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A Wikipedia article is defined as a page that has encyclopedic or almanac-like information on it ("almanac-like" being; lists, timelines, tables or charts).

See Special:Allpages for a list of all Wikipedia articles and Wikipedia:Statistics for statistics on Wikipedia and its growth.

An "article" does not include any pages in any of the specified namespaces that are used for particular purposes, such as:

In the Monobook (default) skin, the type of page is shown in the currently selected tab and non-article pages have a light blue background. In the Classic skin, pages from these namespaces are displayed on a yellow background to distinguish them from pages in the article namespace.

But not all pages in the article namespace are considered to be articles; most notably:

  • the Main Page;
  • thousands of "stub" pages that may not be considered real articles yet;
  • thousands of disambiguation pages which are used to resolve naming conflicts;
  • thousands of "redirect" pages which are used to re-route one page to another page;

The automatic definition used by the software at Special:Statistics is: any page that is in the article namespace, is not a redirect page and contains at least one wiki link. The statistics software currently has no method of detecting disambiguation pages, however; nor does it disregard Stubs and Stublists (lists templates with little or no content).

See Wikipedia:Naming conventions to learn how we title articles and Wikipedia:protected pages for a list of pages that have been made read-only to non-Wikipedia Administrators.

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