It's Wikipedia's Birthday!

wiki cake It's Wikipedia's Birthday!

(Ester Inbar)

After enduring weeks of founder Jimmy Wales staring plaintively at the top of every Wikipedia page, imploring users to give him $16 million in installments of pocket change, the Wikipedians are ready to kick back.

There will be Wikipedia parties in 300 cities this weekend to celebrate the site’s continued ad-free existence, and its tenth birthday.

The Wikipedia Day 10th Birthday Bash NYC is a party and mini-conference on Saturday, January 15, hosted by the ITP program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and supported by Wikimedia New York City, Free Culture @ NYU and other Free Culture Alliance NYC partners.

Expect to feel all lovey-dovey as the Wikipedia community congratulates itself for a job well done:

Plenary Session A: WikiLove: WikiLove, Civility and Good Faith, the importance of kindness within the Wikipedia Community, with User:Invertzoo. As Wikipedia expands into a mature encyclopedia, a consistent and genuine positive tone within constructive collaboration is more important than ever before. We can all learn to grow our own kindness.

The event will also include pizza, cake, art, puzzles, quizzes, discussion and “lightning” talks on a wide range of topics from net neutrality to art, with some agenda spots still to be filled.

So, what do you get an open source bastion that just raised $16 million for its birthday?

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