|This information page describes the editing community's consensus on some aspect or aspects of Wikipedia's norms and practices. It is not one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines.|
The established consensus on the English Wikipedia is that templates used to mark "votes" during XfD discussions - such as a small image and text label, for example, " Keep" - are not to be used. Any template created solely for this purpose may be tagged with speedy deletion criterion G4.
The rationale behind the consensus against these on the English Wikipedia is that they encourage voting rather than a discussion aimed at the generation of consensus. A contributing factor to the recurrence of discussions on this matter is the widespread use of these type of templates on other Wikimedia sites.
Please remember that deletion discussions are not a vote.
Script for !votes to appear with icons
A user script, User:Ais523/votesymbols.js, exists for those who would like !votes to appear similar to the aforementioned example sitewide. It can be added to your personal .js page with the following:
Discussions that established this consensus
- Wikipedia talk:Straw polls/Archive 1#Voting via templates (April 2005)
- Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/Deleted/June 2005#Template:Support and Template:Object and Template:Oppose
- Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/Deleted/November 2005#Template:Vote and all derivatives
- Wikipedia:Deletion review#Template:Voting icons (May 2006)
- Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2007 May 3#Voting templates yet again
- Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2008 February 7#Template:KeepVote
- Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2008 May 17#AfD voting templates
- Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2008 December 12#Template:Keep
- Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2008 December 29#Vote- templates
- Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2015 December 30#Template:Vk