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Vikipeedia on jõudnud miljoni artiklini[edit]

{date} 2004, Tampa (Florida). Vikimeedia Sihtasutus (Wikimedia Foundation) teatas täna, et Vikipeedias (Wikipedia) on loodud miljones artikkel. Tegemist on selle sihtasutuse projektiga, mille eesmärgiks on luua avatud sisuga vaba veebientsüklopeedia ( Vikipeedia sai alguse jaanuaris 2001. Nüüdseks on sellest saanud maailma suurim ja kõige kiiremini kasvav entsüklopeedia. Seda kirjutatakse rohkem kui sajas keeles. Iga päev lisandub Vikipeediasse ligi 2500 uut artiklit; olemasolevatesse artiklitesse tehtavate paranduste arv on umbes kümme korda suurem.

Vikipeediat kirjutatakse täies ulatuses vabatahtlike poolt. Autorid teevad artiklite koostamisel, täiendamisel ja toimetamisel koostööd. Vikimeedia asutaja Jimmy Wales ütleb: "Teadmiste jagamise idee on võimas." The process is governed by Wikipedia's official neutral point of view (NPOV) policy, which requires that contributors work to avoid bias in writing articles. Even articles covering controversial topics can be worked on using this process. Contributors build upon each other's changes and flawed edits are quickly repaired. "Everything is peer-reviewed in real time," says Wales. järgi on Vikipeedia praegu kümne populaarsema teatmelehekülje (?) hulgas. Vikipeedia kogukonna tugevust on 2004. aastal tunnustatud kahe rahvusvahelise auhinnaga: peaauhind kategoorias "digitaalsed kogukonnad" ("Digital Communities") (?) Prix Ars Electronica-l ja veidi pärast seda Webby auhind (Webby Award) kategoorias "parim kogukond".

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