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Не завантажились файлиEdit

Підкажіть, будь ласка, чому після завантаження файлів, вони не з'явилися в галереї? -- 11:32, 15 May 2016‎ Каїра Федір

Naming problem at audio file uploadEdit

Hi all, I've just uploaded a load of 193 audio files with the upload wizard (in ordinary steps of 50 files). Problem: The wizard denies to upload some of the files with names that aren't really similar. Message: There are 4 errors with the forms above. Correct the errors, and try submitting again.
Four was the number of the first bunch of 50 files. Tallied up there were 13 current examples:
1. I tried to upload De-Streichholz.ogg and the wizard complained: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Streichholzschächtelchen.ogg and replace it there.
2. De-Wirkung.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Wirkungsquantum.ogg and replace it there.
3. De-wünschen.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-wünschenswerter.ogg and replace it there.
4. De-Zimmer.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Zimmermannshammer.ogg and replace it there.
You'll agree that the filenames are quite different (content anyhow).
5. De-kulturell.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-kulturell beeinflusst.ogg and replace it there.
6. De-reizen.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-reizender.ogg and replace it there.
7. De-Musikinstrument is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Musikinstrument-article.ogg and replace it there.
8. De-Fluch.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Flucht.ogg and replace it there.
9. De-Holz.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Holz vor der Hütte haben.ogg and replace it there.
10. De-Ablehnung.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Ablehnungen.ogg and replace it there.
11. De-abwerten.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-abwertend.ogg and replace it there.
12. De-Auffassung.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-Auffassungsgabe.ogg and replace it there.
13. De-außen.ogg is followed by: A file with this name exists already. If you want to replace it, go to the page for File:De-außenpolitisch.ogg and replace it there.

No, I don't want to replace any of these files. I want to add new ones with fairly similar, but only similar, names. For now I helped myself renaming "my" pronunciation examples adding an _A at the end of the name (De-Streichholz_A.ogg) to make the upload work. Additionally I added a category: Problem with audio file naming and inserted the 13 files.
@admins:
The renaming isn't really a solution. So,
A) is there any chance to rename an audio file for a normal user when uploaded? Is there at least a chance to rename a file I created? If not, please rerename the files to the originally intended names (without _A). This seems to be the only way, that different wiktionary-bots will find these pronunciation examples on commons and link it to their lemmas. After renaming please delete the files from category Problem with audio file naming or give me a hint.
B) please arrange the rewriting of the upload wizard code to a less strictly approach regarding the filenames. To be honest, if there isn't a file with exactly the same name we don't need this upload ban. The current state means a quite disruptive process with the additional depicted problem of non-linking to other wiktionaries than the German one.
Thank you for your support. --Jeuwre (talk) 09:35, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

  • @Jeuwre: I'm not an admin, nor can I explain what is happening. However, I have move all files in Category:Problem with audio file naming to remove the " A" you placed in the filename. I hope that helps. If you run into this problem again you can use the Template:Rename or make a post at COM:Help desk (this noticeboard is for behavioural problems about users, not to help users who are having technical problems). ColonialGrid (talk) 12:43, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
Hi ColonialGrid, thank you for your fast support. Here I'm a still a tyro, next times having technical problems I use your mentioned links. --Jeuwre (talk) 12:48, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
Not a problem. However, I have now created an additional problem that will likely require admin assistance, the file suffix changed with the rename and I do not have the techincal ability to change it from .oga to .ogg (I run into the same 'this file exists' problem). Regrettably Jeuwre has informed me via email that the files must be in .ogg to be used properly, would an admin be able to have a go renaming the files, else, is there a phabricator ticket on this? Sorry to have been as much a problem as a help, Jeuwre. (And yes, I do get the irony of posting for help on a board that I only minutes earlier told someone was unsuitable, but, we're here now). ColonialGrid (talk) 12:54, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
  • @Jeuwre: I have moved this from COM:AN/U, an administrator's noticeboard to report problems with users. ~riley (talk) 19:34, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
  • @Jeuwre: I have had success uploading File:De-Ablehnung.ogg through the old upload form (Special:Upload), rather than the 'upload wizard'. It's a bit slower, but seems to work. As you have the files, would you like to try uploading the other files which were problematic through the old form? ColonialGrid (talk) 12:00, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
Hi ColonialGrid, I'm sorry, when I tried to upload De-Holz.de with the old form I got the following message:
Upload warning: A file with a similar name exists: Name of the uploading file: File:De-Holz.ogg, Name of the existing file: File:De-Holz.oga, Do you perhaps want to use a more distinctive name? This file is a duplicate of the following file: De-Holz.oga
That's not exactly progress. Esp as I'm not able to erase my own files. I still recommend to rename the files. Or is there anybody out there who supports and is able to erase these 13 files containing ".oga" swiftly? --Jeuwre (talk) 14:06, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
  • @Jeuwre: I got that same warning, but down the bottom there is a button you can click that says proceed anyway; did you try clicking it? ColonialGrid (talk) 14:22, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
  • @ColonialGrid: It works, wonderful. I'm going to upload these files this evening again. Thank you very much for your friendly support! --Jeuwre (talk) 14:31, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Not a problem. Glad I could help and that we finally got there with a solution to your problem. Best of luck with uploading the rest of your files, and I hope you don't run into this odd problem again. ColonialGrid (talk) 14:35, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

Updating a City Logo for a PageEdit

The NYC Department of Sanitation has a new logo, I want to update it and I'm having problems. I'm not exactly sure how to go about it and I don't know if there are any copyright issues, or where to look for permission. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonny8630 (talk • contribs) 20:04, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

Jonny8630: en:File:DSNY.svg is a non-free logo that's locally hosted on the English Wikipedia project under their non-free content guidelines. Presumably the new logo is also non-free and therefore does not belong here on Commons. Please direct your questions to en:Wikipedia:Help desk or en:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions over at the English Wikipedia project instead. LX (talk, contribs) 08:15, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Upload tutorial or general information site about uploads neededEdit

Hello! I've recently uploaded a photo of Polish politician to upgrade at his wikipedia page. I've uploaded it without the correct license, and it was taken down so i've contacted the photograph with license rights and he tried to upload the image but the Commons doesn't allow him mentioning that "this file was already uploaded". What should We do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Letmetryit (talk • contribs) 12:37, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Letmetryit: Have the copyright holder (typically the photographer) follow the procedure described at Commons:OTRS to submit a licensing declaration to our permission archive. Be sure to mention the name of the file in the e-mail. I don't see any deleted files in your log, but based on this edit that you made on English Wikipedia, I'm guessing the file in question was File:Radoslaw Sikorski portrait.JPG. (That file was uploaded by User:KubaaJ. Are you using multiple accounts, and if so, why?) If everything is in order, the volunteer processing the e-mail will ensure that the file is undeleted. LX (talk, contribs) 08:08, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

It's not my multiple account, it's a account of a guy that "mixed" me into the whole Wikipedia thing, he has broader account options, so I've asked him to upload photo. Anyway, I've contacted the photographer and everything is ok now, thanks for the help anyway and have a good day:)! --Letmetryit (talk) 08:45, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. LX (talk, contribs) 09:22, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Is it allowable to upload pictures of old PC software boxes?Edit

I have the boxes of WordPerfect 5.1, PlanPerfect 5.1 and Lotus 1-2-3. Can I take pics of them and upload them? 145.129.74.92 22:15, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Not unless the box design is below the threshold of originality required for copyright protection (essentially applicable only to boxes with nothing but text on a solid background) or the copyright holder has approved publication under a free license (which is extremely unlikely). LX (talk, contribs) 07:42, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

coin photo of walwantnagarEdit

coin photo of walwantnagar(jhansi) may be cited for proof of old name of jhansi,but i am a new man for doing this,please help for loading the photo.please convey by email. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hari coins jhamsi (talk • contribs) 05:35, 24 May 2016 (UTC)