Wikimedia Blog/Drafts/Milestones, August 2015

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Publish Sep 24 2015

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  • Wikimedia project milestones: Swedish Wikipedia hits 2 million
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  • In the first post in a series celebrating milestones across all Wikimedia projects, we look at some of the projects hitting major milestones over the past month.

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The featured image when the Swedish Wikipedia hit two million articles—a springbok. Image by Yathin S Krishnappa, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

This blog post is the first in a series celebrating milestones across all Wikimedia projects.

The Swedish Wikipedia hit two million articles on September 5, only the second language edition of Wikipedia to reach this milestone. The final stretch was celebrated with a custom-made globe icon, as has become something of a Wikipedia tradition. The two millionth article was "Iro (mountain)", one of many bot-created articles created in the weeks leading up to the milestone; it documents a 1061m-tall mountain in South Sudan.

Jan Ainali, of Wikimedia Sverige, says that the community is aware of the role of bots to reach this milestone, but that it is still to be celebrated. "The community is aware of the special case that [the Swedish Wikipedia] is," he says. "That being said, most are quite happy that the Swedish version is able to serve so much content, and that the feat that Lsj [the creator of Lsjbot] has achieved is huge."

The Urdu Wikipedia community made serious headway on its goal of 100,000 articles, reaching the 80,000 article milestone on September 9. The Armenian Wiktionary has doubled in size in just five months, and is now at over 90,000 entries.

You can read all of the Wikimedia project milestones, and get more information, on the Wikimedia News page on Meta-Wiki.

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September 22
September 19
  • The Armenian Wiktionary has reached 90,000 entries, having doubled in size since April of this year.
September 17
September 14
September 10
September 9
September 7
September 6
September 5
September 3
  • A new interwiki prefix, policy:, has been added to the interwiki map, for linking to the new Wikimedia Public Policy website.
September 2

Joe Sutherland, WMF Communications intern

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