Delete a page

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In certain cases, it may be necessary to delete a page from the database. Only users with sysop rights (administrators, moderators and Wiki Sysops) are permitted to delete pages, by following the procedure listed below:

  1. Select the "Delete" option from the Tools drop-down menu at the top-right of the page for the article to be deleted.
  2. Enter a descriptive reason for why the page is being deleted. If the article has only a short amount of content, MediaWiki might automatically include the entire page's content.
  3. Click "Delete page".

MediaWiki will then delete the page from the active database, and the deletion will be noted in the deletion log.

See also: Deletion policy

Undelete a page

While deleted pages are removed from the active database, they are not totally wiped from the server; they are kept in a special database not accessible through the normal web interface and viewable only by sysops.

  1. Access Special:Undelete/DELETED_PAGE_NAME, or review the list of deleted pages at Special:Undelete.
  2. Review the deleted revisions and the reason the page was deleted, to ensure that no copyright violations are being restored.
  3. Either check only some of the boxes to restore only those revisions, or leave all checkboxes deselected to restore all revisions.
  4. Click "Restore".

Important: If a new page with the same name has been created since the deletion, the restored revisions will appear in the prior history, and the current revision of the live page will not be automatically replaced.

See also: Undeletion policy