Portuguese Wikipedia

The Portuguese Wikipedia (Portuguese: Wikipédia em português) is the Portuguese language edition of Wikipedia (written Wikipédia, in Portuguese), the free encyclopedia. It was started on 11 May 2001.[1] The word "lusophone" refers to a country or people whose official language is Portuguese. In addition to being the sixth most accessed website in the world, Wikipedia is the thirteenth most accessed website in Brazil[2] and the sixth most accessed in Portugal.[3] As of November 2020, it is the 18th largest Wikipedia by article count, containing 1,053,062 articles.

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Main Page of the Portuguese Wikipedia in May 2016
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inPortuguese
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedMay 11, 2001; 19 years ago (2001-05-11)


Logo commemorating the 500 thousand articles.
Logo commemorating the 1 million articles.

The Portuguese Wikipedia was the third edition of Wikipedia to be created, simultaneously with other languages. It started its activities on May 11, 2001,[4] having reached the mark of one hundred thousand articles on January 26, 2006.[5]

From late 2004, the edition grew rapidly. During May 2005, it overtook both the Spanish and Italian language Wikipedias. By comparison, in May 2004 it was only the 17th Wikipedia by the number of articles.

Portuguese articles can contain variations of writing, as European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese have differences in vocabulary and usage. Articles can contain written characteristics of one or the other variant depending on who wrote the article.

The Portuguese Wikipedia community decided not to split a separate Brazilian Portuguese version off from the Portuguese Wikipedia.[6] In 2005, a proposal to fork Portuguese Wikipedia and create a Brazilian Portuguese (pt-br) version was voted down by the Wikimedia community.[7] In 2007 another one to create European Portuguese was rejected too by the Wikimedia community.[8] In 2009 another one to create in Brazilian Portuguese was rejected, but this time by language committee, according to new policies to create new Wikipedia editions,[9] with the following explanation: "Brazilian Portuguese is not a separate language.. this is a requirement."[10]

Beginning in January 2007,[11] the project experienced a decrease of the share of edits by unregistered users (from around 20 to around 15%) and an increase of the share of such edits being reverted, from about 15% to a peak of 25% in late 2008,[12] which suggests an increase of disruptive editing. In the same month, a JavaScript was added that forced all unregistered users to preview their edit before saving it.[13]

In December 2010, the Portuguese Wikipedia overtook the Dutch language Wikipedia in number of articles, but in the first quarter of 2011 it was surpassed by the Russian and Dutch language Wikipedias, ranking in the tenth position.

In April 2016, the project had 1388 active editors who made at least five edits in that month.


The countries in which the Portuguese Wikipedia is the most popular language version of Wikipedia are shown in red.[14]

The Portuguese language Wikipedia is different from the English one in a number of aspects.

  • The articles for deletion process is not headed towards a consensus, but towards a proportion of votes. If the proportion of delete/keep votes reaches 2/3, the page is deleted, and the reverse applies just the same. This was decided via another voting process.[15] The discussion page is kept for at least seven days, after which an administrator or eliminator will close the debate if the proportion has been reached. In case not, the discussion is prolonged for seven more days.[16] Editors do not necessarily need to provide a reason for their vote, although they need to have the "right to vote". To earn this right, editors must be logged in, must have done a valid (undeleted and unreverted) edit at least 90 days ago, and must have at least 300 valid edits.[17]
Origin of edits (2014/12) Source[18]
United States
  • Fair use images have always been forbidden. However, debates have been raised[19][20] concerning the fair use policy, all of them failing to have the uploading of such images allowed. Actually, uploading pictures at the Portuguese Wikipedia has been fully disabled.[21] In order to have a picture at an article, one must create an account at the Wikimedia Commons and then link it to the page. On-going campaigns are reuniting people in favour[22] and against[23] the usage of fair use. As of February 2009, the number of editors in favour is higher than the number of editors against it.[22][23] In August 2009, though, a new debate was raised in order for users to approve or deny the creation of a policy of uploading fair use media (named "Uso Restrito de Conteúdo" there, which translates as Restricted Use of Contents). This debate resulted in 142 votes for "yes" against 120 votes for "no", which means the policy was approved and implemented. [24][25]
  • Like English, Portuguese has regional differences in vocabulary, grammar and spelling. It is widely accepted that an article written in Brazilian Portuguese should be kept as it is, and the same applies to articles in European Portuguese. However, if one rewrites the article in another variant (provided content was changed, not merely the language), but leave some words in the former variant, these words should be rewritten in accordance with the new version's variant of the article.[26]
  • Completion of a CAPTCHA image was required for a user to make any edit if the user was not using a registered username. It was disabled on January 1, 2014.[27]
  • In 2020, after a community vote that lasted from September 4 to October 4, the Portuguese Wikipedia no longer allowed edits from unregistered users (IP addresses).

In 2019 the Portuguese Wikipedia has 316 thousand unique categories and 3.57% of them do not have appropriate page in the category namespace. The average article in this language version has 9 categories, while number of unique categories per articles ratio is 0.314. The largest number of articles has Arts (16%) and Geography (14%) category. In Portuguese Wikipedia articles related to Crime and Events has the highest average quality. Content about Health is read more often and articles in Business category have the highest authors' interest on average.[citation needed]


  • Lih, Andrew. The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Hyperion, New York City. 2009. First Edition. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6 (alkaline paper).


  1. ^ https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikipedia-l/2001-May/000116.html
  2. ^ "Top sites in Brazil". Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Top sites in Portugal". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ "[Wikipedia-l] new language wikis". Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Wikipédia em português alcança 100 mil artigos" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  6. ^ Lih, p. 136.
  7. ^ meta:Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Brazilian Portuguese[better source needed]
  8. ^ meta:Requests for new languages/Wikipedia European Portuguese[better source needed]
  9. ^ meta:Language proposal policy[better source needed]
  10. ^ meta:Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Brazilian Portuguese 2[better source needed]
  11. ^ In coincidence with a stalling of editing activity rates across all projects combined, see stats:EN/PlotEditsZZ.png.
  12. ^ stats:EN/EditsRevertsPT.htm and in particular stats:EN/PlotRevertsTrendsPT.png; no data available after early 2010, as of June 2013.
  13. ^ MediaWiki:Monobook.js, 2007-01-31; removed from MediaWiki:Common.js in 2008-01-25, the same day of introduction of an "emergency captcha" for all edits.[better source needed]
  14. ^ Erik Zachte (14 November 2011). "Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report - Wikipedia Page Views Per Country - Trends". Wikimedia Statistics. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  15. ^ Wikipedia:Votações/Nova proporção para a WP:PE[better source needed]
  16. ^ Ajuda:Guia Prático/Colocar páginas para eliminar[better source needed]
  17. ^ Wikipedia:Direito ao voto[better source needed]
  18. ^ Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report - Page Edits Per Wikipedia Language, cited on 21 March 2015
  19. ^ Wikipedia:Votações/Imagens e copyright[better source needed]
  20. ^ Wikipedia:Votações/Revisão do uso do Fair Use na pt.wikipedia[better source needed]
  21. ^ Wikipedia:Votações/Impedir carregamento de imagens[better source needed]
  22. ^ a b Usuário:Campani/Campanha-Fair-use, Retrieved 2009-02-22[better source needed]
  23. ^ a b Usuário:Manuel Anastácio/Contra o Fair-Use, Retrieved 2009-02-22[better source needed]
  24. ^ Wikipedia:Votações/Uso Restrito de Conteúdo (fair-use)[better source needed]
  25. ^ Wikipedia:Uso Restrito de Conteúdo/Implementação[better source needed]
  26. ^ Wikipedia:Versões da língua portuguesa[better source needed]
  27. ^ Gerrit 104660

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