Wikipedia:Requests for page protection

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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 or unprotected, 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}}
'''Unprotection:''' 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.


Temporary Semi-protection: Alterations being being made by User: Cls14 based on subjected opinion and believed by the less charitable amongst us on behalf of the owner of the establishment mentioned in the amenities section for commercial interests. (talk) 00:09, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

I'd like it on record here that I removed a sentence that stated that a restaurant in the village was 'nicknamed' an 'eyesore'. I challenged this as it was not referenced. He then referenced a parish newsletter. I obtained a copy of the newsletter and it did not mention the word eyesore. He is angry as I have been removing unreferenced material. Cls14 (talk) 09:32, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
DeclinedWarn the user appropriately then report them to AIV or ANI if they continue. Essentially 1 IP... Lectonar (talk) 09:02, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
Requesting immediate archiving... Lectonar (talk) 13:40, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

James Sears[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: BLP policy violations – Various IPs reverting to push claims published by the subject's own publication which have been contradicted by reliable sources cited here. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 00:45, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 weeks, after which the page will be automatically unprotected.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:25, 12 February 2016 (UTC)


Semi-protection: Persistent IP and non-autoconfirmed accounts. Two of these accounts have been blocked as vandalism-only accounts. With this in mind, the socking is likley to continue. (talk) 01:11, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Pending-change protected for a period of 3 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected., too infrequently edited for semi-protection--Ymblanter (talk) 12:27, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Drake equation[edit]

Semi-protection: IP continues edit warring copyvio into article, talk page discussion not productive. Geogene (talk) 01:33, 12 February 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 01:34, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:31, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

XXXY (film)[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent IP vandalism, typically somewhat juvenile, also on XX/XY. Trankuility (talk) 02:49, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. Lectonar (talk) 10:46, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
That's disappointing. All edits since October 2015 are either IP vandalism or reverts. Trankuility (talk) 13:43, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes... but I only count about 10-15 vandalism edits in more than 3 months...this is way from high level. Lectonar (talk) 13:49, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
I would argue that when the fixes for vandalism so far outweigh substantive changes or improvements to the article then it's a problem that needs to be addressed. More so for XX/XY. Trankuility (talk) 14:01, 12 February 2016 (UTC)


Semi-protection: Persistent IP vandalism, as with XXXY (film). Trankuility (talk) 02:49, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. A bit more vandalism than at the request above, but still way under the threshold for semi-protection. Lectonar (talk) 10:47, 12 February 2016 (UTC)


Indefinite full protection: Persistent vandalism – Under recent vandalism and POV pushing since redirect to chiropractic was approved at RfD. Delta13C (talk) 10:04, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected., no reasons for the time being why it should be indefinitely protected. RfD did not actually approve anything, and the talk page discussion can be continued, if the reverting users finally find the talk page.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:20, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Only Girl (In the World)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Sock puppetry and evasion by MariaJaydHicky. Using IP accounts following the indefinite block of a new registered account.  — Calvin999 11:29, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 1 week, after which the page will be automatically unprotected.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:15, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

2016 Asia Cup[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism and the tournament hasn't started yet! Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 13:47, 12 February 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 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.

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.

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.