English Wikipedia

Favicon of Wikipedia English Wikipedia
Type of siteInternet encyclopedia project
Available language(s)English
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byEnglish wiki community

The English Wikipedia is the English language edition of the Wikipedia encyclopedia. English is the first language in which Wikipedia was written. It was started on 15 January 2001. It is the largest encyclopedia in the world, and the largest version of Wikipedia, with 5,769,790+ articles as of December 2018[1] Wikipedias in other languages have imitated some of its technical and organizational features. It has a newsletter called The Signpost. There is also an Old English Wikipedia.

As the English Wikipedia is very popular, there can be many people editing the wiki in one minute. This made the Special:RecentChanges less effective for understanding changes. Instead, editors can select and watch for changes in particular articles, using the "watchlist" feature of MediaWiki. Some also use special software to detect and fix vandalism.[source?]

Some people think that the English Language Wikipedia shows bias and unfairness.[2] Editors of reference works such as the Encyclopædia Britannica have questioned Wikipedia's utility and status as an encyclopedia.[3] An example of bias is that around 90% of Wikipedia editors are male.[4] Other people think that Wikipedia is more useful than other encyclopedias because it is large and can be updated quickly.

File:Wikipedia Blackout Screen.jpg
The English language Wikipedia page from 18 January 2012, illustrating its international blackout in opposition to SOPA and PIPA.

In 2012 the logo of the English Wikipedia like most Wikipedias was slightly changed. However, some Wikipedias, like the Simple English Wikipedia, still kept the old logo.

Related pages


  1. Statistics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved October 7, 2018
  2. Simon Waldman, Who knows? The Guardian, October 26, 2004
  3. Robert McHenry, "The Faith-Based Encyclopedia", Tech Central Station, November 15, 2004.
  4. Simonite, Tom (October 22, 2013). "The Decline of Wikipedia". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved October 31, 2014.

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