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

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.

Anthony Hudson (football manager)

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persitient BLP violations by user NZwhiteout who has been warned for violating COI rules previously on article talk page. Semi-protection has not stopped the BLP violations and the edit warring, and the article should not be the subject of an edit war. . Patrick478 (talk) 01:05, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Question: What BLP violations can give examples to? What instances of vandalism can you give examples to? El_C 01:44, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Declined – Content dispute. Please use the article's talk page or other forms of dispute resolution. We don't protect an article based on the actions of one registered user, and in any case NZwhiteout is a confirmed user so semi-protection would have no effect. There are a variety of means of dispute resolution available; Wikipedia:Third opinion is a good place to start to get a third view of a dispute between two editors. ~Anachronist (talk) 18:24, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

List of Cars characters

Temporary full protection: Content dispute/edit warring – Slow-moving edit war with neither party discussing. Jasper Deng (talk) 07:16, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protected for a period of 1 week, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Vanamonde (talk) 12:55, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

User talk:

Semi-protection: Inappropriate use of user talk page while blocked. Geraldo Perez (talk) 14:50, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Request speedy close User can just have talk page access blocked. —JJBers 15:04, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Not done. Talk page access blocked. MelanieN (talk) 15:27, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Naming conventions (films)

Full protection: Content dispute/edit warring – Guideline keeps being changed by IP. Rob Sinden (talk) 15:59, 26 April 2017 (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. NeilN talk to me 16:06, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Queen's School, Chester

Temporary protection: Persistent vandalism. Serols (talk) 17:36, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. Main perpetrator blocked; that should help to calm the situation. Lectonar (talk) 17:55, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Breadwinners (TV series)

Semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Immediate resumption last protect expired. Geraldo Perez (talk) 19:12, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 19:43, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Andy Milonakis

Temporary protection: Persistent vandalism. 2601:188:1:AEA0:65F5:930C:B0B2:CD63 (talk) 19:13, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 weeks, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 19:54, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Michele Scarponi

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Recent death, no useful IP edits for days. Few days semi should suffice. Joseph2302 (talk) 20:45, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Declined But not many Ip edits at all for some days; this is well under control. Lectonar (talk) 21:07, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Aaron Hernandez

Permanent extended confirmed: BLP policy violations – IP's and newbies adding soured "claims" on his sexuality, which has no WP:RS's. - Mlpearc (open channel) 20:46, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protected for a period of 3 weeks, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Let's try this at first, to get a little respite. It might die down, you never know. Lectonar (talk) 21:10, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Declined – Content dispute. Please use the article's talk page or other forms of dispute resolution. After the last revert, I have reverted to permanent semi; this will not be solved by protection. Lectonar (talk) 21:27, 26 April 2017 (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

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

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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