I have shortly been talking to Amgine on irc about the
new policy, as well as read it.
This policy seems very reasonable to me. I am happy
you found a solution to be able to upload images
necessary to illustrate wikinews articles... all while
limiting related risks with competitors. This is good.
I hope other languages will soon follow as well.
Good luck. Anthere
Erik Moeller a �crit:
I would like to re-enable local uploads on the English
Wikinews for the purpose of fair use image uploads
only. We have worked in the last few weeks on a
whitelist policy for cases where we believe fair use
to be acceptable:
This includes screenshots, publicity photos explicitly
intended for the media, logos, and images under
"semi-free" licenses which we might get under a fully
free license eventually, but where a breaking news
situation requires us to make a temporary compromise.
This is very important for us; we've already had to
delete screenshots that showed a security flaw scooped
by Wikinews because they were non-free and therefore
not allowed on the Commons.
For now, there would be two upload links, "Upload
media" and "Upload fair use media", one pointing to
the Commons, the other to the local upload page. In
MediaWiki 1.5, we can point "Upload file" to the
Wikimedia Commons, and hide local uploads from the
navigation. That way, we can apply "security by
obscurity". Only people who read the fair use policy
will find the local upload link.
I'd like to ask the Board to register any objections
within the next week or so. If there are none, I would
also recommend that the other language editions follow
a similar procedure to develop their own local fair
use policies, so we can re-enable local uploads on
these editions one by one.
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