, Microsoft and Google, the largest with.2 billion unique visitors." 16 In addition to logistic growth in the number of its articles, 290 Wikipedia has steadily gained status as a general reference website since its inception in 2001. 220 In 2014, a female editor who requested a separate space on Wikipedia to discuss improving civility had her proposal referred to by a male editor using the words "the easiest way to avoid being called a cunt is not to act like one". "China allows access to English Wikipedia". Software operations and support See also: MediaWiki The operation of Wikipedia depends on MediaWiki, a custom-made, free and open source wiki software platform written in PHP and built upon the MySQL database system. Retrieved September 27, 2011.