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Drafts are administration pages in the Draft namespace where new articlemay be storeds. They help facilitate new articles to develop and receive feedback before being moved to PBC's mainspace. If you are logged in, creating a draft before directly publishing the article is optional. Editors may instead choose to create draft pages in their userspace, or directly into mainspace, if they prefer.

How drafts work

Finding drafts

Drafts are not indexed by most search engines including Google,[note 1] meaning most readers will not find them. Anyone may search and view drafts on PBC directly using PBC's built-in search engine: simply choose "Advanced", then tick "Draft" or "Draft talk" on the list of options. The list of all Draft pages is at Special:AllPages or Special:PrefixIndex. You may also view recent Draft changes to the namespace or visit a random draft.

Creating and editing drafts

Users who are logged in may create and edit drafts. Drafts in the namespace have "Draft:" before their normal title, and also have an associated draft talk page. Users who have VisualEditor enabled will be able to use VisualEditor just like on articles. Registered editors may also move a userspace draft in to the Draft namespace if they choose.

Create a new draft



Incubation was previously done at the PBC:Article incubator. Once in draftspace, incubated articles have the same status as other drafts.

Moved to incubation...
in need of loving care and gentle handling
  • Articles are incubated as a result of i) a deletion discussion, ii) an undeletion request, or iii) userfication
  • An editor moves the article or userfication into draftspace. For example: [[Foo article]] is moved to [[Draft:Foo article]], and [[Talk:Foo article]] is moved to [[Draft talk:Foo article]]. The redirects left at [[Foo article]] and [[Talk:Foo article]] must be tagged for speedy deletion as a cross-namespace redirect using {{Speedydelete}}.

Preparing drafts

  • Add the template {{Draft article}} at the top of the draft (not the talk page), along with the template's parameter |subject=. A list of appropriate subject fields can be found here.
  • Disable any categories by inserting a colon before the word "Category". Example: change [[Category:Living people]] to [[:Category:Living people]]

Publishing a draft

Publishing a draft will (for now) require an editor to use the page move function to move it in the Main (article) namespace. This means that anonymous editors, or registered editors not autoconfirmed, will need to request publication by inserting into their drafts the relevant template for page move. Editors may also optionally submit drafts for review via the articles for creation process.

An article created in draftspace does not belong to the editor who created it, and any other registered user can decide that it is done and can be published. Editors who do not want that to happen should use their sandbox or talk page subsections.

Deleting a draft

Drafts are meant to be works in progress, and most will not meet PBC's standards for quality at first.

Speedy deletion

The general section of the criteria for speedy deletion may be applied to drafts. Drafts that are vandalism, BLP violations, or blatant advertising or promotion will be speedily deleted. No special deletion policy for drafts has been decided.

Miscellany for deletion


Drafts are not subject to article deletion criteria like "no context" or no indication of notability. Drafts may be nominated for deletion at PBC:Miscellany for deletion, but not on a primary concern of notability.

Redirects from drafts moved to mainspace

Redirects that are a result of page moves from the draft namespace to the main namespace should be retained.


  1. Search engines or mirrors that do not respect the robots.txt convention may still index drafts.

See also