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.

Northern Light Infantry[edit]

Northern Light Infantry (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs)

Temporary semi protection: Plagiarism and POV pushing by IP editors. Harmanprtjhj (talk) 09:44, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Note: Could someone else look at this? Looks like a content dispute, but see note on IP's talk and my note on user's talk page -- Dlohcierekim (talk) 15:43, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Big Four international beauty pageants[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. { [ ( jjj 1238 ) ] } 11:50, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Declined almost all of the recent disruption comes from the same editor, so warn and if necessary report them instead. SoWhy 13:12, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

List of Presidents of the United States by net worth[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Recurrent vandalism to this article, specifically about President Donald Trump. Paper Luigi TC 09:46, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. Two such edits within 10 days does not seem too problematic that reverts can't handle it. SoWhy 13:19, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Samuel of Bulgaria[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent IP vandalism since years, hence the topic is attractive target of Macedonian nationalism. Jingiby (talk) 12:34, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

DeclinedPages are not protected preemptively. Last edit before today was 30 December 2018. Feel free to re-request if disruption actually takes place. SoWhy 13:10, 22 January 2019 (UTC)
Disruption actually continues at the moment. Please, take a look at the article. Jingiby (talk) 15:48, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Nowhera Shaik[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: BLP policy violations – Various IPs and new users accusing the person of various crimes. Xzinger (talk) 13:07, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Note: Warned one user for removing neutral, sourced material. They're autoconfirmed, so SP, yah know. Will take another look later. Revdel'd one neg blp.-- Dlohcierekim (talk) 15:50, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Eli Erlick[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of edit warring/reverting edits without summary from unconfirmed users. This is the 2nd time in recent weeks of requesting/adding protection. Endwealth (talk) 13:44, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected -- Dlohcierekim (talk) 15:55, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Jake Paul[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of vandalism since the last protection template expired. Bowling is life (talk) 14:54, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected -- Dlohcierekim (talk) 15:57, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Email disclaimer[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Persistent vandalism by multiple IPs. ― A Poor Historian (talk) 14:56, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. -- Dlohcierekim (talk) 16:00, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Danny Farquhar[edit]

Temporary Semi-protection: Repeated IP vandalism. Dannyyankee12let's talk 15:08, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected -- Dlohcierekim (talk) 16:01, 22 January 2019 (UTC)


Indefinite create protection: Repeatedly recreated – Deleted 4 times now. Jovanmilic97 (talk) 15:11, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Logan Lynn[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Disruptive editing. Shellwood (talk) 16:10, 22 January 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.

Paul Hellyer[edit]

Reduction in protection level: From semi-protection to unprotected. Was protected eight years ago due to a content dispute. Permanent protection unnecessary for low-volume article (talk) 17:37, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Comment Looks like the requester has contacted User:Bearcat, let's wait for his response. -- MelanieN (talk) 00:41, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Fred penner[edit]

Unprotection: This article is template-protected for being converted to an article twice in April 2017 by non-logged in users. Template protection is unnecessary and against policy, but semi-protection may be an alternative to unprotection. Danski454 (talk) 14:48, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Question: Have you asked Mifter who was the protecting admin? CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 13:49, 21 January 2019 (UTC)


Unprotection: No longer needed as new users cannot edit anymore by software. Abote2 (talk) 18:44, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to have already been unprotected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 18:48, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
Question: Have you assked Od Mishehu who was the protecting admin? CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 13:51, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
At this point, the semi-protection is completely irrelevant, as all the templates with the Taxonomy/ prefix are blanket-semi-protected via MediaWiki:Titleblacklist. This protection predates the listing at Titleblacklist. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 13:58, 21 January 2019 (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: Example (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) 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.