Wikipedia:Vital articles/Expanded

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10,000 Things
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Tao Te Ching, Verse 34
The Tao covers the ten thousand things like flood waters.
It flows in all directions.
The ten thousand things depend on it.
The Tao denies none of them.

This is a currently incomplete list of ten thousand subjects for which Wikipedia should ultimately have high-quality articles. It expands on Wikipedia:Vital articles, which lists one thousand articles. This list is in the process of being refined and prioritized on the basis of topic-by-topic discussion and voting. Changes can be proposed on the talk page. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Because of its size, Vital Articles/Expanded has been split into eleven sublists. If you spot a duplicate listing, please remove one of them; if you aren't sure in which section a topic belongs, please initiate a discussion on the talk page.

As of August 19, 2017, this list includes 9,911 individual articles, based on the manually entered totals for each of the sublists:

List No. Section August 18, 2017 Target number
1 People 1,997 2,000
2 History 683 675
3 Geography 1,162 1,200
4 Arts 675 670
5 Philosophy and religion 419 425
6 Everyday life 486 500
7 Society and social sciences 916 900
8 Biology and health sciences 1,461 1,480
8.1    Health, medicine and disease 253 250
9 Physical sciences 1,060 1,100
9.1    Basics and measurement 85 85
9.2    Astronomy 194 215
9.3    Chemistry 259 270
9.4    Earth science 256 260
9.5    Physics 266 270
10 Technology 754 750
11 Mathematics 298 300
Total 9,910 10,000

Counts updated from subpages by: --Thi (talk) 08:16, 19 August 2017 (UTC)


Leah Borovoi from the infinity labs has analyzed the readability of 1999 Wikipedia vital articles about people in ten European languages using the Flesch Readability formula.[1] In order to compare between languages, the result of the formula was normalized within each language. In the table below, you may see 15 sub-categories of the general category people, and 10 European languages. Higher numbers colored in green mean high readability, whereas negative numbers colored in red mean low readability. In all languages the least readable sub-categories are scientists and philosophers, while the most readable sub-categories are sports figures and entertainers. Military leaders are relatively more readable in German, French and Swedish, but less readable in Italian and in Spanish.

Readability score of wikipedia contents

The table below shows the average number of words per article in different sub-categories of "People" category in ten European languages. Green color signals longer articles, while red color signals shorter articles.

Average num of words


  1. ^ Flesch, Rudolf. "How to Write Plain English". University of Canterbury. Archived from the original on July 12, 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 

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