Polish Wikipedia

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Screenshot of the Main Page of the Polish Wikipedia on September 9, 2011.
Main Page of the Polish Wikipedia in September 2011
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inPolish
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedSeptember 26, 2001; 21 years ago (2001-09-26)

The Polish Wikipedia (Polish: Polskojęzyczna Wikipedia) is the Polish-language edition of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. Founded on September 26, 2001, it now has more than 1,562,000 articles, making it the 11th-largest Wikipedia edition overall.[1] It is also the second-largest edition in a Slavic language, after the Russian Wikipedia.


The logo of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Polish Wikipedia.

The Polish Wikipedia was created in September 2001 under the domain wiki.rozeta.com.pl.[2] It was originally hosted by a server in a shoebox inside the wardrobe of one of its founders, Paweł Jochym.[2] 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.[citation needed] 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.

On 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.[3]

In July 2005, the tsca.bot bot program was instructed to upload statistics from official government pages about French, Polish, and Italian municipalities to the Polish Wikipedia. In a few months, the bot uploaded more than 40,000 articles.[citation needed] On 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.[4][5] The Polish Wikipedia exceeded 1,000,000 articles on September 24, 2013.[citation needed] In April 2016, the project had 1,140 active editors who made at least five edits in that month.

Polish Wikipedia page view ratio by country in 2011–2012

Polish Wikipedia on DVD[edit]

Polish Wikipedians at Wikimania 2013

The text of 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.[6]


  1. ^ "List of Wikipedias – Meta". Wikimedia.org. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Nadzikiewicz, Maciej (2021-04-30). "Self-governance of older Wikimedia projects – the curious case of Polish Wikipedia". Diff Wikimedia. Retrieved 2021-05-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Internetowy Obywatel Roku 2004" Archived 2008-03-02 at the Wayback Machine. NetPR.pl. January 27, 2005. Retrieved June 21, 2013 (in Polish).
  4. ^ "2009 International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology (IMCSIT)" Archived 2010-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. IMCSIT.org. 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "Nagroda im. Jana Łukasiewicza dla ITTI" Archived 2010-03-16 at the Wayback Machine. Polish Information Processing Society (in Polish). 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "Wydawnictwo Helion". księgarnia helion.pl – Książka "Wikipedia".

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