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

Tobias Oelgarte tobias.oelgarte at googlemail.com
Tue May 17 08:16:15 UTC 2011

Am 17.05.2011 02:34, schrieb Neil Kandalgaonkar:
> On 5/16/11 8:21 PM, Cary Bass wrote:
>> We need an active group of contributors who represent at the very least
>> some cross-section of not only Commons contributors but of interested
>> re-users of Commons content to actively monitor and maintain the POTD.
>> This is not the first time that something inappropriate for Main Page
>> content has appeared and I doubt it will be the last.
> That is definitely a practical solution. POTD are scheduled long in
> advance, so that could solve the problems here pretty quickly. The image
> in question is, IMO, unambiguously inappropriate for Commons, and this
> shouldn't have been a difficult debate.
> On the other hand it feels a bit wrong to me. In that case we're asking
> groups that are relatively underrepresented in Wiki culture to take on
> the role of policing. I feel like they ought to have some rights to a
> welcoming environment as a baseline. That said, in a wiki context, it
> seems to be impossible to achieve such baseline freedoms, as long as the
> offenders have large amounts of free time.
> So some people are going to have to make the sacrifices to change the
> culture.
> Another worry: if there's a "quality control board", officially or
> unofficially, they can start to take that role too seriously or become
> captured by various radical factions. But I guess we have to take that
> chance.
Another board for decisions? Just leave the communities alone. They can 
handle it very well on their own. Any board i know failed in so many 
points. An good example from the German Wikipedia is the 
"Schiedsgericht". This is the last call if some users can't be stopped 
from offending each other. But this board isn't trusted at all and 
constantly breaks down. Just because it is seen as needless.

What im seeing here is the construction of an government which isn't 
even democratic, getting very close to a dictatorship. Or as we said in 
the GDR: One party, elected by itself.


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