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This page is a chronology of events in year 2001 directly related to Wikipedia and Wikipedians, both within Wikipedia and in the whole wide world. Wikipedia events and events in sister projects (Wiktionary, Wikibooks, etc.) are listed as long as they are related to Wikipedia.

Additions to this page must follow certain rules,[1] because it is hoped that in 50 years or so this page will become a valuable source of scholar research.




Date Project Notes
January 13 is registered[4]
March 16 German Wikipedia Article creation began in May.
Catalan Wikipedia For two months, this was the only Wikipedia
with articles in a non-English language.
March 23 French Wikipedia
May 11 Spanish Wikipedia
Portuguese Wikipedia
Italian Wikipedia
Esperanto Wikipedia
Japanese Wikipedia
Chinese Wikipedia
Hebrew Wikipedia
May 20 Russian Wikipedia
May 23 Swedish Wikipedia
June 19 Dutch Wikipedia
September 26 Polish Wikipedia
November 16 Afrikaans Wikipedia
November 26 Norwegian Wikipedia Allowed articles in either language standard.
December 6 Basque Wikipedia The first article was created in November 2003.

The Simple English Wikipedia was also created in 2001, but the exact date is unknown and the first articles were only created in 2003.


Earliest user accounts[edit]

It is difficult to establish start dates in the early days of Wikipedia. Most of the information in monthly format is taken from Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians in order of arrival/2001.


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
WojPob (talk · contribs) 2003
AstroNomer (talk · contribs) active
Josh Grosse (talk · contribs) 2009
AyeSpy (talk · contribs) before the move to phase III
RoseParks (talk · contribs) 2006
TimShell (talk · contribs) 2002 And I can prove it : )
BryceHarrington (talk · contribs) 2017 Joined up with Wikipedia after the brief GNUPedia episode and its mention on Slashdot. Did some of the first Britannica copying. Pimped wikipedia a bit on Indymedia and some other sites.
Larry Sanger (talk · contribs) 2019 earliest edits as LarrySanger
Jimbo Wales (talk · contribs) active Likely January 15 (see above)
ScottMoonen (talk · contribs) 2001 created on January 17, no edits beside own user page


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
Lee Daniel Crocker (talk · contribs) 2003


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
Stephen Gilbert (talk · contribs) July 2018
Rob Salzman (talk · contribs) 2001 now editing as User:Justrob
Geronimo Jones (talk · contribs) 2001
Mathijs (talk · contribs) 2002 read about it in the newspaper
Erdem Tüzün (talk · contribs) prior to the move to phase III
Andre Engels (talk · contribs) active
Malcolm Farmer (talk · contribs) 2013
Phil Bordelon (talk · contribs) 2010
Gareth Owen (talk · contribs) active can't remember why I came, but noticed it lacked my favourite musicians, so resolved to add them.


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
Koyaanis Qatsi (talk · contribs) 2008 based on the revision history of Bahrain. Followed over from a comment on slashdot
rmhermen (talk · contribs) active anonymously until May 10, came over from the link on Nupedia.
Kpjas (talk · contribs) active subscribed to on Mon, 9 Apr 2001 14:12:51 -0700


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
Mjausson (talk · contribs) prior to the move to phase III based on Wikipedia Announcements/May 2001
Wathiik (talk · contribs) active based on Wikipedia Announcements/May 2001
LA2 (talk · contribs) active based on Wikipedia Announcements/May 2001
Koyaanis Qatsi (talk · contribs) 2008 based on Wikipedia Announcements/May 2001; inactive since 2008
sjc (talk · contribs) 2010
Tim Chambers (talk · contribs) active



Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
TwoOneTwo (talk · contribs) 2011
The Cunctator (talk · contribs) active July 26, the day of the big Slashdotting
AxelBoldt (talk · contribs) active July 26, the day of the big Slashdotting
BrantEaton (talk · contribs) 2003 July 26, Slashdot effect was my first article!
David_Merrill (talk · contribs) active another one from the Slashdotting
Jdforrester (talk · contribs) 2002 yet another Slashdotter (though the account is newer)
Tim Goodwin (talk · contribs) 2003 guess which well-known blog appears on my Personal Toolbar
Simon J Kissane (talk · contribs) active thinks he arrived just before slashdotting; now editing under SJK
Kowloonese (talk · contribs) 2016 as anonymous et al. (since first week of July, 2001
ClaudineChionh (talk · contribs) 2001 not from Slashdot, but from the Kuro5hin article that might have led to it
snoyes (talk · contribs) 2014 k5 article
DrBob (talk · contribs) 2009 Due to either the Kuro5hin or Slashdot articles


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
sodium (talk · contribs) 2013 sometime in August
MichaelTinkler (talk · contribs) 2002 it was before school started...; inactive since 2002
Zundark (talk · contribs) active on 6th or 7th, not sure which
Anatoly Vorobey (talk · contribs) 2006 arrived probably during the slashdotting, first contribution early August
BenBaker (talk · contribs) 2002 2nd wave of slashdotting, 1st or 2nd, I think.
Amillar (talk · contribs) 2002 the big slashdotting...;
Bryan Derksen (talk · contribs) August 2018
Theresa knott (talk · contribs) 2015 from a post by someone (I forget who on usenet (sci.physics))
Jagged (talk · contribs) 2010 first contribution listed on 15 August, 2001


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
Chuck Smith (talk · contribs) 2011
Tsja (talk · contribs) 2003
JHK (talk · contribs) 2017
Eob (talk · contribs) 2006 after reading the article in the New York Times, September 20
Bignose (talk · contribs) active
Manning Bartlett (talk · contribs) active I was here a day or two before JHK... I thought it was earlier than September, but maybe not


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
PMelvilleAustin (talk · contribs)
PabsP (talk · contribs) for whatever wikiDB reason the first edit logged as July 26, 2002; PabsP userpage created April 3, 2005.
the Epopt (talk · contribs) June 2018
Dreamyshade (talk · contribs) active at least that's when I first contributed
The Anome (talk · contribs) active
Mark (talk · contribs) 2015 as an anon, but the account Mark Ryan didn't come for another 3 months, in January 2002.
Wesley (talk · contribs) 2015 must have been early to middle of 2001 - how it's changed since then


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
Wayne Hardman (talk · contribs) active November 23rd
Jzcool (talk · contribs) 2003
Xaonon (talk · contribs) active
Goochelaar (talk · contribs) active
Chenyu (talk · contribs) 2002
Joel Schlosberg (talk · contribs) 2016
Ed Poor (talk · contribs) active
Derek Ross (talk · contribs) active October postings were me too
Jmc (talk · contribs) active November 16


Username Last activity
(if inactive)
Notes/user comment
tuxisuau (talk · contribs) 2004
David Parker (talk · contribs) 2005 December 12
Little_guru (talk · contribs) 2006
Szopen (talk · contribs) 2011 probably since beginning of December or end of November 2001
Robert Merkel (talk · contribs) active probably earlier, but I can't tell exactly when I arrived.
Eloquence (t · c · b · p · d · m · r) active 05:47, first logged edit on December 8
SimonP (t · c · b · p · d · m · r) active 11:20, first logged edit on December 9
Slrubenstein (t · c · b · p · d · m · r) 2012 03:33, first logged edit on December 13

See also[edit]


  1. ^ While formally Wikipedia:Verifiability and others of Wikipedia's content-controlling policies do not apply outside the main namespace, they must be strictly followed here, for the sake of scholarly discipline:
    • The listed event and its date must be mentioned in a wikilinked or externally linked reference. It is advised to consider an external link to a specific version of a Wikipedia page rather than a wikilink, if this page is linked for a critical but volatile piece of information.
    • Credible sources must be used only. Within Wikipedia, Wikipedia Signpost is one of them.
    • Trivial events must be avoided:
      • Random mentioning of Wikipedia belong to WP:MEDIA.
      • Routine Wikipedia activities, such as a promotion of an article to featured state, are generally not listed here, unless such events generate significant buzz outside its normal working scope.
  2. ^ Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles
  3. ^ First edit in a non-English article (Àbac)
  4. ^ According to Alexa: