French Wikipedia

This page is a descriptive article on the French Wikipedia, feel free to add any content.


Started: March 2001

Current size: 2,342,495 articles

Total edits: 183,928,753

Active editors: 18,054 in the past month

Areas of strength :

  • Number of articles
  • Quality of articles on particular topics (Ancient Greece)

Areas of weakness :

  • General quality of articles
  • Strength of community
  • Contributors origin : very few contributors from French-speaking countries outside France/Quebec/Switzerland/Belgium (very few Africans except a few Tunisians).

What other prominent encyclopedias exist in this language (print, electronic, online)?

Prominent milestones/eventsEdit

  • TK

What has its impact been?

  • TK


What language features are challenging?

  • Diacritics usage in text
  • Punctuation usage in wikilinks
  • French quotes for citations
  • Applying rules to document titles (write Le Petit Prince, not Le petit prince for instance)

What would surprise the outside reader about the community?

  • TK

What are some unique practices/characteristics?

  • TK

Who were the earliest participants, who started it?

  • TK

Other prominent Wikipedians?

  • Anthere, President of the Wikimedia Foundation


First test made by Toira on 25/02/07Edit

Using alt-shift-x (to display a random page) 30 times I got:

  • 09 articles with decent content. [30%]
  • 12 stub or stub-alike article (3 lines on average).
  • 06 bot generated articles (towns). [20%]
  • 03 list pages. [10%]

Fork fearsEdit