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Notice If you want to see Python source code that supports some of my projects, go to Github and help yourself. The code is not written with reuse in mind... -- (talk) 15:57, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

If you are concerned that a category gets flooded with automated uploads, check that a template like {{Disambig}}, {{Photographs}}, {{Categorise}}, {{CatDiffuse}} or {{CatCat}} has been applied before complaining. In the case of my batch upload projects, any category marked this way will not be added to new photographs. -- (talk) 16:32, 20 September 2018 (UTC)



File:Noah Silliman 2016-11-02 (Unsplash).jpgEdit


Recatagorized all images in the Category:Silverton to Category:Silverton, New South Wales.

Image DeletionEdit

File:Internet Archive book plate project, blank example 1.jpgEdit


It is helping young students learn that the cockpit is not really that complicated ~ and all those fancy buttons and such do have a purpose and are very easy to learn ~ Mitchellhobbs (talk) 21:25, 13 April 2019 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mitchellhobbs (talk • contribs) 21:30, 13 April 2019 (UTC)

Poor duplicates from trainpix.orgEdit

Hi Fæ!
You uploaded a lot of images from Very good job overall. However, my trainpix images are weak duplicates and they hit Commons. I have a trainpix account and i uploaded a large photo on Commons and a small copy on trainpix. Trainpix has a limit to images no more than 1280 pixels wide only.
All my uploads on trainpix can be viewed here: [trainpix gallery]
For sample: original image and poor copy from trainpix.
Look at your uploads from trainpix and make deletion request for poor duplicates, please.
With best regards, --George Chernilevsky talk 07:55, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Housekeeping of this type, where images are later uploaded which are duplicates, is not obviously an action for the uploader of the older image. As you know which files you have uploaded and were also released on trainpix by yourself, this is more an action to be considered by yourself.
You can mark lower resolution duplicates with {{duplicate}}, which is probably the simplest process to use.
Thanks -- (talk) 10:37, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Seattle Sanborn mapsEdit

I see you uploaded a bunch of Sanborn maps of Seattle (thank you very much for that). However, it looks like a lot of them for 1893 were missed. If you look at, we are missing a lot of these images (maybe half? I haven't entirely worked it out). I noticed this because I was looking in Commons for the images that are at and

Is there any chance of coming up with a way to upload the missing pages of this? - Jmabel ! talk 02:39, 22 July 2019 (UTC)

@Jmabel: this would just get re-archived by ArchiverBot on the next run. See [1], Fæ, I've increased the archive time from 12 to 30 days. You can reconfigure it however you like when you're back. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 02:52, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
@: I see you've been answering some questions lately, so I'm pinging you again. Is this something you can help with, or should I look elsewhere? - Jmabel ! talk 15:53, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
@Jmabel: I briefly looked into this when you raised it, but I cannot tell what the cause is. It could be that the LOC image API (IIIF) has some bugs we don't know about, such as not returning all the files in a scanned album. The 'multisheet' or locbooks uploading routine I use should be comprehensive, and has been rerun several times across the collection. It's a slow but intelligent routine, which notices where files have been uploaded under different filenames. It might be that some of the files you are noticing have actually been uploaded under other names previously, either by me or others, or it could be that the LOC have dummy images getting returned, or it could be that the images are failing within the IIIF image generator on the LOC server side because of something odd happening with the original image scan.
If you can further refine the pattern as to what is missing, then this would greatly help the chance of an easy diagnosis. For me to spend a lot of time digging in to case examples, I would need to know that we were talking about thousands of missing images, rather than a hundred which might be fixable via manual uploads.
My time on uploads is low right now. I should probably try an RFA again, which would warm up my interest as a volunteer with access to deletions and history manipulation, things that have held me back from improving what happens around Commons deletions for several years. It's the main reason that the Commons Fair Use Upload Bot was abandoned as a project, shockingly this was four years ago, itself a rather depressing thing to recognize. -- (talk) 16:09, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
  • It's definitely at most hundreds. And I suspect it was something along the lines of uploading the same number of images as there were plates, but each plate is actually two images. As I say above, for Volume 1 the pattern of what is missing is very straightforward. For both TIF & JPEG, we cut off at "Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Seattle, King County, Washington. LOC sanborn09315 003-40"; I'm pretty sure that the remaining plates can be had by continuing exactly the same pattern, incrementing that '40', to get images 41-84. Would that much be easy to do? - Jmabel ! talk 16:37, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
If it's detectable, then it should be possible to add a trigger in the upload script to compensate for it. Not going to investigate today, I'm adding a DNAU for a few months to ensure we don't lose it as a wanted fix. -- (talk) 16:40, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

File:Instantaneous view up the Hudson River, from West Point (NYPL b11708218-G91F093 113F).tiffEdit

File:Instantaneous view up the Hudson River, from West Point (NYPL b11708218-G91F093 113F).tiff (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs)
Commons:Deletion requests/File:Instantaneous view up the Hudson River, from West Point (NYPL b11708218-G91F093 113F).tiff Вадзім Медзяноўскі (talk) 12:17, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

The description of the file is wrong: the source leads to a completely different photograph. Please either change the description or the image. Same goes for this related file. Vysotsky (talk) 12:39, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
@Fae : can you change these 2 uploads or the descriptions? Vysotsky (talk) 21:24, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Actually, though these are obviously public domain, I cannot immediately see what the correct source would be. The type of glitch, where the uploaded file has a different catalogue text, might be due to a WMF server, or the source server, dropping out unpredictably just at the wrong moment in a batch. I did try looking for 'fifth avenue north 18th street' but only a different photograph was pulled up. -- (talk) 01:59, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

Category:Internet Archive (uncrop needed)Edit

Hi Fæ. It looks like Category:Internet Archive (uncrop needed) hasn't been tended to for at least a couple of weeks. All the best, --Animalparty (talk) 20:55, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

I'm in the process of swapping my 11 year old HDD to a larger SSD, albeit a cheap refurbished one. It may take a while for me to revisit how this works, but it's caused by "retiring" my old upgradable Macmini which was running these sorts of tasks as a slightly inadequate headless server, so they should be migrated to my X220 Thinkpad. If you notice Faebot activities, you may want to endorse my request at the WMF hardware donation programme, presuming that it's still active. I've cut down a lot on my volunteer time this year due to travelling and a lack of suitable kit. -- (talk) 11:03, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
SSD working, doing a one off catch up run for IA backlog. Due to some odd error with login in to Faebot, which I cannot be bothered to debug right now, having to do these from my main account. -- (talk) 17:40, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
Now running as a Faebot task, every 6 hours. -- (talk) 13:18, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

@Animalparty, Ruff tuff cream puff: If you have some time to investigate, could you examine why these 404 errors might be happening? It may be the cause of a 'residual' number of unprocessed images in the uncrop backlog.

File:Image from page 1120 of "The Saturday evening post" (1839) (14784846062).jpg

IA link: saturdayeveningp1933unse/saturdayeveningp1933unse#page/133/mode/1up
IA page: 133
IA name: saturdayeveningp1933unse 
Sleeping for 38.2 seconds, 2019-09-29 12:58:04
WARNING: API error http-bad-status: There was a problem during the HTTP request: 404 Not Found
 APIError("http-bad-status", "There was a problem during the HTTP request: 404 Not Found", {u'help': u'See for API usage. Subscribe to the mediawiki-api-announce mailing list at <> for notice of API deprecations and breaking changes.'}) 
 Exception of this type not handled! 

-- (talk) 12:05, 29 September 2019 (UTC)

These could be a glitch in the archive. The uncropped image is stored at jp2, but I thought that all formats should be rendered as part of the archive. Based on this one(?) case, I'm not planning to try to rewrite code to fix it or work around it. For the time being I have manually emptied the category without uncropping the files, not a solution but we are so far unclear what the problem is, or if there is a fixable problem. -- (talk) 10:35, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

About your uploaded imagesEdit

I noticed that there are many images on your talk page which have been deleted, it seems that you often does things that seem to violate policies.--Kai3952 (talk) 08:14, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Can you answer my question please?--Kai3952 (talk) 01:02, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
I thought you were making a statement rather than asking a question.
Many of these deletions relate to upload projects from years ago where issues like the copyright of signs was missed as an issue. For large upload projects some housekeeping is normal, even when the source is a famous and well managed archive. For example many hundreds of my uploads of public domain images from the Library of Congress have been deleted because the way we interpret international copyright restrictions is not solely based on U.S. property law.
I encourage those doing this type of normal retrospective and non-controversial housekeeping to use Category:Uploads by Fæ needing speedy deletion rather than spending more time than is needed using deletion templates and individual review. -- (talk) 01:40, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
@Kai3952: By the way, the archive period for this page was set to 30 days by another user without my consent. This was the reason that an unusually high number of notices were hanging around this page. I have set that back to a more manageable period. Thanks -- (talk) 09:11, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

Notification about possible deletionEdit

Notification about possible deletionEdit


I have noted that the image A8492 was uploaded by you on 10 October 2017 together with all the official-looking panels. Four photos were taken of HMS Alima on this day.
I have just completed a page on HMS Alisma (K185) and would prefer to use this image A8492 as it gives a rather better view of the whole ship. However this upload of image A8491 is still displaying panels indicating that it could be deleted with one week.
Are you able to upload this image and include thes samepanels be replaced by those used on image File:HMS ALISMA, BRITISH FLOWER CLASS CORVETTE. 22 APRIL 1942, LIVERPOOL. A8492.jpg? Richard Tennant (talk)

@Richard Tennant: The link you have provided does not exist on Commons. Could you look again? Thanks -- (talk) 11:29, 7 October 2019 (UTC)
This was on the English Wikipedia. Uploads to Wikipedia are a separate database to those on Commons. I have added a movetocommons template, which means that being public domain, it can validly be used on all language Wikipedias without more uploads. There's probably a backlog for transfer, but it should eventually happen without you having to do anything more. -- (talk) 11:36, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

File:Osca (Unsplash).jpgEdit


Multichill (talk) 17:31, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

File:New York City (4374518926).jpgEdit

File:Wall Street bull, New York, New York LCCN2011630801.tifEdit


The picture was croped as a "profile picture" without the context. However I suppose it would be good if the original picture would also exists. Maybe you can upload it again, and so on. Thanks. --Soenke Rahn (talk) 21:05, 10 October 2019 (UTC) ːBy the way, thanks that you have uploaded important old pictures from Flensburg. I hope you will find, step for step more of them. ;-) --Soenke Rahn (talk) 21:07, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

Notification about possible deletionEdit

File:Sir Charles Sissmore Tomes. Photograph by Olive Edis. Wellcome V0027267.jpgEdit

Do not feel discouragedEdit

Following your unsuccessful sysop request I hope that you will not feel discouraged from your ambitions on Wikimedia Commons in any way, you are our most valuable contributor and your presence is a blessing for Wikimedia Commons. Please keep up being the amazing contributor that you are, and I hope that you will edit with a smile on your face thinking of all the people you help educate.   --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 18:59, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

+1 GMGtalk 20:24, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
+1 Thanks, — Racconish💬 20:37, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Source of derivative work is not properly indicated: File:Record, sound (AM 2013.14.3-13).jpgEdit

File:The history and antiquities of the cathedral church of Hereford - illustrated by a series of engravings of views, elevations, and plans of that edifice, with biographical anecdotes of eminent persons (14594564989).jpgEdit

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