[Wikimedia-l] Fundraiser launch update
swatjester at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 10:53:13 UTC 2012
What would be nice to have would be a not-overly-detailed summary of how
payment processing/fundraising was done 5 years ago, and how it is being
done this year (and in the future) with new payment processing, FDC, etc.
Because frankly, I don't have a clue anymore.
On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM, Philippe Beaudette <philippe at wikimedia.org
> I'd actually like to clarify something about the way fundraisers work,
> because it may not be readily apparent to everyone.... remember that the
> date that the goal is "hit" is always fuzzy, because we actually don't know
> it until it's viewed in retrospect. There's money that comes in on a date
> that isn't actually posted until later (for instance, check transactions,
> which aren't posted the day they're received or transactions from payment
> processors that may report on a 24 hour delay - I don't know if there are
> any of these right now, but there used to be - or something similar).
> So you actually don't know what date you "hit" the mark until you're quite
> a bit farther down the line. Systems are markedly better this year than
> ever before, but I remember the year that I worked the fundraiser, we were
> a week or more behind on posting checks. That's just a manpower issue.
> So while it's easy to talk about the "date" as though there's a magic total
> board, there's not. It's mostly good guesswork by Zack, his team, and the
> payment processing chapters in approximating when it happens.
> Philippe Beaudette
> Director, Community Advocacy
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
> 415-839-6885, x 6643
> philippe at wikimedia.org
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 1:21 AM, K. Peachey <p858snake at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 5:40 PM, Zack Exley <zexley at wikimedia.org>
> > > Thanks for the encouragement! We're really sorry that this decision
> > > so close to the fundraiser. But I think it's necessary and is going to
> > make
> > > things so much better. I'm hoping that we can get the fundraiser down
> > > something like 30 days this year (from 46 last year)
> > Is that 46 day figure when the goal was reached and exceeded or when
> > they were turned off, Since last year (and a few others if i'm not
> > mistaken) those were two different dates.
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