English Wikipedia today released 10 of it's longest articles from more than 4,700 featured articles.

Featured articles are known to the Wikipedia community as "FAs" and undergo a "rigorous assessment process where their compatibility with several criteria is checked and scrutinised." according to Joe Sutherland, the Communications Fellow at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikipedia was launched in January 2001 by co-founders Jimmy Wales, a former financial trader who took roots as an Internet entrepreneur and by Larry Sanger, an internet project developer.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Wikipedia allows you to find facts on just about everything; making it the world's biggest encyclopaedia.

Wikipedia is open to everyone, which was one Stallman's initial concepts for the site, as he did not want any one organisation to control editing. So all editing and past edits are transparent to the general public.

According to Amazon Alexa, the site currently ranks 7th in the world, and Wikipedia monthly readership is nearly 495 million with over 117 million unique visitors from the United States in one month alone.

Have a look at the top ten list here.


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