[Foundation-l] Request: WMF commitment as a long term cultural archive?

Wjhonson wjhonson at aol.com
Thu Jun 2 18:14:17 UTC 2011

Because Commons is to be used by the world, not just sister projects.
If the New York Times Online links a picture in from Commons (and credits it properly) are we going to make their later-historical story useless by deleting the picture ?





-----Original Message-----
From: Fred Bauder <fredbaud at fairpoint.net>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Thu, Jun 2, 2011 11:01 am
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Request: WMF commitment as a long term cultural archive?

> On 2 June 2011 14:21, Fae <faenwp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Briefly responding to a couple of points raised so far:
>> Yes, there is a need for a policy as otherwise the WMF would have no
>> long term operational archive plan.
> Why would we have an archive plan? Archives are for things that aren't
> expected to needed on a regular basis any more but may need to be
> referred to in the future. We're not going to archive things on
> Commons, they'll just stay on Commons indefinitely.

If an image is hosted on Commons for 100 years and NEVER used by any
other Wikimedia project would we, or why should we, retain it?


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