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Some articles on RationalWiki are ripe for assassination deletion. If you think an article fits this description (and there is no page that it could be better merged with), here are the steps to take to put it on this page:

  1. Add {{Article for deletion}} or {{Article for deletion|Reason}} to the top of the page you think needs deletion.
  2. Press the save button to get the rest of the instructions to populate.
  3. The second line of instructions that appear below the deletion template allow for pre-populating a discussion, click that button, replace the word "Reason" with your reasoning for wanting to delete the article.
  4. Finally add {{RationalWiki:Articles for deletion/ReplaceMeWithTheArticleName}} to top of this list. Don't forget to change the ReplaceMeWithTheArticleName to the proper article name from step 3.

Please notify the creator/main editor(s), particularly if it's new.

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And don't forget to subscribe. This will allow you to see when a new article for deletion is added.

To archive:

  1. Edit the AFD page to change the result from "?" to "deleted" or "kept" or whatever.
  2. Go to RationalWiki:Articles for deletion/Log and remove the {{PageToBeArchived}}.
  3. Go to the 2017 archives and add {{PageToBeArchived}} in the right spot.

[edit] Greyhound Therapy | Result: ?

Greyhound Therapy (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs) – (View AfD)

[edit] Delete

  1. Possibly illegal, probably immoral, but not missional. Bongolian (talk) 16:57, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Keep

[edit] Merge/redirect

  • Maybe add into article on mental health care? The portions about doctors dumping tough cases is definitely missional (abusing stats is bullshit, too). The rest is possibly interesting. Fuzzy "Cat" Potato, Jr. (talk/stalk) 00:15, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
I could support that. Bongolian (talk) 06:24, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
  1. ClickerClock (talk) 06:26, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
  2. Vorarchivist (talk) 22:25, 13 June 2017 (UTC) I second adding it into some other mental health article if it's not missional enough
  3. The only sensible option. Spud (talk) 15:24, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
  4. Support this. Contractor (talk) 15:42, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
  5. Same here. Could add that it happens in the UK too, although probably under a different name. BicyclewheelToxic mowse.gif 13:03, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Goat

[edit] Category:Snark | Result: ?

Category:Snark (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs) – (View AfD)

[edit] Delete

  1. Obsolete as all of our articles meant to have snark. Christopher (talk) 17:53, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
  2. ClickerClock (talk) 08:47, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Keep

[edit] Merge/redirect

[edit] Goat

Could this category be redefined instead? It seems like it lists articles that are mainly about snark, which includes articles on parodies or Funspace, which is all snark. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 03:16, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

That could work, I'd support that. Christopher (talk) 17:10, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
I'd support that too Vorarchivist (talk) 22:26, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
Nope nope nope. That would imply that people would read about the category before slapping it on every page they see. Existence = misuse. FᴜᴢᴢʏCᴀᴛPᴏᴛᴀᴛᴏ, Esϙᴜɪʀᴇ (talk/stalk) 23:21, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
Sorry @FuzzyCatPotato but I support it.--Rimuru Tempest (talk) 23:28, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
@Fuzzy, I'd check through it regularly and clear out any articles not about snark, the problem is whether we have enough snark related articles to warrant a category. Christopher (talk) 14:12, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Template:Pseudoscientist | Result: ?

Template:Pseudoscientist (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs) – (View AfD)

[edit] Delete

  1. Rather pointless and not used very much. Doesn't look particularly good either. Christopher (talk) 07:50, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
  2. It's not very sexy. Spud (talk) 15:12, 20 June 2017 (UTC)
  3. Provides room to other psuedoscientists. Contractor (talk) 15:48, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
    What does "provides room to other psuedoscientists" mean? Christopher (talk) 16:01, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
    In the sense that we are giving more space to pseudoscience field, despite a standard template can be still used. Contractor (talk) 16:13, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
    Oh, I see. Christopher (talk) 13:38, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Keep

  1. Like other infoboxen, this provides a useful at-a-glance assessment of the featured pseud. Ithaca8 (talk) 15:37, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
  2. Unlike some other, purely derogatory templates, this looks rather useful. What it might need is more usage and publicity. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 15:52, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Merge/redirect

[edit] Goat

  1. I think a generalized "TLDR box" could be a good idea. This one is a bit specific and isn't exactly gorgeous. 19:44, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
  • I don't like how this pushes the category box. This box have to be placed somewhere else in the article if it's to be used in more articles. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario! 18:55, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
  1. this will have to be redone if its going to be used Vorarchivist (talk) 22:30, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

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