The Main Page of the Spanish Wikipedia in January 2012
Type of site
|Internet encyclopedia project|
|Launched||May 11, 2001|
The Spanish Wikipedia (Spanish: Wikipedia en español) is a Spanish-language edition of Wikipedia, a free, online encyclopedia. It has 1,184,371 articles. Started in May 2001, it reached 100,000 articles on March 8, 2006 and 1,000,000 articles on May 16, 2013. It is the 9th-largest Wikipedia as measured by the number of articles and has the 4th-largest number of edits.
In February 2002, Larry Sanger wrote an e-mail stating that Bomis was considering selling advertisements. Edgar Enyedy, a user on the Spanish Wikipedia, criticized the proposal. Jimmy Wales and Sanger responded by saying that they did not immediately plan to implement advertisements, but Enyedy began establishing a fork. Enciclopedia Libre was established by February 26, 2002. Enyedy persuaded most of the Spanish Wikipedians into going to the fork. By the end of 2002 over 10,000 articles were posted on the new site, and the Spanish Wikipedia was inactive for the rest of the year. Andrew Lih wrote that "for a long time it seemed that Spanish Wikipeda [sic] would be the unfortunate runt left from the Spanish fork." The general popularity of Wikipedia attracted new users to the Spanish Wikipedia who were unfamiliar with the fork and these users came by June 2003. By the end of that year the Wikipedia had over 10,000 articles. The size of the Spanish Wikipedia overtook that of the fork in the northern hemisphere fall of 2004.
Lih stated in 2009 that the concepts of advertising and forking were still sensitive issues for the Wikipedia community because "It took more than a year for the Spanish Wikipedia to get back on its feet again" after the fork had been initiated.
After the spin-off, the Spanish Wikipedia had very little activity until the upgrade to the Phase III of the software, later renamed MediaWiki, when the number of new users started to increase again. Both projects continue to co-exist, but the Spanish Wikipedia is by far the more active of the two.
- March 16, 2001: Jimmy Wales announced the internationalization of Wikipedia.
- May 11, 2001: The Spanish Wikipedia is established along with eight other wikis. Its first domain was Spanish.wikipedia.com.
- May 21, 2001: The oldest known article, Países del Mundo, is created.
- February 26, 2002: many contributors left to form the Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español, rejecting perceived censorship and the possibility of advertising on the Bomis-supported Wikipedia.
- October 23, 2002: the domain es.wikipedia.com is changed to es.wikipedia.org.
- June 30, 2003: the mailing list for the Spanish Wikipedia is created (Wikies-l).
- October 6, 2003: first bot created on this Wikipedia. Its user name is SpeedyGonzalez.
- July 18, 2004: the Spanish edition switches to UTF-8, allowing any character to be used directly in forms.
- December 9, 2004: it is decided that Wikipedia in Spanish will use free images only.
- August 24, 2006: three checkusers are elected. They can examine IP addresses.
- December 11, 2006: following a vote, the Arbitration Committee, whose local name is Comité de Resolución de Conflictos (CRC) is created.
- June 11, 2007: last local image was erased, so all media are retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.
- September 1, 2007: first local chapter of Wikimedia Foundation is created in a Spanish-speaking country (Argentina).
- December 13, 2008: it was decided to eliminate the stub template from Spanish Wikipedia.
- March 25, 2009: the first oversighters are elected. They can delete edits so they cannot be seen even by regular administrators.
- April 15, 2009: the Arbitration Committee is dissolved after a vote.
- May 16, 2013, the Spanish Wikipedia became the seventh Wikipedia to cross the million article count.
Size and users
It has the second largest number of users, after the English Wikipedia. However, it is ranked eighth for number of articles, below other Wikipedias devoted to languages with smaller numbers of speakers, such as German, French,Cebuano, Dutch, Waray-Waray, Italian and Russian. In terms of quality, parameters such as article size (over 2 KB: 40%) show it as the second out of the ten largest Wikipedias after the German one. As of October 2012, Spanish Wikipedia is the fourth Wikipedia in terms of the number of edits, as well as the third Wikipedia by the number of page views.
By country of origin, by September 2006, Spain was the main contributor to the Spanish Wikipedia (39.2% of edits). It is followed by Argentina (10.7%), Chile (8.8%), the Netherlands (8.4%), Mexico (7.0%), Venezuela (5.1%), Peru (3.5%), the United States (3.1%), Colombia (2.7%), Uruguay (1.3%) and Germany (1.1%).
Usage in Spain
Following a study by Netsuus (online market analysis enterprises) on the use of Wikipedia in Spain, it was revealed that most users consult Spanish Wikipedia (97%) compared to Wikipedias in other regional languages (2.17% for Wikipedia in Catalan, 0.64% in Galician and 0.26% in Basque).
Differences from other Wikipedias
- The Spanish Wikipedia only accepts free images, and has rejected fair use since 2004, after a public vote. In 2006, it was decided to phase out the use of local image uploads and to exclusively use Wikimedia Commons for images and other media in the future.
- Unlike the French and English Wikipedias, the Spanish Wikipedia did not have an Arbitration Committee until January 2007. It comprises seven members, chosen by public vote.
- Some templates, like the navigation templates, have been deprecated, being the only Wikipedia where is forbidden to use template, being only possible to use the Categories, with all the problems it carries.
- Terminology in Spanish: The equivalent to the English Wikipedia's featured articles and good articles are Wikipedia:Artículos destacados and Wikipedia:Artículos buenos respectively. Also, following a Wikipedia:Votaciones/2004/Cambio al nombre de la categoría "Administrador" on August 2004, administrators in the Spanish Wikipedia took the name of bibliotecarios (librarians in English). Other discarded options were usuarios especiales (special users) or basureros (janitors).
- There is no autoconfirmation, in order to move pages and edit semi-protected articles, one must request for these permissions, similar to requests for adminship on the English Wikipedia 
Evaluation and criticism
A comparative study by the Colegio Libre de Eméritos, made by Prof. Manuel Arias Maldonado (University of Malaga) and published in 2010, compared some articles with those of the English and German Wikipedias. It concluded that the Spanish version of Wikipedia was the least reliable of the three. It found it to be more cumbersome and imprecise than the German and English Wikipedias, stated that it often lacked reliable sources, including much unreferenced data, and found it to be too dependent on online references.
During Wikimania 2009, free-software activist Richard Stallman criticized the Spanish Wikipedia for restricting links to the Rebelion.org left-wing web site and allegedly banning users who had complained about what had happened. Participants in the Spanish Wikipedia responded that Rebelion.org is primarily a news aggregator, that links to aggregators should be replaced with links to original publishers whenever possible, and that they considered the issue to be one of spam.
According to a 2013 Oxford University study, five of the ten most disputed pages on the Spanish Wikipedia were football (soccer) clubs, including Club América, FC Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Alianza Lima, and Newell's Old Boys.
- 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).
- Lih, p. 137.
- Lih, p. 138.
- "Enciclopedia Libre Universal: Special Stats" (in Spanish). Enciclopedia.us.es. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
- "Wikipedia mailing list message: Alternative language wikipedias". Lists.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
- "[Wikipedia-l] new language wikis". wikimedia.org.
- "Enciclopedia:Por qué estamos aquí y no en es.wikipedia.org" (in Spanish). 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
- "[Wikies-l] Inauguracion de la lista". wikimedia.org.
- Wikipedia:Votaciones/2004/Usar sólo imágenes libres
- Wikipedia:Votaciones/2006/Creación del Comité de resolución de conflictos
- Wikipedia:Consultas de borrado/Plantilla:Esbozo
- Wikipedia:Votaciones/2009/Sobre la disolución del Comité de Resolución de Conflictos
- Erik Zachte (14 November 2011). "Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report - Wikipedia Page Views Per Country - Trends". Wikimedia Statistics. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- "List of Wikipedias". wikimedia.org.
- "Wikipedia Statistics Tables - Articles over 2Kb". Stats.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
- "Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report - Page Edits Per Wikipedia Language - Breakdown". wikimedia.org.
- "Page Views for Wikipedia, All Platforms, Normalized". wikimedia.org.
- Edits by project and country of origin as described in Meta.
- "Especial: Lenguas Oficiales en Wikipedia". Netsuus.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- Wikipedia:Votaciones/2006/Cambiar políticas y reglas de uso de imágenes
- Wikipedia:Plantillas de navegación
- Usuarios confirmados
- Manuel Arias Maldonado. "Wikipedia: un estudio comparado" (PDF) (in Spanish). p. 49. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
- Cohen, Noam (August 27, 2009). "A War of Words Over Wikipedia’s Spanish Version". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
- Gross, Doug. "Wiki wars: The 10 most controversial Wikipedia pages." (Archive) CNN. July 24, 2013. Retrieved on July 26, 2013.
|Spanish edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|
- Media related to Spanish Wikipedia at Wikimedia Commons