[Commons-l] Fwd: [Gendergap] Photo of the Day on Wikimedia Commons

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at yahoo.com
Mon May 16 15:56:09 UTC 2011

--- On Mon, 16/5/11, Cecil <cecilatwp at gmail.com> wrote:
There seems to be a worrying tendency to treat Commons as a gallery for non-notable art.
It's an educational project, not a vehicle for self-promotion.


Actually, Wikipedia is the educational project, not Commons.
Commons is a repository for media of all kind. There is nowhere the restriction that a file has to be educational.

For reference, here is the mission statement of the Wikimedia Foundation*:
The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.In collaboration with a network of chapters, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation will make and keep useful information from its projects available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity.
If Commons' mission is no longer to "collect and develop educational content", then whyis it still under the umbrella of the Foundation?
* http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mission_statement
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