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This page is a policy on the Malware Wiki. All rules listed on this policy page must be followed, or a block is given to the following user. Due to this page being a Policy page, we advise all users to read this page before editing.

This is the Malware Wiki's deletion policy, which explains what happens to an article if it is marked for deletion.

First, administrators and moderators must agree on what to do with the page. If it is marked for deletion, and the page can be improved or have better sources, a vote will be held regarding the page. If the page is a false virus, or is marked for speedy deletion, and administrators and moderators agree that it is not a good page, it will be deleted without a vote.

Marking for deletion

Pages can be marked for deletion if:

  • The page is very poorly written.
  • The page does not have enough sources to back up its claims of the virus.

If one or both of these conditions are met, use the {{Deletion}} template. Go to the source editor, and place it at the top of the page. An example usage is {{Deletion|(Insert reason}}

Marking for speedy deletion

There are a few cases where pages may be deleted speedily. Users can notify administrators or moderators about pages like these by adding a {{speedydelete}} tag. When deleting, check the page history first to see if you can revert to an older version instead of deleting the entire page.

Ideally, when an administrator deletes a test page or other page with no useful content, it is a good idea to put a note on the author's talk page with an explanation.

The reasons for speedy deletion are as follows:

  • The page contains no meaningful content or history.
  • The page is pure vandalism. See also: Dealing with vandalism (on Wikipedia).
  • The page is very short and has little or no context (e.g., "He is a funny man that has created Factory and the Hacienda. And, by the way, his wife is great.")
  • The page is a repost of content that has already been deleted according to policy.
  • The page has been moved to another Wikia because it was uploaded in the wrong place.
  • The page is a broken redirect, or was created because of a typo during a page move.
  • An image page is a duplicate.
  • The page is a talk page of a deleted article.
  • A message on a user's talk page is no longer relevant, and the user is logged out. This is to avoid confusing new users who happen to edit with the same IP address.
  • A user requested their user or user talk page to be deleted, with there not being any significant abuse or administrative need to retain the page.

Example page

15px Keep - Yeah. Keep this page. It's helpful.  Example user signature (wallcontribsedit countlogs)

Delete.png Delete - Remove this page. It has no content.  Example user signature (wallcontribsedit countlogs)

15px Merge - Merge it with JJ! Thanks.  Example user signature (wallcontribsedit countlogs) Neutral.png Neutral - I don't know.   Example user signature (wallcontribsedit countlogs)