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Wikipedia:Don't delete the main page

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Just because you can push the button, doesn't mean you should.

One admin was discussing the deletion of the main page in IRC and asked if the technical ability to delete pages with over 5,000 revisions, like the main page, had ever been re-enabled. Another admin (jokingly) commented that he had tested it and found that the main page still couldn't be deleted. The first admin thought he would test it for himself. The main page got deleted.[1]

You might think you are having a laugh, but sometimes, the joke is missed. If you find yourself having to say "jokes do not come across well here", you are best off commenting on such.

In other words, do not even joke about causing disruption. Someone may miss the joke. Some will even warn not to even joke about joking about causing disruption. Some will even warn not to even joke about others warning you not to joke about joking about causing disruption. Some will even... well, you get the idea.

Historical context[edit]

As honored in the village stocks, this succeeds the admin who locked the servers for half an hour by deleting the Sandbox, necessitating the restriction of deletions for articles with over 5,000 edits. It is followed by the editor who used a bot to add 1,200 useless edits to the Main Page, hoping to bring it up to the 5000-edit level where it would not be deletable. Fortunately, the Main Page now enjoys a sui generis immunity to deletion in the software.[2]

See also[edit]

If a person tries, they receive a message that says "you can't delete or move the main page". This is not an excuse to try to delete the Main Page.


  1. ^ "I deleted the Main Page". Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive363. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  2. ^ Fwd: Re: Deletion of large pages Tim Starling, WikiEN-l Mailing List, February 4, 2008.