Concerns about Fundraising, Excess Cash, and Project Spending
While this is an old article I wonder if a similar could be written today and what the response to it would be. Money obviously has a direct and indirect influence on the project and staff. I think it would be wise to have an article, perhaps linked from the Fundraising page which cleared up things a bit. IMO as much as possible the fundraising should be limited to raise what is needed for hardware operations (i.e. items we cannot secure for free with voluntary work). Software should be developed by volunteers and research conducted the same way. Otherwise a picture of corruption might start to form which could incredibly damage the entire project.
Fundraising 2010/Messages/New and the like
This page (and similar, I suppose) are still target of vandals. Where do they come from? What purpose do these pages serve? --Nemo 12:42, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
- Thanks for the heads up Nemo, I'd forgotten those pages. As the name suggests, they are from the 2010 Fundraiser, when all the banners were submitted by the community. We no longer do that, so I've closed up the input forms to prevent vandalism. (Suggestions for banners are of course still welcome here if anyone has ideas!) Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 10:47, 25 August 2014 (UTC)
I ask because, as we spends tens of millions dollars to optimise user experience, it's important that at the same time we ask ourselves what the cost is of using such precious interface real estate, and whether the benefits overcome it. --Nemo 05:26, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
- Good question, people do in fact donate via those links. I pulled a quick breakdown of new donations from each major source for the 2013-14 fiscal year, and we raised just over $2.2 million from sidebar links.
medium donations total amount (USD) notes sitenotice 2,091,431 28,191,937.41 CentralNotice banners 166,654 4,625,574.22 emails to past donors sidebar 75,738 2,234,307.89 project sidebar links spontaneous 20,150 932,587.19 reached donate.wikimedia.org without any tracking info wmfWikiRedirect 2,797 88,746.93 old fundraising pages on wikimediafoundation.org SocialMedia 1,984 29,512.93 via a shared link (e.g. from wmf:Thank You/en)
- Thank you a lot, that's very interesting. Do you by any chance have a possibility to do a rough breakdown by project? I ask because we might discover that in some projects the income/impressions ratio is significantly lower. --Nemo 07:13, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
|Sidebar donations by project (July 2013-July 2014)|
Donating loses current page
There's a thread at Wikimedia_Forum#Donating_loses_current_page., which I'll copy here:
- I was reading a Wikipedia page and the banner at the top suggested I donate, so I did. The donation process closed (or opened over) the Wikipedia page that I had been reading. -_- I don't mind taking a little time aside to donate some money - Wikipedia is awesome. But once I've done so, I'd like what I was reading before to still be there, please. Can the donation thing be made to launch in a new window/tab? Thanks. --220.127.116.11 23:01, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
- Hi, please see Lila's post to wikimedia-l. We will not be using a pop-up banner in upcoming campaigns. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 16:51, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
- In-page pop-ups (layer ads) are currently showing on mobile (reproduced in an incognito tab on enwiki from a Swiss IP a few minutes ago). After I have to close a popup to get to the content I want to see, a yellow donation banner continues to be displayed at the bottom on following page views. When I first encountered it recently, I have seen content-overlaying donation ads multiple times when navigating using the back button. (This was on a mobile connection and I was unable to reproduce this now.) In this case, the ads had the opposite of the intended effect - I had already planned my donations for this year, but the Wikipedia donation is now going elsewhere. By the way, it's quite ironic to shove the words "ad-free" in my face in a highly disruptive layer ad. (Anonymous, 08:55, 4 December 2014 (UTC))
«On December 2, 2014, Giving Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation kicked off its year-end contribution campaign on English Wikipedia». Really? I've been seeing banners on en.wiki all the time in the last many months. Is this about USA, UK etc.? --Nemo 20:33, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
- WMF often does some trials ahead of time. And you are their target demographic! Rich Farmbrough 13:35 5 December 2014 (GMT).
- (drawing from a wm-l thread)
Let's revisit our fundraising principles and see how we are realizing them in our campaigns. We've done a fine job of optimizing traditional banner measure: conversion rates for messages seen by visitors. Are we making it easy for people to spread the message? collaborating with local groups to send effective and compelling and informative messages? reminding people that our work is founded in contributions of knowledge? What are our messages communicating, beyond an ask for contribution: distress? danger? encouragement? hope? stability? bright future? How can we assess this message quality, how does it fit into the larger narrative we are committed to? 18.104.22.168 20:50, 3 December 2014 (UTC)
Does the banner only appear at Wikipedia or also at sister projects? Have not seen it there... Gryllida 03:05, 8 December 2014 (UTC)