A reader is someone who visits Wikipedia articles to read rather than edit the content. Editors, often referred to as Wikipedians if logged in, also read Wikipedia of course, but as well as reading they also edit the pages to help build the encyclopaedia.

Wikipedia currently has ୧୮,୦୯୪ articles that are edited by ୪୧ active editors. Therefore, as an encyclopaedia used as a reference source by readers – and the majority of visitors are in fact readers – it is important that pages and articles are optimised for this readership.

The most viewed articles on Wikipedia for October 2011 were:

Rank Article Number of hits
1 ପ୍ରଧାନ ପୃଷ୍ଠା 12786
2 ଇଣ୍ଟରନେଟ 2584
3 ହିସାବ 1807
4 Wikipedia:Privacy policy 990
5 Wikipedia:About 973
6 Wikipedia:General disclaimer 968
7 ଓଡ଼ିଶା 567
8 ଓଡ଼ିଆ 541
9 Help:Contents 494
10 Help:Editing 483

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