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This page collects requests for deleting specific articles from Wikisource. If you want a page deleted for copyright reasons please list it at Wikisource:Possible copyright violations. If you think a page should be deleted for any other reason, please list it here so it can be discussed. Articles remaining on this page should be deleted if there is no significant opposition. Use {{delete}}.

If requesting deleting any pages to be moved to language subdomains, please try to have edit history imported to the destinations. Asking any active importers or administrators there is preferred. Otherwise, global sysops and stewards may be able to import.

See also Category:Deletion requests

September 2017[edit]


No author, no source.

It is an English text looking rather like a user created article than a source text. Also, it is in English: all English language texts are not appropriate here and should go to enwikisource. Blossfeldia liliputańa (talk) 10:33, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

The fragments are worth being kept, but the English text surrounding them look like original research to me. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 16:44, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
Then move to Wikiversity?--Jusjih (talk) 02:44, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
Fine with me. Otherwise, split the historical fragments from the other text. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 13:35, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
@Blossfeldia liliputańa:, @Jusjih:, @Ooswesthoesbes:: Sources, including editors or authors if known, are given. The English parts are the contexts for the Norn fragments, and are from the sources and not user-created. There's no OR (well, except finding and giving sources, and deciding where to cut off the context as it's irrelevant to the Norn parts). Additional remarks:
  • Maybe a template could be used for the source, like there are Template:Textdaten & Template:GBS for Low German and de:Vorlage:Textdaten & de:Vorlage:GBS (and further templates for other services).
    Compared with some other texts, e.g. The Lord's Prayer in several langs, it doesn't seem to be general practice at some Wikisources (excluding e.g. the German Wikisource) to name sources, which is a bad habit and should be changed...
  • Maybe the fragments should be moved into separate articles, like Norn (Northern Antiquities, 1770), as there is also a corrputed ballad and as there are more sources or editions.
  • As mentioned at Talk:Norn, some parts had to be removed because of Wikisource and it's prevention from saving... A bit more (from sources like Google & Google) can be found at: (half-wikified, e.g. without "|-" in the table).
PS: This post had to be changed too...
- 16:56, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done borderline but indeed not appropriate in this form for Wikisource. To the IP @ I think that what you are looking for here is the main page Main Page/Norn which is currently empty but intended for linking to full texts in Norn (even if "full" is not exactly the right word here, at least not fragments, ie. the page should be Favor i ir i Chimrie (Northern Antiquities, 1770) not Norn (Northern Antiquities, 1770)) and ideally with a facsimile to proofread, just naming a source is not enough (linking with Textdaten or GBS is a bit better than just naming, but still far from ideal). By the way, the whole book could be very interresting to import on Wikisource. Cdlt, VIGNERON (talk) 11:19, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

January 2018[edit]


Unused after all English works have moved to English Wikisource, should we rename it to "PD-India-CWMG" per en:Template:PD-India-CWMG for any Gandhi's texts written in languages lacking separate Wikisource subdomains, or should we delete it?--Jusjih (talk) 18:19, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

I'd say, if we know we've got any of such texts, then we can model it after the template. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 10:17, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
We likely have. But IMO {{PD-US-1923-abroad}} should be rather used for them istead of this dedicated template. So I suggest to delete this unused one. Ankry (talk) 12:48, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
Deleted. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 08:38, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

February 2018[edit]

Path grant[edit]

Move to English Wikisource?--Jusjih (talk) 05:55, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

That looks like the best option indeed. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 12:20, 25 February 2018 (UTC)
The text seems to exist already in Just without images. I suggest deletion. Ankry (talk) 12:10, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
[1] - [2] - The same user has added this page. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 09:18, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
Maybe delete here after adding images on English Wikisource?--Jusjih (talk) 05:45, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
I'm not familiar with policy on images, but that sounds like a very good idea :) --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 09:27, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
en:Wikisource:Image guidelines.--Jusjih (talk) 01:39, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Looks like they are allowed there. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 12:04, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

I added a notice on the talk page on If no reaction, I'll delete this page next week. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 10:00, 24 April 2018 (UTC)

Deleted. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 08:40, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

June 2018[edit]


Yes check.svg Done. Deleted. Ankry (talk) 08:54, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

4 spambot pages[edit]

User:, User:, User talk: and User: 13:24, 23 June 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Deleted by Zyephyrus. Ankry (talk) 19:45, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

July 2018[edit]



Empty category.

Unsure, what is the right location for its description, but likely either Wikisource of User namespace (but not as the main user's page). Any hints? @Sunitabarve: pinging the author.

It seems to be in Marathi, so maybe it should be moved to and deled here. @Mahitgar, Tiven2240: pinging Marathi wikisource admins if they wish to import this page there. Ankry (talk) 06:01, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

@Ankry: we have this page at s:mr:विकिस्रोत:OCR4wikisource प्रणाली वापरण्याचा कृती आराखडा u may delete it here if of no use --Tiven2240 (talk) 11:42, 2 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done: Deleted. Ankry (talk) 13:24, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Https:// of Appointment.pdf[edit]

Out of project scope, promotional 4nn1l2 (talk) 00:47, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Deleted. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 08:40, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Oud en trouw Roermond[edit]

Only Dutch language text moved to Dutch WS Klaas `Z4␟` V:  16:07, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

@KlaasZ4usV: The preferred way of transfer is importing the page with full history by a target wikisource admin. Is there a reason for not doing it this way? Ankry (talk) 18:34, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
I am not an admin, so I can not move history. It was so easy my way. Please give me one compelling reason to make life more complicated. Well, the only thing to do is move the history as well. Why this can not be done by a "normal" user?  Klaas `Z4␟` V:  05:32, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
When I was not an admin and needed to import some paages from another wiki, I used to ask stewards for the importer rights. And I do not think this is the right place to ask why MediaWiki / its user rights are designed this way. Ankry (talk) 08:52, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Not entirely correct. There are multilingual pages including Dutch, such as In 't Bronsgroen Eikenhout. Still, I think Oud en trouw Roermond can be transwikied to the Dutch Wikisource, as it's not multilingual. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 10:31, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ooswesthoesbes: I am unsure which sentence in my previous statement you disagree to (the one about using importer rights or the one concerning MediaWiki design complaints).
I agree that the right place for the page is Dutch Wikisource. I disagree that just copying the content is the right transfer method. But maybe Duch Wikisource do not care about the initial uploader information or they have no active admins to perform the full transfer. I do not oppose deletion here, I am just expressing my doubts in this matter. Ankry (talk) 10:22, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
It referred to the statement that it's the only Dutch text here, but that wasn't clearly indicated :) --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 11:04, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
Sorry for the confusion: Oud en trouw Roermond was/is the only source in the (non-existent) cat. Dutch so - as seems consensus - should be moved/copied to Wikisource in Nederlands (the Dutch language), right? Contacted one of the four admins directly. Klaas `Z4␟` V:  09:34, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes. However, due to edit history/copyright, it shouldn't be copied, it should be imported. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 10:57, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Whatever, has to be done by an admin. We seem to have too few (only four and I wrote on 4 Talk-pages) of them at Dutch Wikisource. Good two of them are bureaucrats ;-) Klaas `Z4␟` V:  05:39, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
I'll make an import request after I place an announcement at nl.wikisource. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 07:53, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Why the admins make life so complicated for "normal" editors where it can be so much easier if they assume good faithKlaas `Z4␟` V:  07:37, 27 July 2018 (UTC)
There seems to be a misunderstanding. You have done nothing wrong. But we cannot delete this page yet, as it is a requirement to keep edit history for copyright reasons :) --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 08:00, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. It has been imported to the Dutch wikisource. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 11:16, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks to you and Revi. Too bad they don't allow our own admins to perform this. Time and energy lost. Klaas `Z4␟` V:  10:26, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
I believe it's to be certain that it isn't going to be used wrong. Importing can cause histories of pages to be merged. If a user maliciously imports pages, it is a very difficult task reverting that. For that reason, they tend to keep the pool of importers small and limited to users who know what they're doing. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 09:53, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Mr. Monkey[edit]

  • English text, declared to be a text of a modern author
  • unlikely published (no evidence for that); self promotion?
  • no evidence for a CC-BY-SA-compatible license.

Ankry (talk) 15:29, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Also Author:Shaunak Chakraborty. Ankry (talk) 15:32, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Also Pain Of Poor. Ankry (talk) 15:34, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

See also en:User_talk:Hrishikes#Why_you_delete_my_poem?. Ankry (talk) 15:42, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

The copyright problem may concern all contributions by the uploader. @Rupa Banerjee: Can you comment on this: where is the CC-BY-SA license evidence, when the texts were published or when did their author(s) die? Ankry (talk) 15:50, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Delete These are at best self-published works, or most probably unpublished. Out of scope for Wikisource. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:26, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Considering he is born in 2000 and the author's story looking very personal, I'll go ahead and delete these pages already. The rest of Rupa's pages need to be reviewed as well. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 07:56, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Anyway, it could well be published recently considering this. That would make them pure copy vio's. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 07:57, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ooswesthoesbes: And what about the Hindi ones? They seem to be works of the same author; maybe autopromotion, maybe self-published in printed form as Yann suggested... Ankry (talk) 07:40, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
List for convenience:
plus author page: शौनक चक्रवर्ती / Author:शौनक चक्रवर्ती. Ankry (talk) 07:46, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
Very well possible. I can't read Hindi, so google searches aren't helping. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 08:09, 31 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes, these are self-published in printed form. The author is a 18 year old who has a Wikimedia account as well: Shaunak Chakraborty (talkcontribs). The author has some of these poems published online on a news portal where they have asked for people to send it in their poetry. Rupa Banerjee (talkcontribs) might be a sock-puppet of the author because the user has only added works by this author. But turns out this author has published two ebooks on Amazon as well. I would say we delete these specific works since there is no proof of them being copyright-free. --Satdeep Gill (talk) 04:27, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Deleted. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 08:14, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

August 2018[edit]

Template:HideIfEmpty and Template:IfEmptyDo[edit]

The purpose of these templates was replaced by parser functions more than ten years ago. These are really just an ugly hack, and I thought they had been eradicated from Wikimedia projects a long time ago, but these still remain (obviously). I have replaced all of their uses, except in a dormant sandbox, and the use in MediaWiki:Proofreadpage index template which I can't edit – but see its talk page for how to replace it there too. Jon Harald Søby (talk) 17:54, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 09:33, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Works by Joseph Brodsky[edit]

If Joseph Brodsky (Russian-American) was born in 1940 and died in 1996, and his poetry is relatively recent, is ჩქიმი სქი რექ ვარ ღორონთი still subject to copyright? In ru.source it seems it is (see tag in ru:Иосиф Александрович Бродский), but I'm not 100% for the deletion here because of his double citizienship. -Aleator 21:51, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Obsolete templates[edit]

I just converted Template:Category redirect to use the Translate extension, which means that the following pages have been made obsolete and can be deleted:

unsigned comment by Jon Harald Søby (talk) 12:12, 24 August 2018 (UTC).

Yes check.svg Done --Zyephyrus (talk) 15:39, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

September 2018[edit]

Page:Basile - Lu cunto de li cunti, Vol.I.djvu/11[edit]

I improperly created the page, but its deletion is needed because it, and all other pages of their Index, are waiting to be moved from itwikisource (see Talk:Lo cunto de li cunti.) --Alex brollo (talk) 18:55, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

@Alex brollo: it's Yes check.svg Done. VIGNERON (talk) 19:35, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks :-) --Alex brollo (talk) 19:56, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

October 2018[edit]


Doesn't look like it serves any good. Otherwise, it should be moved to the Wikisource namespace anyway. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 12:17, 3 October 2018 (UTC)


Romanian, possibly copy vio. Anyway: unsourced and should be at ro.wikisource. --Ooswesthoesbes (talk) 12:20, 3 October 2018 (UTC)