It’s often the case that people who dedicate passion and years of their lives to a project get swept under the rug, forgotten or are never given proper credit for their achievements. In a recent Achievement Card posted to Geeklist we learn of Larry Sanger,
one of the Wikipedia Founders, who posted “I had the idea for Wikipedia, named it, and led it in its first year”.
In Sanger’s blog post linked to his card he writes, “ in the early years of the project, my role and the “founder” title were not in dispute at all” and states “It was not until later, in 2004 that Jimmy Wales began omitting mention of my involvement at the start of Wikipedia to the press”
As founders, developers, creators, getting credit where credit is due is often as important to us in the long run as is the financial rewards. Financial gain is finite and can disappear, but your achievements are something that can never be taken away.
Thank you, Larry Sanger, for your role in founding and giving us Wikipedia and thank you for sharing your story with us on Geeklist. We salute you. - The Geeklist Founders, RK & CS