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This page is a chronology of events in year 2001 directly related to Wikipedia and Wikipedians, both within Wikipedia and in the whole wide world. Wikipedia events and events in sister projects (Wiktionary, Wikibooks, etc.) are listed as long as they are related to Wikipedia.

Additions to this page must follow certain rules,[1] because it is hoped that in 50 years or so this page will become a valuable source of scholar research.





Online births[edit]

It is difficult to establish start dates for these early days of wikipedia. Most of the information in monthly format is taken from Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians in order of arrival/2001.

  • April
    • Koyaanis Qatsi (based on the revision history of Bahrain. Followed over from a comment on slashdot)
    • rmhermen -anonymously until May 10, came over from the link on Nupedia.
    • Kpjas (subscribed to on Mon, 9 Apr 2001 14:12:51 -0700)
  • July
    • TwoOneTwo
    • The Cunctator (July 26, the day of the big Slashdotting)
    • AxelBoldt (July 26, the day of the big Slashdotting)
    • BrantEaton (July 26, Slashdot effect was my first article!)
    • Dmerrill, another one from the Slashdotting
    • James F., yet another Slashdotter (though the account is newer)
    • Tim Goodwin (guess which well-known blog appears on my Personal Toolbar)
    • Simon J Kissane (thinks he arrived just before slashdotting)
    • Kowloonese as anonymous et al. (since first week of July, 2001)
    • Claudine not from Slashdot, but from the Kuro5hin article that might have led to it
    • snoyes (k5 article)
    • DrBob Due to either the Kuro5hin or Slashdot articles
  • August
    • sodium sometime in August.
    • LC
    • MichaelTinkler (it was before school started...)
    • Zundark (on 6th or 7th, not sure which)
    • Anatoly Vorobey (arrived probably during the slashdotting, first contribution early August)
    • BenBaker (2nd wave of slashdotting, 1st or 2nd, I think.)
    • Alan Millar the big slashdotting...
    • Bryan Derksen
    • THERESA KNOTT now known as theresa knott from a post by someone (I forget who) on usenet (sci.physics)
    • Jagged first contribution listed on 15 August, 2001.
  • September
    • Chuck Smith (discovered in March, started contributing now)
    • Tsja
    • JHK
    • Eob (after reading the article in the New York Times, September 20)
    • Bignose
    • NealMcB
    • Manning I was here a day or two before JHK... I thought it was earlier than September, but maybe not.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ While formally Wikipedia:Verifiability and others of Wikipedia's content-controlling policies do not apply outside the main namespace, they must be strictly followed here, for the sake of scholarly discipline:
    • The listed event and its date must be mentioned in a wikilinked or externally linked reference. It is advised to consider an external link to a specific version of a Wikipedia page rather than a wikilink, if this page is linked for a critical but volatile piece of information.
    • Credible sources must be used only. Within Wikipedia, Wikipedia Signpost is one of them.
    • Trivial events must be avoided:
      • Random mentioning of Wikipedia belong to WP:MEDIA.
      • Routine Wikipedia activities, such as a promotion of an article to featured state, are generally not listed here, unless such events generate significant buzz outside its normal working scope.
  2. ^ Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles
  3. ^ First edit in a non-English article (Àbac)