Michael Snow wrote:
If I may suggest another complication--I think using
"Wikipedia Commons", or a variation on it, such as a
URL, will give some people the impression that
material there is licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses.
If this source repository is not going to restrict itself to any one
license, its name should not suggest that it does.
My complaints have not been about Erik's basic "Wikmedia Commons" (not
"Wikipedia Commons") but about its proposed merger with Wikisource. I
think that his fundamental idea is excellent. Attention needs to be
paid on techniques that will allow a sharing of information between
projects and between languages. I can see how the misinterpretation of
"Commons" that you cite might arise , but the image that it evoked from
me was quite different, and is based on a meaning of "Commons" that has
been around for much longer: the town square where everyone comes
together to share what unites them.
For that reason, I prefer the Wikisource name, and I
agree with mav
that it seems like we could just expand our existing project instead
of starting a new one. I'm not terribly familiar with the activity on
Wikisource, but if Ec thinks the commons project would just compete
with it, he's in a good position to know. Why should we dissipate our
energy on setting up duelling projects?
"Compete" does not exactly describe my concern. It's more a clash of
visions. I happen to think that allowing multiple visions is a great
asset to our whole Wiki family. I see Wikisource as more akin to an
improved Project Gutenberg, and given the similarity in name formats, I
would venture the guess that those who first proposed the Project
Sourceberg name had something similar in mind. Although I would not
support such a move, a similar argument could be put forth to merge the
Commons with Wiktionary -- after all the words which are its focus have
a common utility to all the projects.
The Wikimedia Commons needs to develop its own identity. In the
unlikely event that other projects want to merge merge with it at a
later time that should be allowed, but only after a consensus has been
reached among the members of that project.
Perhaps too, the Wikimedia Commons can begin the move toward unified logins.