[Wikimedia-l] Outage: what I'm telling the press

Matthew Roth mroth at wikimedia.org
Mon Aug 6 20:33:46 UTC 2012

There is now a WMF blog post explaining the initial findings from the
Operations team:

We hope to have a more detailed report soon.



Matthew Roth
Global Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
+1.415.839.6885 ext 6635

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 6 August 2012 21:06, Andreas Kolbe <jayen466 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > $35 million is not "a few million dollars".
> But not all of that is spent on site operations.
> > All fine and dandy, but then let's please do our best to ensure that the
> > BBC don't print "gaffer tape and string" sob stories about us. The tenner
> > that someone in India sends us might indeed be better spent on a local
> > charity there that actually feeds someone, or keeps someone healthy.
> Don't you think that should be up to the donor? I certainly agree that
> we need to be honest in our messaging and I've been very vocal in
> opposition to messaging that suggests there is any urgency for people
> to donate of that Wikipedia won't survive it they don't (at least,
> once we're far enough into the fundraiser that basic costs are all
> covered). That doesn't mean we shouldn't be proud of the fact that we
> are extremely efficient with our operations spending.
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