Hi everybody,  (long post, bear with me)

In response to the message given below, I also sent a message to Vinu
Thomas on the lines of messages I write such as the example below. I
usually ask Flickr natural history photographers for permission to use
their images. I use the following arguments as outlined in a specimen mail
(actually sent by me).

For example :

Nest of Red-faced spinetail    Hi Scott,

I'm an editor of Wikipedia from India. I'm writing an article on
"Structures built by animals". You can see the article here placed in the
main wiki though it is still under development :


It has been viewed over 800 times in the last four weeks or so.

Wikipedia needs an image of the nest of the "Red-faced spinetail" for the
above article to illustrate a fact that I shall be adding.

"The red-faced spinetail places bits of grass and other material loosely
streaming both above and below the nest chamber to break its shape and to
cause it to resemble random debris without any underlying structure
(Hansell 2000)."

The image could also be used in the following artcles -

* Red-faced spinetail (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-faced_Spinetail) (this
article is viewed by 70 people on average every month)
* Nest (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nest) (this article is viewed by 7600 people
on average every month)

Unfortunately, Wikipedia does not have an image of a Red-faced spinetail's
nest in its repository called Wikimedia Commons. I wanted to request if you
would consider donating your image of the nest for a social cause.


Having an image adorn a main aspect of a creature's life, or an important
fact in natural history on Wikipedia gives great pleasure to the

If you would like to oblige, please just change the license of this image
to allow commercial use and derivatives and send me a message. I would do
the rest and keep you informed.

If you have any queries, please do let me know. I will be happy to answer

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

I'm glad to say scott_clark generously obliged and you can see his image


The other image in REd-faced spinetail was also provided by another Flickr
contributor - Jim Scarff.

The purpose of sending this email is to let you know how I do it and that
its being done quite successfully.

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
parakara.gh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> WDD,
> thank you. I too sent him a message on Flickr.
> I've been too busy requesting people to donate astro pics, first time I'm
> looking at Roads
> --~~~~
> On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM, <wheredevelsd...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>>  As Pradeep mentioned, Iv been doing this for some time - some people are
>> happy to oblige, some feel elated that their pic will be on wiki, some arnt
>> willing, some dont bother to reply. I normally paste the following message
>> in the comments section of the image Im interested in (Since this user has
>> disabled comments, sent him a message):
>> Could you please change your licensing to allow use on Wikipedia. Your
>> pics are brilliant and would be of great use. Only Flickr images tagged as
>> PD, BY (CC-BY) or BY SA (CC-BY-SA) are allowed on Wikipedia. Thanks!
>> ------------------------------
>> Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:14:53 +0530
>> From: parakara.gh...@gmail.com
>> To: wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
>> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Bangaloreans, help convince this fellow for
>> some photographs.
>> VInu THomas, was invited by Nokia for a Helicopter trip over Bangalore.
>> Here's the photoset of his pics:
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/vinut/sets/72157628467032159/
>> Help convince him.
>> Another photographer is Vijay, aka @misgeek on Twitter.
>> Do help.
>> Hari, I think this is a good time to ask for a grant for a Kannada Media
>> contest.
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Srikanth Ramakrishnan.
>> Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on February 12th.
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore
>> Aliens invaded Tamil Nadu, left their Spacship and now it is a Toll
>> Plaza.
>> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IVRCL-Vijayamangalam-Toll-Plaza.JPG
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