Thai Wikipedia

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The Thai Wikipedia (Thai: วิกิพีเดียภาษาไทย) is the edition of Wikipedia in the Thai language started in December 2003. As of July 13, 2012, it has more than 74,561 articles with 145,919 registered users. As of October 2007, Wikipedia (all languages combined) was ranked 26th in Alexa Top Sites Thailand.[1]

On January 31, 2006 Thai Wikipedia was first recognized along with English Wikipedia by a press coverage. In 2007 there is a thesis under the name Thai Wikipedia and Communicating Knowledge to the Public by a graduate student from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

Thai Wikipedia was also mentioned during a public forum in 2005-2006 Thai political crisis saying that Thai people should read all facts about Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister.[2]

Thai Wikipedia is the second online encyclopedia in the Thai language after the Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project, which was developed under the patronage of the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej.


The Thai Wikipedia is different from other Wikipedias in a number of ways.

Some editors believe that all edits must be made in compliance with Thai law, especially lèse majesté. However, many editors adhere to the policy of no-censorship in so far as the edits are made in good faith and are of factual nature supported by reliable sources. One of the articles most attracting quarrels is Bhumibol Adulyadej. Addition of the facts which may somewhat be unfavourable for some royalists usually be reverted and recovered time by time and the adding editors usually face an accusation of being disloyal to the monarch (see its talk page). Although the article is now protected permanently, such addition remains in existence according to the policy of no-censorship.

Recently, the article 2010 Public van accident on Uttraphimuk Flyover brings about a debate as to juvenile offender. According to Thailand's Juvenile and Family Courts and Juvenile and Family Case Procedure Act, BE 2553 (2010), the name and other information of a juvenile offender must not be disclosed unless the court so permits. The article contains quite detailed information about a girl offender who causes death to nine van passengers and causes another six to sustain serious injuries in the accident. Several editors demand for removal of such information, and others argue that censorship should not take place in the Thai Wikipedia. The dispute is left unsolved and the article still contains that information (see its talk page).

With respect to style, the first line of each paragraph is indented in the same way as Thai writing style.

Timeline[edit]

Thai Wikipedia statistics as of October 4th, 2007. It shows about 28,000 articles (shown in dots) and 32,000 users (orange bars).
  • 25 December 2003: The Thai main page created after first created in 16 March 2003 with the word "Describe the new page here."
  • 27 December 2003: The first article created containing only one word "ดาราศาสตร์" (astronomy) and 32 interwiki links. After that it became a stub in 31 May.
  • 28 February 2004: The real first article created, Computer science.
  • 21 April 2004: 100 articles, Time & Time Travel (a fiction).
  • 17 August 2004: 500 articles, Grevillea
  • 10 March 2005: 1,000 articles, Harry Potter.
  • 1 May 2005: The first featured article, Fractal.
  • September 2005: More than 30 university students registered and wrote articles as their homework.
  • 28 October 2005: 5,000 articles, Judge Bao.
  • 31 January 2006: Press coverage in onopen.com
  • March 2006: Mass contenting adding of the year articles from 543 BC (Buddhist Era 1) to about 1800 semi-manually by using JavaScript. About 2,500 stubs are added.
  • 14 March 2006: 10,000 articles, Pennsylvania State University
  • 16 March 2007: 20,000 articles, Aries Mu
  • 10 December 2007: 30,000 articles, Andy Lau
  • 26 October 2008: 40,000 articles, Bamboo Blade
  • 4 September 2009: 50,000 articles, Nanda (Buddhist)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top sites Thailand from Alexa
  2. ^ audio file on 26 July 2006

External links[edit]