Support Wikipedia with our Chrome extension or Firefox add-on

You know what’s creepy? Wikipedia‘s new donation campaign. In fact, at Flattr, we thought it was so creepy that we decided to do something about it. So without further ado let me introduce our shiny new extension for Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Download Chrome extension » Download Firefox add-on »

When installed, this extension displays a Flattr icon in the address field when browsing Wikipedia (and other flattrable websites too). Clicking this icon takes you to a page where you can flattr the article you were reading.

For now we provide only Chorme and Firefox add-ons and hope that code-wise fans of Wikipedia will build similar plugins for Safari, Opera and any other browser some of you might be using.

Disclaimer: The Wikimedia Foundation (who operate Wikipedia) Flattr account is currently held by Flattr and we will transfer the received money to their bank account monthly.

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27 Responses to Support Wikipedia with our Chrome extension or Firefox add-on

  1. Pingback: Wikipedia + Flattr = what our users are asking for - Flattr Blog

  2. Cyber Killer says:

    I’d like to have such an extension for Opera.

    Some time ago there was also an extension that substituted a certain text string on a website (it was [Flattr=1234], 1234 being the thing id I believe) with a Flattr button – that was also a great idea and it would be awesome if You’d resurrect that project.

  3. Karlo says:

    Chrome… ok, what a pity.
    There will be hopefully soon something for Firefox.

  4. asd says:

    Oh, Chrome, well I wouldnt have used it anyway, not with Wikipedia themselves not getting the money.

  5. Siim Teller says:

    Karlo – if you’re a coder then the extension code is open source, adjust it to Firefox and we’ll send you a tshirt :)

    asd – Wikipedia does get the money if you read the post to the very end. All donations to Wikipedia articles via Flattr will be transfered to Wikimedia Foundation.

  6. This sounds great! I love the way Flattr is used to donate to people even if they don’t support you directly.

    It might be possible to turn this into a Greasemonkey extension to make it a bit easier… I could look into it if anyone’s interested?

  7. Per Thulin says:

    Ariën: sounds great! As Siim pointed out, we would love this to be a community effort!

  8. Kaldari says:

    Just curious… what percentage of the donation will actually go to The Wikimedia Foundation?

  9. Per Thulin says:

    Kaldari: Flattr takes the regular 10 %.

  10. It says “and other flattrable sites”, does it just search for a flattr button on your site? Or do you have to do something to be “added to the list”?

  11. Per Thulin says:

    Travis, right now this is an experiment on our side and we are evaluating whether it will cause performance problems for us. If a lot of people use the extension, we would have to handle a lot of lookups to see if there’s a button for the visited URL. This is why the extension is only available for a few websites at the moment, e.g. GitHub and YouTube. If there’s no problem, we will enable it for all websites shortly.

  12. onny says:

    What does this mean? You’re now collection donations for Wikipedia even tough they are not registered here? It looks like that, because even their Twitter-account is not connected with the user on Flattr. Furthermore I do not really understand the motivation behind that when it’s not possible to reward the editors of an article yet – all the money is transferred to a single account, so it doesn’t make sense to Flattr a single Wikipedia-page yet, right? Hopefully you guys will start a better cooperation in the future with the WikimediaFoundation…
    I appreciate the extension but unfortunately I’m using Firefox at the moment :(

  13. Siim Teller says:

    @onny, excellent questions.

    We are in fact in good communication with Wikimedia Foundatin but as they are currently full swing in their annual fundraising some practicalities are taking a it longer. Until then it’s as you say – Flattr owns the account and will transfer funds to Wikimedia Foundatin.

    You flattr a specific article because you just got value (hopefully) out of that text. This way you can support them with microdonations throughout the year as you find the site useful, not just once a year when WMF does their fundraiser.

    All of the money goes to WMF, not to editors of the article, just like you donate to WMF and not to separate editors. WMF uses the funds like the rest of their budget to continue tofund Wikipedia and their other activities.

  14. j4kobd says:

    Looking forward to the Safari extension. Flattering Wikipedia is something I wanted to do since like forever :D

  15. Nice Idea. Just installed it. Much better than them begging on every page. Especially when it doesn’t go away after you have donated.

  16. Kaldari says:

    @Daniel Woolnough: The banners do go away after you donate (unless you clear your cookies).

  17. I’d love to see a Firefox version of this! I’m no coder, though.

  18. sowosama says:

    Are you collecting data on which wikipedia pages people are using the “Chromebutton”? Would be interesting what is flattered often…

  19. Per Thulin says:

    sowosama, the stats are public and visible on WikimediaFoundation’s profile page:

    However, looking at it, we would really need a “sort by number of flattres” option :)

  20. Cyber Killer says:

    @Per Thulin: thx for the link to that profile – I could flattr Wikipedia even though I can’t use this extension ;-).

  21. Keith Johnson says:

    Can I make a one-time contribution to WikiLeaks without your usual clicking and monthly?

  22. Siim Teller says:

    Keith, you can indeed. Add funds to your account, then hit the “Donate” button on Wikileaks profile page. You can donate up to €50 per month. Also, note that it will be delivered from your account to Wikileaks account at the end of the month.

    Wikileaks is here:

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  24. Eric K says:

    I extended this chrome plugin to work for any URL and also do a recursive search for flattr’able URLs within every page loaded by the browser.

  25. This sounds like a major privacy problem. Why not instead have a list of flattrable regular expression URLs in the add-on, which updates regularly? Then we wouldn’t have to tell you about every page we visit…

  26. (because that’s much much creepier than Wikipedia’s requests for donations)

  27. Siim Teller says:

    Christopher – it probably won’t take away all of your privacy concerns but here’s the data we collect about you and why