|This page in a nutshell: As a shortcut to the normal deletion discussion process, an article or file can be proposed for uncontroversial deletion, but only once. If no one contests the proposed deletion within seven days, an administrator may delete the page.|
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Proposed deletion (PROD) is a way to suggest an article or file for uncontroversial deletion. It is an easier method of removing articles or files than the articles for deletion (AfD) or files for discussion (FfD) processes, and is meant for uncomplicated deletion proposals that do not meet the strict criteria for speedy deletion.
PROD must only be used if no opposition to the deletion is expected. It must never be used simultaneously with a deletion discussion (AfD or FfD), and it may only be placed on a page a single time. Any editor (including the article's creator or the file's uploader) may object to the deletion by simply removing the tag; this action permanently cancels the proposed deletion via PROD.
A nominated page is marked for at least seven days. If nobody has objected during this time the page is considered by an uninvolved administrator who reviews the page and either deletes it or removes the PROD tag. Any objection kills the PROD procedure, and anyone may object as long as the PROD tag is present. Even after the page has been deleted, anyone may have a PRODed article or file restored through a request for undeletion.
PROD is one-shot only: It must not be used for pages PRODed before or previously discussed at AfD or FfD. A special case is for biographies of living people (BLPPROD): an article that has had the BLPPROD-tag removed still can be PRODed via the process described here.
PROD is only applicable to mainspace articles, lists, set indices, disambiguation pages, and files not on Commons. Proposed deletion cannot be used with redirects, user pages (except user books), drafts, templates, categories, or pages in any other namespace.
((subst:Proposed deletion|concern=reason for proposed deletion))tag at the top of the page. This is automatically converted to
((proposed deletion/dated))which lists the page in Category:Proposed deletion. You should notify the article's creator or other significant contributors by adding the
((subst:Proposed deletion notify|Name of page))tag or other appropriate text to contributor talk pages.
((proposed deletion/dated))tag—see full instructions below), the proposal is aborted and may not be re-proposed.
"WP:SECOND" redirects here. For policy about secondary source, see WP:2ND.
If you see a ((prod)) tag on an article, and endorse its deletion, consider seconding it with the ((prod2)) template. This goes on the line after the ((prod)), and can be filled out with an optional comment:
((prod2|Notability is mostly inherited from his interaction with the Stardust Crusaders, and a search of secondary literature has failed to reveal any mention of his research into Stands.))
This template should not be SUBSTed. Category:Endorsed proposed deletions lists pages proposed for deletion by multiple editors.
To object to and therefore permanently prevent a proposed deletion, remove the
((proposed deletion/dated)) tag from the article or the
((proposed deletion/dated files)) tag from the file. You are encouraged, but not required, to also:
If anyone removes a proposed deletion tag from a page or otherwise indicates an objection, the proposed deletion is canceled. This is the case when the objection is from the article's creator or even if the tag was apparently removed in bad faith. If an editor's intent is unclear, an objection should be assumed. Removals that are clearly not an objection to deletion, such as page blanking or obvious vandalism, may be restored. In addition, a tag may be restored if removed by a banned user or blocked user evading a block. After the proposed deletion is canceled, if you still believe that the page should be deleted, or that a discussion is necessary, it may be listed on Articles for deletion or files for discussion.
Pages that are proposed for deletion are listed in the subcategories of Category:Proposed deletion by date of tagging. Any editor may patrol the category to check that pages are correctly nominated, and either endorse the PROD by adding ((Prod2)) or remove the PROD tag. You are encouraged to give an explanation whenever you endorse or remove a PROD. You can use either the edit summary or the talk page for this purpose, or both. Wikipedia:WikiProject proposed deletion patrolling has further information on checking PRODs.
Pages that have been tagged for at least seven days are listed in Category:Expired proposed deletions. Administrators should check the pages in this category, and follow the deletion advice below.
Before deletion, administrators should check the page, its history, and deletion log to confirm that:
If you decide to delete the page, provide an informative deletion reason, such as that given by the nominator or editor who clarified the nominator's reason – not just "expired prod". Note that once the page is deleted, the reason that was given in the ((proposed deletion)) can only be seen by administrators. If you are using an automated script, make sure it leaves an adequate message. To ensure independent judgement, a page should not be deleted by the same person who added the ((proposed deletion)) tag. After deleting the page and its talk page, it is recommended to check What links here to find any redirects to the page which should be deleted. In addition, consider unlinking incoming links from other pages (except discussions, archives and tracking pages), and list entries should be removed altogether if notability concerns were raised.
If you decide not to delete the page, consider editing it to deal with the concerns raised, or nominating the page for a deletion discussion. You should document that it has been contested with an ((Old prod)) on the talk page.
An administrator may decide on their own to restore a page that has been deleted after a proposed deletion without having to make the request at Requests for undeletion.
Further information: Wikipedia:Proposed deletion of biographies of living people
All biographies of living people (BLP) must have at least one source that supports a statement about the subject, or else it can be proposed for deletion. The
((prod blp/dated)) tag may not be removed until a reliable source is added, and if none is forthcoming within seven days the article may be deleted. This does not affect the regular prod process, which may still be used on BLPs, including BLPs from which the BLP prod has been legitimately removed.
|See also:||AfD Common outcomes | Alternative outlets | Archived deletion discussions|
Centralized discussion | Deletion guidelines for administrators | Undeletion policy