Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion

We welcome and appreciate civil discussion of requests to delete or undelete pages when reasonable objections are made or are likely, the advice in Wikiversity:Deletions is followed, and other options have failed. A good attitude is to explain what you have tried, ask for help or advice from fellow Wikiversity participants on what to do now, keep an open mind, accept any community consensus, and focus on how pages can be improved. Finding ways to improve pages is the preferred outcome of any discussion and consensus here. Pages should always be kept when reasonable concerns are adequately addressed. Reasons and responses should be specific and relate to Wikiversity policy or scope in some way, kept brief, and stated in a positive or neutral way. Vague reasons ("out of scope", "disruptive") may be ignored.

A clear consensus should emerge before archiving a request. Often discussion takes a week or more to reach a clear consensus. Remember to add {{dr}} to the top of pages nominated for deletion. You can put "keep", "delete", or "neutral" at the beginning of your response, but consensus is established by discussion and reasoning, not mere voting.

How to begin discussion edit

  1. Add {{Deletion request}} or {{dr}} to the image, category or resource nominated for deletion.
  2. Add a new section to the end of this page using the following format:
    == [[Page title]] ==
    reasons why this page ought to be deleted --~~~~

Deletion requests

If an article should be deleted and does not meet speedy deletion criteria, please list it here. Include the title and reason for deletion. If it meets speedy deletion criteria, just tag the resource with {{Delete|reason}} rather than opening a deletion discussion here.

If an article has been deleted, and you would like it undeleted, please list it here. Please try to give as close to the title as possible, and list your reasons for why it should be restored. The first line after the header should be: Undeletion requested

User pages created as part of Computer Essentials (ICNS 141) edit

collapsing a discussion that was long because it was a new and complex question

While going through unused files, I was reminded of another lingering issue.

Between 2009 and 2011, a course at w:Mahidol University International College required students to create user pages on Wikiversity and upload pictures and/or video of themselves to complete homework assignments. One typical example of these pages is User:Netac~enwikiversity. The course appears to have stopped using Wikiversity after 2011, but most of the content created by the students is still present.

I'm curious whether it might be appropriate for us to bulk delete the user / user talk pages and related media which were created as part of these assignments. I don't see any educational value in retaining these pages, and many of them contain personal information (like names and photos) which the students may not have expected to remain online and accessible to the public indefinitely.

I haven't assembled a full list of the pages involved, but there are some partial lists at:

Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 03:42, 2 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

If students are not active then I agree that they should perhaps be deleted. If they were asked to create the page as a part of their study they may not have realised or wanted their info to remain here forever. If they ever return they can always ask to have page restored. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 14:37, 20 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

What is to be gained by deleting these files? As user pages, they don't show up in a search. Deleted pages aren't removed from the database, so it doesn't save any space on the server. I'm having trouble seeing the benefit of deleting this content. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 21:45, 26 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

It protects the privacy of the users who created these pages. As noted above, many of them contain personal information (like names and photos) which the students may not have expected to remain online and accessible to the public indefinitely. Excluding the pages from external search indexing doesn't make them inaccessible; it just makes them harder to find. Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 21:53, 26 June 2023 (UTC)Reply
Have you ever made contact to stewards about this issue? MathXplore (discusscontribs) 08:38, 1 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Apparently nobody has made contact with the stewards, but perhaps we could place all this under Draft:Archive and close this discussion? I am also perfectly fine with deletion, if that is what "the community" desires.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 02:02, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Guy vandegrift, @MathXplore, @Omphalographer and @Dave Braunschweig. I will ask for advice on m:Steward requests/Miscellaneous unless someone says "Noooo, thats not what we meant." (Thought of asking something like "Should we delete old user page information etc. if the pages were created as a school project. Unlike other users the students many not have created the content entirely by their own free will." ) --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 18:36, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'm not sure if this case is included in the scope of m:Steward requests/Miscellaneous, but thank you for your cooperation. MathXplore (discusscontribs) 00:26, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
MathXplore I agree that it is probably not what the page was created for but if we think we should ask the stewards I can't find a better place to ask. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 14:29, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
So far one comment that "I think such disscussion should better take place at Wikimedia Forum. Ultimately it's still a local issue and needs to resolved locally though." --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 21:02, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I made a new post at m:Wikimedia Forum. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 21:07, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I just de-wikified the cot/cob collapse because now is the time to decide. My only comment is that removing all these pages will require a great deal of time. Were students required to post personal information? This user gave only first, last, ID#, and nickname. --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 21:20, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Update: The post on m:Steward requests/Miscellaneous was archived to m:Steward_requests/Miscellaneous/2024-03 without further comments. The post on m:Wikimedia Forum is still open but no replies so far. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 07:52, 16 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

@MGA73, MathXplore, and Omphalographer: I carefully read your comments and saw no evidence of objection to delete. I will begin deleting them now. Searching through the pages, I found only 41 links to userpages. I will check for recent activity.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 00:27, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Update: I just deleted five, and to took very little time or effort. I will pause, out of caution, and also because if I don't lots of breaks, I will get bored, lose focus, and forget to do things like check for recent history--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 00:43, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Deletion log edit

I just finished the deletion of 42 userpages. A few were already deleted. Several of the users came back and blanked the page. I will give this few days to see if there are anymore and propose that we close the discussion and delete this list of usernames before archiving. --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 22:18, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Sounds great! If any user page photos are now unused they could/should be deleted too. Can be found at Special:UnusedFiles. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 07:39, 2 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
(Moved some discussion to #Mixed discussion related to User:Marshallsumter and other topics to make it possible to archive this DR. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 16:15, 12 April 2024 (UTC))Reply

Unused files uploaded by PCano edit

I suggest to delete the 287 unused files listed in Category:Files uploaded by PCano - unused. A longer discussion about unused files in general can be seen at Wikiversity:Requests_for_Deletion/Archives/20#Thousands_of_unused_files and a similar discussion about files uploaded by Robert Elliott was closed as delete above. Uploader have not been actice since 2011 so it is unlikely the files will ever be used. The files seems to be a part of a set of data. I do not know if the set is complete. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 19:17, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

I don't know the details, but sometimes the WikiJournals process the copyright differently. Has anybody checked with them about these files? If not, I would be happy to do the deed.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 02:34, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Guy vandegrift I have not checked with WikiJournals. I was not thinking about copyright but if we are sure the files are correct and if they are of use to anyone? --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 14:41, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
As I recall, files that are imbedded in pdf files are don't show up as being used. I don't know why the WikiJournal would care, the wikitext but want the pdf and raw files (wouldn't make any sense.) But the value of the Wikijournals is such that somebody needs to double check.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:52, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
If the files are really embedded in a pdf (not linked), they are part of the pdf, and even if the files get deleted, the content is still in the pdf. What are examples of pdfs produced by Wikijurnals? --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 15:20, 27 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
More for the record and about the question where these files were probably used: The uploader User:PCano (Pedro Cano, M.D., M.B.A. MD Anderson Cancer Center, HLA Typing Laboratory, Houston, TX ) created Genetics/Human Leukocyte Antigen (originally under the title HLA, moved to Genetics/Human Leukocyte Antigen in April 2017), which was much later (in December 2022) deleted as per Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion/Archives/18#Subpages of Genetics/Human Leukocyte Antigen. Deleting the files used there seems to be a natural follow-up on that deletion decision. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 13:23, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Archiving of Invalid fair use by User:Marshallsumter edit

This space is for any unfinished business from that discussion.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 07:53, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Can be closed and archived, I guess. If anyone figures out a new task in the area of "Invalid fair use by User:Marshallsumter", they can open a new RFD nomination as and when they do so. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 13:26, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
The problem is that the task (as mentioned in Wikiversity:Requests_for_Deletion/Archives/20#Pervasive copyright violations by User:Marshallsumter) is to check all the files uploaded by User:Marshallsumter and check if they meet the criteria for fair use. Sadly it is 1,151 files so I doubt anyone will spend the time on that. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 14:01, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I tend to support preemptively deleting all files (not pages) uploaded by User:Marshallsumter. The fact that many of the files uploaded by him were determined not to meet Wikiversity criteria for fair use should be grounds enough. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 14:12, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I thought we deleted all his files and userfied all his pages. Apparently I was wrong: File:Earth Shells to Scale.png // Earth/Geognosy/Quiz // Earth/Geognosy. When I deleted his images, I went to a page (category?) that someone else created. ... See also: This List. Apparently this user spend all day long uploading files and putting them into pages he/she created. ... @AP295: This is why I don't bother with a couple of nutcase articles in Physics/Essays--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 16:55, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
For anyone's interest, the upload list is visible at Special:ListFiles/Marshallsumter; a single-page view is at --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 18:09, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

The abuse of the fair use doctrine by this former participant is so egregious that I fully support nuking all image uploads. --mikeu talk 04:25, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

And I presume all pages by same participant that contain these images?--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 08:09, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Any pages that have copious copyvio images should be deleted, along with the images. If there are pages without image violation they should be userfied. I doubt there are very many resources that have relevant learning content without copyvio. So, that leaves the resource pages open to deletion - which I support. --mikeu talk 01:44, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Mixed discussion related to User:Marshallsumter and other topics edit

(Moved from #User pages created as part of Computer Essentials (ICNS 141) --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 16:15, 12 April 2024 (UTC))Reply

@MGA73: While I have your attention, I am confused about two lists that I compiled from various requests on RFD:
  1. >1500 Marshallsumter files: Why we deleting Marshallsumter images?
  2. Draft:Original research/Literature & Dominant group/Literature Marshallsumter sometimes delves into the "soft" (unscientific) subjects like literature where personal taste becomes important. I see no reason to delete or even read them.
  3. 287 PCano files I believe these are being deleted because they are unused, yes?
  4. I am not very skilled at uploading files to commons that I did not create (most of my contributions need only attribution to other files on commons.) I uploaded three files from the loc, and it was a time-consuming learning experience. Is there someone else who can do it? Perhaps I could watch till I got the hang of it.
  5. After writing this I found 2497946#Exemption_Doctrine_Policy, which answers a lot of my questions.
  6. I find this page a bit cluttered, but can live with it. If you want a general archiving and cleanup-just ask.
--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:59, 2 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Guy vandegrift: Hello!

  1. Many of the files uploaded by Marshallsumter did not meet the requirements of fair use (violating the Exemption Doctrine Policy). I think all "the easy files" are deleted now. So to clean up the rest we either need hard work or a brute descision to delete everything just to be safe.
  2. I do not think I suggested to delete those 2 pages?
  3. Yes because they are unused.
  4. If you mean move files from here to Commons it is very easy: just click the tab "Export to Wikimedia Commons". If you mean files you found on the Internet it is more tricky. You need to add the relevant information manually and more important add a source. If you found a website with hundreds or thousands of good files it may be possible to do with a bot (see c:Commons:Batch uploading).
  5. Great :-)
  6. I can live with it too.

--MGA73 (discusscontribs) 15:36, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

On #1, I am happy with the brute decision if you are. It's the uploader's responsibility to document the copyright. Recently Mu301 and I "rescued" some high-quality photos on a high-quality resource. But that was an exceptional case. Regarding #4, is (or should it be) our policy to move all Wikiversity files to Commons that are not fair use? My problem with that is we sponsor some pretty low-quality stuff. For example, instructors sometimes use Wikiversity for student submissions, and we can't delete those files until the course is over (in fact, we have no policy on deleting course-affiliated student submissions.) What do we do if the main page is a high-quality course, but some of the student submissions have no educational value?--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 01:25, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Guy vandegrift: I have no problem if everything is deleted in #1. And I also have no problems if course-affiliated student submissions are deleted after some time (#4). But I think both should be discussed on separate topics (perhaps just move the content to #Archiving_of_Invalid_fair_use_by_User:Marshallsumter). --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 14:41, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I have been on Wikiversity for more than 10 years, most of the time not paying attention to such things, but I am unaware of any policy that calls for the routine deletion of student efforts that were created as part of an established course. If no decision has ever been made to routinely delete student efforts, we need to make sure the entire community is on board with any change in policy.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 17:54, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yes I agree. Deleting student efforts that were created as part of an established course needs a new discussion and concensus.
Except if it is a copyvio then it should be deleted. --MGA73 (discusscontribs) 16:15, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Unused files uploaded by Katluvdogs edit

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Ontosomose of Gender edit

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This one has me confused. I used OpenOffice a long time ago, but grew tired of the advertising that came with the download. The page looks good to me, but some subpages have been nominated for speedy deletion. What makes this case interesting is the history. Two high ranking WV administrators (Jtneill and Dave Braunschweig) worked hard to bring it up to speed, though I am sure neither currently objects to the project's deletion. I drop their names so everybody believes me when I say that policy change is in the air. Discuss it if you wish, or go ahead and make a vote so I can look for a consensus. It won't take much convincing to get me to move it to Draft:Archive/2024/, especially if we leave a redirect. In fact, I will move with a redirect if anybody "votes" to move or delete.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 19:10, 7 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

I nominated and other subpages for speedy deletion. Looking at, I do not see any saving grace either => delete, or move to userspace or move to draft archive. The page as it is does almost nothing to help one learn about; the few external links do not save it. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:59, 9 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I changed my vote to move relative material to WP because we don't need time-consuming solutions. Will keep discussion open to permit others to perform the deed if they wish.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 17:52, 11 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
In the voting section I was asked why pages are safer in Draft:Archive-space than in Draft-space. That got me thinking: Why do we have a policy that allows drafts to be deleted after 6 months? Why not leave the effort in draft-space, with the understanding that anybody who want to improve the dormant draft can just blank it? This preserves the effort for whomever made it in the history of that draft? This will greatly reduce the number of pages that go into Draft:Archive. I created Draft:Archive so that nobody's prior efforts would get lost. The fewer pages I have to put there the better. We need a consensus to go into Wikiversity:Drafts and change that policy.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 05:18, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Voting on edit

Please keep your vote, comment, and signature under 1 kB. Longer comments go in the section above.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 19:11, 7 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Guy vandegrift: I am not sure what you mean by "This page is safer [...]" -- perhaps you mean it is likely likely to be effectively lost in the draft namespace or deleted from the draft namespace (?). I respect your views on that. I am happy enough that good faith contributions are moved to Draft namespace rather than deleted. I respect diversity of views and opinion about how Draft namespace could be best organized to be most collectively fruitful for the Creative Commons and this wiki. Michael Ten (discusscontribs) 04:55, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Michael Ten: According to Wikiversity:Drafts, "Resources which remain in the draft space for over 180 days (6 months) without being substantially edited may be deleted.". I do not like that policy, BTW.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 05:03, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Interesting. Thank you for educating me on that. I agree with you; I do not think that is fruitful to the Creative Commons. You inspired this suggestion. Appreciated. Michael Ten (discusscontribs) 05:11, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Metadata edit

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Facilitation edit

Trivial questions don't save what is a page with learning outcomes that are scarce (WV:Deletions]). I don't care whether this gets deleted, moved to userspace or moved to Draft:Archive. This was proposed for deletion in 2016 by Dave Braunschweig and was "saved" by adding questions that in my view are trivial and do not save the article. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 17:01, 10 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Delete. I don't think the page achieves anything. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 04:50, 11 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Draftify, pending vote to rescind the 6-month draftspace deletion rule (latest vote change)--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 11:25, 23 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Archive, Delete, or Userspace (roughly in that order: vote cast on behalf of Dan Polansky by Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 17:30, 11 March 2024 (UTC)That's accurate. I guess I prefer Archive. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 17:57, 11 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Draftify (Move to Draft namespace) - I contributed to this page in good faith. Deleting this page rather than preserving it somewhere will further decrease my motivations to contribute Creative Commons content to the Commons on this wiki, with the understanding that it is OK and considered a "best practice" to delete some good faith Creative Commons contributions on this wiki. A relevant rational may also be found here. Limitless peace. Michael Ten (discusscontribs) 04:43, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
The "good faith" talk is, in my view, entirely beside the point. Faith is not in question in deletion discussion, merely the aptness of the material for inclusion on a project, or inclusion in a specific namespace. For example, Wikiversity is not a repository of good-faith small children's creations or their analogues, or at least its mainspace is not. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 09:42, 16 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
As an aside, the word you are looking for is "rationale", not "rational". --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:37, 16 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Dan Polansky: I do not accept your premise that "Wikiversity is not a repository of (small children's creations)". ... Also, there is a parallel discussion at Wikiversity_talk:Deletions#Proposed_modifications, and it may remove most of the need for Draft:Archive. Michael Ten has pointed out that pages in draftspace could remain permanently. Looking back into the history, I discovered that I voted for the 180 limit. I had forgotten all about that vote, but my own choice of wording jogged my memory: I voted for a 180 day limit because the decision to delete old drafts seemed like a foregone conclusion (Groupthink - who needs it!)--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 13:51, 16 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Well, then, from what does it follow that Wikiversity is such a repository? Which guideline, policy or scope statement? By small children I mean, say 0-6 years olds. Should e.g. scans of all pictures drawn by such children be uploadable as "educational content"? And if not pictures, should their first writings be uploadable? Why do they need publishing; does their local harddrive storage not serve the creative purpose enough? --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 13:53, 16 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I overstated my remark about children's work: For the most part, it belongs in userspace or draftspace. And, we need the parent's permission. But colleges teach courses in elementary education. I once walked into such a course and somebody was reading a children's book to the entire class. But we have no entrance requirements for Wikiversity, no minimum IQ is needed. Keep in mind that our differences are matters of personal taste (not factual reality.) The question at hand at Wikiversity_talk:Deletions#Proposed_modifications is what requirements we wish to have for a page to reside indefinitely in draftspace.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:27, 16 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I propose that we close this discussion with decision to delete, as author voted for that option.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 08:16, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

HHF edit

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Surreal numbers edit

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Decadic numbers edit

Arguably, this is not good enough for the mainspace; I have no objections to this being in the draft space or the userspace. Issues: 1) The page appears to be an original research but is not marked as such; 2) it introduces the term "decadic number" as an original terminological invention, as far as I can tell, but does not disclose this to be the case; 3) the term "decadic number" is unfortunate since what is meant is something like "infinite decadic number"; 4) even the term "number" is questionable since it is not clear how these so-called numbers can have anything to do with quantity (but then, complex numbers arguably also do not express quantity, or a single quantity); 5) no attempt to formally define what a decadic number is made; this so-called decadic number appears to be a mapping from positive integers to the set of digits 0-9, to be interpreted from right to left; 6) e.g. "Addition of the decadic numbers is the same as that of the integers" is clearly untrue: integers are finite discrete quantities; ditto for "Multiplication works the same way in the decadic numbers as in the integers".

Perhaps this can be salvaged rather than moved out of mainspace. The first thing to do is add external sources dealing with the concept or state that this is original invention; and then, address the issues. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 07:30, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

As with Surreal numbers the choice is between userspace and a subspace where users could be encouraged to cooperate. Unlike Surreal numbers, I am unaware of any application in physics for this topic. The ideal place would be Discrete mathematics/Number theory because the Olympiads is a high school thing. I will contact the author about both pages--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 09:29, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
If the page should stay in mainspace, I see no reason why it could not stay at Decadic numbers; I don't see moving it around in mainspace as an improvement. But my position as explained above is that it is not fit for mainspace. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:07, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Decadic numbers and Surreal numbers have enough that they should be parallel subpages of the same page. I have suggested to the author that they should either create a top page, or find a top page and group these resources together.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 16:54, 29 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Rational numbers/Introduction edit

The page does not do anything that Wikipedia does not do better: Wikipedia: Rational number. The page contains unfilled tables that seemed to be intended to explain something, but since they are empty, explain nothing. The page has no further reading, revealing no attempt to find best complementary sources online, probably of much higher quality. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:20, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Now I see why you were kicked off Wiktionary. Wikiversity has a long and established tradition of allowing student efforts. This page is no worse that Student Projects/Major rivers in India, a page which I randomly selected from Student Projects. I am trying to recruit students to contribute to Wikiversity. Until the Wikiversity community changes its mind about allowing student projects, I will continue with that quest. I will change the template so as to not discourage a person clearly interested in teaching mathematics, and I want you to refrain from placing rfd templates on student efforts. Use {{subpagify}} instead.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 12:24, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I was blocked in the English Wiktionary for "racism" and more. In the English Wiktionary, I often defended pages nominated for deletion and rather rarely nominated anything for deletion. The English Wiktionary has almost no useless pages and is the 2nd most often visited project after Wikipedia. By contrast, the English Wikiversity has very few useful pages, a state of affairs that I am trying to turn around, step by step, following processes and guidelines that I did nothing to establish: WV:RFD and WV:Deletions. That is as far as persons go (ad hominem); as far as process, I hoped here to have a discussion with editors about whether this nearly useless page (Rational numbers/Introduction) should be moved out of the mainspace, and unless consensus developed for my position, I stand no chance to prevail. Rational numbers/Introduction is not a "student project" in any sense of "project" but rather example of all-too-typical junk. Again, I do not decide, others do with me being only a single voice/input. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 12:52, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Now you are on the right track! Wikiversity might be in a transition period between allowing all sorts of pages, to morphing into a selective institution. But the process has to change from the top-down, not from the bottom by deleting one page at a time. When I say "top", I am referring not to the administrators, but to the community at large. At present, RFD has nothing near the quorum required to implement the changes you (and others) are seeking. Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 13:05, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
The only reasonable way going forward, to my mind anyway, is to follow WV:Deletions and not worry about the precedent of its countless violations. Since, should we take e.g. Relation between Electricity And Magnetism, existing since 2011‎, as an example of a page to be kept, then we must keep nearly everything. There are too many pages like that, and therefore, if we take their aggregate as a binding precedent to follow, we end up in trouble, unable to delete junk. It seems only fair to proceed according WV:Deletions, especially when using RFD process which gives potential opposition enough time to object. Such a procedure violates neither established guidelines nor processes; if it "violates" anything, then preexisting extreme lenience/tolerance toward junk, lenience that, as far as I know, was never codified into a guideline. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 13:29, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
No. Please don't use this page as an agenda for reforming Wikiversity. Go to the Colloquium or write an essay. Having said that, I did delete Creating Relation between Electricity And Magnetism because that follows both guidelines and established practice.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 13:50, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Actually, lenience is given an advantage when pages are up for deletion (See Special:Permalink/2615245#Wikipedia's_deletion_policy for evidence that deletion requires somewhat of a super-majority.) But you are not calling for deletion of low quality pages. Instead you want them out of mainspace. We have room for compromise. But, as I said before: RFD is not the place to discuss this. If you want, I could take "Wikiversity:What-goes-where 2024" out of my user-space and we could discuss it there.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:18, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Student Projects/Major rivers in India edit

{{Archive top|Closing with administrative decision to keep (snowball clause)--[[User:Guy vandegrift|Guy vandegrift]] ([[User talk:Guy vandegrift|discuss]] • [[Special:Contributions/Guy vandegrift|contribs]]) 23:14, 29 March 2024 (UTC)}}-premature closure reverted.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:34, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

This page fails WV:Verifiability, for one: surely the author cannot know these statements without consulting a source, but no source (zero) is provided. Thus, the author did nothing to meet a verification standard. The reader does not learn anything they could not have learned in Wikipedia => no value for the reader. The page uses almost no wiki features, except for boldface, so the author did not practice wiki editing either. I would have used speedy nomination, but since I expect some opposition, I go for RFD. This shall be my last post to this RFD nomination; I defer to the collective of other editors for the decision. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 07:32, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

This topic is closed due to the Snowball clause. For more information, see 2617055-Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 23:11, 29 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

A transparent link to what above is not a Wikiversity guideline/policy: w:simple:Wikipedia:Snowball act. It says "stop things which don't have a snowball's chance in hell of passing". To my mind, this is an out-of-process premature closure, but indeed, in the current Wikiversity climate, I do not seem to have "a snowball's chance in hell of" ensuring proper process administration. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:45, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
The snowball clause refers to the selective deletion of on page out of 300(?) pages with the same problem. A proposal to remove all unsourced pages in Student Projects would be a new topic and that would require a new RFD proposal, as stated in {{Archive top}}
Also, Major rivers in India is a subset of the bigger problem at Student Projects. It would have taken you less time to add a new topic to RFD on Student Projects, than it did for me to revert my closure of this topic. {{Archive top}} instructed you to open a new project. By inserting text into the closed topic, you obligated me to unclose it. I think you are deliberately trying to make things difficult for me.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 15:08, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Maybe I should have numbered the reasons for deletion. You are right that 1) a complete lack of sourcing alone would probably be not grounds enough for deletion. But there is 2) The reader does not learn anything they could not have learned in Wikipedia => no value for the reader. Wikiversity is not a duplicate of Wikipedia (of W: List of major rivers of India); it is especially not a bad duplicate of Wikipedia. If the page was someone's half-decent attempt to write a sourced encyclopedic article, I would have probably let it be, but as it stands, this text is not worth anyone's reading time, and if it was merely an exercise in writing, it should have stayed on the local hard drive. I feel I am kind enough to this text and its author in agreeing that this can be moved to draft archive. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:47, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Near all RFD nominations are selective in that there nearly always exist many other pages with the same or similar problem that were not yet nominated. Once multiple RFDs confirm that the problem is indeed deletion-worthy/worthy of moving out of mainspace, we may even use speedy deletion nomination, given Wikiversity's traditional RFD-phobia. (I am happy to use RFD, but I go along with WV RFD-phobia and use speedy delete as far as possible, which I feel is administratively not so nice.) --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:54, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

I noticed a recent edit in the archives and stumbled upon an unanswered question by user:MGA73.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 16:29, 30 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

The linked page shows a list of laboratory members and their photo portraits (photos of faces). Such a thing does not seem to be particularly educational, and no big loss ensues by deletion. On the other hand, if this group of people wants to use Wikiversity to contribute research or educational material, this kind of page could be kindly tolerated. I do not really know what to do here. What is the precedent or similar previous RFD cases? --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 13:06, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
There is also a copyright problem and possibly a privacy issue.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:04, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
The page was created by User:Collet = Pierre Collet, who, believing the page, is one of three representatives of the group. Presumably, if these people did not want to be so published, they would not have agreed to Pierre's creating the page? Therefore, as for privacy, should we assume a problem unless some of the members depicted contacts us, or should we rather assume Pierre Collet knew what he was doing? Pierre Collet's last edit was on 5 July 2021. Many of the images were uploaded by User:Pallamidessi in 2014, per Special:Contributions/Pallamidessi. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 14:48, 1 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
I am OK with keeping it as is.Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 14:44, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
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