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Progress in 2006[edit]

  • Many Wikipedias in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and a number of other Wikipedias that use small and marginalized languages, made great progress in 2006. While the article count of all Wikipedias together barely doubled, these Wikipedias often grew 5, 10 or 20 times. This shows that Wikipedia is progressing towards becoming less dominated by Europe and North America and integrating the entire world more, including a growing number of languages with new or weak written traditions.
  • The Middle East grew into a major area for Wikipedias.
    • 11 Wikipedias together have 145,258 articles and even more registered users: 166,225.
    • There are 4 major Wikipedias: Hebrew with 50,499 articles, Turkish with 42,162, Arabic with 22,098 and Persian with 17,307.
    • 7 smaller Wikipedias grew to 12,682 articles from 2,646. The biggest of these are Kurdish with 7,582 articles, Yiddish, Ladino Dzhudezmo, Zazaki, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, Gilaki and Mazandarani.
    • 3 of the smaller Wikipedias have more than 1,000 articles 2 reached 100 articles.
    • One year ago, 3 had more than 10,000 articles, 2 more than 1,000 and 1 more than 100. The total article count was 63,235.
  • South East Asia, including 5 states in Indochina and 6 states in the Indonesian-Philipine archipelago, also grew into a major Wikipedia area.
    • 19 Wikipedias together have 134,182 articles and 84,726 registered users.
    • These include 9 state language Wikipedias with 83,328 articles, up from 39,690 one year ago.
    • Of these, 5 major Wikipedias are Indonesian with 47,748 articles, Thai with 17,853, Malay with 16,592, Vietnamese with 13,027 and Tagalog with 5,856.
    • 4 very small state language Wikipedias have only 405 articles together, up from 50 one year ago. They are Tetum, Khmer, Burmese and Lao.
    • 10 Wikipedias in regional and unofficial languages have 32,654 articles, up from 5,306 one year ago. They are Cebuano with 16,604 articles, Sundanese with 8,394, Javanese, Ilokano, Waray-Waray, Kampangan, Banyumasan all with more than 1,000 articles, and the smaller Pangasinan, Zamboanga Chavacano and Buginese.
    • 3 new Wikipedias passed 10,000 articles, 5 passed 1,000 and 3 passed 100. One year ago, the total article count was 46,996.
  • Central Asian Wikipedias progress in 2006:
    • 12 Wikipedias of 10 Central Asian and Caucasian states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Mongolia) have 33,659 articles and 3,687 registered users.
    • The 4 biggest Wikipedias are Georgian, with 13,494 articles, Uzbek with 5,305, Azeri with 4,213 and Tajik with 4,018. The other are Armenian, Ossetian, Pashto, Turkmen, Mongolian, Kirghiz, Kazakh and Abkhazian.
    • One passed 10,000 articles for the first time this year. 5 have passed 1,000 and 5 passed 100.
    • One year ago, no Wikipedia from these countries had more than 5,000 articles. 2 had more than 1,000 articles and 3 more than 100. The total article count was 7,064.
  • Indian subcontinent Wikipedias took great strides forwards in 2006:
    • 22 Indian subcontinent Wikipedias (of the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives) have 78,890 articles and 8,528 registered users.
    • The 3 biggest Wikipedias are Telugu, with 26,114 articles, Bengali with 12,790 and Bishnupriya Manipuri with 11,760. The other are Marathi, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Newar/Nepal Bhasa, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Nepali, Gujarat, Divehi, Sinhalese, Sindhi, Bihari, Pali, Punjabi, Assamese, Dzongkha and Oriya.
    • An anomaly has been the lack of a big Wikipedia in the world's second or 3rd greatest language, Hindi, and the closely related Urdu. During 2006 those two Wikipedias grew rapidly to Hindi 4,616 articles and Urdu 3,934. One year ago the article counts were 1,092 and 638.
    • In addition to the 3 that passed 10,000 articles, 7 have passed 1,000 and 8 passed 100.
    • One year ago, no Wikipedia from the subcontinent had more than 2,300 articles. 5 had more than 1,000 articles and 5 more than 100. The total article count was 10,507.
  • American language Wikipedias advance in 2006:
    • 16 American language Wikipedias for the first time together passed 10,000 articles. Today they have 11,234 articles and 1,839 registered users.
    • This includes 3 American languages of European origin with 8,271 articles and 373 registered users. The greatest American language Wikipedia is Haitian with 7,038 articles. Other european origin languages are Pennsylvania German with 1,185 articles and Papiamentu.
    • Native American language Wikipedias include 10 in American Indian languages with 2,835 articles and 1,139 registered users, and 3 in Inuit languages with 128 articles and 327 users. The biggest are Quechua with 1,402 articles and Nahuatl with 1,003, and Cherokee, Cree, Navajo, Guarani , Aymara, Cheyenne, Choctaw and Muscogee. The 3 Inuit languages are Inuktitut, Greenlandic and Inupiak.
    • In addition to the 4 that have passed 1,000 articles, 2 have passed 100.
    • One year ago no American language Wikipedia had passed 300 articles, 2 had passed 100, and the total article count for all was 768.
  • African Wikipedias make great progress in 2006:
    • For the first time, African language Wikipedias had more than 10,000 articles. As of today, 38 african language Wikipedias have 14,163 articles and 4,784 registered users.
    • The greatest of these is in Afrikaans, a language of European colonial origin, that has 6,177 articles and 1,315 registered users. However, for the first time, the 37 Wikipedias in languages of African origin are bigger together, with 7,986 articles and 3,479 registered users. They are in Swahili, 3,011 articles, and Amaric, 2,793 articles, the first two African-origin Wikipedias to pass the 1,000 benchmark, and Yoruba, Lingala, Wolof, Malagasy, Kongo, Bambara, Somali, Zulu, Sesotho, Kinyarwanda, Xhosan, Shona, Akan, Hausa, Tswana, Tumbuka, Twi, Igbo, Kikuyu, Ewe, Peul, Kanuri, Afar, Oromo, Kirundi, Sango, Luganda, Kuanyama, Chichewa, Swati, Tsonga, Ndonga, Tigrinya, Venda and Herero.
    • In addition to the 2 that have passed 1,000, 7 have passed 100 articles. One year ago none had passed 500 and 4 had passed 100.
    • The Wikipedia of the most widespread language in Africa, Arabic, has 21,177 articles and 44,655 registered users.
    • One year ago, the article count for the african origin language Wikipedias was 772, the Afrikaans Wikipedia 4,439 and the Arab Wikipedia 10,247. Together they had just above 15,000 articles, while today they have passed 36,000.
  • The pacific language Wikipedias remained small during 2006. Polynesian language Wikipedias grew most, while the rest advanced slowly.
    • 13 Wikipedias in pacific languages (including languages of the independent states of Papua-New Guinea, Vaunatu, Nauru, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, The Marshall Islands and Nauru) together have 2,114 articles and 1,335 registered users.
    • 5 polynesian Wikipedias have 1,502 articles, up from 466 one year ago. They are: Tongan, Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian. 5 melanesian and creole Wikipedias grew to 362 from 213 articles: Tok Pisin, Fijian, Bismalla, Hiri Motu and Norfolk. 3 micronesian Wikipedias were relatively stagnant, growing to 250 articles from 239: Nauruan, Marshallese and Chamorro.
    • No Wikipedia reached 500 articles. 5 have more than 100 articles.
    • One year ago, 3 had reached 100 articles. The total article count was 918.
    • There is still no Wikipedia in any Australian aboriginal language.
  • East Asia competes with Europe and America as a developed Wikipedia area.
    • 12 Wikipedias have 454,664 articles and 291,255 registered users.
    • 3 large Wikipedias dominate: Japanese with 307,315 articles, Chinese with 107,392 and Korean with 30,723.
    • 9 regional languages in China have 5,134 articles, up from 1,422 one year ago. They are Min Nan, Cantonese and Uyghur with between 2,300 and 1,100 articles, and the smaller Classical Chinese, Wu, Tibetan, Min Dong, Zhuang and Sichuan Yi.
    • Chinese passed 100,000 articles. 2 Wikipedias passed 1,000 and 3 passed 100 articles. One year ago, the total article count was 238,190.
    • Of the 97 Wikipedias listed above, 1 has more than 1,5 million articles, 1 more than 500,000, 8 have more than 100,000, 27 more than 10,000, 35 more than 1,000, and 17 more than 100. One year ago 1 had more than 500,000, 6 more than 100,000, 20 more than 10,000, 31 more than 1,000, and 11 more than 100.

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  • Wikipedias without native speakers at the end of 2006:
    • The 7 active planned language (or "conlang") Wikipedias have passed 83,000 articles. These are Esperanto, which alone has 62,409 articles, Ido, with 14,183, and the 5 smaller Interlingua, Novial, Volapük, Lojban and Interlingue. The 7 wikipedias have 3,803 registered users, of which Esperanto alone has 2,662. The Meta-Wiki page altso notes the progress of the Wiki lexicon of Lingua Franca Nova with 644 articles, and lists the two former Wikipedias of Toki Pona and Klingon. Including these, planned languages on the Meta page have 84,213 articles.
    • The 9 Wikipedias in historical (or «dead») languages have 14,537 articles and 3,327 registered users. These are Latin, which alone has 10,465 articles and 1,656 users, Cornish, Sanskrit, Anglo- Saxon, Classical Chinese, Manx, Gotic, Pali and Old Church Slavonic.
    • The borderline Wikipedia in Simple English, arguably a language without native speakers, has 13,124 articles and 7,195 users.
    • Together, the 20 Wikipedias or online lexicons without native speakers registered on the Meta page have 111,874 articles. The 17 active wikipedias have 14,326 registered users, 7,113 excluding Simple English.
  • The Japanese Wikibooks has reached 1,000 book modules.
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  • The Maltese Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles. All official languages of European states have now passed this benchmark.
  • The Hebrew Wikipedia has reached 30,000 registered users.
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  • The Quechua Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles, marking the first time a Native American language reaches this milestone.
  • The Turkmen Wikipedia has reached 500 articles.
  • The Nepali Wikipedia becomes the second Wikipedia edition (after Nepal Bhasa) to enable a JavaScript-based input method editor that allows the user to type directly in Devanāgarī. The script, designed by Tatari, addresses text-entry problems faced by languages that do not use a Latin-based alphabet.
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  • The Japanese Wikipedia wins the Web of the Year 2006 best site prize (in Japan) and a web resource category prize from the Yahoo! Internet Guide magazine. [1] (Japanese)
  • The Arabic Wikipedia has reached 40,000 registered users.
  • The Galician Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles.
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  • Following the Board's approval, the French Wikiquote has been reopened.
  • Wikipedia is now the 12th most-visited website on the Internet, getting more page hits than eBay, according to Alexa.
  • The Wikipedia of Ripuarian languages has had its 150,000th edit.
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November 2006[edit]

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  • The Wikimedia Commons has reached 1,000,000 files with Singapore Zoo photo. Press-release.
  • Wikipedia is now the 13th most-visited website on Internet acording to Alexa, reaching more audience than 163.com and sohu.com, two popular asian portals.
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Portuguese Wiktionary 20,000th entry logo
Russian Wikipedia Wins RuNet Prize 2006
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Czech Wikipedia's 50,000th entry logo.
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  • The Marathi Wikipedia has reached the triple milestone of 6,000 articles,13,000 total pages and 37,000 edits.
  • The German Wikipedia has reached 300,000 registered users.
  • The number of articles in Nordic Council/Baltic Council area Wikipedias have passed 500,000. They include 347,490 in Nordic Germanic languages, 112,766 in Finno-Ugric languages, 40,633 in Baltic languages, and 52 in Inuit languages - in total 500,941 articles in 14 languages. The Nordic/Baltic area has about 32 million inhabitants, and includes the state with most Internet users pr. capita in the World: Iceland.
  • The total number of registered Wikipedia users in the closely related Nordic Germanic languages are now 62 257. These are Norwegian (bokmål), which just passed Swedish as the nordic-language Wikipedia with most users, Danish, Norwegian (nynorsk), Icelandic and Fareoese. If we add the non-related nordic languages Finnish, which with close to 37,000 has most users of all Nordic Wikipedias, Northern Sami, and Greenlandic, the total number of users reaches 99,529. The cooperating Baltic area (wich includes the 3 Baltic states) has another 8,349 users, 5,954 in the Baltic languages Lithuanian, Latvian and Samogitian, and 2,395 in the Finno-Ugric languages Estonian and Võro. This makes a total of 107,878 users in the Nordic Council/Baltic area.
  • The Norwegian (bokmål) Wikipedia has reached 25,000 registered users.
  • The Telugu Wikipedia has reached 1,000 registered users.
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October 2006[edit]

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  • The Estonian Wikipedia has reached 25,000 articles.
  • The Occitan Wiktionary has reached 100 entries with solelh.
  • Wikimedia is now the 499th most-visited website on the Internet according to Alexa.
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  • The Portuguese Wikisource is the 8th Wikisource edition to reach 5,000 text units. The 5,000th source text is the poem Romeu e Julieta.
  • The Indonesian Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles.
  • Wikipedia is now the 15th most-visited website on the Internet, reaching more audience than Amazon and Microsoft Corporation websites, according to Alexa.
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September 2006[edit]

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  • The Polish Wikipedia has reached 300,000 articles. We are exactly five years old today!
  • The Bengali Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles, as the 50th Wikipedia to do so, and the 2nd language from South Asia to reach the milestone. As one language has two wikipedias (English and Simple English) there are still only 49 Wikipedias in (arguably) different languages that have reached this number of articles. The 10,000th article is ১৩১৫, a stub about the year 1315 created by RagibBot.
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August 2006[edit]

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  • The Thai Wikipedia has reached 9,000 registered users (more than 30 new users per day). It currently ranked 28th most popular sites in Thailand, according to Alexa.
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July 2006[edit]

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  • The Vietnamese Wiktionary gains its 30,000th entry as PiedBot adds the Vietnamese word tay nải (cloth bag). Not yet finished, Laurent Bouvier's PiedBot is importing tens of thousands of entries from a set of GPL/GFDL dictionaries by the Free Vietnamese Dictionary Project.
  • The number of accounts registered on all Wikipedia projects has reached 3 million
  • The total number of images present on all Wikipedia projects has reached 1 million.
  • The Esperanto Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles with the article about Victoria Falls.
  • The Finnish Wikipedia has reached 25,000 registered users.
  • The West Flemish Wikipedia has reached 100 articles.
  • The Kurdish Wikipedia has reached 3,000 articles and 500 registered users!
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June 2006[edit]

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  • The Russian Wikipedia has reached 20,000 registered users.
  • The total number of user page edits, in all languages and for all Wikimedia projects, has exceeded 150 million.
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  • The Venetian Wikipedia has reached 3,000 articles (and passed several other article-count milestones on the same day, shooting up from 150 articles to 3,500 in approximately 24 hours, thanks to a massive bot import of date and year entries).
  • The Arabic Wikipedia has reached 15,000 articles.
  • The Vietnamese Wiktionary has reached 25,000 pages total, with the addition of the English word stealthy by PiedBot. Laurent Bouvier's PiedBot has already imported tens of thousands of entries from a set of GPL/GFDL dictionaries by the Free Vietnamese Dictionary Project.
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  • The Hebrew Wikipedia has reached 20,000 registered users.
  • The Vietnamese Wiktionary reaches 3,000 entries with the addition of the English word blatancy by PiedBot, a robot that is currently adding definitions and translations from the Free Vietnamese Dictionary Project.
  • Five days after passing the 5,000 mark, the Neapolitan Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles thanks to a massive bot-assisted import of articles.
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  • The Swahili Wikipedia has reached 500 articles, the first Wikipedia in a language of African origin to reach the 500 article benchmark.
  • The Spanish Wikipedia has reached 150,000 registered users.
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April 2006[edit]

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March 2006[edit]

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  • The Persian Wikipedia has reached 5,000 registered users.
  • Wikipedia is the 17th most-visited website on the Internet, reaching more audience than Google Japan, according to Alexa.
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  • The Indonesian Wiktionary has reached 1,000 entries.
  • The Wikibooks has updated the main portal page. Wikibooks has also entered the top 4,000 websites on the internet, according to Alexa.
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  • Wikipedia is the 18th most-visited website on the Internet, hitting more web pages than Blogger.com, according to Alexa.
  • The Danish Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles.
  • The Hebrew Wikipedia has reached 15,000 registered users.
  • The Spanish Wikisource has reached 10,000 articles.
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February 2006[edit]

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  • The Polish Wikipedia has reached 200,000 articles with Siedlisko
  • The Basque Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles.
  • The Serbian Wikipedia continues its surge of page creation, reaching 25,000 articles.
  • The Chinese Wikisource has reached 1,500 articles.
  • The Portuguese Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles. There is an average of 250 new articles per day. There are 38,423 registered users and 46 administrators. The Community has also voted for an official logotype for the celebration, which will replace the Wikipedia logo for 15 days on all pages. The logo can be found at this link.
  • The Wikitsitatnik (Russian Wikiqoute) has reached 1000 articles
  • The Pushto Wikipedia reached 100 articles on this date.
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  • The Wikitsitatnik (Russian Wikiqoute) has reached 500 articles.
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  • The Chinese Wiktionary has reached 15,000 articles.
  • The U.S.P.T.O. grants Wikimedia Foundation Inc., registered status to the Wikipedia, mark which should now be written Wikipedia® when giving notice of this legal status.
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