User:SoWhy/Ten Commandments for Speedy Deletion

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Being an admin that patrols Category:Candidates for speedy deletion regularly, you will notice many mistakes that could easily be avoided, which cost admins time to decline, time they could otherwise spend on doing other important tasks.

For this reason, I hereby present a short list of basic mistakes to avoid, Ten Commandments for Speedy Deletion so to speak, as a reference to both new page patrollers, admin-candidates and new admins with limited experience in this field.

The Commandments[edit]

  1. Instead of reading the {{db-xxx}} templates, read what Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion says. Given the changing nature of speedy deletion criteria, the templates are bound to use incorrect or out-of-date wording sometimes and their wording is not the basis for the reviewing admin's decision. Also, read Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion/Explanations.
  2. Remember that all criteria represent a very strict set of possible pages that may be deleted without further input. If a criterion does not cover the page in question and you think it should be deleted, Wikipedia:Proposed deletion or Wikipedia:Deletion discussions is the correct way to achieve it. Remember that a page cannot be speedy deleted just because it meets Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not. Make yourself familiar with the Non-criteria.
  3. G1: Patent nonsense is actually just a small set of possible pages and does not apply to anything but those pages. If you can understand what the page is about, it's not patent nonsense. If it's a test page, that's what G2 is for. Resist the urge to tag articles that are blatantly un-encyclopedic but not nonsense with G1. It's almost always incorrect as G1 is not a carte blanche
  4. Not all hoaxes are vandalism and can be deleted via G3. It applies only to those where no one (except maybe the creator) would have any doubt whatsoever.
  5. G4 is limited to deletions that were decided by consensus in a deletion discussion. It does not apply if the page was previously deleted by means of speedy or proposed deletion. Also, it does only apply, if the page is substantially the same. If it makes claims the deletion discussion could not have investigated (for example sources that appeared after deletion), the previous consensus cannot be applied to it.
  6. G11 requires blatant advertising. If the page can serve any other purpose at all, it's not blatant advertising. "Buy software XXX now!!!" is blatant advertising. "Software XXX is the best software for apply the infinite monkey theorem to cats!" is not. If you encounter such a page, try to remove the spammy sounding bits. If you still have a valid stub afterwards, it's not a G11.
  7. A1 does only apply if there is no context at all. If you can understand, what it's about or even guess it, use {{context}} instead or try to improve it. Similar, A3 does only apply if there is no content at all. If there is any real text content, even if it's only speculation or similar, it does have content, just no encyclopedic at all. But remember: Content that fails WP:NOT is explicitly not covered in the speedy criteria, so A3 cannot be applied to pages only consisting of such content.
  8. A2 requires that the exactly the same content exists on another Wikimedia project. If it doesn't, use {{notenglish}}.
  9. Remember that A7 is much stricter than most people think!
    a.) A7 is not about notability. It's about having no indication whatsoever why its subject is important or significant and may meet the guidelines for inclusion. It is a lower standard than notability.
    b.) Credible claims are enough. The article does not have to fulfill Wikipedia:Verifiability or Wikipedia:Reliable sources to fail speedy deletion under this criterion.
    c.) It can only be applied to real people, individual animals, organisations or web content. Not software, not books, not fictional characters, not movies, not TV shows, not games, nothing that is not one of those four (although musical recordings are eligible under A9).
  10. R3 applies only to recent and implausible redirects. If a redirect exists since 2004 and you think it's implausible, use Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion.

I could probably add another five or ten common errors to this page (and maybe I will), but those are the things anyone working in that area should take to heart.

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