Can you share this ?

Dear Massimo,

Here is how the Wikipedia fundraiser works: Every year we raise just the funds that we need, and then we stop.

Because you and so many other Wikipedia readers donated over the past weeks, we are very close to raising our goal for this year by December 31 — but we are not quite there yet.

You’ve already done your part this year. Thank you so much. But you can help us again by forwarding this email to a friend who you know relies on Wikipedia and asking that person to help us reach that goal today by clicking here and making a donation.

If everyone reading this email forwarded it to just one friend, we think that would be enough to end the fundraiser today.

[…]

Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 stuff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.

Wikipedia is the number 5 site on the web and serves 470 million different people every month — with billions of page views.

Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong in here. Not in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.

When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.

Thanks again for your support this year. Please help spread the word by forwarding this email to someone you know.

Thanks,
Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia founder

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2 Responses to “Can you share this ?”

  1. Pramod Says:

    The effects of the deletionist faction on wikipedia makes me not want to support them. They’re very quick to delete articles on reasonably well known scientists, programmers, programming languages and the like claiming that they are non-notable, but apparently porn stars who ever starred in a third-rate adult movie and all the pokemon in the world are considered notable.

    • Massimo Says:

      I was under the impression that they make such an assessment based on the number of hits that specific entries receive. On the assumption that the overall cost of the enterprise is roughly proportional to the number of entries, it seems to make sense not to try and include those which are measurably of lesser interest to the public at large.
      Now, of course there are exceptions — for instance, the fact that there is no entry for me, despite my well-known, documented scientific and blogging accomplishments, clearly must be ascribed to jealousy on the part of my competitors, who put pressure on Wikipedia to exercise censorship. This is the only possible explanation.

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