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The A Fifth Dimension deletion policy describes how pages that do not meet the relevant criteria for content of the encyclopedia are identified and removed.

Deletion process

Deletion of an article removes the current version and all previous versions from public view. Unlike page blanking, which can be performed (or reverted) by any user, deletion can be performed only by administrators. If in doubt as to whether there is consensus to delete a page, administrators will normally not delete it.

Any article or page that meets the deletion criteria should be flagged using the {{delete}} template. Images and media can be flagged with the {{idelete}} template. This action will automatically add the page to the category Candidates for deletion or Images for deletion, repsectively. Pages are added to these categories for review and discussion before being deleted. Discussion about keeping a candidate for deletion should be made at the appropriate category's talk page, Candidates for deletion talk page for pages or Images for deletion talk page. If after a period of 7 days there is no objection to the deletion and if the rationale for deletion is accurate and valid, the page will be removed by an administrator. (cases of speedy deletion candidates differ in bypassing the discussion process)

Once a page is deleted it should not be re-created. At the same time, even after a page is deleted, any editor can have the page restored by simply making a request from an administrator or stating a solid case for its return on the A Fifth Dimension:Candidates for deletion page. However, it is very much encouraged that the editor making the request endeavors to fix any of the problems that were grounds for the page's deletion in the first place. This helps to limit the possibility of further controversy.

If the proposed deletion of a page has been objected to by anyone, it may not be proposed for deletion again by flagging it with the {{delete}} template. An editor who still feels the page ought to be deleted, may make a request on the A Fifth Dimension:Candidates for deletion page, listing the best arguments for having the page removed.

Before electing a candidate for deletion

To avoid any unnecessary arguments or actions, please follow these guidelines to make sure that the page actually needs to be deleted before nimnating it for deletion:

  • Read. Read the article to properly understand its topic. Sometimes statements that seem to be invalid or misleading can be sorted out with a second reading or it may just need a slight rewording to be done.
  • Stubs and imperfect articles are awaiting further development and so the potential of expanding or clarifying the topic should be considered. Keep in mind that most articles start out being very minimalistic and minor errors are common. Unless it is obviously a hopeless case, consider sharing your reservations with the article creator, mentioning your concerns on the article's discussion page, and/or adding a {{cleanup}} template, instead of sending it to Candidates for deletion.
  • Confirm. Confirm that there are valid grounds for deletion. If the page can be improved, this should be solved through regular editing, rather than deletion.
  • Verify. If your arguments for deletion involve the lack or reliability of the sources used in the article, make an attempt to verify that such sources aren't likely to exist or are blatantly inconsistent with them.
  • Consider. Consider editing the page to make it useful and reworking or replacing the offending areas, redirecting the page or proposing a merge or split rather than deleting the entire article.
  • Reference. Reference the article's talk page, which may provide reasons why the article should or should not be deleted. If there was a previous nomination, check that your objections haven't already been dealt with.
  • Decide. Besides editing the page yourself, you have two choices for deletion methods: normal deletion and speedy deletion. Check the criteria for both and make the decision of which method is more appropriate.
  • Flag. Check that the article has not already been flagged to note a problem. If it hasn't, then apply a an appropriate tag, such as {{copyvio}}, {{verify}}, {{cleanup}}, or {{merge}}. Flagging the page alerts everyone viewing the article of a potential problem and they may act to remedy it before deletion is necessary.
  • If it is still necessary to delete the page—for instance, if the article has been flagged for content problems for some time with no response, then add the appropriate deletion template: {{delete}}, or {{deletenow}} urgent cases. For cases of clear copyright infringement or pagiarism, use the {{copyviod}} template instead. (note: for images, simply prefix the tags with an "i" (e.g., {{idelete}} or {{icopyviod}}).
  • Deletion flags for articles and pages should always be located at the top of a page, in the first line of the wiki markup. Images and media should be tagged in the upload/image summary of their image description page.

Deletion Standards

The following are lists of criteria that provide guidelines for what may or should be deleted in A Fifth Dimension.

New criteria additions should first be suggested and discussed on the talk page before being added to ensure approval by consensus. With no objections, additions should be placed at the bottom of the list. Likewise, no criteria should be removed from this list without a consensus being reached. Canceled, merged or superseded rules should not be removed, but listed using the strike-through HTML element <s> </s> to indicate a removal.

Normal deletion criteria

Reasons for deletion include—but are not limited to—the following:

  1. Copyright violations. Any material violating A Fifth Dimension's non-free content policy. (see #SDC12)
  2. Vandalism. This includes inflammatory redirects, pages that exist only to disparage their subject, and nonsense or gibberish.
  3. Spam. Advertising or other spam without relevant content (but not an article about an advertising-related subject)
  4. Content forks (unless a merger or redirect is appropriate)
  5. Unreliable sources. Articles that cannot possibly be attributed to reliable sources, including neologisms, original theories and conclusions, and articles that are hoaxes.
  6. Unverifiabie content. Articles for which all attempts to find reliable sources to verify them have failed.
  7. Irrelevant content. Articles whose subjects fail to be significantly relevant to The Twilight Zone franchise.
  8. Defamatory content. Articles that are slanderous, defamatory or libelous against living persons. More extreme, extensive or illegal examples of this may apply for speedy deletion.
  9. Unnecessary content. Redundant or otherwise useless templates and pages that are unused, obsolete or violate fair-use policy.
  10. Overcategorization. Categories representing overcategorization. (e.g., First Series/First Season/Episodes/Characters/Desserts/Desserts eaten by characters/Eaten with left hand/Dipped in coffee first, etc.)
  11. Namespace violations. Any other use of the article, template, project, or user namespace that is contrary to the established separate policy for that namespace.
  12. Unencyclopedic articles. Any other content not suitable for an encyclopedia. A common example of this is the use of an encyclopedia article merely to define a term. If this is the case, link the term to Wiktionary instead or consider expanding the article to meet encyclopedic standards. See Wikipedia's article, "Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Wikipedia_is_not_a_dictionary" for more details.

Anchors and references

The above criteria may be referred to as DC and then the number of the reason from the list above. This reference can also be used as an anchor for quick links to a specific policy (for example: [[#SDC4|Speedy deletion criteria No. 4]] links to Speedy deletion criteria No. 4).

Associated templates

The template used to nominate a page for deletion is {{delete}}.

The template used to flag pages with text that is suspected of being a copyright violation is {{copyvio}}, or {{cv}} for a shortened form. This template will remove the offending text from view while a discussion about removal or deletion can take place on the talk page at Category:Pages with suspected copyright violations.

For problems that may not require deletion, including pages that can be rewritten (e.g., articles needing improvement, pages needing redirects, POV problems), you are encouraged to be bold and fix the problem. Improvement or deletion of an offending section, if possible, is always preferable to deletion of an entire page. If you are not able to fix the problem yourself, please flag the page with the appropriate article management template, so that others will be aware of the problem.

Speedy deletion criteria

Some types of pages may be rapidly deleted when they are reviewed by an administrator in cases where the violations of policy are obvious. These pages should be flagged with the {{deletenow}} template, which automatically adds the page to the candidates for speedy deletion category. This is done only in the most clear cases of policy violation in an effort to reduce the time spent in deletion discussions for articles with no hope of remaining.

Reasons for speedy deletions include:

  1. Nonsense. Pages consisting entirely of incoherent text or gibberish with no meaningful content or history. This does not include poor writing—which should be corrected or flagged with the {{cleanup}} template—or vandalism tactics.
  2. Test pages. Does not include the sandbox and users' personal pages.
  3. Vandalism. This includes blatant and obvious misinformation, redirects created by cleanup from page-move vandalism, obscene remarks and blatant hoaxes.
  4. Re-created deleted material. A substantially identical copy—even one possessing a new title—of a deleted page, especially when the re-created page does not remedy the reasons for the deletion. This does not apply to content that has been undeleted.
  5. Edits by a banned user. Pages created by banned users in violation of their ban, with no substantial edits afterward by unbanned others.
  6. Technical deletions. Non-controversial maintenance, such as temporarily deleting a page to merge page histories, deleting dated maintenance categories, or performing uncontroversial page moves.
  7. Author request If requested in good faith, and provided the page's only substantial content was added by its author, the author may request deletion from an administrator.
  8. Pages dependent on a non-existent page, This includes talk pages with no corresponding subject page, subpages with no parent page, image description pages without a corresponding image, redirects to invalid targets, such as nonexistent targets, redirect loops, and bad titles; or categories populated by deleted or retargeted templates.
    1. This excludes any page that is useful to the project, such as talk page archives or plausible redirects that can be changed to valid targets.
  9. Attack pages. Pages that serve no purpose but to disparage or threaten their subject or some other entity will be deleted. This includes biographical material about a living person that is entirely negative in tone, makes defamatory claims and is unsourced, where there is no neutral version in the page history to revert to.
  10. Spam. Pages that exclusively promote some entity and that would need to be fundamentally rewritten to become encyclopedic will be deleted.
  11. Duplicates. Duplicate articles should be removed and any information from the duplicate that can be verified and salvaged may be merged into the original article if the original is lacking such information. For duplicate images, see the appended section below.
  12. Copyright violation. Text pages that contain copyrighted material with no credible assertion of public domain, fair use, or a free license, where there is no non-infringing content on the page worth saving. Earlier versions without infringement should be retained after the offending material is removed.
  13. No context. Articles lacking sufficient context to identify the subject of the article. An example would be an article about a real person, an organization or web content that does not indicate why its subject is important or significant. With this wiki being devoted to The Twilight Zone, articles here should share some notable relation with the franchise: making an article about Metallica, Kelly Clarkson or Don Caballero unlikely to remain whereas an article about Iron Maiden, Jessica Simpson or Korn will.
  14. No content. Any article (other than disambiguation pages, redirects, or soft redirects) consisting only of external links, category tags and "see also" sections, a rephrasing of the title, attempts to correspond with the person or group named by its title, chat-like comments, template tags and/or images. However, a very short article may be a valid stub if it has context.

Anchors and references

The above criteria may be referred to as SDC and then the number of the reason from the list above. This reference can also be used as an anchor for quick links to a specific policy (for example: [[#SDC4|Speedy deletion criteria No. 4]] links to Speedy deletion criteria No. 4).

Associated templates

To nominate pages for speedy deletion, use the {{deletenow}}}.

To flag pages with text that is clearly a copyright violation, use {{copyviod}}, or {{cvd}} as a short form.

Speedy image deletion criteria

Images that violate AFD policy in an urgent manner, such as illegal use, wlil receive priority. No discussion will be allowed and the images will be deleted after review by an administrator.

Reason for speedy image deletion include:

  1. Duplicates. Any unused media file that is a copy, in the same file format and same or lower quality/resolution.
  2. Corrupt or empty image. Before deleting this type of image, verify that the MediaWiki engine cannot read it by previewing a resized thumbnail of it. It is always possible for the uploader to correct the problem by uploading an image that contains only a good image plus acceptable metadata.
  3. Unused media. Especially applicable are unused unfree images (see SIDC7). Reasonable exceptions may be made for images uploaded for an upcoming article, but an image remaining after 7 days and still is unused will likely be deleted. It is always preferred that users write the article before uploading the image to avoid any unnecessary confusion.
  4. Improper license. Media that is listed as released under one license when in reality it is licensed under another, or not formally licensed under any recognized free license may be deleted. Files licensed under versions of the GFDL prior to 1.3, without allowing for later versions, may be deleted.
    1. Be aware that editors should specify their source and related licensing in the upload/image summary and choose the necessary licensing boilerplate.
  5. Lack of licensing information. Media files which lack the necessary licensing information, may be deleted after being flagged by the {{icopyviod}} template, placing it in the images for speedy deletion category
    1. Be aware that editors should specify their source in the upload/image summary and choose the necessary licensing boilerplate.
  6. Missing non-free use rationale. Non-free files claiming fair use but without a use rationale provided in the upload/image summary may be deleted after being identified as such by applying the {{icopyvio}} tag.
    1. The boilerplate image templates do not constitute a rationale, it must also be listed in the upload/image summary. (see Category:Image summary templates for assistance)
  7. Clear copyright infringement. Images that are claimed by the uploader to be images with free licenses when this is obviously not the case. A URL or other indication of where the image originated should be mentioned.
    1. This does not include images used under a claim of fair use, nor does it include images with a credible claim that the owner has released them under an appropriate free license. ##This includes most images from stock photo libraries such as Getty Images or Corbis. Suspected infringements should be tagged with the {{copyvio}} template.
  8. Useless media files. Files uploaded that are neither image, sound, nor video files (e.g. .doc, .pdf, or .xls files) that are not used in any article and have no foreseeable encyclopedic use.
  9. Invalid fair-use claim. Non-free images or media with a clearly invalid fair-use tag may be deleted immediately.
  10. Author request. If an image is requested to be removed by its original creator, it will be deleted after reasoning is provided to an administrator.

Anchors and references

The above criteria may be referred to as SIDC and then the number of the reason from the list above. This reference can also be used as an anchor for quick links to a specific policy (for example: [[#SDC4|Speedy deletion criteria No. 4]] links to Speedy deletion criteria No. 4).

Associated templates

Images can be nominated for speedy deletion by using the {{ideletenow}} template.

The templates used to flag an image that may violate copyright policy are {{icopyvio}} or {{icv}} and {{icopyviod}} or {{icvd}} for clear cases of violation.

User page deletion criteria

  1. User request. Personal user pages and subpages may be deleted upon request by their user.
  2. Nonexistent user. User pages of users that do not exist (check Special:Listusers) may be deleted, not including IP addresses.
  3. Image galleries. Galleries in the userspace are not permitted.

Anchors and references

The above criteria may be referred to as UPDC and then the number of the reason from the list above. This reference can also be used as an anchor for quick links to a specific policy (for example: [[#SDC4|Speedy deletion criteria No. 4]] links to Speedy deletion criteria No. 4).

Associated templates

The template used to flag a user page for deletion is {{delete}}; or in the case of UPDC1, a user may request to have one's own—but no one else's—user page deleted by contacting an administrator directly, if necessary.

Category deletion criteria

Categories occasionally need to be deleted for certain organizational reasons. This is largely a result of the fact that categories, unlike articles, cannot be moved or easily renamed. The only means of achieiving this is by manually moving all of the current category to the intended category.

In creating a new corrected category, all contents of the misnamed category should be re-categorized to the new corrected category and then a {{delete}} template should be added to the old category to nominate it for deletion. Categories flagged with this template will be added to Category:Candidates for deletion, where its deletion can be discussed.

Categories can be deleted when meeting any of the following criteria:

  1. Typographical errors. Misspellings and typos should be corrected, per naming conventions.
    1. Remember: In A Fifth Dimension:The Twilight Zone Wiki, we favor the American English spellings to the British English spellings. This means a category named "Colour" should be renamed "Color" or if both exist, all contents should be moved to the category with the American spelling.
  2. Capitalization issues. Titles for categories that are not in agreement with the wiki's naming conventions (e.g., first series characters, FIRST SERIES CHARACTERS, First Series Characters, etc.)
  3. Conversions of singular forms. Whereas articles are typically found in singular form, categories should generally be named in plural form, as they tend to group many things together (e.g., Characters over Character, Episodes over Episode).
  4. Duplicate or obsolete categories. Categories created for the same purpose, but have different names should be merged and the less common or precise name should be deleted.
  5. Expanding abbreviations for proper nouns. This includes expanding abbreviations for organizations and country names: The name of the country should appear as it does in the name of the article about that country (for example, US or U.S. in reference to the United States should be renamed to United States, but this criterion specifically does not apply to renames between the terms "American" and "United States"). As for organizations, NASA would be the more common term used to refer to it, rather than National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  6. Needed renames or merges. Renames or merges done to match a disambiguated parent category such as Category:Georgia (country) or Category:Georgia (U.S. state) from an unqualified name may be necessary.
  7. Empty categories. Categories not being used can be deleted, if it does not seem likely that they will be used in the future. For instance, whereas a "Deleted pages" category may be empty currently, it will surely be added to as the wiki grows. On the other hand, a category like "Twilight Zone actors that went to my high school" may never be used.
  8. Wrong namespace. Categories established in the wrong namespace should be removed {e.g., Caregory:Template:Delete).

Anchors and references

The above criteria may be referred to as CDC and then the number of the reason from the list above. This reference can also be used as an anchor for quick links to a specific policy (for example: [[#SDC4|Speedy deletion criteria No. 4]] links to Speedy deletion criteria No. 4).

Associated templates

Categories can be nominated for deletion by using the {{delete}} template.

Alternatives to deletion


If the page can be improved rather than deleted, this should be solved through regular editing. A variety of tags/flags can be added to articles to note the problem. These are listed here. Some of the more common ones include:

  • {{cleanup}} - For poor writing, grammar and spelling issues.
Places article in Category: Articles needing cleanup.
Places article in Category:Pages with suspected copyright violations.
  • {{attention}} - For articles needing expert attention.
Places article in Category:Pages needing attention.
  • {{npov}} - For biased articles.
Places article in Category:NPOV disputes.
  • {{refimprove}} - For articles that require additional or better sources.
Places article in Category:Articles needing citation.
Places article in Category:Article stubs.
Places article in Category:Articles needing citation.
Places article in Category:Candidates for merging.
Places article in Category:Candidates for splitting.

Pages with incorrect names can simply be renamed via page movement procedure. Naming disputes are discussed on the articles' talk pages.

Vandalism can be reverted by any user. Cases of repeated vandalism should be reported to an administrator.


Short articles that are unlikely to be expanded can be merged into larger articles or lists. Articles that seem like good candidates may be flagged by the {{merge}} template, if such a merge may prove controversial, so that a dialogue about the merger can be started. Otherwise, merges may be done immediately by the deciding editor.

For example, information about family members of a celebrity who are not otherwise notable is generally included in, or merged into, the article on that celebrity. An applicaiton of this may be placing information about Rod Serling's children in their father's article, while Serling's wife, Carol Serling, being more notable as a contributor to the franchise, probably deserves her own article.

Stub pages about minor characters (e.g., doctor, reporter #3) who are not otherwise notable can generally be merged into list articles (e.g., [[Minor characters in The Four of Us Are Dying]] or [[Minor characters in the original series]]).

If two pages are duplicates or otherwise redundant, the more common name between the two should be used and the other should be merged and redirected into it. This does not require process or formal debate beforehand.

Note that an outcome of "merge and delete" may potentially cause GFDL problems if attribution for contributed content is lost in the process. Wikipedia's essay "Merge and delete" discusses this.


Deletion of an article is not an appropriate response in a dispute over content. Similarly, a dispute over a policy or guideline is not resolved by deleting it, nor are issues concerning inappropriate use of a user page. These are all matters for which discussion and compromise are the most appropriate action.

In arguments for or against content, guidelines or policies, the matter should be discussed at the corresponding talk page and/or using any of the "attention" flag templates to bring the page to the attention of others. Another potion available is using the forum. For user pages, problems can often be resolved through discussion with the user.

With a little respect, reason and open-mindedness, most conflicts can be resolved quickly and peaceably. Deletion discussions that seem unable to be resolved may require intervention by an administrator.

Responses to deletion nominations

Response to deletion

For pages and media that have been nominated for deletion under normal deletion criteria, the nominated content will be placed in the appropriate deletion category, Category:Candidates for deletion for pages and Category:Images for deletion for images. It will remain there for a period of 7 days to allow for a deletion discussion to take place on the specific category's talk page. Any information that may justify the content remaining in the wiki, suggestions for ways to change it to allow it to stay in accordance with policy or point out why the nomination for deletion is unsupported should take place there.

If a consensus is formed for the content to remain based on such information, the administrators may choose to restore it. If the content proves to be a blatant violation or there is no objection to its deletion, the administrators will likely delete it. If there is no consensus that can be formed from a deletion discussion and no blatant violation of policy, the administrator may choose to allow the content to remain until a consensus can be formed.

Response to speedy deletion

Although speedy deletion nominations are not open for discussion, the submitter of the content can stall the speedy deletion process by placing the {{hangon}} template on the page that is tagged for speedy deletion. The user must then immediately give a reason why this content does not meet the alleged deletion criteria on the associated talk page. The speedy deletion tag should not be replaced or removed afterward, except by an administrator.

This template will add the page to Category:Contested candidates for speedy deletion. It is not to be used on any page which doesn't have a speedy deletion tag.

Note that this request is not binding, and the page may still be deleted if the page unquestionably meets the speedy deletion criteria, or if the promised explanation is not provided very soon.

Resolving copyright violation

No content in violation of copyright is permitted to be used in A Fifth Dimension. There are a few methods for dealing with any such occurrence:

  1. Flag. Any instance of suspected copyright violation should be reported by flagging the page (including image description pages) with the {{copyvio}} template, which moves it to the category, pages with suspected copyright violations. After review, the offending content will be promptly removed by an administrator. (see the template's page for instructions on its use)
  2. Delete. If the copyright violation is significant and blatant, such as an article that simply duplicates all of its content ver batim from a copyrighted website, should be flagged as a candidate for speedy deletion by using the {{deletenow}} template.
  3. Get permission. If you think the information present is useful or important, try to contact the authors of the text or image and see if they are willing to release their work (1.) under the GFDL, or (2.) into the Wikipedia:public domain. Permission to use a work "on A Fifth Dimension only" or "for non-commercial use only" isn't enough.

Recreating or returning content that has been establshed as a copyright violation is not advised. It will again be removed and may be justification for being banned or blocked in the wiki.

Access to deleted pages

Because many deleted articles are found to contain defamatory or other legally suspect material, deleted pages are not permitted to be generally viewed. However, they remain in the database (at least temporarily) and are accessible to administrators unless they are oversighted. Any user with a genuine reason to view a copy of a deleted page may request a temporary review by asking an administrator. Note that these requests are likely to be denied if the content has been deleted on legal grounds (such as defamation or copyright violation), or if no good reason is given for the request.