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Note: the name "Wikipedia" is often confused with several other, similar, names; please see the glossary for an explanation of these.
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Wikipedia is a project dedicated to the building of free encyclopedias in all languages of the world.

The project started with the English-language Wikipedia on January 15, 2001. On March 23, 2001 it was joined by a French Wikipedia, and shortly afterwards by many other languages. Large efforts are underway to highlight the international nature of the project.

On 20 September 2004 Wikipedia reached a total of 1,000,000 articles in over 100 languages.

On 1 March 2006, the English Wikipedia hit 1,000,000 articles. On 9 September 2007, the English Wikipedia hit 2,000,000 articles. On 17 August 2009, the English Wikipedia hit 3,000,000 articles. On 13 July 2012, the English Wikipedia hit 4,000,000 articles. On 1 November 2015, the English Wikipedia hit 5,000,000 articles.

As of August 2018, there are 291 Wikipedias which have more than 100 articles, 141 of which have over 10,000 articles, and 60 of which have over 100,000 articles.

Following the English language Wikipedia, the German (27 December 2009), French (21 September 2010), Dutch (17 December 2011), Italian (22 January 2013), Russian (11 May 2013), Spanish (16 May 2013), Swedish (15 June 2013)[1], Polish (24 September 2013), Waray (8 June 2014), Vietnamese (15 June 2014), Cebuano (16 July 2014)[1], Japanese (19 January 2016), Chinese (13 April 2018) and Portuguese editions (26 June 2018) have more than 1,000,000 articles.

On 5 September 2015, the Swedish Wikipedia hit 2,000,000 articles followed by the Cebuano Wikipedia on 14 February 2016,[1] by the German Wikipedia on 19 November 2016 and by the French Wikipedia on 8 July 2018.

On 27 April 2016, the Swedish Wikipedia hit 3,000,000 articles followed by the Cebuano Wikipedia on 25 September 2016.[1]

On 11 February 2017, the Cebuano Wikipedia hit 4,000,000 articles.[1]

On 8 August 2017, the Cebuano Wikipedia hit 5,000,000 articles.[1]

As of August 2018, there are 302 language editions of Wikipedia, which collectively have more than 48 million articles.

For detailed statistics, see the List of Wikipedias.

In 2004 Wikipedia won the Webby Award for "Community" and the Prix Ars Electronica for "Digital Community". In 2015, the Erasmus Prize was awarded to the Wikipedia community collectively.

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  1. a b c d e f Some projects with a small and weak community can reach a large size due to the mass generation of low-quality content by the bot. The most striking example of this kind is the Swedish and Cebuano Wikipedia. See also Proposals for closing Cebuano Wikipedia in October 2017.