Forum:New deletion rules

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Forums: Index Archive New deletion rules

After deleting about 70 articles in the past hour, it astounded me on two unique facts. First off, we have a lot of shit to clean up and i'm glad that everyone is doing their part to help out. Secondly, the methods in which a good number of you single out these unneeded redirects, categories and duplicate images needs to change. Whereas I could probably delete the 50 or so redirects in just a couple of minutes, it took me thirty minutes from beginning to end. This is partly due to the sloppy way in which people tag pages, images, and categories for deletion. I'm not going to single out names, but I will however lay down some new rules for everyone to enjoy.

  • Before tagging an article, redirect, category, or file for deletion, please make sure of the following:
    • If the page has a pertinent subject and isn't a duplicate, when placing a deletion tag on the page, make sure you follow up with a reasoning as to why it should be removed on it's talk page.
    • If you intend on removing a redirect for an article that is unused or unnecessary, make sure you use the "What Links Here" tool to properly remove any existing links to the redirect and in it's stead, link it to the actual article. Any unneeded/"unused" redirect that still has links to it will have it's deletion template removed until said links are removed.
      • The same goes for categories as well.
      • The same goes for files as well.

Not all Administrators have an infinite amount of time to spend here on Halopedia and all of us would highly appreciate it if you guys pitched in and did your part properly to help make Halopedia a better place. Thank you and have a great day!



What about redirect links on user pages? We can't go around editing other people's pages without permission (especially since they might not have been around to give permission for several years). Can't we?--The All-knowing Sith'ari 15:03, 1 July 2011 (EDT)

As long as the edit is of a professional nature (removing unnecessary redirect, replacing duplicate image, removing fan fiction, etc.), then you'll be just fine. No permission is needed to edit userpages if the reason is to enhance Halopedia. However, if one is uncomfortable with doing so, then they can always contact the Administration or the userpage owner in question. User:CommanderTony/Sig
Initially no one could edit another user's userpage. Because the list of unnecessary wanted pages was building up I contacted Porplemontage. To my recollection he changed it to allow admins to remove those links, though I don't recall if he allowed all other users to do the same. I agree with Tony that this is a necessary rule - I'm still in need of a psychiatrist from when the administration used to delete templates without delinking first... oh God, I can still hear their voices...-- Forerunner 09:18, 2 July 2011 (EDT)

Does anyone else have a problem with pictures in the articles here? Like the description's there, but no picture?--Blahmarrow 11:31, 2 July 2011 (EDT)

User pages now appear to be locked for non-admins.--The All-knowing Sith'ari 11:07, 25 July 2011 (EDT)

In addition to checking the links for each redirect, there's something to be said about the overall purpose of redirects. I've seen common nicknames or legitimate alternate titles tagged with the deletion template. Most wikis, Wikipedia included, use redirects to direct people who type things into the search field in hopes of finding what they're looking for. Not everyone knows the full or technical designations we often tend to use, so it would be advisable to keep alternate names or even common nicknames as redirects. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 08:35, 27 July 2011 (EDT)