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Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit

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Hello, Tony May!

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.

BotMultichillT 06:20, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit

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Hello, Tony May!

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.

Hedwig in Washington (MAIL?) 18:55, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Flickr imagesEdit

Hi, I noticed you uploaded several of my photos from flickr, but got the licence and information incorrect. You may find this tool helpful - it generates information templates for flickr images. -mattbuck (Talk) 02:04, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Copyright status: File:46115 Scots Guardsman at Bournemouth in July 2016.jpgEdit

Copyright status: File:46115 Scots Guardsman at Bournemouth in July 2016.jpg

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Thanks for uploading File:46115 Scots Guardsman at Bournemouth in July 2016.jpg. I notice that the file page either doesn't contain enough information about the license or it contains contradictory information about the license, so the copyright status is unclear.

If you created this file yourself, then you must provide a valid copyright tag. For example, you can tag it with {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-all}} to release it under the multi-license GFDL plus Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike All-version license or you can tag it with {{PD-self}} to release it into the public domain. (See Commons:Copyright tags for the full list of license tags that you can use.)

If you did not create the file yourself or if it is a derivative of another work that is possibly subject to copyright protection, then you must specify where you found it (e.g. usually a link to the web page where you got it), you must provide proof that it has a license that is acceptable for Commons (e.g. usually a link to the terms of use for content from that page), and you must add an appropriate license tag. If you did not create the file yourself and the specific source and license information is not available on the web, you must obtain permission through the OTRS system and follow the procedure described there.

Note that any unsourced or improperly licensed files will be deleted one week after they have been marked as lacking proper information, as described in criteria for deletion. If you have uploaded other files, please confirm that you have provided the proper information for those files, too. If you have any questions about licenses please ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright or see our help pages. Thank you.

Ronhjones  (Talk) 17:16, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Copyright status: File:41312 at Ropley.jpgEdit

Copyright status: File:41312 at Ropley.jpg

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Thanks for uploading File:41312 at Ropley.jpg. I notice that the file page either doesn't contain enough information about the license or it contains contradictory information about the license, so the copyright status is unclear.

If you created this file yourself, then you must provide a valid copyright tag. For example, you can tag it with {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-all}} to release it under the multi-license GFDL plus Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike All-version license or you can tag it with {{PD-self}} to release it into the public domain. (See Commons:Copyright tags for the full list of license tags that you can use.)

If you did not create the file yourself or if it is a derivative of another work that is possibly subject to copyright protection, then you must specify where you found it (e.g. usually a link to the web page where you got it), you must provide proof that it has a license that is acceptable for Commons (e.g. usually a link to the terms of use for content from that page), and you must add an appropriate license tag. If you did not create the file yourself and the specific source and license information is not available on the web, you must obtain permission through the OTRS system and follow the procedure described there.

Note that any unsourced or improperly licensed files will be deleted one week after they have been marked as lacking proper information, as described in criteria for deletion. If you have uploaded other files, please confirm that you have provided the proper information for those files, too. If you have any questions about licenses please ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright or see our help pages. Thank you.

Ronhjones  (Talk) 17:16, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Deletion of 46115 PhotographEdit

Just because one of my photos isnt up to scratch does NOT give you the right to get it removed for a pathetic reason, there are poorer quality images out there and your targeting me including the steamport images which were taken by my father and iv had permission from for their use. The way your acting you want all my images removed, I am asking for this deletion request to be removed as although it may NOT be fit for use in an article there is no reason for it to be removed. Moylesy98 (talk) 14:13, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

An unfree Flickr license was found on File:90044 unusually a good enough photo 31877787332.jpgEdit

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A file that you uploaded to Wikimedia Commons from Flickr, File:90044 unusually a good enough photo 31877787332.jpg, was found available on Flickr by an administrator or reviewer under the license Noncommercial ( ), No derivative works ( ), or All Rights Reserved ( ), which isn't compatible with Wikimedia Commons, per the licensing policy. The file has been deleted. Commons:Flickr files/Appeal for license change has information about sending the Flickr user an appeal asking for the license to be changed. Only Flickr images tagged as   (CC BY),     (CC BY-SA) or   (CC0) are allowed on Wikimedia Commons. If the Flickr user has changed the license of the Flickr image, feel free to ask an administrator to restore the file, or start an undeletion request.

clpo13(talk) 18:24, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

An unfree Flickr license was found on File:Tram 21 46455608604.jpgEdit

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A file that you uploaded to Wikimedia Commons from Flickr, File:Tram 21 46455608604.jpg, was found available on Flickr by an administrator or reviewer under the license Noncommercial ( ), No derivative works ( ), or All Rights Reserved ( ), which isn't compatible with Wikimedia Commons, per the licensing policy. The file has been deleted. Commons:Flickr files/Appeal for license change has information about sending the Flickr user an appeal asking for the license to be changed. Only Flickr images tagged as   (CC BY),     (CC BY-SA) or   (CC0) are allowed on Wikimedia Commons. If the Flickr user has changed the license of the Flickr image, feel free to ask an administrator to restore the file, or start an undeletion request.

clpo13(talk) 18:26, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Midlands Metro Tram 31 - 2018-07-18.jpgEdit

Hi, This kind of attitude is not OK here. Thanks, Yann (talk) 18:06, 4 April 2019 (UTC)

Why is there no quality control user:Yann? Why is Commons like a compulsive hoarder with regard to images? Tony May (talk) 02:28, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
You are welcome to review images or other content, but you need to understand Wikimedia Commons scope and policies. Regards, Yann (talk) 05:16, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
So where are these policies? Because Wikipedia has loads of policies, and a lot of qualit control, but Commons, not so much. Tony May (talk) 13:33, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

CategorisationEdit

For the love of all that is holy, will you please start adding categories to your uploads? I quote from the COM:Categories policy: "It is essential that every file can be found by browsing the category structure." You have been notified at least twice before on how to do this, so I am not going to explain this again. --HyperGaruda (talk) 05:22, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

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