While both Diffen and Wikipedia are user-generated repositories of information (encyclopedia, if you will) running on similar software engines, they are both quite different.

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Edit this comparison chartDiffenWikipedia
Topics Serious as well as frivolous allowed History, science, popular culture, people, current events, fiction, etc.
URL diffen.com wikipedia.org
Founded in 2007 2001
Advertising Yes No
Owner Diffen LLC Wikimedia Foundation
Objective Collection of differences and comparisons. To inform people of public knowledge
Slogan Diffen. Discern. Decide The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
Point of view Neutral (facts). Opinions are allowed in the Comments section and in user ratings for certain entities. Neutral
License Diffen licenses its content under the Creative Commons (BY, NC, SA) license. Wikipedia content is licensed under the GFDL and Creative Commons (A, SA) licenses.
Commercial? Yes No
Number of articles About 1000 comparisons, and information about over 5000 entities 4.3 Million articles in English
Purchase or Free Free Free

Objective of Wikipedia vs. Diffen

While the aim of Wikipedia is to be a online encyclopedia, Diffen's scope is to be an encyclopedia of comparisons.

It's a somewhat narrower scope because the articles on Diffen are not on a specific topic but on the difference between or comparison of any 2 things. For example, while Wikipedia has articles on LCD screens and Plasma screens, Diffen has an article on the difference between LCD and plasma.

While Wikipedia articles do often mention differences between similar things, and there are also some comparison articles — such as comparison of text editors — Diffen articles focus on comparing any two "entities.

Relationship between Diffen and Wikipedia

Diffen is not a part of the WikiMedia Foundation. There is no formal relationship between Diffen and Wikipedia.

As an information resource, Diffen complements Wikipedia for researchers interested in differences and comparisons.


Content for Wikipedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) and Creative Commons license. Diffen content is licensed under the CC-BY-NC-SA license.


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