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Unity in diversity

  • Dec 22, 2010
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Wikipedia is not merely a virtual encyclopedia, nor is it merely a free website for all. It is a dream, a human effort (by thousands if not millions of people) and a "temple for the mind" (as written by its founder Jimmy Wales). Wikipedia is "a dream, a humanitarian project" and a way to greatness for many of the people in the under-developed to the developed world.

While in many online sites, the gather of the minds have been capitalized by the few, Wikipedia has (up to today) been a concerted effort by many "nameless" and "faceless" contributors. Contributors don't gain much (at least from what I can see) and yet the complexities and diversities of entries have made it into the most useful site I've come across. If there is to be peace on earth, the most effective way of demonstrating that peace probably can be seen nowhere else but on Wikipedia! It is on this site that humans cooperate to make it a better world, is it not? And for that reason alone, Wikipedia is definitely worth keeping!

Personally, I cannot envisage how someone would want to take on that difficult task of keeping it commercial free and to do it voluntarily! It is not just a one month or one year project. It takes a lifetime and more than one lifetime of effort to keep it going on. Yet, in the history of mankind, we see people who have a belief and who live their lives fulfilling that belief, sometimes (against all odds) successfully! In this case, Jimmy Wales has done the impossible!

Hence, if even for a moment you believe in this project, I think it is only right that we contribute in our own ways, be it in terms of our knowledge, time or, more specifically, in this case, monetarily. The site is aiming for a US$16 million donations for the year 2010 and has had up to US$12 million. US$4 millions more to go. Can you pledge your contribution? $1, $10 or $100? All are welcome. No amount is little when it comes to one's belief, isn't it? 

As far as I'm concerned, I've done my part and will do more whenever I can. I hope those of you who have had benefited from the site will try to do your part in keeping it alive! Automatic monthly donation or/& one-time donation are equally welcome!

Long live Wikipedia!!! Long live the spirit of giving!!!
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I visit this site so often I have to tell yah LOL!
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Wiki, commonly referred to as simply Wikipedia, is a free, online encyclopedia project launched in January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The word Wikipedia is a portmanteau of "wiki" (a term for online collaboration websites) and "encyclopedia."

The website allows anyone to view any article, while registered users may edit, add, or delete information as they please. However, despite being open to editing by virtually any registered user, a panel of administrators constantly fact-checks submissions, and more and more, citations are required for new articles.

As of late 2008, there were over 11 million articles on Wikipedia, of which 2.6 were in English. The website is available in many languages, from Farsi to French to Friulian.
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