Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting

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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to create a workable system for Deletion sorting, which has evolved into a complementary way of organizing deletion discussions (e.g. they are organized into topical lists in addition to their normal organization by date alone).

To help this project, please add new AFD discussions to one of the current list of deletion categories. For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

It must be noted that WikiProject Deletion sorting pages may not be used in violation of the advertising and soliciting meatpuppets policy which states:

Do not recruit meatpuppets. It is considered highly inappropriate to advertise Wikipedia articles to your friends, family members, or communities of people who agree with you for the purpose of coming to Wikipedia and supporting your side of a debate. If you feel that a debate is ignoring your voice, then the appropriate action is to remain civil, seek comments and involvement from other Wikipedians, or pursue dispute resolution. These are well-tested processes, designed to avoid the problem of exchanging bias in one direction for bias in another.

Scope Scope[edit]

This project involves transcluding AFD discussions in category specific pages, that makes it easier for people find a topic they have knowledge and interest in. In the past, and still in most cases presently, these discussions are organized solely by date. At one time this level of structure was adequate, because there were sufficiently few deletions that a person could review most of them on a daily basis while still contributing as a Wikipedian. However, Articles for deletion has grown far beyond human scale, with a throughput now approaching 1,000 pages per week and rising quickly. This has the effect of separating deletion debates from the healthy process of encyclopedia-building. It is hoped that a workable system for categorized deletion, which will bring deletion debates to the attention of editors active in relevant topical areas, will alleviate these problems.


This project was strongly inspired by Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting, and also by the historical discussion on deletion reform.

Similar WikiProjects[edit]

This project is similar to others concerned with improving Wikipedia's internal practices, such as those listed at Wikipedia:List of WikiProjects#Wikipedia. In particular, since it is concerned with categorization, it is similar to Wikipedia:WikiProject Categories as well as Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting.

List changes[edit]


Nuvola apps korganizer.svg Tasks[edit]

  1. Maintain and clean up the existing lists.
  2. Make better tools.
  3. Have this page in other languages


Deletion lists[edit]

  • Flat, a list of all current deletion lists, sorted alphabetically
  • Compact, a list of all current deletion lists, sorted by topic
  • See this page for a complete list of lists, including those which have been merged or abandoned.

Scripts and tools[edit]


  • {{subst:delsort|<topic>|<signature>}} is used for tagging active AfD discussions.
  • {{deletionlist|<topic>}} is the standard header for deletion lists. It should generally be enclosed in "<noinclude>" tags.
  • {{Topic|<topic>}} can be used to identify and link to other central pages related to a given topic.

Nuvola apps kdmconfig.png Participants[edit]

I've been doing this for a long time on my own, so why not make it official?

See also[edit]