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razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Admiral
Is wiki on the verge of shutting down or just blowing smoke?;

From Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

This is it. Just two days left.
We’re at the time of year when people all over the world come together to sustain and protect Wikipedia.

If everyone reading this donated $5, we could end the fundraiser today. Not everyone can or will donate. And that’s fine, because each year just enough people support Wikipedia with a small donation. Please make a tax deductible donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to help us reach our goal before the end of the year.

Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.

Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 470 million different people every month – with billions of page views.

Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.

When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.

Please help us reach our year-end goal with a donation today.

Thanks,

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder

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  • kodiakzachkodiakzach Posts: 6,079 Admiral
    For the #5 site on the Internet, slap some @^&^#*@#= banner ads on it and it will pay for the entire annual budget in about a week.
  • GA FinGA Fin Posts: 8,956 Admiral
    kodiakzach wrote: »
    For the #5 site on the Internet, slap some @^&^#*@#= banner ads on it and it will pay for the entire annual budget in about a week.

    This.

    They appear to have a crappy business model.
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  • wizfisherwizfisher Posts: 2,387 Officer
    kodiakzach wrote: »
    For the #5 site on the Internet, slap some @^&^#*@#= banner ads on it and it will pay for the entire annual budget in about a week.
    They would be pretty stupid not to. A single banner ad on a site like that is barely noticeable when using the site but they would make a bunch of money from it.
  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,922 Admiral
    95 staff? I gotta call BS on that.

    Well, maybe if he's counting the staff at the companies that host his database.
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  • spinfreakspinfreak Posts: 5,204 Admiral
    They do it every year to raise the funds to run for another year. Once they reach the "goal", they shut down donations until the following year.

    Could they make a ton of cash if they put some advertising on there? Hell yea. But the founder has said over and over that's not what he wants to do. He just wants enough each year to pay for their system and for the salary of the employees and that's it.

    Sort of like Craigslist...they could make a ton of money by charging for ads, or by putting a banner ad or whatever up, but instead they do 99.99% of their stuff for free, and they only charge for commercial real estate ads in a couple of markets, and that's it.
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