Wikipedia: Have you donate money to wikipedia

@adihindu (1922)
India
November 26, 2008 2:41am CST
Hi Friends, Wikipedia now placed a button for donations in every page. They have targeted a total of six million dollars. Till now they have collected 3+ million dollars. I to have donate some money as I got more and more information and benefits from their site. But I wonder why they are asking for donations. Why do they need 6 million dollars. Most of the content on the site was posted by users only. Everything is free of cost in that site. Then why do they require donations. Is it was for maintenance or something else. Do any one know answer. Thank you [b] ======= Adi Hindu =======[/b]
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17 responses
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
26 Nov 08
Many sites have Wikipedia. Wich site you are donating?I think without knowing the purpose you should not donate. There is risk to respond any free of cost offer.Some time in the name of free offer the hackers cheat the users.So you should be cautious about free offer.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
26 Nov 08
I didn't know Wikipedia wanted donations, and I wouldn't give any because I don't ever use Wikipedia. It worries me that the content is supplied by members of the general public, and there have been times when incorrect information is posted. I know they try to get rid of the rubbish before it's there for too long, but I've still always preferred to trust other sites.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
27 Nov 08
I am sorry my dear friend, guybrush. I think your opinion is not good. Out of three top encyclopaedias, britannica has 5 incorrect information/mistakes per one thousand articles, where as in wikipedia, they had only three mistakes. While any user posting matter in wikipedia, they have to submit the source as link, and these people in wikipedia will review it and they will add a tag if they haven't reviewed that page. You will find any matter that wasn't reviewed as "This page was not yet reviewed". So I believe in wikipedia, and the reviewed matter in that site, and I regularly visit that site, when I need information in internet. Thank you.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
27 Nov 08
No problem, adihindu - I'm glad you are happy with Wikipedia.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
26 Nov 08
there is probably costs in keepin gup the website, computers aren't free, host servers aren't free, there's lots of not free things with keeping website up and if they don't sell advertizing, like mylot does, then they have to cover costs some way.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
27 Nov 08
Hi ElicBxn. Sorry for my delay response. They are not asking one thousand dollars. They are asking six million dollars for maintenance. They had the staff of 26 members, and they are running wiki project which includes almost another twenty sites.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I agreed with ya, but I don't have the money to send them.
• United States
27 Nov 08
Nop but maybe i will do it, but now i dont have money :( they request a lot of money and the information is just free!! the users posted the info and they need money to the servers and maintenance for the site. Have a nice day and a very good week. See you soon and have a happy thanksgiving day. Bye bye
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
27 Nov 08
Yes the information is free and provided by members of the general public. But someone has to check the information toe nsure that it is accurate which means they have staff to pay. In addition as you say there will also have serversto pay as wel as upkeep and maintenance of the website. All of that costs money and it has to come from somewhere. Like you I wil not be donating any money to wikipedia either. My reason is a bit different though as I simply do not use that website for information. Yes it is probably a valuable source of information for many people and I know some would use it on a regular basis. Those people can donate if they so desire but I cannnot see any reason why I should make a monetary donation for something that I do not use. The information might be free but everything else to do with the website would be costing a lot of money.
@ptrikha_2 (8314)
• India
26 Nov 08
Hi , I have once made a donation to Wikipedia .I did it last year .
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
I have not really tried donating since I feel like it's gonna be waste of money. But if I were richer I would have donated something to them.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
28 Nov 08
This is very new to me.... is they are asking for donations.......?????? even I am a member of wikipedia,,,,, I had not got any message from them stating that they need money....... are you sure they are asking money......?????
• India
27 Nov 08
Hmm.. I really don't know Adihindu. I hope you have got some sensible answers over here. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
27 Nov 08
Is there a donation for wikiepedia?? I dunno about that, for i din even use wikipedia before.. lol =D All i know is that, wikipedia has got alot of information, practically everything that one wants to know.. And also, it's free to use right?? SO why do they need donation now?? PLus, it's 6 million.. It's not little..
• India
27 Nov 08
Well no…guess I have been selfish and this post really rubs it in. they are of great service and I myself have lost count of how many times they have solved my problems. Guess I’ll be a good girl and control my greed a bit and donate to them next time I earn here
@littleowl (7157)
26 Nov 08
Hi adihindu..for one I have no idea why they want donations and know for one that it is something I wouldn't do there are more urgent people who need donations, wikipedia don't really need it, they are not poor hungry, or abused in any way.if users help the site that is all they need not donations, but that is my opinion...littleowl
• United States
26 Nov 08
probably to cover the website cost like the domain name.. some places can be hundreds of dollars a MONTH just to have a website on there and with as much info as they have im sure they are paying a big amount.. and they may have employees to research and make sure the info is correct etc.. i havent donated any money because i dont have a dime to give
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
26 Nov 08
This is my donation proof of 1 dollar for Wikipedi - This is my donation proof of 1 dollar for Wikipedia.
Dear Exxxx,On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, I wish to acknowledge and thank you for your gift of USD 1.00 to the Wikimedia Foundation, received on November 26, 2008. Your support is greatly appreciated. Your generosity helps ensure that the Wikimedia Foundation continues to make human knowledge free and accessible to the world. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest and most popular collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, one of the world's top ten most popular websites. Our work is important: we are grateful you have joined with us to help make it happen. Sincerely Yours,Sue Gardner Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in the United States. No goods or services were provided, in whole or in part, for this contribution. Tax-exempt number: 20-0049703
@hxqyj110 (108)
• China
26 Nov 08
I have also noticed this. Though i have no money to denote them recently, I want to know the reasons that they want to be denoted.
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
I can donate to Wikipedia, providing that they will allow members to post their own links hehehe. Just imagine the traffic they are getting every day. At least, we could get some benefits.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
26 Nov 08
It must be costing them money for the bandwidth they're taking up and I doubt that their site is free. I don't donate and don't get enough info there that I feel I should donate but I'm glad you're making the effort.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I don't have any money to donate to them. I'm not really sure why they require it.