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[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.

Ahmed Yassin[edit]

Indefinite extended confirmed: Arbitration enforcement – WP:ARBPIA3#500/30. nableezy - 05:07, 20 July 2017 (UTC) 05:07, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protected indefinitely. Mz7 (talk) 06:25, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Helper script[edit]

Indefinite full protection: This is a wikipedia contect, and it's unprotected, users can vadalise that and this contect not made for be edited by editors without admin permission and i just checked History Wiae (Reverted 3 edits by Kaline01 (talk) to last revision by Ramaksoud2000. (TW)). Builder8360 (talk) 11:06, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

DeclinedPages are not protected preemptively. Anarchyte (work | talk) 12:18, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

President of India[edit]

Temporary Semi-protection: High level of vandalism as it is a current discussion topic. ✝iѵɛɳ२२४०†ลℓк †๏ мэ 12:23, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 5 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Since the office is due to change hands in 5 days, I've set the page to be protected until then. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:33, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

West Haven, Connecticut[edit]

full protection: re: Content disputes and edit warring. For as long as possible ——→StephenTS42 (talk) 13:17, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. I only see a couple of reverts, and they were 4 days ago. Not an edit war yet. Anarchyte (work | talk) 15:08, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

2017 Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – Addition of unsourced content (in the presenters, performers, and nominees sections) by multiple IPs. Brojam (talk) 13:42, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 10 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected.--Ymblanter (talk) 16:42, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Splatoon 2[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Users continue to add unsourced credits to the infobox. Withdrawn. Seems the addition has ceased for now. jd22292 (Jalen D. Folf) (talk) 14:53, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: A request for protection/unprotection for one or more pages in this request was recently made, and was denied at some point within the last 8 days.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 15:03, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Done, withdrawn--Ymblanter (talk) 16:43, 20 July 2017 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – IPs persisently adding unsourced information and MOS violations. DonIago (talk) 15:09, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. PanydThe muffin is not subtle 16:24, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

View, Inc.[edit]

Temporary full protection: Persistent vandalism. Kebawl (talk) 15:38, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Declined, content dispute.--Ymblanter (talk) 16:44, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Alexa Nikolas[edit]

Temporary full protection: WP:BLP violations. A persistent IP-hopping editor has continually tried to change the language of this BLP to a less flattering version without discussion. Considering how consistent this individual has been, I would prefer a relatively long-term semiprotection this time. Thanks. --IJBall (contribstalk) 15:45, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 15:48, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Human Rights Foundation[edit]

Extended confirmed: Persistent sockpuppetry – See page history: Throw-away user accounts adding and removing material in a way that makes it hard to see if there's one person behind it or if two people are fighting each other (some accounts have already been blocked and some not blocked yet but heading for a block, plus a steady stream of new accounts as the old ones get blocked...). - Tom | Thomas.W talk 16:36, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

Talk:Rooting (Android)[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: LTA. Continuous addition of blank edit requests. jd22292 (Jalen D. Folf) (talk) 16:45, 20 July 2017 (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 here if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

Error 404[edit]

Unprotection: Redirects. (talk) 02:44, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

@HJ Mitchell: Protecting admin. Anarchyte (work | talk) 03:20, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Question: Why do you need them unprotected? CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 03:21, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Probably because we frown on unexplained protections. Also, assertions that a page does not need edits often turn out to be wrong. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 14:41, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
I'm not sure why we'd need to unprotect redirects that are potentially ripe for vandalism. They serve their job and nobody vandalises them to make 404 jokes PanydThe muffin is not subtle 16:32, 20 July 2017 (UTC)


Unprotection: It's been six years since this page was protected, and in my opinion applying indefinite protection to a page that had never been protected for any reason before was a mistake. The article needs a lot of work, and opening it up to more editors could help spur those changes. ZarosFlok (talk) 07:52, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

@JHunterJ: Pinging protecting admin. This was 6 years ago, so the requirements to protect pages may have been laxer. I agree that we should give it another shot, but it's up to the protecting admin. Anarchyte (work | talk) 09:19, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
No objection. -- JHunterJ (talk) 13:24, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Unprotected Anarchyte (work | talk) 14:53, 20 July 2017 (UTC)


Unprotection: This is a long article can have new informations,I want unprotect article,and why Cholera was Permanent-Protected?. Builder8360 (talk) 11:20, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

@Doc James: blocked it three times, the last time was indef. His perspective is needed here. — Maile (talk) 12:00, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

It got a lot of vandalism over the years. User:Builder8360 you are now autoconfirmed so can edit it. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:05, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

@Builder8360: Thanks for confirmed me and why they want vandalise cholera? --Builder8360 (talk) 12:43, 20 July 2017 (UTC)


Template:FOSS (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs)
Unprotection: Pinging responsible admin @HJ Mitchell: Hi, you've restricted this template to autoconfirmed edits seven years ago. I've so far used edit requests to make changes to the page, but I don't think this edit restriction is necessary. According to toollabs:templatecount, the template is transcluded from (only) 315 pages. The restriction to autoconfirmed users was set indefinitely without prior restrictions, this template also doesn't have any intricate syntax, but it's a wrapper around {{Navbox}}. 2001:2003:54FA:D2:0:0:0:1 (talk) 16:28, 20 July 2017 (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 locked. Please make requests as long as you have a specific edit you wish to make.

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.