This page is a chronology of events in year 2002 directly related to Wikipedia and Wikipedians, both within Wikipedia and in the whole wide world. Wikimedia events and events in sister projects (Wiktionary, Wikibooks, etc.) are listed as long as they are related to Wikipedia.
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- February 2002, most participants of the Spanish Wikipedia broke away to establish the Enciclopedia Libre.
- March 1, Larry Sanger resigned from Wikipedia
- August 2002, the URL of Wikipedia was changed from wikipedia.com to wikipedia.org after Jimbo Wales announced that he would never run commercial advertisements on Wikipedia.
- September 2002, Finnish Wikipedia reaches 1000 articles
- October 2002, Derek Ramsey ("Ram-Man") started to use a bot to add tens thousands of articles about United States towns by data taken directly form 2000 United States Census, see, e.g., Garrison, North Dakota, drastically increasing the size of Wikipedia
- January 2002, Italian Wikipedia created
- March 2002, Slovenian Wikipedia created
- May 2002, Czech Wikipedia created
- September 2002, Japanese Wikipedia created.
- October 2002, Chinese Wikipedia created.
- October 11, Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels drafted
- December 2002
- December 1, Greek Wikipedia created
- February 7: User:Bryan Derksen (user page created)
- February 25
- April 21: User:SimonP (user page created)
- September 3: User:Olivier (user page created)
- September 8: User:Ram-Man (user page created)
- December 20: user:Zanimum (first logged edit)
- December 23: User:172 (account created)
- December 24: User:IZAK (first logged edit)
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- A 2010 WikiProject:Novels interview