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This page is an official policy on DCCWiki. It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow. Feel free to update the page as needed, but make sure that changes you make to this policy really do reflect consensus, before you make them.

Current list: Category:Candidates for speedy deletion

There are a few limited cases where admins can delete DCCWiki pages or media "on sight" and without consensus at DCCWiki:Articles for Deletion or DCCWiki:Miscellany for deletion. Non-admins can ask for an admin to delete such a page, either by listing it on speedy deletions, or by adding a {{deletebecause|Reason}} or a {{Db-reason|Reason}} header. The parameter Reason should indicate clearly why the page is a candidate for speedy deletion. (You can also use the {{db|Reason}} shorthand.) You can also use {{delete}} or its shorthand {{d}}, but the use of {{db|reason}} is preferred as it makes things easier for the deleting administrator. Other templates are available that give a pre-determined reason, including {{nonsense}} (aka {{db-nonsense}}) and {{nn-bio}} (aka {{db-bio}}). (After using {{nn-bio}}, you may opt to notify the user who created the article with {{nn-warn}}.)

If listed on DCCWiki:Articles for deletion, DCCWiki:Miscellany for deletion, or a related page, such pages may be deleted before the usual "lag time" (see deletion policy).

An often used convention to refer to a specific criterion is to list the first letter of the section (G for General, A for Articles, R for Redirects, I for Images/Media, C for Categories, and U for User pages) followed by the number referring to a specific criterion. For example, G1 refers to the first criterion in the General section, the one that begins "No meaningful content or history...", and A7 refers to the seventh Article criterion, "An article about a real person that does not assert that person's importance or significance.". These short names are very often used for the reason provided when a page is speedy deleted.


The cases

Sysops may immediately delete a page, so long as it satisfies one of the following criteria. Always check the page history first to see if any previous version can be restored, such that deletion is not necessary.

Note that some DCCWikipedians create articles in multiple saves. Try to avoid deleting a page too soon after its initial creation, as the author may be working on it.

Of course, the Sandbox is exempt from these rules and should not be deleted even though it may satisfy some of the criteria. Removing the test content is preferred.


These apply to contributions made in any namespace. In most cases other criteria, in another sub-section within the present section, also apply to the namespace in question.

  1. No meaningful content or history, text unsalvageably incoherent (e.g., random characters). This does not include: copyvios, bad writing, partisan screeds, religious excogitations, immature material, flame bait, obscene remarks, vandalism (although pure vandalism is speediable under CSD G3), badly translated material, hoaxes, or fancruft, unless the material is actually unsalvageably incoherent. Please see patent nonsense.
  2. Test pages (e.g., "Can I really create a page here?").
  3. Pure vandalism (see also dealing with vandalism). This includes redirects created during cleanup of page move vandalism.
  4. A substantially identical copy, by any title, of a page that was deleted according to the deletion policy. Note that:
    • Administrators faced with a recreation of previously speedily deleted content must determine that it did in fact meet a criterion for speedy deletion and had been appropriately deleted before they delete it again; and,
    • This does not apply to content in userspace or to content undeleted according to the undeletion policy.
  5. Contributions made by a banned user after they were banned, unless the user has been unbanned. This is slightly controversial!
  6. Temporarily deleting a page in order to merge page histories after a cut and paste move.
  7. Any page which is requested for deletion by the original author, provided the author reasonably explains that it was created by mistake, and the page was edited only by its author.
  8. Talk pages of already deleted pages unless they contain records of the deletion discussion and are linked from DCCWiki:Archived delete debates (this doesn't apply if the deletion discussion is logged elsewhere, like an AfD sub-page or other log).


For any articles that are not speedy deletion candidates, use DCCWiki:Articles for deletion.

  1. Very short articles providing little or no context (e.g., "He is a funny man that has created Factory and the Hacienda. And, by the way, his wife is great."). Limited content is not in itself a reason to delete if there is enough context to allow expansion.
    • Turning such pages into relevant redirects may sometimes be appropriate if any potential context can be found.
    • Be aware that some articles are contributed from other DCCWikipedians, or by non-fluent English speakers, which may lead to misunderstanding of the content.
  2. Foreign language articles that already exist on another Wikimedia project, as a result of having been copied and pasted into DCCWiki after their creation elsewhere, or as a result of having been moved via the transwiki system.
  3. Any article whose contents consist only of an external link, "See also" section, book reference, category tag, template tag, interwiki link, or rephrasing of the title.
  4. Any article which consists only of attempts to correspond with the person or group named by its title.
  5. Any article that has been discussed at Articles for Deletion (or Miscellany for deletion), where the outcome was to transwiki, and where the transwikification has been properly performed and the author information recorded.
  6. Articles which serve no purpose but to disparage their subject ("insult pages", e.g., "OMFG! Joe Random is a l0ser n00bface lolol!!!11").
  7. An article about a real person that does not assert that person's importance or significance. If the assertion is disputed or controversial, it should be taken to AFD instead. For details, see DCCWiki:Deletion of vanity articles.
  8. An article that is a blatant copyright infringement and meets these parameters:
    • Material is unquestionably copied from the website of a commercial content provider (e.g. encyclopedia, news service) and;
    • The article and its entire history contains only copyright violation material, excluding tags, templates, and minor edits and;
    • Uploader makes no assertion of permission or fair use, and none seems likely and;
    • The material is identified within 48 hours of upload and is almost or totally un-wikified (to diminish mirror problem).
    • Notification: When tagging a page for deletion under this criterion, a user should notify the page's creator using wording similar to {{Nothanks-sd}} or an equivalent message. Before deleting any page under this criterion, an admin should verify that the page creator has been notifed — if not, the admin should do so. If the creator was not logged in and did not use a consistent IP address, such notification is unneeded.


For any redirects that are not speedy deletion candidates, use DCCWiki:Redirects for deletion.

Redirects can be immediately deleted if they have no useful history and:

  1. They refer to non-existent pages.
    • Before deleting such a redirect, it's a good idea to check to see if the redirect can be made useful by changing its target.
  2. They redirect from the main article space to the User: space.
    • Sometimes new DCCWikipedians accidentally create user pages or personal templates in the wrong locations. When these pages get moved, they may leave behind redirects into User: space.
    • After using the "Move" function, consider waiting a day or two before deleting the resultant redirect.
  3. Consensus is that it should be removed to make way for a non-controversial page move.
  4. Were created very recently as a result of a typo (during a page move or as a proactive measure).
    • This does not include common misspellings or misnomers, or plurals where the singular is appropriate, as redirects from those are considered useful.


For any images that are not speedy deletion candidates, use DCCWiki:Images for deletion. Please remove images from any pages they are used in before marking them for speedy deletion.

  1. An image which is a redundant (all pixels the same or scaled-down) copy of something else on DCCWiki and as long as all inward links have been changed to the image being retained.
    • This does not include images that have been saved in a different image file format (such as JPEG versions of PNG images) because an image's quality and resolution may change during the file conversion process.
    • This does not apply to images that exist on the Wikimedia Commons, or have been moved there (because of a number of copyright and licence issues). For images copied to Commons, tag it with {{NowCommons|Image:newname.ext}} instead.
  2. A corrupt or empty image.
  3. Images licensed as "for non-commercial use only" or "used with permission" which were uploaded on or after May 19, 2005. [1]
  4. Images in category "Images with unknown source" or "Images with unknown copyright status" which have been tagged with a template that places them in the category for more than 7 days, regardless of when uploaded.
  5. Copyrighted images uploaded without permission of the copyright holder, or under a license which does not permit commercial use, which are not used in any article, and which has been tagged with a template which places them in Category:Orphaned fairuse images for more than seven days (so-called "orphaned fair use images"). Reasonable exceptions may be made for images uploaded for an upcoming article. The templates {{or-fu-nr}} and {{or-fu-re}} place an image in this category.


For any categories that are not speedy deletion candidates, use DCCWiki:Categories for deletion.

  1. Empty categories (no articles or subcategories for at least 72 hours) whose only content has consisted of links to parent categories.
    • Caution: Be sure to check the history of the category. If it has a non-trivial history or isn't relatively new, it is likely that the category once did contain articles, and deeper investigation is needed before deleting the category to make sure that it wasn't emptied just to bypass WP:CFD.
    • This does NOT apply to categories listed on WP:CFD, as the discussion may merit renaming or prompt population.
  2. Empty categories (no articles or subcategories) that have qualified for speedy renaming.
    • These must have been properly tagged and then been listed at DCCWiki:Categories_for_deletion#Speedy_renaming for a minimum of 48 hours.
    • Categories can presently be speedy renamed for
      1. Typo fixes (e.g., Brdiges -> Bridges).
        • Note that changes between British and American spelling (e.g., Harbours -> Harbors) are not considered typos.
      2. Capitalization fixes (e.g., characters In harry Potter -> Characters in Harry Potter)
      3. Conversions from singular to plural, or back (e.g., Steamship -> Steamships)
      4. Non-conformance with "by country" categorization conventions specified at DCCWiki:Naming conventions (categories)
      5. Abbreviation expanding for country names: The name of the country should appear as it does in the name of of the article about that country (e.g. US or U.S. in reference to the United States should be renamed to the United States)
  3. If a category is solely populated from a template (e.g. Category:DCCWiki cleanup from {{cleanup}}) and the template is deleted per deletion policy, the category can also be deleted without further discussion.


For any templates that are not speedy deletion candidates, use DCCWiki:Templates for deletion.

  • There are no specific criteria for templates, though the General criteria still apply.

User pages

For any user pages that are not speedy deletion candidates, use DCCWiki:Miscellany for deletion.

  1. Personal subpages, upon request by their owner.
  2. User and talk pages on request of the user, where there is no significant abuse, and no administrative need to retain the page. A redirect (to the user's new name, or to DCCWiki:Missing DCCWikipedians) should be created to avoid red links and confusion.
  3. User talk pages of non-logged in users where the message is no longer relevant (This is to avoid confusing new users who happen to edit with that same IP address).


Please note that copyright problems are not candidates for speedy deletion unless they fall under the parameters given above under Articles, number 8.

Ideally, when a sysop deletes a test page or other page with no useful content, it is a good idea to put a note on the author's talk page explaining things, and preserving the deleted content, pointing them to the sandbox in cases of tests. Be friendly! Everyone was new once.

If you have lost an image you would like undeleted, please see DCCWiki:Lost images.

See also