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

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.

For Britain Movement

Extended confirmed: Persistent disruptive editing – The article was protected for 12 months until 28 March 2019. Since then most editing has been tendentious from IP editors and new users; and the policing of those edits. . Ralbegen (talk) 23:55, 24 April 2019 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protected for a period of one year, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. El_C 01:12, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Bill Shorten

Temporary semi-protection: BLP policy violations – Drive-by persistent BLP violations; subject is a candidate in an upcoming election, which may explain the recent additions. —MelbourneStartalk 11:22, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 days, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. + : Pending-changes protected for a period of 1 month, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 11:36, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

List of programs broadcast by Universal Kids

Indefinite semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. ElectricBurst(Electron firings)(Zaps) 11:33, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 months, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 11:37, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

User talk:Nzd

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – by multiple IPs. theinstantmatrix (talk) 12:18, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 6 hours, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. Lectonar (talk) 12:22, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

User talk:Theinstantmatrix

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry – by multiple IPs. theinstantmatrix (talk) 12:24, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 6 hours, after which the page will be automatically unprotected. + User blocked. Lectonar (talk) 12:27, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Talk:Galileo Galilei

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent disruptive editing – IP disruption seems to be ongoing User:Thucydides411 indicated that it is block evasion. I imagine he is correct. Check the history and see Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Azul411. jps (talk) 12:26, 25 April 2019 (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 the rolling archive if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

User:Century Plant Guy

Removal of protection: I wish to have the protection of this page removed as this user was never a sockpuppet of McAusten and that the admin who blocked this user (Tiptoety) is no longer active. I have to make my request here as the talk page is also fully protected. So may you please unprotect this page as I believe that protection is no longer required. Thank you for your time. (talk) 13:20, 24 April 2019 (UTC) @

And you know this how and wish to edit the talk userpage why? DlohCierekim 14:38, 24 April 2019 (UTC)


Please take a look a his contributions here compared to ones that are actually sockpuppets of McAusten. Also there is no mention of him anywhere on this page here. Also Callanecc calims that Pacific Rim Defender, PizzaPizza3289, LordoftheRingsFAN73 and MatrixReloaded23890 are McAusten's sockpuppets however the {{checkedsockpuppet|McAusten}} signs has be removed from their respective userpages and have no be reinstated since. Although there is no evidence in their contributions nor any mention on the McAusten sockpuppet archive page, they are still block as McAusten's sockpuppet by Callanecc. Therefore may you please remove the protection on Century Plant Guy as this sign {{checkedsockpuppet|McAusten}} needs to be removed form his userpage. I will thank you of your time once the page has been unprotected. (talk) 00:50, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Note: was protected by Gogo Dodo (wait for it) for persistent sock edits to the page. Said edits since deleted. The reason for editing the user page of a long-ago blocked user continues to elude me. and elute "meh". DlohCierekim 14:42, 24 April 2019 (UTC) @ As the checkuser tag was placed by Callanecc, you need to talk to them about that. And if you challenging the SPI report outcome, again, you need to take it up with those people. DlohCierekim 09:37, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

Current requests for edits to a protected page

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

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