Tamil Wikipedia

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Web address ta.wikipedia.org
Slogan கட்டற்ற கலைக்களஞ்சியம்
Commercial? No
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Registration Open read access.
No registration needed for general editing, but necessary for certain tasks including
Available in Tamil
Users 77,750+ (as of March 2015)
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched September 2003
Alexa rank
Decrease 7(Global ), 6 (US) (US/Global 03/2015)

The Tamil Wikipedia (Tamil: தமிழ் விக்கிப்பீடியா) is the Tamil language edition of Wikipedia, run by the Wikimedia Foundation.[1] It was established in September 2003 and crossed 57,000 articles on November 2013. The Tamil Wikipedia is the 61st largest Wikipedia and the second largest Wikipedia among Indian languages by article count. It is also the first Wikipedia of Dravidian origin to possess more than 10,000 articles. The project is one of the leading Wikipedia among other South Asian language Wikipedia's in various quality matrices.[2] In November 2013, it has grown on to become a Wiki containing more than 57,000 articles and has more than 58,000 registered users as of November 2013.[3]

Cultural Significance[edit]

Contrary to common academic criticism of Wikipedia in the Western countries, the Tamil Wikipedia is widely regarded as an important source of information in the Tamil language on the Internet.[4] The encyclopedia undergoes far less vandalism compared to larger Wikipedia projects, largely because the project has slower growth, mainly due to the lack of computers or Internet service in rural areas of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Most of the project's development comes from the overseas Tamil diaspora.[4][5]

In April 2010, the Tamil Internet Conference held a contest for college students across the state of Tamil Nadu, India for increasing content on the Tamil Wikipedia.[6] The contest was made with regards to the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, a meeting of Tamil scholars across the world who discuss modern development of the language. With over 2000 contestants enrolled, the contest concluded with the creation of 1,200 new academically reviewed articles on the Tamil Wikipedia in various subjects.[7]

In September 2013, The Tamil Wikipedia celebrated its 10th year anniversary.[8]


Tamil Wikipedia editors are held to a strict language restriction of Tanittamil Iyakkam[citation needed] by the administrators, and guardians of Tamil Wikipedia;[9][dubious ]; e.g. commonly used print media and journalistic terms in Tamil language are not accepted for articles, and content here. In this example an archaic word for cricket is preferred over vernacular.[citation needed] Such criticism is addressed in Wikipedia:Replies to common objections#Excessive use of jargon, i.e. domain-specific terms may need a glossary. Tamil Wikipedia has evolved a manual of style starting with the guidelines given in a popular modern reference guide tamiḻnaṭaik kaiyēṭu (தமிழ்நடைக் கையேடு) after discussing wiki-specific style issues at length.[10] Most of the criticism regarding the prose in Tamil Wikipedia stems from an incorrect understanding of what an encyclopaedia is and treating Tamil Wikipedia to be just another web portal.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frederick, Prince (May 21, 2009). "The Tamil Wiki…six years on". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ stats:EN/TablesWikipediaTA.htm
  3. ^ Stats at meta List_of_Wikipedias
  4. ^ a b Tamil Wikipedia 1000 Articles CD Project Proposal – Version 1.0 : MAYU’s Personal Blog
  5. ^ The Photologue of the Tamil Wikipedia Academy | kiruba.com
  6. ^ "Move for more Tamil content in Wikipedia". The Hindu (Chennai, India). April 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ Madhavan, Karthik (15 June 2010). "1,200 articles selected to Tamil Wikipedia upload". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  8. ^ SUBRAMANIAN, KARTHIK. "Tamil Wikipedia to celebrate 10 years". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/TamilWikipedians/permalink/593635484101099/
  10. ^ [[[:ta:விக்கிப்பீடியா:நடைக் கையேடு]] "விக்கிப்பீடியா:நடைக் கையேடு"]. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 

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