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Re: "Pinus wangii var. wilsonii" in the San Francisco Botanical GardenEdit

Thanks for intervention. I am cautious and check determinations of species on labels (I do not belive them blindly), but I do not know Pinus from Asia... Kenraiz (talk) 10:34, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Share your experience and feedback as a Wikimedian in this global surveyEdit


Inaccurate paleoartEdit

Hi, the inaccurate paleoart template should obviously only be used for paleoart, that is, restorations of extinct animals. Not inaccurate depictions of living animals. FunkMonk (talk) 15:00, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi @FunkMonk: - I realise those images were not of paleoart, but Commons sorely lacks a similar mechanism to deal with similarly inaccurate historical bio-art. At the time I edited those images, I put a request to @Calliopejen1: (creator of the inaccurate paleoart template) to revise the template to make it suitable for non-paleo-art, but he never responded. Could you do so, please? As noted in my request, I don't have the technical know-how to do it myself. Pending creation of a suitable template, I'd rather my edits adding the template stayed in place, please, so that their inaccuracy is evident, and automatically logged in a category. Thanks! - MPF (talk) 15:55, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
I have no idea how to make templates, so maybe it could be requested here[1]? I have not removed the text describing the inaccuracies themselves, but I removed some of the templates, because the paleoart category was getting filled up with non-paleoart. FunkMonk (talk) 16:01, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I saw you'd left the text mentioning the inaccuracy, but it was no longer conspicuous, and no longer gathered the affected images together in a category of 'inaccurates', both of which I consider important. Obviously once the template is revised / adapted, then they can be re-edited to accord with whatever gets done. Yep, I'll look in on Commons talk:Templates (not right now, but shortly); thanks for the suggestion! - MPF (talk) 16:05, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Lone Pine tableEdit

Thanks for filling in the gaps. Seriously, I REALLY appreciate it! Cheers, Pdfpdf (talk) 13:29, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Same here - despite my dribble about spoiling the myths/memories - it is great work - thank you as well JarrahTree (talk) 13:47, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

@Pdfpdf: @JarrahTree: You're welcome! It's been an interesting challenge :-) MPF (talk) 14:39, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Category:Thuja plicata 9-47/BEdit

Hi MPF, according to the official list the trees are Thuja occidentalis. What do you base your changes on? Braveheart (talk) 07:08, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Braveheart: - thanks for the note! The tree is readily recognisable from the photos as being Thuja plicata, not T. occidentalis. This is far from the first time I have come across this misidentification in Germany (e.g. several cases on the Monumental Trees website, as well as here on Commons). My conclusion is that at some point in the past, a nursery distributed a batch of T. plicata mislabelled as "T. occidentalis", and that these plants (because of the much faster growth, greater size, and greater longevity of T. plicata) now feature heavily among the largest specimens of "T. occidentalis" in Germany. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 13:30, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation! I'll correct the entry on de-wp, since it's more transparent to annotate the list instead of changing it outright. Best, Braveheart (talk) 13:32, 21 February 2017 (UTC)
Danke! - MPF (talk) 13:54, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Your feedback matters: Final reminder to take the global Wikimedia surveyEdit

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orderEdit

About the order you said I changed, I precisely emmended it to avoid that the WS gets into the box of VN (which I was working with) (and SN). No problem, I will really not insist, but IMO it looked better. I was not longer here as frequently as then anyway. Thanks. Sobreira (parlez) 19:33, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks!Edit

Hallo! Thanks for correcting identification of the Aythia duck on my picture. Can I approach you for some other birds identification? I`d upload more to the Commons but sometimes it is hard to distinguish. Regards, Mykola Swarnyk (talk) 04:18, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

@Mykola Swarnyk: Yes, of course! - MPF (talk) 08:43, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

Category:HeronsEdit

Why redirect this category, which was a subcategory of Category:Birds by common named groups to Category:Ardeidae? It was already a subcategory of Category:Ardeidae, and so was accessible from the Latin name. We have Category:Birds by common named groups in order to make the category system more understandable to the average user, and it does not serve the project to deliberately make the system more obscure to that average user. It should be noted, in particular, that English Wikipedia (along with almost all other major English language encyclopedias) does not categorise birds (even individual species) by their Latin name, but by their internationally agreed common name in English, as it is considered that the Latin version is unknown to the vast majority of readers. A significant portion of users of Wikimedia Commons will be coming here from English Wikipedia, and will be expecting to look for Herons under Category:Herons, not under a Latin name they have never taken note of previously. If that draws more people into the Latin named category, that can only be a good thing. Skinsmoke (talk) 01:23, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Because 'Herons' is a direct synonym of Ardeidae. The only reason things like Category:Ducks were allowed to remain, is that they are not readily redirected to scientific name categories ('duck' is a paraphyletic group); any files placed in them have to be sorted manually (with such sorting getting well behind now, with a huge backlog needing attention). And remember, Commons is international; it is not a sub-project of English wikipedia, more the reverse, along with all the other sub-projects like German wikipedia, Albanian wikipedia, Nahuatl wikipedia, and so on. There has been a long-standing agreement - right from the start of Commons - that plants, animals, etc., must be categorised by their scientific names, as these are internationally understood. The English names are not. - MPF (talk) 10:06, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Help in identificationEdit

File:Unidentified Dactylorhiza.jpg|thumb|Unidentified Dactylorhiza In this picture, it is Dactylorhiza elata? I taken this photo in France (departament of Lot). Can you help me in identification or do you know someone who can help me? Tournasol7 (talk) 18:32, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

Try asking @Orchi: for the best chance of an identification - MPF (talk) 13:10, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Some birds from the EmiratesEdit

Hello MPF, do you have any idea about the following birds(Acrocephalus and Scolopacidae ?) found in February/March in the UAE? Greetings, --Pristurus (talk) 20:42, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

File:Acrocephalus stentoreus - 2017-03-03.webm|Acrocephalus stentoreus File:Calidris minuta - 2017-03-03.webm|Calidris minuta File:Gallinago gallinago - 2017-02-25.webm|Gallinago gallinago File:Vanellus indicus - 2017-02-26.webm|Vanellus indicus File:Himantopus himantopus - 2017-03-03.webm|Himantopus himantopus File:Birds at Lake Zakher - 2017-03-03.webm|Himantopus himantopus (large birds), Charadrius alexandrinus (small birds at rear), Calidris minuta (small bird at front)

Hello @Pristurus: - I've added identifications above. - MPF (talk) 22:29, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
Well done, thank you very much for your great help! --Pristurus (talk) 22:54, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

HelpEdit

Hello my friend,
I have a problem with the contributions of User:77.132.127.102.
I don't know if he is a vandal or a very very bad contributor.
I don't know how to manage this.
Cheers Liné1 (talk) 08:32, 11 May 2017 (UTC)

Hello @Liné1: - I really don't know! As far as I can see, he/she is linking to names provided by wikidata, rather than using 'in house' names. In theory, that's OK, but in practice, it often proves not to be good; wikidata seems to be rather uncritical in its excessive acceptance of often dubious or inaccurate vernacular names. I guess it is something to keep an eye on. - MPF (talk) 19:47, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
You are right, he is only a very bad contributor. He is adding a lot of VN to page having already one. Cheers Liné1 (talk) 06:01, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

"removed Category:Platanus occidentalis; added Category:Platanus × hispanica"Edit

Hi. Can you please explain why this move (with associated edits) was necessary? The official list of secular trees of Moldova (available in Romanian and Russian) lists this tree under the names "Platan occidental" (Romanian) and "Платан западный" (Russian), these being translated to the botanical name of "Platanus оccidentalis L." further in the indicated document. Please ping me in your reply. //  Gikü  said  done  Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:39 (UTC)

Hi @Gikü: - thanks for your query! The tree is readily identifiable by the fairly deeply lobed leaf shape, and seed balls often 2-3 per stem, as being the hybrid Platanus × hispanica (both characters inherited from its P. orientalis parent). True Platanus occidentalis has shallowly lobed leaves and only a single seed ball on each stem (see e.g. File:T2 02 Platanus occidentalis par Pierre-Joseph Redouté.jpeg). This is a very common misidentification right across Europe, as many nurseries were selling the hybrid mis-labelled as "P. occidentalis" in the 18th and 19th centuries; true P. occidentalis is extremely rare in cultivation in Europe. If you are in contact with the authors of the official list of secular trees of Moldova, do please let them know about this tree's correct identification. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 10:24, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for the detailed explanation! I will definitely bring this up if I ever meet the botanists who created the list. Regards, //  Gikü  said  done  Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:11 (UTC)

Hi MPF, can you help identify this tree also? It's the second of two secular trees marked as Platanus occidentalis in Moldovan official lists. Thank you in advance. //  Gikü  said  done  Monday, 12 June 2017 17:58 (UTC)

Hi @Gikü: - thanks! Yes, this is another Platanus × hispanica, the leaves are again too deeply lobed for P. occidentalis. Do you want to rename them, or shall I? - MPF (talk) 01:21, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

bird identification helpEdit

Hello MPF, could you identify the bird in File:Nationalpark Müritz - am Käflingsbergturm - Seeadler (4).jpg please? The uploader (on my talk page) noticed that it is not a "Seeadler" (Haliaeetus albicilla), and suggests it is maybe a Black Kite (Milvus migrans). I myself don't know, but i miss the forked tail. The photo is one out of a series for Wiki Loves Earth from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Holger1959 (talk) 11:51, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Hello @Holger1959: - it is a European Honey Buzzard / Wespenbussard Pernis apivorus, identifiable by the slender head, small bill, and the tail pattern (two narrow dark bars near the base of the tail, and one at the tip). Nice capture, not a bird that is easy to get photos of! - MPF (talk) 11:56, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
great, thanks for the quick reply! i'll fix the images. Holger1959 (talk) 12:00, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

A common raven locationEdit

The location is in whitehorse yukon, how do I add it's location?

File:A Common Raven.jpg

— Preceding unsigned comment added by CanadianWikilover (talk • contribs) 19:01, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

id of wildcatsEdit

Hi, Could I please ask based on what you re-identified these wildcats? Thanks --SuperJew (talk) 18:07, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi @SuperJew: - thanks for the query! Hope it is OK (and not still your Sabbath rest time!) to reply now (where I am, it is still ~2h30m to sunset). This is on the basis of recent genetic studies on Felis cats, which show that the subspecies found in Israel is Felis silvestris lybica. You can read the study here in Science 317: 519-523 (2007); scroll down to the last page for their map. Congratulations, by the way, on obtaining the only photo on Commons of Felis silvestris lybica in its natural environment - a very valuable photo! Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 18:19, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

merciEdit

Bonjour,MPF

Merci, pour les arrangements du fichier Tyrannus (pipiri) .jpg

Cordialement--Filo gèn' (talk) 02:11, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Loves Earth 2017 - NepalEdit

100px|Wiki Loves Earth 2017 in Nepal Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Loves Earth 2017 - Nepal

Dear MPF
It’s our pleasure to invite you to Wiki Loves Earth 2017 - Nepal winners awarding ceremony on 29th July, 2017 at Masala Cottage, 2:00 pm onwards. We would like to ask few minutes of your time to provide your details here. Your contribution as a contributor made Wiki Loves Earth 2017 - Nepal possible. We’d like to have a privilege of having you there.

Kind regards,

The Wiki Loves Earth 2017 in Nepal Team

Category:Argania spinosa (cultivated)Edit

Hi MPF,

what's the definition of this category? Only argan trees in botanical gardens or also plantations like this?

Cheers, GDAL (talk) 13:40, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Hi @GDAL: - basically, anything outside of the species' native range in Morocco. Within the native range, there is no realistic way of telling between natural and cultivated, unless they are in obvious straight lines or grid network (in which case, then those too would be best placed in the cultivated subcategory). Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 14:57, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

help with identifying a butterflyEdit

Hi MPF :) I would appreciate your help in identifying this butterfly I photographed in the Melbourne Zoo, if you know what it is. Cheers, --SuperJew (talk) 13:32, 30 July 2017 (UTC)

Hi @SuperJew: thanks for the request, unfortunately, it isn't a species I'm familiar with (I've never been to Australia, and don't have any insect guides for the region). Did the zoo not give any signboard with its identity? - MPF (talk) 15:36, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
It was an open butterfly house (really cool actually - had some butterflies land on me), and there were some signboards around, and I ID'ed the rest of the butterflies I photographed through them, but I guess I missed this one, and now it's about a 20-hour flight away :S I didn't manage to get any info about butterflies from the Zoo's website either. Posted the question on the Wikipedia reference desk for now too, maybe someone there will know. Thanks for trying --SuperJew (talk) 15:40, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks @SuperJew:! If it is an open house, there's a good chance of some getting out, so - given Australia's fears over invasive introduced species - it will highly likely be a local native species, or they wouldn't be granted a licence to keep it. That should help narrow options down a bit. Good luck with the search :-) MPF (talk) 15:48, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
Hi again @SuperJew: - I just did a bit of searching (started with a google search for 'Melbourne butterfly black yellow white'), and found it: a female Hypolimnas bolina; compare e.g. File:Female Varied eggfly (5695912506).jpg. I reckon that's it :-)) MPF (talk) 15:56, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
It looks different to this one, no? (doesn't have the orange patches) --SuperJew (talk) 16:19, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
Yep; it appears to be a very variable species; en:wp lists 20 subspecies from different parts of its range (Madagascar, southern Asia, Australia, New Zealand). I'd not be surprised if it gets split into numerous separate species in the future - MPF (talk) 16:46, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
Interesting. Cool, thanks so much --SuperJew (talk) 16:55, 30 July 2017 (UTC)

respectEdit

This kind of modification is not recommanded. It show low respect for others contribution. Liné1 (talk) 16:37, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Liné1: - what's the problem? I hid the VN list because it was pulling in the wrong information [for Sternidae, rather than Laridae] from Wikidata, and removed the out-of-scope external links (they belong at Wikidata, not Commons). I'll make the VN visible again if I can find out how to make the necessary corrections at Wikidata. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 17:11, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

Uncultivated Pampas GrassEdit

So sorry, this File:Pampas Grass Silhoutte Eureka CA.JPG picture is not cultivated, it's in a wild area adjoining Humboldt Bay. The boundary fence keeps the warehouse and construction yard out of the natural area, but there's no cultivation of any plants in there. The bay is tidal and floods. Ellin Beltz (talk) 04:40, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

OK thanks! I've moved it to the invasive category (as it isn't in the species' native range in South America!) - MPF (talk) 08:21, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Bird Species for File:Colorful Bird at San Diego Zoo.jpgEdit

Hi MPF, I took this photo four years ago so I couldn't remember the name of the birds' species. I felt like you have the experience needed so can you help me figure out the species for the birds?

Thank you a lot, --It's Kong of Lazers talk to me 04:29, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Kong of Lasers: thanks! Done; it's a Nicobar Pigeon, I've renamed the photo to File:Nicobar Pigeon at San Diego Zoo.jpg - MPF (talk) 12:46, 27 August 2017 (UTC)
@MPF: Thanks!!!--It's Kong of Lazers talk to me 15:44, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

Please do not save screenshots as a JPGEdit

File:Cat-a-lot_problem_-_screenshot.jpg|thumb|JPG, which would be better saved as PNG As an Administrator on Commons since 2007[2] you should know which file-format to use for screenshots see mw:Help:Screenshots#Take the screenshot.
 — Johannes Kalliauer - Talk | Contributions 19:11, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi @JoKalliauer: what files are you referring to, please? As I recall, I have only ever used screenshots for one or two very minor instances to use on user talk pages to illustrate transient problems with Commons software, not for "serious" files; the few I have uploaded could probably be deleted now as having outlived their need. - MPF (talk) 19:17, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
I referred the file I linked with screenshots: File:Cat-a-lot_problem_-_screenshot.jpg, which was temporary used on Commons:Village_pump/Archive/2016/07#Cat-a-lot_not_working_properly. It is not (only) about quality(en:Compression artifact), it is that the PNG/GIF/TIFF filesize would be also smaller, therefore it does not make sense for temporary files (Do not convert JPGS to PNG, then the PNG will be bigger.). Also every software (like MS Paint), which can save screenshots as JPG can also save PNGs and GIFs or TIFF, therefore I don't know why to save a screenshot as a JPG.  — Johannes Kalliauer - Talk | Contributions 21:53, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

Вікі любить пам'ятки 2017 в Україні / Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in UkraineEdit

right|85px Вітаємо!

Запрошуємо взяти участь у міжнародному фотоконкурсі «Вікі любить пам'ятки»! До 30 вересня включно Ви можете подавати власні фото пам'яток історико-культурної спадщини України — і змагатися за призи. Звертаємо увагу, що завантажені матеріали будуть враховуватися у тій версії файлу, що був на час завершення конкурсу, тож якщо у Вас гарне фото, вантажте його одразу у високій роздільності. З регламентом конкурсу можна ознайомитися тут.

Якщо у Вас дуже багато фото, скористайтеся масовими завантажувачами або зверніться до нас.

Окрім традиційних номінацій за найкращі фото і найбільшу кількість сфотографованих об'єктів, у конкурсі також є спецномінація для Ваших відеоматеріалів про пам'ятки. Якщо у Вас розмір відеофайлу завеликий для конкурсного завантажувача, спробуйте скористатися стандартним завантажувачем, але не забудьте поставити ідентифікатор пам'ятки. Якщо виникатимуть будь-які труднощі — пишіть нам на wlm wikimediaukraine.org.ua

Приєднуйтеся! Зі списками пам'яток можна ознайомитися тут. Більше інформації про конкурс дивіться у блозі конкурсу. – З повагою, Оргкомітет «Вікі любить пам'ятки». 21:10, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Events Nepal during 2015Edit

100px|Wiki Events Nepal Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal

Dear MPF, we heartily apologize for the delay due to some situational circumstances. It’s our pleasure to invite you to Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal winners awarding ceremony on 2nd September, 2017 at Masala Cottage, 2:00 pm onwards. We would like to ask few minutes of your time to provide your details here. Your contribution as a contributor made the Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal possible. We’d like to have a privilege of having you there.

Kind regards,

The Wiki Events Nepal Team

Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Events Nepal during 2015Edit

  Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal

Dear MPF, we heartily apologize for the delay due to some situational circumstances. It’s our pleasure to invite you to Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal winners awarding ceremony on 2nd September, 2017 at Masala Cottage, 2:00 pm onwards. We would like to ask few minutes of your time to provide your details here. Your contribution as a contributor made the Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal possible. We’d like to have a privilege of having you there.

Kind regards,

The Wiki Events Nepal Team

Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Events Nepal during 2015Edit

  Invitation for felicitation program of Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal

Dear MPF, we heartily apologize for the delay due to some situational circumstances. It’s our pleasure to invite you to Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal winners awarding ceremony on 2nd September, 2017 at Masala Cottage, 2:00 pm onwards. We would like to ask few minutes of your time to provide your details here. Your contribution as a contributor made the Wiki Events 2015 in Nepal possible. We’d like to have a privilege of having you there.

Kind regards,

The Wiki Events Nepal Team

Gymnosperm DatabaseEdit

Hello,
I added source=Gymnosperm Database and{{Gymnosperm Database}}.
Best regards Liné1 (talk) 14:39, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Monuments en Venezuela 2017Edit

Participa en Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 en Venezuela

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Después de cuatro años de ausencia, te invitamos a participar del concurso de fotografía ganador del premio Guinness: Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 en Venezuela. Ayúdanos a preservar el patrimonio construido nacional, fotografía un monumento y gana premios!

  • ¿Cómo participar? Revisa con cuidado las reglas de participación, no es necesario que la fotografía sea actual, pero si es importante subirla de acá al 30 de septiembre.
  • ¿Conoces a algún fotógrafo interesado? Riega la voz, recuerda que nuestra misión es rescatar el patrimonio construido, viéndolo como parte importante del conocimiento que se pretende recoger y difundir en nuestro país.

¿Tienes alguna pregunta sobre el concurso? Envíanos un mensaje a info wikimedia.org.ve. Oscar_. (talk) 15:51, 4 September 2017 (UTC) (Puedes suscribirse o darte de baja de futuras notificaciones de eventos en Venezuela añadiendo o quitando tu nombre de esta lista)


Commons Conference projectEdit

Hello MPF,

I'm writing you as one of the most active Commons users right now. Since a while now, the idea of a dedicated Commons conference has been floating around. But since the last Wikimania concrete steps have been taken to actually make it happen next year. If you're interested in participation or maybe willing to help organize the first ever Commons Conference, I invite you to check out the project page and leave your comments; or just show your support for the idea, by signing up.

Cheers,

--MB-one (talk) 19:52, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

Identify SpeciesEdit

Hi MPF, I need help again on identifying species. Can you identify the species for File:Yellow Flower in San Diego.jpg?

Thanks, --Talk to Kong of Lasers 22:59, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Kong of Lasers: - sorry, not a genus I am so familiar with; I can't go any further than the genus Helianthus you already have it as. It might be worth trying the key in the Flora of North America to see if that helps. Good luck with finding out! - MPF (talk) 00:32, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Kong of Lasers - it looks like Encelia californica, common California brittlebush. Branching shrub to 3 ft. tall with yellow daisy-like flowers. Atsme 📞 17:36, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

@Atsme: - thanks for solving! MPF (talk) 19:39, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
@MPF: Hi, can you help me with File:Green Lizard on Tree.jpg? Sorry for bothering you. --Talk to Kong of Lasers 02:21, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Kong of Lasers: - unfortunately, another one I'm not familiar with! Sorry I can't help; can you @Atsme:, please? - MPF (talk) 10:12, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
Kong of Lasers - see Anolis carolinensis on a tree. Atsme 📞 21:10, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
@Atsme: and @MPF: Thank you all!!!--Talk to Kong of Lasers 22:22, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Temporary filemover rightEdit

Hi MPF, Since Commons:Requests for rights hasn't been updated in quite a while, I am requesting here for the filemover right up until Halloween. I have found many files uploaded by new users that need to be updated, Pixabay images I transfer, and pictures I have uploaded that the name needs to be updated. I feel like doing it myself doesn't waste other's time. I have way past the requirements in terms of contributions.

Thank you and sorry for bothering you,

--Talk to Kong of Lasers 04:31, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Elks (Cervus canadensis)Edit

Hi, MPF! It seems that some minutes ago you were in a hurry (and did not make necessary check-up) when you have decided to delete some elk categories and to add others to moose categories. In fact Elks (Cervus canadensis) and Moose (Alces alces) represent different species of Cervidae. Just to facilitate you I would quote the beginning of the article Elk in the en.wiki:

The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia. This animal should not be confused with the still larger moose (Alces alces) to which the name "elk" applies in British English and in reference to populations in Eurasia.
So these categories must be restored as they were. Anyway, if you still insist to avoid ambiguity, you could rename them by replacing "elk" with "Cervus canadensis" (move from colloquial to taxon name). --Elkost (talk) 20:08, 29 September 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Elkost: - the reason I deleted them is that most Commons contributors don't read these introductions; nearly half of the entries in each category were of the 'wrong' species to what the introduction specified. Use of the scientific name avoids this ambiguity, so that is what I have done. Please remember that to English speakers, Elk = Alces alces; it is only to American speakers that Elk = Cervus canadensis. - MPF (talk) 20:16, 29 September 2017 (UTC)
Anyway, why the categories about elks (not moose) in N. America have disappeared? This is not correct. --Elkost (talk) 20:48, 29 September 2017 (UTC)
@Elkost: I replaced them with similar categories using the scientific name. I did not leave redirects, as that would just perpetuate the misclassifications, with Alces alces paintings being wrongly redirected to a Cervus canadensis subcategory - MPF (talk) 22:02, 29 September 2017 (UTC)

Don't touch my photos againEdit

Hi, you tried to delete my photos. Don't do this again. They are completely okay. greeting, --Jensbest (talk) 05:25, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Jensbest: - sorry if you feel hurt by this, but unfortunately it is a matter of law; Italian law differs from German law, in that in Italy, the rights of the artists who made those scarecrows and labels is protected, and you are not allowed to display photos of their work publicly. See Commons:Freedom of panorama#Italy for more details. Compare this with Commons:Freedom of panorama#Germany, where you have far greater freedom over what you can lawfully do with photos you take. Hope this helps! - MPF (talk) 16:29, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Italian FOPEdit

Hi MPF, I've seen that you opened several deletion requests about Italian FOP, but I'm sorry I have to note that there could perhaps be some misunderstanding about what Italian prohibitions cover and what they don't. The NO-FOP regime in Italy, together with the general Copyright Act, regard creative works of achitecture (buildings, monuments, statues), it's almost all about that. Not everything exposed to the public sight is necessarily covered by NO-FOP: a drawing is still a drawing and nothing more than that. You can find it in a park, or inside the house of a friend of yours, inside a lift or under the seat of your car: it always is a drawing, NO-FOP doesn't apply. A scarecrow is not even eligible to ever become an artwork, since it's a functional object. So, please, since I'm unpleasantly forced to copypaste some comments in some procedures, I beg your courtesy to re-consider the requests you opened so that FOP issues are mentioned when effectively needed. In several cases I agree with the deletion, but for very different reasons, so this is not anything but a note asking for precision in the use of the FOP tag. I'm sincerely thanking you in advance for your kind cooperation --g (talk) 22:28, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Gianfranco: - thanks for the note! If I have misunderstood what is permitted / not permitted in respect of these files, do please say so on the nominations: that is the whole purpose of the nominations, that the validity of the deletion request can be debated, and if found incorrect, then turned down and the images kept. Grazie! - MPF (talk) 00:09, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

File:Székely village.jpgEdit

 
File:Székely village.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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