Wikipedia is facing the heat, and it’s not even summer. The global financial crisis seem to have a long lasting effect on the Wikimedia Foundation, so much so, that they started dropping hints (even more than before) that they are now going bankrupt. They are definitely getting poorer 😦
First, they just had a simple Donate Now button.
Now they have hordes of new stuff. They are starting to get poorer! This is what I call the Donate-o-meter. They want to show you, that $6 Million is their goal, so go for it and donate!
Then, they had it in their server error messages. This is what they had to say.
Our servers are busy … try again after a few minutes … The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organisation which hosts some of the most popular sites on the Internet, including Wikipedia. It has a constant need to purchase new hardware. If you would like to help, please donate.
When nobody listened (or at least a few did) they had testimonials and comments given by donors displayed on the top of each page! This one’s from a $100 US donor.
And this one’s from a 30 Euro French donor.
Finally, when this unexpected thing cropped up today, I knew that Wikipedia was truly down in the dumps. They might actually file for bankruptcy now. Wikimedia Foundation founder Jimmy Wales appeals for cash.
Pretty strange, huh. I clicked on the link (like most of you would obviously do, and, probably have already done) and and saw this letter. It said:
Today I am going to ask you to support Wikipedia with a donation … small number of paid staff, just twenty-three … annual expenses are less than six million dollars … you will help us cover the increasing cost of managing global traffic to one of the most popular websites on the Internet. Funds also help us improve the software that runs Wikipedia … Your donation will help keep Wikipedia free for the whole world.
Those words kept ringing in my mind.
Your donation will help keep Wikipedia free for the whole world
Is that a threat? Scaring people into believing that Wikipedia will no longer be free, if we do not donate? Wikipedia is one of the most primary and important sources of education (especially school projects) and also quizzing knowledge, facts and trivia. If this dies, then God save us all.
Just pray they don’t file for bankruptcy!