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Wikimedia fundraising drive a success

The Wikimedia fundraising drive ended late Thursday, with the final tally of $243,930 USD, more than 20% over the initial goal.

A minor edit war resulted after the goal was surpassed, when administrators argued over whether linking to the Red Cross or other charities from the fundraising sitenotice was prudent, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The argument ended when Jimbo Wales removed the links, and ordered other users not to add it back.

The fundraising drive started on 19 August, aiming to pay for the significant server costs, which have risen dramatically recently.

Wikipedia enters Alexa Top 50

Wikipedia entered the Alexa Top 50 recently. Alexa is a company that tracks traffic for all users using their toolbar. As of press time, Wikipedia was sitting directly in 50th place, ahead of sites such as MapQuest, the Japanese MSN portal, and Overture.

Wikiversity vote upcoming

The Wikiversity project, which currently resides on Wikibooks, is entertaining a vote to move to, which currently hosts a near-dormant German Wikiversity project. The vote will last until 1 November.


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