Frequently asked questions:

Q1. How come when I did a reverse image search of the file you uploaded I got nothing, but you said it wasn't your own work?
A1. First make sure your browser isn't filtering out all non-English results. Second, some websites like the archive catalog of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation don't tend to show up in top Google results no matter how good a match the query is. (Try using bing or Yandex)

Q2. Where do you find all those Правда, Известия, Краснофлотец, and Североморский лётчик archives from WWII?
A2. Lots of places, sadly there's not just one resource where I can search for everything in a nice and organized way. I recommend asking libraries about their archives, and also don't forget to look through the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's digital history catalog, online auctions, and museum blogs.

Q3. I'm confused...Why did you upload a photo WITH a speedydelete tag?
A3. So it can be put in the "undelete by year" category and be restored after the copyright expires. I may not be editing Wikipedia in 2060, so it's nice to have some files pre-filled out for the minute their copyright expires. See this discussion, I asked an admin for permission before starting this.

Q4: Why did you post a deletion notification on my talkpage? I didn't upload the image, I just used the croptool to edit it!
A4: Whenever a file is nominated for deletion, all people who uploaded different versions of the file are sent notifications through an automated process. I can't "op-out" of giving you that notification, don't take it personally.


You might like this file: Andrey Yumashev. Vysotsky (talk) 09:08, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

@Vysotsky: @PawełMM: Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 13:34, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

Евдокия Давыдовна БершанскаяEdit

Dear PlanespotterA320, On your user page you ask for a photo already in Commons, Yevdokiya Bershanskaya (if I am not mistaken). Vysotsky (talk) 07:22, 6 July 2020 (UTC)

@Vysotsky: Unfortunatly, the only version of that photo of Bershanskaya I could find without a watermark (which I uploaded to Commons) is rather grainy. I was hoping a better quality version could be acquired. The watermarked RGAKFD preview looked less damaged, so I put it in my album in hopes someone had a copy like it. Same goes for the photo of Raspopova - there are scans of photocards with the photo of Raspopova I need, but they very grainy (and have poor lighting and contrast) compared to the preview version.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 15:33, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
Could you give the direct link to the watermarked photo? I can't find that version. Vysotsky (talk) 16:37, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
@Vysotsky: Unfortunatly I can't anymore. RGAKFD revamped their website, changing the url of all photo files and removing most of the photo from their website. This link was the URL for the photo of Raspopova, but sadly it's now a redirect to the main page of the website, and the photo of Raspopova isn't on the site anywhere anymore. This was the link for the photo of Bershanskaya, but it has the same problem. I saved the photos to my album before RGAKFD fucked up their website, so I have the watermarked copies, but they're not on the web anymore. They still might be for sale from the archive, you could try writing to them and asking if them have them, but I can't guarantee it will work. I wrote to them twice, once asking how to buy photos (and their response made no sense), but got no response to the second email asking what the hell did they do to their website.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 16:42, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
Sounds reasonable to upload both images incl. watermark to Commons with the old link, and ask GraphicsLab to remove the watermark. URL at the WayBackMachine looks empty. Vysotsky (talk) 19:54, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
@Vysotsky: The photo of Raspopova can't be on Commons until it is PD in both Russia and the US (2059), and even if we could put it on Commons, there are several problems. 1. The watermarked versions are too low resolution to be sufficient for the grainy versions we want them to replace. 2. Because of size of the watermark in comparison to the rest of the photo and the way it covers up significant background detail, removing the watermark and fixing the low-res images without creating strange-looking blobs in the place where the watermark once was will be impossible for even the best photoshoppers. 3. We do not want low-res photos with poorly removed watermarks on Commons being used in place of other alternatives. 4. Most RGAKFD files aren't saved on the wayback machine. The website almost never showed up in mage results, but had millions of photos - there's no way they would archive every single filepage from the old site. Anyway, what we need is scans of the ORIGINALS, in good resolution (at least 300 pix width), without watermarks. I hope one day someone will buy the photos from RGAKFD and then publish them online or in a book that I could scan so we could acquire good unwatermarked copies (then I could upload the photo of Bershanskaya now and then set up a "pre-upload" of the photo of Raspopova set to be undeleted on Commons in the year of copyright expiration). Unfortunately, I have quite a few books about the night witches and am subscribed to the Женские авиаполки. История. Факты. Лица. group but haven't come across sufficient copies of them yet. Unfortunately, RGAKFD doesn't accept Paypal and I can't even write a good letter in Russian, so I can't buy them (albeit I've tried), so the only real option here is waiting until someone else buys and publishes them.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 20:08, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
@Vysotsky: By the way, if you want to find photos to remove watermarks from for Wikipedia, there are some GSS photos here with watermarks that would be of great usefulness uploaded to ruwiki as fair-use once the watermarks are removed, like the photos of Дмитрий Никитович Овсянников, Александр Васильевич Бабушкин, Иван Семёнович Козич, Давид Элизбарович Тавадзе, and Захар Соломонович Хиталишвили.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 20:19, 6 July 2020 (UTC)
@Vysotsky: You might like this - I just found the website and browsed the archive for some of the photos I needed, and found originals of several, including one of Andrey Tupolev (a high-importance photo!). Unfortunately, the resolution isn't great but it does seem like there is a way to contact the archive and buy better versions of the photos. Also, if you are up to the challenge, you might want to try removing the watermarks from the new watermarked photos I just added to the album for fair-use up ruwiki (saved from the old version of the site and uploaded to the russian forum I linked earlier).--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 17:52, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! Good news. I always stay away from fair-use, but I am willing to work on the public domain photos. Just indicate which photos are PD, or just upload them to Commons, and I will help processing them (part. PawelMM is highly skilled in removing watermarks). Vysotsky (talk) 20:21, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
PS Re Graphics Lab: if a request is done to your satisfaction, please mark it with {{resolved}}. Vysotsky (talk) 20:21, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
@Vysotsky: Unfortunately the only PD photos right now in the "watermarked photos" album are the ones of Bershanskaya, Meretskov, Yumashev, Khasanov, Nechaev, and Sholokhov (and there's not much that can be done about most of those five - the ones from Khasanov and Yumashev were removed, I'm working on the photo of Nechaev, we already have a different photo of Sholokov and a grainy copy of the photo of Bershanskaya); the rest are for fair-use or to be added to Commons when the copyright expires later. However, everything in this list is PD. The problem with most of them is that they are simply too low resolution, not watermarked. The better-resolution copies need to be purchased, which is a pain because of the language and communication barriers (I'm not as fluent in Russian as many would think). But I do hope that we can acquire full versions of those photos somehow (maybe some Wikimedian fluent in Russian can figure out how to create an account and buy copies and then share them?), especially the photo of Tupolev which is top-priority and needed for so many articles.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 20:59, 8 July 2020 (UTC)
I will try to contact a friend. Could take some time. Vysotsky (talk) 22:16, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

Removal of license tagsEdit

Please do not just remove license tags from files like you did here and here. If you think a license is invalid, open a deletion request. --AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 04:07, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

File:0120 Кавказские казаки из императорского конвоя перед резиденцией в селе Пордим, ноябрь 1877.jpgEdit

File:0120 Кавказские казаки из императорского конвоя перед резиденцией в селе Пордим, ноябрь 1877.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!

AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 18:39, 28 August 2020 (UTC)

Sovetskaya Belorussiya (Советская Белоруссия) 1940–1945Edit

Hi! If you need Sovetskaya Belorussiya newspaper (Советская Белоруссия) 1940–1945. Presidential library of Belarus published several pdfs online. You can find it at [1]. Cheers, Jarash (talk) 21:05, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

File:Elections 2020 banner in Belarus.jpgEdit

Why hasn't this photo been put up for deletion? You are submitting photos from Belarus for issuance due to the lack of freedom of panorama? Vit; talk 16:21, 11 October 2020 (UTC)

@Vit Koz: Photographs of copyrighted objects (like copyrighted leaflets) can't be on Commons. Please see Commons:FoP.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 16:24, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
why then does this photo still exist? Vit; talk 16:29, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
That banner is simple geometry (simple font text, flags, etc). Not a photo OF another photo(s). Also, there are millions of photos on Commons, I can't babysit ALL of them.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 16:34, 11 October 2020 (UTC)