Candidates For Deletion/deletion policies

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dKospedia Deletion Policies

Readers of dKospedia are encouraged to submit new articles and edit existing articles. Even if some participants seem a little cranky, we welcome fellow progressives. The following are merely guidelines rather than clearly and finally established rules. Have fun here.

There are three four classes of articles subject to deletion:

  1. Articles for immediate deletion without debate.
  2. Articles nominated for rapid deletion, with time-limited debate on Candidates for rapid deletion.
  3. Articles so-nominated, with a longer period of debate on Candidates for deletion.
  4. Current-events articles lacking follow-through.

Candidates for immediate deletion.

  • Obvious libel: factual assertions without evidence or analysis far exceeding the evidence, focusing on a personality or group wrongdoing, seemingly offered with malice. A difficultly arises with vandalized articles; one has to doctor the edit history in order to remove the libel, something only an administrator can do.
  • Obvious copyright violations: unedited material that simply echoes a proprietary article. These are actually easy to track down through Google. If one is moving material from one's own web site, this needs to be mentioned in the article.
  • Articles containing only wiki vandalism, spam, or simple trolling.
  • Content-free articles:
    • This includes articles with absolutely nothing in the main body but also those with some text but no real content (e.g., an outline for something never followed up on). Obvious name-space typographical errors represent a portion of such articles.
    • Also included here are articles which are little more than a URL - cite links or refer links are an exception, these exist to make it simple to discover all links to an article within dKosopedia and to discourage use of less credible external references on the topic
  • Selected redirects, where no confusion in name space is likely to occur.
  • Articles which the author (and/or principal editor) so requests. Admins, of course, can directly delete their own articles.
  • Republican propaganda (a degree of Democratic propaganda is actively encouraged here).

Candidates for rapid deletion.

  • Some debate is allowed, but not for too long.
    • Articles which are off-topic to dKosopedia (we don't do Madonna discographies here).
    • Articles with some content but which are otherwise of such poor quality and containing so little information as to consitute a waste of the reader's time. Some of these may be better treated as stubs, but without a volunteer to improve the article, it's better off being deleted. One can always recreate an article at a later date.
    • Possible copyright violations.
    • Unedited source code directly imported from wikipedia, particularly that which includes links, templates, images and/or categories not on dKosopedia. While wikipedia articles are public domain, any articles imported from wikipedia need to be edited into a form reflecting dKosopedia's point of view, without any broken links, and with full credit being given to wikipedia.

Candidates for deletion.

  • These articles are subject to a reasonable period of debate. These candidates will typically be of very poor quality, with scant information and lacking in references; they often verge on being off-topic to dKosopedia. Included here are articles that would be seen by the majority of readers as off-the-wall conspiracy theories or articles that make broad, unsubstantiated accusations.

Current-events articles for deletion (for active debate; do the debate in talk).

  • Every article referring to a current event, especially legislation, is suspect of becoming an abandoned stub. Therefore, any current-events article abandoned after a to-be-determined time, without updating edits, is subject to being moved to the above, and without a savior, will be deleted.

Special rule #1 Any article deemed to have potential value for future development may be restored. As a practical matter, this is a rule only admins can appreciate, in that only they can review and undelete deleted articles.

Special rule #2 There are a great deal of lamentably poor articles left over from the early days of dKosopedia. This includes material from the November, 2004 election, much of which is so lacking in context as to be unsalvageable. For the moment, deletion is left to the discretion of the admins.

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