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Wikipedia Raises $25 Million During Fundraising Campaign

No doubt if you're a regular visitor to Wikipedia, you've noticed the yellow banners appearing on each page of Wikipedia. These are the latest effort to raise money for the Wikimedia Foundation. Created and maintained by a volunteer community members, the encyclopedia is free but it doesn't run on thin air. As a result, the Foundation occasionally appeals to users for donations.

Today, Wikimedia announced that it had raised $25 million in its efforts to keep Wikipedia ad-free and free to use. Not only that, but the money was raised in record time. The ninth annual fundraiser ran for just nine full days, a dramatic decrease from the 46 days of campaigning the site had in 2011.

“I’m grateful that the Wikipedia fundraiser was so successful. Our supporters are wonderful and without them we could not do the job of delivering free content worldwide,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “We're thrilled to be able to introduce our readers to the editors around the world who create Wikipedia and to invite our readers to join in editing."

Donations will be used to maintain server infrastructure, support global projects to increase the number of editors, improve and simplify the software that supports Wiki projects, and make Wikipedia accessible globally to billions of people who are just beginning to access the internet. Wikimedia says that a total of 1.2 million donors contributed this year and the most successful 24-hour period brought in $2,365,564 million from 145,573 donors.

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  • wannabepro
    Although Wiki may not be the most reliable source of information, it is still a great place to find sources or to get a general understanding of a subject.

    I, for one, am happy about this..
    Although I am sure many others are not... Let the 'yacht' comments commence..
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  • fearless1333
    I don't know about anyone else, but I have yet to find one inaccurate piece of information on Wikipedia for all the years I have used it. Personally, I trust Wikipedia more than I trust my teachers.
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  • burmese_dude
    That's good. We all use Wikipedia. Hope they stay in the business for as long as internet exists.

    After finding out they've raised 25 mill, there was a very heartwarming and elegant speech by one exec. "Let's go to club and make it rain, b!tches."

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  • PTNLemay
    fearless1333I don't know about anyone else, but I have yet to find one inaccurate piece of information on Wikipedia for all the years I have used it. Personally, I trust Wikipedia more than I trust my teachers.For factual things like the atomic weight of carbon, it's always correct. But for very recent things like news or celebrity tabloids, things like that that are usually hazy, it can have some errors (or at least things that are open to interpretation). A good way of gauging how trustworthy the info is is to see how long it's been on the site without having been edited. The longer it's been there, usually means the more trustworthy it is.
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  • calmstateofmind
    I would've donated if I weren't so broke...
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  • TheBigTroll
    wikipedia is dam reliable, until you go to articles that are bound to get crapped on
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  • digiex
    When the world economy is booming, organizations that depends on donations don't have fund problem, but as of the state of world economy today, raising funds is difficult.
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  • 11796pcs
    TheBigTrollwikipedia is dam reliable, until you go to articles that are bound to get crapped onDon't they lock some of the articles to prevent vandalism? Name an article that is currently being "crapped on".
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  • billiardicus
    I consider wikipedia to be one of the most reliable sources of information that exists because it is the collaborative effort of many experts. Your encyclopedia probably does not have the same level of collaboration. Teachers/professors still will not let you cite it, but as another reader remarked, Wikipedia is more reliable than most (if not all) professors and or experts.
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  • obsama1
    Wikipedia is great for:
    -Getting a general grasp of something
    -Getting into the nitty gritty of something

    With Wikipedia, you no longer have to look for sources, since you can go to a Wikipedia page and all the sources are at the bottom, and you can use those. Wikipedia has been very accurate and objective for the many years I've used it.
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