oh, and further discussion (and where I picked up the links) here;

http://wikipediareview.com/index.php?showtopic=31460

cheers,

Peter,
PM.

On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM, private musings <thepmacco...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On the images front - I suppose I can see what you mean about KISS -
> perhaps I'm more thinking about design rather than images per se -
> it'd be nice in the future to lift the game visually a little.
>
> Incidentally - folks may be interested to read more about some of the
> WMF processes involved in running the fundraiser in the best possible
> way - here's one blog post;
>
> http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/the-science-behind-wikipedias-jimmy-appeal/
>
> and here's a semi-critical analysis;
>
> http://visualjournalism.com/another-beautiful-infographic-with-glaring-errors-goes-viral/2010/11/17/
>
> I'd be wary of asserting things have yet been 'conclusively shown' ;-)
> - It was partly the second blog post that made me feel that a visual
> element which incorporated photography / imagery would be a good idea,
> btw....
>
> cheers,
>
> Peter,
> PM.
>
> On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> not being party to the fundraising discussions, but being involved in the
>> general area of things....
>>
>> It has been conclusively shown by the WMF's own testing of banners, landing
>> pages and payment systems that the more things that are on the landing page,
>> the less likely people are to donate. This goes down to even elements like
>> the "share your message" that was part of the donation process in previous
>> years - removing even that little free-text field significantly increased
>> the donation-rate. Adding photos and videos was tried in the WMF's own
>> testing with a fundriaising impact of decreasing donations. KISS seems to be
>> the guiding principle.
>>
>> The Fundraising agreement in previous years (and presumably this year too)
>> only covers the fundraising period - as determined by the banners and the
>> annual giving campaign. This excludes the rest of the year. So, at least for
>> the time being the "donate" button in the wikimedia interface (left hand
>> toolbar) will remain as it is. This might change in the future, but at the
>> moment everyone is too busy with the big fundraiser to worry about changing
>> that feature which brings in such a small amount relatively speaking.
>>
>> hope that helps.
>>
>> -Liam
>>
>> wittylama.com/blog
>> Peace, love & metadata
>>
>>
>> On 19 November 2010 00:07, private musings <thepmacco...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> I was sorry to have missed this - I probably would have asked about
>>> whether or not there's any way to get an image, or images, onto the
>>> 'landing page' for donations - I think the carousel of WMF projects
>>> has since been added - or possibly it was always there and I missed
>>> it!
>>>
>>> I also wondered if anyone might fancy asking the foundation if the
>>> 'Donate' buttons on the left hand side of the screen might also be
>>> able to use the geo-locate function to enable donations to WMAU that
>>> way also?
>>>
>>> A mini-update as to the monies coming in at this very early stage
>>> would be great too :-)
>>>
>>> cheers,
>>>
>>> Peter,
>>> PM.
>>>
>>> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 7:47 PM, John Vandenberg <jay...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > Hi,
>>> >
>>> > The committee will be available for an informal meeting on IRC
>>> > #wikimedia-au tomorrow evening to discuss how we are going with the
>>> > fundraiser, and anything else of interest.
>>> >
>>> > As this is late notice, a subset of us will be around from 6pm until
>>> > 10pm AEDT in order to cater to both US people staying up late, and
>>> > Western Australians who are a few hours behind.
>>> > The best times to come will be 6:45pm-7:45pm and 9pm-10pm AEDT.
>>> >
>>> > If you do not have an IRC client, there are two ways you can come chat
>>> > using a web browser:  First, using the Wikizine chat gateway at
>>> > <http://chatwikizine.memebot.com/cgi-bin/cgiirc/irc.cgi>. Type a
>>> > nickname, select irc.freenode.net from the top menu and #wikimedia-au
>>> > from the following menu, then login to join.
>>> >
>>> > Or, you can access Freenode by going to http://webchat.freenode.net/,
>>> > typing in the nickname of your choice and choosing #wikimedia-au as
>>> > the channel. You may be prompted to click through a security warning,
>>> > which you can click to accept.
>>> >
>>> > --
>>> > John Vandenberg
>>> >
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