January 20, 2022

Wikipedia ( ( listen) wik-IH-pee-DEE-ə or ( listen) wik-EE-pee-DEE-ə) is a free and open networked, multilingual encyclopedia project, run by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the United States. The name Wikipedia comes from the combination of the words wiki and encyclopedia. Wikipedia was released in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, and is now the largest, fastest growing and popular reference work on the Internet. The Wikipedia project aims to provide human knowledge.


Wikipedia started as a side project of Nupedia in the form of a free online encyclopedia whose articles were written by experts. Larry Sanger, who co-founded Nupedia with Jimmy Wales, pitched the idea for a wiki-based encyclopedia on January 10, 2001 on the Nupedia mailing list. Then on January 15, 2001, Wikipedia was officially launched on the website

At a glance

The following are some of the important characteristics of the Wikipedia project: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. Wikipedia is a wiki that anyone can modify, except for blocked users and exceptions on protected pages. Wikipedia contains free content and uses the copyleft of the GNU free documentation License.

Development of the number of articles

Since its official launch on January 15, 2001, the English Wikipedia has experienced a tremendous growth in the number of articles. On January 21, 2003, the number of articles owned had reached 100,000, then on March 1, 2006, it had 1,000,000 articles. This figure continued to grow to 2,000,000 articles on September 9, 2007 and exceeded 5,000,000 articles on November 1, 2015.Elektron is the first Indonesian Wikipedia article created on May 30, 2003. In early 2009, the number of articles increased to reach 100,000 and by the end of 2012 it had reached 200,000 articles. Overall, Wikipedia in all languages ​​reached 1 million articles in September 2004 and then continued to climb to over 38 million articles in 2015.

Downloadable database

Anyone wishing to use Wikipedia's free content, at any time, may download articles that are close to the latest version in the database for free purposes, subject to LDBG. Several locations, such as Wikinfo, wordiq,, 4reference Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine., and nationmaster have mirrored and forked Wikipedia content.

Everyone contributes

Wikipedia content can be created by its users. Visitors to Wikipedia can also modify articles, and many do. The pages are constantly changing, so, no article is ever finished. And because of that, there are often unique "difficulties" on Wikipedia. But it also has a "self-fix" or automatic system.


One of the main discourses on Wikipedia is "vandalism" or vandalism; ridiculous or offensive articles on this website. There are many people who do it just for the sake of getting experience turning internet pages. "Because Wikipedia is a free and open radical project, it attracts anarchism," Larry Sanger told Wired News. "Fortunately, many of us are willing to defend against the destruction... and get rid of it immediately."


The specialty of Wikipedia is that apart from providing information commonly found in an encyclopedia, Wikipedia also contains articles that are usually found in almanacs, specialist magazines, and news topics that are still hot. Many people use this Wikipedia to complete assignments and homework.


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