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'''Wikipedia''' is a '''[[free content|free-content]] [[encyclopedia]]''', written [[Collaborative writing|collaboratively]] by people from all around the world. The site is a [[wiki]], which means that ''anyone'' can edit entries simply by clicking on the '' edit this page'' link.
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Philosopedia commenced in October 2005. Its logo was trademarked by Warren Allen Smith in January 2006. It started with the posting of his ''Who's Who in Hell, A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists, and Non-Theists'' (NY: Barricade Books, 2000, $125.00), in which over 10,000 terms and names are listed.Its mission includes the goal of providing a site for the philosophy-minded as well as professional philosophers to post up-to-date academic information.  
''[[Wikipedia]]'' is a [[trademark]] of the [[Wikimedia|Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.]]
 
  
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'''For help topics, questions and contact information, see [[Help:Contents]].'''
 
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== Wikipedia  history ==
 
{{details|History of Wikipedia}}
 
  
==Wikipedia statistics ==
 
{{details|Wikipedia:Statistics}}
 
There are [http://en.wikipedia.org/wikistats/EN/TablesWikipediansEditsGt5.htm 13,000 active contributors] working on over [http://en.wikipedia.org/wikistats/EN/TablesArticlesTotal.htm 1,800,000 articles] in more than [http://en.wikipedia.org/wikistats/EN/Sitemap.htm 100 languages]. As of today, there are {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} articles in [[English language|English]]; every day [http://www.wikipedia.org/wikistats/EN/TablesUsageVisits.htm hundreds of thousands] of visitors from around the world make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles to enhance the amount of knowledge held by the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Visitors do not need any special qualifications to contribute, and people of all ages help to [[Wikipedia:Who writes Wikipedia|write Wikipedia articles]].
 
  
All the text in Wikipedia, and most of the images and other content, is covered by the [[GNU Free Documentation License]] (GFDL). Contributions remain the property of their creators, while the GFDL license ensures the content will remain freely distributable and reproducible (see the [[Wikipedia:Copyrights|copyright notice]] and the [[Wikipedia:Content disclaimer|content disclaimer]] for more information).
 
  
== Exploring Wikipedia ==
 
 
Many visitors come to this site to acquire knowledge. The second reason is to share knowledge. In fact, at this very instant, several articles are being improved. You can view the changes at the [[Special:Recentchanges|Recent changes]] page. [[Special:Newpages|New articles]] are also being recorded. Many different kinds of people help to [[Wikipedia:Who writes Wikipedia|write Wikipedia articles]].
 
  
Wikipedia also has a lot of [[Wikipedia:WikiProject|projects]]. The hope of any contributor is to provide useful and accurate information to others, and the projects help coordinate efforts. Most articles start as [[stub]]s, but after many contributions, they can become [[Wikipedia:Featured articles|featured articles]].
 
  
If you are searching for free information about a subject you can't find in Wikipedia, you may want to [[requested articles|request articles]] or ask a question on the [[Wikipedia:Reference desk|reference desk]]. You can also decide to view [[Special:Randompage|a random article]].
 
  
== Contributing to Wikipedia == 
 
 
Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia by clicking on the ''Edit this page'' tab in an article. Before begining to contribute however, you should check out some handy helping tools such as the [[Wikipedia:Tutorial|tutorial]] and the [[Wikipedia:policies and guidelines|policies and guidelines]], as well as [[Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers|our welcome page]].
 
  
== Behind Wikipedia ==
 
  
Wikipedia uses the [[Wikipedia:MediaWiki|MediaWiki]] software. It's an [[open-source]] program that is used on all [[WikiMedia]] projects.
 
  
The hardware supporting the various projects is based on almost 100 servers hosted in various hosting centers around the world. Full descriptions of the various servers are available on [[m:Wikimedia_servers|this meta page]].
 
  
For technical information about Wikipedia, you can check [[Wikipedia:Technical_FAQ|Technical FAQs]].
 
  
== How to contact project members == 
 
 
If you need more information, the first place to go is the [[Help:Contents]]. To contact individual contributors, leave a message on their [[Wikipedia:Talk page|talk page]]. Standard places to ask policy and project-related questions are the [[Wikipedia:Village pump|village pump]], online, and the [[Wikipedia:mailing lists|Wikipedia mailing lists]], over e-mail. You can also reach other [[Wikipedia:Wikipedians|Wikipedians]] via [[Wikipedia:IRC channels|IRC]] and [[Wikipedia:Instant Messaging Wikipedians|instant messenger]]. 
 
 
There is also a [[m:|'''meta'''-Wikipedia]], a site for coordinating the various Wikipedia projects (and abstract discussions of policy and direction), and there are many different places for submitting [[Wikipedia:Bug reports|bug reports and feature requests]].
 
  
For a full list of contact options, see: [[Wikipedia:Contact us]].
 
  
== Opinions and objections == 
 
Many people love to explore or contribute to Wikipedia. There are articles on the [[Wikipedia:Why Wikipedia is so great|strengths of Wikipedia]], [[Wikipedia:Replies to common objections|replies to common objections]] and others.
 
  
== Versions found in other languages ==
 
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Latest revision as of 01:26, 25 May 2006

Philosopedia commenced in October 2005. Its logo was trademarked by Warren Allen Smith in January 2006. It started with the posting of his Who's Who in Hell, A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists, and Non-Theists (NY: Barricade Books, 2000, $125.00), in which over 10,000 terms and names are listed.Its mission includes the goal of providing a site for the philosophy-minded as well as professional philosophers to post up-to-date academic information.