The Waray-Waray Wikipedia was first organized on September 25, 2005 by Harvey Fiji in the city of Tacloban. The wiki had a small number of contributors, with fewer than ten editors per month until April 2009. The first meet-up of editors took place in January 2013 in Tacloban.
By early 2011 the Waray-Waray Wikipedia had attracted notice for including more than twice as many articles as the Tagalog Wikipedia, which is based on the principal language of the Philippines. This discrepancy was explained by the very large number of articles added automatically by bots, with no direct human input. By early June 2014 the Waray-Waray Wikipedia had attained a very high article count of 1 million, but a very low article depth of less than 3. Article depth is an attempt to measure the collaborative quality of articles, based on the number of edits per article.
According to automatically updated Wikimedia data, as of 23 August 2014 the Waray-Waray Wikipedia has 2,311,959 pages (including user pages, help pages, etc.), 83 active users, and 5,505,019 total edits. The article depth of Waray-Waray Wikipedia is 3.17—a rough indicator of the article's collaborative quality, and an indicator that a relatively high number of page edits and the presence of support pages means articles have been updated more—compared to 35.49 for the Tagalog[relevant?– discuss] Wikipedia.