Wikimedia News/2016

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December 2016[edit]

  • Wikipedia ends the year with approximately 43,127,258 articles in 287 languages (plus 2 language wikis with 0 articles), which constitutes a 15% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wiktionary ends the year with approximately 26,075,902 entries in 152 languages (plus 20 language wikis with 0 entries), which constitutes a 10% increase in entries over the past year.
  • Wikiquote ends the year with approximately 184,523 content pages in 75 languages (plus 14 language wikis with 0 content pages), which constitutes a 9% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • Wikibooks ends the year with approximately 235,127 book modules in 118 languages (plus 3 language wikis with 0 book modules), which constitutes a 6% increase in book modules over the past year.
  • Wikisource ends the year with approximately 3,193,586 text units in 175 languages (comprising 3,174,046 units in 64 individual language wikis and an additional 19,540 units in 116 languages at the Multiligual Wikisource — 5 languages have content in both places), which constitutes a 25% increase in text units over the past year.
  • Wikinews ends the year with approximately 217,892 articles in 33 languages, which constitutes a 5% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikiversity ends the year with approximately 89,008 learning modules in 58 languages (comprising 86,731 modules in 15 separate language wikis and an additional 2,277 modules in 43 languages at the Wikiversity Beta), which constitutes a 12% increase in learning modules over the past year.
  • Wikivoyage ends the year with approximately 94,336 articles in 18 languages, which constitutes a 9% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Commons ends the year with approximately 35,789,717 media files and 124,327 gallery pages, which constitutes a 20% increase in media files and a 2% increase in gallery pages over the past year.
  • Wikispecies ends the year with approximately 499,092 content pages, which constitutes a 12% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • Wikidata ends the year with approximately 24,674,315 items, which constitutes a 58% increase in items over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Incubator ends the year with approximately 101,791 content pages across 638 test wikis in 516 different languages (including any test wikis that have been opened but are currently empty), which constitutes a 1% increase in content pages (as well as 15 more test wikis and 11 more languages) over the past year.
  • There were 5 new main content wikis created in 2016 (Wikipedias for Adyghe, Jamaican Patois/Creole, Tulu, and Livvi-Karelian, as well as the Finnish Wikivoyage), two more than the three created in 2015.
Note: The article counts listed above for the main content projects split into different languages (Wikipedia through Wikivoyage) are based on stats collected between around 02:00 UTC on 2016-12-31 and 11:00 UTC on 2017-01-01 and posted to the pages tracking statistics for the various projects here at Meta. The counts for the multilingual projects (Commons through Incubator) are based on stats collected between around 03:45 UTC on 2016-12-31 and 03:45 UTC on 2017-01-01 (not posted anywhere). In all cases, whenever possible, estimates of the counts at 00:00 UTC on 2017-01-01 were obtained by interpolating between count totals reported before and after that time. All counts are based on what MediaWiki sees as constituting an article, as reflected at each wiki's Special:Statistics page. Language counts include closed wikis and count "Simple English" as a separate language when such a wiki exists within a project.
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  • The Finnish Wikivoyage is now open for public editing (after being created as a standalone wiki back on December 1st), with approximately 1,800 (potential) articles imported from old XML dumps of the Finnish Wikitravel and from the test wiki at the Incubator; the initial article count, which is clearly wrong, will be updated on December 21st.
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  • The Armenian Wiktionary has reached 1,000,000 page edits.
  • The Hebrew Wikivoyage has dropped below 2,000 articles (currently at 1,951), after losing about 100 articles in the last 28 hours.
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November 2016[edit]

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  • The Cree Wikipedia is back under 100 articles, after the deletion of a handful of pages not written in Cree.
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  • The Northern Sotho Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles with the creation by an administrator of over 1,000 stubs for numbers in the last 24 hours.

October 2016[edit]

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  • The Bislama Wikipedia has reached 500 articles with the creation of several one-line stubs of dubious usefulness.
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  • The Malayalam Wikipedia has reached 5,000 uploaded files.
  • The Livvi-Karelian Wikipedia has fallen below 2,000 articles (a 53% decrease from the previous count) after being recounted from scratch for the first time since being opened for editing.
  • The Chinese Wikisource has fallen below 150,000 text units (a 51% decrease from the previous count) after being recounted.
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  • The French Wikisource has reached 1,000,000 proofread pages (first time in the history of Wikisource).
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  • The Occitan Wikipedia has dropped below 90,000 articles, with the deletion of several dozen ersatz articles for various cantons; thousands more otherwise empty articles tagged with a speedy-delete template are yet to be deleted.
  • The Russian Wikinews has reached 100,000 total pages.
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  • The Welsh Wikipedia has reached 80,000 articles, with the creation of thousands of short articles for various bird species.
  • The Hawaiian Wikipedia has dropped below 2,000 articles (currently at 1,952), with the deletion of dozens of useless stubs created by an IP editor over a year ago.
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September 2016[edit]

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  • The Cebuano Wikipedia has reached 3,000,000 articles, as a bot has been adding thousands of stubs for geographical features (mountains, valleys, rivers, etc.) around the world.
  • The Minangkabau Wikipedia has reached 5,000 registered users.
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  • The Min Nan Wikipedia has reached 200,000 articles, as a bot has been creating thousands of stubs about places around the world.
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  • The Korean Wikinews has reached 100 articles again, after dropping below that level back in June.
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  • Right on schedule (due to continued bot activity), the Persian Wiktionary has reached 90,000 entries.
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  • The Wikimedia Incubator is back up to 100,000 content pages, after falling below that level back in February when several test wikis were deleted after being imported into stand-alone wikis.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation wiki has dropped below 5,000 content pages (currently at 4,491), after the deletion of several hundred "obsolete" pages related to fundraising campaigns.

August 2016[edit]

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  • The Kabyle Wikipedia has reached 10,000 total pages, as existing talk pages are "archived" to make way for Flow-enabled talk pages.
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  • The Punjabi Wiktionary has reached 1,000 entries, as the wiki's sole admin has been adding entries with definitions in English but categorizing them as needing "to be explained in Punjabi".
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  • The Kyrgyz Wiktionary has reached 10,000 entries, as an IP editor (at multiple addresses) has been creating hundreds of extremely "stark" entries, many consisting solely of language headings and the term to be defined.
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July 2016[edit]

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  • The Tajik Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles, with the creation by a bot of several hundred stubs about places in Russia.
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June 2016[edit]

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  • The Korean Wikinews has fallen below 100 articles (currently at 96), falling to 27% of its size 24 hours ago, for some unknown reason.
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  • The Min Nan Wikipedia has reached 150,000 articles, as a bot has added close to 2,000 articles about places in Western Europe.
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May 2016[edit]

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  • The Hindi Wiktionary has reached 90,000 entries, growing by over 400% in the last 24 hours.
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April 2016[edit]

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  • The Polish Wikisource has reached 300,000 text units, presumably after having been recounted in the last 24 hours.
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  • The Serbian Wiktionary has reached 60,000 entries, as a bot continues to create new entries at a rate of a few thousand per day.
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March 2016[edit]

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  • The Zeelandic Wikipedia has reached 100,000 page edits.
  • The Sanskrit Wiktionary has reached 100,000 total pages, as a bot continues to add tens of thousands of unlinked pages in the main namespace that don't count as entries.
  • The Samoan Wiktionary has dropped below 5,000 entries, apparently as a result of being recounted from scratch.
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  • The Guarani Wikipedia has reached 100,000 page edits.
  • The Sanskrit Wiktionary has reached 10,000 total pages (over 70,000 actually) and 100,000 page edits, as a bot has been creating tens of thousands of new pages in the main namespace, none of which count as entries.
  • The Wikimania 2016 wiki has reached 10,000 total pages.
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  • The Kikuyu Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles, as an IP editor has added dozens of new stubs for cities around the world.
  • The multilingual Wikiversity Beta has reached 2,000 learning modules.
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February 2016[edit]

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  • The Wikimedia Incubator has dropped below 100,000 content pages, following the deletion of several local test wikis (about 10,000 pages in total) that had already been imported into stand-alone wikis.
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  • The Cebuano Wikipedia has reached 2,000,000 articles, as a bot has been creating thousands of new stubs for places in Canada.
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January 2016[edit]

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  • The Western Punjabi Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles with the creation of dozens of short articles about places in Pakistan.
  • The Kannada Wikisource has reached 10,000 total pages with the importing of hundreds of "help" pages and templates from the English Wikipedia.
  • Wikimedia Commons has reached 30,000,000 media files, about 10 months after reaching 25,000,000.
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  • The Bengali Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles.
  • The Kikuyu Wikipedia has reached 500 articles, as an IP editor has been adding dozens of stubs about cities in China.
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