[Foundation-l] First use/contribution by Canadians of Wikipedia

Dan Collins en.wp.st47 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 18:58:42 UTC 2008

On Feb 18, 2008 1:37 PM, Mike Godwin <mgodwin at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Dear folks,
> In order to pursue our trademark registration in Canada, we would like
> to document the earliest uses of Wikipedia by Canadians.  Our Canadian
> staff members (Sue Gardner and Jay Walsh) believe the  first Canadian
> uses of Wikipedia date back near the origins of
> Wikipedia itself.  Considering that Wikipedia started in early 2001,
> this should mean that by early 2002 there was significant Canadian
> use  of the English-language Wikipedia project.  I assume there was
> also early use of the French-language Wikipedia project by French
> Canadians -- that would also help us here.
> Does anyone here have any thoughts about how we might document the
> (likely) fact that Canadians were engaged with Wikipedia early on?
> --Mike Godwin
> General Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
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You could look up old edits by IP address, perhaps by using Wikiscanner,
which reveals this from a college in ontario:

You could also look for old wikipedians in the list of canadians:
In a few moments, I'll try to coax some information out of the database
about that.

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