The Foundation is currently starting a "fundraiser soft launch" where only logged-in users will the fundraising banners displayed. This is so the community can help troubleshoot the Foundation's payment systems (which are rather more complicated than hitherto).
We aren't taking part in this "soft launch" as we are less worried about our systems. We will be running a further fundraising test, for non-logged-in users tomorrow (Tuesday) for much of the day. Then there will be silence until the real public launch on November 14th, with both logged-in and non-logged-in users.
We haven't yet decided how long we will keep the banners running for logged-in users - views on this from the community are welcome :-)
We'll try to keep you up to date with what's going on here: http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/2011_Fundraiser - though please excuse any delays in communication, those of us involved (particularly myself and Richard) will be very, very busy for the next month or two.
On 7 November 2011 15:18, Chris Keating <[hidden email]> wrote:
> We haven't yet decided how long we will keep the banners running for
> logged-in users - views on this from the community are welcome :-)
Do we have any way to know whether a particular donation came from a
logged-in user or not? If so, then we can make the decision on when to
take down the banners for logged-in users based on how much is coming
in from them. I would expect we'll get lots of donations from
logged-in users in the first couple of weeks, and then it will drop to
virtually nothing, at which point we can take them down.
We did a large-scale test yesterday, using a total of 7 banners and appeals from 7 different people. We will start on Monday with the 3 strongest performers from that test: alongside Jimmy will be Brandon and Susan - here are some links
And finally, man donors will get a thankyou letter through the post asking if they can set up a Direct Debit and make a gift Aid declaration (if they haven't done those things already) and a draft of that is here: