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|This page in a nutshell: A reader is someone who simply visits Wikipedia to read articles, not to edit or create them.|
A reader is someone who visits Wikipedia articles to read rather than edit the content. Editors, often referred to as Wikipedians if logged in, also read Wikipedia of course, but as well as reading they also edit the pages to help build the encyclopaedia.
The most viewed articles on Wikipedia for May 2011 were:
|Rank||Article||Number of hits|
|5||Special:Export/Robert L. Bradley, Jr||39275277|
|7||Special:Export/William Kurtz Wimsatt, Jr||19042194|
Updates may be found at stats.grok.se/en/top
Wikipedia currently has 6,749 articles that are edited by 45 active editors. Therefore, as an encyclopaedia used as a reference source by readers – and the majority of visitors are in fact readers – it is important that pages and articles are optimised for this readership.