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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.
Do you have a better version of File:People's Home Journal, 5-1928.jpg?Edit
If you can supply the same exact image as File:People's Home Journal, 5-1928.jpg at a larger resolution (or media at a higher bitrate, etc.), please just upload it over the original, users will get the new higher quality version with no further effort on your part. If on the other hand, the content is only similar, it is best to select a new image name, as there may be uses already where some aspect of the existing media was key to the usage. In the latter case, if you can provide a crosslink reference to the new image in the older one and vice versa, that will be extremely helpful.Again, thank you very much for your contribution, it is appreciated.
Hello. I just put in a request for speedy deletion of File:People's Home Journal, 5-1928.jpg. It's been replaced with File:People's Home Journal, May 1928.jpg. Both pictures are the same image taken from my digital camera. However, the latter one was brightened up a little, so it shows up better. See Wikipedia article: Paul Martin (illustrator). Please feel free to touch it up or whatever, to bring out the colors etc. Thanks for asking. Again, the image you mentioned was requested by myself for speedy deletion, only about fifteen minutes ago, as another has since replaced it (which is in the mentioned article). JimPercy (talk) 02:00, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
More. Yes, I realize that I should had just uploaded a new image over the old. (It was my error in not doing it that way.) It's not the easiest thing to take a picture of this magazine cover, as the size is 10.5 x 14 inches. JimPercy (talk) 02:49, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
- Hello Jim! Note that I have added links to the file names in your comment to make them clickable. I had just messaged you because you write on the file page "This is a scaled-down version." If you have a bigger versions, please upload it - we have enough space and that makes details more visible and ensures that the image lost as least quality as possible (e.g. for further touch-ups). Below the file versions there is the link to upload a new version. Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 03:20, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Hello editor. Here's a reply. Fine on the added links. Now, about my wording "This is a scaled down version...." This is what that's about. I recall a year or so ago when there was difficulty uploading pictures to Wikipedia, due to copyright issues. So, I added that wording about it being a scaled down version and necessary for identification purposes (which is true), only in order to get the picture property tagged and accepted, and not deleted due to copyright issues. Hence, the wording otherwise does not have any meaning. Maybe it should just be deleted, but I don't know. JimPercy (talk) 05:09, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
- Hello Jim, thanks for your comment. You are confusing some different aspects here. The need for scaled down versions occurs only at the english Wikipeda if you want to upload "fair use" images. Here at Commons fair use is not allowed anyway. The fair use images for en.Wikipedia need to be uploaded there directly - not here in Commons.
- So if the image is public domain (totally free of any copyright) then you also can upload a non-scaled-down version. If the image is not public domain then it needs to be deleted here at Commons but maybe you can re-upload it at Wikipedia directly if it qualifies for fair use there.
- I think it is pretty clear that the image is really public domain - see my changes to the file page. On the file page there is, near the bottom, a link "upload a new version" - use it, please! :-) Cheers --Saibo (Δ) 13:36, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
File source is not properly indicated: File:Fisk_Tires_Clock.jpgEdit
|This media was probably deleted.|
A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:Fisk_Tires_Clock.jpg, was missing information about where it comes from or who created it, which is needed to verify its copyright status. The file probably has been deleted. If you've got all required information, request undeletion providing this information and the link to the concerned file (
If you created the content yourself, enter
If someone else created the content, or if it is based on someone else's work, the source should be the address to the web page where you found it, the name and ISBN of the book you scanned it from, or similar. You should also name the author, provide verifiable information to show that the content is in the public domain or has been published under a free license by its author, and add an appropriate template identifying the public domain or licensing status, if you have not already done so.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!