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December 2019[edit]

  • Wikipedia ends the year with 51,749,309 articles in 307 languages (plus 2 language wikis with 0 articles), which constitutes a 5% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wiktionary ends the year with 32,460,486 entries in 154 languages (plus 20 language wikis with 0 entries), which constitutes a 7% increase in entries over the past year.
  • Wikiquote ends the year with 227,679 content pages in 76 languages (plus 13 language wikis with 0 content pages), which constitutes a 6% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • Wikibooks ends the year with 271,903 book modules in 98 languages (plus 22 language wikis with 0 book modules), which constitutes a 4% increase in book modules over the past year.
  • Wikisource ends the year with 4,232,923 text units in 193 languages (comprising 4,203,681 units in 70 individual language wikis and an additional 29,242 units in 130 languages at the Multiligual Wikisource — 7 languages have content in both places), which constitutes an 8% increase in text units over the past year.
  • Wikinews ends the year with 234,835 articles in 34 languages, which constitutes a 6% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikiversity ends the year with 118,105 learning modules in 73 languages (comprising 115,312 modules in 17 separate language wikis and an additional 2,793 modules in 56 languages at Wikiversity Beta), which constitutes a 10% increase in learning modules over the past year.
  • Wikivoyage ends the year with 112,135 articles in 21 languages, which constitutes a 7% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Commons ends the year with 58,152,899 media files, which constitutes a 13% increase over the past year.
  • Wikispecies ends the year with 703,243 content pages, which constitutes an 8% increase over the past year.
  • Wikidata ends the year with 72,521,144 items, which constitutes a 35% increase over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Incubator ends the year with 132,150 content pages across 1,025 test wikis in 735 different languages (including any test wikis that have been opened but are currently empty), which constitutes a 21% increase in content pages over the past year.
  • There were 10 content wikis created in 2019, 3 fewer than were created in 2018.
Note: The article counts listed above are actual counts collected at (approximately) 00:00 UTC on 2020-01-01. All counts are based on what MediaWiki sees as constituting an article (or content page), 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 test wiki counts for Beta Wikiversity and the Incubator were checked in the first hour (UTC) of 2020-01-01.
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  • The Vietnamese Wikiquote has fallen below 100 content pages, as a user has been mass-removing wikilinks from content pages.
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November 2019[edit]

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  • The Guianan Creole Wikipedia is open for editing after being created as a standalone wiki earlier today, with content imported from the test wiki at the Wikimedia Incubator; there is no official article count yet, since the wiki's statistics will not be initialized until 1 December.
  • The Shawiya Wiktionary is open for editing after being created as a standalone wiki earlier today, with content imported from the test wiki at the Wikimedia Incubator; there is no official entry count yet, since the wiki's statistics will not be initialized until 1 December. This is the first language to ever have a Wiktionary created as a separate subdomain before the corresponding Wikipedia (which is still a test wiki).
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  • The Mon Wikipedia is open for public editing after being created as a standalone wiki three days ago, with content imported from the test wiki at the Wikimedia Incubator; there is no article count yet, as the wiki's statistics will not be initialized until the 15th of this month.
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October 2019[edit]

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  • The newly created Balinese Wikipedia has been counted for the first time, resulting in 118 articles.
  • The Hindi Wikisource has fallen below 500 text units (currently at 414 text units) after being recounted for the first time since its content was imported.
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  • The Kurdish Wiktionary has reached 800,000 entries.
  • The Balinese Wikipedia has been created as a standalone wiki and had its content imported from the Wikimedia Incubator in record time (on the same day); there is not yet an article count, but the on-wiki statistics are scheduled to be initialized (counted for the first time) tomorrow.
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  • The N'Ko Wikipedia has had its articles counted for the first time since being created as a standalone wiki, resulting in 229 articles.
  • The Albanian Wiktionary has reached 10,000 entries.
  • The Yiddish Wiktionary has reached 500 entries.
  • The Thai Wikisource has dropped below 10,000 text units again (currently down to 7,732 text units, a loss of about 38% from its previous count 24 hours earlier), as the wiki continues to experience huge, sudden, "unexplained" changes in its text-unit count (first on August 9th, then when the wiki was recounted on September 15th and today, October 1st).

September 2019[edit]

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  • The Serbo-Croatian Wikipedia has reached 10,000 uploaded files.
  • The N'Ko Wikipedia has opened for editing after being created as a standalone wiki, with its content having been imported from the Incubator test wiki (the wiki's statistics have not yet been initialized, so there will not be an official article count until October 1st—but it will probably be somewhere around 200).
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  • The Silesian Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles, as a bot continues to create thousands of articles about fungi; such articles now constitute approximately 85% of the articles on the wiki.
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  • The Azerbaijani Wikipedia has reached 150,000 articles.
  • The Bavarian Wikipedia has reached 30,000 articles.
  • The Silesian Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles, as a bot continues to create thousands of articles about fungi; such articles now constitute approximately 80% of the articles on the wiki.
  • The Neapolitan Wikisource has reached 10,000 text units, as the counting method used on the wiki has been changed to count all pages in the content namespaces instead of only those containing a wikilink.
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  • The Silesian Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles, as a bot continues to create thousands of articles about fungi.
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  • The Silesian Wikipedia has reached 10,000 articles, as a bot has created nearly 2,000 short articles about species of fungus.
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  • The Hindi Wikibooks has reached 500 book modules.
  • The Thai Wikisource has reached 10,000 text units again, after dropping below that level on August 9th; today's increase (not explainable based on observed on-wiki activity and hence apparently almost entirely due to the wiki being recounted) leaves the wiki at almost the same number of text units as it had before the unexplained drop.
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  • The Shona Wikipedia has reached 10,000 registered users.
  • The Vietnamese Wikiquote has dropped below 200 content pages (down to 175), apparently because of a template change made to several hundred main-namespace pages (from one that contained a wikilink to one that does not).
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  • The Thai Wikiquote has fallen below 500 content pages (a 93% drop from 3,257 one day ago down to 224 now) — this is presumably due to the regularly scheduled recount of all Wikimedia wikis, but the size of the drop is unexpected and currently unexplained. (Upon further research, the current count of 224 text units seems "not unreasonable" based on a random sample of main-namespace pages: only 1 of 30 sampled pages appeared to contain any wikilinks, giving a rough estimate of 0.0333… × 3,326 = 111 content pages. However, it is still not clear how the count remained above 2,000 for more than 2 years before today, and what changed in the last 17 days [since the last recount] to make it drop now.)
  • The Neapolitan Wikisource has fallen below 500 text units after being recounted completely for the first time since content importing was finished.

August 2019[edit]

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  • Wikidata has reached 1,000,000,000 page edits (about a day after the 1,000,000,000th numbered revision occurred — the difference is due to deleted entries/revisions).
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  • The Thai Wikisource has dropped below 10,000 text units (currently stands at 7,639), after losing about 40% of its previous count for some as yet unknown reason.
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  • The Kurdish Wiktionary has reached 700,000 entries, as a bot has created about 20,000 new entries for different forms of Kurdish nouns in the last 24 hours.
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July 2019[edit]

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  • The Abkhazian Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles, as an IP editor (behind many different addresses) has added hundreds of ministubs for years before the common era (BCE/BC).
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  • The Dinka Wikipedia has reached 100 articles, as an IP editor has added a handful of ministubs of dubious quality in the last 24 hours.
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  • The Wikimania 2018 wiki has been closed (locked to prevent public editing); starting this year all Wikimania events will be served by a single Wikimania wiki, using a different namespace for each year instead of a different wiki (note that pages are still being moved around the wiki to implement this plan).

June 2019[edit]

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  • The Sundanese Wiktionary has reached 500 entries, apparently as the result of the semimonthly statistics recount of all Wikimedia wikis.
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  • The Russian Wikipedia has reached 100,000,000 page edits (after falling below that level in February 2018, when the wiki's statistics were completely recounted.)
  • The Wu Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles.
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  • The Wolof Wikipedia has reached 100,000 page edits (after falling below that level in February 2018, when the wiki's statistics were recounted from scratch).
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May 2019[edit]

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  • The Bulgarian Wikinews has reached 1,000 articles (currently at 1,580) after having its article-counting method changed to 'all' (counting all non-redirects in the main namespace as articles).
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  • The Thai Wikisource has reached 10,000 text units, as a user has been adding copyright templates to hundreds of pages there.
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  • The Macedonian Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles. (Note that the milestone observed on this day was due to the semimonthly recount of the wiki; a more thorough analysis of page creations, deletions, and edits on the wiki itself reveals that the likely 100,000th article was actually created on 27 April 2019, as was determined by the community.)

April 2019[edit]

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  • The Arabic Wikipedia has reached 800,000 articles, as a bot has been creating thousands of new biographical stubs.
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  • The Interlingua Wikibooks has reached 100 book modules.
  • The Western Armenian Wikipedia is open for editing after being created as a standalone wiki on April 4th; the on-wiki statistics have not yet been initialized, so there is no official article count yet.
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March 2019[edit]

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  • The Low German/Low Saxon Wikipedia has reached 100,000 total pages.
  • The following wikis appear to have reached the listed milestones as a result of the semimonthly statistics recount:

February 2019[edit]

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January 2019[edit]

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  • The Chinese Wikiversity has reached 2,000 learning modules, one day after reaching 1,000 (this is the result of a bot adding navigation templates to over one thousand already-existing pages in the "Subject:" namespace).
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