This page is a chronology of events in year 2012 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, because it is hoped that in 50 years or so this page will become a valuable source of scholar research.
- January 18: 24h blackout of Wikipedia as it joins the protests against SOPA and PIPA 
- January 24: Pavel Durov, the founder of Vkontakte announced the donation of $1M to Wikipedia 
- July 12-15 m:Wikimania 2012, 8th annual Wikimedia Conference at George Washington University.
- September 18: Gibraltarpedia scandal erupts
- November: German court ruling on the problem of businesses using Wikipedia for marketing purposes
- November 26 - December 9: Estonian-Ukrainian Cooperation WeekThe project is to fill in the missing topics from the opposite side.
Death and retirement
- January: Larry Morse (LarryMorseDCOhio (talk · contribs))
- February 12: Howard Zimmerman (Hezimmerman (talk · contribs)), a Wikipedia pioneer; registered on 12 December 2001
- March, Steven Rubenstein (Slrubenstein (talk · contribs))
- March 13: Ben Yates (Tlogmer (talk · contribs))
- April 26: Claude A. R. Kagan (Claude A. R. Kagan (talk · contribs))
- June 4, Philip Chalmers (Philcha (talk · contribs))
- November 25, Francis K. J. Dechert (Franamax (talk · contribs))
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- ^ "Wikipedia blackout coming Wednesday, says co-founder Jimmy Wales"
- ^ "Russia’s most popular social network donates $1 million to Wikipedia"
- ^ "Corruption in Wikiland? Paid PR scandal erupts at Wikipedia", cnet
- ^ UK chapter rocked by Gibraltar scandal, Wikipedia Signpost
- ^ [ruling complicates the paid-editing debate], Wikipedia Signpost
- ^ uk:Вікіпедія:Проект:Тематичний тиждень/Тиждень українсько-естонської співпраці
- ^ et:Vikipeedia:Eesti-Ukraina koostöönädal
- ^ a b c d e f g Wikipedia:Deceased Wikipedians