[Foundation-l] Fundraising and site notice

Sage Ross ragesoss+wikipedia at gmail.com
Sun Jan 7 16:46:41 UTC 2007

On 1/7/07, Oldak Quill <oldakquill at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 07/01/07, Florence Devouard <anthere at anthere.org> wrote:
> > Hello everyone.
> >
> > Just for a head up (or down)
> >
> > First, I wanted to announce to all that there will be no more matching
> > donors in that fundraiser.
> > This is due to a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, the
> > reaction of some members in the community.
> Regardless of whether I agreed with the Virgin notice or not, this is
> an excellent move on behalf of the Foundation. It demonstrates the
> Foundation's responsiveness to Wikimedians and that there is no
> bureaucratic disconnect (which is always a worry when a project like
> ours begins to organise into formalised institutions and structures).

I have to disagree.  I hope that you're only mentioning the "reactions
of some members of the community" reason in order to shame the
complainers; canceling a matching donor because of such a tiny
minority is not "responsiveness", it's oversensitivity.  When you say
that was one of the reasons, do you mean that loud whining about
Virgin Unite is a reason why no other matching donors decided to
participate, or do you mean that the complaints are why the Foundation
decided not to have another matching partner?  Hopefully, neither; I'd
like to think that the complaints really were as insignificant as they
seem to me.


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