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The English Wikipedia is, with the Simple English Wikipedia, one of two English-language editions of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. It was founded on January 15, 2001, as Wikipedia's first edition, and, as of January 28, 2023, has the most articles of any edition, at 6,609,061. 
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Wikipedia [note 3] is a multilingual free online encyclopedia written and maintained by a community of volunteers, known as Wikipedians, through open collaboration and using a wiki -based editing system. Wikipedia is the largest and most-read reference work in history. 
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Wikipedia's main contents systems are arranged into these subject classifications. Each subject is further divided into subtopics.
Overview articles summarize in prose a broad topic like biology, and also have illustrations and links to subtopics like cell biology, biographies like Carl Linnaeus, and other related articles like Human Genome Project. 1. Wikipedia:Contents/Overviewslists overview articles from covered fields in a single page.
Outline pages have trees of topics in an outline format, which in turn are linked to further outlines and articles providing more detail. Outlines show how important subtopics relate to each other based on how they are arranged in the tree, and they are useful as a more condensed, non-prose alternative to overview articles. 1. Wikipedia:Contents/Outlinesis a comprehensive list of "Outline of __" pages, organized by subject. It is itself an outline, that links (almost) exclusively to other out...
List pages enumerate items of a particular type, such as the List of sovereign states or List of South Africans. Wikipedia has "lists of lists" when there are too many items to fit on a single page, when the items can be sorted in different ways, or as a way of navigating lists on a topic (for example Lists of countries and territoriesor Lists of people). There are several ways to find lists: 1. Wikipedia:Contents/Lists– A limited single-page collection of lists and lists of lists 2. List of...
Vital articles are lists of subjects for which the English Wikipedia should have corresponding high-quality articles. They serve as centralized watchliststo track the quality status of Wikipedia's most important articles and to give editors guidance on which articles to prioritize for improvement. 1. Vital articles level 1– 10 most important articles 2. Vital articles level 2– 100 most important articles 3. Vital articles level 3– 1,000 most important articles 4. Vital articles level 4– 10,00...
Featured contentrepresents the best of Wikipedia, and has undergone a thorough review process to ensure that it meets the highest encyclopedic standards. Presented by type:
Good articles are articles that meet a core set of editorial standards, the good article criteria, and successfully pass through the good article nomination process. They are well written, contain factually accurate and verifiable information, are broad in coverage, neutral in point of view, stable, and illustrated, where possible, by relevant images with suitable copyright licenses.
Growing collections of Wikipedia articles are starting to become available as spoken word recordings as well. 1. Category:Spoken articles– an organized list of all spoken articles 2. Wikipedia:Spoken articles– some general information about the spoken article technology
Wikipedia's alphabetical article indexes 1. Special:Allpageslists all of the current pages in Wikipedia. 2. Wikipedia:Contents/A–Z indexprovides an easy way to skip to a particular part of the alphabet in the list of all articles. 3. Lists of alphabetical indexes 3.1. Category:Wikipedia indexes– alphabetical list of topic indexes 3.2. Wikipedia:Con...
These pages can help people learn English. You can also use them to make a new Wikipedia to help other people. Simple does not mean short. Writing in Simple English means that simple words are used. It does not mean readers want basic information. Articles do not have to be short to be simple; expand articles, add details, but use basic vocabulary.
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