Two Decades of Bangla Wikipedia: A Journey of Knowledge and Collaboration

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Commencing the 20th anniversary celebrations with a specially crafted logo, a visual ode to two decades of knowledge, collaboration, and the vibrant spirit of Bangla Wikipedia. Image by Aishik Rehman, CC-BY-SA 4.0.

On January 27, 2004, a humble IP address marked the commencement of an extraordinary journey – the birth of Bengali Wikipedia – by creating the main page. The inaugural article in বাংলা ভাষা was created on May 24, 2004.

As it celebrates its 20th birthday, we delve into the evolution of this digital encyclopedia, witnessing the growth of knowledge, culture, and community.

As of January 26, 2024, Bangla Wikipedia editors have written 146,392 articles and contributed a staggering 71,69,000+ edits. The project even holds the 5th position in article depth among 318 active Wikipedia’s worldwide.

Bangla Wikipedia community shines at Wikimania 2022 in Bangladesh, a vibrant gathering of knowledge enthusiasts and collaborators. Image by Wikimedia Bangladesh, CC-BY-SA 4.0.

At the heart of Bangla, Wikipedia is a vibrant community. With 1,154 active volunteers and 13 administrators, this collective of passionate contributors has woven a tapestry of knowledge, including 17,716 files and images.

The journey wasn’t without challenges, from content disputes to technical glitches. Yet, the Bangla Wikipedia community has remained resilient through adversities, contributing to the platform’s growth and maturity.

An anniversary cake adorned with the sweet milestones of two decades, celebrating Bangla Wikipedia’s remarkable journey of knowledge and collaboration. Image by মোহাম্মদ জনি হোসেন, CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Bangladesh and the West Bengal Wikipedia Community play pivotal roles in managing offline activities in Bangladesh and India, respectively. Their collaborative efforts amplify the impact of Bangla Wikipedia, fostering a sense of community across borders.

On this special day, the Bangla Wikipedia community marks the occasion with flair. From changing the site logo to an offline meet-up with cake-cutting ceremonies, the celebration reflects the collective joy of achieving two decades of knowledge-sharing.

As Bangla Wikipedia steps into the future, the path ahead is filled with possibilities! With 20 years of legacy, it envisions continued growth, increased collaboration, and an ever-expanding treasure trove of knowledge for generations to come.

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