Friday, December 30, 2011

Help Wikipedia!

Hello, Email Gems fans!

Have you been to Wikipedia lately? I am there almost every day. So when I saw their Fundraiser appeal at the top of their site, I sent them a little money via PayPal. I would urge you to consider doing the same if you are a frequent user of the site.

I got this email from Wikipedia after I sent in my donation. They still need some more of us to step up and help. Read this and see if you can help Wikipedia!


Dear Email Gems,

Here's how the Wikipedia fundraiser works: Every year we raise just the funds
that we need, and then we stop.

Because you and so many other Wikipedia readers donated over the past weeks,
we are very close to raising our goal for this year by December 31 -- but we're
not quite there yet.

You've already done your part this year. Thank you so much. But you can help
us again by forwarding this email to a friend who you know relies on Wikipedia
and asking that person to help us reach our goal today by clicking
here and making a donation

If everyone reading this email forwarded it to just one friend, we think that
would be enough to let us end the fundraiser today.

Of course, we wouldn't turn you down if you wanted to make
a second donation or a monthly gift

Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000
staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.

Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 470 million different people
every month – with billions of page views.

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, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.

again for your support this year. Please help spread the word by forwarding this
email to someone you know.

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder

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