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  3. Type the name of the tag (e.g.; {{GFDL-self}}), not forgetting {{ before and }} after, in the edit box on the image's description page.
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why do you remove the logo of Al Ahly ????Edit

why do you remove the logo of Al Ahly in this page Al Ahly Women's Volleyball

i added it hundreds of times and you remove it, can i know why ?

the page must have the logo of the club— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ehab refaat fawzy (talkcontribs) 07:04, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi Ehab refaat fawzy. File:ِِASC.ALAHLYSC.png was removed from Al Ahly Women's Volleyball by JJMC89 because it's use in the article doesn't comply with Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. Articles about sports teams are not required to have logos added to their infoboxes; many such articles do for sure, but many such articles don't as well. Not every file you see on Wikipedia is licensed the same way, and how a file is licensed determines how it may be used, and each use of a non-free file must comply with Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. JJMC89 did leave an edit sum (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10) each time the file was removed, but you kept re-adding the file without providing the non-free use rationale for the file's use in the article required by non-free content use criterion #10c. Perhaps you didn't notice the edit sums, which is why it's a good reason to check the page history when you you find the same content you're adding being removed again and again. Perhaps you saw the edit sums, but just didn't understand them; if that's the case it's better to ask the other editor for clarification, then to simply keep repeating the same edit over and over again. I've pinged JJMC89 to this discussion, so perhaps he will comment further.

Finally, please try and sign your talk page posts. If you're not sure how to do that, please refer to Wikipedia:Signatures#How to sign your posts. Signing your posts will make it easier for others to know who posted what and when, and make it easier for them to respond and try to help you. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:41, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

And by "edit sum" we mean "edit summary". --Orange Mike | Talk 15:09, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Best way to upload filesEdit

I want to know how to upload pieces of information found on Facebook. How sourcing is made. MrOrhin (talk) 22:32, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

MrOrhin: When you say "upload pieces of information," do you mean text or images? In general Facebook cannot be considered a reliable source so cannot be used to support statements in articles. Images would need to have a verifiable free copyright statement. You really need to look elsewhere, such as newspapers or books, that can be online or not. ww2censor (talk) 23:13, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Uploading movie poster using non-free mediaEdit

Hi. I was wondering how you could add a movie poster to a article. I read up on Non-free media but do not fully understand how to upload without getting a copyright notice. For example File:The clockwork girl - poster.jpg or File:Frozen Kingdom Blue-ray Cover.jpg Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lildrewzy (talkcontribs) 22:26, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Such non-free images require both a {{Non-free use rationale}} (click on the link to see the fields and how to use them or open one of the examples you gave in edit mode) plus a copyright template such as {{Non-free poster}} or {{Non-free video cover}} depending on what the image actually is. There are more non-free copyright templates here. Having uploaded your non-free images they must be used in an article not in a draft or user sandbox page, but for films you usually add them to the infobox by just placing the file name in the "image" field. Help:Pictures shows you several different ways to add them. BTW, Lildrewzy you don't need to give the full url for images hosted here or on the commons, just enclose the filename between two square brackets at either end and add a colon in front of the word "File" as I did above. It is most important that you sign all your non-article page posts by adding four tildes, like this ~~~~, at the end, so we know who made the post and where to find you. ww2censor (talk) 23:07, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your help and advice. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lildrewzy (talkcontribs) 00:15, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

Image ownershipEdit

I've been asked to update the file of an image I uploaded 12 years ago File:Grand Cafe Orient Prague.JPG, but can see no instructions how to do this. The image is a photo I took myself, can anyone assist please? Yorkist (talk) 16:24, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

Yorkist: Normally when wanting to replace an image with a new one in an article, you just upload a new image, preferably to the commons, and insert the new image in the article instead of the old one, and the old one remains here and might get used by another editor. We don't generally overwrite images unless cropping a small portion or making some small changes but anything major requires an entirely new uploaded image. BTW, place a colon before the file name to just link to it instead of displaying it at its highest resolution. Hopefully that helps. ww2censor (talk) 22:10, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

Copyrights errorEdit

How do I add copyright on the profile photo, I am not getting for profile photo why it is being asked to add copyrights rule. Deepak Digamber Pathak (talk) 18:30, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

It seems obvious you did not take this photo of yourself because it does not appear to be a selfie, so it is unlikely you are the copyright holder. That is usually the photographer unless the copyright was transferred as part of a paid contract agreement. You must get the copyright holder to verify their permission, under a free licence, by following the procedure found at WP:CONSENT. ww2censor (talk) 21:53, 18 September 2018 (UTC)


Any suggestions on what to do with this? It's licensed as non-free, but currently fails WP:NFCC#10c; this is because the original article it was used in was merged into another one and nobody bothered ton update the non-free use rationale accordingly. It's non-free use in the new article seems clearly to fail WP:NFCC#8, but there's a good chance this can be converted to {{PD-logo}} or at least {{PD-ineligible-USonly}}. The problem is that it really doesn't seem to be appropriate in the article where it's currently being used, even as PD, since its use seem purely promotional. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:19, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

If it needs to be non-free, it fails #8. I've removed it regardless since I don't think it is necessary or useful in that article. — JJMC89(T·C) 05:44, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
Actually there is no need for a fair use rationale for this one. The company that owns the Prepex brand is based in Israel where the threshold of originality has become quite high similar to the US. So this would be PD. I'm going to move the file to Commons. De728631 (talk) 15:21, 20 September 2018 (UTC)