Do you just love Wikipedia as a reference? Me too. I do count myself privileged to have known Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales from way back, corresponding now & then in email in the years during which he created a local Chicago based-website when still a trader on the futures & options floors. Then Bomis, then NuPedia…which then morphed into Wikipedia. I use it so much it’s hard to estimate the value I get. And you do, too, because links to Wikipedia articles feature prominently in many of my posts—about 250 or so of them per year.
In the end, I’m firmly confident that his idea of a bottom-up encyclopedia—where virtually anyone can add to or edit—will, over time, surpass a top-down edited encyclopedia produced by your elite authorities. Yea right: they’re not selling anything. Bullshit. They trade in mind and soul, in exchange for your domesticated comfort in their Zoo Human.
Mistakes and micro-agendas are of far less concern than your elite authorities.
People here and elsewhere are always in my ear about taxes and who ought to pay what and when. Man the fuck up! Pay for what you use, whether required, asked, or not. Taxes really, are for children, but that’s a subject for another day, addressed to the nearly 300 million American children.
At Wikipedia we only ask for donations during our year-end fundraiser. That’s our tradition. We don’t think having your email address is a license to spam. We send two reminders per year. This is your first. Donate today, and we won’t send you the second. ;-)
If everyone reading this email repeated their previous donation, our fundraiser would be done today. Please help us forget about fundraising and get back to improving Wikipedia.
Did you forget why you supported Wikipedia last year? Here’s a reminder:
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 450 million different people every month. We’re non-profit, but we still have costs like any top site: servers, power, rent, programs, staff and legal help.
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 banners, but I decided to do something different.
This year, please consider making a donation of $75, $100, $150 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.
OK, Jimbo. I’m in; again.