The annual fundraising campaign went up today, and was pretty horrific. Below is, well, close to what was there but with a Wikipedia logo in the middle.
It got taken down because whoever put the code together wrecked it for use in IE6/7/8. Not because it offended the sensibilities of virtually every contributor.
The Foundation site 'landing page' and request for donations
This http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate is where you were supposed to get sent.
- It has that Wikipedia-worship that really, really annoys people who seriously contribute to any other project.
- The "sample" donor comment? ("I'm a professional 'knowledge worker' & am often under time pressure -- I've come to rely on Wikipedia for intelligent & detailed overviews of unfamiliar topics") is ridiculous; it portrays the biggest problem I know we have with the perception of Wikipedia itself — ignorant people rely on it.
- Nobody even thought to slap in some CSS to hide the Support Wikipedia/en heading - — every single project does that on their home page.
- There is a form to fill in if you wish to donate; the page is not secure (https:), and there is no notice emphasising the next step will be secure.