Deletionpedia is an online archive wiki containing articles deleted from the English Wikipedia . Its Version of Each section includes a header with more information about the deletion Such as whether a speedy deletion occurred, Where the deletion discussions about the item can be found and qui editor deleted the item. The original Deletionpedia operated from February to September 2008. The site was restarted under new management in December 2013. [1]


The site is based on MediaWiki . [2] [3] The site functions as something of a “wikimorgue”; It automatically collects articles from Wikipedia. [4]

In addition to categories preserved from Wikipedia, Deletionpedia has its own categories for articles, based on the deletion criteria. Pages are organized by the month in which they were deleted, by the number of editors who had worked on a page and by the length of time the article had existed on Wikipedia. [5]

Deletionpedia states that it has avoids hosting deleted pages that are copyright violations , pages with serious libel problems, pages whose full revision history is still available on Wikipedia’s sister sites , and pages which set out to offend others. [6]

Articles preserved by Deletionpedia were deleted from Wikipedia for a variety of reasons, from “being notable” to “manipulation by political and business interests”. [7] Since the site was read-only, it sought no donations, suggesting instead that supporters donate to mySociety or to the Wikimedia Foundation . [8]

Version 1

The original Deletionpedia collected about 63,000 articles, which were deleted from Wikipedia between February and September 2008. Nearly 2000 pages were over 1000 days old before they were deleted.

Downtime issues

A message appeared on April 5, 2008, stating:

Sorry about the recent downtime – this was due to high load on the database, so we improved our database hosting. We are also not uploading new pages for a week or two while we make some other improvements too. [9] Full service will resume ASAP.

– Deletionpedia Main Page, [10]


The last viewable log of the site made of Wikipedia was taken on 14 June 2012 of Anime Wichita Festival . [11]

The original content is still available to view online. [10]


The Wall Street Journal cited it as a response to the culture clash that exists on Wikipedia between deletionists and inclusionists . [12] The Industry Standard calls it “a [would-be] fine research project for sociologystudents to study what groupthink does when applied to a community-built compendium of knowledge”. [13] Shortly thereafter, the Industry Standard again turned its attention to Deletionpedia, reporting that deletion of the article in Wikipedia about Deletionpedia was itself under discussion, suggesting that the article was not considered for deletion based on “insignificance of the site” Rather “due to perceived criticism of Wikipedia itself”. [14] Deletionpedia also made news at De Telegraaf , the website for the largest dailynewspaper Dutch language newspaper, [15] and The Inquirer , a British technology tabloid website. [16]

The site has been more fully explored by Ars Technica [17] in Wikipedia article on Deletionpedia.

Version 2

The website was reregistered by a new owner, Kasper Souren, and began operation in December 2013. [18] As of May 2016, it had amassed 29,156 content pages. [19]

Other wikis

This list is incomplete ; You can help by expanding it .
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Wikipedia languages, for example:

  • Marjorie-Wiki in German , [20] supported by Wikimedia Deutschland [21]
  • PrePedia in Polish , [22] a project associated with Marjorie-Wiki
  • Borradopedia in Spanish
  • Wikisage in Dutch

See also

  • Internet portal
  • Deletionism and inclusionism in Wikipedia
  • Rejecta Mathematica
  • Reliability of Wikipedia
  • Wayback Machine
  • WebCite


  1. Jump up^ “Homepage” . . Retrieved 6 May 2014 .
  2. Jump up^ Category: Deletionpedia: Pages by deletion date, from the Deletionpedia website
  3. Jump up^ “Deletionpedia statistics” . Deletionpedia . Retrieved 6 May2014 .
  4. Jump up^ Schneider, KG (September 26, 2007). “Wikipedia’s Awkward Adolescence” . CIO magazine . International Data Group . Retrieved 2008-09-27 . Permanent dead link ]
  5. Jump up^ “Wikipedia Pages are for 1000 or more days”
  6. Jump up^ Deletionpedia: Archive, from the Deletionpedia website
  7. Jump up^ Henning Steier (19 Sep 2008). “Friedhof der Wikipedia-Artikel” . 20 minuten
  8. Jump up^ Deletionpedia: Donate, from the Deletionpedia website
  9. Jump up^ deletionpedia: Archive ArchivedJune 15, 2012 at theWayback Machine., From the website deletionpedia saved item log
  10. ^ Jump up to:b “Deletionpedia” . .
  11. Jump up^ “log.1.txt” . Deletionpedia. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012 . Retrieved 6 May 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Wikipedians Leave Cyberspace, Meet in Egypt, byJames Gleick. The Wall Street Journal , August 8, 2008
  13. Jump up^ Deletionpedia: Where Wikipedia entries go to die, by Cyndy Aleo-Carreira. The Industry Standard , posted September 17, 2008.
  14. Jump up^ “A Catch 22 for Wikipedia: Should the Deletionpedia entry be deleted?”By Cyndy Aleo-Carreira. The Industry Standard, posted Sept. 19, 2008.
  15. Jump up^ Rustplaats voor afgedankte Wiki-bijdragen (in Dutch), a September 2008 article from De Telegraaf
  16. Jump up^ Deletionpedia: Gelöschte Wikipedia-Artikel zum Nachschlagen(in German), an 18 September 2008 article from The Inquirer .
  17. Jump up^ Deletionpedia: where entries too trivial for Wikipedia onan article fromArs Technicaposted on September 22, 2008
  18. Jump up^ Sankin, Aaron (29 December 2013). “Archive of deleted Wikipedia articles reveals site’s imperfections” . The Daily Dot . Retrieved 25 March 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ “Statistics” . . Retrieved 14 May 2016 .
  20. Jump up^ “MARJORIE-WIKI” (in German). 26 July 2013.
  21. Jump up^ from: Wikipedia: Enzyklopädie / Marjorie-Wiki
  22. Jump up^ “PrePedia” (in German). 26 July 2013.

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