Most of you only care about Wikipedia's "health" or "quality". None of you seems to much care about
the fact that the WMF, under Sue Gardner, has become a very effective fundraiser.
Wikipedia is not a focal point for the WMF anymore, it is only a "money magnet", to serve the WMF itself.
Why should you care? Because if they have a large "war chest", there is a good chance they will go on
a litigation spree, both to silence their critics and to stop anyone else from starting or running an
online encyclopedia. It has happened before, and some of the best-regarded nonprofits have engaged in it.
Not to mention a greater risk of internal corruption and graft.
For example: the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is getting a reputation.
Not for curing cancer......for suing the bejesus out of other nonprofits in the same area.
(This is in addition to their recent, bizarre, attempt to punish Planned Parenthood.
And just being sleazy.)
Consider this incredibly-stupid lawsuit. Did the supporters of the AEF know their charity would be
fighting a '70s rock-n-roll band in court over a trademark, using their donated money?
How about the Salvation Army suing to get a bigger piece of a dead man's estate?
The Salvation Army loves to sue, and is often sued, over all kinds of stupid things.
Remember that old man who ran for President in 2008? His wife had a charity.
The operating word here, is "had".
Or the PipeVine disaster. Supposedly, people died because of that.
Or consider what has happened to the many nonprofit health-care organizations across the US over
the past 30 years. Many of them became for-profit--after regulations were loosened. It's happening
right now in Michigan. It already happened to Blue Cross/Blue Shield groups in other states,
plus to groups like Kaiser Healthcare. A result: higher health-care costs for everyone.
And I haven't even mentioned the routine scandals around nonprofit-group corruption. There are
literally too many to list here.
A recent example: Ward Connerly. Another: the Fiesta Bowl.
Go ahead. Tell me the WMF's current management is not capable of pulling such disgusting stunts.
Pure as the driven snow, are they? Full of Wiki-Luv?
Once a "charity" becomes a moneymaking machine, the likelihood of it becoming more oriented
towards making more money than to pursuing its charitable cause can increase dramatically.
Not to mention the possibility it will abuse others doing similar work.......