Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Administrator instructions

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CFD instructions
Close after 7 days
Top tag {{subst:cfd top}} '''RESULT''' ~~~~
Bottom tag {{subst:cfd bottom}}
Archival if that was the last discussion for that day, remove the day from WP:CFD/W. At the end of the month, copy any user cat discussions to the CFD monthly archive page
If merging, renaming, or deleting
Instruct bot List it at /Working
Fix dead links Remove or rename instances in articles and other categories
If keeping
Tag talk page {{Old CfD}}
Remove Cfd tag
If relisting
See Template:Cfd relisted

Administrator instructions for Categories for discussion:

Every day, the day page (that is, [[Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/Year Month Day]]) more than seven days old is added by a bot to the Discussions awaiting closure list at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Working#Discussions awaiting closure. Discussions on day pages that are not in this list (yet) should not be closed, unless speedy criteria apply.

A nomination may result in any outcome, e.g. a proposed renaming may end in consensus to delete. The decision to keep or delete a category is to be implemented only after the discussion for that category has been closed.


  1. If it may take significant time to assess the debate and/or do the closing edits, consider first editing the discussion section for the category and adding {{Closing}} just after the section header, to notify others that a close of the particular discussion is in progress.
  2. Check that the nominated category pages were tagged. if you find that a category has been listed in the discussion but was not tagged, then your close (in respect of that category at least) should be "procedural close" as an invalid nomination, after which no action is required. Alternatively, tag the category pages and relist the discussion on the current day's CfD log.
  3. Determine whether or not consensus to delete or rename has been reached. See: Deletion guidelines for administrators.
  4. Document the close:
    1. After the category's section header, add:
      {{subst:cfd top}} '''result'''. ~~~~
      (where result is usually either Delete, Merge, Rename, Keep or No consensus)
      If appropriate, state a rationale for your close before the signature.
    2. Remove {{Closing}} if you added it earlier.
    3. At the end of the category's section, but before the next category's section header, add:
      {{subst:cfd bottom}}
  5. If the decision is Keep (including any variant such as "Redirect" or "No consensus"):
    1. Add a link on the category's talk page to the discussion sub-page.
      • The template {{Old CfD}} is recommended for this, so add one of:
      {{old cfd | section heading | date = date of nomination | result = result | action = action proposed by nominator}}
      {{old cfd | date = date of nomination | result = result}}
      {{old cfd | date = date of nomination}}
      (the default section heading is the category name, so that parameter may be omitted entirely)
      (the default result is "Keep", so that parameter may be omitted)
      (the default action is "deletion", but it can also be "merging" or "renaming")
      Date should be added in the same format as on CfD daily subpages, i.e., Year Month Day
      • If the discussion failed to reach consensus, then the category is kept by default, but the decision should generally include a reference to the lack of consensus, in order to minimize ambiguity.
    2. Remove {{Cfd}} or other Cfd template from the category (be sure the Cfd category is also removed). WP:CFD/W/R may be used to automate this task for a long list.
    3. If the page becomes a redirect, fix double redirects.
  6. If the decision is Delete, Merge, or Rename:
    NOTE. If the decision or decisions affect a large number of articles, say 10,000 or more, then don't list the close in the normal sections. Instead, list them at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Working/Large (see User:Cyde/CFDW as an example) and leave a note on the talk page. The bot will process these separately, to avoid long delays in other processing.
    1. If you are an administrator, list it under the appropriate section of Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Working. Be sure to include the link to the CFD day page above the listing. If you are a non-admin, you will not be able to use the /Working page as it is protected, so please do not close discussions that require any of the above 3 actions unless you are prepared to implement them manually, or an admin has agreed to help you.
    2. To rename a category manually, move the category page to the new name; in the "Reason" field, enter a link to the discussion, including brackets [[ ]], so that this will show in the page history. The "move" command has a few options, one of which leaves a {{Category redirect}} at the old name; un-tick this if the redirect will not be useful. The option to move the category talk page to the new name should usually be ticked. After moving the page, edit the new category page to remove the CFD template and make any other necessary changes, including sort keys. Then go back to the old category name, and update each of the member pages or sub-categories.
    3. Renaming over an existing category redirect: check the page history at the new name, and decide whether it is significant. If the page history is not worth keeping, then manually move the current category page to the new name; this process will prompt you to delete the existing redirect page. Otherwise, manually update the pages, then update the Wikidata link (see below).
    4. Merging to an existing category: if the new category page already exists, the bot will not transfer any info from the old category page to the new page. Therefore, if a category is to be merged to another existing category, relevant info will have to be manually copied from the old category page and selectively added to the new one. The most important part of this is the parent categories, which may need to be considered carefully. Other page content is usually also worth moving, e.g. explanations, portals and other navigation links. Moreover, the old category page will have to be manually deleted after the contents have been moved, unless you decide to redirect it.
    5. If a category is merged to its own sub-category, the bot transfers the parent categories incorrectly, so revise these manually after merger. If you list such a case on the Working page, either check back later or leave a note at WP:CFDWM#Other for someone else to do so.
    6. For renames, where the category page is moved, bots automatically update interwiki links to corresponding categories in Commons and other language Wikipedias; these are held at Wikidata. For merges, consider whether this might also apply. Look at the old category page; if "Wikidata item" appears in the "Tools" menu on the left, use it to update the enwiki link and English title at Wikidata. If both old and new pages have Wikidata items, you may want to consider merging those, although that would be above and beyond the duties of Wikipedia admins.
    7. Go to the old category and check "what links here". If there are links to it within templates, articles or other category pages, then edit these to link to the new name instead, or remove the links, as appropriate. Redirects to the old page should either be updated, if useful, or deleted. Start with any navbox templates; where such templates need to be updated on all the pages that transclude them, either make null edits to those pages, or list the category in the relevant section at WP:CFDWM (automated processing of such cases is sometimes fast, but sometimes takes days). Also update manually-edited pages such as "Categories" sub-pages of portals and active WikiProjects, but ignore "article alert" subpages, user pages and talk pages. (If you cannot see where the link comes from, it is probably from a template; some templates only produce a link to the category if the category exists, e.g. for year-related categories in ancient times; you can safely ignore these links.)
    8. After links to the category from other pages and in Wikidata have been resolved, delete the category, and/or remove it from the Working page.
    9. To request deletion of a category as a non-admin, tag the page with {{db-xfd|votepage=Log/year_month_day}}, e.g. {{db-xfd|votepage=Log/2015_July_10}}.
    10. If there is a talk page associated with the category, it should usually be deleted or redirected like the category page. If merging the category, consider merging relevant content from the talk page; however, it is occasionally appropriate to leave a talk page that has significant discussion. Consider using {{Old cfd}} on the new (or old) talk page to provide a link to a discussion that ended with merging or renaming.
    11. For more advice, ask at WT:CFD. For complex changes e.g. to Wikipedia maintenance categories, ask at WP:VPT.
  7. If the proposal includes an addition or change to Wikipedia:Naming conventions (categories) which has consensus, make the indicated change to the policy page.

This relies on the discretion and common sense of the user closing a debate. If you disagree with a decision, please discuss it with that user.

Stub types

In general, a stub type consists of a stub template and a dedicated stub category. Before closing a discussion about a stub type:

When documenting the close, add:

{{subst:cfd top|stub=yes}} '''result'''. ~~~~
(where result is usually either Delete, Merge, Rename, Keep or No consensus)
At the end of the discussion, but before the next section header, add:
{{subst:cfd bottom|stub=yes}}

If the decision affects:

  • A stub category—follow the instructions in the 'Process' section above.
  • A stub template, and the decision is:
    • Keep or No consensus—remove the {{Sfd-t}} or {{Sfr-t}} notice from the template.
    • Delete—replace all transclusions of the template with more appropriate stub types, and then delete the template.
    • Renamemove the template to its new name and remove {{Sfr-t}}, check incoming links and update them (except links from talk pages and discussions), and either delete the newly created redirect or tag it using {{R to stub template}}.

Header and footer text

After closing the discussion, the section will look like this:

Category:Example category

The following is an archived discussion concerning one or more categories. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on an appropriate discussion page (such as the category's talk page or in a deletion review). No further edits should be made to this section.
The result of the discussion was: RESULT. my name date

The above is preserved as an archive of the discussion. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as the category's talk page or in a deletion review). No further edits should be made to this section.

Rarely, CFD discussions are arranged at multiple levels on the daily CFD log page. To avoid confusing AnomieBOT, which automatically updates the count of open discussions at WP:CFDAC, use {{cfd top}} at the top of a (4th-, 5th-, or 6th-level) section to close it and all its subsections, and {{cfd-bottom}} at the bottom of the section as a whole to wrap all the subsections. Alternatively, if a section will not be closed because its subsections will be closed individually, enter <!-- CFDClerk: This section heading isn't a discussion --> at the top of that section.

See also

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