Wikipedia:Extreme article deletion

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Extreme article deletion is an extreme sport of Wikipedia. The goal is to reduce the number of articles in Wikipedia as much as possible, with inventive and original AFD candidates.

Points are awarded to each player for the reasons they give to justify article deletion. Standard arguments include "unencyclopedic", "too short", "no significance", "irreparably (not my) POV", "fancruft", "non-notable", "is a secondary school", "vanity", and "no hits on Google, which means it doesn't exist"; generic concerns about server space. Every deletion proposal with these reasons earns one point. Additional points are awarded for original proposals, or when the article is deleted despite proof of encyclopedic suitability. Blatant deletion of a valid encyclopedic article gives points based on how long the article remains deleted before being recreated; deleting and protecting (known as salting) such a page acts as a bonus multiplier. If an article is only changed into a redirect instead of deleted, scoring is as follows:

Achievement Score
Page is redirected to something relevant and informative ½ point
Page is redirected to something in the same category, but too general to be of any use to whoever would have looked up the deleted article ¾ point
Page is redirected to something completely irrelevant. 1 point
Page is redirected to something prominently featuring Taylor Swift. 2 points

Combinations are possible: getting the article on Red redirected to Taylor Swift would give you ¾ of a point for redirecting to something too general to be of any use, and 2 points for redirecting to something featuring Taylor Swift, for a total of 2¾ points. Extreme article deletion awarding has been in progress since 2003 on the German Wikipedia as an April Fools 2004 joke by Dingo. On 1 April every year, the overall standings of the German deletion champions are assembled; other Wikipedias will follow. The original German article was deleted in less than five minutes by an over-audacious administrator, restored in less than two by another and moved here in its purest form.