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Wikipedia: Hungry & Homeless, Please Help

Updated on December 26, 2010

if you have visited Wikipedia lately, you've likely seen the large banner at the top of each page providing a message from one Wikipedia executive or another.  These messages are essentially cardboard, handwritten signs oft-seen in the hands of beggars on street corners, asking for donations.  Wikipedia is asking for $15 million dollars in supportive donations to assist with their operational expenses.

I use Wikipedia quite often.  In fact, when I type in a word or phrase in a search engine (Google is the one I use), I generally select the Wikipedia entry first, if one is available.  I think there's probably a Wikipedia entry for everything under the sun, and I'm sure I'm not the only person that frequents Wiki's pages for information about various topics.

The only flaw with Wikipedia, that I can see (from a research perspective), is that the content is primarily user-edited.  Basically, this means that anyone can write anything about any subject and it will stand as the "official" statement on Wikipedia's pages about that subject unless it gets contested or revised.  Source data is often not provided.  This means that if someone IS using Wikipedia as their first choice for information, that information is not necessarily accurate (but usually is).

Wikipedia doesn't inundate the reader with pop-ups and advertisements, mouse overs and surveys.  It just provides you with the 411 on whatever you're looking up.  Their executives are probably overpaid and less deserving of their salaries than the bottom-line programmers who keep the website up and running are, but it's still their "day job" and fat cats need vittles, too, I suppose.

While I would donate to other causes before Wikipedia, such as PETA, ASPCA, or local animal charities and shelters, Wikipedia is still a useful cause as it relates to the everyday functioning of the internet.  I imagine Wikipedia gets more daily hits than a Lindsay Lohan panty shot or an article about the latest child-buying spree of Brad and Angelina.  So I guess if you've got money to burn (does anyone, really?), toss some their way.

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    • simeonvisser profile image

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      @Wesman Todd Shaw: Thanks, I'm not a staff member really but I do agree that it can be hard to have your URL cast in stone. I read a tip somewhere that you will want your URL to be basic, so only a few essential keywords that describe your hub, and that you want your title to be slightly different and longer. That way you can easily change the focus of your article afterwards but the URL still reflects the contents of your hub.

      When creating a new hub, you need to type in your first title and then edit the URL manually to keep only the main keywords. Unless, of course, you want the title and the URL to be exactly the same because then you'll rank better for those keywords / phrases.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      @simeonvisser, hey Simeon, you're always very helpful in the answers section; and I like your hubs. What I've found out about myself is that I do not like having to create a permanent url when starting a hub. Most times I am able to keep my content title centered. . . .but sometimes I tend to start writing, and my thoughts wonder around. I want those hubs, and those types of hubs are sometimes my best hubs. . . .but they "drifted" from the title.

      Of course we can change titles. . . .and I understand about url's being set. . . .and I don't imagine that you are hubstaff, but I truly wish that we didn't have to create a permanent url right off the start of things.

    • simeonvisser profile image

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      From the title of this hub, I thought it was going to discuss Wikipedia's weakness in getting money and keeping it operational. After all, for a website that large begging for money is not really a good way to keep it running. But the contents of this hub are mainly discussing other aspects of Wikipedia. I agree with them but I'm just giving a suggestion that the title and the hub's contents can be more congruent.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I think you are a really good writer :-p Of course because that might be because I agree "almost" entirely with everything you said.

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