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You definitely cannot answer these 7 questions about Wikipedia

  1. Who invented Wikipedia and for what reason?

Perhaps the easiest question to start with. As a little tip: there were two people, an entrepreneur and a philosopher. Although today only one of the two is often named as the founder.

These are internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales (photo left) and philosopher Larry Sanger (photo right). On January 15, 2001, exactly 20 years ago, your Wikipedia project went online. Wikipedia was actually only intended as a preliminary stage for another online encyclopedia, Nupedia. While at Nupedia only experts could create and review articles, at Wikipedia every volunteer was allowed to post articles from the start, which was made possible by the then new software MediaWiki. In the first nine months, only two articles were published on Nupedia; in March 2001, Wikipedia already comprised more than 1,300 articles.

Nupedia was finally pulped in 2003 after only 25 articles and Sanger's departure. Wikipedia, on the other hand, is still flourishing today, 20 years later. An online encyclopedia by all for all.

2. What does Wikipedia mean?

Wikipedia is made up of two parts of the word: "wiki", Hawaiian for "fast" and the English word "encyclopedia" for "encyclopedia". A fast growing online reference work that gives every user a quick overview and access to knowledge.

3. How many Wikipedia articles are there worldwide? (As of 2020)

That is a number that many people find difficult to estimate: Hundreds of thousands, millions, hundreds of millions or even a billion?

According to Statista, there were around 53.7 million articles on Wikipedia worldwide in 2020. And how many articles do you estimate are in German Wikipedia?

2,523,300 (as of January 14, 2021 11:40 a.m.). And there are a few more every day.

4. How many new articles are added every day?

The latest data on this is a bit older and dates from 2018. At that time, there were around 13,000 new entries per day.

It is interesting that in 2013 a Swede posted up to 10,000 of the then an average of 16,000 articles per day. How did that go? Sverker Johannson used his automated software program "lsjbot" for this. The physicist, linguist, textbook author and university professor has now made it to his own Wikipedia entry.

5. What was the most read article in 2019?

Celebrities in the spotlight that year, movies, and the list of famous deceased of the year are a hot tip when it comes to Wikipedia's most read article of the year. These statistics are not yet available for 2020, although Corona is likely to be a hot favorite this time. In November 2020, “Diego Maradona” was the most widely read entry.

And in 2019 first place went to ...

"Avengers: Endgame" - the fourth and final part of the Avengers series, with a whopping 44.24 million page views.

6. In which language are most of the entries in Wikipedia, if English is not taken into account?

Sure, English is the top language on Wikipedia with 6.23 million articles. But who will come second? German, French or Spanish? Or maybe Swedish thanks to Sverker Johannson?

I thought wrong! It's Cebuano with 5.47 million posts. A language that is only spoken in the Philippines. But here, too, Sverker Johannson has a hand in the game. Since his wife is Filipino, he learned the language and wrote thousands of articles in his wife's language.

7. How many words does the shortest German Wikipedia entry contain?

“The spice is in brevity” - a Wikipedian (no, no Indian tribe from Hawaii, but those users who write articles on Wikipedia) meant it very seriously.

The shortest German Wikipedia article has only fourteen words.

That's it with the little insight into more or less useless knowledge of the largest free online encyclopedia, which has been with us in everyday life for 20 years and is increasingly collecting the old encyclopedias on our bookshelves or making them fall victim to the waste paper.

Can you agree with this or do you still like to use lexicons for looking up? Or maybe Wikipedia is your quick helper in everyday life and technical dictionaries are only used for certain questions? We are interested in your opinion! Write in the comments, we look forward to it.