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The administrators' mop and bucket.
The relevant policy can be found at Wikipedia:Deletion policy.

Part of an administrator's role is to delete pages due to speedy deletion criteria, XfD discussions, or articles that have been proposed for deletion.

Deleting a page is relatively easy. Basically, click on the "delete" tab at the top of the page (the tab will only appear if you are an administrator logged in to your account), enter a reason (or edit the automatically supplied reason), and hit delete. That's all there is to it. On very rare occasions, you might post a note at the Deletion Review page to allow others to review your speedy delete action, but that is not a usual practice. Restoring etiquette is the same as deleting etiquette when done per consensus such as per an XfD. However, if you restore a page without a consensus, it is considered proper to notify the page deleting admin of your actions and the reasons for your actions.

Below are instructions on how to delete and restore pages. Please follow the instructions to delete and then restore the page Wikipedia:New admin/Deleting/delete2. The instructions below also describe how to use the revision deletion function and restoring selected revisions. As a new administrator, you may not want to use the delete/restore revision extension until you have accommodating experience with basic admin functions.

Admin mop.PNGDeleting a page

You can find many pre-loaded deletion rationales using the drop down option (shown here in a March 2008 screen shot)
  1. Go to the page you wish to delete, in this case, we will use Wikipedia:New admin/Deleting/delete2.
  2. Above the page, you may[1] see tabs history and move and, in between them, you will see Dtab-NAS.PNG - click the delete button. Don't worry, this will not delete the page, and you will have a chance to review the deletion in the deletion screen that is brought up via clicking the delete button.
  3. Next to Reason:, select the reason for deleting the page. There are pre-phrased reasons for speedy delete and a few others. The default is "Other reason", and is for typing the deletion reason in the box next to Other/additional reason:. The typed reason in the "Other/additional reason:" box should refer to a particular discussion page for XfD's, such as [[Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Article]], or a particular criteria for speedy deletion such as A7. You should use an informative reason: "G12" is not helpful, "Speedy deletion per G12- Copyright infringement." is much better. If text from the article appears in the "Other/additional reason:" box, please review that text to remove any libelous, attacking, or other personal information which may appear there; otherwise that material will appear in the deletion log, where it is very difficult to remove.
  4. Click the Delete page button. That will delete the page.
  5. At this point, your actions will have deleted all revisions of the page.

Admin mop.PNGRestoring a page

  1. Go to the article you wish to restore, in this case, it is Wikipedia:New admin/Deleting/delete2.
  2. Just below the title, you will see "View or restore (one) deleted edit?" - Click on (one) deleted edit.
  3. This will list all the deleted revisions of the article. Next to each revision, you will check boxes. If you want to restore all the revisions, leave all the boxes unchecked.
  4. Towards the middle of the screen, there is a box with comment next to it. Type the reason you are going to restore the page into the box.
  5. Click on restore.
  6. The page will then be restored.

Admin mop.PNGDeleting a revision

Under certain circumstances, such as edits involving libel or a user's private information, a particular revision may need to be deleted from history.

  1. Go to the page history for Wikipedia:New admin/Deleting/delete.
  2. Selectively tick which revisions should be deleted in the square boxes immediately to the left of the revision.
  3. Go to the upper right of the history page and click the "Del/undel selected revisions" button. The system will take you to another screen.
  4. Select whether to revision-delete the content, the edit summary, the username or all three.
  5. Provide a revision deletion summary.
  6. Prior to deleting revisions, make sure that the material to be deleted is no longer in the article.
  7. Press delete to delete all revisions where the material to be deleted is present on the screen.

Please note that in some cases, revision suppression (which has replaced the old "oversight" process) may be required; see Wikipedia:Oversight for edits that may be suppressed. Administrators may elect to first revision delete the material, and then notify an oversighter directly or via the Oversight mail feature: email (or use Special:Emailuser/Oversight).

It is possible to delete individual revisions of a page by deleting the entire page and then selecting revisions to be undeleted, but this method is no longer used routinely.

Admin mop.PNGRestoring selected revisions

  1. Go to the page Wikipedia:New admin/Deleting/delete2.
  2. Insert an edit in which you will want to avoid restoring after you delete the page.
  3. Repeat steps 2-4 of Deleting a page.
  4. Repeat steps 1-4 of Restoring a page.
  5. To restore selected revisions and not restore the edit that needs to be removed from the page history, select the checkboxes only of the edits you need to restore (note: by holding the shift key on your keyboard and selecting one checkbox and the checkboxes above or below it, you can select multiple checkboxes without having to click on each one by one.)
  6. Repeat steps 5-6 of Restoring a page and the revisions you selected from the checkboxes will be restored.

See also


  1. ^ Depending on your skin, the location of the delete link may be an entry on the "More" drop-down near the Search text box (e.g., Vector).