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Requests for page protection

This page is for requesting that a page, file or template be fully protected, create protected (salted), semi-protected, added to pending changes, move-protected, template protected (template-specific), upload protected (file-specific), or unprotected. Please read up on the protection policy. Full protection is used to stop edit warring between multiple users or to prevent vandalism to high-risk templates, semi-protection and pending changes are usually used only to prevent IP and new user vandalism (see the rough guide to semi-protection), and move protection is used to stop pagemove revert wars.

After a page has been protected, the protection is listed in the page history and logs with a short description indicating why it was protected, and the article is listed on Special:Protectedpages. Further discussion should take place on the Talk page of the article. In the case of full protection due to edit warring, admins do not revert to specific versions of the page, except to get rid of obvious vandalism.


If you would like to request a page to be protected, have an existing protection level lowered or an edit request, please follow the following steps:

  1. If you are requesting unprotection, you must ask the protecting administrator first for unprotection. If the admin is unable to respond and/or lower protection then you can list your request on this page.
  2. Add a level 3 header (i.e. === [[Example title]] ===) with the namespace if not an article. Place your request at the bottom of either the protection or unprotection list, depending on the nature of your request, and place the pagelinks template below the header in the form of * {{pagelinks|Example title}}. Please make sure you have spelled the name of the article properly; a common error stems from mistaken requests for the protection of redirects, particularly capitalised ones.
  3. If you are requesting protection, write the type of request (full protection, semi-protection, pending changes, move protection) and a brief reason for your request below your header.
  4. Please do not add arbitrary requests for a protection expiry time to your request, or request indefinite protection arbitrarily.
    • If there is a reason for a page to be protected for a certain amount of time, such as protecting a user talk page until the user is unblocked, please make this clear.
    • If you are requesting indefinite semi-protection or pending changes, be aware that it is only applied to articles with endemic and endless vandalism problems which multiple increasing periods of temporary semi-protection or pending changes have failed to stop.
    • Note that different expiry times can be set for edit and move-protections, so an article can, for example, be semi-edit-protected for a week and full-move-protected indefinitely.
  5. Sign your request with four tildes ~~~~ and save.
  • Note: this is not a venue for continuing an argument from elsewhere nor starting a new discussion regarding content. If a request contains excessive arguing, is being used for edit-warring or content disputes, contains personal attacks or uncivil comments or any other unrelated discussion, it will be removed from this page.
For single page requests
=== [[Example Article Name]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Example Article Name}}
'''Semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
=== [[Template:Example Template Name]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Template:Example Template Name}}
'''Reduction in protection level:''' From full protection to template editor protection. ~~~~
For multiple page requests with the same criteria
=== Short descriptive header ===
* {{pagelinks|Wikipedia:Example Page Name 1}}
* {{pagelinks|Wikipedia:Example Page Name 2}}
'''Temporary semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
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Administrator instructions

Current requests for increase in protection level[edit]

Place requests for new or upgrading pending changes, semi-protection, full protection, move protection, create protection, template editor protection, or upload protection at the BOTTOM of this section. Check the rolling archive of fulfilled and denied requests or, failing that, the page history if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

2016–17 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase and play-off round[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – And the dynamic 88 guy is back again. Qed237 (talk) 23:06, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

No Man's Sky[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – IP hopping vandal. Majora (talk) 00:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Checking to see if protection is necessary. I'm seeing where it's primarily one IP. I've just warned them about 3RR. —C.Fred (talk) 01:04, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Continuing to monitor, IP blocked. —C.Fred (talk) 01:06, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

List of wars involving the United States[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Random removals of content from numerous IP editors. A guy saved by Jesus (talk) 02:07, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Simon Hopkinson[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Lots of IP users adding jokes about Hopkinson having a crush on Gavin Free (this is a joke originating from Gavin's Secret Admirer – Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures). IagoQnsi (talk) 02:27, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Tyler Posey[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Unreliably sourced info and general vandalism about his "coming out" on Snapchat. Ebyabe talk - Union of Opposites ‖ 04:56, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

This appears to have taken care of itself. --Ebyabe talk - Welfare State ‖ 17:22, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Not resolved. I advise at least a 3-day semi. --IJBall (contribstalk) 19:04, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Languages of Moldova[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – from the Talk:Moldova vandal. Ebyabe talk - General Health ‖ 04:58, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Russian language[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Moldovan language vandal edit warring . Ebyabe talk - Attract and Repel ‖ 05:50, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

No Ebyabe, Ukraine Map. (talk) 08:12, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

IPhone (1st generation)[edit]

Indefinite pending changes: Persistent disruptive editing – Page has had regular disruptive editing over the past few months; requesting pending changes review requirement for this article indefinitely. Dane2007 (talk) 05:58, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: A request for protection/unprotection for one or more pages in this request was recently made, and was denied at some point within the last 8 days.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 06:07, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Boys Don't Cry (Frank Ocean album)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Page has received an influx of edits due to the album not being released (pop culture suggests fans believe it will never arrive) – requesting temporary semi-protect and a full revert of all the non-constructive edits. Seba5tien (talk/contribs) 06:21, 30 July 2016 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content - Initial page author being overly protective of page, despite not providing sources to back up assertions; current edit tags all unsourced assertions while still acknowledging the "township" status issue. isagani (talk) 08:33, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Declined – Consider dispute resolution. isagani, semi protection won't prevent autoconfirmed editors from editing. NeilN talk to me 16:18, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

/r/The Donald[edit]

Indefinite full protection: controversial article. Kabahaly (talk) 11:23, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

DeclinedPages are not protected preemptively. NeilN talk to me 16:10, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Tom Mendelsohn[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Article's subject is editing the page and removing a reliably sourced misdemanour that he not only did, but admitted to doing (Tweets of admission are embedded in the source). '''tAD''' (talk) 11:28, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Subject is also enlisting meatpuppets to cover his tracks '''tAD''' (talk) 11:30, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Automated comment: This user who requested protection has been blocked.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 18:10, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Jennifer Lopez: All I Have[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – On-going change of information, which is unsourced or poorly sourced, or even contradicting reliable sources within the article. livelikemusic talk! 12:33, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Goryeo–Khitan War[edit]

Semi-protection: consistent IP vandalism/disruptive editing. Unexplained removal of sourced material and consistent addition of unsourced material. You'll notice that these IP users are making the same unconstructive edits on numerous Korea-related pages. BlackRanger88 (talk) 16:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Republic of China general election, 2016[edit]

Temporary move protection: Page title dispute/move warring – Move warrior will not abide WP:BRD and is making a mess, moving to all sorts of error-laden titles. Please protect this to allow for discussion. RGloucester 18:13, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Move protected indefinitely. NeilN talk to me 18:51, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Mark Melancon[edit]

Semi-protection: Unsourced additions relating to unconfirmed trade reports. Trut-h-urts man (TC) 19:26, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Please disregard, the trade is now official. Trut-h-urts man (TC) 19:39, 30 July 2016 (UTC)


Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Repeated numbers vandalism (inserting false numbers for economy, population etc etc) by either an IP-hopper or multiple separate IPs (see page history). Thomas.W talk 19:49, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection level[edit]

Please post requests in this section for removing or reducing the protection level of a page if the protecting admin is inactive or you have already asked them.
  • To find out the username of the admin who protected the page click on "View history" at the top of the page, then click on "View logs for this page" which is under the title of the page. The protecting admin is the username in blue before the words "protected", "changed protection level" or "pending changes". If there are a number of entries on the log page, you might find it easier to select "Protection log" or "Pending changes log" from the dropdown menu in the blue box.
  • Requests to downgrade full protection to template protection on templates and modules can be directed straight here; you do not need to ask the protecting admin first.
  • Requests for removing create protection on redlinked articles are generally assisted by having a draft version of the intended article prepared beforehand.
  • If you want to make spelling corrections or add uncontroversial information to a protected page please add {{Edit fully-protected}} to the article's talk page, along with an explanation of what you want to add to the page. If the talk page is protected please use the section below.

Check here if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

2016–17 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round[edit]

Temporary pending changes: Persistent vandalism – Pending changes level 1 may be better. 333-blue 08:06, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

@333-blue: Could you elucidate please? The vandalism level was high enough to warrant semiprotection. Lectonar (talk) 12:16, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
I don't know...maybe PC1 would have been okay, as most of those redlinks are editors with hundreds or thousands of edits. Want to hear what Swarm says, though I see he's on a bit of a break. No hurry here. Katietalk 15:28, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Template:Category exists[edit]

Unprotection: No transclusions, probably deprecated (report). Eyesnore 21:50, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Courcelles? Katietalk 22:16, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Next issue/Featured content[edit]

Unprotection: This is the starting place of the Signposts featured content report, before it is moved to a release date-specific title. (That's because how the Signpost currently is published.) Please unprotect, so that I can start working on the next issue. Armbrust The Homunculus 12:57, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

(Non-administrator comment) I don't know much about the Signpost, but looks like it was protected because of a misguided (but probably good faith) request by Laberkiste. Pinging Nakon, the protecting admin. nyuszika7h (talk) 13:18, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Script kiddie[edit]

Indefinite pending changes: Persistent vandalism – I made a successful semi-protection request earlier today. User appears to have circumvented semi-protection (autoconfirmed?) and continued to vandalise the page, removing protection tags and making non-constructive edits. This page can be considered a popular target for immature vandal editors; I feel that Pending Changes protection would be appropriate. Seba5tien (talk/contribs) 19:17, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Current requests for edits to a protected page[edit]

Further information: Wikipedia:Edit requests

Ideally, requests should be made on the article talk page rather than here.

  • Unless the talk page itself is protected, you may instead add the appropriate template among {{Edit protected}}, {{Edit template-protected}}, {{Edit extended-protected}}, or {{Edit semi-protected}} to the article's talk page if you would like to make a change rather than requesting it here. Doing so will automatically place the page in the appropriate category for the request to be reviewed.
  • Where requests are made due to the editor having a conflict of interest (COI; see Wikipedia:Suggestions for COI compliance), the {{request edit}} template should be used.
  • Page move requests should be made at Wikipedia:Requested moves, not here.
  • If the discussion page and the article are both protected preventing you from making an edit request, this page is the right place to make that request. Please see the top of this page for instructions on how to post requests.
  • This page is not for continuing or starting discussions regarding content should both an article and its discussion page be locked. Please make requests as long as you have a specific edit you wish to make.

Anita Sarkeesian[edit]

I wanted to suggest something in the talk page for Anita Sarkeesian, however it's locked so here it is. I'd like to see the question discussed in the talk page:

I've examined all the provided references and I find the sentence:

The Tropes vs Women project triggered a campaign of sexist harassment against Sarkeesian

problematic. There is no doubt that she was subject to harassment, but the term 'sexist' is inappropriate and implies motive which has not been established. The sources themselves make the assumption that it's gender based ... but we've seen numerous examples where men with the same views as Sarkessian have been subject to similar harassment (if not at the same level) and it isn't because of their gender. (talk) 10:28, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Handled requests[edit]

A rolling archive of the last seven days of protection requests can be found at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection/Rolling archive.