I’m a big fan of some of the non-profit organizations out there, so it comes as no surprise that I’ve been giving cash out readily to causes that I support, and that some of my relatives only got a bloody card for Christmas. With a goat or some acres of rain forest neatly tucked inside. I don’t know exactly how to tuck a goat, but maybe you can ask Wikipedia.
Just checking out some RCA connectors for my brand new DVD player on Wikipedia today, I came across a very personal appeal from Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and reported child molester (according to Wikipedia vandals). He underlines the need of one of the web’s most popular websites for Real Life Money in order to support the requests of the 275 million Real People visiting Wikimedia pages every month. Wikipedia has become a backbone of my surfing habits, always cross-checking stuff, even to such tiny annoyances as figuring out RCA from digital sound connectors. It may not be a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but it already is a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Planet Earth; and slightly more informative than the two word summary in the former.
So having read the letter and checked that my account was not in the red, I whipped up a $100 USD bill and placed it on the table. You can do the same by clicking the above banner. And I hope that you do, because you and I both know that you use Wikipedia on a regular basis, and it would make life a bit – if not a lot – harder if it went away due to a lack of support. Help keep Wikipedia free from the influence of advertisers and capitalist monoculture. Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge, just like Jimmy Wales did back when he took fiction out of science fiction and founded Wikipedia. The library that never closes.
If you do contribute, please add a link or quote in the comments of your contribution comment! There are a lot of nice Contribution Comments on their contribution history pages and I’ll update with mine as soon as it gets posted.
Ah, here we go:
I use wikipedia on a daily basis and I rely on its collaborative wealth of knowledge, both professionally and privately. Thank you all, with love from Sigg3.net!