I am confused. I do understand the benefit of sharing files.
What I fail to understand is how this will be better than using files from
Wikidata. The only benefit is that people may feel good because their file
has been exported and it is to these poor other Wikipedias to share in the
luster of ones own Wikipedia. The biggest drawback I see is that
disambiguation becomes an issue, scripts conversion are an issue and
updates are not possible once a list has been converted.
On Mon, 14 Jan 2019 at 13:04, Johanna Strodt via Commons-l <
// sorry for cross-posting
The FileExporter will soon be released as a beta feature to all wikis. The
planned deployment date is January 16.
Some background: Files from local wikis should be transferred to Wikimedia
Commons if their license allows it. This way, they can be used by all
wikis. But if you wanted to import a local file to Commons in the past, you
couldn’t properly transfer its file and page history. It was a wish from a
survey of the German-speaking communities to find a solution to this
Now, the FileExporter makes it possible to import a file from a local wiki
to Wikimedia Commons, while keeping its history intact. A first version has
already been a beta feature on a few first wikis since June 2018.  Since
then, bugs were fixed and features were added.
If you’re interested in importing local files, please give the feature a
try. Even though it’s a beta feature, you can use it for real file imports. Please
note that in order to get started, you need to
activate the beta feature “FileExporter” on your wiki , and
make sure your wiki has a proper configuration file. Configuration
files are maintained by each wiki's community. They define, among
other things, whether a file can be exported. Exports from wikis without a
configuration file are blocked. Find more more information in the
We’re looking forward to your feedback on the central feedback page!  A
big thanks to everyone who gave feedback so far.
If you wish to learn more about the project, have a look at the page of
the wish. 
For the Technical Wishes team,
 deployment plan:
 go to Preferences > Beta features, e.g.
 documentation on configuration files:
 central feedback page:
 project page:
Johanna Strodt Project Manager Community Communications Technical
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