[Foundation-l] Lack of Image Dumps

DF dragons_flight at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 8 17:17:20 UTC 2007

Forgive me for being a little bit cynical about this,
but if people are going to be getting all excited
about image use policy shouldn't someone also address
the glaring lack of image dumps.

The last image dump for any project was Novemeber
2005, nearly 15 months ago.  Not only that, but even
the links to those very old dumps have been removed
from http://download.wikimedia.org/  

Brion has said that this situation was created by a
lack of adequate file servers to handle the very large
(e.g. 400 GB) dumps that would be created now.  Even
assumming that is correct, surely WMF can afford the
$15k (or whatever it is) to address this issue.

Personally, I feel that denying reusers prompt
meaningful access to our collected content is a much
more fundemental strike against our freedom than the
general debate around which images are free enough.

-Robert Rohde
User:Dragons_flight on enwiki

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