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Type of site
Archive wiki
Available inDutch, English, French, German, Swedish
Launched2008 (v1)
December 24, 2013 (v2)

Deletionpedia is an online archive wiki containing articles deleted from the English Wikipedia. Its version of each article includes a header with more information about the deletion such as whether a speedy deletion occurred, where the deletion discussion about the article can be found and which editor deleted the article. The original Deletionpedia operated from February to September 2008. The site was restarted under new management in December 2013.[1]

The site is based on MediaWiki.[2][3] The site functions as something of a "wikimorgue";[4] it automatically collects articles deleted from Wikipedia.[4]

In addition to categories preserved from Wikipedia, Deletionpedia has its own categories for articles, based upon the deletion criteria. Pages are organized by the month in which they were deleted, by the number of editors that had worked on a page and by the length of time the article had existed on Wikipedia.[5]

Deletionpedia states that it avoids hosting deleted pages that are copyright violations, pages with serious libel problems, pages whose full revision history is still available on Wikipedia's sister sites, and pages which set out to offend others.[6]

Articles preserved by Deletionpedia were deleted from Wikipedia for a variety of reasons, from "being not notable" to "manipulation by political and business interests".[7] The site seeks no donations; its "Donate" page formerly suggested that supporters donate to mySociety or to the Wikimedia Foundation instead.[8]

Version 1[edit]

The logo of the original Deletionpedia.

The original Deletionpedia collected about 63,000 articles, which were deleted from Wikipedia between February and September 2008. Nearly 2000 of the pages were more than 1000 days old before they were deleted.


The last viewable log the site made of Wikipedia was taken on 14 June 2012 of Anime Festival Wichita.[9]

The original content is still available to view online.[10] In 2011, Jason Scott's Archive Team saved a copy of the website with WikiTeam tools and uploaded the copy to the Internet Archive's collection.[11]


The Wall Street Journal cited it as a response to the culture clash that exists on Wikipedia between deletionists and inclusionists.[12] The Industry Standard calls it "a [would-be] fine research project for sociology students to study what groupthink does when applied to a community-built compendium of knowledge".[13] Shortly thereafter, the Industry Standard again turned its attention to Deletionpedia, reporting that deletion of the article in Wikipedia about Deletionpedia was itself under discussion, suggesting that the article was not being considered for deletion based on “insignificance of the site” but rather “due to perceived criticism of Wikipedia itself”.[14] Deletionpedia also made news at De Telegraaf, the website for the largest daily morning Dutch language newspaper,[15] and The Inquirer, a British technology tabloid website.[16]

The site has been more fully explored by Ars Technica [17] in an article that not only describes aspects of the website but mentions the controversy over deleting the Wikipedia article on Deletionpedia.

Statistics and version 2[edit]

The website was reregistered by a new owner, Kasper Souren, and began operation anew in December 2013.[18] As of Feb 2022, it had amassed 91,250 content pages, and 117902 pages in total, with 239,847 edits. It had also acquired 4,020 users.[19]

Similar projects[edit]

There are similar projects for other Wikipedia languages, for example PlusPedia in German,[20] PrePedia in Polish,[21] and Wikisage in Dutch.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Homepage". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ Category:Deletionpedia:Pages by deletion date, from the Deletionpedia website
  3. ^ "Deletionpedia statistics". Deletionpedia. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b Schneider, K. G. (September 26, 2007). "Wikipedia's Awkward Adolescence". CIO magazine. International Data Group. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Deleted from Wikipedia - Category:Deletionpedia:Pages on Wikipedia for 1000 or more days - Deletionpedia".
  6. ^ Deletionpedia:Archive Archived 2016-03-26 at the Wayback Machine, from the Deletionpedia website
  7. ^ Henning Steier (19 Sep 2008). "Friedhof der Wikipedia-Artikel". 20 minuten. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Deletionpedia:Donate Archived 2019-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, from the Deletionpedia website
  9. ^ "log.1.txt". Deletionpedia. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Deletionpedia".
  11. ^ "Wiki - Deletionpedia : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  12. ^ Wikipedians Leave Cyberspace, Meet in Egypt, by James Gleick. The Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2008
  13. ^ Aleo-Carreira, Cyndy (17 September 2008). "Deletionpedia: Where Wikipedia Entries Go to Die". The Industry Standard. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008.
  14. ^ Aleo-Carreira, Cyndy (22 September 2008). "A Catch-22 for Wikipedia: Should the Deletionpedia Entry Be Deleted?". The Industry Standard. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009.
  15. ^ Rustplaats voor afgedankte Wiki-bijdragen (in Dutch), a September 2008 article from De Telegraaf
  16. ^ Deletionpedia: Gelöschte Wikipedia-Artikel zum Nachschlagen (in German), an 18 September 2008 article from The Inquirer.
  17. ^ Deletionpedia: where entries too trivial for Wikipedia live on an article from Ars Technica posted September 22, 2008
  18. ^ Sankin, Aaron (29 December 2013). "Archive of deleted Wikipedia articles reveals site's imperfections". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Statistics". Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  20. ^ "PlusPedia".
  21. ^ "PrePedia – wolna encyklopedia".
  22. ^ "Wikisage".

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