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The deletion policy (shortcut: DP) describes when and where Editors can delete pages.

Criteria for deletion

General

G1: Nonsense, vandalism or spam

This covers deletion of nonsense, vandalism and spam. Generally, the creator should be blocked for a short time.

G2: Test pages

This covers deletion of pages of test pages made by anonymous editors. Test pages created by logged-in users should generally not be deleted; if a logged-in user creates a test page, rather than being deleted the test page should be moved to their userpage (like to [[User:USERNAME/Sandbox]] or something similar).

This can also cover the deletion of sandbox pages by anonymous or logged-in users.

G3: Unambiguous copyright infringement or plagiarism

This covers deletions of pages that violate copyright law or commit plagiarism. This includes articles that were clearly copied from a third-party wiki, such as ftbwiki.org. If only a section was copied, it is preferred to remove the copied section rather than delete the entire page.

G4: Insufficient content

This covers pages with insufficient content, or a "super-stub" This is not to be confused with a stub. Stubs, WIP and incomplete pages should be marked with {{Stub}}, {{WIP}}, or {{Incomplete}}, respectively. A page with insufficient content doesn't contain any information besides from what could be deducted from the title; for example "The Grass Block is a block." would be a super-stub and should be deleted.

G5: Duplicated articles

This covers articles duplicating a particular topic. This is a rare occurrence, but sometimes it happens. The article of higher quality should be kept, with the article of lower quality deleted after making sure the article of higher quality contains all of the information the article of lower quality has/had. The new merged article should use the most appropriate name out of the two. A redirect usually should be created to prevent further duplicated articles for the topic and to allow for external links on other websites to continue functioning.

G6: Miscellaneous uncontroversial deletion

This page does not cover every single reason why a page might need to be deleted. If an Editor has a good reason to delete a page and nobody else challenges this deletion, they do not have to go through any red tape. If this deletion is challenged, the deleted page should promptly be undeleted and then the issue should be discussed.

Redirects

R1: Redirects to non-existent pages

This covers redirects to pages that do not exist, including redirects to pages that were recently deleted.

R2: Typos

This covers redirects that are typos. This does not include typos that used to be the name of a particular item or other object (such as Engineers Blueprint). Any other notable typo redirects, such as a common typo made by the community, should be explained before being created.

Files

F1: Duplicates

This covers files that are duplicates. They do not need to be exact duplicates; if two files both serve the same purpose one may be replaced by the other.

F2: Corrupt or empty

This covers files that are corrupt or empty.

F3: Unused

This covers files that are unused and unlikely to be used in the near future. Keep in mind that the UnusedFiles special page may often list files that are in fact used, particularly tilesheets, so going through it and deleting files is a bad idea.

F4: File replaced by a tilesheet or crafting grid

This covers files that can and have been replaced by a tilesheet or crafting grid. For example, a single icon file for an item (should be in a tilesheet) or a screenshot of a crafting recipe (should use a template). These files should only be deleted once they are replaced by a tilesheet or crafting grid, otherwise the deletion is rather unconstructive.

Categories

C1: Unpopulated categories

This covers categories that are unpopulated. This does not include maintenance-related categories like Request for speedy deletion. The main target of this sort of deletion is translated categories when a base article changes categories.

User pages

U1: User request

This covers user pages and subpages that the creator requests to be deleted.

Templates

T1: Templates replaced by duplicate templates

This covers templates that were replaced by duplicate (in function) templates.

T2: Unused and redundant templates

This covers templates that are unused and unlikely to be used in the near future.

See also



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