Wikipedia:Six million articles

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The English Wikipedia has reached 6,000,000 articles with
Maria Elise Turner Lauder,
19th-century Canadian school teacher, writer and philanthropist,
created by Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight (User:Rosiestep) on 2020-01-23 at 18:59 UTC.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – 6,000,000 articles

Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.

— Jimmy Wales, co-founder

Wikipedia was founded in 2001 as a project to build an online, free-access, free-content encyclopedia entirely from scratch. Since then, it has grown to be the largest encyclopedia ever created, comprising more than six million articles in English, while still relying on the contributions of volunteers.

The English Wikipedia community thanks the millions of users whose edits over the past nineteen-plus years have made this remarkable accomplishment possible.

Articles created near the same time included:

There's much more to see and do[edit]

However, 6 million articles on English Wikipedia is only a small portion of human knowledge. Did you know that within the Wikimedia ecosystem, we have:

Wikipedia has revolutionized our access to knowledge, but there is still lots of work to do:

  • Did you know that only 18% of all biographies in English Wikipedia are about women? This is something the Wikimedia community is studying and addressing with projects like WikiProject:Women in Red.
  • Only a small fraction of Wikipedia's articles have multimedia of any kind. With video sites like YouTube being one of the most popular in the world, less than 0.2% of Wikipedia articles contain video. You can help at WikiProject Wiki Makes Video.
  • Just 1 in 150 of our articles are marked good or featured, which indicates that they have passed a review to check that they are broad, detailed, well-referenced and satisfy our other content policies and guidelines. Find out how to help at Wikipedia:Content assessment.

How can you help?[edit]

We are currently working on the future strategy for the movement for the year 2030, which you can read and provide feedback on. Join us!