Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks

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Mirrors and forks of Wikipedia are listed in alphabetical order in the following pages:

(Numbers) ABC - DEF - GHI - JKL - MNO - PQR - STU - VWXYZ and should also be listed on the GFDL compliance page.



Wikipedia's license, the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) requires that any derivative of works from Wikipedia must be released under that same license, must state that it is released under that license, and must acknowledge the main authors (which some claim can be accomplished with a link back to that article on Wikipedia). This does not apply to material that was released into the public domain, to material whose authors have given permission, and to use that can be defended as fair use.

The web sites listed on the "compliance" pages below use content original to Wikipedia as a source for at least some of their content. Wikipedia itself is not included.

GFDL compliance

If the following websites have not followed the rules above, any person willing may notify them, but it is preferable that a Wikipedia contributor to an article they have copied does so. A possible process is given in the non-compliance section below.

Please add newly discovered sites to one of the following pages: (in their proper alphabetical place)

(Numbers) ABC - DEF - GHI - JKL - MNO - PQR - STU - VWXYZ

Also, please list the page, using a link to its alphabetical place, on the following lists:

Note:You may wish to use the all-in-one page I made(currently under my User page): User:JesseW/Full mirror list - JesseW 06:42, 5 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Non-compliance process

This section describes the steps that might be taken on discovering a new site that uses Wikipedia content.
Note that Wikipedia does not give legal advice. Contributors retain their own copyright for submitted work.

''If you do contact a website about infringement relating to work originally submitted to Wikipedia, please note it on the relevant subpage listed above. Doing this will help co-ordinate activities in helping other websites become compliant with our licence, without webmasters feeling harassed by lots of angry no compliance notices.'

Compliant or largely compliant:

Perhaps send an email to the webmaster thanking them for making our free content more available. If there are some small changes that can be made to improve compliance, suggest them.

Poor or no compliance: Proxies/deep image linking:

  1. Send a standard GFDL violation letter saying that they'll get blocked from accessing Wikipedia if they don't comply. Add notice about the ongoing process on meta:Non-compliant site coordination.
  2. If there's no reaction, place a note at meta:Non-compliant site coordination in the 'to be blocked' section. A developer will check that page and block the access to wikipedia by ip or referrer.

Others/extreme cases:

  1. Send a standard violation letter informing the website of their non-compliance (as soon as violation discovered)
  2. Send a second standard letter, noting that this is the second letter and date of first letter (one month after first letter)
  3. Send a third standard letter, noting that this is third letter and date of first two letters (two months after first letter)
  4. Find the Internet Service Provider (and possibly also Domain Name registration anonymizing service) of the infringer. They will almost certainly be breaking their terms of service.
  5. Send a final warning letter, noting that we will in XX days contact their ISP and Google with a DMCA notice to enforce take down of the material (approx three months after first letter).

Proposed : The next steps have never yet been taken

  1. Send a takedown notice to Google by following the nine steps at

Remote loading

Some mirrors load a page from the Wikimedia servers directly every time someone requests a page from them. They alter the text in some way, such as framing it with ads, then send it on to the reader. This is called remote loading, and it is an unacceptable use of Wikimedia server resources. Even remote loading websites with little legitimate traffic can generate significant load on our servers, due to search engine web crawlers.

If you suspect a website is remote loading Wikipedia content, you can report it to the wikitech-l mailing list or the IRC channel #wikimedia-tech on In most cases they will be blocked.

The appropriate way to run a mirror is to download a dump of the cur table and the images from, and then use a modified instance of MediaWiki to generate the required HTML.

Copies of this list

A separate list of sites that utilise Wikipedia content is maintained at This list consists primarily of complete copies of all Wikipedia articles. It is intended to show readers where they can get Wikipedia content when Wikipedia itself is down.

*Please add new sites to one of the pages listed at GFDL compliance.

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