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



無法連上這個網站 的網頁可能暫時離線,或是已經遷移到另一個網址。

ERR_HTTP2_PROTOCOL_ERROR Wu-horace (talk) 08:40, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unable to upload photo!

Why can't upload photos, the following error message appears:

Can't connect to this site page may be temporarily offline or has been migrated to another URL.

translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:59, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Wu-horace: 你好,歡迎。 您的設備和我們的服務器之間可能存在某種 HTTP2 協議過濾器,可能是 GFW。 您能否嘗試繞過它,也許使用不同的設備、網絡或 VPN?
Hi, and welcome. There is probably some sort of filter of the HTTP2 protocol between your device and our servers, perhaps GFW. Can you try to get around it, perhaps using a different device, network, or VPN?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:59, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello. This seems to have been a temporal error – at least Special:Upload is working for me. Please try again. De728631 (talk) 11:54, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Comment faire pour insérer le logo du Réseau Nacre sur la page ? Charline NACRe (talk) 13:00, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to insert the Nacre Network logo on the page?
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:23, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Charline NACRe: Salut et bienvenue. Veuillez consulter en:H:PIC ou fr:WP:IMG.
Hi, and welcome. Please see en:H:PIC or fr:WP:IMG.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:23, 30 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

classification list change inquiry[edit]

Question: I've seen a photo described as 'wiki list of gay actors' floating around the internet for some time. It looks legit and is supposed to be from around 10 years ago. There are a lot of names on it - "200 pages out of approx 946 total." But when I attempt to search up the same list today I get one with only a small fraction of these numbers. 99 pages only - just one name under "J" for example when there previously were 18. Numerous names have been deleted. No record of all these apparent deletions anywhere I can find. Was there some massive re-do of this content which is not chronicled in edit history anywhere? Or were all these people potentially 'outed' against their will in the first version? Curious Freesonemaven (talk) 00:11, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Freesonemaven: Hi, and welcome. Where exactly did you find it?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:12, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Jeff & thanks. I'd attach a screen cap here but don't see anywhere to do so. It has appeared on a number of Hollywood gossip chat boards and social media outlets - the point being that some actors were once listed there as openly gay but later removed their names when electing to closet. I was most surprised by the massive decrease in overall volume (ie, not jus one name removed but seemingly hundreds), which seems really strange. Freesonemaven (talk) 15:20, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Freesonemaven: That would be a sad state of affairs, possibly explained by cancel culture.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:30, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vimeo Video question[edit]

I was searching for CC-BY videos of director Irvin Kershner on Vimeo (, and I came across this one. Thing is, the video is a clip for a film, so it has a different kind of page. As you can see here, it doesn't have a "More" tab like most Vimeo videos, which contains the licensing information. So, I decided to put the video link through an HTML code viewer, and see if I could find the license indication that way. Sure enough, I found this:

Is this good enough to allow video screenshots from this on Commons under the CC-BY 3.0 license like the search and code show? JamesTheLaptop (talk) 21:43, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi @JamesTheLaptop, Personally I wouldn't upload the video/screenshots - Despite the CC hyperlink within the coding and despite the filters listing this as a "CC-BY" IMHO given there's no symbols or text on the film page itself actually stating this is CC licensed I wouldn't upload it, CC is implied but for me it's not stated. Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 12:45, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think this is good enough. Most people won't look into the HTML source code of the page to read license, and browsers currently do not automatically display this information based on this meta tag. Sufficient license should be visibly placed on the video page itself, which means that meta tag stating the license isn't sufficient enough as it's not visible on the page. If you want to use the clip, I guess the best option for you is to contact Vimeo about COM:VRT, politely explaining this situation and ask them to send license confirmation to an email address stated in the VRT page, with a carbon copy to you. If the license isn't immediately obvious from the page or from additional resource that is visible somewhere, VRT is the way to go. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:24, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You could also ask Blink Movies or Roger Nygard.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:53, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kenapa saya tidak bisa upload foto[edit]

Kenapa saya tidak bisa upload foto padahal kan saya pengguna apa mungkin ada yang salah dalam penyuntingan — Preceding unsigned comment added by Awanbagus12 (talk • contribs) 03:49, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why can't I upload photos
Why can't I upload photos even though I'm a user, maybe there's something wrong with the editing
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:12, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Awanbagus12: Hai, dan selamat datang. Saya melihat Anda telah mengunggah 9 foto, harap lebih spesifik. Lihat juga COM:SIGN/id.
Hi, and welcome. I see that you have uploaded 9 photos, please be more specific. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:12, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Minimum images in cat[edit]

Hi, Do we have any guidelines that say how many images minimum should be in a category ?, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 14:34, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Davey2010: I'm not sure there's any official guidance, but I've somehow absorbed "three" as the answer to this. Sometimes I'll create a category for a single file. For instance, I created a bunch of single-file subcategories of Category:Potato cultivars by name because I couldn't otherwise see a good parent category to put the files in. --bjh21 (talk) 14:48, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi @Bjh21, Ah okay, Currently I'm creating one-file categories for some of the vehicles at Category:Mercedes-Benz buses in the United Kingdom but I would assume for instance having this is better than having a whole ton of unidentified images dumped at Category:Mercedes-Benz buses in the United Kingdom?,
For instance now the Wright category above has been created viewers will now find that image either through Mercedes-Benz or Wright categories and more importantly will actually know what the vehicle is whereas at Mercedes-Benz buses in the United Kingdom it'll never be found and chances are the image descriptions wont ever be read,
I've also just realised my logic has also applied to Category:Potato cultivars by name as viewers will also know what potato cultivars they are .... whereas being dumped in one huge category doesn't really help anybody,
Brilliant thanks for your help bjh much appreciated, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 15:14, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Probably reasonable in this case. Similarly, we often create a category that corresponds to a Wikipedia article, even if there is only one item in the category. - Jmabel ! talk 15:22, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I will create a Commons category with only one image if I think there is a good chance of more images being added in the future. The easier it is for uploaders to categorise images correctly the better. I've recently gone through 13,000 aviation images where many were not even categorised by the main subject. Wikipedia categories are generally created with three or more 'blue linked' articles, navboxes need five articles though there are many categories and templates with less than this number. A camel is a horse designed by a committee. Nimbus227 (talk) 20:08, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Sosyalist güç birliği.jpg[edit]

Bu çalışma siyasal bir ittifakın duyuru olarak paylaştığı bir afiş çalışmasıdır. Hangi lisansın kullanılacağına air yardımcı olursanız sevinirim.

--Beynelmilelbt (talk) 14:35, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This work is a poster work shared by a political alliance as an announcement. I would be glad if you could help with which license to use.
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:01, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Beynelmilelbt: Merhaba ve hoş geldiniz. Özgür olmayan bir poster yükledin, ne olacağını düşündün?
Hi, and welcome. You uploaded an unfree poster, what did you think would happen?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:01, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deletion of a file I uploaded[edit]

Hello, I want to delete a file I uploaded mistakenly tomy page instead of wikilovesmonuments 2022. Can u guys help me out with it? Or can you help me to upload the same one in the contest? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swethagraphy (talk • contribs) 19:10, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Swethagraphy: Hi, and welcome. Please see COM:Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:31, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To expand on what Jeff said: you can change the tags to be what Wiki Loves Monuments needs without re-uploading. - Jmabel ! talk 22:26, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Astley David Middleton Cooper[edit]

How do I add a picture of A.D.M. Cooper's "The Burning Arrow" from my collection of his paintings? Edward X. Peterson (talk) 22:07, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Edward X. Peterson: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it, and have the photographer post permission on their official website or social media or send the photo and permission via VRT with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photo may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:20, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G. and Edward X. Peterson: Jeff, I realize that was boilerplate, but it's not so much whether Edward took the photo: all of A.D.M. Cooper's copyrights should have expired by now, and a faithful copy of a painting of his should be eligible for Commons as {{PD-US-expired}}. - Jmabel ! talk 22:29, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: Right, but uploading a smaller (529 × 469 pixels, 104873 bytes) jpg photo of it cross-wiki is the wrong way about it. I wonder if the painting in question is the original (8 by 10 feet) or a smaller copy by the same artist.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:44, 1 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

en:File:International Judo Federation Flag.png – Received authorization to use[edit]

I've uploaded the image file as a non-free file. Since, I was mailed an authorization to use the image file on Wikipedia, for purposes detailed in the "Minimal use" section. My question is: How can I provide this authorization to Wikipedia, so that the file may be used on the site? CLalgo (talk) 10:09, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looks like the file needs to be used in the article(s) stated and per "Minimal use" included in articles of said athletes. If the file isn't used anywhere, Wikipedia cannot keep it as it would be copyright violation. The article in question does use another version, which is simply the logo itself, not the flag. Not sure about what you should do in this case. You should ask on the file's talk page. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:44, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Commons doesn't accept non-free content of any type per COM:FAIR; so, there's not really anything Commons can do to help you with this. Since you asked essentially the same question at en:WP:MCQ#File:International Judo Federation Flag.png – Received authorization to use, it's probably best to keep all discussion related to this in that thread since it will avoid confusion. -- Marchjuly (talk) 14:11, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The App Crashing[edit]

Excuse me, I have a problem. I was uploading some files and I was adding categories to my files And it froze and then the app crashed. And I lost all of my hard work so could you fix that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonah DeWeil (talk • contribs) 11:33, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Jonah DeWeil: Hi, and welcome. The proper venue for your report is Commons talk:Mobile app or   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:40, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The app crashing[edit]

Pinging @Jonah DeWeil Moved from talk page. - Jmabel ! talk 15:09, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Excuse me I have a question I was uploading some files and when I was adding Categories and then it froze and crashed and I lost all my hard work Jonah DeWeil (talk) 11:37, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It might be because I have a I-phone 5s that is about to run out of memory. So it might be that Jonah DeWeil (talk) 11:39, 2 September 2022 (UTC) Jmabel ! talk 15:09, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


This image File:Carrying chair Meir.jpg has metada. The metadata are visible, but I do not know how to delete them. The image was originally posted some years ago with wrong information. I corrected those, but could not change the metadata.(talk) 14:05, 2 September 2022 (UTC)}}Reply[reply]

@Udimu: Hi, and welcome. Sorry, you can't without overwriting. What is wrong? Pinging @Pharos as uploader.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:44, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: Many thanks! the metadata at the bottom of the page are wrong. If I go on Edit, they do not appear, so I can not change or delete them.Udimu (talk) 14:49, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Udimu: Exactly what is wrong, and what would be right instead?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:56, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: . I am not so familiar with the metadata, but I gave the correct references to the book where the image was originally published, and a link to the website, where you can find that book online. I assume that can go as the metadata. In the moment there is a link to the website of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and that is simply wrong.Udimu (talk) 15:24, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Udimu: Again: everything but the image itself is "metadata". Which metadata are currently wrong? - Jmabel ! talk 19:56, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: at the bottom of the page you see (see below) and this is all wrong (mainly I do not see anyway to change it.
@Udimu: That is metadata in the file's EXIF. The only way to remove that would be to download the file, strip the EXIF content and re-upload. - Jmabel ! talk 22:26, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: I downloaded the file and uploaded it again. Many thanks. I did not know that.Udimu (talk) 07:29, 3 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Udimu: I compensated for your removal, please see the file description page.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:28, 3 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel:I think that is fine now. I assume the copyright is okay in the US. The author [[1]] died 1956. Udimu (talk) 16:22, 3 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.

Image title

Copyright holder

YouTube Audio Library licence[edit]

Hello, I'm fairly new to commons, so apologies if the answer was right in front of me or something.

I'm attempting to upload a music track from the YouTube Audio Library which falls under a YouTube Audio Library licence. I can't find a template for such a license. Does one exist?

The track is also apparently licensed under CC BY 3.0, however I still feel the YouTube Audio Library licence should be mentioned on the file page, since it is also a free license.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. - Toast for Teddy (talk) 19:08, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Toast for Teddy: Is there such a thing as a "YouTube Audio Library licence"? There is "YouTube Audio Library", but the other thing you link doesn't really look like a proper license. Much like the "public domain mark" on Flickr, it seems more like an assertion that the material can be used either because it is public domain or under some license. On Commons, we don't usually accept claims of PD without a rationale, though at least in this case their users can't just arbitrarily add it themselves. Does it allow derivative works? I for one can't tell by reading anything there. I'd be inclined to stick with {{Cc-by-3.0}} because its terms are clear. - Jmabel ! talk 20:04, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
YouTube Audio Library License is something new to me. Yes I know there is YT Audio Library which has tons of music that is copyright safe (and if you use it with built-in tool, it gives automatic attribution), but if there is such proprietary free license on YouTube to use the music, Commons most certainly doesn't have that license. It definitely helps if the work is licensed under multiple licenses, which therefore lets you to simply pick one, so if the track you want to upload is licensed under CC BY 3.0, then use {{Cc-by-3.0}} and that's it. Commons doesn't have any kind of YouTube's proprietary licenses. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 20:12, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Louis Claude de Saint-Martin use image on your website[edit]

You have a picture of him... may I use it in a book to be published by Peter Lang Peg jacob (talk) 21:34, 2 September 2022 (UTC) it will be inside the book with a press run of 2000.Reply[reply]

  • @Peg jacob: One way or another, you can certainly use it: that's the whole point of Commons. But different content on here has different licensing requirements, so I could only say something specific if you actually indicate what picture you are talking about. If you mean File:Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, portrait au physionotrace.jpg, that is public domain, so you can simply use it. If you mean something else, you'll have to be more specific. - Jmabel ! talk 22:28, 2 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Instructions for extracting an illustration from an old book[edit]

I want to add an illustration from an 1859 book to a Wikipedia article. The book is available on the Internet archive and I am confident it is public domain. I can download the entire book as an EPUB file, a PDF, or various other formats. However, I only want an image from one page.

Please tell me the steps to extract the image I want to use and upload it to Commons.

Humphrey Tribble (talk) 10:18, 3 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Humphrey Tribble: Hi, and welcome. Please see COM:PDF.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:30, 3 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is this Advertising?[edit]

Are File:向大坝上的路面拜拜 QQ696847 - panoramio.jpg and File:国土规划 QQ696847 - panoramio.jpg advertising QQ numbers? If so, should that part of the titles & descriptions of these images be removed? --Geographyinitiative (talk) 10:38, 3 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The files should certainly be renamed either under criterion 2 or 5. Ruslik (talk) 20:19, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What is a QQ number? Tencent/WeChat uses "QQ numbers" as an identifier for individuals. If it is this QQ number, the numbers would be the (user)names of the photographers? Or is there another number scheme by the name QQ? C.Suthorn (talk) 07:36, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

May I upload a photograph, please?[edit]


I have just updated the Wikipedia page for Lord Offord of Garvel - I would like to change the photo on his page to the one on 5copyright the UK Govt.

How could I go about doing this legally, please?

Thanks for your advice,

Kind regards,

David DavidFinFro (talk) 14:35, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@DavidFinFro: Hi, and welcome. Yes, you may, with {{OGL3}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:44, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you! 15:59, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@DavidFinFro: You're welcome!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:16, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

حول طريقة الاتصال بالسيد القائد العام[edit]

انني ارغب بالاتصال مع مكتب القائد العام وذلك لتقديم شكوى لامر يخصني في محافظة الرقة بسبب تصرف غريب من مسؤول في الرقة علما انني مقيم في الكويت منذ اكثر من اربعون سنة الرجاء التكرم بالمساعدة واعطائي ايميل او رقم واتس اب كي اتمكن من ايصال شكواي الى سيادة القائد حيث سمعت انه انسان محترم وانسان لايقيل بالظلم ابدا وانه ديمقراطي ولايقبل بالممارسات السابقة ولا بالتسلط واغتصاب حقوق الناس .... ساعدوني لايصال شكواي بارك الله بكم خاصة ان ماحصل معي في الرقة يسئ بشكل قوي لسمعة قوات سوريا الديمقراطية ويعتبر تعدي صارخ على حقوق الانسان .. اشكركم Ali abed althalji (talk) 09:16, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

About how to contact the Commander-in-Chief.
I would like to contact the Office of the Commander-in-Chief in order to file a complaint regarding a matter that concerns me in Raqqa governorate due to strange behavior by an official in Raqqa, knowing that I have lived in Kuwait for more than forty years. Please kindly help and give me an email or WhatsApp number so that I can Delivering my complaint to His Excellency the Leader, as I heard that he is a respectable person and a person who is never dismissed with injustice and that he is democratic and does not accept previous practices or authoritarianism and usurpation of people’s rights.... On human rights..thank you
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:44, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ali abed althalji: اهلا ومرحبا. سؤالك خارج نطاق هذا المشروع ، ولكن قد تجد ما تبحث عنه على ، ، أو
Hi, and welcome. Your question is outside the scope of this project, but you may find what you are looking for at,, or   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:44, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do i put an image (like a coat of arms, flag etc.) as free to use?[edit]

I need answers please! Therealmanu10 (talk) 10:41, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Therealmanu10: Hi, and welcome. If you want to use such an image from Commons elsewhere, please see COM:REUSE. If you want to issue a free license for your own work and upload it here, please find the appropriate license at COM:L and follow COM:FS, or refer to the specific name of that license where you published that work and refer to that statement when uploading. What makes you think any of your uploads are free to use?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:50, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Because they are coat of arms and flags, and so i tought, since i saw them everywhere on wikipedia, they were free to use. Therealmanu10 (talk) 12:04, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That "tought"[sic] is under discussion at Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/Blocks and protections#Therealmanu10.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:09, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Jeno's pizza football cards[edit]


The usage of 2 Jeno's pizza cards has recently been queried in an FA review. There are about 50 of these cards on Wikimedia, dating back to 2017. They're probably in use on well over 100 Wikipedia articles, so it's worth establishing whether they can be used or not.

Thanks, Harper J. Cole (talk) 22:42, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your link is broken. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:44, 5 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Justin: Link fixed.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:01, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Harper J. Cole considering that this is a re-publication, the "published without notice" indeed smells fishy to me. For a more in-depth assessment by people who know more about this, I'd suggest COM:VP/C. El Grafo (talk) 14:40, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Convenience links: file in question, file it was derived from, Category with more files from that series. El Grafo (talk) 14:45, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, thread now started in the Copyright forum. Harper J. Cole (talk) 21:11, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can't upload a relevant file[edit]

I tried to upload a picture of a hand tool which is mentioned in an article about my father's company and the Scope Soldering iron. It has been rejected. This is not advertising. This is an obsolete product from a company that no longer exists. It's history and my own brochure from that time. Peter Seligman (talk) 06:23, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Peter Seligman: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photos as a new user. Each jpg photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads smaller photos, they are copyright violations taken from the web. If you took the photos yourself, please upload the full-size originals of them per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photos, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept them, and have the photographer(s) license them on their official websites or social media or send the photos and permissions via VRT with carbon copies to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the photos may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:39, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

gebruik van een foto mits copyrightvermelding[edit]

Hallo Ter illustratie van een artikel d.d. 1854 over het Vinkenzetten zou ik graag een foto gebruiken als illustratie. Voldoet het om als copyright te vermelden aub? Het gaat om de foto op de indexpagina van volgende link: Het oeroude vinkenzetten - Rovers vertelt over nostalgie ( - File:Vinkensport, Deinze 01.JPG (1500×2000) ( Graag uw reactie Met achtingsvolle groet Stefaan Duron [redacted] 2A02:1811:8481:1A00:9D57:BFB7:6364:B23B 10:13, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

use of a photo with copyright notice
Hello To illustrate an article dated 1854 about Vinkenzet, I would like to use a photo as an illustration. Is it enough to mention as copyright please? It concerns the photo on the index page of the following link: The ancient vinkenzet - Rovers talks about nostalgia ( - File:Vinkensport, Deinze 01.JPG (1500×2000) ( Your response. Kind regards Stefaan Duron [redacted]
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:54, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hallo, en welkom. Je mag voldoen aan de voorwaarden van de Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported-licentie of een aanbod doen aan fotograaf Donarreiskoffer. Zie ook COM:REUSE/nl.
Hi, and welcome. You may comply with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license or make an offer to photographer Donarreiskoffer. See also COM:REUSE.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:54, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Of duidelijker: de naam van de fotograaf (Donarreiskoffer) en de licentie (CC BY 3.0) bij de foto vermelden. Vr. groet, - Richardkiwi (talk) (talk) 16:08, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Retrato de la nueva ministra de salud de Chile[edit]

El día de hoy asumió en el gabinete del presidente Gabriel Boric una nueva ministra de salud, la señora Ximena Aguilera Sanhueza, ella actualmente no cuenta con una página en Wikipedia, por lo tanto, no cuento con la posibilidad de subir una foto para modificar el artículo de "Línea de sucesión presidencial de Chile" a no ser que yo utilice una de ella obtenida a través de internet, ¿es posible subir una foto obtenida a través de internet que no sea de mi propia autoría? ¿restringe la norma? Quedo atento a los comentarios. Vicente Riquelme (talk) 19:34, 6 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello all,

This is Bizhan Shaban. I'll summarize everything here, I'm a social media influencer on instagram with over 10k followers I have more than 10 articles about me on the internet. I'm looking to get Wikipedia page for myself if there is anyone who is willing to help please let me know I'd be grateful for that. Bizhanshaban32 (talk) 07:53, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You are looking for a Facebook-page. Wikipedia is not for self-promotion. --Túrelio (talk) 09:27, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Somebody might make a Wikipedia article about you if such article meets the encyclopedic notability requirement (that means at least 2 mutually independent sources have something about you, and those sources shouldn't be dependent on the subject of the article - best example is a newspaper article), of course such article should be well sourced (informations should be verifiable, thus article also needs to meet the verifiability requirement). Keep in mind that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a social media platform. Articles should be written with neutral point of view in mind. If there is a verifiable information about you online or anywhere in printed sources, eighter positive or critical towards you, chances are it should be in the article. Wikipedia isn't a place for self promotion, Wikipedia is a place for education. We do not use Wikipedia for every day social interactions. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:47, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How Can I Confirm My Gmail[edit]

How Can I Confirm My Email Or Gmail and Unfortunately I added my picture to another category help me to delete that picture and to confirm my gmail Dharma Teja Karri (talk) 11:14, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

About confirming your Email: Usually you receive an email that asks you to click a link for confirmation. It sounds riddiculous to advice clicking a link in an email when things like phishing exist, but if you pay close attention to where the email originates from and the actual link destination (believe it or not, link text can be faked, always look to the status bar for the actual link - just hover over it, don't click it and see where it goes - once you're sure the link is legit, click it - pay attention to the domain). That confirmation email is usually sent right after registration, give it couple of seconds to arrive in your inbox, so clicking the link should be relatively safe. That should confirm your email address you registered with. If you didn't receive it in your inbox, check spam folder (sometimes confirmation emails are falsely flagged as spam, it's rare, but it happens), if you can't find it even there, check if you've registered with a correct email (check for typo, etc.) - you should see your email used for registration in your account settings on Commons. Changing the email sends new verification email into the new one, so you can repeat the process.
About bad categorization: If you know the correct category, you can correct your mistake by editing the file description page, categories are down at the end of the page - just edit your mistake there. Or alternatively you can use HotCat tool to edit the categories. Click the double plus symbol (++) before the categories and change the category you want to remove to the correct one. If you wish, we can correct it for you. Just tell us the file name (ideally link to it by [[:File:Example.png]] where Example.png is the name of the file - notice the colon before File - it should result in this: File:Example.png), and the name of the category that needs removing from the file, and which category is the correct one. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 11:43, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Incorrectly captioned file[edit]

I want to use this Commons file,_1934_(NBY_6802).jpg but there are two errors in the caption. The male dancer’s last name is spelled “Kreutzberg” and the ballet portrayed is Country Dance not Bacchanale.

The same photo, correctly captioned, is Figure 4.1 in Joellen A. Meglin’s book Ruth Page: The Woman in the Work, p. 98. Can you please fix? Thanks. Feralpearl (talk) 12:06, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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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 two days. Jmabel ! talk 15:05, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I have added the Wikipedia page for Mr Amir Mehdi. When will this page be live also I am trying to add the picture to the page but its not loading please help AmirMehdiKazmi (talk) 12:35, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@AmirMehdiKazmi: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg photo as a new user while leaving the summary intact and Special:AbuseFilter/156 by trying to upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes) jpg photo as a new user. The photo you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller photo, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you took the photo yourself, please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not take the photo, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept it 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 filter 153. This appears to be about autobiographical en:Draft:Amir Mehdi.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:06, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Policy on nearly duplicate photos[edit]

I'm relatively new and I'm chiefly here to upload my own photos of archaeological sites and museum collections for teaching purposes. But while I'm doing that I've also been trying to do a little maintenance as well (distributing files to correct categories, flagging copyvio, etc.) I know that exact duplicate images should be tagged so that one of them can be deleted, but I'm unsure about Commons policy regarding a series of photos that are virtually duplicates, taken at the same time by the same person from the same angle with almost (but not quite exactly) the same framing? Example:

These are clearly different photographs, but none of them contains information that the others do not, and the differences are so slight that it seems to me that the project would be perfectly well served by retaining one of them and nominating the others for deletion. Or is the fact that they are technically different photos which do not violate any other Commons policy mean that it's none of my business and I should just leave them alone? Thanks. -- Choliamb (talk) 13:13, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • @Choliamb: We probably could have done with one or two of these, but once they are there, there is no point to deleting (and even discussing this wastes time and effort). Commons never does a "hard delete", so it saves no space on disk. If the same user habitually did uploads like this, it might be worth discussing with them. - Jmabel ! talk 15:14, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks, Jmabel. That makes sense, especially if there is no way to reclaim the space after a delete, and any discussion of deletion just uses up more space! I suppose the same goes for out-of-scope images like holiday photos that would be fine on social media, but have no apparent educational value? I'm thinking of photos like these:
    The user evidently just uploaded all of the photos from his visit to the ancient agora in Athens, without discrimination. Many of them are good, useful images, but some, like the ones listed here, seem to be nothing but pictures of other people in the tour group, listening to the tour guide. Strictly speaking, I would expect these to be deleted in accordance with COM:EDUSE and COM:PARTYPICS. But I won't waste my time tagging them if the general consensus is that they are not a serious problem, and that anyone interested in improving the Commons can spend their time better on other matters. Choliamb (talk) 16:14, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @Choliamb: Might be more reason to delete those than the others. Not even useful as pictures of tourists visiting the agora, because almost no context is visible (in contrast, for example, to this picture I took of tourists at Narada Falls). - Jmabel ! talk 17:01, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Are coat of arms or flags copyrighted?[edit]

Idk if they are Therealmanu10 (talk) 13:25, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See Commons:Copyright_rules_by_subject_matter#Coats_of_arms. --Túrelio (talk) 13:54, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Short answer: many, but not all. Just like any other images. - Jmabel ! talk 15:14, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

About Device[edit]

Is a picture taken by a mobile phone, for instance Android 10, allowed to be uploaded to compete in the Wiki Loves Monuments Competition? Olympianb8 (talk) 15:56, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Olympianb8: Hi, and welcome. Why not?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:11, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Logging in[edit]

My email was hacked and taken over and I have had to create new emails because the hackers had taken over my total account with all communication going to the hacker. Unfortunately, I have forgotten my password, but resetting my password requires using an email address on file. I can't find a place anywhere to change the email address that you have on file. (My user name for this account is VJAnderson.) 21:41, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello. Since user accounts are globally handled across all Wikimedia projects, I'm afraid there is nothing we can do here. Please see meta:Help:Compromised accounts for instructions. In a nutshell, you need to contact if you cannot log in as a result of compromise. De728631 (talk) 21:50, 7 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'll add some little additional info as well. Once your access is reinstated under your new email, make sure to enable 2FA (two factor authentication) if available. If not, I would consider using another service that does provide 2FA (like Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) and enable 2FA, ideally through a smartphone app (like Google Authenticator) - do not use SMS verification for 2FA. Also make sure to download backup codes in case you lose access to your verification device, which in turn lets you disable 2FA temporarily or replace your settings with a new device. Keep those backup codes safe, make sure you have access to them whenever possible. In addition, I'd consider using a password manager. Not the one built in your browser (disable that function), I'm talking about 3rd party password managers, like LastPass, KeePass, OnePass or Bitwarden (I'm using Bitwarden). Password manager lets you generate a random strong password and you don't have to remember it, the manager remembers it for you. The only passwords you need to know is the one for your device OS (Windows, Linux, etc.) and the one for the password manager, because you need to unlock encrypted database of your passwords if you need to use it. The only 2 passwords you need to know are those as it protects access to your device and your passwords database. Mediawiki software should also support 2FA over an authenticator app, so you can protect also your Wikipedia account. In addition to password managing, some password managers also provide a way to manage OTP codes, which makes 2FA authentication possible, and also banking informations, like your credit cards. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 06:21, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My Page HimalayanTales with post has been deleted[edit]

Dear Sir,

With great hard work i have made a page with an article but it was deleted stating i am promoting a website. i dont think it has anything to do with any website. Please reconsider. Page name: HimalayanTales HimalayanTales (talk) 07:55, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Uhm, are you talking about a Wikipedia article? This is Commons, repository for copyright safe free images and media for Wikimedia projects. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:05, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@HimalayanTales: I suspect you're referring to en:User:HimalayanTales on English Wikipedia, which was deleted a few hours ago by Fastily. If you want to contest that deletion, the place to go is either the deleting admin's talk page at en:User talk:Fastily or en:Wikipedia:Deletion review. --bjh21 (talk) 10:26, 8 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Category:Leptodictyum riparium linking to wrong Wikidata item in infobox[edit]

Hi there, I'm wondering how to get the infobox on Category:Leptodictyum riparium to display the correct taxon data. Currently Leptodictyum riparium links to the Wikidata item, and the infobox for Category:Leptodictyum riparium shows data from Hypnum riparium (Q17289678), a synonym of the taxon (and even after unlinking it and redirecting a Vietnamese wiki page, its still being displayed). --Prosperosity (talk) 01:50, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Prosperosity: Right now, Hypnum riparium (Q17289678) explicitly links Category:Leptodictyum riparium in two places (as Commons category and as an interwiki link to "Multilingual site" Commons). So of course that's the infobox that shows for the category. - Jmabel ! talk 03:15, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jmabel: Ah, it seems like the commons cat was still there, so a bot relinked the category and the wikidata item after I'd deleted it. I've removed both now, but the category is still displaying the wrong Wikidata info in the infobox. --Prosperosity (talk) 03:55, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Prosperosity: I made this edit for you, and now the right category shows up.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:21, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jeff G.: Thank you! I thought that if a commons category had a page (like this plant does), then that was what the Wikidata item should link to. --Prosperosity (talk) 05:34, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Uploading an MP3[edit]

I'm trying to upload a good MP3 recording of a thunderstorm that I recorded, so there is no copyright on it. The upload wizard won't accept it, and I didn't understand the instructions about how to get permission. How can I get permission to upload the file? Bubba73 (talk) 02:19, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bubba73: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/192 by trying to upload an mp3 file with insufficient rights. Too many people try to upload audio files that are still copyrighted by the authors, performers, recorders, publishing companies, etc. without proper licenses from those people. Please document fully the sources and licenses of your audio uploads, and request Autopatrol group membership at COM:RFR when you think you are ready (once you have made more than 500 useful non-botlike edits); having that should allow you to upload mp3 files. Until then, you may reencode the audio into Vorbis or Opus and upload it with full documentation as an .ogg or .oga file (or use any other format accepted per COM:FT#Sound).   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:54, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, I recorded it as a WAV file, so the easiest thing to do was to convert it to OGG: File:Good thunderstorm Sept 8 2022.ogg. Bubba73 (talk) 04:11, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bubba73: You're welcome. How much space does the WAV file take?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:53, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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Copyright help regarding File:Generations 2021.jpg[edit]

Why has this file not been deleted? The various comments point out that it's copyrighted and Wikimedia doesn't have rights to it.

--Danbloch (talk) 03:58, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Danbloch: That file is in Category:Media without a license as of 7 August 2022 (backlogged to 9 July 2022‎) and in Category:Deletion requests July 2022 (backlogged to 12 April 2022‎). The backlogs are due to lack of Admin attention.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 05:15, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I'm trying to upload the image of cultural heritage but when I chose the image, the interface just brings me back on landing page. It's the altar picture in Sveta Nedelja's church. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ana Majnarić (talk • contribs) 07:10, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Photo Upload[edit]

Hi, I am unable to upload my own photo. It says it is unsure etc. What do I do next? Thanks CBDP Founder (talk) 09:41, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]