Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Jimbo’s Number

I wrote this post in 2007, more than 15 years ago. It may be very out of date, partially or totally incorrect. I may even no longer agree with this, or might approach things differently if I wrote this post today. I rarely edit posts after writing them, but if I have there'll be a note at the bottom about what I changed and why. If something in this post is actively harmful or dangerous please get in touch and I'll fix it.

It’s been a bad new year for Wikipedia, and it’s probably just going to get worse.

While watching such a noble experiment come apart at the seams is depressing, it seems there’s a pretty valuable lesson here:

Jimbo’s Number

1,000,000 — the approximate maximum size, in pages, of any one website.