Wikipedia has a birthday committee
The first fact about Wikipedia is about a birthday committee exists
in Wikipedia to wish a happy birthday to Wikipedians who list their
birthday on this site. There are a lot of banners that can be used
to wish a Wikipedian a happy birthday, including one in the dreaded
Wikipedia stats include more than 38 million articles in 289
different languages. Out of which, around 8 million articles are in
English. English, German, and French have the most number of the
Wikipedia articles are famous for getting updated from time-to-time.
If we take into the account the number of edits then till date there
have been over two billion edits on Wikipedia, with numbers growing
at the same time.
Wikipedia has a policy titled “No Angry Mastodons”
Wikipedia has long been known for offering and name policies under
crazy and insane names. There’s “No climbing the Reichstag dressed
as Spiderman”, “Jimbo’s prayer” and “No curses”, which requests that
users don’t target the Wikipedia community with any malevolent hex,
seal, spell, or enchantment. The most famous one in the recent times
has been “No Angry Mastodons”, which deals with posting under the
influence of anger, and offers recommendations on how to avoid other
Google gives hit to Wikipedia
Even though Wikipedia has piles of articles and readership in
millions still, Google gives around half of the total traffic from
its search engine.
Once upon a time, people were using Wikipedia to get the links
traffic to their websites by including their websites link into a
Wikipedia article. So, Wikipedia made all the links ‘No follow’
links after the change in the Google search engine policy.
US Conservatives started Conservapedia to counter Wikipedia
Conservatives see Wikipedia as a source which rejects the perception
of creation out of one natural power. So, if you support the
scientific consensus on climate change, or you want to contradict
that the Universe was created by a supernatural being, you might
find US conservatives disliking you. So to adjust the level of
preferences and thoughts, they have started something called
Some of Conservapedia’s more notable pages include the entry on the
link between atheism and obesity, listing a number of prominent
overweight atheists including Christopher Hitchins and Kim Jong-il,
the entry on “Hollywood values” which are “characterized by
decadence, narcissism, rampant drug use, extramarital sex leading to
the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, abortion, lawlessness,
promotion of the homosexual agenda and death” — and best of all the
list of “examples of bias in Wikipedia”, which encourages readers to
email Jimmy Wales and tell him to sort it out.
What Will Be the Last Wikipedia Entry
There’s an ongoing debate on what will be the last entry on
Wikipedia. The idea is that —
1) Either Wikipedia will fold or shut down.
2) The entire sum of human knowledge will be complete (unlikely, as
new discoveries are always being made, new celebrities arise, etc).
3) Society and the Internet will collapse, and Wikipedia along with
it (in which case, we’ll have bigger problems).
4) The editing process will become automated and the robot overlords
will remove/exterminate human editors as Wikipedia becomes
self-aware… in which case, we’ll have even bigger problems.
Wikipedia Blocks Edits From Certain Sources
Wikipedia has blocked edits on occasion coming from .gov IP
addresses. These are largely political interests trying to alter
their own entries, and politicians have been caught attempting to
whitewash their own political and personal records on Wikipedia.
Another similar high-profile source that Wikipedia has blocked
entirely are edits coming from known IP addresses owned by the
Church of Scientology, again, mostly for attempting to rewrite its
Wikipedia’s official theme song is “Hotel Wikipedia”
A version of the Eagles’ 1976 hit Hotel California has been co-opted
as the official theme song for Wikipedia. The site claims it was
released as a single in the spring of 2004, but appropriately
there’s no citation for that reference. Be aware of editing it,
though. On the W.O.R. page the listing states: “If you edit it, you
are proposing an official change! Much bureaucracy will be