If you could print every article on Wikipedia and bind them into books, how big would the collection be? Using a simple calculation, an article on the website (updated this month) shows that the English Wikipedia alone would have 1908 volumes of text only — no pictures. While the 4.3 million articles would occupy 10 library stacks, it’s not a major increase from 1907 volumes in 2010. The completion of just a single book in two years indicates that Wikipedia has already catalogued most of our communal knowledge.

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  1. “Just one volume of progress indicates that Wikipedia has already catalogued most of our communal knowledge.”

    Or that nobody is leaking to them anymore?

    1. ummm… we *are* talking about wikipedia here, not wikileaks!

  2. No it doesn’t. It only indicates that sane people are tiring of the endless edit wars and bullying by insiders and are leaving the site.

  3. It less the problems with the bickering, and more that people don’t see the easy ways to contribute anymore. There are still huge gaps, they just require a little bit more knowledge of fields before they become obvious. Take literature for example, both the works by William Blake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:William_Blake and James Fenimore Cooper https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:James_Fenimore_Cooper are not well documented on Wikipedia even though they are some of the most studied authors in English Literature. There are also projects trying to fix it, see http://alexstinson.wordpress.com/ for more about that.

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