Bohdan Melnychuk wrote: >Yeah ad is the word. We claim Wikipedia being ad-less but actually we >are showing people stuff which only in deep sense is different from ads >but looks exactly the same. Or, actually, in this case it looks worse. I >really have a difficulty recalling a site which shows me so little >content initially because the rest is covered in ads. This all went too >far and I hope that Fundraising guys think of less haunting way of >calling for donation.
Yes, it's definitely an advertisement. Adblock and others should treat it as such. I don't think this ad is haunting, though. I'm a little sad that when I clicked the Imgur link, I actually expected worse. Sadly, other sites can be more obnoxious. Some sites have interstitial advertisements that include auto-playing video. The Wikimedia Foundation has not yet sunk to that yet. Samuel Klein wrote: >I think a more pressing response to this is to reduce the budget to get >some breathing room, increase work through partnerships (which Wikimedia >doesn't have to fund entirely on its own), and increase non-banner revenue >streams. > >It's also key to improve banner effectiveness. How nice it would be to >have a composite that combines measures of the favorability of the banner >among readers (most of whom don't donate anyway), mood setting & meme >propagation, and the reduction in usability of the site (which may have an >effect over months), against the immediate fundraising impact. A banner >that is 5% better with improved favorability among readers may be better >than a banner that is 20% better but with double the unfavorability. > >There are thousands of worthy projects that have expanded their budgets as >far as they could, then expand in-your-face banners as far as they can, >and only stop once their sites are quite difficult to use. It happens >gradually (I'm looking at you, Wikia ;) but the result is the usability >equivalent of linkrot. Let's not let WP end up like that. I don't have much to add to what SJ wrote recently in a related thread. MZMcBride _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>