This week we watched our projects hit two big milestones.  Russian Wikipedia has just slipped past the 500,000 article mark.  It continues to remain in the top ten largest Wikipedia.  Wikinews has a short write-up on the achievement, and thankfully explains why Russian Wikipedians are celebrating the milestone with… a lemon (or half a lemon).

Also this week we saw the cumulative total for all Wikipedia articles, across all languages, cross the astonishing 15,000,000 mark.  You can see the live-updated data on the volunteer-created Wikistats page (bookmark for frequent statistical wonderment and of course Erik Zachte’s essential-reading, stats.wikimedia.org). For the last few months we were excited to say we had broken 14,000,000.  Just when we got this number in our heads, another million articles flood in.

Both are incredible achievements, demonstrating the continuing and sustained growth of our projects across hundreds of languages.  Congratulations to all of the project contributors.

Jay Walsh, Communications