Its more than likely you know exactly what Wikipedia is — it’s the free encyclopedia at the top of major search engines. If you go searching anything online you more than likely run into Wikipedia for the results.
Recently, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia is causing a reaction from Internet users who are feeling guilty for not donating to the site. Wikipedia does not use ads of any kind– like most other websites, but instead they rely solely on donations to stay up and running.
On the Donate Wikipedia site, Jimmy Wales asks that donations be given to “protect and sustain Wikipedia.”
From Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites in the world.
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. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission efficiently.
If everyone reading this donated, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. But not everyone can or will donate. And that’s fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.
This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.
People on Twitter are feeling all sorts of guilt — it’s working, because they are now starting to donate more!
how did @Wikipedia just guilt me into donating to them what’s happening to me
— Yarden Cohen (@Yardycohen) December 7, 2017
Every night I lay in bed, tossing and turning out of utter guilt, that I could not bring myself to donate one dollar to Wikipedia that day
— ㅤ (@zahleesi) December 7, 2017