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Appropedia:Deletion policy

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This is a proposed Appropedia policy. You can edit it, or discuss it on the talk page or at the Appropedia policy discussion page.
For now, this should be considered an essay by one or more Appropedians, and not as a policy or guideline.


  • The {{delete}} tag is added at the top of an article. The text of the article is left intact, so it can easily be reviewed prior to deletion.
  • Add a reason for deletion, in the form {{delete|reason}}.
  • This template should be used sparingly:
  • It is easier to improve an existing article than create a new one.
  • Inaccurate or unsuitable information can be removed - even if this leaves only one or two lines, this may be a useful stub.
  • If unsuitable information has been added, the appropriate solution may be to roll back that information, rather than delete the work of previous editors as well.
  • If the content is unsuitable for Appropedia, but conceivable has some value, mark it with {{transwiki}} instead of {{delete}}. Be generous - you may have no interest in the topic, but it may be of value or interest to someone else, perhaps on another wiki.
  • Deleting someone's work can be very discouraging to them. Better to sift and keep the good points. If you don't have time to sift and edit right now, then mark the article as {{inaccurate}} or {{copyedit}} as appropriate.