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Word of the day for April 18
oubliette n
  1. A dungeon only accessible by a trapdoor at the top.

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Although there were several early attempts to begin a Word of the Day on Wiktionary, the first official WOTD was posted on 10 January, 2006.

Considerable opposition to (the now wildly popular) WOTD was raised, as one full year's supply of words should be on hand, before it was turned on, on the Main Page. Instead, that took over a year to happen. The "Recycled pages" are the fall-back pointers, for when the current regime of two volunteers fall behind. At the end of each month, the "Archive" pages for the previous month are "subst:"ed for preservation and posterity.

In 2007, the RSS feed was created, then an alternate feed was later added. In July/August 2007, the WOTD was added to the mailing list.

To have the current WOTD delivered fresh to your electronic mailbox each morning, subscribe to daily-article-l. You'll also receive as part of this special package deal, the Quote of the Day from Wikiquote, the Article of the Day from Wikipedia, and a link to the Picture of the Day from Commons.

Also in early 2007, the entries started being marked with {{was wotd}} to prevent duplicates. And an alphabetic index was added (usually not including the current month.)

No informal nor formal "voting" process exists yet. The two primary volunteers use a lengthy set of criteria to ensure adequate variety for any given month's batch of WOTDs. Current entries go through an extensive vetting process before they finally make it into the spotlight.

Last modified on 21 March 2008, at 21:48