Welcome to Wikimedia Commons, Mark Miller!

-- Wikimedia Commons Welcome (talk) 21:34, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Transferred from old account as I should eventually fix these thingsEdit

Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit

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Hello, Mark Miller!

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.

Here's how:

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]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

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.

BotMultichillT (talk) 05:36, 30 December 2008 (UTC)


Hello Mark. Could you clarify the situation with User:Amadscientist? Did you request a rename or did you simply create a new account? If the former, please could you point to a link confirming this. If the latter, please could you log in as Amadscientist and redirect your userpage and user talkpage to your new userpage and user talkpage respectively? That will help people who might be wondering what happened to Amadscientist. Cheers. Green Giant (talk) 12:32, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Well...uhm alright Green Giant. Here is the full story. I requested the name change and was actually told it could not be done locally and that I would have to request the change at Meta. That confused me so I just left it alone at that point, however, when I went from Commons to Wikipedia that very act of going from this site to that site began to suddenly, automatically log me into Wikipedia under my old user name there: Amadscientist. When I asked about this I was told that the Foundation made some changes to the renaming of accounts and that editors would now, no longer be able to request name changes localy and that it would be a single name globally. I had already usurped the username Mark Miller across all global account except the Italian Wikipedia because there was a blocked user with that name and I would have to ask directly there...but this was some time ago.
Then the other day I came back here to commons and I was switched to the Mark Miller account. I have no idea who actually performed that action but I am very thankful because the situation was a bit stressful. Here is the original request: Commons:Help desk#Need to change my user name and the diff. Somewhat related to this is my last request under the old name for a deletion of an original upload (I had blurred some license plates after I had noticed the number were clearly visible) and received some great help from admin INeverCry at Commons:Administrators' noticeboard#Please delete the original upload. I hope that helps. Is there anything else you feel I should do or other steps I need to take? (oh..I forgot..I also noticed when looking at an international use of one of my images that I now automatically get logged into the other Wikis with the Username Mark miller, so that seems to indicate some overall change and perhaps not local to just Commons) --Mark Miller (talk) 21:05, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah yes, so you have got stuck in Login Unification too. I have a similar problem at Italian Wikipedia, the account hasn't been active in years but they won't let me usurp the name. :)
The only thing you need to do is put the following text on User:Amadscientist:
#REDIRECT [[User:Mark Miller]]
and similarly on the talkpage:
#REDIRECT [[User talk:Mark Miller]]
so if anybody clicks on your old user name they will be redirected to this set of pages. Green Giant (talk) 22:04, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
You know...I should have really already thought about that. LOL! But I come here and my brain seems to default to photographs and suddenly I become braindead. LOL!--Mark Miller (talk) 22:06, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps the med scientist in you isn't dead after all? Better than sharing a name with a fictional mascot for canned vegetables. :) Green Giant (talk) 22:20, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
LOL!...or Ho Ho Ho. ;-)--Mark Miller (talk) 22:27, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Requesting permission for photo to use in bookEdit


Dear Sir,

I would like to have permission to use your photo of Rome Forum Reconstruction

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Roman_forum_sketch_up_model.png in my humorous new book on architecture and city planning, titled "Hillary can bellydance too: a quest to save piazzas". Please be so kind and send permission directly to mbookwalter@services.lulu.com (ID no. 702288)and cc to me hillarydanesh@yahoo.de

Sincerely, Homa Jahansouzi-Danesh (Hillary)

Title: Hillary Can Bellydance Too: A Quest to Save Piazzas Publisher: Lulu.com Publication date: August 28, 2015 Format: Paperback and the print run is based on demand The territory: Architecture and City Planning, Humor

Your account has been blockedEdit

Expires: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:18:53 GMT --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 08:19, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

An involved admin has blocked this user.--Mark Miller (talk) 08:28, 14 December 2015 (UTC)
Unblock request declined

This blocked user asked to be unblocked, but one or more administrators has reviewed and declined this request. Do not remove this unblock review while you are blocked. Other administrators can also review this block, but should not override the decision without discussion.

Request reason: "A challenge has been made to an involved admin. It is the belief of this editor and contributor that an OTRS ticket may not contain verification that conforms to the Wikimedia Foundations policies and procedures in regards to permissions for the following images; It is the belief of this editor that a copy of an e-mail was used to confirm permissions for use of a work for hire not yet established by the sender of the e-mail and that the source of the images are the copyright of the museum itself. It is requested that an outside, uninvolved admin check OTRS verifications to confirm that all verifications that require private e-mail verification have been met to demonstrate that the entity involved has the exclusive right to release these images as a work for hire to the public domain without attributing the essential information of the sender itself being the source of the image.--Mark Miller (talk) 08:27, 14 December 2015 (UTC)"
Decline reason: "You have been warned not to revert admin actions and did it anyway, knowing that there might be consequences. The block is valid according to blocking policy. You can complain about the block on the admin noticeboard in 3 days. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 08:41, 14 December 2015 (UTC)"
Administrators: This template should be removed when the block has expired.
(Block log)
(Change local status for a global block)

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Yep. Can't argue any of that. Nutting up never looks good does it. Not a pretty site to see and is absolutely not following the rule of not being a jerk, although I am not clear about the strong language issue. Is commons censored in a manner (I would suppose by consensus) that such language is not at all acceptable here?
I apologize for my edit warring and removal of OTRS ticket. I do not know the guidelines or policies of Commons in this regard. I am familiar with Wikipedia's guidelines and policies and that the two are separate entities, but Wikimedia Commons should be respected in the same manner even if their procedures differ. I also am not familiar with who are admin and who are not, or what powers and tools they have here. I have only ever once discussed dispute resolution for commons and it was not something editors seemed interested in.
Even if I am encountering issues with a particular editor on or off Wikimedia Commons, dragging disputes from one location to another is something I do not agree with. It shouldn't be done from Commons to Wikipedia, and it shouldn't be done from Wikipedia to commons. Man...not like I need to add fodder for wikipediocracy. LOL!
The very fact that it was a temp block also seems that there was certainly an over reaction of such a classic sort.....I almost want to chisel this in stone for my own memory if no other reason. OK...well back to the purpose of being here. Uploading images.--Mark Miller 04:43, 16 December 2015 (UTC)

Round 2 of Picture of the Year 2015 is open!Edit

You are receiving this message because you voted in R1 of the 2015 Picture of the Year contest.

Dear Mark Miller,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the second round of the 2015 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the tenth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2015) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year were entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

There are two total rounds of voting. In the first round, you voted for as many images as you liked. In Round 1, there were 1322 candidate images. There are 56 finalists in Round 2, comprised of the top 30 overall as well as the top #1 and #2 from each sub-category. In the final round, you may vote for just one or maximal three image to become the Picture of the Year.

Round 2 will end on 28 May 2016, 23:59:59 UTC.

Click here to vote »

-- Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee 09:45, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Commons:Village pump/Copyright#File:Bruce Ariss.JPGEdit

Hi Miller,

I trust you're fine.

There is currently a discussion at Commons:Village pump/Copyright#File:Bruce Ariss.JPG regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. Wikicology (talk) 09:51, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Unreserved apologyEdit

Hi Mark,

I am here to apologize for any wrong assumption and whatever embarrassment it might have caused you. Please, do accept my unreserved apology. With kind regards. Wikicology (talk) 10:53, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

Accepted of course. And thank you.--Mark Miller (talk) 10:59, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

File:Duke statue.jpgEdit

File:Duke statue.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 see Commons:But it's my own work! for a guide on how to address these issues.

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!

howcheng {chat} 05:11, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

File:Touron cartoon.jpgEdit

File:Touron cartoon.jpg has been marked as a possible copyright violation. Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content—that is, images and other media files that can be used by anyone, for any purpose. Traditional copyright law does not grant these freedoms, and unless noted otherwise, everything you find on the web is copyrighted and not permitted here. For details on what is acceptable, please read Commons:Licensing. You may also find Commons:Copyright rules useful, or you can ask questions about Commons policies at the Commons:Help desk. If you are the copyright holder and the creator of the file, please read Commons:But it's my own work! for tips on how to provide evidence of that.

The file you added has been deleted. If you have written permission from the copyright holder, please have them send us a free license release via COM:VRT. If you believe that the deletion was not in accordance with policy, you may request request undeletion. (It is not necessary to request undeletion if using VRT; the file will be automatically restored at the conclusion of the process.)

  • This file is a copyright violation for the following reason: Signature on cartoon (bottom right corner) indicates an author other than the uploader
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Notification about possible deletionEdit

Some contents have been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether they should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at their entry.

If you created these pages, please note that the fact that they have 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 them, such as a copyright issue. Please see Commons:But it's my own work! for a guide on how to address these issues.

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!


Yours sincerely, Pi.1415926535 (talk) 05:55, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

Source of derivative work is not properly indicated: File:Meg Whitman Queen Meg Parody.jpgEdit

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This file may be deleted.
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Yours sincerely, BevinKacon (talk) 18:22, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

Gumbo and Homemade Jambalaya ImageEdit


Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are currently in the process of developing a new series of curriculum materials (called Smithsonian Folkways Learning Pathways) for educators (mostly music and social studies educators). These unique resources place recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways collection at the center of the learning experience. These will be FREE resources for all educators, everywhere. Each learning pathway is a curated musical journey through a historical, cultural, or musical theme (e.g. Music of the Chicano Movement; Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement; Cajun & Zydeco Music; etc...).

As part of these learning pathways, we are creating interactive student slideshows that will help teachers facilitate learning experiences in any educational environment both in-person or online. We wanted to let you know that we will be using the 'Gumbo' and 'Homemade Jambalaya' images seen on your Wikimedia Commons webpage. We are planning to use the image for our 'Cajun and Zydeco' learning pathway. We know that the images are under the Creative Commons License, and we will make sure to give you the credit for the image.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind Regards,

Gisele Hernandez, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings --Giseh (talk) 21:00, 8 July 2021 (UTC)giseh (Talk)