[Foundation-l] Why "Wikipedia" and not "the Wikipedia"?

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sat Jun 27 15:22:27 UTC 2009

When you talk about the wikipedia, it indicate in my appreciation this
authoritative instance. There is no such thing as *the* authoritative
Wikipedia. While many consider the English Wikipedia as such, it is very
much the German Wikipedia that pioneered the use of Flagged Revision, it is
the Serbian and Chinese Wikipedias who show the way on support for multiple

There is Wikipedia, the multi lingual project that provides encyclopaedic

2009/6/27 Ziko van Dijk <zvandijk at googlemail.com>

> Hello,
> Could someone explain to me why "Wikipedia" is without definite
> article? In English you say "the Britannica", so why not "the
> Wikipedia"? I am wondering that also in German Wikipedians and
> non-Wikipedians tend to drop the article, although we say "der
> Brockhaus".
> Kind regards
> Ziko
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> Ziko van Dijk
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