Wikipedia in Spanish
October 28, 2021
Wikipedia in Spanish is the Spanish edition of Wikipedia. Like the existing versions of Wikipedia in other languages, it is a free content encyclopedia, published on the Internet under the free licenses CC BY-SA 3.0 and GFDL. It currently has 1,726,706 articles, and it is written by voluntary users, that is, anyone can edit an article, correct it or expand it. The servers are managed by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization whose funding is primarily based on donations. It began its journey in May 2001, four months after the original edition in English was launched and after Jimmy Wales' announcement to internationalize the project.  In October 2016, Wikipedia in Spanish was the second Wikipedia with the most visits ( with 579 million queries per month)  after English Wikipedia (which had 4.211 million) and ahead of Wikipedia in Russian (562 million) and German (with 533 million).  This indicates that the Spanish edition is widely consulted, even more than some versions in other languages that have more articles, such as Wikipedia in German and Wikipedia in French. It is one of the ten Wikipedias with the most articles of all languages, in addition to being the fourth with the largest number of editions. The edition in Spanish began on May 20, 2001, when the Wikipedia project was expanded from the first version in English to other languages. The community of this version of Wikipedia had a prominent participation in the policy of Wikipedia and the foundation that sustains it to be financed by donations and not by advertising. Some time later, on March 8, 2006, this version reached the number of one hundred thousand articles, five hundred thousand on August 5, 2009, nine hundred thousand on June 29, 2010, and finally exceeded one million articles on May 16, 2013. Throughout its history it has not been without criticism either, especially with regard to its low number of articles and reliability. Wikipedia in Spanish has 6,366,474 users, of which 15,198 are active.