[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Commons: Service project or not?

effe iets anders effeietsanders at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 17:13:26 UTC 2009

Hi Huib,

yes, that seems to be an accurate description of the current situation.
However, what would you /want/ it to be, and /why/ ? :)



2009/6/16 Huib Laurens <Abigor op forgotten-beauty.com>

> Hello,
> I want to start with thanking Effe iets anders, this is the most neutral
> email about Commons I have seen this week, and I like the fact that
> there is a new angle to work with.
> I think Commons is both a service projects and a independent project,
> Commons is a free file repository and can be used in all MediaWiki site
> from version 1.13 or higher
> (source:http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Instant_Commons ), so Commons is
> providing a service for more than 10.000 sites
> (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Sites_using_MediaWiki).  Commons is also
> a service project for Newspapers, magazines, other sites or things that
> needs images under a free license.  I don't think somebody on Commons
> would mind if you call it a service project in this context.
> All Wikimedia project sites are build in MediaWiki so Commons provides
> them the same hosting service as the do for other MediaWiki sites, only
> the big difference is that the Foundation own the servers that host
> Commons and that the Wikimedia Foundation the only organization is that
> can use Commons for hosting non free images.
> When we look inside Wikimedia we have Wikipedia, Wikibooks,Wiktionary,
> Wikinews, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversety . Wikisource and Wikimedia
> Commons. Those nine projects all have there own scope and can work
> independent from the other projects, all the projects have there own
> community, policies, rules and content. When the Foundation will stop
> the could sell those projects to nine different people and all projects
> can keep working, the don't need a other project to keep existing. So
> all those project can be seen independently within the Foundation. The
> projects that stay over like Wikimania, Incubator or meta can be seen as
> projects with the soul purpose to support the nine big projects within
> the Foundation, Incubator can not work without other projects, Meta
> needs other projects to keep working also. Commons can go on with his
> own community, so does Wikipedia or Wikinews ect ect.
> So we should see Commons as a inpendend project created for giving
> MediaWiki sites a free file repository, but optimized for giving extra
> service for Wikimedia projects.
> Best regards,
> Huib
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