Wikipedia:TenPoundHammer's Law

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If the name and track order of a future album are not yet known, the album is very likely to have its page deleted from Wikipedia.
If you do not want to feel the holy wrath of the thunder god, then do not title the article "[name of artist]'s [nth] studio album".

Pages of this sort usually take the naming convention "[name of artist]'s [nth] studio album". There are occasional exceptions to this law, as sometimes a future album will contain enough verifiable information for a decent article even if the title is not known.[1] But if all you can do is look into a crystal ball or base your information off rumors posted to message boards, blogs, or Facebook, then it's best not to create a page on the album until you've got something more to say. Wikipedia isn't going anywhere; it's not going to hurt you to wait.[2] And if that wasn't enough, exacerbating the issue even more is that if the article is nominated for deletion, performing the relevant pre-checks for sources online is made extremely difficult by the fact that, by definition, no genuine search term exists.

This also applies to discographies; please try to refrain from listing "TBD" in a list of the band's albums, unless of course the album is actually called "TBD".[3] Again, it won't hurt you to wait.

Other applications

Other media aside from music can also be susceptible to the hammer of WP:AfD

By extension, TenPoundHammer's law can also refer to any future subject for which a name is not yet known and no verifiable information from reliable sources yet exists.[4] This might include "future" video games,[5] movies, computer hardware, consoles, books, DVDs, software and other types of media and products. It can even apply to a future band whose name and final members aren't known,[6] proposed constitutions,[7] or professional sports teams that do not know what league they will play in.[8] It could also apply to speculation about potential or theoretical, but undiscovered, chemicals.[9]


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