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Not everything belongs in Wikitravel. We will frequently have to delete work from Wikitravel; this policy defines why and how we do that.

Reasons to delete articles[Modifica sezione]

The full or partial content of any article can be deleted at any time, by any user. That's not to say that it should be deleted, but each user can delete article text. Only administrators can delete the article's title and entry on the site, though.

Article entries should be deleted from the site when...

  • ...they don't fit in with our goals for making a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable travel guide.
  • ...they are too fine-grained. As a rule, restaurants, hotels, bars and sights don't get their own articles on Wikitravel. As an exception, some sights justify their own article as a travel destination in and of themselves, like Angkor Archaeological Park or Disneyland. See What is an article? for details.
  • ...they are vandalism. Sometimes articles get created when a user vandalised the wiki. These articles may have nonsense, inappropiate or even obscene titles. While deletion is often appropriate, sometimes a more creative solution can be found, such as making the article a redirect for a common mis-spelling or typo of a place name. Do a wiki search and a google search first for potential places, you might be surprised what places get called. For example, Dildo and Fucking are places that really exist! There are others (foreign) place names similar to many (obscene) words vandals like to use! A redirect means the page cannot be vandalised again, as it has a legitimate use.
  • ...they are duplicates of other articles. For example, if an article for "Holland" and another for the "Netherlands" exist, their content should be merged, and the one that doesn't fit with our article naming conventions ("Holland") should be deleted. (Although a redirect could be a better solution in many cases, so think carefully if that will do.)

Article entries should not be deleted from the site when a legitimate article can be written for the subject. Some examples:

  • Bad article titles. If the name of the article is wrong (for example, if there's a spelling error, or if it doesn't conform to our article naming conventions), try to rename the page instead of copying all its contents to a new page and then deleting it.
  • Copyright violations. Just because someone abuses copyright in creating an article doesn't mean the subject doesn't belong in Wikitravel. Copyright violations should be handled by removing the offending material, allowing an article on the subject to be written from scratch.
  • Really bad articles. Sometimes articles are a sloppy mess, or just a bunch of notes and ideas. These articles should be improved rather than deleted.

In these cases, rather than deleting the article, its text should initially be replaced by a stub and later with a real article.

Reasons to delete redirection pages[Modifica sezione]

Redirection pages that link to non-existent pages show up as Broken redirects and Dead-end pages. As a general rule redirection pages should not be deleted. Redirection pages provide alternative page titles for articles and allow search engines to locate articles by their alternative names. If you are deleting a page, be sure to check that any links to that page are also changed to point to the right place, especially if content has been moved. Unlinked redirect pages can, and should, also be changed if possible, though consider deleting it if:

  • ...the redirect is unlinked and redirects to a deleted article and changing the link does not make sense. For example: If the title of the redirection page is very similar to the article being deleted and there is no alternative logical link, then changing the redirect page would not make sense and it should be deleted.

Reasons to delete images[Modifica sezione]

Unlike articles, images and other media can't easily be edited within the Wiki. For this reason, it's more reasonable to delete them than articles.

Some reasons to delete images are:

  • Copyright violations.
  • Orphaned images, that is, images that aren't used as part of articles. Images are for supporting articles, not to be left on their own. If no article uses or links to an image, it should be deleted.
  • Privacy rights violations. Photographers submitting pictures with people in them are responsible for getting model releases from the subjects of the photos. If they haven't, we need to delete the photo.

Deletion procedure[Modifica sezione]

To delete an article or image, a Wikitraveller should do any preparatory work (like orphaning an image, or combining the article with one it duplicates) and then put a link to the article or image on the votes for deletion page. It's also helpful to put a notification on the page that it's under discussion for deletion; adding {{vfd}} will put in a stock message. Other contributors can discuss whether the article or image should be deleted. Articles and images are presumed guilty until proven innocent. After fourteen (14) days of discussion, if a consensus is reached to retain an article, it won't be deleted. Otherwise it will be deleted by an administrator.

Pages in a user's namespace (User:Foobar/MyPage) can be deleted by any administrator immediately upon the user's own request, but such requests should still be posted to Wikitravel:Votes for deletion. The standard procedure applies if somebody other than the owner requests deletion.

Speedy deletion[Modifica sezione]

Administrators may also, at their discretion, delete obviously inappropriate articles and images:

  • Articles that cannot possibly ever be destinations or travel topics, as they are either much too limited in scope or entirely outside the scope of Wikitravel. Examples include the names of people, companies, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and just plain gibberish.
  • Images that are blatant copyright violations from commercial, governmental, and non-commercial sites that clearly attest copyright. Examples include copyrighted maps and commercial PR materials. The deleting admin must provide the source URL.
  • Images that have been moved to the shared repository may also be speedily deleted on request.

If there is any doubt whether the criteria above apply, or any chance that an article or image could be considered useful, they should go through the deletion voting procedure. If the content has potential but the name is hopeless, the content should be moved to the proper place before deletion. If the name is OK but the article content is a copyright violation, it should be blanked and replaced with a template, not deleted.

To contest a speedy deletion, raise the issue on Wikitravel:Votes for undeletion.

Speedy keep[Modifica sezione]

In some cases an article or image may be nominated for deletion, and a consensus to keep the content is then reached before fourteen days have passed. In this case leaving the article or image as a candidate for deletion is no longer necessary and the VFD may be ended early. When ending a VFD early:

  • Remove the VFD tag from the article or image.
  • Copy the VFD discussion onto the article or image talk page.
  • Archive the VFD discussion from the Wikitravel:Votes for deletion page.

Do not end a VFD early unless a clear consensus is reached. A consensus is not the same as a majority, nor do a small handful of comments in favor of keeping an article constitute a consensus. If you are unsure about whether a consensus has been reached, allow the VFD to continue.

Undeletion procedure[Modifica sezione]

It may occur from time to time that we delete an article by mistake -- that is, that the article doesn't actually meet the standards for deleting articles listed above. In this case, a Wikitraveller should link to the page on Wikitravel:votes for undeletion, with an explanation of why the deletion wasn't in accordance with the deletion policy. Articles and images are still considered guilty until proven innocent. After fourteen (14) days of discussion, if a consensus arises that the page was deleted unnecessarily, then an administrator should reinstate the page. Otherwise, the page will stay deleted.

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