TME:Criteria for speedy deletion

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policy Template:Deletion menu This page sets out the speedy deletion policy of Wikimedia Commons, explaining how to request or deal with speedy deletion. This page does not explain copyright or licensing issues; for such information, please see Commons:Licensing.

The criteria for speedy deletion specify the only cases in which administrators have broad consensus support to, at their discretion, bypass deletion discussions and immediately delete files or pages, which does not mean that administrators are compelled to delete it if there are circumstances that provide for a simple better solution. They cover only the cases specified in the rules below.

Administrators should take care not to speedy delete pages or media except in the most obvious cases. If a page has survived a prior deletion discussion, it should not be speedy deleted except for newly discovered copyright violations. Contributors sometimes create pages over several edits, so administrators should avoid deleting a page that appears incomplete too soon after its creation. There is strong consensus that the creators and major contributors of pages and files should be warned of a speedy deletion nomination; if you tagged any content for speedy deletion, be sure to notify its creator.

To tag a page for speedy deletion, you may use {{speedydelete|<reason in prose>}} or the shortcut {{SD|<criterion code such as G7 for "author/uploader request", see list>}}.

General reasons[edit source]

1. Test page, accidental creation, or page containing nonsense or no valid content
Page contains redundant content that was previously used for testing, or was accidentally created, or contains content that is gibberish or of nothing meaningful. This may also include empty categories, and text placed in talkpages (which has no further history) that doesn't help or refer to the related page.
2. Unused and implausible, or broken redirect
Page is an unused and implausible redirect, or a redirect that is dependent on deleted or non-existent content. Unused talkpage redirects that was created as a result of a page move, or cross-namespace redirects, may also be deleted under this criterion.
3. Content intended as vandalism, threat, or attack
Content that is posted with the intention of causing damage, or with the intention of threatening, harassing, or attacking another person or user. Users that commit such acts are subjected to their accounts being temporarily or permanently blocked, depending on the severity of the content. Content posted with the intention of creating/spreading hoaxes may also be deleted under this criterion.
4. Recreation of content previously deleted per community consensus
Page or file matches content that was previously deleted per community consensus. Repeated recreation of such content may lead to the user's account being blocked. The author or uploader may ask the deleting administrator to restore the file, or file an Undeletion Request.
5. Temporary deletion for history cleaning or revision suppression
Content temporarily deleted to remove specific revisions containing vandalism, threats/attacks, or personal information. Content may also be temporarily deleted to perform a history merge or split.
6. Uncontroversial maintenance
Content temporarily deleted to make way for a page move, or other uncontroversial maintenance tasks that require temporary or permanent deletion.
7. Author or uploader request deletion
Original author or uploader requests deletion of recently created (<7 days) unused content. For author/uploader requests for deletion of content that is older[1] a deletion request should be filled instead.
8. Page dependent on deleted or non-existent content
The page or file depends on content that was deleted or no longer existing. Orphaned talkpages without useful content may also be deleted under this criterion.
9. Office action
Criterion reserved for office actions. The Wikimedia Foundation office reserves the right to speedily delete content temporarily or permanently in cases of exceptional circumstances. No administrator may delete content citing this criterion, unless they are officially part of the Wikimedia staff. Deletions of this type should not be reversed without permission from the Foundation.

Namespace-specific[edit source]

(Gallery)[edit source]

1. Gallery without images or other media files
Mainspace pages (galleries) that are empty or contain no useful content, such as pages that contain text but no images or other media.
2. Gallery created by mistake
User intended to create a category, userpage, or other page, but a typo or misplaced character(s) in the prefix prevented the content from being the intended type. In particular, note that the prefix must be in English.
3. User intended to create encyclopedic content
Page intended to be an encyclopedic article. Articles and biographies belong to the Wikipedia projects, and are out of Commons's project scope.
4. Promotional content or spam
Mainspace content is of no apparent use or value, and largely contains spam, or is intended to promote a business, person, or other entity. Such content is out of the project scope.

Category[edit source]

1. Renamed or duplicate category
Categories that are renamed, or those that duplicate an existing, may be redirected to the new category, or deleted. See Rename a category#Should the old category be deleted?
2. Improperly named category
Improperly named categories, or categories that violate the basic naming conventions, may be speedily deleted. See Rename a category#Should the old category be deleted?

Commons[edit source]

1. Improperly filled or routinely emptied deletion request or log
This includes Deletion Requests (DRs) that are corrupted or incorrect and cannot be fixed. Or redundant DRs for pages that are eligible for speedy deletion; this requires either formally closing the DR in order to both close the DR and have the bot remove it from the log, or deleting the DR page and removing the daily log entry. Deletion logs are also routinely emptied as discussions are closed, when empty they may be deleted immediately. Note that this does not apply to DR archives, which are separate from the working logs.

File[edit source]

1. Apparent copyright violation
Content is apparently a copyright violation, with no good evidence of Commons-compatible licensing being issued by the copyright holder or status as a free work. Repeated uploading of non-free material may lead to the uploading user's account being temporarily or permanently blocked.
2. Fair use content
Fair use content. Such content is not allowed on Wikimedia Commons and is subjected to speedy deletion.
3. Derivative work of non-free content
Derivative works based on non-free content (such as screenshots of non-free content). This does not include freedom of panorama cases.
4. Failed license review
License review concluded that the recently uploaded content is based on a non-free license, disallowing commercial use and/or derivative works. Files tagged by OTRS Reviewers as having insufficient permission, or files tagged with OTRS pending for over 30 days, may also be speedily deleted under this criterion.
5. Missing essential information
The file is missing essential information, such as a license, permission, or source. Such content may be given a grace period of seven days (since tagging) before being deleted.
6. License laundering
Content uploaded via license laundering techniques are copyright violations. Users uploading in such techniques may be subjected to their account being temporarily or permanently blocked.
7. File is empty
The file-namespace is empty. Empty file-pages are subjected to uncontroversial speedy deletion, unless they are being used as redirects.
8. Exact or scaled-down duplicate
The file is an exact or scaled-down duplicate of an older existing file. The generally accepted rule is to delete the newer duplicate, but that may not always be the case, such as when comparing between a user uploaded file, and a bot uploaded file. Note that for very large files, it may be acceptable to have a scaled-down duplicate for accessibility reasons.
9. Embedded data
The file contains additional embedded data in the form of a password protected archive.

Template[edit source]

1. Duplicate template
A recently created template that duplicates an existing older template.
2. Unused template
Unused templates (except maintenance/project templates that are substituted), are subjected to speedy deletion.

User[edit source]

1. User requested deletion in own user space
User requested deletion of their own user page or user-subpage. User pages that are blanked by the user may also be deleted under this criterion.
2. User page of a non-existent user
User space of non-existent user. Redirects may be created (and protected) for those user names of which the account was renamed.
3. Inappropriate use of user pages
Inappropriate use of user pages. These include user pages that contain purely advertising or promotional material, or those that are created with the intention of harassment or attack. Those that contain gibberish or unrecognisable content may also be deleted under this criterion.

Notes[edit source]

  1. Older content (>7 days) may be used by external websites and would thus not show up in Special:GlobalUsage.

See also[edit source]

Commons policies and guidelines