If you use Wikipedia daily then you could not fail to notice that the fundraiser has started. And if you remember previous fundraisers you could not fail to notice how much more slick this one is. It’s definitely much better than last year, when marquee text and little green people silhouettes on a salmon background proved kind of… baffling. The message this time is much simpler and more direct.
I just await, like each time, messages that are not Wikipedia-centric…pretty strange to have a banner saying how great Wikipedia is while you are viewing Wikibooks or Wikinews.
If you are considering donating I encourage you to check out the recently published WMF Annual Report. It’s worth it just for the centre pages that have an annotated picture of a Wikipedia article, explaining just how much work goes on in the background.
- A great blog post by Nic Suzor explaining in detail what changes the new GFDL v1.3 holds, and relicensing will work for Wikimedia.
- A Research Repository has been launched for Open Educational Resources (OERs). (This is for research about OERs. For a collection of actual OERs, check out OER Commons.)
- It’s a good week for podcasts — autonomo.us has an interview with Jimmy Wales about why Wikia Search will be important for a free internet ecology, and Wikipedia Weekly has its usual roundtable after a moderate hiatus.
- One of the issues Liam mentions in the WW podcast is the proposed mandatory “filtering” of all Australian internet access at the ISP level. (Until recently the government had been giving the impression that it would be completely opt-out-able.) If you’re Australian, please consider writing a letter or two against this plan, which is wrong-headed and technically doomed not to mention a dangerous possibility for gross abuse in the future, should it actually go ahead. Check out No Clean Feed for more info.
I’ve only seen the “support Wikipedia” banner (or a localized equivalent) on Wikipedias so far – nothing yet about the fundraiser on Wiktionaries, Wikibookses, Wikiquotes, Wikisources, etc. I sincerely hope that there will be versions for the different projects as well, with appropriate graphics and relevant slogans.
— jredmond · 7. November 2008, 02:36
I think it is part of the “phase 2” of the fundraiser. Since it’s going for like six weeks they certainly have time to get other banners up.
— pfctdayelise · 7. November 2008, 12:20
I made my generous donation of 1 Japanese yen. This way, I get to receive all of Sue Gardner’s puffery for another year.
— Gregory Kohs · 8. November 2008, 01:32
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