The Slovak Wikipedia is the edition of Wikipedia in the Slovak language. It was started on before 23 September 2003, only becoming active in the summer of 2004, it cleared the 15,000-article mark in September 2005 and the 50,000-article mark in August 2006 and the 100,000 article mark in August 2008. The Slovak Wikipedia has over 170,000 articles as of 28 March 2012, it cleared the 200,000-article mark on 5 February 2015. The Slovak Wikipedia is among the largest Slavic-language Wikipedia editions. There is a large number of short bot-generated articles in the Slovak Wikipedia. Slovak Wikipedia Slovak Wikipedia mobile version
The Korean Wikipedia is the Korean language edition of the Wikipedia. It was founded in October 2002 and reached ten thousand articles on 4 June 2005; as of March 2019, it is the 24th largest Wikipedia. In April 2016, the project had 847 active editors; the Korean Wikipedia used an older version of MediaWiki. The software had problems representing Hangul. In August 2002, the software was started to support non-English scripts such as hangul. However, Internet Explorer continued to have an encoding problem, which kept contributions to the encyclopedia low. From October 2002 to July 2003, the number of articles increased from 13 to 159, in August 2003 it reached 348. In September 2003 the hangul problem was solved. From September 2003, with no accessing difficulty once the encoding error in IE was solved, the number of contributions and visits increased; the Korean Wikipedia's prospects became more optimistic following the momentum created by substantial coverage in the Korean media. The Korean Wikipedia won the Information Trust Award in the general Internet culture branch in 2005.
The Korean Wikipedia is written entirely in hangul. Hanja is only used in order to clarify certain phrases, is parenthesized. There is a group, named Dajimo, working to introduce a mixed script system to the Korean Wikipedia. A request for a separate Wikipedia in mixed script, was rejected. There are two major standards in the Korean language, the South Korea standard, the North Korea standard. North Koreans are underrepresented on the Korean Wikipedia, due to North Korean censorship of the Internet in North Korea. Therefore, most users of the Korean Wikipedia are South Koreans and most articles are written in the South Korean style; the official name of the Wikipedia is 한국어 위키백과 Hangugeo Wiki-baekgwa. Hangugeo is the name for the Korean language in South Korea, baekgwa is a clipped form of 백과사전 baekgwasajeon "encyclopedia". Businesses make use of the Korean Wikipedia in various ways, for its license, the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License, allows modification and distribution for commercial purpose.
Empas integrated the Korean Wikipedia database in its search since 11 August 2005. The feature to search Korean Wikipedia using a mobile phone with a wireless Internet connection through Nate was available to the subscribers of SK Telecom from 6 July 2007. Since 21 August, Daum mirrored Korean Wikipedia and English Wikipedia on its portal, Naver started to present the search results from the Korean and English Wikipedia prior to others from 11 January 2008; the South Korean right-wing youth group story K favors a proactive involvement of right-wing media establishments for the Korean Wikipedia. Despite the South Korean conservative New Rights establishments pressured the government to approve the term, liberal democracy, to represent South Korea in Korean history textbooks, the head of the National Institute of Korean History, Lee Tae-jin, proposed to use this political term by citing the Korean version of Wikipedia as a main source. Human rights groups have sent copies of the Korean Wikipedia to North Korea on USB sticks by balloon.
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The Estonian Wikipedia is the Estonian version of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, started on 24 July 2002. As of April 2019, the edition has about 191,000 articles. On 7 December 2008 Estonian Wikipedian Andres Luure was one of fifteen individuals recognized for volunteerism in Estonia for 2008. In 2013 he received Order of the White Star for his contributions to Wikipedia; the first article competition was held in spring 2009 and first photo competition in summer 2010. Since those kinds of competitions have been common in Estonian Wikipedia; as of August 2012, The Estonian Wikipedia has the 3rd greatest number of articles per speaker among Wikipedias with over 100,000 articles, ranks 10th overall. These figures were based on Ethnologue's estimate of 1,048,660 Estonian speakers; the Estonian Wikipedia is the 41st edition to reach the milestone of 100,000 articles and the third edition in a Uralic language to do so, after the Finnish and Hungarian Wikipedias. As of August 2012, the Estonian Wikipedia's number of articles accounts for 23% of all the articles written in a Finno-Permic language, making it the second largest edition in the family after Finnish, which accounts for 70% of Finno-Permic articles.
The Estonian Wikipedia has a high percentage of administrators per regular active users compared to the Finnish Wikipedia, where only 2.5% of active users are administrators. As of April 2019, the edition has 35 administrators; the overwhelming majority of its edits originate from Estonia, while a minority of contributions come from neighboring Northern European countries, which account for most of the remaining share of editors. The first meeting for local Wikipedians was held in 2007; the Estonian Wikimedia chapter named Wikimedia Eesti was founded in 2010 to support Estonian Wikipedia. Võro Wikipedia Media related to Estonian Wikipedia at Wikimedia Commons Estonian Wikipedia Estonian Wikipedia mobile version
The Catalan Wikipedia is the Catalan-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was created on 16 March 2001, just a few minutes after the first non-English Wikipedia, the German edition. With more than 611,000 articles, it is the 20th-largest Wikipedia as measured by the number of articles, the fifth-largest Wikipedia in a Romance language. In April 2016, the project had 582 active editors; the edition is most notable for its large number of quality articles, which illustrates the Catalan language's important online presence despite being a minority language. On March 16, 2001, Jimmy Wales announced that he wanted to create Wikipedias in other languages and mentioned that there was interest in creating a Catalan version; the first tests were made on the deutsche.wikipedia.com, a few minutes the Catalan Wikipedia was created in the catalan.wikipedia.com domain. The first edit on a non-English Wikipedia was at 21:07 UTC, March 16, 2001, made to the Catalan Main Page; the first contribution in a non-English article dates from March 17 at 01:41 UTC in the article Àbac.
Despite being created after the German Wikipedia, for about two months it was the only non-English Wikipedia that contained articles. After some time, the domain changed to ca.wikipedia.com and to ca.wikipedia.org. About 2003 its community started to use the name "Viquipèdia" when talking about this edition of Wikipedia. Nowadays, this word is used in Catalan language to refer to the whole Wikipedia. About 2005, the domain www.viquipedia.net was registered and it redirects to ca.wikipedia.org. In 2007, www.viquipedia.cat was registered and redirected. The first registered user was AstroNomer used only to make some registration tests, but the first registered user to make lasting contributions was Cdani, the same user cited in Jimbo Wales' message. In 2005 the Catalan Wikipedia community debated on which name of the Catalan language to present in the main page and other policy pages, either català, "Catalan", valencià, "Valencian", or a combination of both català-valencià and català o valencià.
Although there was not a consensus on any of the proposals, users agreed that in articles relevant to the Valencian Community, the name "Valencian" was to be used. The main page avoids making reference to a particular nomenclature, by stating aquesta versió, "this version". "Viquipèdia:Vint mil articles en català". Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. 2005-12-06. Retrieved 2006-06-24. "La Wikipedia catalana ad Alghero". Alger.it. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2010-04-04. List of Wikipedias by sample of articles Catalan Wikipedia Catalan Wikipedia mobile version Internet Archive – Catalan Wikipedia main page, 27 March 2001
The French Wikipedia is the French-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. This edition was started on 23 March 2001, has 2,097,424 articles as of April 14, 2019, making it the fifth-largest Wikipedia overall, after the English-, Cebuano-, Swedish- and German-language editions, the largest Wikipedia edition in a Romance language, it has the third-largest number of edits. It was the third edition, after the English Wikipedia and German Wikipedia, to exceed 1 million encyclopedia articles: this occurred on 23 September 2010. In April 2016, the project had 4657 active editors. In 2008, the French encyclopaedia, cancelled its 2008 edition, citing falling sales on competition from the French edition of Wikipedia; as of June 2014, Wikipedia has an Alexa ranking of 6 and 5.06% of those visits are to the French-language edition. As of April 2019, there are 159 admins and 57,589 files on the French Wikipedia. On 2 December 2014, the French-language Wikipedia encyclopedia became the 3rd linguistic edition by number of registered users since its creation, overtaking for the first time the German edition, with 2,022,504 registered users, behind the English and Spanish language editions.
According to a 2013 study by the Oxford Internet Institute, Ségolène Royal and unidentified flying object were the most controversial articles on the French Wikipedia. The audience measurement company Médiamétrie questioned a sample of 8,500 users residing in France with access to Internet at home or at their place of work. Médiamétrie found that in June 2007, French Wikipedia had: 7,910,000 unique visitors that visited the site at least once during the month of June 2007. By August 2011, French Wikipedia was the 7th most visited site in France, with nearly 16 million unique visitors a month. In April 2012, it had 20 million unique visitors per month, or 2.4 million per day with over 700 million page views. For the majority of the external links referenced in the articles, a program running on French Wikipedia automatically generates a link titled, the union of two parts: the first one starts with http://archive.kiwix.com/cache/?url=, the second is derived from the referenced URL. If the referenced external link is readable, the one generated can't be accessed nomore.
Nonetheless, this feature seems to be created for the long-term digital preservation of the external references. French Wikipedia website
The Chinese Wikipedia is the Chinese language edition of Wikipedia. It is run by the Wikimedia Foundation. Started on 11 May 2001, the Chinese Wikipedia has about 1,051,000 articles and about 2,716,000 registered users, of which 81 have administrative privileges; the Chinese Wikipedia has been blocked in Mainland China since May 2015. The Chinese Wikipedia is the fourth largest online Chinese encyclopedia after Hudong Baike, Baidu Baike and Soso Baike; the Chinese Wikipedia was established along with 12 other Wikipedias in May 2001. At the beginning, the Chinese Wikipedia did not support Chinese characters, had no encyclopedic content. In October 2002, the first Chinese-language page was written, the Main Page. A software update on 27 October 2002 allowed Chinese language input; the domain was set to be zh.wikipedia.org, with zh based on the ISO code for the Chinese language. On 17 November 2002, the user Mountain translated the Computer science article into zh:计算机科学, thus creating its first real encyclopedic article.
In order to accommodate the orthographic differences between simplified Chinese characters and traditional Chinese characters, from 2002 to 2003, the Chinese Wikipedia community decided to combine the two separate versions of the Chinese Wikipedia. The first running automatic conversion between the two orthographic representations started on 23 December 2004, with the MediaWiki 1.4 release. The needs from Hong Kong and Singapore were taken into account in the MediaWiki 1.4.2 release, which made the conversion table for zh-sg default to zh-cn, zh-hk default to zh-tw. In its early days, most articles on the Chinese Wikipedia were translated from the English version; the first five sysops, or administrators, were promoted on 14 June 2003. Wikipedia was first introduced by the mainland Chinese media in the newspaper China Computer Education on October 20, 2003, in the article, "I join to write an encyclopedia". On May 16, 2004, Wikipedia was first reported by Taiwanese media in the newspaper China Times.
Since many newspapers have published articles about the Chinese Wikipedia, several sysops have been interviewed by journalists. Ivan Zhai of the South China Morning Post wrote that the blocks from the Mainland authorities in the 2000s stifled the growth of the Chinese Wikipedia, that by 2013 there was a new generation of users originating from the Mainland who were taking efforts to make the Chinese Wikipedia grow. In 2013, there were 1.4 million registered users on the Chinese Wikipedia, in July 2013 7,500 of these users were active, with most of them originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan. 715,000 entries for the Chinese Wikipedia, making it the 12th largest Wikipedia. The Chinese name of Wikipedia was decided on 21 October 2003, following a vote; the name means "Wiki Encyclopedia". The Chinese transcription of "Wiki" is composed of two characters: 維/维, whose ancient sense refers to'ropes or webs connecting objects', alludes to the'Internet'; the name can be interpreted as'the encyclopedia that connects the fundamental knowledge of humanity'.
The most common Chinese translation for wiki technology is 維基/维基. As a result, the term 維基/维基 has become associated with Wikimedia projects; the Chinese Wikipedia has a subtitle: 海納百川，有容乃大/海纳百川，有容乃大. It means, "The sea encompasses hundreds of rivers/all rivers run into sea; the subtitle is the first half of a couplet composed by the Qing Dynasty official Lin Zexu. In April 2016, the project had 2127 active editors. Chinese Wikipedia contributors come from a variety of backgrounds. Just as English Wikipedia tends to be more detailed in western-related topics, the Chinese Wikipedia has detailed descriptions of China-related topics. Within that region, the Chinese Wikipedia tends to be more detailed in topics about Hong Kong and the wealthy east coast provinces of mainland China. Due to the geographical origin of its participants, the most discussed and debated topics on the Chinese Wikipedia are political issues in Chinese modern history. For example, the six most edited articles as of August 2007 were Taiwan, Chinese culture, Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, Hong Kong, in that order.
In contrast, issues such as the Israel-Palestinian conflict are much less contentious. Due to the audience base, Wikipedians from Mainland and other areas had engaged in editing conflicts over political topics related to Cross-Straits relations; as of August 2014, there sysops. They are all elected by Chinese Wikipedians. Most of them come from Hong Kong and Taiwan. There are a few who come from the United States and Japan; the first Chinese Wikipedian meeting was held in Beijing on July 25, 2004. Since Chinese Wikipedians from different regions have held many gatherings in Beijing, Dalian, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Taiwan. A regular meetup is held once every two weeks in Shanghai and Hong Kong, once every month in Tainan City, Taiwan. In July 2006, Taiwanese Wikipedians held a "travelling meetup", travelling by train through four Taiwanese cities over a period of two days. In August 2006, Hong Kong hosted the first annual Chin
The Basque Wikipedia is the Basque language edition of Wikipedia. Founded on December 6, 2001, although its main page was created in November 2003, it reached 58,124 articles by August 19, 2010, making it the 45th-largest Wikipedia; as of April 2019, it has 713 active contributors, of which 11 are administrators, has about 333,000 articles. In an August 2007 interview, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, used the Basque Wikipedia as an example of the rationale for having Wikipedias in smaller languages: "Certainly within Wikipedia right now we are seeing some successful projects in small European languages. You don't need a Welsh language Wikipedia, perhaps; the number of people who speak Welsh who don't speak English is small and getting smaller every year. So why do we have a Welsh Wikipedia? Well, people wanted it, and language preservation is the main motive. It is their mother tongue and they want to keep it alive, keep its literature alive; some of the larger small languages like Basque and Catalan have successful projects.
I see that preserving parts of your language and culture through collaborative projects makes a lot of sense."On January 25, 2008, the Basque Wikipedia was awarded the Argia Saria granted by the magazine Argia in the category of Internet. On May 21, 2011, Basque Wikipedia published its 100,000 article, an article about the prohibition of using Basque language throughout history called Euskararen debekua. In December 2011, around 11,000 new articles were added to Basque Wikipedia by the Culture Ministry of the Basque Government; as of February 2012, the Basque Wikipedia has the second greatest number of articles per speaker among Wikipedias with over 100,000 articles, ranks sixth overall. These figures were based on Ethnologue's estimate of 665,800 Basque speakers. November 8, 2010: 456 articles December 20, 2009: 239 articles October 8, 2009: 219 articles August 30, 2009: 141 articles October 7, 2009: 134 articles October 11, 2009: 125 articles October 9, 2009: 118 articles October 13, 2009: 115 articles Basque Wikipedia Basque Wikipedia mobile version