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Baidu Baike's website on 29 July 2008
|Type of site||Internet encyclopedia project|
|Created by||Robin Li|
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Baidu Baike or Baidu Encyclopedia (Chinese: 百度百科; pinyin: Bǎidù Bǎikē; translation: Baidu Encyclopedia) is a Chinese language collaborative Web-based encyclopedia provided by the Chinese search engine Baidu. Like Baidu itself, the encyclopedia is heavily self-censored in line with government regulations.
The test version was released on April 20, 2006, and within three weeks, the encyclopedia had grown to more than 90,000 articles, surpassing that of Chinese Wikipedia. By 2008, Hudong.com had surpassed both in article count.
Baidu's William Chang said at WWW2008, the conference of the World Wide Web Consortium, "There is, in fact, no reason for China to use Wikipedia ... It's very natural for China to make its own products."
The site is an open Internet encyclopedia espousing equality, collaboration, and sharing. The encyclopedia, with two other services provided by Baidu ("zhidao" and "post") would form a trinity to complement the search engine.[clarification needed]
The articles are written and edited by registered users and reviewed by behind-the-scenes administrators before release. There is no formal way to contact the administrators. Registered users' contributions are rewarded in a credit point system. Although the earlier test version was named "Baidu WIKI", official media releases and pages on the encyclopedia itself state that the system is not a wiki. However, its operation is akin to a wiki and they occasionally use the word "wiki" internally.
Style and interface
The visual style of the encyclopedia is simple. In articles, only boldface and hyperlinks are supported. Comments are listed at the bottom of each page. Among its wiki-like functions, the site supports editing, commenting, and printing of articles, as well as an article history function.
Users can access multiple extended editing functions, including:
- An image uploading system where files less than 2 MB can be added to articles in the Encyclopedia.
- A keyword tagging system called "open category" (similar to folksonomy). One article can be tagged with at most 5 categories.
- A separate edit box for references and external links.
Articles or comments containing the following types of content are removed:
- Pornographic, violent, horrible and uncivilized content
- Reactionary content
- Personal attacks
- Content against morality and ethics
- Malicious, trivial or spam-like content
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