|Type of site||Internet encyclopedia project|
|Created by||English wiki community|
The English Wikipedia is the English language edition of the Wikipedia encyclopedia. English was the first language that Wikipedia was in. It was started on 15 January, 2001. It is the largest version of Wikipedia, with 4,200,000+ articles as of June, 2013. It has a newsletter called The Signpost, which was started by Michael Snow.
As the English Wikipedia is very popular, there can be many people editing the wiki in one minute. This made the Special:RecentChanges almost useless for understanding changes. Instead, editors can select and watch for changes in particular articles, using the "watchlist" feature of MediaWiki. Some also use special software to detect and fix vandalism.
Logo[change | edit source]
With the change from MonoBook skin to the Vector skin, the logo of the English Wikipedia was slightly changed. However, some Wikipedias, like the Simple English Wikipedia, still kept the old logo, which is much bigger than the new version.
English Wikipedia Blackout[change | edit source]
On 18 January 2012, the English Wikipedia shut down for one day in order to protest against SOPA, an act, being passed in Congress. SOPA would have stopped Wikipedia from being allowed to operate online, and would have made it have to close. Nobody was able to get onto Wikipedia on that day, but it began working again the day after.
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