THERE were joyful scenes in the offices of Wikipedia yesterday after the website received its first ever financial donation.
Following several years of online campaigning, the site received $10 cash – equivalent to about £8.12 – from an unnamed benefactor who staff think is most likely one of the CEO’s parents.
Wikipedia worker, Martin Bishop said: “Balloons fell from the ceiling, that song by Black Eyed Peas about having a good night came on and we all had a lovely piece of cake.
“I untucked my shirt, danced like a nutter and got off with a girl I’ve always liked. Then we all got to go home early.
“Of course, we’re not quite out of the woods yet. Paying for our offices, salaries and a server room the size of a small village will soon put a dent in that $10.
“We actually got another donation this morning but that was a $15 book token so I don’t think we can use it for bills.
“The tide has definitely turned. Whoever said compiling huge amounts of knowledge for everyone to use for free wasn’t a good business idea has got some serious egg on their face today.”