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Government The Almighty Buck Wikipedia

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign 252

Posted by timothy
from the citizens-united dept.
linjaaho writes "Yesterday, the admin list of Finnish language Wikipedia received a request for comment from the National Police Board of Finland. The Police Board claims that the fundraising message appearing on the top of the Wikipedia pages is illegal fundraising and is punishable by criminal law. The Police Board asks how much money have they raised and ask for justification for the campaign. This is not the first time the Police Board has attacked fundraising; in 2012, a crowdfunded textbook Kickstarter project was delayed by a similar request for comment."
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Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

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  • Re:Tyranny (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MightyMartian (840721) on Saturday February 08, 2014 @12:50PM (#46196771) Journal

    In other words, Finnish police, like police all over the world, are ignorant morons.

  • Re:wikipedia (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Soulskill (1459) Works for Slashdot on Saturday February 08, 2014 @07:38PM (#46199325) Homepage

    You're right -- we should have communicated it better. It would have been my preference to get closer to feature parity, too, personally. But I do see value in rolling it out to more people, particularly when they're free to switch back to the Classic site. It helps a lot with the statistical significance of the feedback. Our earliest, invite-only alpha got very positive feedback overall. If we'd just gone with that, we'd be in serious trouble.

    I got some numbers for you on the D1 system. The total number of users who have it enabled is very small -- less than 10,000 out of 3M+ accounts.

    However, among active users, the percentage is much higher -- around 10%. And those users contribute roughly 15% of the comments on the site.

Money may buy friendship but money cannot buy love.