Did you know that the website Wikipedia launched in 2001? Wikipedia is a web-based free encyclopedia. Unlike other encyclopedias, the Wikipedia articles are not only created by professional experts, anyone can register to write and edit Wikipedia articles. Sometimes this can lead to errors or misinformation, but often other users will quickly act to correct inaccuracies. The name ‘Wikipedia’ comes from a combination of the words ‘wiki’ and ‘encyclopedia’. A wiki is a website where users can collaborate to create and edit content using a web browser; ‘wiki’ comes from the Hawaiian word for “quick”. Currently Wikipedia contains more than 40 million articles in 301 different languages.
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Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia. Currently Wikipedia is owned by the Wikimedia Foundation.
By January 2007, Wikipedia.org entered the top-ten list of most popular website in the US. By 2014 Wikipedia had 8 billion page views and almost 500 million unique visitors per month.
Some of the editing policies changed as Wikipedia became more popular. Articles that are frequently vandalized or contested can be partially or fully locked down so only users with certain roles can edit or approve edits to the page.
In general, approved Wikipedia articles must discuss topics that are notable and have references from reliable sources.
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