Prahil 3 Questions 4 Answers 0 Best Answers 52 Points View Profile 6 PrahilBeginner Asked: August 8, 20202020-08-08T09:12:40+00:00 2020-08-08T09:12:40+00:00In: Knowledge Why does Wikipedia asking for money? 6 Is Wikipedia in trouble? Why does Wikipedia asking for donations from its Indian users? donationswikipedia Share Facebook 1 Answer Oldest Voted Recent Ruksar 1 Question 3 Answers 2 Best Answers 20 Points View Profile Best Answer Ruksar Newbie 2020-08-09T07:31:55+00:00Added an answer on August 9, 2020 at 7:31 am ‘Wikipedia’ Attracts Millions of Visitors Each Month — Why Do They Ask for Donations? Founded in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, Wikipedia quickly became one of the largest online encyclopedias out there. The website offers a wealth of information on topics ranging from the Sedlec Ossuary all the way to 52-hertz whales. But despite its unceasing popularity, it does have one feature its loyal readers can’t wrap their heads around. Why does Wikipedia have to ask for money? So, why does ‘Wikipedia’ ask for money? Many an Indian would swear by the Wikipedia – the free online storehouse of information on all things under the sun – as a true friend and guide. It is surely thanks to Wikipedia that many science projects got made, many examinations passed, information on films and musicians gathered, and books “read”. However, today the website, run by the Wikimedia Foundation, seemed to sport an awkward message for its Indian readers. Starting with a greeting to “knowledge lovers” in India, the non-profit run website posted an awkward donation pitch on their site. While the message did not mention anywhere that Wikipedia was shutting down as some of us instantly feared, the pitch for money seems to be directed at maintaining and ensuring the ad-free experience of Wikipedia, which grew out of the almost anarchist, non-profit wiki-movement in pre-millennial times. “Wikipedia is hosted by a not-for-profit organization. We don’t have ads. We don’t have shareholders. We have donors, and we exist solely because of donations from our readers, like you,” the almost emotional message read. A bit of sniffing around revealed that not just India, it is a common practice for the WMF to announce fundraisers for the smooth running of Wikipedia, the world’s seventh-largest site with the respectable aim of providing free knowledge to the world. In a 2015 blog post, WMF had clarified that the “small donations” it seeks are used to keep Wikipedia and its sister sites safe, secure, fast, and available. They also help pay for the salaries of all the editors and staff who work with Wikimedia to provide correct and edited content with readers around the globe. 0 Share Share Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp You must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Remember Me! Forgot Password?