AVfM:Deletion policy

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The AVfM Reference Wiki deletion policy describes how pages that do not meet the relevant criteria for content are identified and removed from the wiki.

Deletion of an article removes the current version and all previous versions from public view. Unlike page blanking, which can be performed (or reverted) by any user, only administrators can perform deletion. Administrators also can view deleted pages and reverse ("undelete") any deletion. All such actions are logged. If in doubt as to whether there is consensus to delete a page, administrators normally will not delete it.

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Reasons for deletion

Reasons for deletion include, but are not limited to, the following (subject to the condition that improvement or deletion of an offending section, if practical, is preferable to deletion of an entire page):

  1. Copyright violations
  2. Vandalism, including inflammatory redirects, pages that exist only to disparage their subject, patent nonsense, or gibberish
  3. Advertising or other spam without relevant content
  4. Content forks (unless a merger or redirect is appropriate)
  5. Articles that cannot possibly be attributed to reliable sources or are original theories and conclusions
  6. Articles for which thorough attempts to find reliable sources to verify them have failed
  7. Articles that breach AVfM Reference Wiki's policy on biographies of living persons
  8. Categories representing overcategorization
  9. Files that are unused, obsolete, or violate the copyright policy
  10. Any other content not relevant or not suitable for a reference library pertaining to men's rights.

Alternatives to deletion

Editing and discussion

If the page can be improved, this should be solved through regular editing, rather than deletion. Vandalism to a page's content can be reverted by any user.

Disputes over page content are usually not dealt with by deleting the page, except in severe cases. The content issues should be discussed at the relevant talk page, and other methods of dispute resolution should be used first.

Disagreement over a policy or guideline should likewise be discussed in the relevant talk page. Similarly, issues with an inappropriate user page can often be resolved through discussion with the user.


A variety of tags can be added to articles to note the problem. Tags however are not intended as permanent solution; they are intended to warn the readers and to allow interested editors to easily locate and fix the problems. Tags are listed here. Some of the more common ones include:

Pages with incorrect names can simply be renamed via page movement procedure. Naming disputes are discussed on the articles' talk pages.


Articles that are short and unlikely to be expanded could be merged into larger articles or lists. If two pages are duplicates or otherwise redundant, one should be merged and redirected to the other, using the most common, or more general page name. This does not require process or formal debate beforehand.

Note that an outcome of "merge and delete" may potentially cause licensing problems if attribution for the merged content is lost in the process.


There are two basic processes for deletion and one to review and overturn the outcome of these processes and other deletions.

Summary deletion

Articles that are substantively (or wholly) and unambiguously contrary to policy may be deleted by an admin without discussion. Examples include, but are not limited to:

If you feel that an article that has been deleted in this manner should not have been, begin a discussion on the associated talk page. Resubmitting the deleted material before discussion has concluded constitutes disruptive editing.

Proposed deletion

An editor who believes a page doesn't belong on AVfM Reference Wiki can propose its deletion. Such a page can be deleted by any administrator if, after seven days, no one objects to the proposed deletion.

  • Where to find them: A list of all pages flagged for proposed deletion can be found in Category:Flagged for deletion
  • How to do this: Edit the page to add the following text to the top: {{subst:Flag for deletion}}. Go to the associated talk page and begin a discussion outlining why you think the page should be deleted rather its problems resolved by edit. Editors who disagree should likewise make their arguments on the talk page. The usual rules of consensus apply: it is not a popularity contest and only sound arguments count.
  • It is inappropriate to request deletion because of an editorial dispute. Such disputes are not resolved by deleting the whole page; instead, use dispute resolution.


In the case of pages deleted as a result of summary decisions, or if consensus changes after the page has been deleted, undeletion may be requested using the {{Request admin attention}} template.

Partial deletion

It is possible to delete some parts of a page's history, while leaving the current revision of the page intact, so that readers are unaware of the partial deletion (unless they attempt to visit a deleted old page revision). Administrators have access to the Revision Deletion tool, which makes it possible for them to remove selected old revisions of a page (and/or edit summaries or user names).