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 exact title of the page you would like (un)protected. If the page is not in the article namespace, include the namespace prefix (e.g. Template:Example template or User:Example user). 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.

User talk:L3X1[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – IP Sock is back after a 3 week hiatus, and is now fake blocking me. L3X1 My Complaint Desk 14:30, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Note: IP has already been blocked. -- ferret (talk) 14:38, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
@L3X1:...if you still want protection, ping me. Lectonar (talk) 15:06, 23 February 2017 (UTC)


Indefinite pending changes: Persistent disruptive editing – IP and registered user adding a load of promo + edit war. The Banner talk 15:29, 23 February 2017 (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 15:30, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
Semi-protected for a period of 3 weeks, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 15:50, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
One of the editors involved in the disruptive editing is a registered user, so semi-protection will not work. The Banner talk 15:55, 23 February 2017 (UTC)
Then pending-changes also wouldn't work; semi-protection will take care of IPs and fresh users, the registered user can be dealt with in other form(s): Pictogram voting move light green.png Consider the edit warring noticeboard – This is a case of possible edit-warring by one or two users. Lectonar (talk) 16:00, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Sarah Paulson[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: BLP policy violations – WP:EF/R#Sarah Paulson. Ⓩⓟⓟⓘⓧ Talk 18:00, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

DeclinedWarn the user appropriately then report them to AIV or ANI if they continue. Appears to only be a single IP who made two edits. ~ Rob13Talk 19:08, 23 February 2017 (UTC)


Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Just won't stop. <<< SOME GADGET GEEK >>> (talk) 18:49, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. Appears to be one person using two accounts and an IP. The disruption has since stopped. Report again if it resumes. ~ Rob13Talk 19:05, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Central Wisconsin Christian High School[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – The article has been vandalized multiple times over the past year or so. Dolotta (talk) 19:43, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. ~ Rob13Talk 19:48, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Man-in-the-middle attack[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Repeated anon edits from multiple IPs messing with references and citations in nonsensical ways. Reil (talk) 21:00, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

2016–17 UEFA Europa League knockout phase[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Qed237 (talk) 22:10, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 4 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. ~ Rob13Talk 23:49, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Jennifer Lopez: All I Have[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent addition of unsourced and poorly sourced content. livelikemusic talk! 23:34, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. ~ Rob13Talk 23:50, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Madam C. J. Walker[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Quasar G. (talk) 00:05, 24 February 2017 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. Sro23 (talk) 00:23, 24 February 2017 (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 "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.

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.

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.