Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-08 Thread phoebe ayers
Thank you, Megan :)

(besides the part where we get to continue to operate) the notes
were/are my favorite part of the fundraiser. So nice!

best,
phoebe

On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM, Megan Hernandez
mhernan...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi everyone,

 Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely notes.
  Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.

 Enjoy!


 The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
 looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the day
 after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
 away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
 understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground' that
 created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
 province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
 Epiphany'.


 Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
 information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
 and volunteers!!

 My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From studying
 Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
 America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
 information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
 that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by volunteers,
 people who just wanted to make the world a better place.

 Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
 more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
 organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
 the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
 the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life and
 not just a luxury.

 Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
 the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
 articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
 expeditions.

 I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my high
 school graduation.

 It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
 [Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.

 My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
 being.

 You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!

 web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
 even if only a tad.

 so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable junque;
 so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.

 I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information available
 anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your Excellence
 }i{  That;s a butterfly for you
 This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
 original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
 its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
 everyone at no cost.

 I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
 things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.


 I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
 college did!


 It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
 common good!


 I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
 founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
 collaborative human achievement you are building!


 It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
 comprehend.
 This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
 knowledge by and for all.

 When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
 has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from Back
 to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.

 Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(

 it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge

 I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is useful
 to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
 maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic about
 the world. Thank you.

 I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be much
 smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
 know a whole lot more useless shit. I've heard (don't know for sure if it's
 true, doesn't matter) that the bigger a person's brain is, typically, the
 smarter that person is. So, if that is true, I think it's likely that
 because of this site, in about 50 years, humans will have huge heads. Their
 heads will look like the aliens' heads did in attack from mars. If y'all
 ever get into commercials for whatever reason, you 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-08 Thread ENWP Pine
Thanks very much, Megan. It's very nice to hear this.

Pine


 Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2013 19:42:06 -0800
 From: Megan Hernandez mhernan...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you
 Message-ID:
   CAE1+vxPHbrLaibiteyEq8QBdK51K4DJw6fU5fX6=a1uaass...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
 
 Hi everyone,
 
 Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely notes.
  Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.
 
 Enjoy!
 
 
 The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
 looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the day
 after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
 away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
 understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground' that
 created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
 province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
 Epiphany'.
 
 
 Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
 information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
 and volunteers!!
 
 My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From studying
 Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
 America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
 information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
 that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by volunteers,
 people who just wanted to make the world a better place.
 
 Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
 more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
 organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
 the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
 the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life and
 not just a luxury.
 
 Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
 the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
 articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
 expeditions.
 
 I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my high
 school graduation.
 
 It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
 [Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.
 
 My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
 being.
 
 You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!
 
 web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
 even if only a tad.
 
 so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable junque;
 so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.
 
 I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information available
 anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your Excellence
 }i{  That;s a butterfly for you
 This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
 original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
 its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
 everyone at no cost.
 
 I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
 things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.
 
 
 I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
 college did!
 
 
 It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
 common good!
 
 
 I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
 founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
 collaborative human achievement you are building!
 
 
 It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
 comprehend.
 This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
 knowledge by and for all.
 
 When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
 has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from Back
 to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.
 
 Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(
 
 it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge
 
 I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is useful
 to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
 maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic about
 the world. Thank you.
 
 I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be much
 smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
 know a whole lot more useless shit. I've heard (don't know for sure if it's
 true, doesn't matter) that the bigger a person's brain is, typically, the
 smarter that person is. So, if that is true, I think it's likely that
 because of this site

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-08 Thread Fhaidel Dominguez
I have forwarded this to our list. Very motivational. :)

Thank you, Megan


2013/12/8 ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com

 Thanks very much, Megan. It's very nice to hear this.

 Pine


  Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2013 19:42:06 -0800
  From: Megan Hernandez mhernan...@wikimedia.org
  To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you
  Message-ID:
CAE1+vxPHbrLaibiteyEq8QBdK51K4DJw6fU5fX6=
 a1uaass...@mail.gmail.com
  Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
 
  Hi everyone,
 
  Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely
 notes.
   Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.
 
  Enjoy!
 
 
  The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
  looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the
 day
  after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
  away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
  understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground'
 that
  created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
  province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
  Epiphany'.
 
 
  Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
  information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
  and volunteers!!
 
  My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From
 studying
  Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
  America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
  information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
  that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by
 volunteers,
  people who just wanted to make the world a better place.
 
  Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
  more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
  organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
  the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
  the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life
 and
  not just a luxury.
 
  Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
  the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
  articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
  expeditions.
 
  I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my
 high
  school graduation.
 
  It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
  [Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.
 
  My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
  being.
 
  You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!
 
  web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
  even if only a tad.
 
  so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable
 junque;
  so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.
 
  I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information
 available
  anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your
 Excellence
  }i{  That;s a butterfly for you
  This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
  original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
  its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
  everyone at no cost.
 
  I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
  things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.
 
 
  I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
  college did!
 
 
  It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
  common good!
 
 
  I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
  founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
  collaborative human achievement you are building!
 
 
  It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
  comprehend.
  This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
  knowledge by and for all.
 
  When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
  has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from
 Back
  to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.
 
  Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(
 
  it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge
 
  I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is
 useful
  to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
  maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic
 about
  the world. Thank you.
 
  I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be
 much
  smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
  know a whole lot more

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-08 Thread Keegan Peterzell
Thank you for sharing these donation comments with us, Megan. Reading donor
emails was one of the most rewarding experiences of working on Fundraising
2010 that I had. It's fantastic and moving to read feedback from the
99.99% of the global population that does not edit.

Most importantly, thank you to those on this list and those not as well
that contribute content to Wikimedia projects. Without you there would
neither be need for fundraising nor such an overwhelming result fundraising
has, as well as the fundraising team for making the process streamlined,
transparent, and efficient.

-- 
~Keegan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Keegan
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-08 Thread Todd Allen
Thanks indeed. It's awfully nice to know all that time I've put in over the
years has gone somewhere. This thing that millions of people have made is
truly amazing and has brought knowledge to probably billions, and it's good
to keep that in sight every so often.


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 Thank you for sharing these donation comments with us, Megan. Reading donor
 emails was one of the most rewarding experiences of working on Fundraising
 2010 that I had. It's fantastic and moving to read feedback from the
 99.99% of the global population that does not edit.

 Most importantly, thank you to those on this list and those not as well
 that contribute content to Wikimedia projects. Without you there would
 neither be need for fundraising nor such an overwhelming result fundraising
 has, as well as the fundraising team for making the process streamlined,
 transparent, and efficient.

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[Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-07 Thread Megan Hernandez
Hi everyone,

Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely notes.
 Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.

Enjoy!


The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the day
after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground' that
created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
Epiphany'.


Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
and volunteers!!

My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From studying
Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by volunteers,
people who just wanted to make the world a better place.

Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life and
not just a luxury.

Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
expeditions.

I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my high
school graduation.

It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
[Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.

My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
being.

You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!

web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
even if only a tad.

so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable junque;
so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.

I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information available
anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your Excellence
}i{  That;s a butterfly for you
This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
everyone at no cost.

I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.


I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
college did!


It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
common good!


I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
collaborative human achievement you are building!


It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
comprehend.
This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
knowledge by and for all.

When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from Back
to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.

Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(

it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge

I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is useful
to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic about
the world. Thank you.

I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be much
smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
know a whole lot more useless shit. I've heard (don't know for sure if it's
true, doesn't matter) that the bigger a person's brain is, typically, the
smarter that person is. So, if that is true, I think it's likely that
because of this site, in about 50 years, humans will have huge heads. Their
heads will look like the aliens' heads did in attack from mars. If y'all
ever get into commercials for whatever reason, you could use that and
probably make it really funny :)

It's like that reliable family member or friend who's an expert at
something or the other.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to the men and women who tirelessly work on
keeping Wikipedia the wonderful website it is.

There's nothing you can't find on Wikipedia, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-07 Thread Amy Vossbrinck
Thanks very much for sharing this .  It is, indeed, inspirational .

Sent from my iPhone

 On Dec 7, 2013, at 7:42 PM, Megan Hernandez mhernan...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely notes.
 Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.

 Enjoy!


 The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
 looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the day
 after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
 away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
 understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground' that
 created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
 province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
 Epiphany'.


 Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
 information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
 and volunteers!!

 My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From studying
 Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
 America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
 information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
 that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by volunteers,
 people who just wanted to make the world a better place.

 Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
 more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
 organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
 the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
 the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life and
 not just a luxury.

 Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
 the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
 articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
 expeditions.

 I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my high
 school graduation.

 It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
 [Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.

 My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
 being.

 You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!

 web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
 even if only a tad.

 so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable junque;
 so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.

 I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information available
 anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your Excellence
 }i{  That;s a butterfly for you
 This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
 original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
 its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
 everyone at no cost.

 I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
 things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.


 I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
 college did!


 It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
 common good!


 I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
 founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
 collaborative human achievement you are building!


 It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
 comprehend.
 This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
 knowledge by and for all.

 When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
 has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from Back
 to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.

 Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(

 it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge

 I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is useful
 to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
 maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic about
 the world. Thank you.

 I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be much
 smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
 know a whole lot more useless shit. I've heard (don't know for sure if it's
 true, doesn't matter) that the bigger a person's brain is, typically, the
 smarter that person is. So, if that is true, I think it's likely that
 because of this site, in about 50 years, humans will have huge heads. Their
 heads will look like the aliens' heads did in attack from mars. If y'all
 ever get into commercials for whatever reason, you could use that and
 probably make it really funny :)

 It's like