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The Wikipedia statistics referring to the size of Wikipedia; mostly page and article count. For interest's sake, the advertisements for Encyclopedia Britannica's 2002 edition proudly proclaim they have over 85 000 articles.

So far, most of this has been drawn from Wikipedia Announcements.

How it's measured

The general goal has been to make as conservative a count as possible, by excluding anything that may be considered a non-article.

Date                All    Comma pp. 150+ 1000+ 2000+ Wkpdns Wkpd Talk Lists RDR  Conservative count Ref.
             Dec 14                                                               19000
             Dec  7                                                               18000
             Nov  6                                                               16000+
             Oct 25        17307                      399    229  1600 26         15053              LMS,WA 
             Oct 19        14000+
             Oct  4                                                               13182              MF,WA
 2:06 PM     Sep 19                                                               12502              LMS
             Sep  9        12533                      146    113  1066 63         11208              MF
             Sep  7                                                               10000+
             Aug 22        10001                      145     88   725             9043
             Aug  7                                                                8000
             Jul 27         7808                      106     56   403             7243
             Jul 26                                                                6947
             Jul  8 10000+                                                         6000+
             May 20  7231   4985
             May 10  5964   3969     4264      1002
             Apr 27  5041   3281                                             912
 1:37 PM PST Mar 30  3577   2221     2365 553
11:20 PM PST Mar 24  3000+  1910     2056 796   159
             Mar  7  2144   1323
             Feb 12  1000+
             Feb  8   900+
             Jan 31   617
             Jan 25   270
             Jan 10     0

Legenda:

  • Comma pp. Comma pages: pages which include a comma, a statistically useful way of finding "real" articles.
  • 150+ etc. 150+ characters: pages with at least 150 characters.
  • Wkpdns Wikipedians' pages and subpages: calculated from a list of those signing their contributions. Any page with one of those names gets excluded from the count as a Wikipedian.
  • Wkpd Pages about Wikipedia: contain "ikipedia" in title.
  • Talk /Talk pages.
  • Lists 27 Biographical Listing indexes (main index+A-Z); 36 Complete list of encyclopedia topics pages and subpages (0-9,A-Z).
  • RDR #REDIRECT pages.
  • MF: Malcolm Farmer
  • LMS: Larry Sanger
  • WA: Wikipedia Announcements