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Wikipedia Reaches 1,000,000 Articles

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the where-were-you-when dept.

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AndrewRUK writes "At 23:09 UTC, the one-millionth article was created in the English-language Wikipedia. The milestone was reached with the creation of an article about Jordanhill railway station in Scotland. Congratulations to all the Wikipedians, especially Nach0king who wrote the millionth article and Mészáros András who in November 2004 correctly predicted that it would be created today."

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FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831889)

Forsty porsty

But only 50,000 facts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831890)

first post

1,000,000 users 2 days ago (1)

SeraphimXI (927683) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831892)

And the lucky user.... Romulus32. How anticlimactic.

Re:1,000,000 users 2 days ago (1)

jacoplane (78110) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831916)

Well, it's better that is was anticlimactic than what would have been if the 999,999th user would have made it ;)

Re:1,000,000 users 2 days ago (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831989)

Someone seems a touch bitter over the Romulans winning this one.

Don't worry though, we'll eventually beat them in the Earth-Romulan War of 2156 to 2160.

In the making for a while... (3, Interesting)

ral315 (741081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831894)

Wikipedia's been doing a lot of good work for the last five years. It's nice to see the millionth article finally reached.

And to think that their original goal was 100,000 articles...

Re:In the making for a while... (1)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831917)

I saw on the mailing list, someone made a joke - next milestone is to get a million featured articles. Optomistic estimates are for early in 2053.

Re:In the making for a while... (1)

femto (459605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831969)

I guess there was also a point (very early in the piece) when the aim was to have two articles. Can anyone provide the title of the first article, and a link to the first ever Wikipedia edit?

Re:In the making for a while... (2, Informative)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831984)

I can help you out there. See Wikipedia's oldest articles [wikipedia.org]. Long story short - the edits prior to phase II were lost - the page histories simply don't go back that far. (Some portion of them were later recovered, but the main pages ones were not)

Re:In the making for a while... (1)

davidphogan74 (623610) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832439)

Much like in 1984, it's very easy to lose, delete, alter, or create history these days it seems.

hmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831896)

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"Liebe Freunde Freien Wissens, durch eine vor dem Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg am 17. Januar 2006 erwirkte einstweilige Verfugung wurde dem Verein Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Forderung Freien Wissens e.V. untersagt, von dieser Domain auf die deutschsprachige Ausgabe der freien Enzyklopadie Wikipedia (wikipedia.org) weiterzuleiten."

This roughly translates as, "Dear friends and comrades, Wikipedia has been shut down as of January 17th, 2006 due to a court injunction by the government of Germany, due to extensive support by Wikipedia for the Jews and the state of Israel".

This type of support was made illegal in Germany in 1939 by the Berlin Pact, signed by Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany has announced that this injunction will not be lifted until Wikipedia stops supporting "Die Juden".

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I missed out (1)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831897)

The 1,000,004th article was my article on Cellular architecture. [wikipedia.org] Damn! Oh well, at least I got to post [wikimediafoundation.org] the press release.

Re:I missed out (1)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831959)

You think you feel bad, I posted the 1,000,001th article [wikipedia.org]!

Re:I missed out (1)

Jonathunder (105885) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832104)

Squidoo, where are you? Maybe you didn't miss, since we deleted the 999,999th article, which was a self-referential piece on one million articles. Hmmm.

Re:I missed out (2, Interesting)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832150)

Well, at one point it actually was announced in the IRC channel that it would be the millionth non speedy deleted article. However, because Squidoo is a business it was decided that we should stick with the original one millionth, so as not to encourage people to use WP to promote their businesses. Which is fine with me.

I would note though that during the beta test all profits are being donated to charity, with over $4,000 raised so far. So if it was declared as the one millionth article it wouldn't have actually been a big deal, but I suppose perception is everything.

Re:I missed out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832457)

I guess you were too busy downing those Twinkies and Ho-Ho's to get there in time, you fat cabal Nazi. Nice mustache!

subject! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831898)

Is it true? will i get first post? omg!

1,000,000 inaccurate articles... (1)

November 1, 2005 (927710) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831905)

And the error I placed into it 6 months ago is still there.

Re:1,000,000 inaccurate articles... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832042)

what error did you put in?

Prepare, O Station (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831907)

Jordanhill Railway Station, prepare to be vandalized!

we have a winner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831913)

Nach0king wins a $0 voucher and 10 Apple iPods!

Re:we have a winner (1)

RaNdOm OuTpUt (928053) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832389)

10 Apple iPods
Two mistakes:
  1. You accidentally added a 0. That number should be 1
  2. You added the string " iPods"
it should read, "1 apple"
:)

Stubs? (1)

dhasenan (758719) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831920)

Yes, but how many are stubs or redirects, and what's the average article size?

Re:Stubs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831933)

Redirects are not counted.

Re:Stubs? (1)

BrokenSegue (895288) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832334)

Fair question. Redirects (that is pages which are only alternate spellings) aren't included in the count. Nor are very very short articles (stubs are counted though). This (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dantheox/Stub_p ercentages [wikipedia.org]) page does the math concerning the percent of articles in Wikipedia that are stubs. Granted, it's a bit dated, but at the end of last year 35% of all articles were stubs. What percent of Encarta or EB articles are stubs?

According to the size comparisons page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Size_compa risons [wikipedia.org]) Wikipedia's articles are on average half the size of EB's (but I'm not sure how up to date that is). Some graphs of the number of words per article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Words_per_ article [wikipedia.org]) may be enlightening.

That's not what I read (3, Funny)

Xcott Craver (615642) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831923)

According to Wikipedia, the millionth article was written by Thomas Edison in 1691, after he invented the first commercially successful parachute. X

Re:That's not what I read (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832338)

According to Wikipedia, the millionth article was written by Thomas Edison in 1691

Don't you mean "According to Uncyclopedia [uncyclopedia.org]"?

Witness collaborative editing at its best (1)

obli (650741) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831931)

For those willing to witness a textbook example of collaborative editing, here's your chance, just hop on [wikipedia.org], click "Newer revision " and you'll be taken to a comparative view for the two revisions.

The article concerned is naturally Jordanhill railway station [wikipedia.org] (link to current version)

Re:Witness collaborative editing at its best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832188)

That's very impressive for one day of work. Now try this: at the bottom of the page, click on the connecting rail stations. Note that this page has been heavily updated, the other rail stations, created at the same time, have almost no new edits. Looks like we need more press releases to get some work done. . .

1 Million articles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831932)

and no free iPod?

Lame.

GNAA declares victory over Wikipedia (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831942)


GNAA declares victory over Wikipedia
Zeikfried - Associated Press, Nigeria

In a week which shall be recorded in Wikipedia infamy (and then vandalized and redirected to clitoris), the oft persecuted and never defeated internet missionaries of the Gay Nigger Association of America [www.gnaa.us] struck yet another powerful and telling blow against the powerful forces of bigotry and racism. Most notably, the growing zionist community on renowned internet pissing yard wikipedia.org [wikipedia.org].

And the records have indeed tumbled, with an unheard of third successful survival from the digital shitheap that is "Votes For Deletion" [wikipedia.org]. Coming in spite a heinous act of self promotion and cyber terrorism by Pat Gunn/Improv [dachte.org] (formerly known as Aharon Meshenstein prior to his infiltration of the United States), who listed and inspired mob vandalism upon the GNAA's entry [wikipedia.org].

Fresh from his promotion of Wikipedia's $50,000 fundraiser for arms and supplies to the Jewish state of Israel, Improv launched a series of unprovoked and slanderous attacks against the well loved organisations leadership, all the while using foul and unholy necromancies to enlist the dead themselves to vote the entries deletion. Names such as "Wolfman" and "Demonslave" only adding to the damning list of evidence linking Mr Gunn to the occult.

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But the details are likely to cause few sleepless nights among the group, only one of whom was willing to speak to the press. Namely GNAA Wikipedia contributor Popeye, who interrupted his drawing of pornography to give a brief dismissal the controversy: "Even with Improv's shady dealings, the sheer size and girth of a swollen GNAA phallus enables it both an identity and a vote of it's own. Making such discussion moot".

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Wikipedia, a content-free encyclopedia in many languages, started life in January 2001 and has already risen to the status of the internets premiere "trollpedia".

Currently Wikipedia contains 363950 articles, 10032 of which are genuine, and 343 of them factually accurate. Leaving Wikipedia on an academic par with "Star Wars: Incredible Cross-sections: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft" [amazon.com] and "My First Book of Animals from A to Z" [amazon.com].


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  • Second, you need to succeed in posting a GNAA First Post [wikipedia.org] on slashdot.org [slashdot.org], a popular "news for trolls" website.
  • Third, you need to join the official GNAA irc channel #GNAA on irc.gnaa.us, and apply for membership.
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.________________________________________________.
| ______________________________________._a,____ | Press contact:
| _______a_._______a_______aj#0s_____aWY!400.___ | Gary Niger
| __ad#7!!*P____a.d#0a____#!-_#0i___.#!__W#0#___ | gary_niger@gnaa.us [mailto]
| _j#'_.00#,___4#dP_"#,__j#,__0#Wi___*00P!_"#L,_ | GNAA Corporate Headquarters
| _"#ga#9!01___"#01__40,_"4Lj#!_4#g_________"01_ | 143 Rolloffle Avenue
| ________"#,___*@`__-N#____`___-!^_____________ | Tarzana, California 91356
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| _________j1___________________________________ | All other inquiries:
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In other news... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831946)

Linux is STILL for fags.

Re:In other news... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832197)

I don't want to break your illusion, but if this was a fact, Linux would have at least a 10% user base. Which wouldn't be such a bad thing.

Carefully chosen.... (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831948)

I find it interesting that the "official" one millionth article is one of those obscure geographical articles that help justify Wikipedia's existence. It's the sort of narrow topic that old-fashioned encylopedias would never get to, but which is actually useful to certain people.

But it's a little strange that the counter hit 1 million on such an article. By percentages it should have been a vanity article, a topic that exists mainly in the mind of the author, or a summary of a TV episode.

Re:Carefully chosen.... (1)

jacoplane (78110) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831977)

The article was definitely not "carefully chosen". In fact there were tens of contributors who were attempting to get "their" story to be number 1,000,000. The logs are open for all to see, so this is quite a baseless accusation.

Re:Carefully chosen.... (3, Informative)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832026)

The article count jumped from 999,990 to 1,000,150 in one second. I never saw anything like it. Luckily, the devs were doing a dump and were able to sort out [wikipedia.org] which one had won. By the numbers:

        * 999,996 Bobby Smith (baseball player)
        * 999,997 Temporal coding
        * 999,998 Steve Cox
        * 999,999 One million articles
        * 1,000,000 Jordanhill railway station
        * 1,000,001 Squidoo
        * 1,000,002 Tennessee Commissioner of Financial Institutions
        * 1,000,003 Aaron Ledesma
        * 1,000,004 Cellular architecture

If it makes the GP poster feel any better, 999,999 was a joke.

1 million edits... (4, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831961)

the one-millionth article was created in the English-language Wikipedia.

"Deleted, article has no point."

"Reinstated. Of course it has a point" (flame war on 1_millionth_article:Talk omitted)

the fucking one-millionth article was created in the English-language Wikipedia.

"Removed vandalism"

the one-millionth article was created in Wikipedia.

"Corrected grammatical errors."

the one-millionth article was created in the English-language Wikipedia.

"It was right the first time, moron."

GOOD DAY I AM UZU UMBAMBE, I HAVE A SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL WICIPEBA USERS. PLEASE SEND $500 TO ME AT...

"Motion to consider the possibility of blocking this user for possible violation of the Wikipedia Organization's policy on commercial advertising."

"Moved to subcommittee."

Reputation based wiki with an economic model.. (1)

taosk8r (56641) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832293)

This is what needs to happen, and I plan on doing it.. Making a democratic wiki software that is reputation based, and includes the ability for people to pay authors for contributions based on how monetarily worthwhile the articles and edits are.. Sort of like an online school with the ability for people that have accredition as experts to prove it, and be rated on thier contributions.. The edits and articles would be voted on with a similar system to slashdots meta-moderation but more sophisticated, and more AJAX-ish..

If there is money in it, quality content will follow, and if it is a meritocracy where accredited people's edits aren't so trivially erased (discouraging them from further participation), the wikipedia thing could really work..

And by the way.. (1)

taosk8r (56641) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832304)

I'm planning to dual liscense the project under the MIT/X liscense at the moment, and have been reading an excellent book on managing open source projects.. If anyone wants to move forward on these ideas (there is a lot more that Im being brief about) please feel free to PM me on here (if slashdot has such, I forget)..

I couldn't log in with Firefox today, so I actually had to resort to IE - BLECH - no tabs! :(

Update! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831971)

950,000 Wikipedia articles are falsified or incorrect. Wikipedians snap back; It's a Wiki you can change it if you find something is incorrect!

Predicted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831972)

I think it is unfair to say he predicted it would happen today. He guessed it in a pool. It is the same misuse of the term that you here applied to pyschics and cranks. The term "predicted" implies a method. He gave a guess it would happen today, and he didn't even win an iPod for that!

Re:Predicted? (1)

AndrewRUK (543993) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832018)

Fair point, but saying he "predicted" it sounds cooler than saying he "guessed" it :-)
Interestingly (for some value of interesting) all of the last five days had been guessed, and so had all of next week, but the four days in between (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th) had no guesses. If it had taken an hour longer for the 1 million mark to be reached, no-one's guess would have been correct.

#1,000,001 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14831982)

I created article #1,000,001 when I clicked the "save page" button on the edit page of Tennessee Commissioner of Financial Institutions [slashdot.org]. In the very first minute after 1,000,000 hit, over 200 articles were made that instance. Clicked it one second too late!

Does size matter? (3, Insightful)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14831985)

The real challenge isn't the number of articles, it's their quality, especially the bad writing in a lot of them. Once an article reaches a certain level of quality, it actually tends to get worse over time, because of random, uncoordinated edits.

Re:Does size matter? (1)

interiot (50685) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832167)

It's a wiki though, so history is always there. If articles go downhill, ambitious editors can at any time revive good pieces of text that have been deleted or made significantly worse.

Re:Does size matter? (1)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832179)

The real challenge isn't the number of articles, it's their quality, especially the bad writing in a lot of them. Once an article reaches a certain level of quality, it actually tends to get worse over time, because of random, uncoordinated edits.

So it's worthless. Alright. Turn it off then.

Re:Does size matter? (3, Insightful)

Khalid (31037) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832191)

This not true, It's one of the Myths surrounding Wikipedia, there is absolutly no secret a good article has a lot of people intersted in it and a lot of editors too, who are constantly looking at modifications, reversing vandalism and stupidities. In my long Wikipedia experience I have rarely witnessed what you said. This myth needs to be debunked now !

Granted that style is not the primary asset of Wikipedia, as many contributors have different writing abilities but overall the information is generally there, and that is all what people are looking for.

Re:Does size matter? (2, Interesting)

syntaxglitch (889367) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832335)

The point wasn't about vandalism or mistakes. The point was that larger and more heavily edited articles tend to have a deteriorating quality of STYLE, as they go from the contributions of (often) a few skilled writers who built most of the original article, to a mass of correct-but-ugly "written by committee" information.

That doesn't always happen, though, and popular articles tend to occasionally get someone who'll come through and do a major edit that restructures and rewords the article--refactoring, if you will.

Besides, even the somewhat poorly written articles on Wikipedia, in my experience, tend to hold their own against the writing in a lot of textbooks, periodicals, manuals, and other information-oriented nonfiction. There's a lot of very bad writing out there.

Re:Does size matter? (1)

aconkling (916504) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832223)

The real challenge is not the number of articles, but their quality; many articles have poor writing. I've noticed that once an article reaches a certain level of quality, it actually tends to get worse over time because of random, uncoordinated edits.

Vogon Edition (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832017)

And disgratulations (conpropulations?) to Everything2 [everything2.com], the practically forgotten early attempt to pull off what Wikipedia has actually done. If you want to actually learn about Everything2, you really should just look it up in the Wikipedia [wikipedia.org].

Re:Vogon Edition (2, Interesting)

superm401 (828851) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832121)

Wikipedia is not trying to accomplish what Everything2 is. A lot of our problems stem from people thinking we are, in fact. The biggest difference is that original research [wikipedia.org] is not allowed on Wikipedia but is encouraged and central to Everything2.

Re:Vogon Edition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832213)

Long after Wikipedia collapses under the weight of its million dollar server and bandwidth load, its pointlessly contentious editorial nature, and the absurdity of multiple authorship, the more trustworthy and interesting Everything2 will be informing and entertaining the masses.

Re:Vogon Edition (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832464)

You can't even get a response out of the E2 server today. While you can read about E2 on Wikipedia during a Slashdotting after the millionth Wikipedia article.

The choice of the Anonymous Cowards is a natural loser.

Next Goal (1)

RedHatLinux (453603) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832028)

1,000,000 relatively high quality articles. They would be indepth articles that have no spelling, grammar, or factual errors.,

Even IF (1)

znx (847738) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832064)

Even if you consider only 10% of the wiki as "useful content", that still means 100,000 articles. Which is just below that of Encyclopedia Britannica (which was established way back in 1768!).

This is a milestone along the way, the wikipedia isn't perfect but it is a great project that should be celebrated for its success.

Re:Even IF (1)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832145)

"that still means 100,000 articles. Which is just below that of Encyclopedia Britannica " - actually, Britannica only has 55,000 articles. (Their index has, last I heard, 768,000 entries - but typically an index entry will point to any article that mentions that subject)

Micropaedia and Macropaedia (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832385)

I seem to remember EB being divided into two parts: Micropaedia® and Macropaedia®. Micro has what Wikipedia calls "stubs"; Macro has articles on select subjects that went into much more depth. EB also has a Propaedia, which corresponds to the Category: namespace of Wikipedia, organizing knowledge into a hierarchy.

what a 1 million means (2, Interesting)

slashdotnickname (882178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832066)

While a million sounds impressive, here's a game which puts the "1 million articles" into a more realistic perspective. From the main page, click on "random article" 10 times and analyze the content.

For example, my results...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Franklin [wikipedia.org] (~1 paragraph + links)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederika_Amalia_of_D enmark [wikipedia.org] (~1 paragraph)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_The_Hague [wikipedia.org] (1 paragraph + 1 sentence)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governors_of_Tamil_Na du [wikipedia.org] (list of name links)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ja%E2%80%99afar_Abdul _El_Hakh [wikipedia.org] (1 small paragraph)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones [wikipedia.org] (decent sized article)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_Babel [wikipedia.org] (1+ paragraph)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Boar d_of_Education [wikipedia.org] (1 paragraph)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derbyshire_lead_minin g_history [wikipedia.org] (decent sized article)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pelham%2C_2nd_ Earl_of_Chichester [wikipedia.org] (1 paragraph plus table)

Note: This is not a jab at Wikipedia, which I love reading/contributing to, but rather a demonstration of how much work is still needed to flesh out its body of articles. A million articles/stubs is a fun benchmark to celebrate, but let's not let that slow down our contributions any... we still need everyone's help than can!

Re:what a 1 million means (1)

Tx (96709) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832148)

Their million page count doesn't include stubs/redirects. Short articles is another matter, but some things only merit a short entry, even in Britannica.

Re:what a 1 million means (1)

ummit (248909) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832462)

click on "random article" 10 times and analyze the content

Actually, I do that a lot. I usually learn something new, and I usually find a couple articles I can improve. :-)

Y vamos por mas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832089)

cabrones

Re:Y vamos por mas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832204)

Viva Mexico, cabreckenbahuers!

The govt (2, Funny)

Frankie70 (803801) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832110)

In other news, our Govt representatives have successfully manipulated 10000 of
the pages on Wikipedia.

English != UK? (1)

msbsod (574856) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832125)

I find that most of the "English" contributions are actually only US contributions. Many topics are seen quite differently in the US and UK. It is not just a matter of flavour. Now, if you go to UK Wikipedia.org [wikipedia.org] you will be surprised.

Re:English != UK? (1)

syntaxglitch (889367) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832215)

Har har har. What is that, Ukranian? :)

Your joke would be more convincing if the summary didn't mention that the article concerns a rail station in Scotland.

Polish and mandarin, anybody? (2, Informative)

niktemadur (793971) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832138)

1,000,000 articles in English.

If you take all articles in all languages, Wikipedia surpassed the magic number a long time ago, and has by now actually gone beyond 2,000,000 articles.

And the reward (1)

teslatug (543527) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832144)

Nach0king received a phone call soon after submitting the 1,000,000th article. At first he thought it was marketer, but it turned out that it was someone from the Wikimedia Foundation. They told him he had to write 10,000 more article as a reward.

Publicity (1)

syntaxglitch (889367) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832248)

I wonder if this will create any noticable amount of publicity for the rail station and surrounding area? Apparently people have been suggesting that Jimbo Wales visit the station as some sort of, I don't know, Wikipedia commemorative event?

It'd be kind of amusing to befuddle the non-Wikipedia-using locals. I know I fully intend to stop by if I'm ever in that part of the world. :)

Scrupolous Moderators (1)

peterfa (941523) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832256)

I wonder if the moderators have agenda's. I edited the article for Internet Troll to include an example of a real life troll that would aid in the understanding of online trollish behavior. I added a point that on irc.chatjunkies.org in channel #linuxhelp there lies a troll known as lowkey. It was removed and I was warned not to use the Wikipedia to attack or defame someone. This is an outrage!!

Re:Scrupolous Moderators (1)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832435)

Wikipedia has outgrown its usefulness, it was quite clear this was the case when a few months ago someone was attacked legally for comitting libel against someone he wrote an article about. The whole idea of multiple authors for the same article is really absurd. Nobody can ensure that someone who edited an article actually understood what the first article meant, and there is no real organization to the moderation. The moderators are far too concerned with public opinion, wikipedia attempts to enforce their rules not with a gauge of quality, but simply by threatening their users.

Have you done your part? (1)

xkr (786629) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832267)

If you were an expert on only one thing, and wrote a single article for Wikipedia, then you would have done 250 times as much as the average person in the US.

Not what it used to be (0, Troll)

dublinclontarf (777338) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832297)

For the last few days I've only been able to find a few posts modded 4+ for funny.
/. your a dry shower of shites
OR
The moderators are lazy b*st$rds

Where's the humor????

of course, 99999 of those.. (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832310)

Are auto-generated demographics pages.
Why can't the "random page" button have a "no pages from these catagories:" option?

New message board for people unhappy w/ Wikipedia (1)

br00tus (528477) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832325)

A proboards discussion board about Wikipedia has just moved to its own web site - Wikipedia Review [wikipediareview.com]. It is an independent discussion board about Wikipedia, in other words not run by the "cabal" (Jimbo and his lieutenants). Wikipedia's English mailing list is moderated, and Arbitration Committee members have been [wikipedia.org] fighting [wikipedia.org] to keep mention of this board off of Wikipedia itself.

I have been very involved with Wikipedia since 2003, and won't go into why I myself am unhappy with it that much here. Suffice to say, I think Jimbo exercises too much control, which wouldn't be so bad maybe if I didn't think he was making decisions I dislike. I view much of the "cabal", his highest lieutenants in the same manner, especially ones who didn't get properly elected to the Arbitration Committee (the highest authoritative body on Wikipedia) like Jayjg. Of course, even if there are major problems with Wikipedia, people complaining sound like cranks and complainers until they go out and build something better, or at least alternative. I hope Wikipedia Review is a step in that direction. There are alternatives to Wikipedia out there right now, I just hope Wikipedia Review helps in building the momentum of one (or some) of them until they start reaching critical mass.

Hmmm (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832366)

No mention of "The Worst Toilet in Scotland" from Trainspotting [imdb.com] which must be near there somewhere, as the first bullet on the trivia reveals.
I must be squeamish--I couldn't make it past that scene. Something about watching humans debase themselves like that, even fictionally, is too disquieting. Drugs are not the God you thought they'd be, no?

Whoo-Hoo (1)

ilyanep (823855) | more than 8 years ago | (#14832401)

As an administrator/bureaucrat on Wikipedia, I have to say that I am very happy with this new milestone. Wikipedia has grown a lot (double bold, and double italics on 'lot') in the three years I've been there (since May '03). May it continue growing as such (and may all the vandals go and make a vandalpedia for themselves -- the software is free!)

Ok then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14832460)

We shall hold the world ransom for... One Hundred... BILLION ARTICLES!
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