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Courtesy blanking

Courtesy blanking is undertaken on pages where content there is, for one reason or another, not appropriate to be displayed as the current page revision. In such cases, the page is replaced with this template, a process known as courtesy blanking.

Courtesy blanking does not entail any revision deletion (see, Wikipedia:Deletion policy and Wikipedia:Hiding revisions). The content previously on the page will be visible through the page history; to view it, simply click the "history" tab at the page top, and view an older revision.


This template must be substituted: use {{subst:courtesy blanked}}. Wikipedia and search engines shouldn't index courtesy blanked pages, and substituting this template adds the __NOINDEX__ magic word to the page being blanked.

If using this on the final decision page (main page) of an Arbitration case, type {{subst:courtesy blanked|arb=yes}} instead, so that people know the decision is still in effect, and how to find it.

If using the template for a section rather than a full page, use {{subst:courtesy blanked|section=yes}}.

Make sure not to blank categories the page may be included in.

In some situations, {{Afd-privacy}} may also be useful.