Many former Bomis employees later contributed content to the encyclopedia: notably Tim Shell, co-founder and later CEO of Bomis, and programmer Jason Richey.
Wales stated in December 2008 that he made Wikipedia's first edit, a test edit with the text "Hello, World!
", but this edit may have been to an old version of Wikipedia which soon after was scrapped and replaced by a restart; Between these relatively rapid influxes of traffic, there had been a steady stream of traffic from other sources, especially Google, which alone sent hundreds of new visitors to the site every day.
Its first major mainstream media coverage was in the New York Times on Thursday 20 September 2001.
On Tuesday 14 December 2010, developer Tim Starling found backups on Source Forge containing every change made to Wikipedia from its creation in January 2001 to 17 August 2001.
For more information see Wikipedia: Wikipedia's oldest articles.
Initially, Wikipedia was intended to complement Nupedia, an online encyclopedia project edited solely by experts, by providing additional draft articles and ideas for it.
In practice, Wikipedia quickly overtook Nupedia, becoming a global project in multiple languages and inspiring a wide range of other online reference projects.
Wikipedia's earliest edits were long believed lost, since the original Use Mod Wiki software deleted old data after about a month.
The English edition of Wikipedia has grown to 5,507,692 articles, equivalent to over 2,500 print volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica.
Including all language editions, Wikipedia has over 45 million articles, Crucially, Stallman's concept specifically included the idea that no central organization should control editing.
Early in Wikipedia's development, it began to expand internationally, with the creation of new namespaces, each with a distinct set of usernames.
The first subdomain created for a non-English Wikipedia was deutsche.(created on Friday 16 March 2001, UTC), notifying users of an upcoming roll-out of Wikipedias for all major languages, the establishment of core standards, and a push for the translation of core pages for the new wikis.