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My formal name is James L. Woodward, but I prefer to be called "Jim"

Double file extensionEdit

Hi Jim. There is an issue with a double file extension (see e.g. de:Spezial:Diff/166323438). Could you please check if other wikipedias are affected, too? --Leyo 14:32, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Hmm. I'm not sure there is any way to do that. It's apparently a bug in Global Replace that does not recognize that "Datei" is the German for "File" and should have been removed. Unfortunately, as far as I know, Global Replace doesn't keep a log, so there is no list of the files it replaced. Local editors should discover the problem, as you apparently did at WP:DE. I've filed a bug report. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 17:30, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Maybe (or for sure) it was a typing error by you User:Jameslwoodward/GlobalReplaceLog/2017/6. Sometimes we put a namespace too much and don't recognize it. Anyway the tool need a file exist check and also could trim this mistake. (Which e.g. User:Perhelion/JustReplace+.js has) -- User: Perhelion 19:56, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
PS: I fixed the remaining 20 inclusions. -- User: Perhelion 20:11, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
Aha -- thank you very much, both for fixing my error and for the education -- now I understand -- the Global Replace tool does not want the file prefix and I probably included it. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 20:32, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. I wonder if other file might be affected, too. --Leyo 12:19, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
I don't understand -- which other file? .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 18:52, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
I missed the “s”. It should read “(any) other files”. --Leyo 21:30, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
If I read Perhelion's note correctly, they fixed all of them. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 12:24, 14 June 2017 (UTC)
AFAIK Perhelion fixed all errors associated with the file mentioned above. --Leyo 21:33, 15 June 2017 (UTC)


Hi Jim. I see what you were trying to do there, but am not sure the original DR should have been deleted. Was that your intention? Cheers, Storkk (talk) 16:54, 14 June 2017 (UTC) never mind.. seems you caught this while I was typing. BTW, I sent you an email on an unrelated topic. Cheers, Storkk (talk) 16:55, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

Commons:Undeletion requests/Archive/2017-06#Files uploaded by BiewerloverEdit

Hi. At the time of posting, neither Arthur Crbz nor I was an Admin here, thus we didn't have access to the licenses on the deleted files. We need prima facie releases of permission (preferably generated via relgen) in permissions tickets, this ticket didn't have one.   — Jeff G. ツ 23:43, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

Aha -- now I understand. In my first comment, I did not say how or if the files were licensed. Therefore you couldn't be sure that they were. I probably should have said that, but you might also have made your concern conditional on the files not have good licenses at time of upload. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 09:36, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

Tamil videosEdit

Hi Jim. Would you happen to know what additional licensing is needed for these files: Category:Tamil Wikipedia video tutorials? Daphne Lantier 05:14, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Daphne, sorry, I lost track of this for a day. I looked at several of them and they all appear to be licensed CC-BY-SA here or CC-BY on YouTube, so I think they're all right. The YouTube ones needed {{Licensereview}}, which you did. What's your concern here? .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:22, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

I just wondered if they needed any extra licensing for the Wikipedia screenshots they use? Daphne Lantier 16:48, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
Aha. Good question. It wouldn't hurt to add {{Copyright by Wikimedia}}. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 20:46, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
I've added it. Thanks for the help Jim. Daphne Lantier 22:23, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

WaPu pictures/animationsEdit

Hi Jim I am not sure I understand what was the problem with the pictures I uploaded? I only improved on the SNR of the pictures for all to see and enjoy and I can not see the harm in that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by WaPu (talk • contribs) 20:19, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

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I think that Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by WaPu is pretty clear. You claimed that you were the photographer and copyright holder on images that were, in fact, created by NASA. Claiming the work of another person or organization as you own violates our fundamental respect for copyright. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:16, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Indian military photosEdit

Hi Jim. I came across Commons:Deletion requests/File:Field marshal SHFJ Manekshaw.jpg while doing some checking of images on English Wikipedia. I am wondering if your close would also apply to images such as File:General S M Srinagesh.jpg and File:Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw.jpg since they were also uploaded under the same type of licensing. The latter photo has the same name as the one you deleted in the DR, but I'm not sure if it's the same image or if it's the same uploader. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:37, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Good catch. The copyright policy at
"This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context."

is unacceptable. As I said in the DR which you cited, "Commons images must be free for any use, which includes parody and misleading contexts." I would tag any images from that site with {{Delete}}. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 09:30, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for checking on this Jim. I will DR the two files and any more I come accross. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:11, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
Hi again Jim. Somebody uploaded File:Gen S M Srinagesh.jpg and File:FM Sam Manekshaw.jpg from the same source which are basically the same images being discussed at Commons:Deletion requests/Indian Army Photos. Do I need to start a new DR for these files or can it be added to the one I've already started for the other two files? If it's a case of the latter, please explain what needs to be done or even better add the files yourself. Also, from the look of Special:Contributions/Zwerubae, it appears that this editor has uploaded dozens of similar image from the same website under the same license. Can these all be handled in one uber-big DR or do they need to be dealt with individually? Thanks in advance. -- Marchjuly (talk) 12:14, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
Brief answer -- guests arriving in a minute -- they can (and absolutely should) all be handled together using COM:VFC. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:01, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks Jim. I've never used VFC before. Would it be acceptable just to add manually these new files to the DR I have already started. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:26, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
I encourage you to try VFC - it's easy to use, gives you a lot of information -- try mouseing over the file descriptions - and also makes it much easier for the closing Admin than individual DRs. You can, somehow, install it, but I just click on and fill in the blank.
Failing that, strictly speaking you must notify the uploader for every image and tag every image with {{Delete}}, but if the images are all from the same uploader, I have, from time to time, added images to a DR without doing either. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 09:50, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

Coordinates from camera do not uploadEdit

Dear Jim, I have bought a Sony HX400V with GPS function. When I upload individual files the location is not transferred to the uploaded file on Commons. When I upload multiple files the coordinates are uploaded to all files save the first one. Can I get around this issue? Thanks, Ad Meskens Ad Meskens (talk) 16:42, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't have a clue. None of my cameras have GPS. I suggest you post the question at Commons:Village pump -- you will surely get help there. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 16:55, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

Image DeletionEdit

Dear Jameslwoodward

The email with all the above image links is sent to and waiting for OTRS permission. What else can I do to get a permission of uploading these images? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Katiecpy (talk • contribs) 10:22, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

If you go to Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Katiecpy, you will see that I added the OTRS permission to all of the applicable images, closed the old DR with all images kept and then opened a new DR because all of the ones I tagged for the new DR are too small and blurry to be useful. They also lack any useful categories, but if that were the only problem, you could fix it.

Note that your other images may also be deleted unless you add useful categories. At a bare minimum, each of them should be in a category such as Category:Hotels in Scotland -- with as much specificity as to the building type and location as is possible. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:31, 26 June 2017 (UTC)


Jim, you deleted this file under the pretence of it being part of a video. This is incorrect.

You'll see from this that it is a photo taken with an Olympus E-M5. Just one of many photos taken on this individual's trip to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours.

Can you please undelete the photo (and perhaps check delinker for any usage) and let's be thankful that he made it out of North Korea alive to CC license them. Thanks 12:26, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

The same source references the video and Flickr camera data is very easy to fake. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:35, 27 June 2017 (UTC) ┌─────────────────────────────────┘
Jim, this is Scott (aka Russavia).

  1. is the photo in question. 4543 x 2256 px in size
  2. EXIF states it was taken with Olympus E-M5 OLYMPUS M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3
  3. is the set of 230 photos taken with the same camera from the very same trip. That would mean that Clay has falsified EXIF data on ALL of those photos.
  4. His 2014 trip to Myanmar with over 300 photos ( also have the same falsified EXIF data (going by your stance).

That's the first indicator that the file you deleted ISN'T a result of video screengrab with falsified EXIF data.

If that doesn't convince you.

  1. is the photo in question. 4543 x 2256 px in size
  2. is the video you mention
  3. The video description states "This is the video prepared by the KIT cameraman who accompanied my group tour of the DPRK."
  4. The video resolution size is 480p
  5. The video quality is actually pretty shit
  6. A screengrab from that video would NOT result in either the 4543x2256px photo which you deleted or the quality.

This stuff that one can see from a just a quick cursory glance at the same links you and I have looked at.

So can you please undelete that photo and perhaps check delinker in case there was usage. Thanks. 15:21, 27 June 2017 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:21, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Jim, I see you are back to editing (processing other DRs). Can you please address your mistaken deletion of this photo by undeleting it as it should be. Thanks, 11:30, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

No. Russavia --- if you are Russavia -- is a controversial figure here and I'm not comfortable doing anything with this. Take it to UnDR if you wish. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:00, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi Jim, I went ahead and simply restored the file in light of all the above information. I'm assuming this was a mistaken deletion on your part as the file does not look like a still frame from a video. Please do feel free to delete the file again if you disagree, and I'd be happy to request an undeletion via UDR if you wish so — so that we can discuss this file in more detail if necessary. Thank you for all the hard work you've been putting into Deletion Requests, really appreciate it! odder (talk) 21:22, 28 June 2017 (UTC)


Hi Jim, I will be traveling for a couple weeks from tonight, I know it's a little rude of me to presume but I was hoping I could dump this on your lap. I will not oppose an unblock if you are satisfied, and that's of course separate from the copyright issues. See also en:User talk:Storkk#FRom_Satan_Manson. Storkk (talk) 15:52, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

Now that it has devolved on my enwiki talk page, I think it's less and less likely that you'll have to do anything at all, but if you could put his commons talk page on your watchlist and possibly lend a hand if he does do something here, I'd appreciate it. Cheers, Storkk (talk) 15:59, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
Storkk, between you and me and any talk page stalkers who are lurking about, I'm not sure I want a colleague named "Satan Manson" -- two really evil names. That aside, sure -- I assume that all you anticipate is something appearing on his talk page. I'll take a look at the history when I have a little time -- if it's just the one case, I don't think a permanent block is warranted, but if he's a repeat offender without any redeeming good uploads, then why do we need him?
I should add that from July 11 for a month we will be traveling on our boat and while WiFi is usually available in most harbors, there will be days when I won't be active on Commons. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 20:58, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
Username aside, I thought it might have been worthwhile to offer him a little help. Since my initial request here though, it has continued to go downhill. I'm not sure it's worth your (or anyone else's) time at all any more. Anyway, no worries. I hope you have calm seas and good winds! Storkk (talk) 21:52, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
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