This is really not a wikitech-l type of question, is
Well removing it is a technical issue... I didn't think its removal would be
contentious. Silly me, /everything/ is potentially contentious around here.
I think this, or some variant of it, makes the most
If someone wants to donate, we shouldn't make it difficult
for them to find, but it probably is better in the long run if
we reserve that top slot for times when we really really
need to shake the money tree. :-)
That is why there has been, and always will be, a "Donations" link in every
sidebar and also under "About the Project" on at least the English Main Page
(not to mention the link in the contributing FAQ). That is more than enough
for people who are spontaneously motivated to donate; a minimal amount of
looking will result in them finding a link to the Wikimedia fundraising page.
But hitting everybody over the head with it everytime they view a page would
tend, IMO, to dull the blow and result in less overall money generated than
if we only showed it during fundraising drives. It is also a bit annoying and
gives the impression that we are desperate for cash (thus we should be
judicious in such a prominant use).
-- Daniel Mayer (aka mav)