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Is there a way of renaming images? The image:JVTowersI&II.jpg cannot be viewed properly in any wikipedia, I assume becasue the uploader used the & symbol. Is there a way simply to rename it or does it have to be uploaded again (and by whom)?--Dúnadan 16:55, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

There’s no way to rename the file. Please upload again and nominate the old file for deletion, possibly speedy deletion (because duplicate). — Richie 16:05, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
Reupload and tag the old image with {{badname}} or {{duplicate}}. -- Bryan (talk to me) 16:19, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
You may have noticed that on the English Wikipedia I replaced <!-- Commented out because image was deleted: [[Image:JVTowersI&II.jpg|thumb]] --> with <!-- Commented out because image was deleted: [[Image:JVTowersI&II.jpg|thumb=JVTowersI%26II.jpg]] -->, which works fine. There's no need to reupload and delete, you just need to use the thumb= syntax and replace the special character with its urlencoded form when placing it in an article. In the future, please take requests like this to Commons:Help desk or Commons:Village pump, as mentioned at the top of this page. --Para 16:42, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
It would be better practice to rename, rather than using a hack. It is a bad file name. --Fastfission 00:51, 18 January 2007 (UTC)
BTW there is no problem with ampersands. Periodically their thumbnails seem to break. They can be fixed by purging the image page usually. But there's no need to avoid them in general. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 10:08, 25 January 2007 (UTC)


Pls Could someone remove Image:StEuthymiusTheGreat.jpg. Elvezio 19:15, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Done. In future please tag the image with {{bad name}}. -- Bryan (talk to me) 19:57, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Potd broken!

Did someone forget to edit Template:Potd/2007-03-01? Need to add Francesco_Hayez_008.jpg? --Ling.Nut 01:08, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Wikiversity link

Okay, I would have taken this to the {{Sisterprojects-en}} talk page, but it looks fine there and the issue is here. The link to the Wikiversity main page is redlinked, yet you click on it and you get there. Explain? -- Reaper X 05:15, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

I don't see a red link. I see a light blue link, like all interwiki links... pfctdayelise (说什么?) 08:37, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
It's gone, fuhghedaboudit. -- Reaper X 03:51, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

rss icon

May I suggest, using an image map on icon/click template to make it link to the feed. Or you can borrow the snazzy rss class in n:mediawiki:common.css#This_is_for_all_the_skins (originally at polish wikinews i believe) (see n: for example). Bawolff 22:03, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

May I suggest another version, replace Image:Rssicon 3614.gif with Image:Feed-icon.svg. I think now it standard for most browsers and sites. But why we don't use it? ~ putnik 23:13, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

After modiing to template {{click}} - useful external or internal links direct from image. See examples:
external links for RSS button
  1. RSS
  2. RSS
internal links for sisterprojects icons (for use in {{Sisterprojects}}):
  1. Meta-Wiki
--Kaganer 17:28, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
For the last one you may wish to use an imagemap. (click's an ugly template) Bawolff 17:53, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Because nobody opposed, I change icon. ~ putnik 03:59, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

IE problem

In Internet Explorer the top box touches the border of the content area, in Firefox it doesn't which is intended? If the later then it is broken in IE. Lcarsdata 18:34, 12 April 2007 (UTC)


I suggest include the UTC date and time in the Main Page --Mac 14:06, 28 April 2007 (UTC)Template:UTC

I think we should not do it in this way, because it oftenly links to non-existing pages. Is there a reason to add {{UTC}}? -- Bryan (talk to me) 18:18, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
UTC already exists in Wikipedia. UTC date and time is useful to cooperate, including Wikimedia IRC collaboration. --Mac 17:26, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Freely reusable

I've changed the strapline to "a database of (number) freely reusable media files to which anyone can contribute" - the reusability of this stuff is, after all, quite a lot of the point. If not there, then there should I think be a link on the front page to Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. Also, that page could do with a bit of polishing ... - David Gerard 22:38, 9 May 2007 (UTC)


Can we pleeeeeeeeze not have medical operation pictures on the main page? It's not so nice for the newbie (or even oldies like me)!--SB_Johnny|talk|books 15:20, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Indeed, eww. Whose idea was that? – Gurch 18:07, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Switching the Featured pictures (etc) and Picture of the day (etc) panes

Since the Featured pictures etc pane has (virtually) fixed content whereas the Picture of the day etc pane may leave more or less unused space at its bottom, anyone else feel that switching these two panes' positions might distibute the page's weight more effectively...?  Thanks in advance for any thoughts, David Kernow (talk) 16:52, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

Commons:Main page templates

If anybody knows other languages, please see this page. Maybe you can help translate main pages on this languages. ~ putnik 07:38, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Grammar error on Picture of the Day

The current picture of the day, the C-17 Globamaster, seems to have a typo in the caption. The plural of "aircraft" is "aircraft" not "aircrafts." --TeaDrinker 17:22, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

Figured it out and fixed it. --TeaDrinker 21:52, 6 June 2007 (UTC)


Is the woman herself smoking? Or just her cigarette? Daniel Case 17:00, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I had a laugh at that one today. :) If it worries you you're always welcome to update it. IMO the English captions are a tiny bit too terse. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 10:13, 23 July 2007 (UTC)


There's been a bunch of deletions with the reason given as "no freedom of panoramain france/italy" - does this mean that any photograph taken in these places is subject to the copyright of the building's designers? Or can someone just direct me to the explanation. Many thanks. --Mcginnly 16:52, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Try COM:FOP and if you have any more questions, I suggest to ask them on the talk page of that page. cheers --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 04:20, 30 June 2007 (UTC)

Welcome message

Is it too duplicative to have the same message in both the title and the subtext of the Main Page? Richard001 06:09, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

By location

I propose to insert the following in the “Contents” area, between “By topic” and “By type”:

By location


Oceans - Islands - Continents - Countries


Asteroids - Natural satellites - Comets - Planets - Stars - Galaxies

Nota: The other link “Space”, under Nature, can be removed. --Juiced lemon 16:11, 25 July 2007 (UTC)


(Sorry about the all caps.) Please update the Wikimedia Awards notice bar, to reflect the fact the submission page is now closed, will be open in an hour or two, and that the deadline will be extended? See foundation-l post. -- Zanimum 18:22, 4 August 2007 (UTC) (This was also posted on the Village pump.)

Meet our photographers

Is there someplace that we can provide a link to this on the main page, welcome page, and maybe the community portal? Meet our photographers showcases a selection of the highly skilled photographers who choose to use open content licenses and donate their work to the Wikimedia Commons. Each photographer on this page has contributed at least 10 Featured Pictures, which is quite a feat. It is intended to impress journalists rather than Wikimedians. --Digon3 talk 20:03, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Sure. Just be bold and add it yourself. :) pfctdayelise (说什么?) 00:12, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Copyrighted images

Hi, I found that the user Template:U has been uploading photographies from copyrighted sites, I don't have experience in these thing in Commons but in Wikipedia yes, what should I do, mark those copyrighted images or inform to the uploader. Greets Alvaro qc 22:18, 15 August 2007 (UTC) PS: Here are the images:

I have deleted the images. In the future, you can tag them with {{copyvio}}, to have an administrator delete them. The {{copyvio}} template contains further instructions on how to inform the uploader. Thank you for the heads up, -- Bryan (talk to me) 11:14, 16 August 2007 (UTC)

Language bar

Because the language bar has now got so large, on my screen the actual content doesn't start until half way down. Can we not reduce the langauge bar size in some way, for example by having a [show languages]/[hide] option, or simply by reducing the font size used? A large number of these languages are not actively used for very much (who reads Commons in Anglo Saxon?) --MichaelMaggs 15:43, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

  • The NavFrame, which does the [show]/[hide] does not work on the commons right now. See this. Can you suggest anyone with good JavaScript skills to fix it? --Digon3 talk 18:33, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Edit by User:Juiced lemon

Hi Juiced, The text you have just removed from the main page was discussed at Commons talk:Meet our photographers#Main Page. Could I suggest that you discuss on that page if you don't agree? regards --MichaelMaggs 09:03, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

The first aim of Wikimedia Commons is to provide media files for illustrating Wikipedia articles. So, in the main page, you expect to find links in order to access to the media files.
The Commons project organization regards the Community portal. In my opinion, it's irrelevant to advertise in the main page Commons:Meet our photographers, where a minority of Commons users is involved. --Juiced lemon 09:23, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
I think there is nothing wrong with using the main page to highlight our successes, and these photographers' contributions are certainly our successes. Commons:Meet our photographers has a clear criterion that everyone has the potential to meet, so it's not a closed club. I think if we, as a community, choose to highlight those excellent contributors as a way of saying a small thankyou (and demonstrating at the same time that we are a project that welcomes professional-quality work), then that's a great thing. --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 10:23, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
See also Commons:Village_Pump#Advertising in the main page, Commons_talk:Meet_our_photographers#Main_Page, and User_talk:Juiced_lemon#Main_page.. can we pick one place to have this discussion? It's way too splattered now, IMHO. PS I 100% agree with pfctdayelise and wish we had more photogs on the list... ++Lar: t/c 10:29, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
I believe a link to this project indeed belongs on the mainpage. Not so much as a 'thank you' (even though that is certainly deserved), but as a way of showing new potential contributors that we do indeed have very good photographers contributing and sharing their work on Commons.Finn Rindahl 07:37, 2 September 2007 (UTC)
Yes, the whole idea of Commons:Meet our photographers, and Commons:Meet our illustrators is to promote the skills available here, in the commons, not as advertising for, or even promotion of, individuals (whether it achieves this aim may be a different matter :-). We are saying to the world here are examples of the calibre of our photographers. Commons goes beyond just providing fodder for wikipedia, it is a project in its own right. The analogy with the link to Picture of the Day is a good one. --Tony Wills 08:03, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Media of the day

How about an RSS feed? Suggestion:
16px RSS feed
Magnus Manske 20:40, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

All done... pfctdayelise (说什么?) 12:01, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

link to Commons:Community Portal

I think there should be a prominent link to the Commons:Community_Portal. There doesn't seem to be anything like "how can I help" on the main page... we should be inviting people directly to participate. So, where do we fit this in? -- Duesentrieb 13:26, 24 September 2007 (UTC)
As an afterthought: Commons:Welcome is linked, but it's not obvious to what type of content the link goes. It should be more explicite, IMHO. -- Duesentrieb 13:28, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

I agree. But I also think the Community pages can be updated more often as well. This would mean translation coordination. But I think we can pull it off! Cary Bass demandez 13:30, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

Link to Wikipedia from Main Page

Why does the link to Wikipedia (from the sister projects section) lead to the English Wikipedia and not to Surely this is blatant favouritism? Anrie 18:58, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Because you're looking at the English version of the page. If you were to look at the French version, you would see that on that page it points to the French Wikipedia, and similarly for all other languages 18:55, 22 October 2007 (UTC)


I suggest photos in categories can be seen as slideshows (creating a java interface or similar and using a play slideshow button). --Mac 17:23, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

A Javascript file does something similar for existing categories and galleries, you might like it. User:Dschwen/Slideshow --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 12:05, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
The slideshow thingie was turned into a gadget a while ago. --Dschwen (talk) 14:35, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

Why isn't the main page protected?

Why isn't the main page protected? This is suspectable to vandalisim. Marlith 04:16, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

Sure, but so is everything else. If it gets vandalised, we revert it. :) --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 06:26, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

A request for collaboration

Currently the help pages, particularly the first steps pages, are out of date and altogether lackluster. If we could possibly get some more help there it would be great. Lucis 15:24, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

User:Liberator1 and my new IP address

I have not been uploading images lately, and will sometime, but not now. I now officially admit that User:Liberator1 and w:simple:User:Liberator and User:Liberator1 (which I list the password to), are my sockpuppets. The commons account was a single purpose account: to defend the freedom of the oppressed without tarnishing my already torn apart reputation. Since my privacy has been compromised my ChinaMinions, vandals, and power-hungry admins Ryulong, Barliner and Arccher7, who have betrayed me on wiki, I decided to finally reveal the truth. A new wireless router was installed in my home for my mother's new laptop. And my IP address changed, so the Contributions/ IP is me, same on en which I have been an asshole to w:User:Thatcher131, but have apologised and made good edits to w:Accra, Ghana removing a POV. Jonas Dalton Rand @ 22:42, 22 December 2007


Which image location is better?

I was moving images from the Japanese Wikipedia to the commons when I noticed that the same image already exists:

Which name is better? Does this better portray the aircraft or the airport? WhisperToMe 07:55, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

I'd say the aircraft. There is little or no visible context for the airport (no terminal building, etc)... You can put it in the category for the airport though (or create one if one does not exist) ++Lar: t/c 16:12, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

I found Image:Houston Bush Airport.jpg - this image needs a description. A Flikr source is provided but there is no description. WhisperToMe 06:17, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Link on main page to Commons:Picture requests

The closest link to request pictures is at Commons:Community Portal. Anyone give any thought to putting a "request/suggest image" link on the main page? I'm an experienced contributor to but it took me a while to find Commons:Picture requests. IMHO, being able to suggest or request an image is worthy of occupying real estate on the main page or within the navigate/participate/toolbox panel. Thanks. 20:41, 22 January 2008 (UTC).

15px Done - [1]. Giggy 04:41, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Media of the day

How does that work? Is there a nomination process or can you just change the media to a different one?--THUGCHILDz 00:53, 27 January 2008 (UTC)


Shouldn't the "gallery" on the tab be replaced by "main page"? It would seem a rather simple task, and the "gallery" on the tab could confuse some users. Nousernamesleftcopper, not wood 21:37, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

See MediaWiki talk:Common.js#Main page title. Would be a simple hack if it wasn't for the multilingual nature of Commons.--Nilfanion 00:31, 11 February 2008 (UTC)


Well I don't want an edit war here, so let's discuss whether or not we should use this template on this page. Rappingwonders2 20:34, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

The protection template is not necessary here; it makes the page look horrible, and every project has its Main Page protected (and not one has a protection template). It's common knowledge, and the template is redundant. Please stop adding it. --Boricuæddie 20:35, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
Honestly, why did you even create that template? I checked out your contribs... I know you're blocked on enwiki, but please don't cause trouble here too. →Rocket°°° 20:57, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
Because we have it on Wikipedia. And I'm blocked for a bull crap reason that absolutely isn't true. Rappingwonders2 21:06, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
And how is the template redundant? It's better than a message box. Rappingwonders2 21:07, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
You don't have it on Wikipedia and it doesn't matter if you did. We just don't want any protection templates on the front page and it's not even worth discussing. →Rocket°°° 21:17, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
Really? Last time I checked, the template still exists on Wikipedia. Rappingwonders2 21:38, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
(ec) It is irrelevant. We don't want the template on the Main Page, and I don't want the template at all, because, firstly, protection templates are rarely used in the gallery/main namespace here, and, secondly, because, IMO, if we're going to tell people the page is protected, we might as well make sure they actually see it. Also, please note that the template you created is not the same as the Wikipedia version, because the one you created says, "This high-risk template or image included in one has been protected from editing to prevent vandalism". Note the failure to mention the main namespace. --Boricuæddie 21:49, 10 February 2008 (UTC)
"Nevermind. I thought you meant on the main page. →Rocket°°° 21:48, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Picture of the year

It's been there for some time now, shouldn't we remove it now? Plus it would significantly reduce the difference between the height of the two columns. ChrisDHDR 14:59, 21 February 2008 (UTC)


Perhaps we could ditch the link in the "welcome" in "Welcome to the Wikimedia Commons", since it's repeated again in "anyone can contribute". It would also make it more consistent with Wikipedia. Richard001 05:13, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Add search box to the Main page

Hello, I created a script to add a search box to the main page. And now that our search is unbroken, it might be a good idea to enable it :) Try it on [2] (I know I should have made some extension instead of a hacking something with JS ;)) If it works on all browsers, I think we should enable it. -- Bryan (talk to me) 22:40, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Colour-of-the-bikeshed comment: It's rather *wide* on high resolutions, I would've preferred it sized to fit maybe on top of the right hand column? (On top of the FP and QI section.) Just a thought. I'm a little on the fence or not about whether it's a good idea: part of me thinks people should be awake enough to realise there is already a search box on the menu to the left, part of me *knows* they aren't. Anrie 07:28, 15 March 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, it's quite large (I have a 22" monitor ;)), but I don't know whether it is a good idea to stick the search box entirely to the right or left. -- Bryan (talk to me) 09:55, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

It doesn't exactly look tidy on an 800-pixel-wide browser window either. (This could be an 800x600 pixel display of an old PC, an 800x480 pixel display of a portable device, or half of a 1600x1200 or 1600x1050 pixel monitor.) On Firefox under Windows XP, and on IE 7 under Windows XP, I get "a database of 2,596,663 freely usable" on one line and then "media files to which anyone can contribute" on the next line. What makes this look untidy is that when the next line flows below the search box, it gets centered to the right. Should we use a table instead of a float box for this? --Damian Yerrick () 23:03, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


I think someone has vandalised the picture of the day section... Mangwanani 14:25, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Fixed by Riana and I. I have fully protected the main page with cascading protection so each image of the day doesn't have to be locked individually. Majorly (talk) 14:43, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

And I have redone Majorly's fully cascading protection after the latest bout of massive image vandalism. I think it is clear that leaving the Main Page under non-cascading semiprotection is a fool's choice. - BanyanTree 10:12, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

POTD 17 May

The tree is a Scots pine, not "Scott's pine". Ghmyrtle 17 May 2008

Hmm...not according to the Image:Seebruecke Prerow 002.jpg image description... giggy (:O) 09:57, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Mayflower Link

Hi, the Toolserver just got a new domain name (, but the Mayflower link is still using the Could a sysop please change it to reflect the new domain, just in case the old one ever gets disabled/removed? --Cmelbye 19:13, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

15px Done --Kanonkas(talk) 20:02, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

fix vertical align


Please add a semicolon between vertical-align:top and width:50% (there's only one instance). That'll get the right-column to the top. Thanks. Quiddity 02:42, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Done. There also was a lack of ‘style="…"’. However, it still seems to be not quite right. — Richie 22:44, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Link to valued images

At some stage I guess it would be fair to start linking to the valued images project from the main page. I was wondering when the timing would be right? Current status is that since project nomination start on June 1, 2008 we now have Template:VI-count valued images promoted, and Template:VIC-stats/total candidates created (of which some are from the test review phase). Not nearly as many as QI and FP of course, but anyway... -- Slaunger (talk) 15:59, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

I would think a link should be added now. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 06:56, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Adding images, etc., should be easier and better documented

this is my first time here but somewhere on the home page should be an easily and obviously identified user guide for accessing, utilizing and adding images to the library.

Image of the day is all very well but really how often does it get used? 02:18, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Did you have a look at the section two boxes below the image of the day, called Participating? You should find the link to Commons:Contributing your own work particularly interesting. --rimshottalk 05:52, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
nevermind ... I guess the reply is a little late --rimshottalk 05:54, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

broken link

There is a broken link to Category:Image, that should be Category:Pictures and images. (this might be some work for a bot ...) BenAllard (talk) 21:12, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Thank you. Rocket000 (talk) 22:17, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

the Classification of Paintings

Dear Sir/Madam,

I found there were no classification on this website. Paintings, photography and sculpture are all in the same group...

May I give you a suggesiton: could you make classifications for paintings, photography, sculpture and others?

Best regards, Minglou --Poemandpainting 12 August 2008

Like Category:Paintings, Category:Photographs, Category:Sculptures, ...? --rimshottalk 06:12, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Potd 13-08-08

The description is Green turtle, Chelonia mydas, and his total internal reflection, I was wondering why the turtle is considered to be a person, and also what is a "total internal reflection" ? Jackaranga (talk) 17:11, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Ok I found what a total internal reflection is. Jackaranga (talk) 17:13, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Media of the day 2008-08-14: caption

Thank you for correcting the spelling of the compositor's name. It must be Händel instead of Handel. --Ysae (talk) 05:35, 14 August 2008 (UTC)


Should it replace {{sisterprojects-en}}? It's a bit more like Meta's. Or should I make it smaller? (Not sure why we have {{sisterprojects}} and {{sisterprojects-en}}.) Rocket000(talk) 23:30, 25 August 2008 (UTC)


Would anyone like to take over the Mayflower search tool? The database is now nearly 11 months out of date, and requests for an update, posted to the Comments and Suggestions page are not being answered. I asked for an update on 21st October 2007 and again on 31st May this year, and there has been no response. Tangotango has not edited since January, and appears to have left. A search engine which is so out of date is pretty-nearly useless and unless anyone wants to take it over I propose to remove the link to it which appears on our main page. It gives a bad impression. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 16:43, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Now done. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 07:34, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. Now all we need is to remove Mayflower as a recommended option on Search results (preferably before the database celebrates its out-of-date first birthday) Man vyi (talk) 06:58, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Sister Projects

Shouldn't we add wikiHow to the list of sister projects? 17:05, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

No, because WikiHow is not a sister project. --Aqwis (talk) 17:41, 14 October 2008 (UTC)


y did wiki forget urdu if u think there arent enough images then ill upload ill do any thin to crate urdu wikimedia commons.if u do create oneor let me create one myself make me admin k. --Supersaiyan474 21 October 2008

you can be a translator of the page text in Urdu i think CuteHappyBrute (talk) 23:13, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Bundesarchiv image

On widescreens the Bundesarchive image continues to the next section. There is probably need for some clear: left somewhere. -- Bryan (talk to me) 23:06, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

15px Done --:bdk: 05:55, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

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