wikiHow:Policy Proposals/NFD Policy

EditNominating an Article for Deletion

The easiest way to Nominate an Article for Deletion in wikiHow is by writing {{nfd|abc}}. Then wait a week or two for other people to comment on the merits of the deletion (replace "abc" with three letter code in the table above). It is recommended that the person nominating the article for deletion comment on the discussion page describing exactly why the NFD reason applies. For example, this comment can explain what is inaccurate or dangerous about the instructions.

EditRescuing Articles and Removing NFD Tags

wikiHow encourages contributors to rescue articles that have been nominated for deletion. To rescue an NFD article contributors can perform a bold edit on the article and add information that will strengthen the article and resolve the NFD reason(s) given in the tag.

NFD tags should only be removed by Administrators or New Article Boosters. If you are not an Admin or New Article Booster please leave the NFD tag in place and notify an Admin or New Article Booster to review the article. Even New Article Boosters should request an Admin to review the NFD removal if they were a major contributor to an article before the NFD tag was put in place.

EditNFD Vandalism

Occasionally an editor will vandalize groups of pages by adding spurious NFD tags. In clear cases of vandalism, any RC Patroller may revert the vandalsim as long as s/he notifies the admins by placing a comment on the Admin Notice Board about the action taken.

EditArticle Deletion

After a waiting period an Admin will review the article and make a decision to delete or keep the article based on a combination of comments and votes. The decision is not made strictly democratically and the deleting admin is encouraged to use his/her best judgment to make the final call. Generally if there is a rough consensus among regular registered users for deletion (as measured by a vote of 60% or more for deletion if the discussion does not reach a true consensus), the page will be deleted. However the admin may decide to not delete the page if an anonymous or registered user makes a compelling case for why the page should be included in wikiHow. Read how to Review NFD List for Final Outcome to learn about the technicalities of how this is done.


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  • I support this policy. I'm glad some of the finer points have been more clearly defined. Davjohn 22:57, 1 January 2011 (GMT)
  • Mel 23:32, 1 January 2011 (GMT)
  • Looks like a reasonable clarification and compromise to me. Loiswade42 15:00, 2 January 2011 (GMT)
  • Looks fine, am happy with the change. - davecrosby 15:07, 2 January 2011 (GMT)
  • Boosters understand the deletion policy well enough to handle this. These aren't the removals I worry about. King Peter 23:04, 3 January 2011 (GMT)
  • Yes, since NABs are included. Jesus said, know the Truth be free 09:26, 4 January 2011 (GMT)
  • Yay! Middle ground. Krystle 20:19, 4 January 2011 (GMT)
  • I really like allowing NABs to also remove tags. But now... I have to keep track of them :P catspjs01 07:46, 5 January 2011 (GMT)
  • I havent been around that long, but if my opinion holds any sway I'd be glad to support. The topic is a very grey area, but I believe this handles it the fairest way. On one side, Ive seen a lot of vandalism, and I believe some degree of control or 'authority' needs to be established. Having said that, its a mantra here that 'Nothing here is permanent, everything can be salvaged', vandalism here is incredibly controlled, and would be regardless of the outcome here. The policy would cut into the 'Assuming Good Faith' ethos, good editors should be trusted to be able to remove a tag...but thats in a perfect world. There's simply too many ways for the system to be abused if control is left to everyone, trusted and untrusted alike. Looking at the bigger picture here, it will benefit and improve wikiHow as a whole more by introducing this policy, which is the fundamental reason we're all here in the first place. We simply cant have it both ways, this compromise is the fairest outcome, and I have immense praise for those involved in drafting the policy for incorporating both sides diplomatically. I support this proposal. Whoze 01:05, 7 January 2011 (GMT)
  • I support the policy. Am especially glad that NABers can take off the NFD tags, because since they do end up changing an article drastically at times it really helps that you don't have to contact an admin. ZeldaGirl 17:43, 10 January 2011 (GMT)Max

EditI don't completely support this Proposal, but I can live with it.

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    • I think it puts a bit too much reliance on the admins, but meh. It's not the worst thing ever. Mike Massaroli 21:38, 4 January 2011 (GMT)
      • I agree with Mike. I'd like to see the policy expanded so that ANY user can remove the NFD after s/he makes a notification on the admin board. Removal of NFDs are patrolled (I'm assuming) and can be verified by RCP. Additionally, the RCP article can be updated to ask new RCPers to skip NFD removals if they aren't sure how to verify it's removal.
        Additionally, I would like to see more users make a clear comment on the article page after nominating it for deletion. Too many times I've come across a nominated article and seen no comment from the person who nominated it. Sometimes the tag is enough (e.g. obvious spam). But more often than not, I've found myself saying, "Huh, it's marked as incomplete, but looks good to me. I wonder why it was marked..." Sohmc 13:45, 5 January 2011 (GMT)

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