Wikipedia:Picture of the day/Unused

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This is a page of featured pictures that have been skipped from appearing as picture of the day for various reasons. Some of these are mainly blocked by their articles or usage (for example, a very short article, or insufficient context), whereas others have more fundamental problems and will probably never appear on the main page. This is not a policy page or archive of discussions; with the exception of the first category, things may be removed from here without any further discussion. Note that some headings may be empty at any particular time. This is fine, it's better to have a framework for new images to be added to than to lack that framework.

Pictures added to this page should also be manually added to Category:Picture of the day/Unused.

For pictures that have not appeared yet, see Category:Featured pictures that have not appeared on the Main Page.

Least likely to appear[edit]

Major problems or cases where we simply did not act in a timely enough manner, and Wikipedia has moved on from the images too much. Largely a mixture of "We can't put that on the main page!" and "...Should this still be a featured picture?"

Could cause harm[edit]


Image Article Reason
Someone being lynched Lynching Voted against appearing in a discussion May 2022. Undocumented image with photographic decisions that lessen the victim's humanity, e.g. the hat put over the face. We don't know who or where this is, making this of very low value to historians. Also, it's on MediaWiki:Bad image list, which means we should be extra careful as we know that this image (or ones like it) have been used disruptively.
Picture of an intersex person Hermaphrodite (Nadar) Voted against appearing in a discussion May 2022. Risk of harm to intersex people due to it being too clinical, too potentially exploitative, too likely to cause people to object to the nudity then jump straight to attacking intersex people if not properly contextualised. Nominator and restorer of the image requests it not appear.
September Morn September Morn Voted against appearing per discussion at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/September Morn. A mixture of issues with article's creator and issues with the painting's model being under eighteen.

Probably not actually a featured picture anymore[edit]

Images with no significant usage, and unlikely to gain any, or just really bad quality. These should probably be delisted.

Image Article Reason
WMAP 2010.png Cosmic Microwave Background We used to block images from the main page if a different variant had appeared (in this case, File:WMAP 2008.png). We haven't for years at time of writing this, but it's a bit too late to put it on the main page: It's now only used as an infobox icon and has no substantial usage.
GRESHAM, Walter Q-Treasury (BEP engraved portrait).jpg Walter Q. Gresham in theory Unused on Wikipedia. Seems to be replaced in usage by the photo it was apparently based on, and that's a hard barrier to overcome.
Dream of the Fisherman's Wife The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife Held back due to fears of being too graphic. We'd probably be more open to running it now (though it'd probably need a discussion first), but over a decade later, the quality is really bad for a featured picture. Attempts to delist the image failed in 2014 and in 2022.

Ones primarily blocked by articles[edit]

There's nothing inherently wrong with these images, but their articles are either too short or too problematic to put on the main page. If someone was willing to put in the work, most of these are potentially main page worthy.

Image Article Reason
MEREDITH, William M-Treasury (BEP engraved portrait).jpg Art and engraving on United States banknotes Kind of hard to make anything out of a single entry in a list. Could maybe run it alongside File:US-Fractional (5th Issue)-$0.10-Fr.1265.jpg?
Vincent Van Gogh - Wheatfield With Cornflowers - Google Art Project.jpg Wheat Fields Only about one sentence on the image itself; difficult to put in context.
Hugo van der Goes - The Fall of Man and The Lamentation - Google Art Project.jpg Vienna Diptych Article way too short.
Lichfield Cathedral Choir 1, Staffordshire, UK - Diliff.jpg Lichfield Cathedral Not currently used in article, probably because of the similarity of File:Lichfield Cathedral Choir 2, Staffordshire, UK - Diliff.jpg (which was the Picture of the Day on 2022-09-23).
Hippasa holmerae (Lawn wolf spider) in its funnel web (2).jpg Hippasa Article consists of one sentence and a list, and the image is one species in the genus.
NNC-US-1877-G$50-Half Union gold pattern (J-1548).jpg
NNC-US-1877-G$50-Half Union gold pattern (J-1546).jpg
Half union (in theory) Not used.
Ptilotula fusca - Glen Alice.jpg Fuscous honeyeater Article way too short, and the most relevant text is uncited.
Leucosarcia melanoleuca - Brunkerville.jpg Wonga pigeon Article basically uncited.
Nanpu Bridge 2.jpg Nanpu Bridge Article is an uncited stub
Python brongersmai, Brongersma's short-tailed python.jpg Python brongersmai Might be okay to run this, but article stops being cited half-way through.
Marburg asv2022-02 img18 Castle.jpg Marburger Schloss article a stub
Yellow-billed cardinal (Paroaria capitata) juvenile.JPG Yellow-billed cardinal article is a stub
Yellow-billed cardinal (Paroaria capitata).JPG Yellow-billed cardinal
both articles are stubs
Camille Pissarro - Boulevard Montmartre, Spring - Google Art Project.jpg Le Boulevard de Montmartre, Matinée de Printemps article is a stub

Doubts as to whether this is the preferred version[edit]

Images that may or may not have some usage, but have another version of some prominence that should probably be talked about before we put this on the main page.

Image Article Reason
Vincent van Gogh - Wheatfield - Google Art Project.jpg Unused Usage replaced by File:Korenveld - s0146V1962 - Van Gogh Museum.jpg; not clear which is more accurate.
Vincent van Gogh - Wheatfield with crows - Google Art Project.jpg Theoretically Wheatfield with Crows Replaced in Wheatfield with Crows by File:Vincent Van Gogh - Wheatfield with Crows.jpg

Licensing issues[edit]

Images that may or may not have some usage, but have another version of some prominence that should probably be talked about before we put this on the main page.

Image Article Reason
Sir Winston Churchill - 19086236948.jpg Many places From [1] it appears that this image satisfies PD-Canada but not PD-US, and is therefore ineligible for inclusion on Wikipedia (or indeed Comomns)

Holding areas[edit]

These images may be about to leave POTD/Unused, by one means or another. Things are unlikely to stay in these categories all that long, so they might be empty at any one time, but should be kept around to encourage proper classification.

Under discussion[edit]

These images are temporarily being delayed to allow a discussion or delist vote to take place.

Image Article Reason

Potentially ready for Main Page?[edit]

Images held back at one point, but which might be fine now. If they are obviously fine, just remove Category:Picture of the day/Unused from the image, and it should be scheduled shortly (possibly by you).

Image Article Reason