January Stats for the WordPress Photo Directory

2024 is starting off strong for the Photo Directory!

Our goal is to moderate photos as quickly as we can. And with our bigger team, we’ve been working through photos even faster. Please do remember we are all volunteers and work through the list as we are able to in the event there is a backlog. (And during photo events like WordPress Photo Festival 2024 where there is an influx of photography we will work as quickly as we can, but submitters need to be patient.)

If you’d like to contribute photos to the directory, you can do that at WordPress.org/photos.

If you’d like to join the moderators team, you can do that at make.wordpress.org/photos/handbook/moderating-photos.

Current stats for the project as of today, February 2, 2024:

NUMBER OF PHOTOS: 13,250
PENDING PHOTOS: 45
REJECTED PHOTOS: 2242
PHOTOS SINCE THE LAST MEETING: 888
PHOTOS REJECTED SINCE THE LAST MEETING: 212
NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTORS: 1647

Top Contributors:
🥇 mbigul: 845 photos
🥈 topher1kenobe: 841 photos
🥉 shelob9: 453 photos
🏅 mdburnette: 436 photos
🏅 bhuwanroka: 384 photos
🏅 michelleames: 287 photos
🏅 jenniferbourn: 270 photos
🏅 sharankrishna: 198 photos
🏅 kafleg: 191 photos
🏅 chrisedwardsce: 175 photos

Categories:
NATURE: 8934
ARCHITECTURE: 2605
FOOD-DRINK: 1271
ANIMALS: 1124
OBJECTS: 1087
ARTS-CULTURE: 891
TRANSPORTATION: 783
INTERIORS: 378
PATTERNS: 303
TECHNOLOGY: 215
PEOPLE: 207
FASHION: 103
ATHLETICS: 32

Landscape: 8258
Portrait: 4715
Square: 277

Alt Text for WordPress Photos

Our goal is for the WordPress Photo Directory to be as accessible as possible, making it easy for anyone using a screen reader to understand what each photo is, as well as providing good alt text for those using any photos on their own sites and projects.

Alt text provides a description of an image that is read aloud to anyone using a screen reader for any reason.

In the past, some photo contributors have provided descriptions that include feelings or feel more story-like. (Like “waking up on a beautiful morning” or “a great day for a cup of coffee.”) These are not descriptive and are not generally helpful for people relying on screen readers to describe a photo.

In order to help you provide better descriptions when you submit a photo to the directory, we’ve compiled some information to make it easier. (Many thanks to @alexstine and @joedolson for their expertise and input.)

I think we can all agree that there is alt text that’s too short, but are there times when something is too descriptive?

Alex Stine: Sometimes ALT Text can be too descriptive in that it can provide more information than what people could actually see in the image. The experience should be equal, not more or less.

Joe Dolson: There’s a balance to strike. For the purpose of the photo directory, some assumptions need to be made. First, the audience and the author do not have a common knowledge base. For alt text, that means that personal information or specific knowledge of the scene should be omitted. Alt text is highly contextual, and in this case the context is “share the photo with strangers who will use it for their own purposes.” So the alt text should be strictly kept to information that is visible in the image. There are exceptions, however; well-known landmarks can and should be named. If it’s a picture of the Statue of Liberty, it would be disingenuous to omit that information. That’s a judgment call for the submitter, since “well known” is not strictly definable.

Some people think that adding colors to a description isn’t necessary, and others argue that it is. Should submissions to the photo directory include colors? Are there times when it should vs. when it shouldn’t? (Like describing clothes, or a building.)

Alex Stine: I think descriptions of color are okay since you would visually get this detail when looking at an image. People without vision may not fully understand the concept of color if they haven’t had vision before. For people like myself, I have had vision, so I may still be able to get something from knowing the colors.

Joe Dolson: Descriptions don’t need a detailed description of colors, but prominent or dominant colors should be mentioned. Again, it’s a judgment call how much detail to add. But colors should absolutely be mentioned. There are several reasons: one is because screen reader users aren’t necessarily blind and/or may have once had color vision; a second is because color-blind users will benefit from being told what colors are in a picture; and the third is because the photo directory search queries alt texts, so this enables searching for color.

How in-depth should a description be? For example, is “German Shepherd puppy” a good enough description, or would “German Shepherd puppy sitting on a wooden floor looking at the camera” be better?

Alex Stine: In this case, the second description (“German Shepherd puppy sitting on a wooden floor looking at the camera”) would be better. It allows me to more accurately understand the scene.

Joe Dolson: Object, action, and environment are the three primary characteristics that should be conveyed in some way. Anything else is bonus, but ensuring that those three characteristics are communicated is a good way of making sure that the description is roughly equal to the image.

When is including the location of a photo important? Is “mountains” enough or is “mountains in the Himalayas” better?

Alex Stine: This could easily fall in the categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. of “too much information” as that information is not available to people with vision simply by looking at the image. Unless it is clear what the mountain range is by looking at it, this information should not be included in the description.

Joe Dolson: I think I addressed that above; essentially, it’s a question of how common this knowledge would be, or how significant. I will argue slightly with Alex on this because of the purpose of the photo directory – if somebody specifically is looking for pictures of the Himalayas, that should be possible. If the photo directory had any filtering or tagging, I’d say that information should be a tag, rather than an alt text, but, since it isn’t, I think that information should be available. But it’s only particularly important to include in cases where the image is of something that most people would actually recognize. A purposeful image of Mount Everest should probably say what it is. A pretty scene of some mountains that happen to be the Himalayas? Maybe not so relevant.

I want to also add that alternative text should be literal. You should describe what’s in the scene, and not make assumptions. Just to pick a random example:

https://wordpress.org/photos/photo/33465a66b7/

While it may or may not be valuable that this specifies Himalayas (I’d argue not, since there’s nothing distinct), the biggest weakness here is the word ‘Trekker’. It could also mean a Star Trek fan, and if a blind user included this expecting a person hiking with a backpack but it was actually a person in a Star Trek uniform…

Are there tools or resources that you would recommend for evaluating alt text quality and ensuring online content accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility)?

Alex Stine: Test with a screen reader, that’s the best way. I also like the Accessibility Checker pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.

Joe Dolson: Alt text quality is heavily contextual. No tools required, just read the text and look at the image and decide whether it seems appropriate.

December Stats for the WordPress Photo Directory

December, in fact 2023, has come and gone! And it was an amazing year for the photo directory!

Our goal is to moderate photos as quickly as we can. And with our bigger team, we’ve been working through photos even faster. Please do remember we are all volunteers and work through the list as we are able to in the event there is a .

If you’d like to contribute photos to the directory, you can do that at WordPress.org/photos.

If you’d like to join the moderators team, you can do that at make.wordpress.org/photos/handbook/moderating-photos.

Current stats for the project as of today, January 4, 2024:

NUMBER OF PHOTOS: 12,355
PENDING PHOTOS: 11
REJECTED PHOTOS: 2030
PHOTOS SINCE THE LAST MEETING: 1035
PHOTOS REJECTED SINCE THE LAST MEETING: 171
NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTORS: 1586

Top Contributors:
🥇 topher1kenobe: 823 photos
🥈 mbigul: 740 photos
🥉 shelob9: 440 photos
🏅 mdburnette: 428 photos
🏅 michelleames: 287 photos
🏅 jenniferbourn: 270 photos
🏅 bhuwanroka: 220 photos
🏅 kafleg: 187 photos
🏅 sharankrishna: 176 photos
🏅 chrisedwardsce: 175 photos

Categories:
NATURE (8337)
ARCHITECTURE (2457)
FOOD-DRINK (1138)
ANIMALS (1071)
OBJECTS (1023)
ARTS-CULTURE (855)
TRANSPORTATION (748)
INTERIORS (360)
PATTERNS (300)
TECHNOLOGY (205)
PEOPLE (197)
FASHION (101)
ATHLETICS (28)

Landscape: 7719
Portrait: 4364
Square: 272

November Photo Directory Update

November has come and gone! Let’s take a look at the numbers.

We have added even more new members to the moderator team! Our goal is to moderate photos as quickly as we can. And we’ve been crushing it! Please do remember we are all volunteers and work through the list as we are able to.

If you’d like to contribute photos to the directory, you can do that at WordPress.org/photos.

If you’d like to join the moderators team, you can do that at make.wordpress.org/photos/handbook/moderating-photos.

Current stats for the project as of today, December 1, 2023:

Number of photos: 11520
PENDING PHOTOS: 1
REJECTED PHOTOS: 1878
PHOTOS SINCE THE LAST MEETING: 1168
PHOTOS REJECTED SINCE THE LAST MEETING: 223

Top contributors
🥇 topher1kenobe: 817 photos
🥈 mbigul: 667 photos
🥉 shelob9: 439 photos
🏅 mdburnette: 428 photos
🏅 michelleames: 287 photos
🏅 jenniferbourn: 270 photos
🏅 chrisedwardsce: 175 photos
🏅 kafleg: 170 photos
🏅 sharankrishna: 156 photos
🏅 javiercasares: 152 photos

NATURE (7782)
ARCHITECTURE (2278)
FOOD-DRINK (1045)
ANIMALS (1029)
OBJECTS (980)
ARTS-CULTURE (814)
TRANSPORTATION (716)
INTERIORS (345)
PATTERNS (294)
TECHNOLOGY (185)
PEOPLE (181)
FASHION (92)
ATHLETICS (25)

Landscape: 7198
Portrait: 4066
Square: 257

October Photo Directory Update

October is in the books! Time for an update on all things Photos.

We have added new members to the moderator team! Our goal is to moderate photos as quickly as we can. Please do remember we are all volunteers and work through the list as we are able to.

If you’d like to contribute photos to the directory, you can do that at WordPress.org/photos.

If you’d like to join the moderators team, you can do that at make.wordpress.org/photos/handbook/moderating-photos

Current stats for the project as of today, November 1, 2023:

Number of photos: 10,530
Pending photos: 58
Rejected photos: 1665
Photos since the last meeting: 952
Photos rejected since the last meeting: 161
Number of contributors: 1456

Top contributors
🥇 topher1kenobe: 810 photos
🥈 mbigul: 531 photos
🥉 shelob9: 425 photos
🏅 mdburnette: 424 photos
🏅 michelleames: 287 photos
🏅 jenniferbourn: 270 photos
🏅 chrisedwardsce: 175 photos
🏅 javiercasares: 125 photos
🏅 kafleg: 119 photos
🏅 mburridge: 113 photos

Categories
NATURE (7084)
ARCHITECTURE (2080)
ANIMALS (979)
OBJECTS (956)
FOOD-DRINK (931)
ARTS-CULTURE (769)
TRANSPORTATION (681)
INTERIORS (319)
PATTERNS (291)
TECHNOLOGY (168)
PEOPLE (165)
FASHION (70)
ATHLETICS (24)

Landscape 7969
Portrait 4238
Square 303

September Photo Directory Update

September is over! Time for an update on all things Photos.

We’ve begun onboarding new members to the photo moderators team.

If you’d like to contribute photos to the directory, you can do that at WordPress.org/photos.

If you’d like to join the moderators team, you can do that at make.wordpress.org/photos/handbook/moderating-photos

Current stats for the project as of today, October 2, 2023:

Number of photos: 9536 (644 photos added since the last report)
Pending photos: 36
Rejected photos: 1486
Photos since the last meeting: 1333
Photos rejected since the last meeting: 198
Number of contributors: 1365 (83 more since the last report)

Top contributors
🥇 topher1kenobe: 804 photos
🥈 mdburnette: 424 photos
🥉 mbigul: 364 photos
🏅 shelob9: 354 photos
🏅 jenniferbourn: 270 photos
🏅 michelleames: 268 photos
🏅 chrisedwardsce: 175 photos
🏅 mburridge: 113 photos
🏅 roytanck: 107 photos
🏅 kafleg: 97 photos

Categories
NATURE (6365)
ARCHITECTURE(1909)
OBJECTS (897)
ANIMALS (887)
FOOD-DRINK (833)
ARTS-CULTURE (696)
TRANSPORTATION (643)
INTERIORS (300)
PATTERNS (275)
TECHNOLOGY (159)
PEOPLE (130)
FASHION (65)
ATHLETICS (24)

Landscape 6314
Portrait 2992
Square 231

August Photo Directory Update

It’s almost the end of August! Time for an update on all things Photos.

Contributor Days this year have gone really well. We’ve onboarded many photographers into what kinds of photo subjects are acceptable, how we evaluate photos for inclusion in the photos directory, and what makes a good photo in general.

We’ve also begun onboarding new members to the photo moderators team.

If you’d like to contribute photos to the directory, you can do that at WordPress.org/photos.

If you’d like to join the moderators team, you can do that at make.wordpress.org/photos/handbook/moderating-photos

Current stats for the project as of today, August 28, 2023:

Number of photos: 8892
Pending photos: 0
Rejected photos: 1385
Photos since the last meeting: 1170
Photos rejected since the last meeting: 283
Number of contributors: 1282

Top contributors:
🥇 @topher1kenobe: 791 photos
🥈 @mdburnette: 424 photos
🥉 @shelob9: 285 photos
🏅 @jenniferbourn: 270 photos
🏅 @michelleames: 243 photos
🏅 @mbigul: 239 photos
🏅 @chrisedwardsce: 175 photos
🏅 @mburridge: 113 photos
🏅 @roytanck: 106 photos
🏅 @javiercasares: 88 photos

Categories:
NATURE: (5907)
ARCHITECTURE: (1786)
OBJECTS: (869)
ANIMALS: (837)
FOOD-DRINK: (774)
ARTS-CULTURE: (659)
TRANSPORTATION: (618)
INTERIORS: (290)
PATTERNS: (267)
TECHNOLOGY: (150)
PEOPLE: (115)
FASHION: (61)
ATHLETICS: (23)

Landscape: 5995
Portrait: 2671
Square: 226

Recap of team meeting, June 2

Slack Log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

Welcome and links to documentation

Attendance: @katiejrichards, @topher1kenobe, @mdburnette, @kartiks16, @eboxnet, @meher, @krupalpanchal, @kafleg, @st810amaze

Welcome to the newcomers joining the Photos channel (Slack usernames): @roytanck@jillbinder@Melissa Ann Sorrells@krysal@Nav@Ryan Van de Kamp@gwallace@benlumia007@Nomad Skateboarding@Vagelis@Mira Padalia@Pratiksha@Ugyen@Jaed, @Krupal Panchal@Shuvo@chaion07@fuddin@david111780@tomeklach@Afshana Diya

Special thanks to all that joined us for this meeting, as it was held on a different day than usual to coincide with WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe’s Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. – where @topher1kenobe and @mdburnette were present!


Project milestones

This month, we have a few milestones to share since our last meeting on May 6th. It was another slower month, though some plans are in place to ramp up contribution. More on that in a minute.

But first, the numbers for this month.

As of this meeting, the directory includes over 2700 user-contributed photos, including passing numbers 2600 (Indian Banyan) and 2700 (beautiful pink flower)! Green, brown, and blue dominate the most popular colors, outpacing the next 7 most popular colors combined. This is likely because of the vast number of outdoor landscape photos contributed.

In addition, we’re nearing 300 individual contributors — clocking in at 293 as of this meeting! This continues to show us that, even with below-average submission counts, we’re still seeing a lot of new contributors. 🎉

Every month we’ll share some raw stats here as well. Here are a few stats for the month leading up to this meeting:

  • 300 photos were submitted in the last month
  • 61% have been approved
  • 32% are pending
  • 7% have been rejected for not meeting conditions to be published in the directory (insufficient photo quality or the inclusion of human faces being the most common reasons for rejection)

Current issues

➡️ Our largest issue at the moment continues to be our backlog of moderator applications. The current moderators and team reps have held additional discussions to clarify how moderators need to be vetted and the process by which this will happen.

We want to make sure folks are onboarded with all the tools and information they’ll need to hit the ground running. If you submitted an application to become a Photo Directory moderator, you should have heard from us and we’ll begin onboarding new moderators soon!

➡️ Also, we’ve discussed partnering with meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers for Photo Directory promotion. A LearnWP workshop video and lesson plan exist for these meetups and we’re in talks with several organizers now. If you’re interested in sharing about the WordPress Photo Directory and would like to talk to us about it, please let us know in the #photos Slack channel!

➡️ Finally, a quick chat was had about ALT text for images at submission. No clear plan of action was decided based on this discussion, though all parties agree that this is an important and necessary addition.


Open discussion

Due to the participation in WCEU Contributor Day, open discussion was light this time around. The only issue surfaced this time was surrounding better discovery of one’s own submitted photos — like a “My Profile” or “My Photos” link. All authors currently have pages with their photos, but these are not easily accessed for finding your own contributions.

Two tickets were created by @topher1kenobe based on this conversation:


Next Meeting

You are welcome to join the team at any time! If you are new to the Photos team, please introduce yourself in the #photos channel before the meeting (or anytime!) and feel free to join us in the meeting and participate as you are able.


Photos Team Mission

The Photos team helps people use and contribute to the WordPress Photo Directory through creative commons licensed (CC0) photography that can be used without cost or attribution, for any purpose, via wordpress.org/photos.

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects.

  1. WordPress.org/photos
  2. WordPress Photo Directory team handbook
  3. Our Team Blog

#weekly-chat

Recap of team meeting, May 6

Slack Log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

Welcome and links to documentation

Attendance: @katiejrichards, @topher1kenobe, @mdburnette, @rmartinezduque, @meher, @femy, @courane01, @timohaver

Welcome to the newcomers joining the Photos channel (Slack usernames): @Jeanette Mullins @Allan Douglas @Heather Roy @Shubham @Passoniate @Femy

Project milestones

This month, we have a few milestones to share since our last meeting on April 1st. It was a slower month and, as you’ll see a bit later on, there was some discussion about why and what we can do to encourage more submissions.

But first, the numbers for this month.

As of this meeting, the directory includes over 2500 user-contributed photos, including passing numbers 2400 (Tortoise) and 2500 (Kekse, Weihnachtsbäckerei, Keksdosen, backen, Weihnachten, Süßes, Marmelade, Zuckerguss, Tradition)! Only 25+ currently pending moderation, so we’ll want to promote the directory and get some more submissions!

The last week also included the 231st individual contributor to the directory. This shows us that, even though the submission count wasn’t very high, there were a lot of new contributors. 🎉

Every week we’ll share some raw stats here as well. Here are a few stats for the month leading up to this meeting:

  • 151 photos were submitted in the last month
  • 76% have been approved
  • 17% are pending
  • 7% have been rejected for not meeting conditions to be published in the directory

Current issues

Our largest issue at the moment stems from our backlog of moderator applications. The current moderators and team reps have begun discussions to clarify how moderators need to be vetted and the process by which this will happen. This is quite possibly the first WordPress team that uses volunteer community moderators so we’ve been looking through Community Team documentation on how they’ve historically vetted and approved potential event organizers and adapted that process for the Photos team.

We want to make sure folks are onboarded with all the tools and information they’ll need to hit the ground running. If you submitted an application to become a Photo Directory moderator, we assure you that we will respond soon!


Also, there is an application to join the Photo Directory moderating team in the team handbook.

Open discussion

In contrast, photo submissions seem to have slowed down without any real reason we can determine. For example, our April 1st team meeting recap showed that 230 photos had been submitted in the week leading up to the meeting, where we only had 151 in the whole month leading up to this one. A lack of moderators would explain a backlog of pending photos, but it doesn’t explain low submission counts.

Some things that were discussed to potentially help with this were:

  • Running contests of some kind to boost submission counts
  • Looping in Marketing, Social, and Training teams to help promote the directory
  • Awarding .org contributor badges when users upload X number of photos
  • Call for meetups (Community team) to help promote or speak about the directory at events

We’ll look at these options over the next month—in addition to promotion surrounding the upcoming WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe event—to see how we might bolster photo submissions from the community.

Finally, accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) concerns were discussed—primarily surrounding the lack of alt text attributes for directory photos. Although the team had discussed an additional field at time of submission for this text, ultimately it was not added to the submission form. Talks regarding this field will resume this month.

Additionally, it was discussed that retroactively filling in alt text fields for photos already submitted could make a great contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. activity. This is a great callout, though logistics around how that would practically work without granting moderator access to dozens of folks would be necessary.


Next Meeting

You are welcome to join the team at any time! If you are new to the Photos team, please introduce yourself in the #photos channel before the meeting (or anytime!) and feel free to join us in the meeting and participate as you are able.


Photos Team Mission

The Photos team helps people use and contribute to the WordPress Photo Directory through creative commons licensed (CC0) photography that can be used without cost or attribution, for any purpose, via wordpress.org/photos.

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects.

  1. WordPress.org/photos
  2. WordPress Photo Directory team handbook
  3. Our Team Blog

Recap of team meeting, April 1

Slack Log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

Welcome and links to documentation

Attendance: @katiejrichards, @topher1kenobe, @mdburnette, @angelasjin, @cagrimmett, @rmartinezduque

Welcome to the newcomers joining the Photos channel (Slack usernames): @Amit Patel, @Bhavesh Desai, @Himanshu Shekhar, @sagarladani, @Aezas Shekh, @aslammultani, @Brijesh Mandaliya, @Shusei, @Deval Talati, @Mayur Baroliya, @Bilal Ahmed, @Guillaume

Project milestones

With this being our first meeting, we don’t have “milestones since…”, rather overall milestones to share to kick us off. However our next meeting will include numbers since this meeting and will allow us to track how the directory is growing month-to-month.

As of this meeting, the directory includes over 2300 user-contributed photos, including passing numbers 2200 (Squirrel on a palm tree at dusk) and 2300 (Shadow phone) in the last week alone! With 75+ currently pending moderation, we’re well on our way to 2400 already.

The last week also included the 200th individual contributor to the directory, Hardik Thakkar. 🎉

Once again, our next meeting will feature some monthly numbers, but here are a few stats for the week leading up to this meeting:

  • 230 photos were submitted in the last week
  • 57% have been approved
  • 33% are pending
  • 10% have been rejected for not meeting conditions to be published in the directory

Current issues

➡️ One of the most recent challenges that the moderators have had to tackle is how to moderate photos that have already been uploaded by other authors/photographers to similar photo sharing sites like Pixabay, Unsplash, etc. Posting an image to another photo sharing site like Pixabay is not inherently a problem, as long as some considerations are made. We do need to consider whether there is a conflict between the license of the other photo site and CC0, which is the license the Photo Directory explicitly uses.

Moderators make every effort to verify sources. Please be aware that any photo found to exist on another site may take extra time to approve and publish.

Relatedly, another issue we’ve come up against when a photo has also been uploaded to another photo sharing site is determining who holds the copyright to the image. Unfortunately, we’ve found that many of these photos shared in multiple locations across the web are being submitted to the WordPress Photo Directory by someone who does not hold the copyright for the image. Photos submitted by users other than the original author will be rejected. As a reminder, one of the conditions the uploader agrees to when submitting a photo to the Photo Directory is “I have the copyright or other legal right to upload this image” as stated on the submission page.

One potential solution here might be to ask the uploader if the photo can be found on another photo site. This may, at least, streamline the approval process.

➡️ Also, there is an application to join the Photo Directory moderating team in the team handbook. The team reps are currently thinking through how to effectively onboard new moderators, since there isn’t a significant history of the WordPress project using volunteer moderators.

Open discussion

➡️ A ticket has been opened to add a checkbox to select ALL the checkboxes on the submission form, but this would be limited ONLY to people who already have a high number of approved photos. Potentially 30 or 40 is the starting number. By that time, they’ve checked those boxes a LOT, and know what they’re agreeing to.

➡️ Also, we’re still seeing the “silver” tag as color option. A ticket should be submitted to have it removed, if it isn’t already. (Silver was added haphazardly when colors were still able to be added manually. All colors are now selected from a list of possible options.)

➡️ The Social team is looking for ways to promote the directory and is looking for stories behind the photos. If you’ve uploaded a photo and have a story to share about its origins, reach out to @rmartinezduque in the #photos Slack channel.


Next Meeting

You are welcome to join the team at any time! If you are new to the Photos team, please introduce yourself in the #photos channel before the meeting (or anytime!) and feel free to join us in the meeting and participate as you are able.


Photos Team Mission

The Photos team helps people use and contribute to the WordPress Photo Directory through creative commons licensed (CC0) photography that can be used without cost or attribution, for any purpose, via wordpress.org/photos.

Getting Involved

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in, comment on posts, and participate in meetings and on projects.

  1. WordPress.org/photos
  2. WordPress Photo Directory team handbook
  3. Our Team Blog