I am not ashamed to admit that I love and use a lot Wikipedia. It is fast, convenient and gets most of the technical stuff I typically look up right to the level I can understand and use it. But perhaps most importantly, it is one of the few places on the internet without advertising!
This is something I truly appreciate and I am willing to pay, so every year I do give a small contribution (just USD 10) to keep it like that!
Jimmy Wales wrote:
<<< Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 470 million different people every month with billions of page views.
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others. >>>