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Fundraiser update, milestones and more
As the Wikimedia Fundraiser enters its seventh week, a personal appeal from Jimmy Wales banner is being displayed across all projects, including non-Wikipedia projects, which have not had banners for the majority of this fundraiser. The appeal from Wales, which links to a short letter and donation page, is doing well; the first day of the appeal led to the highest donation day in Wikimedia history, with $430,893 donated.
In addition to the daily fundraiser statistics, a new link on the Wikimedia Foundation wiki shows the performance of the individual fundraising banners by day. The banners have markedly different results from one another; Rand Montoya, Head of Community Giving, noted on the Wikimedia blog that one banner based on a donation comment ("I couldn’t ignore that banner at the top of the site anymore... I use Wikipedia far too often to ignore the need!") did better than any other banner before the appeal from Wales started running.
Also last week, there was discussion over a fundraising banner that featured Craig Newmark of Craigslist on both the Village Pump and the Foundation-l mailing list, with some questioning whether this banner was advertising for Craigslist. The notice, which raised around 740 donations on December 15, is no longer running.
- Voting is now ongoing (until December 31) for a new Wiktionary logo. The logos were originally proposed between May and July of this year. If no logo receives a majority of votes, a runoff will be held in January.
- The 2nd Chinese Wikimedia Conference will be held on 26–27 December 2009 in Macau. Links for more information, in Chinese, are available here
- Priyanka Dhanda joined the Wikimedia Foundation as a Code Maintenance Engineer; she will work in the San Francisco office with the development team.
- The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy is requesting public comment on public access policies for the published results of federally funded scientific and technical research.
- The Lithuanian Wiktionary has reached 400,000 articles.
- The Portuguese Wiktionary has reached 80,000 articles.
- The Acehnese Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles.
- The Simple English Wikipedia has reached 57,000 articles for the second time in 2009 after a mass deletion of Stubs.
- The Estonian Wikipedia has reached 70,000 articles.
- The Estonian Wiktionary has reached 35,000 articles.
- The Ido Wikipedia reaches 18,000 articles, with Maro di Marmara.
- The German Wikibooks has reached 15,000 bookpages.
- The Quechua Wikipedia has reached 11,000 articles.
- The Sardinian Wikipedia has reached 2,000 articles.
- The Spanish Wikinews has reached 5000 articles.
- The Bashkir Wikipedia has reached 500 articles.
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