Simple English Wikipedia

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Type of site
Online encyclopedia project
Available inEnglish
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedSeptember 18, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-09-18)

The Simple English Wikipedia is a Simple English language version of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, written in a language that is easy to understand but is still natural and grammatical.[1]

The articles in the Simple English Wikipedia use shorter sentences and easier words and grammar than the regular English Wikipedia.[2] The language used here is plain English, without idioms, slang and jargon (when possible). Some articles are written only in Basic English, which is even simpler. This makes articles easier to understand and change. If someone cannot understand an idea in the English Wikipedia, they can read a Simple English article.

When Simple English Wikipedia started making pages and allowing changes in 2003, the English Wikipedia already had 150,000 articles. Seven other Wikipedias in other languages also had over 15,000 articles. Because the other Wikipedias already have a lot of articles, most Simple English articles are not new. They are simpler versions of articles from the English Wikipedia. Right now, the Simple English Wikipedia has 248,081 articles. The Simple English Wikipedia started on September 18, 2001,[3] and is the 44th-largest Wikipedia, as of January 2024.[4]

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  1. Tim Dowling (January 14, 2008). "Wikipedia too long-winded for you? Try the simple version". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  2. Koen Smets. "Automatic Vandalism Detection in Wikipedia: Towards a Machine Learning Approach" (PDF). University of Antwerp. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  3. "Simple English Wikipedia – Meta". Archived from the original on 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  4. Wikimedia list of Wikipedias and their statistics. Retrieved 21 January 2023.

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