On Sun, 17 May 2020 at 07:20, Roland Unger
There are several causes why people do not upload their photos to Commons.
Wikimedia Commons is less known like the other Wikimedia sisters. We had to
increase the awareness of these projects including the Foundation
itself. But all people speak only about Wikipedia, and nobody starts an
ad campaign for the sisters to overcome this. Not only the scope of Commons is broader,
that of the movement is broader, too. Maybe the Foundation can improve its support for the
sisters to attract new users for the movement.
Many photographers (and Wikipedians) will be become famous. There is the question why
publish at Wikimedia Commons instead of Instagram, Flickr, or Pinterest?
There is almost no support for the sister projects by Wikipedians. Some Wikipedians are
living in their own world, and sometimes they argue against their
- For many users it is difficult to use Commons or other Wikimedia projects. They have to
fight against an ancient and not user-friendly user interface (for instance manual edits
of things stored in EXIF data or in the user account, adding categories without any
automatic support, etc.).
I am not really sure if an investigation should be done because most problems are known
I think we should keep the opportunity of commercial use, because all Wikimedia products
should be used freely. For instance, what shall an officer at a travel agency do if she/he
cannot use Wikimedia products freely because of commercial-usage restrictions?
>> Benjamin Ikuta
<benjaminikuta(a)gmail.com> 05/17/20 5:07 AM >>>
Anecdotally, it seems people sometimes don't upload their photos to Commons because
they don't realize that the scope of Commons is much broader than that of Wikipedia.
Has there been, or should there be, any research into this, or why people don't
contribute more broadly?
A "share" link on image pages would go a long way to fixing this. If
folks on instagram, flickr etc. got used to seeing nice images with
links back to Commons, we might expect 1% to 4% of those readers to
follow the link back to the source, so if a few go viral, that might
actually attract a few high quality photographers.
A "mirror" tool would also be a great addition. If a photographer
could easily share some of their photos by picking from their gallery
and pushing to their flickr/instagram and a Commons account at the
same time, all on a cc-by-sa license, they would come to see Commons
as part of increasing their own internet footprint.