[Foundation-l] Fundraising totals as of Oct 7, 2007 @ 5:00 PM (EST)

geni geniice at gmail.com
Fri Nov 9 20:21:31 UTC 2007

On 09/11/2007, Gwern Branwen <gwern0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I find this very troubling, for two main reasons.
> The first is, as you point out, this would seem to put next year's budget out of reach if it's >based solely on the fundraiser. What about the Foundation's move to San Francisco? That >sounded like it was going to be expensive.

It is. Perhaps we should move in with the FSF in Boston or at least
threaten to do so until we get the GSFDL sorted out.

> The second is - what the heck is wrong with our readers, or us, that - even though a) we >have so much more content, b) said content is even better than before, and c) there are >ever more people reading and otherwise making use of our stuff - the drive is doing *worse* >than last year, even in absolute dollar amounts? I feel modestly outraged at this apparent >ingratitude, but I wonder more at what went wrong. Has all the publicity about vandalism, >too-high/too-low deletion standards, n00b biting, and so on finally come home to roost? Is >the assumption that Wikia is the for-profit arm of the WMF really so wide spread people >feel no need to donate? Or is it just that people are being selfish and assume that "Well, if >Wikipedia really needs money, they can just turn on ads for a little while. No skin off my >nose"?

1)General feeling that wikipedia isn't going to fall over if you don't donate.
2)There is nothing new any more about wikipedia asking for money.

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