is one of a family of wiki
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-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation
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, running on MediaWiki
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software. Based on an idea by Daniel Alston and implemented by Brion Vibber, the goal of the project is to produce collaboratively a vast reference of quotation
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s from prominent people, books, films and proverbs, and to give details about them with appropriate attribution. Though there are many online collections of quotations, Wikiquote is distinguished by being among the few that provide an opportunity for visitors to contribute. Wikiquote pages are cross-linked to articles about the notable personalities on Wikipedia.
Initially, the project was created solely in English; a later expansion to include additional language
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s was started in July 2004.
| 27 June 2003
|| Temporarily put on the Wolof language
Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and is the native language of the Wolof people. Like the neighbouring languages Serer and Fula, it belongs to the Atlantic branch of the Niger–Congo language family...
| 10 July 2003
|| Own subdomain created (quote.wikipedia.org).
| 25 August 2003
|| Own domain created (wikiquote.org).
| 17 July 2004
|| New languages added.
| 13 November 2004
|| English edition reaches 2,000 pages.
| November 2004
|| Reaches 24 languages.
| March 2005
|| Reaches 10,000 pages in total. English edition has close to 3,000 pages.
| June 2005
|| Reaches 34 languages, including one classical (Latin) and one artificial (Esperanto)
| 4 November 2005
|| English Wikiquote reaches 5,000 pages.
| April 2006
|| French Wikiquote taken down for legal reasons.
| 4 December 2006
|| French Wikiquote restarted.
| 7 May 2007
|| English Wikiquote reaches 10,000 pages.
| July 2007
|| Reaches 40 languages.
| February 2010
|| Reaches a total of 100,000 articles among all languages.
In July 2004, about 70 subdomains were set up. As of 28 November 2010, twenty-five versions each have more than 1,000 articles. The largest Wikiquote is the English project with over 19,300 articles, followed by the Polish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Russian sites with over 5,000 articles each, and then by the Slovak, Spanish, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Turkish, Slovenian and French (which was restarted in December 2006). Fifty-three language versions have 100 or more articles.