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  • Summary as of 8 January 2021 - User "Shyamal" has 16897 files (54.26% in use). The difference between this and the number shown on the top right is because that one includes overwritten uploads.
Site Images used
en.wikipedia 20424
arz.wikipedia 18519
ar.wikipedia 11307
fr.wikipedia 11115
vi.wikipedia 9116
it.wikipedia 8162
cy.wikipedia 6434
wikidata.wikipedia 4553
pt.wikipedia 4503
ceb.wikipedia 4427
sv.wikipedia 4425
nl.wikipedia 3320
es.wikipedia 3228
de.wikipedia 2459
war.wikipedia 2107
zh.wikipedia 1990
species.wikipedia 1919
ca.wikipedia 1866
ru.wikipedia 1810
eu.wikipedia 1766
pl.wikipedia 1723
ja.wikipedia 1459
fa.wikipedia 1319
no.wikipedia 1161
uk.wikipedia 1059
bg.wikipedia 1051
ml.wikipedia 1003
hu.wikipedia 1003
ko.wikipedia 837
ast.wikipedia 833
fi.wikipedia 723
bn.wikipedia 674
eo.wikipedia 603
hi.wikipedia 522
te.wikipedia 506
he.wikipedia 473
pnb.wikipedia 399
ta.wikipedia 396
br.wikipedia 393
th.wikipedia 384
ms.wikipedia 379
id.wikipedia 375
cs.wikipedia 357
lv.wikipedia 346
en.wiktionary 336
avk.wikipedia 320
ro.wikipedia 318
tr.wikipedia 306
gl.wikipedia 304
da.wikipedia 284
Total image usages 150495
Distinct images used 9168

My approach[edit]

Please note that I do not and will not attempt to classify images to all possible and existing categories or by adding them to pages. I however ensure that they belong to at least one suitable category and include the description which has the keywords needed for a searcher to find the image. In all likelihood the image will also be in use on a relevant page on the English wikipedia.

It is particularly unfortunate that Commons has a completely chaotic system of categories. For instance there is "Category:Bird family Y" and "category:Birds of Location X" and then there are passing users who create "category:Birds of Location X belong to family Y" - this is clearly non-scaleable. I think temporal, geographic, conceptual classes need to be kept apart and no combinations should be made (eg:prefer India, 1887 as two categories rather than India in 1887). Categories should be "atomic" - similar to Codd's rule.

I believe that spatial categories, especially those used for organisms, should not be done with named entities or textual labels - we ought to have either points, bounding rects or polygons and all searches some polygons and points can be mapped to names on Wikidata so that spatial search on commons is meaningful.

Note to compulsive category hierarchy maintainers: Some categories like "unidentified insects of xxx" are not at all useful when insects (or other such groups) are already identified to genus - chances of identifying them to species are almost zilch.

Postscript - see Commons_talk:Structured_data

I have no way of influencing Wikimedia Commons administrators and established users to understand that Categories such as "Insects of India", "Insects of Karnataka" etc are downright ridiculous - the photo may have been taken in that named region but unless you really know that a species is restricted to those boundaries, that is a completely useless category. Probably ok to use from but there is no way to get that edgeways to the powers-that-be here.

Also folks importing organism images from Flickr without metadata of location, just know that your drudgery is meaningless ...

Mediawiki feature wishlist[edit]

SVGs with within commons image linking ability - SVG has a feature to link raster images in it - Mediawiki would do well to allow images from commons to be linked. This would allow annotation, clipping and some nice features. The rsvg rasterizer however may need to support this further. Even better would be a Commons- online SVG editor to produce some of these annotated images. It might however raise some legal eyebrows in some contexts:- we allow some copyrighted content as part of freedom of panorama and using a clip region to isolate the copyrightable part could lead to some hitherto unheard of legal issues.

Note that "virtual" clipping is now possible via en:Template:CSS_image_crop


Done till

  • Ibis 1922
  • PZSL 1903 2

Tools to use[edit]