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 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.

Jane Austen[edit]

Full Protection Persistent debate for one full week involving administrators and very experienced editors resulted in a complete melt-down of the article over the week-end with section blanking initiated by Vistoriaearle. The issue is related to harsh debate on CITEVAR and possibly related to strong feelings which multiple editors have for the late Wadewitz as a highly respected editor. Editors have resorted to vulgarity, defensive use of the "f---" word, defensive personal attacks, and now section blanking over the week-end. I have start the RfC to resolve this and am requesting a 30-day RFPP, which in theory should apply to the administrators involved as well, to allow a cool down period, and I have restored the neutral peer reviewed version of the article as reviewed by Miniapolis for GOCE until the RfC is completed. Fountains-of-Paris (talk) 15:30, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Question: I appreciate that this is an article subject to a noisy content dispute, but looking at the history, in which you've carried out a string of reverts to your preferred version and then immediately come here requesting full protection, regardless of your intention this is going to look like an attempt to win an editwar by getting the page locked into your preferred version. In light of this, I'm extremely reluctant to full-protect an article this high-profile without a broad consensus from those involved in it; do the other participants in the content dispute (particularly those opposing you) also endorse the idea of temporarily protecting it? ‑ Iridescent 23:32, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Declined The article is far too much in flux to protect - whatever state I locked it on will have somebody yelling about it being the wrong version and trying to find a pre-dispute version to roll back to would be even worse. It's been 24 hours since your reverts and nothing's happened so far, so I think it's best to wait for the RfC you started on talk and all the related discussions to play out. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:31, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Frontal lobe[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. (talk) 20:37, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

I don't think protection is required here. One IP address is making disruptive edits. The last warning has been given. If the IP makes similar edit, someone or me should take action. (not adding any template here at this moment) --Tito Dutta (talk) 20:46, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
@Titodutta: Well.. There appears to be two IP's involved as of recently... But more outstanding in my opinion, is that the vandalism has gone back for quite awhile now... From August 3 – August 9, there were two instances of IP vandalism (from different IP addresses than the ones that I listed above), and overall, the disruption has gone back since December 2015. Though, the vandalism is subtle and not very rapid, so maybe pending changes may be a better idea here... (talk) 23:20, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
There is not much activity in the article (refer last 50/100 edits). I am a little reluctant to PC protect the article. I believe that the last attack was from a single editor. If they come back, action will be taken. --Tito Dutta (talk) 04:45, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
I was asked to provide my perspective here. As I see it, vandalism makes up the majority of contributions in the past month or so, and I do think PC protection fits better than semi-protection here. I this this is a borderline case in terms of volume of disruption, so I understand why Tito was hesitant in issuing a protection. It does seem like some vandalism slipped through the cracks and the article had to be restored a few versions back, so I think pending changes will make catching things a little easier. Airplaneman 19:25, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Pending-changes protected for a period of 1 month, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Airplaneman 19:25, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Maine Question 3, 2016[edit]

Temporary pending changes: Persistent disruptive editing – Seems to be a target of opponents of this referendum, posting their opinions and factually incorrect claims. 331dot (talk) 00:40, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 4 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Airplaneman 19:39, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Note: I misread the request as one for semi-protection (I'm sitting outside in the sun so my screen is relatively dim). I think semi-protection is also a fine solution given the volume of editorializing happening here; the page is on my watchlist if more disruption happens after the 4-day period. Airplaneman 19:40, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

User:Mlpearc/Archiving notice[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Own userspace. Mlpearc (open channel) 00:51, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

DeclinedPages are not protected preemptively. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:25, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
@Ritchie333: Admins need to have a conference, as this is not the S.O.P. of late. Consistency is fleeting :P. Mlpearc (open channel) 16:44, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Mlpearc, I agree there's some confusion but I now agree with Ritchie333 per WP:UPROT. --NeilN talk to me 16:53, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
@Mlpearc: (pingspam to NeilN and Ritchie333) Yea, speaking from anecdotal memory, I think the norm was way more favorable towards semi-protection in these cases a few years ago, but I think that has shifted in recent times. It all depends on what is considered demonstrated need. I definitely still have to adjust some of my protection decisions in accordance with this "new" UPROT SOP. Airplaneman 19:45, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Kidz Bop[edit]

Pending changes: Persistent vandalism. Everymorning (talk) 02:07, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Suicide of Audrie Pott[edit]

Temporary protection: Posting names of underage perps, use of facebook as source Jim1138 (talk) 06:42, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

List of Liv and Maddie episodes[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Continuous, unsourced additions by IP users of information about the show's upcoming fourth season on Disney Channel. MPFitz1968 (talk) 17:06, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Samuel Umtiti[edit]

Temporary pending changes: Persistent vandalism. Dat GuyTalkContribs 17:39, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Michy Batshuayi[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Qed237 (talk) 19:34, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Joe Hart[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Transfer rumours (window closes 1 September). Qed237 (talk) 19:35, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Abel Hernández[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Qed237 (talk) 19:38, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Hong Kong International Airport[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry of User:Jonathan Yip. Please see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Jonathan Yip & Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Jonathan Yip for more info. The page has been raided with IP and account socks for awhile as of recently, so the protection may need to be long-term (-ish). (talk) 20:48, 23 August 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.

Ray William Johnson[edit]

Pending changes: Persistent vandalism – Editing of this page has dramatically declined since 2012. About time semi was removed or lowered. Anarchyte (work | talk) 10:59, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Paging 5 albert square to aisle 2. Katietalk 12:52, 22 August 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.

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.