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LINK: Wikimedia needs your help - Knowledge is power. Help keep it free!
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 25.08.05 - 14:54:55 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7971x
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I'm not going to regularly link to this kind of pages or call for any donations (for instance donations for the::unwired are appreciated also as you can imagine but at least it's "my job" to keep the site up and running as well as free of charge for you) but if the Wikimedia Foundation needs our support, I'm happy to help them out with a link here since I'm also referring to Wikipedia from time to time as well as I use it often myself.
The Wikimedia Foundation and all its projects are growing at a rate faster than ever dreamed. alone gets 800 million hits a day, making it one of the top 50 websites in the world. That means that people everywhere are turning to the projects - Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikiquote and the Wikimedia Commons - as a free reliable source of information and knowledge.

Our projects continue to grow rapidly, thanks to all the contributors and users who believe that knowledge is power, and knowledge should be free. To achieve that goal, we need your help. More and more servers have to be added to keep up with the growing demand. Hosting costs, travel expenses and basic office and administrative expenses also need to be covered. Critical changes to the MediaWiki software that runs our projects in their many languages are needed to ensure they remain quick, accessible, and ad-free.

We are turning to you again to help make this happen. It is your donations that allow us to continue to grow and to improve our content. To meet our needs for this quarter alone, the Wikimedia Foundation needs upwards of $200,000 (see Budget/2005 for details). This may seem like a lot, but every little bit helps - most of our donations are $20 or less. Donations can be made in the currency of your choice. They are tax deductible in the United States. Thank you for your generosity!

Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Team

It's up to us to keep Wikipedia running.

Cheers ~ Arne

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