How to Nominate an Article for Deletion on wikiHow

One Methods:NFD Reasons

This article will help you to better understand the wikiHow policy for Nominating Articles for Deletion, as well as the correct procedure necessary for making that nomination.


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    Read the wikiHow Deletion Policy, and How to Understand What wikiHow Is Not. This will help you decide if any given article should be nominated for deletion or not.
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    Select the grounds for deletion from the list below. Note that the reasons do not automatically qualify an article for deletion. They are simply things which might qualify an article for deletion. In addition they are the only acceptable grounds for nominating an article for deletion.
    • Please use one of the above and not arbitrary reasons like "Gross", "Inappropriate" or any other reason not specifically listed in the wikiHow Deletion Policy. Otherwise, it is possible that the NFD tag will be removed as invalid, or changed to reflect a valid reason for deletion.
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    Edit the article that you wish to nominate.
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    Place the NFD template at the very beginning of the introduction. Complete the two-part template in the following manner:
    • Type the NFD Template code: {{nfd|abc}} - replacing the abc with one of the 3-character codes from the list below.
    • Optionally, you may add a second or third reason. An example: {{nfd|jok|not}}
    • If placing an NFD tag for a duplicate article, you need to indicate the duplicate article. This is best done by placing it in the NFD tag like this: {{nfd|dup|Clean Silver}}, where the words that go in the third field are the article title without the "How to" at the beginning.
    • Add the merge tag if the article needs merging like this: {{merge}}. After the word merge, add a vertical bar and type in the article the other article should be merged to. Do not include the words "How to", and be sure that you are typing how the title is exactly. Titles are case sensitive.
    • Only place 3 character NFD codes in the NFD tag. Do not place comments in the NFD tag. Put your comments on the article's discussion page. (Exception: duplicate link as described above).
    • Note that you do not need to add an additional parameter for the date. This will be done automatically for you after you save the page.
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    Hit the Preview button. Verify that the NFD tag displays. If you don't see a large notice under the introduction of the article, the template hasn't been written correctly.
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    Write an edit summary and click "Publish" to save your nomination.
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    Provide any additional justification for your nomination on the article Discussion page. Write persuasively, as others will check in to read your comments and make their decisions. There are two reasons for this. One is to give the author an understanding of why it is nominated and how to fix it, and save the article. The other reason is to let others, both Admins and non-Admins, check the page and form an opinion as to whether it should be deleted.

NFD Reasons


Code Explanation Example deletes Example keeps
Accuracy issues acc Severe accuracy problems that can't be easily edited away. Use {{accuracy}} or edit to fix is always first choice. Depends on content Depends on content
Advertising / spam adv If the article cannot be edited to meet brand name guidelines, it will be deleted. Buy Viagra For Cheap!!!!, Send Your Email Address Here to Get a Free Runescape Account Use iTunes
Below Character Article Standards cha Fails to meet the wikiHow character article standards. Depends on content Depends on content
Copyright violations Use {{copyvio|url}} instead of NFD. Anything that violates copyright policy Depends on content Depends on content
Duplicate Article dup Per merge policy, articles with almost indistinguishable titles will be merged or deleted. Be Popular (My Way) Be Popular
Recreational drug focused dru How to Make Meth Use a Water Bong, Make Caffeine Jello Shots
Extremely Dangerous And Reckless dan Must be extremely dangerous, reckless and irrational. Drive Blindfolded in Heavy Traffic Fight, Wall Flip, Skydive for the First Time
Hate/racist based hat How to Hate Americans, How to Hate Arabs Deal With Relatives You Hate
Universally illegal ill Must be banned in almost every country, state, and province. Rape, Murder, Assault Cheat On a Test, Hack a Coke Machine, Pick a Lock
Impossible Tasks imp Impossible or impractical Travel to Mars in a Car, Clone a Human in Your House Survive a Long Fall, Bend a Spoon
Incomplete and not useful inc While most incomplete articles are allowed to develop as stubs, some provide no help to readers at all and can be deleted. Depends on content Depends on content
Joke topics jok When the topic itself is a joke. Don't use on achievable topics that happen to be funny. Make a Time Travel Machine, Marry Your Dog, Drink Frogs Be Funny Without Telling Jokes, Do a Bathroom Prank, Drink Upside Down, Make Yourself Laugh
Mean-spirited mea Instructions promoting destructive or mean spirited behavior or activities Make a Snuff Film, Hit an Innocent Person in the Face Fight, Toilet Paper a House, Play a Prank
Not a how-to not Articles that aren't how-to in nature John's Diary, Map of NY Hide Your Diary, Make a Map
Political Opinion pol Opinion promoting or criticizing a particular political party, candidate, or official. How to Criticize Barack Obama How to Criticize a Public Official, Vote in the United States
Potty humor pot Take a Poo Make Fake Diarrhea
Sarcastic / reverse logic sar Sarcasm doesn't work in a how-to manual Go Bankrupt, Fall Off Your Bike Gain Weight, File Bankruptcy
Sexually explicit or sexually charged material sex Articles focused on sex, whether explicitly worded or not Have Sex,
Plan a Threesome
Kiss Passionately,
French Kiss
Societal Instructions soc Topics only a whole society or its leaders can accomplish. Not possible for one person to follow instructions and achieve desired end. Ban the Death Penalty Take Action to Ban the Death Penalty
Vanity pages van Instructions that are only valuable to one person or to a select group of insiders How to Drive to My House,
Be Just Like Travis Derouin
Apply Marilyn Monroe Makeup


  • See if you can edit away the problems causing the reason for deletion before deciding to tag it.
  • Check the article's Discussion page in about five days to see what other users have also written on the articles talk page. Feel free to make any necessary rebuttals.
  • When adding multiple NFD reasons, try to place the reason that fits the closest to the content first before the other ones. This is because when the article appears in NFD Guardian, the first NFD reason will be shown. For example, if you are nominating a joke article that also looks incomplete for deletion, place {{nfd|jok|inc}}, making sure "jok" is before "inc".


  • Don't try to take matters in your own hands and blank out a page you want deleted. This will be recognized as vandalism. If the article is entirely inappropriate or out of hand, place a speedy deletion notice on the article instead.
  • Check the history of an article before nominating it for deletion. An article may have been vandalized and simply needs rolled back to the previous version.
  • Don't nominate an article for deletion frivolously. Write your reasons for supporting deletion on the article's discussion page.
  • Do not nominate random articles for deletion. This is not funny and is annoying.

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