The history of Jesus on Wikipedia
At 1:12 a.m. on March 3, 2001, Jimmy Wales created a page for Jesus on a three-month-old site called Wikipedia. "Jesus Christ is a central figure in Christianity," he wrote. The site's co-founder followed with a petition to his fellow first-generation editors: "I fear great controversy if this encyclopedia entry isn't written well, and so I think we should all plunge in and duke it out quickly."
More than 2.5 million entries have been written since March 3, 2001, and many of the edits to Jesus are simply links to all of these new pages. In 2006, nearly 7,000 edits were made to Jesus' profile. In 2009 there are barely 1,000. Users will continue to polish his edges, but their work feels mostly done. Meanwhile, the vandals circle, waiting for the moment when that protection comes down.