Hattrick:Articles Requiring Deletion

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The Articles Requiring Deletion policy is a method of marking articles for deletion. Any article which, in your judgment, requires deletion, should be marked using the ARD program. ARD has two methods of deletion marking: Quick Deletion and Proposed Deletion.

Quick Deletion[edit]

Quick Deletion is a marking system for articles which require deletion without debate, in your judgment. Quick deletion should only be used if you are absolutely positive the article should be deleted. If you are unsure the article should be deleted, use Proposed Deletion.

Before marking[edit]

Before you mark an article for deletion:

  1. Make sure the article's content (if any) doesn't simply need to be moved to another page title or copied onto another page. For instance, an article about 5-3-2 with 3IMs is unnecessary, but its content can be placed on the 5-3-2 page. If you perform a content merge, be sure to mark the page from which you moved content for Quick Deletion. For more information on merges, see Hattrick:Merging Articles.
  2. Check the number of inbound links to the page. To do this, click the "What Links Here" link in the toolbar on the left margin of the page. If the page has multiple inbound links from established pages, the page is likely better suited for the Proposed Deletion method.

Marking an article[edit]

Once you have determined that the article is indeed fit for Quick Deletion, it is time to mark the article. To mark an article for Quick Deletion:

  1. Add {{Delete|MM-YYYY}} to the top of the page, filling in the current month number for MM and current year for YYYY. For this month, the template should read {{Delete|06-2019}}.
  2. Add a brief note on the corresponding talk page explaining your justification for deletion. Be sure to add your signature, as you will be contacted for further debate if the marking is contested.
  3. Contact any registered users who have been major contributors to the article to inform them that the page has been marked for quick deletion.

Contesting a marking[edit]

If you see an article that you believe should not be marked for quick deletion, use the following steps to contest the marking:

  1. Immediately remove the {{Delete}} template from the top of the page.
  2. Follow the steps outlined in Proposed Deletion to mark the article for proposed deletion.
  3. Inform the user who marked the page for quick deletion that you have contested the deletion by leaving a note on the user's talk page.

When to expect deletion[edit]

Articles which are marked for deletion will not be deleted for a period of at least one month, so that the deletion can be contested if necessary. Deletion generally occurs within two months of marking. If the administrator who is to carry out the deletion deems that the article requires further deletion debate, they will mark the article using the Proposed Deletion method to facilitate debate. Administrators may also remove the idea of deletion entirely if it is blatantly obvious that the article should not be deleted.

Proposed Deletion[edit]

Proposed Deletion is a marking system for articles which may or may not require deletion, depending on the result of the ensuing debate. Articles should be marked using the Proposed Deletion system if you are unsure of whether or not the article should be deleted, but believe that it is reasonable to suggest that the article should be deleted.

Before marking[edit]

Before marking an article for proposed deletion:

  1. Make sure the article's content (if any) doesn't simply need to be moved to another page title or copied onto another page. For instance, an article about 5-3-2 with 3IMs is unnecessary, but its content can be placed on the 5-3-2 page. If you perform a content merge, be sure to mark the page from which you moved content for Quick Deletion. For more information on merges, see Hattrick:Merging Articles.
  2. Check if the article would be better suited for Quick Deletion by reading through that section of this article.

Marking an article[edit]

To mark an article for proposed deletion:

  1. Add {{ProposeDelete}} to the top of the page.
  2. Open a consensus debate on the corresponding talk page. For information on how to hold a consensus debate, see Hattrick:Consensus. For the purposes of Proposed Deletion, the best form of debate is a Limited Vote, though an Open Vote may also be used. Straw Polls may not be used to establish deletion consensus.
  3. Contact any registered users who have contributed significantly to the article to inform them that the article has been proposed for deletion.
  4. Further promote the consensus debate in any ways necessary so that consensus may be established.

Once consensus is established[edit]

Once consensus regarding deletion of the article has been established, proceed as follows:

  • If the consensus is Delete, close the debate on the talk page by stating that the consensus is to delete the article and follow the steps listed under Quick Deletion to mark the article for quick deletion.
  • If the consensus is Keep, remove the ProposeDelete template from the page and close the debate on the talk page, stating that the consensus of Keep was established.
  • If there is no consensus after prolonged debate, follow the status quo and remove the Propose Delete template from the page. Close the debate on the talk page by stating that no consensus could be established.

Note: Debates must be closed by an established user (Registered and with at least 10 edits). Any debate which has been closed by an unregistered or unestablished user may be re-opened by any established user.