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.

Saul Bass[edit]

Saul Bass (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs)

Temporary semi-protection Persistent vandalism by IP 2A02:C7F:3807:be00:5d99:5892:19cf:e9b3 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log). Warning issued, but no notice taken. David J Johnson (talk) 21:24, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. DlohCierekim 22:06, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
Note: for a single vandal, WP:AIV is the way to go. DlohCierekim 22:06, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Jeepers Creepers (2001 film)[edit]

Pending changes protection: Persistent disruptive editing. Mvcg66b3r (talk) 22:53, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. I am seeing one or two vandalism/unsourced edits per month. Normal page watching should be able to handle that. MelanieN (talk) 00:11, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

The World Factbook list of developed countries[edit]

Full Protection: I made a request, linked and explained here that was denied because there was not enough recent disruptive activity. Well, there is now, and the exact same type that I was mentioning and was happening before. Led8000 (talk) 23:51, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Declined – Content dispute. Please use the article's talk page or other forms of dispute resolution. You and the other editor need to stop reverting each other and arguing in edit summaries. (And be warned: do not accuse the other editor of vandalism or sockpuppetry in edit summaries. See WP:Aspersions.) You BOTH need to go to the talk page and explain why you believe your version is correct. MelanieN (talk) 00:23, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Frequent addition of non-notable documentary that appears promotional (two IP's and one new user). Due to the three revert rule, I will not be able to undo future edits. --GouramiWatcherTalk 00:16, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of one week, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. MelanieN (talk) 00:28, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism. SatDis (talk) 00:35, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked: (talk · contribs) blocked by Ohnoitsjamie. Samsara 01:11, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 01:34, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 1 week, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 03:23, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Conway, South Carolina[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism/Persistent disruptive editing. - Many IP addresses are adding the same individual under Notable people section that is not considered notable. Many page watchers (John from Idegon, TheMBDude, Tacyarg, and among others) have reverted the edits multiple times from different IP users.

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 02:20, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
Already protected by administrator Materialscientist . CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 03:24, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


Full protection: Content dispute/edit warring – Garbage edits and reverts. Neils51 (talk) 03:11, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Pending-changes protected for a period of 1 month, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 03:26, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


Semi-protection: Persistent vandalism by IPs in both articles. MadonnaFan (talk) 03:21, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Pending-changes protected for a period of 1 month, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 03:28, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Movable type[edit]

Semi-protection: Constant additions by IP using outdated and misleading sources, stringing together non-related sources to further an argument. Qiushufang (talk) 03:29, 26 March 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.

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.