Polish Wikipedia

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Screenshot of the Main Page of the Polish Wikipedia on 24 April 2007.
Screenshot of the Main Page of the Polish Wikipedia on April 24, 2007.
Web address pl.wikipedia.org
Commercial? No
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Available in Polish
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched September 26, 2001
Polish Wikipedians at Wikimania 2013

The Polish Wikipedia (Polish: polska Wikipedia) is the Polish-language edition of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Founded on September 26, 2001, it now has around 1,097,000 articles, making it the 12th-largest Wikipedia edition overall.[1] It is also the second-largest edition in a Slavic language by the number of articles.


The Polish Wikipedia originated in September 2001 as an independent project under the domain wiki.rozeta.com.pl. At the suggestion of the founders of the English Wikipedia, the site was incorporated into the international project as http://pl.wikipedia.com on January 12, 2002, and as http://pl.wikipedia.org on November 22 that year. To avoid domain squatting that could frustrate potential users, the Polish Wikipedia also has its own domain, wikipedia.pl, which redirects to pl.wikipedia.org.


The logo of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Polish Wikipedia.
  • January 27, 2005: the founders of the Polish Wikipedia, Krzysztof P. Jasiutowicz and Paweł Jochym, received the Internet Citizen of the Year 2004 award issued by the Internet Obywatelski ("Public Internet") society.[2]
  • July 2005: tsca.bot, one of the bots in the Polish Wikipedia, was programmed to upload statistics from official government pages about French, Polish and Italian municipalities. In a few months, the bot uploaded more than 40,000 articles.
  • September 4, 2005: the Polish Wikipedia overtook the Dutch Wikipedia in the number of articles. However, soon afterwards (September 9) it returned to seventh place after being overtaken by the Italian Wikipedia.
  • September 18, 2005: the Polish Wikipedia overtook the Swedish Wikipedia in the number of articles and became the sixth-largest Wikipedia.
  • September 23, 2005: the Polish Wikipedia overtook the Italian Wikipedia to become the fifth-largest language edition.
  • January 15, 2006: the Polish Wikipedia overtook the Japanese Wikipedia to become the fourth-largest language edition.
  • October 13, 2009: the Polish Wikipedia received a "special recognition for social innovation" at the 2009 Jan Łukasiewicz Award ceremony, which recognises the most innovative Polish IT companies.[3][4]
  • May 12, 2011: the Polish Wikipedia was overtaken by the Italian Wikipedia and returned to the fifth place.
  • October 26, 2011: the Polish Wikipedia was overtaken by the Spanish Wikipedia, becoming the sixth-largest Wikipedia.
  • October 30, 2011: the Polish Wikipedia was overtaken by the Dutch Wikipedia, becoming the seventh-largest Wikipedia, with around 840,000 articles.
  • January 10, 2012: the Polish Wikipedia overtook the Spanish Wikipedia again, becoming the sixth-largest Wikipedia edition, with around 870,000 articles.
  • June 4, 2012: the Polish Wikipedia reached 900,000 articles.
  • October 15, 2012: the Polish Wikipedia was once again overtaken by the Spanish Wikipedia, becoming the seventh-largest Wikipedia.
  • December 3, 2012: the Polish Wikipedia was overtaken by the Russian Wikipedia, becoming the eighth-largest Wikipedia.
  • June 15, 2013: the Swedish Wikipedia gained its millionth article, making the Polish Wikipedia the ninth-largest Wikipedia edition.
  • September 24, 2013: the Polish Wikipedia reached 1,000,000 articles.
  • June 18, 2014: the Polish Wikipedia was overtaken by the Waray-Waray Wikipedia, becoming the tenth-largest Wikipedia.
  • June 22, 2014: the Polish Wikipedia was overtaken by the Vietnamese Wikipedia, becoming the eleventh-largest Wikipedia.


The Polish Wikipedia has relatively low depth parameters (currently 19) compared to other major Slavic editions (which average around 30, and 114 in the case of the Russian edition).[1] The depth parameter attempts to measure the depth at which topics are covered in Wikipedia. A higher depth rating is given to a Wikipedia edition with more edits per article and more non-article pages, like talk pages or user pages, per article. As of July 2013, the Polish Wikipedia has the fifth-lowest depth parameters among the twenty largest editions of Wikipedia.

Polish Wikipedia on DVD[edit]

The Polish Wikipedia was first published on a DVD together with the paper edition of the magazine Enter SPECIAL in August 2005. The publisher did not make any attempt to contact the Wikimedia Foundation prior to making the DVD available on the market, and the edition itself turned out to be illegal, as it violated the GNU FDL license. Additionally, the software used on the DVD worked improperly on Microsoft Windows 98.

A second DVD edition was prepared as a joint project of Wikimedia Polska (the Polish branch of the Wikimedia Foundation) and the Polish publisher Helion. It contained articles written before June 4, 2006. The edition was completed on November 24, 2006, and released at the end of July 2007 with a purchase price of 39 zlotys.[5]


  1. ^ a b List of Wikipedias – Meta. Retrieved Sep 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Internetowy Obywatel Roku 2004. January 27, 2005. Retrieved June 21, 2013 (Polish).
  3. ^ "2009 International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology (IMCSIT)". IMCSIT.org. 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Nagroda im. Jana Łukasiewicza dla ITTI". Polish Information Processing Society (Polish). 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Wydawnictwo Helion. księgarnia helion.pl - Książka "Wikipedia".

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