Wikipedia:Extreme article deletion
|This page is intended as humor. It is not, has never been, nor will ever be, a Wikipedia policy or guideline.
Rather, it illustrates standards or conduct that are generally not accepted by the Wikipedia community.
|This page contains material which is kept because it pertains to Taylor Swift and is considered ridiculous.
It is not intended, nor should it be used, for any remotely serious purpose. If it is, then your motives are… fanatical.
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 and rationales. With enough purging, eventually Wikipedia can be right-sized in line with Citizendium.
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 "WP:I just don't like it", "Never seen that source", "That source is not available online", "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 especially original proposals or rationales, or when strategies are developed to get the article deleted despite proof of encyclopedic suitability (e.g., giving examples of other similar articles that have successfully been purged).
Blatant deletion of a valid encyclopedic article gives points based on how long the article remains deleted before being recreated; deleting and protecting against re-creation (known as "salting") such a page acts as a bonus multiplier.
If an article is only changed into a redirect, this is may not score as highly as a deletion, except in certain cases, where more points are awarded. For conversions to a redirect instead of deletion, scoring is as follows:
|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.