Je suis allé sur Wikipedia pour avoir plus de renseignements sur le One-Time Pad, et je suis tombé sur leur bannière d'appel aux dons.

J'ai toujours profondément respecté et admiré le projet Wikipedia. L'ensemble de la communauté a accompli une tâche colossale en quelques années : rendre obsolète les encyclopédies papiers, dans presque tout les domaines possibles, en offrant des informations généralement claires et souvent exactes.

Et pourtant, quand on y réfléchi, Wikipedia a fait beaucoup plus que cela. Supposons que vous souhaitiez avoir des informations exhaustives sur les droïdes restés loyaux à l'Empire durant la guerre des clones, vers où vous seriez vous tourné il y a dix ans ? Probablement un forum en ligne, et quinze personnes vous auraient soumis des réponses sans que vous ne puissiez vraiment être certain de leur véracité. Maintenant, il vous suffit d'aller sur l'article Clone Trooper de Wookieepedia, et vous trouverez vos réponses. Pareil pour le Seigneur des Anneaux (One Wiki to Rule Them All) ou un nombre colossal d'autres univers parallèles (cf la page d'index de wikia).

Wikipedia a initié un mouvement, celui du partage ordonné de la connaissance. Alors franchement, 10$ par an pour permettre à la fondation de continuer son travail, ça vaut bien le coup, non ?

Dear Maël,

Thank you for donating to the Wikimedia Foundation. You are wonderful!

It's easy to ignore our fundraising banners, and I'm really glad you didn't. This is how Wikipedia pays its bills --- people like you giving us money, so we can keep the site freely available for everyone around the world.

People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful, and they trust it because even though it's not perfect, they know it's written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody's PR agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe something that's not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia. Exactly as it should be.

You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl Sagan.

On behalf of those people, and the half-billion other readers of Wikipedia and its sister sites and projects, I thank you for joining us in our effort to make the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. Your donation makes the world a better place. Thank you.

Most people don't know Wikipedia's run by a non-profit. Please consider sharing this e-mail with a few of your friends to encourage them to donate too. And if you're interested, you should try adding some new information to Wikipedia. If you see a typo or other small mistake, please fix it, and if you find something missing, please add it. There are resources here that can help you get started. Don't worry about making a mistake: that's normal when people first start editing and if it happens, other Wikipedians will be happy to fix it for you.

I appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you we'll use your money well.

Thanks, Sue