Wikipedia is the largest and most popular reference work available on the Internet👨💻.
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 founded🌱 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 edit🤔 any page.
This fact itself brings in criticism🗣 for Wikipedia as many question❓ the reliability of such articles whose contributors are not publicly accountable🙆🏻♂ 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.