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Uploading logos[edit]

I am trying to upload the logo of Grunt which is a open-source software. I am guessing it is not trademarked, but I cannot be sure. How can I confirm this? Also, I am unable to find designer's name and date of publication for this image. Can anyone suggest how I may find this information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mohits19 (talk • contribs) 14:47, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Trademark is not an issue, except for possibly using the {{trademark}} template. The question is whether it is copyrighted. You don't point to an example online, but this is presumably recent enough that if it rises to the threshold of originality necessary for copyright, then it is copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk

Bulgarian "Wiki Loves Monuments" question[edit]

Здравейте, качих снимки в няколко категории в конкурса Уики обича паметниците 2016: Враца и София-град. Качих и няколко снимки с предложение за добавяне на още забележителности към списъка. Искам да попитам защо при отварянето на страницата с категориите снимките ми не се виждат? И двата района стоят с качени 0 на брой снимки. Благодаря предварително и очаквам отговора ви. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LILIAN VIVIAN1 (talk • contribs) 17:33, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Commons:Разговори. — Speravir_Talk – 22:33, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Photos have camera location, but do not show on OpenStreetMap.[edit]

I took photos with my iPhone and unloaded to Wikimedia Commons. These pictures all have camera location, but some do not show on OpenStreetMap(eg.[1]to[2]), and others could do(eg.[3] to[4]). Do anyone know why? Thank you.--Outlookxp (talk) 14:17, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Maybe it just takes some time for the software to process new uploads. For me, both maps are showing a red cross so I guess it is now working.This, however, is very to hard to spot because it is "buried" under a Wikimedia Commons symbol, but if you zoom in on the location you'll also see the marker. De728631 (talk) 01:49, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Cherche tuteur/tutrice pour m'aider à finaliser une contribution importante sur une école française menacée de disparaître en Inde[edit]


Je vis en Inde et mes enfants vont dans l'unique école française de la capitale du Tamil Nadu, Chennai ( Cette école est un outil formidable d'intégration à la culture indienne tout en poursuivant le cursus de l'éducation nationale. Une école unique mais qui manque cruellement de visibilité car très peu de moyens furent utilisés pour la faire connaître.

J'ai entrepris avec l'accord de la directrice de l'école, de développer la communication autour de l'école en créant le site web de l'école, nouveau logo, identité visuelle et films institutionnels. J'ai remarqué que l'école a une petite page wiki créée par la partie indienne de l'école qui elle, est une institution (10ème meilleure école d'Inde en 2016). Mais le contenu est très réduit et la version française n'existe pas alors que c'est en France que sont les familles qui doivent connaître son existence avant de s'expatrier en Inde.

J'ai essayé de créer la page française, mais je suis bloquée par la masse de paramètres et de codes qu'il faut maîtriser. Est-ce que quelqu'un pourrait m'aider dans cette contribution ? Voici en résumé ce que je dois réussir :

- compléter la page anglaise existante de "L'école Franco-Indienne Sishya" - créer la page française (actuellement dans mon brouillon) la mettre en forme (ajouter la fiche template école avec logo, photo brochure... déjà importé dans wikimedia mais menacé de suppression car je ne maîtrise pas les paramètres de licence) - lier la page française à l'anglaise

Je vous remercie mille fois pour votre aide,


Références :École_Franco-Indienne_Sishya — Preceding unsigned comment added by Verunka Ondrackova (talk • contribs) 06:57, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure why you are asking this here on Wikimedia Commons. Although Wikimedia Commons, the English-language Wikipedia, and the French-language Wikipedia are all Wikimedia Foundation projects, they are basically separately run. I might have missed something (French is about my 7th-best language) but you don't seem to be asking for anything pertinent to this site. If you are, could you please repeat the particular point with which you want help here? - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Of course if a French-speaker sees something relevant here that I've missed, please help this user! - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

The French language Forum is quite active, hence better ask there: → Commons:Bistro
— Speravir_Talk – 22:39, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Question about the PD-Art tag[edit]

I have a question about PD-Art tag. I have read Commons:Licensing and Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag and I am still not sure whether or not it is Ok to use the PD-Art tag in the specific case I am interested in. Namely, I would like to upload a small picture of Louis Barnett Abrahams taken from a June 27, 1905 edition of the British newspaper "The Sphere", see here[5], on page 282 at the top, the portrait in the middle. The picture itself is a photo of a portrait drawn by Solomon J. Solomon. The name of the person who took the photo is not specified. Since the newspaper was published in the U.K., and the portrait itself was drawn there as well, and this happened before January 1, 1923, my impression is that if I cut out the photo of the portrait, e.g. like this[6], the resulting image would be considered to be in public domain in the U.S. However, I am still not sure if I am allowed to upload such an image to Commons with the PD-Art tag. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Nsk92 (talk) 02:43, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

  • 1923 is relevant only for the U.S.
  • A faithful photograph of a 2-dimensional public domain work is still public domain. If the original is in the public domain, then so is the photograph. - Jmabel ! talk 15:55, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, but I am not sure how that resolves my problem. My impression is that the image in question is definitely in public domain in the U.S., but may or may not be in public domain in its country of origin, the U.K. The reason for the latter is that under the U.K. law the copyright protection expires 70 years after the author's death. In this case that would mean that in the U.K. the image is in public domain if the author died prior to 1946. The portrait was drawn in 1905, and we have no information on when the author died. He could have died before 1946 or after 1946. Regardless, because the portrait was produced before 1923, my understanding is that the photo is considered to be in public domain in the U.S. So I am still unclear on what the bottom line conclusion is regarding the possible usage of he PD-Art tag in this case. Nsk92 (talk) 19:03, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
You mentioned the author. If he's him, he died in 1927. On Commons, some users would use {{PD-Art-two|PD-old-90|PD-1923}}. Depends if you are ok with it. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:11, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes, it is indeed him. I did not realize this fact until another editor at Wikipedia pointed this out. The caption in the newspaper identifies the painter of the portrait as Solomon J. Solomon, R.A.. The postnomials R.A. mean member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and there was only one Solomon J. Solomon who was a member of the academy at the time, so I think that definitively identifies him as the painter of the portrait. Before I figured this out, I have already uploaded the image to en-wiki, because I was certain that the image is in public domain in the U.S. but not certain if it is in the public domain in the U.K. Nsk92 (talk) 00:02, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

See also: Wikipedia:Media copyright questions#Question about adding a U.K. source image. -- Asclepias (talk) 01:13, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Cannot upload photo for Wiki Loves Monument Thailand 2016[edit]

Cannot upload photo for Wiki Loves Monument Thailand 2016 Upload failed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Toey19863 (talk • contribs) 06:35, 23 September 2016‎ (UTC)

That's unfortunate. Unfortunately, you haven't provided any information that would enable anyone to help you, such as what went wrong in what step of the process or any error messages that you received. LX (talk, contribs) 14:03, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

For help[edit]


We want to put information about our company in Wikipedia. We tried to do this and got the massage:

,,This user is currently blocked. The latest block log entry is provided below for reference:

18:50, 2016 August 3 Homo ergaster (talk | contribs) blocked UAB Vykom (talk | contribs) with an expiration time of indefinite (account creation disabled, cannot edit own talk page) (Tik reklamai sukurta paskyra)."

What have we done wrong?

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by UAB Vykom (talk • contribs) 12:32, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Hello, This is the help desk page for Commons, the media website. Your question is not about Commons. It is apparently about lt.wikipedia, the encyclopedia. You should consult the policies on lt.wikipedia and try to contact someone from lt.wikipedia if you need explanations about something there. All we know here is what you see in the comment you quoted above: the administrator on lt.wikipedia considered that your account was only for publicity. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
You tried to add information about a company which does not appear to be relevant for inclusion in an encyclopedia and for which you have a paid conflict of interest. As far as I know, that's not allowed on any language edition of Wikipedia. You may wish to read Commons:Guidance for paid editors.
As already noted, you're also on the wrong web site. If you look at the address bar of your browser (a good habit to get into if you want to avoid falling victim to phishing), you'll notice that you are on Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia. If you have further questions about the specifics about why you were blocked on some other site, I suggest you ask at that site. LX (talk, contribs) 14:22, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
I believe he posted here because if you can't post on the Wikipedia in question (cannot edit own talk page), Wikimedia Commons might seem to be a logical place to complain.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:50, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
meta: or e-mailing the blocking administrator would be more logical in that case. LX (talk, contribs) 08:02, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

really weird problem (File:Keep Calm Record.jpg)[edit]

Im having problems using the file File:Keep Calm Record.jpg in a page. I put it in Semana_i_Fall_2016_Wiki_Grabacíon_(traditional_music), a page for an event next week and it appears, but if I try to make the image smaller, all I get is white. See [7] It is too big like this, but it needs to be seen. Suggestions? Ive never run into this before.AlejandroLinaresGarcia (talk) 17:33, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

It's a CMYK JPEG, which isn't very well supported by the server software. It should work fine when you convert it to RGB. --rimshottalk 18:50, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
thanks!--AlejandroLinaresGarcia (talk) 21:11, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Upload to Wikimedia Commons[edit]

With the username "schatzim", I uploaded the photos of historic place # 74000677. It asked me to confirm my email address and then went wonky. I'm not sure that the uploads were received. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Schatzim (talk • contribs) 18:54, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

It looks like your uploads succeeded: Special:ListFiles/Schatzim has several of them. Matma Rex (talk) 19:34, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
You can look at your logs to check if something is missing. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:56, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Can't update image[edit]

Hi. I originally loaded the image File:Newport IW Quay.jpg to English Wikipedia. It was transferred here by someone else. Now I want to load a new version (change the colour balance slightly as the original is a bit green). However, at the page File:Newport IW Quay.jpg I see the message "You cannot overwrite this file". Why can I not overwrite it? Mypix (talk) 17:54, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Probably because you have no prior contributions on Commons. There's a minimum threshold of edits for overwriting files, but I don't know the details. There may be some way an admin can override that in this case, you should probably ask at Commons:Administrators' noticeboard. - Jmabel ! talk 02:24, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Is that free?[edit]


I have the opportunity to upload the following files but I don't know if I can:

  • Photo a painting exhibition - paintings can be seen but the photo mainly depicts the exhibition
  • Page from a movie's original scenario (text cannot really be read)
  • Two planning documents of a movie set
  • Cards from a TV presenter with text on a side and logo of the show on the other side

Can those be free pictures?

Thanks for your help, FR (talk) 20:30, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

  • That's a lot of different questions! Several of these are marginal calls, so don't upload them if you will be offended about your wasted time if they get deleted. If that's no problem, I'd suggest that you link the uploads here so someone can follow up and make judgments based on something more concrete.
    1. For the exhibition: if any of the paintings are copyrighted and are legible, you might consider covering them with a Gaussian blur. It's hard to say something general without seeing the image, because there is no way for me to know how legible any one painting might be. See File:Georgetown Rainier malt house interior 03 - blurred.jpg for an example where I did this: click through and you'll see that they are quite blurred.
    2. If the text is not legible, I'm guessing there would be no problem, but again, it could be otherwise.
    3. Unless you are the author of the planning documents, that's probably not your prerogative. They'd be inherently copyrighted.
    4. I'd guess not OK, but hard to say without seeing it. Is the logo just text and simple geometric shapes? If so, it would not be eligible for copyright (although thresholds vary in different countries, and you didn't say what country). If the text is just name, address, etc. then it's not copyrightable, but if there is, say, a few sentences of slogan, it might be.
  • I hope that helps. - Jmabel ! talk 02:44, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
That really helps, thanks :) FR (talk) 13:22, 25 September 2016 (UTC)


How do you ask someone who took a picture that you can use their photo for Wikimedia Commons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bryson483 (talk • contribs) 23:28, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Pretty much the same way you ask for anything else. Do you know the person? If not, do you have a common language? Are they a professional photographer? Do they probably know what Commons is? Do they have any history of free-licensing photos? Is the photo already online in digital form? Is there exactly one photo you want to use, or are you looking to make a broader arrangement? Without answers to questions like that it would be pretty hard to give you at all a detailed answer, but there is one thing for certain: you'll need to have them give permisssion as explained at COM:OTRS. Just your word for having permission won't be enough for you to upload here. - Jmabel ! talk 02:33, 25 September 2016 (UTC)


hi I have more photos may i add it through this way — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noushadk750 (talk • contribs) 04:53, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

  • That is way too general for me to answer. Please see COM:SCOPE. - Jmabel ! talk 14:55, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Problem uploading[edit]

Hi, I've been trying to upload 2 images of amanita manginiana. These were quickly reverted saying those were unconstructive edits, though I gave the author (Rodham E. Tulloss) date (2016, website doesn't give exact date) source ( and the website also has a CC commons license mark on the heading. I need help since I'll use these for the Wikipedia article I'm trying to do. Democratics (talk) 05:56, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Okay, I've managed to upload the first one but the 2nd still can't. Just some quick update. Democratics (talk) 06:00, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Okay, problem fixed. Turns out my descriptions weren't fit. (Please relocate this topic to the archive) Democratics (talk) 06:03, 25 September 2016 (UTC)


Why you nominated my work for deletion ? please can you specify — Preceding unsigned comment added by Taanish Kumaar (talk • contribs) 08:16, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

You should address your question to Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Homoeopathy.pdf. Ruslik (talk) 19:38, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Uploading photos[edit]

Hi. I have two photos of an MP I want to upload. The MP has emailed them to me - and granted full and free permission to use them on Wikipedia under a free licence. ( Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License??) I have the email ready and willing to send off to the OTRS people for confirmation. Am I alright to upload? Myosotis Scorpioides

  • (The following presumes that the MP is indeed the copyright holder. As the subject of the photo he/she may not be: usually copyright resides with the photographer.) Forward the email to COM:OTRS. They prefer to get them directly, but I presume that if the original email address is visible in the forward, that should suffice. You might want to cc the original address so they know it's legit. Then when you upload, remember to add {{OTRS pending}} so that someone looking at the file page can see what's going on. - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Is there a Wikimedia commons sandbox?[edit]

Is there a workspace on Commons that I can use to try positioing and sizing of my images before I commit them to a gallery? MEADOWS1946 (talk) 19:12, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Sent from my iPhone

You can create a sandbox in your own userspace: User:MEADOWS1946/sandbox. Ruslik (talk) 19:39, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

@MEADOWS1946: Commons:Sandbox. 04:05, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

encrypted system[edit]

please how can i change my system back to its original language — Preceding unsigned comment added by Justice630 (talk • contribs) 22:06, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Hi Justice630 : When logged in, look at the very top line by your name .... to "Log out"... you'll see a language type right next to your name. Click on that, and choose the language you'd prefer. Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 00:14, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Karikatur-Hattar.gif[edit]

Ich habe das Bild aus dem Jordanian Satirist Arrested For Cartoon Mocking ISIS. Welche Lizenz kann ich angeben, dass es auf wikimedia bleibt?

--SamsMarsRover (talk) 22:17, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Wenn ich das richtig sehe, bisher gar keine. In Commons sind nur creative commons-Lizenzen erlaubt. Du müsstest nachweisen können, dass der Autor die Karikatur unter einer solchen Lizenz veröffentlicht hat. --Furfur Diskussion 22:26, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Was heisst das Konkret? Ich musst das Bild wieder löschen, weil ich den Autor nicht finde oder nicht anschreiben kann, da er tot ist? Gibt da keine Möglichkeit, irgendwie das Bild zu behalten?--SamsMarsRover (talk) 22:36, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Das Bild ist ja schon als "Lizenzstatus unklar" etikettiert worden und wird automatisch gelöscht, wenn in absehbarer Zeit keine glaubwürdigen Lizenznachweise nachgeliefert werden. Du könntest die Betreiber der Webseite anschreiben und fragen, ob sie die Lizenz des Bildes kennen (ich vermute, auch die verwenden es möglicherweise nicht ganz rechtskonform). --Furfur Diskussion 05:23, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Is there an image...[edit]

of Venus/Aphrodite combing her (preferably golden) hair? Thanks in advance. ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:31, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Jeff Davis Show on Wikipedia[edit]

I have hosted the 24 year running "Jeff Davis Show" from Austin Texas I have covered many interesting, ground breaking and exclusive stories and information. I have the show on many social media forums and would love a "Jeff Davis Show" wikipedia page. I have tons of videos, news stories, photos, etc Sincerely,

Jeff Davis -- A Texas AFTRA actor 27 years - Radio TV Blogger Staff Sgt USAF Vet 1980 - 1992 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeff Davis Show (talk • contribs) 15:45, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

  • This is Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia. There are no articles here, nor is it the place to make a case on whether your show is notable enough for a Wikipedia article (you'd have to convince Wikipedia editors of that; for what it's worth the, key to that is to find third-party writing about your show).
  • On the other hand, for materials to which you own copyright, if you are willing to release them under a free license, those would probably be welcome here. - Jmabel ! talk 16:02, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

cancelled email address[edit]

hi I cancelled my email address by choosing the wrong link. I entered the photography competition with 3 photos with that email so I am worried I have stopped my entry. Please send me confirmation I am still entered and a email to confirm my email address. I will select the right link this time!

Felicity Nowrouz — Preceding unsigned comment added by Felicity nowrouz (talk • contribs) 18:17, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

@Felicity nowrouz: I don't think that's affected by the email, you'll only need it if you forgot your password and need to recover your account. You should be able to change/confirm the email address by visiting your Preferences page ("Preferences" link in the top-right menu, or here: Special:Preferences) and using the "Email options" section at the bottom. Matma Rex (talk) 18:42, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

I want to delete recent uploaded video[edit]

Recently uploaded a video but it will not play. I have reformatted and would like to upload the new version but it gets rejected because the content already exists:

Would like to DELETE:

Mesh, The Rest of the Story;_Mesh_The_Rest_of_the_Story_VP8.webm — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mbpippen (talk • contribs) 20:36, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

@Mbpippen: You should be able to upload the new version, without deleting the file, using the "Upload a new version of this file" link below "File history" on File:POP Awareness Month June 13; Mesh The Rest of the Story VP8.webm. (Sorry, this is a different interface than UploadWizard :( ) Does this option work for you? Matma Rex (talk) 21:04, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

List in caption of image[edit]

If image is a map and many places are marked by numbers, how to list them in caption? Any template? I used plainlist template on commons but does not work in Wikipedia. Look File:Kaleshwari Group of Monuments Map.png.--Nizil Shah (talk) 05:55, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

You can use en:Template:Ordered list instead. Ruslik (talk) 20:14, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

unable to upload photos[edit]

i am unable to upload photos stating upload failed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aparna singh (talk • contribs) 19:12, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

You seem to have uploaded one file. Ruslik (talk) 20:00, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Adding a Category[edit]

I want to add a sub-category "Episcopal Hymnals" to the category "Hymnals". I have read up on how to add a category and know the images that I want to include in the new sub-category. But how will I know that the new sub will be under the existing parent cat? Under Commons:Category it says to add: "Category-links that put it into one or more parent categories. At the bottom of the new page, insert lines of the form [[Category:Relevant categories]]." But how do I accomplish this if I use the category wizard? Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 19:45, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

  • I have created Category:Episcopal hymnals for you (not different capitalization, following Commons normal rules for this). I have no idea about a "category wizard", but when you want to create a new category, you can just navigate to the where the category page would be and click the "Create" button. - Jmabel ! talk 05:11, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Thank You! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drbones1950 (talk • contribs) 13:37, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Category:Images_from_Fortepan and Category:Colour photographs_from_Fortepan[edit]

Category:Images_from_Fortepan has 69.855 images, Category:Colour photographs from Fortepan has 5129. Impossible to investigate in categorisation, as you can only switch page by page by 200 images. Is it - via a bot - possible to split up these categories in categories by 1000 or so? Or is there an other way? --Stunteltje (talk) 08:25, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

  • You could -- for example -- use VFC to mark the ones in Category:Colour photographs from Fortepan that are also in Category:Images_from_Fortepan. But I'm not sure what exactly you are trying to do, so maybe that wouldn't be useful. - Jmabel ! talk 15:10, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
    • It is not my intention to delete files. I just want categories of say 1000 files, otherwise I cannot categorise files say 40.365 to 41.365, because I have to click per 200 files, starting at 201 every time. Doesn't work. --Stunteltje (talk) 19:16, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
      • I'm confused by your last remark. I didn't suggest anything about deleting files. I was suggesting that you could use VFC to attach a temporary category (or other searchable mark) to files you wanted to work on. Perhaps I jumped to a conclusion in thinking you were looking for the intersection between these two categories you mentioned.
      • What exactly is it you are trying to do (intended end result)? - Jmabel ! talk 04:26, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
        • Not you, but VFC asked the deletion when I tried it without installing. What I want is to start all over again after a categorisation, but with file 201, 1201, 2201 ..... 41401, 42601 .... and so on. So not more than about 1000 files. Otherwise when a file was categorised, I have to start with file 1 again. That's all. A solution like the new uploaded files: (new | oldest) (50 new | 50 old) (20 | 50 | 100 | 250 | 500) bekijken. But to start with a self given digit. --Stunteltje (talk) 07:23, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
          • I'm not sure about VFC without installing, but VFC has a dropdown (where there default is to nominate for deletion, which I personally find annoying but so be it) that lets you choose to substitute text, append text, etc. But that sounds like it won't work for you here, anyway. So let's try a different question: Is there an easy way to see content of these categories starting alphabetically either at a particular offset from the beginning or at a particular file? It looks in this case like the category sort keys may be a little weird, so a generic answer may not do it for you here. - Jmabel ! talk 16:41, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Uploading our updated logo to our wikipedia page[edit]

Hi there, I'd like to add our new logo to our charity's wikipedia page. Is there a way to do this? It seems logos aren't allowed on commons pages so I can't figure out how to add it to our wikipedia page. Thank you, Emma. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Digitalmanager16 (talk • contribs) 09:31, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

  • I'm guessing (since you are writing in English) that you mean the English-language Wikipedia. Unlike Commons, that does accept copyrighted images on a non-free use basis. I'm guessing (though you don't say, and you don't indicate the name of the organization) that your new logo qualifies for copyright, and that is the issue.
  • In the English-language Wikipedia, read en:Wikipedia:Non-free_content_criteria to make sure you understand the policy; then you will want to upload your image in the English-language Wikipedia, not in Commons, at en:Special:Upload and probably use en:Template:Non-free logo in your upload. - Jmabel ! talk 15:04, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

File:Barkley Thompson at the Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Houston, Texas, Lenten Lecture Series 2014.png[edit]

I would like to request deletion of this image because there is an exact duplicate image (except better resolution) existing in the same category (Episcopal Church (USA)). Is this something that would qualify for "speedy deletion"? In future, is this the way to request removal of an image or is there a better way? Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 15:23, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

You can mark the page of the small file with {{dupe}}. The other image, File:Barkley Thompson Lenten Lecture Series 2014.jpg, seems to be the smaller one, so I marked that one. BMacZero (talk) 17:53, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 18:47, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

3 warnings??[edit]

Hi, I got this message as I'm trying to upload photos

There are 3 warnings with the forms above. We recommend correcting them before continuing.

But I don't see anything that looks like a warning...!!! (See below, copy pasted from the screen. I see text in blue that says 'add a description in another language" Is that the warning??

Thanks! LTR


Dana LaCroix, Live Description English

Dana LaCroix in Concert in Copenhagen, Denmark Add a description in another language Release rights This file is my own work. I, Lovingtheroots , the copyright holder of this work, irrevocably grant anyone the right to use this work under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 license (legal code).

(Anyone may use, share or remix this work, as long as they credit me and share any derivative work under this license.)

Use a different license — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lovingtheroots (talk • contribs) 15:56, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

@Lovingtheroots: I suspect that you have not entered any categories for your uploads (the field is further below the part of the form you copy-pasted). The design here is not great and the warnings "blend in" a bit with the other labels :( – we're working on this (phab:T145674). You should be able to upload the files regardless of the warnings, anyway. Matma Rex (talk) 19:35, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Verifying OTRS letters from people with little or no Internet connection[edit]

Wiki Learning Tec de Monterrey (an approved WMF user group [8] is currently working on its annual "Semana i" projects. One of the activities this week is the videoing of interviews with notable Mexican artists, or in some cases, family of deceased artists. Several have offered images of artists and works for Wikipedia. I have explained free licenses etc and they are willing to sign stuff over to CC-by-SA 4.0. However, most of these are older people with little or no Internet presence. I would like to know if Commons would accept verification of the letters (really from and signed by the person indicated) from Wiki Learning Tec de Monterrey, sent from my Tec de Monterrey email address. Thank you.Thelmadatter (talk) 22:08, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Getting the Lead/Main article image via the API[edit]

Hello Community!

I've been trying to use the API to retrieve the main/lead article image but I haven't found a way to do that. Using Chris Farley as an example: Thefollowing would give me the image of the grave stone:

While would give me a list of the images on the page, but with no indicator to say which image is the main one.

Update: If I go to I see the same result I would see in the API call (which is different than [top image on the right] ) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hibans (talk • contribs) 02:06, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Anyone has a clue?

Many thanks, Nabih — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hibans (talk • contribs) 01:36, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

PageImages seems to do what you want. But see the "Image Choice" section of that linked page, which says that "Non-free images may be skipped for copyright reasons", and the first image on the Chris Farley page is non-free. --ghouston (talk) 02:51, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Color distortion when thumbnail or in infobox[edit]

When I view an image I uploaded as thumbnail (COMMONS File page) or in an infobox (WP article) the upper half of it has adulterated color. It looks fine when I view the source file or when I click on the thumbnail to view full screen. I've tried viewing from two different computer systems (both Windows 7 however) but same result. The file is .jpg and 8.85 MB. Where can I get technical explanation why the color distortion is occurring at thumbnail size and in infobox, and how to correct it? Thank you. IHTS (talk) 01:48, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

@Ihardlythinkso: Which file is it? 04:08, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

[9] (If you don't see the color distortion on the 8.85 MB image thumbnails from your system, I have a screen capture I can forward that shows the distortion as seen from the two Windows 7 systems I tried.) IHTS (talk) 05:56, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Am I at the wrong Noticeboard to get help on this problem? (Or, is there no tech help for this issue on Wikipedia?) IHTS (talk) 22:42, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

  • The versions uploaded 28 September 2016 do indeed look problematic, but the current version looks fine.
  • I suspect the reason you didn't get an answer is that no one has any insight. - Jmabel ! talk 23:29, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
    The current is only 44 KB, the original (which I prefer) is 9,062 KB. Is WP:Village pump (technical) perhaps a better board for this? IHTS (talk) 11:07, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
    • I have no idea, but you can try. I think a better bet might be Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop, which is more oriented toward technical aspects of photos: the page you mention is more about technical aspects of the site. = Jmabel ! talk 16:10, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

number of views for image files uploaded[edit]

How do I find out the number of views an uploaded image file has? I have 4 photos uploaded and I'd like to know for all of them. thanks Rebecaluvsbirds (talk) 04:34, 29 September 2016 (UTC)Rebecaluvsbirds

You can use this tool. Ruslik (talk) 19:12, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Bildvorschau zeigt nicht alles an[edit]

Ich hoffe, ich bin hier richtig. In den FAQ bin ich nicht fündig geworden.

Ich habe versucht bei: das Logo zu platzieren. In der Vorschau wird aber nicht alles angezeigt, erst, wenn man auf das Logo klickt und es vergrößert, sieht man alles? Woran kann das liegen? Die Auflösung ist mehr als ausreichend. Danke vorab. MfG David Eschrich — Preceding unsigned comment added by 43ru3w34 (talk • contribs) 09:26, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

This was also asked and solved in Commons:Forum (German lang forum). The solution was to upload an RGB version. — Speravir_Talk – 23:05, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. Speravir (Talk) 23:05, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Why does my SVG not convert properly to PNG?[edit]

I created the following: Calvin-Cycle3.svg

You can see the preview looks distorted, but if you check the original SVG, it should display fine.

Does anyone know why this would be?

Image was created in Adobe Illustrator CC. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AnUnusedName (talk • contribs) 22:13, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

See perhaps Help:SVG. @Perhelion: Do you have a clue? — Speravir_Talk – 23:10, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

@AnUnusedName: librsvg has a lot of bugs. It is not uncommon to see this kind of behavior. Upload a high-resolution PNG file, add Template:Technically replaced and Template:Rsvg bug to work around the issue, until the support increases. 04:58, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

why is this linked to my photofile?!!! Rebecaluvsbirds (talk) 06:12, 30 September 2016 (UTC)Rebecaluvsbirds

How to upoad a photo on a topic page[edit]

I tried to upload a picture on the pace of "鶴乃子", but I failed. I first uploaded the photo on Wikimedia Commons, but I don't know how to reach there via that topic page. Or, it succeeded but takes time. I would be happy to have your instructions. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Madoro Ishii (talk • contribs) 00:25, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

@Madoro Ishii: The file you uploaded is at File:鶴乃子.jpg. You can add it to a Wikipedia article by pasting [[File:鶴乃子.jpg|thumb|<Write caption here>]] in the article text. I hope this helps, and thanks for uploading your photo to Wikimedia Commons. --DAJF (talk) 00:41, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Image needs cropping[edit]

I do not find a place, where to request cropping of file:SFS Memorial Ceremony Ends Police Week at JBB DVIDS283406.jpg from bottom. Taivo (talk) 09:00, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Why not just use the CropTool? --Magnus (talk) 09:03, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Dinosaur Park[edit]

I would request the deletion of the subcategory "Dinosaur Park" in the category "Arizona" since there is only one file, and that image is categorized elsewhere. Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 15:57, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

I would suggest eliminating the sub-category "Categories of Arizona" from the category "Arizona" because each of the listed categories under it are also sub-categories of the category "Arizona", and it does not aid in searching. Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 16:09, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Joey Tyler Hawkins[edit]

I need help if someone could please help me. It's about this:

This person does not exist. Everything on his page is a lie. There is no Hawkins Studios. That man in his photo is a professional model. This person is using the photo without permission instead of a real photo of himself. Ugh! How do we get this page deleted? This lousy T-shirt (talk) 20:32, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

You should contact Commons:OTRS. Ruslik (talk) 19:47, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Public Domain[edit]

I have an image taken from a digitized copy of a book published in 1903. Would this image automatically be in the public domain because it was published before 1920? If I can use i in Wikimedia, where can I find the wording to use to indicate its public license? And what do I need to include to document the origin? Thanks, Drbones1950 (talk) 02:15, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

If the book was first published in USA, you can use {{pd-1923}}. If it was first published in another country, you should use the above mentioned template plus another template to indicate that the book is in public domain (if it is, of course) in the source country. Ruslik (talk) 19:46, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

File Name[edit]

Just wondering. I uploaded my first image of Bryce Canyon in Utah. It kept telling me that that file name was already in use. How many file names are there for a monument like Bryce Canyon? I finally entered 'Visit Bryce Canyon'. Is that the correct way of doing this? Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dslcards (talk • contribs) 02:20, 01 October 2016 (UTC)

@Dslcards: That is quite good name. If this happens again you can also try some variations of "Bryce Canyon, September 2007" etc. This kind of thing can happen with popular subjects. Category:Bryce Canyon National Park and its subcategories contain 1095 images, and a couple of hundred of them start with "Bryce Canyon". MKFI (talk) 08:30, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Eligibility to "WIKI loves monuments"[edit]

With the username "Clara Desira", I uploaded the photos of two monuments located in Malta #01209 and # 00889 in order to participate in "wiki loves monuments". I checked the list of submitted photos for Malta but couldn't locate mine. May you please let me know if my uploaded photos are eligible? Clara Desira (talk) 07:48, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

I've added the necessary template (normally the campain's Upload Wizard should have done that). --Magnus (talk) 11:36, 1 October 2016 (UTC)


I uploaded a cropped version of this file: . Here is the file I uploaded: Can somebody tell me if what I did is right or should I do something else? Thnx!--GLOBALIST LIBERTARIAN (talk) 11:10, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Nice crop.
  • I added back some categories that you didn't bring over from the other photo. Generally, when doing this, you should bring over all categories unless they don't pertain to the cropped image (e.g. you cropped out what the category related to).
  • Most importantly, I did one step you missed: I used the "other versions" to relate the two images, using {{extracted from}} and {{image extracted}}. - Jmabel ! talk 15:49, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
Fixed {{Information}} template. Ruslik (talk) 19:41, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Comments in File History[edit]

Done by INeverCry. MPD (t - c - u) 21:57, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

How do you fix the "comments" section of the File History to make it a bit less ramble-like? MPD (t - c - u) 18:47, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

What do you mean by "fix"? Ruslik (talk) 19:42, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
Look at the "Comment" section of the File History chart here. How do you fix the comment so that it is something more constructive than the information template source code? MPD (t - c - u) 20:00, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
That's an auto-comment when the file is uploaded. Every normal file has that. It contains the file description page contents, or the beginning of it. I don't think you can provide any other kind of comment for normal uploads. Some API uploads (Commonist, mobile apps) or special cases (cross-wiki uploads, file transfers from wikis) may contain different comments. And to "fix" it I think you would need to upload a new version (you can provide a comment for that) and then ask an admin to delete the original. MKFI (talk) 20:19, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
✓ Done MPD (t - c - u) 20:48, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
...I didn't intend you to actually do that. The "re-upload and revision delete" was meant as an explanation as to why it would be best to leave it as it is. MKFI (talk) 20:54, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
I realized that the reason the edit summary is mumbo-jumbo compared to most other files is because I was using the old upload form rather than the upload wizard. I'll try to use the latter for future uploads. I have reverted the new version upload, and therefore this entire action is  Not done . MPD (t - c - u) 21:37, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
Except I can't revert it because the old and new versions are identical. Let's just have the first revision deleted for this one file, and I'll try to do better for future uploads. MPD (t - c - u) 21:40, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


When I upload a photo and fill out the required info I come to the category window.

For example, I upload an image of a plaza in Seville by the name of Plaza de Nuevo, in Seville, in Spain.

The categories I would choose are: Spain, Seville, and Plaza de Nuevo.

Spain and Seville are common categories. But when I type in Plaza de Nuevo, I am prompted that there is no category for that, and that I should give edit required information, or continue.

My question is: Should Plaza de Nuevo be a category or should "Plazas" be the category.

Everything is uploading fine, however, I want our friends to be able to access the image easily.

Please advise, and thank you for your assist!

D. Scott Lee (dslcards) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dslcards (talk • contribs) 02:05, 02 October 2016 (UTC)

It could go in Category:Squares in Seville, and then it shouldn't be in either Category:Seville or Category:Spain. See Commons:OVERCAT. --ghouston (talk) 03:24, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Immagini caricate per Wiki Loves Monuments[edit]

Buongiorno, ho fatto l'upload di oltre 30 immagini relativamente ai monumenti indicati per Vicenza (autore De Marzi, soggetti: Chiesa Santa Corona, Basilica Palladiana, Chiesa San Lorenzo). Scorrendo alcuni giorni dopo il sito

non trovo queste immagini, che ho già verificato essere presenti in wiki con l'opzione "caricamenti".

Temo di non avere fatto l'upload nei modi dovuti con la dovuta attribuzione della "Categoria" per "Wiki loves monuments". E' possibile ora aggiungere a queste immagini la corretta Categoria in modo da vederle incluse nel tema in oggetto: wiki loves monuments (specifiche categorie previste per i monumenti di Vicenza)?

Scusate il mio upload non accurato e grazie sin d'ora dell'aiuto, cordiali saluti Vezio De Marzi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vezio De Marzi (talk • contribs) 13:43, 02 October 2016 (UTC)

problem in loading a new version[edit]

Good morning,

a month ago I've loaded a graph of solar spectrum. After seeing the effect of texts in medium-little images, I've enhanced the text of graph and created a new image of that file. I tried twice to load the right file as updated version of the file, wikimedia commons load the correct file and show me icon correctly. Unfortunately when I go to see the new version of file, it show me always the old version... I don't know why.. Who knows why ?

file: solar spectrum and Spectral Response Arthur — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arthurcala (talk • contribs)

  • Convenience link: File:Solar Spectrum and Spectral-Response.png. -- Jmabel ! talk 16:45, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
  • You seem to have uploaded the original September 8; today you (twice) uploaded a revision, which is now the current version. I suspect a caching issue, probably on your own browser. Assuming you are on a PC, try going to the page and hitting CTRL-F5, see if that fixes it for you. - Jmabel ! talk 16:47, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Warning: One of the categories lacks a description page.[edit]

I have posted this inquiry earlier but got no response so I will try again to see if someone knows the answer.

When I upload an image with the Upload Wizard I do the following:

Title Description Date Categories

With the Categories, sometimes I get a warning that "oone of the categories lacks a description page. Are you sure you typed the name correctly? For instance if I type in the name of the Lake in the photo, like Wiwane Lake, it comes up red. How does this effect the upload if I continue? Can I only use 'categories' that are already on Wikimedia Commons?

Thank you for you time. I appreciate it. Donald Scott Lee — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dslcards (talk • contribs) 14:35, 02 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Generally, if you use a category that is not already on Wikimedia Commons, you will need to create the category. It is not very useful to use a nonexistent category.
  • You might want to read Commons:Categories some time: it will give you a much better understanding of how categories work on Commons. They are quite different from (for example) Flickr tags. - Jmabel ! talk 16:51, 2 October 2016 (UTC)


Natuur12 suggested using Commmons help, back in July 2015 I uploaded an image that came from the City of San Diego and the permission tag for uploading the image that was determined to be the correct one was PD-CAGov (File:San Diego TwinPorts proposal-Ron Roberts 1991.jpg) for the Wikipedia article Cross Border Xpress. I was the founder and main negotiator for the Tijuana cross border terminal from 1986-2006. For the Wiki article, I obtained two more pictures from the City of San Diego to help clarify the "rapid development" of the Ejido Tampico between 2000-2006, and the Sinaloa Cartel drug tunnels dug from and around the Tijuana airport (drug tunnel corridors) into Otay Mesa, San Diego, both subjects of which are covered in the Wiki articled but hard to visualize without images. I used these photos from the City of San Diego (same source as the TwinPorts image already used) as the base images to create two new images to help the reader see the rapid development and the reach of the Sinaloa cartel in and around the Tijuana airport, do I use the same permission tag as used with the File:San Diego TwinPorts proposal-Ron Roberts 1991.jpg i.e. Template:PD-CAGov. The new images are from 2000 and 2006, the descriptors on the two new images images I added to identify landmarks and drug tunnel corridors. Simply would like to make sure I use the correct source and permission tag for the two new uploads i.e. PD-CAGov. Thank you`Rnieders (talk) 03:37, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: File:San Diego TwinPorts proposal-Ron Roberts 1991.jpg (looks like this needs categories). Only someone who has seen the prior correspondence can work out whether that would be covered by the prior permission filed with OTRS (vs. needing a new additional permission letter), and most of us, even administrators, have no access to OTRS correspondence. You'd have to ask at Commons:OTRS noticeboard, unless there is a case to be made that this is simply public domain based on general California government policies for such images. - Jmabel ! talk 04:04, 3 October 2016 (UTC)