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01/04/2009 10:05 PM ID: 75978 Permalink   

Wikipedia Raises US$6 Million

 

Wikipedia has announced that its recent fundraising drive was successful with the non-profit organisation raising US$6 million since July. The money will be used to cover operations costs for the fiscal year 2008.

The funds went to the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the world-famous free Internet encyclopedia. Wikipedia is among the Web's biggest success stories, with hugely rapid growth since the establishment of Wikimedia in 2001.

Wikimedia Founder Jimmy Wales said in a thank you note on Wikipedia that, "You have proven that Wikipedia matters to you, and that you support our mission: to bring free knowledge to the planet, free of charge and free of advertising."

 
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  technically  
 
its not free of charge, because the donations are effectivly the charge.

long live wikipedia, its one of the first places i look for info on most things im curious about.
 
  by: sparky_fox   01/05/2009 01:26 AM     
  Wikipedia ..  
 
... the new PBS.
 
  by: Daev     01/05/2009 01:32 AM     
  And funny how  
 
my university wouldn't take Wikipedia as a reference b/c all the info is user submitted and not facts.

oh btw..US $6M is nothing these days.
 
  by: TOBYKIETH     01/05/2009 01:41 AM     
  @TOBYKIETH  
 
"my university wouldn't take Wikipedia as a reference b/c all the info is user submitted and not facts."

Just because the information is user submitted does not mean the content isn't factual. If that was the case, wikipedia would be a rather useless tool.

Just use the cited sources at wikipedia rather than wikipedia itself and you'll do fine.
 
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/05/2009 01:51 AM     
  ^  
 
its because vash, if you were warped you can change the data. i had a page open once and came bakc 5 hours later. i reopened the same with a new window. there was whole paragraphs changed. and they were lewd. like " this person is gay" who knows how longits been up.

not to mention what about the politicians, corps, and euro royalty who alter their own wiki page about them selves to benefit themselves.

thats why any scholar cant trust wiki as a reliable source. its good for general free data, but trusted and verified? nope like you tube, you cant monitor every page.
 
  by: DRK   01/05/2009 02:59 AM     
  @DRK  
 
Right, which is why I said just use the cited sources at wikipedia rather than wikipedia itself and everything is going to be ok.

Wikipedia is an open format, open to changing. The original sources are not. Only takes a few minues to verify the source and cite it for research purposes ^_^
 
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/05/2009 04:03 AM     
  ...  
 
"its not free of charge, because the donations are effectivly the charge. "

A charge is mandated. A donation is voluntary.

Also, it's pretty obvious that you cannot cite wikipedia as a source, but as vash said you can cite the sources in wikipedia listed below the article.
 
  by: vant   01/05/2009 05:54 AM     
  citing  
 
Wikipedia is NOT a valid source, however it might give reference to a valid site that you can use in your citations.

There are other options such as grolier online if you need. PLUS, there is some new technology called a library. I hear it's got incredible upload speed.

Be a good Digital Citizen and don't use Wikipedia for the one-stop-info-shop when you are doing academic research.

 
  by: theironboard     01/05/2009 06:48 AM     
  @vant  
 
"A charge is mandated. A donation is voluntary."

I know that, but is it really as voluntary as you think?

The people that are donating are doing so to pay for the privilege of not having ad's contaminate the site.

No one is forcing them to pay, but never the less. If they do not pay then that will be the consequence.

To my mind this is no different than paying for a membership at some site to get access to additional privileges, or to remove advertising from your account.

The only difference here is that their payment benefits everyone, rather than just their own individual accounts.
 
  by: sparky_fox   01/05/2009 02:20 PM     
  Cool  
 
I use Wiki all the time.
 
  by: rogeratvfan   01/05/2009 04:49 PM     
  @Sparky  
 
Well I didn't donate. I use Wikipedia. It has never once cost me a penny. Doesn't that make it "free"?
 
  by: Kolman   01/05/2009 06:51 PM     
 
 
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