[Wikimedia-l] Let's accept Bitcoin as a donation method

Chris Keating chriskeatingwiki at gmail.com
Thu Dec 12 08:40:37 UTC 2013

Other forms of money we do not currently accept include gold coins, Yap
money, Tesco Clubcard Points,  cowrie shells and cattle.

We could accept any of them in theory.

Though if anyone wants to donate a herd of cattle to Wikimedia UK please
could they contact the office in advance.

On 12 Dec 2013 03:31, "Tim Starling" <tstarling at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> On 12/12/13 02:54, Nathan wrote:
> > Bitcoin isn't native currency for anyone, and anyone who wishes
> > to make a Bitcoin donation could certainly do so using a more standard
> > currency.
> Well, this article from a year ago argues that bitcoin is "safer" for
> donors than donating national currency:
> <
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmatonis/2012/06/29/wikipedia-accepts-enemies-of-the-internet-currencies/
> >
> "But just don’t try to donate safely in bitcoin — it’s not accepted."
> [...]
> "Accepting anonymous bitcoin in addition to political currencies can
> be a way of declaring that freedom of speech still does matter."
> I would think that if anonymity is the main concern, a transaction
> system with a public log of all transactions would not be the best choice.
> <https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Anonymity>
> The obvious time-tested choice for anonymous payment is, of course,
> cash. Many charities do accept cash donations. Cash could be donated
> to the local chapter by dropping it into a donation box, then it could
> be either spent on local programs or forwarded to WMF.
> -- Tim Starling
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