Help:Deleting a page

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Page deletions are rare on a wiki. If deletion is nevertheless required, this article describes how to mark a page for deletion.

When not to delete a page

Typically a page would be deleted ony if the contents are entirely inappropriate and do not match the purposes of the Wiki. In other situations, take a less extreme course of action, for example:

  • The page should have a different title -- See Help:Moving a page
  • The contents should have been placed on a different page -- Add the contents to the other page, and then supply a redirect. See Help:Redirects.
  • The contents are already on a different page -- Delete the duplicate content and leave a redirect. That way, the page title, which made sense to somebody, will helpfully redirect to the information. See Help:Redirects
  • The page is out-of-date -- Re-word sentences to be in the past tense, to make the page an historical record. Alternatively, label the information as out-of-date, with a warning notice.

An actual delete is generally necessary only if the title of the page is inappropriate. In other situations, a merge and redirect is more appropriate.

Proposing changes

Deciding on appropriate content/page titles can be a difficult aspect of Wiki organization, and one which can often provoke debates. If a merge or deletion might cause discord, propose the change first: leave a note stating arguments for deletion on the talk page.

Unlinking a page

The 'What links here' toolbox feature (bottom of left sidebar) will list other Wiki pages that link to the current page. Always use this feature to check before proceeding with deletion. These related pages will need to be edited for their links to reflect the change.

Deletion itself

Normal users cannot permanently delete a Wiki page. This is a deliberate design feature, and is an important part of why wikis work. Every kind of editing operation can be reverted by any other user, and that includes resurrecting deleted content (which will never take up significant space).

If a page is deemed to require removal from the wiki, it is nominated for deletion by placing a delete template at the top of the page, including justification for the proposed deletion.

Here is how to apply a delete label to a page:

{{delete|This page should be deleted because it has never been used}}

'Sysop' users are able to delete a page "semi-permanently" (no longer visible on the wiki). Typically 'sysops' might look for delete labels, and do a proper delete on these pages, after a period of time. If for some reason page must be deleted more quickly than that, contact a 'sysop'.

A page will get removed from the wiki by a 'sysop' at least month after the deletion request was placed on the page. Start a discussion on the talk page if there is reason that a page should in fact remain, and all discussions should be resolved before effective removal by a 'sysop'.

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