User talk:MichaelMaggs

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Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign for User:The PhotographerEdit

Please excuse me spamming you, which concerns Commons User:The Photographer, who has 86 Featured Pictures. His contributions cover the architecture and culture of Brazil and Venezuela. He has basic photographic equipment: an old D300 camera and 35mm lens, and lives in a poor country where photographic equipment is expensive. The Photographer has recently taken several images using the technique where multiple frames are stitched together to create a high-resolution panorama. However, many times frustrated with the stitching errors that result from trying to take such photos without a proper panoramic head for his tripod. This special equipment permits the camera to be rotated around the entrance pupil of the lens, and eliminates such errors. Having a panoramic head would greatly increase the potential for The Photographer to create sharp high-resolution images for Commons. In addition, the purchase of a fisheye lens would enable 180 × 360° panoramas to be taken, which are a great way to explore a scene as though one is really there.

Please see the discussion about the Crowd-funding campaign on User talk:The Photographer#Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign and visit the Generosity Crowd-funding Campaign page to consider donating. Even a modest donation will make a difference if many people contribute. Thanks. -- Colin (talk) 21:23, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Colin Thanks for the note. I have made a contribution. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 11:22, 24 November 2016 (UTC)


Hi Michael. I hope you are well. I was hoping that given your WMUK position, you would have some more traction than I had with regards to this. WMUK's grant proposal at meta:Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round1/Wikimedia_UK/Proposal_form uses banners that were clearly prepared or uploaded by people unfamiliar with our licensing requirements. I tried to ping Jwslubbock, Richard Nevell (WMUK), Richard Symonds (WMUK) about this at User_talk:Jwslubbock#Authorship_claims, but have received no response. In the end, I gave up and fixed one file's attribution to conform to the CC license, but I have been unable to locate the original source of File:WMUK_programme_banner_-_education_and_learning.jpg. It appears to have been taken in the early 1900s in Hungary - but it is unlikely that it was anonymous and may still be under copyright. Could you please take a look? Thanks, Storkk (talk) 14:39, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Storkk. That's a nice image that it would be a shame to lose but, as you say, it doesn't at the moment have the information we need to enable it to be kept. I'd be happy to see if I can help out: that will probably have to be next week now, but we should have the usual 7 days even if the image is put up for deletion. I'll see what I can do. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 09:48, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
It was from Commons. When I have time I'll go through and add a reference but I have a million things to do right now. --Jwslubbock (talk) 15:18, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
I have not yet tagged it as lacking source, so it should not be under imminent threat of deletion... but it would be good to verify the image is indeed PD. It's a little disappointing that it took a message here to get any acknowledgement of the issue, and it's disturbing that this kind of disregard for licensing terms is apparently routine for WMUK. Storkk (talk) 11:02, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
Tangentially, and even more disturbingly, appears to again be using an image (the banner image of Eilean Donan castle taken from here) in flagrant violation of the terms of the license, and without crediting the author Syxaxis Photography. Storkk (talk) 11:12, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
The source and copyright information for File:WMUK_programme_banner_-_education_and_learning.jpg has been corrected, and the original Commons image is now acknowledged. The claim of PD status follows that of the base image, and we haven't investigated that in detail as that is part of a much larger question regarding the status of the Fortepan images generally. Any challenge to that would affect many images within that particular upload. I am expecting the lack of attribution on the blog post banner to be addressed this week. Again, thanks for bringing this to my attention. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 03:54, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
An attribution has now been added to the banner image on the blog post page (small text in bottom left hand corner). --MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:03, 12 December 2016 (UTC)
That's great. Thanks for your help! Storkk (talk) 15:45, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

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