Hey, look, someone donated a million dollars to Wikipedia - anonymously, no less.
At least that was the headline on Digg last Friday and we could all see it was true because there was a link to the online database of donors and a plain-as-day screen capture, a cropped version of which you see here.
A million smackaroos from a benefactor too shy to even accept a public thank-you? Now that's news, so I fired off an e-mail to Jay Walsh, Wikipedia's head of communication, to see if A) he could confirm that it was indeed true; and, B) if he could tell me anything at all about the bashful donor. Walsh's reply:
"In fact it turns out there was a slight glitch in how that donation was reported through our system. The amount is 100% correct, but the donation should have been attributed to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. We've corrected the link and donation here:
"This is the third part of a three-year, one million dollars per year grant that was announced back in March, 2008.
"Glad the Digg folks pointed this out, and we're now tracking the comment/donation input system a bit more carefully."
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