[Foundation-l] Racism in Commons

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 5 13:57:59 UTC 2007

Brianna Laugher wrote:
> On 06/12/2007, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Andrew Whitworth wrote:
>>> Agreed: These images are pretty shocking, and I have to wonder why,
>>> exactly, commons needs to be giving them free hosting? They hardly
>>> further our goal of spreading knowledge for free.
>>> I'm also a little shocked to hear that commons doesnt have at least
>>> some form of an NPOV policy? Do they have any kind of
>>> content-acceptability requirement, or can anybody post any and all
>>> offensive images on commons as they see fit?
>>> --Andrew Whitworth
>> I looked for a detailed page on the matter.
>> What I found is this
>> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Project_scope
>> According to this page, basically anything (if free) could be hosted.
> The key section should be "Wikimedia Commons is a common central media
> repository of all Wikimedia projects":
> "[...] files uploaded to the Commons have to be useful for some
> Wikimedia project. Media files that are not useful for any Wikimedia
> project are beyond the scope of Wikimedia Commons."
> How could Commons be any more specific than that and still fill its
> "service" role?
> regards
> Brianna

Maybe the solution is to as other projects did, rather than defining 
what "could be there", listing "what can not be there". Ie, "what 
wikimedia commons is not"


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