[Foundation-l] Fundraiser update

geni geniice at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 15:52:11 UTC 2009

2009/1/7 Michael Bimmler <mbimmler at gmail.com>:
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 3:11 PM, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2009/1/7 Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org>:
>> > A quick update: the "Thank You" banner is currently scheduled to stay
>> > up until January 9, 4 PM PST. We're keeping it up a while longer in
>> > part because it's the first work week after the holidays for many
>> > people, and in part because it's an opportunity for chapters to get
>> > some more visibility (we may have reached our goals ahead of time, but
>> > the chapters were operating under the assumption that the fundraiser
>> > would continue until January 15). As explained in the "Thank You"
>> > letter, the funds donated to WMF from now until the end of the fiscal
>> > year will go into our reserve fund and will help us to not live from
>> > hand to mouth as we head into the new fiscal. We'd always planned to
>> > raise at least $1.3M in reserve funding throughout the fiscal year.
>> It is also a opportunity to further annoy our readers. IT's pretty
>> clear they don't like it
> and you know this because...?

Because I run daily searches of blogs for the term wikipedia. Because
complaints have turned up all over the place on wikipedia. Because or
editors who also have to read the thing have gone so far as to have a
gadget to get rid of it. Because adblock which targets banner ads
among other things has 10,850,228 dowloads.

Because people come to wikipedia to read articles rather than thankyou
messages and taking up significant significant screen space with stuff
readers don't want is not generally considered a way to maximize the
level of like for your site.


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