Wikipedia:New admin/Protecting deleted pages

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Administrators sometimes have to protect pages due to edit wars or vandalism, though occasionally, administrators also need to protect non-existent pages to prevent them from being created/recreated. This is known as salting, after the process of salting the earth.

For example, in the case of an article that went through a deletion discussion, the consensus was to delete and it is continually remade after the AfD, the page will need to be protected from editing. Another example where salting is required is when vandals continue to create a disruptive page.

Admin mop.PNGSalting a page


Non-existent pages may be protected, for any length of time. Administrators may apply protection to non-existent pages with the same procedure as with all other pages. Administrators should not use creation protection as a pre-emptive measure, but only in response to actual events.

Ptab-NAS.PNGProtect tab

Protection form visible when salting a page

The way to protect a non-existent page is very similar to protecting a regular page. We will use the following test page: →Protect & salt test page.

  1. Go to Protect & salt test page.
  2. At the top of the page, look under the "More" dropdown menu and choose "Protect". Or for an automated method, look under Twinkle and choose "PP".
  3. To salt the article, select allow only administrators; this will prevent anyone who is not an administrator from creating the page. To semi-protect the article from creation, select allow only autoconfirmed users in the create box. IPs cannot create pages anyway; this choice means that registered users who are below the autoconfirmed level will also not be able to create the page.
  4. In the box titled expires, choose the length of time the page is to be protected. For example, 1 week, or 6 hours. However, it is unlikely an expiry will be needed for the protection of a non-existent article, so "infinite" is the default.
  5. In the box titled reason, choose a reason why you are preventing the page from creation, or type in your own reason.
  6. Press the confirm button.

To unprotect the page, follow the next steps:

  1. Go to the article you wish to unprotect. For practice, we will use →Protect & salt test page
  2. At the top of the page, click the unprotect button.
  3. On the next page, you will see a box: it is titled create which allows unprotection for creation of the article.
  4. In the create box, select Allow all users.
  5. The expires box must be left blank.
  6. In the reason box, type in why you are allowing the page to be open for creation
  7. Press the confirm button.

Padlock-red.svgNote: A related page to read is Wikipedia:Protected deleted pages.


(This section is retained for historical reasons)

Prior to December 2007, the ability to protect a non-existent page using the protect button had not yet been implemented. Instead, a page had to be transcluded onto a page with cascading protection enabled

To protect a non-existent page using transclusion, we will use two test pages: NAS Transclusionist test page and NAS Transclusionee test page.

  1. Ensure that NAS Transclusionist test page is fully-protected with cascading protection enabled.
  2. Add "{{protected title|Wikipedia:New admin/Protecting deleted pages/Transclusionee}}" onto the page.
  3. View Wikipedia:New admin/Protecting deleted pages/Transclusionee.
  4. On the page, you will see a notice informing you that the page has been protected due to transclusion, and the page that is transcluding the protection to the non-existent article will be listed.

To unprotect the non-existent page, simply remove {{protected title|Wikipedia:New admin/Protecting deleted pages/Transclusionee}} from NAS Transclusionist test page.

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