Why Wikipedia is asking for Donations from Indian readers

Published by Debasis Nayak on

Wikipedia is asking for Donations from Indian readers

Over the years, we have used Wikipedia for a source of information and knowledge. The free online information library has been a true friend and guide and is a one-stop solution for all that we need to know about anybody or anything.

If you search something on Google, there is a 90 percent chance that the first link the search result will be of a Wikipedia page. And that’s how the information portal is recognized all over the globe.

Why Wikipedia is asking for Donation?

Wikipedia is a non-profit and free source. You should have never noticed Wikipedia is running ads on their website or asking for subscription to read their content. However, in order to continue running its operations, Wikipedia is asking for Donations from Indian readers.

India is one of Wikipedia’s leading markets. In 2019, the number of Indian visitors on Wikipedia was over 771 million – its fifth-largest number in terms of page views. The world’s seventh-largest and 2nd most visited website is looking to defend its independence and feels that commercializing the website is going to be a great loss for its readers.

Notification from Wikipedia

On Wednesday, Wikipedia which is run by the Wikimedia Foundation posted an “awkward” message for its Indian readers, urging readers to not “scroll past” the notice.

Wikipedia is asking for Donation

“We humbly ask you to defend Wikipedia’s independence. 98% of our readers don’t give; they simply look the other way,” the message read. “If you donate just Rs 150, Wikipedia could keep thriving for years,” it continued.

Most people donate because Wikipedia is useful. If Wikipedia has given you Rs 150 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, neutral information that their work matters.”

What should you do?

This is not the first time that Wikipedia is asking for Donations from Indian readers. In August last year, a similar message appeared on the Wikipedia website, seeking donations from readers to continue running the online page.

This is what happens when you run a free non-profit website. They need to pay their developers, editors and many people to keep going as a non-commercialized platform.

Well if you feel all these years Wikipedia has helped you in many ways please consider donating some funds to them. The minimum amount you can donate is Rs. 108 though UPI. You can even opt to donate more to this wonderful platform.

Wikipedia is asking for Donations

Conclusion

As an Individual reader from my high school life until now, Wikipedia has helped me in many ways. I have learned and done multiple things to make money online since my childhood.

Hence, as a token of appreciation I have donated Rs. 500 to them. Today morning I have tweeted and made a Facebook posted on this “Wikipedia is asking for Donation” campaign.


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