As the Wikimedia Fundraiser enters its seventh week, a personal appeal from Jimmy Wales banner is being displayed across all projects, including non-Wikipedia projects, which have not had banners for the majority of this fundraiser. The appeal from Wales, which links to a short letter and donation page, is doing well; the first day of the appeal led to the highest donation day in Wikimedia history, with $430,893 donated.
In addition to the daily fundraiser statistics, a new link on the Wikimedia Foundation wiki shows the performance of the individual fundraising banners by day. The banners have markedly different results from one another; Rand Montoya, Head of Community Giving, noted on the Wikimedia blog that one banner based on a donation comment ("I couldn’t ignore that banner at the top of the site anymore... I use Wikipedia far too often to ignore the need!") did better than any other banner before the appeal from Wales started running.
Also last week, there was discussion over a fundraising banner that featured Craig Newmark of Craigslist on both the Village Pump and the Foundation-l mailing list, with some questioning whether this banner was advertising for Craigslist. The notice, which raised around 740 donations on December 15, is no longer running.
Voting is now ongoing (until December 31) for a new Wiktionary logo. The logos were originally proposed between May and July of this year. If no logo receives a majority of votes, a runoff will be held in January.
The 2nd Chinese Wikimedia Conference will be held on 26–27 December 2009 in Macau. Links for more information, in Chinese, are available here
Priyanka Dhanda joined the Wikimedia Foundation as a Code Maintenance Engineer; she will work in the San Francisco office with the development team.