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Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit
Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.
1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:
2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.
- [[Category:Category name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:
- [[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.
- Image:BearianSelfPortrait.JPG was uncategorized on 14 February 2010 CategorizationBot (talk) 10:37, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
- Image:Jefforts Schori and Love 2.JPG was uncategorized on 19 December 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 10:54, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Jefforts Schori and Love 1.JPG was uncategorized on 19 December 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 10:54, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
- Image:Jefforts Schori Albany.JPG was uncategorized on 19 December 2011 CategorizationBot (talk) 10:54, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
File tagging File:Dinapoli.jpgEdit
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Thanks for uploading File:Dinapoli.jpg. This media is missing permission information. A source is given, but there is no proof that the author or copyright holder agreed to license the file under the given license. Please provide a link to an appropriate webpage with license information, or send an email with copy of a written permission to OTRS (firstname.lastname@example.org). This also applies if you are the author yourself. undeletion here, providing a link to the File-page on Commons where it was uploaded (
- It's posted on a government website and facebook, so it is free use. Bearian (talk) 16:19, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
- Hi, content produced by the federal government (a picture from the Congressional Pictorial Directory, pictures taken by employees of the armed forces, taken or made during the course of the photographers' official duties, etc.) is in the public domain. DiNapoli works for New York state and it's not clear who took the image. PS If you want to link to an image inline, use a colon before the "File", as in "[[:File:Dinapoli.jpg]]", which gives File:Dinapoli.jpg. Best regards Hekerui (talk) 17:09, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
This message was added automatically by Nikbot, if you need some help about it please read the text above again and follow the links in it, if you still need help ask at the → Commons:Help desk in any language you like to use. --Nikbot 17:56, 10 May 2012 (UTC)