Wikipedia talk:Deletion log

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Hey, how do I get an article deleted? I've been retitling the "Middle Earth/xxx" articles to "xxx" or "xxx (Middle-earth)". This process leaves behind articles with no text to which nothing is linked. Ed Poor 05:42 Jul 23, 2002 (PDT)

The simplest way is to pick "vote for deletion", explain why (as above), and wait for a sysop to do it. On straightforward stuff like that, we're usually pretty quick to respond. Vicki Rosenzweig 05:44 Jul 23, 2002 (PDT)
Yes, in situations like this, people are pretty quick to respond — negatively. Pages like this that have been around for a while and have been indexed by search engines should be redirected, and will presumably remain redirects forever. See Wikipedia:Policy on permanent deletion of pages. BTW, you can't exactly "vote for deletion" under the Phase III software; you have to directly edit Wikipedia:Votes for deletion. — Toby 15:39 Jul 23, 2002 (PDT)

Please see my comment in Wikipedia talk:Wikipedia policy on permanent deletion of pages. — Toby 03:22 Jul 24, 2002 (PDT)

For those who have asked, the log of deletions from the run of software phase II (first deletion end of February, continues up through mid-July), formerly Log:Page Deletions, is up again at Wikipedia:Old deletion log. If that angers you, please rename it to old page deletion log. ;) --Brion VIBBER 05:20 Jul 28, 2002 (PDT)

Anger gives me strength; I vote we leave the name as it is. :) Bryan

To admins: I started to use Wikipedia:Deleted test for listing nonsense to be deleted. have fun deleting! Muriel Gottrop 10:13, 6 Aug 2003 (UTC)

Someone need to fix the log the font of the bottom part is huge. BL 12:26, 3 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Is manual editing of the page allowed? If so, the <em> after Claud A. Hatcher needs to be removed. Angela 08:33, 6 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Aug. 24 to Sep. 12 missing?[edit]

What happened here:

16:53, 12 Sep 2003 Schneelocke deleted "National Policy" (content before blanking was: 'ookle')
15:59, 24 Aug 2003 Evercat deleted "V.92" (content was: 'v. 92 is sucks' - no hist)

There's over two weeks of deletions missing in that gap. -- Delirium 22:45, Sep 15, 2003 (UTC)

Rickyrab's Opinion of the Log[edit]

I thought that some of the contents of the deletia were hilarious. I tried making this statement in the now-deleted Deletion fog, only to be nagged by User:Angela, and thus I am posting it here in deference to her/his wish. Rickyrab 19:35, 3 Oct 2003 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Deleted test[edit]

Just a reminder to use the following template when encountering what appears to be a test page created by a new user:

''This page appeared to be created as a test page, and is [[Wikipedia:Deleted test|scheduled for deletion]].''

-Kingturtle 10:25, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Archiving twice per month[edit]

Would we gain some speed, if the log was moved to an archive twice per month?, e.g. to Wikipedia:Deletion log archive/January 2004 (1) -- Docu

Gain speed where? Do you mean for those reading the log? Are many people actually doing that? Is the page size an issue? I think the extra archive is ok as long it is done consistently, but is anyone going to bother consistently archiving it twice a month? Currently, it's rarely done properly once a month, let alone twice. Angela. 03:33, Jan 23, 2004 (UTC)
I wrote the above on a day when wikipedia was really slow. A shorter page may be faster when actually deleting (also when reading, but who cares). -- User:Docu
Ok, I didn't realise it affected the speed of actually doing deletions. I thought you meant just for people reading the page. In that case, it probably is a good idea to archive it twice a month. Angela. 02:25, Feb 1, 2004 (UTC)
Actually, I generally keep a tab open on the deletion log when doing RC patrol. It gives a quick view on what deleted articles have been recreated and which vandals are currently active. --fvw* 07:52, 2004 Dec 13 (UTC)
I'm not sure if it affects the speed, but it might. -- User:Docu

I asked Brion and he said it probably does to some degree. Angela. 11:50, Feb 1, 2004 (UTC)
In POSIX type systems, writing to the beginning of a file requires rewriting the entire file. I don't know how much keeping it inside a database helps. Pakaran. 15:40, 12 Feb 2004 (UTC)


Deleted a page by mistake(thought it was a new one, . How to undelete ? Help . Page is EMachines (sorry, am new admin).KRS 13:54, 24 Feb 2004 (UTC)

I know you already worked it out, but in case others are reading this - see Wikipedia:Viewing and restoring deleted pages by sysops. The quickest way is to go to Special:Undelete/PAGE NAME. Angela.

There are some problems with the formatting; look down a bit, and a large section is bolded for no reason... also, there's a large number of verbose descriptions (usually copyvios). ugen64 15:58, Mar 6, 2004 (UTC)

That's because of the {{msg:...}}s being used. For some reason the formatting in them is kept. No one should be leaving msgs in the deletion summary when they delete something. Angela. 23:26, Mar 6, 2004 (UTC)
Should we remove the {{msg:delete}} from the delete message or add <nowiki> to show it differently? - Texture 02:40, 7 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I don't think {{msg:delete}} should be left in the deletion summary at all. It tells you nothing about why the page is being deleted. It should be replaced with either an explanation of why you're deleting it, or with the actual text of the page prior to the {{msg:delete}} being added. Angela. 01:11, Mar 8, 2004 (UTC)
Oops... I guess I'll keep that in mind =P. ugen64 15:33, Mar 7, 2004 (UTC)
The code has changed now so {{msg:delete}} appears as {{msg:delete}}, not as the expanded version in the log, so it doesn't matter if it's left in the reason for deletion summary anymore. Angela. 02:40, May 18, 2004 (UTC)

category weirdness[edit]

when i view the deletion log, i see three different "Cleanup" categories at the bottom. Is this a skin bug or are other ppl seeing it? - DropDeadGorgias (talk) 21:40, Jun 22, 2004 (UTC)

Probably some of the deleted articles included the category near the top, and it is in the deletion log somewhere. Each of the tags at the bottom corresponds to one of the category tags within the article. --ssd 04:37, 11 Jul 2004 (UTC)
I don't think any of the deleted article content should be interpolated. I.e. <nowiki> should always be forced. Putting the deletion logs into subs, vfd, and copyvio is totally pointless. Sure this page is mostly used for administrators, but that doesn't mean it can't be usable. - Plutor 17:32, 16 Jul 2004 (UTC)
I agree templates shouldn't be included. If you want to request a developer do this, you can submit the idea at sourceforge. Angela. 00:25, 17 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography[edit]

Through some weird glitch I seem to have deleted this article while trying to move it to a more appropriate title. Restoring it failed to get back the history, which is needed in order to get the version that needs to be moved. How do I get the article back? Michael Hardy 01:28, 25 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Are the deleted versions at Single photon emission computerized tomography rather than Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography what you are looking for? Angela. 00:05, 10 Jul 2004 (UTC)</nowiki>

Archived log needs splitting up[edit]

Wikipedia:Deletion log archive/September 2004 (1) contains entries running from "15:38, 20 Sep 2004" to "23:42, 10 Aug 2004". That very big page should be split up - the archive August 2004 (2) and August 2004 (3) are not there, presumably because this page needs to be split into three. Noel 01:47, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC)


I moved the deletion log to Wikipedia:Deletion log archive/October 2004 (2) (as it had reached nearly a megabyte) and accidentally moved this talk page along with it. I moved the talk page back while leaving the archive in place, but now the page is a reflexive redirect whose only history entry is:

21:26, 21 Oct 2004 Mirv (Wikipedia:Deletion log moved to Wikipedia:Deletion log archive/October 2004 (2))

How did I do this? Where did the archive go? Can it be fixed or recovered? —No-One Jones (m) 22:06, 21 Oct 2004 (UTC)

*phew*I recovered all but the last 40 minutes or so from a cached copy. Is there any way to restore the rest? —No-One Jones (m) 13:07, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Does anybody ever reply to questions on this talk page?! [[User:Constafrequent|–– Constafrequent (talk page)]] 07:58, 20 Dec 2004 (UTC)


I'm looking for the deletion log for category:nonsense slang. Wikipedia:Deletion log archive/December 2004 (1) links to it, but the link takes me through the causeway to neverwhere. thankz, Ished-out amounts of Vonn-ness 14:49, 10 September 2005 (UTC)