerivs (by-nd) and Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (by-nc-nd)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lana Seeker Parker (talk • contribs) 06:51, 10 January 2018 (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 please ping or talk to me 07:03, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
@Lana Seeker Parker: No, sorry, all uploads here must allow for derivative and commercial works. However, since you mentioned an article, there are projects where you can upload fair use non-free content with your intended restriction(s), like English and Russian Wikipedias.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 07:03, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia do not believe me when I say I am allowed to use this pictureEdit

Hi! I have been trying to add a picture to a page I edited. I got the picture from my coworker and has his approval to use it. Every time I upload it, I get the message that Wikipedia can not confirm that I have the right to upload it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ida Brennodden (talk • contribs) 09:19, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

If you are not the author of the picture then you can simply let your co-worker e-mail 📧 the OTRS team and they will undelete the picture once a valid OTRS ticket 🎟 has been processed. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 12:34, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
Just to clarify, your co-worker 👷‍♀️ is technically the copyright © owner of the image (unless it includes other factors such as being a photograph of other copyrighted material), even if they don't care about the copyright Wikimedia Commons still does. All images you upload here should have appropriate permission. Verbal consent has no legal grounds here so you must provide evidence that you in fact do have this permission which is why the OTRS team should verify this. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 12:40, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Creative Common Attribution Copy Rights Licenses OptionsEdit

Hello there, i have a question about the Common Copy Rights License, as a matter of fact, when i came to upload my art work photo here in your site i've faced a problem in choosing the right copy righting license, there are 5 licenses, & i wanna choose the license that forbidden anyone to use my own art work file, in other words, i wanna it to be (private) for my own private use only, i don't want anybody else than me to use it, which common copy right license should i choose exactly, i'm confused?!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Xonyx22 (talk • contribs) 16:43, 10 January 2018‎ (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 please ping or talk to me 16:52, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
@Xonyx22: Uploaders here must allow use, commercial use, and derivative works, please see COM:L.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 16:51, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Common Copy Right License optionsEdit

Hello there, just before a while ago, i've asked a question about which common copy right license should i choose to make my art work file a (private, not shareable, can't be used by anyone else but me), i'm still confused, which creative common copy right license should i choose? please help, i don't have much time to wait, please, there are 5 of them, which is (the private use only)?, i appreciate your clear response, thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Xonyx22 (talk • contribs) 17:53, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

The point of a copyright licence is to permit someone who isn't you to use the work. If you don't want to permit anyone to use your work, you don't need any licence at all. Also, your question apparently has nothing to do with Wikimedia Commons, so this is probably not the best place to ask. --bjh21 (talk) 17:56, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
... but as Jeff said, you're only allowed to upload files to Commons if you permit other people to use and modify them. If you don't want that, don't upload your files to Commons. --bjh21 (talk) 17:59, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
@Xonyx22: The simple answer is "Don't do it."   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 23:06, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

License format for screen cap from video files already hosted on CommonsEdit

Hi there,

If I want to use a still image from a video file hosted on Commons, what type of license do I apply? The concerned source is this, which has been released under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license, so I expect that extracting a still is allowed, but I will need to attribute. Which template do I use? Do I need to do anything with the source description? Is there an example where this has been done where I can look at? Cheers, Milliped (talk) 21:28, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

@Milliped: You can extract a still from any video on Commons. That's one of our licensing requirements. Since this one is released under a Share Alike licence, you need to use either the same licence or a compatible one. And of course you need to attribute it. So the license template could be {{cc-by-sa-3.0-nl|Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid}}. In the "source" field of {{Information}}, I'd suggest using {{derived from|Schiphol bestaat 30 jaar Weeknummer 50-20 - Open Beelden - 44183.ogv}} to indicate derivation from another file on Commons. --bjh21 (talk) 22:37, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
@Bjh21: Thanks for that! I uploaded the file here, I hope the settings I applied there are correct. Cheers, Milliped (talk) 08:13, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Milliped: That looks good enough. I would mention the time within the video that the frame comes from, and probably make the image the same dimensions as the original video, but neither of those is important. --bjh21 (talk) 13:03, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Fehlende Lizenz zu einem Bild nachtragenEdit


ich habe mein erstes Bild hochgeladen und bekommen die Nachricht, dass die Lizenz fehlt (obwohl ich mich erinnere, entsprechende Angaben gemacht zu haben).

Wie kann ich das bitte reparieren? Wo und wie kann ich die Lizenzangaben nachtragen?

Danke für die Hilfe

Roland Rast — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rorabonn (talk • contribs) 00:42, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

@Rorabonn: Was ist die korrekte Lizenz für File: Wolfgang Kundt im Jahr 2017.jpg?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 01:13, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Rorabonn: Assuming you are the copyright owner, you can generally grant any completely free and unrestricted license. Your other file File:Schacht 2.jpg was released under "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0" as license. If this version is OK for the second file too, add {{self|cc-by-sa-4.0}} directly below the new file's license header (I already prepared an empty "Licensing" header for you) - you can "Edit" the file information page just like you edited this talkpage. By the way, a specific German-language help forum is available at Commons:Forum (although editors here will try to help as well of course). GermanJoe (talk) 13:43, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Lana Seeker Parker againEdit

Hello! Could you please tell us how we can upload a file through fair use non-free content with our intended restriction(s)? There’s no such section when uploading a file through Wikimedia. What is meant by English Wikipedia? Where exactly will the article be posted and who will have access to it? Also, please let me know where we can find the full text of the license that makes it impossible to create derivative works, make changes, and use our uploaded materials. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lana Seeker Parker (talk • contribs) 03:36, 11 January 2018 (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 please ping or talk to me 04:15, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Lana Seeker Parker: Nowhere on WMF projects may you do what you have stated you want to do. Barring use is anathema to the WMF and the Free Culture movement. You may make an Intranet wiki and post there. English Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia almost everyone can edit, and almost everyone can read. ru:Русская Википедия is the Russian version. I believe the license you seek is very simple: "© 2017, All Rights Reserved." If you decide to share, you are welcome to stay.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:15, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Chinese denominationsEdit

What is the difference between the denominations cash/wén (文),Coppers/Copper coins (枚),Tiao/Diao (吊),Chuàn (串), Fen/cents (分), Dollars/Yuan (圓), and Taels (兩)? I keep getting back to this question while organising Chinese banknotes and so far from what I can tell both Cash coins and Copper coins trade at 1000 for 1 Yuan, but also for 1 Tael/Liang. I thought 💭 that a Chuàn is 1000 cash as the term “1 string of cash coins” usually means 1000 cash coins but 1 Tiao could either be 50 coppers or 49 coppers (枚). Are coppers equal to cash? When referring to cash coins Tiao and Chuàn are just synonyms used from the Mongol Empire (Yuan Dynasty) onwards, but with Chinese Republican banknotes I can’t seem get a clear meaning. I want to organise the categories based on denominations but as I don’t know what relationship is between many of these denominations I’m leaving that out for now (also I am excluding provincial denominations such as the East-Turkestani Lac-system, the Manchurian Kopecks and Rubles as well as the Silver Dollars Vs. Custom Gold Units differentiation).

Sent 📩 from my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL with Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile 📱. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 11:04, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Edit tools have disappearedEdit

My edit tools (the ones at top of edit window) have disappeared. This has been happening now and then over the last few weeks but now seems final. I reinstalled the "old edit tools" (the ones underneath edit window) via Preferences, but I'd like to get the new ones back. What do I do to achieve this? Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 21:54, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

I don't care about this anymore as I've gotten used to the old edit tools. Thanks, Kalbbes (talk) 20:14, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
I am extremely annoyed by the imposition of some javascript-type replacement for the traditional editing source tools - it takes ages to load, and all my editing tools are gone - there is ability to click on commonly used code like defaultsort etc. What happened? Who decided to impose this on editors??? I can't even find my signature clickon.....
Have you enabled "Enable enhanced editing toolbar" on Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing? Ruslik (talk) 19:48, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

Add image from InstagramEdit

Hi, there. I want to upload post-renovation images about the new-looking Gelora Bung Karno Stadium from a man's Instagram account (Vegit Hughes' IG). He is one of the employees directly involved in the renovation. And I also want to upload images from the stadium's official Instagram account (GBK's IG). Can I upload images from online medias such as these or these? Thank you. Flix11 (talk) 12:16, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

@Fix11: No, sorry, these are all copyrighted. Fair Use is not allowed here, per COM:FAIRUSE. You can upload to other projects with EDPs, as specified at M:NFC.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:27, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Pinging @Flix11.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:35, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: So am I allowed to upload directly those photos to, for example, English Wiki only? Flix11 (talk) 12:39, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
@Flix11: Yes, subject to WP:NFC.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:43, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Public domain with a google watermarkEdit

I am looking at this

The work is a translation from 1918 while the person is a professor at a US university. Only thing is that it has a google watermark on it. I was wondering if I can upload it here onto commons. Thanks.

Artix Kreiger (talk) 22:44, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

  • This question might better be brought to Commons:Village pump/Copyright. That said, while I'm not a lawyer, I can't imagine any legal basis for Google to claim copyright on a public domain book simply because they digitized it and slapped their logo onto each page. As far as I can tell, the conditions they state at the front of the PDF are a request for a courtesy, and I don't really see any particular reason in this case to extend that courtesy. - 06:19, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
There are at least 4 copies found at only one of which happens to be a Google scanned copy. Remember that all books published in the US before 1923 are in the public domain and making a "slavish copy" does not make a new copyright, so while Google may claim their digitized copy has a non-commercial restriction and while we cannot give you legal intellectual property advise, there is no legal basis considering the "Corel 'v' Bridgeman" case. There are several webpages that discuss the topic and the case if you are interested but, if you have concerns, just use a different version. Ww2censor (talk) 12:05, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

Why these files should be changed from Category:Roads in Tainan City to "Category:Roads in China"?Edit

Please see these files: File:新港社大道空拍實景.jpg, File:台南交流道.jpg, File:福爾摩沙公路 ( 官田區 ).jpg, and File:半夜的台南交流道.jpg. All these shots are taken in Tainan. But Joostik said: "Officially thats still considered China." I think what Joostik means is: Taiwan belongs to China, these files should not be added Category:Roads in Tainan City. I am confused about the edit by Joostik, why these files should be changed from Category:Roads in Tainan City to "Category:Roads in China"? These files were taken by Guanting17. I have asked this author on his talk page that if these files were taken in "Tainan" then he should feel free to explain why not add "Category:Roads in Tainan City".--Kai3952 (talk) 06:13, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

Generally the lowest possible category should be used, Roads in China should only be used for sub-categories. Tainan is a part of China but not the People's Republic of China so if "China" in this context refers to the People's Republic of China it shouldn't be used at all (as Tainan belongs to the Republic of China which is a completely different country), but if a sub-category could be used then using main-categories (let's say using "Streets in the United States of America" over "Streets in [US American city]") then the latter is the preferred option as it could overpopulate the former category. --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 10:09, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
@Donald Trung: Your point is... ?--Kai3952 (talk) 10:37, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
For categorizing the photo, it is completely irrelevant that Tainan is in China. Category:Roads in Tainan City is the more specific category, so that is the one that should be used. Just like they don't get placed explicitly in Category:Roads in Asia or Category:Roads. - Jmabel ! talk 16:42, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel: This is the first time I have ever encountered a situation where someone said: "Officially thats still considered China." Since then I'm worried, am I doing something wrong?--Kai3952 (talk) 20:05, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
What I'm saying is that, for this purpose, it doesn't matter on whit whether it's considered China or not. Category:Roads in Tainan City belongs there; Category:Roads in China does not. The rationale would be different, but the result is the same. - Jmabel ! talk 04:14, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jmabel: For me it is a nightmare, and I'm not willing to deal with it again.--Kai3952 (talk) 08:34, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
@Kai3952: The images were never moved from Category:Roads in Tainan City to Category:Roads in China as your header suggests. Joostik simply moved the image from a non-existent category with Chinese characters to Category:Roads in China. Perhaps that was a mistake, but it's not worth continuing discussion about. He gave you a clear answer on his talk page early on, "Officially thats still considered China. But lets not get into that: just change the category to Roads in Taiwan." Instead of moving the categories appropriately, you've continued to bother him on his talk page and now here.. I've moved the images to Category:Roads in Tainan City. Can we end discussion? - Themightyquill (talk) 09:59, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
@Themightyquill: As I just said above, and I'm not willing to deal with it again.--Kai3952 (talk) 10:06, 18 January 2018 (UTC)


How I make image from my Facebook go to commons? --ZONEMOWN (talk) 11:04, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

@ZONEMOWN: You don't directly, please contact OTRS.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 15:14, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
Are you asking how to take an image from Facebook and show it on Commons (in which case Jeff's answer is correct) or how to put a Commons image on Facebook? - Jmabel ! talk 16:43, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
Facebook requirements are incompatible with a free license. Do not put images from Commons on Facebook unless there are in the public domain, or there are your own files. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:54, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
That's true in terms of uploading to FB, but you can link by typing the URL and a preview image appears in FB, which you can tell people to click through. - Jmabel ! talk 04:16, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

I need to delete the photos we uploadedEdit

Of our African Grey please? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PetraGrey (talk • contribs) 19:49, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

You can add {{SpeedyDelete|Uploader request}} to all file pages though in this case the images were uploaded long ago and this may not work. Ruslik (talk) 20:28, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
@PetraGrey: So, you're not really an African Grey Parrot?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 23:15, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

How to delete a photoEdit


I would like to delete an image that I created and uploaded to Wikipedia Commons because I would like to replace it with a completely different, better quality image.

Can someone please explain how to delete or nominate a file/page for deletion? I have read the instructions on the Files for Discussion page but I do not understand them.


CartleR255 (talk) 02:19, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

@CartleR255: First, you need one or more valid reason(s) for deletion. Uploader request and low quality probably qualify in your case. Then, you may use the easy JavaScript method of enabling AjaxQuickDelete on Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets and then refreshing and clicking "Nominate for deletion" in the tools on the sidebar of the page you want deleted. You may instead use the more labor-intensive {{delete}}, following all the instructions to the letter.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 03:04, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Thank you for the instruction.

--CartleR255 (talk) 16:10, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

@CartleR255: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:35, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Usual process after removing a licenseEdit

I'm not that experienced a Commons user, and I have a "what's the usual process" question. I uploaded File:Utah snow sampler.png a couple of months ago, and at my request another user uploaded File:Utah snow sampler (cropped).png which is a modification of it. I've just discovered that the license I had put on it ({{PD-USGov}}) is invalid; it's a publication of Utah state. I've removed the license tags. My question is: what's the normal next step? I could just leave them, and presumably a bot will find them, tag them, and they will get deleted. I could tag them with {{subst:nld}}. Or I could nominate them for deletion, which seems like a bureaucratic approach for a simple situation like this. What's the best practice? Mike Christie (talk) 15:25, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

  • There are a few ways to handle this, and you've pretty much listed them. You are missing one, though, probably the most appropriate: tag it for speedy deletion. Probably {{copyvio}} is the most appropriate way to do that in this case. - Jmabel ! talk 17:10, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
    I thought there'd be something like that; done, and thanks. Mike Christie (talk) 17:14, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
    @Mike Christie: I modified your tags to reference your original post above,   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:34, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
    D'oh. Should have realized there would be "a reason" parameter; thanks for the fix and the ping. Mike Christie (talk) 17:37, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

How to posit a request for a copyrighted imageEdit

I am guessing this question is often asked, but how should I go about requesting a company allow for a copyrighted image to be used by the commons? The company in question is Soho House, as I recently created an article (see [1]) about a historical building they lease and would like to request they provide me with a more modern image of the building. What is my best course of action?--SamHolt6 (talk) 18:24, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

@SamHolt6: I hope you will find what you seek at en:Wikipedia:Example requests for permission.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 18:37, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks!--SamHolt6 (talk) 18:51, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
@SamHolt6: You're welcome!   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 19:22, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Multiple file upload not working 14-01-2018Edit


I've been trying to upload some files using the "wiki loves monuments" map ( it goes to the following upload page:

For the previous several months, I've chosen multiple files to upload, then ticked "These files are my own work" on page 2 as in the screen print below:

I was then presented with a page of repeating data entry boxes, one per photo, pre-populated with a thumbnail and the details of the images, title etc from the map. Since last Sunday 07/01/2018, instead, it presents a page with a single data entry box without the fields pre-populated and no thumbnail as in the image below:

It appears to be not working (or, I guess, it could have been changed to work in a different way?)

Anyone any ideas or experienced similar?

I'm using Windows 7 and Google chrome (same as the previous few months when it was working fine)

Enchufla Con Clave (talk) 22:32, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

It is usually related to incorrectly working javascript. Do you have some user js scripts or gadgets enabled? Can you report what you see in the browser console? Ruslik (talk) 19:41, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

User:Kumar Mangal RoyEdit

I took some pictures.may I upload? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kumar Mangal Roy (talk • contribs) 14:08, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

@Kumar Mangal Roy: Perhaps, please read Commons:First steps and don't top post.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 14:27, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

Can I upload this?Edit

I used this logo and got rid of the "C.A.R.E.S." part of it and added a white background in order to create the flag depicted here to add to the Wikipedia page for Sugar Hill, Georgia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ParadiseDesertOasis8888 (talk • contribs) 02:59, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

  • You can't upload it to Commons unless you can get a license granted by the copyright-holder; that tree would definitely be copyrighted. It might fall under the English-language Wikipedia's allowance for non-free use, so you might be able to upload it directly to the English-language Wikipedia for use there, but you'd have to take that up there, not here on Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 03:34, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Copyright of an existing fileEdit

Hi, I came across this image on the English Wikipedia, and it doesn't seem through the description that the publisher has provided consent for release of the image. The metadata shows that photoshop has been used to capture/modify the image. I'm not much of an expert in the license and copyright of images in Wikimedia. Could you kindly check it. Thanks, Mark the train (talk) 07:45, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Hi Mark! There was no way for you to know by looking at the file description, but there is a blanket permission from Bollywood Hungama to use their photos under a Creative Commons Attribution license (not Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike, as the uploader claimed). I've changed the licensing tag to one that mentions the correct version of the license, mentions the blanket permission, and triggers license review. Thanks, LX (talk, contribs) 11:22, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I've seen several photos in multiple articles that describe the permission by Bollywood Hungama, including another in this same article, but did not know about the blanket permission. Thanks again. Mark the train (talk) 11:28, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Posting an image of an actorEdit

Hi all, I am currently writing an article about an actor friend of mine, while posting a photograph I am unable to put his photograph taking from facebook or any other internet source because of copyright issues. I have a doubt. If the photographer herself upload the photo on her account and gives me the link can I use it in my article? The photographer is also a friend of mine who took the subject's photograph? In this case does the photo need to be unique? Meaning if the photograph has already been uploaded somewhere over facebook or other internet source is there any other legal issue? Please let me know.

Another question , when the photographer is uploading the image which legal code of permission should she grant so that I can use that in my article? Please post any pdf or step by step guideline if there is any. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Prachetawiki (talk • contribs) 20:50, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Photos that have been published elsewhere are likely to be challenged, even when uploaded by the creator, because accounts here are ostensibly anonymous. To prevent this, she should send a permission letter according to the instructions on COM:OTRS. As for the licence, see COM:LIC for what‘s acceptable; COM:CC-BY-SA versions are about the most restrictive and are popular choices.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 21:04, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
Prachetawiki, since the actor is a friend of yours, perhaps the simplest solution is simply to take a photo yourself. -mattbuck (Talk) 22:43, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

That means the photographer should upload the photo in step 1 and step 2 he/she send that letter template to wikipedia? (I do have the letter template) Does step 2 work alone? Please let me know?

I already have picture with him taken by another friend but that's already posted on facebook , so same copyright issues. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Prachetawiki (talk • contribs) 06:57, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Also, if you are writing a Wikipedia article about a friend of yours, I hope you have conformed with en:WP:COI. - Jmabel ! talk 16:49, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

template:Taken onEdit

File:Groninger-museum.jpg for instance. If you are using in your interface the English language and switch to some other languages like "Italian" the category:Photographs taken on 2004-08-26 disappears. Why? It sound a little bit racist--Pierpao.lo (listening) 12:25, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

This appears to be because {{taken on}} uses {{file type}} to decide whether to use Category:Photographs taken on 2004-08-26 or Category:Videos of 2004 or something else. Unfortunately, {{file type}} is internationalised, so in Italian rather than expanding to "image" it expands to "immagine", which isn't recognised by {{taken on}}. Really, the task of recognising file types should be separated from the task of translating their names. --bjh21 (talk) 13:18, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
@Pierpao, Bjh21: I fixed it in this edit.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:16, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks a lot--Pierpao.lo (listening) 21:41, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
@Pierpao: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 05:18, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

نحوه ایجاد اطلاعات شخصیEdit

--رحمان پرچکانی (talk) 13:41, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

You could go to Commons:الميدان (unless you're writing in Persian, I can't tell languages from the Arabic script apart). --Donald Trung (Talk 💬) ("The Chinese Coin Troll" 👿) (Articles 📚) 13:51, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

Help : Assemblée communautaire fransaskoiseEdit


I would like to add a organization infobox in French and links to portail (Associations, Saskatchewan and Francophonie) to the page I created : Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise.

Could you please help me?

I cannot succeed in doing that

Thank you Clémence — Preceding unsigned comment added by Clemence acf (talk • contribs) 17:42, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

This the Help desk of Wikimedia Commons -a free repository of images and media. You need to ask at en:Wikipedia:Help Desk. Ruslik (talk) 19:27, 17 January 2018 (UTC)


I was wondering whether Embassies of the US count as a part of the Federal Government and therefore, their work too is free. Or, are they somewhat different? Because I was thinking of adding this in the article Shaktikanta Das (I have been adding photos to the articles I have created/significantly contributed to on the English Wiki). SshibumXZ (talk) 11:12, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

@SshibumXZ: The "About / Read more" Terms of Use of are quite explicit about not allowing derivative works, as is this specific photo's license (although they differ in version number, but maybe that's Flickr's fault). It is quite possible that this embassy contracts out some photographic work, which would then not be covered by the copyright exemption as a work of the U.S. Federal Goverment. Also, any photos related to this embassy or its personnel taken by a photographer who were not on this embassy's grounds at the time (but instead was in the surrounding country of India) would not be taken on sovereign U.S. soil, and therefore would be subject to India's copyright laws rather than the U.S.'s, even if the photographer was an employee of the U.S. Federal Government. Without a definitive statement that all photos were taken by U.S. Federal Government employees in the performance of their duties on embassy grounds, I would apply COM:PRP. What and where was FACTA?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 16:16, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

First articleEdit

I'm very confused. The Wikipedia system stops me from uploading a photo I took, stating...

"We could not determine whether this file is suitable for Wikimedia Commons. Please only upload photos that you took yourself with your camera..."

I would like to add an entry that does not exist on Wikipedia. It's my first article and I'm finding the Wikipedia system quite complicated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sbryans1210 (talk • contribs) 14:46, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

@Sbryans1210: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 three times by trying to cross-wiki upload a small image as a new user while leaving the summary intact. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 15:35, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

Upload limitEdit

Hi, Is there any way I can upload over 200 images at once instead of 50 at a time ?, The images were all taken my yours truly but it'd be easier to upload in one go as opposed to 50 at a time...., Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 15:13, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

@Davey2010:, Commons:Commonist is a very useful tool. Artix Kreiger (talk) 16:30, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

mis imagenesEdit

Hola por que no puedo usar mis archivos de imagen ? Gracias — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vggaplicaciones (talk • contribs) 15:33, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

@Vggaplicaciones: Puedes ver sus imágenes al Special:ListFiles/Vggaplicaciones, y el log de estos aquí. Puedes usar estos con es:Ayuda:Imágenes.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 15:47, 18 January 2018 (UTC)