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විකිපීඩියාවෙහිදී, මම ලිපි 2,463 ක් නිර්මාණය කළා. ඒවා ඔක්කොම නොමිලේ.

මම පද්ධති උපදේශකයෙක්, ගොඩක් විශාල-පරිමාණයේ මූල්‍යමය පරිගණක පද්ධති සමඟ වැඩකරනවා. මම විකිපීඩියාවෙහි ගතකරන කාලය සල්ලි වලට පරිවර්තනය කෙරුවොතින්, දස දාස් ගණනක ඩොලරයන් මට ලබා ගන්න පුළුවන්.

නමුත් මෙහිදී මුදල් වැදගත් වන්නේ නෑ. ඔබට විකිපීඩියාවෙහිදී වෙනස් ව්‍යවහාර මුදලක් සමඟ ගනුදෙනු කරන්නට සිදුවෙනු ඇත. The information is gladly provided by me and thousands of other editors who are happy to create it. We all know the world is better off because that information is freely available.

Of course, the infrastructure supporting that free information is not free, and that’s why once a year we ask for donations. There are no ads on Wikipedia, there’s nothing flashing, there’s nothing on the side of the page, we’re not trying to sell you anything. Wikipedia is untainted by commercial transactions.

We just need your support with $5, €10, ¥1000 or whatever you can afford to keep this information coming to you.

The infrastructure that supports our work, hosted by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, is about as bare-bones as it gets. Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.

Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 470 million different people every month – with billions of page views.

The way the economy is built, we assume people only work for money. How else do you get someone to show up for work if they don’t get paid?

At Wikipedia, the will to cooperate and improve knowledge has been harnessed to create an invaluable resource. Culture is not up to the highest bidder. You get unbiased, accurate information. Organized in a thorough fashion, well-documented, well-referenced, up-to-date, whenever you want it.

That seems like a tremendous bargain to me.

Thank you,

Alan Sohn
Wikipedia Author