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This page documents an official Smashpedia policy, a widely accepted standard that all users should follow. When editing this page, please ensure that your revision reflects consensus. If in doubt, consider discussing changes on the talk page.
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As a wiki there will be some pages that are not up to standard. Pages that are inappropriate for this wiki may be nominated for deletion. All users are invited to participate in the discussions as to whether these articles should be deleted or not. The pages listed will be voted on to reach a consensus. Once a consensus has been reached or a length of time has passed, an administrator will review the discussion and decide what action should be taken.

The deletion policy dictates what should and shouldn't be deleted from this wiki.

Rules

Before tagging an article, is there anything that can be done to fix the article? If it can be cleaned up ( {{cleanup}} ), merged ( {{merge}} ), redirected ( #REDIRECT ), or lengthened ( {{stub}} ) to reach quality standards, please do that instead. Deletion should be a last resort if an article cannot be improved.

Some reasons why pages should be tagged for deletion are if the page is:

  1. Trivial and does not contribute much to the Smash Bros community
  2. A joke article, spam, or an advertisement
  3. Not related to the Smash Bros universe (even if it's from a game/series that's related)
  4. A page that has already been voted on, deleted, and has been recreated without a good reason.

How to list an article

Add {{delete|"reason for deletion"}},if using Source editor at the top of the page to be deleted. Remember to include the reason for deletion. (If you are nominating a template for deletion, you should be sure not to include the deletion template within the template itself. Depending on the template, it may be advisable to add an unobtrusive notice to the template itself, so long as it does not interfere with the functionality of the template.)

Candidates for deletion

After you add the {{delete}} template, the page will appear in Category:Candidates for deletion. A discussion will be held on the corresponding talk page, where consensus will likely result in the article being kept, deleted, or merged. If, however, the page in question is an article about a smasher or a glitch and it is being considered because of a lack of notability or proof, respectively, and no proof (of notability) is provided within a specific length of time, the page may be deleted without discussion. Similarly, if a reasonable amount of time has elapsed since the addition of a delete template and no one has contested the deletion, the page in question may be deleted by an administrator without discussion.

Examples

Good cases

  • A page which contains information that has very little chances of becoming a real page. For example, a page that consists only of "wow I love samus so much don't you? lol" will not go anywhere.
  • User pages should only be deleted only if the user requests it unless the user page was made by a vandal. It is impossible to delete an account, however the user page can be deleted.
  • Advertising, spam, and random nonsense or gibberish.
  • Copyright violations. Taking images/pages from a website that is not freely licensed and without proper attribution.
  • Useless or incorrect redirects, categories, or templates.
  • Pages in another language. This wiki is English, if you would like to start a SmashWiki in another language, you may request one if it is not already available.

Bad cases

  • Stubs. Stubs, no matter how small, could one day become a very long article.
  • A page that requires a cleanup. These pages are just in need of attention, they do not need to be deleted.