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. Extended confirmed protection is used where semi-protection has proved insufficient (see the rough guide to extended confirmed protection)

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. 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. Place the pagelinks template below the header, in the form of * {{pagelinks|Example title}} (note the asterisk).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sign your request with four tildes ~~~~ and click Publish changes.
  • 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.

Lynchburg Sesquicentennial half dollar[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. VibeScepter (talk) (contributions) 07:47, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 08:33, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
@VibeScepter: Already done. Please come back when it expires if further vandalism takes place and further protection is in order. --TheSandDoctor Talk 17:50, 22 April 2019 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – IP's persistently changing content without edit summary/explanation. - . LouisAragon (talk) 16:57, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

Question: It's a little hard for me to tell, and the talk page isn't too illustrative, but is this not just a content dispute? ~ Amory (utc) 18:54, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: It appears the IP hopper in question made the initial contentious edit,[1] which was subsequently reverted. So not only has said operator violated WP:WAR (and WP:SOCK, de facto), but also WP:BRD. They should discuss contentious edits on the talk page, not on the article itself through sheer reverting. - LouisAragon (talk) 21:36, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

George Mason University[edit]

Persistent vandalism, probably same user on different IP-addresses TEDickey (talk) 00:08, 23 April 2019 (UTC) Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Revert warring regarding a aspect of the institution's namesake in the lead. Hasteur (talk) 00:09, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: @Tedickey: 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 00:37, 23 April 2019 (UTC)
Semi-protected for a period of one week, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. El_C 00:56, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Alligator gar[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – IP keeps reverting to add improper grammar. Atsme Talk 📧 00:25, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Comment. In this case I have to say that agree with at least some of what the IP has posted. For instance, one of the sentences under discussion presently reads as follows:
Anecdotal evidence in several scientific reports suggest that an alligator gar can grow up to 10 ft (3.0 m) in length.
This is incorrect. The subject of the sentence is evidence, evidence is always singular, therefore the sentence should be:
Evidence[singular subject] suggests[singular verb] (not the present "Evidence [singular subject] suggest [plural verb]", see University of Sydney blog here and Wiktionary "uncountable" nouns & Wiktionary 'uncountable' definition.
There might be more issues that are grammatical in nature but this case of subject/verb agreement is simply the first one I came across... Shearonink (talk) 00:44, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Pictogram voting move light green.png Consider the edit warring noticeboard – This is a case of possible edit-warring by one or two users. El_C 00:50, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Brie Larson[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Long-term history of IPs and new users vandalising and removing information on Larson's page to target her feminism and activism. . Krimuk2.0 (talk) 06:39, 23 April 2019 (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 06:54, 23 April 2019 (UTC)
Since my last request, two more vandals targeted the page, see this and this, while one removed info. Krimuk2.0 (talk) 06:56, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. El_C 08:31, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

President Of National Youth Council Of Nigeria[edit]

Indefinite full protection. 07:12, 23 April 2019 (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 07:24, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Question: Because...? El_C 08:36, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Server (computing)[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. L ke (talk) 08:51, 23 April 2019 (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 the rolling archive if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

Current requests for edits to a protected page[edit]

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.
  • Requests to move move-protected pages 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 protected. Please make a request only if you have a specific edit you wish to make.

Create a level 3 header with a link to the article in question, then a {{Pagelinks}} template and then the reason. It looks like this: Example (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) your request here. ~~~~

List of YouTubers[edit]

List of YouTubers (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs): An edit request for #Emma Blackery will be archived in about ten days. Reducing the protection level would be unwise, the admin was blocked. – (talk) 20:24, 22 April 2019 (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.