Wikipedia Asking For Donations

Used Wikipedia this morning. Up popped a begging letter,

"Dear Wikipedia readers: We are the small non-profit that runs the #5 website in the world. We have only 150 staff but serve 450 million users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, rent, programs, and staff. Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind, a place we can all go to think and learn. To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations averaging about £20. If everyone reading this gave £3, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. If Wikipedia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia. Thank you."

Well, if they hadn't come along and put book encyclopedias out of business, ... Still, £3 isn't a bad price to pay for all that knowledge.

There are alternatives. offers premium service at just 96p a week.