[Foundation-l] Commons as an art gallery?
jayen466 at yahoo.com
Mon May 16 18:03:21 UTC 2011
Incidentally, that little piece of original art is also the picture of the
day on several Wikipedias' main pages; among them the Russian and Bulgarian
The image itself has been nominated for deletion in Commons by User:AndreasPraefcke, as out of scope.
--- On Mon, 16/5/11, Andreas Kolbe <jayen466 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> From: Andreas Kolbe <jayen466 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Foundation-l] Commons as an art gallery?
> To: "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List" <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>, "Wikimedia Commons Discussion List" <commons-l at lists.wikimedia.org>, "Increasing female participation in Wikimedia projects" <gendergap at lists.wikimedia.org>
> Date: Monday, 16 May, 2011, 16:40
> There is a long thread on the Commons
> and Gendergap lists about today's
> featured image on Commons:
> It's an original piece of art by a Wikimedian, "in the
> style of" erotic
> The picture was removed from the main page by a WMF staff
> member, acting as
> an ordinary editor, and then restored a few hours later by
> a Commons admin.
> Aspects of the image that have been discussed include the
> fact that
> * it has no noteworthy artistic value
> * it is used to showcase a Wikimedian's artwork on the
> project main page
> * it lacks educational value, being the work of a
> non-notable Wikimedian
> * it makes the Foundation look puerile
> * it might turn off serious educators
> * it might turn off older people
> * it might turn off schools
> * it might turn off women
> * it might turn off institutions owning valuable content
> from donating to the Foundation
> * it is the victim of cultural fascism directed against
> * it is the victim of prudery
> * it is the victim of censorship
> * not showing the image on the mian page would undermine
> the Foundation's mission
> etc. etc.
> This is really a Foundation topic though. Are projects'
> main pages there to
> showcase Wikimedians' fine art? If yes, then why do we not
> have songs by
> unsigned garage bands "in the style of ..." as featured
> media of the day?
> Should the Foundation establish guidelines on what type of
> content to feature
> on project main pages?
> Crossposted to Foundation-l, Commons-l and Gendergap.
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