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This page is official Destiny Wiki policy.
Remember, it is your responsibility as a user of the wiki to read, understand, and follow Destiny Wiki policies. When in doubt, ask an Administrator!


This deletion policy serves as a guideline to the proper procedure of identifying pages fit for deletion, and the process of the deletion itself. Page deletions are performed by administrators, however the process of marking pages can be done by any user. While each deletion is decided on by a case by case basis, this guideline should be followed as closely as possible to ensure consistency. However, before considering deletion, users should strive to improve or merge a page instead.

Deleting a page removes all versions of the page from public view. Any deleted pages can be viewed and reinstated by an administrator. All deletions and reversions can be viewed on the deletion log.

When to deleteEdit

Deletion should be used when the contents of a page is predominantly composed of one or more of the following criteria, which cannot be resolved using one of the alternatives for deletion. The following criteria represents a list of the most common reasons for deletion, however the list is not exhaustive and therefore does not guarantee protection of pages which do not meet these criteria.

  • Material which violates copyright law and is not protected by recognised copyleft doctrine.
  • Contents considered to be vandalism or inflammatory, which exists only to disparage or harass their subject or readers.
  • Contents considered to be Spam, such as incoherent writing, coherent foreign language which does not support the subject, or general material which does not support the subject.
  • Unsanctioned advertisements; this does not include articles which describe notable Destiny advertisements or Wikia promoted advertisements.
  • Unsubstantiated material which has no reliable sources and/or is derived from rumour.
  • Non-notable material which falls out of scope of the notability policy.
  • Redundant pages, such as templates, categories or files, which are no longer in use or do not meet the standards set by their respective policies.
  • Duplicate pages of an existing subject, which was not the product of a split and cannot be reconciled through a merge.

When not to deleteEdit

Deletion of a page is often not the most preferable solution for contents which do not meet the standards of the Destiny Wiki. Instead, editors should strive to improve an article before proceeding with deletion. The following are a list of example alternatives to deletion:

EditingEdit

If a page’s contents does not meet the standards set for the wiki but is still within the scope of the Destiny Wiki, then improving the page through editing should be chosen instead of deletion. Vandalism to an existing page or poor writing styles can simply be removed or corrected through editing or undoing the previous edit.

MergingEdit

If a page is a duplicate, is outside the scope of the Destiny Wiki, or is short and unlikely to be expanded, then merging the contents with a larger pre-existing page may be a more preferable solution than deletion. Merging pages should follow the pre-existing merging policy.

RedirectionEdit

If a page is a duplicate, is outside the scope of the Destiny Wiki, or is short and unlikely to be expanded, but also has a closely related and pre-existing article on the wiki of which it cannot be merged, then redirection may be a more preferable solution than deletion. In redirection the contents of the page is removed through blanking and replaced with redirection link instead. Redirection of pages should follow the pre-existing redirection policy.

TaggingEdit

If an editor or reader notes that the contents of a page does not meet the standards set for the Destiny Wiki but is unable to improve the article themselves, then deletion should not be used to hide the problem. Instead a variety of tags can be added to an article to highlight issues. Tags should not be used as a permanent solution, and should instead be used to attract other editors to fix problems with the article.

A full list of tags can be found in the notice templates category, however the following are the most commonly used flags:

  • Citation – Warns readers and editors that the page does not contain enough inline citations to support the contents of the article.
  • Cleanup – Warns readers and editors that the contents of the page is poorly written or poorly laid out.
  • Expand – Warns readers and editors that the current section of a page is short and needs to be expanded with relevant information. This should not be confused with the stub flag, which refers to an entire page, as explained below.
  • Images – Warns readers and editors that there are not enough images on the page or the page requires images of better quality.
  • Merge – Warns readers and editors that the page should be merged with another article on the wiki.
  • Orphan - Warns readers and editors that the page does not have enough articles linking to it. This is important to maintain the SEO ranking of the page.
  • Outofdate - Warns readers and editors that the contents of the page is now out of date and needs to be updated with the most current information.
  • Split - Warns readers and editors that the page is likely too large and should be split into two or more separate pages.
  • Stub - Warns readers and editors that the page is short and needs to be expanded with relevant information. This should not be confused with the expand flag, which refers to a specific section of a page, as explained above.

ArchivingEdit

Certain namespaces should not be deleted and should instead be archived, such as talk pages and forum threads. This is to ensure any discussions are readily accessible. Deletion should never be used to archive a page; this is because deleted pages are kept for a limited period of time to facilitate reversion of a deletion but could also be removed from the database at any point if they represent a system burden.

Archiving of a policy is often performed to improve page load times for both ease of use and for web site/search engine optimization (SEO). Refer to the archiving help page for more information on how and when to archive a page.

Speedy deletion processEdit

The speedy deletion process allows an administrator to rapidly remove pages which prove to be overtly disruptive to readers and editors, and where minimal discussion would be required to reach consensus for deletion. Instead of undergoing the 7 day arbitration required under normal deletion process, speedy deletions may be completed to remove an offending page as soon as it is discovered. Speedy deletions should only be used when a page meets one of the criteria for deletion and is believed to obviously and un-controversially cause severe disruption or harm to the wiki. If a deletion could be considered controversial or in poor favour with the community then speedy deletion should not be used.

Nominating a page for speedy deletion is as simple as placing a {{speedydelete}} flag on the page. Users should ensure that the date of nomination and a brief reason for speedy deletion is included. This flag will add the page to the speedy deletion category where administrators can track pages considered to be overtly disruptive to the wiki and action the deletion.

Normal deletion processEdit

If a page meets one of the criteria for deletion, but is not fit for speedy deletion, and the editor believes the page doesn't belong within the scope of the Destiny wiki then the page can be nominated for deletion. Nominating a page for deletion is as simple as placing a {{delete}} flag on the page. Users should ensure that the date of nomination and a brief reason for deletion is included. This flag will add the page to the deletion category where administrators and editors can track the progress of a deletion nomination and action the request when consensus is met. This also triggers the process of formal discussion as to whether the page should or should not be deleted.

The editor who nominated the page for deletion should add message on the page's talk page with a title stating the need for deletion and a descriptive reason for why the page should be deleted. Unlike most other nominations, the consensus of deletion is not achieved through voting. Instead any interested editors should place down their arguments for or against deletion of the page, and a neutral administrator will arbitrate. Once 7 days of discussion are completed, the neutral administrator will make the decision as to whether or not to delete the page from the Destiny Wiki.

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