Started: March 2001
Current size: 2,616,247 articles
Total edits: 214,322,989
Active editors: 17,473 in the past month
- Areas of strength
- General article quality
- Several cooperations with third parties regarding e.g. Persondata (German national library) or CD-/DVD-production (Directmedia)
- High grade of face-to-face contacts by means of regular meetings (so called “Stammtische”)
- Creativity in inventing new ways of quality enhancement e.g. writing contests (“Schreibwettbewerb”), concepts as featured (“exzellente”) and good (“lesenswerte”) articles or events as “Wikipedia Academy” (involvement of experts)
BD:shorthand alias for "User_talk:" ("Benutzer_Diskussion:") namespace.
- Areas of weakness
- Still a low amount of animations and sounds.
- Who is the competition (print, online)?
- The general PR talking points are that we don't see them as competitors as they could take our content and sell it under the CC/GFDL terms. Competitors to those companies would be other companies that are using wikipedia content to build up products (like Directmedia publishing)
- Bibliographisches Institut & F.A. Brockhaus (Brockhaus, Meyers) (online, physical electronic product, print)
- Encarta (physical electronic product and online)
- Bertelsmann (online, physical electronic product, print)
- first meetup in Munich on 28th October 2003 in Munich
- 100.000 articles in June 2004 on the very same "Wikipedia day" when Jimmy Wales was in Berlin and the german association "Wikimedia Germany" was founded.
- first Wikipedia CD October 2004 published by en:Directmedia_Publishing
- first Wikipedia DVD April 2005 published by Directmedia_Publishing
- first Wikimania conference in Frankfurt in August
- 500.000 articles in November 2006
- 1.000.000 articles in December 2009
- Media Viewer superprotect incident (2014)
What has its impact been?
What language features are challenging?
- German Grammar changes combined nouns so that a [[term]]genitivesuffix does not always work.
- Example: Das Bibliographische Institut (nominative).
- Des Bibliographischen Instituts (genitive).
- Not challenging per se, but the square and curly bracket characters on standard German keyboard need to be inserted using a special key combination using the Alt key. On Mac keyboards, they are not even shown on the key caps.
What would surprise the outside reader about the community?
- its radical attitude towards deletion (see controversy about the deletion of Linux distribution in the German press April 2007)
What are some unique practices/characteristics?
- Current events articles are highly discouraged.
- Stubs (short articles) are not marked as such, as it is considered pointless.
- More immediatism than on the English Wikipedia. For example, there exist no equivalents to the "" tag and its sisters, and only sleek and minimalistic article notice boxes like de:Vorlage:Belege fehlen instaed of prominent ones like en:Template:Unreferenced and en:Template:Multiple_issues as used on the English Wikipedia.
- Users are banned by public vote. An arbitration committee like the one on en.wp was approved by the community in April 2007.
- The "rollback" tool is not granted through a standalone user right but included in the
editor("active sighter") user right.
- The new protection level "active sighters only" between "semi-protection" and "administrators only" was introduced in April 2015. It is reminiscent of the extended autoconfirmed protection level introduced a year later on the English Wikipedia.
- No use of padlock icons to indicate page protection like on the English and French Wikipedias.
Who were the earliest participants, who started it?
- Kurt Jansson (now Vice Chair of Wikimedia Deutschland), Magnus Manske (MediaWiki developer)
Other prominent Wikipedians?
- Achim Raschka (initiator of the writing contest), Southpark, Bdk, Henriette Fiebig, Ulrich Fuchs (ex-Wikipedian, founder of fork Wikiweise), Hans Bug (most prominent banned user)
Using alt-shift-x (to display a random page) 20 times I got:
- 19 articles with decent content. [95%]
- 1 "small" article (10 lines). [5%]