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Regarding Local chapters overlapping divs[edit]

The list of local chapter addresses seen at the page above (and many others — the text is transcluded from wmf:Template:Local chapters and wmf:Template:Chapters addresses, ultimately being rendered using wmf:Template:Chapters addresses/layout) is "unusable" (on some browsers, at least?) because someone has hardcoded the "height" parameter to use either 190 or 180px in the "layout" template, which causes the addresses' "div" boxes to overlap. Someone please fix this. (Might it be preferable to set the heights in the individual "/ISOCODE" subtemplates, instead of in the "/layout" template? And using "em" or "ex" units, instead of "px"?) - dcljr (talk) 00:22, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

It looks ok to me. Could you upload a screenshot, and/or indicate on which browsers it fails? --Waldir (talk) 01:34, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
This is what it looks like actual size (but aggressively cropped) on my 1920×1080 screen in Firefox 17.0.9 for Linux. [1] - dcljr (talk) 10:25, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Also the translated pages for ar, fa, ja, zh have forgotten Wikimedia Canada.
Why not simply setting widths and heights in ems instead of pixels ? and "overflow:visible" is amost always undesirable. (overflow:auto would bot help uncreasing sizes if cells of the "matrix" need to have all the same height so they line up correctly. I understand why you don't use a table (because a fixed number of columns would not work with narrow screens that cannot fit all without requiring an horizontal scrollbar, absent from mobiles supporting often only the vertical scrolling, horizontal scrolling requiring javascripts to capture panning touch events, for example when viewing enlarged images).
Immediately the pixels sizes are assuming fonts working only on desktop PCs and some Macs. The sizes do not work on mobiles.
Using sizes in em (use "line-height:1.5", not any value velow 1.5, and then count 1.5em per line (this will work with smartphones that have large fonts needing more pixels than desktops, due to their very high pixel density, needed to readability of letters in smaller physical sizes, but even then many users feel the character sizes are too small and use accessibilty options in their smartphones, so they can't fit more than avout 30 characters per line when the phone us in normal vertical orientation, or 50 characters in horizontal orientation; a single column will fit, and possibly only two in the horozontal screen viewing mode, if not using accessibility options for larger fonts).
Users of tablets with diagonals above 5 inch are not impacted so much (the physical pixel density is smaller than on smartphones, fonts have sizes in pixels near the desktop, but still there are less choices of builtin fonts, e.g. in lowcost Android tablets, used in Asia and Africa). Users of veru wide screens (such as HDTV, observe it from a distance where the HD content will use fonts with larger than expected heights in pixels, they are in the same situation as users of smartphones with high pixel densities).
Then don't use too narrow widths, and allow the column to fit an address on up to 6 lines (, plus up to 2 lines for the contact addresses, plus 1 additional line for the bold titles in ar,fa,ja,zh, you get a height of 8 or 9 lines for a total of 12em or 13.5 em in ar,fa,ja,zh. The width should be able to fit address lines of up to 50 characters, i.e. about 30em. Finally, all addresses can be set so that lines will fit correctly in that width (you may play with the placement of the country name grouped with the zip code, or pack address complements after the first line of the local name of the Wikimedia chapter, but separate from the line with zipcode/postcode. You can expect one line to be wrapped with the total of 8 or 9 lines i.e. 12 or 13.5 em. verdy_p (talk) 20:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I tested the solution I proposed in various screen sizes and viewing modes, on dekstop PC, HDTV and Android smartphone and tablets , and the address boxes fit correctly and line up correctly with style="float:left;line-height:1.5;height:15em;width:25em" (you may reduce the width to 20em to fit a possible additional column on wide screens, fiven that linewraps are still enabled. Note: no overflow set (the default is overflow-x visible biut with linewraps enabled, and the cumfortable height, this is not a problem, vut if you're not cumfortable with it, allow overflow-y:auto so that vertical scrollbars can appear conditionally)!.
—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Verdy p (talk)
So, can someone actually make the change on the wiki? Hello? - dcljr (talk) 00:07, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
@Dcljr: Please could you confirm the exact change that needs to be be made, and on which page? I'm unable to figure it out from the discussion above (at this late hour!) Thanks. Thehelpfulone 00:12, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Since the Foundation wiki is completely locked down for us ordinary folks, I have not verified Verdy_p's fix, but the suggestion appears to be to change the contents of wmf:Template:Chapters addresses/layout to:
<div style="float:left;line-height:1.5;height:15em; width:25em;">'''<span style="margin-left:2em;">{{{2|}}}</span>'''{{Chapters addresses/{{{1}}}}}</div>
or, if the default overflow method doesn't give good results for both wmf:Template:Chapters addresses and, say, wmf:Template:Chapters_addresses/for/ja, then:
<div style="float:left;line-height:1.5;height:15em; width:25em; overflow-y:auto;">'''<span style="margin-left:2em;">{{{2|}}}</span>'''{{Chapters addresses/{{{1}}}}}</div>
Of course, you can fiddle with the height and width parameters yourself, if desired. I can give my opinions after the change is made, but only for FF on (desktop) Linux. I guess you can ping Verdi_p for a final check on all those other platforms mentioned above. - dcljr (talk) 00:40, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Tested but the result is only 3 rows, in Hwalls's version are 4 rows. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:09, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
What do you mean by "3 rows" and "4 rows"? Since you've reverted it, no one else can see the result for themselves. Please change it back, so we can look at it. (If you haven't already, see what Hwall's version looks like on FF 17.0.9 for Linux, which I linked to above. I think we can agree, that is not how it's supposed to look.) - dcljr (talk) 00:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Ping: Hwalls --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC
Hi all. I did not create those pages or those templates, I only tried to help when there was a problem at one time. Please feel to make the fixes as I sadly do not have the time right now. heather walls (talk) 23:12, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
So I guess no one's going to fix this... - dcljr (talk) 13:39, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello? ... Note that almost no one can actually fix this since it's on the Foundation wiki. Someone with editing rights on that wiki needs to fix it. (@Steinsplitter:?) As stated before, the current implementation is not acceptable because it hardcodes values in pixels. For the simplest possible change, just replace height:{{#if:{{{2|}}}|190|180}}px; width:270px; by height:{{#if:{{{2|}}}|16|15}}em; width:16em; (which works for me) and then, if necessary, adjust the values upwards to something that works for you (I wouldn't recommend adjusting them downwards). This won't give something that works universally, but it'll be a lot more "robust" than what's currently there. - dcljr (talk) 18:18, 15 September 2014 (UTC) [EDIT on 23:19, 15 September 2014 (UTC): used "nowiki" tags to show full code snippets]
diff - Dos not work for me. If not this template, please give me an exact link to the template. --Steinsplitter (talk) 18:52, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
@Steinsplitter: your links to diffs are useless because no one can see the result of your changes after you revert them. What do you mean it doesn't work? It had no visible effect? Did you purge the page cache and/or your browser's cache? Can you please make a change and leave it for more than 2 minutes so someone other than you can see the results?? - dcljr (talk) 22:53, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
BTW, that was the correct template, but you didn't make the correct change. Please reread my comment of 18:18, 15 September. - dcljr (talk) 23:00, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Oh, crap. I needed to use "nowiki" tags so you could see all the changes I was talking about. OK...
Here's what should be done:
  1. edit wmf:Template:Chapters_addresses/layout
  2. change height:{{#if:{{{2|}}}|190|180}}px; width:270px to height:{{#if:{{{2|}}}|16|15}}em; width:16em (only changes are to the numbers and the units: px to em)
  3. check the Local chapters page (this link purges the page cache) and adjust numbers in template as necessary
That should do it. - dcljr (talk) 23:19, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
I removed float:left; accidentally, now works! Thanks. --Steinsplitter (talk) 06:58, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 06:58, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Finally! Thank you. - dcljr (talk) 18:31, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Resolution:Funds Dissemination Committee Membership 2014[edit]

"Nominations for the FDC (July 2014)" link currently point to the 2012 page, rather than the 2014 page. -- KTC (talk) 14:32, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

I fixed the link, thanks KTC! Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 22:54, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Our projects[edit]

The Wikivoyage languages at the moment are not anymore 9, but 16. PS The first two lines of this editor are hidden by the interface, a technical fix is needed. --Andyrom75 (talk) 07:34, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Fixed by Thehelpfulone --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:12, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contact header[edit]

wouldn't it make sense to expand the links to the whole buttons instead to have click on the relative little text only? --se4598 (talk) 14:49, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Home[edit]

Hey there, I don't wish to log in and edit the bio of Dr. Charles F Stanley, but I do want you to note an omission in his bio: He has a son that you have listed, but he also has a daughter who is not listed. Her name is Becky Stanley Brodersen. This can easily be verified by a google search.

I listen to Dr. Stanley on a weekly basis by watching his In Touch program and he has spoken of his daughter and she was sitting beside him when his son was giving the speech about their father on his 80th birthday.

Thank you, Brenda Summers summersbd at

Regarding Talk:Staff and contractors[edit]

You have a red link for one of the photos on this page. Zellfaze (talk) 04:42, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

I can't find a read link. Please be moor specific. --Steinsplitter (talk) 10:05, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding FAQ/en[edit]

Wikipedia is only an "encyclopedia" if that word is now defined as a collection of absurdly bigoted, biased propaganda masquerading as neutral information. Why should we donate our hard-earned money to that? I tried to improve your encyclopedia, and my edits were removed. I complained about the ubiquitous bias, and I was banned. Wikipedia's headquarters should be burned down, and those in charge of this so-called encyclopedia should be dead instead of those driven to suicide by the hate and bigotry like we find on Wikipedia. What will we be required to do to get all the bigotry and hateful lies off of Wikipedia? Will a face-to-face meeting help? Do I need to make threats of violence? What course of action must one take? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Threats of violence are not tolerated and may well be illegal depending on where you live. They won't achieve anything other than getting you banned. You should note that the Wikimedia Foundation does not control the content of the English Wikipedia - that is determined by the community. If you have specific concerns regarding the neutrality or bias of articles there are plenty of editors within the Wikipedia community who would be more than willing to listen to your concerns and help address them as long as you maintain a civil approach. QuiteUnusual (talk) 16:41, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Ways to Give[edit]

if will be here boku payment option I will donate


Hi, the image used for 2014 on wmf:Wikimania is an old logo. File:Wikimania 2014 Shard logo v3 with logotype and date (small).svg is the current one. Thanks, Rock drum (talk·contribs) 14:17, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding User:AKoval (WMF)[edit]

Hi! There seems to be a small typo: "<...>a position which I began in April 2104<...>". --Yury Bulka (talk) 21:04, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Note: Have suggested to poster that they e-mail the user in question. - dcljr (talk) 01:11, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Our projects[edit]

I think this page should be translated to other languages, for obvious reasons. --Zerabat (discusión) 11:40, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Terms of Use/ru[edit]

"импортированный текст не может быть использована" -- fix this sleep in the russian translation... Hinote (talk) 22:22, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

You can contribute to the translation project here: Terms_of_use/ru. --Dodi 8238 (talk) 17:39, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Cancel or change recurring payments/en[edit]

Hello, PayPal has changed its website. You now have to click on the gear icon on the upper-right for Settings and then, on the next page, click on "Payment preferences" navigation bar on the left side, and then click on "Update" next to "My preapproved payments". Hope this helps - thanks!

Thanks for the note! We have updated this page with our current processes.--CCogdill (WMF) (talk) 16:54, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

foundation:Notices received from search engines[edit]

On the foundation:Notices received from search engines page (I think this is used mainly/solely for "right to be forgotten" notices), it would be helpful to put actual links to the articles, in addition to the images. It would be a little more work, but it would make them more accessible. Superm401 | Talk 04:52, 7 August 2014 (UTC)


I looked to the end of an entry to find a copy/paste attribution section. I found the licensing statement, but I was looking for something a quick copy for something shorter than the URL to the article I snipped some information from.

I will add that my source is through the WikiMedia Foundation, but if you want something different, you might make it easier to discern.


Regarding Hindi Wikipedia[edit]

What is wrong with hindi wikipedia?

  • admins are making pages in english language on hindi wikipedia---example hi:अबख़ाज़िया---and it seems you cant question about such activity to admins, if you question them they are threating you with a ban
  • why admins on hindi wikipedia encouraging pages which lack references---isnt it against wikipedia policy
  • why users are being allowed to create pages about themselfs on hindi wikipedia---example hi:हेमंत शेष---isnt it against wikipedia policy
  • regional bias being shown on hindi wikipedia.....discrimination based on region taking place on hindi wikipedia where people from delhi, rajisthan and madhya pradesh states of india have taken full control of hindi wikipedia
  • most of the pages present on hindi wikipedia are non neutral point of view, biased, lacking references.....and admins are not bothered about it......and you can neither add tags nor request admin to add tags to such pages.....if you do such things you are threatened with ban....
it is high time for stewards to look into this mess called hindi wikipedia as it appears hindi wikipedia is not following wikipedia foundation's basic policies......
Sushilmishra (talk) 06:32, 11 August 2014 (UTC)


PLEASE  after people donate take them back where they were when you ask for the donation. You ask for money and if user complies then you make them jump through hoops and BS to get back to work.

I'll think twice about donating again because I'm 71and retired and my time is worth more.

Thanks very much for your feedback and your support! This is an improvement we would very much like to make to our donation process, however our small team has technical limitations. We may have higher priorities to implement in the immediate term, but appreciate your input in making the donation process the best it can be. Thank you! --CCogdill (WMF) (talk) 23:24, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

how can i create account?

If you want an account at, see WMFACCOUNT. If you want to register an account on Wikimedia projects, please fill the form at Special:Login/signup. --Glaisher (talk) 12:21, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup[edit]

Wanting to add info if possible.

It is possible. Just state the exact edit which needs to be made. --Glaisher (talk) 12:19, 3 September 2014 (UTC)[edit]

The page should have a section about "who donates". I was asked this several times, and I cannot find a good answer on the WMF pages... As in - do we know anything about the donors? Rich, poor, young, old, breakdown by country, etc.? --Piotrus (talk) 09:04, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Piotrus: You can try e-mailing donate at or answers at I imagine answering this question will require some quick research on the part of someone on the fundraising team. There may be donor demographic info buried on Meta-Wiki somewhere. On the other hand, I'm not sure we ask many questions when people donate. Once we have something definitive, it'd be great to update FAQ/en, I agree. (That whole page is falling apart.) --MZMcBride (talk) 22:03, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:PrivacyLang[edit]

This template is not necessary ({{languages}} should be sufficient, which works great on wmf:Terms of Use), and it's not mobile-friendly (check: mobile page).--fireattack (talk) 00:14, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Wait, why only the English version of Privacy policy is on WMF, others are on meta? --fireattack (talk) 00:17, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
Because not everyone have accounts on foundationwiki but anyone can translate the Privacy policy here at Meta. --Glaisher (talk) 12:15, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Home[edit]

I want to edit 10:16, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Please specify the exact edit which needs to be made. --Glaisher (talk) 12:04, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:2008/Donate-header[edit]

The code "<skin>Tomas</skin>" is not working, and appears verbatim on pages like wmf:Donate/Benefactors/ja. These pages look obsolete anyway, though... whym (talk) 13:46, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 07:30, 28 August 2014 (UTC)


Soliciting donations when you are a) sitting on a $50 million plus pile of cash, and b) pissing it away antagonising the community (cough! MediaViewer cough!)??? That's pretty cheeky, that is.

Effectively, all this money goes to the WMF to compensate them for the very little work that they do: maintaining a server farm and dealing with legal questions is something that the two permanent employees were doing just fine back in 2005 or so. In the meanwhile, those who contribute the bulk of the effort (editors, admins, and the like) get sweet fuck all.

Thanks, but no, thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

That isn't a helpful comment at all. No thank you, --Glaisher (talk) 11:59, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Privacy policy[edit]

This article is created in a biassed manner, most of story is not true. please edit this page or remove it. Dont spread a false information.

If this is about an article on Wikipedia, please suggest changes on the talk page. --Glaisher (talk) 11:49, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding, 2.9.2014[edit]

Als wikipedia verdwijnt door geld tekort Worden we via zoekmachine wel meer naar andere sites doorverwezen wiki verschijnt altijd bovenaan, terwijl de inhoud gejat is van andere sites en negen van de tien keer nergens op slaat In real life zegt men al' zo hey jij komt zeker ook nooit verder dan wikipedia...als iemand dom praat Dus van mij geen donatie;s The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 2. September 2014, 09:55 (UTC).

This page is only for discussing --Glaisher (talk) 12:01, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Übersetzung: Wenn Wikipedia wegen Geldmangels verschwände, würden wir via Suchmaschine wohl mehr auf andere Websites verwiesen. Wiki erscheint immer ganz oben, während der Inhalt von anderen Websites geklaut wurde und neun von den zehn Malen keinen Sinn macht. Im realen Leben sagt man schon: Hey, du kommst sicher auch nicht weiter als Wikipedia … wenn jemand dumm daherredet. Daher von mir keine Spenden., 2. September 2014, 09:55 (UTC)

Regarding FAQ/nl[edit]

Hi, my suggested changes to this text can be found at [2]. I have translated the texts for the images and the links to go back to the top and to donate now. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 12:09, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Done by Steinsplitter. [3] --Glaisher (talk) 11:47, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Donor policy/nl[edit]

"Als u een donatie per cheque wilt doen, stuur dan de cheque naar niet"

"niet" is incorrect. It means not which makes this line confusing. Correct would be

"Als u een donatie per cheque wilt doen, stuur dan de cheque naar"

Thank you, this has been fixed. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 09:46, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Press releases/Wikimedia Commons celebrates its 10th anniversary[edit]

These comments go to Katherine, I guess.

This is good—it contains all the right ingredients. But I'm presuming that a press release like this should be a smooth, easy read for journalists. It's just a bit laboured in a few places. I presume an image was not regarded as suitable—I guess it might have been hard to be exclusive, but I'd want one (or a few to choose from) if I were using this in a publication or on the web.

A few niggles.

  • The top bullet ... just slightly too long and clunky, to me. Perhaps avoid repeating "Wikimedia Commons", which they read two seconds before.
  • "came into being"—a bit metaphysical; try "was launched".
  • The "USA" should be dropped, and it's unclear why "San Francisco" is in parentheses—makes it bumpy.
  • Double hyphens are not part of professional English—makes it look as though it was composed on a typewriter. Instead of --, please use an open – en dash, or a closed—em dash. See Chicago Manual of Style and the Oxford New Hart's Rules.
  • "The Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to have a dedicated community of creators and institutions who continue to share their images and other media so that the project has flourished and will continue to thrive."—Very long sentence. Journalists do not like to stretch their readers like this, and right at the start. Needs a period after "media", then a punchy stub.
  • Pity there are two song sheets for "freely licensed" and "freely-licensed". The former is correct, and I'd have ironed it out of Lila's and Erik's quotes to avoid the clash.
  • "The Guinness Book of World Records named Wiki Loves Monuments the largest photo contest in the world, and it has inspired more 900,000 image uploads since 2010."—real problem with "it". Maybe "... world. This contest has ...".
  • "and it has inspired more 900,000 image uploads since 2010"—missing word: ouch.
  • have ensured.
  • "the increasing depth and richness of the illustrations for articles on Wikipedia"—clunky. What about: "the increasing depth and richness of illustrations in Wikipedia articles."
  • extremely -> very
  • "Today, Moeller is the Wikimedia Foundation’s Deputy Director and VP of Engineering, and Commons is the world’s largest repository of freely licensed educational media on the internet." Great sentence; but it doesn't flow clearly into the quote (we presume it's Erik's quote, but do they have to think carefully about it?).

Tony (talk) 12:55, 6 September 2014 (UTC) (Tony1)

Several months later: oh well, why bother giving feedback if no one takes any notice? Tony (talk)
@Tony1: Did you try pinging the author? PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:58, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Smart quotes[edit]

i'm just here to complain that 
      seems to have replaced 
               straight quotes (for bold marks) with "smart quotes" and so it's not bold and I CAN'T EDIT IT

So someone said somewhere. --Nemo 05:36, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Fixed. PiRSquared17 (talk) 23:40, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

zacapu article[edit]

Hi, my name is Javier Cervantes Perez from Zacapu, Michoacan Mexico. The reason of my letter to you guys, it is to let you know that I dont agree with the two lines written in the article about zacapu. These two lines stated lies about my home town, specially those talking of contamination and those talking about confronting lots of growing urban problems in the contrary I personally believe that those statements are affecting my town since nobody will not even try to invest in it. Please I really appreciate if you guys consider this situation by correcting it.


I really do not need a monthly letter for my tax purposes. One letter in January summarizing the previous years contributions would suffice and save postage. Thanks, Greg West, gregorywestgregorywest at

Regarding Home[edit]

My name is David Wessendorf. I served on the Saratoga in Air Operations under then Captain James during the 1964-1965 Med Cruise. During the deployment we also visited the ports of Barcelona Spain, and Genoa Italy. I have a special place in my heart for CV-60 and the men who served on her. Please put this additional info to good use.

Thank you, David Wessendorf[edit]

Thank You, all people in this world, for what we can learn from each other!! Stay together, help each other and the most important: love each other. It`s all we need.

Regarding Grand Canyon[edit]

My comment is on the Grand Canyon. I have a very simple question. I would just like to know how or where I can find any records of the earth being older than what the Bible says it is when it was created. I can't find any record of any language or people, pictures, documents, witnesses or any writing that specifically tells me that a rock is a million years old, or 5 million years old.

The soonest communication that I have ever found to be fact, is only 6,000 years old.

Thank You so much for your helping me to understand how you came to this.

Patty Harner

The scientific consensus is that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. 6000 years ago was (by some sources) around the time of the domestication of horses, and was extremely recent by geological standards. This was around the Copper Age in Europe. See w:Age of the Earth and its references for more information. If you're looking for writings, maybe read Charles Lyell or Hutton, but they were off by orders of magnitude if I remember correctly. But what does this have to do with the Wikimedia Foundation's wiki? PiRSquared17 (talk) 12:20, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Volunteer opportunities[edit]

The link for the "getting started tour" for editing is broken.

This link was removed. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 09:48, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]


Regarding Talk:Terms of Use/nl[edit]

Dear all,

Apparently, the Dutch translation of the Terms of use don't incorporate the changes approved in June 2014 (i.e. the Paid contributions without disclosure addition to chapter 4). Any change of an upgrade?

With regards, Den Hieperboree (talk) 22:12, 24 September 2014 (UTC).

You can contribute to the translation project here: Terms_of_use/nl. The project is 95% translated and 93% reviewed. --Dodi 8238 (talk) 17:38, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Tax Deductibility/en[edit]

United States United States

Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit charity (tax ID number 20-0049703) established in the United States under the US IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), and, for that reason, donations from persons or entities located in the United States may benefit from tax deductible status.

This could be improved by adding a link through to the Wiki page discussing 501(c)(3).

Good idea, done! Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 09:52, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Terms of Use/fi[edit]

When will the Finnish Terms of Use be updated? They are still the ones from May 25, 2012. --Dodi 8238 (talk) 18:19, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Never mind! I found the translation project page here on Meta-Wiki. Terms_of_use/fi --Dodi 8238 (talk) 17:34, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Divulgare il sentimento di pace.[edit]

Gentili Signori, il vostro "potere mediatico" è grandissimo e mi piacerebbe che lo usaste anche per DIVULGARE IL SENTIMENTO DI PACE. Potrebbe apparire, sulle pagine che vengono aperte dai vostri utenti, alcuni messaggi o aforismi per chiarire che il sentimento di pace non è solo volere la cessazione della guerra fra nazioni o gruppi di persone, ma è un sentimento che dovrebbe radicare in ognuno di noi nel nostro profondo sentire. Questo sentire dovrebbe essere testimoniato al di fuori di noi stessi, così che potrà espandersi<translate></translate>. E' proprio una cultura della pace. In questo Gandhi ci aiuta. Grazie. Ilva Palchetti

Regarding Talk:FAQ/en[edit]

All day on various computers I've been distracted and annoyed by the giant Wikimedia fundraising notice. There doesn't seem to be any place to discuss the fundraising and no links on the notice to such a page either. Why is it so big? It will have the opposite effect to what Wikimedia want surely? 1. I don't want to donate to Wikimedia (that's what charitable organizations and governmental cultural budgets are for) and 2. stop harassing us! 3. The last thing that would influence anyone is a personal message from Jimbo - how about nice images, comments from those who've found Wikimedia useful rather than the enemy of personal rights Mr Whales (referring to his opposition to the EU's right to be forgotten).--Xania (talk) 20:05, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

There are ongoing discussions on a similar theme on the Wikimedia Forum and on Jimbo's talk page at Wikipedia that you might find interesting. QuiteUnusual (talk) 10:04, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
You can discuss fundraising on Talk:Fundraising, on the fundraiser mailing list, or in our IRC channel #wikimedia-fundraisingconnect. To address your numbered points:
  1. We are a charitable organisation, and we don't receive funding from governments (partly because of the risk of bias, or perceived bias, that would cause). The vast majority of our donations are small ones from individuals.
  2. We do try to keep banners to a minimum, while still meeting our fundraising targets. You can always click the close button in the top right corner of the banner, and if you are logged-in to your account then you won't see banners at all.
  3. Our banners have evolved a lot in the past, and we no longer use a direct personal appeal from Jimmy Wales. Along the way we've tried (and continue to try) all sorts of things, including images and donor comments. The current message is the best we've found so far, and the more effective a banner is, the fewer times we need to show it. Also sorry to disappoint you, but the Wikimedia Foundation has itself spoken out against the European Court of Justice ruling, although of course we recognise there are diverse views on this.
-- Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 10:34, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give/de[edit]

The author was switching back and forth between formal and informal language

Example: "Um Aktien von Ihrem Broker an unseren zu übertragen, bitte gib("geben Sie") dem Broker unseren Namen..."

Yes check.svg Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 05:52, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Thank You/en[edit]

Tweet This[edit]

The twitter link doesn't open in a new window/tab, it leads you away from the thank you page. This is annoying if you'd like to share on other platforms or answer the questionnaire. --TheGuyOfDoom (talk) 10:35, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Great point. I've added a bit of JavaScript that will make the social bookmarking links open in a new tab. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 10:32, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give/de[edit]

Grammatical mistake:

> Bitte schicke eine E-Mail an donate at für weitere Informationen, wie Sie eine Überweisung an die Wikimedia Foundation einleiten können.

  • Bitte schicken Sie eine [...]

In generel, this page has the problem that sometimes it's written in a polite/formal language and sometimes quite informal.

Yes check.svg Done, Thanks for reporting. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:08, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Terms of Use[edit]

Somavamsha kshatriyas (khatri) is real caste. Sahasrarjuna god of caste & khatri language only speaking no own words and all of HINDUISM. savji,sauji,souji, other names is just brand or personal names no value in samaj Thank you Turairao Laxminarayan Hyderabad AP India

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]

Skeptics POV-pushing and defacing articles are a problem on Wikipedia. I'm from a science/ engineering background, and this is a real problem. I was interested to see the request for donations, but will not donate while this is not addressed.

Thanks for your time.

Regarding Press room/Audio content[edit]

Why use mp3 at all? As it can't be used for media at Wikipedia. -- Cherubino (talk) 20:41, 8 October 2014 (UTC)


Why don't you have links to Twitter and Facebook? Also, are there opportunities to go to a place and learn how to edit Wikipedia pages. This could be done on College campuses. I don't know how to edit (yet it is a skill I am sure I would be good at). If possible, let me know at eacorley at or 312/664-2631. Thanks, Ellen Corley

Regarding Talk:Thank You/en[edit]

Just a trivial cosmetic problem — I noticed that the country code is in the title for this page. “Thank You/en”

It's used by the translation system and it's not the country code. It's the language code. And you don't see the title on the actual page: wmf:Thank You/en. --Glaisher (talk) 12:10, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Redirect wmf:ウィキメディア財団について to wmf:FAQ/ja[edit]

I suggest converting wmf:ウィキメディア財団について to a redirect to wmf:FAQ/ja. The former used to be linked from the main page and from the side bar, but not any more; its content is outdated, too. wmf:FAQ/ja is an alternative and more up-to-date. Please also update wmf:ウィキメディア財団 to avoid a double redirect. There are other language versions of it found in wmf:Template:AboutLang which might need similar fixes. whym (talk) 12:00, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Problems donating[edit]

Drop the email address field as a requirement to fill in the donation form. You don't need an email address to process a credit card or to accept a donation. I don't need my inbox filling up with yet more solicitations.

Regarding Talk:Negativity[edit]

ultimate negativity is base of whole cosmos ............ it is absolutely eternal .... it is also a basic fact and precosmic reality......... Universe begins within the emptiness and emptiness is the second name of negativity..... in the sam parameter the One Self aware existance stays permanently as well as perpetually. Negativity is the attribute of this strange unseen self aware entity or existance. space is positive but the vacumme is quite negative. negativity or emptiness both are the same but this everlasting and eternal as well. the negativity itself knows about his own existance. it is an unbelieveable myracle and most strange fact that this negativity or purest emptiness knows by itself eternally. Knowing itself is absolute positive within the existance of negativity. now knowing itself is one Information and negativity is second information. these are two information links with eachother. cosmos is a bit of information as well as time is also a bit of information. it proves that cosmos is merely made of information . Raw material of cosmos came out from within the negativity in the form or shape of only Information. Negativity or purest emptiness is the basement of whole cosmos consists of space and mass......... space is not empty........ it is filled of particles............. mass is made of tiny particles.......... and particles made of information ...... energy is also merely an information........... This universe is not the solid............. as you see it solidness.......... cosmos confirmly is unsolid ..... cosmos is truly photostat copy of self aware existance mutually links with negativity or emptiness................. negativity is Minus and negativity knowing itself is Plus. existance of negativity is Purely Negative and knowing its existance is purely Positive. cosmos existance is not minor thing or fact.......... cosmos existance is highly and extremly well managned and organised...... only knowing entity or self aware existance can made the creation of this most splendid and well organised Universe without no mistake...........yes no one can see a tiny mistake in the creation of this mighty cosmos............... This is the marvellous job of some Greatest Engineer that positively self aware and exists having the perpetual power of Negtivity.

Four interaction forces and Cosmis Ray exists from the eternal source of positivity. as eternal positivity has been mentioned above links with negativity...................

you believe it or not ............. but it is a ........... fact .... cosmically or non cosmically is ......... un-deniable.................

Regarding Talk:FAQ/en[edit]

Please add a button to the pop-up that has "Already a donor" and then keep the pop-up from showing up.


bonjour je viens de faire un don de 5 €, la page de la fondation est en anglais ... comment l'avoir en français ? merci

Regarding Donor policy/fr[edit]

toute autre information personnel ==>  toute autre information personnelle
Corrigé. Merci. PiRSquared17 (talk) 17:00, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Thank You/en[edit]

The page I have been reading refers to Fundraising 2010. You might want to update the year, so that readers don't think they have stumbled onto some dated file.

Is it good now? PiRSquared17 (talk) 14:10, 2 November 2014 (UTC)[edit]

I clicked through from the donation banner to FAQ, and it says of Wikimania, "You should come! The summer 2014 one will be in London." (paraphrase) You might want to update that. Carbon Caryatid (talk) 07:51, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Fixed. Thanks. PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:19, 3 November 2014 (UTC)


I want you to know that I rely on Wiki more often than I can think of! Thank you for having pretty much ALL the answers! It was an honor to donate this evening I wish I had done it sooner and I only with that it could have been more than $10.00.  :( When I think of how much you have helped me and how often I've said, "I need to send them money", I truly am embarrassed. I want you to know though that if I was to come into some money or to die, there is $1,000.00 with your name on it if not more. I will be writing it into my will and will remember you in the event that I come into some cash by easy means. Thank you once again for all your help! Maryann Maltman,

Regarding Talk:Problems donating[edit]

Wikipedia does nothing but ask for money. BOYCOTT DONATIONS! It is still possible to have an objective website with advertisements. The popups asking for donations are way more annoying than advertisements would be!


Thank you for clarifying the difference. I donated $5 and then saw the wikimedia, thought i had been got... lol... anyway, I am a student, unfortunately most instructors will not accept Wikipedia as an authoritative source, so I urge you to continue the excellent job of list and citing your sources, as this acts as a great resource library, probably the most complete and well displayed in the entire history of the world! Mike Trotman

ps. I am in the beginning stages of developing a non-profit myself. i would like to integrate Charity and Social Services with an inclusive rating/comparison component. The goal is to entice corporate donation via a competitive/comparative marketing component while also holding the service/provider networks accountable with a transparent and unified case management system. This site is cutting edge in theory and and design. Unfortunately, I am only a 1st year web design student, so it will be some time before i am able to code such interactive components. Also, the expense of managing this type of data and operating a grand service like I envision will take a miracle to achieve, but it is success like yours that lets me know it is possible, Thank You for the hope you give... Mike

Regarding Talk:Thank You/en[edit]

Désolé je ne comprend pas l'anglais mais je vous remercie de votre travail formidable. Tous mes encouragements selon mes moyens pour que vous puissiez continuer à nous instruire.


I give a small donation deducted from my account on a monthly basis. I get your monthly 'thank you' emails. I have tried to unsubscribe 3 times. I still get them. Please, don't send them to me. My email address is Thank you. <redacting>(please don't call unless you need additional information)

Thanks for commenting and for your support! US tax law requires us to send donation receipts, and if you donated online you will receive them via email. We also find that it's a sound business practice to notify donors when funds are transferred. Many email programs and clients will allow users to set up a filter, so that incoming email from a given address can be sorted directly to a folder other than the Inbox. I'm sorry we do not offer the option to forego the receipts. They are the only email you will receive from the Foundation; you have been unsubscribed from other communications, including fundraising appeals. Shorter receipts for recurring donations, with just the donation details, are a possibility for the future. I will email this information to you as well — and thank you again for your continued generosity! --CCogdill (WMF) (talk) 22:49, 9 November 2014 (UTC)


I agree that you need funds, but I do not agree with my address being used for publicity. If this should be the case as you announce and if I cannot decline this this will certainly not encourage me to donate again .... Sincerely yours K. Mannet


I am on your page and I can not log off of it, you are tying up my computer

Regarding Home[edit]

Dear Folks,

Regarding the piece on "JOHN WYCLIFFE", the first sentence under the heading "Public Declaration" contains the erroneous (malicious?) phrase, "Shiva his protector ...". Some misguided meddlesome Hindu devotee has likely inserted it I would imagine! Would you kindly correct it- many thanks.

Kind Regards

Lawson Smith

Hello Mr. Smith. I undid the edit. Now the sentence should make more sense. Regards, PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:48, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Notices received from search engines[edit]

Thank you for making this page. Sue Gardner (talk) 18:41, 11 November 2014 (UTC)


I just made a small $5.00 contribution and am an ExxonMobil retiree but I do not see the button for the form to request a matching fund.

Regarding Talk:Home[edit]

This is a currently webpage and is valid to print. If you want to ask for more details ask George B at


I would have gone through your

     Questions related to donations:

But I would like to stay a bit private, thank you.

 There is one place on the web, in general, that I easily make donations to. It is with special supporting groups that educate our young and older members on SL, Second Life. (Builder's Brewery and Arcadia are a few.)

So are any of your staff, members of SL? Opening an SL Group costs 100L, less then 50 cents. And Market Place stores are completely free.

Btw, a lot of folks will not join a group, because they are running out of group slots. But as one of the TOP educators on the web, many should gladly join your efforts on that group. Then, your group's membership could contact their groups and there's your donation dollars.

(Always have your members contact either the group's owner or a moderator, to discuss their donation request, it will keep everyone happy.)

And on your Market Place store, any and all items sold could act just like "donations" that cost you nothing, except a slight fee to the company.

Thanks for Listening.

. . . Tig . . . (I help to train a lot of SL newbies! :)


i would love to have a good support where i could ask for even as little as €1 & if everyone who went on wiki or youtube, google, or what ever, i could lie in a hammock under the coconut trees until i die. anyway enough for dreaming, thanks for a really good & brain extending service. i know €2 isn't much but i can imagine if everyone who looks you up gives you the same ,its as good as winning the loto stew —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Regarding Talk:Thank You/fr[edit]

Ce serait mieux si un professeur de Français voulait bien traduire.... Amicalement. René-Louis THOMAS —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)[edit]

  I donated $3.00.  That's all I'm going to donate.  What competition does Microsoft have that Mr. Bill Gates and Mr. Bill Gates Jr., can't donate to you all? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup[edit]

Introduction Name:Navid Saque So:M.Jamil Edu: ICS Sex:20 Live:Pakistan



To whom it may concern,

                      I love the fact that Wikipedia exists at all. Seriously, thank you so much for the magical access to knowledge that you have provided me and millions of others. What a wonderful thing you have created, regardless of it faults. I am of the age when Microsoft Encarta was a boundless wonder given to the world (at a price, of course). It was unimaginable then, this open and free database of knowledge, accessible from our pockets. It really is a science fiction dream made reality. 

To my point: I was looking for something and came across your appeal for funds; the one that begins "DEAR WIKIPEDIA READERS: This week we ask our readers to help us." And I really would love to, and will help you. The only thing is I can't at the time that I read your appeal. I'm sure that you welcome donations at any time, especially now when you need it. So, in a very long winded way I am saying that I would have benefited from an option in addition to the "how much would you like to donate" options which says "It's ok if you don't have the money right now, shall we remind you on payday?"

Sorry for the verbose message,

A very grateful user.

EDIT: If you are reading this and have used Wikipedia more than a couple of times, then you know how useful it can be. You really should donate. Imagine if it wasn't here any more next time you search a fact!

Regarding Privacy policy[edit]

I've been automating Wikipedia as an example of what I can do and noticed an inconsistency in the use of "Privacy Policy". The link to this page is correctly titled "Privacy Policy". But the title on the "Privacy Policy" page has a lowercase 'p' on the word "policy" and this occurs on and off throughout the page.

Regarding Data retention policy[edit]

I reached the [data retention policy] page from the [donor policy] page. I am uncertain how long donor information is kept.