Everyone of us cannot afford to buy an encyclopedia.
Even if you can afford one, it cannot be updated in realtime.
It is meaningless to posses an outdated encyclopedia in the today's world with fastest developments.
Wikipedia has solved all the above.
More over it has done a job like what the Linux and Free Software Foundation have done with Open Source and 'Copyleft' license against the 'Copyright' license.
Though a few drawbacks are there, one cannot undervalue the services of Wikipedia.
It needs our support as it could not and does not seek the support of the big-business.
From Wikipedia founder Jimmy WalesGoogle might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff.
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 450 million different people every month – with billions of page views.
Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.
When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.
If everyone reading this donated ₹100, we would only have to fundraise for one day a year. But not everyone can or will donate. And that's fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.
This year, please consider making a donation of ₹100, ₹200, ₹300 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.
So, I request you to donate as huge as possible to Wikipedia.