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This article is about the online encyclopedia. For Wikipedia's home page, seeMainPage. For the English edition, seeEnglish Wikipedia. For a list of Wikipedias inother languages, seeList of Wikipedias. For other uses, seeWikipedia(disambiguation).WikipediaThelogo of Wikipedia, a globe featuringglyphsfrom variouswritingsystemsshowScreenshotType of siteOnline encyclopediaAvailable in325 languagesCountry oforiginUnited StatesOwnerWikimedia FoundationCreated byJimmy WalesLarry Sanger[1]URLwikipedia.orgCommercialNoRegistrationOptional[note 1]
Users>300,196active editors[note 2]>99,924,894registered usersLaunchedJanuary 15, 2001(21 years ago)Current statusActiveContent licenseCC Attribution / Share-Alike3.0Most text is also dual-licensed underGFDL; medialicensing variesWritten inLAMPplatform[2]OCLCnumber52075003Wikipedia(/ w k pi di /ˌɪ ɪˈːə(listen)wik-ih-PEE-dee-əor/ w ki-/ˌɪ(listen)wik-ee-) isafree content, multilingualonline encyclopediawritten and maintained byacommunity of volunteersthrough a model ofopen collaboration, using awiki-basedediting system. Individual contributors, also called editors, are knownasWikipedians. It is the largest and most-readreference workin history,[3]andconsistently one of the 15 most popular websites ranked byAlexa; as of2021, Wikipedia was ranked the 13th most popular site.[3][4]It is hosted bytheWikimedia Foundation, anAmerican non-profit organizationfunded mainlythrough small donations.[5]Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001, byJimmy Wales[6]andLarry Sanger;Sanger coined its name as ablendingof "wiki" and "encyclopedia".[7][8]Wales wasinfluenced by the "spontaneous order" ideas associated withFriedrichHayekandAustrian Schoolof economics, after being exposed to these ideas byAustrian economist andMises InstituteSenior FellowMark Thornton.[9]Initiallyavailable only in English, versions in other languages were quickly developed. Itscombined editions comprise more than 58 million articles, attracting around2 billion unique device visits per month, and more than 17 million edits per month(1.9 edits per second).[10][11]In 2006,Timemagazine stated that the policy of allowinganyone to edit had made Wikipedia the "biggest (and perhaps best) encyclopediain the world".[12]Wikipedia has received praise for its enablement of thedemocratization ofknowledge, extent of coverage, unique structure, culture, and reduced amount ofcommercial bias, butcriticismfor exhibitingsystemic bias, particularlygenderbiasagainst women and allegedideological bias.[13][14]Its reliabilitywas frequentlycriticized in the 2000s, but has improved over time and has been generally praisedin the late 2010s and early 2020s.[3][13][15]Its coverage of controversial topicssuch asAmerican politicsand major eventssuch as the COVID-19 pandemichas receivedsubstantial media attention. It hasbeen censored by world governments, rangingfrom specific pages to the entire site. It hasbecome an element of popular culture,with references inbooks,filmsandacademic studies. In

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