Wikipedia:Wikipedia records

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This page details various records of Wikipedia and is constantly updated as legitimate records are added by various users.


Oldest pages in each namespace[edit]

These revisions are mostly found through database queries (linked to from their dates).

First Main Page section appearances[edit]

Wikipedia's first picture of the day
Wikipedia's first picture of the day featured the Virgin River Narrows, a 16-mile long slot canyon in Utah. Featured in a 2010 National Geographic list of the 100 best American adventure trips,[1] it is one of the most rewarding hikes in the world.
Section Title Date
Main Page "This is the new WikiPedia!"[bk] 15 January 2001
In the news September 11 attacks[f]
Dudley Moore[f] (Recent deaths)
2019–20 coronavirus pandemic (Special header)
11 September 2001[bl]
27 March 2002[bm] (Recent deaths)
16 March 2020 to 29 January 2021 (Special header)
On this day Various articles 21 October 2002
Today's featured article Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 22 February 2004
Did you know Pencil sharpener 22 February 2004
Picture of the day Virgin River Narrows 14 May 2004
Today's featured list List of signs and symptoms of diving disorders 13 June 2011[bn]


Talk pages[edit]

These are current as of 13 August 2023. Those who are interested in updating them can use special searches to find more: simply change the search to the appropriate namespace and change the archive number to one more than the numbers listed here. If you find anything, keep going up until you stop finding more, and then that's the new record. There are no pages with archives in the TimedText talk, Gadget talk, or Gadget definition talk namespaces.
  • Longest talk page thread: unknown


The most viewed pages of Wikipedia before 2007 remain unknown, though the multiyear ranking of most viewed pages gives views for top 100 pages since 2007.

Cumulative views[edit]

Single-day views[edit]

Typically, the most visited page on a single day is the Main Page. From 21 July to 16 August 2016, the page averaged 58,900,479 views per day, far more views than any other page.


Title length[edit]

Articles with the longest titles[edit]

The MediaWiki software limits the length of page titles to 255 bytes, thus some titles that would be longer than the ones in the list below are not included. For instance, the full title of When the Pawn... would be 445 bytes.

Articles with the shortest titles[edit]


Record Page Number As of Note
Page linked to by most other pages Wikipedia:Sandbox 7,071,286 10 January 2022 [ch]
Article in main namespace with most inbound links Network address translation‏‎ 2,355,236 10 January 2021 [ci]
Article or redirect linked to by most other articles ISBN (identifier) 1,317,388 links 10 January 2022 [cj]
Article linked to by most other articles in their own source text (not via templates) United States 379,117 links 10 January 2022 [ck]
Most distinct outgoing links[cl] (list or list-like article) Index of Singapore-related articles 12,289 12 April 2021 [cm]
Most distinct outgoing links[cl] (not a list or list-like article) Classical Hollywood cinema 4,191 12 April 2021 [cm]
Article in most categories Third Geneva Convention 242[cn] 23 January 2023 [co]
Article in most categories (including hidden categories) List of Wikipedias‏‎ 323 23 January 2023
Non-convention article in most categories Alfred North Whitehead 199 18 September 2022
Most external links in one article[f] List of MeSH codes (D02) 2,541 5 February 2021
Longest-lasting red link on Wikipedia Nourredine Boudiafi and Chaabane Younes on Portal:Current events/2005 January 4 Created 25 September 2005 28 December 2021
Longest lasting red link in an article Islamic Armed Movement on Abdelhak Layada Created 28 June 2006 Removed 26 April 2022

Re Added after page created on 28 April 2023

Image linked on most pages File:Information.svg 4,619,635 5 February 2021


  • Article with the most redirects: Hangul (7130 Redirects)

Disambiguation pages[edit]

Disambiguation pages with the most "may refer to" entries[cp][cq]
Page Entries
St. Mary's Church 782
Aliabad 522
Hoseynabad 501
Communist Party (disambiguation) 331
Hasanabad 310

Consensus participation[edit]

Requests for adminship/bureaucratship[edit]

  • Latest unopposed request for adminship (RfA): DanCherek on 9 August 2022 (281 votes)
  • Latest unanimous (no opposes or neutrals) RfA: Z1720 on 29 August 2022 (194 votes)
  • Most !votes on an RfA: Tamzin in May 2022 (468 !votes)
  • Most !votes on an RfB: Juliancolton in July 2009 (302 !votes)
  • Largest successful RfA: Tamzin in May 2022 (482,907 bytes)
  • Smallest successful RfA: Marumari in August 2003 (196 bytes)
  • First RfA with its own subpage: TheCustomOfLife in August 2004 (retroactively saved to a subpage on November 25)
  • First RfA started on its own subpage: Chmod007, on 16 September 2004


  • Longest-running VfD with participation: WikidPad, from 12 January 2005 to 26 July 2020 (15 years, 196 days)
  • Longest-running AfD: Disposal orbit, from 3 January 2006 to 8 July 2022 (16 years, 186 days)
  • Slowest speedy delete: Brent's T.V., nominated on 2 January 2006 and closed "speedy delete" on 7 July 2022 (16 years, 186 days)


  • First daily deletion logpage: 25 December 2004 (to which 22 debates were automatically transcluded on 29 December).
  • Most AfDs in a single AfD daily logpage: 251, on 19 December 2005 (the second highest number, 238, was on the day before).
  • Fewest AfDs in a single AfD daily logpage:[cx] 0, on 22 February 2005, the "Stolen Day" in which server issues prevented the logpage from being filled.

By month[edit]

All AfD outcomes from 2005 to 2020, stacked

The following information is drawn from User:JPxG/Oracle/All, and only cover AfD nominations after the August 2005 format switch (prior to which deletions were processed at WP:VfD).

  • Keepiest month: February 2014, 35.3% (1,619 AfDs, of which 517 closed "keep", "speedy keep", or "no consensus").
  • Deletiest month: April 2017, 76.9% (2,242 AfDs, of which 1,724 closed "delete", "speedy delete", or "redirect").
  • Mergiest month: October 2013, 17.33% (1,402 AfDs, of which 243 closed "merge" or "redirect").
  • Least mergy month: July 2006, 4.11% (5,011 AfDs, of which 206 closed "merge" or "redirect").
  • Transwikiest month: April 2006, 0.57% (3,847 AfDs, of which 22 closed "transwiki").
  • Speediest month: November 2006, 15.08% (3,528 AfDs, of which 532 closed "speedy keep" or "speedy delete").
  • Most indecisive month: February 2014, 14.60% (1,619 AfDs, of which 236 closed "no consensus" or "withdraw").

Individual discussions[edit]

  • Most !votes in a non-batched AfD: 293, on Brian Chase (Wikipedia hoaxer) (December 2005). In total there were 146 "keep"s, 46 "delete"s, and 124 "merge"s. While the discussion was closed as "keep", for some time afterwards the page oscillated between being an article and a redirect in an edit war whose distinguished participants included Jimbo Wales. It is currently (as of 2021) a redirect.
  • Most "keep" votes in a VfD: 226, on Flying Spaghetti Monster (August 2005). In total there were 238 votes, including 9 "delete"s, 3 "merge"s, and 1 "moo".
  • Most "delete" !votes in a non-batched AfD: 113, on Emily J. Hilscher (April 2007). In total there were 218 !votes.
  • Most "redirect" !votes in an AfD: 48, on K-Love Fan Awards (June 2021). There were 69 !votes in total.
  • Most "transwiki" !votes in an AfD: 15, tied between:
  • Most "userfy" !votes in an AfD: 9, tied between:



Oldest existing files on Commons by format, including those imported after Commons was founded in 2004[dc]
Format File Date created
PNG Wikipedia grey square.png 10 October 2002
JPEG SesshuAmanohashidate.jpg 21 February 2003
MIDI Piano Concerto No. 5 (E flat Major) - Movement 2 - Adagio un poco mosso.mid 2 May 2004
WAV Sgeoct.wav 16 September 2004
OGG Nl-Duits.ogg 27 September 2004
X-XCF Map of Italy.xcf 14 November 2004
OGV Lsf exo chiffres abc.ogv 16 November 2004
PDF Odell Hardware Company.pdf 30 January 2005
SVG+XML Tectonic plates.svg 10 September 2005
VND.DJVU Drei Register Arithmetischer ahnfeng zur Practic.djvu 24 June 2006
TIFF Aries and Musca Borealis2.tif 16 March 2009
WEBM 2012-07-18 Market Street - San Francisco.webm 7 November 2012
X-FLAC Wahwah.flac 8 July 2013
WEBP Webp-minilogo.webp 12 January 2017
MPEG Chopin - Waltz in E minor, B 56.mp3 30 November 2017
STL Goat5k.stl 1 January 2018


Blink and you'll miss it: Transparent_26Bytes.gif, the smallest image on the project.


Categories and templates[edit]





Article number Title Date created
100,000 Hastings, New Zealand 21 January 2003
500,000 Forced settlements in the Soviet Union[dl] 17 March 2005
1,000,000 Jordanhill railway station 1 March 2006
2,000,000 El Hormiguero 9 September 2007
3,000,000 Beate Eriksen 17 August 2009
4,000,000 Ezbet El Borg 13 July 2012
5,000,000 Persoonia terminalis 1 November 2015
6,000,000 Maria Elise Turner Lauder 23 January 2020
6,666,666 SatanCon 9 June 2023‎


User number User Date registered
100,000 Wakmah
1,000,000 Jchriscampbell 27 February 2006
10,000,000 Simeon Stylites 27 June 2009

High-use pages[edit]

Database reports[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e This capitalization is correct, as in the early days the last letter of one-word article titles was always capitalized.
  2. ^ Confirmed by Wikipedia's January–August 2001 logs. According to the file diff_log.txt, the first editor was, followed by, both domain names. ScottMoonen was likely the third user to edit Wikipedia, but is the first one with a username.
  3. ^ The 21:16, 16 January 2001 revision was the first time the edit summary was used on Wikipedia.
  4. ^ Users with ID number 0 are reserved for IP addresses.
  5. ^ UseModWiki had ID numbers of its own, but those appear to have been internally inconsistent and are disregarded by MediaWiki. The lowest ID number found in the Starling logs is 111, which is shared between several domain names that do not appear to have been related.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Unconfirmed
  7. ^ Nupedia copyeditor Ruth Ifcher (RoseParks) signed an edit dating to 17 January 2001 and created the corresponding userpage later that day, but did not start logging her edits under that name until 18 January 2001.
  8. ^ William Alston died on 13 September 2009.
  9. ^ Jack Lemmon was created on 16 June 2001 and updated on the day after his death.
  10. ^ Dale Earnhardt was created on 22 February 2001. He had died three days earlier on 18 February. The January–August 2001 logs show that Recent celebrity deaths was created on 14 March 2001, with Earnhardt being one of the first entries.
  11. ^ Many victims of the September 11 attacks had articles created on them in the aftermath. Most of them were later deleted and moved to the former Sep11wiki, among the earliest being Tara Creamer on 12 September 2001, the day after her death. However, none of them had articles before the attacks.
  12. ^ a b c Phase I software (UseModWiki) had no way to natively include images, so images had to be linked with their raw URLs from external sources. Phase II software had no upload history, so a new version of a file wiped out the previous revision. The modern Upload Wizard arrived with Phase III software on 20 July 2002.
  13. ^ Query 61007
  14. ^ Without a full URL
  15. ^ Dealing with turtle graphics
  16. ^ a b A revision no longer exists and was not archived by the Wikipedia 10K Redux.
  17. ^ The earliest surviving accessible PNG postdates to 17 August 2001.
  18. ^ Uploaded to Meta by Magnus Manske on 10:15:24, 10 November 2001, incorporated into this revision of Mark Twain the same day, and available on the Wayback Machine as of February 2002
  19. ^ Meta was launched on 9 November and tested Manske's Phase II script before it was adopted by the English Wikipedia on 25 January 2002. UseModWiki had no way to natively upload images, so at that time one had to upload an image to Meta and copy and paste the resultant URL into the desired Wikipedia page. The meta file now shadows the Commons file, which dates to 24 March 2005.
  20. ^ Featured articles were formerly known as brilliant prose.
  21. ^ This redirect was changed to SnowBoarding by CliffordAdams on 00:26, 28 January 2001, covering up some early vandalism.
  22. ^ Placed in SandBox by PhillipHankins, it is unclear as to whether the test actually worked at the time, although subsequent discussion appears to imply that it did not; earlier discussion had used double-brackets, but in the context of demonstrating what free links were rather than trying to actually be links. This is the first edit that was an effort to actually produce a free link. About a minute later he would change the content to uppercase "Test" and then lowercase "denmark", making Denmark the first content page to be the attempted target of a free link. UseModWiki would run a script later in 2001 that retroactively converted many CamelCase links into free links without registering it as an edit but the Starling logs are not affected by this.
  23. ^ Placed in WhichWikiShouldWeUse by CliffordAdams, in the context of summarizing/recapping earlier discussion on free links. This may or may not have been intentional on his part.
  24. ^ UseModWiki would sometimes change a CamelCase title retroactively to the standard-capitalization title.
  25. ^ Converting the links to [The] Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo to the new format
  26. ^ a b Earlier edits were subsequently imported but did not affect the outcome.
  27. ^ Created as a model for an alternative method of organization of AfghanistaN[a] on 21 January, it was blanked three days later and subsequently deleted by UseMod software.
  28. ^ The subpages were disabled in the main namespace with Phase II software.
  29. ^ Revisions with ID number 0 are reserved for the current revision of a page.
  30. ^ Found from searching through page ID numbers in the database table from around 19:00, 5 December 2005 per this Signpost story to obtain the revision history for Instituto Nacional de Estudios Históricos de la Revolución Mexicana
  31. ^ "Tags Mobile edit". Indeed, very mobile.
  32. ^ Originally titled ChristianityTalk
  33. ^ Query 61003
  34. ^ Query 61004
  35. ^ Originally titled Damian Yerrick/Talk
  36. ^ Query 61587, which lists the lowest page IDs in the Wikipedia namespace. All other pages with page IDs below that one were originally in the main namespace, because the Wikipedia namespace did not exist until the Phase II software. The original title of the "User preferences help" page was Wikipedia:Help/User preferences. Also, its page history appears to be truncated, per the first edit summary; compare the page with the next-highest page ID, Wikipedia:PHP script new features, which has a recorded edit from 26 January 2002.
  37. ^ Originally titled CategorySchemesTalk
  38. ^ This does not show up in query 61008 because its page ID is 12917850.
  39. ^ a b Originally in filespace before being moved to Commons
  40. ^ a b Earlier revisions are inaccessible within Wikipedia; the currently accessible version dates only to 2 November 2006.
  41. ^ a b Images such as game of life blinker.png were uploaded earlier to the English Wikipedia but were added independently to the Wikimedia Commons later.
  42. ^ Query 61009
  43. ^ Query 61010
  44. ^ Query 61011
  45. ^ Query 61014
  46. ^ Query 61015
  47. ^ Query 61016
  48. ^ Category:Engines is listed as being created on 4 January 2003, but this is due to a clock reset; see T4219 and User:Graham87/Page history observations § Strange times reported in diffs
  49. ^ Query 61017
  50. ^ Query 61018
  51. ^ Query 61019
  52. ^ Query 61020
  53. ^ Moved from mainspace in August 2020; the Draft namespace was not created until December 2013.
  54. ^ Query 61022
  55. ^ Query 61023
  56. ^ Query 61024
  57. ^ Query 61025
  58. ^ Query 61026
  59. ^ a b Also the only page in the namespace
  60. ^ Query 61027
  61. ^ Query 61028
  62. ^ RecentChanges was intended to be a changelog to the wiki updated automatically. It is not related to the modern RecentChanges and its history is archived.
  63. ^ For the rest of 2001 and most of 2002, the Main Page mainly comprised various categories and topics with the other items appearing as documented below.
  64. ^ According to the Wayback Machine, the earliest confirmed entry in the "In the news" section is the United States invasion of Afghanistan on 30 October 2001.
  65. ^ The "Recent deaths" section dates only to 2012 in its modern form. In the early days, "In the news" and "Recent deaths" were in the same section with no distinction, although an attempt to separate them was made in 2002. In those same early days, the articles of both sections were simply linked on the Main Page without any blurbs.
  66. ^ On 15 January 2011, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia, the "Today's featured article" blurb was replaced with a featured list, Moons of Saturn, which was also a featured topic and featured sound.
  67. ^ This occurred before {{TOC limit|4}} reduced it to 129.
  68. ^ Greek mythology was the only other article that had been continuously featured since 2001, until it was demoted in March 2021.
  69. ^ Tropical Depression Ten (2005) was merged to 2005 Atlantic hurricane season on 21 January 2020.
  70. ^ As of 2022 April 1
  71. ^ As of 2022 April 2
  72. ^ The creation is attributed to Conversion script, but this masks an earlier revision that was not imported in the Usemod article histories import; there is no relevant history at the Nostalgia Wikipedia. The date of 25 January 2002 was when Wikipedia began using Phase II software
  73. ^ Jimbo Wales has 7 letter-based archives.
  74. ^ a b In the absence of special pages
  75. ^ The consistent popularity of these articles is believed to be in part because people accidentally type these site names/URLs into a Wikipedia search box (either in the MediaWiki interface or a web browser) when intending to actually visit the sites themselves.
  76. ^ This record was set in the period after his death.
  77. ^ Donald Trump received 6.1 million views the day after he won the 2016 United States presidential election.
  78. ^ The Gadget namespace has one page (the redirect Gadget:Invention, Travel, & Adventure) with three edits.
  79. ^ There are two namespaces with no edits (Gadget definition and Gadget definition talk). 3 edits is the least edits which is larger than zero.
  80. ^ Figure could be higher if the CamelCase version is included as well. Assuming that at least some of those editors misinterpreted the page to make edits better suited towards projectspace (questions, etc.) and therefore excluding it, United States has been edited by 10,561 editors.
  81. ^ Figure only includes editors in the past 50,000 revisions. Extrapolating that figure to the 717,123 total edits it has received in its current incarnation gives an estimate of about 170,000 editors.
  82. ^ This was before semi-protection was added to Wikipedia, so many of those edits were vandalism and associated reversions.
  83. ^ Ser Amantio di Nicolao is aided by semi-automated tools, as stated on his userpage.
  84. ^ Query 63562
  85. ^ This occurred due to a database crash.
  86. ^ Nearly all links to Wikipedia:Sandbox are from template messages on user talk pages.
  87. ^ Nearly all links to Network address translation are from template messages on IP talk pages.
  88. ^ Nearly all links to ISBN (identifier) are from citation templates where an ISBN number is given.
  89. ^ More accurate searches are possible but expensive and give similar results.
  90. ^ a b Query 54051
  91. ^ Excludes the 9 hidden categories this article is a member of.
  92. ^ The 68 top articles are international conventions with a category for each participant.
  93. ^ As of 13 February 2020
  94. ^ Selected from a top-10 list of disambiguation pages in 2014[2]
  95. ^ a b Coincides with MediaWiki 1.4
  96. ^ Early on it was decided that The weather in London be used as a placeholder red link, but it would later come to be regarded as a valid and encyclopedic topic, if only as a redirect. Nevertheless, its old use persisted amongst some Wikipedians, hence the deletion war, before the title was finally accepted for its current use.
  97. ^ The current article is about a different Daniel Brandt than the individual in the Essjay controversy.
  98. ^ Transwikied to Wikibooks as a result of this AfD
  99. ^ Includes AfD (Articles for deletion), VfD (Votes for deletion), and DRV (Deletion review) discussions
  100. ^ Deleted and later redone
  101. ^ This is difficult to determine because the Oracle's parsing starts to break down as you go back past 2005 where many log pages are erroneously parsed as being completely empty. Nonetheless, it is possible to search individual logpage contents for the string "{{", and approximate how many AfD transclusions there are. It is also possible to sort the logpages by size.
  102. ^ Query 57896
  103. ^ Query 60970
  104. ^ Query 65798
  105. ^ Phase II software had no way to upload sounds.
  106. ^ From query 65805, largest whatevers on Commons and query 65810, for JPGs
  107. ^ Deleted in 2009, archived on
  108. ^ a b Query 65798
  109. ^ a b Query 65803
  110. ^ The revision was also the first spam. It lasted five hours before being reverted.
  111. ^ Per Wikipedia:Protection log/Archive 2 (though the protection reason was not always recorded in the protection log). Salted pages were originally blanked or replaced with a transclusion of MediaWiki:Noarticletext. They were first listed systematically in February 2005 in this edit to the list of protected pages. Shortly afterwards, Template:Deletedpage was created on March 27, 2005 (see this TFD from April 2005). Also see the historical list of protected titles, from 2006 onwards, and its modern equivalent at Special:Protectedtitles.
  112. ^ Wikipedia:Database reports/Indefinitely semi-protected articles
  113. ^ Query 61047
  114. ^ The template displays 33 other navigation templates but is only used in four articles.
  115. ^ Originally titled Involuntary settlements in the Soviet Union


  1. ^ Siber, Kate (2 August 2010). "Hike the Zion Narrows, Utah". National Geographic. Archived from the original on 3 December 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Schneider, Todd (27 May 2014). "What is the Longest Disambiguation Page on Wikipedia?". Todd W. Schneider. Archived from the original on 3 December 2022.