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Upload wizard mobile ui CSS fix 2[edit]

@4nn1l2, Multichill: As follow up for last request. I now got the beta commons interface admin rights and tested the CSS-rules and modified it to gadget. So these could be added now to real commons too.

--Zache (talk) 17:06, 14 September 2021 (UTC)

Also note, this will effect to desktop version too. If wide of the screen is smaller than the UploadWizard's fixed 750px+left panel width then it will change the UploadWizard to single column. --Zache (talk) 00:43, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 18:20, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
@4nn1l2:: I updated the MediaWiki:Gadget-uploadWizardMobile.css on beta and now it includes fixes for the UI bugs reported by Donald Trung. It could be updated to too. --Zache (talk) 13:16, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 13:28, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

Name of work. said to be in Japanese museum is incorrect.[edit]

In the Paintings by John William Waterhouse table, there is a thumbnail for a painting in the Kōriyama City Museum of Art. It is claimed to be called "Flora", painted in 1911.

Waterhouse's painting called "Flora" was painted in 1890 and bears no resemblance to the thumbnail of the painting in the Japanese museum. It's a dark-haired woman seated on a white stone bench with her legs crossed at the knee, leaning against a stucco wall. There is a niche to her right with a bronze-looking statue of a man, white flowers, and what appears to be ivy come. g out of the niche. She holds what could be a burlap-looking sack or a wide-brimmed hat . Her gauze-like sleeveless dress, with a yellow scarf-like belt, droops off her right shoulder. The painting is 13inW x 29.5inH.

Waterhouse's 1911 painting which matches that thumbnail is called "Maidens Picking Flowers by a Stream". In the foreground is a dark-haired young woman, in a red short-sleeved dress with a dark cloth-like belt, on her knees, picking flowers from between the rocks of a meandering stream. There are vague images of other young women in the background, upstream. The painting is 31.3inW x 37inH.

There is no way these psintings vould be confused with each other. The error is more likely the result of a translation problem by whomever made that entry in the table. This does need to be corrected, to avoid confusing others using this Wiki website.

I do not know how to make such a correction, nor woukd I do so without notifying administrators. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Mary Mitchell <email redacted> —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:40, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

@Maculosae tegmine lyncis: who uploaded the file. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:13, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
The study for "Maidens picking flowers" is different from this "Flora"; the Kōriyama-hosted site calls this "Flora", in Japanese, フローラ (Furōra), and, in English, Flora (I don't know who gets to determine a painting's (current) appellation); unfortunately no date is given; the index to the 2002 Peter Trippi/Phaidon (ISBN 0 7148 4232 X) J. W. Waterhouse includes both an 1891 version (with B&W illustration, which looks like this "Flora") and a 1914 version (no accompanying illustration); perhaps it's this second painting? Maculosae tegmine lyncis (talk) 12:06, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

how to deal with DRs of identifiable Afghans feeling threatened by Taliban?[edit]

Yesterday I speedy-processed 2 DRs, Commons:Deletion_requests/File:111122-M-MM918-006_(6425584105).jpg and Commons:Deletion_requests/File:091205-N-4021H-004_(4161307030).jpg, for images showing Afghan people together with US military personell, which had been nominated per "This image contains identifiable Afghans that may be threatened by the Taliban" by third party. As the perceived threat seemed not unreasonable, I unceremoniously speedy-deleted both images, which were unused, but had been on Commons for many years (sourced from a US-military Flickr-account, which still shows the images).
Since such deletion requests could increase in the near future, I was looking for a way to discuss this problem at least with my admin-colleagues and to find a consented solution/operating-procedure, but at the same time to avoid this topic attracting off-wiki attention for obvious reasons. As I am not aware of a closed user-group for admins on Commons, I even considered involving the oversighter-usergroup. However, per this undeletion-request by User:Awesome Aasim I feel forced to post on a public board as COM:AN. Suggestions/Opinions? --Túrelio (talk) 08:01, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

I dunno, does WMF handle such issues? "Threat of harm posted on-wiki" and "information on-wiki that could be a threat to someone off-wiki" are subtly different, WMF handles the former but do they also action the latter? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 08:23, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
Honestly, I doubt they would care, as the (potential) threat is external and does not concern a user. --Túrelio (talk) 08:29, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
Though I think these two deletion requests are well-intentioned, with the rationale "This image contains identifiable Afghans that may be threatened by the Taliban" we would have to delete all images showing identifiable Afghans together with US or allied military personell. That, of course, could be a stance - a bit extreme, but we could say that for the protection of the Afghan people, we don't want that content here. The images, in most cases, would be still out there (as they were in most cases taken from US military and other public domain sources on the net), so it would be more of a symbolic decision, but we could do it, though only after wider community discussion and consensus IMHO - as it would be a general question and not focussed on individual persons. In my opinion, we should follow a less radical approach: If there are deletion requests that seem to come from the affected persons or their relatives themselves; if it is plausible that the requests are coming from people fearing for their safety, honor these and delete the images. But don't delete everything, and also don't delete single images because a third party merely thinks that "Afghans that may be threatened by the Taliban", that would seem arbitrary - why delete image A, B, and C of identifiable Afghans, but not D, E, and F? Consequently, I would restore these two images for the time being. Gestumblindi (talk) 08:42, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
Well, we don't know who is being the DR. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:50, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
We are missing crucial information: What was the source of these images? Were they in use (for example on Wikipedia)? Are they avaialable elsewhere online? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:08, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
As I had written above expressedly, they were not in on-wiki use and sourced (still available) to a US military Flickr account[1]. --Túrelio (talk) 12:19, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
  • I would say speedy deletions are not needed in such cases and proper DRs are preferred. But I hope such DRs be closed in exactly 7 days (or as soon as possible), not in months. As an admin, I am ready to close them myself. Feel free to ping me or draw my attention to them by any means including writing on my talk page. Thanks 4nn1l2 (talk) 20:05, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
I'm happy to take down photos of people personally feeling threatened. But I can't imagine the Taliban would bother looking at us without first scraping those US military Flickrs. And there's definite value to having visual records of that period of history; Afghans and US military working together is one side of the story, but it's still part of the story.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:16, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
Questions we need to answer include:
  1. Should we preemptively delete images of Afghans in US military photos, i.e. anyone can raise a DR and have the image deleted? If so, what are the boundaries here, e.g. Afghan(s) and US military member(s) must appear together in the photo? must include front of their face? must not be COM:INUSE? etc.
  2. If not, then we would only accept courtesy deletion requests from an Afghan who feels threatened by a photo of them. Do we accept all such claims at face value? If not, what kind of verification process could we use that doesn't make them feel uncomfortable?
King of ♥ 00:41, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

History split needed[edit]

Please perform a history split on File:Kaba.jpg, in order that the original, unrestored, version is available. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:04, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done File:Kaba (restored).jpg 4nn1l2 (talk) 18:37, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

Mass nomination[edit]

Is there an easy way to nominate all of someone's uploads for deletion? The uploads here [2] all seem to be copyvios and at a minimum are missing proper evidence of permission. Many are scans from newspapers/books which are almost certainly copyrighted. EnPassant (talk) 18:21, 15 September 2021 (UTC)

@EnPassant: you can do that with the VFC gadget. Once enabled, click the "Perform batch task" link on the sidebar while on the user's contribution page. It'll bring up the option to load all of their uploads, which you can then batch select to nominate for deletion, tag as lacking permission, or various other things. clpo13(talk) 18:27, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
✓ Done All files tagged as "No permission". Yann (talk) 21:43, 15 September 2021 (UTC)
Thanks! EnPassant (talk)!

Please delete or hide upload history[edit]

Recently I uploaded File:Vliegende mieren A.jpg. Because of the action of Schlurcherbot I noticed that I forgot for privacy reasons to delete the GPS information in the EXIF data. I have uploaded a new version without this GPS info, but from the file history all info can be found. Could you please hide the original upload on 2021 jul 30 11:27 and the changes on 2021 sep 15 01:41, 2021 sep 15 09:20 and 2021 sep 15 om 22:43. Another option is to delete the file and that I upload a new one with a different name. Thanks. Wouter (talk) 13:14, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 13:36, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

Abusefilter tweaks for POTY 2020[edit]

Could an admin please swap Picture of the Year/2020/ in for the existing Picture of the Year/2019/ in the following abuse filters: 77, 96, & 129. It may be worth adding my name to the 'exclusions' list in 96 as well. Thank ye kindly! firefly ( t · c ) 16:33, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 16:45, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
4nn1l2 Thanks! firefly ( t · c ) 06:10, 17 September 2021 (UTC)

Question about deletion rationale for possible hoax on[edit]

There are a number of images that are used in a likely hoax article on that are hosted here on commons. Most of the images are photoshopped or otherwise manipulated with added CBS logos, logos for a radio show that does not exist, or simply inserting one person into a picture with someone else. A couple may be just unedited images of someone standing with a celebrity. Would they fall under not educationally useful or self promotion? Is there a rational for being used as a hoax? Or would the files be okay, as long as the copyright status is fine? The images are File:P-9P1-MGY-5CJ_-_Copy.jpg, File:Mets_(5.jpg, File:Rudd.png, File:BRYCE_FINAL_2018-07-16_07-16-38_Moment_-_Copy.jpg, File:Fenton_with_Georgiou.jpg, File:NathanLane-StateTheatreEaston-Dabour-028_-_Copy_-_Copy_(3)_-_Copy_-_Copy.jpg, File:2018_Vandervoort.jpg and File:Georgiou_with_van_Straten.png. There is also File:Georgiou.jpg of the person just standing alone. There are also File:Rudd.png, File:John_Georgiou.jpg, File:Photograph_(2).gif and File:John_L._Georgiou.jpg uploaded by another user apparently involved in the hoax. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 17:06, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

See here for an admission from the editor that they did not take the pictures themselves. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 17:09, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

The article using some of these images has been deleted. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 18:40, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done I deleted the files with a DR. Regards, Yann (talk) 19:12, 17 September 2021 (UTC)

Picture of the Day[edit]

Today's Picture of the Day does not load for me either on my desktop or my mobile phone. Anyone else facing the same problem? 4nn1l2 (talk) 17:11, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

I'm having the same issue. It may have to do with the picture's extreme width? (34,033 × 5,265 pixels). I can load the original file on File:Paisaje en Sutton, Alaska, Estados Unidos, 2017-08-22, DD 98-106 PAN.jpg (Link "Original File") but the preview images don't load. - Oh, nevermind, now it suddenly works! Gestumblindi (talk) 17:26, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
What does "does not load mean"? I can see the image (i.e. its thumbnail) on the main page, but indeed, I cannot see it on File:Paisaje en Sutton, Alaska, Estados Unidos, 2017-08-22, DD 98-106 PAN.jpg. Most likely the same issue as in Special:PermanentLink/591668287#File:Monotype font samples.png broken by some kind of change?. --jdx Re: 20:22, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
The issue of the Main Page got fixed for me magically too, just like Gestumblindi.
Still I cannot see the thumbnail at File:Paisaje en Sutton, Alaska, Estados Unidos, 2017-08-22, DD 98-106 PAN.jpg and the Main Page used to be exactly like this (no thumbnails, only filename). 4nn1l2 (talk) 20:39, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
A few days ago I experienced the same issue for every Commons picture everywhere in Wikimedia projects - that is, for a while, all Wikipedia pages etc. just displayed the file names of the embedded Commons pictures instead of the thumbnails. Maybe for 30 minutes or so. Gestumblindi (talk) 23:24, 16 September 2021 (UTC)


Can someone have a look at the work of User:YoungSamantha? The porn is probably stolen, and one of the items was inserted just now on en-wiki by User:JohnDahlBerger, whom I blocked, and on whom I'm about to run CU because this has LTA written all over it. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 14:27, 17 September 2021 (UTC)

  • CU pointed to User:PoIiTheoryNerd22 and there was another one, but Poli hasn't done anything on Commons yet. Please block YoungSamantha, and CU is helpful here too: there's at least four CU-confirmed socks on en-wiki, all of whom are blocked. Thanks. Drmies (talk) 14:30, 17 September 2021 (UTC)
    @Drmies: ✓ Done, deleted thanks to AntiCompositeNumber and locked thanks to Bsadowski1!   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:46, 17 September 2021 (UTC)
FYI: This is just Desperado1995 - see w:Category:Wikipedia_sockpuppets_of_Desperado1995. I haven't been categorising on Commons (e.g., Asturias1995, Bolshevik1995, Tuxedo1995, etc.) because they're obvious and not frankly worth the time. Эlcobbola talk 14:57, 17 September 2021 (UTC)

File:09541jfGuadalupe Cloverleaf Interchange J P Rizal Cembo Station Mandaluyong Makati Cityfvf 24.jpg[edit]

I would like to request an admin to blur the billboard ads here and conduct revision deletion afterwards. Thanks in advance. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 03:55, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

Also one more file that needs blurring of copyvio billboards: File:09541jfGuadalupe Cloverleaf Interchange J P Rizal Cembo Station Mandaluyong Makati Cityfvf 29.jpg. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 04:00, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
Another one needing blurring: File:09632jfGuadalupe Ferry Interchange J P Rizal Cembo Station Mandaluyong Makati Cityfvf 14.jpg. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 04:14, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@JWilz12345: No need for adminship to blur a file and uploading a new version. Regards, Yann (talk) 07:33, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@Yann: I requested here because I don't have any apps that will edit those files in a way that does not destroy their exif metadata (I solely use phone in contributing). Another thing, they must be revision deleted, something that we non-admins cannot do. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 08:20, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@JWilz12345: For blurring, you should ask on Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop. Then you can ask the revision deletions here. Regards, Yann (talk) 08:24, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@Yann: the DW elements are now blurred. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 13:51, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
✓ Done Yann (talk) 14:11, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

Gadget and abusefilter tweaks for POTY 2020[edit]

Could an IAdmin please update MediaWiki:Gadget-EnhancedPOTY.js with the changes here, and MediaWiki:Gadget-POTYEnhancements.core.js with the changes here. Secondly, could an admin please swap "2020" in for "2019" in the #POTY 2019 section at the Titleblacklist. Thanks, firefly ( t · c ) 13:15, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

Apologies, forgot to also ask that once the above gadget changes are made, could an IA also enable the gadget at MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition - essentially restoring this edit. firefly ( t · c ) 13:19, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@Firefly ✓ Done AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 15:16, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@AntiCompositeNumber: thanks, sorry - one more: can you (or another IA) update MediaWiki:Gadget-POTYEnhancements.js with the changes here. Thanks, firefly ( t · c ) 15:40, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
@Firefly ✓ Done AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 15:56, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

Protections and voting enabling for POTY 2020[edit]

In what should hopefully be the last POTY 2020 related request, can I ask that the following happen:

Thanks once again, firefly ( t · c ) 17:04, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

Just an additional note - in the past the Titleblacklist change has been made to coincide exactly with the start of Round 1 (in this case at 18:00 UTC, or in about 40 minutes). If the actioning admin feels able to do that we'd appreciate it, however I understand that's not entirely a reasonable request to make of someone, so no pressure! firefly ( t · c ) 17:20, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
✓ Done I will do the Titleblacklist change exactly at 18:00 UTC. 4nn1l2 (talk) 17:46, 18 September 2021 (UTC)
Thank you 4nn1l2 that is immensely kind of you! firefly ( t · c ) 17:47, 18 September 2021 (UTC)

Issue with anonymity[edit]

Good night (when I am writing this). When I made this account I was like 12 years old, I think. Now that I have grown I regret having put my actual name. That's why I request to changing this username to AdroidTheOne if you may, please. I would like to ensure that my name will be changed in the most pages as possible, like the files I have uploaded. Otherwise; I request their deletion, providing I will upload them again with the new username. --JuanMartinExeni (talk) 00:47, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

@JuanMartinExeni: Hi. Instructions for changing your username are at m:SRUC.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:56, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

POTY gadget dependency issue[edit]

Could an admin familiar with Gadgets add jquery.ui as a dependency for POTYEnhancements.core here at the definitions page. IIRC all it should require is prepending it to the list of dependencies for the entry (dependencies=mediawiki.util,site). Without the explicit dependency some users may experience UI oddities. Thanks to Zhuyifei1999 for finding this). firefly ( t · c ) 12:18, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done by AntiCompositeNumber. 4nn1l2 (talk) 08:09, 20 September 2021 (UTC)

Main page announcement for POTY[edit]

Apologies for yet another request - I stupidly forgot to include this in my post yesterday.

Could we have the Main Page 'announcement' for POTY R1 turned on? That means effectively reimplementing this edit, except linking to COM:POTY/2020, and with the text reading "Round 1 ends 1 October". Thanks! firefly ( t · c ) 18:54, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

✓ Done 4nn1l2 (talk) 08:07, 20 September 2021 (UTC)

Protected edit requests backlog[edit]

could you please resolve some Category:Commons protected edit requests. many are waiting for months. RZuo (talk) 08:16, 20 September 2021 (UTC)