Hi everyone. There's a fairly important policy issue that's been under discussion lately, namely, the Image Policy (as well as the accompanying tutorial). As the policy currently stands, users are required to source and license every image they upload with the Information template.
However, some time ago, the former bureaucrat of the wiki, Brandon Rhea, began to let the enforcement of the policy slide, citing the fact that Wikia/Star Wars Fanon isn't legally responsible for copyright infringement claims (see this thread). That persisted for a while.
More recently, however, this issue has started to come up again. There are a lot of new users (which is great! Way to go everybody!), and that means that the amount of image uploads has also increased. This has led to an inclination on my part to start enforcing the already standing policy more strongly. You can see an in-depth explanation of my reasons here, but I'll summarize them quickly.
As some of you may have seen, I've been leaving some users messages asking them to start sourcing and licensing their images. There's a long backlog of images in many cases, but I'll point that that Special:Upload does tell the uploader to use the Information template to give a source and license. Everyone, ideally, should have been following the policy up to his point.
All of that said, there's another side to the issue. As Firedance noted in the aforementioned thread, it's a lot of work to enforce this policy on every image if users aren't particularly cooperative, and it's a very unfortunate reason for users to be getting blocked. (I'd particularly love it if nobody got blocked over this. It seems like an issue that can be solved through other means, and if worst comes to worst, images can be deleted without the user getting blocked). I'll summarize her point in brief as "trying to force good behavior is the wrong way to go about it" and "users should be encouraged to source and license, not forced."
So that brings us to everyone else. This is a discussion that affects more than just four users, and it really requires a strong community consensus. Back when the image policy was relaxed, that was a fairly unilateral decision. I'd rather whatever choice we make as a community, moving forward, is one that everyone feels comfortable with. With a little more encouragement and guidance, are you all willing to make a greater effort to source and license images? Is there something that the administration can do to make it easier for that to happen? Please feel free to jump in and offer your opinion on the matter. Cheers!