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Delete tagging cheat sheet
  • Place {{Delete}} at the top of the article
  • Add {{subst:Delete/Talk}} to the talk page
  • ... or with a reason: {{subst:Delete/Talk|delete this because...}}

See: [Help:Deleting pages], [WoWWiki:Deletion policy]

Speedy deletion:
  • Place {{Speedydelete|<reason>}} at the top of the article
  • Add a line explaining why the page should be deleted

See: [WoWWiki:Speedy deletion policy]

Deleting pages is a sensitive subject in Wikis. Often, an editor will choose to integrate the contents of some page into another more relevant page and make the old one a redirect to the new one. But in some cases, outright deleting the page is justified.

Icon-warning-22x22This article briefly explains how deletion tags work, and what they look like. Before you start tagging articles for deletion however, you will want to read WoWWiki:Policy/Deleting.

Nominating pages for deletion Edit

Pages that users want to nominate for deletion use the {{Delete}} template (see below) at the top of the article. This template adds a deletion nomination banner and adds the article to the Candidates for deletion category.

The accompanying discussion page will use the {{subst:Delete/Talk}} template. This template pulls in {{Delete/Vote}} and adds a voting booth beneath it where people can actually place their votes and discuss. It also adds the discussion page to the Votes for deleting category.

Deletion vote Edit


  1. Delete ~~~~ - (Nominated)


Icon-lightbulbHint: You can also use {{subst:Delete/Talk|<my reason for deletion>}} to provide a reason for your vote without having to re-edit the page.

Speedy Deletion Edit

Icon-information-22x22 The speedy deletion policy is at WoWWiki:Speedy deletion policy.

Some articles may be marked with {{Speedydelete}} for speedy deletion by an admin. This template adds a speedy deletion banner to the article and adds it to the Articles for speedy deletion category.

Icon-lightbulbHint: You can also use {{speedydelete|<my reason for deletion>}} to automatically add the tag, your reason, and your signature.

Any user can remove content from a page, but only admins can delete pages completely. This is often done in cases of spam and vandalism, but may also be used to remove unwanted pages.

Step by step

If you find a page that you feel should be deleted, contact your local admins. If you are an admin, follow the steps below.

Deleting a page

  • When you are ready to delete a page, click the arrow on the "Edit" button next to the page title and then click "Delete".
Delete page
  • On the next page, you will see a box labelled "Delete".
  • The Delete box allows you to select a pre-written reason from the "Reason" drop-down menu. You can also supply one you wrote yourself in "Other/additional reason".
  • You also have the option to follow the page. This will notify you if the page is restored.
  • Click the "Delete" button.
  • You will be redirected to the main page of the wikia, where a green banner will appear at the top of the page confirming the page’s deletion.
  • You can review all deletions in the deletion log, found at Special:Log/delete.
  • If someone visits a deleted page they will have an option to restore that page.

Restoring a page

Any deleted page can also be restored by an admin later.

  • To restore a deleted page, go to Special:Undelete.
  • Enter the deleted page title in the "Show pages starting with" box and click "Search".
  • If you see a list of similarly named pages, find the one you want to restore and click on it.
Restore delete pages
  • In the "Restore revisions" box, take a read of the brief directions, then you can add a restoration reason in the "Reason" box.
  • Click the "Restore" button.
  • The page will be restored just as it was when it was deleted, and will appear immediately.

Deleting a wikia

Wikias can only be closed by Wikia Staff. If you would like to request a wikia's closure, please send a message to Special:Contact. However, closure is rare as they are community projects, so please provide as much information as possible in your request to explain why.

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