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This section describes how to list for deletion articles and their associated talk pages. See the related pages for templates, categories, redirects, stub types, pages in the Wikipedia namespace, user pages, or images and other media, or use copyright violation where applicable. As well, note that deletion may not be needed for problems such as pages written in foreign languages, duplicate pages, and other cases.

Note: Users must be logged in to complete steps II and III.

To list a single article for deletion, follow this three-step process:

Put the deletion tag on the article.

Insert the {{subst:afd1}} tag at the top of the article if it's the article's first AfD nomination, if the article has been nominated for deletion before use {{subst:afdx}} instead.

  • Please do not mark the edit as minor.
  • Please include in the edit summary the phrase
    AfD: Nominated for deletion; see [[Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/NominationName]]
    replace NominationName with the name of the page where the nomination will be- this is normally the same as the article name that is up for deletion (PageName).
(But if it has been nominated before, use "PageName (2nd nomination)" or "PageName (3rd nomination)" etc.)
  • You can check the "Watch this page" box to follow the page in your watchlist. This allows you to notice if the AfD tag is removed by a vandal or a new user unfamiliar with deletion policy.
  • Save the page.
Create the article's deletion discussion page.

The resulting AfD box at the top of the article should contain a link to "Preloaded debate" in the AfD page.

  • Click that link to open the article's deletion discussion page. Some preloaded text and some instructions will appear.
  • Give a reason for the deletion and a category for the debate (instructions will be on the page).


  • Click the link saying "this article's entry" to open the deletion-debate page.
  • Insert this text:
    {{subst:afd2 | pg=PageName | cat=Category | text=Reason the page should be deleted}} ~~~~
    replacing PageName with the name of the page you are proposing for deletion, Category with one letter from the list M, O, B, S, W, G, T, F, and P to categorize the debate, and Reason... with the reasons you think the page should be deleted.
  • Consider adding an appropriate deletion sorting template to the nomination.
  • Consider checking "Watch this page" to follow the progress of the debate.
  • Please use an edit summary such as
    Creating deletion discussion page for [[PageName]]

    replacing PageName with the name of the page you are proposing for deletion.
  • Save the page.
Notify users who monitor AfD discussion.

Open the articles for deletion log page. At the top of the list on the log page (there's a comment indicating the spot), insert:
{{subst:afd3 | pg=NominationName}}
replacing NominationName appropriately, (use "PageName (2nd nomination)" instead of "PageName" for a second nomination, etc.).

  • Include the discussion page's name in your edit summary like
    Adding [[Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/NominationName]]
    replacing NominationName with the name of the nomination page you are proposing for deletion.
  • Save the page. Your insertion will be automatically expanded to the same form as the preceding lines in the file: {{Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/NominationName}}.

To list multiple related pages for deletion see this page.

Once listed, deletion discussions can, optionally, also be transcluded into an appropriate deletion sorting category, such as the ones for actors, music, academics, or for specific countries; which helps attract people familiar with a particular topic area. Please see the list of categories.

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