Wikipedia is one of the most popular website on the Internet for the past few years. It doesn’t use advertisement to earn money. However it has the most annoying banner from time to time:
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The reason Wikipedia is so popular is its content. And that content is created by thousands of editors who share their knowledge for free. However, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia would like to be famous as the designer of the website. “A personal appeal” means that Jimmy is the one who needs the money for his website. Moreover if you use Wikipedia often, this personal appeal banner becomes really annoying. There are even browser extensions for removing this banner from Wikipedia pages that you visit. Example: Goodbye Jimmy Wales.
Don’t force the users to do something –in this case see Jimmy’s face asking for charity money. If Wikipedia is so democratic, it should always show a little “Donate” button at the top right corner and next to it should be a link “see how it is spent”. There can be a page where Wikipedia documents its expenses exactly indicating where every dollar goes.
Rather than showing Jimmy Wale’s face, Wikipedia should send its messages as an organization. Imagine the faces of Larry Page, Sergey Brin on top of every Google page (even on top of your gamil!) or Mark Zuckerberg on top of all pages of Facebook!
PS. Wikimedia developer Oliver Keyes had some thoughts to share about this issue. Please see his comment under this post.