3 billion being...above the upper bound of the extrapolation you've made? Uh-huh.

Extrapolation is not a particularly useful method to use for the budget, because it assumes endless exponential growth. I can see the budget increasing due to us increasingly taking on the responsibilities we've previously been unable to do anything about, but I can't see what we'd actually /do/ with 3 billion dollars (although if we want to expand the Hadoop cluster with most of that I would, of course, be most grateful ;p)

On 2 January 2015 at 04:23, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen@gmail.com> wrote:
It is known that education is a great way to eradicate poverty. We know that Wikipedia brings information and is educational. When the effect of "your" 3 billion dollar brings education and effectively helps to eradicate poverty it is well worth it.

No irony intended.

On 2 January 2015 at 09:11, James Salsman <jsalsman@gmail.com> wrote:
In ten years time, I predict the Foundation will raise $3 billion:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: James Salsman <jsalsman@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 9:01 PM
Subject: $55 million raised in 2014
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>

Happy new year: http://i.imgur.com/faPsI9J.jpg

Source: http://frdata.wikimedia.org/yeardata-day-vs-ytdsum.csv

I don't mind the banners, although I am still saddened that several
hundred editor-submitted banners remain untested from six years
ago, when the observed variance in the performance of those that were
tested indicates that there are likely at least 15 which would do
better than any of those which were tested. Why the heck is the
fundraising team still ignoring all those untested submissions?

But as to the intrusiveness of the banners, I would rather have
fade-in popups with fuschia <blink><marquee> text on a epileptic
seizure-inducing background and auto-play audio than have the
fundraising director claim that donations are decreasing to help
justify "narrowing scope."

Best regards,
James Salsman

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