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Undeletion edit

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Bannu Pulao edit

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Minesweeper edit

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LaTeX/Internationalisation edit

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City Of Heroes edit

A book that was deleted when strategy guides were not allowed. See discussion -User:Slava Ukraini Heroyam Slava 123 17:13, 12 November 2022 (UTC)

This book was deleted about 16 years ago and only one page had a significant amount of content. It could all be undeleted but would probably be better re-made from scratch.--Xania     talk 01:34, 11 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Undeleted it with many first-level subpages. Yet City Of Heroes/Archetypes, City Of Heroes/Powers, City Of Heroes/General Help, City Of Heroes/Enhancements, City Of Heroes/Binds and City Of Heroes/Badges have even more subpages to be undeleted.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 22:50, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Undeleted many subpages of the above subpages, less obviously useless versions. Yet any administrators are hereby advised to check Special:Undelete for more to be undeleted.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 21:52, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Remaking this content from scratch might be difficult - the game shut down in 2012. There's a small community of users running private servers based on leaked source code (!), but far fewer than when the game was active. Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 07:55, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to Survive in Minecraft edit

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Couldn't we just mass undelete these books? Garfieldcat1978 (discusscontribs) 18:25, 20 February 2023 (UTC) Letting bot archive as needed.Reply[reply]

Listing which works would be much better.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 22:51, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deletion edit

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Developing A Universal Religion edit

Transwiki to Wikisource. This book by User:David Hockey survived VfD in 2005 (Wikibooks:Requests for deletion/Developing A Universal Religion) but it should not have. Another VfD is from 2006: Wikibooks:Requests for deletion/Purpose, for what was part 3 of the book. The book was originally uploaded as four separate parts, located at Thinking And Moral Problems, Religions And Their Source, Purpose, and Developing A Universal Religion.

The book contains multiple inaccurate claims and its title makes it unsuitable for Wikibooks. Material in Wikibooks should strive to be factually accurate and neutral, which this book cannot be. Since this book by David Hockey was previously published, and there is a pdf to check the text against (File:Developing a Universal Religion Parts 1-2-3 & 4.pdf), it can be hosted on Wikisource.

The book presents a philosophy of the purpose of life and ethics, not a religion. The book does not involve God or gods except that it portrays evolution and the life on the Earth as a quasi-god for being alleged potentially omnipotent and by its occasional capitalization of "life" as "Life". It is not true that any philosophy of purpose of life is a religion and the book does nothing to distinguish itself from philosophy as a religion.

The book's key tenet is that we should adopt as a surrogate purpose of life to "support life’s continual evolution and focus upon helping it to achieve an omnipotent ability". There is nothing factually neutral about this idea; it is one person's philosophical position. And it is not just a minor part of the book that can be edited away; it comes in part 3 and is built upon in part 4. This follows from Developing A Universal Religion/Looking For A Purpose/What Purpose Can We Use?: "Given that there is no detectable purpose pre-designed into life or the universe, then, if we must have one, we must adopt a surrogate. To my mind, the only viable option is to support life’s continual evolution and focus upon helping it to achieve an omnipotent ability. Such a purpose is universal and rational; it is a purpose that will last as long as life itself lasts. It accommodates the whole of life, and shows that we care about more than just our own well-being. It declares that we value life for its own sake and think little about the death that must follow, taking it simply as the price to be paid for living."

The book contains multiple dubious claims about life's omnipotent potential. There is nothing factual about it: not only can life not become omnipotent but it cannot become nearly omnipotent either. To begin with, given our current knowledge, there is no chance life could ever inhabit planet Pluto and the book does not support this idea in any way; and there is no way life can spread from the Earth to the Earth's nearest star given our knowledge. One can find multiple such claims and I will quote just one: "This omnipotent consequence of evolution is just that—a consequence." It is trivial to come up with capabilities that life including humankind may never achieve; one needs just a little bit of imagination. The argument that our ancestors could not have imagined our present capabilities has very little force to support the idea of future near omnipotence. It is obvious but you can read more at Quora: Is evolution omnipotent?.

The book examines some of the ethical consequences of its proposed ultimate purpose, e.g. in Developing A Universal Religion/Determining Moral Behaviours/Killing. Its examination in unconvincing. For instance, it says "The rationale for stating that it would be wrong to kill an individual is easy to state: any individual’s actions may contribute to the objective of supporting Life’s continued evolution, thus each life is valuable and should be preserved", but it is not obvious that each and every human including those severely disabled can contribute to Life's continuing evolution, so it does not follow that each human life should be preserved. Those following the stated purpose could decide to exterminate a technologically weak nation and take its resources and there is nothing obvious in the stated purpose to prevent them from doing so; the author does not seem to realize that.

As for the previous VfD:

  • As for the book being "well written": It may be fairly well written from a stylistic perspective, having been created by a single author outside of Wikibooks and published, but it is not well and plausibly reasoned as shown above.
  • As for "Looks like a real book to me": It surely is a real book, which alone does not make it includable in Wikibooks.
  • As for "There are formal footnotes and references to other sources that have at least some academic credibility." Footnotes and references do not save the book from being non-factual and non-neutral, and the whole of the text is nowhere close to being referenced using Wikipedia's referencing standard. The few references scattered throughout the book do not save the book content from criticism.
  • As for "This is a philosophy book, and that can be tricky to work with, I know.": Most philosophical books ever published do not fit Wikibooks since they are not neutral and their factual accuracy can be disputed. Philosophical surveys can be made to fit, though, mostly in the form of "some authors argue that X, other authors argue that Y".

The stated problems with the book cannot be addressed by collaborative editing, starting with the observation that it is not about religion and that it depends on a posited purpose that is not neutral. It should not stay in Wikibooks. Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 07:55, 28 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Make it rain wikisource! Wikisource tastes good in pasta. L10nM4st3r / Roar at me 22:06, 28 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I will move it and its subpages via s:Special:Import only one at a time. Please be patient unless someone has any better way.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 04:30, 10 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Dan Polansky, L10nM4st3r:Please see s:Wikisource:Administrators'_noticeboard#Mass_import_from_Wikibooks with an objection that the book might not be acceptable there. I am not exporting yet.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 19:47, 11 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Delete, but if the PDF is under a compatible licence, which I presume it should be if the import was done correctly, consider moving the original PDF to Wikimedia Commons? Mbrickn (discusscontribs) 01:39, 22 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Plain text PDFs are generally out of scope on Commons unless they are source documents, which this is not. Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 00:51, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Since Wikisource does not want the book due to being self-published (which it does seem to be), I am happy to keep it in Wikibooks. However, the book should probably start with a heavy disclaimer to the effect that the book contains original research, may be inaccurate or may reflect the point of view of a particular philosopher not accepted by mainstream philosophy. As incorrect as it seems to be, the book seems interesting enough. The book could be assigned in a philosophy course: "Read Developing A Universal Religion from Wikibooks a identify defects in its arguments"; or the like; a professional educator would probably be able to create a better formulation for an assignment, including perhaps "determine the kind of -isms the book falls under" or "identify authors developing similar themes" (which is more challenging since one needs to know the literature). The book is not much worse than a lot of bad material that passes as "philosophy" is some countries. --Dan Polansky (discusscontribs) 10:18, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Delete This seems to be very much outside the scope of Wikibooks per "Wikibooks is an instructional resource". Also seems to contain a lot of original research. If its to be transwiki-ed, then Wikiversity seems a better project for it. Thenub314 (talk) 18:24, 21 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Waiting for v:Wikiversity:Import#New_requests_for_import to reply.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 21:34, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, I'm a Wikibooks reviewer and Wikiversity curator. Technically I can handle this request but I decided not to do that for now (v:special:diff/2548035). As I pointed out at v:WV:I, I'm not sure if others have agreed with that suggestion. This is just a curator decision, so other custodians or curators may override my decision, but once there is clear consensus about moving to Wikiversity, then that will make things easier. I hope this can help you. MathXplore (discusscontribs) 05:45, 20 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Zoph edit

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Consists of excerpts from third parties. Those from New Scientist, do not appear to be under a compatible licence. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mbrickn (talkcontribs) 07:33, 10 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm not sure it's enough of a violation for deletion? Based on a copyvio comparison, the text seems mostly paraphrased. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:44, 10 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dynamical Systems edit

This seems to be abandoned book, the only content is largly vacuous. I don't believe it is likely to be extended or worked on because it is both a technical topic, and represents to original author's goals for such a book (graduate level vs undergraduate). Thenub314 (talk) 20:46, 23 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It does seem abandoned; the single existing page hasn't been updated since 2018 and the main book page hasn't been updated since 2019. Unless someone quickly decides to pick up on it, I can't really see it staying here at Wikibooks :/ —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 13:35, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello there,
currently I'm working over at the German page, because I have begun to work with a new, more intuitive terminology. My current plan is to first finish the German version and then possibly to translate it. To finish the German version will take at least until the end of this year. Until then, you shouldn't expect any progress. Afterwards, I may feel inclined to pick up the project, depending on my human rights situation. --Mathmensch (discusscontribs) 09:26, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Solitaire card games/Gay Gordons edit

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Files from Illustrated Guide to the world of Spira (FFX and FFX-2) edit

Used for decorative, not educational, purposes: File:Float 13.jpg, File:Grabbed Frame 15.jpg, File:Gandof.jpg, File:Ohalland.jpg, File:Braskascan1.jpg, File:Tidus FFX.png (WB:NFCC#8). — Ирука13 13:54, 17 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sure, I think I can agree on the removal of these 2005-Fan (discusscontribs) 12:24, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Chess/Santa Claus Opening edit

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Chess/Fedida Gambit edit

Created (and added to related pages) by Special:Contributions/Samuel Fedida as original research with no secondary sourcing, not attested in databases. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 17:02, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...a5 edit

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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Na3 edit

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Jumarkese edit

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Book of the Astronomy edit

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Mazedona Craquis Díaz edit

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LGBT Young Adult Literature/LGBTIAQ+ Love Stories edit

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Radium SmartChain edit

including the closely related books:

These books are a borderline advertisement for a cryptocurrency project. Moreover, the project has changed substantially since the books were written in 2016-2017 - it's now called "Validity", and most, if not all, of the information in these books is no longer accurate. Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 06:39, 21 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Comment I'm not sure it's blatant enough to be considered advertising? Since it technically is a how-to? But, if it is out of date, that could warrant deletion. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 14:46, 23 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hence "borderline". Some of the subpages like Radium Core/Use Cases/Proof of Author have more of a promotional air to them. But yes, the instructional content is all badly out of date; there are edits as far back as 2019 from users trying to mark the books as being outdated, and it's only gotten worse since then. Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 05:16, 24 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete If it wasn't outdated, I would vote keep, but... ForTheGrammar (discusscontribs) 01:32, 27 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Star Wars Chess edit

This game is basically just a simple computer chess game with a Star Wars theme to it. I really don't believe that is significant enough to warrant an entire wikibook. Sammy2012 (discusscontribs) 13:14, 21 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Comment It does seem to be very simple with not that much useful information not already contained in other chess books. .—Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 14:45, 23 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Keep . Having created this book got some materials moved from w:Star Wars Chess. If more sample moves by computer are wanted, I may get them. Yet would any disinterested administrator please close this as kept?--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 02:26, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete Looks extremely basic, doesn't need an entire wikibook. Just normal chess. ForTheGrammar (discusscontribs) 00:16, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This user has just 57 edits. How about moving the book under Chess/Computer Chess as a compromise? See also w:Category:Chess software for even more games that may also fit under that existing page if separate books are redundant.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 21:09, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Done moving to Chess/Computer Chess/Star Wars Chess only after a long wait.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 22:45, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

SSH, the Secure Shell edit

Per its talk page. It seems to be low-quality, abandoned, and already covered in another book. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 14:28, 23 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Delete - the OpenSSH book is a good alternative. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 16:34, 23 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete - To quote from the discussion page,
I'd say that SSH, the Secure Shell is a book fragment that can safely be removed at this point. The sections 'Using SSH' and 'FAQ' are both empty and the sections 'Introduction' and 'Configuration' are extremely sparse. These topics are already covered in great detail in OpenSSH. The section 'Installation' is redundant because all distros manage that through their package manager. In some cases, like OS X and OpenBSD, it comes pre-installed. As mentioned in OpenSSH there are multiple implementations of SSH. If someone with knowledge of them were to expand on them in the book, the book OpenSSH could then be renamed to a more general 'SSH, the Secure Shell' Larsnooden (discuss • contribs) 17:55, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Ten years have passed without anyone stepping in and either deleting this tiny book fragment or adding any content to it. This book fragment needs to be removed in order to not drag down the rest of the Wikibook presence. What are the steps needed to arrange that? Larsnooden (discuss • contribs) 07:11, 23 October 2023 (UTC)
It'd tidy things up to remove the SSH, the Secure Shell fragment from the Wikibooks site. Larsnooden (discusscontribs) 06:12, 27 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  DoneKittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 16:35, 21 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Larsnooden (discusscontribs) 12:41, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ZCash mining GPU Comparison edit

Multiple issues:

First: This is barely even a book. It's mostly a collection of links and statistics.

Second: The content of the book is about a cryptocurrency topic which was rapidly changing when it was written between 2016 and 2018, and which is now considered obsolete, per

Can I mine Zcash with my CPU or GPU?
No. Zcash used to be minable with GPU, but since special hardware (ASIC) was made mining with CPU and GPU is no longer profitable.

The content of the book has been essentially untouched since 2018; given the obsolescence of the technology as mentioned above, it seems unlikely to ever be improved.

Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 06:16, 13 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have no issues with deleting this book. It doesn't seem like a particularly informative/educational work, and it seems unlikely to be improved. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 21:40, 13 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete Would be better served as a blog post than a whole Wikibook. ForTheGrammar (discusscontribs) 00:22, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Food Science edit

This book is functionally redundant to the Cookbook, with little meaningful content, and it has been abandoned. I think it can pretty safely be deleted, but I want to check with others as well. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 00:59, 15 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Delete Go ahead, looks abandoned. ForTheGrammar (discusscontribs) 00:21, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete No content --Xania     talk 03:45, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nazi Leaders edit

Book has been abandoned for almost half a year, and it is extremely underdeveloped. It has very little content and no apparent plan for further development. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 19:16, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Delete Doesn't look like there is any hope for this, likely to remain a perpetual stub. ForTheGrammar (discusscontribs) 01:08, 27 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Keep. BigKrow (discusscontribs) 03:55, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Revived!!! BigKrow (discusscontribs) 03:55, 3 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete - even if this were an active project, it's unclear how it would differ from a collection of encyclopedia articles. Omphalographer (discusscontribs) 20:50, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Delete Nothing new has been added despite what the original creator says above. This book offers nothing that could not be obtained from Wikipedia.--Xania     talk 03:43, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unity for teens! edit

No edits in 2 years, no plan for development, looks abandoned. Should delete. I would love to add more to it, but I'm more of a Godot guy, don't know any Unity.

ForTheGrammar (discusscontribs) 00:20, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Delete per above —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 00:45, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The bright side of African life (1898) edit

This appears to be out of scope for Wikibooks and should probably be moved to Wikisource prior to deletion. —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 23:32, 4 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Parapsychology edit

This page is hopelessly in violation of NPOV. It's actually difficult to see how to salvage it at all. ජපස (discusscontribs) 18:26, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Delete Agreed. --Xania     talk 03:37, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Various pages in Basics of fine-art photography edit

The following pages in Basics of fine-art photography seem out of scope because they consist entirely of personal promotion/advertisement for the author's photography:

Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 04:13, 25 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]