[Translators-l] [Fundraising 2008] Small update

Casey Brown cbrown1023.ml at gmail.com
Sat Nov 1 15:17:38 UTC 2008

On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 5:05 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamokos at gmail.com> wrote:
> About the amounts: should they be just converted to the local currency
> (where available: I believe PayPal accepts 18 different currencies all in
> all) or be adjusted to the local conditions.
> For example, Couchsurfing uses a scale based on purchasing power parity and
> HDI on their donation pages, where the original 25$ donation adjusted to
> French conditions would be the equivalent of 21$, to Hungarian conditions
> ~16$. [1]
> An another obvious consideration is that the given numbers should sound
> good, so with the above example's France: 20$ , Hungary: 15$, USA: 25$.
> [1] - http://www.couchsurfing.com/verification.html?sliding_scale=1
> I don't know how accurately would the Couchsurfing scale represent the
> differences in default donations to WMF by country/currency; it might be
> useful to know what are the commons amounts in a given group of donors (e.g.
> those who give little, medium, large amount of money).
> Best regards,
> Bence Damokos

I've always thought that you should try to localize the donation pages
and amounts.  So do whatever makes sense for your country.  It can be
a direct conversion, but it doesn't need to be.  For example if we're
talking about a poor country (or one that doesn't like to donate
much), we'd want to use smaller default amounts.  If we're talking
about a rich country, we would use larger default amounts.  I leave it
up to you, the people who know best. :-)

Casey Brown

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