Do you use Wikipedia? I do and I love it. So much so that I’ve donated to them to help them keep providing the service that I value so much. I really like the style of the articles and the way that authors police themselves to prevent problems. It’s a great resource and awesome that it’s free.
Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Founder) sent me the following email and asked me to send it out to others. Here it is:
Here’s 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’re 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 our 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 let us end the fundraiser today.
Of course, we wouldn’t turn you down if you wanted to make a second donation or a monthly gift.
Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.
Wikipedia is the #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 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.
If you can afford to share some of your wealth, I encourage you to consider sharing some of it with the people at Wikipedia. We all benefit.
UPDATE: Wikipedia announced they have hit their target. They’re taking down their fundraising banners and have extended a thanks to all. If you helped. Thanks from me too.