[Foundation-l] A modest proposal: ads on wikipedia.com

Brianna Laugher brianna.laugher at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 02:52:53 UTC 2007

What if we used wikipedia.com (or wikimedia.com, which RDRs to
wikimedia.org which is a portal for our dozen-odd projects) as a
non-editable showcase for stable, featured content from the other
projects. properly tie everything together on a single topic from
wikipedia, wiktionary, wikibooks, wikiquote, wikisource, wikiversity,
wikinews and of course commons. It would be advertising for OURSELVES.

toss in a permanent sitenotice for fundraising, cafepress etc links,
WMF press releases...
Wikimedia World.

Have we tried using it for advertising for ourselves? I mean a huge
chunky donate form, + soft redirect to .org, might encourage people to
both donate, and remember the url correctly. :)


On 23/04/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> How about using the old domain, wikipedia.com, as a site for stable
> Wikipedia versions, with ads on? The ad money, as well as paying our
> comparatively small hosting and staff costs, could go toward
> educational programmes for those people who could benefit from our
> hard work but *aren't* comfortable, well-fed first-world citizens.
> (As far as I can tell, pretty much all opposition to ads on Wikimedia
> comes from people who are in fact comfortable, well-fed first-world
> citizens. I eagerly await news and demographics otherwise.)
> - d.
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