Are you familiar with the {{Delete Category}} template?

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The {{Delete Category}} template is a handy way to remove a category with a mistake, one that is mistakenly added, or one that is no longer needed. It can be used by anyone, but please use caution. 

Read about it in Help:Categorization here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Categorization#Deleting.2C_Renaming.2C_or_Merging_Categories

We now ask that if you are deleting, renaming or merging categories, please leave a note under the line to explain the reason. It helps Categorization Project members understand why this is occuring.The note needs only to  be a simple thing. If you are doing a number of these at once, you need only add the note to one of the bunch. 

Examples:
1. {{Delete Category}}

Project is doing away with this set of categories.

2. {{Delete Category}}

I misspelled a word.

3. {{Rename Category|New Category Name}}

I used the wrong character.

4. {{Merge Category|New Category Name}}

There are two similar categories I am combining.

Any questions, please ask here and tag the post with "Categorization". Thank you, WikiTree!

This is a follow-up to this post:

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/652572/why-has-the-bot-deleted-this-ontario-category?show=654782#c654782

in The Tree House by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (504k points)
Love it!  There are so many out there that need this.
Natalie,

A couple of years ago when I first started setting up cemetery free space pages, I named the Memory Gardens Cemetery incorrectly.  The leader on the cemeterist project set up a new free space page for me and had the original one link to the new one.  All that is on the original page is that link.  I would like to delete the original one altogether (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Tallahassee_Memory_Gardens).  

Could you do that for me?  I am a bit leery of trying it myself for fear I might inadvertently delete the good one or make a mess.  Thanks!
Wait, that's a space page, not a category.
You can merge free spaces here:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:MergeSpace
Yup, we figured it out! Thanks, Brad!
Thanks for your help, Natalie.  Looks good!
Carolyn, Page is deleted.
Useful. Thank you.
Never knew! Thanks for great tip.

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Excellent, Natalie. Thanks, again!
by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
You're welcome Laurie!
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This is neat, Natalie. Thanks.

I suggest also signing it with four tildes (~~~~), so it's not necessary to go to History to see who set up the change.
by I R G2G6 Pilot (273k points)
That is a great idea!
Can someone explain the four tildes?
When you use the four tildes on a WikiTree page, it datestamps the page with time and WikiID.
That's handy. Thank you.
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I've used #3 and #4 on the occasion when required
by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (127k points)

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