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Wikipedia hits Top 25 sites

Wikipedia has risen into top 25 most popular sites on the web, according to Alexa Internet [1]. At press time, the site's rank was 23rd, passing such sites as and It is also number one on Alexa's list of reference sites, finally surpassing the My Yahoo portal; it passed Mapquest in June of last year.

Proposed deletion goes into trial period

Proposed deletion is in a trial period this week, after discussion about the idea. The system allows uncontested deletions to be deleted after five days, bypassing AFD. If a deletion is contested by removing the "proposed deletion" template, it will usually be put to AFD then to determine community consensus. Many users worry that good articles will be deleted, but over fifty contributors promised to review the list of proposed deletion requests (generated automatically) to make sure that this does not happen.

Article improvement process

A new competition for bringing articles to higher standard was launched at Wikipedia:Article assessment this week. Articles within a selected weekly topic (which are neither stubs nor featured articles) are rated on several criteria, and the article with the highest rating is selected as the winner. The first topic is Natural disasters.

Straw poll

A public opinion survey continues about the usefulness of user conduct requests for comments at Wikipedia:User RFC reform.


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