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Old 11-16-2010, 06:46 PM
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Jimmy Wales, I Am Sick Of Your Face

I love Wikipedia and think everything should toss a few bucks at it. But Jimmy Wales, please. I know Wikipedia needs money, but there's an old advertising slogan: don't put the client in the ad.

I am sick of seeing your goddamn face every time I use Wikipedia. It makes me want my money back. If you insist on having a face there, how about someone I at least find attractive, like Jessica Alba, or Laetitia Casta, or Christina Hendicks, or George Clooney?

And if you absolutely must make it YOUR face, take a step closer to the fucking razor.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:50 PM
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I agree. That banner at the top is annoying. I prefer their donation banners that have quotes of Wikipedia users and a bar that shows how much money has been collected.

Fortunately, you can click the x on the top right on the banner, and it goes away, even the next time you open the browser.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:51 PM
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Damn straight. Also, Yahoo needs to fire whomever came up with the idea that anybody wants to look at some huge honking picture of some random person when they're logging into email. Sheesh.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:57 PM
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Damn straight. Also, Yahoo needs to fire whomever came up with the idea that anybody wants to look at some huge honking picture of some random person when they're logging into email. Sheesh.
I hate the one with that woman who has a Yahoo emoticon tattooed on her arm. Wtf? Who would do that?
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:59 PM
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Damn straight. Also, Yahoo needs to fire whomever came up with the idea that anybody wants to look at some huge honking picture of some random person when they're logging into email. Sheesh.
What does Yahoo have to do with the gmail login page?
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:33 PM
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According to this story, while the sight of Wales' face might be annoying some people (like the OP and me), it has actually been more successful at soliciting donations than other appeals on the Wikipedia site.
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In fact, open data provided by the Wikimedia Foundation reveals that the giant Jimmy Wales ad is not just a monument to the founder’s egomania, but that it’s emerged at the top in a process of natural selection, testing much better than other appeals.

Appeals like “thanks for the brain massage” (cutesy) and “Admit it – without Wikipedia you never could have finished that report” (too close to home?) had lower click-through rates and far lower eventual donation rates on a per-day basis than giant Jimmy.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:49 PM
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So they came up with an idea less terrible than the previous ones.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:18 PM
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\m/!!!!!!!!!!

Guy exudes so much douchebag I bet you'd hear water splashing off in the distance every time he opens his mouth. I admit, I am somewhat disinclined to donate since I've been forced to endure looking upon his countenance every time I open the site.

P.S. Extra \m/ for the Laetitia Casta namedrop.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:27 PM
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Funny, after I saw the banner I donated to Wikipedia for the first time.
Let's be honest, it may have shortcomings, but Wikipedia is one of the greatest achievements of the Internet.
I say, way to go, Jimmy!
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:00 PM
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Guy exudes so much douchebag I bet you'd hear water splashing off in the distance every time he opens his mouth.
But he's a self-proclaimed Randian objectivist, so you just know that he's a really great guy.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:09 PM
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I agree. That banner at the top is annoying. I prefer their donation banners that have quotes of Wikipedia users and a bar that shows how much money has been collected.

Fortunately, you can click the x on the top right on the banner, and it goes away, even the next time you open the browser.
Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

This has been annoying me for the past week or so. I use Wikipedia a dozen times a day or more, and I was getting really tired of his ugly mug (though not enough to start a thread on it), but never noticed the go-away x.
Maybe I'll even make a donation now...
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:25 PM
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Holy shit, it does. Yay Strinka!
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:46 PM
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It's WP -- we ought to be able to edit Jimbo's photo.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:15 PM
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Or at least demand a citation.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:55 PM
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I guess the other thing I don't like about it, apart from Wales's smarmy face, is the deceitfully desperate nature of the banner: "Please Read - A Personal Appeal." It sounds like someone's dying.

Or more precisely it gives the viewer the impression Wikipedia is dying and that Wales is pretty much down to his last blue Oxford shirt and that unless you donate immediately Wikipedia's doomed. But if you read the "Appeal," you'll note there's not actually any reference to a desperate situation.

But in fact the company's finances aren't at all desperate. Wikimedia Foundation made money - quite a lot of money - in the last fiscal year. Of course it's all donations, but if they get just as much as they did in FY 2009-2010 they'll be up a lot of money once again. If they were to get way more... well, I guess the Foundation wants to do other stuff besides Wikipedia. But if I want to just support and use Wikipedia and Wiktionary, that's not an option.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:15 AM
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If he would charge users $1 per year, I'd certainly pay it and so would many millions of others I'll wager and he'd never have to ask for money again.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:32 AM
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If he would charge users $1 per year, I'd certainly pay it and so would many millions of others I'll wager and he'd never have to ask for money again.
I absolutely agree.

There's one shot of Jimmy Wales where he looks particularly psychotic. I have therefore been amusing myself (mildly) by pretending that he is the subject of the article below - particularly effective when looking up serial killers and the like.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:38 AM
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I absolutely agree.

There's one shot of Jimmy Wales where he looks particularly psychotic.
Hells yeah - he's only a few years older than me but he looks like he's been rode hard and put away wet. He looks like he could be a poster boy for the "climbing back from rock bottom, one rung at a time" foundation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_depressive_disorder

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Old 11-17-2010, 07:48 AM
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I guess the other thing I don't like about it, apart from Wales's smarmy face, is the deceitfully desperate nature of the banner: "Please Read - A Personal Appeal." It sounds like someone's dying.

Or more precisely it gives the viewer the impression Wikipedia is dying and that Wales is pretty much down to his last blue Oxford shirt and that unless you donate immediately Wikipedia's doomed. But if you read the "Appeal," you'll note there's not actually any reference to a desperate situation.

But in fact the company's finances aren't at all desperate. Wikimedia Foundation made money - quite a lot of money - in the last fiscal year. Of course it's all donations, but if they get just as much as they did in FY 2009-2010 they'll be up a lot of money once again. If they were to get way more... well, I guess the Foundation wants to do other stuff besides Wikipedia. But if I want to just support and use Wikipedia and Wiktionary, that's not an option.
You don't listen to public radio, do you? This is a million times better than that which it emulates, the now 3-times-a-year pledge drives that cut 20 minutes of every news hour out entirely and seamlessly integrate into the broadcast so you can never turn them off before they start begging like they're down to their last dollar. And when do you turn it back on to duck the unwanted solicitation and cajoling? God only knows. So for 2 weeks I realistically can't listen to the news to and from work, and that is a tragedy, far more so than making Jimbo Wales' image go away by simply closing the ad box.

See the little X in the corner? Click it and it all goes away. And thank God it's that easy.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:32 AM
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You don't listen to public radio, do you? This is a million times better than that which it emulates, the now 3-times-a-year pledge drives that cut 20 minutes of every news hour out entirely and seamlessly integrate into the broadcast so you can never turn them off before they start begging like they're down to their last dollar.
Living in Canada I don't get to listen to NPR as much as I'd like. I'm sure they're irritating, but at least I don't have to see some NPR idiot's ugly mug every time I want to look something up.

Oh, and I've tried the X thing. I still see his face when I start Wikipedia up, the smarmy fuck.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:41 AM
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I'd just like to say that every webpage should have Laetitia Casta and Jessica Alba at the top.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:57 AM
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Oh, and I've tried the X thing. I still see his face when I start Wikipedia up, the smarmy fuck.
Are you wiping the cookie (or preventing wikipedia.org from creating one), by any chance?
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:48 PM
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BUT YOU GUYS HE HAS A PERSONAL APPEAL!

Fuck you in the ass, anti-caps fascists.

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Old 11-17-2010, 04:11 PM
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BUT YOU GUYS HE HAS A PERSONAL APPEAL!
God I hate it when you're having a party and everybody's drinking and laughing and having a good time and Jimmy Wales starts crying and telling everybody he loves them and then makes his personal appeals.

Speaking of, I had a dirty old guy make a personal appeal to me today when I was going to lunch. He needed $12.23 to fix a carburetor on his pregnant wife or something.

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Old 11-18-2010, 09:07 AM
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Oh yeah, that's a common problem in the second trimester.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:02 PM
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Are you wiping the cookie ?
Could you explain this, please? I can't access Urban Dictionary from here.

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It's a relatively rare erotic practice. Regional preference, I think, involving... well, you know how you can squeeze cookie dough out of its sleeve, right? This is actually more difficult than I thought... might have to backtrack and explain some of the rudiments first. Aren't there brochures? Where are my taxes going?
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:17 PM
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Adblock ftw. Or the little x. (at home anyway) Unfortunately at work I'm on a goofy shared work and clicking the X doesn't persist between browser sessions. And I can't install adblock.

JIMMY WALES
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:20 PM
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It's affected by adblock for you? I want to say it shows up on my home PC, where I use Chrome with an adblocking addon that works for everything else.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:09 PM
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It's affected by adblock for you? I want to say it shows up on my home PC, where I use Chrome with an adblocking addon that works for everything else.
I don't know about the adblock on Chrome, but you can add things to the adblock filter on Firefox.

That said, I'm actually finding that I see the guy's face even after I've clicked the X. Usually, it'll be back by the next day, especially if I used google to get to the page.
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Just a reminder that Jimbo made his money with a Z-list porn site back in the day.
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Fuck you in the ass, anti-caps fascists.
She says in that font.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:23 PM
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I love Wikipedia, but when I see Jimmy Wales all I see is a guy who really doesn't need my money.

It can't be just the accident of the blue shirt, but this photo reminds me of nothing so much as Smug Bastard, in some way that I can't quite articulate. It's the absolute opposite of anything that might encourage me to get out my chequebook.
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See the little X in the corner? Click it and it all goes away. And thank God it's that easy.
Huh—that worked. Who’d a thunk it. Thanks. Set up a PayPal account and I’ll send you a dollar.
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Clicking on his picture and adding it to adblock does not work. I've don't it a few times. They might have a few transparent gifs over the actual picture. I haven't looked into it as the next action is to click the small close X.
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there's an old advertising slogan: don't put the client in the ad.
Someone forgot to tell Dave Thomas.
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Someone forgot to tell Dave Thomas.
And look where Thomas is now.
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But what if, for some reason, you need to pull up this Wikipedia page?
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She says in that font.
Well, yes. The point was to get my all-caps post back. So I had to throw something non-capped at the bottom.
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I am glad to have found this thread. I was wondering if anybody else has gotten annoyed with the Jimmy Wales appeals .... and they now have pictures of him!! The banner ads are very annoying. The progress bar showing the amount of donations is a lot less annoying. I guess it could be worse....such as the ringtone pop up that occurs on Lyics sites. I already tried to click the X in the corner on the "personal appeal" banner. It goes away but only for a while and then comes back about one week later. ....
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I guess the other thing I don't like about it, apart from Wales's smarmy face, is the deceitfully desperate nature of the banner: "Please Read - A Personal Appeal." It sounds like someone's dying.

Or more precisely it gives the viewer the impression Wikipedia is dying and that Wales is pretty much down to his last blue Oxford shirt and that unless you donate immediately Wikipedia's doomed. But if you read the "Appeal," you'll note there's not actually any reference to a desperate situation.

But in fact the company's finances aren't at all desperate. Wikimedia Foundation made money - quite a lot of money - in the last fiscal year. Of course it's all donations, but if they get just as much as they did in FY 2009-2010 they'll be up a lot of money once again. If they were to get way more... well, I guess the Foundation wants to do other stuff besides Wikipedia. But if I want to just support and use Wikipedia and Wiktionary, that's not an option.
I try not to do too many "me too" posts, but this said it pretty well. I'm annoyed enough to make a point of not donating.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:38 AM
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You don't listen to public radio, do you? This is a million times better than that which it emulates, the now 3-times-a-year pledge drives that cut 20 minutes of every news hour out entirely and seamlessly integrate into the broadcast so you can never turn them off before they start begging like they're down to their last dollar. And when do you turn it back on to duck the unwanted solicitation and cajoling? God only knows. So for 2 weeks I realistically can't listen to the news to and from work, and that is a tragedy, far more so than making Jimbo Wales' image go away by simply closing the ad box.

See the little X in the corner? Click it and it all goes away. And thank God it's that easy.
This is my opinion. It's a free encyclopedia, for crying out loud. What a bunch of cry babies. You can either click the X or scroll down enough to read the article and the face goes away. The service is provided for free, if you don't like it don't use it. But quit yer bitching.
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This is my opinion. It's a free encyclopedia, for crying out loud. What a bunch of cry babies. You can either click the X or scroll down enough to read the article and the face goes away. The service is provided for free, if you don't like it don't use it. But quit yer bitching.
Physician, heal thyself.

If you don't like threads where people bitch, click the X or don't read them. But quit yer bitching. See how that works?

This could get pretty recursive. You could now tell me to not read posts about people bitching about bitching. And then I could tell you ...
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Physician, heal thyself.

If you don't like threads where people bitch, click the X or don't read them. But quit yer bitching. See how that works?

This could get pretty recursive. You could now tell me to not read posts about people bitching about bitching. And then I could tell you ...
I gave my opinion like you did yours. If you don't like to read what I have to say, use the ignore feature.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:31 AM
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I gave my opinion like you did yours. If you don't like to read what I have to say, use the ignore feature.
I told you this could get recursive.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:36 PM
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I'm getting a picture of Kartika now. 700% hotter than Jimbo.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:43 AM
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Me too! I like her!
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:52 AM
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How about a link, you lard ass pieces of shit!
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:26 AM
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What no link? You lazy stinking piles of garbage! I guess I will have to google it myself then, you flea infested assholes.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:10 AM
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According to this story, while the sight of Wales' face might be annoying some people (like the OP and me), it has actually been more successful at soliciting donations than other appeals on the Wikipedia site.
Good! They've found that they can get more than enough money from people who like seeing his ugly mug to make up for the money they won't be getting from people like me who can't stand seeing his face every time they click over to Wikipedia. So I don't need to give anything to them this year.
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