is a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia
project. Wikipedia is written collaboratively
by volunteers; with rare exceptions, its articles
can be edited by anyone with access to the Web
site. The name is a portmanteau of the words wiki
(a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia.
Its primary servers are in Tampa, Florida, with
additional servers in Amsterdam and Seoul.
was launched as the English Wikipedia on January
15, 2001, as a complement to Nupedia, an expert-written
and now defunct encyclopedia. The project is now
operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit
organization created by Jimmy Wales, and has over
six million articles in 250 languages, including
1.6 million in the English edition. Wikipedia
has steadily risen in popularity since its inception
and currently ranks among the twelve most-visited
reliability and accuracy have been questioned.
The site has also been criticized for its susceptibility
to vandalism, uneven quality, systemic bias and
inconsistencies, and for favouring consensus over
credentials in its editorial process. Wikipedia's
content policies and sub-projects set up by contributors
seek to address these concerns. Scholarly studies
have concluded that vandalism is generally short-lived,
and that Wikipedia is roughly as accurate as other
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