Summary: Nominated for deletion? Don’t panic. There are ways to fight this and beat it.
So, you’ve logged into your account only to find a confusing template warning you about page deletion. You’re panicking, scurrying to find a solution to avoid losing all the valuable work you’ve put in.
Chances are if you’re reading this, then you’re probably searching what to do now that your page has been nominated for deletion.
You’re not the only one.
Here’s what you’ll need to do if you’re in Wikipedia’s circle of elimination.
Listen to the “Nominator”
The next thing you’ll want to think about is whether the nominator has a point or not. Is the objection legitimate? While you might be biased, unfortunately the nominator may have a valid argument. Read the template and think about what core of the problem. Asking a question politely might get you the answers that you need to fix the issue at hand – assuming you haven’t done something that completely violates Wikipedia’s guidelines.
Fix the Issue
If it can be fixed, take the necessary steps to edit your content and see if you can do enough damage control to mitigate the decision. Now, remember that if you decide to fight the nomination and look to address the issue, it’s going to get complicated. However, if you handle the incident logically and with good judgment, there’s a good chance that your page could come out stronger than before.
Be sure to brush up on the tactics that you’ll need to apply to the situation to avoid making common mistakes – which usually end up spiraling out of control and into the garbage bin. Wikipedia has a guide that can assist you with argumentative measures on their site. Utilize this.
The Bottom Line
Don’t panic. If you feel that you’ve done nothing wrong and the argument against your page is weak and inappropriate, fight it! On the other hand, there’s also no shame of throwing the towel in if the nominator does have a solid point. In fact, you might gain a bit of insight for future articles just by taking what the nominator has to offer. Whichever route you decide to take, don’t think that what you’ve written is nothing but food for the weeds. It’s likely that you’ve put a substantial amount of effort into the article and that’s something nobody can take away from you.
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