This page is a chronology of events in year 2006 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.
Additions to this page must follow certain rules, because it is hoped that in 50 years or so this page will become a valuable source of scholar research.
- January 2006 : all wikipedias exceed 1, 000, 000, 000 words
- January 4: The English language version of Wikipedia arrived at the 900,000 article mark.
- January 10: Wikipedia® became a registered trademark of Wikimedia Foundation.
- January 23: Jimbo Wales announced the appointment of a new Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee, increasing the committee size to 15.
- 17 February: MIT computer science professor Carl Hewitt banned from editing articles of his expertise for undue and persistent self-promotion. In about 2 years the case was reported by Guardian Unlimited.
- February 27, a milistone for the WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles: the last of the 14,707 missing Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition articles was added to wikipedia
- February 28: The millionth user account was registered for the English language edition.
- March 1, 23.09 GMT: Wikipedia produces the 1,000,000-th English article, "Jordanhill railway station". See also m:Wikimedia press releases/English Wikipedia hits milestone 1 million articles. Wikipedia talk:1m-PR-en lists those who were going for it.
- On March 28, CBS Evening News airs a special report about Wikipedia.
- On April 4, the first CD selection in English was published as a free download see Wikipedia:Wikipedia-CD/Download
- April 19: An archetypal uninformed but relentless wikipedia user Randy in Boise was introduced to public
- May 11, It was announced that Category:Living people reached 90,000 biography articles.
- On June 8, the English language Wikipedia passed the 1,000 featured article mark.
- August 4-6: the second Wikimania was held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
- August 16, the 100,000-th article, ru:Амальрик, Леонид Алексеевич, was created in Russian wikipedia.
- September 24, User:Eloquence was declared the winner of the elections to wikimedia m:Board of Trustees
- September 26, User:Eloquence joins the Wikimedia m:Board of Trustees
- October 17 a pilot project for Citizendium, an intended "expert-friendly" fork of Wikipedia, was launched.
- November 4, a Wikipedia meetup occurred in Philadelphia
- November 9, winners of the 3rd Danny's contest (a writing competition) announced.
- November 12 the Chinese Wikipedia produces the 100,000-th new article
- November 23 the German Wikipedia produces the 500,000-th new article, thus becoming the second national wikipedia reaching this milestone
- November 24
- November 27, the French Wikipedia produces the 400,000-th new article
- November 29, the Russian Wikipedia wins the Russian national Internet award, Runet Prize in the Science and Education category (news release, in Russian).
- December 2006:
- December 4, Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2006
- December 8:
- The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees was expanded from 5 to 7. Following a resolution, the Board added Kat Walsh (Mindspillage), Oscar van Dillen (Oscar), and Jan-Bart de Vreede (Jan-Bart), who will take outgoing member Tim Shell's seat.
- Wikimedia Foundation released to public its first ever financial audit, covering years 2004-2006.
- December 9
- December 26/December 27: edit count in wikipedia rolled over 100,000,000 edits since July 2002 according to the counter seen in Special:Statistics. This was noticed at least twice, see here and here. This rolling up and down of the counter is explained by deletion of articles.
- January 30: Wikipedia registered editors were made to require a non-blank password
- February 6: the Wikipedia:Office Actions policy installed.
- March 2006, administratorship on the Swedish Wikipedia becomes only temporary. Admins are reelected once a year. So far, only Meta-Wikipedia has something similar.
- March 19: the front page of the English language Wikipedia changed its appearance.
- April 1: The featured article seen on the Main Page ("Spoo") is a factually accurate, yet unusual article, starting a new April Fools' Day tradition on wikipedia (following a 2005 suggestion).
- 16 October: Wikipedia:WikiProject WikipediaWeekly/Episode1 podcast was released
- January 12: wikiProject Community Justice (renamed into Concordia) was initiated by Computerjoe (talk · contribs)
- January 23: a position of ArbCom Clerk was introduced to assist the Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee with procedural aspects of its work.
- February 12: Wikipedia:WikiProject New York State routes started
- April 18: Wikipedia:Reward board was established as a place where users who want specific tasks done can offer monetary awards. The first award was offered for pictures for "Body mass index". Initially it was named "Now Hiring" and immediately became a matter of heated controversy and revert war.
- August 14: Wikipedia:WikiProject Council was initiated by Kirill Lokshin to coordinate WikiProject efforts
- October 4: Wikipedia:WikiProject WikipediaWeekly was initiated for delivery of wikipedia-related podcasts
- November 22: Wikipedia:WikiProject League of Copyeditors was initiated to coordinate copyediting efforts. Deactivated on June 22, 2008. Its replacement, Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles Needing Copy Edit, was initiated on July 22.
- November 5 The Institute of Wikipediology (est. 10:24, October 8, 2005 JCarriker (talk · contribs)) marked as inactive
Wikipedian status changes
- February 2006:
- April 2006: Guanaco , second time; cannot re-apply anymore 
- June 2006: NSLE 
- August 2006: Dbiv 
- September 2006: Everyking 
- October 2006: Marudubshinki 
- December 2006:
Death and retirement
- February 8: Caroline Thompson (talk · contribs) died
- September 17 Neilm (talk · contribs) died
- September 24 12:08 Hephaestos , admin (last words: Just delete every image I've ever uploaded here. Every last one of them. Do a bot search and just get rid of them. Screw this project.)
- November 8 Ikkyu2 (talk · contribs) (Last words:My reasons are sound and will remain private.). The user hasn't been involved in any wikidrama and just decided to disappear
- November 30 John Reid (talk · contribs), the author of the Rolling Pi left wikipedia after bein abused by Philwelch (who relinquished his admin rights and was subject of RFA). Last words: A quote of Crazy Rhythm
- December 1 17:51, Bluemoose , admin (last words:Had enough of this, all the good people seem to be leaving....I am changing my password to something I can't remember, so this will definitely be my last edit.)
- December 11 06:48, Ars Scriptor , admin (last words: I am leaving Wikipedia immediately and permanently.)
- 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.
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- Trivial events must be avoided:
- Kleeman, Jenny (2007-12-09). "Wikipedia ban for disruptive professor". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- "Opening my eyes to a whole new world" @ google blog
- WikiProject_report @ Signpost
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2007-01-15/2006 in review