I know this post is pretty off-topic, however I couldn’t control myself from posting on this blog and thought that it’ll be certainly a nice topic of discussion on Blog Design Studio. Couple of days back, I went to a small trip to Shirdi Temple, Ajanta & Ellora Caves and I was stunned to see the wonderful work of art at both the caves. While, I was busy exploring the beauty of the caves, my not so techie friend started the conversation around WikiPedia and started praising that how WikiPedia is helping the world by giving a platform to share the knowledge with the world for free! Although, being a non-techie he was wondering that how do they run the service when they don’t have any business model around it.
I thought that it was my responsibility to inform him that WikiPedia takes donations from the users every year and even put the donation bar on the top, to attract donations and while I was telling him about this, something struck my mind – Why the hell, they are even asking for donations, when they can give donations?
WikiPedia is without a doubt, one of the top 10 visited websites in the world and if they start putting ads on it (non-obtrusive or the ones that don’t ruin the reader’s experience) then I’m sure they’ll make enough revenue to support themselves. Well, honestly they’ll make enough revenue that they’ll be able to donate it to various organizations that are supporting various causes in under-developed countries.
This is one question that has been troubling me from couple of days and I’m wondering if anyone had that idea come in their mind or not. I understand that WikiPedia’s idea is to provide all the information for free and they are not in favor of making money out of the service; well, I’m not even saying them to keep that money, just donate the generated revenue after they are able to support them and they won’t even have to ask for donations.
What are your thoughts on the same? Should WikiPedia ask for donations or should they donate money by making revenue?