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Help:Deleting a page

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Typically you would delete a page only if the contents are entirely inappropriate and do not match the purposes of PetroWiki.

In other situations, you would take a less extreme course of action, for example:

  • The page should have a different title -- See Help:Moving_a_page
  • The contents should have been placed on a different page -- Add the contents to the other page, and then supply a redirect. See Help:Redirects
  • The contents are already on a different page -- Delete the duplicate content and leave a redirect. That way, the page title, which made sense to somebody, will helpfully redirect to the information. See Help:Redirects
  • The page is out-of-date -- Re-word sentences to be in the past tense, to make the page an historical record. Alternatively, label the information as out-of-date, with a warning notice.

An actual delete is generally necessary only if the title of the page is inappropriate. In other situations, a merge and redirect is more appropriate.

Proposing changes

Only SPE staff can delete pages, and only staff and moderators can rename (move) pages. If you determine that one of the above actions is required you can contact us at petrowiki@spe.org.

Unlinking a page

The 'What links here' toolbox feature (bottom of left sidebar) will tell you which other PetroWiki pages link to the current page. Always use this feature to check before proceeding with deleting or moving (if you don't plan to leave a redirect). These related pages will need to be edited for their links to reflect the change.

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