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The Wikimedia Foundation hits its $20 million USD fundraising target for Wikipedia

For those of you who have been greeted by banners at the top of Wikipedia pages for the past few months urging you to donate money, those longing eyes will no longer haunt you. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it has reached its $20 million USD fundraising goal and will now be taking down those banners.
 
According to a Wikipedia blog posting by Jay Walsh, over one million donors from around the world contributed to the $20 million campaign. Walsh also indicated that its 2011 haul far surpassed the "meager" $4.5 million raised during 2008.


Say "goodbye" to these Wikipedia fundraising banners
 
Likewise, Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, posted the following message:
 
Thank you.
 
We've taken down our fundraising banners, because we’ve hit our target. Thanks to you. Over the past few months, more than one million people have come together from all over the world to keep Wikipedia and its sister sites alive and flourishing for another year.
 
Your support is how we pay our bills. People like you, giving five dollars, twenty dollars, a hundred dollars. Thank you for helping us.
 
We’re the #5 most-popular site in the world --- we operate on a tiny fraction of the resources of any other top site. We will use your money carefully and well, I promise you.
 
For everyone who helps pay for Wikipedia and all the Wikimedia projects, and for those who can't afford to help -- thank you so much for making the world a better place.
 
Wikipedia serves over 20 million articles, is the fifth most popular website on the internet, and will celebrate its 11th anniversary on January 15, 2012.

Sources: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation



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RE: Gov should pay for it
By TSS on 1/2/2012 10:42:02 PM , Rating: 0
I've got a good view of the entire upper floor of my city's public library. I live across. Most of the time you're lucky enough if you see even 1 person walking around. Sometimes there's 2-4, but even that's "uncommon".

Few enough for me to say it couldn't possibly exist without government funding. And it's important that it continues to exist, we might need an "offline backup" someday.

As for wikipedia... just leave it to the users. Most of the information is accurate enough to get started on whatever your looking for, and more specific websites are always in the source. I see no reason whatsoever for the government to get involved unless they couldn't possibly survive without government funds. Then it doesn't matter anyway. But until then i'd prefer wikipedia to be free from all government censorship, or atleast be able to correct it.


RE: Gov should pay for it
By idiot77 on 1/2/2012 11:43:58 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sure your sample size is adequate.


RE: Gov should pay for it
By TSS on 1/3/12, Rating: 0
RE: Gov should pay for it
By The Raven on 1/3/2012 12:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
Though I think you might be giving your personal stats a little too much gravity, I think you are right that libraries in their current form are on the way out. I think we should start buying failing cybercafes and retrofit them into libraries. But I think this should be done by wealthy tycoons such as Andrew Carnegie ;-)


RE: Gov should pay for it
By Loveless on 1/3/2012 4:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Go to a library branch that provides computers with free access to the internet. You will see plenty of people there. Most of the people are on the computers, of course.

A club that I am a part of holds meetings at a public library branch every month, so I have recently witnessed personally how busy it gets. As long as the libraries offer internet computer time, people will be interested in keeping them open.


RE: Gov should pay for it
By Keeir on 1/3/2012 5:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
Errr.. I think your just proving that Libraries are obsolute.

If a Public Library has become nothing more than a "free" place to rent movies/CDs/Internet Access... then is it really a "Library" anymore?

If what the public needs/demands has changed, why address a new problem with an old solution? Hopefully funding for public libraries has shifted to significantly less support for books, and more for internet access. Potentially a more effective means of distributing Internet Access or free public meetings could be found than a large building with many rooms devoted to containing paper/film/etc copies of books and resources that are rarely used...


RE: Gov should pay for it
By wordsworm on 1/11/2012 12:09:32 PM , Rating: 2
Your town is probably illiterate... except for those 2-5 people.


RE: Gov should pay for it
By Shlong on 1/3/2012 4:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
He does have a valid point though, I've been to various Libraries across the country and it seems it's now mainly used by people who don't have access to the internet. I used to go to library all the time when I was younger (before the internet) but ever since my first 14.4k modem and the discovery of Microsoft Encarta CD (now changed to Wikipedia), I've never been back since. I don't know about you, when was the last time you personally visited the library?


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