New Contest: Fun With Wikipedia’s Pledge Drive

If you’ve used Wikipedia over the past few days then you probably know that they’re asking for donations again. I strongly urge you to donate some money to this worthy cause, but once you’ve done that it’s time to have fun with the donation requests.

Up until this morning, all Wikipedia pages had a banner ad across the top with a plea from the founder as well as his photo. This created some hilarious opportunities to show Jimmy Wales’ face next to any number of inappropriate topics. For example, The Oatmeal (who first turned me on to the idea) have Jimmy’s mug over the entries for sex offender, anal wart, and douche.

If you have a low sense of humor then this is very funny, yes.

But today it gets better. Wikipedia swapped out Jimmy’s plea with another one, this time by a rather scary looking programmer named Brandon Harris. I’ve been entertaining myself by reading the entries on cannibalism, blackmailserial killer, and redneck.

At first I was just going to snicker about this, but then I realized that this would make a fun little contest. Can you think of any other articles where brandon belongs? Please leave your ideas in the comments. I’ll pick the best several suggestions and the winners will get an E-ink ball. (US only, sorry)

Update: Wikipedia swapped out Brandon with another person’s picture. Since the pledge drive is still going on I will extend the contest.

Update: Now that interest has died down, I’m ending the contest. The Winners are:

  • Alanna Coca
  • Eric
  • curiosity killed the…



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


    1. Nate Hoffelder23 November, 2011


      +1 bonus point becasue the guy actually looks like Rasputin

  1. Peter23 November, 2011

    Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories

    The billboard is a nice touch

  2. Chris23 November, 2011

    These all work: Asshole, Douchebag, Moron, Jackass

  3. curiosity killed the...24 November, 2011
    Awkward silence cause hiding your hands will make it go away.
    Anger management because if you dont have anything nice to say stare darkly into their eyes and wonder where your going to hide the body…
    Scientology yes..the ruler of the Galactic Confederacy blew up your alien body and stole your cookie >.>

    1. Peter28 November, 2011

      Awkward silence is pretty hilarious-

      But shouldn’t that wikipedia entry just be blank?

  4. typity24 November, 2011

    Looks like the scary looking programmer has brought enough money to end the fund raising – or you scared them into taking the banners off.

  5. Sweetpea24 November, 2011

    Well, not in the Dutch version of Wikipedia…

    I was looking at Child in Time… Fits perfectly with Jimmy’s puppy-dog eyes!

  6. curiosity killed the..1 December, 2011

    so nate did you ever pick the winners for this?

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 December, 2011

      The pledge drive is still going on, but they switched the pictures. The new one is almost as funny when paired with the right wiki article.

      1. curiosity killed the...1 December, 2011

        alrighty then.. the new lady
        who needs towels when i have 1000 cats that ll rub me dry every time i walk out of the shower.(yes the cats are filled to the ceiling)

        now i’m picturing a revolving mass of kitties spinning like in a carwash lol

        1. Nate Hoffelder1 December, 2011

          LOL. That’s a good one.

  7. Eric2 December, 2011

    I’m having entirely too much fun with this…

  8. curiosity killed the...9 December, 2011

    thanks cant wait to get the e-ink snowglobe do they move around in their or are they fixed on the top and bottom? i cant seem to find any other video with them but that 1 talking about the displays and he keeps it perfectly still in front of the camera and only moves it around behind his arm lol.

    1. Nate Hoffelder9 December, 2011

      The white pebbles float and the black ones sink. But you can shake it up and watch them move.

  9. Alanna Coca9 December, 2011

    Awesome. I’m an author of electronic books, so an e-ink snowglobe will go with me to all of my conferences. Very excited. Thanks!

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 December, 2011

      I’d like to send you one but I need your address first.

  10. Alanna Coca10 December, 2011

    Oh of course. I was waiting for an email from you. I can’t see your email from here, and I don’t want to post my home address on the web.

    Do you mind emailing me?

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 December, 2011

      I did. It went to that address.

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