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Hello, The Navigators!

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]]
[[Category:Comets]]

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.

CategorizationBot (talk) 10:56, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Max BattenEdit

Hey, if you got permission from Max Batten, could you please email it to OTRS? -mattbuck (Talk) 20:42, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

File:30166 on shed.jpg and other planefacts imagesEdit

Hey, I just noticed a change to this on my watchlist. You say according to the email that it's ok to use for non-commercial. But per OTRS, a userpage copy of an email is not sufficient proof, and moreover all Commons images must be usable for commercial purposes. -mattbuck (Talk) 02:22, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Furthermore, the Max Batten note you posted requires proof and also an understanding by Max that the images can be used outside of Wikipedia. -mattbuck (Talk) 02:24, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Road signEdit

Hi! I don't know the reason you can't open the file...I made it with Inkscape and charged it without modifying it...perhaps you haven't the correct font installed on your pc... or I don't know. I'm sorry but I'm not and informatic, so I can't help you more than I know of this topic.. :) --Gigillo83 (talk) 08:14, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

Hi! Don't worry...thank you a lot for solving the problem with this road sign! Thanks! --Gigillo83 (talk) 18:42, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

NR BrunelEdit

Hi, I am interested in the NR Brunel Font specimen you uploaded, can I know if there's any way to get access to the font if possible. Or is it possible to send me a copy, I will not publically use it. Many thanks!--Bdgzczy (talk) 17:12, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

@Bdgzczy: Let's discuss it in email, since this isn't technically a WikiCommons matter. (In the sidebar on your left, there should be a link marked 'Email this user', use that.)--The Navigators (talk) 21:28, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

Pre-Worboys signsEdit

Thank you for uploading the basic shapes used on the pre-Worboys signs in the UK. I have collected a lot of documentation and photographs of pre-Worboys signs that I can send you (some even include measurements), if you are interested in uploading more. Fry1989 eh? 19:54, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

@Fry1989: I came across some myself, I found guidelines from the 1944 Committee. But no luck on the 1957 TSRGD* or the 1933 Committee guidelines.(*Supposedly, a 1957 TSRGD exists per a source in the UK traffic engineering field, despite the Wikipedia article saying the first was 1965. I have found references to it in other TSRGD documents.)

I also updated the Worboys Committee article with links to their report and the Anderson Report/Motorway Signs which was rough equivalent to the 'Worboys report' but for Motorways. Both have diagrams though not drawings with detailed measurements. Also, the scan of the Anderson Report seems to have some distortion. (Circles that should be perfectly circular, aren't, so watch for that. Other thing to note, the 'Anderson' motorway signs, use a different, darker blue than is used today. It's referred to as 'Standard Interstate Blue Colour'. "#003f87" seems to be a good match, it's what we use here for MUTCD blue. They talk about it on PDF page 11, Paragraph 23.) (I already got the proposed motorway symbols (Figures 3 - 5) and will upload them today. And if you've never seen them, go to PDF page 48 of the document, they're something.)
Also turned up the 1981 TSRGD Not great quality, since it's a black and white scan, but it's something. Also found the 1964 TSGRD on SABRE.--The Navigators (talk) 20:41, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
@Fry1989: Sorry, I meant to mention this, I think I came up with a good format for naming the Pre-Worboys signs that won't be ambiguous/overlapping: "File:Pre-Worboys - *Sign Name (A)* - *Year (B)*.svg"
  • A: Sign name 'School', 'Bend (Left)', 'Cross Roads', etc.
  • B: Year. Self explanatory (Year introduced/what year the document is being drawn from.)
Example: "File:Pre-Worboys - Triangle in Ring - 1933.svg".--The Navigators (talk) 20:57, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
WOW! That is absolutely amazing. Mine is mostly photos of old signs, a few PDFs or single page sheets from booklets. I can't believe you found an entire book, and with measurements! I will put together what I do have into a Dropbox folder. Some of it may be helpful, some might not. I will let you know when I have that ready for you. And I concur with your naming convention. I also have some sheets of signs from the very first post-Worboys TSRGD, and the first set of Motorway signs before the TSRGD came into effect. One other thing is that many colonies followed the British pre-Worboys format, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Ireland. South Africa and Japan also followed with some unique differences. You probably already know that, though I only found out about Japan in the last month or so. This is very exciting for me. Fry1989 eh? 21:11, 8 July 2019 (UTC)


I have the documents ready for download. The link is here. The master category is "Traffic Signs" and if you download that everything is organized. I have included examples from each country I am aware of that followed the British model to one extent or another. Jamaica had similar warning signs, square with a symbol and text below, but yellow and with no red triangle above. All the others included the red triangle. Japan's interestingly were white on black. As for the UK, since you have the 1944 Committee booklet on Flickr, I have only included what signs I have that do not appear in that document. Some appear to be unofficial variations, like the Swans warning sign. I have also included what I have on the motorway signage. There are also several PDFs that I hope will be helpful. Fry1989 eh? 18:26, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
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