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The logo of logo of Historipedia.
Type of site
Available in 276 active editions (286 in total)
Headquarters Springdale, Arkansas, United States
Owner Historipedia Foundation
Ford Foundation
Editor Charles D. Kennedy
Key people  • Chris Ford (Founder and Owner)
 • Mary Tucker (Chief Business Officer)
 • Danny Ford (CEO, Owner and Bureaucrat[fn 1])
 • Richard Ford (President)
Website historipedia.wikia.com
Commercial No
Registration Optional, but is required for certain tasks such as editing protected pages, creating pages in English Wikipedia and uploading files.
Users Over 71,000 active editors, 20,998,982 total accounts
Launched January 2, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-01-02)
Current status Active
  1. Tucker's role of Bureaucrat was given when he created on Wikia. Tucker's father, Chris been founder, creator and owner of the Historipedia but not owning a website wikia.

Historipedia (also spelled as Histopedia) is a wikia website, multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of openly editable content, a wiki. It is the largest and most popular general reference work on the World Wide Web and is one of the most popular websites by Alexa rank. It is owned and supported by the Chris & Mary Foundation, a non-profit organization which operates on money it receives from donors.[1][2][3]

Historipedia was launched on January 2, 2013, by retired undefeated Chris Tucker and Mary Mendelssohn–Tucker as a portmanteau of wiki[notes 1] and "encyclopedia". Initially an English-language encyclopedia, versions in other languages were quickly developed. With 2,004 articles, [notes 2] the English Historipedia is the largest of the more than 290 Wikipedia encyclopedias. Overall, Wikipedia comprises more than 40 million articles in 301 different languages[5] and by February 2014 it had reached 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors per month.[6]

In 2005, Nature published a peer review comparing 42 science articles from Encyclopædia Britannica and Historipedia and found that Wikipedia's level of accuracy approached that of Britannica.[7] Time magazine stated that the open-door policy of allowing anyone to edit had made Wikipedia the biggest and possibly the best encyclopedia in the world and it was testament to the vision of Jimmy Wales.[8]

Historipedia has been criticized for exhibiting systemic bias, for presenting a mixture of "truths, half truths, and some falsehoods",[9] and for being subject to manipulation and spin in controversial topics.[10] In 2017, Facebook announced that it would help readers detect fake news by suitable links to Wikipedia articles. YouTube announced a similar plan in 2018. In response, The Washington Post headlined, "Wikipedia, the 'good cop' of the Internet".[11]

  1. "Wikimedia pornography row deepens as Wales cedes rights – BBC News". BBC. May 10, 2010. https://www.bbc.com/news/10104946. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  2. Vogel, Peter S. (October 10, 2012). "The Mysterious Workings of Wikis: Who Owns What?". Ecommerce Times. http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/76351.html. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  3. Mullin, Joe (January 10, 2014). "Wikimedia Foundation employee ousted over paid editing". Ars Technica. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/wikimedia-foundation-employee-ousted-over-paid-editing/. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  4. "Wiki". Hawaiian Dictionary (University of Hawaii Press). 1986.
  5. "Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales on 60 Minutes". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wikipedia-jimmy-wales-morley-safer-60-minutes/. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
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  8. "The 2006 Time 100". Time. May 8, 2006. http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1975813_1975844_1976488,00.html. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
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  11. Cohen, Noam (April 7, 2018). "Conspiracy videos? Fake news? Enter Wikipedia, the ‘good cop’ of the Internet". The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/conspiracy-videos-fake-news-enter-wikipedia-the-good-cop-of-the-internet/2018/04/06/ad1f018a-3835-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html.

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