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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]

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 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:22, 10 December 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

Penis and sex action[edit]

Can i advertise my sex films? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Troian72 (talk • contribs)

Help with Wikimedia OTRS release generator step 1[edit]

Hi, I’m not sure which category to pick. I inherited artwork and photos from a relative. I believe the artist’s wife took the photo in 1943. I think I’m supposed to use {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}} or possibly {{PD-US-no notice}} since the artist and his wife are both deceased and as their relative, I now own the photo. The photo is called File:Jean Henri Vigoureux in the U.S. Army circa 1943.jpg.

Also for all the drawings I scanned I fixed the summary box and made the Licenses Public Domain. All of these things have been nominated for deletion. What should I do next? Thank you. JHVfan (talk) 07:50, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What year did the photographer pass away? Ciell (talk) 07:58, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@JHVfan: You need to cover both the original country of publication (France, I believe) and the U.S. If the material was published without notice in France, then it would be correct to use both.
Also Pinging @Yann because he had nominated some of these for deletion. - Jmabel ! talk 16:15, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hi @Jmabel Thank you for your advice. And as I replied to @Ciell, I think I may have found the perfect tag for this situation, to add to the France photos and the France tag.JHVfan (talk) 18:50, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hi @CiellThe artist and his wife divorced around 1950. After that I don’t know what happened to her. But I just found a tag that I think might be perfect for this situation:
Public domain
The heirs of this work's copyright holder (usually the creator) have released it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

In some countries this may not be legally possible; if so:

The heirs of the creator grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

Thank you for writing.JHVfan (talk) 18:43, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, the year of death is important to determine the PD though - I assume she was from the States if so Commons:Copyright_rules_by_territory/United_States#General_rules applies. Also important: who are the heirs of the diseased in this case? Owning a physical copy of an image is not the same as being a heir of the copyrights of the image. Ciell (talk) 19:02, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@JHVfan: Yes, {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}} is OK for works created by your anscestors, but we usually require a confirmation via email. Please see COM:VRT for the procedure. Regards, Yann (talk) 19:34, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@YannThank you for writing back. I’ve sent an email to the VRT team. Also, I’m replacing all the CC-by-sa-4.0-heirs tag on my photos with PD-heirs template, because I don’t think you can put CC and PD at the same time? JHVfan (talk) 20:09, 5 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@JHVfan: In this case, you can. If it is PD in the U.S., then that's just how it is in the U.S., but you can offer a specific license for use elsewhere in the world. - Jmabel ! talk 03:33, 6 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Help! Wrong language[edit]

I just made a wikipedia page in English but I was logged in in Finnish. It got published but taken away in a second because the language was wrong. Is there anyway I can change the settings to English afterwards or do I really have to do the whole page again? — Preceding unsigned comment added by LouiseThomasson (talk • contribs) 18:30, 5 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

Flag of West Chester, PA[edit]

Hello! I have created an .svg for the recently adopted flag of West Chester, PA. I wish to upload it but however, I'm very new here and I cannot figure out whether it is in the public domain. The legislation legalizing it is here "" and here "". Any help would be appreciated!

Tim --Physeters (talk) 03:03, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • I'm guessing that is too simple to copyright in the U.S., but I'd appreciate if someone with more expertise would weigh in. User:Clindberg? - Jmabel ! talk 19:27, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Assuming you are using Special:UploadWizard, where it says, "Now tell us why you are sure you have the right to publish this work", choose "another reason not mentioned above" and the reason is {{PD-ineligible}}. - Jmabel ! talk 04:40, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks @Jmabel. Will do! Physeters (talk) 04:53, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Clindberg and Jmabel: Thank you guys so much! I got the file up with proper copyright/licensing issue free!,_Pennsylvania.svg
Thanks again!
Tim Physeters (talk) 06:25, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading image to a WIKI[edit]

Been trying to add this army patch to this WIKI, The Hawaiian Division had it but then it was accidently removed by me can not post it again

This file is a duplicate of the following file: Hawaiian_Division.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Waspranger (talk • contribs) 04:31, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hawaiian Division.jpg
@Waspranger You do not need to upload the image, you have already uploaded the image. The message "file is a duplicate" tells you. However you gave the source "Pinterest". You should change that to the Url pointing to the source at Pinterest, otherwise it cannot be checked, if it was really posted there with a cc-by-sa-4.0 license and may be deleted. C.Suthorn (talk) 08:16, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How do I delete a subcategory?[edit]

Hi all, I created a subcategory I thought didn't exist, I then realised it already exists under a different category and a different name. Is there a way to have it deleted as it is now a duplicate?

The category I created was, I found this:,_Australia. I know this probably seems like a dumb move on my part (and it is), I am a bit too used to editing enwiki where most train stations are referred to as "railway stations" and not "train stations" and assumed it was the same here.

Sorry for the hassle and thanks for any help! BakuFromAus (talk) 11:09, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Rather than deletion, it would probably be best to redirect to the other category. That way if a future editor tries the same plausible category name, they will end up at the correct location. From Hill To Shore (talk) 11:12, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, didn't think of that. Done. Thank you! BakuFromAus (talk) 11:30, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@BakuFromAus: just to clarify, use a soft redirect with {{Cat redirect}}. - Jmabel ! talk 19:30, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Is hard redirect where it automatically redirects you to another page? Not sure if those exist on commons/if that's what you meant but I didn't do that, I did "Category redirect" as opposed to "Cat redirect" - am I correct in thinking cat is just shorthand for "Category" or am I misinterpreting this and "Category redirect" is a hard redirect. Either way, I did update it to cat redirect. Thanks BakuFromAus (talk) 05:59, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@BakuFromAus: You took the action that Jmabel suggested before they added their comment.[1] The link Jmabel provided to Cat redirect is itself redirected to Category redirect. I recently inserted the wrong type of redirect on a category and a bot corrected me a short while later.[2] Your edit was perfectly fine here and it wouldn't have been a problem if you got it wrong, as the bot would have corrected you. From Hill To Shore (talk) 12:40, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Covid-19 natural immunity[edit]

I wish to explore the effects of natural immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (i.e., immunity as developed through immune system mechanisms in reaction to a natural infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus) by analyzing and sharing information from reliable official sources (such as CDC, WHO, peer-reviewed studies) examining the effects of natural immunity in relation to whether there is reinfection or not. Every statement is required to be backed by either a peer-reviewed study (no "pre-print" versions allowed) and/or by a Virologist and/or an Immunologist and/or an Epidemiologist and/or a Molecular Biologist and/or a physician or other certified health professional who is recognized by an official board in such fields. People with a Bachelors degree in Science (B.Sc.) as well as medical investigative journalists can also contribute (provided that they do not quote or mention any affiliation to any questionable group(s) or networks) , as long as their statements are backed by reliable data that can be verified and that is not subject to subjective varied and sometimes contradicting interpretations. All angles and standpoints are to be welcomed to contribute to this virtual debate for the benefit of all of those wishing to get to the bottom of the issue by knowing the truth. No "conspiracy theories," no "finger-pointing," no "accusations" (even if quoting official reliable news backed by evidence) is ever to be allowed; criminal accusations are best to be left to law enforcement agencies and the judicial branch of the government so this forum will not cover this area. Wondering here if this would be agreeable to the Terms of Service, before we begin.

This seems out of scope for Commons, which is a repository of media such as free-use images and sounds. --Malcolmxl5 (talk) 15:22, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hi, i uploaded a work from with the copyright:


but it seems not to work according to is the right template for the work?

The link to the pdf on commons is NairobiPapel (talk)

NairobiPapel (talk)

Moving a file[edit]

I just uploaded a file ([3]) with a needlessly specific and (it turns out) inaccurate title. (See page for details.) I realised my mistake and added to the description etc., but I forgot to change the title. After realising this, I tried to move the page to better reflect the image. (To: [4].) However, a message appeared on the page and it was not moved.

I was wondering if I did something wrong or if things will sort themselves out?

Thanks in advance, Pigeon43 (talk) 20:26, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Please sign with ~~~~
Only some users can rename files. Others should use the {{Rename}} template.
Yann (talk) 20:51, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Okay, thank you so much!
Pigeon <3 (talk) 20:56, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Doubt regarding copyright of an advertisement[edit]

Well, I've been wanting to upload this particular advertisement under the template:PD-US-no notice ad template. Now, I was about to do it until I noticed the logo of Decca Records on the bottom with the Ⓡ. I'm speculating that in this particular case, the registered trademark is meant to protect the logo of the record company instead of the full advertising. An example of a clear copyright notice could be seen on the bottom-left of this ad. So should I steer clear of this one, or is it possible to upload it by cropping the company logo and just using the content of the ad above?

Thanks in advance.--GDuwenTell me! 21:20, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@GDuwen: The registered trademark has nothing to do with copyright. Unless there is a notice like "© 1961 Decca Records", this is not protected under US law. So {{PD-US-no notice advertisement}} would indeed be your template of choice. De728631 (talk) 21:25, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Why has my page been deleted[edit]


Why has my page Side Street Boyz.jpg02 been deleted? I own the images that I uploaded, the images are of a boy band that I founded. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Caz.Music.Lover (talk • contribs)

The reason is explained on your user talk: page.
If you are the manager etc., you can use COM:OTRS to sort this out. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:44, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


My old account recovery —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2409:4053:2d86:7551::308a:a012 (talk) 16:42, 8 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

Hi, and welcome. Sorry, that cannot happen here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:52, 8 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wrong information listed for U.S. Civil War prisoner of war? Andersonville VS Belle Isle[edit]

Hello. This image, as you can see from the file name, is described on Wikipedia as "This a picture of one of the survivors of Andersonville Prison. Union Army soldier on his release from Andersonville in May, 1865."

Wikipedia includes as the image source a link to United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division:

However, if you go to the linked Library of Congress catalog entry, it lists different description information for the image. The image title there is "[Unidentified emaciated prisoner of war, from Belle Isle, Richmond, at the U.S. General Hospital, Div. 1, Annapolis]" and the entry includes a note "Erroneous caption on card: 'Returned Federal prisoners from Andersonville prison.'" This indicates that the Andersonville attribution on Wikipedia is a mistake and that the image should be affiliated with the Belle Isle prison camp instead.,_Virginia)

I don't know anything about how to change image file information on Wikipedia/Wikimedia, so I'm posting the information here instead. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Turtleduck (talk • contribs) 21:34, 8 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

I'm looking into this right now and will make changes if needed, but the short answer is that you can edit the file description yourself, just like editing anything on Wikipedia, and you can ask for someone to rename it via the process described at Commons:File renaming. Beeblebrox (talk) 00:39, 9 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I've confirmed what you've said about it, the LoC description is quite clear, and have therefore changed the description, renamed the file, and removed it from the English Wikipedia article on Andersonville, but it looks like it is still in use in such articles on number of other projects. Beeblebrox (talk) 01:00, 9 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


File:John Miller Meets with Top Advisors at Local McDonald's (27056072600).jpg looks like a photo montage/fake photo to me. It doesn't seem to be labeled that way. Is there a tag/template for such things? WhatamIdoing (talk) 01:42, 9 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The image description does indicate that it is made from several other works, it is for sure a fake. I don't know if there is a template, but it is probably out of scope for Commons.I've nominated it for deletion. Beeblebrox (talk) 01:51, 9 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can I upload scans from work in the public domain found on Internet Archive[edit]


I am starting to dabble with Wikisource and read that it is helpful to include a scanned copy of the book I am trying to add to wikisource. The work I would like to add has been published in 1914 in the USA, and is therefore in the public domain in that country, and I found a digitized copy of the work on Internet Archive. My question is whether I am allowed to upload the .djvu scan file available on Internet Archive. What I don't understand is whether the digital file containing the copy of the book is also in the public domain, and whether I have the rights to add it to wikimedia commons.

The digital copy available on Internet Archive is the same as the one in the Library of Congress

Best regards, --ElMagyar (talk) 09:50, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @ElMagyar: A faithful copy of a text or two-dimensional image that is in the public domain is still public domain, so yes. - Jmabel ! talk 15:59, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Great, thank you. ElMagyar (talk) 16:08, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Creating a new copyright tag.[edit]

Hello, so lately I've been bringing over images from the (British) Ministry of Defence on cap badges, insignia, badges, etc. Though I've worked a lot on Wikipedia, I have very little experience on creating a new copyright tag here. See more here. All help is very much welcome! Coldstreamer20 (talk) 17:02, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I've created a template which is of-course a start: Template:MoD (UK). Coldstreamer20 (talk) 17:15, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The low resolution graphics of MOD badges or logos available from the "Defence Brand Portal" that are licensed under the terms of the Ministry Of Defence Illustration Licence are, unfortunately, not compatible with Commons. Per Commons:Licensing, Commons only accepts media that is free from copyright restrictions which would prevent them being used by anyone, anytime, for any purpose. The Ministry Of Defence Illustration Licence prohibits the licensee from using the graphics from the Defence Brand Portal on third party websites such as Facebook. Images and other media that are restricted to use on Wikipedia or Commons and not on third-party sites are not accepted on Commons. You could, however, upload such images to projects that accept Fair Use media (such as English Wikipedia), so long as you comply with their fair use policies. —RP88 (talk) 18:07, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, so I can do them on Wikipedia via fair use (as even stated in the license with a reference to Wikipedia), but not the Commons? Coldstreamer20 (talk) 19:31, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
English Wikipedia does allow the use of images that are "non-free" (i.e. works with restrictions that prevent them from being used for any purpose, in particular mediums, or commercially, etc.). Read more at en:Wikipedia:Non-free content. If you have questions about the use of non-free content on English Wikipedia the best place to ask is probably on English Wikipedia itself at en:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions. —RP88 (talk) 20:00, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Coldstreamer20: If you are interested in copyright or copyright templates, you may want to follow the discussions at Commons:Village Pump/Copyright and post your questions there. —RP88 (talk) 18:34, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I had already commented about Coldstreamer20's extensive uploads at the Commons village pump - Commons:Village pump/Copyright/Archive/2021/12#Royal Regiment of Scotland cap badge and the Commons Administrators' noticeboard - Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard/Archive_87#Multiple copyvios but received no replies. I pointed out that they were likely to be copyright violations. The Ministry of Defence Illustration Licence terms says People are free to use MOD insignia for illustration purposes. For example, to include a regimental badge in a website such as Wikipedia for the purposes of describing in their own words what that regiment does. So it specifically uses Wikipedia as an example. However, this implies "fair use" only because the detailed license terms in Annex C say [not] j) for any commercial purpose, so I interpret this as a type of CC BY SA NC license. Michael D. Turnbull (talk) 11:21, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


How to use commons?

Commons:FAQ. Ruslik (talk) 20:34, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

uploading a picture of a flag[edit]

Hi, I want to opload an image of our clubflag (VlagKleinNTSV.jpg). I get a message first that the name of the file is not specific enough, if I rename to more specific (Vlag Klein NTSV November 2021.jpg), is is not allowed in a broader context. The design/copyright of the flag is mine and the club. Can you help me out? Joost Dikken, user JoostDikken, president of NTSV, (also on


I try to replace an image and I followed instructions on GlobalReplace. For the first time an link showed in "More" submenu (but no action happened) and then tried 3 more times, but now it doesn't even show up. User:A09090091/common.js is the file. Thanks for answering, A09090091 (talk) 20:57, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@A09090091: Hi, and welcome. GlobalReplace is for Admins and Filemovers. You could try justReplace.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:57, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G.: Thanks for answering, now it makes sense. Will do as you said. A09090091 (talk) 22:07, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

portrait of the CEO[edit]

I created a page at the request of the CEO of the company I work for. The portrait photo was obtained from the company's public relations department. However, it was removed as a violation of the license. How should I upload the portrait again? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kuma311 (talk • contribs) 09:50, 11 January 2022 (UTC) (UTC)[reply]

@Kuma311: Hi,
Please sign with ~~~~.
We need a formal written permission from the copyright holder. Please see COM:VRT for the procedure. Thanks, Yann (talk) 09:50, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Kuma311: Also, while I don't know in any detail the Japanese Wikipedia's policies on conflict of interest, I notice that on ja:江口祥一郎 you did not indicate on the talk page your relationship to said CEO, which I would presume is required there. - Jmabel ! talk 18:02, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for the information.
How can I prove that I work for the CEO? Kuma311 (talk) 04:05, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for the information.
It's hard for me to understand VRTS, but I'll read it. Kuma311 (talk) 04:08, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Using images with Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license in a published book[edit]

I'd like to use a photo with the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license as the basis for an illustration, to be used in a book which will be published and sold.

Will I meet all of the conditions of this license if I include the following information in the book, clearly referring to the illustration: - appropriate photographer credit - a link to the license - an indication that changes have been made?

Is there anything else I need to do in order to meet the conditions of this license?

I just want to make sure that the fact that the book will be sold doesn't somehow breach the rules of the Attribution-ShareAlike license, which requires that the derived illustration must also be free to use and amend, i.e. "shared alike".

Thank you for your help.

LINK TO LICENSE —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:8003:d86a:b300:41d0:74f9:1267:ea7d (talk) 10:02, 11 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

This seems perfect. A tip: please convince yourselve if the image is correctly licensed on Commons. Although we work hard to keep up with all daily uploads, sometimes we overlook copyrighted images which are taken from the internet or are scanned from printed media. You can privately mail me so I can take a look at the specific image if you like. (Disclaimer added... this is a US website) Ellywa (talk) 10:32, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Ellywa: It seems that the entire book would need to be shared alike per the terms of the license. The original poster should see COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:12, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G.: I'm pretty certain SA doesn't require that the entire book by free-licensed. It just requires that any modifications to the image be free-licensed. Jmabel ! talk 18:04, 11 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]
@Ellywa and Jmabel: Sorry, just the adapted image.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:38, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I asked a question, on my laptop, what was the biggest Sun known in the Universe, and Wikipedia gave me insight into what was known. I am not a scientist but someone who is amazed by space. The information Wikipedia supplied opened my eyes {and my mind} to the massive size of Suns in the Universe which makes our Sun insignificant in power and size. Also, Wikipedia gave information about a group of Suns that have a mass about the same size as the planet Jupiter which is "mind-boggling". So, what I am asking, is there a group or forum of people within Wikipedia, who share the same interest as myself, or could Wikipedia supply more general information to my email address which I can then save. I hope my request will be considered. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 11:42, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, and welcome. Please see en:WP:Wikiproject Astronomy. Also, our sun is the only one referred to by scientists, but it is only one of the estimated 1022 to 1024 stars. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:08, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Contacter un photographe[edit]

Je finalise la rédaction d'un livre familial (papier) et ai repéré plusieurs photos sur Wikipedia qui pourraient illustrer nos textes. Un auteur GO69 en a réalisé plusieurs. Comment puis-je lui adresser un e-mail pour qu'il nous donne l'autorisation de reprendre ses photos et à quelles conditions. En fait, les indications concernant les droits d'auteur ... me semblent concerner la reprise de photos ou documents sur Internet et non sur papier. Merci — Preceding unsigned comment added by Snig29 (talk • contribs) 16:21, 11 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

  • Typically, the issues are the same for paper and on the Internet. What do you think would not apply on paper?
  • In the left navigation of the page User:GO69 there should be a link to email the user. (For what it's worth, this user has been active as recently as today.) They will see your email address as part of the email they receive. You will not see theirs unless they choose to reply. - Jmabel ! talk 18:11, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Dépôt d'images à identifier[edit]

Bonjour j'ai déposé et documenté 5 images de champignons pour deux espèces dans la rubrique d'identification du forum de mycologie. Deux seulement ont été chargées alors qu'elles étaient toutes documentées de la même façon et qu'il s'agissait d'angles différents (2 pour l'un, 3 pour l'autre). Pouvez-vous m'expliquer pourquoi ? Peut-on retrouver les trois autres ? Merci par avance ! Cordialement, Philippe Bissières Philippe Bissières (talk) 21:17, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How To Upload A Photo Of A Deceased Person[edit]

Hello, How can I upload a photo of a deceased person? It was made at a photo shop in 1980 for his personal use. Now we, his family, possess it and would like to add the copy to the article on Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Build2904 (talk • contribs) 1:08, 12 January 2022 (UTC)

  • @Build2904: I hate to say it but it's probably not going to be eligible for use on Commons. The situation is a little different in different countries, but in most countries the copyright would still persist and, unless it had been explicitly signed over, would belong to the photographer, the photo shop, or the respective heirs.
  • If you want to use it just on the English-language Wikipedia, and we lack other comparable photos of that person, see Wikipedia:Non-free_content#Images. If that is the route you are going, you'll also want to see en:Template:Non-free use rationale 2. Also, if that is the route you are going, further questions are better asked on the English-language Wikipedia, since this approach does not involve Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 02:34, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Help needed to move a category over redirect: Fort Meade to Fort Meade, Maryland[edit]

I don't know how to move Category:Fort Meade to Category:Fort Meade, Maryland, where a redirect presently exists. I've worked on the contents of the "Fort Meade" category to be sure that it contains files that pertain only to the census-designated community in Maryland, matching its Wikidata. Many images needed to be reviewed and moved to a new subcategory — Category:Fort George G. Meade, the U.S. Army facility most often thought of as "Fort Meade". It also required moving some other images to the "Fort Meade (South Dakota)" category, and ... Well, it was a long haul, but it's done. The contents of Category:Fort Meade are now ready to move to Category:Fort Meade, Maryland but I can't do it myself. Can someone with the skills and knowledge move the category for me? Thanks in advance. — WFinch (talk) 03:20, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How do I upload a new version of a photo?[edit]

I uploaded and realized that it should be landscape rather than portrait so it's displayed correctly in the Wikipedia ios app. But I can't work out how to upload a new version. Finrod.Ancalime (talk) 05:25, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

If you see your photo in Commons (here it is a file), scroll down, there you will find File history. Click on
    Upload a new version of this file
Regards, --Wilhelm Zimmerling PAR (talk) 07:48, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Finrod.Ancalime and Wilhelm Zimmerling PAR: But that should be portrait: there is no question which way is "up" in that photo. - Jmabel ! talk 16:33, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
You're right. I've decided to leave it unchanged. Finrod.Ancalime (talk) 21:12, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks @Wilhelm Zimmerling PAR, somehow I missed that. Finrod.Ancalime (talk) 21:11, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to upload newer png image when the phone doesn't support svg file?[edit]

I download the image from Wikipedia the highest resolution (6000px.) but my phone is support only 4096px. for editing photos. The original image is transparent and the edited is transparent which is the latest. I tried to upload a newer file but i have received the error/warning message: File extension ".svg" does not match the detected MIME type of the file (image/png).

I rename to png to svg but it failed.

Smartphone doesn't actually support svg. I tried to convert from png to svg in some websites but the result: Failed to load image.

How to upload new png image when the outdated content is svg? — Preceding unsigned comment added by JustinLRT (talk • contribs) 13:59, 12 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

@JustinLRT: Hi, and welcome. What is the name of the svg file here? What newer information does your newer file have? Is your phone running iOS, Android, or some other OS? What OS version? See also COM:SIGN and COM:OW.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:12, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
PNG and SVG are two different file formats which you cannot overwrite with each other. If you have a new SVG file, please upload it separately with a new filename and the SVG ending. De728631 (talk) 21:23, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Авторські права[edit]

Добрий день. Чому Файл File:Емблема ФК "Мрія" Гнідинці 2011-2016 рр.png був запідозрений у порушенні авторських прав? Даний файл був розроблений і створений дійсно мною особисто. Про це свідчить не зовмім якісна робота, про що може повідомити будь-який знавець даного напрямку роботи. Прошу даний файл не видаляти. Дякую. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Олексій Кадук (talk • contribs) 08:15, 13 January 2022 (UTC) (UTC)[reply]


Good day.

Why File File:Емблема ФК "Мрія" Гнідинці 2011-2016 рр.png was suspected of copyright infringement? This file was developed and created by me personally. This is evidenced by not very high-quality work, which can be reported by any expert in this field of work. Please do not delete this file. Thanks.
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:25, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Олексій Кадук: Привіт і ласкаво просимо. Ви вказали, що це ваша власна робота. Зазвичай, коли хтось завантажує логотип png, це порушення авторських прав, взятого з Інтернету. Будь ласка, завантажте його оригінал у повному розмірі за COM:HR, включаючи будь-які метадані, але він може вважатися занадто складним, щоб бути під TOO/uk у країні походження, тому вам може знадобитися ліцензувати його на вашому офіційному веб-сайті чи в соціальних мережах або надішліть дозвіл через VRT/uk. Крім того, будь-яке PNG-зображення буде виглядати нечітким при зменшенні (через дизайнерські рішення, розглянуті в phab:T192744) або нерівним при збільшенні, тому ви можете також завантажити версію svg або jpg. Якщо ви не можете отримати відповідну ліцензію, логотип все одно може бути завантажений до англійської Вікіпедії відповідно до en:WP:F, оскільки ми не допускаємо добросовісного використання тут. Pinging @Ytoyoda як теггер. Дивіться також COM:SIGN/uk.
Hi, and welcome. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png logo, 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 logo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. Pinging @Ytoyoda as tagger. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:25, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to find uncategorized articles within a certain category[edit]

I would like to work on categorizing files that belong to an identified hidden category, for example Category:PD-Bain . Is there any way I can search in Category:PD-Bain to identify those files that have only hidden categories, and are awaiting categorization into 'regular' Commons categories? Downtowngal (talk) 15:40, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Downtowngal: Hi. this search should do.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:55, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks a lot.16:09, 13 January 2022 (UTC) Downtowngal (talk) 16:09, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Entirely standalone image ID[edit]

How do I create a unique image ID for my photographs and scans? Is there a scheme and a way to generate those? What popular schemes can I choose from? -- 16:41, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • I'm not sure what exactly you are asking. The only "ID" here, really, is the filename. Those must be unique and should be descriptive. Usually when there is already a file using the name you would want, most of us add a date or a number. But maybe you mean something else. - Jmabel ! talk 17:12, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, here, there is not such a thing: upload > get a number. But is there a system outside, where you can get one online? -- 04:19, 14 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to request a mass rename?[edit]

I'd like to request renaming 13 files, all with the same typo in their name.

The files are File:Berckzy Park 001.jpg through File:Berckzy Park 013.jpg and I think they should be named Berczy Park 001.jpg ... Berczy Park 013.jpg, respectively (with a superfluous k removed).
There are many files in commons whose names begin with Berczy Park (Special:AllPages/File:Berczy Park) but luckily there is no conflict in them.

Can I do that without editing all 13 description pages to add {{Rename}} to each of them? --CiaPan (talk) 18:01, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Jmabel: Thank you for the message. No, I've never seen VFC. I'm not very active at Commons and know little about such tools. I think I'll take a look soon. THX again! Face-smile.svg CiaPan (talk) 11:29, 14 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
✓ Done. --Achim55 (talk) 09:15, 14 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Achim55: Thank you! Face-smile.svg CiaPan (talk) 11:30, 14 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Restore photo[edit]


I uploaded a new version of this photo before seeing the message that I shouldn't do that. I tried to undo the change, but it wouldn't undo it. How can that be restored? Bubba73 (talk) 01:06, 15 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

There's a "revert" link in the left-hand column, next to the list of old versions.
Don't be surprised if it "doesn't seem to work" – caching often takes a while to catch up. Andy Dingley (talk) 01:56, 15 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]