15 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WIKIPEDIA
Wikipedia is quite possibly the most ambitious internet venture ever. An internet encyclopedia constantly updated by an anonymous crowd of users; over the wars it’s gone from internet inside joke to invaluable resource for trusted \
information. Most of die time, anyway. Here are 15 things you might not know about Wikipedia.
A Wikipedia was founded in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.
Languages currently supported: 260
Sex is one of the most popular Wikipedia articles in every language except French and Spanish.
The name is a combination of the words “wiki/ meaning shared website, and “pedia,” which is a shortened form of encyclopedia.
Wikipedia generates approximately 684 million page views each year.
Bad weather leads to more Wikipedia updates. That’s why the Dutch Wikipedia has more pages than Spanish Wikipedia.
The English language Wikipedia has more than 3 million articles.
- German -1.08 million
- Italian -697,000
- Spanish - 608,000
Wikipedia contains no ads.
Wikipedia’s mission is to make all of the information in the world available in every language.
Who edits Wikipedia pages?
There is no censorship on Wikipedia, but articles must meet certain guidelines:
WHO EDITS WIKIPEDIA PAGES?
- 69% edit to fix errors
- 73% edit because they like the idea of sharing knowledge
- 19% hold Masters degrees
- 4.4% arc PhDs
- 13% are women
- Just 31% of Wikipedia readers are women.
A sampling of Wikipedia articles in August, 2002 showed only 0.2% were the victims of vandalization. By May, 2009 that number had increased to 7.7%
A 2008 study compared the accuracy of Wikipedia articles vs. similar articles in Encyclopedia Britannica. The Dictionary of American History, and American National Biography Online.
- Wikipedia - 80% accurate
- Others - 95 to 96% accurate