Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Administrator instructions

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Close after 7 days
Top tag {{subst:Tfd top|'''Result'''}} Reasoning. ~~~~
Bottom tag {{subst:Tfd bottom}}
Archive If that was the last discussion for that day, remove the day from WP:TFD
If deleting
Orphan Remove transclusions or move to holding cell
Also delete Sub-templates (e.g. /doc) and matching categories
If keeping
Tag talk page {{Tfdend}}
Remove Tfd tag  
Visit Wikipedia:Deletion process for a complete listing of deletion and discussion processes.

Administrator instructions for Templates for discussion:

Every day, the day page (that is, [[Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/Year Month Day]]) more than seven days old should be removed from Wikipedia:Templates for discussion. This relies on the discretion and common sense of the user closing a debate. If you disagree with a decision, please discuss it with that user.

Close
  1. If it may take significant time to assess the debate and/or do the closing edits, consider first editing the discussion section for the template and adding {{Closing}} just after the section header, to notify others that a close of the particular discussion is in progress. This helps to avoid edit conflicts during the close.
  2. Determine whether or not a rough consensus to delete has been reached. See: Deletion guidelines for administrators.
  3. After the template's section header, add:
    {{subst:tfd top|'''Result'''. Reasoning.}} ~~~~
    (where Result is usually either Delete or Keep)
  4. Remove {{Closing}} if you added it earlier.
  5. At the end of the template's section, but before the next template's section header, add:
    {{subst:tfd bottom}}
Implement the close

The decision to keep or delete a template is to be implemented only after the discussion for that template has been closed.

  1. If the decision is Keep (including any variant such as Redirect or No Consensus):
    1. Add a link on the template's talk page to the discussion sub-page.
      • The template {{Tfd end}} is recommended for this, so add one of:
      {{Tfd end|section heading|date=date of nomination|result=result}}
      {{Tfd end|date=date of nomination|result=result}}
      {{Tfd end|date=date of nomination}}
      (N.B. the date must be in the format: yyyy_Month_dd in other words, the month must be written out, it must be in year month day sequence, and the date must not be wikilinked)
      (the default section heading is the template's name, so that parameter may be omitted entirely)
      (the default result is "Keep", so that parameter may be omitted)
      • If the discussion failed to reach consensus, then the template is kept by default, but the decision should generally include a reference to the lack of consensus, in order to minimize ambiguity and future confusion.
    2. Remove {{Tfd}} or {{Tfm}} from the template (be sure the Tfd category is also removed).
    3. If the page becomes a redirect, remember to fix double-redirects. Ensure page protection for the redirect matches that of the template which the page now redirects to, and that page protection for the target template is appropriate for the number of transclusions which may have increased after the redirection.
  2. If the decision is Delete, the template can be deleted by an administrator after all instances of the template used in pages have been removed.
    1. If easily done, remove all calls for the template and delete the template. Otherwise,
    2. list the template under the appropriate section of Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Holding cell. As part of listing in the holding cell:
      1. Be sure to include the link to the Tfd day page above the holding cell listing.
      2. On the to-be-deleted template page, replace {{Tfd}} with {{being deleted|YYYY Month DD}}. For YYYY Month DD, use Year, Month, Day date of the nomination and include an edit summary such as "Per close at [[(Link to TfD discussion)]], added {{being deleted}}". Place the {{being deleted}} template within the <noinclude>...</noinclude> section of the template.
    3. Look at the categories used by the template. If the template has a matching category that is not used for other purposes (for example, {{cleanup}} and Category:Wikipedia cleanup), delete the category as well.
    4. In general, no action is required by the closing admin for mere links to a template on a talk page or in project space. Mere links to a template on a talk page or in project space may be retained if they are important to understanding historical conversations. Otherwise, these may be delinked.
  3. If the decision is or includes Merge into another template, or Review, Convert, Substitute, etc.,
    1. list the template under the appropriate section of Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Holding cell. As part of listing in the holding cell:
      1. Be sure to include the link to the Tfd day page above the holding cell listing.
      2. On the to-be-merged template page, change {{Tfd}} to {{being deleted|YYYY Month DD|merge=Template:Other template name}}. For YYYY Month DD, use Year, Month, Day date of the nomination and include an edit summary such as "Per close at [[(Link to TfD discussion)]], added {{being deleted}}". Place the {{being deleted}} template within the <noinclude>...</noinclude> section of the template.
      3. If any page becomes a redirect, ensure page protection for the redirect matches that of the template which the page now redirects to, and that page protection for the target template is appropriate for the number of transclusions which may have increased after the merger.

Relisting[edit]

There is no quorum. If, after the normal time period, there are no objections to deletion of a template, it can simply be deleted.

However, if after seven days there is no consensus or little participation the closing administrator may, at their discretion, choose to relist the discussion. If you decide to relist:

  1. Leave a record on the nomination page and then remove or collapse the discussion there.
  2. Copy the discussion to the current day's nomination page.
  3. Add {{relist}} to the end of the discussion.
  4. Update the link parameter in the {{Template for discussion}} on the nominated template so that it points to the new location.

Header and footer text[edit]

After closing the discussion, the section will look like this:

Template:example template[edit]