Is Wikipedia Really Going Broke?

Wikipedia is controlled by the Wikimedia Foundation which, according to its Form 990 on file with the Internal Revenue Service, has millions of dollars.  Thus, why is Wikipedia always begging for money, giving the impression that it is about to collapse?  Also, why should people in the United States be expected to support a foreign publication like Wikipedia, which uses British spelling, the metric system, and Euro amounts when reporting monetary values?

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  • Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Wikipedia is not "foreign", but "multinational".

    it reports local information depending on the locale of the topic. if you look up a British actor, for instance, their income in pounds.

    Japanese actors' incomes are thus reported in Yen.

    as for begging for money, you clearly have no idea how much it costs to keep such a large database running, AND accurate...

    they aren't "about to collapse", but without contributions, they wouldn't be able to be free.

    how much do YOU use them without paying?

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  • 4 months ago

    You're ******* retarded. It costs a lot of money to maintain a website with the amount of traffic Wikipedia receives. If it isn't getting money from donations, it can't continue to operate. And if it was a "foreign" publication, it wouldn't need to file anything with the IRS at all. The reason there are so many articles with British spellings and Euro amounts is because there are lots of people from those countries who create, read, and edit those articles.The reason Americans should support it is because they also read it.

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    I can think of tons of things that are wrong with Wikiwacky, but your list is the dumbest I've ever seen.

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