Every year, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales issues a plea to the website's users to donate to the nonprofit, ensuring that it maintains its independence, remains ad free and continues to perform optimally. However, according to The Washington Post, the nonprofits’s appeals have been so effective over the years that the website has tens of millions of dollars sitting in reserve.
According to Wikimedia, the nonprofit organization that runs the website, spokeswoman Samantha Lien, these reserves amount to one year of operating budget. “If there were circumstances that affected our ability to raise those funds during that period,” says Lien, “we could end up in an urgent situation — the reserve is a safety net to protect Wikipedia against such a possibility.”
We’ve identified the cataclysmic event that could plunge Wikipedia into the darkness, and it’s the ever-growing rap sheet of footballer Nile Ranger that could crash servers and wipeout tech support.
The 25-year-old striker, formerly of Newcastle United and now in League One with Southend United, has just been charged with fraud and money laundering, allegedly committed in February of 2015.
This December of 2016 incident now sits alongside other notable offenses made in 2007, May 2011, August 2011, October 2011, March 2012, September 2012, October 2012, January 2013, March 2013, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014 and February 2015.
These include a convicted participation in a street robbery, posing with a replica gun, suspicion of assault, drunk and disorderly charges, homophobic comments on social media, criminal damage to a door, suspicion of rape, common assault, criminal damage to a taxi, criminal damage to his own flat, sleeping in the driver’s seat of his car on the M4 and, the latest, conspiracy to defraud and commit money laundering.
For the price of a coffee, we can keep this section online and growing. Jimmy Wales thanks you.