We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Other websites ask you to use their Amazon links or whatever to bring them a little revenue. Not us. It's just not worth the trouble (unless you wish to carry suitcases of cash to our bank in the Caymans like the Dunkin Donuts people, Sierra Trading Post, Bob Dylan, Sippican Cottage Furniture, and several others we routinely advertise, do).
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Like most people, I find Wikipedia to be an extremely handy introduction to all sorts of topics. At the very least, it offers enough information to be able to fool people into thinking that you know what you're talking about. At the most, a pretty good elementary education.
The old Britannica totally missed the boat. The writing was wordy, pedantic, the print was too small, it was expensive, and there were not enough pictures.
As everybody knows, Wiki is non-profit because Jimmy Wales just does his own thing and refuses to monetize his remarkable creation. They need money to operate, though, so throw them a few bucks if you use them. Their fundraiser is now.
Thank you for the reminder about Wikipedia's fundraiser. Done.
Two years ago, along with my annual donation to our town library, I wrote a note "over the past year I've noticed I've received much more information from the internet than from Norwich library." I received a receipt with a hand-written note reminding me of the personal face-to-face interactions one receives at the library.
True. I'm happy to donate to both, and to add that Van Der Loon (sic) character this year. Just blessed to live in an information-rich era, and to have such a diversity of sources so easily available.
Wikipedia, like Drudge, is one of a small handful of starting places to start lookups, much like the abstract collections so dear to anyone who had to do literature searches in pre-internet days. It's well worth a few doubloons now and then. In recent years I've refused to donate to anyone not conspicuously non-plutocrat and non-commercial. That really narrows down the field.
Wikipedia is surprisingly decent at what it does, but has one major limitation: because it's so easy to edit, any entry on a controversial topic is certain to be the object of an "editing war" and to have substantial material left out. Thus WP is only a place to start lookups.
Please advise if Wikipedia now allows AGW skeptics. Some time back a Wiki editor was as bad or worse than Robert Kennedy jr & used his position to suppress any doubt. That editor does affect my support.
And anything you post that doesn't agree with the Party Line that humans are EVIL and destroy the planet with CO2 will still get edited into oblivion, just not officially.
They may on paper "allow" the truth, but in reality they do nothing to prevent the truth from being sabotaged.
And things like that is why I won't support them. It's not just AGW, it's the far left political leaning of many of the big shot editors and moderators as a whole.
I've had numerous edits I made over the years deleted or corrupted just because they didn't match the political ideology of the "community leaders", including many things that are easily verifiable in history books and included references.
Wikipedia's editors are often more than happy to delete facts, or allow known falsehoods b/c it suits their fancy. It is full of deceit about a variety of issues, and has become an established element of the biased MSM.
I made small donation a couple of years ago and was thanked by them running a "featured article" celebrating some aspect of the destruction of traditional Western civilization. I will continue to use them for the reasons you identify, but I won't fund them.