ZineWiki:Deletion Policy discussion

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Deletion Policy discussion

This article will serve all discussion related to the Deletion Policy. Before we can set hard and fast rules for deleting articles, I think we need to first define:

  • what falls into good articles for ZineWiki
  • what falls into bad articles for ZineWiki
  • and how broad or narrow we want to focus ZineWiki


I’ve started a section for each question below. Please leave your opinions in the proper sections with new replies going at the bottom of each section.

Also, when you reply, it helps visually if you begin with a succession of colons, one more than the entry above yours. ZineWiki will automatically format this to indent your reply, making the discussion much easier to read. Remember to place the same number of colons before each new paragraph of your reply. For example, typing this:

I think that’s a great idea. –Bob
:I agree, we should use that. –Rob
::But you guys are forgetting the point I made earlier. –Sob
:::Oh, you’re right. Perhaps we should discuss it some more. –Bob

Formats like:

I think that’s a great idea. –Bob

I agree, we should use that. –Rob
But you guys are forgetting the point I made earlier. –Sob
Oh, you’re right. Perhaps we should discuss it some more. –Bob

Good Articles for ZineWiki

I think the most important articles on ZineWiki are, obviously, the ones about zines - followed by articles on Zinesters, then probably Events, Distros and then online zines. After those top five come all the articles not specifically about zines, but that somehow relate and/or are of interest to zinesters. This lowest level of importance is where I would put entries about corporate books about zines, books former zinesters wrote, videos made by former or current zinesters, etc.

Below even those articles, I would place the production technique articles. Those defining photocopier or saddle stitch, etc. Alan Fall of Autumn 08:59, 2 October 2006 (EDT)

Bad Articles for ZineWiki

Any article that does not relate directly to zines. For example, this could include articles about Stephen King (I doubt anyone would be creating an entry for the zine his brother, David, and he made in third grade called ‘’Dave’s Rag’’), Fall Out Boy (I don’t care how long they were on an indie label, or that the band the members were in previously fought against ‘privilege’ and stood for DIY ethics, etc.) or articles debating the necessity of wearing pants (trying to catch TIS before he registers).

To sum that up, any article that doesn’t relate, clearly, to zines is probably just taking up space. Now, yes, it’s true that our encyclopedia is not written on paper – however – unlike Wikipedia, my server has a limit. Currently, ZineWiki is at 7% of its full capacity. Which may not sound like much, but take into consideration, that’s only with 600 articles and only a third of those have images. I’d eventually like to have images at 100% for the articles, and at that rate, we would max out somewhere around 4 or 5,000 articles. (unless we can do some sort of fundraiser and Al can buy additional servers) Alan Fall of Autumn 08:59, 2 October 2006 (EDT)

Broad or Narrow

All the above taken into consideration, I don’t want to limit our scope too much. We should attempt to be as inclusive as possible. But already there are too many promotional articles that need editing, too many articles that are barely a sentence more than “available at this distro and here’s my email address and and…” – that info all changes and that’s not what an encyclopedia is about. Articles should be factual and should read just as well five years from now as they do today. Alan Fall of Autumn 08:59, 2 October 2006 (EDT)