Wikipedia talk:Why was the page I created deleted?

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Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page moved to WP:Why was the page I created deleted?. Vegaswikian (talk) 18:52, 15 January 2012 (UTC)



Wikipedia:Why was my page deleted?Wikipedia:Why was the article I created deleted?Relisted. Vegaswikian (talk) 19:52, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

  • This topic was brought up before for the same reason as the renaming of this; and it looks like it was opposed only because, as Duff said best, some commenters were possibly confusing things as to suggest that the article need to be new in this case too. Long story short, the title of this essay as it stands seems to suggest a violation of WP:OWN (because of the presence of the word "my"). Erpert Who is this guy? | Wanna talk about it? 23:10, 1 January 2012 (UTC)
  • A tough call. It's obviously true that articles don't belong to anyone, yet the question is often posed like this and this is only an essay after all. The new title would be politically correct, but rather difficult to remember, especially seeing that this is a page for rather new users. Let's hear some arguments first. --The Evil IP address (talk) 17:27, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Oppose the content of this essay contains material that relates to things other than articles (such as files). Though that content is small, so might be split into two pages, one with the suggested title, and the remainder staying at the current title. 76.65.128.132 (talk) 05:01, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
    • As I understood the nom, this is more about the "my" in the title rather than the "article", so I believe the nom wouldn't mind the title "Why was the page I created deleted?". --The Evil IP address (talk) 17:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support, to avoid possible confusion and misleading page titles. Many newbies think that the pages they created belong to them, and thus they might (subconsciously) think it's in fact the case. I don't expect them to recognize the difference in the titles, but it might make it easier to get a general idea of Wikipedia if we're consistent on help pages. As most of the pageviews come from links—which should be changed after the move ASAP—the proposed title isn't really more complex than now. --The Evil IP address (talk) 09:56, 8 January 2012 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Why shouldn't one post on a deleted article's talk page?[edit]

"Please do not post questions about your deleted article on this page's talk page. Instead, if you have questions, post them on the Help desk." I added a {{why}} tag in the middle of this sentence, and whoever wrote this part should explain. Pagen HD (talk) 11:15, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Why shouldn't one post on a deleted article's talk page? -- That's not what it says though, you're not supposed to ask about a deleted article, here (Wikipedia talk:Why was my page deleted?), it doesn't say you're not supposed to ask about a deleted article at Talk:deleted article (though that wouldn't make sense, since the article was deleted, so the talk page would be hanging and unattached to any subject). 76.65.128.132 (talk) 04:44, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
I'm removing the "why?". The answer to "why" is because this talk page would quickly become overwhelmed with discussion about individual deletions, and that's simply not what this page is for. 28bytes (talk) 18:25, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Proposed shortcut[edit]

I've found Wikipedia:Why_was_my_page_deleted?#If_all_else_fails.2C_try_another_wiki to be very useful, as it offers editors who have had -- or may have -- their articles deleted some positive options. So useful, in fact, that I thought we could create a shortcut. WP:ANOTHER is taken. How about WP:OTHERWIKIS? It's rather hard to internally link to, as it stands now. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 22:22, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

do it. Mtking (edits) 22:57, 25 January 2012 (UTC)
I definitely want to. But a shortcut that I created last year WP:DIFFUSE, sparked vigorous opposition from one editor, and was only okayed when other editors intervened. So after that experience, I'd rather wait for others to express their views, if they wish to, first. Thanks, Shawn in Montreal (talk) 23:54, 25 January 2012 (UTC)
I've been WP:BOLD and done it. Mtking (edits) 01:01, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Shawn in Montreal (talk) 01:06, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Creating page[edit]

Page creation in process. Tbateman92 (talk) 19:51, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Hello Tbateman92. I must confess the purpose of your post is not clear to me. Do you have a question or issue regarding this project page and its contents? If you are looking for material on page creation, I suggest you first take a tour through the Wikipedia:Tutorial, then visit Wikipedia:The perfect article and Wikipedia:Your first article, and then create the page using the article wizard. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 20:44, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Lennon and Maisy[edit]

I'm not prepared to go to the trouble yet, but I suspect that while this group was not considered notable when their article was deleted, they might be now and they might be entitled to a new article. Only I can't go back and see what I saw about who did the deleting and why because I changed the deleted article to a redirect to their parents, since there was some information there already. I added more figuring it was all right.— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 21:29, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Was this article ever deleted and can we get the text?— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 17:05, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Rumplestiltskin[edit]

A page used to exist but I don't know its name. The talk page had some important information that belongs in the article Rumpelstiltskin or on its talk page.— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 17:06, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 7 June 2013[edit]

I have his photographs of Wallace Airfield (1919-36) and clippings that he left plus research done with his family, history books and local newspaper sources.

I see there is no article on Frank C. Wallace. My name is Mary Louise Speer and I am his biographer and the one who nominated him for the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame. How do I get my research published under this link? mvandykespeer@yahoo.com

173.160.213.81 (talk) 00:01, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Well, for starters, you're in the wrong place. This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the page Wikipedia:Why was the page I created deleted?. As to your specific case, I have a couple of comments. First off, Wikipedia is not a publisher of original research. Wikipedia can report about your work after it is published and becomes part of accepted knowledge; however, citations of existing reliable sources are needed to demonstrate that material is verifiable, and not merely your opinion. Also, it sounds like you may have a conflict of interest on the subject of Mr. Wallace. Information on engaging with Wikipedia articles about a subject you are affiliated with is located here, and advice and best practices for closely associated editors is located here. You should take a look at those pages, and if you still would like to proceed, there is guidance within those pages for how to go about it. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact me on my talk page and I'll be happy to help you. Thanks! --ElHef (Meep?) 15:32, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

When deleting administrator is no longer active[edit]

When the deleting administrator is 'no longer active' in Wikipedia, what can be done? Is there anyway to see what was deleted or why4.244.81.176 (talk) 16:53, 5 November 2013 (UTC)?

Consult one of Wikipedia's active administrators. They might be able to help. Jarble (talk) 22:04, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Public should be allowed access to all deleted content except that which would put WMF under legal liability[edit]

I don't agree with Wikipedia's deletion policy. I feel it is overzealous - the only reasons I've seen so far for having limited access to "deleted" information is to prevent WMF from getting into legal trouble. I understand that, however, surely this wouldn't apply to everything that gets deleted.

I understand making certain content less accessible with some sort of disclaimer, that X content is below standard and thus is "hidden". (It's not actually deleted anyway.) But - so long as there is no legal stuff getting in the way - ultimately it should be up to us to decide what information is useful.

Solution: Two tiers of deleted content: "Hidden" (requires additional click to view) and "Restricted" (legally sensitive information). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.34.218.91 (talk)

See Wikipedia:Perennial proposals#Deleted pages should be visible. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:19, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

How to find deleted content?[edit]

I spent hours creating an article and adding data to it, only to have it summarily deleted. This project page says, "Do not despair: none of the information on a "deleted" page has actually been lost. Continue reading for details." However, I can find no way to recover the missing data or view it. From now on, I will be sure to make a copy, but how can editors find their work if they failed to make a backup copy? You need a direct link after the comment above that gives editors a way to find their work. We can view contributions deleted from articles, why can't we view deleted articles? How can there be any accountability when the data is inaccessible? Ghostofnemo (talk) 07:16, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Thank you! Ghostofnemo (talk) 13:12, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Deleting Wikipedia account[edit]

How do i delete my Wikipedia account? The MfanyiKazi (talk) 12:46, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

@The MfanyiKazi: Accounts cannot be deleted but see Wikipedia:FAQ#How do I change my username/delete my account? PrimeHunter (talk) 14:04, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, but we can't delete accounts here. The best you can do is announce that you have abandoned your account on its talk page. TomBarker23 (talk) 11:48, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 31 October 2017[edit]

Astordrycleaners (talk) 09:36, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Hey Astordrycleaners. It doesn't appear that you have made any specific request. If you have questions about editing Wikipedia, you should consider asking them at The Teahouse, which is our dedicated forum for helping newer editors. GMGtalk 10:24, 31 October 2017 (UTC)