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), extended confirmed protected, 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 to have a page protected, have a page's existing protection level lowered or raised, or would like to submit an edit request for a protected page, please follow these steps (note: if you enable the Twinkle gadget for your Wikipedia account, this process can be largely automated for you):

  1. If you are requesting unprotection, the correct protocol is to ask the protecting administrator first for unprotection (the admin's user account name can be found in the page's edit history). If for any reason he or she is unresponsive, unwilling, or unable to lower protection then you may list your request on this page.
  2. Add a level 3 header (i.e. === [[Example title]] ===) with the namespace if not an article.[clarification needed] 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 (Twinkle can make sure this never happens to you!).
  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 for move-protections— thus, an article can, for example, be semi-edit-protected for a week and also fully-move-protected indefinitely.
  5. Sign your request with four tildes ~~~~ and click Save page.
  • Note: editors should not consider requesting page protection as a method for continuing an argument from elsewhere nor as a venue for starting a new discussion regarding article content. If a request contains excessive argument, appears to be intended to resolve a content dispute, includes personal attacks or uncivil comments, or has any other unrelated discussion, it will be removed from this page and no action will be taken.
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.

Fake news website[edit]

Pizzagate (conspiracy theory)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Can you add "Semi-Protection", also, on top of this at the same time? Is that possible? Lots of incoming WP:BLP violations. Sagecandor (talk) 16:10, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

I second this, and recommend a keen eye to escalate to full if necessary. TimothyJosephWood 16:14, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
Semi-protected for a period of 3 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Yaris678 (talk) 16:21, 7 December 2016 (UTC)


Create protection: Repeatedly recreated – A7 speedily deleted more than once, author has also previously tried to remove deletion tag. Seahorseruler (Talk Page) (Contribs) 16:23, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Declined. There's only one editor creating the article, and only twice. The editor can be blocked if appropriate. Brianga (talk) 16:41, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Ian Desmond[edit]

Semi-protection: WP:CRYSTAL violations relating to an unofficial free agent signing. Trut-h-urts man (TC) 16:41, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 18:10, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Gender Equality[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Can this get semi-protection in addition to the pending changes? Lots of incoming vandalism and disruption from IP sources. Sagecandor (talk) 17:26, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 1 month, after which the page will be automatically unprotected.. Pending ain't working. !!!!

User talk:WikipediaOrg[edit]

Full protection: Inappropriate use of user talk page while blocked – User has been blocked. GXXF TC 19:27, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Declined I don't see any inappropriate edits in the user talk page's history. Also, revoking talk page access would be the correct way to remedy this problem as opposed to applying full protection. ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 19:38, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Lacina Traoré[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent name and height changes. – 🐈? (talk) 20:58, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Emma Swan[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Repeated vandalism to the infobox (several accounts adding "true love" to both Regina/Killian) and continuing to do so after warnings. . Chrissymad ❯❯❯ Talk 21:44, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Sigmund Freud[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – vandalism from multiple ip editors. NPalgan2 (talk) 22:35, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Pathological lying[edit]

Semi-protection: Majority of edits since it came off of protection are vandalism/reversions. Reil (talk) 23:30, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Tony Cox (actor)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent vandalism by IPs since yesterday (possible socks). FoCuS contribs; talk to me! 23:43, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Template:Neill Blomkamp[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Seems there is someone who thinks they can get a sequel to Chappie made just by adding it to this template. They are willing to create socks. Related discussion can be seen here User talk:C.Fred#Obvious sock. MarnetteD|Talk 23:54, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

David Seaman (journalist)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Sustained addition of unsourced text and text not supported by reliable sources by IP users. Neutralitytalk 00:50, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: @Neutrality: This request cannot be parsed. Please ensure it follows formatting consistent with the current or previous methods of submission.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 00:57, 8 December 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.

Ilana Mercer[edit]

Downgrade to pending Page has been indef semi since 2009, but the indef is the only entry in the protection log, so there isn't an established pattern of expiration and resumption of vandalism. Putting this here since the protecting admin, Brandon (talk · contribs) appears to be online only sporadically. TimothyJosephWood 13:07, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Can we give this a couple of days to see if Brandon is back. They were earlier today. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 17:54, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
No reason why a few days vs a few years should make a difference. TimothyJosephWood 00:52, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Template:Soft redirect[edit]

Semi-protection: Due to 4000 use. GXXF TC 19:22, 7 December 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.


Edit request: The description page at Commons is tagged PD-ineligible, would it be possible to update the local copy here? Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 12:22, 2 December 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.