Commons talk:Deletion policy
|This is the talk page for discussing improvements to Commons:Deletion policy.|
Derivative works vs DuplicateEdit
I am not sure that derivative works can be treated as duplicate work, particularly file edited without purpose or non educational use. See another discussion at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Rocket prolant.jpg. --AntanO 03:35, 31 October 2015 (UTC)
Deletion requests for works in public spacesEdit
Would it be reasonable to edit this policy based on Commons:Village_pump#Policy_for_deleting_copyrighted_art.2C_esp._in_public_spaces.3F_.28speedy_vs_nomination.29 this discussion ? Something like "Note that if a media file or article is a suspected but not clear copyright violation (including all copyrighted works in public spaces), it should be placed on Commons:Deletion requests." - Themightyquill (talk) 07:59, 5 November 2015 (UTC)
Procedural change: Transwiki or copy images that are to be deletedEdit
Recommended procedural change: If an image is in use on a project at the time it is to be deleted, the image should be traswikied or copied to the local project provided that doing so complies with the local project's policies (see meta:Non-free content for a list of local policies).
Projects actively encourage editors to move content that is free and within the Commons's project scope to transfer it to the Commons or upload it to the Commons later. If a mistake is discovered years later and the file is deleted, the damage has already been done. Had the uploader ignored the community's advice and uploaded it locally with a keep local or similar template, the worst that would happen is that the image would be re-tagged as a "non-free" image and possibly reduced in quality, but it would not harm the articles that use it.
We want to ENCOURAGE editors to habitually upload files to the Commons rather than to local projects, not DISCOURAGE them. The status quo encourages knowledgeable editors to request that local copies be unnecessarily kept and it hurts both article quality and editor retention when less-knowledgeable editors naively upload files to the Commons only to see them deleted months or years later.
This would be a lot of work and will introduce delays if a file is used on a project where few people speak the language.
In general, low-use languages will not have very many articles and will not use very many images, so this won't be a common occurrence. Also, the first time there is a need to do this for a given language, someone who speaks the low-use language and a more common one can write a summary of that project's local-image policy and "how to" instructions in a more widely-spoken language.