Type of site
|Owner||Wikimedia Foundation (non-profit)|
|Alexa rank||Persian: 1 (January 2017)|
|Registration||Optional (required only for certain tasks such as editing protected pages, creating pages or uploading files)|
|Users||432,381 (total registered, as of 28 August 2014)|
|Launched||December 19, 2003|
|Creative Commons Attribution/
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The Persian Wikipedia (Persian: ویکیپدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد, Romanized as Wikipediā, Dānešnāme-ye Āzād / "Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia") is the Persian language version of Wikipedia, pronounced "Wikipedia (Wikipediā)". The Persian version of Wikipedia was started in December 2003. It passed 1,000 articles on December 16, 2004 and 200,000 articles on July 10, 2012.
Number of articles
In January 2013, close to 50,000 new articles were added within a month. A few days later, on 19 February 2013, the Persian Wikipedia reached 300,000 articles, ranking it 18th among all Wikipedias based on number of articles.
This edition of Wikipedia now contains 528,717 articles.
History of articles number:
- 19 December 2003, started
- 30 October 2008, reached 50,000 articles
- 25 August 2010, reached 100,000 articles
- 9 July 2012, reached 200,000 articles
- 19 February 2013, reached 300,000 articles
- 18 July 2014, reached 400,000 articles
- 27 July 2016, reached 500,000 articles
In a November 2013 report published by the Center for Global Communication Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, researchers Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri scanned 800,000 Persian language Wikipedia articles and found that the Iranian government blocks 963 of these pages. According to the authors, "Censors repeatedly targeted Wikipedia pages about government rivals, minority religious beliefs, and criticisms of the state, officials, and the police. Just under half of the blocked Wiki-pages are biographies, including pages about individuals the authorities have allegedly detained or killed." Anderson said that Persian Wikipedia, as a microcosm of the Iranian internet, is a "useful place to uncover the types of online content forbidden and an excellent template to identify keyword blocking themes and filtering rules that apply across the greater internet."
Persian Wikipedia's 300,000 article logo (19 February 2013)
Persian Wikipedia's 400,000 article logo (18 July 2014)
Persian Wikipedia's Nowruz logo (21 March 2015)
Persian Wikipedia's 500,000 article logo (27 July 2016)
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