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Wikipedia has turned ten. The online encyclopaedia continues to grow, with more than 3.5 million articles in English alone and an astounding 17.6 million articles all together.
As well as speaking to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, we interviewed some local Wikipedia editors. It is these sometimes nameless and usually faceless volunteers who keep Wikipedia running, Wales’s “rag-tag band of volunteers”. Some are also the source of articles that make Wikipedia a devil for procrastination.
It is editors like these who take the time to author and maintain pages on subjects that an ordinary encyclopaedia would probably overlook, or at best only mention briefly.
It is hyper-local entries, like details of villages in Somerset, or specialist ones like the chequered successes of 60s pop bands that provide us with reference information we simply couldn't have imagined ten years ago.