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The Wikipedia Timeline

See this thread for discussion, suggestions, to make corrections:

Thanks to Anthony for the original starting point, Kato for a lot of grunt work, and those who posted ideas. See also

Below is a helpful index to help navigate events in the timeline.

Timeline Index


Administrators, (proposed) Oct 2001, (1000 mark) Sep 2006, (accounts hacked) May 2007,

Akahele, (launch) Feb 2009

Taner Akçam, (defamation of) Feb 2007

Alexa ratings, Dec 2004

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Grant donation) Mar 2008

Ambi, ("District Attorney's Office") Mar 2005, (WikiEnlist) Jul 2005, (partnership for ad revenue) Oct 2005, (index tool) Apr 2006, (launch) Sep 2006,

Arbitration Committee, (founding) Jan 2004, (Sandifer prosecutions) Mar 2005, (appointments) Oct 2005, (Kelly Martin resigns, elections) Jan 2006, (Mongo case) Oct 2006, (R Marsden case), Nov 2006, (elections) Dec 2006, ( (Essjay) Feb 2007, (IRC) Feb 2007, (Arbcom and J Wales) Apr 2007, (BADSITES) Sept 2007, (elections) Dec 2007, (elections) Dec 2008, (S Blacketer) May 2009, (elections) Dec 2009

Jon Awbrey, (banning) Sep 2006


BADSITES, (Mongo case) Oct 2006, (mayhem) Apr-Jun 2007, (climax) Aug-Oct 2007

Judd Bagley (Wordbomb), (banned) July 2006, (antisocialmedia) Sep 2006, (BADSITES) Aug 2007, (Utah ban) Sept 2007, (register article) Dec 2007, (NTWW radio) Apr 2008, (Akahele) Feb 2009

Fred Bauder, (re-elected) Jan 2006, (Mongo case) Oct 2006, (BADSITES) Sept 2007

Barbara Bauer, (defamation of) May 2008

Will Beback, (dispute with Kathryn Cramer) May 2007

Angela Beesley, (welcomes Everyking) Feb 2004, (launches Wikia) Dec 2004, (Trustees) July 2005, (opposes JW) Jun 2006, (biography) July 2006, (replaced on board) Sept 2006, (advisory board) Jan 2007, (Wikichix) Dec 2006

Chris Benoit, (death) June 2007

Brian Bergstein, (paid editing) Jan 2007

Bessemer Venture Partners, (investment in Wikia) Mar 2006

Biographies of Living Persons (policy), (inauguration) Dec 2005, (single-incident BLPs) Jun 2007

Tony Blair, (with Wales) Mar 2008

Sam Blacketer, (elected) Dec 2007, (suspicions) Nov 2008, (outed) May 2009

Bomis, (launch) 1996, (funds WP) 1999, (L Sanger) Jan 2002, Feb 2002, (Bomis babes) Sept 2005,

Daniel Brandt, (first mention on WP) Jan 2005, (biography) Sept-Dec 2005, (Seigenthaler) Feb 2006, (bio) April 2006, (Essjay) July 2006, (plagiarism) Oct 2006, (bio) Dec 2006, (Essjay) Jan 2007, (bio deleted) Jun 2007, (BADSITES) Oct 2007, (NYBrad) Apr 2008,

Richard Branson, (with Wales) Mar 2008

BBC, (debunking Nature study) Mar 2006, (JW speech) Dec 2007

Brockhaus encyclopedia, (folds) Feb 2008

Tom Brokaw, (bio) Mar 2009

Robert Byrd, (bio) Jan 2009

Patrick Byrne, (bio) Apr 2006, (J Bagley) Jul 2006


Cabal, (birth) Oct 2001

CAMERA, (pro-Israeli infiltration) Apr 2008

Campaigns Wikia, (launch) Jul 2006

Nicholas Carr, (blog) May 2006

Charitable status, (gained) Apr 2005

Citizendium, (launched) Oct 2006

Cla68, (blocked) Oct 2007

Co-founder / Sole founder dispute, (L Sanger coins WP) Jan 2001, (J Wales confirms) Oct 2001, (JW edits own bio) Oct 2005, Nov 2005, Dec 2005, (WP spat) Apr 2009

Steven Colbert, (Wikiality) August 2006

Juan Cole, (bio) May 2006

CoolHandLuke, (elected) Dec 2008

Conservapedia, (BADSITES) Jun 2007

Credentials, (JW statements) Mar 2007

Catherine Crier, (bio) May 2009

The Cunctator, (first edit) 2001

Ward Cunningham, (invents wiki) 1994, (advisory board) Jan 2007

Steve Cuozzo, (critical article) Aug 2008


Richard Dawkins, (critique) Jul 2007

Ludwig De Braeckeleer, (SlimVirgin) Jul 2007

Florence Devouard, (re-elected) July 2005, (chair) Oct 2006 (quoted) July 2007, (quoted) Dec 2007, (castigates JW) Mar 2008 ((replaced) July 2008

Carolyn Doran, (hired) Sept 2006, (scandal) Dec 2007

Durova, (Wikiscanner) Aug 2008, (secret list) Sep 2007, (blocks Cla68) Oct 2007, (massive controversy) Nov-Dec 2007


Ebay, (R Marsden) Mar 2008

Emerald Group, (study) Feb 2008

Encarta, (folds) Mar 2009

Encyclopedia Britannica, (critical of WP) Nov 2004, (deletion) July 2005, (post Seigenthaler musings) Dec 2005, (debunking Nature study) Mar 2006,

Encyclopedia Dramatica, (F Bauder) Oct 2006

English Heritage, (legal issues) Mar 2009

Everyking, (first edits) Feb 2004

Essjay, (WR suspicions) July 2006, (controversy) Jan-March 2007

Ezperanza, (launch) July 2005


Seth Finkelstein, (bio) Sept 2006, (bio deleted) Jun 2007, (spat with Wales) Jan 2008, (JW vs L Sanger) Apr 2009

Flagged Revisions, (German WP) May 2008, (poll) Jan 2009

Jossi Fresco, (Register) Feb 2008

FT2, (election) Dec 2007

Fundraising, Mar 2005


Sue Gardner, (hired) June 2007, (Exec dir) Dec 2007

Rick Gates, (proposal) 1993

Gay Nigger Association of America, (featured article efforts) Sep 2005

David Gerard, (first edits) Jan 2004, (Wikimedia UK) Mar 2005, (WikiENlist) July 2005, (blocks Utah) Sep 2007, (Virgin Killer) Dec 2008, (deflagged) Nov 2009

German Wikipedia, (launch) Mar 2001, (shut down) Jan 2006, (govmt input) Jun 2007, (flagged revisions) May 2008, (court order) Nov 2008, (falsehoods) Feb 2009

Mike Godwin, (hired) June 2007, (legal counsel) July 2007, (pulls story) May 2008, (anthrax attacks) Aug 2008

Google, (Brandt) Oct 2005

Google Knol, (launch) Jul 2008

GNU Free Documentation License, (launch) 2000

GNUPedia, (confusion with WP) Jan 2001

GNUProject (R Stallman) 1999

Grawp (start) Sep 2007

Mark Grebner, (lawsuit) July 2009


Bernard Haisch, (bio) Jun 2006

Hivemind, (launched) Oct 2005.


Indian Ocean Tsunami, (misinfo) Feb 2005

Internet Relay Chat, Feb 2007

Internet Watch Foundation, (IWF block image)[/i] Dec 2008, (IWF receive threats) Mar 2009

IP addresses, (WP protect identity) Apr 2005


Maurice Jarre, (bio) Mar 2009

Jayjg, (WikiENlist) July 2005, (elected) Jan 2006, (deflagged) May 2009

JoshuaZ, (sockpuppets) Feb 2008

JzG, (bans Wikipedia Review) Jan 2007, (cyberstalking list) Sept 2007, (Rachel Marsden) Feb 2008


Andrew Keen, (book) Jun 2007, (debate with Wales) Mar 2008, (documentary) Apr 2008, (debate with Sanger) Jun 2008

Ted Kennedy, (bio) Jan 2009

Ben Kovitz, (idea of using Wiki) 2001


Mark Lawson, (false claims in bio) Mar 2006

Joe Leiberman, (defamation) Dec 2007

Philipp Lenssen, (Brandt bio)Oct 2005

Andrew Lih, (Wikipedia Revolution) Mar 2009

Ron Livingston (lawsuit) Dec 2009


Mantanmoreland, (first edits) Jan 2006, (P Byrne bio) Apr 2006, (vs J Bagley) Jul 2006, (cyberstalking list) Sept 2007, (Register article) Dec 2007, (banning) May 2008

Rachel Marsden, (noticed by WR) Nov 2006, (affair with Wales) Feb-Mar 2008

Kelly Martin, (first edits) Dec 2004, (arbcom) Oct 2005, (resignation) Jan 2006

Charles Matthews, (elected) Jan 2006, (Carl Hewitt) Dec 2007

Alan Mcilwraith, (hoax bio) Oct 2005

Roger McNamee, (advisory board) Jan 2009

Mediation Committee, (launch) Jan 2004

Microsoft, (paid edits) Jan 2007, (encarta) Mar 2009

Eric Möller, (hired) May 2005, (blocked) Apr 2006, (joins board) Sept 2006, (resigns) Dec 2007, (statements on pedophilia) May 2008

Mongo, (BADSITES case) Oct 2006

Moulton, (radio) Apr 2008

Mugabe, (BLP vandalism) Mar 2007

Don Murphy, (defamation of) Oct 2006

Wikipedia Review (Gregory Kohs), (blocks and unblocks) August 2006, (blocks) Oct 2006, (unblock and interview) Jan 2007, (blocks) Mar 2007, (radio) Apr 2008, (vandalism study) Oct 2008, i](Akahele)[/i] Feb 2009, (unblock) Jun 2009

Mzoli's Meats, (Wales's article) Sept 2007


Naked Short Selling controversy, (Mantan 1st edits) Jan 2006, (P Byrne bio) Apr 2006, (Bagley banned) July 2006, (antisocialmedia) Sept 2006, (BADSITES) Aug 2007, (Gerard blocks Utah) Sep 2007, (Cla68 blocked) Oct 2007, (Register) Dec 2007, (Mantanmoreland banned) May 2008

National Portrait Gallery, (legal threats) Jun 2009

Nature Study, (debunking) Marc 2006

Nebraska High School, (lawsuit) Jul 2006

New Scientist, (study) Jan 2009

Newyorkbrad, (elected) Dec 2007, (outed) Apr 2008

New York Times, (early piece) Sep 2001, (coverage of scandals) Dec 2005, (critical piece) Mar 2006, (credentials policy) Mar 2007, (Taliban) Nov 2008, (Taliban) Jun 2009

No Follow Tags, (added) Jan 2007

NOINDEX, (citizendium) May 2007

No Personal Attacks (Policy), (creation) Apr 2002

NotTheWikipediaWeekly, (launch) Mar 2008, Apr 2008

Nupedia, (launch and demise)2000 - 2001


Barack Obama, (defamation of) Feb 2009

Omidyar network, (donation) Aug 2009

The Onion, (spoof) Jul 2006

Andrew Orlowski, (critical article) Oct 2005

OTRS (ticket system for complaints about WP), (launch) Jan 2006


Paid Editing, (proposed) Apr 2006

Sarah Palin, (premeditated editing) Aug 2008

Brad Patrick, (hired as counsel) June 2006, (resigns) Mar 2007

Pedophilia, (BLP defamation) Nov 2005, (userboxes) Feb 2006, (image) Apr 2006, (Wikia spanking site) Jan 2008, (E Möller) May 2008

Plagiarisim, (students) Jul 2006, (Brandt) Oct 2006

Brian Peppers, (article for deletion) Dec 2005

Lev Ponomarev, (bio) Apr 2009

Simon Pulsifer (SimonP), (interview) Jan 2008


Qatar, (block) Jan 2007

Quid encyclopedia, (folds) Feb 2008


Ayn Rand, (Wales email list) 1989, Mar 1994

Raul654, ("District Attorney's Office") Mar 2005

Requests for Adminship, (implementation) Jun 2003

The Register, ("WP has serious problems") Oct 2005, (Cade Metz 1st article) July 2007, (covers scandals) Dec 2007, (Jossi) Feb 2008,

David Rohde, (Taliban) Nov 2008, Jun 2009

Roy Rosenzweig, (essay) Jun 2006

Alex Roshuk, (on JW) Dec 2007

Tim Russert, (bio) Jun 2008


Phil Sandifer (Snowspinner), (self-appointed prosecutor) Mar 2005

Larry Sanger, (manifesto) 1994, (at Nupedia WP) 2000-5, (citizendium) Oct 2006, (interview) Apr 2007, (NOINDEX - bio) May 2007, (documentary) Apr 2008, (debate) Jun 2008, (spat with Wales) Apr 2009

Scientology, (banning) Jun 2009

Scottish Parent Teacher Council, (blames WP) Jun 2008

Jason Scott, (lecture) Apr 2007

John Seigenthaler, (defamation of) May-Dec 2005, (Brandt) (citizendium) Oct 2006, Feb 2006, (more defamation) Sept 2006, (criticisms of JW, speech) Apr 2007,

Semi-Protection, (implemetation) Dec 2005

David Shankbone, (Israel trip) Dec 2008, (L Sanger vs JW spat) Apr 2009

Tim Shell, (Bomis) 1996

Clay Shirky, (advisory board) Jan 2007

SlimVirgin, (Brandt) Jan 2005, (Brandt bio) Sept-Oct 2005, (WP:ATT) Mar 2007, (oppose vote for admin) May 2007, (cyberstalking list) Sept 2007,

Michael Snow, (elected to board) Jul 2008

Spanish Wikipedia, (fork) Feb 2002

Bruce Springsteen, (bio) Feb 2009

Richard Stallman, (encyclopedia proposal) 1999, (GNUpedia) Jan 2001

Jens Stoltenberg, (defamation of) Nov 2005


Teachers Unions, (criticisms) Apr 2007

Three Revert Rule, (creation) Nov 2004

The Truth According to Wikipedia, (movie) Apr 2008

The Times, (fake footballer) Jan 2009


Userboxes, (pedophilia) Feb 2006


Valleywag, (R Marsden and expenses scandals) Feb-Mar 2008, (E Möller) May 2008

Vandalism Study, (Oct 2008)

Brion Vibber, (hired) May 2005

Virgin Killer (LP cover), (noticed by media) May 2008, (IWF block image) Dec 2008, (IWF receive threats) Mar 2009


Jimmy Wales, 1989-2009

Kat Walsh (Mindspillage), (elected) Oct 2005

George Washington, (shit on stick) May 2007

Alison Wheeler, (Wikimedia UK launched) Mar 2005, (WMUK disbanded) Sep 2008

Simon Wiesenthal, (defamation of) Sep 2005

Willy On Wheels, (start) Aug 2004, (prevention) Mar 2005, (redirects) Aug 2005

Wikia, (launch) Dec 2004, March 2006, (Cyberstalking list) Nov 2007, (connection with WP) Jan 2009, Mar 2009

Wikianswers, Jan 2009

Wikia Search, (proposed) Dec 2006, (plans) Mar 2007, (launch) Jan 2008, (folds) Mar 2009

WikiEN-l mailing list, (launch) 2001

Wikimedia Foundation, (launch) Jun 2003, (charity status) Apr 2005, (trademark) Jan 2006, (board) Oct 2006, Dec 2007,

Wikimedia UK, (launch) Mar 2005, Sep 2008

Wikipedia Art, (launch) Mar 2008

Wikipedia Review, (launch) Nov 2005, (new launch) Feb 2006, (WP plan attacks) May 2006, (blacklist) Apr 2007, (Jossi) Feb 2008, (radio) Apr 2008, (vandalism study) Oct 2008, (S Blacketer) Nov 2008,

Wikipedia Watch, (launch) Oct 2005

Wikipedia Weekly, (launch) Oct 2006

WikiScanner, (launch) Aug 2007

Wikitionary, (launch) Dec 2002

Danny Wool, (hired) May 2005, (blanks bio) Mar 2006, (blocks E Möller) Apr 2006, (resigns) Mar 2008, (blog) Jan 2008, (revelations about WMF) Mar 2008,


Yahoo, (indexing) Mar 2004


Zoe, (email to professor) Jan 2007

Fuzzy Zoeller, (defamation of) Feb 2007
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Jimmy Wales initiates the Ayn Rand Philosophy Discussion Email List and serves as moderator.

October 22nd
Rick Gates proposes Interpedia, "The Internet Encyclopedia" which never leaves the planning stages.

Computer programmer Ward Cunningham begins work on the software 'WikiWikiWeb' which became the first 'Wiki'. Cunningham later wrote the book Wiki Way describing the process, and remains a member of Wikimedia's Advisory Board.

March 22nd
Larry Sanger, who is an occasional contributor to Wales's Ayn Rand list, writes a 'manifesto' on his own online mailing list (eventually named the Association for Systematic Philosophy). Sanger writes: "The history of philosophy is full of disagreement and confusion. One reaction by philosophers to this state of things is to doubt whether the truth about philosophy can ever be known, or whether there is any such thing as the truth about philosophy. But there is another reaction: one may set out to think more carefully and methodically than one’s intellectual forebears."

November 15th
Jimmy Wales and Tim Shell found the dot-com Web directory Bomis.

Software freedom activist and creator of the GNU project Richard Stallman calls for development of a free on-line encyclopedia through the means of inviting the public to contribute articles. He describes this in his essay The Free Universal Encyclopedia and Learning Resource.

Jimmy Wales begins thinking about a “volunteer-built” online encyclopedia to be funded by Bomis.

Larry Sanger sends Jimmy Wales a business proposal for what is in essence a cultural news blog.

GNU Free Documentation License version 1.1 released.

March 9th
Nupedia founded by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. Sanger becomes 'Editor in Chief' and states his wish to make Nupedia "the world's largest encyclopedia." Nupedia plans to be a formally constructed online encyclopaedia establishing a verification system to ensure that the expert contributors are experts.

Larry Sanger completes his PhD in philosophy and gets a raise.

The 'Nupedia Advisory Board' is installed. 'Atonality', believed to be the first Nupedia article, is published after peer review.



Nupedia's mailing list grows to almost 2,000 people.

January 2nd
Ben Kovitz (computer programmer and polymath) explains the basic concept of a wiki to Larry Sanger over dinner (also known as The Conversation at the Taco Stand), Sanger considers the wiki format as suitable for the Nupedia project. (See Sanger's memoirs)

January 10th
Larry Sanger launches a wiki. According to Sanger, "It's an idea to add a little feature to Nupedia. Jimmy Wales thinks that many people might find the idea objectionable, but I think not."

January 11th
Sanger coins the name "Wikipedia" for the Wiki project.

January 12th and domain names are registered.

January 15th
Wikipedia Launches at after Nupedia's Advisory Board expresses concern about a Wiki being associated with Nupedia. Wikipedia develops a life of its own and begins to function largely independently of Nupedia, although Sanger initially leads activity on Wikipedia by virtue of his position as Nupedia's editor-in-chief.

January 16th
First article created on Wikipedia.

January 17th
GNUPedia, a similar project to develop a free encyclopedia, is launched after being proposed by GNU founder Richard Stallman in 1999. Confusion between GNUPedia and Nupedia stifles the project, not helped by the fact that Jimmy Wales had purchased the domain name.

Wikipedia boasts over 1300 articles.

March 5th
Jimmy Wales interviewed in Slashdot about Nupedia. He ends the interview stating, "People who want to get started _today_ on contributing free texts to the world can do so at Wikipedia. All the content is released under the GNU FDL, and it already has over 1000 articles. Short, and maybe not the high quality of Nupedia, but with time? Who knows..."

March 16th
German language and Catalan Wikipedias launched.

May 11th
French language Wikipedia launched.

June 26th
"Wikipedia is now useful!", announces Larry Sanger.

July 6th
Larry Sanger, who still considers Nupedia to be the primary project, proposes a backroom Wiki for Nupedia only viewable to members, where articles can be improved and then approved for publishing by Nupedia. Wikipedia, which is operating concurrently and has far fewer participants, is seen by Sanger as a test case for what could be achieved on Nupedia.

July 26th
Wikipedia editor The Cunctator (T-C-L-K-R-D) makes his first edit. He becomes perhaps the first Wiki-addict.

WikiEN-l mailing list created.

September 20th
New York Times publishes a piece on Wikipedia called Fact-Driven? Collegial? This Site Wants You. Jimbo Wales: ''It's kind of surprising that you could just open up a site and let people work'.'

Wikipedia grows at a rate of around 50 new editors a month.

October 18th
Jimmy Wales proposes the principles of what he terms "cabal membership". This becomes the bureaucratic framework of Wikipedia.

October 30th
Jimmy Wales confirms that Larry Sanger had the idea to use Wiki software for a separate project (Wikipedia) to accompany Nupedia. Later, in 2005, Wales gave a different story stating that "Larry Sanger was my employee working under my direct supervision during the entire process of launching Wikipedia. He was not the originator of the proposal to use a wiki for the encyclopedia project."

Larry Sanger gets married, and moves to Colorado.



Larry Sanger is placed on half-time pay by Bomis.

February 1st
Sanger is no longer a Bomis employee.

February 12th
Sanger announces "Bomis might well start selling ads on Wikipedia sometime within the next few months, and revenue from those ads might make it possible for me to come back to my old job."

February 26th
Participants in the Spanish language Wikipedia leave the project to form Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español citing statements from Bomis, Inc. regarding advertising on all Wikipedia sites. The Spanish language Wikipedia suffers, before overtaking the forked Wiki in article numbers in November 2004.

March 1st
Larry Sanger resigns as "Editor in Chief" of Nupedia and "any position of authority I had with Wikipedia".

April 24th
Wikipedia editor Lee Daniel Crocker (T-C-L-K-R-D) writes the first version of Wikipedia's No Personal Attacks policy.

August changes to

December 12th
Wiktionary launched.



June 14th
Requests for Adminship (RFA) is introduced on Wikipedia.

June 20th
Wikimedia Foundation founded. Wikiquote launched.

July 10th
Wikibooks launched.

October 28th
The first arranged meet-up of Wikipedians takes place in Munich. Since then regular meetups of Wikipedians are held.

November 24th
Wikisource launched.


Arbitration and Mediation Committees announced, compared to Parliament by Jimbo.

January 4th
David Gerard (T-C-L-K-R-D) welcomed to Wikipedia on the day he makes his first edit.

February 2nd
The 200,000th article on the English Wikipedia is created.

February 13th
Angela Beesley welcomes Everyking (T-C-L-K-R-D) to Wikipedia on the day he makes his first edit.

March 2nd
Yahoo! announces that Wikipedia content will be indexed more often and featured prominently on Yahoo! pages.

April 20th
The 250,000th article on the English Wikipedia is created. The latest 50,000 articles have been created in just 78 days.

August 20th
One of the most notorious vandals in Wikipedia history, Willy on Wheels, begins his antics around this day.

November 15th
Former editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia Britannica Robert McHenry writes The Faith-Based Encyclopedia, an article critical of Wikipedia, which gains some attention.

November 28th
Voting ends on the topic of implementing a new rule known as the 'three-revert rule' policy. In future, anyone reverting content to a previous state three times on the same article can face sanctions.

December 21st
Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley form Wikia, Inc. as a Florida Corporation

December 29th
Kelly Martin (T-C-L-K-R-D) is welcomed to Wikipedia two days after her first edit.

December 31st
Wikipedia enters Alexa's list of the top 100 English-language websites for the first time.




January 4th
Editor SlimVirgin (T-C-L-K-R-D) discusses the use of a citation attributed to Daniel Brandt as an article source on the (now deleted) article 'John Train Salon'. This is the first mention of Brandt in relation to Wikipedia who at this time is unaware of the site. SlimVirgin writes: "I removed Daniel Brandt. He's not a credible source..." and shows familiarity with Brandt. SlimVirgin deletes the article and talk page three months later.

February 14th
Wikipedia is accused of being the source of misinformation which found its way into a Washington Post article on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

March 1st
The first on site fundraising effort ends raising $94,000.

March 7th
MediaWiki developers activate a feature which ends the ability of new user accounts to perform page moves. This is implemented after a spate of mischievous page moves by notorious activist Willy on Wheels (T-C-L-K-R-D) .

March 18th
English Wikipedia reaches 500,000 articles.

March 21st
Wikipedia editor 'Snowspinner', real name Phil Sandifer (T-C-L-K-R-D) decides to become a "self-appointed prosecutor" against other Wikipedia editors. Sticking to his pledge, he brings many new requests to be judged by the Arbitration Committee, including accusations against long term editor Everyking. Sandifer sows significant discord among Wikipedians, and sets off a myriad of bitter feuds between users that last for several years.

March 22nd
'Snowspinner' alongside arbitrators Raul654 (T-C-L-K-R-D) and Ambi (T-C-L-K-R-D) creates the short lived "District Attorney's Office" group which aims to "prosecute" other editors more efficiently. Snowspinner declares himself "dictator", with other participants being designated as partners. The unpopular venture creates further disharmony and is shelved.

March 28th
Several Wikipedia editors in the UK meet to discuss the possibility of a UK chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. The group is led by Australian, David Gerard (T-C-L-K-R-D) , and 'Vampwillow (T-C-L-K-R-D) '. Vampwillow is later revealed to be Alison Wheeler (T-C-L-K-R-D) using two admin accounts against policy, and secretly campaigning to keep her own biography on Wikipedia. (Bio since deleted and replaced by that of a notable singer with the same name)

April 7th
The Wikimedia Foundation approve a privacy policy to protect the identification of IP addresses and anonymous users' real life information.

April 16th
The Wikimedia Foundation announce that it has officially been recognized as a tax-exempt charitable organization in the United States.

April 18th
Larry Sanger publishes his "memoirs" of setting up Wikipedia and Nupedia.

May 16th
Jimmy Wales announces the appointment of seven people to official positions in the Wikimedia Foundation. These are; Brion Vibber as Chief Technical Officer; Domas Mituzas as Hardware Officer; Jens Frank as Developer Liaison; Erik Möller as Chief Research Officer; Danny Wool as Grants Coordinator; Elisabeth Bauer as Press Officer; Jean-Baptiste Soufron as Lead Legal Coordinator

May 26th (Seigenthaler controversy)
Brian Chase, a delivery manager in Tennessee, creates a Wikipedia biography of journalist and writer John Seigenthaler. It includes hoax claims that Seigenthaler was "directly involved in the Kennedy assassinations of both John, and his brother, Bobby".

Wikimedia servers are transported to a new location in Tampa, Florida.

June 27th
English Wikipedia now has 500 administrators.

July 4th
Moderators of Wikipedia's mailing list clamp down on what they claim is "disruptive behavior" by other subscribers. Complaints by Wikipedia administrators Jayjg, Ambi and David Gerard lead to moves by Gerard to moderate new subscribers "by default".

July 18th
Angela Beesley and Florence Nibart-Devouard are re-elected to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.

July 25th
A Wikipedia Arbitrator immediately deletes (out of process and without discussion) a new article on the book "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World". The book details the writer's experience of reading the entire Encyclopædia Britannica. The article is later restored per process.

August 12th
Ezperanza launched. This is a sub-group created within Wikipedia to "indirectly support the encyclopedia by providing support and other assistance for Wikipedians in need, and by strengthening Wikipedia's sense of community". The organization is disbanded in January 2007.

August 29th
Massive spate of mischievous edits by the allusive "Willy On Wheels". Willy, who may be one person or a team of collaborators, manages to change the multiple-language portal at for over an hour, altering the Wikipedia logo on WikiCommons to a picture referencing himself.

September (Seigenthaler controversy)
Victor S. Johnson, Jr., discovers the hoax Wikipedia entry on John Seigenthaler. After Johnson alerted him to the article, Seigenthaler e-mails friends and colleagues about it.

September 4th
Wikipedia editors attempt to get an article on the controversial internet entity Gay Nigger Association of America "featured" and on the site's Main Page.

Also on September 4th
Jimmy Wales edit wars on his own Wikipedia biography to change the words "softcore pornography" to "adult content", in a section detailing his involvement in "Bomis Babes".

September 21st
A day after the death of Simon Wiesenthal, a holocaust survivor who helped track down more than 1000 Nazi war criminals, Wikipedia is discovered to have been displaying outrageous false information about Wiesenthal, claiming he partook in oral sex acts in Austria with other men. The Council of Australian Jewry go public with their complaints.

September 28th
Wikipedia editor SlimVirgin starts a biography on Daniel Brandt.

October (Seigenthaler controversy)
John Seigenthaler contacts Jimmy Wales, who took the then-unusual step of having the affected versions of his biography history hidden from public view in the Wikipedia version logs. Mirror websites not controlled by Wikipedia continue to display the older and inaccurate article.

October 5th
Scottish call-center worker Alan Mcilwraith creates a hoax biography on himself depicting a bogus life as a decorated war hero. The biography lasts until the media break the hoax in April 2006.

October 11th
Jimmy Wales personally appoints editors Mindspillage (Kat Walsh) and Kelly Martin to the Arbitraton Committee.

October 12th
SlimVirgin responds to Brandt's complaint that he was not notified about his biography with "we tend not to do that." Brandt begins editing the article himself making corrections. SlimVirgin asks that he ceases.

October 13th
Daniel Brandt launches Wikipedia Watch. On the site, Brandt publishes an open letter requesting that Jimmy Wales "lock down" the article, who replies that this is " impossible and absurd request."

October 16th
SlimVirgin agrees to delete the Daniel Brandt biography entirely.

October 18th
Wikipedia critic Andrew Orlowski runs the article, "Wikipedia founder admits to serious quality problems" in The Register, which is highly critical of the site.

October 24th
The Wikimedia Foundation announce an increased partnership with provides direct scrapes of Wikipedia articles. In return, Wikipedia and will split advertising revenue from the website

October 26th-29th
Philipp Lenssen, a pro-Google blogger antagonistic towards Brandt's anti-Google investigations, restores Brandt's biography. It is immediately deleted for a second time. Lenssen blogs about the situation, and gains support from readers prepared to challenge Brandt. The biography is recreated by administrator Canderson7 (T-C-L-K-R-D) who asserts to Brandt that "resistance is in fact futile". The article is filled with increasingly hostile edits.

October 28th
Jimmy Wales edits his own biography to remove mention of Larry Sanger as co-founder of Wikipedia.

November 4th
Daniel Brandt's biography is protected, unprotected, deleted several times and finally restored. Brandt participates in the discussions maintaining his position that he is a private figure and the article is an invasion of privacy. Multiple anonymous administrators goad Brandt with derisory statements including "Poor baby", "He can cry about this until the cows come home", and suggestions that everyone "point and laugh" at Brandt's open letter to Jimmy Wales. Brandt is blocked from the site.

November 5th
First incarnation of Wikipedia Review launches.

November 7th
First Article-for-Deletion debate on the biography of Daniel Brandt ends in a "keep".

November 9th
Jimmy Wales edits his own biography to remove mention of Larry Sanger as "setting up" Wikipedia. This is the second time Wales has removed Sanger from the article.

Also on November 9th
Brandt also launches Hivemind, which lists the real life identity of prominent Wikipedia administrators. Brandt later describes Hivemind as a service "because someone, somewhere, has to take responsibility for the content on Wikipedia".

November 11th
The English article on Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg falsely asserts that he had been in prison for pedophilia. Norwegian media publish stories describing Wikipedia's error.

November 13th
Due to reservations from several Wikipedians, Daniel Brandt's biography is put up for deletion for a second time. The result is keep.

November 29th (Seigenthaler controversy)
USA Today publishes an op-ed written by John Seigenthaler. Seigenthaler describes his Wikipedia defamation experience and calls Wikipedia a "flawed and irresponsible research tool."

December (Seigenthaler controversy)
Daniel Brandt locates the IP address responsible for the Seigenthaler biography hoax to a company in Tennessee.

December 1st
Jimmy Wales edits his own biography again to remove "co" from "co-founder" and demote Larry Sanger's role in the founding of Wikipedia. Wales's revision directly contradicts statements he had made two years earlier.

December 5th (Seigenthaler controversy)
John Seigenthaler appears on CNN. He criticizes Wikipedia and US Congress for passing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which protects ISPs and web sites from being held legally responsible for disseminating content provided by their customers and users, "unlike print and broadcast companies."

Also on December 5th
In light of the Seigenthaler contoversy, Jimmy Wales announces that the creation of new Wikipedia articles will be restricted for accounts that have not set up a user name.

December 9th (Seigenthaler controversy)
Brian Chase confesses to the John Seigenthaler hoax and resigns from his job. Seigenthaler receives a hand-written apology and speaks with Chase on the phone.

December 11th
A Wikipedia biography is created on Brian Chase.

December 14th
Former editor-in-chief of Encyclopedia Britannica Robert McHenry writes a follow-up piece to his 2004 critique The Faith-Based Encyclopedia, to incorporate the Seigenthaler controversy called The Faith-Based Encyclopedia Blinks.

December 17th
Wikipedia agrees on a new guideline, 'Biographies of living persons' (BLP). Editorial restrictions are introduced on the creation of new Wikipedia articles; and new tracking categories for the biographies of living people are implemented.

Also on December 17th, a biography is created of Brian Peppers, a 37 year old American who had become an "internet meme" due to his extreme physical malformations caused by Crouzon syndrome. The article was "speedy deleted" the following day, before being restored with 66% support. The article is deleted and restored several times before being deleted unilaterally by Jimmy Wales on 22nd February 2006. The comings and goings of the article cause considerable dispute between opposing camps.

December 22nd
"Semi-protection" enabled on Wikipedia. This allow administrators to prevent edits from IP addresses and newly created accounts on specific articles.

December 24th
New York Times covers Jimmy Wales's controversial edits to his own biography, and recaps the Seigenthaler controversy.



January 10th
Wikipedia becomes a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation.

January 12th
Kelly Martin resigns from the Arbitration committee.

January 15th
'Communications committee' formed to handle media inquiries and emails received for the foundation and Wikipedia via the newly implemented OTRS (a ticket handling system).

January 19th
A German Court orders the German-language version of Wikipedia shut down after the family of deceased phreaker/hacker “Tron” sued Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. for using the deceased’s full name in an entry.

January 22nd
Voting ends for elections to the Arbitration Committee. Mindspillage (T-C-L-K-R-D) , Charles Matthews  (T-C-L-K-R-D) and Jayjg (T-C-L-K-R-D) are appointed among others (Jayjg had already served several months). Fred Bauder (T-C-L-K-R-D) is reelected.

January 28th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
'Mantanmoreland' makes his first edit to Wikipedia. Formerly, the IP address (T-C-L-K-R-D) , suspected of being Mantanmoreland, had been editing the article Naked Short Selling (T-H-L-K-D) and writing that the practice was a "nonissue".

February 6th
Jimmy Wales redirects a Wikipedia biography of Brian Chase, the Seigenthaler hoaxer. He reasons that Daniel Brandt "violated this man's privacy severely by releasing his name and identity to the press". Brandt defends his position stating that he told the press he was "uncomfortable with Wikipedia putting up a dedicated page on Mr. Chase" and that it was actually Seigenthaler who put Chase's name into print. Brandt's own biography continues to be a source of contention and shows no signs of being similarly redirected.

Also on February 6th
Five Wikipedia administrators are removed of their "duties" by Jimbo Wales after a Wikipedia-War erupts over userboxes. Userboxes are decorative images that editors use to identify themselves on their editor pages. A userbox was created by User:Paroxysm and stated that the user "identifies as a pedophile". Wikipedia libertarians who supported the userbox battled against those who found it distasteful.

February 26th
Second incarnation of Wikipedia Review launches.

March 1st
The Wikimedia Foundation announce the creation of the 1,000,000th article in the English language edition of Wikipedia

March 10th
New York venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners invests $4 million to help Wikia.

March 12th
New York Times publishes critical article Anonymous Source Is Not the Same as Open Source.

March 13th
Danny Wool, in his new role implementing "Office actions" blanks and protects an article on Jack Thompson, a Florida attorney and activist, for legal reasons. The article had been criticized for its overwhelmingly negative portrayal of Thompson, and its lack of sources. In its last version before it was blanked, the article contained at least 21 uncited statements.

March 24th
BBC and other media outlets cover Encyclopaedia Britannica's debunking of the pro-Wikipedia Nature study. Britannica say the study contained "a pattern of sloppiness, indifference to basic scholarly standards, and flagrant errors so numerous they completely invalidated the results".

Also on March 24th
Guardian journalist and TV presenter Mark Lawson describes how his life was changed after being erroneously depicted as Jewish in his Wikipedia biography.

March 26th
Wikitruth launched. Wikitruth is a satirical Wiki hosting criticisms of Wikipedia and reposting deleted articles from the site.

March 28th
Bessemer Venture Partners and the investment group of eBay Inc. announce that they are participants in a $4 million initial round of investment in Wikia Inc.

April 4th
Administrator Sam Korn deletes a controversial image described as a "sexualized drawing of minor female" and is taken to task by a number of Wikipedians for "censorship". Jimmy Wales comments, "Sam rocks. For something like this it is far better to err on the side of tastefulness and respect. Let us not let the pedophile trolls set the standard for our debates."

April 5th
Articles for deletion/Daniel Brandt (3rd nomination) ends in another keep.

April 11th
Jimmy Wales controversially adds a new tool intended to bring revenue to Wikipedia from advertising on a partner site, Eric Möller calls for the partnership to be cancelled.

April 14th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
"Mantanmoreland" creates a Wikipedia biography of Gary Weiss.

April 19th
Danny Wool indefinitely blocks Eric Möller (Eloquence (T-C-L-K-R-D) ) for "reckless endangerment -- OFFICE". After some too-ing and fro-ing, Jimmy Wales unblocks Möller the same day. Wool, a paid employee of the Wikimedia Foundation, had "stubbed" and protected two articles while representing WP:OFFICE, which means that he is acting under the authority of the Wikimedia Foundation to resolve urgent legal problems. Möller, a researcher for the Wikimedia Foundation and partner of board member Angela Beesley, unprotected the same articles without discussion.

April 24th
A "Paid editor job board" is proposed by an editor, which is met by controversy, but later morphs into the Reward Board which is still running.

April 29th (Naked Short Selling controversy)[/i]
Mantamoreland, using another account name of Lastexit (T-C-L-K-R-D) , adds significant negative material to the biography of Patrick Byrne. Byrne is a vocal critic of the controversial market practice of Naked Short Selling.

April 30th
The mainstream media notes Wikipedia's capacity to be "a remarkably useful for political dirty tricksters", citing a number of cases including a recent controversy when a US Republican campaign manager reworked an opponent's biography to add scurrilous claims.

May 22nd
Professor Juan Cole, outspoken critic of US foreign policy, describes his negative experiences with his Wikipedia biography, "I gave up trying to correct facts on various issues and now just actively warn students that Wikipedia is not an acceptable source for research projects or even casual knowledge".

May 24th
Influential blogger Nicholas Carr pronounces"The death of Wikipedia".

May 28th
Wikipedians discuss the growing influence of Wikipedia Review. One administrator writes "The Foundation should take one of these trolls and use the legal system and/or the press to crucify him. The value of a troll's head on a pike as a deterrent to other trolls would be worth the cost and difficulty. "

Historian Roy Rosenzweig publishes an indepth look at Wikipedia for The Journal of American History.

June 2nd
Resolution:CEO passes, letting Jimmy Wales name the new Chief Executive Officer of the Wiki Media Foundation. Angela Beesley opposes.

June 16th
Brad Patrick, heretofore a practicing attorney engaged in some pro bono work with the Foundation starting in the fall of 2005, was named as general counsel and interim executive director; in the latter capacity, Patrick was designated to assist the Board in its search for a permanent executive director.

June 19th
Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch attempts to clarify bad edits made to his biography and is confronted by an anonymous editor KSmrq (T-C-L-K-R-D) who writes, "You do not get to choose whether or not an article on you appears in Wikipedia, and you have no veto power over its contents. The article can cast you as a genius or an imbecile, a respected scientist or a crackpot. [...] Wikipedia does not operate by ''your'' rules, but by its own conventions; I suggest you learn to accept it. " Haisch described his experience in the New York Times.

July 4th
Jimmy Wales releases his Mission Statement for the new site Campaigns Wikia. Wales announces that "This can be the start of the era of net-driven participatory politics".

July 7th
Angela Beesley resigns from the Wikimedia Foundation board.

Also on July 7th (Naked Short Selling controversy) Judd Bagley, an associate of Patrick Byrne and later Communications Officer for Byrne's company, identifies Mantanmoreland and another account (Lastexit) as journalist Gary Weiss. Bagley's account, Wordbomb, is blocked indefinately from Wikipedia by SlimVirgin for "appearing to try to out another Wikipedian".

July 12th
Angela Beesley attempts to have her Wikipedia biography removed for the third time. "I'm sick of this article being trolled. It's full of lies and nonsense." The article is kept despite a significant number of delete votes.

July 22nd
A Nebraska private school files a lawsuit to determine the identity of the person or persons responsible for edits to the Wikipedia article about the school.

July 26th (Essjay Controversy)
Daniel Brandt starts a thread on Wikipedia Review asking "Who is Essjay?" 'Essjay' is a prolific Wikipedia editor with extraordinary bureaucratic powers on the encyclopedia. 'Essjay' boldly claims on his user page to be a tenured professor at a Catholic College in the US. Essjay Media Watch.

Also on July 26th, Judd Bagley makes his first post on Wikipedia Review as Wordbomb. (Naked Short Selling controversy)

Also on July 26th
The Onion run a spoof article mocking Wikipedia inaccuracies. Several high profile Wikipedia editors call for significant changes to Wikipedia's registration process in light of the ridicule meted out in the article.

July 27th
A professor at the University of Oklahoma explains that 16 students plagiarised sections of their final papers for a history of science course. Nine of those students, the professor found, had copied entries on Wikipedia virtually verbatim.

July 31st (Essjay Controversy)
The New Yorker publishes an article on Wikipedia, written by Stacy Schiff, which features an interview with 'Essjay'. Essjay repeats his claims that he is a tenured professor.

August 1st
Stephen Colbert segment on Wikipedia where the word wikiality is first coined. Colbert runs a story on the Wikipedia article "Elephant" urging the public to change the details, which causes panic on the site.

August 2nd
Numerous dates of death are mischievously added to biographies of living retired US baseball players. The falsehoods are discovered only after shocked relatives had contacted players themselves.

August 9th
Jimmy Wales blocks the account Wikipedia Review (T-C-L-K-R-D) . Wikipedia Review is a venture devised by Gregory Kohs that would allow Kohs to write a comprehensive neutral Wikipedia article at the bequest of paying businesses. Kohs insists he was transparent about his business model.

August 11th
Jimmy Wales unblocks Wikipedia Review having reached what Wales describes as "a very favorable agreement".

August 28th
Daniel Mayer resigns as Chief Financial Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation. Tricia Hoffman hired part time as Wikimedia Foundation bookkeeper.

September (Carolyn Doran controversy)
Carolyn Doran is hired by the Wikimedia Foundation as a bookkeeper.

September 2nd
Wikipedia now has 1000 administrators.

September 6th
A year on from the Seigenthaler controversy, the edit "On November, 22nd, 1963, John Seigenthaler, Sr. killed and ate then-President John F. Kennedy" stays in his biography for over thirty hours before being spotted.

September 7th
Scholar Jon Awbrey indefinitely banned from Wikipedia by a small group of notorious editors for "wasting the community's patience" while creating projects. Awbrey becomes prolific critic of Wikipedia.

September 9th
Wordbomb's first article on, set up to expose Gary Weiss' sockpuppetry and other dealings in regard to Naked Short Selling on Wikipedia.

September 25th
Erik Möller replaces Angela Beesley on the Wikimedia Foundation board after an election process later described as a "disgrace" by Beesley. The election was marred by leaks, a "list of endorsement" by Möller, and controversial interventions by Jimmy Wales.

September 28th
The Guardian publishes Seth Finkelstein's article I'm on Wikipedia, get me out of here which describes the journalist's problems dealing with his Wikipedia biography.

The Wikipedia biography of Don Murphy, co-producer of the Transformers movies, is repeatedly hit by malicious vandalism from fans of the series. Murphy is forced to remove the material himself using the pseudonym ColScott and other aliases, leading to his requests that his biography be removed from Wikipedia. The biography is retained by Wikipedians. Murphy's accounts are later banned by Wikipedia administrators, and thus he becomes forthright and active critic of Wikipedia.

October 3rd
Wikipedia Weekly is launched, first episode airs the week of October 16th.

October 4th
Jimmy Wales again blocks Wikipedia Review indefinitely, for "inappropriate use of Wikipedia name in commerce; implying that people can pay him to get listed in Wikipedia". (More info here)

October 17th
Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger releases a press statement announcing the creation of Citizendium, a wiki based encyclopedia that requires real name verification to edit.

October 22nd
Jimmy Wales steps down as Chair of the Wikimedia board of Trustees to be replaced by Florence Devouard. The remaining official roles on the board were also filled at this time, with Tim Shell chosen as Vice-Chair, Erik Möller as Executive Secretary, and Michael E. Davis as Treasurer.

October 23rd
Arbitrator Fred Bauder changes all the spellings of "Encyclopedia Dramatica" to "damatica" in other people's comments during the long MONGO Arbitration case over the 'BADSITES' issue as paranoia towards external sites gains strength.

October 26th
The 'MONGO Arbitration case' comes to a close, and sets a precedent for the 'BADSITES' disputes which dominate the site for two years. The decision allows for the removal of links to sites that host criticisms of Wikipedians, regardless of whether they were relevant or on internal project pages.

October 27th
Daniel Brandt launches the first study of plagiarism in Wikipedia that has been undertaken, using a program he created to run a few sentences from about 12,000 articles against Google Inc.'s (GOOG) search engine. Brandt ended with a list of 142 articles, which he brought to Wikipedia's attention. The project gains mainstream media coverage.

November 30th (Rachel Marsden scandal)
Arbitration case concerning biased editing on TV pundit Rachel Marsden's biography ends. Jimmy Wales is seen to intervene in the case. 'Somey' from Wikipedia Review notes, "Maybe this could be the start of a beautiful relationship!"

December 4th
Angela Beesley creates a mailing list and an external wiki for use exclusively by female Wikipedia editors, called WikiChix. Due to the approved culture of secrecy and fake identities that dominates Wikipedia, the list inevitably becomes infiltrated by males disguising themselves as female editors.

December 7th
Wikimedia Foundation bylaws revised, Board expanded to include Kat Walsh, Oscar van Dillen and Jan-Bart de Vreede.

December 17th
Voting closes for elections to the Arbitration Committee.

December 23rd
Jimmy Wales makes a passing comment regarding the possibility of a wiki-based internet search. The result is extensive media coverage publishing the statement as an announcement, forcing Wales's Wikia company to re-brand and relaunch its previous search engine proposal under the temporary name of "Search Wikia".

December 28
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Daniel Brandt (11th nomination). Nominated by Majorly (T-C-L-K-R-D) . Consensus remains "Keep".

December 29th
Wales attempts to clarify several issues regarding "Search Wikia". He says that funding received from is not specific to the search project and also restates that Wikia and Wikipedia have separate management, even though they shared three key stakeholders.

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January 1st
Wikipedia temporarily blocks the entire nation of Qatar by mistake.

January (early) (Essjay Controversy)
'Essjay' is hired by Wikia.

January 7th (Essjay Controversy)
Essjay posts autobiographical details on his user page at Wikia (not Wikipedia), giving his supposed real name (Ryan Jordan), age, and previous employment history from age 19, and his positions within various Wikimedia Foundation projects. These details differ sharply from previous assertions on 'Essjay's' Wikipedia user page about his academic and professional credentials.

January 18th
The Ottawa Citizen examines the life of Wikipedia editor and arbitrator Simon Pulsifer, making light of the fact that he is unemployed and living with his parents.

January 20th
It is revealed that Professor Tim Pierce of Northern Illinois University had instructed students to vandalize Wikipedia to demonstrate how simple it is to change information on the site, before restoring the articles to their previous state. Pierce devised the test after he was "getting a lot of Wikipedia cites last semester where students were citing really dubious information from there". Wikipedia administrator Zoe (T-C-L-K-R-D) shoots off several angry emails to Pierce and the University's Office of Public Affairs claiming the act is a "federal offense" and threatens to go to the press to expose Pierce. The University replies that Zoe be "cautious about accusing individuals and public academic institutions of illegal actions" and advises that Wikipedia "consider making its website content more secure by assuring it cannot be changed by outsiders". Jimmy Wales dismisses Zoes' actions as "highly inappropriate". Zoe leaves the site.

Also January 20th
Jimmy Wales reverses a previous decision ignoring two polls to the contrary, to automatically add "no follow" tags to all outward links on Wikipedia. Any site that used to be a destination from Wikipedia, and thus highly ranked, will abruptly fall in search engine rankings. According to critic Nicholas Carr: "it turns Wikipedia into something of a black hole on the Net. It sucks up vast quantities of link energy but never releases any."

January 21st (Essjay Controversy)
Daniel Brandt contacts the author of the New Yorker article about discrepancies in 'Essjay's' biography. Brandt asks 'Essjay' to explain himself on Wikipedia but receives no response.

January 23rd
Notorious Wikipedia administrator JzG hands out a "community ban" to the already banned Gregory Kohs of Wikipedia Review for using multiple accounts.

January 24th
Microsoft employees explain that the company paid a blogger to edit certain Wikipedia pages relating to Open Office standards. According to one Microsoft employee, the step was taken to avoid Wikipedia's Conflict Of Interest policy, and because articles were previously "heavily written by people at IBM, a rival standard supporter, and that Microsoft had gotten nowhere flagging mistakes to Wikipedia’s volunteer editors."

also January 24th
Journalist Brian Bergstein interviews Wikipedia Review founder Gregory Kohs on his travails with Wikipedia over paid editing.

January 28th
Wikimedia Foundation announce the creation of an Advisory board. The board includes Angela Beesley, wiki inventor Ward Cunningham, and pro-Wikipedia Tech journalist Clay Shirky.

January 29th
It is revealed that US courts are increasingly citing Wikipedia in court cases.

February 5th
Several Wikipedia Arbitrators make a formal statement warning against the growing power of Wikipedia's Internet Relay Chat channel for administrators. The private channel was set up by Jimmy Wales, and is inaccessible to non-administrators, some of whom accuse the channel of being a haven for organized retributions against other editors.

February 10th
Wikipedia editor 'Worldtraveller' writes the essay "Wikipedia is Failing".

February 16th
Distinguished Turkish scholar Taner Akçam is wrongly detained at the Montreal airport on the basis of false anonymous insertions in his Wikipedia biography. (see Wikipedia Review thread)

February 22nd
Fuzzy Zoeller sues a Miami firm due to defamatory posts made on Wikipedia.

February 23rd (Essjay Controversy)
Jimmy Wales announces the appointment of 'Essjay' to Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee (ArbCom). Wales later asserts that the appointment was "at the request of and unanimous support of" ArbCom.

Also on February 23rd
The Daniel Brandt biography is deleted five more times, and undeleted six times in 24 hours. The article remains, but the editors are chastised by Jimmy Wales.

February 26th (Essjay Controversy)
The New Yorker publishes a correction for its July 31 issue. Jiimmy Wales is quoted on Essjay's false persona, “I regard it as a pseudonym and I don’t really have a problem with it.”

March 3rd (Essjay Controversy)
After an outpouring of rage from Wikipedians, and much negative publicity in the major media, Wales asks Essjay to resign his "positions of trust". Essjay promptly retires from Wikipedia altogether and later resigns from his position at Wikia. In his initial apology, Essjay makes an extraordinary claim that New Yorker journalist Schiff had offered to pay him during his interview, which was flatly denied. Essjay also suggested that his false identity was designed to protect himself from Daniel Brandt, though it was created long before Brandt's involvement in Wikipedia.

March 7th
Jimmy Wales gives interviews to the media announcing that Wikipedians should only be allowed to cite some professional expertise in a subject if those credentials have been verified.

March 8th
Jimmy Wales drafts a "Credentials Verification" policy.

March 8th
Jimmy Wales announces plans for Wikia's proposed search engine ("Search Wikia") to rival those of Google and Yahoo. According to Wales, "The idea that Google has some edge because they've got super-duper rocket scientists may be a little antiquated now."

March 12th
Jimmy Wales tells the New York Times that "some version of his [credentials verification] proposal would begin on the site in a week” in an article titled 'After False Claim, Wikipedia to Check Degrees'. The proposal is never implemented, and now reads as "currently inactive" retained only for "historical reference".

March 16th
Wikipedia falsely claims that US entertainer 'Sinbad' has died. Rumors begin circulating after the posting, and Sinbad first hears about it himself via a telephone call from his daughter.

March 19th
Cary Bass (Bastique (T-C-L-K-R-D) ) is hired by the Wikimedia Foundation as Volunteer Coordinator.

March 20th
Jimmy Wales unilaterally reverts the merger of three core Wikipedia policies into one (WP:ATT), stating that the merger is "a monumentally bad idea". The merger had been organized and pushed by editor SlimVirgin (T-C-L-K-R-D) causing significant controversy among editors.

March 22nd
Brad Patrick resigns as General Counsel to the Wikimedia Foundation. Danny Wool also quits as Wikimedia Foundation "grants coordinator" and resigns his roles on Wikipedia. Both Wool and Patrick cite disagreements with the Board of Trustees. (Further Commentary here.)

March 23rd
Jimmy Wales unblocks Gregory Kohs of Wikipedia Review again saying "he asked nicely, i think the issue is completed". Wales was apparently unaware that Wikipedia Review had been "community banned" by notorious administrator JzG a few months earlier.

March 29th
Gregory Kohs of Wikipedia Review is banned again for a variety of unclear reasons.

Also on March 29th
Robert and Bona Mugabe BLP vandalism. See also.

April 1st
Jimmy Wales is interviewed on TV by Ellen Fanning for Australia's Nine Network. Fanning points out a blatant falsehood in her Wikipedia biography, which leads Wales to later complain of "getting hammered" during the interview. Also during the discussion (audio file of interview), Wales calls the Seigenthaler defamation "amusing" and appears to blame the journalist for the controversy. Having heard the recorded interview, Seigenthaler describes Wales as "duplicitous", and concludes that "it all demonstrates again that Wikipedia is beset by flaw and fraud".

April 4th
Wikipedia Review placed on a de facto Wikipedia blacklist. This means the site can't be linked to from any part of Wikipedia on pain of sanctions against any person who does so.

April 11th
Larry Sanger announces in an interview with the press that Wikipedia is “broken beyond repair” and no longer reliable.

Also on April 11th
UK education secretary, Alan Johnson, comes under fire from teaching unions after recommending the use of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia for schoolwork. According to the general secretary of the NASWUT union, the union itself had been the victim of scurrilous claims on Wikipedia, and she would not recommend the site to pupils.

April 13th
John Seigenthaler gives a speech at Florida State University. Seigenthaler details his experiences with Wikipedia, giving some 30 examples of defamation. According to Seigenthaler, "When I explained that it was speech protected by section 230 of the the CDA and that these defamers were hiding behind veils of anonymity and virtually untraceable IP numbers there was astonishment."

April 19th
Wales grants ArbCom the right to review his decisions.

April 27th
Internet figure Jason Scott gives a speech to Notacon 4 in Cleveland, Ohio focusing on the negative exploitable nature of Wikipedia.

April 30th
Backlogs of tasks needing attention continue to grow, including the number of articles lacking any sources.

May 7th
Four administrator accounts with weak passwords are hacked. The perpetrator(s) goes on a spree of adding erroneous content to articles, and banning other users. A fifth administrator also "goes rogue", and is discovered to be an account of a previously banned user who had created a new character and surreptitiously risen up the Wikipedia hierarchy for such a purpose.

May 15th
Citizendium, Larry Sanger's rival wiki project, decides to place NOINDEX tags on their project pages. This means that any defamatory statements made on talk pages are henceforth unable to be located by search engines. Wikipedia refused to do the same until pressure mounted two years later.

May 17th
Due to edits on Wikipedia, Google's entry description for Wikipedia's much viewed article on George Washington reads, “George Washington Had a shit on a stick and then told people that it was ok to have unprotected sex…”.

May 19th
More BADSITES. An attempt is made (but quickly reverted) to take off a link to Kelly Martin's blog on her user page because it contains criticisms of individual Wikipedians.

May 21st
The Wikipedia biography of co-founder Larry Sanger is downgraded to "mid-importance" priority by Wikipedia's bureaucracy. This places his article below articles on Jimmy Wales (T-H-L-K-D), Wikimania (T-H-L-K-D) and even Wikipedia Review (T-H-L-K-D).

May 23rd
An editor is opposed for adminship after admitting he thought it "unhelpful for editors to either add or remove links [to Wikipedia Review] merely to make a point". The opposition is orchestrated by administrator SlimVirgin. Her actions are described as an attempt to implement the controversial BADSITES ban on linking to critical sites "via the backdoor".

May 27th
Wikipedia editor Will Beback (T-C-L-K-R-D) requests that all links to and mentions of Teresa Nielsen Hayden's blog Making Light be removed from Wikipedia as an "attack site" or 'BADSITE', after an entry in one of the site's forums criticises Wikipedia's treatment of science fiction writer Kathryn Cramer. An edit war ensues. Will Beback also demands that the criticisms on Making Light be removed before the links can be restored. Well known internet figure Cory Doctorow jumps to the defense of Making Light and Cramer stating, "You are a Wikipedia editor; this does not confer upon you the right to edit other peoples' websites, too."

June 1-3
Wikimedia Foundation board meeting. Sue Gardner and Mike Godwin are visitors, and the decision is made to hire the pair.

June 4th
Disputes continue to rage over "single-incident biographies" and their relationship to the policy of Biographies of Living People.

June 5th
Writer Andrew Keen releases the book "Cult of The Amateur", a critique of the enthusiasm surrounding user generated content, peer production, and other Web 2.0-related phenomena including Wikipedia.

June 7th
More BADSITES incidents. An edit war attempts (unsuccessfully) to remove links to Wikitruth from the article about the site.

June 14th
Daniel Brandt biography is finally deleted on the 14th attempt. It is not recreated. Seth Finkelstein, who wrote "I'm on Wikipedia, get me out of here" argues successfully to see his biography deleted the same day.

June 15th
Various links to Conservapedia within the Wikipedia article are redacted on the basis of BADSITES.

June 25th
A statement is added to the biography of Pro-Wrestler Chris Benoit describing the death of his wife, fourteen hours before police discovered the bodies of Benoit and his family.

June 26th
The media reports that the German government plan to improve entries to the German Wikipedia, via the private-sector Nova Institute.

July 3rd
Wikimedia Foundation announce Mike Godwin as the new General Counsel and Legal Coordinator.

July 6th
Register journalist Cade Metz writes his first article exposing Wikipedia's combative subculture.

July 9th
Florence Devouard, chairwoman of the Wikipedia Foundation, states, "It's possible one day I'll be more proud of Wikipedia than of the kids."

July 12th
Wikimedia Board of Trustees incumbents Erik Möller (Eloquence) and Kathleen Walsh (Mindspillage) are re-elected for a two-year term, with Frieda Brioschi (Frieda) narrowly edging out incumbent Oscar van Dillen (Oscar) for the third and final seat.

July 26th
Ludwig De Braeckeleer distributes an article on administrator SlimVirgin. The article features Daniel Brandt's assertion that SlimVirgin (who started the Wikipedia biography of Brandt) the user name of a former ABC News Reporter thought to be embroiled in the investigation the Lockerbie Pan-Am terrorist attack of 1987. The article is picked up by Slashdot and other sites, and SlimVirgin is portrayed as a "Spy infiltrating Wikipedia".

August 14th
Episode 2 of Richard Dawkins's Enemies of Reason TV series is aired. In the documentary, Dawkins gives a grave critique of the erosion of evidence based thinking in front a scrolling screen of Wikipedia pages. According to Dawkins, "Wikipedia world creates great opportunity and great danger."

August 17th
WikiScanner released. This is a tool created by Virgil Griffith which consists of a publicly searchable database that links millions of anonymous Wikipedia IP edits to the organizations where those edits apparently originated.

August 20th
Due to the newly launched Wikiscanner, the media begin to highlight edits made from many leading organizations causing "minor public relations disasters". The inhouse Wikipedia magazine Signpost writes; "Durova, who works extensively with sleuthing 'the dark side' of Wikipedia, has implied that many more major stories await tech-savvy reporters who know how to comb Wikipedia's logs efficiently. The next generation of Wikipedia manipulation stories may be more than just 'minor public relations disasters'."

August 24th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
A link to Judd Bagley's is removed per BADSITES where it was being used to display evidence of sockpuppetry. After some edit-warring, it was replaced by a link to a page at another URL that copied the relevant information.

Links to Michael Moore's official site are removed and edit warred over per BADSITES, because the site contains criticisms of Wikipedia editor Ted Frank.

September 4th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
Spokesperson for Wikimedia UK David Gerard blocks an IP range in Utah to prevent Judd Bagley making his case on Wikipedia against account abuse by Mantanmoreland. Later he writes "ps. fuck off Bagley". Gerard also blocks the IP address of a Wikipedia contributor in Basingstoke, England as an "apparent open proxy being abused by Judd Bagley".

Also on September 4th
In who would become one of the most notorious vandals on Wikipedia, Grawp, previously JarlaxleArtemis, begins his vandalism career on this day. Due to his antics, he would later be responsible for more restrictive measures being employed on Wikipedia.

September 9th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
Controversial administrator JzG adds Judd Bagley's to the English Wikipedia spam blacklist "without any discussion whatsoever".

September 12th
Wikipedia arbitrator Fred Bauder admits "There has been extensive discussion [about the spam blacklist addition], although not in a public forum. We have had enough of Judd Bagley and his site." and "The group who discussed this included the arbitration committee, the staff of Foundation, and SlimVirgin and others who have from time to time been victims of harassment or stalking. We listened particularly to the advice of those who have have been harassed."

Fred Bauder, controversial administrators SlimVirgin, JzG, Durova and others create a secret "Cyberstalking email list" on Wikia to discuss matters. Included on the list are Mantanmoreland and at least one of his sockpuppets. The list is administrated by SlimVirgin.

September 23rd
During a heated BADSITES hearing at Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee, founder of the committee Fred Bauder makes a formal proposal to redirect biographies of people who maintain "external sites" which criticize Wikipedians to the article "Clown".

September 19th
Jimmy Wales's tiny (misspelled) article entry on Mzoli's Meats, a South African restaurant and gathering place is deleted per process as 'non-notable'. Wales complains bitterly, and the article is restored by Wales's supporters. Debate rages about favortism and Wales's influence over the site. (See Wikipedia Review thread)

October 8th
Jimmy Wales explains that he gets about 10 emails a week from "students who end up in trouble because they cited the online encyclopedia in a paper and the information turned out to be wrong", but he has little sympathy for them.

October 12th
A link to a Slate Magazine article is removed per BADSITES, because it contains an interview with Daniel Brandt.

October 20th(Naked Short Selling controversy)
Durova blocks the respected editor Cla68 for making an uncontroversial edit to the biography of Gary Weiss. Jimmy Wales approves of the block, writing: "Durova and Guy have my full support here. No nonsense, zero tolerance, shoot on sight. No kidding, this has gone on long enough"

November 1st
Wikimedia Foundation prevail in a lawsuit brought by three people over defamation on the French Wikipedia. According to the plaintiffs, they had contacted the foundation to complain. But no record of their complaint could be found.

November 3rd - November 10th
A secret "Investigations email list" is created by prominent controversial Wikipedia administrators including Durova "to separate discussions about general sockpuppetry from the cyberstalking list".

November 18th
Wikipedia editor !! (T-C-L-K-R-D) is temporarily blocked by Durova based on secret evidence. The incident is later nicknamed the "Durova Dustup." Documented here. When asked about the block, Durova states that it cannot be discussed in public. The Wikipedia editor turns out to be an innocent new account of a former respected editor.

November 21st
A New Jersey Middle School begins a campaign of "Just Say No to Wikipedia" by putting signs over the computers in the school library. Apparently, teachers and students at the school found at least two cases of incorrect information while using Wikipedia, and white supremacist information in the entry for Martin Luther King.

November 22nd
A leak from the secret "Investigations email list" is published. The leak contains Durova's incorrect rationale for the block of User:!!, and exposes the methods a clique of administrators were using to control other editors. Durova's "evidence" contains various fantastical claims about Wikipedia Review tactics based on evidence of the behavior of innocent users who were not even members of Wikipedia Review at the time.

Wikipedia is in turmoil over the revelations.

November 28th
Sue Gardner appointed as Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation.

December 4th
The Register publishes the article "Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia" which describes the Durova / Secret list scandal. The story hits the international news. More in-depth timeline here.

December 5th
Alex Roshuk, the lawyer who assisted Jimmy Wales in writing the Wikimedia Foundation's bylaws and in setting up the Foundation as a 501-c (3) organization, describes Wales as "flaky" and someone who "does not keep his word".

December 6th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
The Register publishes the article Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain which covers Wikipedia's Naked Short Selling controversy. The piece includes interviews with Judd Bagley, and describes the blanket bans of affiliated accounts, as well as anyone who supports their point of view in the controversy.

December 7th
According to the BBC, Jimmy Wales dismissed teachers who refused students access to Wikipedia as "bad educators" in a speech in London.

December 8th
Florence Devouard, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, writes, "I can not help thinking that the rather ugly atmosphere that developped[sic] on enwiki is largely due to the very large and uncontrolled use of the checkuser tool by a minority."

December 9th
The Guardian publishes an article by Jenny Kleeman based on statements by arbitrator Charles Matthews (T-C-L-K-R-D) which claims that Carl Hewitt, associate professor emeritus in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "disrupted Wikipedia". Hewitt later complains about the article and other critics accuse Matthews of breaking confidentiality. Matthews is also accused of "creating the news" by contacting Kleeman himself with stories about Hewitt's editing. Matthews had previously been interviewed by Kleeman and the journalist had become an informal press contact.

December 11th
Jimbo Wales testifies before Congress. Before his testimony, he protected Sen. Lieberman's article using the rationale "bad day for vandalism" and promptly unprotected the article after the hearing was over. The article is immediately hit by defamatory statements after unprotection.

December 13th
The Register reveals that Carolyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, is a convicted felon for shooting a former boyfriend, and was still on parole for another offense. See full timeline here.

December 16th
Voting closes for elections to the Arbitration Committee. The elected winners include Newyorkbrad (T-C-L-K-R-D) , FT2 (T-C-L-K-R-D) , and Sam Blacketer (T-C-L-K-R-D) . Though new arbitrators are expected to provide personal details to the Wikimedia Foundation, the identities of the new arbitrators remain a mystery to the wider community and outsiders.

December 17th
Erik Möller resigns from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, and is named the Deputy Director of the Foundation.

December 26th
Wikipedia editor David Shankbone visits Wikipedia at the invitation of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in the hope of reversing a "one-dimensional view of Israel".



Wikipedia moves its headquarters from St. Petersburg to a secret location in San Fransisco. See also.

January 6th
Jimmy Wales replies to journalist Seth Finkelstein, "Seth, you're an idiot." Seth had questioned the viability of the about-to-be launched Wikia Search.

January 7th
Wikia Search launched by Jimmy Wales. According to Wales, "I don't know how long it will take to reach industry-standard quality search results, but I'd say at least two years."

January 22nd
Boy Scouts are for spanking - Thread about an inappropriate wiki site hosted by Wikia, later shut down due to outcry about the content hosted.

January 25th
Danny Wool's first post on his blog, All's Wool that End's Wool.

February 6th
The Register publishes the story Wikipedia ruled by 'Lord of the Universe' which covers the conflict of interest of prominent editor Jossi Fresco. Fresco, the creator of the Conflict of Interest Noticeboard, has been involved in a cult-like organisation and engaged in edits relating to that organisation that violate conflict of interest rules. The story comes directly from a Wikipedia Review thread.

February 7th
Notorious administrator User:JzG makes a number of changes to the biography of Rachel Marsden.

February 13th
Two major encyclopedias, the German Brockhaus and the French Quid announce the end of print production citing Wikipedia as the reason for falling sales.

February 14th
JoshuaZ sockpuppeting post. Notorious administrator JoshuaZ is discovered to have been using several accounts to stack up votes against biographical subjects who wished to see their articles deleted.

February 17th
Emerald Group release a study revealing inaccuracies in eight of nine Wikipedia articles examined, and major flaws in at least two of the nine Wikipedia entries. Overall, Wikipedia's accuracy rate was 80 percent compared with 95-96 percent accuracy within other encyclopedia sources.

February 29th
Valleywag reveals that Jimmy Wales has been having a relationship with Fox TV reporter Rachel Marsden. Wales intervened in her Wikipedia biography back in 2006, as was noted by Wikipedia Review, and the intervention reportedly led to an in-person meeting. Valleywag also publishes "transcripts of Wikipedia founder's sex chats" with Marsden. (More information here)

March 1st
Former Wikimedia Foundation employee Danny Wool blogs that Jimmy Wales used to boast about several affairs extra-marital affairs during his time at the organization. Wool also alleges that Wales "was certainly not frugal in his spending on his endless trips abroad" and that Wales was "careless" with his receipts while using money donated to the Foundation in good faith. Wool also alleges that Wales spent donation money on a massage parlour in Moscow, spent $650 of donors cash on two bottles of wine, and thought he needed a limousine "because I am like a rockstar too." Associated Press report that WMF Chair Florence Devouard castigated Wales, "I find (it) tiring to see how you are constantly trying to rewrite the past. Get a grip!"

Valleywag publishes a timeline of the Wales / Marden affair. According to Valleywag, Wales "sent a mass email to a 'special' Wikipedia list of admins at the beginning of February" ordering that Rachel Marsden's article be cleaned up right before he was set to spend the weekend with Marsden in Washington DC.

Jimmy Wales writes a statement on Wikipedia announcing, "I am no longer involved with Rachel Marsden".

March 2nd
Rachel Marden places a stained T-shirt belonging to Jimmy Wales on ebay in apparent revenge for Wales's announcement on Wikipedia the previous day.

Rachel Marsden releases more private chats between herself and Jimmy Wales to Vallewag. The chats suggest that Wales violated Wikipedia's rules to encourage favorable changes to Marsden's Wikipedia profile.

March 4th
Jimmy Wales debates with Wikipedia critic Andrew Keen at the Commonwealth Club, which is broadcast on ForaTV.

Started by Privatemusings, the first episode of 'NotTheWikipediaWeekly' is launched (later renamed to Wikivoices in November of 2008).

March 5th
The mainstream media universally cover both Jimmy Wales's Rachel Marsden debacle, and the allegations from Danny Wool that Wales misused money donated to the Wikimedia Foundation.

March 22nd
Jimmy Wales is photographed on vacation with Richard Branson and Tony Blair.

March 23rd
Rachel Marsden, using the alias 'Bramlet Abercrombie', posts a scathing attack on Jimmy Wales's Wikipedia talk page. She writes, "You couldn't have cared less about my Wikipedia entry until we started sleeping together, Jimmy."

March 24th
Wikimedia Foundation announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have awarded a grant of US$1,000,000 yearly for the next three years, for a $3 million total grant.

April 4th
Weekly podcast show NotTheWikipediaWeekly features interviews with Wikipedia Reviewers Judd Bagley, Gregory Kohs, Barry Kort (Moulton) and site chieftain 'Somey'.

April 7th
Release of the documentary The Truth According to Wikipedia which interviews supporters and critics including Larry Sanger and Andrew Keen.

April 14th
A professor of information systems at Deakins University says that Wikipedia is "fostering a climate of blind trust among people seeking information". She also criticises the unaccountability of Wikipedia and the creation of a "new and anonymous elite".

April 19th
A student in California is arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats against students via the Wikipedia article on his school.

April 21st
A series of emails by members and associates of the pro-Israel group CAMERA are exposed. The emails detail a concerted effort to manipulate Wikipedia content.

April 29th
Arbitrator NewYorkBrad leaves Wikipedia after his real life identity is revealed by Daniel Brandt on Hivemind. Jimmy Wales writes; "I consider it a tragedy when trolls drive good people away from charity work by engaging in underhanded personal attacks." Brad returned shortly after, and was giving interviews using his real name a year later.

May 2nd
Literary agent Barbara Bauer sues the Wikimedia Foundation in the New Jersey Superior Court claiming that the Wikimedia Foundation is liable for malicious additions to her biography in 2006. The judge dismissed the case in July 2008 citing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) which protects sites from the actions of their users.

May 5th
Valleywag run a story on Erik Möller, the deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation titled Erik Möller, No. 2 at Wikipedia, a defender of pedophilia.

May 6th
Valleywag run a follow up story on Erik Möller, the deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation titled, Wikipedia leader Erik Möller: "Children are pornography".

May 6th
WorldNetDaily publish the article Is Wikipedia wicked porn? which asks why Wikipedia hosts pictures of "nude homosexual men engaging in sex acts and a variety of other sexually explicit images and content." The article also brings first attention to the Scorpion's Virgin Killer album cover which is hosted on Wikipedia. (Virgin Killer controversy)

May 12th
Flagged revisions introduced to the German Wikipedia.

May 16th
Mike Godwin, legal council to the WMF, instructs WikiNews to remove a story covering allegations of pornography in Wikipedia, which also referenced the Erik Möller episode. Godwin proposes "some kind of process in which initial versions of news stories are vetted before they're made publicly available for further editing." This is in stark contrast to Wikipedia policies regarding Biographies of Living People.

May 28th (Naked Short Selling controversy)
'Mantanmoreland' is finally blocked from Wikipedia after an investigation into abuse of multiple accounts.

June 2nd
Wikipedia critic Andrew Keen and disaffected co-founder Larry Sanger debate the proposition that "the internet is the future of knowledge" at Oxford University.

June 21st
Wikipedia is blamed for falling standards in Scottish education by The Scottish Parent Teacher Council.

June 12th
The biography of NBC Journalist Tim Russert is updated only minutes after his death, before his family had discovered the details. This was against the wishes of NBC who had held off reporting the news for two hours so his family wouldn't hear about it first from the media.

July 17th
Michael Snow replaces Florence Nibart-Devouard as chair of the Wikimedia Foundation board.

July 23rd
Google Knol goes live.

August 9th
Wikimedia Foundation Counsel Mike Godwin confirms that Bruce Ivins, a suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, was a Wikipedia editor under the account name Jimmyflathead, and that the Foundation had been subject to a subpoena regarding the case. Register story published on August 7th.

August 1st
News breaks of Bruce Ivin's Wikipedia edits under the account name Jimmyflathead. Register story published a week later.

August 24th
Opinion columnist Steve Cuozzo pans Wikipedia's New York City coverage, pointing to mistakes in a number of articles, and calls Wikipedia "the engine of ignorance".

August 31st
A Wikipedia user called Young Trigg makes a number of complimentary expository edits to Sarah Palin's article shortly before the announcement of her nomination as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate.

September 8th
Wikimedia UK is disbanded by UK Chair Alison Wheeler due to lack of interest and "problems with respect to their relationship with the Wikimedia Foundation"

October 5th
Wikipedia Vandalism Study published. Gregory Kohs and Wikipedia Review members methodically catalogue one calendar quarter’s worth of pernicious edits to the 100 WP biographies about the (then) current United States Senators. This is an effort to highlight Wikipedia's lax standards while hosting prominent biographies.

November 10th
New York Times journalist David Rohde is kidnapped by the Taliban. The Times requests a news blackout, which is observed by over 40 news outlets, and approaches Jimmy Wales for assistance to keep the news out of Wikipedia. Wales allocates the task of preventing coverage on WP to a small group of "trusted administrators". Reports of the kidnapping added to Wikipedia are removed by administrators. Times journalist Michael Moss re-edits Rhode's biography to make the subject seem more sympathetic to Muslims.

November 12th
Suspicion is raised on Wikipedia Review regarding the identity of British based elected Arbitrator 'Sam Blacketer'. Arbitrators are expected to verify their identities with the Wikimedia Foundation.

November 13th
A German politician requests and is briefly granted a court order blocking the German Wikipedia after malicious false allegations were added to his biography.

December 5th (Virgin Killer controversy)
The UK Internet Watch Foundation blacklist a Wikipedia image page showing the cover art of The Scorpions' 1976 album Virgin Killer, due to the presence of a potentially illegal photograph of a naked minor. The measure followed complaints from the public. UK internet providers, who automatically act on the blacklist, fed their traffic to Wikipedia through a small number of proxy servers. When Wikipedia admins blocked IP addresses on other pages (as is routine), the action temporarily prevented all unlogged-in editors using those ISPs from editing any page of Wikipedia.

December 9th (Virgin Killer controversy)
The Internet Watch Foundation rescind their block of the Virgin Killer image.

December 10th (Virgin Killer controversy)
Wikimedia UK press spokesperson David Gerard announces in his blog, "a small amount of gleeful dancing on the skulls of the IWF today."

December 14th
Voting closes for elections to the Arbitration Committee. The elected winners include Cool Hand Luke (T-C-L-K-R-D) who revealed himself shortly before voting began to be One, a long time member of Wikipedia Review.

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Wikia relaunches a question-and-answer site called, which Wikia informally calls Wikianswers. Unfortunately, there is already another successful site called WikiAnswers that has no affiliation to Wikia or to any Jimmy Wales project. Confusion reigns in the media.

January 2nd
Wikipedia holds a poll to agree a trial of "flagged revisions". Flagged revisions, which have proved successful on the German Wikipedia, would mean edits would be checked before being published. The proposal would significantly combat Wikipedia's defamatory biographies problem. Supporters include Jimmy Wales. The result is 59.6% in support, 39.2% in opposition, 1.2% neutral.

January 3rd
New statistics on editing frequency show that the size of the active editing community of the English Wikipedia peaked in early 2007 and is in decline.

January 4th
A New Scientist article reports a study which discovered that although Wikipedia is founded on the notion of openly sharing and collecting knowledge as a community, editors scored low on agreeableness and openness.

January 12th
The Times newspaper publishes their '50 best young footballers' list which includes a player that doesn't exist. At number 30 on the list came 'Masal Bugduv', who was created by a Wikipedia hoax.

January 14th
The Wikimedia Foundation announce the appointment of venture capitalist Roger McNamee to the board of advisors.

January 21st
Wikimedia Foundation announce that Wikia has agreed to sublease two of their conference rooms to them, having "matched the best offer". This creates speculation that the two unaffiliated organizations may be self-dealing (which is strictly prohibited), and gives another example of the many connections between them.

January 21st
The Washington Post reports that after Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd were both rushed away from Barack Obama's post-inaugural luncheon due to ill-health, their Wikipedia biographies were altered to read that they had died.

Jimmy Wales asks the Wikimedia Foundation to turn on Flagged Revisions on the English Wikipedia on his "personal recommendation". Wales cites the Kennedy / Byrd incident. Flagged Revisions timeline.

January 27th
A 25 year old Wikipedia administrator commits suicide. The tragedy occurs after several months of conflict between Wikipedia users.

January 30th
Sedate BBC TV celebrity Alan Titchmarsh is forced to deny claims he is a "sex guru" after his Wikipedia biography claimed he had penned an update to the Kama sutra.

February 3rd
The Independent newspaper publish the article "So is Wikipedia cracking up?". The article describes erroneous edits made to the biography of Bruce Springsteen.

February 5th
Final posting to Wikitruth. The site remains viewable but updates have been closed.

February 11th
A false fact added to the biography of German politician Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is regurgitated by the mainstream media. When editors on the German Wikipedia attempt to remove the falsehood, it is restored on the basis that the "fact" is cited by reliable sources.

February 15th
Akahele launched by Wikipedia Review members Greg Kohs, Judd Bagley, Paul Wehage and Anthony DiPierro.

February 17th
Vandalism to Barack Obama's Wikipedia biography is cached by Google which shows "NIGGA NIGGA NIGGA" on all Google searches for his name.

February 28th
Jimmy Wales is granted nearly unlimited powers project-wide.

March 15th
Wikipedia falsely claims that US TV News anchor Tom Brokaw had an affair with ABC's Diane Sawyer. The New York Daily News who ran the story describes the site as "wacky-pedia".

March 17th
The Abuse Filter is turned on. Prodego pens the first filter to block page moves to "HAGGER". Two days later, NawlinWiki lends credibility to a concern raised a few weeks earlier by enabling a poorly-written filter that de-autoconfirms over 200 innocent users.

Also on March 17th
The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih is published.

March 18th (Virgin Killer controversy)
The UK Internet Watch Foundation reveal that some of its members have received "threats to their safety" from activists after the organization acted on complaints that Wikipedia was hosting an illegal image by displaying the Virgin Killer album cover.

March 20th
British academics are "astonished" after English Heritage submitted a Wikipedia page as part of its evidence to the government on a key listing case.

March 23rd
The Wikimedia Foundation complains that the Wikipedia Art website may be violating trademark law by its use of “Wikipedia” in the domain name. Wikipedia Art is "an art intervention which explicitly invites performative utterances in order to change the work itself. The ongoing composition and performance of Wikipedia Art is intended to point to the ‘invisible authors and authorities’ of Wikipedia, and by extension the Internet,[2] as well as the site’s extant criticisms: bias, consensus over credentials, reliability and accuracy, vandalism, etc…"

March 28th
Shane Fitzgerald, an Irish student, finds his experimental hoax entry to the biography of Maurice Jarre is picked up by the international media and published in obituaries to the composer as fact.

March 29th
Microsoft pulls the plug on its MSN Encarta encyclopedia websites and software, following Wikipedia's obliteration of the online reference market.

March 31st
Jimmy Wales "closes the doors" on Wikia Search. The site is permanently taken offline.

April 1st
Wikipedia's biography on Russian human rights campaigner Lev Ponomarev announces his death hours before news reports described a near fatal attack on the same man.

April 8th
Co-founder of Wikipedia Larry Sanger delivers a blistering "open letter" to Jimmy Wales on his Wikipedia talk page after Wales gave a press interview discussing his role at the site. According to Sanger, "The lies and distortions it contains are, for me, the last straw". Wales duly removed the letter. Wales also removed Sanger's follow up statement, and a post which linked to the same letter hosted externally. Sanger's posts were also removed several times by Wikipedia editor David Shankbone (T-C-L-K-R-D) . Wikipedia critic Seth Finkelstein describes.

April 24th
A New Jersey appeals court reverses a decision after it is discovered that attorneys in New Jersey used facts gleaned from Wikipedia to prevail during a case in 2008. The appeals court statement read, "A Wikipedia page doesn't meet the legal requirement as a "source whose accuracy cannot be reasonably questioned."

May 12th
Jayjg stripped of his flags and privileges.

May 21st
Former Dallas County judge and prosecutor Catherine Crier files a lawsuit against a thus-far unknown editor who posted malicious edits to her Wikipedia biography. Falsehoods included claims she was a "murder suspect, a shoplifter, she's served jail time, she's been disbarred".

May 26th
'Sam Blacketer' resigns from the Arbitration Committee. The elected arbitrator is discovered to be David Boothroyd, who edited the site previously as User:Dbiv (name changed to User:Fys in 2006). Boothroyd was reprimanded under his previous account name and had his administrative rights removed in 2006. He made no mention of this dalliance as he rose up the ranks under his new pseudonym of Blacketer in 2007. The media make much of his real life position as an elected Labour Party councillor at London's Westminster Council, highlighting pseudonymous edits he made to the biography of a rival political Party Leader.

June 1st
Wikipedia Arbitration ban IP addresses used by the Church of Scientology. The story, and the Arbitration committee are mocked on the Colbert Report.

June 21st
New York Times reveal the news blackout initiated in November 2008 after the return of kidnapped journalist David Rohde. The blackout extended to Wikipedia, through correspondence with Jimmy Wales.

June 23rd
Wikipedia critic Gregory Kohs of Wikipedia Review is unblocked from Wikipedia again. Despite being blocked continuously from July 20, 2007 until June 23, 2009, The kohser maintained an active talk page. Here it is during its zenith.

July 8th
Political consultant Mark Grebner files a defamation lawsuit against three Wikipedia editors for adding "false and libelous" material into his biography.

July 10th
National Portrait Gallery threatens litigation over the use of its images.

August 25th
Omidyar Network donates $2 million to Wikipedia. It is also announced that Matt Halprin, a partner at Omidyar Network, is appointed to Wikimedia's board of trustees. More commentary here.

November 29th
David Gerard stripped of his flags and privileges. Further discussion here.

December 4th
Actor Ron Livingstone files suit against an individual over vandalism to his Wikipedia entry. Further commentary here.

December 16th
Voting closes for elections to the Arbitration Committee. The elected winners include Wikipedia Review regulars Steve Smith (T-C-L-K-R-D) (SarcasticIdealist) and SirFozzie (T-C-L-K-R-D) . This is the first Arbcom election to use secret ballots.


January 19th
Mass deletion of unwatched BLPs occurs. See also.

January 28th
Elaborate hoax surrounding Stefan de Rothschild exposed.

February 16th
Google donates $2 million to the WMF.

March 2nd
The Mike Handel Story. A look into how a BLP hoax with Seigenthaler-like content makes it onto the DYK section, receiving some 4300 page views. Further analysis here - Dead link, Secondary link.

April 27th
Co-founder Larry Sanger informs the FBI that Commons is hosting child pornography. The events are informally dubbed "Wikiporngate." Further commentary and links here: Larry Sanger discovers "illegal pedophilia", Jimbo to Commons!, The Board Speaks on Porn, Ten most underreported facts about Wikiporngate?.

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