We are told certain communities are not allowed to do mass-imports to Commons via bot. It is suggested to:
- Either not promote file-transfers via FileImporter to these communities, e.g. by not showing the "Export to Wikimedia Commons" button.
- Or make it easier for the Commons community to identify such transfers, e.g. by marking all files with a [[Category:Unchecked import from …]].
So far only the Arabic communities have been mentioned (as an example?).
Two projects […] potentially problematic with respect to copyrights are Arabic Wikipedia and Arabic Wikisource. We had a declined bot request for transferring files from those two projects to Commons early last year, which revealed the following quotes: "Different Wikipedias have different attitude toward copyrights and its enforcement." by EugeneZelenko; "Seems to be an overall lack of consensus on Arabian Wikipedia about the process for how this bot would work. One commented that they don't trust Commons because there files got deleted for no convincing reason, another mentioned copyright issues and perhaps images not being transferable due to licenses." by ~riley; and my "I have issues with whoever is selecting these files for transfer, and that person's attention to detail (or lack thereof)." 60% of the files selected as examples for transfer (which should have been the best ones) had copyright problems which made them unsuitable for Commons or any WMF project. Admittedly, five is a very small sample size, but 60% is a huge error rate.