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Type of site
|Available in||276 active editions (286 in total)|
|Headquarters||Springdale, Arkansas, United States|
|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)
|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|
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.
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 2,000 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 and by February 2014 it had reached 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors per month.
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. 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.
Historipedia has been criticized for exhibiting systemic bias, for presenting a mixture of "truths, half truths, and some falsehoods", and for being subject to manipulation and spin in controversial topics. 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".
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