Visualizing the deletion process on Wikipedia


9 Responses to “Visualizing the deletion process on Wikipedia”

  1. Anonymous says:

    perhaps i am missing something but all of the “keeps” have been deleted!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very nice visualization.
    Weird that a lot of AfDs that resulted in deletion are about judaism, and several which resulted in keeping are about Harry Potter. In particular, why is ‘List of jewish communists’ almost unanimously voted for deletion, while ‘Second Wizardry War’ was kept? Is “communist” still considered some kind of insult?

    And ‘North America’ was deleted (It now exists again), while Boxxy was kept?
    Or am I misreading the graph?

  3. jamesscottbrown says:

    An alternative presentation: (warning, pdf)

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s sad that this visualization exists at all, as the true information it conveys is:

    a) the amount of well-intentioned, hard work that is deleted on a regular basis

    b) the amount of meta-work that is wasted on these “notability” discussions

    All well-formed, well-cited articles belong in the wikipedia. Hard drive space is cheap and plentiful, and the existence of trivial articles in the wikipedia does not in any way hinder your usage of the articles you find “notable”.

    • freshacconci says:

      But all “well-formed, well-cited articles” do remain on Wikipedia. Most deleted articles are deleted for legitimate reasons, i.e. they are unsourced and there’s no evidence that the subject is notable at this time. It has nothing to do with trivial articles. If you want trivial, Wikipedia has it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just to be clear: this isn’t a visualization of Wikipedia’s entire deletion process. It’s a (really cool) visualization of one deletion process, the one called Articles for Deletion that involves a request for comment that lasts a week.

  6. tuckels says:

    I love these kind of things, and without this website, I’d never have discovered , which, thankfully was not deleted.

  7. freshacconci says:

    Speaking of stats and neat graphs, the Edit Counter tool is always fun. You plug in an editor’s username and it lets you know some factoids about what they’ve done. The page history stats does the same thing for articles with all sorts of data and graphs. Endless fun.

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