No Wikipedia, I will not support your bullshit for the cost of a latte

Amazon gemalto
Dec 11, 2018 48 Comments

Seriously, just have an ad or two and quit begging for donations. How do you "lose independence" by creating a simple Google AdWords account and displaying one little banner ad every 10000 pages? Seriously, grow up and have common sense.

Don't get me wrong, I think Wikipedia is great and want to see it survive as long as possible, but by no means is its value mutually exclusive with displaying ads.

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  • Nielsen / Eng
    userperson

    Nielsen Eng

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    Google
    userpersonmore
    You are going to be disagreed with here quite intensely bud.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Apple d00b
    You don't realize that it's never as simple as placing "an ad or two". Google started by "placing an ad or two" but to keep advertisers on their platform now they need to read your email, track your location and eavesdrop on your conversations... I never wish to see Wikipedia being ad-driven, ever! That's a very condescending remark coming from someone drinking a latte.
    Dec 11, 2018 2
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      I don't drink lattes, and it doesn't have to be all or none. It could be a scaled back version of minimal ads.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • IBM g-eazy
      Exactly this. If there's a source of revenue, some MBA down the line will try to optimize it at the expensive of everything your company stands for.

      Once you've built a successful project/company, the founders' primary task becomes protecting their vision from those who will inherit it after them.

      See: literally 99% of companies ever
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng cayde
    You say you wouldn't mind seeing an ad every now and then, and yet here you are bi*ching about an ask that comes around once a year or so.
    Dec 11, 2018 9
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      You're welcome, and thank you for doing so so I don't have to 😘
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      Anytime.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      Ex-Amazon

      Google Eng

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      Amazon
      Ex-Amazonmore
      Gemalto, you have actually done more than $50 worth of donation today with your time and by word of mouth advertising by guilt tripping us. So, on behalf of Wikipedia, thank you for your generous donation.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Zillow Group / Eng
      Hollowed

      Zillow Group Eng

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      Motorola
      BIO
      Praise the Sun!
      Hollowedmore
      Hahaha this is so spot on, dumbass op. Next thing he’ll know is he’ll have commercial ads on Wikipedia asking him to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, donate to homeless teens, or donate to the thousands of animals that need saving—year round.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      I have no problem with you guys donating money to it. By all means, please do so i don't have to 😂
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Qualcomm XBKO65
    Amusing to see high TC entitled whiners who cannot shell out $5 for a good cause that they have no qualms taking advantage of..
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Boeing / Ops Airbus
    I hope wikipedia ban you
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
    Ads and chasing ad revenue influences your content and your objectivity.
    Dec 11, 2018 5
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      The content is crowdsourced. Wikipedia authors none of it.

      Come on, man, you're killing me
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Intel / Eng pleb
      Yeah but the campaign ad you'll see when you'll casually read about the Constitution will not be crowdsourced, but paid with big money to get your vote. Get it ? Broaden your views.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
      Also wiki editors may censor some info about their biggest advertisers. It’s already happened in many newspapers. Imagine your entry about Monsanto carcinogens gets deleted citing poor attribution.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      Fucking this exactly. What happens when they get Nestle as a sponsor and Nestle starts insisting that Wikipedia take out the controversy section on their entry? That's what will 100% happen for every sponsor.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Google / Mgmt Lovedoo
      Bingo. We lose the last large scale information resource to machinations of corporations with an agenda to make you and I the product
      Dec 14, 2018
  • LinkedIn jNicholson
    I read wiki several times a day. I don’t really care about their ads once every few years. I usually give them 5 bucks each round.
    Dec 11, 2018 5
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      I wouldn't care that much if Jimmy Wales wasn't so whiney about it, awkwardly staring at you in those angsty millennial photos like braco the gazer
      Dec 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn jNicholson
      You might have a similar look if you supported one of the top visited sites in the world for free
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      No, I wouldn't
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      Ex-Amazon

      Google Eng

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      Ex-Amazonmore
      Gemalto, use Quora instead of Wikipedia please.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      ☝️nope
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Reddit iao9ks
    Better get used to it. Wikipedia nagware is the future of the internet if all the “I deserve all the free content on the internet and it’s my right to block all their ads at the same time, how dare anyone try to stop me” people get their way.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng
    oklmao

    Uber Eng

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    Google, Facebook
    oklmaomore
    wikipedia has a ton of money. look it up. in excess of $50M
    Dec 11, 2018 3
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      ☝️☝️☝️
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Most colleges don’t operate based off their endowments

      Think about how non profits work.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Microsoft naaam
      ☝️☝️☝️
      Dec 11, 2018
  • It’s a valuable resource and $5 can go a long way there serving pages.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Intel / Eng pleb
    Some people will trade their freedom for $5. What a miserable way to live...
    Dec 11, 2018 2
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      Yeah because freedom = ads, nice one
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Intel / Eng pleb
      Kind of, considering how much stuff they get to know about you by tracking what you click. No one is going to throw you behind bars for what you say, it's enough to manipulate what you think.
      Dec 11, 2018
  • New Xlpm66
    Wow I get the impression you're kind of a jerk.
    Dec 11, 2018 1
    • Amazon gemalto
      OP
      Donate more money to Wikipedia plz
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Bloomberg <B>-Cool
    Where is the option “OP is a fucking idiot”?
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Roku / Eng OkOneTwo
    Look up what Wikipedia is spending your money on. It’s utter garbage, and the worst possible donation you can make.
    Their servers cost is a tiny amount. Majority of their spending is outreach and SJW shit. Serious look up their spending habits and see for yourself if it’s even worth donating. I’ve donated previously and stopped donating now. They don’t need the money to keep the website running for a very long time. However, they do need the money to do BS crap that <1% of users care about. Please don’t donate to wikimedia.
    Dec 11, 2018 3
    • So you wouldn’t care one bit if Wikipedia was no longer available?
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Roku / Eng OkOneTwo
      If you do not donate, they will be forced to cut the crap, and do what they do best. A plain vanilla website with tons of useful information.
      Dec 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedIn Eng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      This.

      Underneath the covers, Wikipedia is basically wasting tons of money on all kinds of crap. Do I want to spend money to keep Wikipedia running? Yes. Do I want to contribute to Jimmy Wales' slush fund? No.

      Wiki truth has been long defunct, but it still exists on the internet archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20080703182912/http://wikitruth.info/
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Microsoft nonillion
    Op is definitely a piece of shit
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Carta / Sales
    Capt.Table

    Carta Sales

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    KKR & Co., BlackRock, Nike
    Capt.Tablemore
    Office coffee is free and shitty, just like Wikipedia
    Dec 12, 2018 1
    • Carta / Sales
      Capt.Table

      Carta Sales

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      KKR & Co., BlackRock, Nike
      Capt.Tablemore
      Well actually ours is Philz or Nespresso or cold brew so actually I take it back, just Wikipedia is shitty and free
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
    I used to donate.

    Wikipedia has started burning money rather than creating an endowment fund.

    So I stopped donating.
    Dec 12, 2018 0

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