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Proposed deletions
This page is for proposing deletion of specific articles on Wikisource in accordance with the deletion policy, and appealing previously-deleted works. Please add {{delete}} to pages you have nominated for deletion. What Wikisource includes is the policy used to determine whether or not particular works are acceptable on Wikisource. Articles remaining on this page should be deleted if there is no significant opposition after at least a week.

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File was moved from Commons, but basically issues from c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:HRPEvidenceBook.pdf need to be solved. Either the unfree images mentioned cut from the PDF and new version reuploaded while old revdeleted, or as per Wikisource:Copyright policy#Fair use it should go away. --Base (talk) 11:49, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

The scan of the work is the scan as has been released and is the copy of the text. I would Symbol keep vote.svg Keep for the file, and the reproduced text. The issue of any claimed images is related to the discussion on WS:S about the proposed change on exemptions to copyright where they are part of a reproduced work, so images for me are undetermined. — billinghurst sDrewth 12:35, 23 November 2017 (UTC)


This was once a valid template, but Afghanistan has adopted a life+50 copyright law[1], and has joined the WTO[2] as of July 29, 2016 and thus that is the URAA date for Afghanistan; all Afghani works published by authors alive in 1966 or later are now copyright in the US.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:47, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

Prior to that discussion, we should be relicensing existing works, and dealing with the template to find out whether we have suitable existing templates to cater for the works, or we need to update this template for specificity. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:34, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Speedy deletion of author based categories[edit]

I think that author-based categories should be deletable under the speedy deletion policy so that we don't have to raise a discussion every time one pops up. They probably fall under rationale G5 (beyond scope) so the policy itself wouldn't need to be modified. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 16:18, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

Agreed but perhaps a new G8 criterion? Green Giant (talk) 00:07, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
There was a general discussion here to which we can link. If we are going to add it to the criterion, then we need to have supportive documentation of why they are out of scope for what wikisource includes, and how we explain the few that escape the reasoning. — billinghurst sDrewth 02:41, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

Virtual Worlds: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Methods + others; fraudulent publications[edit]

It would appear that someone that someone is playing an elaborate hoax, or running a scam, the following works are not actually published by a reputable source, and it would appear that the reputed institute is a figment of someone's imagination for possibly fraudulent means. The pages are not within scope where they are not published in a peer-reviewed means.


Deletion of subsequent files at Commons would be recommended.

enWP has dealt with a similar issue, see w:Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/DolceVita Institute of Technology. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:09, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol delete vote.svg Delete I don't know what exactly is going on, but I think it's clear the materials are out of scope.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:24, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Delete I agree that these works are out of scope. BethNaught (talk) 14:13, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
  • I warmly endorse deletion as this seems to be part of a complex fraud. --Vituzzu (talk) 06:02, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

The System of Nature[edit]

The System of Nature (1770) by Baron D'Holbach, translated by Samuel Wilkinson. No edition data.

A work that is not scan-supported, there is the introduction and first chapter, and many empty chapters. If we are to have this work then we should get a scan and proofread from that. This is abandoned and unlikely to be finished. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:40, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I found no scan at IA. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:53, 27 March 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment It seems to be this scan on Google Books, and this copy of the same scan on HathiTrust, and it seems to be a cut and paste from this webpage. A split and match seems an idea; it's a lot to work on, but certainly a worthy work.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:06, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Here's the 1820 translation by Samuel Wilkinson on IA -Einstein95 (talk) 06:05, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
Not a fan of that edition. Besides the serious misattribution on the title page to the wrong author, and the obscurity of the translator, that scan contains only volume I. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:40, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

The Secrets of the Vatican[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: deleted per nom —Beleg Tâl (talk) 03:01, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
A dump of poor OCR text from a scan, and that has sat there looking ugly from 2007. It is time that the community ridded ourself of a work that is simply ugly and not up to our standards. — billinghurst sDrewth 03:15, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Every now and then I look at this work thinking to get it off the list of very long pages, then I quail at the amount of work required to even just split it into subpages. Dumping it outright and later on getting a scan sounds good to me. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:31, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete A scan is avaliable on IA, so importing mangled OCR adds no value to the work; it also degrades the quality of Wikisource. BethNaught (talk) 15:35, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg DeleteMpaa (talk) 16:03, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
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The Healing of the Nations[edit]

Another unceremonious OCR dump that is sitting there ugly after 5 years, and just creates work in the main namespace. Abandoned ugly OCR dumps are not we are about and should be deleted. — billinghurst sDrewth 03:23, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

There is a good scan at IA: (External scan) if someone would care to begin setting up a transcription project. But I agree that there is no reason to keep the botched OCR we currently have. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:39, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done, see Index:The Healing of the Nations (2nd ed. 1855).djvu. Tarmstro99 18:27, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

undo deletion request[edit]

I notice that two or more pages were deleted in 2013 following a deletion discussion that was closed as keep: Wikisource:Proposed_deletions/Archives/2013-10#Various_Poe_collections. This came to my attention when an admin deleted a nonsense recreation (apologies) and another linked to deletion archive (thanks). Many of the Poe pages were organised as best as I could, and I put some time into conserving others contributions where possible, though I can't see the page history to know what happened here. CYGNIS INSIGNIS 05:16, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

G'day mate, great to see you're still here from time to time. The base page of Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems was overwritten with vandalism in May 2018, then speadily deleted as "G1—No meaningful content or history", which is clearly an error. I have restored and rolled back. The subpages have been there all along. I've restored The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe, so at least you can see what was deleted — let me know if you want it deleted again. Hesperian 05:43, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Oh, no, I've read it wrong. It was, as you say, deleted in 2013 as a result of the PD discussion, then recreated with nonsense in May 2018, and re-deleted. Anyhow, they are both restored for now so that you can make sense of what should be done with them. Happy to re-delete if necessary. Hesperian 05:51, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete The community voted to delete these because there was neither a scan to back the work, nor was there any content from that work. The page "Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems" is a pseudo-title page with links to copies of the poems, but not links to copies from that edition. If someone finds a scan of the work in question, we would certainly host that, but not the kind of pseudo-work here. The same is true of "The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe". We don't have anything here from either work. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:34, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Can you clarify "The community voted to delete these" please? I'm not seeing anything.... Hesperian 01:45, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
Did you not follow the link at the top of this thread to the 2013 Deletion discussion? Or did you just see it archived under "Kept" and not read what the discussion actually said? Although some titles were kept as a result of the discussion, the others were deleted for having no content. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:09, 13 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol keep vote.svg Keep if the works can be updated to be withing scope. Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems is now self-contained though incomplete, and should be kept. Prose Romances has a scan here. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:32, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Template:Double quotes and redirect[edit]

A template like this is contrary to our guidance in Wikisource:Style guide and I would encourage us to remove the template and replace its use with standard double quotes. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:28, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Agreed. But it will take someone quite a bit of work to eliminate the usages. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:36, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment We could start by using straight quotes in the template itself, and then using a bot. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 02:31, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
@Beleg Tâl: it has a variety of characters plugged in to be used, so a straight replacement may not be possible. I would suggest that it I would run a bot through and replace, and remove. — billinghurst sDrewth 05:24, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg DeleteMpaa (talk) 16:01, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable[edit]

This work is moribund and has been for about ten years. It is a copy and paste from Bartleby. Of the many pages in the work we only have a few, and if we needed the work we should go back and get the scan and work from that,

Noting that there are disambiguation pages containing and we should purge those pages of links if we delete. — billinghurst sDrewth 15:44, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

The Great Historical, Geographical, Genealogical and Poetical Dictionary and subsidiary pages[edit]

A work that has a smattering of ten biographies, long-held. The subparts all hand-typed, and this work has been long abandoned, and it is only a small start of a larger work. The subparts are not as classical subpages, instead take the DNB style. The work is not worth trying to resurrect in this form, and I recommend that it be deleted, and if required that it be resurrected as scan supported, and in our existing style of root page, and subpages. — billinghurst sDrewth 00:23, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Symbol delete vote.svg Delete These long abandoned beginnings of a project just do a disservice to readers, and they're no foundation for continuing the work. Prosody (talk) 20:29, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5[edit]

Another work that is long abandoned. Two subpages only, copy and paste only. While it is a worthwhile work that would be great to have, we would want scan-backed so that it can be continued by multiple people. Like this it will sit moribund. — billinghurst sDrewth 00:56, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Prosody (talk) 20:29, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets[edit]

Another worthy work to have, though not in this old copy and paste form. Two biographies only out of multiple volumes. It should be deleted, and if someone wants to work on scans, if available, in the background, at that point it can be resurrected. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:18, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Prosody (talk) 20:29, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

Biographia Hibernica[edit]

Another long-abandoned work in the copy and paste style. Not many biographies there, though some detail with them. It may be worth trying to get scans if the work is not overly extensive, otherwise it falls into let us tidy it up, and someone can do scans whenever. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:28, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Prosody (talk) 20:29, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

Collection Efficiency of Filters versus Impactors for airborn fungi[edit]

Appears to be a contemporary work (it cites a report from 1998), so unlikely to be in the public domain unless it was prepared by a government author. No authorship or publication info provided. Long abandoned by the original poster. Tarmstro99 00:01, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

The Woman in the Moon (John Lyly), Gallathea (John Lyly), Casina (Titus Maccius Plautus), Nero: A Historical Tragedy, In Five Acts[edit]

Copy and paste jobs of the first few pages of works from unknown editions. The contributor hasn't responded to questions about their intentions, seems safe to assume that they're abandoned. Prosody (talk) 20:12, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment The same editor (I assume it's the same) has a habit of dropping by, dumping an unformatted play, then vanishing for a long time. Then returning under a different IP, dumping another play, then vanishing. I too have tried to communicate with this editor, but that changes in IP don't make it easy, and I've gotten no responses. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:08, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:13, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Fragments not worth hosting without likelihood of completion. BethNaught (talk) 19:51, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Regiment march[edit]

A Google search for the text turned up only this page itself. In the absence of prior publication information there is nothing from which we can conclude that the text may be hosted here. Perhaps it is an English-language translation of a foreign-language work? Tarmstro99 21:19, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Symbol delete vote.svg Delete, couldn't find any source either —Beleg Tâl (talk) 00:28, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Thoughts on the Tension between Metaphysics and Science[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Deleted--Jusjih (talk) 03:57, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
I have been unable to locate this work elsewhere; possibly self-published by the original poster? Tarmstro99 21:59, 30 June 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Google and WorldCat turn up nothing for this, and moreover the named author matches the uploader's username, so it is likely an original work. Alternatively, if it were not so, we would have no source or license information, which are again reasons for deletion. BethNaught (talk) 18:07, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Author:Keith Olbermann[edit]

Note sure that this fits within our criteria for author pages for public domain works or works freely licensed and labelled with "copyright author". Seems that without works there is not a lot of value hosting an author page with just redlinks. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:56, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

If there is nothing listed that we can legitimately host here, either now on the the immediate future, then there is no reason to have an Author page. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:06, 16 July 2018 (UTC)


The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: deleted —Beleg Tâl (talk) 00:28, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
This is a narrow category that was originally used to tag Alice in Wonderland and Tom Thumb. If there are any works who can be strictly defined as being about macrophilia, I have no objection to this being used to tag them, but I'd be surprised if there are any free works in scope strictly about the subject.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:24, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete Concur; Deleted --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:04, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
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File:H.M. The Little Town.djvu[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: moved to Wikisource:Copyright_discussions#File:H.M._The_Little_Town.djvu--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:29, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
I have just uploaded the Heinrich Mann's book and after upload I realized that the publishing date provided by Internet Archive (1909) is not reliable. Also, there is no clear publishing date inside the book. The 1909 date provider here seems to be the copyright date for German edition. Also, Worldcat does not report any English edition with clear publishing date prior to 1930 (and Winifred Ray, the translator does not seem to be active so early). If you share my doubts, please delete the file. KäthesBücher (talk) 12:08, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
Moved to Wikisource:Copyright_discussions#File:H.M._The_Little_Town.djvu.--Prosfilaes (talk) 19:26, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
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