Product Deletion Policy


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Hey everyone, I'm Yale, and I'm new here at ProductWiki. First official introduction!

Here at ProductWiki there has never been an official definition of what is considered "products suitable for deletion" - which has lead to a lot of subjectivity on the part of administrators. So we've decided that it's time to write up both our speedy deletion policies and our policy concerning what a proper product is (to help with tougher gray area products) and we want your input.

For now you can read how we intend to identify spam and 'products nominated to be deleted'. Feel free to jump in and help - however keep discussion of our policy to this thread. Any updates will be posted here. We want to form a concensus concerning deletion policy - and using real everyday examples sounds like the best way to do it.

This post was edited by Yale on 10/24/2008 5:26 PM
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Personally, I think we should "borrow" as much as we can from Wikipedia. There should be two tracks for products on their way to be deleted: 1) Speedy deletes, create a policy for what should be deleted automatically (ie. spam), and 2) Products nominated for deletion, create a policy where we can use community consensus to figure out if a product should be deleted for grey area stuff.

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 I completely agree.

I added a few products to the nomination list. I think they're good examples of products that wouldn't meet a 'notability requirement' - which I believe should be the deal maker or breaker for most of the products that find themselves on the list. Still, I guess a thorough writeup of what is accepted should still be posted -- to save people who believe their diaper cakes meet this overly subjective notability qualifier.

Maybe the most simple and effective system would be a short list of criteria (maybe 2 or 3), ending with this notability requirement if the test is failed. 

A good qualifier should be availability. If a product is only sold on a single website, or can only be obtained in select stores throughout Europe, Canada or a select number of states - it had better pass the notability litmus test... 

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I had previously posted my ideas of exclusion and inclusion criteria for products here on this strange talk thread:

http://www.productwiki.com/love-s-secret-live-your-life-in-love/talk/

I like Yale's availability qualifier idea.

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