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The deletion guideline explains when and why custodians may delete and restore resources or specific revisions of a resource. The deletion log allows anyone to track deletions and restorations at Wikiversity. Deletion removes access while keeping resources and their development histories intact. Access can be restored through undeletion. Deletions and undeletions are discussed at Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion.

Types of deletionEdit


Resources may be subject to speedy deletion when a good reason is given by adding {{delete|your good reason}}. You may request community feedback, or object with or without explanation by removing the speedy deletion suggestion from the resource. Resources may not be subject to speedy deletion when a reasonable objection is made or is likely because participants may be able to learn how to implement concrete improvements when taught appropriate practices.


A non-exhaustive list of possible reasons custodians may speedy delete resources include:

  1. No educational objectives or discussion in history. Welcome users and resources when likely to be expanded shortly.
  2. Solicitation for products, services, companies, events, people or other things with no educational merit or which generate direct financial benefit to the contributor.
  3. Copyright work which do not satisfy Wikimedia's Terms of Use.
  4. Resource moved to another project due to scope, or file uploaded to Wikimedia Commons with history intact and links fixed.
  5. Author request by an only contributor or only substantial contributor, or arising from an expressed consensus of contributors.
  6. Vandalism and user pages for vandalism-only accounts.
  7. Sandbox that tests the wiki software outside user space and Wikiversity:Sandbox.
  8. Discussion about deleted resources where context is lost and becoming an independent resource is unlikely.
  9. Repost with no concrete improvements to merit keeping.
  10. Archaic redirect with no educational histories, no links, and either no appropriate targets or not likely to be searched for.
  11. Empty category with no notice suggesting the category may be occasionally empty.
  12. Unused file lacking either a license or a source may be deleted one week after uploader is notified.
  13. Reasonable maintenance task such as repairing cut-and-paste moves, and moving resources over a redirect.
  14. Serious ethical breach, where a resource standing undeleted may cause harm.


Resources may be eligible for proposed deletion when education objectives and learning outcomes are scarce, and objections to deletion are unlikely. You may add {{subst:prod}} to the top of resources to propose deletion. A custodian may examine the resource after 90 days, and either delete the resource or remove the proposal. Anyone may object by removing the proposed deletion template from the resource, with or without an explanation on the resource's discussion page. Anyone still considering that the resource should be deleted may discuss deletion.


You should ask questions and discuss concerns with participants, make an effort to resolve problems yourself, and try alternatives as appropriate before suggesting deletion for resources with substantial development histories and contributions from multiple participants. You may ask for guidance and advice, explain what you have done or will do, and discuss options at Wikiversity:Requests for deletion. Resources are generally kept when a community decision is inconclusive. Add {{rfd}} to the top of resources to draw attention to the discussion. As a courtesy you may also notify any participants directly.

Be concise and specific when suggesting solutions, because the preferred outcome is one participants can learn from to implement concrete improvements. On occasion, deletion might be permissible when productivity from a fresh start is likely and concerns relate to Wikiversity's mission, scope, process, or policy in some way. If you can raise concerns not addressed by a previous discussion, you may begin a new discussion at Requests for Deletion. Reasonable requests for resources to be restored during discussion are honored where possible. Please only participate if you are willing to keep an open mind and make an effort to improve resources.

Alternatives to deletionEdit

Participants can often implement concrete improvements and develop resources further when taught appropriate practices. Possible alternatives to deletion include:

What Solution
In a foreign language Translate to English, move to target language Wikiversity, or move to Beta Wikiversity if there is no Wikiversity in that language.
Too big or small Split big resources into smaller resources or reorganize into subpages. Merge small resources or redirect to a bigger resource.
Outside learning project's scope Merge with another learning project or use to start a new learning project.
Outside of Wikiversity's scope Move to another Wikimedia project or website as appropriate. Some resources may be appropriate in userspace, like personal essays.
Broken redirects Redirect to another appropriate target
Missing or incomplete license information Assist user in supplying information, supply it if possible

Anyone may boldly implement concrete improvements that reasonably encourages collaborative education, or discuss alternative solutions on a resource's discussion page.

See alsoEdit