Wikipedia Announcements/February 2001

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February 28, 2001

Jimbo Wales is being interviewed by Slashdot, and the interview may appear tomorrow (Thursday) morning. He mentioned Wikipedia in the interview, and we may experience a substantial surge in traffic. Based on what has happened to other wikis mentioned on slashdot, we might expect to see some vandalism. If all the active participants could log in a bit more often tomorrow to keep an eye on things, that would be great.

Notice, we've added a little something to the top of the page: "Get involved! Wikipedia is a free community project!" And also another "Edit text of this page" link, now at the top of the page. We're hoping to make it clear to visitors unfamiliar with the wiki concept (which is most of them) that this is a community-edited project.

February 19, 2001

We have now upgraded to version 0.91 of the UseModWiki Wiki software. This will allow us to have Free Links!

Also -- Google has found us! Only a few hits so far..

February 12, 2001

I think we are over 1000 pages now. If we create 1000 pages a month, we will be able to hit 100,000 pages in only 8 years. However, I think that as we grow, we will attract more people to work on the pages, and we'll end up growing faster and faster.

So far, the search engines have not found us. --Jimbo Wales

February 8, 2001

We're up to 900 pages as of this morning!

There are whispers that the newest version of the software that runs Wikipedia will soon arrive. This means no longer will we have to indicate links LikeThis. has put up a link to Wikipedia, has taken theirs down (from the main page) but put up a new one in the member area which supplements the one already on the about page.

February 5, 2001

TimShell is working on an enormous "Cliff Notes"-style summary of Ayn Rand's book AtlasShrugged. We have also been graced with an enormous entry about Ernest Hemingway.

We've added some rules to consider for you to consider, sign, modify, and add to. But those of you who don't like rules can go about your business. Ain't wiki great?  :-)

February 1, 2001

TimShell found this cool image file:

I uploaded it to the server. I suspect we should resave it as a different file type.

I have also uploaded Larrys Text to the server, so now Wikipedia has a veritable boatload of philosophical content. Now all we have to do is wikify it and remove the bullshit. :-) -- Larry Sanger