Help:Deleting a page

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When to delete a page

Most pages won't need to be deleted. Typically you would delete a page if the contents are inappropriate, offensive or unrelated to Sufism. In other situations you might prefer a less extreme course of action, for example...

  • The page should have a different title - So just "move" the page to a better title. See Help:Moving a page
  • The contents should have been placed on a different page - So "merge" the contents into the existing page and then create a redirect. See Help:Redirects
  • The contents are already on a different page - So wipe away all the duplicate content and leave behind a redirect. That way, this page title (which made more sense to somebody), will helpfully redirect to the correct location of the information. See Help:Redirects

A straightforward delete is generally only necessary if the title of the page is inappropriate. In other situations, a merge and redirect is more appropriate.

Proposing changes

If the deletion you have in mind is one which might cause upset, you should propose the change first. Do this by leaving a note to give your reasons on the talk page the page itself, with a delete/merge proposal template, to make everybody aware of your intentions

Deletion itself

Normal users cannot permanently delete a wiki page. Every kind of editing operation can be reverted by any other user, and that includes resurrecting deleted content.

'Sysop' users (administrators) are able to delete a page semi-permanently (in fact the old editing history is still preserved, but to normal users the page will appear to no longer exist). A user logged in with sysop/admin privileges will see an extra tab 'delete' for deleting the current page.

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