This blog post
on ViaDigitalis.org, reacting to Florence Devouard's speech at the Lift07 conference in which she claimed that WP only has enough cash-on-hand to continue operations for three or four more months, seems to have touched off more discussion of how and when Wikipedia's ever-increasing need for cash may result in advertising appearing on Wikipedia - just as we've been predicting.
At this point, Wikipedia has the financial resources to run its servers for about 3 to 4 months. If we do not find additional funding, it is not impossible that Wikipedia might disappear...
Most of the discussion seems to focus on Devouard's "fuzzy math," and from the WP'ers, how her remarks were "taken out of context." Which is to say, of course they will
find additional funding... from advertisers!
The question now might be whether or not WP wants to make a semi-exclusive deal with one of the big players, most likely amazon.com, or just put up Google AdSense boxes and hope that enough people click on them to make up for their supposed cash shortfall. One thing we haven't considered here, and which I'm sure they have
considered, is the fact that once ads start appearing on WP, the charitable donations will start to evaporate - as people simply begin to assume that the advertising is taking care of whatever financial needs the site might have.