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Hmm, good - we need events from every Wikipedia... (not only numbers). Timeline of pl wiki is here. So, talk with wikileaders (non-official). Przykuta 22:57, 11 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Collect 5-10 events from every Wikipedia. Przykuta 22:58, 11 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]

10 most important events in your Wikipedia

Could we realise this idea (for local media of course)? Przykuta 23:04, 11 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]

I've put down my top 4. -- Zanimum 22:46, 14 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]

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9-11, and news on the encyclopedia

  • September 11, 2001: Editors collaborate on an article about the 11 September 2001 attacks. The quickly growing series articles lead to Wikipedians regularly summarizing world news events, based on how they might appear in a historical context. The article was also the first breaking story to be included on the main page of the website, a practice soon standardized as the "In the News" section.

Wikipedia, launched just months earlier as a sandbox for the expert writers on the Nupedia project, has the breaking news story of

Wikimedia established

  • 2003: The Wikimedia Foundation is established, in order to raise the funds for the site, once private company Bomis stopped hosting the project.*

Rapid growth

  • 2005: The English Wikipedia receives its 1 millionth article, about a small train station in Britain. The achievement highlights the rapid growth of the website.


  • November 29, 2005: The first controversy about Wikipedia's content starts, with USA Today publishing what would become the "Seigenthaler incident".

The issue highlighted problems with Wikipedia's rapid growth; if an obvious hoax could last on the site for months, how many errors were existing unnoticed? The situation lead to many changes in policy and software:

    • only those with established accounts could create new pages;
    • the ability to "semi-protect" an unstable article, so only administrators can edit it;
    • modifications to the "Checkuser" privilege policy, which deals with alleged sock puppet accounts;
    • the "Biographies of living persons" guideline was established, implementing a stricter code of verification and referencing for such articles;
    • Jimmy Wales instituted the "oversight" feature to MediaWiki software, allowing a small percentage of editors to hide edits, and the "office actions" option, which can be used in serious situations by Wikimedia staff.

Rivals launch

  • 2007: Shortly after a contributor lied about their credentials (the "Essjay controversy"), early Wikipedia employee Larry Sanger launches Citizendium, an expert-based wiki encyclopedia project. Other projects, like Conservapedia, also arrive during this era.



  • 2001 - start as a fork
  • 2004 - first portals in pl wiki and general first ;)
  • 08. 2005 - tsca bot and villages
  • 25. 12. 2005 - Zgłoś błąd
  • 02. 2006 - Batuta + 2009 BATUTA
  • 07. 2006 - start of the Featured Articles Translation (Tłumaczenie miesiąca)
  • 02. 2007 - DNA (+ info about WikiRPG)
  • 2007 - GDJ in Częstochowa
  • 04. 2009 - the day of art
  • 07. 2009 - WikiExpedition

Random odd facts

I found in this version of en:Wikipedia/Our Replies to Our Critics (now en:WP:REP), that in 2001, images had to be emailed to an employee of Bomis for them to be uploaded to the wiki. The earliest surviving page version today is from 2002, and the text had been changed to point to Special:Upload. Don't know if this is entirely worth mentioning on the project page here, but I found it interesting that they had to email their uploads! Killiondude 08:06, 17 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]

The earliest surviving version of that page on the English Wikipedia is from November 2001. Graham87 13:44, 22 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I guess the system for importing is a bit odd. I just clicked "earliest" from the page history, expecting that MediaWiki would automatically give me the earliest dated revisions. Clearly that's not what it did. I can see the oldest ones at the end by clicking through to the last history page (earliest). Killiondude 22:56, 30 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Critical content

Are we not including any of the missteps that led to improvements in policy and practice? Events like Seigenthaler helped spur positive change, good came out of the bad. -- Zanimum 01:10, 19 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, that's also part of Wikipedia's history. --Frank Schulenburg 01:19, 19 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Agreed. Seiganthaler is a major event. Steven Walling 02:08, 19 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Please use astericks in the lists, not colons

Currently all the items of the timeline are bunched together when I read it with my screen reader JAWS, so it is hard for me to read the timeline. If this would be OK for sighted users, could someone change all the colons to astericsks ("*"s)? Thanks. Graham87 13:47, 22 December 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Language creations

There you say that Catalan wikipedia was cretat on May the 11th but the records says that its first article was created on March the 17th: http://ca.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=%C3%80bac&oldid=1 --Gomà 09:54, 8 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]


I did a post here, which people may or may not find interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Wikipedia's_oldest_articles#Logs

--FormerIP 20:27, 11 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]

A "milestone" in Germany

July 22, 2009: The most important German Encyclopedia (Brockhaus) buries the Print Edition: See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brockhaus_Enzyklop%C3%A4die#Transition_to_digital_editions and http://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/it-medien/brockhaus-beerdigt-seine-enzyklopaedie;2435423;0 -- 23:16, 12 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]