Help:Deleting a page

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By default, MediaWiki (the software that the W S-L Wiki runs on) does not allow individual users to delete pages. This limitation is partially based on the theory that pages on the wiki are not "owned" by any one person but rather belong to the community. Users can request or nominate pages for deletion.

Note that removing all text from a page does not delete it, it just leaves a blank page, which is discouraged as it is confusing to readers. The text can be restored from the page history.

Nominating a page for deletion

You can ask for a page to be deleted for any reason you wish. Add a deletion 'tag' to the article by putting the text {{delete}} at the top. If it is not clear why the page should be deleted, please leave a note on that page's talk page. If no one objects to the deletion, the page will be deleted after 30 days.

Speedy deletion

If you need a page to be deleted sooner than 30 days, please email Please be sure to include your wiki username in the email and if you are not the creator or sole editor of the page, please explain why the page should be deleted.

Creating policies

The W S-L Wiki is growing and changing. We're working on developing policies and guidelines around issues such as deletion policies to help ensure that the W S-L Wiki reaches its full potential as a collaborative tool and community space. Join the discussion at W S-L_Wiki:Community Policies.


  1. * UBC Wiki. University of British Columbia. Updated August 14, 2012, 19:42 UTC‎.
    Available from Internet. Retrieved October 27, 2013.