Aye, I know it's something new and not that not all together uncontroversial. I posted about my thoughts and proposed plan on enWP last week ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(miscellaneous)#Wikimedia_Shop_Central_Notices_and_Sale_for_Wikipedia_Birthdaywith a pointer on WP:AN) and while we got relatively little conversation on wiki I got a lot of feedback from community members off wiki as well. It was also in the signpost notes last week ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-01-07/News_and_notes) In fact I got 10 users emailing complaining that I was late setting it up this evening (they were right).
The test planned for tomorrow (for Anonymous users in North America, without a discount) is mostly to see the potential for this to fund the Giveaway program we've been running ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Merchandise_giveaways ) that is a run away success. We see both of these as very much a test and even if it succeeds something that should only be done incredibly rarely and with community input, but I think it's a good thing to test. James James Alexander Manager, Merchandise Wikimedia Foundation (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM, Marcin Cieslak <sa...@saper.info> wrote: > Hello, > > I just wanted to share my feelings: I went to en.wikipedia.org today and > I saw this message on top: > > Happy Birthday Wikipedia! > 15% off merchandise today at the Wikimedia Shop > > My first impression was: I think I mistyped the URL... > > //Saper > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l