Wikipedia is the largest and most popular reference work available on the InternetđŸ‘šâ€đŸ’».

This free, open content encyclopedia📚 has been created through the collective effort of a community of usersknown as Wikipedians.

It has the world’s largest collection✌ of articles with the figure reaching over 59 lakh in Nov. 2019.

How it started?

Wikipedia was foundedđŸŒ± by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger in 2001.

It was a subsidiary of an earlier online encyclopedia called Nupedia.

Initially, Wikipedia was available only in English but now it is available in more than 200 languages😊.

How it works?

Anyone registered on Wikipedia can create an article📃 for publication.

Significantly, any visitor to the site is free to editđŸ€” any page.

This fact itself brings in criticism🗣 for Wikipedia as many question❓ the reliability of such articles whose contributors are not publicly accountableđŸ™†đŸ»â€â™‚ for their content.

Wikipedia thus depends upon its editors’ vigilance🧐 to find and reverse such changes made to the content.

A measure of its popularity

Wikipedia ranks among the world’s top 10😎 visited sites over the past decade🗓.

It is also the most popular among wiki’s knowledge-based😇 websites.

Other resources from the house of Wiki include Wikimedia Commons, MediaWiki, Wikinews, Wikiquotes, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikispecies and Meta-Wiki.