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Howard Marsh jpg, do not deleteEdit

Hello, I do not understand the issue with this addition to the Howard Marsh entry. He is my father’s uncle and this is his headshot given to my grandmother. There was no picture for him and we added it accordingly. Thank you, Gscimeca Gscimeca (talk) 13:32, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

@Gscimeca: Hi Gscimeca, and thank you for replying. It is great to have that picture (I was on actually on my way to crop it when I decided to question it), and I do not intend to delete it. But as you did not take the photograph yourself, you cannot claim copyright, which is what it now says on the file. There is a very remote possibility that the photographer (or their estate) wants to claim rights to it. As this photograph was taken a long time ago (before 1923 I presume - does it have any date on it? You might have a good idea through the family line?) and as it was a publicity shot, it stands to reason that it was "published before 1923 in the US", which means it is now public domain in the US (see Commons:Hirtle_chart). However, if it is after 1924, other rules apply. Does it have any information on it about the photographer at all? I think we are safe sticking the PD-old tag on it, but having you here will make it a lot easier to determine! Thank you for any further info you have. Kind regards, -- Deadstar (msg) 14:10, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
The file has since been deleted, but if you have any information per above, we can undelete it. Thanks -- Deadstar (msg) 15:46, 14 April 2019 (UTC)

Notable Dutch peopleEdit

Since you like portraits, you may wish to upload images from here photograph-album-dutch-admirers of Darwin. I would but I'm busy with the other book on the same website. Regards Broichmore (talk) 11:57, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

Cool - will have to look into that. -- Deadstar (msg) 13:03, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

File source is not properly indicated: File:Gazzerrs.jpgEdit

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A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:Gazzerrs.jpg, is missing information about where it comes from or who created it, which is needed to verify its copyright status. Please edit the file description and add the missing information, or the file may be deleted.

If you created the content yourself, enter {{Own}} as the source. If you did not add a licensing template, you must add one. You may use, for example, {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-all}} or {{Cc-zero}} to release certain rights to your work.

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Please add the required information for this and other files you have uploaded before adding more files. If you need assistance, please ask at the help desk. Thank you!

Jcb (talk) 23:27, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

September 2019: it's Wiki Loves Monuments time again!Edit

Hi

You're receiving this message because you've previously contributed to the annual Wiki Loves Monuments contest in Ireland. We'd be delighted if you would enter again this year, and continue to build on the image archive of Ireland's built heritage.

You can find more details at the Wiki Loves Monuments Ireland website. If you have images taken in other countries, you can check the international options. Once again, this year's contest runs until 30 September 2019.

Thanks again for your help and enthusiasm! Smirkybec (talk) 19:27, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Men with glasses vs. Men wearing glassesEdit

Hi, Deadstar. I've noticed you adding files to Category:Men with glasses. You might not have noticed that there is a subcategory Category:Men wearing glasses for images of men wearing glasses. That is to distinguish from files like this one where the glasses aren't actually being worn (at least not over the eyes). It would be helpful if you categorize into the subcategory where appropriate. Thanks! --Auntof6 (talk) 09:37, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip! -- Deadstar (msg) 10:54, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

Important message for file moversEdit

A community discussion has been closed where the consensus was to grant all file movers the suppressredirect user right. This will allow file movers to not leave behind a redirect when moving files and instead automatically have the original file name deleted. Policy never requires you to suppress the redirect, suppression of redirects is entirely optional.

Possible acceptable uses of this ability:

  • To move recently uploaded files with an obvious error in the file name where that error would not be a reasonable redirect. For example: moving "Sheep in a tree.jpg" to "Squirrel in a tree.jpg" when the image does in fact depict a squirrel.
  • To perform file name swaps.
  • When the original file name contains vandalism. (File renaming criterion #5)

Please note, this ability should be used only in certain circumstances and only if you are absolutely sure that it is not going to break the display of the file on any project. Redirects should never be suppressed if the file is in use on any project. When in doubt, leave a redirect. If you forget to suppress the redirect in case of file name vandalism or you are not fully certain if the original file name is actually vandalism, leave a redirect and tag the redirect for speedy deletion per G2.

The malicious or reckless breaking of file links via the suppressredirect user right is considered an abuse of the file mover right and is grounds for immediate revocation of that right. This message serves as both a notice that you have this right and as an official warning. Questions regarding this right should be directed to administrators. --Majora (talk) 21:35, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for participating in Wiki Loves Monuments 2019! Please help with this survey.Edit


Dear Deadstar,

Thank you for contributing to Wiki Loves Monuments 2019, and for sharing your pictures with the whole world! We would like to ask again a few minutes of your time. Thanks to the participation of people like you, the contest gathered more than 210K+ pictures of cultural heritage objects from more than 40 countries around the world.

You can find all your pictures in your upload log, and are of course very welcome to keep uploading images and help develop Wikimedia Commons, even though you will not be able to win more prizes (just yet). If you'd like to start editing relevant Wikipedia articles and share your knowledge with other people, please go to the Wikipedia Welcome page for more information, guidance, and help.

To make future contests even more successful than this year, we would like to invite you to share your experiences with us in a short survey. Please fill in this short survey, and help us learn what you liked and didn't like about Wiki Loves Monuments 2019.

Kind regards,
the Wiki Loves Monuments team 12:33, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

Category:FAMINE_monumentEdit

Themightyquill (talk) 09:17, 11 December 2019 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 Participant Survey (Reminder)Edit


Dear Deadstar,

Thank you for contributing to Wiki Loves Monuments 2019, and for sharing your pictures with the whole world! We would like to ask again a few minutes of your time. Thanks to the participation of people like you, the contest gathered more than 210K+ pictures of cultural heritage objects from more than 40 countries around the world.

You can find all your pictures in your upload log, and are of course very welcome to keep uploading images and help develop Wikimedia Commons, even though you will not be able to win more prizes (just yet). If you'd like to start editing relevant Wikipedia articles and share your knowledge with other people, please go to the Wikipedia Welcome page for more information, guidance, and help.

To make future contests even more successful than this year, we would like to invite you to share your experiences with us in a short survey. Please fill in this short survey, and help us learn what you liked and didn't like about Wiki Loves Monuments 2019.

Kind regards,
the Wiki Loves Monuments team 03:42, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Renaming correct filesEdit

Hi Deadstar, Technically speaking this file was named correctly before you changed it. At the end of the day it's an historical piece labelled by publisher and maybe artist as Jack Shepherd.

As your aware it comes from a time before names had their spelling standardized and fixed in stone. Back then spellings varied. Even now in S.E. Asia where names are being translated into Roman script you can find multiple spellings within a close family or an individual's documents and bank accounts.

I think you'll find that Museums retain the original spelling, even though it might be wrong, which I know doesn't apply in this particular case. Historical artifacts and museum pieces are treated differently from modern day objects.

As it happens we did the right thing, already, we added script which discreetly pointed out a different spelling I.E. inserted a keyword into the file, and of course we filed it correctly in the folder (bin) where its related items reside.

Incidentally the Records office in Kew, goes even further in preserving history, they will leave numbered sheets in a box out of order if that's the way an RFC officer left them in 1919. I'm interested in your view on the matter? Broichmore (talk) 19:25, 22 February 2020 (UTC)

Hi! I found it amazing that you had linked the Jack Shepherd file to the Jack Sheppard category, as I would have never made the link (unless perhaps I was familiar with the story). The naming of files on Commons is not set in stone (to put it mildly), so I reckoned it might be easier to find for people in the future if it was named "Jack Sheppard" (on top of links to categories). I can name it back if you prefer, I really don't mind one way or the other. -- Deadstar (msg) 10:17, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
Yes please, I do think you should revert it. As you suggest we can rely on links to categories and notes in the subject box.
The difference in spelling by the artist is a clue to look in other places for artefacts that are really connected.
While I agree with your pragmatic approach in a general way. There are exceptions, and this is one. As a matter of fact the readers at Kew are at times OTT in my opinion. Many of their habits are ingrained and necessary when dealing with physical objects or papers that have not been computerised. However computer search is in a position to save our day.
An interesting debate with Kew, might be OCR technology. We are in the habit of correcting transcription errors, whereas they might retain them, in older OCR versions. Even now if you want to revisit a particular website version of something, you would have to include the errors to find the exact site.
An example of how a museum has handled a similar misspelling https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/14869.html. Where the nuseum cannot correct the builders mistake and wouldn't want to. Helvellyn is how we would spell it now. It was probably spelt both ways in contemporary records.
A different example is here File:Collections of the Imperial War Museum Q20195.jpg. Where the museum would want to correct the error. Meanwhile we have passed on, that error, around the internet. Pretty soon the error will become dominant vis the search engine's algorithm.
I'm going to have to collect more of these examples, as this subject is sure to come up again. Cheers. Broichmore (talk) 20:47, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
File is named back to the original :). I detest having an incorrect filename that misidentifies the subject of the image (I deal with people mostly), hence me changing it in this case, but there's no denying the text on the file! Have a look at User:Deadstar/Sherlock for a few examples of wildly incorrect (& renamed) files (as well as some mystery IDs...). -- Deadstar (msg) 09:49, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for your understanding. If it helps I have added the alternative spelling into the Wikidata page. That should handle the ambiguity. Similar example is here at en:Boy (dog), yes it's a dog but an interesting article.  Broichmore (talk) 14:20, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

File:Peeing Boy Iya Valley.JPGEdit

 
File:Peeing Boy Iya Valley.JPG has been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether it should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry.

If you created this file, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for deletion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it, such as a copyright issue.

Please remember to respond to and – if appropriate – contradict the arguments supporting deletion. Arguments which focus on the nominator will not affect the result of the nomination. Thank you!

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