Bulbapedia

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Bulbapedia
Bulbapedia logo.png
Bulbapedia's logo,
Bulbasaur's bulb with a superimposed Poké Ball
Status Active
Run 2005 - Present
Date opened February 14, 2005
Creator Archaic
Number of Articles 22,723*
Forum BMGf
Mascot Bulbasaur
Website Main Page

Bulbapedia is a wiki that focuses on the Pokémon franchise.

Its name is a portmanteau of "Bulbagarden", the Pokémon website which runs Bulbapedia, and "encyclopedia". Both Bulbapedia and Bulbagarden get their names from Bulbasaur, the first Pokémon listed in the National Pokédex order.

For many reasons, such as adding only officially-confirmed data, and a wide array of information, Bulbapedia is generally accepted as the most in-depth site within the Pokémon fandom. Images used across the website are stored at the Bulbagarden Archives, which also provides artwork and screenshots for Bulbanews, a news site also run by Bulbagarden.


Development[edit]

Bulbapedia was set up by Zhen Lin on December 21, 2004. The original period of development looked for 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." This proved unsuccessful, but Bulbapedia proceeded with around a dozen contributors, and reached 100 articles within three weeks. It later opened to the public on February 14, 2005, and was marketed as "Bulbagarden's Valentine's Gift to the Fandom". Over 21 new articles were created within the first 24 hours of operation, and within the first three months 1,000 articles had been written. The 10,000th article was created 3 years later, on June 29, 2008.

Currently, it is the largest English-language Pokémon wiki.

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