Wikipedia:Why secret pages should be deleted

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Secret pages are often deleted per WP:NOTMYSPACE and WP:UP#GAMES. Examples of secret pages include User:Jump Guru/Secret Page[dead link], User:PieMan.EXE/Secret[dead link], and User:Mattkenn3/Fake Super Secret Page[dead link].

WP:UP#GAMES states that examples of unrelated content to writing an encyclopedia are "Games, roleplaying sessions, secret pages and other things pertaining to "entertainment" rather than "writing an encyclopedia". Such activities are generally frowned upon by the community. Facetious games of no educational value relevant to the project are routinely deleted at MfD." WP:NOTMYSPACE states that "[t]he focus of user pages should not be social networking or amusement, but rather providing a foundation for effective collaboration."

A July/August 2010 request for comment held that "Some consideration was given to being more tolerant toward valued contributors, though the consensus was that diverged standards was inappropriate."

Arguments for deleting secret pages[edit]

A Stop at Willoughby's rationale for deleting secret pages[edit]

The following is an argument from A Stop at Willoughby (talk · contribs) for deleting secret pages:

Hersfold's rationale for deleting secret pages[edit]

The following is an argument from Hersfold (talk · contribs) for deleting secret pages:

Arguments against favoritism[edit]

JamesBWatson's rationale against favoritism[edit]

The following is an argument from JamesBWatson (talk · contribs) against favoritism.

  • There has been a suggestion that "secret pages" should be tolerated from editors who also make a lot of productive contributions, but not from people who do little else. On the other hand, the opposite has also been suggested: "secret pages" should be tolerated from new editors who have done little or nothing else, but if more established editors make such pages then they should be considered for deletion. The following was a response to both of these suggestions.

Cunard's rationale against favoritism[edit]

The following is an argument from Cunard (talk · contribs) against favoritism:

Consensus at Wikipedia talk:What Wikipedia is not[edit]

On 10 August 2010, SilkTork (talk · contribs) summarized the request for comment held at Wikipedia talk:What Wikipedia is not/Archive 34#Does WP:NOTMYSPACE apply to secret pages? as the following:

To the creators of secret pages[edit]

In a July/August 2010 policy discussion (at Wikipedia talk:What Wikipedia is not/Archive 34#Does WP:NOTMYSPACE apply to secret pages?), community consensus was that the policy Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not does prohibit secret pages. The deletion of this page is not a reflection on you; instead, it is a reflection of the changing community consensus that secret pages set an inappropriate ethos at Wikipedia.

Examples of secret pages[edit]

Examples of secret pages MfDs[edit]

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