The encyclopedia anyone can edit.
- Alexa Rank: 8
- Compete Rank: 6
- Known For: "The sum of all human knowledge"
Wikipedia (sometimes called "That Other Wiki", or "TOW" by other wikis (like TV Tropes) is an immensely popular MediaWiki based internet encyclopedia. Wikipedia is heralded as "the free encyclopedia", as it benefits from free labor, just like any other wiki. While a valiant, though unrealistic, goal, Wikipedia has become known for pointless edit wars, and occasional serious inaccuracy (particularly in articles on politics and current events).
Wikipedia was founded in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, although Wales has disputed Sanger's role in the founding of the site. "TOW" was originally a sub-project of the "Nupedia", developed by Jim Wales' pornographic website "Bomis." "Bomis" was known at the time for their "Babe of the Day" feature...Jim Wales has a history of pornographic web ventures. Speaking of images which may not be work safe, you can even find quite a few explicit images on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites today. After the start of the English Wikipedia, other language editions followed.
Wikipedia is a widely used reference since sources and accuracy have become less important. It consistently appears in Alexa's top ten most popular sites, and is often a top result returned by Google and Yahoo. A good portion of Wikipedia's contributors are vandals.
- Originally, Wikipedia was created to hold rough drafts for articles on Nupedia.
- Wikipedia is powered by MediaWiki.
- Wikipedia won the 2004 Webby Award for "Best Community".
A vandal inserts Weegee
Believe it or not, there are actually people who care about this kind of stuff.