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

Geoffrey Plourde geo.plrd at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 16 18:43:25 UTC 2009

Just because people put things into a filing cabinet does not endow the filing cabinet with any special powers. I also am not disputing the relative importance of free content repositories.

From: Robert Rohde <rarohde at gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:13:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Wikimedia Commons: Service project or not?

On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Geoffrey Plourde <geo.plrd at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Commons is an oddball project. Other projects produce work, but Commons
> stores it. Wikisource could be considered another oddball for the same
> reason. At this point in time, I would class Commons as a service project
> (and wikisource as well) because it provides a service to other projects and
> its only point is to provide a service to other projects.

You are ignoring the efforts of the photographers, graphic artists,
restorationists and free image sleuths that consider building the archive at
Commons as their primary goal.  There is a great deal of content added and
maintained in Commons that is uploaded with no particular WMF use in mind.
An organizaed and well-documented free content repository -- for use by the
wider world -- is valuable regardless of whether the works it contains
happen to be used by the WMF.

-Robert Rohde
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