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Commons deletion (policy)

This page is for deletion requests where users request the deletion of media files or pages (deletion requests for categories are posted via Commons:Categories for discussion). This is for requests which require legal input or community discussion prior to eventual deletion. Obvious copyright violations, duplicate images, and incorrectly-named images should be handled through the speedy deletion process rather than listed here.

Please note: The procedures on this page differ significantly from those of other Wikimedia projects such as the English Wikipedia's Files for deletion. Please read the following instructions carefully. If this page appears to be out of date, purge the server cache.


Anyone can comment on the deletion requests posted here, and can express an opinion as to whether a particular file should be kept or deleted. Please give reasons for your opinion, preferably based on your knowledge of:

Once an administrator has sufficient information to come to a decision, the deletion request will be closed and the file either deleted or flagged as kept. Where the decision to delete is an obvious one (eg the file is an obvious copyright violation or is otherwise speedy deletable) the deletion request may be closed immediately. Less clear cases should remain open for at least seven days. Complicated cases can remain open for weeks or even months.

The debates are not votes, and the closing admin will apply copyright law and Commons policy to the best of his or her ability in determining whether the file should be deleted or kept. Any expressed consensus will be taken into account so far as possible, but consensus can never trump copyright law nor can it override Commons Policy. If the closing admin is unable to say with reasonable certainty that the file can validly be kept, it should be deleted in accordance with Commons' precautionary principle.

It is not the task of the closing admin to engage in detailed legal or factual research in order to find a rationale to keep the file. Under the rules of evidence we apply here, the burden of showing that the file can be validly hosted here lies with the uploader and anyone arguing that it should be kept.

Deletion requests are not the place to attempt to change Commons policy, nor may requests be made simply to make a point. Any such requests may be speedily closed. Please use the Village Pump or the policy talk page if you wish to propose a change in policy.

Listing requests

Note: Do not directly list at "Commons:Deletion requests".

Files for speedy deletion should not be listed on this page. See Commons:Deletion requests/Speedy deletion. If the media is a duplicate use {{duplicate}}, or was uploaded under the wrong file name, use {{rename}}.

Closing discussions

In general, requests can be closed by an administrator after seven days. Deletion requests for obvious copyright violations can be closed earlier. Problematic or complex requests (such as highly used templates) can wait longer – even for several months if necessary. Non-admins may close a deletion request as keep if they have a good understanding of the process, and provided the closure is not controversial. If in doubt, don't do it.

Administrators closing deletion requests are expected to provide adequate explanation for their decision. In many cases, where there is little discussion and no disagreement with the request, no details are required. However the more complex a discussion, and the more users have argued for the opposite outcome than the administrator's decision, the more a clear explanation of the decision is required. In any event, administrators are expected to clarify or explain their decisions on request. In addition, the more complex a discussion and the longer the discussion has been open, the more helpful it will be to propose a close before actually doing it, using the {{DR proposed close}} template with the reasoning for the proposed outcome.

Administrators are encouraged to check whether the uploader was notified on their talk page of the pending deletion request (unless the image is an obvious violation, in which case the image can be speedy deleted).


  1. Add {{DeletionHeader}} just above the section head with the file in it.
  2. Add {{DeletionFooter|KEEP/DELETED|~~~~}} at the bottom of the request. For more details on adding an optional comment, see {{DeletionFooter}}.
  3. If the discussion concluded to keep the file:
    1. Add {{Kept}} to the file talkpage.
    2. Remove the deletion template from the file description page.

Note: An easier way to do this is to use DelReqHandler (Internet Explorer is not supported), available to admins as a gadget under Special:Preferences.


For Bot-archiving of closed deletion requests the following conditions have to be met:

  1. Only one subheading exists at the deletion request subpage
  2. Filename inside the level 3 subheading matches the name of the deletion request subpage
  3. Object of the deletion request is in the File namespace

Deletion requests from other namespaces and mass deletion requests will NOT be archived by the bot and require manual archiving, requests in file namespace with multiple subheadings have to have these subheadings replaced, the best way is to replace additional subheadings by a ; in front of the line.

Appealing decisions

If you disagree with an admin's decision to delete a file, or not to delete it, you should first set out your reasons on the admin's talk page and ask for reconsideration. If the admin declines to reverse the decision, you can request a review by other admins on Commons:Undeletion requests (or if the file was kept, renominate it for deletion). Bear in mind, though, that admins cannot ignore Commons policies nor any applicable copyright law even if a majority of users expressing opinions want them to do so.

Lists of requests

Archived requests
Open requests
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  • Here is a list of the monthly logs which still have open deletion requests. Anything older than 7 days may be closed. Obvious closures (e.g. speedy deletions) may be done earlier.

See also: Category:Deletion requests.

Current requests

Latest requests to be closed

Most recent deletion requests

Recently changed DRs