Wikipedia:Files for discussion/Administrator instructions

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FFD instructions
Close after 7 days unless ongoing discussion
Top tag {{subst:ffd top|RESULT}} ~~~~
Bottom tag {{subst:ffd bottom}}
No quorum delete if no objections
If deleting
If Commons Ensure Commons version is permissible
If keeping
Tag talk page {{oldffdfull|date=date of nomination}}
Remove ffd tag from file page

Administrator instructions for Files for discussion:

Every day, the day page (that is, [[Wikipedia:Files for discussion/Year Month Day]]) more than seven days old should be removed from Wikipedia:Files for discussion#Recent nominations and a wikilink to the day page placed at Wikipedia:Files for discussion#Old discussions.

Express closure guidelines

These are applied when there has been a nomination to delete the file but no subsequent debate, or when all contributors agree with deletion, or when deletion is the plainly obvious outcome.

  1. Delete the file. Using the link in the FFD page will normally pre-fill the deletion reason box with a link to the FFD discussion; otherwise you should insert a link.
  2. That's it. Bots such as AnomieBOT and ImageRemovalBot will automatically close the discussion as delete and remove all instances of the image within a few hours.

Standard closure guidelines

These are applied when there has been debate or discussion, when the consensus is not completely obvious, and for all outcomes that do not involve deleting the file.

  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 file and adding {{Closing}} just after the section header, to notify others that a close of the particular discussion is in progress. This helps to avoid edit conflicts during the close.
  2. Determine whether or not a rough consensus to delete has been reached. See: Deletion guidelines for administrators.
  3. After the file's section header, add:
    {{subst:ffd top|'''Result'''}} ~~~~
    (where Result is usually either Delete. or Keep.)
  4. Remove {{Closing}} if you added it earlier.
  5. At the end of the file's section, but before the next file's section header, add:
    {{subst:ffd bottom}}
  6. If the decision is DELETE, then delete the page. (This will be automatically recorded in the Deletion log.) Remember to paste a link to the discussion in the "Reason for deletion" box (ie add [[Wikipedia:Files for discussion/Page]] ). If appropriate, delete the page's talk page or any associated sub-pages first. Also remember to check "what links here" and either delete any redirects or redirect them elsewhere.
  7. If the decision is Keep (including any variant such as "Remove from some pages", "Tag as free" or "No Consensus"):
    1. Add a link on the file's talk page to the discussion sub-page.
      • The template {{oldffdfull}} is recommended for this, so add one of:
      {{oldffdfull|date=date of nomination|result=result}}
      {{oldffdfull|date=date of nomination}}
      (the default result is "Keep", so that parameter may be omitted)
      • If the discussion failed to reach consensus, then the file is kept by default (however, see #8 below), but the decision should generally include a reference to the lack of consensus, in order to minimize ambiguity and future confusion.
    2. Remove {{ffd}} (and if applicable {{ffdc}}) from the file (be sure the FfD Category is also removed).
    3. If the page becomes a redirect, remember to fix double-redirects.
  8. There is no such thing as quorum. If after the normal time period, there are no objections to deletion of a file, it can simply be deleted. (This also applies to discussions about non-free files proposed to be removed from every page; this results in the file being deleted.)
When deleting files because they are now at the Wikimedia Commons, ensure that the Commons version is completely permissible. Among other things, check that:
  1. All relevant revisions of the file have been moved to the Commons, not just the most recent one.
  2. The Commons version is as good as or better than the local one.
  3. The Commons version is under a free license, and properly tagged and attributed.

If you disagree with a decision, please discuss it with the closing editor and, if necessary, request deletion review.


If, after seven days, there has been discussion but it has not led to a consensus, the closing administrator may, at their discretion, choose to relist the discussion. If you decide to relist:

  1. Leave a record on the nomination page and then remove or collapse the discussion there.
  2. Copy the discussion to the current day's nomination page.
  3. Add {{relist}} to the end of the discussion.
  4. Update the log parameter in the {{Ffd}} on the nominated file so that it points to the new location's date.

Note that at FFD, an unopposed nomination to delete a file results in a delete outcome.

Header and footer text

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


The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposed deletion of the media below. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as the media'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 username date

File:File_name.jpg (delete | talk | history | logs) - uploaded by Example (notify | contribs).


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