Criteria for speedy deletion

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There are a few limited cases where admins can delete Wikipedia pages or media "on sight" without further debate. Even if listed on Wikipedia:Articles for deletion or a related page, such pages may be deleted and the discussion ended. Before deleting, an admin should always check the page history to see if any previous version can be restored, such that deletion is not necessary. Of course, the Sandbox is exempt from deletion.

Non-admins can ask for an admin to delete such a page by listing it on speedy deletions(Template: {{del}}. It would be friendly to notify the author of the article as well; everyone was new once.

Try to avoid deleting a page too soon after its initial creation, as the author may be working on it. The word "speedy" in this context refers to the quickness of the decision making process and not the length of time elapsed since article creation.

Criteria for speedy deletion

  1. Patent nonsense, i.e. no meaningful content, unsalvageably incoherent page. This does not include: poor writing, partisan screeds, obscene remarks, vandalism, badly translated material, implausible theories or hoaxes.
  2. Test pages (e.g., "Can I really create a page here?").
  3. Pure vandalism, including redirects created during cleanup of page move vandalism.
  4. Recreation of deleted material. A substantially identical copy, by any title, of a page that was deleted according to the Deletion policy, except if it is in User_page. Before deleting again, the admin should ensure that the material is substantially identical, and not merely a new article on the same subject. In case of a speedily deleted page, they must also determine that it did meet a criterion for speedy deletion in the first place.
  5. History merging. Temporarily deleting a page in order to [merge page histories.
  6. Author requests deletion. Any page for which deletion is requested by the original author, provided the page was edited only by its author and was mistakenly created.
  7. Talk pages of already deleted pages, unless they contain the deletion discussion and it isn't logged elsewhere.