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Image hosting?[edit]

I can't believe I'm only just now asking this, as I've meant to for probably 5 years! Is Commons the only place on the planet where we can host our images for our articles? They can get awfully persnickety about licensing etc. (It's understandable....I'm just saying.) --Bddpaux (talk) 17:44, 28 June 2021 (UTC)

What license do you want to release your work in, @Bddpaux:?
•–• 02:45, 29 June 2021 (UTC)
Well....I don't know. I certainly don't care about making money from it/them. Any comments/guidance you can offer?--Bddpaux (talk) 15:27, 2 July 2021 (UTC)
@Bddpaux: Well, what would you be okay with? Letting anyone do anything with it? (Use CC-0 1.0 -- I use this) Letting anyone do anything with it as long as they give you credit (use CC BY for that, we use that for the text on Wikinews). Letting anyone do anything with it as long as they give you credit -- and they make sure, if they make any changes, any one else is also allowed to use that changed/modified version? (Use CC BY-SA for that).
•–• 15:35, 2 July 2021 (UTC)
@Bddpaux: There is no reason you cannot host article images on WN and add {{Localupload}} to the description page. This would allow someone to copy it to Commons whilst keeping a copy here. -—Green Giant (talk) 11:52, 3 July 2021 (UTC)

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though there should be a rationale for that. Like images which are likely to be overwritten on Commons are better to be uploaded here.
•–• 11:57, 3 July 2021 (UTC)

For 'newsies using video call for interviews[edit]

Video calls are often a tricky business and often a necessity for interviews. While I had to rely on Skype last year; it just feels weird, relying on things like Skype, or Zoom, especially when it requires people installing additional software. Might I suggest, Wikimedia's own meta:Wikimedia Meet. You can create "video conference rooms" and get sharable links on meet.wmcloud.org and will not require any third-party tools, it works directly in the browser and it should feel very simple to use. Try it out, and let me know if you have any questions or need any help.
•–• 06:50, 17 July 2021 (UTC)

CC @Bddpaux, Gryllida, JJLiu112, LivelyRatification, RockerballAustralia:.
•–• 06:51, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
I haven't had to use video, but this looks really cool. I'll give it a shot if I need to do a video interview at any stage. --LivelyRatification (talk) 07:11, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
You don't need additional software for Skype? Leaderboard (talk) 08:26, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
Read it again, "I had to rely". Since then, I have stopped relying on such tools, when in-house simpler, and easier to use FLOSS exists.
•–• 08:30, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
I know, but you said "when it requires people installing additional software" which I found strange as that is not actually the case. FLOSS is certainly a valid option, just pointing out a potential flaw with your statement. Leaderboard (talk) 12:24, 17 July 2021 (UTC)