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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, 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 page-move 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 that 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.

Thomas Kaplan[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Edit warring, disruptive editing, and personal attacks on other editors in edit summaries by IP. Loksmythe (talk) 02:47, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked.--Ymblanter (talk) 06:53, 8 April 2020 (UTC)


Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Heyhihellokct (talk) 05:42, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Declined there's a very high edit rate but how much of it is vandalism? I'm not seeing a lot of edits being reverted. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 09:25, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Puteri Indonesia[edit]

Temporary protection: Disrupotive editing. PATH SLOPU 06:39, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked.--Ymblanter (talk) 06:42, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Nûredin Zaza[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. Semsurî (talk) 07:27, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Declined – Content dispute. Please use the article's talk page or other forms of dispute resolution. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 09:29, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Para (Special Forces)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – 3 months needed. This article was recently PC protected (a day ago). However, as evinced by fresh disruption, semi-protection would be better. — Vaibhavafro💬 07:52, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Declined it's on pendign changes so edits require review before they go "live". Given how recently that was done, I would suggest you need to speak to Lectonar if you feel it's inadequate. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 09:35, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
 Comment: The issue with that article is not vandalism; the issue is disruption and unsourced changes. That article keeps on getting bursts of disruptions every now and then because things like this keep on happening. It is sometimes difficult to keep that article clean without committing a WP:3RR violation. It will be difficult for someone who is not familiar with that article to keep it clean. For example, this edit slipped past PC review, only to be reverted by me later.
And as we speak, another disruption has happened. @Lectonar: Can you please take a look at this.— Vaibhavafro💬 11:34, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Bartholomew Ogbeche[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism. BlameRuiner (talk) 08:18, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Declined there was some disruption yesterday (nearly 26 hours ago) but nothing since. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 09:39, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Anthony Smith (mixed martial artist)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Cassiopeia(talk) 08:46, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Declined for now. The history is a bit of a mess but it looks like one person making a series of edits yesterday morning. Come back if things don't improve. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 09:44, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

List of dwarfism organisations[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Repeated edits my KhaoticJustice promoting one particular group above others. . CelestialSpore (talk) 08:47, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Declined we do not use protection to lock out one particular editor. Try talking to them. Also, they're autoconfirmed, so semi-proection would be useless. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 09:48, 8 April 2020 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing. Brihaspati (talk) 11:21, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. --Deep fried okra User talk:Deepfriedokra 12:27, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

The Phelps School[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing by IPs destroying the page. The school has been the center of some controversy lately so it is not surprising, but please add protection. It has absolutely been justified by these IPs adding unsourced information and deleting other information randomly constantly. Editor940 (talk) 11:21, 8 April 2020 (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.

Nick Foles[edit]

Reduce to Semi-Protection Not even Lebron James or Tom Brady have extended protection; absolutely unnecessary and there has not been vandalism to Foles' page.  Editor940  ►Talk  16:30, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Pinging protecting admin @Eagles247: as per protocol. (Non-administrator comment) The page previously had semi-protection and was recently upgraded to EC protection due to BLP concerns. Just because other pages don't have similar protection is not a good justification to reduce protection on a similar page. Alucard 16❯❯❯ chat? 03:14, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Done I've reduced the protection back to semi. The article was upped to extended due to persistent BLP violations which have now been addressed with reliable sources, so it is no longer necessary. Eagles 24/7 (C) 12:26, 8 April 2020 (UTC)


Remove protection: No longer needed similar to 911 given that the year is no longer at 420. The DAB has been getting a bit of vandalism but not a huge amount but if necessary that can be protected but since the year if now disambiguated its no longer a likely target, if it does become one again protection can be reinstated. I asked the protecting admin at User talk:Samsara#AD 420 in December but they are largely inactive and haven't responded. Crouch, Swale (talk) 21:20, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 21:59, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Note: Page 420 was originally pending changes protection by admin @Samsara: however as part of the move the protection was moved accordingly to AD 420. Pinging original protecting as per protocol. (Non-administrator comment) This is a lightly edited page and in accordance with the protection policy it is a perfect candidate for PC protection. Last edit to AD 420 was made on Dec. 10, 2019 and the majority of non-autoconfirmed and IP edits to this page from September 13, 2017 - December 10, 2019 have not been approved and the page is not placing an undue hardship on pending changes reviewers. Pending changes protection does not stop IP and non-confirmed editors from editing this page but based on the edit history it seems their edits would merit review when they do edit. Alucard 16❯❯❯ chat? 03:14, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Not unprotected Pending changes seems reasonable here given that it's a stable article with potential for vandalism. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 10:01, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

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: Wikipedia:Example (edit | [[Talk:Wikipedia:Example|talk]] | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) your request here. ~~~~

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.