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

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 18:24:39 UTC 2007

On 23/04/07, cohesion <cohesion at sleepyhead.org> wrote:

> I'm not opposed to having opt-out advertising on wikipedia.org, but I
> don't really understand why we would want to dilute our url structure
> and pagerank on *every* term by creating a weird commercial non-fork.

What use is pagerank to us?

> If people are concerned about making too much money (a legitimate
> concern I think) then just put ads on some pages, or throttle the ads
> with ads for non-profits, or with nothing. Google does this already
> now, I'm sure they would be willing to work with us.

If they aren't, Overture will. Or MSN ads.

> This issue is in addition to what Erik brings up, do we really want a
> distinction between the editable and not editable? Why? "The
> encyclopedia that anyone can edit, right after you navigate to a very
> similiar but not exact url"?

Stable versions would create much the same thing, though.

- d.

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