Wikipedia:Cascade-protected items

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Note: This page is not intended for most templates or files. Items transcluded here are considered ultra-high-use and are often critical to the Wikipedia interface or used on many articles or other pages. Occasionally, individual templates will be part of a very closely-related family of templates, all of which should probably be cascade-protected to avoid problems; even if an individual template in such a family isn't widely used, it should still be protected for the same reason. Templates temporarily full-protected (whether for vandalism, an edit war, or some other reason) do not belong here. Articles should NEVER be added to this page.

This page is used to protect:

  1. High-risk templates that should always be protected, using cascading protection. On occasion, accidental unprotection or transclusion of unprotected templates into protected templates have led to severe disruption.
  2. High risk files transcluded by them or used in the interface.

Do not delete or unprotect items because they are listed at this page! Don't do it, especially if a file has a backup copy on Commons. This page is meant to be an extra protection, to protect against silly mistakes, such as admins deleting or unprotecting high-risk templates and files. This cascade page is not meant to be the only protection. Items should generally only be removed from this page as a result of a deletion discussion closed as delete or in the course of complete deprecation in favor of a newer item. They should not be removed just because they are no longer widely used.

If this page causes any kind of problem, please ask on the talk page or speak to an(other) admin.

As a last note, due to the nature of cascading protection, it is technically impossible to allow users (even autoconfirmed users or bots) to directly edit the lead, see also section, categories or interwiki links of this page; therefore, all changes must be requested on the talk page using {{editprotected}}. For the same reason, cascading protection should not, generally, be applied to individual templates, since it protects their /doc subpages as well.

Escape templates

Often used in system messages and templates with Parser Functions.
Template Call Redirects (Calls) Comments
|- {{!-}} |- ({{Pipedash}})
& {{&}}
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{ {{(}}
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|} {{End}} |} ({{End U.S. electoral vote box}})
|} ({{End U.S. judgeship}})
|} ({{End U.S. judgeship Current}}
|} ({{End U.S. judgeship Former}})
|} ({{End U.S. judge succession}})
|} ({{End U.S. judge succession 2}})
|} ({{End electoral college selection}})
|} ({{End box}})
|} ({{N-end}})
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|} ({{End table}})
|} ({{S-end}})
|} ({{Radiolist end}})
|} ({{Finish box}})
|} ({{NBA player statistics end}})
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 · {{·}}  · ({{,}})
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ʻ {{okina}}
| {{para}}

Citation templates

Used in most every article
Template Call Redirects (Calls) Comments
{{Citation/core}} ({{Harvard reference/core}})
({{Citation core}})
{{{2}}} {{Citation/make link}} {{{2}}} ({{Citation/Link}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite book}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Book reference}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Book reference url}})
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{{{title}}} ({{{date}}}) {{Cite comic}} {{{title}}} ({{{date}}}) ({{Comic book reference}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite conference}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Conference reference}})
. {{Cite court}} . ({{Cite case}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite encyclopedia}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Citeencyclopedia}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite encyclopaedia}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite dictionary}})
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. {{Cite episode}} . ({{Cite show}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite journal}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Citepaper}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite paper}})
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Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite Journal}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Citejournal}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite Magazine}})
. {{Cite mailing list}} . ({{Cite mailinglist}})
(Map). {{Cite map}} (Map). ({{Cite maps}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite news}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Citenews}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Citenewsauthor}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite news-q}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite article}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite newspaper}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite-news}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite news2}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cute news}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite new}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite newsgroup}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite usenet}})
(Press release).  Missing or empty |title= (help) {{Cite press release}} (Press release).  Missing or empty |title= (help) ({{Cite pressrelease}})
(Press release).  Missing or empty |title= (help) ({{Cite press}})
(Press release).  Missing or empty |title= (help) ({{Cite press release.}})
Empty citation (help)  {{Cite video}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite audio}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite media}})
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Empty citation (help)  {{Cite web}} Empty citation (help)  ({{Web reference}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Web-reference}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Web cite}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite website}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite-web}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Citeweb}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Web citation}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite url}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite blog}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite Web}})
Empty citation (help)  ({{Cite webpage}})
{{{strip}}}. {{{date}}}, {{{syndicate}}}. {{Comic strip reference}}
([[#CITEREF|]]) {{Harvard citation}}
Error: No DOI specified! {{Cite doi}} Error: No DOI specified! ({{Cite DOI}})
Error: No DOI specified! ({{Doi ref}})
template used by Citation_bot
Error: No JSTOR ID specified! {{Cite jstor}} Error: No JSTOR ID specified! ({{Cite JSTOR}}) template used by Citation_bot
Error: No PMID specified! {{Cite pmid}} template used by Citation_bot
[citation needed] {{Citation needed}} [citation needed] ({{Are you sure?}})
[citation needed] ({{Citation missing}})
[citation needed] ({{Citation Needed}})
[citation needed] ({{Citation requested}})
[citation needed] ({{Citation required}})
[citation needed] ({{Citation-needed}})
[citation needed] ({{Citationeeded}})
[citation needed] ({{Citationneeded}})
[citation needed] ({{Cite missing}})
[citation needed] ({{Cite needed}})
[citation needed] ({{Cite source}})
[citation needed] ({{Cite-needed}})
[citation needed] ({{Citeneeded}})
[citation needed] ({{Citesource}})
[citation needed] ({{Cn}})
[citation needed] ({{CN}})
[citation needed] ({{Fact}})
[citation needed] ({{Facts}})
[citation needed] ({{FACT}})
[citation needed] ({{Needcite}})
[citation needed] ({{Needs citation}})
[citation needed] ({{Needs citations}})
[citation needed] ({{Needsref}})
[citation needed] ({{Proveit}})
[citation needed] ({{Ref?}})
[citation needed] ({{Reference needed}})
[citation needed] ({{Refneeded}})
[citation needed] ({{Refplease}})
[citation needed] ({{Source needed}})
[citation needed] ({{Source?}})
[citation needed] ({{Sourceme}})
[citation needed] ({{Uncited}})

Meta stuff

High-risk templates that serve as "roots" for more specific templates.

Interface templates

Templates that are used in the interface. That is, templates that have been designed to be used in the MediaWiki namespace.

Template Call Redirects (Calls) Comments
{{editnotice load}}
{{editnotice load/core}}
{{script doc auto}}
{{script doc auto/core}}
{{script doc auto/core2}}
{{skin-file disambig}}

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Ceranium's stuff



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Cascade protected images

The images listed here are protected even if they are accidentally deleted. Thus no-one can upload a bad image during that time. This also protects the images after they have been restored, since admins sometimes forget to re-protect the images after they have restored them.

Admins sometimes delete protected images by accident, or because they think we don't need them since they exist on Commons. But images are usually locally uploaded and protected here at the English Wikipedia since they are used in an interface message or in some widely used template. Thus these images are high-use and high-risk.

DYK stuff


This page was initially in user space at User:Cenarium/Protected templates, whose idea it was. It was copied/moved to Wikipedia space on 16:57, 14 October 2009 (UTC). Similar pages from other users, notably User:Hersfold/Lockbox, User:Dinoguy1000/Lockbox and User:Davidgothberg/Lockbox have been incorporated.

See also