• Daniyar Kylyzhov

Wikipedia has a billion edits in English

On January 12, a user of the English-language "Wikipedia" edited an article about the album Death Breathing by musician Alec Empire. This edit became the billionth in the history of the online encyclopedia.

The Death Breathing article was edited by Ser Amantio di Nicolao with over 3.9 million edits. Ser Amantio di Nicolao is the user with the most edits, excluding bots, listed on the Wikimedia 1 mailing list, which documents various edits related to the online encyclopedia, be it projects, chapters, or media files.

Wikipedia content is created by users who constantly evaluate, edit and discuss the features of the information contained in the online encyclopedia. Each change is tagged and given a unique URL. The change to the Death Breathing article has become a billion in a row, apart from the early years of Wikipedia, when it had not yet switched to its own servers and software.

“Pedants may be aware that there have been a thousand million edits involved since switching to the MediaWiki software, and not all hundreds of thousands of previous edits have since been reloaded,” the notice said. "So if we could figure out the exact number, the billionth change date would probably be one or two days earlier."

“I don’t have the exact numbers, but there are definitely a lot of edits that are not recorded in the current system,” Wikipedia user The Cunctator said in a comment for Motherboard. - Many UseModWiki edits have been reintegrated into history, but there is a gap that includes, for example, my peak in editing articles. It came from August 2001 to February 2002 (I was the primary editor for 9/11 content). I also don't know if the revision counter reflects deleted edits or edits on deleted pages. "

The Internet encyclopedia was launched on January 15, 2001; she turned 20 last week. The authors of the resource are entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, CEO of Bomis, and Larry Sanger, editor-in-chief of Wales' previous project, Nupedia. By the end of 2001, Wikipedia had about 20,000 articles in 18 languages. Today the online encyclopedia has more than 55 million articles, which are edited by 280 thousand people monthly. Wikipedia receives about 21 billion requests per month.

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