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Founded by: Jimmy Wales
Status: Vibrant
Language: English
Edit mode: OpenEdit
Wiki engine: MediaWiki
Wiki license: MultiLicense
Main topic: Encyclopedia
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The English language Wikipedia – the free wiki encyclopedia that anyone can edit – officially neutral point of view (NPOV). Despite this, a frequent complaint is that certain groups of editors are able to control various articles, and their own biased point of view comes to dominate those articles, frequently affecting not only the quality, but also the accuracy of said articles.[1]

Also known as 'The Big Wiki' or 'The Other Wiki' (TOW), Wikipedia has been called the 800 pound gorilla of wikis, and it is used as a informative source by millions of people around the world.

Until late 2013, Wikirage used to track the pages in the English Wikipedia which were receiving the most edits over various periods of time. In a similar vein, obtaining its raw data from here, stats.Grok.se used to track popular pages on a per-month and per-day basis (sadly no longer), for most major languages, and Wikimedia Foundation itself provides a plethora of other statistics.

See also
  • Nostalgia Wikipedia — a frozen snapshot of the English Wikipedia from 20 December 2001
  • Deletionpedia — saves articles deleted from English Wikipedia
  • Speedy deletion — saves articles 'Speedly deleted' from English Wikipedia
  • BJAODN — 'Bad Jokes And Other Deleted Nonsense' wiki is the final resting place for all of the said which have been removed from the English Wikipedia
  • Veropedia — a failed effort to create a commercial fork of 'high quality' verified articles from the English Wikipedia
  • WIKI 2 — a blatant mirror copy of the English Wikipedia, with added advertising

An earlier version of the generic Wikipedia 'globe'

Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia — is 'the free wiki encyclopedia that anyone can edit'.

The brainchild of American internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, among others, and the original 'project' of the subsequent Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), Wikipedia's stated objective is to have an officially 'neutral point of view' (NPOV). Sadly, many articles suffer from systemic bias; Wikipedia is often justifiably accused by people on one side of an issue of being biased toward the other side, and vice-versa. This is true across the political spectrum, as well as for many other issues and subjects covered. Wikipedia is the biggest fish in the global wiki pond, and receives far more traffic, and editing activity, than any other wiki. However, despite Wikipedias' claim to being an 'encyclopedia', many academic institutes and other professional organisations recommend that Wikipedia is not used as a primary source of information, due to the fact that many articles are frequently incorrect, and can be routinely adversely biased. Furthermore, many Wikipedia articles have a seemingly extremely low threshold of 'reliable source' references and citations. Indeed, many Wikipedia articles fail their own verifiability criteria, and can remain for many years without any citations, despite highly visible warning banners highlighting the lack of said citations (and threatening to delete said unreferenced articles); this even includes biographical articles for living people. Also, the English Wikipedia allows articles to be 'promoted' to a good article (GA) status; despite failing their own criteria on having adequate reliable source citations, editorial conjecture, and even original research. [2]

When launched in 2001, Wikipedia was initially powered by UseMod Wiki, a wiki engine software package developed by Clifford Adams used to moderate the quality of posts on Usenet. Wikipedia used this UseMod Wiki software during its first year of 2001, until 25 January 2002, when it started to use the 'Phase II software' as developed by Magnus Manske. On 20 July 2002, 'Phase III software' (a complete rewrite of Manskes' Phase II by Lee Daniel Crocker) was released and used on the English Wikipedia, and at the same time, was renamed MediaWiki. [3] MediaWiki has subsequently been extensively developed through continued collaborative evolutions, and as well as being used all 900-or-so wikis of the Wikimedia Foundation, MediaWiki is now used by thousands of other independent wiki sites and many commercial wiki farms.

In respect of content licensing, historically, when Wikipedia was founded, it released all textual wiki content under the 'copyleft' GNU Free Documentation License (GNU Free Doc License, or GFDL). However, during 2009, all existing Wikipedia wikis migrated to a new license: the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 unported license (CC-BY-SA 3.0); and all content published until that migration date could be retro-released under either or both licenses. All content published after the migration date is released under only the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license, as are any newly created Wikipedia language versions. [4]

See also

All Wikipedias available in these languages: (view / edit)

As of November 2019, Wikimedia Meta-Wiki indicates that there are 296 active Wikipedias of different languages, and also groups them by size.

Notes: for items listed below:ref
  1. items in italics are either valid Wikipedias, but set to read-only, or valid but closed Wikipedia wikis. These actions are usually taken as a result of a 'community vote', or other discussion procedure on Meta-Wiki.
  2. items struck out have been either moved and deleted (and hosted elsewhere), or were never an official Wikipedia despite steps taken to create them as official.

1 000 000+:ref Sinugboanon (ceb), Deutsch (de), English (en), Español (es), Français (fr), Italiano (it), 日本語 (ja), Nederlands (nl), Polski (pl), Русский (ru), Svenska (sv), Tiếng Việt (vi), Winaray (war)

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10 000+:ref Afrikaans (af), Alemannisch (als), Ahmaric (am), Aragonés (an), Egyptian Arabic (arz), Asturianu (ast), South Azerbaijani (azb), Башҡорт (ba), Boarischn (bar), Žemaitėška (bat-smg), Belarusian (Taraškievica) (be-tarask), বাংলা (bn), ইমার ঠার/বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী (bpy), Brezhoneg (br), Bosanska (bs), Basa Ugi (bug), Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄ (cdo), Soranî / کوردی (ckb), Чăваш (cv), Cymraeg (cy), Føroyskt (fo), Frysk (fy), Gaeilge (ga), Gàidhlig (gd), ગુજરાતી (gu), Hornjoserbsce (hsb), Krèyol Ayisyen (ht), Interlingua (ia), Ilokano (ilo), Ido (io), Íslenska (is), Basa Jawa (jv), ಕನ್ನಡ (kn), Kurdî / كوردی (ku), Кыргызча (ky), Lëtzebuergesch (lb), Limburgs (li), Lombart (lmo), Latviešu (lv), Maithili (mai), Basa Banyumasan (map-bms), Malagasy (mg), Македонски (mk), മലയാളം (ml), Монгол (mn), मराठी (mr), Hill Mari (mrj), Burmese (my), مَزِروني (mzn), Napulitano (nap), Plattdüütsch (nds), नेपाली (ne), नेपाल भाषा (new), Occitan (oc), ଓଡ଼ିଆ (or), Ирон æвзаг (os), ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (pa), Piemontèis (pms), Punjabi (pnb), Runa Simi (qu), संस्कृतम् (sa), Саха тыла (sah), Sicilianu (scn), Scots (sco), Sinhalese (si), Shqip (sq), Basa Sunda (su), Kiswahili (sw), Telugu (te), Тоҷикӣ (tg), Tagalog (tl), Tatarça (tt), Vèneto (vec), Walon (wa), Mingrelian (xmf), ייִדיש| (yi), Yorùbá (yo), 粵語 (zh-yue)

1 000+:ref Аҧсуа (ab), Bahsa Acèh (ace), Eald Englisc (ang), ܐܪܡܝܐ (arc), অসমীয়া (as), Авар (av), Aymar (ay), Central Bicolano (bcl), भोजपुरी (bh), Bislama (bi), Banjar (bjn), བོད་སྐད (bo), Буряад (bxr), Chavacano de Zamboanga (cbk-zam), Corsu (co), Qırımtatarca (crh), Kashubian (csb), Zazaki (diq), Dolnoserbski (dsb), Doteli (dty), ދިވެހިބަސް (dv), Emiliàn e rumagnòl (eml), Estremeñu (ext), Võro (fiu-vro), Arpitan (frp), North Frisian (frr), Furlan (fur), Gagauz (gag), 贛語 (gan), گیلکی (glk), Avañe'ẽ (gn), Goan Konkani (gom), Gaelg (gv), هَوُسَ (ha), Hak-kâ-fa / 客家話 (hak), Hawai`i (haw), Fiji Hindi (hif), Interlingue (ie), Igbo (ig), Jamaican Patois (jam), Lojban (jbo), Qaraqalpaqsha (kaa), Taqbaylit (kab), Kabardian Circassian (kbd), KiKongo (kg), Gĩkũyũ (ki), Kalaallisut (kl), Khmer (km), Komi-Permyak (koi), Къарачай-Малкъар (Qarachay-Malqar) (krc), Ripuarian (ksh), Коми (kv), Kernewek (kw), Dzhudezmo (lad), Lak (lbe), Лезги чІал (Lezgi č’al) (lez), Luganda (lg), Líguru (lij), Lingála (ln), ລາວ (lo), Northern Luri (lrc), Мокшень (Mokshanj Kälj) (mdf), Олык Марий (Olyk Marij) (mhr), Māori (mi), Malti (mt), Mirandesa (mwl), Эрзянь (Erzjanj Kelj) (myv), Dorerin Naoero (na), Nahuatl (nah), Nedersaksisch (nds-nl), Novial (nov), Normaund (nrm), Northern Sotho (nso), Diné bizaad (nv), Livvi-Karelian (olo), Pangasinan (pag), Kapampangan (pam), Papiamentu (pap), Picard (pcd), Deitsch (pdc), Palatinate German (pfl), पाऴि (pi), پښتو (ps), Rumantsch (rm), Armãneashce (roa-rup), Tarandíne (roa-tara), Rusyn (rue), Ikinyarwanda (rw), Sardu (sc), سنڌي، سندھی ، सिन्ध (sd), Sámegiella (se), Shona (sn), Soomaaliga (so), Sranantongo (srn), Seeltersk (stq), Ślůnski (szl), Tetun (tet), تركمن (tk), Faka Tonga (to), Tok Pisin (tpi), Reo Mā`ohi (ty), Тыва (tyv), Удмурт (udm), Oyghurque (ug), Vepsian (vep), West-Vlams (vls), Wolof (wo), 吴语 (wuu), Хальмг (xal), Cuengh (za), Zeêuws (zea), 古文 / 文言文 (zh-classical)

100+:ref Adyghe (ady), Akana (ak), Atikamekw (atj), Bamanankan (bm), Chamoru (ch), Cherokee (chr), Cheyenne (chy), Nehiyaw (cr), Словѣньскъ (cu), ཇོང་ཁ (dz), Eʋegbe (ee), Fula (ff), Fijian (fj), Gothic (got), Iñupiak (ik), ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ (iu), Kabɩyɛ (kbp), कश्मीरी / كشميري (ks), Latgalian (ltg), Молдовеняскэ (mo), Chichewa (ny), Oromoo (om), Norfuk (pih), Ποντιακά (pnt), romani - रोमानी (rmy), Kirundi (rn), Sängö (sg), Gagana Samoa (sm), SiSwati (ss), Sesotho (st), Tulu (tcy), Tigrinya (ti), Setswana (tn), Xitsonga (ts), Tumbuka (tum), Twi (tw), Tshivenda (ve), isiXhosa (xh), isiZulu (zu)

10+:ref Thuɔŋjäŋ (din)

1+:ref Afar (aa), Choctaw (cho), Hiri Motu (ho), Sichuan Yi (ii), Kuanyama (kj), Marshallese (mh), Muscogee (mus), Ndonga (ng)

0 articles in language (other than main page):ref Herero (hz), Kanuri (kr)

redirect:ref Беларуская (тарашкевіца) (be-x-old): redirects to be-tarask

depreciated:ref tlhIngan Hol (Klingon) (tlh), Toki Pona (tokipona), Siberian Wikipedia (hoax language)

other: Wikipedia 10 (ten), Wikipedia Test Wiki (test), test2.Wikipedia (test2), Nostalgia Wikipedia (nostalgia), In Memoriam (sep11)

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