We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Wikipedia, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the wildly popular source of information that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: There’s a Dirty History Behind ‘Sanitizing Reviews’
The process of “sanitizing reviews” involves a company’s employees paying people to edit articles to portray clients in a favorable way. Two of Wikipedia’s employees (now likely ex-employees) reportedly used to do this.
Number Seven: One of Wikipedia’s Co-Founders Left the Company Because He Didn’t Find it Credible Enough
In 2002, Larry Sanger, an original co-founder of the website, left the company. He said he left because he didn’t think it was credible enough anymore and there were too many trolls overtaking the site.
Number Six: At One Point, 1,800 New Articles Were Being Created Every Day
It’s true! Up to 1,800 new articles were being written on Wikipedia every single day in 2006. Now there are about 800 written every day.
Number Five: The CIA Edited Its Own Page
And they got caught! The NSA did the same thing.
Number Four: Many Congressman Have Been Caught Trying to Make Themselves Look More Favorable
It’s no secret that the website is one of the largest sources of basic information, and it has many visitors every day. In 2006, some congressmen decided to try and make themselves look better than they actually were by editing their own Wikipedia pages. They were subsequently caught through IP address tracking.
Number Three: It Wasn’t Always Wikipedia
In fact, it started as Nupedia. Nupedia was much more formal than Wikipedia in terms of editing and no longer exists.
Number Two: And It Wasn’t Always a ‘Dot Org’
It was a “dot com” until its co-founders decided to make its status as a non-profit abundantly clear. After the Spanish version seceded after ad-related concerns, the website became a “dog org.”
Number One: More Than 162 Million People Tried to Use It During the Blackout
The blackout on the site occurred in 2012 as a way to protest SOPA and PIPA. During the blackout, a whopping 162 million people attempted to use the site. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Wikipedia!