Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> Less bad, but still bad. I still think it is excessive that we have
non-free images (anyone has the exact number?) for two million
Until recently we could only guess but a recent massive template
standardization effort, mostly undertaken by Cyde, now makes counting
At this moment there are 323,495 non-free media on Wikipedia out of
757,395 files. This is down from a recent high of something like 450k
... due to cleaning up the backlog of unused images, and some general
large scale non-free media clean up efforts. (Many of which have been
a bit over-zealous in my view.. but thats another story).
On 8/22/07, Todd Allen <toddmallen(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Yes, that sounds bad. Imagine that 12.5% of our
cut-and-paste copyvios. The idea here is to be making a -free content-
encyclopedia, not just any old encyclopedia, and we seem to be failing
Now, I dare you to ask how many of the 1.75 million commons images are
actually used in enwp articles.
I think the more useful question is not what percentage of the images
are non-free, but "what percentage of the articles contain no non-free
... of course, what you think would be a good or bad answer to that
one depends on your feelings on a lot of different subjects including
things what percentage of WP articles you feel should be about
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Well, I think we've got a lot of articles on pop-culture subjects that
could be merged. There's no question we should have an article on a
popular TV show, but unless some character out of it really stands out
and has been analyzed by sources in an out-of-universe fashion, we don't
need separate articles for characters and the like.
But what if we do? We don't need an image to illustrate every anime
character that has an article, or to show the cover of every album, or a
screenshot of every video game. We can have pop culture articles without
nonfree images. No nonfree images is an option. So even 2 million pop
culture articles wouldn't necessitate one single free image. The German
Wikipedia seems to do just fine with that, I think we would too.
Try reading the German article on Seinfeld, or the Simpsons, or the
Godfather, or Andy Warhol. Nonfree images are an important part of going
from "fine" to "good"