As I’ve already mentioned on the wiki, I paid by debit card too, and I’m based in the UK. On the registration page on Eventbite there’s nothing to say that only credit cards are accepted, in fact it explicitly states Visa debit is accepted, so from what I can see, debit cards are fine. I know that in informal English when someone says “we accept credit card” that normally implicitly includes debit cards, but there is still a potential for confusion, and this seems to have thrown a few people here. I’m therefore editing the registration page to make things clearer.


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Subject: Re: [Wikimania-l] Registration payment options


For what it’s worth, I managed to pay with my Visa debit card from Denmark.





On 4 June 2014 at 04:01:01 pm, Steffen Prößdorf ( wrote:

Hi there,


we had this discussion with the attendees having a scholarship from WMDE already. In fact even in Germany not everyone of them own a credit card, so that we have to find ways that one pays for others.

I don't think that the limitation of only credit card payment is a very wise desicion. PayPal would be a reasonable add.







2014-06-04 16:44 GMT+02:00 Risker <>:

If there is any way to include a Paypal option, I think it would be very helpful.  Restriction to a credit card payment option may significantly impact younger or less wealthy attendees, particularly those not from the European/North American sphere.  Even I would prefer to use Paypal because the currency conversion costs are significantly lower than that charged by credit card companies.




On 4 June 2014 10:33, Stuart Prior <> wrote:

Hi Martijn,

Yes, it is the only payment option. I appreciate that there are effective and commonly used bank transfer systems in some European countries, but our administrative capacity and the booking website meant we had to settle on one method of payment.

We did consider all options and various currency payment options, but we settled on credit card payments as the being most accessible method internationally and the simplest for us to administrate at this scale. 

I hope this doesn't prevent you from attending.





On 3 June 2014 11:26, Martijn Hoekstra <> wrote:

Currently the only payment method for registration as far as I can find is by credit card. Are more payment options planned and/or considered?




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