Wikimedia News/2021

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December 2021[edit]

  • Wikipedia ends the year with 58,001,902 articles in 323 languages (plus 2 language wikis with 0 articles), which constitutes a 4% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wiktionary ends the year with 30,919,192 entries in 163 languages (plus 20 language wikis with 0 entries), which constitutes a 6% increase in entries over the past year.
  • Wikiquote ends the year with 265,560 content pages in 76 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 310,995 book modules in 98 languages (plus 22 language wikis with 0 book modules), which constitutes a 9% increase in book modules over the past year.
  • Wikisource ends the year with 5,093,667 text units in 203 languages (comprising 5,054,336 units in 74 individual language wikis and an additional 39,331 units in 135 languages at the Multiligual Wikisource — 6 languages have content in both places), which constitutes a 9% increase in text units over the past year.
  • Wikinews ends the year with 1,734,078 articles in 34 languages, which constitutes a 215% increase in articles over the past year (mostly due to mass-creation of articles by bots in the Russian Wikinews, which ramped up considerably in late 2020 and slowed again in mid 2021).
  • Wikiversity ends the year with 135,538 learning modules in 54 languages (comprising 132,232 modules in 17 separate language wikis and an additional 3,306 modules in 37 languages at Wikiversity Beta), which constitutes a 6% increase in learning modules over the past year.
  • Wikivoyage ends the year with 126,409 articles in 23 languages, which constitutes a 5% increase in articles over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Commons ends the year with 79,778,063 media files, an 18% increase over the past year.
  • Wikispecies ends the year with 784,656 content pages, a 5% increase over the past year.
  • Wikidata ends the year with 96,429,676 items, a 5% increase over the past year.
  • Wikimedia Incubator ends the year with 136,829 content pages across 1,117 test wikis in 808 different languages (including 16 test wikis that have been opened but appear to be empty), which constitutes a 10% decrease in content pages over the past year (mainly due to the transfer of content into new standalone wikis created in 2021).
  • There were 18 content wikis created in 2021 (9 Wikipedias, 6 Wiktionaries, 2 Wikisources, and 1 Wikivoyage); this is 4 more than were created in 2020.
  • One content wiki was emptied and closed (locked) in 2021 (the Northern Luri Wikipedia).
Note: The article counts listed above are actual counts collected in the last 5 minutes of 2021-12-31 (UTC). 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 (which were collected in the last 20 minutes of 2021-12-31) include closed (but not deleted) wikis and count "Simple English" as a separate language when such a wiki exists within a project.

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  • The Polish Wikipedia has reached 1,500,000 articles.
  • The Sango Wiktionary has dropped below 100 entries, following the deletion of a few dozen pages by a steward.

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November 2021[edit]

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  • The Akan Wikipedia has dropped below 1,000 articles (down to less than half of the count 24 hours ago), as a cross-wiki admin has deleted hundreds of substandard articles.

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  • The three newest Wikimedia wikis have had their on-wiki statistics initialized, resulting in the following article counts:
    • The Amis Wikipedia has 812 articles.
    • The Paiwan Wikipedia has 154 articles.
    • The Lombard Wiktionary has 8,088 entries (this was the count at the end of the day [UTC], after additional entries were created — the count immediately after the initialization took place was probably around 8,040).

October 2021[edit]

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  • The Lithuanian Wikipedia has reached 200,000 articles again, after falling below that level back in March.

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September 2021[edit]

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August 2021[edit]

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  • The Vietnamese Wikibooks has reached 5,000 book modules, as a local admin has been creating thousands of new book modules for lists of asteroids (some of which contain the lists currently and some of which do not).

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  • The Javanese Wikisource has had its statistics recounted for the first time since its content was imported, resulting in 586 text units.

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  • The recently created Balinese Wikisource has had its statistics recounted for the first time since its content was imported, resulting in 3,272 text units.

July 2021[edit]

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  • The Swedish Wikipedia has fallen below 3,000,000 articles, due to a cleanup of unverifiable Lsjbot-made articles by local administrators.

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June 2021[edit]

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  • The Vietnamese Wikibooks has reached 2,000 book modules again, after dropping below that level last month.

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May 2021[edit]

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  • The Russian Wikinews has reached 600,000 articles and 10,000,000 total pages.
  • The Thai Wikisource has dropped below 10,000 text units, losing more than a third of its content, following the deletion of a large work still under copyright.

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  • The Bengali Wiktionary has reached 20,000 entries, as a user has been creating thousands of entries for English words using templates that need to be translated into Bengali.
  • The Mon Wiktionary has reached 1,000 entries.

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April 2021[edit]

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  • The Cherokee Wiktionary has dropped below 5,000 entries, as the cleanup effort continues (see 26 March).

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  • The Kazakh Wikipedia has reached 10,000 uploaded files.
  • The recently created Atayal Wikipedia has had its statistics initialized, resulting in 2,399 articles.
  • The recently created Mon Wiktionary has had its statistics initialized, resulting in 213 entries.
  • The Cherokee Wiktionary has dropped below 50,000 entries, as the cleanup effort continues.

March 2021[edit]

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  • Wikimedia Commons has reached 70,000,000 files, one year (apparently to the day) after it reached 60,000,000.

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February 2021[edit]

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  • The Scots Wikipedia is back under 1,000 uploaded files, as hundreds of non-free licenced, unused local files have been deleted.
  • The German Wikibooks has reached 100,000 registered users.
  • The Spanish Wikivoyage has reached 10,000 total pages.
  • The MediaWiki wiki is back under 200 administrators, after having lost about 25% of its admins, for some unknown reason.

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  • The Malagasy Wiktionary is back up to 1,500,000 entries, as human- and bot-created entries are starting to be added again, following a massive cleanup effort last year that saw the wiki fall from over 6 million entries to below 1.5 million.

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January 2021[edit]

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  • The Meta-Wiki (this wiki) has reached 100,000 content pages.

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  • The Nias 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.
  • The Nias 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.
  • The Zazaki 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.
  • The Central Bikol 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.

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  • The Tagalog Wikipedia has fallen below 60,000 articles, as an administrator continues to delete underdeveloped articles (see 14 August 2020).
  • The Twi Wikipedia has reached 10,000 registered users.
  • The Neapolitan Wikisource has reached 1,000 registered users.

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  • The Burmese Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles.
  • The Madurese Wikipedia has had its statistics calculated for the first time since being created last month, resulting in 283 articles.
  • The Walloon Wikisource has had its statistics calculated for the first time since being created last month, resulting in 783 text units.
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