Turkish Wikipedia

The Turkish Wikipedia (Turkish: Türkçe Vikipedi) is the Turkish language edition of Wikipedia, spelled Vikipedi. Started in December 2002, as of 6 April 2020 this edition has 346,249 articles and is the 30th largest Wikipedia edition.[1]

Favicon of Wikipedia Turkish Wikipedia
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inTurkish
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedDecember 2002; 17 years ago (2002-12)
Current statusActive. Regional ban lifted on 15 January 2020


In November 2006, the Turkish Wikipedia was nominated under the Science category for Altın Örümcek Web Ödülleri [tr] (Golden Spider Web Awards), which are commonly known as the "Web Oscars" for Turkey.[2] In January 2007, the Turkish Wikipedia was given the award for "Best Content" in this competition. The award was given in a ceremony on 25 January 2007 at Istanbul Technical University.[3][4]

In 2015, its banner drawing attention to the gender bias on Wikipedia drew the attention of Turkish media.[5]

The logo for the Turkish Wikipedia with censorship blackout
The logo displayed after the second anniversary of the ban, with the message "2 yıldır özlüyoruz" (English: "missing you for two years")

On 29 April 2017, the Turkish government blocked access to Wikipedia.[6] While the reasons for the blockage were unrevealed, some believe that the encyclopedia had been blocked due to the Turkish government's concerns about articles critical of its actions regarding Turkey–ISIL cooperation.[7][8] In December 2019, Turkey's highest court ruled that the ban violated freedom of expression. On 15 January 2020, the ban was lifted after 991 days.[9]


  • January 2004 — 100 articles
  • July 2004 — 1,000 articles
  • November 2005 — 10,000 articles
  • March 2007 — ~55,000 articles
  • February 2008 — 100,000 articles[10]
  • 9 December 2012 — 200,000 articles[11]


In 2019 the Turkish Wikipedia has 226 thousand unique categories and 4.59% of them do not have appropriate page in the category namespace. The average article in this language version has 7 categories, while number of unique categories per articles ratio is 0.694. The largest number of articles has People (28%) and Geography (10%) category. In Turkish Wikipedia articles related to Nature and Crime has the highest average quality. Content about Politics is read more often and articles in Events category have the highest authors' interest on average.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "List of Wikipedias - Meta". Meta.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ "5. Altın Örümcek Web Ödülleri".
  3. ^ "Altın Örümcek - Geçmiş Yıllar - Değerlendirme Süreci".
  4. ^ "Altın Örümcek ödülleri açıklandı".
  5. ^ "Google 8 Mart Dünya Kadınlar Günü doodle'ı hazırladı" (in Turkish). Radikal. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Turkish authorities block Wikipedia". BBC News. BBC. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Terör destekçisi Wikipedia'ya yasak" (in Turkish). Sabah. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Turkey blocks Wikipedia over what it calls terror 'smear campaign'". CNN. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Turkey restores access to Wikipedia after 991 days". NetBlocks. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  10. ^ "List of Wikipedias/Table - Meta".
  11. ^ Wikipedia:Milestone statistics
  12. ^ Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (2019). "Multilingual Ranking of Wikipedia Articles with Quality and Popularity Assessment in Different Topics". Computers. 8 (3): 60. doi:10.3390/computers8030060.

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