Articles and multimedia are sometimes deleted by administrators if they are thought to have a valid reason for deletion. Sometimes these decisions are completely correct, and undisputed. Sometimes, they are more controversial. Before using this page, please read the FSA:Deletion policy and undeletion policy.
If a short stub was deleted for lack of content, and you wish to create a useful article on the same subject, you can be bold and do so. You don't have to get the stub undeleted, and as long as your new version has content it should not be redeleted. If it is, then you should list it here.
- Deletion Review is the process to be used by all editors, including administrators, who wish to challenge the outcome of any deletion debate or a speedy deletion unless:
- They are able to resolve the issue in discussion with the administrator (or other editor) in question;
- In the most exceptional cases, posting a message to the head of the wiki's talk page may be more appropriate instead. Rapid correctional action can then be taken if the ensuing discussion makes clear it should be.
- An administrator (or other editor) is correcting a mistake of their own, or has agreed to amend their decision after the kind of discussion mentioned above.
- Deletion Review is also to be used if significant new information has come to light since a deletion and the information in the deleted article would be useful to write a new article.
- This process should not be used simply because you disagree with a deletion debate's reasoning — only if you think the debate was interpreted incorrectly by the closer. This page is about process, not content.
If you feel that an administrator is abusing their power by deleting articles prematurely, please mention it on the head of the wiki's talk page
Editors who wish to see the content of a deleted article may place a request here. They may wish to use that content elsewhere, for example. Alternatively, they may suspect that an article has been wrongly deleted, but are unable to tell without seeing what exactly was deleted.
History only undeletion
History only undeletions can be performed without needing a vote on this page. For example, suppose someone writes a biased article on George W. Bush, it is deleted, and subsequently someone else writes a decent article on George W. Bush. The original, biased article can be undeleted, in which case it will merely sit in the page history of the George W. Bush article, causing no harm. Please do not do this in the case of copyright violations.
Votes for undeletion
- In the deletion review discussion, users may opt to either Overturn or Endorse the previous deletion decision. The default action associated with an Overturn vote is to list on XfD. A user who supports an alternative action should thus state Overturn and (action) per Wikipedia's Guide to deletion.
- The presentation of new information should be prefaced by Overturn. This information can then be more fully evaluated in its proper deletion discussion forum.
- If there is three-quarters supermajority then the decision may be overturned directly, and the consensus result applied. Failing that, if there is simple majority to overturn a previous decision the item in question will be listed on XfD as above.
- It should also be noted that Deletion Review's mandate of "any deletion debate" extends recursively to Deletion Review itself.