Wikipedia: About Wikipedia

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December 7, 2021

Wikipedia is a trusted, free online encyclopedia, a project aimed at collaborating to create the largest encyclopedia in history, both in quality and quantity, and the result of that encyclopedia itself.

About Wikipedia and Wikipedia Project

Wikipedia was launched by Jimmy Wales on January 15, 2001 as a personal project. It has been run by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization since June 2003. On the financial side, Wikipedia is backed by donations from many (see wikimedia: Donations). Wikipedia's all-language statistics (as of August 2021) show that more than 300 languages ​​are in progress and more than 55 million articles have already been created. (See Wikipedia: Wikipedia as a multilingual project) The Wiki for the Japanese version of Wikipedia was opened around May 2001, but initially it was written in Roman letters because the software did not support Japanese characters. Substantial writing and editing as a Japanese version began after September 2002, when Japanese characters became available. Currently, 1,303,938 articles have been created, making it one of the largest in each language version. See Wikipedia: Announcements for the history of the Japanese version of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that anyone can read for free. Not only that, it can also be used for secondary purposes such as modification and duplication based on the conditions of a copyleft license called CC-BY-SA 3.0 (the GFDL license can also be applied together). We have not abandoned the author's copyright, but we do allow the article to be modified under CC-BY-SA 3.0. The copyright of the article is not abandoned, so you can cite it to the extent permitted by the copyright law. Secondary use beyond the scope of the citation is required to comply with CC-BY-SA 3.0 provisions (see Wikipedia citation for details). In this way, all texts posted by the author are posted on the condition that free modification is permitted, so other participants can check the content of the article and add / correct it one after another. I can do it. So even a low-quality article at first could grow into the largest encyclopedia in history, both in quality and quantity. Many people are involved in the Wikipedia project. No special qualifications are required to be involved in writing or editing articles. Anyone who adheres to the policies and guidelines can participate (it is recommended to have an account, but you can participate without it, see Help: Login for more information). The management rules of the project are mainly set by discussions for each language version, and strict attention is paid to the management so that the problem of copyright infringement does not occur. Work such as deleting problematic articles is performed by an administrator selected from the participants by candidacy or recommendation. Wikipedia is sometimes criticized for being unreliable because anyone can participate in the editing. See Answers to Common Criticisms for these criticisms. Disclaimer (Summary)

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