Talk:Commons Photographers User Group

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This initiative sounds like a good idea and I assume there will be a debate before anyone says they 'represent' us. Charlesjsharp (talk) 12:51, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Good point, Charlesjsharp. This group can only represent those photographers that are part of the group, not every photographer on Commons. If you have a good idea on how to clarify that, please go ahead and change the page. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 17:27, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
Done. I know it's early days, but perhaps the group could have a role in improving the Commons FP QI and VI projects. And could I suggest you ping everyone on the 'Meet our photographers' page. Charlesjsharp (talk) 17:55, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Service request - upload by post[edit]

Congratulations on this group for establishing itself!

I am not sure what the scope of this group will be other than to encourage more engagement in photography on Wikipedia. I have a request which may or may not be relevant, but so far as I know, this group seems like the best group which exists to manage an issue like this.

I have heard repeatedly over the years that photographers in countries with limited access to Internet have difficulty uploading their photos. Lots of people in the world have access to cameras which take good pictures with large file sizes. However, the number of people who are able to upload their photo collections is fewer, with the barrier being lack of Internet connectivity and prohibitive financial cost to sharing full resolution photo files.

No one can do much about lack of Internet access, but I wonder if it would be possible to organize any kind of peer to peer photo uploading service. Perhaps a photographer could sort photos on their own computer, naming them appropriately for wiki upload, then providing the photos on a jump drive or DVD to their regional Wikimedia chapter or user group. The chapter could mail the physical media to someone in a country with faster Internet, and there, the photos could be uploaded.

I know that more and more people are getting Internet access, and hopefully someday upload speed will not be an issue, but in many of the places where we want more participation I have heard people say that the major reason why they do not share photos is lack of ability to upload. I think before anyone took next steps there should be more asking around about whether this is really a significant enough issue to merit a response, but if this is an issue, then maybe this user group could have some compassion for those experiencing this as a challenge either as part of its own scope or in support of any other group which could do upload assistance for photographers in places with limited accessibility. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:30, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

Commons page[edit]

Where is it intended that group discussions will happen? Is there a Commons page? --MichaelMaggs (talk) 17:08, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

I'd assume here, but I'm not opposed to a designated page at Commons. -Another Believer (talk) 18:03, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
I think at this point most of the group discussions happen on Facebook. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 15:08, 24 May 2017 (UTC)


Just an idea: We might want to create an ongoing page for reporting 2017 activities, such as Commons Photographers User Group/2017. This will make reporting easier, instead of scrambling at the last minute when a report is due. -Another Believer (talk) 21:51, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Please feel free to create such a page. So far, I've used the "Reports" section. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 15:08, 24 May 2017 (UTC)


Hi, will there be group activities or other group related topics at this year's wikimania? Who is going to attend? --Ailura (talk) 09:29, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

I'll attend and I'll be interested in going on a photo tour. Do you already know your arrival / departure dates? I haven't booked my flight yet, so I'm still somewhat flexible. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 15:03, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
Pinging Diego and Achim who said earlier they'll attend. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 15:54, 24 May 2017 (UTC) 
I would have liked to go with you, unfortunately I did not get a scholarship. Please take pictures of the city, there is a beautiful cathedral, you could schedule a visit so that no one interrupts your view. Additionally, there are very close natural reserves that you could visit like Parc national du mont tremblant. A hug --The Photographer (talk) 16:16, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

I attend, but as long the schedule is not published, I don't know when I will have time and when I will definetly will have no time. Marcus Cyron (talk) 19:59, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Ist dein Flug denn schon gebucht? Ich frage nur, weil ich immer noch vor der Wahl stehe, entweder ein paar Tage früher anzureisen oder aber ein paar Tage dranzuhängen. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 20:27, 24 May 2017 (UTC) P.S. I generally think we should allow people here to post in their native languages, as Google Translate is good enough to get the general sense of a message and I don't like us to exclude people who might not be as comfortable in English as others.

Possible dates for a meeting / activity[edit]

Monday, August 7th[edit]

  • <Your name>

Tuesday, August 8th[edit]

  • <Your name>

Wednesday, August 9th[edit]

  • <Your name>

Monday, August 14th[edit]

  • <Your name>

Tuesday, August 15th[edit]

  • <Your name>

Ideas for what to do[edit]

wikimedia commons conference ?[edit]

A lot of conference was organized by the wikimedia community, like wikidatacon, Wikiarabia, wikiindba , Wikisource Conference and a lot of others conferneces, can we organize a conference about wikimedia commons ? --Touzrimounir (talk) 15:10, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

Interested users are invited to show their support and share their thoughts on Commons Conference 2018. --MB-one (talk) 09:20, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

WikiCon 2017[edit]

Just a Note: On the WikiCon 2017 I gave a very short introduction into our user group in the session Podiumsdiskussion: Ist Commons noch zu retten? (Is Commons still to be saved?). Raymond (talk) 08:15, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Unfortunately I could not listen to your talk on WikiCon but I had proposed something similar for Wikimania 2017 (but a bit more from the technical viewpoint). Sadly my talk was not accepted for the programe there. -- Freddy2001 talk 17:02, 10 September 2017 (UTC)