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

User talk:Oleg3280

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 16:46, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. The user has been globally locked. MelanieN (talk) 22:06, 18 June 2018 (UTC)


Temporary extended confirmed: Persistent disruptive editing – Unclear if confirmed dead or just seriously wounded at this time. lovkal (talk) 22:07, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

1973 Paris Air Show Tu-144 crash

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Please reprotect due to ongoing nonsense. Dawnseeker2000 22:07, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

United States Space Force

Temporary semi-protection: Trump's recent comments have prompted an uptick in IP vandalism. –Skywatcher68 (talk) 22:28, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 22:50, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Temporary semi-protection: BLP policy violations – There's a user who was recently vandalizing the Kevin Feige article and this article. He was banned for being a WP:VOA. However, he starting vandalizing the Kevin Feige article using different IPs, which led to the article being protected. Now he has shifted his focus to this article. TheSameGuy (talk) 00:03, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Chevy Chase

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent vandalism by multiple IPs and new accounts, especially the range. theinstantmatrix (talk) 01:00, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Melodrama (Lorde album)

Semi-protection: Several users keep changing track listing information and also insert unsourced recording dates from the album. De88 (talk) 01:04, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. Brojam (talk) 01:43, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Elias (wrestler)

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Short term semi. Lots of IP vandalism in past 2-3 days. --Policy Reformer(c) 02:49, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Appears pending changes recently fell off of the page. Perhaps re-add long-term pending changes? --Policy Reformer(c) 03:07, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation

Semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry. power~enwiki (π, ν) 03:00, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection level

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

Handled requests

A rolling archive of the last seven days of protection requests can be found at Wikipedia: Requests for page protection/Rolling archive.

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