Pages *can* be deleted if
* they have no valuable contents (blank/"Describe..."/weird text etc.) AND
* if they don't have any valuable contents in their history AND
* if they cannot be easily reditected
If the article history is blank or nonsense, there's no reason to keep it by
waiting for an advanced deletion mechanism anyway.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2002 11:56 PM
Subject: [Wikipedia-l] deletion policy
I'd like clarification on the deletion policy. I just deleted a
number of pages which contained nothing but "describe the new page
here." That seemed reasonable to me, but on revisiting
[[Wikipedia:Wikipedia policy on permanent deletion of pages]] I see it
says "Do not delete anything that might in the future become an
encyclopedia topic. Hence, just because someone has written a
completely worthless article about John Doe, that doesn't mean we
should permanently delete the topic, [[John Doe]], from the database."
The articles showed absolutely no attempt, even a biased or
misinformed one, to write an article. I did keep the one that had a
talk page. But perhaps I've acted in haste.
Does the above include pages which say nothing more than "describe the
new page here"? Should we leave those or not?