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

Nkansah Rexford nkansahrexford at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 00:11:19 UTC 2012

Hi all

Personally, I don't know much about the codings and API stuffs, but what
I'm wondering is, can we get an API for use on Google Picasa?

>From the way Flickr is much mentioned in WLM photo contest, I suppose
flickr's got tons of images. But have we considered the tens of tons of
photos on Picasa? Now all photos uploaded onto most websites (if not all)
are dumped into Picasa and synced on all Google platforms.

The idea of importing photos from an external website, for me, is a nice
idea and should at least continue, but as David explained, it should be so
problematic that users lose interest both in its usage plus the WLM contest.

One more question: Was and/or is the Flickr Ripper thing developed by
Wikimedia Foundation? If not, then I think when the WMF also becomes a part
of its development, its reliability and robustness will improve.

Sorry David, I just could feel how annoyed that must have been. :-/



On Thursday, November 15, 2012, David Narvaez wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM, Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com<javascript:;>>
> wrote:
> > 2012/11/15 David Narvaez <david.narvaez at computer.org <javascript:;>>:
> >> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM, Platonides <platonides at gmail.com<javascript:;>>
> 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,
> period.
> David E. Narvaez
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