On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM, Joseph Reagle <joseph.2011@reagle.org> wrote:
On 05/23/2013 02:58 PM, Jane Darnell wrote:
How strange that people take the trouble to upload those!

I've been wondering about this myself. Why do people port collections of images from Flickr CC to Commons in the first place? If someone really needed a weird nude picture for an article, they could still find it at Flickr and import it then. (This might be part of my bias that WC is supposed to support other projects and not be an inclusive repo of all CC content in the world.) Indeed, I wonder what percentage of WC resources is not used by an affiliated project?

Joseph, I'm curious to probe your stated bias a little. What do you think of a project like the Archives of American Art, which has uploaded a tremendous number of images to Commons, the vast majority of which are not used in any Wikimedia project? See: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images_from_the_Archives_of_American_Art Is that a worthwhile project, or is it putting Commons to a use that you'd rather not see?