On Tue, 17 May 2011, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
The images from today and yesterday are:
If you are unwilling to recognise the difference in terms of educational vs.
artistic content, nothing I say is likely to make any difference. Frankly,
it's not even worth discussing.
"Featured pictures are images that the community has chosen to be
highlighted as some of the finest on Commons." Both today's and
yesterday's main page images are featured pictures.
I am not making any judgement regarding educational or illustrative
content, (both images are equally usable for educational purposes, albeit
different ones) other than if two images are recognised to be of the same
standard ("featured status") then they should be treated as having equal
value to the project. If we want to treat artistic and illustrative works
differently then we need separate standards to judge them by (instead of
or as well as "featured status", I can see arguments for both). If we want
to say that some featured pictures are more valuable to the project than
others then we need some other status for one or other of the groups.
Yesterday there were calls that we should not be featuring the work of
non-notable Wikimedians full stop. Today were are featuring the work of an
equally non-notable Wikimedian and there are no calls for the image not to
be shown on the main page on these grounds.
Obviously there are no calls not to show today's image on the grounds of
being inappropriate for school children as it is very unlikely to be
offensive to the school children in the cultures of those commenting.
My point is that if you want to apply any criteria for the showing or
non-showing of any image on the front page you need to appply the criteria
The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes,
but with the heart
Antoine de Saint Exupery