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Hochladen von Dateien größer als 1 MBEdit

Ich kann seit einigen Monaten Dateien größer als 1MB von/mit meinem PC nicht mehr hochladen. Der Ladevorgng nimmt kein Ende! Ich erbitte Antwort. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Feldstein (talk • contribs)

Suchst Du das? –Be..anyone 💩 23:07, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Pinging Feldstein Poké95 03:38, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Upload difficulties, sourced from Wikimedia CommonsEdit

USA Hawaii relief location map.svg

I am trying to upload a map of the channels of Hawaii based off of another map from wikimedia commons, but my image is being rejected by the upload wizard, and the old way is not accepting my source or licensing. Thanks in advance, Houdinipeter (talk) 23:45, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

@Houdinipeter: What is the exact error message you're getting in UploadWizard? Perhaps you could try uploading the modified file to some file sharing site and linking it here, so that we could look at it and see if there's something wrong with it? Matma Rex (talk) 22:44, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
@Matma Rex: "This file might be corrupt, or have the wrong extension." The file. Houdinipeter (talk) 04:02, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Upgrading an imageEdit

I have upgraded the file Bridge2210e.JPG to the higher-res version Footbridge over Aeron.JPG. What is the procedure for linking the two versions on the same page under the same filename, please? Bjenks (talk) 16:11, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

If the images differ only in resolution, then the second image should have overwritten the first, instead of having a separate name. But is it by Commons:User:Bjenks or en:User:Aeronian? AnonMoos (talk) 22:42, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
Explained on Aeronian, alternate/old account. For a fix I think [[User:Bjenks|Brian Jenkins]] on the new file and {{SD|G7+F8 (author request: dupe) of [[:File:Footbridge over Aeron.JPG]] needs redirect}} on the old file could work. –Be..anyone 💩 02:47, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
Merging them is the best solution. However, who is really the author, Aeronian, or Bjenks? Poké95 03:41, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
Pinging Aeronian and Bjenks Poké95 03:43, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
As disclosed here, on Wikipedia, Aeronian was an alternate account of Bjenks. I now understand that "User:Aeronian" is no longer registered. Bjenks (talk) 05:14, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
Oh, ok. Then I will request a history merge then. Thanks for the info. Poké95 05:38, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. I requested the administrators to merge those two images. Let's wait for those two images to be linked/merged together. Poké95 05:50, 3 May 2016 (UTC)


Uploading starts but never finishes. This lasts for about half an hour now. Is there anything that can be done? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wejvi (talk • contribs) 2016-04-28T02:44:46‎ (UTC)

@Wejvi: Hello, do you use Upload Wizard? If yes, Upload Wizard is experiencing problems, and a lot of users are complaining about it. I recommend you to use the basic upload form for now. But if you are uploading a large file, it is a common issue that it will always fail, try using chunked upload. Hope this helps. Thanks! Poké95 08:46, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
Uploading problems with upload wizard obviously still aren't resolved. Please term a date, when we will be able to work with it fluently again, thanks --Jeuwre (talk) 11:43, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
@Jeuwre: What problems are you experiencing? Matma Rex (talk) 17:50, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
Hi Matma Rex, File uploading didn't work at all till afternoon, as well as parallel all pictures on and weren't displayed on my screen (differently from pictures on Seems to had been a german server problem ... --Jeuwre (talk) 19:21, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
@Jeuwre: Dateiänderungen müssen in der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia gesichtet werden, bevor sie angezeigt werden. -- Rillke(q?) 22:12, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Uploading an image another person made but for free use by of person portrayedEdit

I want to upload a photo of a Czech writer (actually I already did, but it was removed as possible copyright violation, for I did not know, how to fill in the licence details).

The photo was done a decade ago by a friend of the person pictured, done entirely for the free use for publicity or whatever need by the person pictured. Now the person uses it as his FB profile photo, several online published interviews with him aslo include the photo, which he gave to the journalists.

I asked the writer who made the picture and whether it is surely OK to freely distribute it and he said the name of his friend (actually his friends` daughter) who did it and said that she did it fully for his use, to be used for any purpose in any place.

He is not in contact with that original author of the picture anymore, so it would be difficult to ask for explicit consent of the author, but since she explicitely did it for him to have a photo for publications, etc, it is obvious that it is OK to use it at the Wiki as well.

Now how to upload it as there is no option "I am not the author, but the author gave consent" to be chosen while uploading? -- 22:41, 28 April 2016‎ Yak~cswiki

Yak~cswiki -- in this context, "free use for publicity" sounds a lot like it's a standard promotional image, but promotional images are not allowed on Commons unless there's an explicit free license dedication which meets Commons' standards. You may have to go through COM:OTRS... -- AnonMoos (talk) 00:09, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
Pinging Yak~cswiki Poké95 03:42, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

How to upload directoryEdit

I have just joined the Commons. I have a large number of files I want to upload. They are public domain playing cards that I have created from from public-domain sources. I have four decks, each in SVG, PNG and GIF format. I also have sprite sheets in all formats. You can see the structure at I need help on how I should go about uploading these. Basically, I'd like to upload the Decks folder, preserving its structure somehow, and I also would like to direct people to the github repo. Is this too much stuff to upload? The graphics total about 73 MB.Saulspatz (talk) 14:00, 30 April 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saulspatz (talk • contribs)

SVG files (if they render correctly) are generally preferred to raster formats here. Commons doesn't have the concept of directories, but does have categories... AnonMoos (talk) 03:31, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
Pinging Saulspatz Poké95 03:36, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Okay, can someone explain to me about categories? Are you saying that everything but SVG is unwelcome? I am not an artist, but a programmer. I have, over the years, seen a lot of complaining from programmers on the Web about the difficulty of finding free card decks. PNGs and GIFs are much more useful than SVGs for the purpose, and the people, I have in mind. If my contributions are unwelcome here, please tell me, and I'll go away. If not, please help me.Saulspatz (talk) 14:00, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

@Saulspatz: No no, that's not what AnonMoos. meant about SVG, PNG, and GIF. I agree with AnonMoos that it should be SVG, because a SVG card has little filesize compared to PNG and GIF. But SVG is not always smaller than PNG and GIF. So that's why SVG should be used for simple images, such as a circle, card, etc. And for categories, you may read it here. PNG, GIF, JPG, PDF, OGG, WEBM, SVG, and more file formats are welcome (see Commons:File types). Thanks, Poké95 23:55, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Upload derivative workEdit

I would like to upload an English translation of File:Carte_topographique_du_Japon-fr.svg, so basically a derivative of a file on wikimedia-commons. When I was doing such last time (a long time ago), there was a tool for uploading such derivative works, which would fill in all the licensing stuff etc. Does this tool still exist? Where? If not, how should I write the licnesing part in the image description in this particular case? bamse (talk) 21:58, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Minimally, you should include "{{AttribSVG|Carte_topographique_du_Japon-fr.svg}}" in the source field, credit User:Bourrichon in the author field, and keep the same license (CC-BY-SA 2.0 fr). AnonMoos (talk) 19:06, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
@Bamse: Hello, the tool I think you're saying is derivativeFX. derivativeFX is a tool hosted on Toolserver. However, Toolserver is down and replaced by Tool Labs, and derivativeFX is not moved to Tool Labs. Thanks, Poké95 12:06, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
Pinging bamse Poké95 12:30, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, derivativeFX is what I used before. Are there any plans to have this in Tool Labs or elsewhere? I think it is quite useful. The map I uploaded to File:Topographic map Japan-en.svg. Hope everything is correct with the licenses there. bamse (talk) 12:46, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
Well, I don't think Luxo will move their tool to Tool Labs. See Commons talk:Upload#future of derivativeFX. I hope somebody will adopt this tool and move it to Tool Labs... Poké95 12:51, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
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Post about a living artist?Edit

Hi there, I have prepared a post about a living contemporary artist summarising material entirely available in the public domain. Do I need her permission to post it? It contains no information not already public and no photographs of her or her work. Its just text. — Preceding unsigned comment added by GlasgowGladys (talk • contribs) 01:37, 1 May 2016‎ (UTC)

Text-only content is outside of the project scope of Wikimedia Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 08:56, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Pinging GlasgowGladys Poké95 11:21, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
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How do I delete this pictureEdit

I uploaded this picture by mistake

Wiki name (talk)

Pinging Wiki name Poké95 11:26, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. File deleted by Taivo. Please use {{speedy}} next time. Poké95 11:26, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

No subjectEdit

I seem to be having difficulty with the titles of photos I'm trying to upload. What are the rules and restrictions to the identifying names and why do the titles need to be descriptive? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DonEnglish (talk • contribs) 20:57, 4 May 2016‎ (UTC)

Hi DonEnglish! Please see Commons:File naming and come back here if you have more specific questions. LX (talk, contribs) 07:58, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Personal work -Edit

I was a freelance photographer and have hundreds of photos of professional musicians and public officials that I have taken for various publications over the years. I own the copyright for all my work. I wish to upload them to wikipedia (See Bill Graham, Cool Papa for instance). I had one picture rejected - taken down - because someone thought it was in copyright violation. I do not want to waste time uploading my photos if they can be dismissed so easily just because some random person thinks it's not my property to share. I wish to post these for free usage. Thoughts? -- 12:19, 5 May 2016‎ Sarfatims

If you upload a photograph that looks like it was taken from an old magazine (but not old enough to be out of copyright), then that will definitely look suspicious (since random bozos are doing the same thing all the time without any entitlement) -- UNLESS accompanied by highly specific source information. But we do have a number of photographers who upload their past work here. Two things to keep in mind: First, make sure that you didn't take the photographs on a "work-for-hire" basis (since that would mean that your employers own the copyrights, not you). Second, it may be easier all around for you and the people who worry about copyright violations uploaded here if you establish your identity through COM:OTRS... AnonMoos (talk) 13:07, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

загрузка файловEdit

Здравствуйте ! Хотела поучаствовать в конкурсе фотографий памятников природы. природу люблю и люблю снимать.17 объектов по Челябинской области уже наснимала. Изучив ваш список, прям загорелась побывать в тех местах, где еще не бывала и запечатлеть эти красоты, чтобы больше людей смогли их увидеть.Но просидев весь вечер за регистрацией на вашем сайте и при безуспешной попытке загрузить хоть одно фото - все желание пропало.почему у вас все так сложно для простых пользователей ?На кого рассчитан тогда ваш конкурс ? Не у всех любителей фотографии профессиональные знания ПК.и не все любители фотографии знают и могут описать исторические и географические особенности снимаемых объектов. почему у вас все так заумно и строго ? то скобочки не те, то название не совсем значимое! Вам фото нужны или профессиональные краеведы с профессиональным знанием компьютера ? Видимо поэтому и фото никто не навыставлял, хотя до конца конкурса осталось меньше месяца.... А идея была - НУ ОЧЕНЬ ХОРОШАЯ ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Надежда Пичугова (talk • contribs) 18:34, 5 May 2016‎ (UTC)


I would like to upload that image on English Wikipedia for Polish złoty article, but I can't find one in the Commons in English. I know it was produced by somebody from the Bank of Poland(source:, but I am not sure whether it is allowed to do that. It also says something in Russian: "Данный файл является несвободным (не соответствует определению свободного произведения культуры). В соответствии с решением Фонда Викимедиа он может быть использован в статьях русского раздела Википедии только при соблюдении критериев добросовестного использования. Любое другое использование (как в русском разделе Википедии, так и вне её) может стать нарушением авторского права." like: (The file is not free(does not beat against the free reproduction of culture criteria). According to the decision of Wikimedia Fund [apparently Russian] it may be used then and only then, when one follows the criteria of rightful usage. Any other usage(in Russian wikipedia as well as outside it) may be the violation of author's/rs' (copy)rights.

The question is: May I use it as a helping tool to enlarge the article and make it better? Please write me soon. Thank you, Ukraroad PS. Write on my user page -- 06:35, 6 May 2016 Ukraroad

It sounds a lot like a Fair Use file, and fair use files are not allowed on Commons (see Commons:Fair use)... AnonMoos (talk) 06:46, 6 May 2016 (UTC)