When someone said "how come no one makes a big deal about category:foo when category:blahporn is always getting messed with!!"

and i ended up nominating a ton of crappy flower photos for deletion. 

It was pretty funny, and dear god there are some crappy flower photos. Why have crappy photos. It's like we are doing a disservice! 

But, yeah, I'm sure for the most part people aren't sitting around and searching for porno on Commons. I think there are better places for that. 

I use Commons to look at bird pr0n (birds..like...real...birds...the one's that fly and have feathers) and pinball machines. So whatever. 

ps who can now say all these scary things cause she's now an admin on Commons ;) 

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM, Russavia <russavia.wikipedia@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Joseph et al

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 5:27 AM, 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?

Simply put, because Commons is a repository of freely licenced media. We now have over 17 million files on Commons, so it is likely that a large percentage of files are not in use, but alas being a repository we hold such collections for potential future use. 

One of my favourite "porn" categories is http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:All_Nippon_Airways_aircraft_at_Tokyo_International_Airport (I use "porn" because in some minds its all Commons hosts and not much else).

Do we require 773 photos of All Nippon Airways aircraft at Tokyo International Airport? Probably not, but as you can see it has a wide range of aircraft, individual registrations, different stages of aircraft operation (take-off, landing, taxiing, etc), different views of aircraft in operation, etc. Most of those photos are from a single photographer -- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_Kentaro_Iemoto_Flickr_stream -- he relicenced his stream after I contacted him -- nearly 4,000 photos of all sorts of aircraft, airlines, airports, views, etc, etc, etc.

This one category makes most sexuality categories pale in comparison. But yet we don't see anything being said about this category.


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