SDG Wiki:Criteria for speedy deletion

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The criteria for speedy deletion specify when there is already a preemptive and immediate consensus for deleting pages or media.

Administrators should take care not to speedy delete pages or media except in the most obvious cases. Contributors sometimes create pages over several edits, so administrators should avoid deleting a page that appears incomplete too soon after its creation.

Anyone can request speedy deletion by adding the {{Speedy delete}} template. Before nominating a page for speedy deletion, consider whether it could be improved, reduced to a stub, merged or redirected elsewhere, reverted to a better previous revision, or handled in some other way. Users nominating a page for speedy deletion should specify which criterion/criteria the page meets.

Introduction to criteria

Abbreviations are often used to refer to these criteria, and are given in each section. These abbreviations can be confusing to new editors or anyone else unfamiliar with this page; in many situations a plain-English explanation of why a specific page was deleted is preferable.

Use common sense when applying a speedy deletion request to a page.

List of criteria


These apply to every type of page with exclusions listed for specific criteria, and so apply to articles, redirects, user pages, talk pages, files, etc.

G1. Patent nonsense

This applies to pages consisting entirely of incoherent text or gibberish with no meaningful content or history. It does not cover poor writing, partisan screeds, obscene remarks, implausible theories, vandalism or hoaxes, fictional material, coherent non-English material, or poorly translated material. Nor does it apply to user sandboxes or other pages in the user namespace. In short, if it is understandable, G1 does not apply.

G2. Test pages

This applies to pages created to test editing or other functions. It does not apply to pages in the user namespace.

G3. Pure vandalism and blatant hoaxes

This applies to pages that are blatant and obvious misinformation, blatant hoaxes (including images intended to misinform), and redirects created by cleanup from page-move vandalism.

G4. Recreation of a previously page

This applies to sufficiently identical copies, having any title, of a recently deleted page. It excludes pages that are not substantially identical to the deleted version, pages to which the reason for the deletion no longer applies, and content that has since been moved to user space for explicit improvement (but not simply to circumvent the SDG Wiki's deletion policy.

G5. Creations by banned or blocked users

This applies to pages created by banned or blocked users in violation of their ban or block, and that have no substantial edits by others.

G6. Technical deletions

This is for uncontroversial maintenance, including:

  • Deleting empty and dated maintenance categories.
  • Deleting redirects or other pages blocking page moves.
  • Deleting pages unambiguously created in error or in the incorrect namespace.

G7. Pages dependent on a non-existent or deleted page

Examples of this criterion include talk pages with no corresponding subject page, subpages with no parent page, media file pages without a corresponding media file, redirects to invalid targets, and categories populated solely by deleted pages. It excludes any page that is useful to the SDG Wiki.

G8. Pages that disparage, threaten, intimidate, or harass their subject or some other entity, and serve no other purpose

Examples of "attack pages" may include libel, legal threats, or material intended purely to harass or intimidate a person.

G9. Unambiguous advertising or promotion

This applies to pages that are exclusively promotional and would need to be fundamentally rewritten to conform with the SDG Wiki's goals.

G10. Unnecessary disambiguation pages

This applies to disambiguation pages which The criteria for speedy deletion specify when there is already a preemptive and immediate consensus for deleting pages or media.


A1. No context

This applies to articles lacking sufficient context to identify the subject of the article. It applies only to very short articles. Note that context is different from content. This excludes coherent non-English material, and poorly translated material.

A2. No content

This applies to articles consisting only of external links, category tags, a rephrasing of the title, chat-like comments, template tags, and/or images. However, a very short article may be a valid stub if it has context. This criterion excludes poor writing, coherent non-English material, and poorly translated material.

A3. No indication of notability

This applies to any article about a real person, organization, web content, or organized event that does not indicate why its subject is important or significant.

A4. Duplicate article

This applies to any article with no relevant page history that duplicates an existing topic, does not improve upon information available on existing pages, and has a title that is not a plausible. This does not include split pages.

A5. Obviously invented

This applies to any article that plainly indicates that the subject was invented/coined/discovered by the article's creator or someone the creator personally knows, and does not credibly indicate why its subject is important or significant.


R1. Implausible typos

This applies to redirects from implausible typographical errors or misnomers. However, redirects from common misspellings or misnomers are generally useful, as are sometimes redirects in other languages.


F1. Redundant

This applies to unused duplicates or lower-quality/resolution copies of another file having the same file format.

F2. Corrupt, missing, or empty file

This applies to files that are corrupt, missing, empty, or that contain superfluous and blatant non-metadata information. It is always preferred to correct the problem by uploading a file that contains only the good data plus acceptable metadata.

F3. Useless non-media files

This criterion is meant for files that are neither image, sound, nor video files; are not used in any article; and have no foreseeable placement in an article. Note that the following files are rarely sound, image, or video: .doc, .pdf, .ps, .html, .rtf, .txt, .xls, and .zip files. Examples of image, sound, and video files are: .jpg, .gif, .png, .svg, .mpg, .ogg, and .wav. This is not a comprehensive list of files that can be deleted, nor is an extension alone enough reason to delete; this criterion is based on file content.


C1. Unpopulated categories

This criterion applies to categories that are unpopulated and will likely remain unpopulated.

User pages

U1. Nonexistent user

User pages of users that do not exist (check Special:ListUsers), except user pages for IP users who have edited, redirects from misspellings of an established user's user page, and the previous name of a renamed user.

U2. Blatant misuse of the SDG Wiki as a web host

User pages consisting of writings, information, discussions, and/or activities not closely related to the SDG Wiki's goals, where the owner has made few or no edits outside of user pages.


Speedy deletion notices pertaining to templates should be placed inside <noinclude>...</noinclude> tags.

T1. Duplicate template

Templates that are substantial duplications of another template may be deleted immediately under this criterion.