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Adding PD-ineligible as a license option in UploadWizardEdit

Hi, recently someone suggested that we add {{PD-ineligible}} as a license option in UploadWizard. I would have found that convenient myself a few times. Does this sound like a good idea to you? Matma Rex (talk) 20:52, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Brilliant idea! See Commons:Upload_Wizard_feedback/Archive/2014/10#Not_helpful for an example instance of a common case where the Upload Wizard is a [wild goose chase|signless maze|maze of twisty little passages, none alike|pick your-dystopian-analogy] for the uploader. A w:use case analysis description for a smart but naive first time user wanting to upload the example image would show the user of the current system likely traveling through a ridiculously large maze of a dozen false starts and dead ends. Anyone else? --Elvey (talk) 04:33, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Jebulon est d'accord; French-speaking user asking for something similar: CC-0 support.--Elvey (talk) 04:33, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
It looks like the Upload Wizard was recently changed? Now it offers a flexible option (new since when?):
      Another reason not mentioned above
           The license is described by the following wikitext (must contain a valid copyright tag):  [box to put a tag in ] [preview button]
One can insert {{CC-0}} or {{PD-ineligible}} there. This is good! And...
Unfortunately, "valid copyright tag" links to a page that lacks a ToC and leads to one of the long dead-end paths of the aforementioned maze - with the following mess of a statement:
Depending on what license you choose using the license selector, a so-called copyright tag is inserted into the resulting description page, such as {{cc-by-3.0}}.
It's a mess because it's unclear what a license selector is and the link provides no clarification whatsoever as to what a license selector is. --Elvey (talk) 04:33, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
The custom license option was there all along. It appears to have been implemented in 2011. I thought you're aware of it. Matma Rex (talk) 10:49, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Indeed, this is not recent. As for Commons:Copyright tags, it does have a table of contents, and it provides a visual illustration of what is meant by "license selector" immediately to the right of where it is mentioned. The introduction is based on Commons:Upload rather than the Upload Wizard and could do with an update, though. LX (talk, contribs) 00:36, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm skeptical. The overlap between users who have a sufficient understanding of threshold of originality issues to be using this rationale and users who don't know how to use wiki markup to invoke a template is likely small. The current text of MediaWiki:Mwe-upwiz-license-pd-ineligible is "Too simple to be copyrighted". This type of option is a magnet for uploaders who don't understand copyright and cannot imagine that they aren't allowed to upload whatever they like to Commons. It's bad enough as it is – you can hardly get through a page of Category:PD ineligible without stumbling over multiple blatant copyright violations. Here's a very quickly gathered sample:
LX (talk, contribs) 00:19, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
User:Magog the Ogre/PD ineligible is reasonable tool to detect such problems introduced recently. Sure, tools are nothing without people who use it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by EugeneZelenko (talk • contribs) 15:15, 27 January 2016‎ (UTC)
Thanks for that, Eugene! I wasn't aware of those galleries. As you say, they still need someone to patrol them, and for that to scale to more than one person, there would need to be a documented workflow and mechanisms for marking items/pages as reviewed. I don't see much in the way of inbound links documenting anything like that, so having those galleries is a good start, but not much more. And no matter how good our tools for cleaning up copyright violations are, I still think we should avoid giving undue exposure to options that significantly increase the likelihood of copyright violations being uploaded in the first place. LX (talk, contribs) 18:21, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
(The gallery above is shrinking due to deletions and delinking. For its original state, see Special:Permalink/185748350#Adding PD-ineligible as a license option in UploadWizard.) LX (talk, contribs) 19:15, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Hmm, I guess we might not want it, then. It's still available as a "power-user" option by pasting the template into the custom license field, as it was pointed out above. I'll mark the task as declined, thanks for your comments. Matma Rex (talk) 17:11, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

I agree with LX. Extremely unlikely that someone other than Wikimedia editors really knows the threshold of originality. Nemo 17:12, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

January 26Edit

Coat of Arms of PakistanEdit

As I think, State Emblem of Pakistan is not in official color and it also needs some changing in its current version. Community is highly encouraged to take part in discussion so that coat of arms can be turned into its original form. All are requested to check the color of coat of arms. Here are some references about official color and official form:

  1. Official Interior Ministry Website
  2. Official Defense Ministry Website
  3. Coat of Arms at Latest Passport

Firstly, official color is not #014102 (Dark Green). Rather it is #00611c (Light Green or Parrot-like). Secondly, version of the file that was uploaded on 09:34, 12 August 2014 by Baba66 is superior but it also needs changing in it's color.
Vector graphing experts are requested to review it again and make correction in file. Thanks! Wárrãich šÁhiß talk


@บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด: I realize Russavia was banned by the WMF, but it still seems odd to see [1] removal of categories indicating that he uploaded certain files. Is this something that has been agreed upon or something unilateral? - Jmabel ! talk 06:01, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Jmabel "* Uploaded by russavia" is being removed because it is leading to incorrect attribution by external users. My user categories are being removed, largely because the various categories are leading to multiple double up maintenance. But the uploader will always be found in the comments section of the file description page. Files placed into Category:Aviation files (check needed) are being gone through by myself (as well as others) and that can be deleted. I would prefer that my categories are non-existent in order for me to leave Commons when that time comes. Cheers, บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด (talk) 06:29, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
  • It is the norm (now but not always) to avoid having uploader attribution on the image page separate from the upload history, though it remains controversial to retrospectively mass change these without uploader agreement. With regard to user categories, these should be left as the uploader set them unless they cause a specific issue, and if the uploader wishes to change user categories and has not the wherewithal or access to do so, then it is normal to see their requests being taken up by other editors. If you were concerned that this might be a case of damnatio memoriae, it is not. -- (talk) 09:10, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Might not be damnatio memoriae (either by intent or result), but sure looks like Streisand effect… -- Tuválkin 11:17, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
  • To make things worse, some of the latest round of edits may actually be incorrect. For instance File:Slapton Sands (6238844090).jpg‎ is neither an aviation file, nor is a category check really needed.
I think we as Commons should take over this task Russavia is attempting to do. He wants it gone, he provides sensible reasons above (which are to our benefit), and it also saves us (and WMF) work chasing our own tails with the latest batch of sockpuppets.--Nilfanion (talk) 11:26, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Nilfanion, et al. Sure, there are some files like that which are "incorrect". This is due to them being uploaded from Flickr via Jeffrey Pardoen's account -- he's mainly an aviation photographer so they were uploaded into my "aviation" category. Never fear, I'm going through the category to get rid of those as a priority, leaving only aviation files in that check needed category. Golaner (talk) 11:55, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Russavia, you are not welcome here. Leave, go away, depart this place, never come back. -mattbuck (Talk) 12:34, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
  • What’s your reasons to say so, User:Mattbuck? -- Tuválkin 15:20, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question Who decided the block of Russavia, the Community or the WMF? I still disagree his block until I know the reasons. --Amitie 10g (talk) 14:57, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Who is secret, why is secret, what the evidence is remains secret. There is no appeal possible, there is no scrutiny of the evidence. Not even Russavia has been told the answers to these questions, probably for fear of the WMF being exposed in some way, so you certainly will not be told. You just have to "trust" the WMF, with no credible system of governance, because they demand to be trusted. -- (talk) 15:11, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Tuvalkin, Russavia was once an admin in good standing, and was an upstanding member of the community. Since he was globally banned by the WMF he has become a troll. Amitie 10g, the initial ban was by the WMF, for undisclosed reasons, but, we assume, because he pissed off Jimbo over the Pricasso incident. I disagree with the initial global block, but given Russavia's extensive socking and other troll-like behaviour in the meantime, I have no compunction against enforcing the ban. -mattbuck (Talk) 16:49, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
I would be delighted to see a community ban to replace the secret WMF office lock, with the confidence that it meets policies agreed by consensus. This gives the possibility of periodic appeal and review. Banned for life, without the opportunity to examine the evidence or challenge it, well it's no surprise that Russavia has since misbehaved. -- (talk) 17:00, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
While Russavia used to be a good admin at Wikimedia Commons until he got globally banned, he has started trolling long before he was blocked, especially at the English Wikipedia. I have seen sufficient of his behaviour from before the global ban to fully support that ban. Jcb (talk) 17:41, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
@Mattbuck: Russavia may not be welcome by you, but the majority of the community is fine with him. So blanket statements saying they are unwanted are not helpful nor beneficial to this project. If Russavia had not been globally banned for dubious reasons by the WMF, he would still be a positive contributor. Just like if I hadn't been banned on ENWP by people who violated and manipulated policy I would be editing there. This is the negative side to banning positive contributors indefinitely for abusive, meaningless, self serving or policy violating reasons. You end up in situations where a person who would be a constructive member of the community turns into a vandal, troll, sockpuppet, etc. Because frankly, at that point and especially with a global ban, they really don't have anything to lose. Some people wanted him banned, well now they got what they wanted and now they have to live with the consequences including a loss of edits to the project and drama from an editor who would otherwise be a positive contributor. Russavia had his flaws but he literally did more for this project than all of the people who wanted him banned combined. Literally everyone knows that the reason Russavia was banned by the community was because of pressure from Jimbo over the Pricasso painting. Of course the WMF won't admit that because its stupid, but that's what it boils down too. So frankly, as long as he is editing positively and making improvements, I don't care how many edits he does or how many accounts he creates to do it. Because the purpose of these projects is the accrue knowledge, not to ban everyone we don't like. Reguyla (talk) 18:23, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
The WMF said that Russavia was not blocked because of the Pricasso issue (although that would be a valid reason IMHO). I am fine with removing categories as shown above by Jmabel. But I am not fine with him trolling on the VP or various DRs. Regards, Yann (talk) 20:43, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Reguyla, I'm not going to undo legitimate DRs just because they were created by a banned user, but if I see a Russavia sock (this thread has had about five in the 15 hours it's been open) I will block it. -mattbuck (Talk) 21:11, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
First, I do not believe the WMF for a second when they say that. Partly because they refuse to say why it is, that being the case, they almost certainly would also say what it isn't for the same reasons. The pricasso thing was almost certainly a major part of their decision even if there were others as well. If you want to block them mattbuck then that's your call. But at this point we should all admit that its not going to stop him, he will just create another. I would suggest its better to have him edit with an account we know, than to guess or assume he is another one and cause a bunch of collateral damage with blocked IP's and waste a bunch of time. But that's just me. I also agree that the trolling aspect can be a little irritating, but that's fruit of the poison tree IMO. It's only due to the no other recourse factor. No matter how friendly a person is, if you back them into a corner and give them no alternative, then they are going to push back. BTW it's also funny that you say he has socked 5 or 6 times in this discussion but you say you keeping blocking them. So really, the reason they have socked 5 or 6 times is because they keep getting blocked and have to create a new account, not that they want to or are doing it maliciously. Reguyla (talk) 21:34, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

One thing about this whole Russavia circus I really don't get. It's been over a year now that he has a global ban and still he spends hours a day trolling around here. Who knows how sad and lonely his real life must be now this trolling apparently is the only thing he lives for? Jcb (talk) 22:00, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

I'm going to soud really naive right now, but where has he actually trolled? We need to stop blurring words meanings Editing files description pages and removing his name from "source"-fiels and categorizing isn't trolling. Filing DR's isn't trolling. Protesting deletion of files isn't trolling. We need to stop calling everything he does for "trolling" merly because he is gbanned. Josve05a (talk) 22:06, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
I've probably dealt with more of these sock than most, and the trolling is in creating accounts with names of the ilk of "Can't catch me", "Easy enough to create another account", "I will keep going" and Continual blocks are interfering with my Commons activity (talk · contribs). An incomplete list is at Category:Sockpuppets of Russavia, bit it's clear he' sticking two fingers up at us- that's trolling and a good enough reason to enforce the ban, however unjust it may be felt to be. To do otherwise is to play his game. Rodhullandemu (talk) 22:55, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) But, is it really our ban to enforce? He hasn't been banned from the Commons comunity, but the WMF, and therefore it should be they, and only they that should be the ones blocking him. But that might just me my oown naive opinion. Josve05a (talk) 22:58, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
He has been blocked locally on Commons for intimidation/harassment. I'm sure that was discussed extensively at the time on the AN. And in any case, his recent activity is in itself disruptive - its far too fast for a non-bot to be doing.--Nilfanion (talk) 23:03, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
@Nilfanion: Just to make sure that people are not wrong on the Internet, no, this hasn't been discussed at the AN at all; @Yann just blocked russavia's account, and everyone else is still too scared to unblock it. odder (talk) 13:31, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
It is the current policy: "Controversial blocks may also be discussed at the blocks and protections noticeboard after they have been applied. To avoid wheel warring, they should only be lifted by another administrator if there is consensus to do so, even if there is no clear consensus in favor of the original block." Why not initiate a discussion as suggested by the policy than questioning it here? Jee 13:42, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
His block on commons is a personal vendetta by Yann, nothing more but alas you can't point fingers on admins on this wiki or you get blocked next....not much different than enwiki i say..--Stemoc 00:45, 1 February 2016 (UTC)
(BWC)Please be aware that in case of Russavia there is a lot more than what you can see on Wiki. But I will give you an example: Russavia presents himself as a representative of our projects, then gets some general releases from photographers for all their work and then telling those photographers that they should revoke their release and that they have to do so via OTRS. Jcb (talk) 22:57, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
@Jcb: Has that happend to OTRS by Russavia. Isn't that revealing information, not in accordance with the Confidentiality Agreement? Josve05a (talk) 23:01, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
This was discussed last year at the AN and the ombudsmen commission was asked to take a look about it, but I never got any feedback from them, so apparently they didn't see it as a violation of the confidentiality agreement. Jcb (talk) 23:17, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Again, you all are giving examples of stuff that Russavia did after the WMF forced a global ban on him. Has he created a lot of accounts? Yes, but they wouldn't be needed if he wasn't banned by the WMF. Do some accounts like the ones mentioned above amount to trolling? Sure, it could be argued they do but even then it wouldn't be done if he could edit. Did he ask photographers to revoke their release after worked with them to get their approval and after his ban? Maybe so, I doubt he did this before his ban but I don't really know about that for sure if he even did this at all. Again, as far as I know it was after his ban and if we/the WMF do not want him editing, then that is the price we pay. When someone is banned, then that means that their work is not wanted. So, if they choose to go back and revoke that after we ban them then IMO they are free to do that. I did some of that with ENWP as well. They lost a lot in donations and other stuff because I asked people whom I had asked to donate not too and suggested there were better tax write-offs than Wikipedia that is no longer interested in creating an encyclopedia. Again, a few on ENWP do not want my edits and feel that they speak for the entire community and the projects and just as Russavia does here, I continue to edit on ENWP and no one, not even the WMF is going to stop me from doing that until I choose to stop. I am not going to be bullied out of the project by people who haven't done half of what I have to build it and neither is Russavia. So these bans comes at a cost and again, unless someone can prove he did this before he was banned, then I don't see it as a problem because the WMF told them they do not want them to help. And he still edits, so all of this is irrelevant because none of us are going to stop him from editing, clearly. Reguyla (talk) 23:41, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

Please forgive my interruption - I have a question concerning the "Uploaded by Russavia" cat: I often see it when going through the "bad named aviation files", shall I remove it when a renaming is done? The category related statement above is not fully clear to me... Regards, Grand-Duc (talk) 02:39, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment To me it looks like we love to solve not important matters ... honestly seeing us fight on all the Russavia case is just sad. --PierreSelim (talk) 12:49, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi P-S, it's a mistake to think this is just about Russavia, or getting him unblocked. No doubt that by now Russavia has burnt so many bridges and upset so many good faith contributors that his account should be blocked, and you know that the Commons community has adequate policies and processes for sensibly managing that. The underpinning ethical issue that causes drama here, is whether the WMF should control Wikimedia Commons accounts and content, and by implication our consensus supported policies, by using the threat of unaccountable office actions. This case shines light on the fact that the process is so bizarrely secret that the banned person does not even get to see any evidence, or any chance to discuss it, so is a failure of natural justice. Fairness and natural justice must be seen to apply especially when the majority of contributors believe a person is guilty of breaking community created policies or may have been stupid enough to repeatedly challenge Jimmy Wales.
This case went a significant step further than past office actions, as up until this point either the banned person had both a known criminal background and was acting in a way that should be reported for police investigation, or they had the opportunity to discuss the evidence with the WMF and then quietly went away, agreeing that it was in their best interests to do so.
It is well established that all bureaucracies will grow forever in scope and authority unless firmly governed. What is missing here is any credible governance process that can reassure the community that the outcome is ethical and fair. For these reasons the WMF office action should be replaced with a community managed block and subject to the same rules and processes as the rest of us are happy to be held against. -- (talk) 13:17, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Bans are less secret nowEdit

Harassment Survey 2015

In the past I have also wondered about bans from the Wikipedia community. I have no comment on what ought to be done except that I like the idea of a transparent process for managing bans.

Recently (January 15 2016) meta:Support and Safety was established. This group manages meta:WMF Global Ban Policy and the list of Wikimedia banned users. They just published meta:Research:Harassment survey 2015, and it seems like they wish to address some serious interpersonal conflicts which happen related to Wikimedia participation.

Amitie 10g - you wanted to know who manages the block. This is the group. - as you say, there are secrets, but the "who bans" is no longer secret. This team is taking responsibility whereas before no one in particular did except "the WMF". I do not know what will come of this, but I appreciate having a group to contact for these issues. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:34, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Here is what I think is going to happen based on what I am seeing on multiple projects. The term harassment is going to be used by some admins and others to get rid of some adversaries. They are going to use the term "harassment in the same way they do "disruption" in block summaries because its the new catchphrase of the hour and it reduces the amount of scrutiny by making it appear like they are dealing with harassment. The Harassment survey shows in several slides exactly what some of us have been saying for a while, that there is a problematic group of admins on multiple projects that act like bullies and intimidate editors into getting their way. Its more of a problem on some projects than others, but that survey shows that its clearly a problem.
I would also disagree that bans are les secret. The English Wikipedia Arbitration committee for example is using secret offline evidence more and more on cases and the recent The Devils Advocate case is a perfect example. Not only are they not telling the community based on secret evidence, they didn't even tell TDA what they were being accused of prior to the indefinite ban they implemented out of thin air and without a proper case. Just we decide they are banned. Reguyla (talk) 01:13, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
  • The above text spends more time talking about blocks than the actual original discussion. It is clear that Russavia wishes for his category to be removed from the images he uploaded, his sockpuppets have been flooding RC at a speed of 50 epm or higher doing so. Is there consensus for this to be done? If so, I'll file a BRFA under RileyBot. I'd rather a flagged bot be doing this than RC be flooded.. Riley Huntley (talk) 04:42, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
  • And with "speed up" and "check", you probably mean "blatantly remove". A bot can't check this. It isn't just about categories that category is ment to track for maintenance. Josve05a (talk) 09:33, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
  • So tens of thousands of pages can be blatantly added, but not blatantly removed? Interesting logic. Even though, as said on the BRFA, categories would be added in addition to removing the tracking category. Riley Huntley (talk) 09:57, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
  • If they came form one "check"-category, to another, yes. And as I said before, it' more than just categories that needs to be checked. It's title-speelling, description-editing, crop-requests etc. We can't just assume it is to add a category and more on. Josve05a (talk) 16:08, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Removing Category:Files uploaded by RussaviaEdit

I think Russavia really wants to remove all his files from the category above. Should we have a bot to do this, so that the RC will not be flooded and patrolling will be easier? If yes, then I will request at Commons:Bots/Requests to run my first bot, BulbaBot. I think there will be no problem if we will remove his files from the category stated above, and I think this will be a bit beneficial to all of us in Commons. Poké95 09:40, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting info.svg Info Requested at Commons:Bots/Requests/BulbaBot/2. -- Poké95 09:54, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
  • I've stroken out part of the above comment. We are still interested in determining consensus, Pokefan would just not be operating the bot per his bot request being withdrawn. Riley Huntley (talk) 01:50, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Next deployment of "Watch changes in category membership"Edit

We've fixed some issues and our plan is to activate CatWatch for Commons and all Wikipedias again on Friday, Feb 5th between 00:00 and 01:00 UTC. Tobias Gritschacher (WMDE) (talk) 09:20, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Let's hope that it works on the third try ... --Sebari (talk) 11:35, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
Will every category that I watch automatically have me watch all additions and removal of pages from that category? Is it possible to watch a category (and its talk page) without watching all that is added and deleted from it? I ask this because I watch some categories which have 100s of pages being added to them daily. However for this category I'm not at all interested in which pages get added, I am however very interested in following any changes to the category itself and its talk page. Basvb (talk) 13:42, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
No. You can toggle the visibility of category membership changes on your watchlist and recent changes page. By default it is hidden. You can find a detailed explanation of the feature here. Tobias Gritschacher (WMDE) (talk) 13:33, 5 February 2016 (UTC)


Can one of you maybe delete Wole.png? It's basically a BLP violation created by someone I just blocked on en-wiki. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 20:44, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

@Drmies: Request filed. Martinvl (talk) 21:18, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! Drmies (talk) 17:49, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

February 05Edit

Arnnon Geshuri pictureEdit

Hello. Can someone answer me here?--MisterSanderson (talk) 03:53, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Answered there. Yann (talk) 09:31, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Huge problem with copyright on MynewsdeskEdit

There is a HUGE problem with pictures from the swedish press-service Mynewsdesk, because the site has CC-license per default, something many press people doesn't realise and thus licensing the pictures unbeknownst and without being the copyright-holders - that means that a huge amount of pictures from Mynewsdesk is wrongly licensed and therefore the license is invalid(!). The staff at Mynewsdesk is also not responding well to questions about the license from users (they don't mention that you, as an uploader, have to have the right to change the license to CC). I propose that we have a zero tolerance for picture from Mynewsdesk until these things have been solved. Otherwise we actually risk destroying the Creative Commons license (if we pump out many pictures that are invalidly licensed, it really hurts peoples trust in Creative Commons). People using pictures from Wikimedia Commons should be assured that the pictures are free to use and that the license has been correctly added. //Vätte (talk) 11:55, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Some links that might be helpful in this context:
--El Grafo (talk) 16:28, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
I seriously doub't that we as a community will be able to forma any form of consensus/policy to ban specific user generated websites from upload, since not everybody uploading images here, are part of the Commons community, hence will not know that this website may be "off limits", and we can't reallty start a DR without some small proof that is isn't their own work...Josve05a (talk) 16:39, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
I don't feel comfortable with this source. We need to ensure that all files uploaded from there are tagged with license review so if a Commons re-user gets in trouble he may refer to this review tag. Someone with athority, maybe from WMF - should contact at least some of the big music companies and ask for clarification.--Denniss (talk) 19:26, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
We have pretty hight standards for written articles when it comes to what sources we deem are serious - so why not when it's about image-sources? Should we not use source-criticism when searching for media to upload? Doesn't any body else think it's problematic for the Creative Commons-license itself (even if we protect ourselves with review tags) if we stand behind sharing pictures that haven't been properly licensed? And I don't think we can hide behind "we cannot be sure if the license is proper or not, so therefore we allow it" when there is for certain pictures being wrongly licensed on that page. //Vätte (talk) 00:01, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
We don't have any standard on article creation here on Commons, since articles are not what Commons does. Apart from that, we already follow a pretty high standard for licensing, called the Precautionary Principle. --Sebari (talk) 12:08, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes, exactly, and for the pictures from Mynewsdesk there is significant doubt that the license is given by the copyright-holders. (And with articles I meant WMF at large.) //Vätte (talk) 20:58, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Pictogram voting info.svg Info I registered as a fresh user at --> see (from below to above): the default setting for publishing images is "Creative Commons Attribution". The pull-down menu gives more options and a click at the "?" explains the licenses. There is no indication that — choosing "Creative Commons Attribution" — the work may be used/explored by others commercially. And I don't understand why they ( have chosen a CC-BY-SA license as default setting: that could well be overlooked by the image posters --> normally, posting on similar public relations portals like, you do not expect this. I have my doubts that the image poster were really aware that they are providing CC-BY-SA content — and, when they do so, failed in clarifying about the whole spectrum of the CC-licenses. Or's intents from the beginning were to offer only a CC-BY-SA-NC (+ eventually ND) license. Gunnex (talk) 01:38, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Updated... Gunnex (talk) 01:52, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Is it any different to other sites that accept uploads, such as Flickr? Some users may upload copyright violations, just like on Flickr. However the license is displayed clearly on the image pages, so there's no reason to think uploaders aren't aware of it. --ghouston (talk) 04:21, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
There are differences, yes. Flickr focus on photographers themselves, people who (mostly) actually have the right to the material they are sharing - whereas Mynewsdesk focus on clients who want to market events, making press-statements and so on (not photographers themselves). Flickr says "Only upload content that you have created." Mynewsdesk doesn't mention that you have to have the copyright to something before changing it to CC. And, Flickr has "All rights reserved" as default and the user has to make an actual choice to change it to CC. I have been en contact with people on Mynewsdesk three times and they always answer the same way "Oh, thank you for pointing this out, we will take this under consideration." but then nothing happens, not five years ago, not last year - and the comment I posted on a thread on their forum a couple of days ago (where the question was about what license to choose and I pointed out that the one uploading can't change license without permission from the copyright-holder), first they answered that my point was very important and they would take it further - but now that entire thread has been deleted. So, I am sorry to say I don't think they will change. //Vätte (talk) 20:58, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Actually checking via catscan, out of the ~3200 images in Category:Files from, approximately two-thirds (2101, to be exact) have not been through a license review on Commons... given the known issues with this source, that's rather bad. At a minimum, the remainder should be marked for review, with the LR's made aware of this discussion. Revent (talk) 10:04, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

Created (and populated) Category:Files from with unreviewed licenses.. didn't actually flag them for review (or put it under 'License review needed'), at least for now. Revent (talk) 10:24, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
Just a comment... some of the images I added to that 'with unreviewed licenses' category have since been reviewed... not that it's a big deal (they come up in my watchlist, and I remove it) but if you're watching this conversation, and do such a review, it would be nice to remove them from it as well. It's not something handled by the script, since it's just something ad-hoc I made for convenience. Thanks. Revent (talk) 04:08, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
I really don't think the reviewers will notice if the license is wrong. I guess they see that it says "Creative Commons" on The Wikimedia Commons file page, and "Creative Commons" on the Mynewsdesk file page. The problem is that the files shouldn't have the CC-license on Mynewsdesk to begin with.
I have uploaded some photos from Mynewsdesk because I saw they were under a CC license, but some of the photos were removed from Commons, when the photographers found them on Wikipedia. The photos were copyrighted, but some press people published them with the "standard setting" on Mynewsdesk. -abbedabbtalk 16:32, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
@Abbedabb: The issue I created that category to address (images where the license was never independently checked against the source) is a bit different than the issue of if we can 'trust' the license claims from that source, which applies to all of their images whether reviewed or not. Technically, I could have just requested a normal license review on all of them (and, FWIW, I speedied at least a couple of dozen that would have explicitly failed a normal license review - NC or ND at the source - while populating that category). It just seemed rather pointless to dump 2000-odd images on top of the LR backlog before there was a consensus about how to deal with the wider issue (since a significant number might go away regardless). I would assume that anyone reviewing images out of the category I created (since I did not actually 'request' a license review by adding the template) became aware of it from this conversation, and removing them from the tracking category I made (or, even, doing a 'normal' license review) doesn't really prevent us from applying the PRP to all or part of them later. Revent (talk) 01:31, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Category:Victims of PutinismEdit

The Category:Victims of Putinism doesn't exist because it was deleted without a valid explanation. It looks like political censorship. Besides, please look here. It seems to me, that Great Britain considers Alexander Litvinenko to be a victim of Putin's regime. Please, who can restore the category for victims of Putinism? Thank you. — Николай (talk) 19:24, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

If I remember correctly you were told multiple times that Commons is not the place to promote your political agenda. If you still have not understood this well, a long term block would be in order.--Ymblanter (talk) 20:00, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
I see. You prefer to discuss my person. And what about the political agenda of Great Britain? — Николай (talk) 20:08, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
It's a clearly politically polemical category. We don't allow those. I don't like Putin one whit, but it's not a valid category in our system. - Jmabel ! talk 22:06, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
The most polemical is Category:Victims of communism. Endless disputes in many countries. — Николай (talk) 22:55, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
I don't like that one either. Doesn't seem any more appropriate than Category:Victims of capitalism, which you will notice we don't have. "Victims" of an abstraction? Not so objective. Very different from a category covering who was officially executed in a particular era, or died in a concentration camp under a particular regime. But things involving (for example) who was responsible for an extrajudicial murder by a particular government (let alone an extrajudicial murder motivated by a particular philosophy or political tendency) really don't meet the criteria for Commons categories. - Jmabel ! talk 01:27, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Also "victims" itself is problematic. Is this only people who died, or people who suffered in some other manner? - Jmabel ! talk 01:29, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
Putinism exists. And victims of putinism? Time will tell. — Николай (talk) 10:06, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
seems to me that Category:Victims of political ideologies and all its subcategories should be deleted as subjective, there is no reason to remove one such named category whilst ignoring the others, either they are allowed or they all should go Oxyman (talk) 19:47, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
+1 - Jmabel ! talk 01:13, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

Political vandalism by an administratorEdit


Николай (talk) 21:22, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Have you asked the other editor for an explanation before throwing around terms such as "political vandalism"? I think you should. Rodhullandemu (talk) 21:27, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
I should ask what? I see that somebody killed Boris Nemtsov, and somebody wants to kill memory about him. — Николай (talk) 21:41, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
An independent or nonpartisan politician is an individual politician not affiliated to any political party. This obviously did not apply for Parnas and SPS (+ some more) member Nemtsov, nor does it for his colleagues Kasyanov, Navalny, Kasparov etc.. So, I am certainly not the one who is doing vandalism here. --A.Savin 21:54, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
This user has not been blocked for almost a year now, but now its time again if this is what will be. /Hangsna (talk) 22:07, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Well, some people only seeing either black or white. This may be good for their ego, but is bad for Commons. --A.Savin 22:19, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Is Khodorkovsky a member of a political party? No. And Kasparov? No. And Navalny? No. The party of Navalny is not registered officially. Probably you could also know that independent politicians in Russia are those who oppose to Putin's regime. They do not depend of Putin's regime. — Николай (talk) 22:27, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Let me disagree sir: politicians against Putin are oppositioners, not necessarily independent ones. And Navalny's political party does exist. This is the only relevant thing. --A.Savin 22:44, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
So, you agree that at least some of your edits were incorrect. — Николай (talk) 22:55, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
No. --A.Savin 23:06, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
And what about Khodorkovsky and Kasparov? — Николай (talk) 23:14, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Kasparov is here. And Khodorkovsky is actually neither a politician nor one from Russia. --A.Savin 23:27, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Oh, and please do not distract from the actual issue. The problem is your behaviour, not mine. I'm feeling offended by your accusations of vandaliusm. Any apology? --A.Savin 23:27, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
My behaviour is not a problem. Your problem is my opinion. "Khodorkovsky is actually neither a politician..." - this is an obvious example of promotion of your political agenda. We see that putinism is penetrating to Commons. — Николай (talk) 09:55, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
@ПОКА ТУТ: At COM:VAND is described what vandalism is, a simple revert isn't vandalism. Please remember to assume good faith and stay mellow. I looked into the issue, and i can't confirm your accusations against A.Savin. Looking at your comments here i have rather the feeling you try to push your POV here on commons. --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:13, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Looking for reports of users being logged in as someone elseEdit

Hi all,

we had reports of a serious authentication error that resulted in people being logged into the wrong account. We are trying to collect information about what happened, and how many users it might have happened to. If you have any knowledge of such a thing happening in the last few weeks, please tell us at one of these places:

You can find more details at It looks like only a few users have been affected, but to be on the safe side, we are in the process of logging everyone out (which takes a while, so it might have happened to you this week, or it might happen in the next few days). Apologies for the inconvenience.

-- Tgr_(WMF) (talk) 23:49, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

we are in the process of logging everyone out (which takes a while... >> this was deemed unacceptably slow, so we are going to log out everyone at the same time. This is probably going to happen within a few hours, so that we can do it while most editors are asleep. I apologize for the disruption. Please report any unexpected problems (apart from having to log in again) at . --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 04:23, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

@Tgr (WMF): This has caused at least two cases (that I know of, and one was me) of people accidentally editing from their IP in an 'identifiable' manner. We might have a rush of people asking for their IPs to be suppressed, not that it's hard to accomplish. Revent (talk) 12:06, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
@Revent: That's an unfortunate but expected problem. T125334 has some related improvements, ideas of what else can be done would be appreciated. --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 16:23, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

February 06Edit

Privately owned historical photoEdit

I own a photo that was taken in 1954 of my fathers Ironworker team that built the Original Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It was handed down to me and he has since passed away. Since it is a photo of the entire group I would like to add it for it's historical significance especially because the completed bridge is in view behind the crew. However, there is no indication of who originally took this photo or who if anyone may own copyrights. Can this be posted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Theresa.mogard (talk • contribs)

  • Unless the picture was published before the U.S. changed its laws to conform to the Berne Convention, and it was published without a copyright claim or it was published and its copyright had lapsed, it wouldn't be OK for Commons. I take it from your description that it is probably unpublished, so the rights would still remain with the photographer or the photographer's heirs, and you don't know who that is, so you can't obtain the required permission.
  • In my view, nothing in this should stop you from making the picture publicly available (with an appropriate disclaimer about rights) on a more permissive site such as Flickr, but it's our intent on Commons that people should be able to reuse all images here in conformance with the stated license without any significant likelihood of a legitimate copyright claimant then coming forward and objecting. - Jmabel ! talk 18:00, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
You may want also ask Tampa Bay History Center and Tampa City archives and see if they are interested in having a copy.--KTo288 (talk) 19:16, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

February 07Edit

Link to other languages VPsEdit

Hi, I think a link to Template:Lang-VP is needed at the top, as in the French VP. Any idea? Yann (talk) 14:30, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

  • There is already a link to this template (top right) Christian Ferrer (talk) 15:30, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
@Yann: ✓ Done it should be more visible now Christian Ferrer (talk) 15:47, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
Good. Thanks a lot! Yann (talk) 16:02, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

author, source, categories for combinations of imagesEdit

Earlier today I uploaded some images of picea rubens cones that were originally published by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Nice, but lots of whitespace. So for the purpose of displaying in an article, I thought it would be nice to arrange some of them in a single image. So I picked nine of them, arranged them, and uploaded the result. My question is: what goes in the source, author, and date fields?

Right now I have source set to "own work" mostly because it was the default, but also because the image isn't actually found anywhere else -- just its component parts. So under author I linked to the USFWS Flickr stream, and in the description I credited the photographer and linked to the individual files.

My sense is there's probably a straightforward answer, but I'm not sure what the best way to search for the answer would be.

Thanks. — Rhododendrites talk |  20:38, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

I'd say add to all the fields both the original author and you as an author of the derivative from these originals, links to the other files could be in the source field (as those are your sources) combined with the own work for the derivative. Date can have multiple dates, author can have multiple authors. Basvb (talk) 20:45, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
@Rhododendrites: Commons:Collages should answer at least some of your points. --El Grafo (talk) 10:53, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
@Basvb, El Grafo: That's helpful. Thanks. — Rhododendrites talk |  18:51, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

February 08Edit

PD-old-100 --> PD-old-100-1923Edit

Before 2024 comes, files at Category:PD-old-100 should be moved to Category:PD-old-100-1923, by changing PD-old-100 to PD-old-100-1923 and PD-old-auto to PD-old-auto-1923. This is to reduce the warnings made by {{PD-old-100}}. Commons requires that old files must be in the public domain in the U.S. and their source country. So adding a U.S. copyright tag to PD-old-100 files is needed. When I gain consensus, I will run my first AWB bot, BulbaBot. Thanks, Poké95 08:39, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Linking relevant discussions is recommended; Commons:Bots/Requests/BulbaBot. Riley Huntley (talk) 08:58, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. {{PD-old-100}} produces those warnings for a reason. Sweeping the problem under the rug for the sake of suppressing warnings is a terrible idea. The fact that the author died more than 100 years ago says nothing about when their works were published. LX (talk, contribs) 09:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
May have been posthumously, that the author died more than 100 years is saying nothing. Josve05a (talk) 09:22, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Wrong camera date/timeEdit

Thameslink West Hampstead stopping train.jpg

Quite often the camera time is not set correctly: Travel between timezones / summer/wintertime etc. The camera time and date are used by the upload script. When I notice it I deliberately remove the time if I cannot reconstruct the correct time and I adjust the date if needed. With above picture as reference I can correct the time of other pictures taken with the same camera. I am thinking of creating a technical category of these `timeset` pictures (only if there is a difference with the cameratime). Maybe we could write a script to correct the errors. The specific files from the camera/uploader and date sequence can be sorted out. Unfortunately there now also many time and specific categories wich contain the wrong files. This is not urgent but advice/aid would be appreciated.Smiley.toerist (talk) 09:35, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

There's another way to deal with timezones (and standard vs. summer time, for that matter): set yout camera to UTC or GMT, and you're done, as the actual local time is retrospectively deduceable. I'd not use a category for a matter that is in the pure responsibility of the photographer, all the more as there are only few time critical picture imaginable (and when you go out to shoot eg. a sports finish or a special nature event, then you would make sure that your devices are set up accordingly...). Regards, Grand-Duc (talk) 10:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
It would be nice if we had an unambiguous format for machine-readable date/times. At present it's not specified how timezones should be declared, which leaves a lot of uncertainty. On my own photos I write the date/time in UTC and add "UTC" at the end, if I remember, but software isn't likely to know about that. --ghouston (talk) 10:31, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
For files you haven't uploaded yet, there are plenty of tools to batch process files and adjust times in the metadata based on a given offset. I use command-line utility exiftool under Linux. For adjusting the file descriptions of already uploaded files, you can use VisualFileChange with some regular expressions to replace specific strings, but because regular expressions don't really do arithmetic, adjusting the minutes part or dealing with spans of several hours may be cumbersome. Trimming the field down to include just the date will be trivial (but if the clock is off, that might be wrong too). LX (talk, contribs) 10:41, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
My camera is also usually set to UTC. (I live in the UK). I recently checked a contribution of mine taken in Australia with a beautiful blue sky - the time was 00:24! When I spotted that, I added "UTC" to the timestamp.
If you look at ISO 8601, the preferred way to express time is to write 20:57+00:00 for UTC, and to write 21:57+01:00 for Paris. Martinvl (talk) 20:58, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Luckily most timezone shifts are hourly but there are exceptions: half hour and 45 minutes zonesSmiley.toerist (talk) 10:55, 8 February 2016 (UT
The ISO 8601 format seems like the way to go. Using Z for UTC seems a little cryptic, but templates could display it as something more readable. --ghouston (talk) 06:31, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
I dont see how this is usefull. Readers only want to see the local time. If the cameratime is not set for the local time, you still have to manualy adjust the time. The upload script can only adjust the time if it knows the local timezone and wich timezone the camera is set in.Smiley.toerist (talk) 11:28, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Well, it's not just Z for UTC, you can also specify other timezones using the ISO format. I tried it out on File:Apollo_8_Liftoff_View_(24246227076)_(2).jpg, but it's not formatted very well at present, so it may be confusing. However without specifying the timezone, the time isn't really machine-readable, since it's hard for a program to figure out what the local timezone would be for an image. --ghouston (talk) 11:48, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
That example looks too confusing, maybe even like a timespan. If someone wants to know timezone they can just check by geotag or it can be added as a separate field. --- [Tycho] talk 12:45, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
It would be pleasant if Commons had a standard for presenting this information, but of course we would still have to enter it manually since there is no EXIF standard for time zone. EXIF does provide for geographical coordinates, which might help in automating the process. (What, you bought a camera without GPS?) Surely, frequent fliers should set for GMT, so resetting the camera clock need not exacerbate jet lag. But then, smartphones may automatically reset to local time when they make connection, and no, they don't say so in EXIF of their pictures. Jim.henderson (talk) 11:56, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
There's a GPSDateStamp field which is supposed to be in UTC. Some GPS enabled devices set it, e.g., in File:!_Point.jpg --ghouston (talk) 23:44, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Standardized buildingsEdit

Hi there. (I'm not sure that I translated definitions from russian the right way). So, there are a lot of standardized buildings in Russia, which were built all over the country (and I think the same in the whole Eastern Europe). For example, well-known appartment buildings - Khrushchyovkas, series of standardized school buildings, cinemas buildings, metro stations, barber's shops buildings and so many others. The identical buildings of one type were built in different cities. Is there a category tree for such standardized types of buildings? And if there is no such category tree, let's create it? Because I think it would be useful if there was a category, where you could see the buildings of the same series. In russian wikipedia we even have articles for some series of buildings. //Stolbovsky (talk) 14:04, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't think we have such a category, and we should. Probably plenty of examples in U.S. government buildings, too. I think Category:Standardized buildings would be a good name, but we might leave it a moment for someone else to think of something even better. - Jmabel ! talk 16:55, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
    • Just a quick remark: Category:Prefabricated buildings are usually standardized to some degree. Not the same thing, but related → might want to keep that in mind when building the new category tree … --El Grafo (talk) 17:20, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
      • Yes, most of them at least in Russia are prefabricated, but it's not the same and not all of them (as I understand, those ones which were built before 1950s). So it is very related, and maybe there should be subcategory like Category:Prefabricated standardized buildings for it. //Stolbovsky (talk) 17:52, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
      • And if we create it, the names of subcategories should be discussed too. How should be called? Series of cinemas buildings? Or type? Or what? My english in this area is too poor. //Stolbovsky (talk) 20:19, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
        • We've got Category:Panel apartment buildings and subcategory Category:Plattenbau. --ghouston (talk) 22:45, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
          • But first of all, there are a lot of other standardized buildings, not only apartment. And not all of them are panel buildings. So it is related, but not the same. For example cinema building in Moscow on a picture. There are several of them of this kind in Russia.
            Кинотеатр "Победа". Москва.jpg
            //Stolbovsky (talk) 07:55, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
            • Yes, the apartment categories are an example of what can be done. For the cinemas, they are in Category:Buildings by Ivan Zholtovsky in Moscow, so grouped by architect already. If you want to go further, they could be Category:Cinemas by Ivan Zholtovsky, but there only seem to be 3 in Commons at present. --ghouston (talk) 08:14, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
              • This way we categorize by architect. My idea is about type of building. It is different. //Stolbovsky (talk) 17:35, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
                • If they are by different architects then presumably they have a different design. You'd need to describe what distinguishes them from other types of cinemas, to make a meaningful category and find a name for it. Are there other examples in Commons by different architects? --ghouston (talk) 21:52, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
        • Category:WHH_GT_18 is a category for a specific building design. --ghouston (talk) 22:52, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

A lot of the things that have been mentioned above would become subcategories (directly or indirectly) of Category:Standardized buildings. - Jmabel ! talk 16:30, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-06Edit

18:58, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Introducing the Wiki PlaylistEdit

The Wiki Education Foundation is launching a new tool today, the Wiki Playlist (see With the Playlist, Wikipedia fans, editors, and institutional partners (like universities, academic associations, or GLAMs) will be able to create lists of 3 to 5 English Wikipedia articles, then share it on social media. I’m posting here because it’s a very image-heavy tool, featuring some great photos from Commons.

Wiki Ed sees the Playlist as a way of paying tribute to the longtime effort of Wikipedia contributors who continuously increase content quality. We hope this social media campaign will also remind people that the world of Wikimedia is not all about drama, but about how we all enjoy improving articles, uploading images, and curating content. We're launching this tool in the context of the Wikipedia:Year of Science, a targeted campaign to improve the quality of science-related content on the English Wikipedia.

If you’re interested, I encourage you to visit to create and share a Wiki Playlist of articles with photos you’ve taken, articles you’ve written, or just articles you enjoy. Share your Wiki Playlist on or before Valentine’s Day: after all, it’s about sharing love for Wikipedia! --LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 23:11, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

February 09Edit


This weeks entry is up , What lurks in the depths of Commons? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 00:44, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Which is to say it is "up" here. - Jmabel ! talk 02:18, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Photos distributed by White HouseEdit

I looked at the archives, and am still confused whether there are restrictions on loading certain White House photos to Commons. Consider a photo like File:Barack_Obama_with_artistic_gymnastic_McKayla_Maroney_2.jpg, which states in metadata: This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. Does this imply only the subjects of the photo may use the photo, and it is not suitable for Commons? Does the "may not be manipulated ..." verbiage restrict it from being on Commons? I was under the perception that Commons only wants photos that can be freely altered and redistributed.Bagumba (talk) 01:15, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Really good question. Pete Souza took the photo; he's Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House Photography Office. That presumably makes him a federal government employee, so I have serious doubts about some of those restrictions. Non-copyright laws to restrict the use of images of the president for many narrowly commercial purposes (e.g. advertisements) or in a way that implies a political endorsement, but I doubt that they can legally restrict manipulating or disseminating the photo. Anyone have actual expertise on this? - Jmabel ! talk 02:25, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
There was a 'known issue' a several years ago back (mentioned in the press, even) with the copyright claims being made on White House photos... it was actually behind Flickr's creation of "United States Government Work" as a license option (see for an example of it being in the media). The simple reality is, if it's a work made by a US Government employee in the course of their official duties, then outside of very rare exceptions (like NIST) it's in the PD regardless of what they actually say, and the only restrictions that we really care about are those related to personality rights. The White House got a fair amount of criticism at the time for making invalid claims, but images with those claims in the metadata are still around. Revent (talk) 04:23, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Other, later, discussion of this, by people who know what they are talking about... Revent (talk) 04:26, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
this is common. institutions persist in putting NC or ND on PD works. in some ways, commons leads the way in separating out the false restrictions upon the public domain. most people don't care. and not "distributed" by white house, but work for hire by the white house, a branch of the US government. Slowking4Richard Arthur Norton's revenge 03:43, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

Is it permissible to display this template without authorization?Edit

The template in question is: {{WikimediaCopyrightWarning}} and was posted on category's and will be posted on images. Wikiversity:Second Journal of Science/Past issues/Editorials/About the guilds explains why I put it on some logos.--Guy vandegrift (talk) 02:05, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it is permissible to display this template without authorization from WMF, per "The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users" in the template documentation. Riley Huntley (talk) 02:30, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Is this copyvio or not?Edit

I wanted to clean the code of the recently uploaded File:Logoirtf.png when I noticed that quite similar IETF's logo is licensed under {{PD-textlogo}}. On the other hand IRTF's logo at en-wiki is marked as "non-free media". IETF and IRTF are sister organizations, IETF sponsors IRTF, their logos are very similar so I think that these logos should be licensed under the same license. But which one? Should they be licensed under {{PD-textlogo}} (personally I think they are too complex for this) or File:Logoirtf.png and File:IETF Logo.svg should be deleted from Commons because they are {{copyvio}}? --jdx Re: 13:22, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

I think the additions to the IRTF logo (the extra squares) are getting 'closer' to the point of being a copyrightable arrangement of shapes, but they are not 'clearly' above the line. The PD-USGov license currently on the file is almost certainly wrong, though. Revent (talk) 13:43, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

TemplateData for Template:InformationEdit

Can someone correct the TemplateData for {{information}}? There are zero "required" parameters, because "required" means "the template will break if you don't include this parameter". The main ones should be marked as "suggested" instead. The handling of TemplateData on this template is fascinating (and when you get this translation system refined, I may want to swipe it for the Haitian Wikipedia, which regularly uses four languages in the project pages), but I can't actually figure out how to edit it. WhatamIdoing (talk) 19:46, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

February 10Edit

Dubious uploads by User:MerazromeroEdit

The uploads, specifically the portraits, by user User:Merazromero are unlikely to be own work: a century of time difference between individuals, variety of quality. I know you can nominate a group of images for deletion at the same time, but I don't know how to do this. I would appreciate it if someone else could nominate them. Xochiztli (talk) 05:54, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

@Xochiztli: Done as requested, with Visual File Change. The DR page is at Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Merazromero. Own work does indeed seem extremely unlikely. Please leave a comment there. Revent (talk) 08:39, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Who is subject in these imagesEdit

An image in the article en:Jesse Cornplanter, File:Jesse cornplanter.jpg, also appears as Kidd Smith, Seneca carver.... The sources of these files contradict each other. There is another image Jesse Cornplanter ... making a ceremonial mask ... (also 1940), are these different people? cygnis insignis 07:06, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

@Cygnis insignis: It appears so to me, both from the appearance, and from other NARA pages...
This appears to have been an error made by NARA when compiling the 'select lists', and I would presume the actual "National Archives Catalog", not the "Select List", to be correct. Either way, File:Jesse cornplanter.jpg is a extremely low quality duplicate, and should go away once we have the identification sorted.
I've sent NARA's Still Picture Unit an email, asking them to sort it out. Revent (talk) 09:25, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
@Cygnis insignis: NARA replied promptly, that the 'selected list' is indeed in error, that they were aware of the issue, and that they were reminding their web guys to correct it. Based on this, and it's poor quality, I'll nuke and redirect our misidentified image (File:Jesse cornplanter.jpg) to the better and correctly ID'd version. Revent (talk) 22:30, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

OTRS: Gare de Liège-Guillemins by Santiago CalatravaEdit

I now see that there is an OTRS permission for this category. Am I correct in assuming that all pictures taken of this station are permissible? Not that they have to be individualy OTRS approved? In the past a lot of pictures of this station where removed because of no-Fop in Belgium. Can they be undeleted?Smiley.toerist (talk) 09:36, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

SVG to PNG renderingEdit

This has been a problem since about May of last year, SVGs are not being rendered properly in the PNG files that are then used in page views. However, it seems the preview while you are uploading a file works fine. Why does that work, but not the final image? Both are PNG. This is the file. Delphi234 (talk) 20:29, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

The preview in the upload step is a preview on your local computer, and thus is a preview of the actual full size SVG file. It is not yet uploaded, not a PNG and not thumbnailed, just sized to fit. (if the SVG were 20MB, it would be all 20MB's of it). —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 21:20, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
But how is it being converted to a PNG? I can right click on it and save it as "download.png", a 180 px x 180 px png. Delphi234 (talk) 22:38, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
But the main point is how is it that someone messed up the png generator last May and it still has not been fixed? Just going back to what was used then would be better. Delphi234 (talk) 22:41, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
@Delphi234: From what I have seen about this, the related bugs are in en:librsvg, and the GNOME developers have not been especially responsive about fixing them. See Category:Pictures showing a librsvg bug, among other places. There was at one point, at least, a proposal that the WMF throw some funding toward getting the issues resolved. Revent (talk) 16:08, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

February 11Edit

Please vote for Wiki Loves Africa 2015 Community PrizeEdit


Wiki Loves Africa 2015 will celebrate 4 winning pictures. 3 have already been selected by the jury. The 4th is to be selected by the community. Please help us decide and vote here : Commons:Wiki Loves Africa 2015/Community Prize Selection - Thanks Anthere (talk)

Commons:Superseded images policy - gone strange?Edit

This page was removed in the past (redirected to COM:Redundant) with reason. I mean the current availability of an talkpage-link (which page don't exist anymore) as policy is not an appropriate means for an official policy page. So I mean it's time to delete or substitute this link. The primary problem however is, that this talkpage get sometimes quoted (cited) for decision reasons (by admins and users). Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Jumping_Wikipe-tan.png (@KTo288) But the most seems not understand what that sentence meant, because this sentence alone, is completely generalizing and ambiguous. So in fact that sentence "This image has been superseded" is not a sufficient reason for deletion!" is used to completely withdraw an "official policy". In fact my example is not an single case. In fact my example can't get higher, because it's an exact copy and normally COM:DUPE applies too. So in the end it is absolutely idiotic (annoying) to made an DR with Redundant reasoning (with this decision-reasoning, so for me, this activity has gone completely superfluous). Sincerely(OT: Sorry if my English is bad, you can correct me) User: Perhelion 23:36, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

A lot of policies on Commons were written without thinking through all possibilities. For example, we don't want to delete the source images of SVGs (one type of superseded image), but where we have several tiny versions of an image now available larger, or, for example, a halftoned version of a photo we now have in proper form, or a black-and-white copy of a colour image, or the like, that kind of superseding might well mean the much-lower-quality one should be deleted. We've seen this before: a former ban on captions (written to discourage people from adding captions to their photos) was regularly used to strip captions from Victorian cartoons and other such illustrations, ruining their usability, or at least harming their encyclopædic value. That one's been clarified; perhaps this one needs to be as well. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:32, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

February 12Edit

February 13Edit

Translate filename ok if also making it less ambiguous?Edit

Requesting guidance concerning an unclear rename request I encountered just now. (I've only ever moved or requested to move in fairly straightforward cases).

A user added requests to rename a few files that had been transferred from ruwiki. The first one I looked at was File:Катер Формулы-1 (Санкт-Петербург 2009).jpgFile:Jonas Andersson, St. Petersburg, 2009.jpg.

I know that files shouldn't be renamed just for the sake of translating them, and that the original language should be preserved where possible. In this case, however, the rename request explained that the original title translated to simply "Formula One Boat", and the proposed new title included the identity of the racer. I completed the move but quickly began to doubt myself.

The question of whether moving from "Formula One Boat" to "Jonas Andersson" would qualify under criterion #2 seems to me a little unclear but ultimately acceptable. What I'm much less certain of is whether I should have abstained altogether to let someone competent with Russian update the filename to the more descriptive title, written in Russian -- or whether the request should have been rejected.

Thanks. — Rhododendrites talk |  00:36, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Probably should have been rejected. Policy is not to change names just because they aren't perfect, as long as they are meaningful and not misleading. - Jmabel ! talk 01:47, 13 February 2016 (UTC)


I have a few questions

  1. Is there a way I could mass-categorize lots to files to one category?
  2. Can a bot or me easily categorize all of my uploaded photos with the Category "Made By PokestarFan" without having to click on each one of them?

Thanks. PokestarFan (talk) 00:36, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

@PokestarFan: You don't need a bot except in unusual circumstances. There are a couple different tools that can categorize or uncategorize several files at a time. One is Cat-a-lot, a Gadget you enable through your preferences. The other is Commons Commander. I'd recommend reading through all of the documentation before using them, though, as they're pretty powerful tools. You're welcome to make a category for your uploads. There's a guideline about that at Commons:User-specific galleries, templates and categories policy#Categories. Basically, before you start categorizing images, you would create a category like Category:Files uploaded by User:PokestarFan or Category:Images by User:PokestarFan, then add {{user category}} to that category page and you're good to go :) — Rhododendrites talk |  00:51, 13 February 2016 (UTC)
Changed. PokestarFan (talk) 00:52, 13 February 2016 (UTC)
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