Beate Eriksen, a Norwegian film-maker and actress, can add another unique claim to her personal history. Today her newly-minted English Wikipedia article was counted as the three-millionth article created on Wikipedia. The article was created by user:Lampman at 04:04 UTC, August 17, 2009. Barnstars (a form of digital recognition bestowed by Wikipedians to Wikipedians) have been flowing in for Lampman since the achievement was announced.
Since its creation the article has already been edited 48 times to include several info boxes, references, and categorization.
English Wikipedia still holds the title for most articles over any other language edition of Wikipedia, but others are seeing impressive growth. German Wikipedia will shortly push through its first 1,000,000 articles and French won’t be far behind. Currently at just over 13.7 million articles in all languages, we expect to reach 14,000,000 before the end of 2009. Our stats guru Erik Zachte maintains dozens of stats queries in one place that illustrate the growth of projects, trends in editing and participation, and analyses of our traffic.
Congrats to the thousands of Wikipedians who have contributed their time, edit by edit (roughly 326,832,295 since day one), over the past eight years to help English Wikipedia reach this incredible milestone. Your work has made the web more amazing for hundreds of millions of users around the world. Thank you!
Jay Walsh, Communications