Wiki contributors want to drop crypto donations over environmental concerns

Back
in
2019,
the
Wikimedia
Foundation
started
accepting

crypto
donations
through
BitPay
,
but
three
years
later,
the
nonprofit
organization
behind
Wikipedia
is
facing
pressure
from
contributors
to
disable
the
option
over
environmental
concerns.

A

proposal

submitted
by
Molly
White
(GorillaWarfare)
urges
the
foundation
to
stop
accepting
crypto.
According
to
White,
accepting
crypto
does
not
align
with
Wikimedia’s
commitments
to
making
active
efforts
to
improve
environmental
sustainability. 

White
suggested
that
the
acceptance
of
crypto
echoes
as
an
“endorsement
of
the
cryptocurrency
space”
by
Wikimedia
and
its
members
while
noting
that
there
are
risks
of
damaging
the
organization’s
reputation
because
of
its
continued
acceptance
of
crypto.

Discussions
immediately
ensued.
Wiki
user
Gamaliel
supported
the
proposal.
“Long
overdue.
Accepting
cryptocurrency
makes
a
joke
out
of
the
WMF’s
commitment
to
environmental
sustainability,”
they
wrote.

On
the
other
hand,
Wiki
user
ATDT
said
that
it’s
hard
to
believe
that
“continuing
to
accept
cryptocurrency
donations
in
2022
is
a
particularly
meaningful
signal.”
The
user
noted
that
following
that
train
of
thought,
“accepting
USD
signals
endorsement
of
the
systems
of
exploitation
of
labor
and
despoliation
of
the
natural
environment
that
underlies
global
capitalism.” 

While
there
are
many
who
oppose
disabling
cryptocurrency
donations,
they
are
outnumbered
at
the
time
of
writing.
However,
the
page
notes
that
a
decision
will
not
be
made
based
on
what
the
majority
wants.
Instead,
an
agreement
will
be
made
depending
on
the
merits
of
the
arguments
presented. 



Related:




Dogecoin
creator
slams
Mozilla
for
pausing
crypto
donations

Mozilla’s
decision
to pause
crypto
donations

was
also
cited
in
the
discussion.
Last
week,
Mozilla
co-founder
Jamie
Zawinski
publicly
opposed
the
Mozilla
Foundation’s
continued
acceptance
of
cryptocurrency
donations
to
support
its
browser.
After
seeing
a
tweet
that
reminded
users
that
the
platform
is
accepting
crypto,
Zawinski
urged
the
company
to
stop
its
association
with
“planet-incinerating
Ponzi
grifters.”

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