Wikipedia:Deletion policy

The Wikipedia deletion policy describes how pages that do not meet the relevant criteria for content of the encyclopedia are identified and removed from Wikipedia. On Wikipedia, many pages are deleted each day through the processes outlined below.

Deletion of a Wikipedia article removes the current version and all previous versions from public view. Page blanking can be performed (or reverted) by any user, but only administrators can perform deletion, view deleted pages, and reverse ("undelete") any deletion. All such actions are recorded in the deletion log, and deletion statistics are recorded at WP:Deletion statistics. If in doubt as to whether there is consensus to delete a page, administrators normally will not delete it.

Reasons for deletion

Reasons for deletion include, but are not limited to, the following (subject to the condition that improvement or deletion of an offending section, if practical, is preferable to deletion of an entire page):

  1. Content that meets at least one of the criteria for speedy deletion
  2. Copyright violations and other material violating Wikipedia's non-free content criteria
  3. Vandalism, including inflammatory redirects, pages that exist only to disparage their subject, patent nonsense, or gibberish
  4. Advertising or other spam without any relevant or encyclopedic content (but not an article about an advertising-related subject)
  5. Content forks (unless a merger or redirect is appropriate)
  6. Articles that cannot possibly be attributed to reliable sources, including neologisms, original theories and conclusions, and articles that are themselves hoaxes (but not articles describing notable hoaxes)
  7. Articles for which thorough attempts to find reliable sources to verify them have failed
  8. Articles whose subjects fail to meet the relevant notability guideline (WP:N, WP:GNG, WP:BIO, WP:MUSIC, WP:CORP, and so forth)
  9. Articles that breach Wikipedia's policy on biographies of living persons
  10. Redundant or otherwise useless templates
  11. Categories representing overcategorization
  12. Files that are unused, obsolete, or violate the non-free policy
  13. Any other use of the article, template, project, or user namespace that is contrary to the established separate policy for that namespace
  14. Any other content not suitable for an encyclopedia
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