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Loading commons from external server doesn't always load all commons hosted files[edit] - shows a lot of media and I can load all of that within a second and all the embedded media is shown without issues. - This page I created for OSM with the specific DPWH of the Republic of the Philippines ID's for the OSM project.. it links to the wikimedia commons yet for some reason - it doesn't load all the embedded media always. sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't and loading takes 20+ seconds

So is this a problem of the wiki page I created on OSM? Did I do something wrong? Is this because of the server of OSM, something wrong with the server? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mrgenie (talk • contribs) 11:13, 23 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Category for former eastern territories of Germany[edit]

Should File:ID003665 B099 Artushof.jpg be in Category:Postcards of buildings in Germany or in Category:Postcards of buildings in Russia? Or anywhere else? --2A02:810D:6C0:2FB0:99A6:2CE3:B66D:232A 11:07, 5 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Category:German Democratic Republic exists, and is categorized in Category:Former countries in Germany, so in my opinion either putting the file in Category:Postcards of buildings in Germany or creating Category:Postcards of buildings in the German Democratic Republic as a subcategory of Category:Postcards of buildings in Germany and Category:Photographs of German Democratic Republic would be fine. —CalendulaAsteraceae (talk | contribs) 22:07, 14 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Except that the issue is not the DDR, it is Imperial Germany before World War I.
I would put it in Category:Postcards of Königsberg and avoid the tricky parsing of history. - Jmabel ! talk 22:39, 14 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It is already in that category. --2A02:810D:6C0:2FB0:F9D5:9BB5:6DA2:72F7 17:22, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The problem not only affects this picture but many in Category:Postcards of buildings in Germany. --2A02:810D:6C0:2FB0:F9D5:9BB5:6DA2:72F7 17:25, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I created Category:Postcards of buildings in Königsberg. Neutral. Without country. If somebody knows what country pass to this please refine! - - Globetrotter19 (talk) 17:50, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Change profile picture[edit]

Randy Sulaver[edit]

I am the QA nurse from Princess Anne Surgical Center in Virginia Beach. I have a patient document from the clinic at "Naval Special Warfare Group 4". There is no phone number listed. The paper is signed "Randy Sulaver". There is no designation as to this person's identity (rank, title, certification, etc). Could you please identify this person??

Thank you, Lee Michaelis RN, MSN Princess Anne Ambulatory Surgery Center 1975 Glenn Mitchell Drive, Suite 300 Virginia Beach, VA 757-507-0196 [email protected] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:22, 10 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

The recent edit made on December 9th, 2021[edit]

I got email today saying there was a recent edit on December 9, 2021. Now I did not make any edits or changes to whatever was edited or changed that I recall. — Preceding unsigned comment added by KRISTINAZ040579 (talk • contribs) 01:17, 11 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@KRISTINAZ040579, you have only one edit and that is on COM:HD. It may be something on your watchlist... Contributers2020Talk to me here 17:00, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Image copyright opinion[edit]

I am working on expanding a referendum article and I'd like to add an image to spice it up. The image in question is a simple ballot paper.

I'd assume that since it is just text with no visible logos it would be fine to upload but I am not so sure. I'd like any opinions I can get on the matter.


Thank you. ProjectHorizons (talk) 08:43, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@ProjectHorizons: Hi, and welcome. Regardless of the status of the ballot paper, for the photo we would need permission from the photographer or an authorized official of - see COM:DW and COM:VRT for more info.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:30, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@ProjectHorizons and Jeff G.: If it's a faithful reproduction of a 2-dimensional object (the ballot paper) then the photographer's permission doesn't enter into it. And if it's a typical ballot without logos, then it is probably not copyrightable. I'd suggest you upload it, link it here, use {{PD-ineligible}} as the license tag, and let us see if it's OK before adding it to the article. I suspect it will be OK. - Jmabel ! talk 16:26, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Done. Cheers. ProjectHorizons (talk) 18:48, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@ProjectHorizons: My sense is that is, indeed, ineligible for copyright and should be fine. @Jeff G.: do you agree, or should we perhaps ask about this at COM:Village pump/Copyright? - Jmabel ! talk
@ProjectHorizons and Jmabel: It doesn't look 2D to me due to the creases from folding.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:15, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G.: we don't concern ourselves with similar blemishes when dealing with (for example) a scan of a print of a 19th-century photograph. - Jmabel ! talk 01:11, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Ok, then I agree.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:08, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How can I figure out the file url in the upload server?[edit]

For example, in the following page: the actual media file url states as: the directory "b/b3" seems to be a little random -- I can't figure out how it was assigned. So I cannot generate the actual media file url, even if I know the file name En-us-comment.ogg. Anyone can help me on this? I could not find any article discussing this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alanguonz (talk • contribs) 13:08, 16 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

@Alanguonz: Hi, and welcome. Might or Media:En-us-comment.ogg help? See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:50, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Alanguonz: Special:FilePath can generate the url. Special:FilePath/File:En-us-comment.ogg will take you directly to the uploaded file. You can call this also as (note that Special:FilePath is an alias to Special:Redirect for files). MKFI (talk) 07:11, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
This is very helpful. Thanks. Let me play with this solution bit and revert any further comments. Regards, Alan Alanguonz (talk) 08:45, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Approval of pictures created by JhilmarLora[edit]

Dear Wikimedia. User:JhilmarLora has been trying to get me blocked for trying to tell about some pictures that this user uploaded. Unfortunetely, this user keeps uploading pictures stolen from such user's IG which is somehow need to be reviewed. I have 3 pictures need to be approved which title Khaby. Do you mine please check these pictures and should these pictures be deleted or not? JTommyZ (talk) 16:26, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

  • @JTommyZ: I see no indication that User:JhilmarLora is trying to get you blocked. Can you please link to the relevant discussion? - Jmabel ! talk 19:37, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
    Actually, this user sent me a threat on one of the deleted pictures and said "Librarian will Block you". Now the picture where he said that is already deleted. JTommyZ (talk) 23:26, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
N.B. I've seen Sysops called Librarians on other wikis, vs. Admins here and on enwiki and meta.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:38, 16 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Absolutely. And if this user kept re-uploading same pictures like those deleted one. Should this user be blocked from uploading? JTommyZ (talk) 01:13, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@JTommyZ: Maybe, but a COM:AN subforum might be best for such a request. In any case, a (red)link to the file description page of the deleted picture with the threat would be helpful (or at least a link to the deletion log entry for it).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:12, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How to upload files on Commons[edit]

Can you tell us how to upload files? I don't really know how to. Mlik point (talk) 08:20, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Mlik point: Hi, and welcome. Yes, but you should start with COM:FS.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:31, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Creative Commons[edit]

Dozens of my images posted to Wiki Commons have been summarily removed by your Editors. No effort has been made to preserve them. Creative Commons is not responding. --Lord Such&Such (talk) 18:54, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

It appears from the many notifications on your talk page that the issue is that you have been uploading images without proper licensing. This discussion of the many images that were just deleted was open for over a month, yet you did not participate. As was noted there, the proper place to contest these deletions is Commons:Undeletion requests. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:00, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Lord Such&Such: If you keep uploading such copyright violations and ignoring what is posted on User talk:Lord Such&Such, your account will be blocked.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:30, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Remove image from page[edit]

Im trying to understand how to remove an Image from a page. I tried to upload a replacement but this was changed back.

This image has NOTHING to do with the band Army of Lovers. This is just some awful fanwork that looks nothing like any of the bands album cover logos. This image is an insult to the band. Please remove. Description English: Wordmark of The Beatles, originally painted on cover of music album "The Gods of Earth and Heaven" (by AoL) Author: Makakaaaa — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andreasnorlen (talk • contribs) 18:55, 17 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

The image description is obviously flawed, but this is clearly derived from this album cover [1]. And it is in use on quite a number of projects, so it will almost certainly not be deleted here. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:05, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Andreasnorlen: If you still want to have File:Army of Lovers.png deleted, please see COM:DP. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:23, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Rate limit on uploading files[edit]

I was uploading files relating to the JFK assassination, with over 1400 files available. However, I hit a rate limit and have not uploaded them for a while. Is there a way to ignore that and let me finish? Curlyrnd (talk) 21:30, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Commons:Upload tools has a number of tools that can help with this. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:35, 17 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Question about wikidata[edit]

Is it allowed to put your email address in a wikidata item? The user has only made four total edits. Thanks, Krok6kola (talk) 01:22, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Krok6kola: Not sure I understand. They made a Wikidata item about their email address? Or are you saying something else? - Jmabel ! talk 01:43, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Jmabel: They uploaded an image of themselves as a "sugar daddy" and gave it a wikidata item. That item has their email address (and maybe their telephone number). Krok6kola (talk) 01:49, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Krok6kola: User name? Yann (talk) 11:51, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Yann: User name is a red link. File I am concerned about: File:Dave Cobb Sugar Daddy Santa.jpg and its Wikidata items. Created claim: illustrator (P110): Elcobbola (Q108841013) and Santa Claus (Q315796), depicts (P180) as well as American and German photographer claims. Also has a Facebook ID and an email address in a Wikidata item. I removed the image from Category:Santa Claus. Sorry if I am not very good at explaining the Wikidata issues. Thanks, Krok6kola (talk) 12:32, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Addendum: If you look at User talk:Dave Cobb from Germany and then look at his contributions. Krok6kola (talk) 13:05, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
✓ Done File deleted, user warned, and WD item deletion requested. Yann (talk) 16:04, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I've let Wikidata know. - Jmabel ! talk 18:46, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

What is Transcode status?[edit]

I uploaded this file File:Annual orbital launches of USA counter.webm and it has a section "Transcode status" - what is the purpose of that section? Can you add info about it in the FAQ? Can I show in Wikipedia pages a lower resolution version of the video? For example the "WebM 240P". -- Barecode (talk) 02:59, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Barecode: Hi, and welcome. In order to best serve our videos to the public, we transcode (shrink and re-encode) them into VP9 and WebM files with smaller resolutions and thus smaller filesizes with lower bitrates. Due to a failure, I reset the transcode for that video's WebM 360P resolution at 36 kilobits per second, which Completed 10:57, 18 December 2021 (UTC). You may control the width of the window used to present it on enwiki via the help at en:H:PIC. See also COM:VIDEO, especially COM:VIDEO#Video usage.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:08, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Video player feedback[edit]

Where can I ask questions, report bugs and make suggestions about the video player? The seek bar covers the bottom part of the video, I would like to suggest moving it, and I have other suggestions too. -- Barecode (talk) 04:17, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Barecode: At phab:. —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:19, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Koavf: - Should I use Cortado-User-Interface tag? -- Barecode (talk) 04:34, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I'm not 100% on that. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:44, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How to create a article using Commons[edit]

We need to create a article, but it's not here on Commons. Can you answer that? Thanks. Mlik point (talk) 06:16, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Mlik point: Commons doesn't include running text like articles, except in the form of scans of works with filetypes like DJVU or PDF. See Commons:Scope. —Justin (koavf)TCM 08:08, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Mlik point: We don't host encyclopedia articles per COM:NOT. English Wikipedia does that, but you are indefinitely blocked from there. Who is "We"?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:55, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Can I upload a photo published in a newspaper?[edit]

I want to upload this photo (,msid-88356780/88356780.jpg) in Wikimedia common published in - I will add the URL of the news in reference. If the answer is yes, what are the rules I should follow to do that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by P.Shiladitya (talk • contribs) 12:32, 18 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

  • In general, no.
This content, like most newspaper content, is the copyright of the newspaper publisher (or sometimes an original photographer). To use material on Commons, it has to be freely licensed, see COM:LICENSING.
You might claim, "But this is important news! Information demands to be free!" and you might have a point. So you might (within tight restrictions) be able to use such content on Wikipedia, claiming what's called "fair use". But Commons doesn't do fair use, or the "this is so important it outweighs copyright" argument. Andy Dingley (talk) 13:47, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@P.Shiladitya: Not for 60 years per COM:INDIA. Why would you think differently? See COM:L and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:49, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
P.Shiladitya: While you can't use that newspaper image, this seems like a simple enough map that a similar one could be created without infringing the original's copyright. You could make a request at our Map workshop and see if someone there can help you. They can probably use one of the maps in this category as a basis for a new one. Ww2censor (talk) 18:14, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

uploads from Flickr[edit]

  • Can I request a reviewer or autopatroller right so that I can upload more than 4 images at a time from Flickr? All of my photos on Flickr are currently licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, and as an astrophotographer, I have a number of unique photos available that would benefit the Wikimedia projects, such as Comet 4P/Faye [2] and the recent selenelionic Lunar/Solar eclipses of 2021 [3] [4]. Nicole Sharp (talk) 08:24, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Ser Amantio di Nicolao: has already been kind enough to upload some of my Flickr albums to Wikimedia Commons, but unfortunately all of the filenames were changed. I posted several requests for this already without any response, but if possible, I would like to have those uploads deleted and then re-uploaded under the correct filenames. I can only do this myself though if I have the reviewer or autopatroller right, though I think an admin would still be needed to delete the original uploads (I cannot upload under a new file name if the file already exists). With the wrong filenames as they are now, there is no way to trace attribution to the original photo if my Flickr Pro account is discontinued, which I would consider integral to the "attribution" requirement of the Creative Commons license (attribution to the original file, as well as attribution to the original author). Nicole Sharp (talk) 08:24, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
    • @Nicole Sharp: Hi, and welcome. You may request Autopatrol at COM:RFR#Autopatrol or License Reviewer at COM:LRR. You may also use {{Rename}} or our RenameLink gadget, or edit the file description pages to reflect the OriginalFileNames, perhaps in the source fields (so for example in File:M&M chocolate chip cookies on a neon pink plate 05.jpg you could change "|source=[email protected]/51483215798/" to "|source=[[email protected]/51483215798/ IMG_0234]" to form "|source=IMG_0234").   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:30, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
      • I don't think there is any way to rename the files without deleting and re-uploading. I think the Flickr Upload Wizard defaults to "OriginalFileName (FlickrID)" but if the uploader removes both the original filename and the Flickr ID for the filename used on Wikimedia Commons, the Flickr ID can be recovered from the Flickr URL, but if the Flickr URL becomes invalid (for example if I move my photos from Flickr Pro to Piwigo), then there is no way to recover the original filename (the file on Wikimedia Commons is orphaned with regard to the file attribution history, which is why I find it problematic for a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license). Nicole Sharp (talk) 08:41, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
        • Yes, files on Commons can be renamed; details at Commons:File renaming - in short it can be done at will only by admins, stewards, and users pre-approved as file renamers. All other users can request renaming with the {{Rename}} template. Files transferred from Flickr can have their names changed individually while uploading just by editing that field rather than going with mechanical default (which often has unhelpful numerals added to file names). -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 23:26, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
        • Even if there was a batch renamer (which I don't think there is) it will not work to recover the original file names if they were changed when being uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Each file needs to be renamed to include the original file name, which is available on Flickr but not on Wikimedia Commons (all of the Flickr URLs are still valid). A script would be needed to rename each image on Wikimedia Commons as "OriginalFileName (FlickrID)" but it would have to be able to extract the strings "OriginalFileName" and "FlickrID" from the Flickr URL. The simpler solution seems to be to delete and then re-upload the images with the correct file names? @Ser Amantio di Nicolao: uploaded hundreds of photos, so it would be extremely impractical to try to tag and rename each photo individually. Nicole Sharp (talk) 03:18, 21 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

File:Classic Cars in Tenerife 2021 060.jpg[edit]

Any idea why this image isn't appearing on the file page? I've tried re-uploading it, with no success. It seems to work fine as a thumbnail though. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 13:59, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I can see the image clearly at all resolutions. If it wasn't a temporary glitch, it is probably something on your own system that is stopping you from seeing it. You may want to force-refresh your browser to see if that clears it up. From Hill To Shore (talk) 15:20, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Odd, thanks for having a look. I've now checked it in another browser, and it appears fine there, but I can't get Firefox to show it at all - very odd! Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 15:46, 19 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Haller György[edit]

Tisztelt Szerkesztő! Törlésre került a Haller György életét bemutató oldalról az ő festményeit bemutató fotók közül a Kereszt a kálvárián és törlésre van jelölve a Matild portréja. Segítséget kérek abban, hogy miként tudom igazolni a jogosultságomat a fotók használatára. Haller György a nagyapám volt, ezért készítettem a rövid életrajzát a wikipediára. Az általa festett képek az ő lányának, az én édesanyámnak a tulajdonában vannak, tehát azok használatára a jogosultság ezen alapszik, mint ahogy ezen alapszik az általam készített és gondozott honlap és az ott megjelentett képek is. Köszönöm: Koncz Klára — Preceding unsigned comment added by Konczklara (talk • contribs) 21:49, 19 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

György Haller

Dear Editor! The Cross on Calvary has been deleted from the photos of his paintings on the page about the life of György Haller and the portrait of Matild has been deleted. I'm asking for help on how I can verify my permission to use the photos. György Haller was my grandfather, so I made his short biography for wikipedia. The pictures she painted are owned by her daughter, my mother, so the right to use them is based on this, as is the website and the pictures published there.

Thank you: Klára Koncz
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:38, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Konczklara: Szia, és üdvözöllek. Kérjük, küldje el az engedélyt a VRT-on keresztül. Lásd még: COM:SIGN.
Hi, and welcome. Please send permission via VRT. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:38, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Deleting uploads[edit]

I am wondering how you delete uploaded content. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ChristianDraken (talk • contribs) 10:32, 20 December 2021 (UTC) (UTC)[reply]

@ChristianDraken: Your files are derivative works. Please read this before uploading anything else. Thanks, Yann (talk) 10:32, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@ChristianDraken: Hi, and welcome. Please see also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:39, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@ChristianDraken: Most users cannot delete content. The tool for deletion is reserved to adminstrative users. However you can request deletion and then an administrator can accept the request and delete the content. For more information, you can consult the page Help:Nominate for deletion. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:10, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

quick question[edit]

hello anybody reading this,

are we allowed to take a picture of a merchandise figure from a game? (ex: a Mario ammibo)

Thank You! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Idount (talk • contribs) 14:18, 20 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

@Idount: Hi, and welcome. Generally you may not upload such a picture per COM:PACKAGING or COM:TOYS. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:21, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How to get a MP3 transcoded file for a ogg file[edit]

I noticed for the dictionary, not all ogg files have MP3 transcoded file ready. I don't know how it works and how can I request a file to be transcoded? Or I have to wait for someone to upload a transcoded version? For example: this is a very common word but it does not have a MP3 transcoded file ready yet. Any light to this issue? thanks! Now since iOS does not support the ogg codec wiki is using, I think the MP3 transcode becomes more important issue....

Click on "Reset transcode" to force the transcoding. I just did that for your example. --Magnus (talk) 10:32, 21 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I see. Thanks! Is there a way to do it programatically? It seems a user has to login to be able to see "Reset transcode"? Alanguonz (talk) 10:34, 21 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I meant is there a URL to trigger (better without login so that it can be done in an easier way programmatically Alanguonz (talk) 10:37, 21 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The only way to reset transcodes is using the API, you need to be logged in. Dylsss (talk) 16:58, 21 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Авторское право[edit]

Беспокоит московская кинокомпания, мы готовим серию исторических короткометражек по Русской истории и хотели бы воспользоваться изображениями из Викимедиа, которые перешли в разряд национального достояния. Подскажите, с кем можно связаться по вопросу получения письменного разрешения на безвозмездное использование данных изображений или заключить договор и оформить лицензию? с ув. редактор

Смотрите Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. Письменные разрешения не нужны. Но имейте ввиду, что некоторые пользователи могут быть недобросовестными и загружать не свои работы или давать неправильные данные о них. В контексте РФ и других пост-советских стран не стоит забывать о Commons:Freedom of panorama (здесь нарушения часты из-ха элементарного незнания законов). --EugeneZelenko (talk) 16:01, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A moved category left as ghost, files display conflicting data[edit]

I noticed that the category Category:Argent, or, azure, carnation, gules in heraldry had an inconsistent order of words for the heraldry categories, so I attempted to make a move action to Category:Argent, azure, gules, or, carnation in heraldry, and move the files with Cat-A-Lot to the corrected category.
What happened was that after the category move, Cat-A-Lot said that it cannot move the files, since the old category is not found. I attempted the same procedure with different methods, and somehow I got the files batch-edited into the new category.
But now I can see the files in both categories. Furthermore, the file page displays the old category in the footer, but its source contains only the newer one.
Also, the redirection header in the old category displays the link of the new category as red, like it would not exist. Nelg (talk, contribs) 15:13, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Nelg: I think your primary problem is that you haven't updated the automatic categorisation system to match your change to the categories. As an example, File:Blason Charles d'Albert (1578-1621) orn ext.svg includes tincture=a/o/b/c/g, which gets passed to {{Tincture}}, which passes it to {{Tincture/cat0}}. {{Tincture/cat0}} believes that a/o/b/c/g is a valid tincture combination, so passes it on to {{Tincture/cat2}}, which constructs the category name Category:Argent, or, azure, carnation, gules in heraldry out of it. So if you want to change the category name, you also need to update those templates to accept the new order and either have them convert the old one into the new one or update all the files to have the new tincture=. The tincture templates seem to be mostly maintained by Sarang so he may be able to help. --bjh21 (talk) 17:16, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Nelg: As by an old consent the sequence of Tinctures should be: argent, or, and then all the other colors in alphabetcal order.
Your attempt to change it is against that consent!
This category (a/o/b/c/g) is one of the tincture categories which follows that consent; but many categories don't, they have other orders, in most cases the "o" between "g" and "p" by treating it also alphabetically. It is still in discussion whether it is useful at all to categorize by tincture colors; so a great category correction (to the sequence a - A - o - b - B - c - C - g - n - p - s - t - v) has not yet be done, instead an inbetween-template (cat2) leads to the wrong-named categories.
Many different (and contradicting) systems can be found to arrange the sequence of color names. The categorization you are intending does not follow a recognizeable rule, and I cannot see any advantage in it.
It would be useful (but quite a lot of work) to change all the categories, several hundreds, to one sequence order; preferably the mentioned one. But please do not introduce new categories with new sequence orders! In no case without a wide range consent. In no case update the templates to your own ideas! The best will be to undo your changes. Merry Xmas -- sarang사랑 08:22, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Sarang: Thanks for undoing the changes. I was not aware of the old custom of listing metals before colors. As you said, there are several categories where or comes after azure and gules, and as I researched for the correct sequence from several categories, eg. in Four-colored heraldic shields, I saw that those categories were in the majority, and assumed that was the custom. Nelg (talk, contribs) 16:31, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It seems that everybody made categories without any system. Not good for retrieval of commons categories -- sarang사랑 17:58, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I made a helper template Tinc which, inserted into category descriptions, shows the 'correct' category name. When a consent will prefere another system, the template can then show that names. -- sarang사랑 11:08, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading a film poster[edit]

What if I want to upload a film poster, but I can't since it's not my original work and I need permission to upload it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Red4Smash (talk • contribs)

  • Yes, Wikimedia Commons is for Free licensed media only. Unless they are very old, film posters are usually copyrighted. If you get explicit permission to share 3rd party material under a free license, have them send confirmation per COM:VRT. Cheers, -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 17:00, 22 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
    You may be able to upload it directly at Wikipedia with an appropriate fair-use rationale. More information on that is here. Beeblebrox (talk) 00:15, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I uploaded a map that used a shapefile from elsewhere as a basis, how do I cite it?[edit]

I just uploaded an election map I made. I initially flagged it as my own work, but I then realized I used a shapefile from here. What should I put for the credit line?

I think you should use the MIT license by putting {{MIT}} on the file page and the author mentioned on the bottom of the website you mentioned. Ellywa (talk) 09:11, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Help with deleting uploads[edit]


How do I get this deletion request in the right place? It should be in Commons:Deletion requests/2021/12/23. It is in Commons:Deletion requests/Files in Category:Uploads by Matlin/temp. Thanks, Krok6kola (talk) 17:15, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

  • Done, I hope acceptably. - Jmabel ! talk 18:09, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

On captions[edit]

Under what curcumstances would it be unnecessary to add a caption to a file? 19:22, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, and welcome. All circumstances. Unless you WANT to CC0 license your captions. You are not legally allowed to license someone else's CC-BY-SA-3.0 description as CC0.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:43, 25 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]


I'm attempting to upload this work (the "6 Pieces for Piano - VI. Intermezzo-Serenata") from Musopen. It is a public domain recording, but the abuse filter blocks my upload. Any advice? Cheers - Wretchskull (talk) 13:04, 25 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Wretchskull: Hi, Only some users can upload MP3 files. Others should upload OGG files, or request the permission. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:58, 25 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Changement de l'orthographe d'un titre[edit]

Bonjour, Je vous contacte pour vous demander comment modifier l'orthographe d'un titre sur wiki commons, car je n'arrive à modifier que la description ?

Bien cordialement Joyeux Noël --Sébastien dionne cohen (talk) 16:45, 25 December 2021 (UTC)Sébastien[reply]

@Sébastien dionne cohen: Seuls certains utilisateur peuvent renommer des fichiers. Pour les autres, il faut utiliser le modèle {{Rename}}. Cordialement, Yann (talk) 16:50, 25 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Merci pour votre réponse. Sébastien dionne cohen (talk) 17:50, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Дэльвин Павел Илларионович[edit]

Пытался на странице где размещена информация о моём дедушке Дельвине Павле Илларионовиче, разместить его фотографию. Но почему то, эту фотографию опубликовать не возможно. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:35, 25 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

Delvin Pavel Illarionovich
I tried to post his photo on the page where information about my grandfather Delvin Pavel Illarionovich was posted. But for some reason, this photo cannot be published.
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:43, 25 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Валерий Сёмин (talkcontribsblock logfilter log): Привет и добро пожаловать. Я предполагаю, что это вы, но, пожалуйста, войдите. С сожалением сообщаю вам, что вы активировали Special:AbuseFilter/153, пытаясь загрузить через вики-страницу меньшую (<50 000 байт или <2 000 000 пикселей) фотографию в формате jpg в качестве нового пользователя, оставив при этом сводку без изменений. Фотография, которую вы пытались загрузить, меньше размером, и вы указали, что это ваша собственная работа. Обычно, когда кто-то загружает фото меньшего размера, это нарушение авторских прав из Интернета. Если вы сделали фотографию самостоятельно, загрузите ее полноразмерный оригинал по COM:HR/ru, включая метаданные EXIF. Если вы не сделали снимок, см. Commons:Licensing/ru, чтобы узнать, почему мы не можем принять его как есть, и попросите фотографа опубликовать соответствующее разрешение Commons: Licensing на такую ​​работу на своем веб-сайте или в социальных сетях или отправьте вам фотографию и разрешение через VRT/ru с копией. Если вы не можете получить соответствующую лицензию, фотография все равно может быть загружена в английскую Википедию в соответствии с en:WP:F, потому что здесь запрещено добросовестное использование. Если вы измените сводку или вместо этого воспользуетесь наш Мастер загрузки, вы сможете избежать этого фильтра. См. Также COM:SIGN/ru.
Hi, and welcome. I guess this is you, but please login. 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 while leaving the summary intact. 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 as-is, and have the photographer post Commons:Licensing compliant permission for such work on their website or social media presence 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 change the summary or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 19:43, 25 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Translating file descriptions[edit]

Is there any template that I can add to a file description to auto translate the file description into English? Gbawden (talk) 09:25, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Gbawden: I wish there was.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:31, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks Jeff. Worth a try. Compliments of the season Gbawden (talk) 09:33, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Gbawden: You're welcome. The same to you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 09:49, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]


As a new member of Wikimedia Commons I would like to know if I may upload one of my paintings and I will include the discussion on the painting for educational purposes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laura Kaye (talk • contribs) 16:55, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Laura Kaye: Hi, and welcome. Are you the painter?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 17:47, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Islamic female dress[edit]

Since Category:Hijabs have a 's' at the end i assume the same applies to Category:Burqa and Category:Niqab? --Trade (talk) 00:46, 27 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Trade: Yes, all categories not based on formal names should be plural.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:14, 27 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]