Wikipedia reaches 2008 donation target

Wikimedia Foundation, the company behind the Wikipedia website, set themselves a target in 2008 for donations and announced today they reached it.

Running a website like Wikipedia costs a lot of money and asking for donations is a great way to cover the costs, of course you didn't have to donate but after the founder Jimmy Wales released a personal appeal the donations kept on rolling in and in the end it totaled over $6 million.

The total number of donors is not fully known but over 125,000 people donated and in December over 50,000 of them donated near to $2 million. The money will be spent in covering the day to day runnings of the site all the way to the end of its fiscal year which is in June, the money will also be used to help some of the volunteer foundations that Wikimedia help run for example the Wikimedia Academies.

With Wikipedia being the destination for many on the Internet you would think maybe the inclusion of adverts would help the site but the founder has always said that there would never be any form of advertising on the web site.

In other news, Sue Gardner, the director of the foundation has denied that Jimmy Wales is no longer on the foundation's board. In an interview with cnet she stated "Jimmy is a much-valued board member of the Wikimedia Foundation, and I expect he will hold that role permanently: I know of no reason for anyone to speculate otherwise".

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badblood said,
Why not. Ad's are great but they annoy me at times, sitting there trying to make me click them.

What adverts? I don't see any. Although that could be due to FireFox & AdBlock Plus & Filterset G...

Lets just keep in mind for a moment that adverts are the one and only source of incoming for many small websites. By blocking them, you cut out that sites ability to pay for it's hosting.

TCLN Ryster said,
Lets just keep in mind for a moment that adverts are the one and only source of incoming for many small websites. By blocking them, you cut out that sites ability to pay for it's hosting.


Only if the site gets paid for serving the ad. If the site only gets paid for actual clicks, then you're not taking anything away, if just the possibility that a user may click on an ad.

Personally--and this may speak volumes about their effectiveness--the only time(s) I've clicked on banner ads (and I've been on the web since 1993-4) was by accident, ie, clicking on a region while a page isn't fully loaded yet, and the click event registers for the ad.

TCLN Ryster said,
Lets just keep in mind for a moment that adverts are the one and only source of incoming for many small websites. By blocking them, you cut out that sites ability to pay for it's hosting.

I NEVER click adverts though...so blocking them just makes the sites look better.