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Hi and welcome!
I'm originally from the Danish Wikipedia (da:Bruger:MGA73). Later I was most active on Commons (commons:User:MGA73). I also started copying files from local wikis to Commons. Then I took a break but now I'm back again.
When I work outside Danish Wikipedia it is usually related to files (You can see the number of files on the wiki here: Special:Statistics).
All files must meet wmf:Resolution:Licensing_policy and that means all files must meet either 1 or 2 below (short version):
- All projects are expected to host only content which is under a Free Content License.
- In addition, with the exception of Wikimedia Commons, each project community may develop and adopt an EDP.
Free files must have (my own words):
- A free license that allows all legal use. See commons:Commons:Copyright tags for examples.
- A clear source. For example "Own work", "I created this photo/diagram" or a link to a website where the file was found.
- An author. Usually the name of the photographer. In some cases we also need to know who created the painting, the statue or the building if it is a derivative work. An exception is if the country have freedom of panorama or the work is de minimis.
- A permission if the uploader is not the copyright holder. See commons:Commons:OTRS.
Non-free files require:
- First there MUST be an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP). See lists at m:Non-free content and an example see en:Wikipedia:Non-free content.
- There must not be any free alternatives possible.
- The file must be in use.
- The file need a clear template stating that the file is not-free.
All files that does not meet the requirements MUST BE DELETED! (see old diff by Jimbo)
My page to locate wikis with local files: m:User:MGA73/Media per wiki
My page to use on local wikis with notes about status and work in progress (only relevant on some wikis): User:MGA73/Status
A few links to start check for "bad files":
- Uncategorized files (often they do not have a license): Special:UncategorizedFiles
- Unused files (often unused files should just be deleted: Special:UnusedFiles
- Files with duplicates (delete so only 1 version is left): Special:ListDuplicatedFiles
- List of files (only usable on wikis with few files): Special:ListFiles
Tool to make a list of images with a duplicate on commons. Click here and change xxx to relevant lang of Wikipedia to make the list.
- Server where to make searches https://quarry.wmflabs.org/MGA73
Tools and links related to Template:Information (if the most important fields can be added then the file can be copied to Commons):
- https://tools.wmflabs.org/add-information/no_information.php?language=xxx&project=wikipedia Tool to add Information template.
Tools to transfer to Commons (copy first two to the Move to Commons template and fix lang):
- Export file to Commons via FileImporter (Read more here and modify tool here)
- Copy to Commons via CommonsHelper
- https://tools.wmflabs.org/commonshelper? if other things fail
- If you want to move old versions to Commons click this link. (lb)
- Awesome way to do things