Wikipedia:Policies and Recommendations


May 29, 2022

Wikipedia's policies and recommendations are developed by the community to describe best practices, clarify principles, resolve conflicts, and in other ways move closer to the goal of creating a free and reliable encyclopedia. It is highly recommended that you read the Five Pillars page, which contains a summary of the most pertinent principles. While Wikipedia does not have fixed rules, the policy and recommendations pages describe its most well-known principles and practices. Policies explain and describe standards that all users should normally follow, while recommendations are intended to outline best practices for following these standards in specific contexts. Policies and recommendations must be applied using reason and common sense. The Portuguese-speaking Wikipedia maintains some policies developed by the community itself that support the activities in the project. The idea is to standardize some actions, maintain a course and facilitate day-to-day collaboration. You can also participate in decisions. Prepare and submit a proposal on the Esplanade and see what the community has to say.

Five pillars

They are the founding principles of Wikipedia and form the basis of all policies. They must be followed by all editors under all circumstances.

Official policies

These are Lusófona Wikipedia's primary policies.


These are policies developed by the experience of the community itself. These texts represent the opinion of the community and should be respected. Other documents related to policies or recommendations include:

Informational articles

They bring additional information about the inner workings.


These are texts written by some editors or group of editors. They are often used in internal discussions to avoid repeating the arguments set out in them. Many policies started out as trials and gained community approval until they became policy. Essays may not represent the general opinion. Note: It is important to note that some Lusophone Wikipedia policies were inspired by Wikipedia policies in other languages, ie, they are experiences shared internationally. Take a look at the interwikis to see which Wikipedias share the same policies and philosophies with us.