Interesting, thanks! Yes I did mean policy links used to justify !votes in deletion discussions. In the Dutch Wikipedia they use "NE" for not-encyclopedic, but other more troublesome abbreviations such as "woman with job" for a biography about a woman possibly submitted by the subject herself (though this is often not the case). So I was fishing for something like the phrase "does not meet notability guidelines" or "WP:ANYBIO" or anything like that. A friend put together a short set of "rules" as a handout to newbies, and others have asked for the magic list of things to check that predict an article's "Stick-around-liklihood" and it occurred to me to check the frequency of the reasons why stuff gets deleted.

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 7:25 PM, Jonathan Morgan <> wrote:
+research-l because this is more of a research than an analytics question. 

Hi Jane, 

What do you mean by acronyms in deletion queues here? Are you talking about policy links used to justify !votes in deletion discussions, or acronyms used in deletion comments of AfD'd articles? Or something else entirely.

If #1, this paper examines the use of a single policy (IAR) in AfD's over time. 
If #2, I did a similar (quick and dirty) analysis with AfC recently, here:

Others may be aware of additional resources or analyses.


On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 7:10 AM, Jane Darnell <> wrote:
Hi all,
Has anyone tried to find the frequency of acronyms used in AfD queues? Any information about the deletion queue in language is welcome, thanks.

This came up during a discussion about "enyclopedia worthiness" and how to explain this concept to newbies.

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