[Wiki Loves Monuments] Plans for the Future? Ditch Flickr

David Narvaez david.narvaez at computer.org
Thu Nov 15 21:46:28 UTC 2012

On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM, Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2012/11/15 David Narvaez <david.narvaez at computer.org>:
>> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM, Platonides <platonides at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Also, I should note that accepting flickr contributions was always optional.
>> True. My recommendation is, then, do not even consider it an option.
> I beg to disagree. The more years you go on with the contest, the less
> important flickr becomes, but in the first year and probably the
> second, it can still be hugely important because it gives you (the
> organizers) easy access to a huge library of pictures which can be
> freed with a single click of the mouse. One should never underestimate
> the power of complacency in people! For instance, each year we had one
> serious flickr uploader which was willing to free his collection.
> Perhaps they would have contributed also on commons, but certainly
> with less pictures.

Those huge libraries of pictures took approx. 2k clicks of the mouse,
since we had to add them manually to Commons. If you have an army of
volunteers, that sounds plausible. If you have a 5-people team, like
we had in Panama, ditch Flickr.

> As to the flickrriper script, you can always write another one if you
> feel like it, or you can just automate submissions to Bryan's [1] or
> Magnus' [2] tools.

Flickrripper is great. It can be improved and I'll be sending my
patches, but the problem is not Flickrripper: Flickr is broken,

David E. Narvaez

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