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asked 2017-07-23 00:59:59 -0500

updated 2017-07-23 01:02:49 -0500

My contribution has been nominated for deletion! What should I do? What does that mean? How can I avoid this?

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answered 2017-07-23 01:00:07 -0500

updated 2017-11-01 18:39:54 -0500

Deletion means that the article has been nominated to be removed from Wikipedia because it violates one of Wikipedia's guidelines. Generally, the best way to handle a deletion nomination is to address what the nominating editor found problematic about your work. Try to assume good faith, and don't be afraid to ask the editor about their reasons. You can also ask your Wikipedia Expert for advice.

The most common types of deletion, and how to deal with them, are as follows:

Speedy deletion
This is when an article violates a guideline listed on the speedy deletion page. The most common violations (and how to fix them) are:

  • Notability: Try to find independent, reliable sources to show where the topic has received coverage and (if possible) expand the article with more content.
  • Promotional: Make sure that you write the article in a neutral fashion. Go back through your work and remove promotional buzzwords or anything that makes the article seem like an advertisement.
  • Copyright violations: The best thing to do would be to immediately re-write the article to remove the copyrighted content.

Proposed deletion (PROD)
This deletion proposal gives editors seven days to contest or resolve any issues before it is deleted. While you can remove a PROD notice, you should only do so if you can resolve the article's issues or explain yourself on the talk page. Even in cases where you believe the nominator was wrong, it's always a good idea to check over the article's content and sourcing!

Articles for Deletion (AfD)
An article can be nominated for AfD if the nominating editor believes that it violates guidelines, but that it would not qualify for a speedy deletion. The editor may believe that others will contest the nomination and that the article should be discussed by several people over a period of several days. AfDs typically run for one week. You have that time to resolve any issues that qualifies your work for deletion.

If your article is deleted
If the article does end up getting deleted you can always ask the deleting administrator to send you a copy of the page via e-mail (you need to have your email enabled) to pass along to your educator. If you're interested in trying to work on the page and it doesn't have any major issues like copyright violations, you can also ask to have a copy of the article sent to your sandbox or userspace. Only do this if you're truly interested in working on the page, though!

This is why it's a good idea to work on articles in your sandbox before moving them live and to refer to the Editing Wikipedia brochure.

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