Russia Plans Its Own Version of Wikipedia by 2023

The project aims to attract three times as much traffic as Wikipedia.org.

Russia is aiming to roll out an online encyclopedia in three years with a readership five times the size of Wikipedia’s, the RBC news website reported Wednesday, citing procurement documents.

Russia has been planning to create its own version of Wikipedia to ensure Russians have access to more “detailed and reliable” information about their country since as far back as 2014. Russia previously attempted to block Wikipedia over an article containing instructions on how to prepare a type of cannabis drug.

The 2 billion ruble ($30 million) project is expected to launch at the tail end of 2022, RBC reported. The online encyclopedia will reportedly contain more than 80,000 articles from the 35-volume Great Russian Encyclopedia.

Procurement documents analyzed by RBC state that Russian Wikipedia will need to have the capacity to handle 15 million unique visitors every day. For comparison, under 3 million Russian users visited Wikipedia.org every day in July 2019.

Registered users will reportedly be able to propose new entries, but an expert community will have final say on whether to expand and update the encyclopedia.

(c) The Moscow Times

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  1. Yet another project from fantasy land. Just a few facts about Wikipedia. It has 18 billion views a month, 20,000 new entries a month, and is one of the most visited websites in the world. Yet Muscovy are going to create their version with 5 times the amount of readers? Good luck with that. I have heard the Muscovy version will be titled – It Wasn’t Us.

    • “…but an expert community will have final say on whether to expand and update the encyclopedia.”
      In every language but Russian, that means it will be Kremlin-approved just like everything else in the fake country.

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                • I haven’t tried yet. But it seems to be a problem when I try to log in with my keyboard now, I need to use a virtual keyboard for the password. When I’m in it’s not a problem. Still a beta! 🙂

                    • Luckily my machine works fine. Last issue i had was some bad sectors on my hard drive. I simply removed XP and replaced it with Home Server. During setup Home Server fixed everything automatically. My machine is superfast and stable since. Sadly here in hospital i only have my phone. My eyes are not the best no more, so sometimes it’s a pain in the ass reading. 😢

                    • I hate using my mobile for reading posts, by the time you increase the size of the text, you are scrolling all over the place.

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                    • He told me he had upgraded, but I don’t remember what. Was it W 2000 server? 😀

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                    • It’s very difficult to understand people from Jylland, they speak with a hot potato in their mouth 🙂 It’s some of the same problem with people living here, it’s a Swedish dialect that is very different from how they speak in Gothenburg and Stockholm

                    • Jylland is my home, easy to speak. The islanders swallow way more letters than mainlanders. My command of spoken norwegian is almost better than of standard danish. 😇

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  2. Hackers target Windows due to the universal use. Linux they leave alone but you can not download some files. Movies being one. Might need to update the XPunit to Home Server.

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