I can't say anything for wikipedias on other languages, but for
Bengali Wikipedia, we have a clear rule. Any new article that is a one
liner or has only a navigation template, will be tagged as {{Empty}}
and the creator will be given a day or so to add at least some more
text in it to make it a stub. Otherwise, it will get deleted. This
type of quality control is necessary, otherwise we'll go the same way
as some wikipedias that are crazy for numbers, but don't give any
thought to quality.


Ragib Hasan, Ph.D
NSF Computing Innovation Fellow and
Assistant Research Scientist

Dept of Computer Science
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:58 PM, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> HI Nikhil,
> A request first:
> When you address specific issues based on your experience from a particular
> Wikipedia, please be candid about the details. Because, it will help to see
> the issue clearly and won't annoy Wikipedians from other languages.
> Some practices in Tamil Wikipedia regarding deletion:
> * There is no automatic deletion by bots or filters.
> * Only clear cases of vandalism / spam / machine generated content gets
> deleted ASAP as a cleanup measure.
> * In cases of non-wiki / disputable stuff, we leave a template saying "This
> article is not suitable for Wikipedia and it may get deleted. Please improve
> the article or discuss in Talk page". Usually, we provide a month's time
> before deletion. All these articles are put in one category.
> * On cases of many such articles by the same user, we leave messages in his
> / her talk page and try to reach him / her by all means. (Email user, phone
> wherever info is available)
> * In case of dispute or mass deletion, we nominate the article for deletion
> and proceed based on voting / feedback.
> * We also try to improveĀ  the stubs, re-organize under single page.
> Therefore, the information is not lost.
> * We encourage users to write articles with at least 3 sentences.
> * There is no single / group of users doing deletion but any elected sysop
> can do this when the action is necessary. Tamil Wikipedia has 19 admins with
> diverse background till date.
> I wouldn't say you should never delete an article. Quality is important and
> there should be some minimum standard enforced by community discussion. At
> the same time, I have heard from people who got discouraged after their
> article got deleted and they couldn't understand why. Not many follow recent
> changes regularly and have no clue why their article got deleted. So, it may
> be a good idea to auto generate a mail to the user explaining the reasons
> when his article gets deleted. She may opt out of such notices.
> Ravi
> On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 7:15 AM, Nikhil Sheth <nikhil...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I'm not fully sure where the community is going on this topic, but here's
>> my two cents on deletion of articles in Indian /any language wikipedias:
>> It should not happen. Period.
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