Wikimedia News/2005

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December 2005[edit]

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Aragonese Wikipedia 1,000th entry logo
Portuguese Wiktionary 10,000th entry logo
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  • The Chinese Wikipedia has reached 150,000 pages in all, including over 50,000 articles.
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Chinese wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles
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November 2005[edit]

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The Udmurt Wikipedia has 100 articles.
Romanian Wikipedia 15,000th article aniversary logo
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  • Wikipedia is #8 in the Nielsen/NetRatings list for Top 10 Online News & Information Destinations. [1] (Wikipedia is the first open citizen-powered site to crack the top ten, says Steve Rubel. [2])
  • The Udmurt Wikipedia has reached 100 articles. The 100th article is udm:Афганистан.
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October 2005[edit]

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Serbian Wikipedia reaches 15,000 articles
  • The Japanese Wikipedia has reached 150,000 articles.
  • The Japanese Wikinews has reached 500 published articles. Half of its stories treat Japan related news, and seven of those are original reports including some translations. Most covered areas are Japan, Asia and Europe. Most favored topics are "Society related" (Crimes, Accidents, Events or any other human interest), Politics, Weather and climates and Sports. 237 registered users participate in including seven sysops, and currently some 10 users are active.
  • The Ido Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles with the article Aplastado per elefanto, otherwise known as Crushing by elephant in English.
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  • The Vietnamese Wikipedia now has well over 2,000 registered users, thanks in large part to an article published today in the Vietnamese newspaper Tuổi Trẻ that features comments by several prominent contributors at the Vietnamese Wikipedia, which reached its 1,000th registered user less than two months ago. [3] The milestone user is HarryNg.
  • The Swedish Wiktionary has reached 5,000 articles.
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  • Vichipedie, the Friulian Wikipedia, has reached 100 articles with Chimiche, an article on chemistry, written by Klenje.
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September 2005[edit]

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Special logo at the Serbian Wikipedia to celebrate its 14,000th article
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  • The Nauruan Wikipedia has reached 200 articles, on the moment that the wiki really is growing in the good way with the help of various native Nauruans.
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  • The Slovak Wikipedia has reached 15,000 articles.
  • The new Yahoo!-hosted server farm in Seoul [yaseo] is now in the process of being commissioned by Wikimedia's tireless developer team. [4] When up and running, the Seoul system will be the Wikimedia Foundation's fourth active server farm, adding to the current server farms in Tampa, Paris, and Amsterdam.
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Special logo at the Italian Wikipedia to celebrate its 100,000th article
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  • The Italian Wikipedia has reached 90,000 articles amd becomes bigger than Dutch Wikipedia.
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  • The Ido Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles. Our 5,000th article is on the number 5,000. Ha.

August 2005[edit]

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  • The Czech Wikipedia has reached 15,000 articles.
  • The Dutch/Belgian wikipedians had a local informal meeting. A (modified) picture of the people present, can be found here. Please note the person who was not present.
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July 2005[edit]

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  • The English Wikipedia has now hit 10.00 edits per page, showing a continuing increase in the quality of our articles.
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  • The Chinese Wikipedia has total over 100,000 pages, articles over 35,000, register user over 27,000.
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  • The English Wikiquote has reached 4,000 articles. The 4,000th article is by Thomas A. Bailey, an American historian. There are 10 sysops, from around 4,200 registered users. Half of the submissions are posted anonymously. The current trend is to contribute quotes from TV shows and movies.
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Special logo at the Italian Wikipedia to celebrate its 50,000th article
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June 2005[edit]

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  • The Slovak Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles, with the 10,000th being Železo.
  • The German Wikipedia has reached 250,000 articles, with the 250,000th (probably) being Mönchgut.
  • Khalid of Saudi Arabia reports that the block on English Wikipedia in that country has been lifted. The block was first announced this past Saturday, June 25, though no reason was given for it. Information was passed on to Internet access monitors in the US, and Khalid wrote a letter to the authorities in Saudi Arabia, requesting that the block be lifted in consideration of Wikipedia's NPOV policy toward politics and religion.
  • The Polish wiktionary has reached 30,000 articles.
  • The Yiddish Wikipedia has reached 100 articles.
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  • The MediaWiki 1.5 upgrade has now started: Wikipedia projects will be converted one-by-one, with each sub-project being locked read-only whilst it is converted. During this process, other projects will be available as normal.
  • The Estonian wiktionary has reached 5,000 articles.
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May 2005[edit]

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  • The Indonesian Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles. This Wikipedia is the first Austronesian language wikipedia which has reached the 10,000 barrier. This is noteworthy as the word "wiki" in Wikipedia, Wikimedia etc, is an Austronesian word.
  • Sicilian Wikipedia reaches 1,000 articles in less than 8 months.
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Special logo at the Hebrew Wikipedia to celebrate its 20,000th article
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  • The Hebrew Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles (up from 10,000 on September 9, 2004).
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  • New vote on language subdomains at Wikisource has ended, and language subdomains have been approved by a large majority. Discussion has begun on how to move content to language domains.
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  • The Javanese Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles. The 1,000th article is Kakawin Ramayana, about the Old Javanese rendering of Ramayana. Ramayana is one of the two great epics from India. Furthermore we now have 65 registered users.
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April 2005[edit]

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  • The French Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles. The 100,000th article is fr:Pierre Séguier by Yann.
  • Wikipedia Tiếng Việt, the Vietnamese Wikipedia, now has more than 1,000 articles. The 1,000th article was Trung tử (centriole), by Cao Xuân Hiếu. In celebration, the Vietnamese Wikipedia community unveiled its new front page design today. The project to create this new design, which itself went through three redesigns before reaching the current version, is nearly as old as the wiki itself, dating back to December 2003. Suggestions for improving the design are still welcome as always.
  • Wikipedia's Alexa rank continues to climb. Today it reached a weekly average rank of 76, with a daily rank of 56.
  • The Italian Wikinews edition has reached 100 articles.
  • English wikiquote has reached 3,000 articles.
  • The Kurdish Wiktionary has reached 2,000 articles.
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  • 501(c)(3) status granted to Wikimedia Foundation. See Wikimedia:Deductibility of donations for details.
  • The Georgian Wikipedia has reached 500 articles, less than a month after gaining its 100 articles. The most recent Wikipedia to reach 500 articles prior to the Georgian was the Armenian Wikipedia, earlier this month; these two together constitute the first languages from the Caucasus region and the first from the non-European languages of the former Soviet Union.
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  • Number of articles in wikipedia's database totals more than 1,6 millions.
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March 2005[edit]

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  • The Wikiquote project has over 10,000 articles in total.
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  • Wikipedia Tiếng Việt, the Vietnamese Wikipedia, now has over 500 articles. Article number 500 was probably Vật lý thực nghiệm (Experimental physics), written by Trần Thế Trung, the same user who wrote article 400 a week and a half ago. In less than a month the Vietnamese Wikipedians have created almost 200 new articles, a stark departure from the linear growth pattern that the project has exhibited for more than a year.
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  • Dutch wikipedia has reached 60,000 articles.
  • Polish wikipedia has reached 60,000 articles.
  • Polish wikiquote has reached 1,000 articles.
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  • Northern Sami wikipedia has reached 100 articles.
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  • German wikipedia has reached 210,000 articles.
  • Ukrainian wikipedia has reached 300 registered users.
  • English wiktionary has 60,000 articles.
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  • French wikipedia reached 90.000 articles.
  • English wikipedia now has 2,000 email subscribers to the featured article of the day.
  • Swedish wikiquote reached 50 articles.
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  • The project namespace (ns:4) and site name of the portuguese Wikinews is changed from Wikinews to Wikinotícias.
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  • The English Wikinews edition has reached 1,000 pages in the main namespace, most of them articles. At the same time, the 10th article including original reporting has been published (see Erik's summary of the progress on original reporting so far).
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  • Portuguese wikiquote reached 100 articles.
  • Number of articles in wikipedia's database totals more than 1,5 millions.
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February 2005[edit]

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  • You did it! Thanks to your generosity we exceeded our fund drive goal by 26%. (details)
  • The Latvian Wikipedia reaches 1000 articles.
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  • A major power failure at the colocation centre where Wikimedia's main servers are hosted crashes all the Wikimedia servers. Several database servers were corrupted. Fortunately, one server had intact data, and, after replaying transaction logs, all or almost all data was salvaged from the crash. After many hours of total downtime, Wikimedia was later brought up in read-only mode. Full operation is expected to commence within 24 hours.
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  • Fundraising drive began (till March 4). Translations are still needed into languages as many as possible.
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Needed by Friday 18 February 2005 so soon thereafter.

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  • The Hebrew Wikipedia received today an Honor Certificate from the Israeli Internet Society and the National Society for Volunteering in Israel, in honor of its voluntary activity in the Internet for the benefit of man and society. You can see it here, it's in Hebrew. Everybody who contribute to the advancement of Wikipedia in general should see himself as being honored. David Shay 18:42, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)
  • The Finnish Wikipedia reached 15,000 articles.
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  • The German Wikibooks reached 200 books in 1300 chapters due to a search in the database-dump. A newer dump would probably reveal a lot of further books.

January 2005[edit]

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  • The nl:wiktionary has its 250th language (Alabama) and Commons has its 1000th pronunciation of Dutch.
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