The Portuguese (Portuguese: Wikipédia em português) is the Portuguese language edition of Wikipedia (written Wikipédia, in Portuguese), the free encyclopedia. It was started on 11 May. [1] It is currently (October 2017) the fourteenth largest by article count, containing 997,292 articles.


From late 2004, the edition grew rapidly. During May 2005, it overtook both the Spanish and Italian languages. By comparison, in May 2004 it was only the 17th 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 community decided not to split a separate Brazilian Portuguese version off from the Portuguese.[2] In 2005, a proposal to fork Portuguese and create a Brazilian Portuguese (pt-br) version was voted down by the Wikimedia community.[3] In 2007 another one to create European Portuguese was rejected too by the Wikimedia community.[4] In 2009 another one to create in Brazilian Portuguese was rejected, but this time by language committee, according to new policies to create new editions,[5] with the following explanation: "Brazilian Portuguese is not a separate language.. this is a requirement."[6]

Beginning in January 2007,[7] 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,[8] 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.[9]

In December 2010, the Portuguese overtook the Dutch language in number of articles, but in the first quarter of 2011 it was surpassed by the Russian and Dutch languages, ranking in the tenth position. It is currently (2016) the 14th version by number of articles.

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


The countries in which the Portuguese is the most popular language version of are shown in red.[10]

The Portuguese language 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]
Origin of edits (2014/12) Source[14]
United States
  • Fair use images have always been forbidden. However, debates have been raised[15][16] concerning the fair use policy, all of them failing to have the uploading of such images allowed. Actually, uploading pictures at the Portuguese has been fully disabled.[17] 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[18] and against[19] the usage of fair use. As of February 2009, the number of editors in favour is higher than the number of editors against it.[18][19] 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.[20] Now, it is implemented.[21]
  • As much as the English language, Portuguese language also has significant regional differences on vocabulary, grammar and spelling. It is 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.[22]
  • Completion of a CAPTCHA image is required for a user to make any edit if the user is not using a registered username. Disabled in 01/01/2014.[23]



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

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