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Help:Article deletion

Pages on general fandom information such as fandoms themselves, geographical locations, conventions, fanzines, kerfluffles, fan fiction archives, and episodes are generally not applicable for deletion unless it can be proven that the article has no relevance to the world of fandom. Deletion becomes more of an issue when it comes to articles about individuals involved in fandom. FanHistory is aware of these concerns and presents the following guidelines for those individuals who may not want their information contained on FanHistory.

On blanking, defacing, and vandalism

"Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia. The most common types of vandalism include the addition of obscenities or crude humor, page blanking, or the insertion of nonsense into articles."[1]

The above is a widely-accepted standard throughout the English wiki community. Most wikis will ban a user for deliberate vandalism, and FanHistory is no exception. The preferred method for removing an article, especially one concerning a person in fandom, is to request a deletion.

Deletion is preferred for the following reasons:

  • A deletion request is usually considered to be made in good faith, while vandalism is presumed to be a bad faith or a possibly malicious act.
  • Deletion removes the history of an article from public view. Blanking or defacing an article does not. Anyone visiting Fan History can still see the original version if an article is simply blanked.
  • A deleted article no longer shows up in search engines.

Contributor copyright deletion requests

If you are a contributor to Fan History who would like your edits removed/deleted, this can be done in the following situation:

  • You are the sole contributor to an article where no one else has edited;
  • Your edits are the most recent edits to an article; or
  • You have made your edits from an account with a verified e-mail address or using an OpenID account and the request comes from the e-mail address affiliated with your user name.

If your edits qualify, then e-mail support@fanhistory.com with the name of your account and links to all the articles where you would like your edits removed. We reserve the right not to remove edits based on the copyright policy regarding submissions.

Real name deletion

If you would like information about having your real name removed from Fan History, please see Help:Real name deletion.

People article deletion

Fan History allows for the deletion of articles about individuals. This is done as a courtesy to the fan community. Requests will be honored depending on the availability of Fan History's staff. Please allow up to two weeks for a response from the administrators upon submitting a request. All articles about individuals, excluding individuals who qualify as fandoms or people involved in the industry as professionals or academics or members of the fan community defined as notable by our staff, will be honored. (See the Deletion Policy FAQ for a more complete list of articles about people that will not be deleted.) These articles can be deleted if the two following conditions are met:

  1. The subject of the article in question sends an e-mail to delete@fanhistory.com. The e-mail should include the following:
    • The url of the article that the person is seeking to have be deleted. Without this information the administrators may not be able to find your entry.
    • Proof that subject of the article and the individual making the request are the same person. For example: Send your deletion request from an email account listed on the article page or in one of its offsite links, such as on your personal fanworks' page. If you are a LiveJournal user and the article links to your LiveJournal account, e-mail Fan History from the address listed on your profile, or ask a system administrator for an administrator's LiveJournal user name where you can send a private message to verify your identity. Other private messaging options are available as well for use in a similar fashion, including InsaneJournal, JournalFen, RockFic, Facebook, MySpace and FanFiction.Net. The administrators will be flexible in assuring there is some way we can verify identity of the requestor.
    • An acknowledgment that the individual requesting the deletion understands that Fan History is a wiki that anyone can edit, and that it is their job to monitor the wiki to make certain no one creates a new article on the same subject, as it is not the administrators' job to do so.
  2. After having e-mailed the deletion request, the deletion requestor must add the following text to the talk page (see the "talk" tab) of the article to be deleted:
{{ADR}}

This will add a text box that looks like:

The person featured in this article requests that wiki contributors not recreate the article.

The user who made that request understands that Fan History is a wiki and that anyone can recreate the article using a different title. They ask that you do not. Please respect their wishes or contact them for additional details.

. After you have done that, type (or copy and paste) the following message:
I have requested that this article be deleted from Fan History. I ask that other contributors to the wiki please respect my wishes to not be included. I understand that this is a wiki and that other contributors may choose to create another article about me or reference me elsewhere in the wiki. Because of that, I understand it is my job to regularly check that no one has created a similar article against my wishes. --~~~~

After both of those steps have been completed, the article will be deleted, and a system administrator will protect the article so it cannot be recreated with the same title. It then becomes the job of individual to monitor the wiki to make certain that a new article is not created on the same subject, and to alert the system administrators if it has.

Deletion FAQ

Who handles deletions?

Deletion requests are handled by system administrators. System administrators are non-paid volunteers who believe Fan History is a project worth supporting. They will try to handle responses in as timely a manner as possible. They can be reached via e-mail at delete@fanhistory.com. Please do not contact administrators in other fashions for deletion requests as they may not receive the request in a timely fashion.

What happens if someone recreates the article about me?

When an article is deleted, it can also be protected, so that it cannot be recreated with the exact same name. This does not mean that someone might not create a new article about you using a slightly different title. It is up to you to monitor the wiki to see that this does not happen, and to submit a new deletion request if it does.

Why does Fan History require a public statement saying that I asked for the article to be deleted?

This is done for several reasons:

  1. To hold Fan History administrators accountable when it comes to the article actually being deleted and in case the article is unlocked;
  2. To hold the person making the request accountable by requiring them to acknowledge that Fan History is a wiki and that the person asking needs to guard their own privacy;
  3. As a courtesy to those visiting the wiki so they can know why some articles were deleted.

Does Fan History keep a list of articles that people requested to be deleted?

No. Fan History does not keep a list of articles that people have requested to be deleted. If deletion requests are properly handled, they should be found in Category:Do not recreate article requests. This category is provided for reference of wiki contributors and should not be viewed as an administrative list of article deletion requests.

What articles about people won't administrators delete?

Fan History will not delete articles about people who fall into the following groups:

  • academics who have published professionally about fandom,
  • actors,
  • employees and people involved with professional websites which are utilized by fandom,
  • fans that are deemed notable based on their actions in fandom,
  • industry professionals listed on IMDB,
  • journalists who have published articles about fandom,
  • musicians,
  • professional athletes, and
  • professionally published authors.

Can you explain notability some more?

Fan History has a policy not to delete articles about fans who are determined to be notable. The definition of notable is up to the discretion of the administrator dealing with the deletion request. In most cases, administrators consult with others before determining if a person is notable.

General guidelines: Not notable

  • A fan is not notable if the article is was created by a bot and has had no edits to it since,
  • A fan is not notable if they are not mentioned on other articles on Fan History,
  • A fan is not notable if they have very little google exposure, and
  • A fan is not notable if they have fewer than 20 fans, "followers" or "friends" on services like Twitter or LiveJournal.

General guidelines: Notable

  • A fan is notable if they have been featured on fandom wank,
  • A fan is notable if they have been mentioned by mainstream media, and
  • A fan is notable if they have more than 1000 followers on a social media service like Twitter or LiveJournal.
  • A fanzine is notable if there was a major kerfluffle around it.
  • A fanzine may be notable if it won an award like a FanQ.
  • A fanzine may be notable if it is represents a trend in fanzine production, content or because of the contributors.
  • A fanzine may be notable if it has been cited and/or mentioned in a professionally published book or academic article on fandom.

When there is a question regarding notability, the practice is to error on the side of non-notable.

Are there articles about people in my fandom that you won't delete?

Depending on a fandom's history on the wiki and the presence of other wikis documenting the history of a fandom, special rules may be created as to who is notable in the fandom. In those cases, the rules regarding who can have the article about them will be found on a special help page for the fandom. The special fandom cases are below:

Why does Fan History not delete all articles about people upon request?

Fan History believes that fandom itself has different standards for privacy regarding professionals in the industry. We also believe that people involved in fandom as professionals have a greater impact on fandom than a fan who may have just written one piece of fan fiction. Because of this impact, Fan History believes that deletion of articles concerning this class of people is counterproductive to better understanding what is happening in fandom.

What happens if I blank or vandalize an article about myself? Will my article still be deleted when I submit an ADR?

Fan History has no desire to reward vandalism. If you blank an article about yourself, you will most likely be banned for two weeks. At the end of those two weeks, you can submit an ADR request.

If you vandalize an article about yourself in other ways, depending the severity of the vandalism, you may be blocked for two weeks to infinity. If you are banned forever, you forfeit the right to post an ADR and the article will not be deleted. This is subject to some leeway if it can be proven you were not the party that vandalized the article. Such situations will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Are there different rules regarding the privacy for professionals in fandom articles versus articles about fans?

No, the rules for what may and may not be included remain the same: People contributing to those articles should observe the norms regarding privacy in those communities, should provide appropriate citations for all their information and make sure their edits fall into line with journalistic integrity standards. Failure to do so means that contributors who blank or otherwise vandalize eligible articles will still face the same consequences as articles about fans: They will be banned for two weeks.

Does Fan History offer any other options besides deletion if there is an article about me that I have concerns about?

Yes. We have other options available. One solution has been to lock the article to prevent further edits. If such a solution appeals to you, please contact a system administrator for specific details, and be ready to verify that the article is about you. You may also discuss with an administrator the content of the article, and the administrator can review if the article contains undue bias, lacks proper citations, reveals personal information against the Privacy Policies of the site, or any other content which should be edited to be properly in line with the wiki guidelines and the information you wish to share. The administrators are very amenable to working out such issues with individuals, and such cases will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Will Fan History unlock articles that have been locked at my request?

Fan History reserves the right to unlock articles where some one has requested a deletion and article lock. This may be done if the locked article name shares the name with another person in fandom, a fandom, a fan community, etc.

If Fan History unlocks an article with where I have requested the deletion of the article, will I be alerted?

No, Fan History will not alert you. Fan History does not keep a record of deletion requests. The article being created in the place of the article with your name has nothing to do with you. If you worry that the new article may connect back to you, when you discover the article, comment on the relevant talk page or contact Fan History at support@fanhistory.com to discuss how the article is being handled.

Image deletion

Fan art and fanzine covers

Fan art, including fanzine covers, presents an issue of specific concern at Fan History. We believe that fan artists should have control over where their work is hosted, yet wiki contributors may feel that the inclusion of a piece of fan art is important in an article when documenting fannish history. ("Fan art" as Fan History defines it for these purposes includes but is not necessarily limited to photomanipulations and original hand-drawn or digitally-created artwork of fannish content. Please note that simple screencaptures, magazine/article scans, and other images which have not been significantly altered from another copyright holder's image, video, or other property is not considered "fan art".)

Likewise, Fan History believes that we can complete our mission of documenting the history of fanzines in fandom without copies of fanzine covers. We also believe that, in general, we comply with fair use when we upload copies of covers. These covers can illustrate the contents of a fanzine, artist styles during certain time periods, help people understand who fan artists were that were active in fandom. Because of this, we allow users to submit fanzine covers.

We will honor requests that fanzine cover art and other types of fan art be deleted. If you are the creator of a piece of fan art to be deleted (or the publisher of a 'zine which included a piece of fan art) you should complete the following steps to have any uploaded images removed:

  1. E-mail delete@fanhistory.com. The e-mail should include:
    • Links to all cover/fan art that you wish to be deleted.
    • Some proof that you are the artist (or publisher for the fanzine including the piece of fan art).

After you have made this request including the necessary information, please allow up to two weeks for an administrator to respond. The administrator will delete the images. If an article includes the image, it will either be replaced with an image saying the cover art has been deleted at the artist's request or the image link will be removed from the article. After the administrator has completed these steps, you will receive an e-mail confirming this. (You can also monitor the wiki to check for these changes.) Please note that, as with article deletion requests, it is up to the creator of the removed image to monitor the wiki to see that the image is not re-uploaded at a later time, and to submit a new deletion request if it is.

Other images

Fan History Wiki respects the intellectual property of others and expects users of the Site to do the same.

Pursuant to 17 United States Code 512(c)(2) (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998), Fan History Wiki's designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing on our site is our normal contact email which is available on this page:

Laura Hale, laura[@]fanhistory[dot]com.

To file a notice of infringement with us, you need to fulfill the requirements specified in Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. The text of this statute can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office web site, http://www.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf (visited May 5, 2009).

Fanzine article deletion request

If you are the publisher of a fanzine, you may request an article about your fanzines be deleted. The process is similar to that of people article deletion requests. This is done as a courtesy to the fan community. Requests will be honored depending on the availability of Fan History's staff and the rationale behind the reason for requesting deletion. Please allow up to two weeks for a response from the administrators upon submitting a request.


  1. The publisher of the fanzine featured in the the article in question sends an e-mail to delete@fanhistory.com. The e-mail should include the following:
    • The url of the article(s) that the person is seeking to have be deleted. Without this information the administrators may not be able to find your entry.
    • Proof that the person is the publisher of those fanzines.
    • A rationale for deleting of the article(s).
    • An acknowledgment that the publisher understands that Fan History is a wiki that anyone can edit, and that it is their job to monitor the wiki to make certain no one creates a new article on the same subject, as it is not the administrators' job to do so.
  2. After having e-mailed the deletion request, the deletion requestor must add the following text to the talk page (see the "talk" tab) of the article to be deleted:
{{Fanzine ADR}}

This will add a text box that looks like:

The publisher of this fanzine requests that wiki contributors not recreate the article.

The publisher that made this request understands that Fan History is a wiki and that anyone can recreate the article using a different title. They ask that you do not. Please respect their wishes or contact them for additional details.

. After you have done that, type (or copy and paste) the following message:
I am the publisher of this fanzine and I have requested that this article be deleted from Fan History. I ask that other contributors to the wiki please respect my wishes to not be included. I understand that this is a wiki and that other contributors may choose to create another article about me or reference this fanzine elsewhere in the wiki. Because of that, I understand it is my job to regularly check that no one has created a similar article against my wishes. --~~~~

After both of those steps have been completed, the rationale for deletion and importance of the fanzine in fandom history will be reviewed. Depending on the rationale involved, the article will most likely be deleted. If the rationale is deemed insufficient or the fanzine has been determined to be too important to the history of fandom, the article will not be deleted. If that happens, the following template will be placed on the article page:

This article is not eligible for deletion because it does not meet ADR requirements.
Please see the talk page for this article for additional information detailing what made this article notable. If this article is about you and you have questions, please see your talk page or e-mail support[@]fanhistory[.]com.

The ADR request will be removed from the talk page and there will be additional comment on the talk page explaining why.

Story article deletion request

If you are the author of a story, you may request an article about your stories be deleted. The process is similar to that of people article deletion requests. This is done as a courtesy to the fan community. Requests will be honored depending on the availability of Fan History's staff and the rationale behind the reason for requesting deletion. Please allow up to two weeks for a response from the administrators upon submitting a request.


  1. The author of the story featured in the the article in question sends an e-mail to delete@fanhistory.com. The e-mail should include the following:
    • The url of the article(s) that the person is seeking to have be deleted. Without this information the administrators may not be able to find your entry.
    • Proof that the person is the author of those stories.
    • A rationale for deleting of the article(s).
    • An acknowledgment that the author understands that Fan History is a wiki that anyone can edit, and that it is their job to monitor the wiki to make certain no one creates a new article on the same subject, as it is not the administrators' job to do so.
  2. After having e-mailed the deletion request, the deletion requestor must add the following text to the talk page (see the "talk" tab) of the article to be deleted:
{{Story ADR}}

This will add a text box that looks like:

The author of this story requests that wiki contributors not recreate the article.

The author that made this request understands that Fan History is a wiki and that anyone can recreate the article using a different title. They ask that you do not. Please respect their wishes or contact them for additional details.

. After you have done that, type (or copy and paste) the following message:
I am the author of this story and I have requested that this article be deleted from Fan History. I ask that other contributors to the wiki please respect my wishes to not be included. I understand that this is a wiki and that other contributors may choose to create another article about me or reference this story elsewhere in the wiki. Because of that, I understand it is my job to regularly check that no one has created a similar article against my wishes. --~~~~

After both of those steps have been completed, the rationale for deletion and importance of the story in fandom history will be reviewed. Depending on the rationale involved, the article will most likely be deleted. If the rationale is deemed insufficient or the story has been determined to be too important to the history of fandom, the article will not be deleted. If that happens, the following template will be placed on the article page:

This article is not eligible for deletion because it does not meet ADR requirements.
Please see the talk page for this article for additional information detailing what made this article notable. If this article is about you and you have questions, please see your talk page or e-mail support[@]fanhistory[.]com.

The ADR request will be removed from the talk page and there will be additional comment on the talk page explaining why.

Intellectual Property Policy

Fan History Wiki respects the intellectual property of others and expects users of the Site to do the same.

Pursuant to 17 United States Code 512(c)(2) (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998), Fan History Wiki's designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement appearing on our site is our normal contact email which is available on this page:

Laura Hale, Fan History Wiki, laura[@]fanhistory[dot]com.

To file a notice of infringement with us, you need to fulfill the requirements specified in Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. The text of this statute can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office web site, http://www.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf (visited May 5, 2009).

User Deletion

If you wish to be deleted from Fan History, your user pages can be deleted upon request. Please follow the same method for deletion request as an article. Your login information will not be deleted. Your edits will still be viewable on the wiki.

Account deletion

At this time, account and login deletion requests cannot be honored because of how MediaWiki is set up. More details on why are available here.

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