(; translation: Baidu Encyclopedia) is a Chinese language
provided by the Chinese search engine Baidu
. Like Baidu itself, the encyclopedia is heavily self-censored in line with government regulations
The test version was released on April 20, 2006, and within three weeks, the encyclopedia had grown to more than 90,000 articles, surpassing that of Chinese Wikipedia
. By 2008, Hudong.com
had surpassed both in article count.
As of July 2011, Baidu Baike has more than 3.5 million articles, about ten times more than the Chinese Wikipedia.
Baidu's William Chang
said at WWW2008, the conference of the World Wide Web Consortium
, "There is, in fact, no reason for China to use Wikipedia ... It's very natural for China to make its own products."
The site is an open Internet encyclopedia
espousing equality, collaboration, and sharing. The encyclopedia, with two other services provided by Baidu ("zhidao" and "post") would form a trinity to complement the search engine.
The articles are written and edited by registered users and reviewed by behind-the-scenes administrators before release. There is no formal way to contact the administrators. Registered users' contributions are rewarded in a credit point system. Although the... Read More