I agree that praying emojis look like a certain type of religious practice,
a hand gesture that implies certain religions and not others.

I assume the fundraising team would have the good sense not to describe
their campaign as a crusade or a jihad. Even if they had carefully targeted
that emoji to cultures where it was close to common currency, I think it
was inappropriate.

But I'm also concerned at the 98% look away bit. Presumably this was tested
and at least in the short term it raised more funds. The problem may be
longer term, it looked to me the sort of counterproductive message that
normalises not giving rather than normalising giving.

We need to remember the long term impact of our messaging on the people who
are less inclined to give as well as the short term impact on donations. To
me that 98% pitch looked like as much of a mistake as the £5 coffee ad that
fed the overpaid and wasteful meme.

I've seen some marketing from other organisations in the last few months
that has been more along the lines of "We know that money is tighter than
usual for a lot of the people who usually support us, and if you are one of
them we get that you can't give us money this year. But if you find
******** useful, and you are one of those people who is financially OK in
these troubled times, then please make a donation". Most people can
identify with one or other of those groups, and I suspect neither would
think the worse of us for pitching to them in those terms.



On Sat, 5 Dec 2020 at 14:24, <wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org>

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> From: Chris Gates <verm...@vtwp.org>
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> I opened a browser I’m not logged in on to see what these ads were.
> Here is the text, unedited, of the second ad I was shown (after closing the
> first):
> “Hi reader 🙂. Sorry for the interruption, but this Saturday Wikipedia
> really needs your help. This is the 3rd appeal we've shown you. 98% of our
> readers don't give; they look the other way 😢. All we ask is $2.75 and
> then you can get back to your article. We ask you, humbly: please don't
> scroll away 🙏🙏.“
> It would be quite helpful if the WMF’s marketing and fundraising-focused
> teams weren’t so intent on destroying Wikipedia’s reputation. I, and I’m
> sure most editors, don’t care that praying and crying emojis illicit more
> money. There are social and reputation costs to portraying Wikipedia like a
> crying, praying beggar about to go broke. And though I understand the
> employees responsible for pushing this nonsense in front of every reader
> evidently do not care about the costs of their actions, and only whatever
> money they can get from it, it remains wholly unacceptable.
> Tell me: why should I volunteer to work on a project whose owners,
> regardless of the incredibly large quantities of money they already have,
> seek frequently to illicit donations through methods that damage
> Wikipedia’s reputation? Why would I give hours of my time a week to make
> Wikimedia projects clear of vandalism and abuse, seeking to give readers
> the impression of a functional and reliable source of information, knowing
> that some marketing person could undo all of the volunteers’ work through
> some ad campaign?
> And yes, I also understand that volunteers complain every time this
> happens. There’s very good reason to do so, as every time these campaigns
> go out they are worse than the last, wholly ignorant of community wishes,
> and taking no views into account other than those who reflect purely a goal
> of getting more donations.
> Regards,
> Vermont
> On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 05:22 Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Let's try kicking this perennial thead again.
> >
> > This morning (5 Dec 2020) I paused cooling my porridge when looking up
> > how Wikipedia describes 'Latinx' usage on my cellular, I was faced
> > with a *2 page* advert.
> > * The advert meant nothing of the article could be seen, not even the
> > title, without having to pass the two pages of several big blue
> > fundraising notices.
> > * There's some statements in those notices that, frankly, look
> > unencyclopaedic like "People told us we'd regret making Wikipedia a
> > non-profit". That's a literally untrue Trumpian political sentence if
> > ever I saw one.
> > * The 2 pages close with "We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away"
> > followed by a single option of a "MAYBE LATER" link (not a 'go away
> > forever please' link, and yes, it's really in shouty all caps).
> >
> > I might have passed on thinking, gah, not again, but there is a
> > further sting in this tale. After working out that there was a "No
> > thanks" link back at the start in a font smaller than all the notice
> > text, you are faced with a second big red fundraising notice. This one
> > has a sad weeping emoji in it, because you are going to "look the
> > other way". I guess the idea is to make it feel like you are
> > heartlessly walking past a beggar on the street without having the
> > humanity to look at them, not sure how else this is supposed to read.
> > It closes with the same "humbly" sentence, but this time with two
> > emojis that are begging or praying hands. Personally I find being
> > prayed at slightly offensive, Wikipedia being a haven of logical
> > thought, not a church, but that's probably me being too black hat.
> >
> > Isn't it about time the $100,000,000+ a year WMF made a design choice
> > to stay classy and avoid multiple full page banners begging the public
> > for money like it was about to go bust? It looks desperate because
> > there's no other honest way to describe it.
> >
> > Stay safe, wear a mask,
> > Fae
> >
> > On Tue, 5 May 2020 at 12:58, WereSpielChequers
> > <werespielchequ...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Given the large reserves that the WMF carries, and the savings from
> > > cancelling events such as Wikimania 2020, I would have thought that the
> > WMF
> > > was one organisation that could afford to pause its fundraising for a
> few
> > > months. At least in countries where the economy is in freefall.
> > >
> > > In a few months time lots of people will still be in a financial mess.
> > But
> > > the large number of people who are currently going to be worried about
> > > their financial future will hopefully be divided into those who have
> kept
> > > their jobs. or got new ones and those who were right to be worried.
> > > Hopefully some of those who come through this financially OK will be
> in a
> > > position to donate.
> > >
> > > WSC
> > >
> > > On Tue, 5 May 2020 at 11:25, <wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org>
> > > wrote:
> > >
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