By January 2004, fewer than 50% were English, and this internationalization has continued to increase as the encyclopedia grows.
", but this edit may have been to an old version of Wikipedia which soon after was scrapped and replaced by a restart; Between these relatively rapid influxes of traffic, there had been a steady stream of traffic from other sources, especially Google, which alone sent hundreds of new visitors to the site every day.
Its first major mainstream media coverage was in the New York Times on Thursday 20 September 2001.
As to Nupedia's use of a wiki, this is the ULTIMATE "open" and simple format for developing content.
We have occasionally bandied about ideas for simpler, more open projects to either replace or supplement Nupedia.
At the end of that year, when international statistics first began to be logged, Afrikaans, Norwegian, and Serbian versions were announced.
In January 2002, 90% of all Wikipedia articles were in English.
On Friday 30 August 2002, the article count reached 40,000.
Wikipedia's earliest edits were long believed lost, since the original Use Mod Wiki software deleted old data after about a month.
It seems to me wikis can be implemented practically instantly, need very little maintenance, and in general are very low-risk.
They're also a potentially great source for content.
This characteristic was in stark contrast to contemporary digital encyclopedias such as Microsoft Encarta, Encyclopædia Britannica, and even Bomis's Nupedia, which was Wikipedia's direct predecessor.