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Because you have time to kill and you need to fill the gap, wanting to know the answer to ‘What is Wikipedia’s oldest article edit?’ Am I right?


Whoa. Wikipedia says it couldn’t store their first edit, however, it does share a screenshot of their oldest edit ever that survived, Wikipedia:UuU.


Wikipedia started off as a radical idea.

Founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger wanted to give every person on the planet free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Since the website launched on January 15, 2001, it has grown into the largest referenced resource on the internet today.

So who made Wikipedia’s first edit?

Wales said he was the one to make the first edit on Wikipedia after installing UseModWiki. Unfortunately, his edit does not exist on the current database. In fact, nothing survived on the first day.

Below we showcase Wikipedia’s oldest edit archived the day after — the one that survived.

Here’s what it looks like:


Main Takeaway

Wikipedia’s oldest surviving edit was published on January 16, 2001, at 20:08 UTC. The UuU page was made as a CamelCase hack to create a link to an article about the letter, ‘U’ a page that couldn’t be made because of the UseModWiki software, which only worked with CamelCased words as linked articles at the time.

The UuU page survived because it had only one edit between the time it was published and the time when Wikipedia decided to move onto Phase II software.

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