Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. Based on an idea by Daniel Alston and implemented by Brion Vibber, the goal of the project which began as an outgrowth to Wikipedia Famous Quotations is to produce collaboratively a vast reference of quotations from prominent people, books, films, proverbs, etc. and to be as proper as possible in regard to the details of the quotations and also providing the appropriate human reference of the quotation. Though there are many online collections of quotations, Wikiquote is distinguished by being among the few that provide an opportunity for visitors to contribute. Wikiquote pages are cross-linked to articles about the notable personalities on Wikipedia.
Type of site
|Created by||Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Community|
|Launched||July 10, 2003|
|4,431 (August 2015[update])|
|Temporarily put on the Wolof language Wikipedia (wo.wikipedia.com).|
|Own subdomain created (quote.wikipedia.org).|
|Own domain created (wikiquote.org).|
|New languages added.|
|English edition reaches 2,000 pages.|
|Reaches 24 languages.|
|Reaches 10,000 pages in total. English edition has close to 3,000 pages.|
|Reaches 34 languages, including one classical (Latin) and one artificial (Esperanto)|
|English Wikiquote reaches 5,000 pages.|
|French Wikiquote taken down for legal reasons.|
|French Wikiquote restarted.|
|English Wikiquote reaches 10,000 pages.|
|Reaches 40 languages.|
|Reaches a total of 100,000 articles among all languages.|
In July 2004, about 70 subdomains were set up. As of 28 November 2010, twenty-five versions each have more than 1,000 articles. The largest Wikiquote is the Polish project with over 22,600 articles, followed by the English, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian sites with over 5,000 articles each, and then by the Slovak, Spanish, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Turkish, Slovenian and French (which was restarted in December 2006, after being taken down for legal reasons). Fifty-three language versions have 100 or more articles.
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- DeVinney, Gemma (18 January 2007). "Wikiquote: Another source for quotes on the Web". UB Reporter. University of Buffalo. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
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- "Wikiquote Statistics". Wikipedia:Meta. Retrieved 29 November 2010.