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Thanks i really appreciate it — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ichigo 2004 (talk • contribs) 16:41, 10 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please remove unsuccessful upload, replaced[edit]

Please remove File:Pestdokter_(Geel).jpg since upload failed, and replaced by File:Een_Pestmeester_in_Geel.jpg. Bert76 (talk) 15:48, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bert76: Hi, and welcome. I tagged it {{G7}} for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:52, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you ! Bert76 (talk) 16:07, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bert76: You're welcome!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:08, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What is wrong with the first one? And why delete the larger file, not the smaller one? --C.Suthorn (talk) 16:58, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think that matters that much, because it's still relatively similar size. Wikipedia article will only display thumbnail after all, so a little bit smaller size doesn't really matter. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:38, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
500K vs 1500K is 3 times the size?! @Bert76: --C.Suthorn (talk) 15:05, 28 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I thought you were talking about dimensions, not the data size of the image. Speaking dimension-wise, the two images were in fact relatively same size. There's no way for me to compare the data size now, as the first one has been deleted. I didn't check the data size. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:31, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If I remember correct the dimensions were identical, also the image content. Either the quality was reduced or some extra data in the file. --C.Suthorn (talk) 07:59, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The deleted image was slightly larger speaking of dimensions, but the dimensions were relatively same. Slight dimensions reduction alone shouldn't reduce the file size that much, eighter the quality was lowered or some extra data were removed, or both. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:12, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks you all for help & clarifications! Bert76 (talk) 14:21, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Highway snow plow truck.jpg[edit]

I'm not sure if this image is free domain to use. I don't know who's the original creator of it since it's looks like it was somewhat archived. If someone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks.--IDontScript (talk) 14:16, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@IDontScript: Hi, and welcome. The associated website claims to be "© Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2012–22", so I'm guessing it is non-free. Please have Queen’s Printer for Ontario send permission via VRT unless {{OGL-ON}} applies.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:21, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Alright, thanks, so how will I be able to send it in to the Queen’s Printer for Ontario to get permission to use the image? I already know their email address, and is there an email template where I can be sure to send it to them to get permission without causing any confusion? Sorry I'm new to doing this lol IDontScript (talk) 15:46, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is, of course, if they turn out to be willing to grant a license that conforms with what we need (see COM:L). - Jmabel ! talk 18:04, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hey, so it's been a few days almost a week since I contacted their email address and I've gotten no response at all. Idk if I'm doing something wrong or what, but I don't know if it's possible for you guys to help email them since I'm currently stuck on whether wikicommons should still keep the uploaded photo file or not since I haven't got a valid response yet still. IDontScript (talk) 00:39, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Updating information for NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) images - correcting dates[edit]

I noticed that there are many images uploaded from the National Archives and Records Administration using the Template:NARA-image-full. This template states "The metadata on this page was imported directly from NARA's catalog record; additional descriptive text may be added by Wikimedians to the template below with the "description=" parameter, but please do not modify the other fields." There are obviously incorrect "date" fields, for instance "Ceremonies - Preparedness Day, Washington, D.C. - President Woodrow Wilson in Preparedness Parade, Washington, D.C - NARA - 23922795.jpg" which has a date field of "1917 – 1918" when the image itself says June 14, 1916. What should a person do in this circumstance? Update the "Date" field? Only update the Structured Data "inception" field? Caddyshack01 (talk) 15:14, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Caddyshack01: Probably the first suggestion, but you may want to ask at Template talk:NARA-image-full, too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:20, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We should remove that statement from the template. There is no reason we should be bound to repeat incorrect metadata, especially when it's a common issue across the many thousands of NARA uploads. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 18:55, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The false date should probably be moved to an "original description" field. Such an "original description" is often quoted e.g. for WW2 images with propagandistic descriptions. Just removing the false date may cause confusion later. –LPfi (talk) 11:18, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think this is a good solution, but I wouldn't want to make any changes until there is a consensus on this topic. There are many images with missing or inaccurate details (date, description, author) and file names which are undescriptive in the NARA catalog. Another example is here 111-SC-36855 - NARA - 55232893.jpg, where an author and date are listed, but not included in the NARA metadata on wikimedia or NARA. Caddyshack01 (talk) 14:23, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Caddyshack01: Isn't the date supposed to be the date recorded? Then it would be actually correct being 1917 – 1918, as the date recorded says "Apr. 1918" on the picture. Date taken is Jun 14 1916, which is written in the description field as "Scope and Content". Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:06, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In that case both dates would be relevant. Please clearly tell in the file description what the different dates stand for. –LPfi (talk) 20:30, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Polda18 and LPfi: I am finding it challenging to anything definitive on the purpose of the "|date=" field in an infobox, however on template:information it is "Date of creation, when the original source (such as photograph of 3-D scene, digital file, or original 2-D artwork, or SVG drawing) was created" and on Commons:Structured data/Modeling/Date the inception SDC is for "and which should be used for storing the time...photograph was taken". So from this, the proper use of the date field on the NARA images would be the stamped "Taken Date", and other dates such as the metadata and "Date Recorded" would go into the description? Caddyshack01 (talk) 14:35, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That makes sense. Then NARA should update their process to fix this issue. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:53, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to monitor only one category[edit]

I want to know how to see only photos add to an specific category. To be more clear, I want to see all photos recently add to Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Brazil without seeing all photos add to all other categories that I follow. Thx -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 19:46, 4 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Rodrigo.Argenton: Is Special:RecentChangesLinked/Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2022 in Brazil what you're looking for? You might need to adjust the filters to catch just the kind of edit you're interested in. --bjh21 (talk) 09:03, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bjh21: , thx for trying, but no, even with all filters on the related categories appears, so looks the same as my filters at my wachlist. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 09:11, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rodrigo.Argenton: I think the best you can do is only category changes and cut everything else out. It still shows the other categories but this is fairly limited to the category changes to the files in the category. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 20:40, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Rodrigo.Argenton: you should get User:OgreBot to add your request to their User:OgreBot/gallery. You can try asking on the gallery talk page or maybe ask User:Magog the Ogre directly. Even though the bot is semi-active, it seems to be working properly. You can select as many categories as you like and even exclude sub-categories as you desire. Ww2censor (talk) 20:57, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It is a watchlist, but just for the category given. I use the corresponding rss feeds to monitor a number of categories. Agathoclea (talk) 06:39, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hung Cao Photo[edit]

Hey, I was trying to find a photo to add for on Hung Cao, but when I try to add an image to Wikicommons, it's giving some disclaimer about how it has to be my original art. I'm just trying to add an image that is already in the public domain, not my own. Picryl is a trusted source and the photo is a government photo that shares the origin in the link description. Will I be in trouble for uploading this image? GamingJam (talk) 21:51, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @GamingJam: did you upload with Commons:UploadWizard or with some other tool? - Jmabel ! talk 23:17, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Upload Wizard GamingJam (talk) 23:37, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Correct tag for that would be {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}. - Jmabel ! talk 23:18, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Hi Jmabel, I tried to add that image (link mentioned earlier) to the Congressional elections link I mentioned earlier, but the resolution isn't the same size as Jennifer Wexton's. Is there a way I can fix this? GamingJam (talk) 00:03, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks for mentioning what I was thinking of with {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}. Does this apply here? GamingJam (talk) 23:40, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Yes, that would be the PD tag use in lieu of a license for this image.
    • When you say "the resolution isn't the same size" that doesn't make a lot of sense. It's like saying "the weight isn't the same distance" or such. Clearly it is not a simple headshot portrait like we have for Wexton. If a high enough resolution is available, you might be able to crop it to something acceptable. Or you might be able to find a more suitable PD image. Or someone might be persuaded to free-license their own photo of him. But there's no magic to turn a candid shot with a group of people into a professional-looking headshot. - Jmabel ! talk 05:55, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      @JmabelThanks for your message. It sounds like I can crop it so it's the same size as Wexton's (or close). I know that it won't be professional, it's just, using that photo with a bunch of other people made it wider than Wexton's photo and I'm trying to get it to the same size or close. Thank you for helping a newbie out. I look forward to getting my photo editor to crop it at an acceptable size. Check back at soon GamingJam (talk) 23:47, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How can I easily see featured/quality images in a given category?[edit]

Some categories have "Featured images of..." - sadly is without one.

There is "Good pictures" button in header, sadly it just shows "Connecting..." on clicking.

Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 21:53, 5 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I tried but its intersection of Category:Featured pictures and Category:Controlled-access highways (depth set to 10) runs forever and gives and - are there really no featured pictures of any motorways? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:23, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Quality images + Controlled-access highways also found nothing useful ([2]) But exists. In conclusion manual categories like Category:Quality images of roads and streets are needed to find anything Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 12:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Category:Woods presently seems to be a bit of a muddle, including both the substance (same as Category:Wood?) and the treed area (same as Category:Woodlands?). Does it serve any useful distinct purpose? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 00:17, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Probably could become a disambiguation leading to those two categories. - Jmabel ! talk 05:56, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see that Category:Woodlands defines "woodlands" as "low-density forest forming open habitats with plenty of sunlight and limited shade". However, to me, a "wood" can be high-density, just typically smaller than a forest (although no doubt somewhere you could find a "wood" as large as some other "forest"). ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:45, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In fact, I'm beginning to think it would be easier if woods and forests were combined into one category, since the difference is hard to precisely define. Then we wouldn't have to worry about it. Whether "woodlands" needs to be distinct is not very clear to me. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 20:06, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Photo of mayor election campaign picture on house wall[edit]

I recently took a photo of a painting on a house wall in Cologne (not North Korea, as one might think ;-), showing Cologne mayor Henriette Reker (ordered and paid by her to support her last election campaign in 2020). My photo is quite similar to this commercial one (above).

I would like to upload my photo under a free licence. May I, or could this cause trouble due to possible copyrights on the painting? --Anti. (talk) 11:56, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Anti.: Hi, and welcome. As Cologne is in Germany, COM:FOP Germany applies. I don't think the work is permanent (as it will probably be overpainted after the election), so I think COM:PRP applies, and you should not upload it without permission from the artist.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:10, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi, thanks. In fact, this painting seems to be permanent. The election took place on 13th September 2020, the painting was made a few weeks before and it is still on the house wall today. This article explained that "election posters in public spaces normally must be taken down promptly after the respective election. However, this does not apply to murals on private house facades". There seems to have been no attempt or plan to remove/overpaint it since then at all.
So, to me, it "serves the purpose of a not-merely-temporary presentation", so an upload should actually be legal ..? --Anti. (talk) 13:08, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: What do you think? --Anti. (talk) 23:39, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Search engines[edit]

ارجو تحسين محركات البحث — Preceding unsigned comment added by بلال القلبي (talk • contribs) 00:20, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please improve search engines
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:03, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@بلال القلبي: أهلا ومرحبا. آسف ، لا يوجد شيء يمكننا القيام به حيال ذلك. راجع أيضًا COM:SIGN/ar.
Hi, and welcome. Sorry, there is nothing we can do about that. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:03, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Change of image Sforza coat of arms[edit]

I have noticed that the coat of arms of the Sforza family of Pesaro is wrong. The original coat of arms of the Sforza’ is the golden lion in a blue field holding a branch of cotogno. The coat of arms you use was used only by the Milan branch. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Giudice123 (talk • contribs) 10:34, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Giudice123: Hi, and welcome. Where may we find the right coat of arms of the Sforza family of Pesaro?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Display bug[edit]

The "black background" display of pictures, e.g. at, is no longer working properly in the Edge browser. Pictures used to scale to fill the screen, but now they are scaled much too small, so the picture appears as a small rectangle in the middle of a large expanse of black. I think this should be reported as a bug. I wonder whether someone with access to the reporting system could do this? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 21:18, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edge browser uses the same engine as Google Chrome, and it works fine in Chrome for me. The picture scales so it fits in its entirety in the browser window, so I do see black bars on the left and right (image in the center), but the black areas are nowhere larger than the image itself. I can even provide you a screenshot: Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 12:32, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It works fine in Chrome for me too. However, it does not work for me in Edge, irrespective of what you say about engines. I would be grateful if someone else could check it in Edge also. Thanks. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 22:17, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Same result. Maybe check your browser's configuration. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:01, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Polda18: Thanks for looking at it. Upon further investigation:
1) Sometimes when I navigate to the "black-background" view, by clicking on an image, I get sent to a URL of the type In this case, browser scaling seems to be remembered and reapplied to all such pictures, even ones I have never viewed before, and even across sessions, while not affecting the browser general default, such as is applied when I open an unrelated website. (It's possible that one time recently I manually reduced the scaling on one such page, possibly inadvertently with Ctrl+Scroll, and then it affected all subsequent views.) I don't know whether this is a browser feature or a wiki feature.
2) Other times, I get sent to a URL of the type This view includes controls, and a panel at the bottom, which are absent from (1), and even manual browser scaling in this case does not actually affect the size of the picture, only the size of the controls and framing content
At first I thought I got (1) when logged on and (2) when logged out, but now I seem to be getting inconsistent behaviour, or unknown things are changing under my feet.
Anyone can shed any light on this? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 18:44, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I put about copywrite?[edit] Hi, I wrote an e-mail to get copywrite and the journalist in charge replied “yes, you can use it”. How do I put about copywrite? There are many options I don’t understand. Shalom777br (talk) 21:53, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Shalom777br: Hi, and welcome. Please see VRT#If you are NOT the copyright holder.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:00, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 22:31, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please indicate me which copyright tag do I put in this case? Shalom777br (talk) 23:29, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Please indicate to me which copyright tag or license the journalist in charge chose.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:32, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
He allowed me to use it on Wikipedia Shalom777br (talk) 23:34, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Sadly, that's not enough. Also, if another photographer like Robert Lombaerts took the photos, we need permission from him too.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:35, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What shall I ask him to write? Shalom777br (talk) 23:36, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Again, please see VRT#If you are NOT the copyright holder.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:40, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for your help. I sent to him an e-mail to write his statement and his photographer. I think it will take more time. Could you please take this limit of time “7 days” away? Shalom777br (talk) 00:41, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: Now File:Tomoharu Ushida.jpg has a little more time.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:10, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 08:07, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: You're welcome. Private discussion continues in Ticket:2022080710005882.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:44, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shalom777br: By the way, please note that the word is "copyright", not "copywrite". :) -- Auntof6 (talk) 22:09, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh, yes. Thank you so much. Shalom777br (talk) 22:32, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image of a table[edit]

Hello, I am trying to upload an image of a table I created. The table is original using data from the ICC and World Population. Marloow (talk) 22:27, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Marloow: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a png image as a new user. Such uploads of png images are not allowed at all. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png image, it's a copyright violation taken from the web. Please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including any metadata, but it may be judged too complex to be under TOO in the country of origin, so you may need to license it on your official website or social media or send permission via VRT. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too. If you can't get a compliant license, the image may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. Also, please think about converting the table to wikitext via mw:Help:Tables, as tables of text are generally oos here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:20, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]



@TRKEARNS: Hi, and welcome. We don't maintain lists of actors here on Commons. Please be more specific, and turn off your CAPS LOCK.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:08, 7 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Collective naming while uploading[edit]

I want to upload a series of images with names like IMG_20220730_133812.jpg that indicate date and time, but with the collective prefix Steyr 30 Loon op Zand as that is what they depict. As far as I remember from two years ago the upload form gave the option to add a collective prefix to the existing names, but now it bluntly refuses to advance to the next step as the current names are nondescript. I am *not* going to add the prefix and the categories 50 times, even less so as I have planned another upload of over 4000 files. I do however want to retain the datestamp, as it connects the files to my own archive.

Has the upload form been changed and what can I do to get this extremely unhelpful grumpy wizard to work form me? Or perhaps there are alternatives that work on my chromebook? → bertux 10:18, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bertux: Hi, and welcome. Please see Commons:Upload tools.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:22, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I tried Pattypan but I can't get it to work on my chromebook; perhaps it will work in Linux mode but I am not prepared to try that without guidance. None of the tools specifies for which operating systems they are suitable or tested; even on GitHub chromebook is rarely mentioned. Am I to try them all?
Anyway, the upload wizad should handle such basic tasks. Surely the current version is meant to scare off new users? Btw, I'm not a newbie and I didn't encounter this issue in previous uploads; as far as I remember, after inserting the prefix I was asked if all the files should get this prefix. Yes, sure! None of this now → bertux 10:48, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The english Wikipedia article on Chromebook says, Chromebooks can use Android apps. --C.Suthorn (talk) 14:02, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not all, but mine can. But is there an Android alternative to the Upload Wizard? → bertux 17:03, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bertux: Try COM:APP.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:21, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! However my device is not compatible with COM:APP. (I should have said 'My chromebook runs about 40% of Android apps properly and another 35% with restrictions or bugs'.)
Btw, I tried COM:APP with my Android phone but most of the app interface disappears when I hit the + sign for starting an upload. It doesn't respond and crashes after a few seconds. Anyway, although it worked when I tried it two years ago on the same phone I found it rigid, clumsy and disappointing → bertux 18:16, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@C.Suthorn mailed me about the Offroader app, thanks! According to the Play Store it is free and compatible with my phone and my chromebook but it has less than 10 users so I find it a bit scary to try this one. There is a paid version on Amazon for a whopping 54 dollar with a description of some features.
Offroader will accept the nondescript filenames so that moderators can rename the series in one swoop. (Does it work like that? Not wanting to add a lot to their workload).
Also it requests my Wikimedia password according to this description, apparently without using en:OAuth. Not going to try this one → bertux 10:25, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Renaming before uploading[edit]

I will consider renaming before uploading. The Windows Explorer will add a collective prefix when you request renaming of multiple files at once and some zip-programs will add the mapname to the filenames. Surely some apps for chromebook or Android offer this feature too? → bertux 10:24, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I will add a tip for users to use Powertoys from Microsoft devs, it adds number of features to Windows, including bulk rename (other than that, command line/terminal has to be used to bulk rename files, or making a script). Linux users should have a similar tool handy as well. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:14, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You are right, MS-DOS supported collective renaming, not the Windows GUI. My chromebook has a Unix-like command line I remember, I will try that, thanks. Regardless, the Upload Wizard should offer such basic tools for uploading file batches → bertux 12:45, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Linux (bash & co):
for file in IMG_*.jpg; do mv -i "$file" "Steyr_30_Loon_op_Zand_$file"; done
LPfi (talk) 13:42, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Or perhaps remove the "IMG" at the same time (bash syntax for simplicity, the syntax highlighting seems not to understand "| sed"):
for file in IMG_*.jpg; do  mv -i "$file" "Steyr_30_Loon_op_Zand_$( echo "$file" | sed s/^IMG_//)"; done
LPfi (talk) 14:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you don't have bash, you might need to use "`command`" (backticks) instead of "$(command)" and some versions of sed require "sed -e" instead of just "sed". –LPfi (talk) 14:22, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks a lot, I will try this! → bertux 21:40, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Newbie help request[edit]

Would anyone be able to help me? I have a >100 year old photograph of a battleship I am trying to add to the relevant page along with a very brief description. I have spent far too long going around in circles trying and failing to do this. It’s a relevant/ interesting photo from 1919 previously unpublished. Can anyone quickly do this for me as I have tried and failed many, many times. Thank you. Albidog (talk) 14:59, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A photo from 1919 would *likely* be public domain in most countries. More info would help give a precise answer. What country was the photo taken in? (Different countries have different copyright law details.) Do you know anything about who took the photo - family, found photo, military archive? -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 15:18, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi. Thank you for coming back to me. The photo was taken by my grandfather in Italy in perhaps 1920. It is very unlikely to have been published anywhere. The glass negative recently came to light in his old house along with about 50 other photos of largely long deceased family members. I can send you a copy of the photo if you wish. Albidog (talk) 21:10, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you inherited unpublished photos from an ancestor (presuming no other close relative has a conflicting claim to the rights to reproduce the photos) you can license them for reuse as you see fit. Just explain the situation in the image description page. Licenses with templates you could use include for example {{PD-heirs}} to release to public domain, or {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}} if you wanted Creative Commons attribution. For example I've uploaded scans of some photos by my deceased ancestors under Creative Commons asking for attribution to "Family photos of Infrogmation" - if you preferred you could also ask for attribution to the ancestor's name, whatever you think appropriate. If you'd like me to take a look when you do your first upload, feel free to leave me a note on my talk page at User talk:Infrogmation. Thanks for your attention, and I look forward to seeing interesting photo or photos! Cheers, -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 21:48, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Many thanks again. Are there people in the Wiki community who would be able to upload the photo for me? I spent a few hours yesterday trying and failed miserably. My IT skills are non existent unfortunately. Albidog (talk) 06:53, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Albidog: Hi, and welcome. Are you able to email it?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:59, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Jeff. Could you email me your email address please. Mine is I can then email you the photo and intended caption etc. Sorry I’m hopeless with this! Many thanks Albidog (talk) 15:23, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Albidog: Please see File:SMS Tegetthoff moored in Venice, Italy (1919).jpg and this edit. In addition, I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it, and have the photographer post permission on their official website or social media or send the photo and permission via VRT with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:14, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

操作失误[edit] 当前 2022年8月8日 (一) 21:52 颐园居(讨论 | 贡献) Reverted to version as of 12:38, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

试操作失误,请求删除这个版本 颐园居 (talk) 15:07, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@颐园居: Why are there so many different views?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:44, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Mapa General.pdf[edit]

This file was made by the Subsecretary of Transport of Chile in 2006. I credited the designers behing this map, but i don't know how to tag creative commons for this because the Chilean Goverment, as far as i know, doesn't have copyright in any of it's works because it's national information dejected by the transparency law.

--Calamardinho (talk) 23:47, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @Calamardinho: I don't see anything here saying that the Chilean government generally waives copyright. Typically a transparency law just prevents secrecy, not government ownership of copyright. Can you point at anything in particular that indicates otherwise for Chile? - Jmabel ! talk 03:27, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It would generally be a good idea to look at relevant copyright rules by terrirotry page, in this case COM:CHILE. Nothing about government issued works being exempt from copyright can be found there, so I would assume that government issued works are still copyrighted, and therefore not acceptable for Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:14, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Regarding Pic upload[edit]

I am not able to upload my pic Nirbhay Singh Godlaw (talk) 09:35, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Nirbhay Singh Godlaw: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it, and have the photographer post permission on their official website or social media or send the photo and permission via VRT with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:57, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I may add FPB (Film and Publication Board) rating icons with fair use that is someone else to upload it, is that allowed? CDMXM8807I8X (talk) 16:21, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Cdmxm8807i8x: Hi, and welcome. Sorry, we don't allow Fair Use here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:33, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK. Plus, does the image need to be in real life? Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 23:46, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Cdmxm8807i8x: What do you mean by that? We don't allow fair use here because we want our files to be usable by anyone, anywhere, any time.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:40, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OH, OK. Thanks for letting me know! Message by Cdmxm8807i8x (talk) 00:41, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

submit an article[edit]

Where do i go to start my article for wikipedia? Pinktitration (talk) 18:20, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

To the en:Wikipedia:Help desk of Wikipedia. Ruslik (talk) 20:50, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Завантаження файлу[edit]

Доброго дня! Я працюю в закладі освіти, бібліотекарем. Одним із головних завдань - розмістити фото на вікі-сторінках науковців. Підскажіть, як завантажувати файл, якщо я не власник фото і не знаю автора котрий робив фото. (наприклад якщо фото брати з офіційного сайту університету, які робити кроки) і котру із вказаних ліцензій Creative Commons використовувати Вікторія Кім92 (talk) 07:17, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Download file

Hello! I work in an educational institution, as a librarian. One of the main tasks is to place photos on the wiki pages of scientists. Tell me how to download the file if I am not the owner of the photo and do not know the author who took the photo.

(for example, if the photo is taken from the official website of the university, what steps to take) and which of the specified Creative Commons licenses to use
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Вікторія Кім92: Привіт і ласкаво просимо. Будь ласка, обговоріть це питання з офіційним веб-майстром університету.
Hi, and welcome. Please discuss this matter with the official webmaster of the university.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Вікторія Кім92: В более общем плане: для любого данного изображения только владелец авторских прав может предоставить лицензию на использование этого изображения. Этим владельцем может быть физическое лицо или организация. Вы можете попытаться убедить их предоставить такую лицензию, но вы не можете заставить их
More generally: for any given image, only the owner of the copyright can grant a license to use that image. That owner may be an individual or an institution. You can try to convince them to grant such a license, but you can't force them. - Jmabel ! talk 14:56, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If they use your content without attribution (or without complying with your licensing), you may be able to sue them for copyright infringement.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:07, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Removing the icon?[edit]

The new "improved" edit summaries with big red seastars are quite annoying. Watchlist became a mess. Is there a way to remove these icons? Retired electrician (talk) 09:07, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Retired electrician: I am not seeing them, who is using them?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:55, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: cf. today's contribs with "connected with Wikidata for Firefox" tag. Retired electrician (talk) 12:38, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Retired electrician: I am seeing a Fox Face unicode character, as per this link.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:54, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pinging @Loominade as the editor who is using them.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:58, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, Wikidata for Web uses the 🦊 emoji in commit messages when performing edits -Loominade (talk) 14:02, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Loominade: Does it have an option not to do that?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:13, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
no - Loominade (talk) 14:16, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Epìdosis and Shisma: Please allow users to opt out of such advertisements.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:21, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's a browser extension and I haven't programming skills, so I'm unable to help you unfortunately. Best, --Epìdosis 15:08, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
is there like a rule of which characters are and are not allowed in commit messages? might also concern @BrokenSegue: and the 🧙 Wwwyzzerdd for Wikidata Shisma (talk) 05:35, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How could I upload my own work under Attribution only license[edit]

I do not like CC-BY. Cause it asks for a link to the license, which makes me uncomfortable. --Raccoozzy (Talk) 10:27, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Raccoozzy: Hi, and welcome. You may use {{Attribution}}, which redirects to {{Attribution only license}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:42, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
yeah, but I can not specify other license when using upload wizard. --Raccoozzy (Talk) 10:48, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
See Commons:Upload Wizard FAQ. There is also another option to use Special:Upload, which provides an everything at once interface to upload files. It is usually for more experienced users who know how to format the file description correctly and which licenses to choose from. Special:UploadWizard is usually for new users that may not know how licensing and uploading to Commons generally works, so it only suggests mostly used licenses to choose from. I'm not sure if you can specify a custom license tag, but I believe there is such option. Simply choose "custom" and fill in the license tag yourself. If not, then I guess you'll have to use the more advanced upload page. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:00, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thumbnail of SVG is weird[edit]

The thumbnail of File:Magic Spoon.svg is glitchy, but it's just the original SVG from the website (Removing class="mobile_hide" role="img" aria-label="Magic Spoon" from the svg tag). -- QuickQuokka [⁠talkcontribs] 18:58, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@QuickQuokka: Hi again. Have you read COM:SVG yet?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:52, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Harry Watson Booth[edit]

Need to make a correction on Harry's death date. I have written 1945 when in fact it is 1947 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Booth Descendant (talk • contribs) 23:01, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What do you need help with? Maybe give a link if that might be useful in knowing? -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 23:59, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Booth Descendant: Assuming this is about File:Harry Watson Booth born 1883 died 1st March 1945 age 63 years.jpg, just use {{Rename}} on that page (with an indication of the desired name, of course) and someone will get to it. - Jmabel ! talk 00:07, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Uploading video demonstrating usage of the android Wikipedia app[edit]

This is kind of a bucnh of questions at once. I apologize in advance for that.

So I was hoping to upload a video of what an editing session/general interaction with the android Wikipedia app can look like because I've been working on an enwiki essay about the advantages/disadvantages of what using the app can be like and I wanted to be able to show a frame of reference for what it's actually like to use the app because not a lot of people actually use it. First, is this actually within the mission of Commons? I've never tried to upload video files before and while I know it's possible because I've seen some, but I'm hesistant because video is more resource-intentsive so I figured I should ask if there's anything I need to know first before I do so. The second issue is copyright status. Based off the answer I recieved in a previous help thread [3], I'm assuming I wouldn't upload the file as my own work and would link every page I visit as the source and choose Share-Alike 3.0? Also, I'd appreciate it if someone double-checked I did the screenshot upload right when I got around to it because this was the first time I tried to upload something that wasn't filed as my own work [4].

Also, is there like an easily accessible guide geared to Wikipedians or just like in general to figure out Commons-related stuff? Maybe I just have banner blindness or something but I don't want to be wasting people's time if I can figure out the answers to questions myself. Again, thank you to anyone in advance who tries to help me. Clovermoss (talk) 00:16, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  1. @Clovermoss: This video sounds perfectly appropriate for Commons.
  2. It's your own (derivative) work; any pages you show need to be credited overtly and in accord with their license(s).
  3. I don't think there is any one special guide as against the collection of help pages, policy pages, etc.
As for File:Options to share a diff on the android Wikipedia app.jpg:
  1. A lot of those logos are copyrighted, unlicensed and therefore not appropriate for Commons. I'd suggest we replace those with Gaussian blurs. Let me know if you'd like me to do that for you. In any case, I've added {{Trademark}}, because that will apply even to the ones too simple for copyright.
  2. Your "source" doesn't make any sense at all. The picture is a diff, but your source is just a permalink.
  3. All images on Commons should have at least one category.
Jmabel ! talk 01:22, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: Thanks for answering my questions. My line of thought for the source was that I should link to the page that I took the screenshot from... but I guess I didn't think about how it'd be better to just to link the diff itself? It seems more obvious in hindsight. As for Gaussian blurs, feel free to add them for me but I was wondering how I would go about doing it myself? I think in general I do add categories to what I've uploaded. So it seems like I've dropped the ball here on a few things. Clovermoss (talk) 04:04, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Clovermoss: I do Gaussian blurs with GIMP. I'm sure they are also straightforward with Photoshop and other advanced image editing tools. - Jmabel ! talk 14:51, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • But looking more closely, I don't think any of these are copyrightable, just trademarked, which I already dealt with. I think we're good. - Jmabel ! talk 14:56, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I understand, that you want to create a video of using the Wikipedia Android App and upload that video to Commons. Most (all?) Android devices will record video(capture)s in mp4 format. You will need to transcode the mp4 file to webm. This can be done with video2commons, or with ffmpeg. The help page on video upload in commons shows the syntax for a 2 pass transcoding. The resulting webm file will be dramatically smaller than the mp4 as the transcoder can consider the minimal changes between frames of a videocapture. In general video files are large. Most ways to upload to commons have significant difficulties to upload files larger than 600MB-1.2GB. Files up to 600MB can be uploaded with any upload tool. Files up to 1.2GB will in most cases upload with one to five tries. Files larger than 2GB can only be uploaded with Rillke's script or Offroader. In the past it was no probem to upload 4GiB. 4GiB is the maximum size for Commons and that will not change for a long time. --C.Suthorn (talk) 06:46, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for some more specific details C.Suthorn. The video is around 600 mb, so I think that sizewise it should be fine given what you've just said. It's definitely in the mp4 format, so I'll work on converting it. Clovermoss (talk) 12:01, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi there, I'd like to adjust a SVG logo for a company (Arri Group), but I don't seem to have overwriting authorization although the account is older than four days. It's a very small adjustment, but the logo has changed slightly and I'd like to upload the right one. Thank you! ARRI Communications (talk) 08:21, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@ARRI Communications: Hi, and welcome. Your account here on Commons is only 1 day, 21 hours and 9 minutes old. You may upload the changed logo with a new filename and adjust the Wikipedia articles accordingly.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:41, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For what it's worth, you should never upload a new logo over an older one. We want the older ones for historical reasons. - Jmabel ! talk 14:57, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Привязка фотографии к человеку[edit]

Добрый день! Данная фотография File:Андрей Алексеевич Булгаков.jpg привязалась к другому человеку - Булгаков, Андрей Алексеевич (Герой Советского Союза). Когда пытаемся добавить первое фото в статью Википедии - крепится второе. Можете чем-то помочь? Otdel217 (talk) 09:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Linking a photo to a person

Good afternoon! This photo File:Андрей Алексеевич Булгаков.jpg is attached to another person - Булгаков, Андрей Алексеевич (Hero of the Soviet Union). When we try to add the first photo to Wikipedia article - the second one is attached. Is there anything you can do to help?

translator: via DeepL --Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:06, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image Licensing[edit]

so there's this image File:Shri-Ramesh-Tawadkar.jpg It's been tagged for nomination which I don't agree to.

I needed an admin to look into it and let me know if GODL India licensing is applicable or not Rejoy2003 (talk) 16:29, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Rejoy2003: Hi, and welcome. That license appears not to be applicable. Please see and comment on Commons:Deletion requests/File:Shri-Ramesh-Tawadkar.jpg.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:51, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JeffG.: So what license should I use? Since it's available on a government website. I don't want it to be deleted. I need improvements, hope you can guide me. Rejoy2003 (talk) —Preceding undated comment was added at 17:32, 11 August 2022‎ (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rejoy2003: I don't know, ask the photographer. Note also "©2022 Government of Goa.All Rights Reserved" at the bottom of   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JeffG.: Seriously that's your help? How in the world will I ask the photographer when there's no mention of them since it's a Government website. I can't take the "idk" as a solution. If you have any Indian Admins that can help me it'll be great. I want a change especially to my state politicians articles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rejoy2003 (talk • contribs) 17:44, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rejoy2003: Fine. Call on each member without a photo on Wikipedia and ask who took their picture for that site, and why the photographers are not credited on that site. And sign your posts per COM:SIGN policy.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:51, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pinging @Yann for expertise in Indian copyright matters.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 18:04, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Some State government publish some documents under a free license, but the GODL is only for the federal government anyway. Yann (talk) 19:44, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rejoy2003: The way Jeff worded that may be a little harsh but: most of what is on the Internet does not meet Wikimedia Commons' licensing criteria. Occasionally you may be able to get someone to issue a license that they haven't previously issued, but in general if you didn't take the picture yourself (or otherwise own the copyright), it isn't in the public domain, and there isn't already a sufficiently free license offered, it's unlikely that the relevant permission can be obtained. Not impossible, just unlikely. - Jmabel ! talk 01:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: Hi thank you for your message. I understood about the process now. People like Jeff who spent years on this platform often turn out to be like this. I'm least interested in their behaviour since many are actually "harsh" to new comers or should I say "biters" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rejoy2003 (talk • contribs) 05:42, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rejoy2003: I welcomed you at the outset, 16:51, 11 August 2022 (UTC), and I tried to help you. As a citizen of Goa, you have the right to call on the members of your state assembly to credit the photographers of the photos used on their website, or alternatively to ask them to license their photos freely. If you continue to not sign or to insult me, I will stop trying to help you. See also COM:NETCOPYRIGHT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:24, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cannot upload SVG (34.2 MB)[edit]

I'm trying to upload an svg of the global rail network to replace File:World railway network.png, as requested there. However, the Upload Wizard appears to be breaking. I already reduced the size from >60 MB but cannot go lower without compromising quality. It stalls out at the "Processing" / "Queued" point, on the apparent brink of completion, and does not progress no matter how long I give it. How can I fix this? Would an alternate upload system work better? Thanks for your help! Ganesha811 (talk) 17:26, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ganesha811: Please try using User:Rillke/bigChunkedUpload.js (doc at User talk:Rillke/bigChunkedUpload.js).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:36, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for your help! The script did not work (it got stuck on waiting for the server to put together the chunks, appparently), but Special:Upload worked and the file is now available at File:World railway network.svg. I'm going through the category/licensing things now that Upload Wizard would usually help with, but if you could take a look to make sure I did it right, I would really appreciate it! Thank you. 18:05, 11 August 2022 (UTC) Ganesha811 (talk) 18:05, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The file size could be significantly reduced. There is a large number of unnecessary spaces and white spaces. There is a large number of path tags with identical attributes. By using CSS and style attributes, the size could be reduced. Many numbers are of the format ###.#####. By multiplying all with 100000 the decimal point can be eliminated. And by using shorter identifiers there could be some more size reduction. --C.Suthorn (talk) 18:56, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Feel free to upload a new version, for sure! I created it via export from ArcMap, but I'm not at all knowledgeable on SVG management in general. Or if you have tips on how I can reduce its size, that would be welcome as well. Ganesha811 (talk) 19:32, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
At least spaces and whitespaces can be removed with any text editor and find+replace. (same for CSS, but some knowledge of SVG+CSS is needed for that.) --C.Suthorn (talk) 20:43, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good tip, I was able to get it down to 6.22 MB and have uploaded a new version. Thanks for the suggestion! Ganesha811 (talk) 21:04, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, I am vectorizing logos of Sri Lankan Government Institutions as well as older establishments.[edit]

My aim is to do at least 1 vector logo a day - 365 an year at least. Since Sri Lanka is a small country I hope in an year or two, I'll be completing all of them, For a start I have vectorized the logo of Sri Lanka State Intelligence Service but the upload fails. please help. 1DayVector (talk) 18:19, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @1DayVector: What upload tool (URL or name of program) are you using? What error message did you get? - Jmabel ! talk 01:56, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I found it to be a common error, regardless I have to wait 3 days and make 10 accurate edits to be approved by the system. 1DayVector (talk) 05:02, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Subir videos[edit]

Disculpen donde encuentro información o un tutorial para subir videos a wikimedia commons ya que me permite subir imágenes pero no me recibe formato ni .mov ni .mp4. he buscado pero no encuentro solución... Muchas gracias Luifers (talk) 19:22, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Los vídeos deben subirse en formato webm, por lo que los archivos mov o mp4 deben ser transcodificados. commons:video2commons hace la transcodificación y la subida. con ffmpeg, la transcodificación también puede hacerse localmente y luego subirse con cualquier herramienta de subida. Desgraciadamente, la mayoría de las herramientas no son adecuadas para archivos grandes (>600MB). --C.Suthorn (talk) 22:20, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Licensing Question[edit]

I found two months ago a very interesting picture which I want to use for my book's front page. I'm having trouble contacting the user, so I want to know if I need a written permission from the photographer in order to use it. Here is the link to the picture: In a few words, I want to know if the picture's license grants me the right to use it for my book. Thanks! Avionvolador2702 (talk) 21:48, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Avionvolador2702: Hi, and welcome. In a few words, "no." You must follow the license, or negotiate with User:Christer T Johansson. Please see COM:REUSE.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:53, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, how can I contact User:Christer T Johansson?
I'm new to all of this, sorry. Avionvolador2702 (talk) 21:58, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Avionvolador2702: I already pinged him. You may use Special:EmailUser/Christer T Johansson once you verify your email address.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:35, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Avionvolador2702: to be clear: even without contacting User:Christer T Johansson, you can use it by conforming to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license offered for that photo. - Jmabel ! talk 01:59, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much for clarifying the matter, I thought I needed to request permission. Great! I'll do it. Thanks again! Avionvolador2702 (talk) 02:34, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Avionvolador2702: — I was just about to make the same clarification as Jmabel. When Jeff G. said "No", I am pretty sure he was saying "No, you do not need written permission from the photographer" to use File:Lotus maculatus-IMG 0397.jpg. You can click the little "World icon / Use this file" to have the system generate the correct attribution for the photo that you will need to place in your book (probably on the same page you place your own copyright statement for the book). In this case the suggested attribution text is "C T Johansson, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons". So next to your own copyright statement, you could say something like "Cover photo © C T Johansson, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons". —RP88 (talk) 02:01, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In addition, I should also mention, if you modify C T Johansson's photo to use on your book cover, under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 license you must distribute your modified photo under the same CC BY-SA 3.0 license (or a compatible license). —RP88 (talk) 02:15, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Perfect! Useful information, thanks for clarifying, I was thinking how to contact him, but now the process is more simple.
Thanks for your answer!! Avionvolador2702 (talk) 02:37, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


what is the best material for making molds for small plastic gears... 2600:4040:B287:3700:A98B:19FE:33A6:B065 00:24, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Probably something not discussed on this project, but it should be able to withstand the temperature of the molten plastic.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:29, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

a Wikipedia-type article on Wikimedia[edit]

en:Pedro J. Figueredo Ravelo was recently deleted from Wikipedia. Some of the text from that article has now been added here (Pedro J. Figueredo Ravelo). I haven't edited on Wikimedia Commons very much, but I'm pretty sure that this is not the appropriate type of content. I will put a message on his talk page, but first I want to make sure that I have my facts straight. Leschnei (talk) 23:07, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Delete and probably salt too, with warnings and blocks to suit. Egregious spam. Andy Dingley (talk) 00:05, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Category:Pedro J. Figueredo Ravelo and the Wikidata entry too. As well as all uploads. Andy Dingley (talk) 00:07, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Perfectly valid for Wikidata, which has a very low threshold of notability. This is what I did for the moment on Commons. If anyone wants to go further, I won't object, but this much is obvious just by our scope. - Jmabel ! talk 00:10, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: It appears that Perf1203 and MarioDate have been conspiring together to perpetrate this spam and copyvio nest.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:01, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

en:File:The main building of the Baltic Exchange after its completion in 1903.jpg - no FoP?[edit]

The image en:File:The main building of the Baltic Exchange after its completion in 1903.jpg has been uploaded in the English Wikipedia usinf a special fair-use template. However, I'd deem it to fall under the Freedom of Panaorama. Is there any reason not to uplaod it to Commons using Template:FoP-UK? H005 09:23, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @H005: presumably the issue was not FOP but that it will be another few years before we can presume that this image with unknown authorship is out of copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Yeah, thanks, that makes sense. Forgot that there's not only authorship for the building, but also for the photo. -- H005 08:55, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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How to upload my musical audios and videos — Preceding unsigned comment added by Iffy kay (talk • contribs) 10:33, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Iffy kay: Hi, and welcome. Please see the corresponding sections of COM:FT, as well as COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:06, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Iffy kay: Is that about music composed and performed by you? Otherwise you will want to check that any underlying copyrights don't hinder you from licensing your files under a free licence. If other people's rights are involved, please tell the details – for us to be able to give some advice, probably after asking further questions.
(COM:FT (i.e. Commons:File types) discusses what audio and video formats are supported here. Commons:Signatures is about signing your posts.)
LPfi (talk) 08:40, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Photo of telz smiling on instagram.jpg[edit]

this image is from instagram and it was properly licensed, can someone help improve it

--Celeboyz (talk) 15:27, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. No license at all is indicated on the file page.
  2. Where on that Instagram page indicated as a source does it indicate a license?

- Jmabel ! talk 15:30, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

problème de sécurité[edit]

Bonjour Quand je clique sur Log in la page wikipedia qui s'ouvre affiche l'identifiant et le code. Il n'y a plus qu'à valider, ce que n'importe quel utilisateur peut faire à ma place. Je précise que je suis sous Firefox. Merci de me donner une solution, si elle existe. Palamède (talk) 17:00, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Palamède: Sounds like something about how you have your browser set up (not something within Wikipedia).
Via Google Translate: Cela ressemble à quelque chose à propos de la configuration de votre navigateur (pas quelque chose dans Wikipedia).
Jmabel ! talk 17:53, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
::Merci. Oui, c'était un paramètre de Firefox à corriger. C'est OK maintenant.
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Verification failed[edit]

I keep trying to upload a picture but I get a verification failed image. I am uploading pictures of Cantor Dust similar to File:Cantor dust in three dimensions iteration 5.svg. I tried uploading an image of iteration 6 and it failed. How can I submit my svg successfully? WalkingRadiance (talk) 23:00, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I also tried uploading a 74Megabyte SVG and the file did not upload successfully. WalkingRadiance (talk) 23:27, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@WalkingRadiance: Hi, and welcome. Please see Help:SVG.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:40, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Jim McNamara headshot.jpg[edit]

Hi all, I am a graduate student at Emory University working on Epilepsy research. Jim McNamara is a epilepsy researcher that I admire and want to create a Wikipedia page and attach his headshot. I obtained the headshot from Duke medical school webpage ( Is it possible I can use it for the Wikipedia page?

Sincerely, Thomas

--Fu Hung Shiu (talk) 01:53, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Fu Hung Shiu: The page says "©2022 Duke University " and nothing in Duke's terms of use indicates any free license. You would have to find out who owns the copyright of that particular image and get them to grant an appropriate license. Frankly, it's more likely that you could contact a Wikimedian who attends or works at Duke and get them to take an appropriate photo. - Jmabel ! talk 02:50, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Requesting Import to Commons from Japanese Wikipedia[edit]


There is an image on Japanese Wikipedia that would be useful to me on English Wikibooks, so I'd like to import it to commons.

The file in question is here (File:Piece PME-001.jpg)

I'm pretty sure the licence is compatible (Dual CC-BY-SA-3.0 Unported & GFDL 1.2 or later), but the tool I normally use for importing local English Wikipedia local media to Commons appears to either be absent or something I overlooked. I'd appreciate some help with this as a result.

Thank you for your time and assistance! Mbrickn (talk) 03:10, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Mbrickn: Hi, and welcome. I imported it to File:Piece PME-001.jpg for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:44, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much! Mbrickn (talk) 17:45, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mbrickn: You're very welcome!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 20:30, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please trim a new commons drawing[edit]

Please edit to get rid of the writing and just have the drawing - if that's possible. I cannot do it on this machine Thanks 03:50, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I could do it (cropping isn't too hard), but I notice that there is a CC-BY-SA licence indicated, while the author is said to be unknown. @Srbernadette: Whom am I to attribute? Who licensed the image? The image is said to have been published in the USA in 1907, so out of copyright there, and if truly anonymous also out of copyright in countries with a term of creation/publication + 70 years. If the underlying image is not from the USA, it might still be under copyright in countries with a term of 70 years pma (which seems to include the UK), if the author was young and lived a long life (we assume 120-years-old works by unknown non-anonymous authors are out of copyright, and that would be in 2028). –LPfi (talk) 08:59, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

not existing category[edit]

Category:Jackie Groenen is a subcategory of (among others) Category:Groenen (surname), which doesn't exist. Is this correct or should I delete that? Dutchy45 (talk) 06:11, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This category is generated by the infobox through Wikidata. You can make this category by listing it in some other categories such as Category:Surnames. Ellywa (talk) 06:30, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The other way round. Follow the red link to the category page, add categories and save. First check some related categories to see what categories should be added. –LPfi (talk) 12:54, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Press release or article from 1962 - only available in print[edit]

As references I would like to use a press release and an article that were only published in print. The material has been photographed. How do I upload such information that was previously publicised? LX-SIN (talk) 06:55, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@LX-SIN: You might want to tell what countries are involved. If the article was signed, it is unlikely that its copyright has expired in countries with a copyright term of 70 years pma: if the author lived in 1952, it would still be under copyright. You might want to publish the material on a Wikipedia as fair use, but I think Wikipedia in English (which I assume you need it for) doesn't allow non-free files that aren't directly used in any article.
Another option would be to put the material on the net anywhere, if you find a way to do so legally. You might also be able to find the relevant article already published on the net by some archive. If you tell in what publication you found it (name, date and any other relevant info), somebody might be able to find such an archive. E.g. most Swedish newspapers from that time are in fact available.
LPfi (talk) 09:09, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To use an article as reference on Wikipedia it doesn't need to be available online, but it sure is helpful to ensure it is and provide a link. Otherwise you might be asked to provide quotes or even to e-mail a copy. –LPfi (talk) 12:59, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@LPfi Thank you for your guidance. Neither publication is signed. The press release is by a German state government. The article was published in a German professional publication and prints a speech by a state minister. Is there a chance to upload the material to Wikimedia Commons? LX-SIN (talk) 08:39, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How I will be contesting[edit]

I have joined this uk so how can work or participate in it and win — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sampson j boy (talk • contribs) 14:04, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Sampson j boy: This does not appear to be a question related to Commons. If it is, please ask somethng more specific (e.g. what contest?). - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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I want to be a musician I have form many songs but[edit]

I don't have money to make of myself so please I need help — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sampson j boy (talk • contribs) 14:06, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Sampson j boy: This does not appear to be a question related to Commons. If it is, please ask somethng more specific. - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Updating Logo For College[edit]

We recently rebranded and have changed our colors from Green to Blue at Mesalands Community College. I have no clue how to get around the copyright issues and prove that 'we own' the logo. I tried adding our website as a source as well and that didn't seem to help. PeteyStampede (:talk) 15:27, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@PeteyStampede: It looks like the old logo was not on Commons, just en:File:MesalandsCommunityCollege.png on the English-language Wikipedia on a fair-use basis. You can do the same with the new one. - Jmabel ! talk 18:25, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File Upload[edit]

To Whom It May Concern:

I was wondering if my uploaded file (A.C. Kuma jpg) is good.

Thank you! Skuma81 (talk) 17:27, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It is not very sharp, it is low resolution and the lighting is odd. Did you take the photo yourself, in the room together with Mr Kuma? It seems Johnj1995 thinks you found the image somewhere and photographed the image rather than the person (it's difficult to get good images that way, and such images are problematic copyright-wise). The file lacks categories, which would tell e.g. me who this A.C. Kuma is – and without the description mentioning his nationality, profession and the like, it is difficult for others who don't know him from before to add them. If there is a Wikipedia article on him, please link it. –LPfi (talk) 17:57, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Convenience link: File:A.C. Kuma.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 18:28, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To Whom It May Concern:
The A.C. Kuma jpg file was sourced from a library archive (Ameyi Chambers), with no copyright issues. Prof. A.C. Kuma was a renowned Ghanaian lawyer, law professor, and philanthropist. He was a close confidant of Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Ameyi Chambers was his law firm. I posted the biography in my sandbox for review and approval.
Thank you,
Skuma81 Skuma81 (talk) 01:58, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Skuma81: How do you get from "no copyright issues" (whatever that may mean) to your claim when you uploaded this that you own the copyright and are offering a CC-BY-SA-4.0 license? - Jmabel ! talk 02:33, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am not sure what you mean. It must have been an error or miscommunication on my part. The source was subsequently corrected. Skuma81 (talk) 02:43, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Radio masts[edit]

What's the right category for Category:Radio masts, please? Highly surprised to discover that this doesn't exist at all, not even as a redirect... - MPF (talk) 21:06, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We have Category:Radio towers, which redirects to Category:Antenna towers and masts. --rimshottalk 21:22, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rimshot: Thanks! I've made Radio masts a redirect to it, but it seems an absurdly cumbersome and counter-intuitive name that a lot of people will have difficulty finding (just as I did!) - MPF (talk) 21:30, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]