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2007-02-10 10:48:42 AM  
Naaah--Google will buy it and stick some engineered ads in it.
 
2007-02-10 10:53:22 AM  
consciousNOT: Naaah--Google will buy it and stick some engineered ads in it.

They could probably save themselves with google adsense.
 
2007-02-10 10:59:52 AM  
Didn't they just have a big fundraiser thing?
 
2007-02-10 11:00:42 AM  
The dude who runs it is loaded. Aint no Joe who got all that dough by being slow in the head.
 
2007-02-10 11:06:41 AM  
The odds of Wikipedia being sold are slim.I think ads or sponsored links are in Wiki's future.
 
2007-02-10 11:07:08 AM  
consciousNOT: Naaah--Google will buy it and stick some engineered ads in it.

All too plausible, especially as they didn't realise that YouTube was a liability nightmare.

/goes off to add libellous section about Dubya's teenage years
 
2007-02-10 11:18:04 AM  
yeah.. I think they just raised over a million.... they are good.
 
2007-02-10 11:47:41 AM  
omega male: yeah.. I think they just raised over a million.... they are good.

No they aren't. Wikimedia's operating expenses are at least $5 million per year, and they only managed to raise $1 million because of unprecedented (for Wikipedia) corporate sponsorships.

Quite frankly, they can go fark themselves. They're still arguing over whether depictions of Muhammad are encyclopedic or just a sign that all non-Muslims are twatwaffles.
 
2007-02-10 12:40:01 PM  
I, for one, will miss the ability to edit Wikipedia pages in order to win Internet arguments. Like the time I was told figure skating was a sport becuase wikipedia said it was. Well, it did until I changed Wikipedia. Good times, good times.

Good night, inaccurate man.
 
2007-02-10 12:45:29 PM  
Bake Sale
 
2007-02-10 12:56:24 PM  
Step 1: Start non-profit website that is a victim of its own success
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit?
 
2007-02-10 01:28:05 PM  
Blame That Crazy Astronaut Chick.
 
2007-02-10 01:29:13 PM  
Okay, I'll bite, captainktainer... tell us why are Wikipedia's operating expenses $5 million per year on a website largely administrated by its users. I'm curious.
 
2007-02-10 01:30:24 PM  
Over 350 Servers, in different locations.

/Wikimedian
 
2007-02-10 01:30:33 PM  
I'd hit it.
 
2007-02-10 01:30:36 PM  
How can college kids bullshiat all their papers now?
 
2007-02-10 01:30:41 PM  
HeathSteele: I, for one, will miss the ability to edit Wikipedia pages in order to win Internet arguments. Like the time I was told figure skating was a sport becuase wikipedia said it was. Well, it did until I changed Wikipedia. Good times, good times.

Good night, inaccurate man.


... and how long did your changes stay up there? A couple hours at most?

Good night, stupid man.
 
2007-02-10 01:30:56 PM  
2007-02-10 11:47:41 AM captainktainer [TOTALFARK]

They're still arguing over whether depictions of Muhammad are encyclopedic or just a sign that all non-Muslims are twatwaffles.

Heh heh...I'm gonna remember that...
 
2007-02-10 01:32:17 PM  
Chastain86: tell us why are Wikipedia's operating expenses $5 million per year on a website largely administrated by its users. I'm curious.

Bandwidth

Storage.
 
2007-02-10 01:32:51 PM  
Chastain86

Okay, I'll bite, captainktainer... tell us why are Wikipedia's operating expenses $5 million per year on a website largely administrated by its users. I'm curious.

Probably something to do with the billions of hits it takes. I usually look it up dozens of times a day.
 
2007-02-10 01:33:04 PM  
Start charging to edit articles. Not much, $25 or so. It will end malicious edits and provide some revenue.
 
2007-02-10 01:33:05 PM  
Hell, Kinetocracy, every time I attempt to put in some verified quotes on Wikiquote, some twatwaffle comes along and wipes them out in mere minutes.

I say let Wikipedia DIAF.
 
2007-02-10 01:33:38 PM  
garage sale of all the old stuff..... like fark did
 
2007-02-10 01:34:03 PM  
Why I didn't like gym:

1. They didn't teach us the rules to the games we played, they just assumed we knew them ("too many men in the key foul" -- still don't know what that is to this day, but we did it a lot)

2. Showers to short to properly get clean, thus not wanting to get sweaty.

3. All through elementary school you repeatedly fail the Presidents Fitness test, so by 7th grade you assume you'll just always be scrawny and don't see any point. I ran and played in a huge forest of a yard, but my arms didn't allow me to do enough pull ups.

4. No teaching of what builds muscle and what nutrition is needed to build muscle.

5. As an adult, as a geek, I did the research. I bike 2 hours a day while playing World of Warcraft and do my weight training.

High school gym was a complete waist of time, but I can probably out-run and kick the ass of nearly my entire graduating class now. Suck it, Matt and Trey.
 
2007-02-10 01:34:10 PM  
Farkepedia?

/hmmmm
 
2007-02-10 01:34:31 PM  
raiden23

Start charging to edit articles. Not much, $25 or so. It will end malicious edits and provide some revenue.

And destroy any semblance of credibility. *This article on Global Warming is sponsored by ExxonMobil*.
 
2007-02-10 01:34:48 PM  
I can definitely see bandwidth and storage... but to the tune of $5 million per year? That's staggering to me.

At that price, they should just let Google or some other multinational conglomerate buy it outright.
 
2007-02-10 01:35:13 PM  
Um, Dustin_00, I think you posted in the wrong thread.

Carry on.
 
2007-02-10 01:35:43 PM  
raiden23: Start charging to edit articles. Not much, $25 or so. It will end malicious edits and provide some revenue.

Just following your reasoning through, why would someone pay to offer their services?
 
2007-02-10 01:37:04 PM  
Bad_Seed

Hmmm... yeah you're right. However, Wikipedia has no credibility now.
 
2007-02-10 01:37:07 PM  
It can't die quickly enough.
 
2007-02-10 01:37:19 PM  
Dustin_00 Right on! FOR FREEEEDOOOOM!!!111
 
2007-02-10 01:38:35 PM  
The claim there are 350 servers world-wide is bullshiat. If you perform a traceroute you'll see it vanished into MCI hub in Langley, Virginia.
 
2007-02-10 01:39:08 PM  
Well, I would pay to correct an inaccuracy relating to me. But yeah, I guess my idea was pretty dumb.

/duh
 
2007-02-10 01:39:16 PM  
The claim there are 350 servers world-wide is bullshiat. If you perform a traceroute you'll see it vanishes into Richard Mellon Scaife's headquarters.
 
2007-02-10 01:39:30 PM  

And destroy any semblance of credibility. *This article on Global Warming is sponsored by ExxonMobil*.


Reality is a commodity.
 
2007-02-10 01:40:28 PM  
Pay to edit? I can see it now. You think wikipedia is screwed now, just wait till you cant edit out stupid advertisements from companies who, "paid to edit".
 
2007-02-10 01:41:33 PM  
raiden23: Well, I would pay to correct an inaccuracy relating to me. But yeah, I guess my idea was pretty dumb.

My God it's refreshing when someone on the Internet changes his mind and admits it.

/back to the evolution thread, where this is not going to happen
 
2007-02-10 01:43:24 PM  
They need to form a partnership with Google. I bet a good percentage of their costs are bandwidth, and Google has plenty.
 
2007-02-10 01:44:00 PM  
Since its about Wikipedia, how do we know its even true?

/Isn't that how they run that site?
 
2007-02-10 01:44:24 PM  
raiden23

Hmmm... yeah you're right. However, Wikipedia has no credibility now.

Well, it depends on what you mean by credibility. I'd argue that Wikipedia is much more credible than a random site on the internet. Yes, there are errors, bias and wikialities, but at least with the open-source model you can examine those if you wish. And any important article will contain at least the aggregate of people's opinion on the topic.

IMO that's much better than a commercially funded site whose agenda may not be clear and whose content generation is obscure. Going back to the Global warming example, www.junkscience.com is funded by ExxonMobil, yet I bet 99% of it's visitors don't know that.

On the other hand there are sites which can provide much more detailed, reliable and credible information on any given topic, but no site which can provide it on all topics.
 
2007-02-10 01:45:05 PM  
re: google buying wikimedia/wikipedia

No one has to "BUY" wikipedia. All of its' content is licensed under the GFDL, which means *ANYONE* can simply take a dump of Wikipedia and set up their own mirror or fork or whatever, with ads, with commercial intent, anything.
 
2007-02-10 01:45:09 PM  
Stereolab:

Admitting when i'm wrong is my way of compensating for lack of intelligence:)
 
2007-02-10 01:45:50 PM  
I blame Clinton.
 
2007-02-10 01:47:01 PM  
DO NOT WANT!
 
2007-02-10 01:48:50 PM  
Wikipedia will never close. It's probably worth about $5 billion.
 
2007-02-10 01:49:59 PM  
DIAF, Wikipedia.
kthxbai
 
2007-02-10 01:51:10 PM  
HeathSteele: I, for one, will miss the ability to edit Wikipedia pages in order to win Internet arguments. Like the time I was told figure skating was a sport becuase wikipedia said it was. Well, it did until I changed Wikipedia. Good times, good times.

KinetocracyGood night, inaccurate man.

... and how long did your changes stay up there? A couple hours at most?

Good night, stupid man.


before you are so quick to judge, Heath is somewhat right, Figure Skating was not a sport for a long time, it only became one about what ten years ago, when Tonya Harding got it inducted as a subbranch or Wrestling (WWF style, not G/R style)
 
2007-02-10 01:51:20 PM  
Chastain86 tell us why are Wikipedia's operating expenses $5 million per year on a website largely administrated by its users. I'm curious.

The chairwoman of the Wikimedia Foundation's salary probably accounts for a big chunk of that...
 
2007-02-10 01:51:25 PM  
fred_chan

Didn't they just have a big fundraiser thing?

I was gonna come in here and say this as well....
 
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