Today, I took a Ho Stroll down Wikepedia, getting my daily history fix. It started with a video on YouTube about... You know, I have no clue what started it. At one point, I was looking up Boblo Island, a defunct amusement park on Bois Blanc Island between Detroit and Canada. That kicked off a round of abandoned places.
Eventually, I was on Wikipedia getting my daily dose of learning' in, and feeling like a ho. See, every fee months, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, starts pimping the site out for money. Server costs are high, he's broke ass, etc, etc, etc. so, he spends weeks appealing to the better nature of the intertubes. He Feels it is far less intrusive to spend long periods of time taking over half of the screen up with what amounts to begging, than it would be to add some advertisements that we would all simply ignore anyway.
We get it, Jimmy. You don't have any money, because you have morals. You are the website that didn't sell out. Only, maybe it is time to reconsider your approach, Jimmy. Maybe it's time to take on some support of the corporate kind. A small banner at the bottom. Maybe a few redirect pages that show an ad before depositing you at your page.
It isn't likely to drive away users. We already see it on nearly every page we view on the interwebs. Why would wiki be any different? And why, exactly, should we be begged so often, when you have such a viable option when it comes to making money to make your page self sufficient?
Please, get up off your knees, Jimmy. It isn't attractive.