vineri, 17 decembrie 2010


Exista multi care cer donatii, si desi nu dorm pe tavan de citi bani am sub saltea, totusi nu pot sa nu contribui simbolic cu cite un dolar la unele din ele.

Dar cea mai utila dintre toate mi se pare wikipedia. Un dolar pe an. Nu e mult. Fondatorul, care nu e salariat, ci voluntar, anul asta revine cu un mesaj cerind mai mult. Il copiez mai jos. Motivul este o extindere. In plus precizeaza ca sint 400 milioane de utilizatori, si ca daca fiecare ar dona un dolar, ar avea de 20 de ori mai mult decit le este necesar. Dar abia au strins jumatate. Deci matematic 2,5 procente ar fi contribuit, dar practic cred ca nu sint nici macar un procent pentru ca cine doneaza, o face mai consistent. Deci 99% dintre utilizatori sint mocangii.

Da, e ok, cind ceva e gratis, de ce sa nu folosesti? Asa cum e un pahar cu apa de la o fintina la o rascruce, sau un pom la margine de drum. Dar cind acel ceva e in nevoie, sa te folosesti, dar sa nu faci micul eford de a uda pomul, nu mai e ok.

Acum e la latitudinea ta daca vrei sa treci in rindul celor putini, 1%, fata mosneagului din poveste cum ar veni, sau ramii in rindul mocangiilor, fata babii sa ramii.

From: Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia
Subject: Urgent update about Wikipedia
To: "Costel Pintilie"
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 9:01 PM

Dear Costel,
Thank you for your donation to this year's fundraiser. We're a little more than half-way toward our 2010 goal, so I hope you won't mind if I ask you to help again.
Most people don't know this, but I'm a volunteer.
I don't get paid a cent for my work at Wikipedia, and neither do our thousands of other volunteer authors and editors. When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising, but I decided to do something different.
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia.
To keep Wikipedia ad-free, we ask for donations every year on the site. We're sending you this email because we are scaling up our infrastructure this year, and we're simply not able to raise the whole budget from the banners alone.
We have an easy way to make an automatic monthly donation to Wikipedia, and we're looking for people who would like to become sustainers. (Of course you can make a one-time donation as well.)
Please make a monthly recurring gift of $2, $5, $7 -- or whatever you can:
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. It is a unique human project, the first of its kind in history. It is a humanitarian project to bring a free encyclopedia to every single person on the planet.
Every single person.
If all of Wikipedia's 400 million users would donate $1 each, we would have 20 times the amount of money we need. We're a small organization, and I've worked hard over the years to keep us lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.
To do this without resorting to advertising, we need you. It is you who keep this dream alive. It is you who have created Wikipedia. It is you who believe that a place of calm reflection and learning is worth having.
This year, please consider making a sustaining monthly donation of whatever amount you like to protect and sustain Wikipedia.
Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder
P.S. -- If you can't commit to a recurring monthly donation, I hope you'll consider making another one time gift to help us reach our goal before the end of the year. Please make your donation today.

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