Wikiquote:Votes for deletion

Votes for deletion is the process where the community discusses whether a page should be deleted or not, depending on the consensus of the discussion.

Please read and understand the Wikiquote deletion policy before editing this page.

  • Explain your reasoning for every page you list here, even if you think it is obvious.
  • Always be sure to sign your entry or vote, or it will not be counted.

The process

Requesting deletions

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

I: Put the deletion tag on the article.
Insert the {{vfd-new}} tag at the top of the page.
  • Please do not mark the edit as minor.
  • Use the edit summary to indicate the nomination; this can be as simple as "VFD".
  • You can check the "Watch this page" box to follow the page in your watchlist. This allows you to notice if the VfD tag is removed by a vandal.
  • Save the page.
II: Create the article's deletion discussion page.
Click the link saying "this article's entry" to open the deletion-debate page.
  • Copy the following: {{subst:vfd-new2| pg=PAGENAME| text=REASONING — ~~~~}}. Replace PAGENAME with the name of the page you're nominating, and REASONING with an explanation of why you think the page should be deleted. Note that the signature/timestamp characters (~~~~) are placed inside the braces {{ }}, not outside as with standard posts.
  • Explanations are important when nominating a page for deletion. While it may be obvious to you why a page should be deleted, not everyone will understand and you should provide a clear but concise explanation. Please remember to sign your comment by putting ~~~~ at the end.
  • Consider checking "Watch this page" to follow the progress of the debate.
  • Save the page.
III: Notify users who monitor VfD discussion.
Copy the tag below, and then click  THIS LINK  to open the deletion log page. At the bottom of the log page, insert:
{{subst:vfd-new3 | pg=PAGENAME}}

replacing PAGENAME appropriately.

  • Please include the name of the nominated page in the edit summary.
  • Save the page. Your insertion will be automatically expanded to the same form as the preceding lines in the file: {{Wikiquote:Votes for deletion/PAGENAME}}.
  • Consider also adding {{subst:VFDNote|PAGENAME}} ~~~~ to the talk page of the article's principal contributor(s).

Note: Suggestions for requesting deletion of multiple pages, non-article pages, and repeat nominations may be found at VFD tips.

Voting on deletions

Once listed, the entire Wikiquote community is invited to vote on whether to keep or delete each page, or take some other action on it. Many candidate articles will have specific dates by which to vote; if none is given, you can assume at least seven days after the article is listed before the votes are tallied.

To vote, jump or scroll down to the entry you wish to vote on, click its "edit" link, and add your vote to the end of the list, like one of these:

  • Keep. ~~~~
  • Delete. ~~~~
  • (other actions; explain) ~~~~
  • Comment (not including action) ~~~~

Possible other actions include Merge, Rename, Redirect, Move to (sister project). Please be clear and concise when describing your action.

The four tildes (~~~~) will automatically add your user ID and a timestamp to your vote. This is necessary to ensure each Wikiquotian gets only a single vote. You can add some comments to your vote (before the tildes) to explain your reasons, but it is not required. However, it may help others to decide which way to vote.

Please do not add a vote after the closing date and time; any late vote may be struck out and ignored by the closing admin.

NOTE: Although we use the term "vote", VfD is not specifically a democratic process, as we have no way of verifying "one person, one vote". It is designed to "take the temperature" of the community on a subject. Sysops have the responsibility of judging the results based on a variety of factors, including (besides the votes) policies, practices, precedents, arguments, compromises between conflicting positions, and seriousness of the participants.

Closing votes and deleting articles

Sysops have the responsibility to review the list and determine what articles have achieved a consensus, whether it is for deletion, preservation, or some other action. All candidate articles should be listed here at least seven days before the votes are tallied. Many VfD entries will have "Vote closes" notices to indicate when the votes will be tallied.

  • The sysop tallying the vote should add a "vote closed" header with the result of the vote, and sign it.
  • If consensus is for deletion, the sysop should follow the deletion process to delete the article.
  • If it is to keep, or if there is no consensus for action, the sysop should remove the {{vfd-new}} tag from the article and post a notice on the article's talk page about the completed VfD, including a link to the VfD discussion on that article. The {{vfd-kept-new}} template can be used for a standard notice.
  • There may also be a vote to move (rename) or otherwise change the article. The sysop's actions will depend on the specific situation in these cases. In those cases, a notice should also be posted on the talk page documenting the decision.

To avoid conflict of interest, a sysop should never close a VfD that he or she started. However, a sysop may close a VfD in which he or she has voted.

After a reasonable time, a sysop will then move the entire entry into the appropriate month page of the VfD log. (Some old discussions are available only in the old Wikiquote:Votes for deletion archive.)

Note: In the interest of cross-wiki cooperation, please check Wikipedia to make sure their articles don't link back to an article that has just been deleted. Also de-link any other language edition articles (though if you find that daunting, EVula is more than happy to do so).

Reviewing closed votes

All closed votes will be archived indefinitely in per-month pages at Wikiquote:Votes for deletion/Log. (A few are still found only in the old Wikiquote:Votes for deletion archive.) See that page for details.

Deletion candidates

John Randolph Pepper

This article was {{prod}} because "No sourced quotes." The tag was removed without curing the defect, which brings it here. — Ningauble (talk) 17:27, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Vote closes: 18:00, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

The Reside of the Perhaps

This article was {{prod}} because "Non-notable web series." The tag was removed without explanation, which brings it here. — Ningauble (talk) 17:39, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Vote closes: 18:00, 1 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete as nom. ~ Ningauble (talk) 17:39, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete, per nom. ~ UDScott (talk) 15:04, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete per nom. BD2412 T 16:45, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

African proverbs

This article was {{prod}} because "No sourced quotes." The tag was removed without curing the defect, which brings it here. — Ningauble (talk) 16:38, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Vote closes: 17:00, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete as nom. Even if sourced, a framework of Proverbs by continent would be a bad idea. The scope of this article would encompass a wide variety of cultures and languages, ranging from Afrikaans to Egyptian, with no basis to develop a coherent article. ~ Ningauble (talk) 16:38, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete, per nom and Ningauble's additional comment. ~ UDScott (talk) 17:08, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete, but I could see moving this to project space to find sources and specific regional/language information for the quotes, as material for individual pages. BD2412 T 16:44, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Lobo: Webseries

This article was {{prod}} because "Non-notable internet show." The tag was removed without explanation, which brings it here. — Ningauble (talk) 18:26, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Vote closes: 19:00, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

Words displayed the first time in recordings

A page listing quotes by medium, whether it be recordings, films, paperback books, or whatever, does not make a coherent theme article – it is a recipe for random collections of totally unrelated materials. This is at odds with the fundamental organization of Wikiquote articles.

There are also problems with particular quotes included in this article that should not appear in any Wikiquote article, however it is organized. Many of these words and phrases have obviously appeared elsewhere before being used in any sound recording media – see Quotability: Originality of the quote. It also seems evident that many had previously appeared in sound recordings long before they were used in the titles of songs. Most of these quotes are too brief (even single words!) to convey any information or sentiment of substance worthy of quoting – see Quotability: Length of the quote. This collection is really not consistent with Wikiquote's purpose.

(Note that this is a contested speedy deletion that was restored.[2][3]) — Ningauble (talk) 15:04, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Vote closes: 16:00, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Delete as nom. (Several other articles by the same contributor have similar issues, but this is the first to be contested. The others can be discussed separately.) ~ Ningauble (talk) 15:04, 11 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Save The target in this article is to show the first words RECORDED in songs' names. Of course many songs are much older, but no one can say how old. Only words with a lot of meaning should be on the list - "and" and "the" are not such. "Computer" and "robot", for example, reflect how the world changes. Some words have been banned (like "marijuana" and "cunt"), but not anymore. So this list is a linguistic and sociologic study. Let's see if the people are interested. Can You tell me where to find similar information? And help is needed, the music collectors can complete and correct the knowledge I've found. --Risto hot sir (talk) 17:10, 11 November 2016 (UTC) And if the first song of the city of Miami is "Miami", what can I do? Pick up newer and "better" ones? This material shows clearly that the roots of recorded music are in the deep South. Over 3000 years the priests have talked about Satan, so why lasted it so long before the Rolling Stones put that name in record? If You really want to delete, put the article to my user's page, so I don't have to write it again, please. --Risto hot sir (talk) 12:05, 12 November 2016 (UTC) I can't see music in the category "Main page", although Bob Dylan won the Nobel-prize in literature. My opinion is that music should be at least as respected as the Simpsons and soap operas. --Risto hot sir (talk) 18:49, 14 November 2016 (UTC) There's one more reason to keep this article: a similar one exists in Suomi-Wikiquote. It's now possible to compare English and Finnish words, how much later those found their way to Finnish records. Wikiquote is popular in Finland: the last ten days' daily average is in English 10 806 and in Finnish 1817 visitors. The difference between native speakers is much, much bigger. --Risto hot sir (talk) 08:57, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Save As far as I know, such indexes are very useful in scholarly research. Of course it should be expanded. Today every article in scientific book or magazine is obligatory provided with the section Keywords. (Anagram16 (talk) 23:12, 13 November 2016 (UTC))
Anagram16 (talkcontribs) has made few or no other edits outside this topic. (but has made 6300 Wikipedia-edits)
  • Delete, per nom. I see nothing here that really fits what we do here - no real quotes. ~ UDScott (talk) 14:12, 14 November 2016 (UTC)


No notable quotes ~ Peter1c (talk) 15:50, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Vote closes: 16:00, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Keep, I think that the subject is notable and there are notable quotes out there. I added some. Rupert loup (talk) 04:33, 19 November 2016 (UTC)