Here is some note by Amit Abhyankar on Facebook. There are similar comments on this post.
I guess most of us have received this message when accessing Wikipedia.
While there is nothing wrong in asking for donations, I didn't like the
tone of this appeal.
The way it says 'reader in India' and 'This is
the 6th appeal' doesn't sound right to me... Not sure why... but it
I mean, we have not entered into a contract that says
we will donate whenever you need us to... Then what's with counting the
number of times this appeal has been shown?
I ofcourse support Wiki
as a movement, have donated in the past and will donate again in
future... But how about telling us how much money you need and a live
tracker that shows how much of the goal has been achieved?
Transperency is the key to running a movement.
If a common person gets such feeling from the fundraiser banner, the thought arises about what kind of survey/study is made by WMF before pushing this to the users.
Someone pinged me to ask if I know anyone of mailing list admins as his/her mails were not reaching to the mailing list. Dont know if there is any problem. (was using a nickname)
More interesting was what he/she mentioned about the fundraiser. The QR code mentions "to pay" some company from Delhi that is not so old and has just Rs. 1 lakh capital !! I havent got time to get into these things but if this is true, I suppose WMF study/research/selection of partner is questionable.
I hope WMF people will respond to this.