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Founded by: Derrick Coetzee
Status: Active
Language: English
Edit mode: LoginToEdit
Wiki engine: MediaWiki
Wiki license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Main topic: Media
Wiki Size: 354 pages see stats...

(Files as of: 2022-01-16)


Commons Archive wiki site was originally an independent unofficial repository for source materials of works on the Wikimedia Commons wiki site, specifically, file types which were not allowed on Wikimedia Commons. Founded April 2012 by Derrick Coetzee, and located at CommonsArchive.org, the original site went down in May 2015. Users from that original independent Commons Archive then forked the project in to Wikimedia Labs in 2015, itself a Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) wiki, and was originally located at Tools.WMFLabs.org/commonsarchive/, though it is now located at CommonsArchive.WMFLabs.org.

Now an official Wikimedia Foundation wiki site, logging-in on the current WMF Commons Archive wiki is done by OAuth (Open Authorisation), and settings require the user to be an autoconfirmed user already at Wikimedia Commons.

This current WMF-hosted Commons Archive wiki was operated by User:Zhuyifei1999 (now retired) and User:Steinsplitter. Derrick Coetzee, the founder of the original unofficial wiki, has no input in this new wiki site.

Please do not store private data on the Commons Archive wiki, because it is hosted on Tools (not production).


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The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (WMF), founded 20 June 2003, is the wiki company and non-profit charitable organization[1] responsible for a very large number (over 900 in total) of very active wiki sites, grouped together and known as 'projects'; as well as the wiki engine software initially developed by themselves, known as MediaWiki. The Wikimedia Foundations' major wiki projects include Wikipedia (encyclopedias), Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikiquote (quotations), Wikibooks (open content textbooks), Wikisource (free content primary- and secondary-source texts), Wikinews (news source), Wikiversity (open learning community), Wikispecies (free species directory), and many others as listed below. Most of these projects have separate wiki site versions written in many different languages. There is also the Wikimedia Commons (shared repository for documents, images, videos, and other media and text files), Wikidata (central space knowledge base for data used on all WMF projects), and the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (coordination of issues common to all Wikimedia projects). The Wikimedia Foundations' global reach is nurtured in its Incubator, where all new language versions for all projects are initiated and developed before being launched as a new separate wiki site. The Foundations' most recent major project, Wikivoyage (a 'travelpedia'), was inducted to WMF in late 2012.

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Furthermore, the Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, granted April 2005, headquartered at 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco County, State of California 94104, United States of America.[2]

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