Monday, December 22, 2008


A Personal Appeal from Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

That's what the giant banner on the Wikipedia homepage says, and if you click on it you get a letter from Jimmy asking for donations. You can also see this, or an alternative with a $$ graph, on every page of this hugely popular site. There is a little link that lets you hide it.

And how, I wonder, is this any different to having adverts? Could it be ego? There are plenty of ads they could run that do not compromise integrity, AdSense for example.

I'm wondering if they have considered opt-in ads? Nobody will ever see them unless they register and tick a box saying they want to see ads. The small percentage of visitors that choose to do so would probably be enough to fund the site.

Perhaps they are scared of what to do with the money if they make a big profit?


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