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Sunday, December 17, 2017


See lower part of this blog to learn more about the Wikipedia log
This blog made a cash donation to Wikipedia after being prompted by their annual notice.  We received the following response.  Classy.


Thank you for supporting Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation with your $$$$ gift. Your contribution keeps Wikipedia independent. I’d like to tell you why your gift is so important.

Wikipedia is a global project. At the Wikimedia Foundation, engineers and staff strive to make your Wikipedia experience useful and engaging. We work to make Wikipedia accessible on any internet connection, across any device, no matter where you are. We stand up for the future of the open internet and fight to protect your privacy. We are passionate about making free knowledge available to everyone on the planet. We’re a small team with a big mission, so your contribution matters.

Every day, you make critical decisions based on what you read on the internet. Wikipedia is a vital resource because it offers free, neutral, and unbiased information written by people from all around the world.

Wikipedia would not be possible without a shared commitment from our readers, our editors, and donors like you. Your support of Wikipedia allows us to stay neutral, unbiased, and entirely independent. You know you can rely on us, because Wikipedia can’t be bought. We are here for you, and you are here for us.

By donating you are safeguarding the sum of human knowledge now, and for generations to come.

Thank you for supporting Wikipedia. We hope you will continue to stand on the side of knowledge. If you have friends who use Wikipedia, please invite them, using Facebook or Twitter to donate to Wikipedia.

With gratitude,
Katherine Maher,
Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

Many employers will generously match employee contributions: please check with your employer to see if they have a corporate matching gift program.

Wikipedia logo ball framed on a wall inside its San Francisco office on New Montgomery Street.
Wikipedia Logo Explained.
Each piece bears a glyph (a letter or other character), or glyphs, symbolizing the multilingualism of Wikipedia. As with the Latin letter “W”, these glyphs are in most cases the first glyph or glyphs of the name “Wikipedia” rendered in that language. They are as follows:

Near the center is Latin W. Above that is Japanese ウィ wi; below it are Cyrillic И i, Hebrew ו w, and (barely visible at the bottom) Tamil வி vi.

To the left of the W is Greek Ω ō, and below that are Chinese wéi, Kannada ವಿ vi, and (barely visible at the bottom) Tibetan ཝི wi.
At left, from the top down, are Armenian Վ v, Cambodian វិ vĕ (lying on its side), Bengali u, Devanagari वि vi, and Georgian v.
The right-most column is Ethiopic wə, Arabic و w, Korean wi, and Thai วิ wi.

The empty space at the top represents the incomplete nature of the project, the articles and languages yet to be added.

An initial design of the logo was created by Paul Stansifer, a then 17-year-old Wikipedia user, whose entry won a design competition run by the site in 2003.

Another Wikipedia user, David Friedland, subsequently improved the logo by changing the styling of the jigsaw pieces so that their boundaries seemed indented and simplified their contents to be a single glyph per piece, rather than a jumble of nonsense multilingual text.


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