The Spanish Wikipedia is a Spanish-language edition of Wikipedia, a free, online encyclopedia. Started in May 2001, it reached 100,000 articles on March 8,2006 and 1,000,000 articles on May 16,2013 and it is the 9th-largest Wikipedia as measured by the number of articles and has the 4th-largest number of edits. In February 2002, Larry Sanger wrote an e-mail stating that Bomis was considering selling advertisements, edgar Enyedy, a user on the Spanish Wikipedia, criticized the proposal. Jimmy Wales and Sanger responded by saying that they did not immediately plan to implement advertisements, Enciclopedia Libre was established by February 26,2002. Enyedy persuaded most of the Spanish Wikipedians into going to the fork, by the end of 2002 over 10,000 articles were posted on the new site, and the Spanish Wikipedia was inactive for the rest of the year. Andrew Lih wrote that for a time it seemed that Spanish Wikipeda would be the unfortunate runt left from the Spanish fork. The general popularity of Wikipedia attracted new users to the Spanish Wikipedia who were unfamiliar with the fork, by the end of that year the Wikipedia had over 10,000 articles. The size of the Spanish Wikipedia overtook that of the fork in the northern fall of 2004. After the spin-off, the Spanish Wikipedia had very little activity until the upgrade to the Phase III of the software, later renamed MediaWiki, both projects continue to co-exist, but the Spanish Wikipedia is by far the more active of the two. March 16,2001, Jimmy Wales announced the internationalization of Wikipedia, may 11,2001, The Spanish Wikipedia is established along with eight other wikis. May 21,2001, The oldest known article, Países del Mundo, is created, February 26,2002, many contributors left to form the Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español, rejecting perceived censorship and the possibility of advertising on the Bomis-supported Wikipedia. October 23,2002, the domain es. wikipedia. com is changed to es. wikipedia. org, June 30,2003, the mailing list for the Spanish Wikipedia is created. October 6,2003, first bot created on this Wikipedia, july 18,2004, the Spanish edition switches to UTF-8, allowing any character to be used directly in forms. December 9,2004, it is decided that Wikipedia in Spanish will use free images only, August 24,2006, three checkusers are elected. December 11,2006, following a vote, the Arbitration Committee, June 11,2007, last local image was erased, so all media are retrieved from Wikimedia Commons. September 1,2007, first local chapter of Wikimedia Foundation is created in a Spanish-speaking country, december 13,2008, it was decided to eliminate the stub template from Spanish Wikipedia. March 25,2009, the first oversighters are elected and they can delete edits so they cannot be seen even by regular administrators. April 15,2009, the Arbitration Committee is dissolved after a vote, may 16,2013, the Spanish Wikipedia became the seventh Wikipedia to cross the million article count
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Historical article counts. The Spanish Wikipedia is shown in red; Enciclopedia Libre is blue.
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Image: Spanish Wikipedia – Most popular edition of Wikipedia by country – Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report – 1 Jul 2009 31 Oct 2013