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By Tom Morris, Skomorokh

Stanton Foundation give $3.6 million grant

The Stanton Foundation is the philanthropic legacy of the late Frank Stanton, president of CBS from 1946 to 1971 and who organised the first televised presidential debate in the United States.

The Wikimedia Foundation announced this week that they have received a $3.6 million grant from the Stanton Foundation. According to the press release from the Foundation, the funding will go to support development of the long-awaited visual editor and other technical improvements including the addition of editing facilities to the new Wikimedia mobile site. The grant can also be put towards any project that "make[s] Wikimedia a friendlier and more understandable environment for new editors".

The $1.2 million grant in 2010 from the Stanton Foundation helped fund the Public Policy Initiative and a 2008 grant of $890,000 helped fund usability improvements. This week's $3.6 million donation is the largest ever to have been received by the Wikimedia Foundation.

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  • "[Ting] declined to withdraw or alter the Board's previous resolution on the topic, instead charging Foundation staff with continuing community consultation and coming to a solution." Translated: "We are not getting the answer we want, so keep trying until we get the one we do." Resolute 13:14, 11 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • Wikimedia, spend that donation on upgrading your servers and making your website more user-friendly. HurricaneFan25 13:38, 11 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • "The grant can also be put towards any project that "make[s] Wikimedia a friendlier and more understandable environment for new editors"." Translation: We are going to throw away countless tons of money to make it easier for people who can't be bothered to learn how things work to add the kind of content that people who can't be bothered to learn about things in general would contribute. The more we dumb down the editing interface the more we will dumb down the content. Large donations ought to go toward keeping experienced editors and making their jobs easier instead of more difficult by having to clean up after all the nine year olds who want to edit. DreamGuy (talk) 18:36, 15 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
    • Sure, but you seem to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Even if making editing easier and more welcoming attracts new forms of casual vandalism, that's not a reason not to make it easier for academics to edit. - Jarry1250 [Weasel? Discuss.] 12:23, 16 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  • "The encyclopedia anyone can edit.[asterisk?]" Bobnorwal (talk) 02:57, 16 October 2011 (UTC)[reply]


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