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Wikipedia (also known as WP) is a free encyclopedia, created by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger on 15 January 2001. There are Wikipedias in 292 languages. The biggest one, the English Wikipedia has over 5,000,000 articles as of February 2016.[1] The Simple English Wikipedia has over 117,000 articles as of February 2016.[2]

It was founded in 2001 as a source of crowd-sourced information under the name Nupedia, but it soon became Wikipedia and branched into many articles in different languages.[3] Despite being all hosted, promoted and mostly funded by the Wikimedia Foundation , the various language versions of Wikipedia are mostly independent from each other's regarding their content and detailed rules : for a given language version, these are defined by the community of users building and using that specific version.

According to Alexa, Wikipedia is the 5th ranked website based on web traffic, receiving the most traffic of any encyclopedic website.[4]

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