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Wikipedia goes mega

Millionth English-language entry posted

The English version of Wikipedia now contains more than one million articles, according to the Wikimedia Foundation, the group behind the free online encyclopedia.

Wikipedia is comprised of articles largely written by a community of users. Any visitor can contribute an article or modify an existing one on the website. There are currently versions of Wikipedia in 125 languages, containing a total of 3.3 million articles, the Wikimedia Foundation said.

The millionth article, which is about the Jordanhill railway station in Scotland, was created on 1 March by Ewan Macdonald, a Wikipedia contributor who also goes by the name Nach0king.

"While I am, of course, delighted at being the one to hit this milestone, I must confess that along with many others I timed my contributions tonight to give me a chance at being the lucky one," Macdonald wrote on his Wikipedia homepage.

After crossing the million-article mark, the English version of Wikipedia continues to grow, adding an estimated 1,700 new articles every day, according to the Wikimedia Foundation.


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