Andreas Kolbe wrote:
As for the fundraiser's duration, I believe the
2014 fundraiser ran for 30
days (December 2 to December 31, 2014). This is longer than last year, and
at any rate much longer than 2012, right?
Because according to https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2013
"In 2012, we were able to shorten the fundraiser down to nine full days,
the shortest fundraiser we've had."
I'm not sure about that Meta-Wiki page's claim specifically, but
traditionally the annual Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser has lasted from
about the end of November to the end of December (roughly Thanksgiving to
Christmas), typically with a thank you campaign in the week between
Christmas and New Year's Day.
I strongly agree with Liam that the donation advertising practices should
be clarified. But, as stated on this list already, I believe, the
underlying concern is that the Wikimedia Foundation fundraising staff is
becoming increasingly aggressive and tactless, while the current Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees seems to be quietly nodding, praising, and
encouraging the good work. Because after all, the fundraising team _is_
bringing in a lot of money. The detachment from Wikimedia's values is
clearly unacceptable, but there seem to be limited options for recourse
aside from convincing the Board of Trustees that money isn't everything.
What's needed, in my opinion, are hard limits (an updated Board
resolution) set on the Wikimedia Foundation fundraising team that provide
very strict parameters for how obnoxious donation advertising can be.
While such a resolution would be unusual, the fundraising team has
repeatedly demonstrated that it's incapable of self-regulation or even
basic decency toward our readers. As for specific examples, the following
are never acceptable: banners that don't respect opting out (clicking the
"X"), pop-ups (even in the same browser window), and lying.