This is an openpolitics.ca guideline.

administrator guidelines use of term delete

The full set of guidelines is at OP:delete.

Formal logs track all pages hidden, ignored and deleted.

why use it?

A delete status tag should be the only information on a page. It's a much more certain ignore request that immediately removes content from sight.

This category exists only to undo errors that are polluting namespace: Pages ignored because they are pure spam, pure wiki graffiti, name errors already corrected or otherwise taking up namespace with already-ignored content that contains something other than their name implies, should only be deleted with appropriate due process after a longish waiting period, if no user (not even anonymous trolls) objects - everything else must be edited to remove what's objectionable, add useful content, archived or simply remain ignored forever.

This category is easily abused. One valid view is that it should never be used to delete any coherent non-spam whatsoever, including even troll poetry and offensive pages that describe reality (you can ignore that, but can't delete it). The conditions for speedy deletion allow somewhat more leeway however.

open politics in force allows a rigorous process to be defined that satisfies constitutional/legal norms but definitely disallows casual deletion in order to preserve archives as legal evidence.


A page that satisfies conditions for speedy deletion can be deleted by anyone with the administrative power. Anyone can add a status tag requesting that deletion with the conditions that the page satisfies.


A page already categorized with the advice to ignore is also hidden so there is no rush to delete it. Its content may be useful to construct other pages.


A rigorous process to balance/hide/ignore/delete pages is being considered as part of guidelines. If adopted, administrators must defer to that process rather than exercising any judgement of their own on what to ignore. The sole exception is spam.


If you believe a page was deleted out of order or otherwise wrongly, and should have been ignored only, then, you may complain, by requesting that it be restored at the page in the talk:namespace paralleling it, e.g. if you wish to defend the page "Bob loves boys" then you create that defense at talk:Bob loves boys where it will be answered to.