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Wikipedia was started on January 15, 2001 by founders Jimmy Wales, Larry Sanger, and a few enthusiastic English-language collaborators. A bit over three years later, in March, 2004, there were 6,000 active contributors working on 600,000 articles in 50 languages. As of today, there are 5,930,365 articles in English; every day hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles.
All text in Wikipedia, and most images and other content, is covered by the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Contributions remain the property of their creators, while the GFDL license ensures the content will remain freely distributable and reproducible (see the copyright notice and the content disclaimer for more information)
Project history and overviews
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Contributing to Wikipedia
How to contact project members
Standard places to ask policy and project-related questions are the village pump, online, and the Wikipedia mailing lists, over email. You can also reach other Wikipedians via IRC and instant messenger.
There is also a meta-Wikipedia, a site for coordinating the various Wikipedia projects (and abstract discussions of policy and direction), and there are a few different places for submitting bug reports and feature requests.
Opinions and objections
Versions in other languages
See also Wikipedia:Paper edition