The PoliceWiki Upgrade Fund

$980 of $850 goal

Raised by 24 people in 50 months
Since its founding in 2008, The PoliceWiki has become one of, if not THE, premiere websites dedicated to the rock band The Police and its members Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers and Henry Padovani. The PoliceWiki is a website run strictly by the fans, for the fans, although we have been graced by generous contributions and cooperation from many professional individuals involved with The Police through the years—including Stewart Copeland himself.

The wiki is entirely non-commercial and has never utilized advertising or any other means to profit from the information shared on the site. Our committment to this position has been a large part in why so many have been willing to share their images, stories and knowledge about The Police through the years.


Photo by sockii, July 21, 2008 at Red Rocks.

Running The PoliceWiki is a labor of love for its primary maintainers and architects: Dietmarsockii , and DM-Kellie . It is generally is not an expensive website to maintain. However, all websites require occasional critical maintenance and upgrade work, which can require the outlaying of significant funds.

In October of 2014, the PoliceWiki hired the professional programming firm of WikiWorks to assist in a necessary upgrade from a long out-of-date MediaWiki install to the latest, most secure version as well as migrating to current php for the entire server. If not for WikiWorks' careful and expert assistance, it is very likely the PoliceWiki could have seen significant downtime
and possible data loss, if not a complete crash, by November of this year (sockii loves to use MediaWiki but cannot profess to being a programming expert.)

The upgrades, which are now complete and successful, cost the PoliceWiki admins (specifically one admin who stepped up to make sure it all happened) a total of $600 US. We are next looking to moving the wiki to its own dedicated domain, policewiki.org, while maintaining any and all previous links around the internet. This project would cost us an additional $200-300 US but would help in making the wiki more visible online.

Given the importance of the PoliceWiki to the Police fan community, I—as the primary host and web maintaner of the site—would like to ask for those who love the wiki to help give back some of that love. If you have even a few dollars to contribute to the maintenance of the PoliceWiki it would be greatly appreciated and help us know that the project is  serving its purpose of sharing accurate and extensive information about The Police with the world.

If we exceed our fund raising goal, which would be fabulous, know that any additional funds would be set aside for future maintenance, upgrade and improvement work to continue to make the PoliceWiki better than ever.

Thank you for reading!
-sockii, October 28 2014
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Hey everyone! Just an update that ornaments have been ordered so I should receive them within a week, and will be shipping to those who donated $50 or more as soon as I have them and make sure they came out ok. Thanks again for your support!
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Hey everyone!

So, we've now completed everything necessary to get the Wiki upgraded, moved to its new location, put in redirects AND updated our wiki logo! If you visit the wiki now you'll see that the logo changes between red, yellow and blue stripes with each page reload. We thought that was pretty nifty.

Anyway, it's now time for me to focus on getting those rewards completed for everyone who contributed to our campaign. If you would like your name added to our "thank you" page on the wiki, please email me with the following details:

1. Name (or nickname) you'd like to have listed
2. If you have your own website or other page you'd like to have linked to your name, please list it in your email.

For those who contributed enough for an ornament ($50 or more), please make sure I have your complete mailing address. The ornament will feature the new PoliceWiki logo; just let me know if you'd like the red, yellow or blue version.

For all who contributed $25 or more, I will be in touch soon about building you a special personal page on the wiki. This might have to be done after Christmas due to holiday commitments and work, but it will get done!

Thanks again to everyone for your support of the PoliceWiki project. It means a great deal to us and has ensured we'll be able to keep the wiki going for many years to come.

-sockii
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Thank you to EVERYONE who has contributed to our campaign to date - the response has been overwhelming. We have now raised enough money to cover the initial maintenance work and can now shoot for covering the move and redirects for a new URL, and/or set aside the funds for future upgrades and maintenance work that may be necessary for the site.

Regarding rewards: I will be working on setting up the pages on the Wiki individually over the next month (November) and all Khristmas ornaments will be mailed out in time to hang on your Khristmas tree this year - or wherever else you'd like to put it! So stay tuned!
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Dietmar Cloes
50 months ago

thanks to the Kontributors for their generosity - but $1 from a larger amount of people would also do :)

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$980 of $850 goal

Raised by 24 people in 50 months
Created October 28, 2014
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Roby Next To You
48 months ago

Come On Guys .... Police Forever

$5
Anonymous
50 months ago
JW
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Jean Wilson
50 months ago

WOOOOOOO! :D

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50 months ago
Dietmar Cloes
50 months ago

thanks to the Kontributors for their generosity - but $1 from a larger amount of people would also do :)

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