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- 1 Beginnings
- 2 Articles
- 3 Views
- 4 Edits
- 5 Titles
- 6 Links
- 7 Disambiguation pages
- 8 Consensus participation
- 9 Languages
- 10 Pictures
- 11 Deletion
- 12 Categories and templates
- 13 Numbers
- 14 High-use pages
- 15 Database reports
- 16 See also
- 17 References
- First page: HomePage created on 15 January 2001
- First edit: HomePage on 15 January 2001
- First named user: January 17: First known named user: User:ScottMoonen 
- First featured article: TheCanonofScripture, MathematicalGrouP, and NewZealand, tied on 23:53, January 21, 2001. However, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was first to be featured on the main page, on February 22, 2004
- First Did You Know: Pencil sharpener, posted on February 22, 2004 (created by User:Raul654 on February 15, 2004)
- First Picture of the Day: Virgin River Narrows, Friday May 14, 2004
- Oldest surviving edit (older edits have existed, but have since been lost because of the way UseModWiki worked): UuU (20:08 UTC, 16 January 2001)
- Longest article: 1918 New Year Honours (1,030,346 bytes as of 13 May 2017)
- Longest article that is not a list: Electric car use by country (539,500 bytes as of 13 May 2017)
- Longest biography article: Eric Walter Elst (354,830 bytes as of 13 May 2017)
- Longest featured article: Barack Obama (317,892 bytes as of 13 May 2017)
- Shortest featured article: Tropical Depression Ten (2005) (8,695 as of 11 December 2016)
- Articles with the most references/citations:
- That is a list: List of Hillary Clinton presidential campaign non-political endorsements, 2016 has 2298, as of May 13th, 2017
- That is a biography: Bobby Fischer has 673 as of 13 May 2017
- That is neither a list nor a biography: India–European Union relations has 1319, as of 13 May 2017
- Most references for one sentence: 172 in 21 May 2010 version of Educology.
- Longest time an article had no references: Reign. Unreferenced from 19 January 2003 to 9 April 2017.
- Largest article talk page including archives: Talk:Intelligent design (18.1 MB as of 11 March 2016)
- Most archives of a main namespace talk page: Talk:Jesus (127 as of 15 March 2016)
- Most archives of a non-main namespace talk page: Wikipedia talk:Requests for adminship (240 as of 15 March 2016)
- Most archives of a non-main namespace non-talk page: Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents (916 as of 15 March 2016)
- Most successful FA nominations: 144 by Wehwalt (see Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by featured article nominations)
- Most DYK (Did You Know?) articles: 1664 by Dr. Blofeld (see Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of DYKs)
The most viewed pages of Wikipedia's initial years (2001–2007) remain unknown, though the multiyear ranking of most viewed pages gives views for top-100 pages since 2007. In addition, http://stats.grok.se/ gives statistics for specific months in the same years.
- The most visited pages are the Main Page, followed by Special:Search and Special:Random.
- The most visited articles (non-special pages) are Wiki, followed by Facebook and then YouTube. However, the consistent popularity of these articles is due in part to people accidentally typing these site names/URLs into a Wikipedia search box (either in the MediaWiki interface or a web browser) when intending to actually visit the sites themselves.
- The most visited articles which are not about a website are the United States, followed by Donald Trump and then Barack Obama.
- The most visited page on a single day is always the Main Page, averaging over 23 million views per day as of 2016, far more views than any other page.
- The most visited article (non-special page) on a single day is Steve Jobs, which had 7.4 million views on 6 October 2011 and 1.6 million on 7 October. The previous record was Michael Jackson, which had 5.9 million views on 26 June 2009. In both cases, the record views were set one day after the subjects' deaths.
- The most visited article on a single day that was not just after the subject's death is Donald Trump, which had 6.1 million views on November 9, 2016, the day after he was elected President of the United States.
- Most edited article:
- in any namespace: Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism (1,219,388 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in Main Article namespace: George W. Bush (46,103 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in Talk namespace: Talk:Main Page (135,776 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in User namespace: User:Cyde/List of candidates for speedy deletion/Subpage (764,590 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in User Talk namespace: User talk:Jimbo Wales (135,561 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in Wikipedia namespace: Wikipedia:Administrator intervention against vandalism (1,219,388 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in Wikipedia talk: Wikipedia talk:Requests for adminship (71,996 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in MediaWiki talk: MediaWiki talk:Spam-blacklist (16,282 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in Template: Template:AFC statistics (57,572 edits as of Novembre 16, 2016)
- in Template talk: Template talk:Did you know (342,353 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- in Portal: Portal:Current events/Sports (41,606 edits as of November 16, 2016)
- Article edited by the largest number of users:
- Article unedited for the longest time: See WP:Dusty articles
- Article that was stub for longest time: Cannot be determined, because there is no clear definition of how long the text of an article has to be for the article to stop being a stub.
- Most edits to one article in a single day: 7 July 2005 London bombings (2,857 edits in 24 hours; the article was receiving up to 15 edits per minute at some stages)
- Most edits by a user (bot): Cydebot has 5,121,263 edits as of 08:13, 16 March 2016 (UTC).
- Most edits by a user (non-bot): Ser Amantio di Nicolao (1,583,487 edits as of March 15, 2016)
- Most edits by an IP address: 126.96.36.199 (22,210 edits as of January 27, 2015)
- Largest single contributing edit (non-bot): revision 747382971 of List of named minor planets (numerical) (+2,024,726), edited by Rfassbind.
- Largest article at creation date: List of named minor planets (numerical), 2,024,726 bytes
Article with longest title
See the sortable table below for the articles with the longest titles.
Note: The MediaWiki software used by Wikipedia limits the length of the titles to 255 bytes, thus some titles that would be longer than the ones in the table below are not included. For instance, the full title of When the Pawn... would be 445 bytes.
Article with shortest title
- There are 36 articles with titles of only one ASCII character in length: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
- A further 131 articles have titles of a single Unicode character: ¥, À, Ã, È, Ê, Ì, Í, Î, Ï, Ò, Õ, Ú, Û, Ā, Ă, Ć, Ĉ, Ċ, Č, Ď, Ė, Ě, Ĝ, Ğ, Ġ, Ĥ, Ĵ, Ń, Ň, ŉ, Ŕ, Ř, Ś, Ŝ, Ť, Ŭ, Ź, Ż, Ɓ, Ƃ, Ƅ, Ƈ, Ɗ, Ƌ, Ə, Ƒ, Ɨ, Ƙ, Ɯ, Ɲ, Ɵ, Ơ, Ƥ, Ƭ, Ʈ, Ư, Ʊ, Ʋ, Ƴ, Ƹ, Ƽ, Ǧ, Ǩ, Ȋ, Ƞ, Ȥ, Ȧ, Ȳ, ɪ, ּ, ک, ݙ, ݭ, ॰, Ḍ, Ḑ, Ḥ, Ḫ, Ḱ, Ḷ, Ḿ, Ṛ, Ṣ, Ṭ, Ẋ, Ẓ, ẗ, Ẽ, ←, ↑, →, ↓, ∂, ∆, ≡, ≤, ⊿, ✕, ✖, Ⱬ, Ⱳ, ⱺ, 了, 京, 仝, 侍, 內, 兩, 剣, 圓, 属, 我, 晋, 林, 桂, 申, 神, 美, 膾, 蜀, 蝶, 道, 郡, 部, 鄂, 酒, 阝, 餅, 魁, 鲁, Ꞅ
- Page linked to by most other pages: Wikipedia:Sandbox
- Most linked article in main namespace: IP address
- Article with most links:
- Article in most categories: Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, in 282 categories as of September 21, 2015, only 4 categories aren't related to a country or territory
- Most categories for a non-convention article: Winston Churchill (116) and Janet Jackson (115)
- Most external links in whole article: Perhaps List of MeSH codes (D02), 2,542 external links, all to the same site (April 25, 2014)
- Oldest surviving red link: Hammarön from Hammarö Municipality, May 25, 2004 to November 23, 2015
- Most linked to image: (5,705,836 pages as of 20 May 2016) (see Special:MostLinkedFiles)
- In May 2014 the disambiguation pages with the largest numbers of entries were:
|Disambiguation page||Number of "May refer to" entries|
|St. Mary's Church||584|
|Communist Party (disambiguation)||569|
- 687 – WikiProject Usability/Main Page
- 600 – Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Default State RFC#Question 1: When a new account is created, should the preference be set to disable VE ("opt-in") or to enable VE ("opt-out")?
- 567 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007/Vote/Newyorkbrad
- 541 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007/Vote/Giano II
- 488 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007/Vote/Raul654
- 424 – Wikipedia:Attribution/Poll
- 403 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007/Vote/Deskana
- 403 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2006/Vote/Can't sleep, clown will eat me
- 383 – Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Danny 2
- 358 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007/Vote/Rebecca
- 341 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections January 2006/Vote/Fred Bauder
- 327 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2007/Vote/FayssalF
- 326 – Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections January 2006/Vote/Mindspillage
- See generally Wikipedia:Times that 300 or more Wikipedians supported something
- Article in largest number of languages (apart from Main Page):
- Featured article on the most different language Wikipedias: Mars (19)
- Featured article in largest number of language Wikipedias but not English: World War II (18)
- Featured article on the highest percentage of different language Wikipedias:
- Language with highest percentage of featured articles:
- Article with most pictures:
- Picture in most articles:
- First picture: (fill in if found)
- Most edited picture: (fill in if found)
- Oldest picture on record: File:The Crusades (1935 film) video boxart.jpg created on 08:18, August 14, 2002.
- Oldest featured picture: (fill in if found)
- Image sizes:
- Largest:File:N. M. Price - Sir Walter Scott - Guy Mannering - At the Kaim of Derncleugh original scan.png at 94,693,415 bytes
- Smallest File:1px f8fcff.gif at 35 bytes
- Average size (as of February 2012): 229,065 bytes
- Longest undetected vandalism in article: Piateda, vandalized on 2 July 2007 and repaired on 27 April 2016, after 8 years, 9 months, 25 days.
- Longest undetected vandalism on a redirect page: List of albums by the Beatles, vandalized on 25 March 2007 and repaired on 13 September 2016, after 9 years, 5 months, 19 days.
- Longest undetected vandalism in media files: File:Burnin' Up Single Cover.JPG, vandalized on 25 September 2008 and repaired on 20 January 2015, after 6 years, 3 months, 26 days.
- Longest undetected copyvio: Gene Bearden, added 20 March 2004 (revision deleted), removed 10 September 2012. Total length of time undetected: 8 years, 5 months, 20 days.
- Longest undetected hoax article: Milk Studios lasted 11 years, 8 months, and 24 days. See Wikipedia:List of hoaxes on Wikipedia
- Most deleted (and recreated) article: Daniel Brandt – 40 times created and deleted.
- Article with most deletion discussions (VfD, AfD and DRV): Gay Nigger Association of America – 41 (deleted, later redone). See Wikipedia:LAME#Deletion wars.
- Longest deleted article: Probability derivations for making low hands in Omaha hold 'em (305 kB), which was transwikied to Wikibooks as a result of this AFD.
Categories and templates
- First category: Category:World War II was created by User:Raul654 at 03:59 on 30 May 2004
- Largest category: Category:All stub articles. (Of course, Category:Articles includes almost all articles within its subcategories.)
- First template: Template:Periodic table (oldest surviving – there may be older templates that have been deleted. Also, while it was created in 2002, it was originally in the mainspace and was moved to the template namespace in 2010.)
- Largest template: Template:Pfam2PDBsum (1.7MB – ouch!)
- 100,000th article: Hastings, New Zealand
- 500,000th article: Forced settlements in the Soviet Union (originally entitled "Involuntary settlements in the Soviet Union")
- Millionth article: Jordanhill railway station
- 2M article: El Hormiguero
- 3M article: Beate Eriksen
- 4M article: Ezbet el-Borg
- 5M article: Persoonia terminalis
- 100,000th user: User:Wakmah
- Millionth user: User:Jchriscampbell
- See also Wikipedia:Milestone statistics
- Most linked-to categories
- Most linked-to files
- Most linked-to pages
- Most transcluded pages
- Pages with the most interwikis
- Pages with the most revisions (article pages)
- Long pages (all pages on the project)
- Talk pages by size
- Most-watched pages
- Most-watched pages by namespace
- Most-watched users
- Pages with the most revisions
- Long stubs
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles
- Wikipedia:Picture of the day/May 2004
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-02-04/Special report
- Wikipedia:Multiyear ranking of most viewed pages.
- "Wikipedia article traffic statistics". October 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Wikipedia article traffic statistics: Michael Jackson". June 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
- "Traffic report: President-elect Trump". November 26, 2016.
- Wikipedia:Database reports/Pages with the most revisions
- Calculated using the MediaWiki API; using a URL like this one
- relevant part of Category:Integers, retrieved 25 November 2016.
- Schneider, Todd (30 May 2014). "What Is the Longest Disambiguation Page on Wikipedia?". Future Tense. Slate. Retrieved 2 June 2014. Article includes links to a Google spreadsheet of largest 1000 and a .csv file of the whole dataset used