Commons:Picture of the Year/2011/Preparation

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  Picture of the Year
    The Sixth Annual Wikimedia Commons POTY Contest
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Official Policies[edit]

These policies were determined by the POTY 2011 committee and should not be modified without committee approval.


Round 1 of POTY 2011
from 23:00 [UTC] (Saturday)
to 23:59 [UTC] (Monday).
NOW proposed to change to 21:00 [UTC] (Thursday).
  • The first three days are beta testing period. We announce in Commons-l and Commons sitenotice only.
  • Votes in this testing period are also eligible.
  • If you find a bug for the tool, please report it to MediaWiki talk:EnhancedPOTY.js; report other things to Commons talk:Picture of the Year/2011.
  • After beta testing is over, CentralNotice banners will run in all available places in wikimedia until the end of the voting period.
  • Round 2 will run from ___ to ___.



  • There will be two rounds in POTY 2011.
    • Round 1 will include all images promoted to featured picture status in 2011.
    • Round 2 will include the top 32 () images from Round 1.
  • The top image will be declared as the Picture of the Year. The top three images will be featured as runners-up.

Voter eligibility[edit]

  • Your account must pass the official POTY 2011 voter eligibility tool. To do so, you must:
  1. ...have registered before 2012-04-01
  2. ...and have more than 75 edits before 2012-04-01 (that is 2012-03-31 24:00 (UTC)/ (UTC) in any single Wikimedia project.
  • Users must vote with an account meeting the above requirements either on Commons or another Wikimedia project.
    • For other Wikimedia projects, the account must be attached to the user's Commons account through SUL.
    • Due to the large vote volume, we are unable to accept voters that do not meet this criteria as determined by the official POTY 2011 voter eligibility tool.

Voting rules[edit]

In Round 1 - multiple vote - eligible users may vote for as many candidates as they wish to support (one vote per image).

In the Final round - single vote - eligible users may vote for only one finalist. Note: if a voter happen to cast more than one vote, only the latest (newest) vote will be counted as eligible"



Commons:Picture of the Year/2011/Galleries#Galleries by categories

Image eligibility[edit]

Round 1
  • All FPs from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.
  • The top 32 images from Round 1, by number of votes, from any category will go to the final round - the categories are irrelevant when it comes to counting the votes.
  • If category #1 are not in the top 32s, they will be also promoted to the Final to guarantees a diverse final.
No candidate should not be disqualified or replaced without careful discussion as long as they are not deleted (ex. A deletion request alone is not enough reason to disqualify an image.)

POTY barnstar[edit]


Commons:Picture of the Year/2011/Translations


Commons:Picture of the Year/2011/Translations#Announcements and Sitenotices

Tools and bots[edit]

Checking votes[edit]

Abuse filters[edit]

  • voting by anons (there is already a filter)
  • manipulation: check whether username=voter, prevent removal or change of other user's votes, prevent adding a vote to a picture, if there is already one vote by the user