Tips and Tricks: Using your Recycle Bin

You’ve been working hard on your wiki. Over the past few months — or year, or years — you’ve been adding files, tweaking copy, embedding videos. And now it’s just about perfect.

But, one day, your finger slips, and you delete your carefully crafted home page. Oh no! What can you do now?

Well, not to worry. If you are the organizer of the wiki, you can restore any deleted pages or files from the Recycle Bin.

Where can I find it?
Just go to Manage Wiki and click on the Recycle Bin icon under Content. There you will see a list of all the pages and files that have been deleted in the past 30 days. And, if you are an organizer of that wiki, you can restore them to their rightful place.

How does it work?
Simply check the boxes for the pages or files you want back, and click the Restore button.

If you’ve deleted a lot of things lately, you can narrow it down with the Search box, or Filter by Type (pages, files, or page templates).

And if there are several versions of that page or file in the Recycle Bin, you can always look at the timestamp to see when it was deleted, so you know you’re restoring the right version. For example, let’s say I deleted my homepage yesterday, then tried to rebuild it this morning. But I couldn’t get it quite right so, after a frustrating half hour, I deleted the new homepage. Once I go to my recycle bin, there will be two pages called “Home.” I just select the one with yesterday’s date, and click Restore.

How do I permanently delete items in the Recycle Bin?
You don’t have to do anything. Items in the Recycle Bin will be automatically deleted after 30 days. And items in the Recycle Bin are regarded as deleted, so they will not show up in search engine results.

That being said, be aware that it sometimes takes Google and other search engines a couple of weeks to clear their cache. Once they have cleared their cache, though, the material should stop showing up in a Google search. And always remember to be responsible about items you add to a wiki — especially wikis that are visible to the public. You can learn more about your permission options here.

Why can’t I see the Recycle Bin?
Only wiki organizers have access to the Recycle Bin. If you can’t see it or can’t restore pages and files, you are either not logged in as organizer, or you do not have organizer privileges for that wiki. Make sure you are logged in and contact the wiki organizer to restore the page or file.

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