Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Requests for closure

The Requests for closure noticeboard is for posting requests to have an uninvolved editor assess, summarize, and formally close a discussion on Wikipedia. Formal closure by an uninvolved editor or administrator should be requested where consensus remains unclear, where the issue is a contentious one, or where there are wiki-wide implications, such as when the discussion is about creating, abolishing or changing a policy or guideline.

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Many discussions do not need formal closure and do not need to be listed here.

Many discussions result in a reasonably clear consensus, so if the consensus is clear, any editor—even one involved in the discussion—may close the discussion. The default length of a formal request for comment is 30 days (opened on or before 4 May 2020); if consensus becomes clear before that and discussion has slowed, then it may be closed early. However, editors usually wait at least a week after a discussion opens, unless the outcome is very obvious, so that there is enough time for a full discussion.

On average, it takes two or three weeks after the discussion ended to get a formal closure from an uninvolved editor. When the consensus is reasonably clear, participants may be best served by not requesting and then waiting weeks for a formal closure.

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If consensus is unclear, then post a neutral request here for assistance.

Please ensure that your request for closure is brief and neutrally worded, and also ensure that a link to the discussion itself is included as well. Be prepared to wait for someone to act on your request and do not use this board to continue the discussion in question.

If you disagree with a particular closure, do not dispute it here. Please discuss matters on the closer's talk page instead, and, if necessary, request a closure review at the administrators' noticeboard. Include links to the closure being challenged and the discussion on the closer's talk page, and also include a policy-based rationale supporting your request for the closure to be overturned.

See Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Closure review archive for previous closure reviews.

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Any uninvolved editor may close most discussions, so long as they are prepared to discuss and justify their closing rationale.

Because requests for closure made here are often those that are the most contentious, closing these discussions can be a significant responsibility. Closers should be familiar with all policies and guidelines that could apply to the given discussion. All closers should be prepared to fully discuss the closure rationale with any editors who have questions about the closure or the underlying policies, and to provide advice about where to discuss any remaining concerns that those editors may have.

A request for comment discussed how to appeal closures and whether an administrator can summarily overturn a non-administrator's closure. The consensus was that closures should not be reverted solely because the closer was not an administrator. However, special considerations apply for articles for deletion and move discussions—see Wikipedia:Deletion process#Non-administrators closing discussions and Wikipedia:Requested moves/Closing instructions for details.

To reduce editing conflicts and an undesirable duplication of effort when closing a discussion listed on this page, please append {{Closing}} or {{Doing}} to the discussion's entry here. When finished, replace it with {{Close}} or {{Done}} and an optional note. A request where a close is deemed unnecessary can be marked with {{Not done}}. After addressing a request, mark the {{Initiated}} template with |done=yes. ClueBot III will automatically archive requests marked with {{Close}}, {{Done}}, and {{Not done}}.

Requests for closure[edit]

Administrative discussions[edit]

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RfCs[edit]

Talk:National Endowment for Democracy#RfC: FAIR and other challenged content[edit]

(Initiated 73 days ago on 21 March 2020) I would like a formal closure of this RFC (includes reference to the accompanying discussion above) by an uninvolved editor. --Cold Season (talk) 03:04, 22 April 2020 (UTC)

Talk:Religion in Albania#RfC[edit]

(Initiated 70 days ago on 25 March 2020) Would an experienced editor assess the consensus at Talk:Religion in Albania#RfC? Thanks, Cunard (talk) 00:02, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for comment/April Fools' 3[edit]

(Initiated 62 days ago on 1 April 2020) Would an administrator please assess the consensus at the discussions at this page? No rush on this, since it won't be needed until next April, but it should be done thoroughly, since there are (in my view) a lot of non-policy based responses that need to be discounted. Thanks, {} talk 23:42, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

  • I've done one; there are several more discussions to close on that page, though.—S Marshall T/C 18:36, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for comment/2020 left sidebar update[edit]

(Initiated 53 days ago on 10 April 2020) Would an administrator assess the consensus at the discussions of this page. The discussion is starting to slow down and I think now would be the time for a close. Interstellarity (talk) 22:34, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Doing... Barkeep49 (talk) 22:37, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Non-free content#Requiring non-free content to indicate that in their filenames[edit]

(Initiated 52 days ago on 11 April 2020) Would an experienced editor assess the consensus at the RfC at Wikipedia talk:Non-free content#Requiring non-free content to indicate that in their filenames? Thanks, Cunard (talk) 22:50, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Israel Palestine Collaboration#RFC: West Bank village articles[edit]

(Initiated 49 days ago on 14 April 2020) Would an experienced editor assess the consensus at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Israel Palestine Collaboration#RFC: West Bank village articles? Thanks, Cunard (talk) 22:50, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Elections and Referendums#RfC on Infoboxes: Should there always be two candidates?[edit]

(Initiated 49 days ago on 14 April 2020) Would an editor assess consensus and close this RfC when appropriate?  Thanks--Darryl Kerrigan (talk) 20:41, 11 May 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:External links#Request for comment on finding aids[edit]

(Initiated 39 days ago on 24 April 2020) Formal close needed SpinningSpark 11:44, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Talk:2020_Nova_Scotia_attacks#RFC:_Should_the_date_or_the_event_start_the_article?[edit]

(Initiated 39 days ago on 24 April 2020) Could an experienced editor please review Talk:2020_Nova_Scotia_attacks#RFC:_Should_the_date_or_the_event_start_the_article? --Jax 0677 (talk) 19:11, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

Talk:Joe Biden sexual assault allegation#RfC: "... alleged that Biden ..."[edit]

(Initiated 38 days ago on 25 April 2020) Formal close needed. Thanks. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 19:09, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Talk:Taiwan#RfC: Taiwan, "country" or "state"[edit]

(Initiated 31 days ago on 2 May 2020) Very lengthy, but a formal close is needed. Thanks. Kanguole 10:27, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Talk:Michael_Flynn#RfC:_Release_of_new_documents,_possible_perjury_trap[edit]

(Initiated 28 days ago on 6 May 2020) Discussion has died out by around 12 May. starship.paint (talk) 15:12, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

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Deletion discussions[edit]

XFD backlog
  Mar Apr May Jun TOTAL
CfD 0 0 70 0 70
TfD 0 0 1 0 1
MfD 0 0 6 0 6
FfD 0 11 24 0 35
AfD 0 0 49 0 49

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Trump bible controversy‎[edit]

(Initiated 0 days ago on 2 June 2020) This is a very high profile article that's been overtaken by events since its deletion discussion began. Could an uninvolved admin please take a look and either close it early, or explicitly decline to (so that we don't have sixteen admins look at it and decide to do nothing, and have the seventeenth close it anyway)? —Cryptic 06:37, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

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Other types of closing requests[edit]

Talk:List_of_Fast_N'_Loud_episodes#Split / Lynn Anderson discography[edit]

(Initiated 322 days ago on 16 July 2019) Could an experienced editor please review Talk:List of Fast N' Loud episodes#Split? Also, on a side note, there is a complete lack of split/move/history attribution for Lynn Anderson discography, Lynn Anderson singles discography and Lynn Anderson albums discography. --Jax 0677 (talk) 16:19, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

@Jax 0677: The Lynn Anderson issues are nothing to do with any of the threads at Talk:List of Fast N' Loud episodes or its subject page. It's also nothing to do with this page, which is for posting requests to have an uninvolved editor assess, summarize, and formally close a discussion on Wikipedia. Please do not put multiple unrelated requests under the same heading; this is not the first time that you have done this. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 13:00, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

Talk:List of Shugo Chara! soundtracks#Merger proposal[edit]

(Initiated 68 days ago on 27 March 2020) It was difficult getting feedback on whether to merge three pages together due to repeating the same information. Would an experienced editor assist in closing the discussion? Thank you. lullabying (talk) 22:04, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

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