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Created by John Eipper on 04/13/12 7:36 PM

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2012 Appeal Begins (John Eipper, USA, 04/13/12 7:36 pm)

It's February 17th: what happened today in history?  In 1772, Prussia and Russia subjected Poland to the First Partition, and in 1864 the Confederate HL Hunley sank the Union Housatonic in the first-ever successful submarine attack.  The Hunley found a home an hour later at the bottom of Charleston harbor.  More recently, on 17 February 2008 Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. 

For these reasons, and I am sure there are others, today is the day we officially kick off the 2012 WAIS Appeal.

I trust that WAISers far and wide have had the chance to check out the new features on our website (waisworld.org or wais.stanford.edu):

Ranking system:  Are you especially impressed by a particular post?  Do any of our 26,000+ articles get your goat?  Give it some stars!  At the bottom of each posting, readers can now provide feedback in three categories: Informational Value, Insight, and Fairness.  It's interactive, it's fun, and I hope it will be useful.  (Yes, you can rank your own post, but only one time.  As a matter of fact, I'm going to give this post five stars!)

Most Accessed Posts:  Also, we have added a new "trending now" feature at the top of the Homepage, in the form of a yellow burst.  Give it a click, and you'll see how many "hits" individual postings have received since February 9, 2012.

Of course, these innovations cost money...so this is where you come in!  Five WAISers have already stepped up to the plate for 2012, but this leaves ample opportunity for the rest of you.  You can contribute in two ways:

1)  via check (made out to WAIS), c/o John Eipper, Goldsmith Hall, Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, 49221 USA.  I will forward the checks to our Treasurer, Laarni von Ruden CPA.

2)  via PayPal at donate@waisworld.org

(There is also a yellow "donate" button on our homepage, which will link you directly to the payPal account.)

WAISers who donate $100 or more will receive a handsome, hand-crafted Certificate signed by Yours Truly.  (I know, I still owe some certificates from 2011.  My apologies:  I'll be sending them soon.)

Remember that WAIS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Foundation, which makes donations fully tax deductible in the US.

Here is Chapter One of the 2012 Honor Roll.  You are the pioneers!

Randy Black
Seth Streichler
Robert Whealey
David Pike

On behalf of WAISdom, I thank you.

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