The Dutch (Dutch: Nederlandstalige) is the Dutch-language edition of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. It was started in June 2001. As of April 2018, the Dutch is the third-largest edition, with 1,928,970 articles. It was the fourth edition to exceed 1 million articles, after the English, German and French editions. In April 2016, 1154 active editors made at least five edits in that month.
The Dutch was started on 19 June 2001, and reached 100,000 articles on 14 October 2005. It briefly surpassed the Polish as the sixth-largest edition of, but then fell back to the eighth position. On 1 March 2006, it overtook the Swedish and Italian editions in one day to rise back to the sixth position. The edition's 500,000th article was created on 30 November 2008. In a 2006 Multiscope research study, the Dutch was rated the third-best Dutch-language website, after Google and Gmail, with a score of 8.1.
The Dutch language has the largest ratio of pages per native speaker of all of the top 10 largest editions. Its rate of daily article creations spiked in March 2006, rapidly growing to an average of 1,000 a day in early May 2006. After this number was reached, growth dropped to an average of only about 250 a day, comparable to the averages around December 2005. Since then, there have been more article-creation surges, one of the largest peaking at 2,000 new articles per day in September 2007, but the growth rate has always returned to the lowest average of around 250.
In 2008, Dutch businessman Bob Sijthoff attempted to sue "the Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland" and "the Stichting Wikimedia Nederland" to force the removal of his Dutch article, which he stated contained "false and abusive" information. On December 10, 2008, the court rejected his request. The judge ruled that he had sued the wrong entity and that legal responsibility for the content of the articles would not lie in the Netherlands, but with the American Wikimedia Foundation.
The majority of articles in Dutch (59%) were created by internet bots. In October 2011, several bots created 80,000 articles (then equivalent to 10% of the entire edition's article count) in only 11 days.
The Dutch's one-millionth article was created in December 2011, after another surge of bot activity saw 100,000 added articles in only 10 days. In late March 2013, the Dutch surpassed the French to become the third-largest edition of. In June 2013, it overtook the German to become the second-largest edition.
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The depth or editing depth of is a rough indicator of the encyclopedia's collaborative quality, showing how frequently its articles are updated. The depth is measured by taking the average number of edits per article multiplied by the extent in which articles are supported by discussion (among other things, talk pages). Among the nine language editions with one million articles, the Dutch, Swedish, and Polishs in that order have depth parameters much lower than the other six. As of March 2012, for the English version the article depth is 666, for the German 88, for the French 153, for the Spanish 160, for the Dutch only 18.
Compared to most other editions with a similar number of articles, articles on the Dutch have less content with an average of 1,598 bytes per article (as of February 2014). This is roughly 40% of that of the French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish editions (3,986-4,277 bytes/article as of February 2014).
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