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.

Mob Wives[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Immediate resumption of disruptive editing from IP's following the latest removal of protection. Continued addition of original research, which is not supported by reliable sources, as well changed made in violate of the MOS and {{Infobox television}}. livelikemusic my talk page! 03:10, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Comment I'm having trouble following your reasoning from recent edits. It looks like the IPs made some rearrangements and fixed a spelling mistake (which you reverted). I don't think it qualifies as vandalism. Samsara 03:26, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
Comment The rearrangements violate the ibox linked above and the MOS of TV, which is one of the issues that lead to the page's previous protection.
I'm not familiar with the show, nor do I know which part of the MOS you think is violated. The only problem I can trace to the taxobox is the insertion of a blank line, which is not sufficient reason for protecting a page. Samsara 04:07, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. Samsara 08:00, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Albert Cheng[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of IP spamming of late.  Ohc ¡digame! 08:00, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

DeclinedWarn the user appropriately then report them to AIV or ANI if they continue. Samsara 08:02, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Cheddar cheese[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – IP being disruptive/edit warring despite attempts at communication. ☾Loriendrew☽ (ring-ring) 12:30, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. GedUK  13:35, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Long term IP edit warring on cdrtools/cdrkit/libburnia[edit]

Infinite semi-protection: High level of IP edit warring. Please add semi protection to the named articles.

There is a group of IP addresses from the Munic area and a named user from the same area that try to add false claims or links/citations to false claims from other people in order to harm cdrtools. The Munic IP addresses are active since many years and last year, there have been several alternative IP/user edits with only a few minutes time difference.

Since nearly three months, there is another group of IP (v4 + v6) addresses from the Oslo area and a named user from the same area that does similar edits.

Please add an infinite semi protection as the harmful activities exist since more than 5 years. Schily (talk) 13:17, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

@Schily: This sounds like a dispute. Usually we'd require evidence that you've tried to resolve the issues with the other side an they haven't responded or there has been some consensus/admin decision as to what should happen. Alternatively, have you documented what sources they want to insert and why these aren't reliable? Samsara 15:15, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
They are inserting various things. It seems they are careful with not always trying to do the same. There is however a common sense in all edits: trying to harm an OSS project and editing with alternating credentials (IP/user) where the more harmful edits are done via IP access. I have tried to find a solution for this problem since more than 5 years. I collected a long list if IP edits and user edits but if I would violate the WP rule "not outing" if I send this to a WP list. It seems these people or this person knows about this problem. BTW: the person from Munic uses WP just as one of several ways to spread libel against Cdrtools, I have a list of other attacks as well. As it is obvious that this person does most of his attacks anonymously, I am sure that a semi protection could help. You are however welcome to present a better solution. Schily (talk) 15:40, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

National Geographic Channel[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – Persistent image vandalism. Geraldo Perez (talk) 14:12, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 14:32, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
Semi-protected for a period of 1 week. After 1 week the page will be automatically unprotected. NeilN talk to me 14:45, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

David Yerushalmi[edit]

Semi-protection: Long-term disruption by a repeatedly blocked IP-hopper (who posts phone numbers in edit summaries and claims to be a "paid Obama censor"). Xenophrenic (talk) 14:53, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 1 month. After 1 month the page will be automatically unprotected. IP user is evading previous blocks. Samsara 15:11, 25 November 2015 (UTC)


Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Most IP edits are getting reverted and check the protection log. The Avengers (talk) 15:22, 25 November 2015 (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.

Fulfilled/denied requests[edit]

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