Wikimedia News/2017

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December 2017[edit]

  • Wikipedia ends the year with approximately 46,999,702 articles in 296 languages (plus 2 language wikis with 0 articles), which constitutes a 9% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wiktionary ends the year with approximately 27,580,715 entries in 150 languages (plus 20 language wikis with 0 entries), which constitutes a 6% increase in entries over the past year.
  • Wikiquote ends the year with approximately 201,806 content pages in 75 languages (plus 13 language wikis with 0 content pages), which constitutes a 9% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • Wikibooks ends the year with approximately 251,623 book modules in 118 languages (plus 3 language wikis with 0 book modules), which constitutes a 7% increase in book modules over the past year.
  • Wikisource ends the year with approximately 3,625,369 text units in 186 languages (comprising 3,601,728 units in 66 individual language wikis and an additional 23,641 units in 123 languages at the Multiligual Wikisource — 6 languages have content in both places), which constitutes a 14% increase in text units over the past year.
  • Wikinews ends the year with approximately 231,117 articles in 33 languages, which constitutes a 6% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikiversity ends the year with approximately 99,560 learning modules in 69 languages (comprising 97,230 modules in 16 separate language wikis and an additional 2,330 modules in 53 languages at the Wikiversity Beta), which constitutes a 12% increase in learning modules over the past year.
  • Wikivoyage ends the year with approximately 99,304 articles in 18 languages, which constitutes a 5% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Commons ends the year with approximately 43,455,424 media files and 240,822 gallery pages, which constitutes a 21% increase in media files and a 94% increase in gallery pages over the past year.
  • Wikispecies ends the year with approximately 563,959 content pages, which constitutes a 13% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • Wikidata ends the year with approximately 42,271,111 items, which constitutes a 71% increase in items over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Incubator ends the year with approximately 108,811 content pages across 1,016 test wikis in 730 different languages (including any test wikis that have been opened but are currently empty), which constitutes a 7% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • There were 10 content wikis created in 2017, 5 more than were created in 2016.
Note: The article counts listed above are based on stats collected at around 00:35 UTC on 2018-01-01. 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 (but not deleted) wikis and count "Simple English" as a separate language when such a wiki exists within a project. The gallery count for Commons was calculated as the count of "articles" (which now include galleries and media files) minus the count of "images" (which only include media files).
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  • The Navajo Wikipedia has reached 10,000 registered users (following a surge on Dec 13th, along with several other Wikimedia wikis).
  • The surge in user accounts that occurred a few days ago seems to have been due to a script being run by the sysadmins.
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  • Wikidata has reached 40,000,000 items (more than 44 million items have been created, but many have been deleted after creation or merged into other items).
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November 2017[edit]

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  • The Fiji Hindi Wiktionary is open for editing (after being created as a standalone wiki on Nov 6th), with 1,127 articles and 1,333 total pages imported from the test wiki on the Incubator. (The article count may change significantly when the wiki is recounted for the first time on Nov 21st.)
  • The Latvian Wikipedia has reached 20,000 uploaded files.
  • The Albanian Wikipedia has reached 70,000 articles.
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October 2017[edit]

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  • The Vietnamese Wikibooks is back up to 5,000 book modules, after falling below that level in June of this year.
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  • The Guarani Wikipedia has reached 10,000 registered users.
  • The Tajik Wikipedia has reached 70,000 articles, as a user has created thousands of new stubs for Argentine footballers.
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September 2017[edit]

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  • The Russian Wikivoyage has reached 5,000 uploaded files, as thousands of uploaded "passports" have almost doubled the number of local images in the last 24 hours.
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  • The Outreach wiki has lost more than half of its administrators due to inactivity, falling from 111 to 54 admins.
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  • The South Azerbaijani Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles, as a user has just added over 800 new stubs about universities around the world.

August 2017[edit]

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  • The Slovak Wikisource has reached 200 text units, as an admin has been adding licensing information to many of its texts.
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  • The Hawaiian Wikipedia has reached 2,000 articles.
  • The Hindi Wikiversity has been recounted from scratch for the first time since being created as a standalone wiki, resulting in 180 learning modules.
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  • The English Wikibooks has "lost" 81% of its uploaded files, falling to around 1,350 files, after thousands of images were moved to Commons.
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  • The Cebuano Wikipedia has reached 5,000,000 articles, as a bot has been creating thousands of short articles about places around the world.
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  • The English Wiktionary is back up to 100 administrators after dropping below that level back in August 2016.
  • The Slovak Wiktionary has reached 20,000 entries, about 50 weeks after reaching 15,000.
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July 2017[edit]

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  • Wikidata has reached 30,000,000 items (note that more than 34,000,000 items have been created, but some have since been deleted or merged into other items).
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  • The Dutch Wikinews has been recounted from scratch for the first time since it was reopened as a standalone wiki, resulting in 2,531 articles.
  • The Doteli Wikipedia has reached 2,000 articles.
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  • The Acehnese Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles, with the creation of hundreds of stubs for places in Indonesia.
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  • The Dinka Wikipedia is open for editing after being created as a standalone wiki on July 12th, with content imported from the Wikimedia Incubator (due to a lack of internal [[wikilinks]], the article count currently stands at a mere 2 articles).
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  • The Abkhazian Wikipedia has reached 2,000 articles, with the creation of hundreds of new stubs for years in the first millennium (CE).
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June 2017[edit]

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  • The Wikimania 2016 wiki, closed to editing since 13 April 2017, has "lost" all of its 15 administrators.
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  • The Wikimania 2015 wiki, closed to editing since September 2016, has "lost" all of its 10 administrators.
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  • The Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (this wiki) has reached 70,000 content pages.
  • Wikimedia Commons has reached 500,000 content pages, as the content-page count continues to rise at roughly 1,000 pages per hour following a settings change (on June 6th) to that wiki's list of "content namespaces"; as explained in the 14 June entry below, this count is, and will continue to be, almost completely meaningless until the entire wiki is recounted from scratch.
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  • The Latvian Wiktionary has reached 10,000 entries, as a user has added almost 1,000 entries for Greek words over the past week.
  • The Vietnamese Wikibooks has fallen below 5,000 book modules, as the result of a longterm cleanup effort by an admin; the wiki has shrunk by about 25% in the last 16 weeks.
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May 2017[edit]

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  • The Sundanese Wikipedia has reached 30,000 articles.
  • The two newest Wikimedia content wikis have both dropped well below their initial article counts after being recounted from scratch for the first time after their content was imported last month:
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  • The Min Dong Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles and 10,000 total pages, as a bot has created a couple thousand new stubs for years in and before the common era, along with a couple thousand "supporting" categories (i.e., categories for years, deaths by century, etc.).
  • The MediaWiki wiki has reached 10,000,000 registered users.
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  • The Irish Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles, as a user has created hundreds of microstubs for years and numbers.
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April 2017[edit]

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  • The Lao Wikipedia has reached 2,000 articles, with the creation of a couple hundred ministubs for days of the year.
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  • The Danish Wikibooks is back up to 1,000 book modules after dropping below that level in December 2014.
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  • The Sundanese Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles (10 years after reaching 10,000), with the creation of hundreds of stubs for schools in Indonesia.
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March 2017[edit]

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  • Two wikis have reached new milestones after being recounted from scratch (which happens on the 21st of each month):
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February 2017[edit]

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  • The Cebuano Wikipedia has reached 4,000,000 articles, as a bot has been creating thousands of short articles about places around the world.
  • The Esperanto Wiktionary has reached 80,000 entries, an increase of 50% in the last 11 days, as an admin has been creating thousands of new stubs per day for words in various languages (based on another online dictionary).
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January 2017[edit]

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  • The Esperanto Wiktionary has reached 40,000 entries, as a user has been adding thousands of stub entries (over 12,000 in the last 8 days).
  • The Swedish Wikisource is back up to 15,000 text units after dropping below that level in December 2015.
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  • The Hebrew Wikivoyage is back up to 2,000 articles after dropping below that level last month.
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