The Sims Wiki:Criteria for speedy deletion

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The criteria for speedy deletion specify the cases where pages may be deleted from the wiki without discussion by any administrator or content moderator. Normally, deletions require a discussion and a consensus for deletion before they can be deleted. Speedy deletion is intended to reduce the time spent on dealing with pages that obviously will not survive any deletion discussion and where consensus by the community has already been established for the deletion of similar pages.

Anyone can nominate pages for speedy deletion using one of the speedy deletion templates. Before nominating a page for speedy deletion, consider whether the page could be improved, expanded upon, redirected elsewhere, or handled in some other way. A page is eligible for speedy deletion only if all of its revisions are eligible; if possible, try reverting to the best version of the page, and nominate the page only if all revisions on the page are eligible for at least one of the criteria on this page.

The creator of a page may not remove a speedy deletion tag from one of their pages. A creator who disagrees with the nomination should post on the talk page of the nominated page explaining why it should not be deleted.

The term "speedy deletion" refers to the process of deletion, not the time it takes for a nominated page to get deleted. "Speedy deletion" contrasts from other forms of deletion in that there is no fixed waiting period, and usually there is no discussion required in order to determine whether or not the page should be deleted.

Criteria for speedy deletion[edit source]

When nominating pages for speedy deletion, at least one criteria must apply to the page, or the nomination is void.

General criteria[edit source]

"General" speedy deletion criteria apply to any page in any namespace, provided that they meet the criteria appropriately.

G1. Patent nonsense
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This criteria includes any page that is comprised of nothing but incoherent or gibberish material. It does not cover poor writing, personal attacks, hoaxes, other kinds of vandalism, things written in another language, or poorly translated material. It does not apply to pages in the user namespace. In short, if you can understand it, G1 does not apply.

G2. Test page
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Applies to any page created solely to test functions on The Sims Wiki or MediaWiki. Does not apply to pages in the user namespace, subpages of Project:Sandbox, or template "/test" pages.

G3. Vandalism and/or hoax
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This criteria applies to any page that is blatantly and undeniably a work of vandalism, or is a blatant hoax and is obviously untrue. Note that The Sims game rumors exists for new additions to The Sims series that have at least one valid source. G3 also applies to redirects left behind after cleaning up page-move vandalism. This criteria does not apply to pages in the user namespace, unless the criteria is being applied to redirects created after page-move vandalism.

G4. Recreation of a page that was deleted after a deletion discussion
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This applies to any page that was recreated after the community agreed that it should be deleted via a discussion. If this is the case, the discussion does not need to be restarted; as consensus already exists for the deletion, the page should be deleted again, and create protected (AKA "salted") if it is repeatedly recreated despite numerous warnings. This criteria does not apply to pages that have been undeleted following a change in community consensus, pages that are substantially different from the deleted page, or pages that have been undeleted and moved to userspace. It also doesn't cover pages deleted via another speedy deletion criteria (In which case, the previous speedy deletion criteria may be used if it still applies).

G5. Creations by blocked users in violation of their block, or by a user in violation of editing restrictions
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This applies to any page created by a user in violation of their block, or by a user that violates an editing restriction placed onto them. This applies to any pages created after the block/restriction had been applied; pages created before the block/restriction are not eligible. This does not apply to any page that may be useful or are still widely used, such as a transcluded template.

G6. Housekeeping/uncontroversial maintenance
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This applies to any technical deletions that are uncontroversial by nature. Examples include:

  • Deleting disambiguation pages that list only one article and have "(disambiguation)" in their title.
  • Deleting redirects or other pages that are blocking page moves. Please be aware of the proper procedures in merging or preserving the page history if the page that is in the way has a non-trivial history.
  • Deleting pages created unambiguously in error or in the wrong namespace. Do not use this for fanon created in the article namespace, see A3 instead.

G7. Author request
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The author of any page, if made in good faith, may request that the page be deleted with this criteria. To qualify, the page must not have received substantial edits by others. If the sole author blanks a page other than a userpage, a category page, or a talk page, this can be taken as a deletion request.

G8. Pages dependent on a deleted or non-existent page
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This includes subpages without a parent page, talk pages with no corresponding subject page, file pages without a corresponding file, and redirects to invalid targets (such as redirect loops, or a redirect to a non-existent title). It excludes archive pages, user pages, user talk pages, or any page that may be useful to the wiki, such as the talk page for a deleted page that contains important discussion worth archiving.

G9. Staff action
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Miraheze staff and stewards may occasionally intervene to delete pages, usually because of a violation of the Terms of Use or a DMCA Takedown Notice. Such deletions should not be reversed as this may cause legal troubles. This criteria should be applied to pages that are recreated after staff deletion. Administrators should check the deleted revisions and compare them to the one that has been recreated; if they are identical or similar, it should be deleted under this criteria. G9 does not apply to pages that have been deleted by the CVT or any deletions made by staff that were intended to simply remove vandalism, and not from a legal complaint.

Pages deleted due to a DMCA notice should not be restored. DMCA takedown notices, counter-notices, or inquiries about the deletion should be sent to staff@miraheze.org. The Sims Wiki is not in any position to provide legal advice or to carry out legal proceedings.

G10. Attack page
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Any pages that are comprised of legal threats, personal attacks, libel, or harassment are considered "attack pages" and qualify under this criteria. This does not apply to legitimate pages that have simply been vandalized; please check the page history and find a neutral version to revert to. As a courtesy to readers, please replace the contents of the entire page with the deletion tag in order to hide offending material from immediate view.

G11. Unambiguous advertising or promotion
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This applies to pages that qualify as spam under Help:Spam. More specifically, it refers to any page that promotes a subject, group, or entity, and is not written in a neutral tone. A page that describes the subject in a neutral tone does not qualify under this criteria. A page that describes the subject in a neutral tone but is irrelevant to The Sims Wiki qualifies under G12 instead.

G12. Irrelevant to The Sims Wiki
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This applies to any page that is outside the scope of The Sims Wiki. This includes articles about people, companies, or entities that have nothing to do with The Sims; fanon pages that have absolutely nothing to do with The Sims; and files that are not helpful to The Sims Wiki (such as a copyrighted logo of a company that has nothing to do with The Sims or the wiki). G12 does not apply to templates (unless they evidently would not see use on the wiki; if in doubt, start a deletion discussion instead), userpages, maintenance or tracking categories, and files uploaded by users that are used in fanons or userpages.

G13. Unambiguous copyright infringement
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This applies to text pages and files that use content incompatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and have no credible assertion of fair use or public domain. Pages should only be deleted entirely if there is no content in the page history worth salvaging; if there is, the infringing revisions should be revision deleted.

G14. Page written in a different language
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This applies to pages that are written largely or entirely in a language other than English. The creator of the page should be directed to the Language Portal to find a wiki that is in the proper language for them to create the page in. This does not apply to userpages or sandbox pages.

Articles[edit source]

These criteria only applies to articles in the main namespace.

A1. No context
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This applies to articles that lack sufficient context to identify the subject of the article. A good example would be: "He is a funny man with a red car. He loves to laugh." Context is different from content; see A2 below. A1 does not apply to poorly written articles or content written in another language. Don't apply this tag moments after a page's creation, as this will bite the creator.[n 1] This criteria is also not a substitute or replacement for stub tagging, or for an editor to actually expand on and improve the article.

A2. No content
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This applies to articles that are completely blank, or contain only spaces, external links, categories, template tags, images, and "See also" sections. It also includes a simple rephrasing of the title without any new information, attempts to communicate with the subject in the title, questions or comments that should have been made in the forums or the appropriate talk page, or a simple framework or template of an article. This does not include poor writing, things written in another language, pages that contain only an infobox (unless that infobox has nothing), and stubs that have context. Again, don't apply this tag moments after a page's creation.

A3. Misplaced fanon article
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This applies to fanon pages that are created in the article namespace. The fanon should be moved to the correct namespace if possible, and if the author persistently creates fanon in the article namespace despite numerous warnings, any future fanon they create can be deleted under this criteria. If a non-admin moves a fanon article into the fanon namespace, the redirect left behind should be tagged with G6 or R1 instead.

A4. Does not exist
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This applies to articles depicting subjects that do not exist in-game or anywhere under The Sims or Electronic Arts brand. This includes articles about Sims that do not exist, articles about locations that do not exist, real life people that do not exist, etc. This does not apply to misplaced fanon articles; when in doubt, try to move the article to the fanon namespace first, and then use this criteria if the author of the page continuously recreates the page in the main namespace despite warnings on their talk page, or when it becomes evident that they are trying to create the page intentionally in the mainspace.

A5. Recently created article that duplicates an existing topic
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This applies to any recently created article that duplicates an existing topic, and does not expand upon or include new or improved information within any existing articles on the subject, and where the title is not a plausible redirect. This does not include articles that were split due to size or to organize material, nor does it apply to disambiguation pages. When in doubt, a redirect may be better than deletion; this criteria should be used if it seems likely that the redirect will be eligible for deletion.

Redirects[edit source]

These criteria only apply to redirect pages.

R1. Cross-namespace redirects
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This applies to redirect pages from the main namespace to any other namespace except the Category, Template, Project, Help, and Game guide namespaces. Shortcuts are excluded.

R2. Implausible typos
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This applies to redirect pages created from implausible typos or misnomers. It does not apply if the typo is frequent or common, and does not apply to pages created merely as the result of a page move.

Files[edit source]

These criteria only apply to file pages.

F1. Redundant
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This applies to any duplicate file, or lower-quality versions of a file where a better version already exists. In the latter case, if the files are in the same format, editors should upload a new version of the existing file rather than uploading a new file with a different name.

F2. Corrupt, missing or empty file
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Applies to any files that are corrupt or empty, or contain unnecessary non-metadata information.

F3. Unused file
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This applies to any file that has been uploaded over one (1) year ago and is not currently being used on any pages. Files that are currently in use on even just one page are not eligible for this deletion criteria, unless it is being used inappropriately. Also, if the file is linked to in a reasonable manner (such as for a talk page discussion), then this criteria is not applicable, even if it isn't actually used on any pages.

F4. Useless non-media files
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This is meant for files that are neither image, video, nor sound files; are not currently being used in any articles; and have no foreseeable placement in any article. Files such as .doc, .pdf, .html, .xls, .zip, etc. are rarely image, video, or sound files. Note that this list of files is not exhaustive, and that a file extension alone is not a reason enough to speedily delete. This criteria focuses primarily on file content.

F5. Fanon file belonging to an indefinitely blocked user, or a user that has been blocked for more than one year
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This applies to any fanon files that belongs to a user that has been indefinitely blocked, or blocked for more than one year. "Fanon file" is defined as any file that was uploaded for the sole purpose of being used on a fanon page; files that are used for other purposes, such as within an article, are not eligible for this criteria. If the block is lifted or expires, the user is welcome to request that their fanons be undeleted on the administrators' noticeboard, barring any editing restrictions.

F6. Lack of licensing information
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This applies to files where appropriate licensing information has not been provided and have been tagged with {{No license}} for at least seven days. The uploader should have also been notified and given seven days to respond as well. Administrators should check the upload summary, file information page, and the image itself for a source before deleting.

F7. Media file available on Commons
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This applies to files where an identical or higher quality copy exists on either the Wikimedia Commons or the Miraheze Commons. The file on Commons needs to be in the same file format as the one on The Sims Wiki, be undoubtedly acceptable and of correct licensing there, and have all needed entries filled out on the file description page (so they do not get deleted). The file must also not be tagged with {{Keep local}}, which requests that a local copy of the file be kept. If the file on Commons has a different file name than the one uploaded locally, all local links to that file need to be updated to point to the one on Commons before the deletion takes place.

Userpages[edit source]

These criteria only apply to pages in the user namespace.

U1. User request
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Any user may request that a page in their userspace be deleted under this criteria. This criteria does not apply for user talk pages. Pages that have been moved are generally not acceptable (To prevent users from simply moving pages into their userspace and then deleting them), unless the page was only moved around within their own userspace. This criteria does not apply in the rare case that a userpage needs to be retained for administrative purposes.

U2. Nonexistent user
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This is for userpages of users that do not exist (check Special:ListUsers). This does not apply to the userpages of IP editors, redirects from misspellings of an established user's userpage, the previous username of a renamed user, or a global userpage template for a CVT member, Steward, or Staff member.

Categories[edit source]

These criteria only apply to pages in the category namespace.

C1. Empty category
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This applies to any category page that does not have any pages listed under it for at least seven days. Note that it is possible for pages to be listed in a category even when the category page itself doesn't exist. This does not apply to disambiguation categories, category redirects, or project/maintenance categories that by nature may become empty (such as Category:Pages with citation errors).

Templates[edit source]

These criteria only apply to pages in the template namespace. When tagging a template for deletion, wrap the deletion template with <noinclude></noinclude> tags to stop it from being transcluded.

T1. Misrepresentations of policy
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This applies to any template page that are unambiguous misrepresentations of established policy, such as speedy deletion templates for criteria not listed as acceptable criteria.

T2. Unused fanon template
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This applies to any template page that was originally created for use in an author's fanon that has not been used in over a year, such as a navbox that lists fanon characters in a story or family. The author(s) of the template should be notified at least one month in advance of the speedy deletion nomination.

T3. Poorly created alternative to existing template
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This applies to any template that is created to duplicate the functions of an existing template, but is of lower quality or has less functionality than existing alternatives. This includes poorly migrated infoboxes to the Portable Infobox markup, or unnecessary duplications of the {{Infobox Sim}} template.

This criteria was approved for use on October 9, 2018, via community discussion.

Fanon[edit source]

These criteria only apply to pages in the fanon namespace.

FA1. Fanon of poor quality that has not been improved by the author(s)
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This criteria applies to any fanon article that has been tagged with {{Fanon-stub}} for at least one year, and the author has been notified at least one month in advance of the speedy deletion nomination. If the author does not improve the fanon within a reasonable period of time, the fanon can be tagged under this criteria. Fanon tagged with {{Fanon-uc}} are generally not eligible under this criteria, unless it is clear that the author is not actually building their fanon and the fanon remains in a state of poor quality for a long period of time after the template was added.

FA2. Fanon of very poor quality
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This criteria applies to any fanon article that contains so little content that it is eligible for deletion. It is similar to A1 and A2. If the fanon article is longer than stub length and contains some context, it is not eligible for this criteria and should be tagged with {{Fanon-cleanup}} or {{Fanon-stub}} instead. Like A1 and A2, this tag should not be applied moments after a page's creation.

FA3. Grossly inappropriate fanon
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This applies to any fanon page that exceeds what would be considered acceptable on The Sims Wiki. Examples include fanon whose only purpose is to describe WooHoo; fanon pages that describe WooHoo in intricate detail; fanon that go into excessive detail about self-harm and assault; etc. Merely referencing scenes of WooHoo, assault, self-harm, etc. is not enough to warrant deletion; instead, the fanon should be tagged with {{Adult}}. When in doubt, tag with {{Adult}} and consult the fanon author on their talk page.

FA4. Fanon created by an indefinitely blocked user, or a user that has been blocked for more than one year
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This applies to any fanon page that belongs to a user that has been indefinitely blocked, or blocked for more than one year. If the block is lifted or expires, the user is welcome to request that their fanons be undeleted on the administrators' noticeboard, barring any editing restrictions.

FA5. Fanon created by an unregistered user who has not created an account and claimed their fanon within 72 hours
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This applies to any fanon page that was created by an unregistered user and has been tagged with {{Fanon-anon}} for at least 72 hours. If the fanon is claimed by a registered user, it is no longer eligible for speedy deletion under this criteria, even if claimed after the 72-hour window.

Notes[edit source]

  1. A period of ten to fifteen minutes generally will suffice.