Uncyclopedia:Deletion Policy

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Deletion Policy
Votes for deletion
Intensive Care Unit
del log

Articles that require maintenance or deletion are currently organized into three types with different procedures for each type. Procedures are as follows:


  • Vandalism
  • One-liners (this includes articles with {{Construction}} as their only content, or with the template plus a few lines of text)
  • Clear Vanity
  • Opaque Sloth
  • Plagiarism (including unmodified articles from Wikipedia)
  • Unneeded Redirects
  • Mistakenly Created Pages
  • Recreated Articles
Deletion Procedure:
  • Admins may delete these articles on sight
  • Users should place a link to the article in QVFD under the correct date heading. Include explanation as needed
  • When in doubt you may use {{ICU}} just to be safe.
  • Articles that should not be deleted instantly may be marked with {{noQVFD}}

I See You!: The Insensitive Care Unit A.K.A. No Redeeming Value

  • One or two paragraph articles
  • Articles too incoherent to be good
  • Articles too messy to have net value
  • Articles that will never be good unless the original author finishes them
  • Borderline QVFD articles
Deletion Procedure:
  • Place the {{ICU|~~~~~|fix=your message here}} template on the article.
  • Once the article has gone a week without an edit, an admin will examine the page and decide whether to keep or delete it
  • The admin should check the page's contents, history after tagging and the identity of the original tagger.
  • Older articles should not have ICU or NRV placed on them. Give these pages a maintenance tag, or send them to VFD.
  • Articles that are tagged with {{Construction}} should generally not be ICU'd
  • Articles that are insubstantial but acceptable for another reason should be marked as stubs. Examples include:
  • Stubs that are part of a series, such as an UnBooks
  • Stubs that are linked to from a common template
  • Stubs that support another article but which are not mergable

Articles of Low (but not damningly low) Quality

  • Older articles that are low quality
  • Articles that are not embarrassingly rough, but still should be improved
  • Popular Articles that have become crudded up over time
  • Articles that have a great core idea but bad execution
Maintenance Procedure
  • Pages that are on important topics that should have a significant entry should be marked with {{rewrite}}
  • Pages that other authors are likely to be very interested in contributing to should be marked with {{rewrite}}
  • All other pages should be marked with an appropriate maintenance tag. These include:
  • {{Fix}} - rewrite tag for less notable pages or naturally single author pages
  • {{Ugly}} - tag for pages that need work on their formatting
  • {{Deadend}} - tag for pages without links
  • {{Expansion}} - tag for pages that need more substance
Note: Expansion is not ICU/NRV. New pages should be marked with expansion only if they are already high enough quality that they want improvement, not need it.
  • Pages marked with a maintenance tag are reviewed by an admin after a month without edits. They may be deleted at admin discretion.
  • Featured articles that need work are always marked with rewrite instead of fix even if they are about less notable topics.

VFD - the fourth category in the trilogy

In a perfect world we wouldn't need VFD. You could just use one of the previous procedures. Sometimes things aren't perfect and to resolve that ambiguity we need democracy. This is where VFD comes in. Use VFD sparingly and if you are in doubt just tag using a less aggressive procedure that you think might be appropriate.
  • Check the revision history of the page. It may have been vandalised, or just badly edited over a long period of time. If so, find a better version and revert the article. It may not be suitable for deletion.
  • Add {{vfd}} to the page in an easily visible place. Write "+VFD" in the edit summary.
  • List the page on VFD as a heading
  • Place your vote under the page's heading with a comment explaining why you have placed the article on VFD, and remember to sign it with four tildes (~)
  • An admin will delete the page if a consensus for deletion is reached

See also