10 Questions for Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

BY News Desk  July 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM EDT

Updated July 10 | When Wikipedia formally launched on Jan. 15, 2001, creators Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger hoped to create over 100,000 articles.

Today, Wikipedia has more than 22 million articles in over 285 languages. In the 11 years since its inception, the free encyclopedia has become a community of volunteers who do more than contribute and edit information. Now the empire includes quotes, news and books, among other things, known as Wikimedia.

(Oh, and you can also read about Wikipedia on Wikipedia).

Yesterday we asked for your questions. Among them: Why are there more Wikipedia entries for Doctor Who than there are for Shakespeare? Why do more men than women contribute to Wikipedia? Where does Jimmy Wales get that piercing stare?

Here are some of those answers:


Watch the full interview with Jimmy Wales on Russian blackouts, neutrality and trusting Wikipedia, which aired on Tuesday’s NewsHour.