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Bulbapedia was set up by {{u|Zhen Lin}} on December 21, 2004. The original period of development sought members of the Bulbagarden community to write for "a collaborative and open work environment which makes interacting with other staff and looking up information very simple."<ref>[http Original announcement]</ref> This proved unsuccessful, but Bulbapedia proceeded with a dozen or so contributors, and reached 100 articles within three weeks. It eventually opened to the public on February 14, 2005, marketed as "Bulbagarden's Valentine's Gift to the Fandom".<ref>[ Bulbapedia's release notes]</ref> At least 21 new articles were created within the first 24 hours of operations, and within three months 1,000 articles had been written. The 10,000th article was created 3 years later, on June 29, 2008.<ref>[ Bulbapedia statistics]</ref> Currently, it is the largest English-language Pokémon wiki.
Like every wiki, Bulbapedia's development was dependent on the community, and in the years that passed since its opening, many thousands of users have contributed to its success. In the summer of 2007, when the subject of starting of publishing advertisements on the website to maintain its costs came up, the entire community {{bp|Advertising|was given the right to vote}} on the matter, eventually deciding to agree to the advertising.
Due to the interactive and collaborative nature of the site, Bulbapedia is prone to vandalism. This is often quickly seen and reverted by good-faith contributors, but two incidents have stood out in the site's history. '''The Great Bulbapedia Turkey Shoot''' is the first, and was for a long period of time documented for its historicity. The second, more recent spate is unnamed, although it was once jokingly referred to as '''The Great Bulbapedia Turkey Shoot II: Back for Dessert'''.<ref>[http Turkey Shoot II]</ref> The Turkey Shoot had its own article on the site for a fairly long period of time, but many people, both general users and staff alike, found the article to be of questionable notability. The {{bp|staff}} of Bulbapedia held a vote in late March of 2012 and decided the article was no longer worth keeping.
:"Things like [that page] give us the small-town feel, but we've almost certainly outgrown it. I'm fine with it being taken down." — {{u|evkl}}
==External links==
*[http BulbapediaBulbawiki discussion forumForum] on [[Bulbagarden forums]]
*[[Bulbapedia:About|Bulbapedia's About page]]
*[ WikiIndex Entry]