Have you already donated to Wikipedia?

Wikipedia. Who doesn’t use it? The online encyclopedia with more than 750,000 articles is visited by 340 million people monthly. “That’s one-third of all people on the Internet”, says Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia in his personal appeal to the internet community. “Wikipedia is the fourth most visited website and yet we only run it with 35 employees”.

Finding a business model for Wikipedia has always been a challenge. One can only imagine the amount of data requested by those 340 million people. Wikipedia’s budget is about $10 million per year, but apparently that will not suffice in the maintenance and development of the platform.

Therefore Jimmy is -again- asking for our help. In his personal appeal he’s asking for your donation to help his nonprofit organization thrive. Your donations with a minimum of $35 can be given here. Your money goes to people and technology, is stated in their FAQ site

The internet is a kind of YingYang. If there’s white, there’s black. If there’s full there’s empty, love versus hatred and of course pro versus anti. So there’s also groups anti-wikipedia donations, most notably some people on wikipediareview.com. ‘Greg’ started a discussion on the reason why you should not donate money to Wikipedia. In short:

1. Your donation, via Google Adsense, will fund Wikia, which is not a charity.
2. Wikipedia is really a roleplaying game, with no accountability.
3. Why not donate to Citizendium instead, as they have real life details.
4. Wikipedia alleges that Brazil, Israel and Saudi Arabia practise apartheid.
5. Grade-school children can read Wikipedia’s pornographic articles about such things as anilingus.

My deep knowledge on Wikipedia does not reach far enough to have a strong opinion on these allegations. Some of them may be true, to a larger or lesser extend. What I do know is that Wikipedia contributed significantly how we collaborate, find and use information on the internet and spurred the Web 2.0 trend. The term ‘wiki’ is now common language in our vocabulary and I’ve gathered a lot of information about many subjects from their website. And for that I thank them.

With a donation.

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